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Contents 6 From the Elders Corner Family & Summer Fun
the Peaceful Waters of the Sleeping Bear
On the Cover Wilhelmine Lachman Božičany 151, Božičany, 362 26 Czech Republic Publisher • Eberhardt, Personal Visions Executive Editor - jess*ca mae Proofreading & Copy Editor - Maeve Gregory Layout & Design - Refraction Creative Services Website Management - Personal Visions Consultants - Maeve Gregory, Dawn Sherwood, Faelin Wolf, and Tootie Marie Our goal at Pagan Edge is to provide readers a high quality, timely magazine with content relevant to modern pagans’ lifestyle and passions. Our publication is a lifestyle magazine so while we may publish spells, rituals, and some magick how-to; we aim to focus on ways that pagans, wiccans, earth-basedspiritualists, and those of like mind can incorporate their values and beliefs into their everyday living. Pagan Edge Magazine & paganedge.com exist solely to offer information to our readers. The publisher, editor, and the entire personnel of Pagan Edge., Pagan Edge Magazine, Personal Visions, Refraction Design and paganedge.com cannot be held responsible for misuse of any information provided. The views expressed in the articles and ads are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect these of Pagan Edge Magazine. Product descriptions, recipes & any how-to information: While we, and our affiliates, attempt to provide accurate information in the magazine and on the site, we do not warrant that the content on this Site will be accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free. It is your sole responsibility for the use of the content of this Magazine or web site. For additional details please see www.paganedge.com
10 Plant Vibes
Between a Rock and a Hardscape
12 Keeping the Edge We Are Everywhere
14 Art & Soul
The Glass Art of Ruth Bolles
16 Eclectic Cooking
Family, Friends, and Other Choosy Eaters
18 Our Lady’s Counsel Advice from Lady Fae
19 Note This!
Music Review on Wendy Rule
20 Handecraft Go Fly A Kite 22 PE Book Review
Book of interest to younger readers
24 Urban Shaman Building a Community an interview with Scott Andrews
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From the Elders Corner by Lucille M Rose
Family & Summer
January 1st of each year, people tell you their New Year’s resolutions. Have you ever heard any of your family, friends, or relatives mention what they are going to do in the summer with family? Generally what you hear is “the kids only have a week left of school,” followed by “the kids and I are going shopping for school clothes next week.” Summer has literally flashed by in the blink of an eye with few memories, few memorable events attended, and few hours spent together with family. This scenario is repeated year after year, not only with one’s own children but also with one’s own grandchildren. Ask family members what they would like to do this summer. Then make and edit the list. Post it on the refrigerator. Your thoughts or comments might be something like this, “we can’t afford it, we don’t have the money, we don’t know what to do, etc.” You might be surprised to find it is not necessarily money but your time that is important to family members. Time… how do you deal with that issue? We all have 24 hours in a day. However, we tend to waste so much by rushing here and there and accomplishing little, or engaging in the “high drama” that tends to fill our lives needlessly. Do an occasional priority check. Will you regret the time you missed spending with your child when you are celebrating the 18th or 21st birthday or you are helping them pack to leave your home? If you can say no, then by all means continue to do what you are doing now. If you replied yes, then make the changes before you regret it. 6
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Look at the age of the child or children and choose age appropriate activities. However there are things that are enjoyable no matter what the age. If you are looking for a few suggestions for things that cost a few dollars or even less: · Circle Round written by Starhawk, is an excellent book for Pagan children. She has several activities and stories for each Sabbat. · Call up an elderly relative who you have not seen recently and ask if they would like to have you and your child or children visit them. Plan the length of time for the visit according to the age of the relative. · Bake something on a cool day. There are recipes available using the microwave so even on hot days you can make something. · Use the treats for a tea party or when visiting the relative. · There are excellent science project books for children. They contain fun projects and teach at the same time. Most of the required items or ingredients are already in your kitchen or home. · Salt dough for a rainy day project. The salt dough recipe is very easy and uses only four ingredients. Mix 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of salt and 2 teaspoons of oil in a large bowl. Have children squeeze
the ingredients together until they are mixed. · Check out a book or books in the library on wild plants. Children and adults enjoy a nature walk in the woods. They can learn to identify a plant, learn if it is edible or poisonous, if it heals and what it heals, and what animals are attracted to that plant. Just a sidenote: always do research using the Latin name. Before going on a nature walk, do some preparation. Familiarize yourself with poison ivy and poison oak. The Internet has some wonderful pictures of both plants. Print them and take them with you. Urushiol oil, the active ingredient in poison ivy that makes you itch, has been proven to be active for 25 years. Wear old clothes and shoes. Cover as much of your skin as possible. Use a sunscreen and insect repellent. Many insects do not like peppermint, camphor, rosemary, and catnip. You can make your own insect repellant if you want to use a more natural product. Pack water and finger foods such as a trail mix (depending on time and distance). Hand everyone a little $1.00 or less notebook or have everyone make their own notebook/journal before going on the nature walk. Be creative when making a journal. Have everyone write down everything they see. Things you might see on a nature walk include: snakes (yes I did say snakes), rabbits, turkeys, deer, various birds including blue herons, swans, geese,
ducks, turtles in and out of water. Make a game out of the nature walk by allowing the person with most items listed to choose the next activity on the list. After arriving home from the walk, remove and launder all outer clothing, set the shoes aside (do not walk in your house with those shoes, remember the poison ivy), shower with soap and water. Included is a short list of wildflowers/plants common to the northern part of the U.S. and a general idea of when you see them. I have pocket calendars I use and keep from year to year. Plants do vary by a couple weeks depending on the weather. This year the plants seem to be appearing later than previous years. For those who live in the more southern parts of the country, I would suggest Peterson’s Field Guide or the Audubon Field Guide. I would also check the library for these two books. The other thing would be to ask the library if anyone is available in the area that knows the plants or even if they offer a field trip. I was amazed at the knowledge that people had concerning the plants in this area. Little did I know that my husband’s grandfather taught his grandsons much of what could and could not be eaten in the area. For those who live outside the U.S., I would suggest Lesley Bremness Book on Herbs.
