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January 2013 Issue #6

Is WICCA a REAL Religion? The Spirit of the Wolf and the Raven

Ritual Etiquette for the Kids OUT with the OLD & IN with the NEW Clean your Spiritual House for the New Year

Capricorn: Get to know the Goat


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CONTENTS

The Wolf Moon The Spirit of the Wolf and the

Want a Cuppa?

Raven Moon Cookies The Moon Card Ritual for New Beginnings January Horoscope

Am I Crazy House Cleaning Ceremony

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Dear Gertrude Pagan Parenting

January Astrology From the Editor God/dess of the Month January Calendar of Events Plant / Herb of the Month January Moon Calendar

Capricorn ~ Your Sign CraftyWitch Book Review Gem of the Month

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The holidays are over, the presents are unwrapped and the tree and lights are put away for another year. January has always seemed a lonely month, cold and dark it sits between the bright lights of Yule in December and the promise of spring in February. In many forms of Paganism, January is known as the Wolf Moon for during the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside the villages. It was a time to hunker down and hold those dear to you close. I have always liked January; I get excited at the thought of a brand new year. The promise of new things to come, of hope for a brighter future, for peace and for change on the horizon in the next twelve months. Perhaps I am an eternal optimist, or perhaps my faith in mankind isn’t totally shattered by what I see in the world around me. Perhaps I still have a few naive beliefs that keep hope alive for a future I dream of instead of the reality I live every day of every year. I have watched four children grow into men and women I love and I’ve watched them start their own families. I’ve watched as my grandchildren came into the world, and every birth is reason to hope for a better tomorrow. Birth and rebirth, whether it be another grandchild, a new season, or a new year, fills me with hope, happiness and the promise of good things to come. January is considered winter’s second month. Sometimes called ‘The Gate of the New Year’ and or ‘The Coming of the Dark’.

It’s the reference to the Gate that interests me the most. Since January marks a New Year and many customs celebrate the beginning of new things then the ‘Gate’ makes sense to me. After all, January stands for Janus, the Roman God of Gates. He was called ‘God of the Gateways’ or ‘of the journey or of the doorways’. He was protector of the Gate of Heaven (which at times symbolized the Goddess) and the Lord of New Beginnings. He is often associated to the Goddess Janus and or Juno. The month of January also symbolized many other forms of the Goddess such as Hera, Freya, Hopi, Venus, and many others. What does a Gate represent to you? Here we are in the depth of winter—the darkness—when the Goddess sleeps as does the seasons and world. It was during the Winter Solstice that she brought forth the light…her son…the Sun– promising that all would be reborn and would begin again. So it’s fitting that January would represent Gates, New Beginnings, New Journeys & Doorways, don’t you think? As we anticipate the coming year, like the double-headed Roman god Janus, we also reflect on the past year, drawing lessons from its events, resolving to make positive changes, and setting personal targets for the New Year. In classical times Roman citizens exchanged strenae, gifts of well-being, the attributes of the goddess Strenia, in the hope that she would make the year a sweet and fragrant one. So use this dark and cold time to dream of spring, to study your Craft, to make plans for a new and plentiful New Year. Renew your faith in the God/dess, in mankind, in yourself. This is what I wish for each of you; that your hearts be filled with peace, hope, happiness and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Happy January Maxine Byers

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Start howling! The Wolf Moon begins its phase on Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:45 pm with the New Moon. Although you can't see the Wolf New Moon, as that's its dark moon time, be ready for a pull on your emotions as the Earth, Moon and Sun are in direct alignment. The more you can connect with the most prized of all the emotions, love; the more you can ride your emotions right into your intuition. More access to your intuition (your physic realm) is the promise of the Moon Goddess and the reason to fully embrace the following seven-day magical full moon period. Three days before the Full Wolf Moon is the time to prepare your physical body to receive the magical moonbeam rays on the full moon. That means focusing on the quality/virtue of self-discipline and putting it into practice in your life. No one can tell you what to do, the virtue is Self-Discipline, it's up to you to look at your physical body and for one full day give attention to it, have a full on relationship with it. You want, at the end of the day, to feel like "Hey, I've got my body back in control and out of any of its excesses". And if you happen to be someone that's always in control discipline wise, maybe even fanatically so, then move more toward balance; which usually means introducing some fun into the discipline. You want your body strong and in control enough, it can receive without resistance the full moon energy. January 24 - Emotional Day - Beauty Two days before the full moon arrives, you want to start off the day by dressing yourself so you feel so beautiful. Adorn yourself. After all, your body is your own unique art piece. Show love for yourself by what you put on your body. It will make you feel good about yourself since you took the time and attention to beautify the outer you. Also today, connect with your inner beauty, shine a light on all the qualities that you have developed that help you express your love more in the world to others. Then radiate this inner and outer beauty through a smile. Swerve out of the way today of any ugly relationship dramas; just don't be available. Remind yourself that today is the second day before the full moon, a day to prepare your emotions so you can receive the wonder, the magic of the Moon Goddess's rays. January 25 - Mental Day - Inspiration Today, just like the day before any Full Moon, you want to prepare your mind to receive the Full Moon energies. That means quieting your mind to any chatter of gloom and doom.

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January 25 - Mental Day - Inspiration Today, just like the day before any Full Moon, you want to prepare your mind to receive the Full Moon energies. That means quieting your mind to any chatter of gloom and doom. Inspire your mind to greatness that it can come up with a plan to implement the intuitive impressions that you receive on the Full Moon. If you haven't already seen the Avatar movie, I'd encourage you to go and see it. If you have, reflect on the many messages it had that were inspirational. Tomorrow you want to take full advantage of the Moon Goddess's gift, providing an opening to that psychic realm where you’re higher self-resides. Full Wolf Moon, January 26, 08:40 pm PST Although we receive the full impact of the Full Moon Energies at the exact moment of the Full Moon time, the veil lifts ever so lightly between the different dimensions for a full twenty four hour period, twelve hours before starting at 08:40 am in the morning of January 26, and ending at 08:40 am, on January 27. If you are tuned in, you could receive impressions from your loved ones that have gone on before you. Or from those in the "death" realm that are striving to break down the barriers between life and death in the name of freedom, much like the Berlin Wall was broken down. The most prized messages, no matter how fleeting, are from our own higher self, by whatever name. Just like in the movie, Avatar, we are the avatar for our higher self. Our goal is to become a conscious avatar, which will allow us to become a consistent winner in the game of life that we are now playing with all our heart. The Wolf Moon is occurring during Aquarius, the bringer of freedom, the energy that Aquarius is pouring out to us. January 27 - Mental Day - Clarity On the day after the full moon, it's a day to focus on putting together a plan for the energies you received, put some form to the messages. If you are a beginner or didn't prepare well so you could receive the energies, then look at any areas of your life where you have become trapped, no longer free. Make a responsible plan of how to become free, without blaming and overthrowing someone else. Be accountable for your part in any trap. January 30 - Emotional Day - Acceptance Today's a day to accept yourself, where you are on your journey and with all the parts of you that are still left to balance. Then turn your attention toward those meaningful people in your life and accept them also. Acceptance is the forerunner to unconditional love, to heartfelt relationships.


