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As we approach the Spring Equinox, we feel the warming air and are inspired by the natural beauty of rebirth after winter. The story of Demeter and Persephone powerfully captures the unfolding of the seasons, welcoming in new light. This myth is a tale of the deep connection between mother and daughter and also the story of maidenhood and innocence and its passage into maturity and fullness. The cult of Demeter and this particular myth was so important that it formed the crux of the Eleusinian Mysteries, a famous and secret religious rite of initiation practiced in ancient Greece between 1600- 1100 BCE. Although lost to history and forever shrouded in mystery, it is thought these sacred ...

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Since March is Women's History Month in the United States, I ask you, the reader, to join me in celebrating. Celebrating strong women who, having gone before us, have given us so much to think about and to act upon. Celebrating women who reclaim their immanent divinity and self-worth. Celebrating women who join together in the bonds of ritual and worship. Celebrating the goddess in all her forms, her magic and her endurance. For all my male readers, please don't think you're being neglected; later this year Llewellyn will be releasing some books for men, by men, so you can celebrate and connect with the sacred masculine. Keep an eye on New Worlds this fall to find out more. But for this ...

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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 reconnect their spirit to the divine feminine, the Mother principle. I know I did. I came from a strict Catholic background, so I found the idea of the Goddess both intriguing and comforting. I always liked the Virgin Mary, and found the multifaceted images of the Goddess quite a wonderful challenge. It was hard to look at the feminine as not only virgin mother, but also sexual mother, warrior, crone, witch, healer, and reaper. Though it was a ...

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A lot of pagan men find it tough to be a man in Wicca. The popular misconception of Wicca, one among many, is that it is a Goddess religion only for women. Such thoughts are simply untrue. Though there are some traditions that focus on the Goddess exclusively, most honor both the Goddess and the God. Both schools play a prominent role in witchcraft. I think the zeal people have for the Goddess comes from wanting to restore her to her important place in spirituality, where we have been dominated by major religions that have had a decidedly male bias. Wicca is really about balance. In Eastern medicine, the terms yin and yang are used to depict this concept. Balance in all things, including ...

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Magickal Influences and Principles of Hermeticism
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