The Doctor and the Daoine Maith

May 31st, 2019 | By

Whovian Druids may be unaware that there is a Doctor Who adventure involving the Good Neighbours: Autumn Mist by David A. McIntyre (1999, BBC Books). I recently finished reading it for the first time. The book features the Eighth Doctor, as portrayed by Paul McGann on television, radio, and on licensed audio dramas produced by

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The Urban Ovate

Apr 4th, 2019 | By

Over the last couple of years I have much enjoyed the Pagan Portals series from Moon Books. They are very brief introductions to a wide range of topics. Usually around eighty pages, they can theoretically be read in one sitting. I would not recommend that though. The books I have read in the series have

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The anniversary of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

Dec 14th, 2018 | By

Today is anniversary of the publication of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. It is the most influential tarot deck design and the talented artist who drew the images, occultist Pamela Colman Smith, was a woman of colour. Geraldine Beskin of The Atlantis Bookshop in London wrote this entry in the Moon Books community book Every Day

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Know your onions on traditional weather lore

Nov 19th, 2018 | By

In folklore, onions can be used to predict whether the winter ahead will be harsh or mild. They are also a traditional ingredient in some folk remedies to help combat common winter ailments. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, I wrote this entry for today about onion folklore: A traditional weather proverb

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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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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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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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Pagan Portals Runes – an excerpt

Oct 1st, 2018 | By

The Runes are a set of 24 symbols which are steeped in history, myths and legends. pagan Portals Runes, by Kylie Holmes offers practical and accessible information for anyone to understand this ancient form of divination. Here’s an excerpt from the book. “If you’ve just begun your spiritual journey, you can boost the process whilst

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Magical food: A honey jar spell

Sep 25th, 2018 | By
rachel patterson, kitchen witch

Magical Food Spells You can incorporate food into lots of spells; most people have food of some sort during ritual anyway so bring it into your spell work. Most of us at one time or another eat magical food without evening know it, we eat specific foods at celebrations such as wedding or hand fasting

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