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5 ways to make a fresh start on Imbolc

Some people love winter. I am not one of those people. I quietly celebrated the winter solstice last month. I was overjoyed that we were on the other side of winter and the days would now grow longer. The celebration was astronomically supported, but optimistic in light of the actual conditions. July has been bitterly… Read More 5 ways to make a fresh start on Imbolc

Reading

Review: Daughter of the Sun

What did I just finish reading? Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet. I don’t have a big interest in ancient Egypti and I would not have picked up Daughter of Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet, but, in full disclosure, my friend Tina Georgitsis edited this new anthology… Read More Review: Daughter of the Sun

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The Underworld

What is the underworld? In various mythology, the underworld a place deep underground where the souls of the departed go. I don’t believe there is literally a dark netherworld deep beneath the surface of the world nor do I believe that it’s a spiritual place where we go when we die. To explain how I view the underworld,… Read More The Underworld

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An introduction to shadow work

It is officially autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere. At the we enter the dark part of year, my magick also turns to darker practices. This is the time of year when I focus heavily on shadow work. What is the shadow? “Everyone carries a shadow and the less it is embodied in the individual’s… Read More An introduction to shadow work

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Queens, warriors, scholars, and visionaries

Today is International Women’s Day, a day in which we celebrate, appreciate, and highlight the economic, political, and social achievements of women. Here are some women that have influenced or inspired contemporary Pagans.     The queens of Egypt Men have generally dominated the political arenas for the better part of human history. Women have done… Read More Queens, warriors, scholars, and visionaries

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How to get back on the spiritual wagon

Do you ever fall off the spiritual wagon? Do you get excited about a new course of study or vow only to lose steam a few days later? Do you buy books about spiritual topics that you never get around to reading? Do you feel like you’ve lost a connection to something sacred? Do you struggle to stay… Read More How to get back on the spiritual wagon

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Ground, center, shield, and cleanse

We often put on special gear to protect us when we engage in certain activities. Aprons, overalls, gloves, hard hats, and goggles help protect our clothes and our bodies. When we’re done, we take it all off and clean up. We also need to gear up and clean up when we work magick. When we… Read More Ground, center, shield, and cleanse

See & Do

The Light in Winter

How do you find the light in winter? Winter without Christmas feels strange to me, but there are still fun things to do during winter in Melbourne. Saturday night, my partner Theo and I went to Federation Square for the solstice celebration, the culmination of the month-long event, The Light in Winter. The Light in Winter… Read More The Light in Winter

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Dancing with the sun

Last week, I reviewed Frances Billinghurst’s excellent book Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.  This book is turning out to be very valuable to me because most books on the Wheel of the Year are written from a Northern Hemisphere perspective with a Wheel based on the seasonal cycle of Great… Read More Dancing with the sun

Reading

Review: Dancing the Sacred Wheel

What did I just finish reading? Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats by Francis Billinghurst. I’ve lived in Australia for nearly a year and have spent much of this time getting to know the land and adjusting to the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. Here in the land down under, Samhain is still… Read More Review: Dancing the Sacred Wheel