Archive for July 2014

Sometimes it’s enough just to be …

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

by Melusine Draco This thought came into my head as I was looking at the cover of Traditional Witchcraft for Field and Hedgerows and since it’s been a while since the cover picture was chosen, I’d forgotten what that image represented.   The scene is a long distance shot across a field with a lone tree

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The book that laid an egg

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

by Nimue Brown. In theory, the author should be entirely in control of making the book. In practice, it’s not an entirely rational process. Inspiration is innately wild and unpredictable and that can have just as much influence on what happens in a non-fiction piece as it does around creating a story. Working out when

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Magical items

Jul 26th, 2014 | By

What one item do you find most enabling in your Paganism? Go to a Pagan event and you’ll often see a wide array of objects for sale. Many books suggest things you can use to help you in your practice.  I asked the Moon Books authors what they use, and there was a wonderful array

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A Witch on a Celtic Path

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

Mabh Savage is writing a Pagan Portal book on Celtic Witchcraft. You will be able to read this as a work in progress, month by month, here on the blog! Without further ado… here’s the first chapter…   A Witch on a Celtic Path Celtic Triad: Three things to be avoided by the Wise: expecting

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Join the Moon Books family

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

You may have noticed that Paganism 101 was a huge collaborative project – 101 Pagans all writing about different aspects of modern Pagan experience. Given the general wisdom that organising Pagans is a bit like herding cats, you may be wondering how on earth something like that happened. Where did Moon Books find 101 insightful

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July poem

Jul 20th, 2014 | By

Poetry for July by Lorna Smithers   Solstice Sun Down from Preston Bus Station   Old sun sinks into the bowels of the city which holds me in its windows, in panes of light golden as mead.   Dusk arrives in a purple cloak, dresser of towers and spires, not softening the concrete brutal curves

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Year of the Goddess

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

Goddess worship is nothing new.  In fact it dates back to Paleolithic times when our ancient ancestors viewed the female form as sacred and something to be revered.  They saw women with the natural cycles of their bodies to be intrinsically linked with the cycles of the earth.   Our ancestors knew that without woman there

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Moon Books at Cygnus Books

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

Cygnus Books is a brilliant MBS resource, offering reviews and podcast interviews, a free monthly magazine, and discounts on books. Membership is free. In their own words, “Cygnus Books is a bookselling and information service like no other. Our aim is to help you find the inspiration and guidance you are looking for, as you search

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Christine Hoff Kraemer Interview

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

I met Christine through the Patheos Pagan portal – I’ve been a blogger for some time now. Christine is the author of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies which I had the pleasure of reviewing for The Druid Network. I managed to swap a few questions with her online, and am delighted

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Pagan Ethics

Jul 12th, 2014 | By

By Joanna van der Hoeven How much of our Paganism do we allow to be defined by others? If we follow a specific or established spiritual tradition within Paganism, we look to those who have gone before, and those who are a part of it now, to inform our ideas about the path that we

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