The Spirit of the Wolf and Raven During Wolf Moon ~ by Lillie Ruby

The time of the Wolf Moon is upon us. It is the time of communication and guidance and tapping into the Spirit of the Wolf. A tradition from generations of Native Cultures, Wolf Moon is the time of listening in the still cold air to the wolves and bitter winter winds howling at the door. In the quiet still that winter brings, it is the month to develop your intuition and spiritual guidance by embracing the Spirit of the Wolf. The Spirit of the Wolf is the pathfinder and guide who walk with the spiritual guidance of the Raven. Wolf and Raven work in synergy connecting the Earth and the Heavens. When a wolf totem is present, your teachings and intuition will come from the Earth. When a raven totem is present, your teachings are spiritually sent from the unseen planes. Together they link in harmony to guide and nurture. They are not enemies, but partners in life. Wolf Spirits are nurturing and will help you build strong family relationships. Folklore is filled with stories of lost children, particularly twins, raised by wolves. In these tales feeding a set of twins by the wolf metaphorically refers to nurturing and balancing the two sides of man. Join with the Spirit of the Wolf during your January rituals. Call upon him when working on boundary issues about authority and democracy. His love of ritualistic behavior will help you establish order and harmony in your life and family.

Wolf Spirit Medicine teaches loyalty and affection. If you call upon a wolf as a ritual companion, know that you both have chosen and he will be with you for a lifetime. With the Wolf comes The Spirit of the Raven. The Raven is a Spiritual Messenger. His information feeds the soul. This powerful totem is a natural information gather and teacher, so it should be your choice it you need to work on your communication. Wolves travel great distances to gather information and then return to the Wolf Pack to share. They will teach you about reading body language. The howl of the wolf calls out to the heavens and can help you empower your manifestation sessions through singing, chanting and toning. Listen carefully as this totem does and your intuition will grow. Wolf will guard for you safety while it teaches you. You will know when the Spirit of the Wolf is around. You will feel its intense direct stare of communication. You will hear its howls and feel it settle at your feet providing strength, protection, and loyalty.

A Fifth Generation Psychic, LILLIE RUBY has been a Professional Energy Channel and Clairvoyant for the past 3 decades. For more information go to: http://prairiespirit.webs.com

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CRAZY ??? By Lady Ti-Eagle

I was riding my Harley in Colorado, following my new friend from Cortez to Grand Junction. We were going through a canyon, and unfortunately I don't remember the name. Anyway, following my friend at 65 mph or so, I "heard" someone calling me. I looked around the area, as well as I could while riding my bike on a winding road, and spotted a huge rock cliff. I acknowledged him (her?) as well as I could, with the little concentration I could allow, when my friend pulled over RIGHT AT THE BASE OF THE CLIFF. I did a silent meditation, introducing myself to the rock face and although I "heard" nothing, I knew there was some level of communication happening. After maybe five minutes, I was "told" I could leave. I didn't know my new friend well, and had no desire to admit to him that I was "talking to rocks", I said nothing. BUT, as soon as the cliff "told" me that we were through, my friend asked me if I was ready to head out again. Another trip, I was passenger in another friend's car, making our way over the Sierra Nevada in California. We were going over the Sonora Pass, when I "heard" someone calling to me. I saw a huge rock face and knew he (she) was the one calling to me. I was the passenger, as I said, and couldn't say anything to my friend that I'd never had any sort of "metaphysical" conversation with. Less than a minute later, my friend asked me if I needed to use the restroom, there was a rest area ahead. "Sure", I said, thinking I could find out what my new acquaintance had to say. Along the trail leading to the lookout area, I spotted a rock that was perfect to perch on and would have some undisturbed time to communicate. Again, after a few minutes, I was told that we were finished, and I could leave. AGAIN, my friend that was driving the car showed up nearly immediately and asked if I was ready to leave. Unfortunately, in neither of these conversations, did I come out with any conscious recollection of what was said, but I was sure that I'd made an incredibly important connection. I've been attracted to Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada in California, since I was very young. I was actually more than attracted; it was more of a fascination. I had the opportunity to walk to the top, 10.5 mi. one way, to 14,500', TWICE! Both times I had the feeling that I was walking into Sacred Space. People I would meet on the trail were extremely friendly. It seems others had the same feeling (that they were in sacred space), even if it wasn't conscious. I've done many miles, hiking in the Eastern Sierra, and usually people are very stand-offish, and give the reaction that they're not happy that they have to share the out-of-doors experience with anyone else. On the Whitney trail, people would actually stop and talk to each other, asking if they were headed to the summit and wishing them luck. If they were headed

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down the trail, they were congratulated for making it to the top. The mountain, "SHE", is Majestic! and people just FEEL it. Ok, how do I know she is a "she"? I had ridden my Harley to Temple Raqchi, Cusco the base of of Mt.Wiracocha, Whitney to visit the area and toRegion, reconnectPeru with the awesome energies. After my visit, I was riding on the highway to cross the mountains on the other side of the valley, I said "goodbye Mount Whitney". Suddenly it dawned on me that the name Mount Whitney just didn't fit. So, at 70 mph on a motorcycle, I said "MOUNT WHITNEY? MOUNT WHITNEY? That's not your name. What is your name?" "WILLOW" was the reply. "Willow? Why Willow??????" That just seemed ridiculous for an awesomely majestic rock cliff that is the highest point in the contiguous U.S. and just feels MAGICAL. Well, I guess she has a bit of an attitude about her choice of names, because her reply was (a very SNARKEY) "Because I LIKE it!� Needless to say, I greet "Willow" each time I'm in the area. I had a trip planned to go to Peru, and to visit Machu Picchu. I stopped in a local library to look at any book on Peru, as I had never been to South America. I opened the first book I found on Peru, and the first picture I saw was of a rock face, not as artistic, but as clear as the faces on Mt. Rushmore. I was in a hurry so I didn't read about it, but for some reason, it stuck in my mind. I went back to the same library, I found what I had thought was the same book, but couldn't find the same picture. Oh well, guess I was mistaken. So,,,,,,,, off to Peru. I hadn't remembered the face, as I had no idea where it was, so it was no longer important. The lady I was traveling with had been to Peru a couple of years prior, and knew a bit of what was important to see. She insisted on going to the Sacred Valley. We took a day-tour to the upper end of the Valley, to an archaeological site, Ollantaytambo. On the other side of the valley, I saw the face! It was the same face I'd seen in the book in the library! It was AMAZING! According to the locals, this face is natural. This guy, Wiracochan, was the messenger of Viracocha, the creator god of the pre-Inca. I knew I was in the company of someone SACRED, so, standing on a bridge over a small river, I greeted him and identified myself. In a rich, deep, amazing voice, I HEARD "Hello Little One". Needless to say, I nearly fell off the bridge! How amazing is this wonderful planet. There are magical places, and "power spots" in unexpected places. More stories to share. Watch for me and keep your ears, eyes and MIND open! Love and Light Lady Ti-Eagle


