Archive for October 2018

Honour the Goddess Pomona on Apple Day

Oct 21st, 2018 | By

October 21 is National Apple Day in England. In the Pagan world of Ancient Rome the festival of Pomona, Goddess of the Apple Orchards, was also about this time of year. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, I wrote this entry for today: Apple Day: This annual celebration of apples and orchards

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What is Remembered, Lives: Practices of Devotion

Oct 20th, 2018 | By

de·vo·tion /dəˈvōSH(ə)n 1. love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. 2. religious worship or observance. If what is remembered, lives, then remember I must. At this Samhain time, I take inventory of how I have cared for my dead — how I have faltered and how I have been present. As there

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Does Mrs Whatsit Need Wrinkle Cream? On Beauty and the Goddess

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

Recently, a mythologist friend of mine shared a video by Venezuelan-American television personality Jason Silva. Silva describes himself as a “wonder junkie” and “performance philosopher”, and he produces short, sermon-like videos in the style of Rob Bell’s NOOMA series. My friend specifically took issue with his “How Beauty Can Heal Us” segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W6wJniitTU. I am

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The Ancient One, Her Sacred Place and Our Return to Darkness.

Oct 17th, 2018 | By

I intended to write this blog piece about my recent visit to Eire but as October is here, and already the gentle summer breezes (or sweltering heat) are memories caught in glimpses of sunshine through russet and gold leaves, I wanted to combine this with a homage to the Ancient One. For I feel in

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Pumpkin, Turnip and Corn Magic

Oct 17th, 2018 | By
rachel patterson, kitchen witch

Pumpkin, Turnip and Corn Magic A familiar sight during the month of October…the carved pumpkin heralds autumn and the festival of Samhain along with Halloween and trick or treating. Originating in Ireland (according to my research) where they carved scary faces into turnips and placed them by their doors and windows to frighten away evil

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Green on White

Oct 10th, 2018 | By

Even in a land defined by winter, October 10 is early for serious snow. Leaves were just beginning to turn seriously yellow and red, patches of earth blanketing in the fallen. Now, Fall is sharing its time. All day I’ve been looking out at the snow, heavy and wet, pouring down at the same angle

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Magical Food: Samhain and vampire’s blood…

Oct 10th, 2018 | By
rachel patterson, samhain, kitchen witch

Samhain – 31st October/1st November This has got to be I would think, quite possibly the most celebrated pagan holiday?  I love this time of the year, autumn is my favourite with the crisp fresh air first thing in the morning and the colour of the autumn trees.  It is the end of summer and

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Samildánach

Oct 8th, 2018 | By

I wonder about Lugh’s epithet of Samildánach, the master of all arts. The best at everything he chooses to do. It can be dangerous to see this as something to aspire to. We are only human, after all, and Lugh is a god. Who knows how long he has had to hone his skills. Maybe

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Magic is a Hard, Gritty Thing (Part II)

Oct 6th, 2018 | By

Last month, I wrote about what everyday magic looks like and how magic demands hard work to manifest things.  This month, I offer you a more poetic exploration of the same themes: I asked for a new life. In return, I had to bury my seed so deep in the earth it kissed Hell.  It

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An Extraordinary Equinox

Oct 5th, 2018 | By

  This year the autumn equinox not only coincided with a full moon but also the Dolmen Clan Cornwall Moot Camp at South Penquite farm, miles from anywhere and surrounded by countryside and craggy tors. The forecast was for heavy rain and strong winds for the best part of the weekend. Me and Trez came

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