Wildﬂowers/plants common to the northern part of the U.S. and a general idea of when you see them MAY: Bloodroot, Lily of the Valley, Violets, Apple Blossoms, Lilacs, Tulips, Nightshade, Dandelions, Trillium, Henbane, Wild Chives, Mullein JUNE: Lavender, Raspberries, Black Caps, Strawberries, Yarrow, Blue Flag, Cinquefoil, St. Johns Wort, Dogbane, Mulberries, Sheppard’s Purse, Wild Roses JULY: Sweet Fern, Wild Bergamot, Goldenrod, Horsemint, Mouse Ear, Blackberries, Blue Vervain, Joe Pye a.k.a. Sweet Joe Pye AUGUST: Pearly Everlasting, Mullein Flowers, Evening Primrose
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Article & Photos by Tootie Marie Imagery
the Peaceful Waters of the Sleeping Bear Photos ©2009, Tootie Marie Imagery
The Legend of the Sleeping Bear
Long, long ago, along the western shore of the Great Lake Michigan, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into the lake by an enormous raging forest ﬁre. The bears swam for many hours. The mother’s words of encouragement urged on her weary cubs, but eventually the cubs became too tired and lagged behind. Mother bear reached the eastern shore of the lake and climbed to the top of a high bluff to watch and wait for her cubs. Too tired to continue, the exhausted cubs had drowned within sight of the shore, but the mother bear stayed and waited in hopes that her cubs would ﬁnally appear. She drifted in and out of sleep but would not give up hope. Impressed by the mother bear’s determination and faith, the Great Spirit Manitou created two islands to mark the spot where the cubs disappeared. At the top of the bluff, the winds buried the sleeping mother bear under the sands, and the Great Spirit created a solitary dune to represent the faithful mother bear, where she waits to this day. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is undoubtedly one of the best nature escapes in the Midwestern United States, located on the west coast of the state of Michigan, along the eastern shoreline of the Great Lake Michigan. I have been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore many times. This enchanted land is filled with Native American lore, a nature lover’s destination. Many times I have hiked her trails, usually at the slow pace of one mile per hour because there seems to be something to closely watch or inspect after traversing just a short distance: “What is making that sound?,” or “What kind of bird is that? I need my binoculars,” or “Let me get just the right photo of this plant,” whether it be a wild-flower or a fungus. Many times I have watched the sunset from Empire Bluffs or Sleeping Bear Overlook, when Lake Michigan becomes illuminated in a shimmering path of golden light as the sun melts into the water. The more I visit Sleeping Bear, the more she is a part of me. On September 9th and 10th, 2009, for the first time ever, I had the privileged opportunity to experience the peaceful, meditative waters of Sleeping Bear from a kayak. The first water we ventured onto was Otter Lake. I had never been in a kayak before, ever; and so my camera and binoculars had to stay in the truck, just in case I tipped over. As I and my companions launched ourselves into this small lake, I felt excitement building inside me; I had been looking forward 8
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to this all week. There was only a very gentle breeze; the surface of the lake reminded me of stained glass. The water was so calm we were able to paddle around and take our time exploring all along the edges of the lake, and I love to explore. We encountered a great blue heron and two cormorants perched on a downed tree that jutted out into the water. The cormorants were attempting to dry themselves in the warmth of the sun, but as our presence disturbed them they slid into the calm waters of the lake and dove beneath the surface only to reappear a short time later in a different location. The heron took flight in that slow magnificent way that herons do, looming large and graceful in its winged departure. Little fish darted everywhere. There were larger
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bluegill and bass that swam away as my kayak pierced through the surface of their domain. The water in Otter Lake was very clear. Beneath it, I could see the plants anchored to the lake bottom, their long tendrils with leaves attached, stretching toward the sunlight above the surface, always just out of their reach. It was easy for me to imagine these plants to be spires of an underwater city, spires rising from buildings inhabited by mer-people living in an under water metropolis. Yes, it is that enchanting. Evinrude dragonflies (that’s what I call the really big ones) would fly and hover around us. It appeared they were “checking us out” so to speak. One would hover in front of my face, seem to tilt its head sideways, give a questioning glance, and dart off to do the same to one of my companions. Then seeming to realize we meant no harm, they would quickly fly off to some hidden spot among the reeds or fallen trees along the water’s edge. I also attempted to navigate among the reeds that grow in the shallow waters, but deep enough to easily let a kayak maneuver through them. As I steered my kayak through the reeds and they parted on each side of the bow, it was like watching an IMAX 3-D movie. “Wow, this is cool.” But instead of being on a movie screen, I’m really here, doing this myself. After gliding through the reeds a few times and figuring out the small spiders that were now crawling over me and my kayak had come from the reeds, I decided I no longer needed to partake in that experience, however awesome it may be. On my final departure from the reeds, I notice these tiny silver streaks arching just inches over the water; maybe twenty of them, one right after the other, looking like shiny illuminated droplets. “Whoa, dudes”, I exclaim, “that was awesome.” I was informed that these are small fish
appropriately called shiners, and they do this to escape a predator, most likely a bass. I don’t recall ever having seen that before, and so many arching all at once, well it was awesome. That was Otter Lake, or most of it. We explored all along the edges, from our kayaks. What an experience, what a privilege. On the same day we also explored another small lake, named Bass Lake, which feeds into Otter Lake. The next day we took our kayaks down the easy, gently flowing Lower Platte River all the way from state highway M-22, and paddled out into Lake Michigan braving the choppy waters to watch the sunset. That was really cool; to paddle those choppy waters of the big lake, get our four kayaks side by side, and watch the sunset together, what a great memory. I wish I had time to tell you about some of the other animals I saw during those first two days: the painted turtles and snapping turtles swimming under my kayak; the little red squirrel scurrying off with a fish; the green heron perched in a tree preening itself, raising and lowering its crest agitated by our presence below; the white-tailed deer watching us from the bank as we float by; the belted kingfishers with their staccato chattering flying along the lake shores and rivers; and the soaring bald eagles, so majestic, their white head and tail gleaming in the sun. My first two days kayaking three of the many life-rich waters which Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has to offer. I did not tip over, even on Lake Michigan. “Yay!” But waves still wash into my kayak and manage to soak the contents. Good reasons not to bring my camera and binoculars. The experience however, the memories created, etched in my mind, are now a part of my life evermore. The more I visit Sleeping Bear, the more she is a part of me.