Goddess of the Month Recently I've been asked, "What God or Goddess should I call on for help with . . . ". Well, the ". . . " stands for dozens of different need that individuals have from money or good fortune to getting a rock out of their shoe. Though I've studied a great deal, there are hundreds of gods and goddesses who offer help and guidance for all kinds of situations. The other challenge I run into is what pantheon or group of gods/goddesses does an individual work with. Again, there are hundreds!!! Because of these two needs that many Wiccans and Pagans have particularly with they are starting down a new path, I'm going to begin focusing on the "Action or Need" and then select four or five gods/goddesses that can assist in what an individual may need. One very important thing to remember when selecting and working with any goddess or god. You need to build up a relationship with a deity before asking for their assistance. Also you may find one deity easier to talk to or follow that another. I may prefer one goddess while you prefer another one for the same purpose. That's fine. It's just important that you have built a relationship (this is done through studying that deity, doing ritual to the deity and sitting with the deity while having a discussion). If, after building a relationship, you feel the deity has reached out to you, it is time to ask the deity for their assistance. If it doesn't "feel good", don't ask. Move on to another deity. I must admit that this is why I have chosen to use the Earth Goddess and the Sun God, which pretty well covers most probably situations. This is my remedy and good for me. You may well come up with a different solution. GODDESS OF CHANGE & RENEWAL Usually Change and Renewal are though about in the Springtime, however, as we are just passing the Celebration of the New Year, I thought it would be a good place to start. Change and Renewal, two conditions most people think about at as the New

Year begins. We often want to lose weight, get a new job or home, develop better relationships with family members and others in our normal sphere of movement. Here are a few deities you might wish to read up on as they all have something to do with Change and Renewal, though that's not all they do!! The "Changing Woman" ~ Also known as Estsanatlehi or Turquoise Woman is one of the Native American Goddesses of Change. Found in the Apache and Navajo Traditions and teaches us to honor all nature cycles within and around us. She is called the Changing Woman because of her support in following one's own path and accepting the changes within it. Estsanatlehi is the Wife of the Sun. (http://www.goddessflight.com/, http://www.wikipedia/) Wonderful "Hera", the most beautiful of all the Greek Goddesses and wife of the most notorious playboy of all the Greek Gods, Zeus, is the goddess of Women, Marriage and Birth. She represents renewal and fertility and is the Guardian of Unions between two people. Call on Hera for New Beginnings and Possibilities. If you prefer to call upon her by her Roman name, it is "Juno". When asked, she will bring love into your life! She worked at it long enough!!! (http://www.goddessflight.com/, http://www.wikipedia/) "Psyche" is another Greek Goddess and takes care of one's Soul focusing upon supporting those desiring self-discovery and personal growth. Psyche shows you the path to Integrate all of your experiences into your being and ways to turn them into positive changes and growth. An important goddess for students and those making big advancements in their lives. (http://www.goddessflight.com/, http://www.wikipedia/) Egyptian Goddess "Repent", the Mistress of Eternity who is associated with Spring, youth and renewal. (http://www.goddess-guide.com/) One of the strongest and most potent goddesses to call upon is the Hindu Goddess of Time and Change, "Kali".

She is extremely strong and one must practice very precise language with Kali as She will talk you at your word and totally shake up your world, turning it upside down and inside out in about as much time as it takes to shake a blanket!!! She is powerful, quick, sometimes violent and dark in her actions. A good Goddess to get to know BUT call upon her gently and with great caution until you get to know and understand her. (http://www.wikipedia/) Of course, if you are in a bind and need to call upon a goddess for quick support, you can ask assistance of most any of the Crone Goddesses, particularly "Hecate". They usually have plenty of time to help you make your transitions from one thing to another and are usually very patient and understanding. I have found them remarkable confident ants, particularly since then never tell your secrets!!! Take a few minutes to look these ladies up and get to know them so when you need some assistance with changes in your life, they will be ready and waiting for you when you need them!! Many Blessings ~ LazyWitch

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The Moon Card in the Rider Waite Smith Deck of Tarot Cards Appearance of the Moon Card In the Moon card in the Rider Waite Smith deck of Tarot Cards you can see a dog and wolf howling and baying at a moon. This is outside at night, although there seems to be quite a lot of light in the picture. There is a Scorpion climbing out of the water. You can see two stone pillars and a pathway leading up into the distant mountains beyond. Symbols in the Moon Card There are two faces showing on the Moon, so it is an indication that there are at least two sides to any matter. There is a lot of blue (water) symbolizing emotions and matters of the heart and the secret, inner self. The Moon is often associated with the Water sign Cancer, which is the sign of motherhood. The Moon is the symbol for women and is a strong force in the female monthly cycle.

For men and women it is about your feminine side, needs, emotions and instinctive reactions. The Moon can be that almost surreal place between waking and sleeping and it can sometimes be quite difficult to tell what is real and what is your imagination. The Pillars are often considered to be the other side of the pillars in the High Priestess card, so instead of being on the outside, (in the waking, conscious mind) and looking towards the inside (the unconscious, dreamlike) mind as you are in High Priestess Card, with the Moon Card you are trying to make that connection from the inner, dream-like world to the outer waking world. The Moon Card Upright This card symbolizes Intuition, psychic matters and dreams, possible deceit and misunderstandings, maybe a need to clarify matters, especially in communication. This is especially important if this card appears in readings relating to legal or official matters. It can also be a card of self-delusion, unrealistic expectations and a tendency to see things through rosetinted spectacles. It may be that you have lost your way and are wandering rather aimlessly. The Moon also brings the promise of the unknown and this can be a frightening thought. The night-time is a time of darkness and a time when our fears and anxieties come out to haunt us. It can

