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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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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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The Hidden Goddess – Chapter 4 – The Dwelling of God

Oct 1st, 2018 | By

The Israelites watched in awe as a great cloud descended from heaven and settled within the Temple, filling it with a radiance too brilliant to truly behold.  Before them spread the Glory of God, the pillar of cloud and fire that had led them from their bondage in Egypt, the Holy Spirit made manifest.  They

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Forest Bathing

Sep 29th, 2018 | By

I have been doing a lot of walking in forests recently. Where I live the ‘forests’ have very limited species, consisting of a lot of quick growing pine. This I am sure has its place but for me forests should be home to many varieties of native trees and so when I am in need

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In the footsteps of Dion Fortune (part 2)

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

There is a very material link to Dion Fortune at the foot of Glastonbury Tor. In 1924 she established a sanctuary for pilgrimage and magical work in an old orchard there, close to the Chalice Well. Chalice Orchard, as she named the site with its cluster of hastily-erected huts, was at the heart of her

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