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White-tailed deer & red squirrel
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by Dawn Sherwood
between a ROCK and a HARDSCAPE Adding Structure to the Garden Hardscape is not a catchy term for describing overly difficult gardening sites. It simply describes the hard, durable non-plant parts of the landscape. Hardscaping elements are chosen first for function and directly or indirectly add beauty as well. Hardscaping can take on a number of functions: provide definition of different areas within a landscape, direct views and traffic, frame or screen views, provide shelter, ambience and ease of access, and create containment. Patios or other gathering areas, perhaps a ritual fire pit, can give initial definition to an experience just from the view users have as they approach them or are afforded from them. Modern patios may also provide added function with space for grills, speakers or lights built into surrounding block walls, but who’s to say you couldn’t have a built in altar space or incorporate markers for the directions? A full-size patio near the house is traditional for entertaining and cookouts, but small patches of private patio, anchored more closely in nature, quickly prove their worth as well. Seating on a dining patio
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accommodates diners and may provide storage, but has more to offer elsewhere. Benches and other seating can function as decoration, visible destinations, or hidden retreats or rest stops within the landscape. Walls of natural stone, textured block, or recycled wood can define boundaries, retain soil, and aid in adding multiple levels to a landscape and in the creation of water features. Walls also provide one more place to garden, as you can grow plants in their cracks and crevices. Succulents work well for this, but so do herbs such as creeping thyme (perfect for the wall next to the grill). Pathways direct both the feet and the eyes, with the materials and their layout affecting the pace, as well as the overall experience, of those navigating them. Paving bricks and interlocking paver blocks are considered more formal than gravel or stone, with stepping stones and mulch being the most informal. Straight paths generally give a direct route to a set destination, so users tend to adopt a quicker pace and focus on the visible lure at the
end of the path - such as a sculpture, bench, or ravishing specimen plant. Winding or vanishing paths pull the traveler forward with the mystery of what lies around the bend, but at a more meandering pace. Arbors, pergolas, and gazebos can function merely as attractive, sheltering destinations, or they can define areas of transition within the landscape. They can also provide vertical interest and support for climbing plants, as do obelisks, trellises, and plant pillars. The type of material such structures are created from is a factor in how well they fit into the given landscape and the ambience they lend to it - white with Victorian scrollwork, wrought iron, unfinished cedar, or rough logs and twigs are a few of the common and distinctively different choices. These materials are also a few of the many choices for fencing, another valuable hardscaping element with multiple possible functions. Fencing can screen views, provide a backdrop or climbing support for plants and create enclosures for pets or children to play in, or to protect plants from animal invaders. Fencing can even be used to designate boundaries and frame views at the same time with fence sections, spaced with gaps between them, lending definition to the area they border while each opening provides a snapshot of the landscape beyond. Ideally hardscaping is planned for, and some of it installed, before the plants are in the landscape, but it can certainly be done in an established landscape, though some shifting of existing elements may be needed. The most tried and true technique is to begin by listing what uses are desired--dining, play, and relaxation areas perhaps--and then roughly plotting them on a map of the overall area to be hardscaped. So, a graph paper with the sketched dimensions and existing plant and non-plant features of a backyard might show a small circle near the back door indicating an area to sit and enjoy morning coffee; a larger one — a safe distance from the house — for a fire pit and picnic table; perhaps a circle just beyond the coffee spot to show space for a play area; and one under a favorite tree at the back for a meditation sanctuary. Shift the size and location of these representative circles until you get a layout that not only suits your desired uses, but assures comfortable access and works well with any existing and planned elements. This will take time, research, and likely more measuring, but will be well worth the effort. Then dive into deciding which hardscape elements will bring these thoughtfully planned areas to their fullest potential.