also be a time to see things in a totally different light, as things look very different by night than they do by day. This card may also be to do with imagination and creativity. It can also be inspiring and enchanting and hold the promise that everything your heart desires can be yours. The Moon Card Reversed The Moon card in the Reversed Position indicates someone who is quite disconnected from the physical world. They may spend a lot of time in an almost dream-like state, perhaps a lot of time meditating and very little time on practical action. Dreams may be quite dramatic and disturbing and some of the intuitive insights or premonitions may be quite frightening. ~ Amanda Goldston Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5537716 Amanda Goldston is a Tarot Author and Coach, with over 16 years’ experience of reading tarot cards. Through her online and offline courses, books and programs, she shows people how to read tarot cards in order to develop Intuition and Creativity understand themselves and others and develop empowered decisionmaking skills. She is the author of "Develop Your Intuition through Tarot." For all of Amanda's products and services, as well as a free Tarot Card of the Day Reading please visit http://www.LearnTarotOnline.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 2013 JAN 1st - HAPPY NEW YEAR - Many blessings of the New Calendar Season! May all your Wishes and Desires come true! JAN 9th - Wednesday - WEATHER PERMITTING ~ Daytime Gathering in Rathdrum at our Gathering Place. Time: 11:30am - about 2:30pm. Bring a luncheon dish to share. We will be working on "Crocheting a Spell" so bring some thread or yarn and a crochet hook or two. If you don't know how, we have an excellent teacher who will be on hand to help us and discussing Magickal things!! We will also be discussing our Spring New Age Bazaar. Hope you will attend! Contact Janie for directions - 208-964-4396. JAN 10th - DARK OF THE MOON - Good night to do decreasing, banishing and elimination spells and prayers. Particularly good for Crone Magick. JAN 11TH - NEW MOON - Good night for New Beginning spells and prayers. Particularly good for Maiden Magick. JAN 23rd - Wednesday - WEATHER PERMITTING ~ Evening Gathering in Spirit Lake at our Gathering Place. Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Bring a dinner dish to share. We will be learning how to make beaded Pentacles and Trees of Life so bring all those seed beads you've been collecting and beading wire (a really good replacement is florist wire from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. It's very inexpensive and works very well). We'll be discussing Magickal things and working on the plans for the Bazaar. Contact Janie for directions. JAN 26th - FULL MOON – (Wolf Moon) - Best night for POSITIVE spells and prayers. Particularly good for Mother Magick. NOTE: Those of you in the North Idaho Area who would be interested in having a booth at our Spring New Age Bazaar, please contact Janie at 208-964-4396. We are looking for we are looking for Reiki and Body Workers as well as vendors selling handcrafted items and toys, items pertaining to New Age Practices, New Age Books and Art, New Clothing (that would be suitable for New Age individuals [NOT USED), ceremonial items, soaps, lotions, oils, candles, etc. Vendors will need to bring their own tables and awnings. There will be a small space fee which will need to be paid in advance to cover rental of the area. The more vendors the less the fee. Bazaar site is yet to be named but it will be in Kootenai County Idaho.

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JANUARY PLANT OF THE MONTH

SPIDER PLANT Often called a Spider Plant when a solid color and an Airplane Plant in its variegated form, the Cholorphytum comosum is perhaps one of the easiest house plants to grow and propagate. These are the grassy looking plants that send of graceful stems of whitish flowers that turn into "plantlets". These plantlets can grow on their stems for a year or more, depending upon growing conditions. There are many different variations in each color grouping; usually the differences can be seen in the width of the leaves at the base growing area. Some are almost two inches wide while others are almost hair fine. There is a third variation where the white outline is a lemon color. These are hard to find and rare and should not be confused to a plant that is having stress problems (lack of water, lack of light, lack of humidly which all cause yellow nasty looking leaves). There is also a new variation where the leaves cork-screw, most interesting when it can be found! For magick purposes, the all green verities encourage protection and healing whereas the white variegated kind encourages the setting and keeping boundaries. I couldn't find any magickal information on the yellow or the cork-screw varieties. As soon as I can locate and buy a few plants of these types, I'll let you know. Though Spider/Airplane Plants are usually considered indoor plants, during certain times of the year (late spring and into summer) they can be grown very successfully outdoors as long as they receive lots and lots of water and are shaded from harsh late morning to late afternoon sunshine and reflective light. Strong, hot sun will rapidly kill this most forgiving plants (the leaves are only a few cells in thick and loose moisture very quickly so they are made for hanging baskets in trees, under canopies, deck awnings and porch covers. In Zones 8-11 their pots and baskets can be placed on the ground and the "plantlets" will happily and quickly root themselves into the soil. In cooler climates, you can do this by placing a pot/basket on top of a larger pot or raised bed that is well protected from cool winds. Make sure the plantlets can touch the potting soil in the larger planting pot/bed as they will need all the time outdoors to set the roots before coming in for the fall. They will need to be left like this for several weeks during the spring/summer for rooting to take place. Water both Mother plant and the soil around and under the baby plantlets! Again, use caution with the sun and keep humidity high!!

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These wonderful plants can also be propagated by clipping the stem of the plantlet at least half way up the stem, planting both stem and plantlets in soil or directly in water. Be sure the plantlets have well developed roots BEFORE clipping and planting. A well-developed root ball/system will encourage healthy, quick growth. You might want to allow the plantlets to sit in water for two or three days to absorb a good about of water prior to planting. It seems to give them a better start. Spider/Airplane Plants LOVE being pot bound! That's when they produce more and more plantlets. I have seen very productive plants "climbing" out of their pots and sending off shoot after shoot so if you do decide to repot your Spider/Airplane Plant, go only one size up UNLESS you are wishing to slow down the off-shoot stem growth. Gently tease out the old soil and place new soil in the pot, gently watering and adding new soil in as necessary. These plants don't like being planted very deep so if you have an interesting shallow pot (something like a fancy tulip, daffodil or amaryllis dish) would be wonderful! Besides their beauty, easy of growth and propagation, Spider/Airplane Plants are regarded as marvelous air cleansers, particularly in new homes, apartments and offices!! Be sure to use larger, more mature plants for this. Get different variations and place one in every room. So medium to bright light or well filtered sun (NO HOT DIRECT SUN), plenty of water and high humidity! That's all it takes!!! Oh, and by the way, Spider/Airplane Plants are considered nontoxic so they are reasonably safe around pets BUT cats particularly like the dangling plantlets to play with, so hang them or place them high for their protection and your own sanity!! Happy Growing LazyWitch References: "Cottage Witchery", by Ellen Dugan


Ritual For New Beginnings By Ingrid Jeffries

When we want to make changes and new beginnings in our lives we often must first make room for the new changes by releasing old habits, people or ways in which we currently use our energy which are no longer working for us. This can be in any area of your life, so before doing this ritual, first begin by looking at the person, job or lifestyle that you feel is hampering your efforts. Decide what you need to release to allow change and new thoughts and attitudes to have room to root and grow in your life. Next determine where you want to grow or change: spiritually, monetarily, emotionally, physically or intellectually. Once you know where you need to let go and what you wish to change about your life, you will be ready to do the ritual. 14


In this ritual you write down what would be the most revitalizing, inspiring, beautiful thing you could manifest in one or all of these four areas: Work, health, relationship, money. This summary or list is called your Life Arrow. (Ask the Divine aspect of your inner self to help you be clear as you write your lists and perform the ritual.) Wrap this, your summary or list, around a crystal or shell or pretty rock and tie it with a green or pink ribbon or sting creating a little request ‘bundle’. Bless it and envision it happening in your life. Then on another piece of paper write down all the reasons you don't or won't do the aforementioned. Try to find the core fear or issue that blocks you from manifesting. If you feel this is related to a person or situation, you want to address why you have allowed it in your life and the purpose it has served in your growth. This is the death arrow. Sprinkle it with a little olive oil and fold it to be burned. Creating the Space for Ritual: Now create a sacred space for yourself either inside or out. Begin by purifying the area by doing one or all of the following: Creating a circle with salt Smudging* yourself and the area with a sage stick or incense, Spritzing with distilled or spring water to which the oil of sage, or frankincense, myrrh, cedar or elemi has been added. (If you don’t have the oils just water is fine.) Envisioning the area filled with a white pearlescent rainbow light Light a candle or campfire, have a picture of your favorite Deity, God/dess, Saint or inspiring individual, flowers, feathers, shells, etc. or whatever creates a sacred sense of beauty and peace for you. These should be the center focal point of this space. If you are not allergic, it is nice to keep a stick of incense burning. (The Tibetan and Indian made incense are generally the cleanest and do not create the allergic reactions that some of the cheaper grocery store varieties do.)

