Archive for October 2018

Lessons in Magic – The book by Philip Carr-Gomm

Oct 31st, 2018 | By

Philip Carr-Gomm’s 2017 book is titled Lessons in Magic: A guide to Making your Dreams Come True.  I always look forward to his publications as Philip is also a psychologist and shares a common quest: for a spirituality that is more psychological and a psychology that is more spiritual.  Highly accomplished, amongst other things, he

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In the footsteps of Dion Fortune (part 3)

Oct 24th, 2018 | By

I’ve never written up a “bucket list” – too much I’d fail to achieve, I suspect – but there are certain places that I’ve felt drawn towards, and often they are places that have cropped up here and there in occult literature. Given that we were on a trip to explore locations associated with Dion

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Magical Food – Protection

Oct 24th, 2018 | By
magical food, protection, rachel patterson

Magical Food – Protection However careful we are we can always use a little bit of extra protection, whether it is personal to us and our bodies and emotions or whether it is bringing in protection to our homes and families.    I do believe the best protection we can give ourselves is the psychic shield,

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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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