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    Pagan Festival Tips

    It’s nearly spring, which means festival season is looming on the horizon! I’ve finally reached the age where my kids can be left unsupervised for a few days at a time – they’re pretty much feral at this point and can hunt/gather their own food – so I’ve been allowing myself the luxury of going away for a weekend sans…

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    Pagan Craft Projects: Make a Measure Bag

    A measure bag is used in some Pagan traditions, including but not limited to a few forms of Wicca, as a way of forming a magical link between an individual and the group to which they belong. The measure bag is often incorporated into a practitioner’s initiation ritual. If you practice as a solitary, you can still use one as part…

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    Sybil Leek and the 6 Tenets of Witchcraft

    In some forms of traditional witchcraft, there are six basic tenets – and that’s not TENANTS, with an AN, but TENETS. These are simple principles, or guidelines, meant to help practitioners lead positive and spiritually fulfilling lives. Do you have to follow them? Of course not! Although they vary somewhat from one tradition to the next – just like everything…

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    Animism and the Cosmic Whole

      Animism is one of the earliest known spiritual structures. From an anthropological standpoint, it is a belief system based upon the concept of all things having a spirit or soul. Humans and animals have souls, as do plants and trees and rocks, thus eliminating any separation between the mundane world and the metaphysical one. Nineteenth-century anthropologist E.B. Tylor defined…

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    Tarot History: Pamela Colman Smith

    This is an article that originally appeared on my About.com site, but because of a network overhaul, it’s no longer available there. I wanted to share it with you anyway, because so many people forget the contribution that this woman made to the world of Tarot. Of particular note is that Smith was a woman of color, working in the…

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    Well, Hey, It’s a Book Signing!

    Great news! The Good Witch’s Daily Spell Book is now available through Barnes & Noble, so go ahead and order a copy, or pick one up at your local store! If you’re in the Central Ohio area, though, I’ll do you one better – stop by my favorite witchy store, Blessed Be Spiritual Shop on Saturday, February 25th, from 2…