Instrumental music can also be a nice addition, particularly if there is a lot of background noise as in the city. The Ritual itself: Call in the Great Spirit, the God/dess or your divine self or whomever you make sacred requests to, to be present. You might even ask the devas, protectors and earth guardians, or one or several of the Archangels to be an intermediary to amplify your request. These beings of light must be ASKED for their assistance before they can help us. The Archangels associated with the signs of the Zodiac* are: Aries and Scorpio: Phaneul, Uriel, Kamael Taurus and Libra: Haniel, Anael Gemini and Virgo: Raphael Cancer: Gabriel Leo: Michael Sagittarius and Pisces: Zadkiel Capricorn and Aquarius: Cassiel, Zaphkiel *Judaism, Islam and Christianity all have different names for the same angels. Thank them for their previous help and blessings in your life. If you have a specific memory where you felt divinely aided, mention it. Ask for help manifesting whatever it is that is important to you now. Create an affirmation for your present request, for example: "Divine order and love constantly surround me.” “My heart is open to receiving" “I am manifesting _____”, (perfect health, lavish abundance, etc.) “I am at peace with my power.” Etc. Whatever feels and sounds right for you is best. Repeat this many times like a chant in order to seal this affirmation in your consciousness. (This affirmation will also help you whenever you might begin to doubt your Life Arrow manifestation at a later time, after the rituals completion, but before you experience its full manifestation in the world.) Now voice your request by repeating what you've written and wrapped around

a crystal or shell, etc. creating a little bundle. Consecrate your request ‘bundle’ by passing it through the incense smoke or spritzing it with spring water or hold it and envisioning white light surrounding it. Saying your affirmations again, bury this wrapped crystal or shell in the earth to ground it. Affirm that the forces of heaven and earth are working together to assist in the manifestation of your request. Then voice what you want to release, that blocks you from manifesting your desire. This is your ‘Death Arrow’. Again address how this has served you and how you are now ready to be free of its limiting conditions Set it on fire (in a safe predetermined place, a fireplace or pot with a lid works well if you are indoors, a campfire or specially dug pit if you are outdoors) As it burns affirm your positive inspirations and how this ritual serves all beings by removing the blocking energies being released, not just for yourself. After the death arrow is burned, thank the divine entities that are helping you achieve your inspiration. Meditate on ‘Life Arrows’ accomplishment and feel the joy of manifesting your request. Songs or music of thanksgiving are nice. As is just drumming. Try to envision others also benefiting from the manifestation of the ‘Life Arrow’. Then dedicate the merit of your ritual for all beings. For example a simple prayer is: “Throughout my life and in this moment I dedicate the accomplishments of this ritual to be of benefit to all beings so that they too may experience increased wisdom and love, health and prosperity while sickness, famine, warfare and suffering be abolished for every being, so all beings can live in peace and harmony together. So may it be.”

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Capricorn Astrology December 23 – January 20

Modality: Cardinal Element: Earth Ruler: Saturn Season: Winter 10th Sign of Zodiac

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Metal: Lead Stone: Amber, Onyx Color: Purple, Brown Anatomy: The knee, bones, skeleton

Keywords: tenacious, conservative, resourceful, disciplined, wise, ambitious, prudent, constant.


Capricorn! About Your Sign... The sign Capricorn is one of the most stable and (mostly) serious of the zodiacal types. These independent, rocklike characters have many sterling qualities. They are normally confident, strong willed and calm. These hardworking, unemotional, shrewd, practical, responsible, persevering, and cautious to the extreme persons, are capable of persisting for as long as is necessary to accomplish a goal they have set for themselves. Capricorn are reliable workers in almost any profession they undertake. They are the major finishers of most projects started by the 'pioneering' signs; with firm stick-to-it-ness they quickly become the backbone of any company they work for. Capricorn make of themselves, resourceful, determined managers; setting high standards for themselves and others. They strive always for honesty in their criticism of self, they respect discipline from above and demand it from those beneath them. In their methodical, tough, stubborn, unyielding way, they persist against personal hardship, putting their families and/or their work before their own needs and welfare to reach their objectives long after others have given up and fallen by the wayside. In fact when practical ability allied with the drive of ambition are required in employees to make a project succeed, Capricorn are the people to hire. They plan carefully to fulfill their ambitions (which often include becoming wealthy), they are economical without meanness, and able to achieve great results with minimum effort and expense. Because of their organizing ability they are able to work on several projects simultaneously. They have a great respect for authority but may not, if they reach high rank, be willing to listen to other opinions on things they are directly responsible for. As the ranking authority figure in a given situation they expect their underlings to

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be as self-disciplined as they themselves are, and to perform every task undertaken to the highest standard. They are, nevertheless, fair as well as demanding. Among their equals they are not always the most pleasant of work fellows for they are reserved and too conservative, valuing tradition more than innovation, however valuable the latter, and they are often humorless. There is also a tendency to pessimism, melancholy and even unhappiness which many Capricorn are unable to keep to themselves, especially if they fail personally. In the extreme this trait can make them a very depressed individual; ecstatic happiness alternating with the most wretched kind of misery which is so subconsciously buried that he or she should seek help if such emotions become frequent. For the above reason, capable Capricorn should spend many hours in meditation, gathering the strength to control such inner emotions. The swings in mood are not the only reason some Capricorns deserve the adjective based on their name capricious. They can be surprisingly and suddenly witty and subtle for the quiet, reserved individuals they seem to be, and they also have a tendency to ruin things by unexpected and utterly irresponsible bouts of flippancy. In certain individuals in whom the characteristic is strong, the temptation to do this has to be resisted with iron self-control. Another unexpected quality in some Capricorn is an interest in the occult which persists in spite of their naturally skeptical turn of mind. Their intellects are sometimes very subtle. They think profoundly and deeply, thoroughly exploring all possibilities before deciding on a 'safe' alternative. They have good memories and an insatiable yet methodical desire for knowledge. They are rational, logical and clearheaded, have good concentration, delight in debate in which they can show

off their cleverness by luring their adversaries into traps and confounding them with logic. In their personal relationships they are often ill-at-ease, if not downright unhappy. They are somewhat selfcentered but not excessively so, wary and cautious around people they do not know very well, preferring not to meddle with others and in turn not to allow interference with themselves, thus they tend to attract people who do not understand them. Casual acquaintances they will treat with diplomacy, tact and, above all, reticence. They make few good friends but are intensely loyal to those they do make, and they can become bitter, and powerful enemies. They sometimes dislike the opposite sex and test the waters of affection gingerly before judging the temperature right for marriage. Once married, however, they are faithful, though inclined to jealousy. Most Capricorns marry for life. Their occupations can include most professions that have to do with math or money and they are strongly attracted to music. They can be economists, financiers, bankers, speculators, contractors, managers and real estate brokers. They excel as bureaucrats, especially where projects demanding long-term planning and working are concerned, and their skill in debate and love of dialectic make them good politicians. They are excellent teachers, especially as principals of educational establishments where they have the authority to manage and organize without too much intimacy with the staff members. If working with their hands, they can become practical scientists, engineers, farmers and builders. The wit and flippancy which is characteristic of certain Capricornia’s may make some turn to entertainment as a career.