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Keeping the Edge
we are everywhere by Mya Om
In Egypt, a few years ago, I got to stand in the shadow of the Gods, on their very soil. I walked under the hot sun that nurtured them and I stood awestruck in the ruins of their great civilization. It was an experience unlike any I had felt before. What touched me most, when I was there in 2004, was a profound sense of sadness in the knowledge that while we honor these Gods here, the practice of polytheistic worship has almost disappeared in that cradle of civilization, driven underground by fervent monotheism. I have no problem with Islam, I come from a multicultural family, and fully half of my relations practice Islam to one degree or another. More so now that my only brother, just became engaged to a lovely girl – from a devout Muslim family. Between the Methodists, my Mom’s relations, and the Muslims on Dad’s side, I thought I was the lone blacksheep. The only pentagram-wearing, tree-hugging, goddess worshiper in my large extended family. That is until I remembered my father’s grandmother, my Jeda. She was a truly unique woman who passed on to the women in my family a belief in the value and strength of women. She taught me an understanding of what it took and takes to be a magic worker in a world that fears magic and what it really means to practice the four cornerstones of magic — to know, will, dare and keep silent. What I forgot, was that I was not the only child raised at her knee. I have a plethora of first cousins — other girls and boys who unlike me reside in the Middle East. Before last year and a surprising discovery at the home of one of my uncles, I never considered that there was goddess worship in the Middle East. I knew that there was witchcraft, a tradition with a decidedly Muslim flair, and so unlike Wicca that words fail to describe it. What I never expected to find was a copy of the little green and black book I was so familiar with, 12
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whose pages I had turned more than once, a book highlighted, notated, and dog-eared within an inch of its life and which sits proudly on my bookshelf, after fifteen years of ownership — Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. Does this surprise you? Well it sure as hell shocked me! I never expected the eldest daughter of my most conservative uncle, a girl who had been wearing higab1 since she was twelve, who had memorized the Quran at seven, to find her way to Wicca. Out of everyone, she was the last person I expected to be anything other than Muslim. We shared a moment reserved for kindred spirits. In the 10 day duration of my visit, I discovered that she and I shared much more than some common DNA. We liked the same music, read the same books, we both enjoyed a good cigarette and an ice cold Mexican beer on a hot day. Except where I can do these things with ease — she does them in secret and she is not the only one. She, and those like her are the very edge of the sharp blade of our movement. Margot Adler in her introduction to Drawing Down the Moon called Wicca “a religion without converts.”2 By this she meant that we do not seek to change the minds and hearts of those around us. Those who find their way to our path do so because their own journey leads them to that final destination. The traditional Islamic clothing customarily worn by women after the onset of puberty. In Jordan the custom is to cover all body parts except the face and hands. 1
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The Glass Art of “Water Born” 15” x 20” $160.00 (USD)
“Lotus II” 16” x 13.75” $105.00 (USD)
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Colored pieces of glass nestle together in the window. Their arrangement fluid and balanced. Not just a work of art as themselves, but refracting shapes and patterns which slowly rotate across the floors and walls as they flirt with the sun’s rays angling from above. One panel of glass infused with emotion and story creates a spectrum of color and shape with the ability to fill the room, entrance the eyes, and calm the soul. Perhaps this scenario takes the mind to a gothic cathedral where colors fill tall windows and warm stone floors; where one can sit quietly and meditate for hours. Perhaps this scenario takes the mind to a victorian home where simple symmetrics of cut glass bring light into a dark-stained parlor; where one visits long time friends over a cup of earl grey. We need not limit ourselves to these scenarios. Artist Ruth Bolles re-interprets traditional glass working for current times and needs. She dusts off the over-looked colored glass to show its true color and brings new light and inspiration to an art often thought of as “old fashioned.”
“On the Beach” 12” x 14.75” $82.00 (USD)
“Forest Awakening” 12.5” x 18” $109.00 (USD)
Kelp cradles goddesses, leaves burst forth with hidden gems, trees embrace the sky. Some of Ruth’s influences are obvious, “I find inspiration everywhere. During a morning walk, listening to the water run over the rocks, watching the wind move the branches of the trees in my yard.” But there is a unique challenge working with glass not always found when working with other mediums: the glass itself. “Often I am inspired by the shapes or colors I see in a piece of glass. Glass has a split personality – one when the light shines through it and one when you just look at the surface. You have to allow yourself to really look at it. I often set a piece of glass in the window of my studio so I can watch it for a while before I will do anything with it. Kind of like people, we just need to take the time to really see them.” Although Ruth creates traditional and non-traditional compositions, she prefers the organic flowing lines she witnesses in nature and in the glass. Her own “style” emerges as these influences combine with Ruth’s sense of intuition and self. “Most recently I have been creating panels with trees and women as the main focus. This started as a way to use some of the leftover material I had
“Glass has a split personality – one when the light shines through it and one when you just look at the surface... Kind of like people, we just need to take the time to really see them. in my studio. And the women, well we are such strong and powerful beings I started incorporating the woman figure into trunks of trees as a symbol of that strength and I have been so pleased with the response. These pieces have become very popular and I am having such an amazing time working with this subject matter I just don’t see it coming to an end any time soon.” The subject matter does not restrict itself to the two-dimensional world; we can also find it flowing over into the three-dimensional world and onto reclaimed wine bottles which become hanging lanterns, candle shelters, and wall sconces. Ruth learned the process of glass working from another glass artist but her creative journey began many years before. “The desire to create has always been a part of who I am. I don’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t creating some kind of art. My parents always encouraged me to pursue my desire to be involved in the arts in any way I chose.” The path leading her to glass is a journey itself. “Over the years I have played in so many mediums my husband wished I would find something and stick with it. Then I had the opportunity to take a class in stained glass. I have been working full time as a graphics designer for about 26 years but I find my real passion in working with stained glass. After that one class I just couldn’t stop myself. I have been creating with glass for 12 years now.” With the encouragement of friends, she stepped outside of her comfort zone and dared to share her art with others about 10 years ago. She now runs her own business, “Fragments of My Imagination” which has an online store, displays at many art shows, and customizes a variety of commission work. Pieces are featured on their own FaceBook page and can be found for sale or custom order at www.fragmentsglass.com. “When someone is drawn to one of the pieces I create and they feel the desire to take it home with them, I feel such joy that I have created something that they can enjoy everyday.” Ruth combines the luminous nostalgia of times past with inspiration from nature, adds a twist of magick, and helps others create their own sanctuary of meditation or welcoming sitting space in homes, altars, and gardens.
