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Date: 2012-11-06 By: Sally Cragin
Many of us are cognizant of the Sun's affect on our moods. Yet, a planetary object even closer to the earth affects our tides, our body rhythms, fertility cycles, even mood changes, and is seldom considered in conjunction with our moods. The moon has captivated poets, philosophers, songwriters, and lovers for millennia and is, by far, the most notable object in the night sky. Here, astrologer and author Sally Cragin details how the moon's phases and transits affect our moods and our lives.
Date: 2012-11-05 By: Donald Michael Kraig
Scott Cunningham wrote numerous books sharing his explorations of magic, Wicca, and Paganism, many of which have long been guideposts for others on their journeys. In additional to the books he authored, Scott also contributed articles to Llewellyn's annual Magical Almanac. These decades-old articles have now been collected and published; here, his friend and old roommate Donald Michael Kraig discusses the beauty of Cunningham's Magical Sampler.
Date: 2012-10-29 By: Deonna Kelli Sayed
Public culture has long had an appetite for the supernatural, resulting in numerous television shows and a growing number of ghost hunters. But there is a flip side to this: this type of avocation carries real personal and transformative meaning for the many who choose to partake. It really is a spiritual and intellectual privilege to "ghost hunt." Deonna Kelli Sayed, paranormal investigator and author of So You Want to Hunt Ghosts? and Paranormal Obsession, discusses why ghost hunting has benefits reaching far beyond discovering the supernatural.
Date: 2012-10-22 By: Emily Carding
The seven-pointed star (or, alternately, septagram or heptagram) has accumulated many levels of meaning over the centuries. One of the oldest recorded meanings given to this star may be found within. How can this symbobl be used to gain power in our lives and within our faery interactions? Emily Carding, author Faery Craft, discusses the use of the Septagram for doing faery work.
Date: 2012-10-18 By: Barbara Moore
The Moon is such an interesting card, with many layers and whose meaning has really changed over the centuries in ways that really reflect (pun intended) our collective beliefs about the world and symbols. It is only natural that as we evolve, our symbols are affected. However, we may lose something important in our enthusiastic re-imagining of the Moon. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses the meaning of the Moon.
Date: 2012-10-15 By: Deborah Blake
Ritual. The very word is evocative, conjuring images of everything from mysterious robed figures sketching arcane runes in the air to joyous women dancing skyclad around a bonfire. Ritual comes in many different forms—and that’s good, because ritual is a highly personal thing, and what suits one person perfectly will leave another cold. But done correctly, it’s…well…magickal. Deborah Blake, author of the Everyday Witch series and the new book Everyday Witch Book of Rituals, discusses just why rituals are so important...and magickal.
Date: 2012-10-01 By: Richard Webster
Although you may not be consciously aware of it, you're reading faces every day. You assess a person's character by looking at their face, and most of the time your first impressions will be correct. Why do we do this? Can we improve our face-reading skills? Could we spot a liar if need be? Richard Webster, author of Face Reading Quick & Easy, discusses ways to spot a liar—and why reading faces is so important to our everyday lives.
Higher Learning or Haunted Learning?: Natural and Supernatural Reasons Why Ghosts Haunt Our Campuses
Date: 2012-10-01 By: Matthew L. Swayne
If asked about which type of location tends to be the most haunted, most people would respond with cemeteries, battlefields, or old houses at the top of the list. But what about campuses of America's colleges and universities? Surely we've all heard a story or two from a local campus legend. But why are these institutions of higher learning truly institutions of haunted learning as well? Matthew L. Swayne, author of America's Haunted Universities, provides a few potential explanations for these haunted phenomena.
Date: 2012-09-24 By: Ellen Dugan
The Witches Tarot deck, by Ellen Dugan and artist Mark Evans, began on a cold winter day almost three years ago. How did the deck come to be? Here, Ellen Dugan discusses the story behind the cards.
Date: 2012-09-21 By: Susan Pesznecker
Mabon is the time of the harvest feast. At the Autumnal Equinox, we celebrate and honor Earth's bounty by feasting on goodies from the home garden, farmers' market, and green grocer. This autumn dinner represents harvest cooking at its best. A mélange of autumn vegetables roasts with a juicy whole chicken. Julienned vegetables in a tart