The CrafTy WiTCh’s Book Review

and covens over the years. She also supports her suggestions with advice from others. She collected surveys from other pagans living in small towns and offers their ideas as well as her own on various topics.

The Small-Town Pagan's Survival Guide: How to Thrive in Any Community By Bronwen Forbes

I appreciated Forbes’ approach to the topics in this book. They’ve come out of her experiences as well as others’ experiences living in small towns or making the transition to small towns. She doesn’t offer her ideas as the “right” or “only” way to do things, but offers them as they are, suggestions. When she doesn’t know or isn’t sure, she will admit it and offer the information she has, from her research or her survey respondents. You know what else I like about The Small-Town Pagan’s Survival Guide? It’s realistic. Forbes doesn’t sugar-coat things: she offers the pros and cons and lets the reader make his/her own choices. She acknowledges the good things about starting your own coven, but also acknowledges the challenges. I love her down to earth attitude. Biography

How many of you out there live in small towns where you don’t have access to any pagan events, groups, or shops? Do you know anyone else who is pagan that you can connect with? Once you find them, how do you connect with them? Where do you to connect when you don’t know anyone else? How do you tell others about your religion and/or spirituality? Bronwen Forbes has some ideas for you! This is a great book for everyone, whether you live in a small town or not, whether you’re experienced or inexperienced in your path, whether you’re a solitary practitioner or prefer to practice with others. Forbes offers advice on how and when to come out of the broom closet, how to approach meeting other pagans in your area, how to meet your pagan material needs (think altars!) in a small town, how to connect with others online, and how to start your own groups or covens. She speaks from experience, having lived in both small towns and urban areas and having started several groups

Bronwen Forbes co-founded Free Spirit Alliance and taught at various Pagan festivals, Pride Days, and conferences across the United States. She published fiction with Graveyard Publishing and two nonfiction books with Llewellyn: Make Merry in Step and Song and The SmallTown Pagan's Survival Guide. Bronwen Forbes passed away shortly before the publication of The Small-Town Pagan's Survival Guide in 2011. She taught workshops at Pagan Pride festivals, gatherings, bookstores, conferences and, most recently, at Circle Sanctuary’s 2009 Beltane festival. Her first book, Make Merry in Step and Song, is a collection of the English folk dances, songs, and plays she grew up with in Berea, Kentucky. She swears that watching a live performance of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance at age nine is what marked her as Pagan. Her second book, Mint Juleps, Mud Pie and Macbeth, is a comic novel about a mishapdriven musical production of Shakespeare’s cursed play and the Wiccan assistant stage manager who has to solve the problem. 18


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Dear Gertrude Dear Gertrude Is Wicca a 'real' religion???? I mean, I have never been to a wiccan church or anything. How do you know if it's a REAL religion? Curious & Confused Dear Curious & Confused, Thank you for your very good question. I also understand your confusion. "Religion" is defined by Webster as, "The service and worship of God or the supernatural.: commitment or devotion, religious faith or observance.: a person, set, or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs and practices. . . . ". According to this definition, Wicca is indeed a religion, one that is governmentally religion by the government of Great Britain and the United States, just to name two countries. Though there are a few Wiccan "Churches" or "Gathering Houses", Wiccans celebrate holy days or Sabbats in either an alreadyformed coven, a small group or as a Solitary Practitioner. As unusual as this may sound, Wiccans are not the only religious group that worship in this manner. There are the Native Americans who still follow or are rebuilding their own old religions as well as black Americans who have chosen to rebuild those religions native to Africa. There are many religions around the world that practice at home temples or alter where only one or two individuals worship in the name of their personally selected divinity(s). A little history first. What is known as "Wicca" today was developed in England in the late 1940's and early 1950's by Gerald Gardener (Gardner) and his group of followers. They claimed to follow the "Old Ways" of Nature and Celtic Worship practiced by the Ancient Witches of England. Before they could declare this new religion and have it acknowledged by the British Government, (which was important as practicing Witchcraft was outwardly legally in Britain at that time) the group was required to develop "tenants" or rules and guidelines by which this New Religion would be instructed and accepted. After studying the tenants of the world’s top four or five religions practiced in Great Britain at the time, the Gardener Group came up with tenants that reflected (or mirrored) the practices of these other religions but in words that were mistakenly "Earthy and Ancient". Thus Wicca was born. Wicca reached the United States in the Mid-50's and has spread from coast to coast here as well as in most other free religious nations around the world. Wicca has changed over the last 50 years since its arrival from Britain. In some cases it has focused more on the Female part of Nature than it did originally. Also the worship of nearly all gods/goddesses and divinities/deities is now accepted very broadly. The mixing of one group of deities from one part of the world with those from another is not unheard of ,as long as the main tenant remains, Do What Ye Will, But Harm None. For someone coming from a very structured religious background of say Christianity, the Wiccan religion must seem almost nonexistent or, at the very least, extremely confusing. Wicca is an honor-bound religion. There is no one looking over your shoulder telling you right from wrong or what to think and when. We learn that our individual personal observance of deity (Goddess and/or God) is totally at our own discretion. We learn that our thoughts are our own and that we have a direct link with our deity(s) that we

