Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Ember Grant, author of Magical Candle Crafting and the new Book of Crystal Spells
Most people who travel bring home souvenirs—some people collect coffee mugs or post cards. I collect rocks. Or stone jewelry. Sometimes both. In crystal magic, stones we find in special places often hold memories that we cherish for a lifetime. We always remember finding that certain pendant or ring, and every time we wear the piece, we are reminded of that journey. I invite you to consider this in your crystal magic practice: use the pieces you buy on vacations or other adventures to work spells that keep that association strong.
Here's an example. When I
April was a hard month, news-wise, but May has been bringing one bit of good news after another. The latest is the surprising addition, without much fanfare, of Thor's Hammer to the list of approved religious symbols for Armed Forces memorials, headstones and graves.
As you can see on the National Cemetery Administration's list of Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers, the Hammer of Thor is proudly displayed as number 55. It was six years ago on April 23, 2007 that the Wiccan pentacle was approved, and there have not been any new additions of Pagan symbols (such as the Awen) until now despite the efforts of groups like the Pagan Headstone
Today we sadly mark the passing of a storyteller, priestess, consultant, reader, and author, Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson, who left this world on April 12, 2013. From her Witchvox obituary:
Bronwynn was a passionate writer and story-teller. She authored several books, including One Witches Way and Cookie Cutter Magic, as well as myriad other articles, short stories, and poems, many of which also saw publication. She was an active member of the Pagan community, an exulted and revered Priestess, a respected consultant and reader -- and a tenacious friend and ally. Bronwynn loved nature, and was at peace while hiking a forest, or any coast touched by an ocean. She loved entertaining and playing
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tess Dawson, author of The Horned Altar.
The primal nature of ancient divination texts 3,200 years old often strikes a modern reader with distress. In our sanitized environment we see rare but normal events as gory. Revolted, we turn a blind eye. Ancient people could not look away; deformed animal births heralded omens. We can learn still today from ancient wisdom, if we are willing to take a deep breath and examine nature's horrors.
In 1928, archaeologists rediscovered Ugarit, a Canaanite city nestled near the turquoise Mediterranean in what today is Syria. Archaeologists uncovered about 2,000 tablets here. Ancient scribes wrote them in