Art & Soul
“Sun’s Blessing” 12.75” x 16.75” $138.00 (USD)
Hanging Bottle Lanterns sand etched glass $32.00 (USD)
Candle Shelter Stained glass $45.00 (USD)
Candle Shelter Sand etched glass $27.00 (USD)
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& other choosy e at e r s
It can be difficult to plan meals when there are choosy eaters in the family or in a group of individuals. One way around it is to serve up a multitude of ingredients so that each person can construct their own main dish. We see this all the time at cook-outs... throw some hotdogs and burgers on the grill and everyone builds their own dream hotdog, hamburger, or soy burger, with or without all the trappings. Or pizza parties where everyone gets a mini-pizza and decorates it with their choice of sauce, cheese, and assorted toppings. Another cuisine that this strategy works especially well for is Mexican. Each person can be handed a plate and turned loose to make their own meal, although in the case of quesadillas heating them with a hot skillet or griddle or even electric quesadilla maker will be an additional step. It’s easy enough to pick and choose among the basic ingredients: • corn tortillas (for Tacos) or flour (for burritos or quesadillas) • meat • beans, re-fried or cooked whole • shredded cheese (Mexican cheeses and cheese blends are available) 16
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• lettuce • tomatoes • onions • peppers, bell peppers or jalapeño • hot sauce or salsa • cilantro • any ingredients that your family is particularly fond of One advantage tacos, burritos or quesadillas have is they are relatively self-contained finger-foods. Just like a slice of pizza or a hamburger, a fork and knife is more likely to hamper the enjoyment of eating them. For kids, the folded tortilla of a burrito and the melted cheese of a quesadilla help to contain any inner stuffing they like, so that manual dexterity isn’t quite as necessary as a taco requires. For those avoiding carbohydrates and grains, the tortillas can be dispensed with and they can enjoy the resulting salad. But for those that don’t mind picking up their eating utensils and are up for some good old-fashioned carbs, there is Mexican rice. Just as a potato salad or coleslaw can round out a meal at a cook-out or a green salad can provide a fresh counterpoint to pizza,
by Maeve Gregory
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rice can complement the flavors and textures of other Mexican dishes. In my opinion, rice is a requirement for any Mexican dinner and this month’s recipe is flexible enough to serve as a side for other cuisines and even as the basis for a main dish.
mixture to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat down as far as it will go. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from the heat, and allow it to steam for an additional 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Notes: A teaspoon of cumin can be added while the rice toasts. A chopped chili pepper or a quarter bell pepper can be added with the onion and garlic. Fresh chopped cilantro can be sprinkled over it as garnish and flavoring just before serving. For a more Spanish influence rice, peas and chopped carrots can be added.
Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice ½ of a small onion, finely chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced ¼ cup tomato paste 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 ¾ cups chicken or vegetable stock Process: In a medium pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add the uncooked rice and sauté, stirring constantly, until all the rice is toasted and golden brown. Toasting the rice is key to the flavor of this dish and also helps to keep the rice grains separate. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the individual rice grains and to allow it to cook for a minute and develop its flavor before moving on. Add the stock and bring the
If you are short on time or simply have some salsa you’d like to use up, this dish can be made by toasting the rice in oil, adding the stock (or plain water) and ¼ cup to ½ cup salsa. Both fresh and canned salsa will work. Cook as per the rest of the recipe. The rice can be made into a one dish meal with the addition of cooked black, red, or pinto beans rinsed and drained and served along side. Shredded cheese can be added for an additional boost of flavor. ™• July 2010 • Volume I
Our Lady’s Counsel Advice from Lady Fae’s Wisdom Circle
Dear Lady Fae, An acquintance of mine has a twelve year old daughter who is taken by me because I am a “Witch.” She asks me questions non-stop which I am very careful and reserved to answer. I want to be honest in answering her questions but do not want to sell her on the Hollywood stereotypes or completely “burst her bubble.” Her parents seem fine with me talking to her about it... but I am the one feeling uncomfortable. ~ Reserved Role-Model
Dear Lady Fae, It feels like I am the only pagan parent raising my children in the pagan lifestyle. My family has tried meet-up groups and festivals but often find twenty-somethings sharing adult natured jokes or stories about their live-action-roleplaying adventures. This is not what being pagan is about and is not the environment I want my children in. Where are the more mature adults? and more importantly... where are their children? ~Distressed Dadda
I am wondering what about the situation is making you feel uncomfortable. I understand your desire to be open and honest and to not convey stereotypes. We need to combat those stereotypes as much as possible! But, from what you’ve described, she seems eager to learn and her parents are okay with you talking to her… What is bothering you? Of course, if you really are uncomfortable being the teacher, so to speak, do not hesitate to tell her that you’re not sure you are the best person to answer her questions! Suggest she talk to her parents or to read a book like Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf or any other book that you think might be appropriate. There seem to be a lot of them out there aimed at teens these days. You should never do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you do decide to stick with her and answer her questions, perhaps it might be helpful to ask her some questions first. Ask what she thinks a witch is and what a witch does. See what information she has. If she has information that is wrong, you can start there with the right info! Maybe she is buying into those stereotypes—then you can correct them! Start with the basics and help her understand. I hope that helps. Good luck! Please write in again and tell us how it goes.