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make stronger each and every time we chose to pray or talk to that particularly deity. We make no confession to our gods/goddesses UNLESS we chose to do so or deem it necessary. We tend to follow our hearts and, in some cases, keep in mind many of our early religious learning’s (such as the 10 Commandments) as they were established as rules to make society operate more smoothly. Most Eclectic Wiccans borrow from many different religions, ancient and present day, developing their own "words of wisdom" or paths to follow. Those Wiccans who chose to follow "Traditions or Trads" are following guidelines that have been set forth by individuals who, over the last 50 years, established their own Wiccan ideas and rules. Regardless of Traditional Wicca or an Eclectic path, one thought prevails and runs through each path, "Do What Ye Will, But Harm None." After all, what better rule could anyone carry through his or her life. If you are looking at Wicca for the first time or are trying hard to decide if you are suited to our ways, there are many books that explain how one person or group of people see Wicca as well as many, many websites and Facebook walls to investigate. Be of good heart ~ very, very often one begins to read one tradition which looks really good to them and then finds another that looks equally as good. You aren't being fickle or wishy-washy. It's ok. Wicca is different to every person who becomes involved with it. Our personal concepts are as many and varied as the stars in the sky. That is part of Wicca's beauty. Perhaps it might be easier for new individuals just to enjoy the concepts of Nature, a power greater than ourselves at work in our lives and our world. Allow the actual Religion of Wicca to finds its way within you. Read what you can but allow it to play within your life and establish its own course. It will, you know, just as sure as the trees grow leaves in the Spring, the birds lay and hatch their chicks and the snow comes every Winter (well, at least in snowy parts of our world). These are all part of Nature's workings and part of the Religion of Wicca. The Love of the Goddess and God in your life or, if you so desire, a whole group of Gods and Goddesses to help you through each of your days. This is your decision. There is no rush to accept or decline and what you accept today, you can adjust your thinking on tomorrow if there is a true necessity to do so. One last thing to keep in mind. Should any one person or group tell you that you MUST do something in Wicca THEIR WAY AND ONLY THEIR WAY, and that your way is WRONG, my personal recommendation is to run in the opposite direction. Others Wiccans will tell you to just be very careful of them as they may not have your best interest at heart. Remember, Wicca is a highly personal and personalized religion. It is based on what is in your heart and in your mind. No one could or should ever tell you that you are wrong about anything dealing with Wicca. Just remember, do what ye will, but harm none! With the Greatest Blessings and Love Gertrude Moon, CC


JANUARY GEM STONE OF THE MONTH

DENDRITIC QUARTZ This unusual looking form of quartz nearly always attracts attention. Looking like it contains tiny tree or pieces of roots or moss, Dendritic Quartz contains branchy looking mineral deposits that snake through the stone. Children are drawn to it because of the minerals' unique designs. Once you pick up a Dendritic Quartz it is difficult to put it down!! Our attraction to this little gem is understandable as it facilitates closeness with nature and a connection to the Earth Mother. It also encourages us to reach back into our past, to the beginning of time and to connect, recall and better understand ourselves and our planet. Those who wish to practice past-life regression would be wise to wear or hold this stone during their regression session. For those of you who are do divination work for others may find this stone extremely helpful as well when trying to get to the bottom of a client's current life. Of course, every child should have one of these in their treasure trove of stones as it will keep them open to learning about the Earth and themselves. My boys use to go to sleep with them in their hands. I never understood why those little finger clutched these beautiful pieces of nature so tightly, now I do. It can be used to activate the chakras and to sustain the opening of the chakras to facilitate purity in the total connection to the higher consciousness. It can also be used to treat disorders of the skeletal system, the nervous system and the small capillaries and to promote the alignment of the bone structure of the physical body. ~ Lazy Witch

Dendritic Agate assists one in perceiving the selfimposed limitations and patterns that have created our experiences. It helps us to examine our behaviors and provides the stable determination to make necessary adjustments. It provides a wholesome, truthful ‘reality check’. 21


Moon Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients:

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1/2 Cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder Sticks of butter (1 Cup), softened 1/2 Cups sugar egg tsp. vanilla extract

Preparation: Blend flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg to the butter and sugar and mix well. Add vanilla extract. One cup at a time, add the flour mix into the wet ingredients. Mix until it's nice and doughy. Flour your hands, and roll dough into pieces about the size of a golf ball. Squash it down and shape it into a crescent, and then flatten it down. Another option is to roll the dough out and cut it with crescent cookie cutters -be sure to flour your cookie cutters before you use them, or the dough won't come out as well. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 350 for about ten minutes, until the sides begin to brown.

Make icing with the following ingredients:

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1 8-oz block of cream cheese, softened 1 stick butter, softened 4 Cups powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. milk

Blend the cream cheese and butter together, and then gradually add in the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and mix well. Blend in the milk (add a little more if your icing doesn't seem creamy enough). After your moon cookies have cooled, use this to frost them. Optional: add silver sprinkles to your cookies while the frosting is still wet, or dip half the cookie in chocolate and frost the other half in white.

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House Cleaning Ceremony

No one really likes to clean, but

we all know we feel better when our physical space is tidy. It's one of life's necessary chores. Start your new year off with a good thorough cleaning, and then follow that up with a spiritual cleansing. This is a great ritual to perform before Imbolc -- remember that for many of our ancestors, washing came only a few times a year, so by February, a house was probably smelling pretty ripe. Pick a bright sunny day to do a clean sweep, and then invite friends and family to join you in a blessing of your home. First, do a complete physical cleaning of your house. Put on some music and thoroughly clean every room. Strip sheets off the beds, turn the mattresses, dust every surface, and vacuum every floor. Sort through those piles of paper on your desk, and get rid of things you don't need to keep; file everything else. Gather up the kids' toys and put them in baskets for easy storage. If you need to get rid of things, do it now -- set aside a box for charity and put gently used items in it. Set aside another box for trash, and see if you can fill it up!

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Once your house is clean -- and 1. this assumes you did the kitchen as well -- it's time to have some fun. Call up some friends and invite them over for a potluck. Cook up some Imbolc-themed comfort foods, such as Braided Bread or Beer Battered Fish & Chips, and have a small potluck celebration. Ask each guest to bring a small token to bless your house -2. pebbles, shells, interesting bits of wood, beads, etc. You'll also need the following

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As you pass from room to room, anoint each door and windowsill with the Blessing Oil by tracing the shape of a pentagram or other symbol of your tradition. This prevents anything negative from crossing into the home. If you like, you can offer a small incantation as you do this, something like: May the goddess bless this home, making it sacred and pure, so that nothing but love and joy shall enter through this door.

A bowl of water Some sea salt A smudging bundle of sage or sweetgrass  A blue candle 3. Finally, once you've gone  Some Blessing Oil through the house, ask each of  A bowl or bag your guests to deposit their blessing token in your bowl or Begin at the front door -- it is, bag. Keep it in a place of honor after all, where you welcome in your home -- on the mantel guests into your home -- and or in your kitchen is a good go through the house in a idea. Gather around the dinner sunwise direction (clockwise). table, break out the goodies, Ask your guests to help you and enjoy a feast with your by smudging the perimeter of friends and family! each room with the salt, sage, candle flame and water. You may wish to say some sort of incantation as they do this, something like:

With the purifying power of water, with the clean breath of air, with the passionate heat of fire, with the grounding energy of earth we cleanse this space.


