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The Magick of Meditation
Date: 2003-04-30   By: Christopher Penczak
When I started on the path of witch, my teachers stressed to me the importance of meditation. Not only is it a skill that witches should learn to help with spells and rituals, but meditation all by itself is quite magickal. What is magick? Magick ...
Lovely Lapis Lazuli
Date: 2006-06-19   By: Ember Grant
Many people are drawn to the mysterious deep blue of lapis lazuli, or lapis for short. It is one of the oldest “spiritual” stones, first mined 6,000 years ago in Afghanistan – the finest stones still come from that area. Its name comes from the ...
Winter Solstice Wishing Candle
Date: 2005-11-28   By: Ember Grant
There is a tradition of making a wish at the Winter Solstice, of burning pieces of paper with wishes or affirmations written on them. When creating a Winter Solstice candle, you will infuse the molten wax with your wish or intent and release it with ...
Your Astrological Rising Sign: Your Soul Portal
Date: 2008-03-24   By: Isabelle Ghaneh
Astrology can be understood in many ways, since it is a multifaceted subject. On a very deep level, we can learn what our spiritual, archetypal or mythical astrology path should be, once we better understand the symbolism and deep inner meaning of our Rising Sign. By taking a look at our Rising Sign and understanding the deep inner meaning attached, we may understand a bit better what our life path is.
Using Reiki Magick
Date: 2005-01-10   By: Christopher Penczak
Reiki is the power to heal using “universal life force.” Reiki itself is a system of natural healing coming to the west from Japan. A trained practitioner of Reiki healing has the ability to channel pure life force - what is known as ki, chi, or ...
Alchemy: History and Symbolism
Date: 2004-03-15   By: Raymond Buckland
“The Mysteries” . . . we generally think of these in relation to the ancient initiatory rites of Greece and Rome; the Eleusinian Mysteries, the Orphic, the Phrygian, the Mithraic, plus the Egyptian, Tibetan, and others. Yet the term could as well be ...
Choosing an Esoteric Group
Date: 2004-03-08   By: Nick Farrell
PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO ESOTERIC GROUPS Most people interested in the esoteric have a belief that there is a Hogwarts or an Invisible College – a secretive coven or hidden society with mysterious secrets and powerful initiations. The late ...
Reading and Ceremony for Charging a Tarot Deck
Date: 2007-03-05   By: Joy Vernon
Your Tarot deck is an incredible tool for augury, and it is particularly sensitive to outside forces and energy. Many of the positive energy vibes your deck absorbs can help your readings. However, negative energies can sometimes pervade your deck, and you ought to know how to clear away these negative influences. Joy Vernon informs you how this can be done, and guides you through a ritual to charge it with the correct forces.
The Care and Feeding of Your Moon Sign
Date: 2009-07-13   By: Fern Feto Spring
Your astrological moon sign can help you better understand what “feeds” you at a deep level, helping you to stay grounded and supported even in the midst of chaos and transitions. The moon sign gives us inside information on what keeps us feeling nurtured and at home in the world. From the food we eat for sustenance to the home environment in which we live, the moon rules over our basic needs in life. Learn how to meet these needs by feeding and caring for your own astrological moon sign.
The Gods of Witchcraft
Date: 2005-05-17   By: Christopher Penczak
When I got involved in Wicca, I found that most of my teachers emphasized the Goddess. Many people have been raised with traditions that emphasized the male aspect of divinity. These same people often come to nature-based religions with a desire to ...

I grew up with the saying, "In like a lion, out like a lamb," as a way of predicting what the weather would be like during the month of March. As a predictive tool, it has never served me well. Tarot has proven much more useful. But even with all its awesome potential, tarot is as much a question generator as it is an answer-giving tool. And that... read this article
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