It’s always tough to find others who are like-minded, especially when it comes to paganism. We get nervous about revealing ourselves to people because they may freak out or condemn us to hell or just pester the living daylights out of us with questions. And then, maybe we do find our group of people, but they vary in age or family situation from us. Dadda, I can assure you that you are not the only one raising your children as pagan! But maybe you are the only one in your area, especially if you live in a small town. Or maybe you’re the only one searching and the other families aren’t out of the broom closet! Have you tried the local Unitarian Universalist church? I know sometimes they have pagan groups or nature friendly groups. At the very least, you would probably find other families who are at least raising their children in a more openminded and accepting way. If you live near a larger town, you might check there as well, if you haven’t already. Look in the local alternative newspaper or magazine (if there is one in your town)—maybe there are activities or opportunities for kids and families that are at least pagan friendly. You could meet other similar minded families that way. Another option is to look online for pagan parenting forums, websites, or groups. My final suggestion is starting a group for pagan families yourself! It is possible that there are other families in your area who ventured out as you did and got discouraged. You all need to find each other! Create a flyer for a family themed afternoon, using pagan language or a variation, depending on how comfortable you are, and post it at the UU or at an alternative bookstore or coffee shop or even at the library. See how many people turn up. Good luck! Don’t forget, you aren’t alone. Pagan families are out there—but we’re awfully good at hiding. ;)
Many blessings, ~ Lady Fae
Many blessings, ~ Lady Fae
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Speaker of the Spirits
Where does one begin when speaking of such an amazing lyricist? How does one capture the power behind the music of Wendy Rule? She has perfected the art of pagan lyrics and music in a way that touches her audience on and off stage in the deepest of ways. She has (and I think without knowing it) taken her music back to the roots of paganism and Witchcraft; then modernized it for today’s witches. Wendy is a speaker of the spirits and a speaker to the soul, seamlessly translating for both sides of spiritual realm. The best part is that she loves to share her talent with the world – literally. Wendy Rule comes from Australia and has an amazingly deep love and respect for nature. She also has an extensive fascination for fairy tales, mythology, and magic. Her first time performing on stage was at the age of fifteen, while in high school. After that, she continued singing, growing her vocal strength through jazz. At the age of 25, she began to write in a manner more focused on her spirituality. Zero, her first full length album, was released in 1996. From that point, her career only grew in success as her audience grew in numbers. The lyrics that Rule uses are artfully crafted, yet full of honesty and emotion. They tell of the elementals, gods and goddesses, spirits, and nature in a way that is raw and pure. The music itself is moving and fills the listener with a flood of emotion relative to the song. The uplifting pieces incite joy while the serious ones create a mood for thoughtful reflection and meditation. The rhythms used are down to earth; interlinked with the way the body moves in breathing patterns and heartbeats. The instrumentation is simple and not overdone. One shouldn’t underestimate the influence behind minimalist instrumentation; it can easily overtake someone. Rule is just as amazing on stage as she is off; if not more. Depending on the venue, she will either have a large
supporting band (including strings) behind her or herself and one to three supporting musicians. They happen to be Rachel Samuel (cellist), Craig Patterson (keyboards), and Elissa Goodrich (percussion). She begins each show, no matter how big or small, with a blessing to the Earth and the elementals. She makes her mission to not only entertain her audience, but connect with them on a personal level. Using her talent, she makes an emotional and spiritual connection with each person that holds from beginning to end. Her performances also include costumes. Within the recent five years, she herself began playing guitar, giving her just one more tool to create a relationship with each listener. Wendy Rule has just over a dozen releases; including singles and collaborations. Wendy wrote a play in 1999 about Inanna, Sumerian goddess; which came out as An Underworld Journey. Until 2001, Wendy only toured in Australia. Afterwards, she began touring internationally which she now makes a point to do at least once every year. This year will mark her seventeenth tour in the United States. She currently tours in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, and – of course – Australia. This artist has been featured in several editorials; including Rip It Up Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Age Good Weekend, and Beat Magazine. She can be found on MySpace, Facebook, and at www.wendyrule.com. She can be contacted and booked for shows at email@example.com. For more information regarding upcoming performances, visit www. PaganMusic.com.This is one amazing musician you don’t want to miss seeing; especially if you desire getting closer to your spiritual side. She will certainly guide you to doing so through her music. Our monthly featured artists can be heard on: www.myspace.com/paganedgemagazine ™• July 2010 • Volume I
A o ly G F Kite
I remember when I was young being told by the adults to “go fly a kite” because I was full of energy and annoying them. To them I would reply that I didn’t have a kite. Maybe the adults should have told me how to make one. For the parents out there, not only is this project fun but it teaches geometry skills. The challenge for this project is to make it using things around your house. The following is a list of items that you might find around your house for each of the kite components. Supply Options Sail: Pillow Case, Duct Tape, Bandanna, Garbage Bag, Cotton Muslin, T-shirt, Tissue Paper, Wrapping Paper, Wax Paper, Newspaper, Clear Contact Paper Decorating: Fabric Paints, Markers, Glow Sticks Frame: Sticks, Dowel, Wire Coat Hanger, Silk Flower Stems, Hoola Hoop, Stiff Plastic Tubing, Large Empty Pixie Stick Tube Fasteners: String, Fish Tubing, Duct Tape, Wire, Eye Screws, Glue, Thread, Garden Twine Bridle: Use same material as either the sail or flying line Flying Line: String, Thin Rope, Garden Twine Tail (Optional): Ribbons, String, Fabric Scraps Tools: Scissors, Nippers, Needle, Pliers, Wood Carving Knife or Utility Knife Special Supply Collecting Note: Kids, please ask an adult before using the household items or cutting up things like pillow cases and T-shirts. DO NOT take your siblings’ things without permission and use them for this project.
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a how-to by Wendy Beth
Now that the supplies have been gathered, the style of kite can be chosen. There are many different kite styles that can be found on the internet. The most common and simplest to assemble is the diamond kite. This is my favorite style of kite because I grew up watching Charlie Brown and loved the kite eating tree. The first step to making a kite is making the sail. The dimensions and shape of the sail will depend on what supply is available for the sail. Decorating the sail is easier if done before the sail is attached to the frame. Use paints, markers, or other light weight decorating medium to add patterns, depictions, symbols, or words.
Hole for Bridle
Total Length = 120 cm (48”)
3/4 of Total Length 90cm (36”)
1/4 of Total Length 30cm (12”)
The next step is to assemble the frame. The size of the frame will depend on the dimensions of the sail. For a diamond kite, two pieces of framing material will be needed. The frame should be about an inch or two shorter on all sides than the sail. One of them should be about a third shorter than the other. The longer piece will be the spine. The cross piece will be the shorter piece. Place the cross piece across the spine about a third of the way down the spine. Secure the two pieces together using string, wire, or garden twine using a cross pattern similar to making a God’s eye or sewing on a button. Duct tape can also be used to fasten the two framing pieces together.