Pagan Parenting

Ritual Etiquette for Children By Alena Orrison Often times when we are invited to attend a public ritual, we ask if children are allowed to attend. It can be difficult to find child care but we also want our children to participate in worshiping the Gods and Goddesses of our chosen path. If the answer is, “please, no children,” we find ourselves either deciding to skip the ritual this time or asking friends and family if they can watch our child(ren) for a couple hours. If the answer is, “yes, children are welcome,” usually there is an unspoken, “but they have to be respectful and quiet.” How can we teach our children to participate in a ritual with other people if they don’t attend one? Sometimes rituals involve chanting, drumming, dancing or other activities that, to a child or an outsider, can seem like a big party. It can be difficult in the moment to reign in an especially enthusiastic child. The key is to prepare them ahead of time by explaining to them what is generally expected and to tell them to follow your lead while in circle. It is also helpful if you already have rituals with your children, as then they will already have some idea of proper etiquette when in circle. Here are some good guidelines for almost any ritual that your child may attend. Welcoming If there is a new child, don’t ignore them when you play games. Tell them your name and ask them to play with you. And don’t forget to share! In the Circle It is a time of celebration and fun, but there is a time and a place for everything. In either the youth circle or the adult, we must always be mindful of others. If you are in circle, you should only leave when necessary and with a door cut for you. Ask your parent to leave with you if that is needed. If there is a meditation, we need you to keep quiet, sit still and listen to the story that is being told. This is to make 24

sure that everyone can enjoy their time in circle. Making noises, giggling, talking and acting out can spoil it for everyone. Sacred Space A circle is a time for magical work and it is very important that everyone respect each other. Don’t laugh or make fun of someone if they make a mistake. Don’t talk while others are doing their part in the circle. You wouldn’t want them to interrupt you after you have put time practicing your part. Courtesy Be kind to each other when playing, whether it is before or after the circle. It is important to remember your manners and not make fun of others. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Everything comes back to us threefold so if you are unwilling to share or be nice, then others will be too. Clockwise Unless you are told otherwise, always move clockwise (the way the hands on a clock move) when in circle. A good way to remember is to follow the direction of your left hand when you are standing at the edge of the circle and looking into the center. Ritual Tools Even the adults are not allowed to touch another’s ritual tool without that person’s permission. If you want to see a pretty wand, ask the person who brought it if you can touch it. Drums Like ritual tools, these are another kind of ritual instrument for the adults. If you want to play the instrument, ask the person who owns it. Always be gentle with an instrument because it is someone’s special tool. Ritual Fire As a young person, you should never play with fire. Keep a safe distance away so that you don’t get


hurt. No one wants to make a trip to the emergency room from an event. Watches and Toys These can be fun but before you go into circle, leave it with your parent to hold onto. Watches and toys can make it hard to pay attention and you won’t be able to have as much fun. Barefoot This is okay so long as the weather is warm for outdoor circles and it isn’t wet or muddy. For indoor rituals, it isn’t necessary but sometimes it makes it easier to dance and to not hurt someone if you accidentally step on their feet. It can also make it more comfortable and make it easier for you to focus more on the ritual. Touching Most Pagans are very friendly and like to hug or even kiss on the cheek. If you do not like this, tell your parent or the High Priestess. Also, be aware that you might like to hug but not everyone else does. So if someone tells you not to hug, then just be polite and shake their hand instead. If someone touches you in a way that you do not like, tell a trusted adult right away.

Confidentiality It is exciting to take part in circle and celebrations, but your classmates, teachers and friends may not understand what you are talking about. You might also want to speak to your parents before telling others what happened in circle. We are not ashamed of our religion, but not everyone worships the way we do and they often do not understand our ways. So be careful in what you say to anyone who isn’t Pagan. Just as important as having good etiquette, it is important to have fun participating in rituals to honor our deities and ancestors. Relax, and enjoy yourself. Note to Parents Children sometimes might have questions that they do not ask because they either do not know what to ask or are nervous. Keep an eye on your child during ritual and make a mental note of anything that they seemed to not understand. Then later, when you are at home, you can help prompt them to discuss the ritual by asking questions such as, “What did you think of the meditation?” or “When the Elements were called, what did you feel?” Make sure to ask open-ended questions, those that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no, to encourage conversation. Photo 1: http://www.magnetictimes.com.au/images/uploads/PaganPride-Day-ritual-circle-4-220902.jpg Photo 2: Anchorage Pagan Network Lammas 2006

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The Astrology of January 2013 By: Ingrid Jeffries

www.NorthStarAstrology.net

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“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” -James Barrie Presently Earth is experiencing key planetary alignments in the constellations of Aries and Capricorn* along with its alignment to the Galactic center. This is a time that seers through the ages have written about. These frequencies of light stimulate evolutionary energies that require us to embrace ‘Beginner’s Mind’, to be open to new information, to remain curious rather than critical, and to allow for a ‘leap of faith.’ January’s planetary emphasis in the sign of Capricorn can aid us in accomplishing much work if we are patient and persistent. Capricorn’s planetary ruler, Saturn, is in the sign of the mystery and transformation, Scorpio. This is a stalwart placement that supports longevity and commitment. Projects that are begun now have staying power. Two planets that have long been associated with the Wise Ones, Wizards, and Crones, are astrologically prominent, Pluto and Saturn. These two encourage us to think about the ‘long run’ and what we can commit our energy to, and the ‘karma’ we are creating as well as supporting. Generally these are solitary energies where some of our best work and planning is done alone or behind the scenes. Group activities over the course of this month may require greater flexibility and open mindedness. When the planet of communication and community, Mercury, connects with the planetary rebel, Uranus, words, communications, and events can take an interesting and unexpected turn. This can be a creative combination as long as one can remain unattached to a specific outcome. Trust will be a key issue for many of us. The Capricorn New Moon occurs on 1/11 with a host of planets lined up in this sign, motivating us to act on our New Year’s resolutions. This lunar cycle encourages us to be accountable and own our power.

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Any frustrations or disagreements that occur may have to do with a lack of emotional and /or visionary flexibility. This New Moon supports remaining open to new information in our personal relationships and allowing for deeper understanding and commitment in our professional relations. The Aquarius Full Moon occurs on 1/26. There are gregarious and expansive energies operating with the Sun and Leo Moon in friendly aspect to Jupiter, a planet associated with faith, fortune, and greater opportunity. Aquarius is a sign linked with the future, technology, revitalization, and collaboration. We reach the mid-winter point in the northern hemisphere in this sign on Feb 1-3rd. Many cultures celebrate this period of increasing light with fire ceremonies. To the Europeans this was Imbolc or Candlemas, a time when winter stores ran low and food more scarce. To symbolize their faith in a better future they put a candle in every window and would light it at dusk with a prayer. This is the perfect time to focus on how you want to live, to re-affirm your hopes and dreams for the future. As Henry Ford said,” Whether you believe you can or cannot, you are right.” *The planets are located in Capricorn and Aries in tropical western astrology whereas in Vedic or sidereal astrology these alignments take place in Sagittarius and Pisces. In either case it is ultimately the 90 degree aspect between the planets that is most significant.

Ingrid Jeffries is an internationally known counseling astrologer with over 20 years’ experience. She is available for private consultations in office or by phone. She can be reached at 303 6978309. To find out more about her classes and sessions go to

www.NorthStarAstrology.net

January issue 6  

Spells, Rituals and News about everyday living for the Pagan, Witch, Wiccan and spiritualist in us all

January issue 6  

Spells, Rituals and News about everyday living for the Pagan, Witch, Wiccan and spiritualist in us all

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