Hole for Bridle
Themed Supply Ideas The Paper Boy/Girl: Use newspaper protected front and back with clear contact paper for the sail and tail bows, stick from the yard for the frame, twine from the newspaper bundles for the fastener, bridle, and flying line. As added difficulty and fun, create a collage by cutting out words, headlines, and cartoons that convey your hopes and dreams. The MacGyver: Use duct tape for the sail by laying out the sail shape in duct tape and applying a second layer of duct tape with adhesive sides facing together. Dental floss can be used for the fastener, bridal, and flying line. Use more duct tape to adhere the dutct tape sail to the most readily available framing material. When assembling the kite, if someone asks you if you know what you are doing, reply “Trust me, I know about this stuff.” Just before the kite first takes flight say, “I really hope this works.” The Charlie Brown: Pay tribute to the kite flier that kept trying. Use something yellow for the sail. Then draw the same zig zag pattern that Charlie Brown has on his shirt. The Space Invader: Use glow stick necklaces and bracelets for the framing and plastic wrap for the sail. Aquarium tubing can be used to joint lengths together. Decorate the sail with glow in the dark paints and glow in the dark plastic shapes. Fly the kite at night. For safety, adorn yourself with glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces. Also carry a flash light. While flying the kite make spaceship noises just like the Jetson’s. Kite flying is a metaphor for the ups and downs of life. As well as a symbol of the hopes and dreams within us. Assemble your kite with that in mind. Then watch your hopes and dreams soar through the air; or at least we hope they soar and don’t get eaten by Kiteus Eatemupus, the kite eating tree. ™• July 2010 • Volume I
The Pagan Edge
Book Review The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis & Gwen Millward, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-375-86176-5
Have you ever caught a bog baby on your adventures into the woods or at your local pond? The sisters in this book did! Bog babies live in places of magic. I’m sure there are places of magic around where you live, aren’t there? This is an essential book for your bog baby hunt. It will help you learn how to care for your bog baby! I’m going out on my bog baby hunt right now! Want to join me?
The Spiderwick Chronicles,
Book 1: The Field Guide
by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi, 2003 ISBN: 0689859368
Jared Grace and his family move to the Spiderwick Estate, a huge house that has been in their family for ages. Before long, Jared begins to notice strange things happening in the house, but his older sister and twin brother think he’s making things up! Soon, Jared discovers a book, the Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, by one of his ancestors, Arthur Spiderwick. The book begins to explain everything…and Jared sets out on adventure to make things right with the help of his siblings. Did you see the movie? The book is much better! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is more detailed. Don’t forget to read the other 4 books in the series! 22
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The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, 2009 ISBN: 0316015474
While exploring his gray, sad city, a boy discovers a small garden. He decides to take care of it and learns all he can about gardening. Soon, his small garden takes on a life of its own and his sad, gray city becomes green and bursting with life! Do you know of a small garden that you could nurture? I’d like to see gardens take over gray cities everywhere! Wouldn’t you? Let’s get gardening!
Circle of Three #1: So Mote It Be
by Isobel Bird, 2001, ISBN: 0064472914
Are you just discovering or exploring magick? So is Kate, the main character of the Circle of Three series! She tries out a love spell that goes disastrously wrong. In the process, she meets two other girls, Annie and Cooper, who help fix what’s right (Is that correct? They fix what is already right?). The three begin their exploration and commitment together, working through many hardships and celebrations throughout the series. It’s pretty neat to see a more realistic, believable portrayal of magick and what it’s like to learn about paganism. Highly recommended—it’s one of my favorite young adult series.
by Faelin Wolf
Percy Jackson and the Olympians,
Book 1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, 2006 ISBN: 0786838655
What would you do if you found out that your father was a Greek god? How do you think the Greek gods and goddesses would interact with our world today? What if you found out you had special powers instead of problems like ADHD and difficulties reading? Join Percy on his adventure to discover who his father really is, to learn about his halfblood status, and to help solve a divine crime that he is the prime suspect for! Brush up on your Greek mythology and enjoy speculating with Riordan about how the Greed gods interact with our modern world. Again, the movie was good…but the book is so much better! There are many more interesting characters in the book. a man who experienced difficulties in finding other men to be his role models and with whom he could identify.
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the Urban Shaman
by Michelle “Crowskin” Bond
Building A Community an interview with Scott Andrews Three years ago Scott Andrews started an event called the “Brantford Pagan Meet & Greet” to provide a safe, supportive space for pagans to gather, express themselves, and meet like-minded people in the Brantford, Ontario area. Starting with his own money and many hours of time, he manifested his ideas and dreams into a coherent idea and a festival was born. An annual festival of music, laughter, connections, and learning started by the desires and determination of one person to make a difference and give back to his own community; in giving back not only did the community get its start, but it quickly began to grow. The event’s grown in size, gained a committee and continued to build strong ties to the local community - now offering a strong support
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structure for all walks of life and faith. Scott has helped to build safe working spaces, diversify networking, give a place for discussions, and an open environment for sharing information and developing friendships. Above all, he has taught tolerance by doing interviews with the local newspapers and local television stations. He remains one of my best examples for how one person can change a city, so I sat down with Scott privately to discuss his journey in creating the festival and what tips and information he would give other people who want to start something similar in their own home towns.
Q - Scott, what made you decide to start the Brantford Pagan Meet & Greet? Scott: “In one word: Community. I wanted the local community to be able to get together and meet like minded people without either having to travel a great distance when they were not able or aware of other events.” Q- What advice would you give to others who want to start similar events in the future? Scott: “Go for it, just be aware there is a lot more work that goes into it than most people realize. If you can, get yourself a great committee together like the one I was able to get.” Q - Where do you see your event in 5 years? Scott: “Honestly, I don’t look any further than the upcoming year. You never know what may happen; but I hope it continues to grow and exist for the foreseeable future.”
Poetry from Our Readers
Maiden,Mother and Crone Windsong Levitch
When those of like mine there spells entwine The magic they make like vines do twine around the world the universe these spells of love not of curse. When Goddess is call upon and the God in time then the trinity of three divine will shine.
Q - When you started this event, did you think it would evolve into what it is now? Scott: “I was never concerned as to what it would evolve into; I just had the feeling something had to be done here in Brantford.”
Calling All Witches
Q – Did you ever receive any problems with people not accepting or understanding the event? If so how did you deal with it?
With open hearts and open minds with love and laughter we do incline. We strive to find a family of like kind. From hearth to hearth from circle to circle with the elements to bind. By Goddess and God in their sacred light in joy and laughter we unite by day and by the night. Now our intent on wing take flight.
Scott: “When I first started I had to explain what I was trying to do, but other than that there has never really been any issues at all.” The “Brantford Pagan Meet & Greet” shows no signs of slowing down as it has spread to fundraisers helping the community as a whole and giving back to the local community through discussion groups, workshops, and gatherings. It proves to be an open environment for those still learning, and those who give their teaching to others. It may seem intimidating at first, and it certainly will prove to be a lot of work, however with enough heart Scott Andrews shows us how one peson can bring a sense of family and community to any city.
Windsong is an Ojibwa Native American. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mythology, a Master’s in Shakespearean Literature, a Master’s in Elizabethan English, and is a Doctor of Zoology and now retried. She is a writer. Poetry & Prose submissions welcomed at www.paganedge.com Scribes’ Tablet page ™• July 2010 • Volume I
“Moka” the Black Lab
Name: Moka Full Name: Moka Marie Puppy Best Dog Ever in The Whole Wide World (Hey, that’s really what my mom calls me!) Nickname: “Mokie Boo,” “Fudge Pup,” “Big Dumb Dog” Breed: Labrador & Boxer Guilty Pleasures: rolling in smelly dead things Ambitions: to hike every trail and swim every waterway in Michigan! People I admire: Mom, Grandma and Jeffrey
Favorite Toy: the one Uncle Randy made just for me from climbing rope and a skateboard wheel... oooh, chews so good!! Favorite Resting Spot: where ever is cushiest Favorite song to sing to: Bright Bright Sunshiny Day - Bob Marley Foods I crave: uhhh....all of them Sports played: doggie soccer - I even have my own ball! Jobs before being a familar: litter runt Least Favorite Thing: getting nails trimmed
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Favorite Activity: “swim and fetch” Rule I like to break: not to bark at the mailman Craziest thing I’ve ever done: well, I was really into chewing electrical cords as a pup..... What I enjoy about living the pagan lifestyle: organic carrots to munch and lots of time outdoors in nature!!
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Wheel of Happenings
JULY 2010 6th - 11th Spirits of the Earth Festival Tameika & Fox, Wyoming, Ontario www.spiritsfest.com
8th - 11th Chesapeake Summer Gathering Chesapeake Pagan Community Darlington, Maryland www.chesapeakepagans.org/Gathering 9th - 11th Shaman’s Spirit Festival Spirit of the Earth Church Inc. Hopkinsville, Kentucky http://www.spiritoftheearth.org/ 15th - 18th 7th Annual Summer Gathering MotherGrove Sanctuary www.summergathering.bravehost.com 24th, Dinner, Déjà vu, and Dancing 5pm — 10pm, Pensacola Improv Event Center Karaoke, Games, Door Prizes, Massage Therapists, Energy Works, Psychics, Astrology, Readings, Numerology, Various Vendors. psychicparty.webs.com/currenteventstickets.htm 28th - Aug 2nd, The Kaleidoscope Gathering Eganville, Ontario www.kaleidoscope-gathering.com AUGUST 2010 7th – 10th 6th Annual World of Faeries Festival David and Gloria Yaeger, South Elgin, Illinois www.theworldoffaeries.com
13th - 15th Three Gates Mystery School Wite Rayvn, Black Forest, Nine Roses, and others McClouth, Kansas www.threegatesfestival.org 19th - 22nd Firedance Drum Festival 2010 New Lowell, Ontario www.firedancedrum.com 21st Iowa Pagan Pride Organization Des Moines, Iowa 21st, Pagan Pride Detroit Hazel Park, Michigan paganpridedetroit.wordpress.com/
31st Yakima County Pagan Pride Day Church of the Sacred Moon Yakima, Washington www.myspace.com/ycppd 28th, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pagan Festival Sacred Crossroads Association Beaumont, Pennsylvania http://www.witchschool.com/events/ scrantonwilkes-barre-pagan-and 28th, Cleveland Area Pagan Pride Day Bedford, Ohio www.clevelandpaganpride.org 28th, Connecticut Pagan Pride Berlin, Connecticut www.myspace.com/ctpaganpride
7th -15th Sacred Harvest Festival Southern Minnesota http://www.harmonytribe.org/
28th, Kansas City Pagan Pride Day KC Witches Meetup, North Kansas City, Missouri www.kcpaganpride.com
12th - 15th Merry Meet and Grand Council 2010 Covenant of the Goddess - Midwest Regional LC Indianapolis, Indiana sites.google.com/site/mrlccog/Home/ merrymeet2010
28th, 8th Central Arkansas Pagan Pride Day The Green Ring, AAFCC North Little Rock, Arkansas www.arppd.arkansaspagans.com
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