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Owl Oracle for the Cancer Moon March 14-16

Here at Pagan Square, I’ll be sharing a spirit animal painting and message from my Elfin Ally Oracle Deck picked especially for the zodiac sign that Mama Moon is currently transiting. Enjoy!

Keyword: Magick
You’re on a spiritual mission so trust the Moon to guide you.
You’re stuck and at a standstill with an important decision to make.

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Mandrakes: Remembering Raven Grimassi

Conversations around the presenters' breakfast table at Pagan Spirit Gathering are generally pretty good, but things really kicked up a notch when someone mentioned mandrakes.

“Oh, I raise them,” said Raven Grimassi.

It turns out that raising mandrakes in New England is no easy feat. It's too cold for them to overwinter in the ground, so you have to dig them up every year. Raven used to winter his in a barrel of sand, until it was warm enough to replant them in the spring.

A lot of work, to be sure, but the up side is that, handling them so often, and watching them grow as you do, you develop a very special kind of relationship with your mandrakes.

“Do you want to see some pictures?” asked Raven.

Everyone laughed. Did we ever.

In a life spent in the Craft, some moments stand out.

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The Will to Resist

 Witches' Sabbat, n. the ecstatic adoration of the embodied Horned Lord


Although it has analogues among the rites of antiquity, the Sabbat is not, in and of itself, an ancient ritual.

Viewed as a genre of ritual—like the Seder or the Mass—we can say quite specifically that the notion of the Witches' Sabbat first emerged at a particular time in a particular place: in fact, in the western Alps during the mid-15th century.

In his book Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath (1991), historian Carlo Ginzburg traces the socio-cultural forces that drove the rise of the Sabbat. What he does not document—how could he?—were the Sabbat's internal driving forces. What is the inner theological meaning of the Sabbat?

The Sabbat is the true paradise...where there is more joy than I can express. Those who go there find the time too short because of the pleasure and happiness they enjoy and, having once been there, they will long with a raging desire [un désire enragé] to go and be there again. So said French witch Jeanne Dibasson in 1630.


The Horned gave us the Sabbat as an earthly foretaste of the Witches' “Paradise,” where one experiences the simultaneous dissolution and expansion of self, the very state of being out of which we emerge and to which, in the end, we shall return.

Nor need we wait to die to partake of this joy; for by His Main and Mercy, we may join the Eternal Dance on the Sabbat-Field of the Goat, the Grand Sabbat of the atoms, here and now.

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Cancel My Subscription!

Back in the day, I used to subscribe to a magazine called Biblical Archaeology Review.

Don't let the title put you off: it's really just a hook from which to hang all sorts of interesting articles about the ancient Middle East, with more graven images per issue than most pagan periodicals.

The Letters to the Editor were always amusing. In every issue, there would be at least one from some shrill nazz who apparently believed that any magazine with “Bible” in the title should be out to prove the Bible.

“Cancel my subscription!” they would always angrily conclude.

(One man wrote: “Many people throughout history have subscribed to a literal interpretation of the Bible, including 1) myself, 2) Jesus Christ, and 3) many other people.” “Well, that's pretty revealing,” I can remember thinking.)

After a while, BAR decided to bring out a sister publication called Archaeology Odyssey that dealt with the wider, non-Levantine world. Sounds good, I thought, and sent them a check.

The first issue was mostly about things Mycenaean, and the degree to which they were (and were not) accurately represented in Homeric epic.

Tongue firmly in cheek, I sent in my own letter to the editor:

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Cockatoo Oracle: Awaken Intuition (Gemini Moon)

Here on the PaganSquare blog, I’ll be sharing a spirit animal painting and message from my Elfin Ally Oracle Deck picked especially for the zodiac sign that Mama Moon is currently transiting. Enjoy!

Keyword: All-seeing
Meaning: Awaken to your intuition because an important message awaits you.
Reversed: Your intuition is shut down.

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An "Ask Genn" Crystal Reading is a personal reading from the Crystal People, like a tarot reading via living crystal.

Ask Genn crystal readingIn an "Ask Genn" crystal reading, rather than using a tarot deck to determine the energies presented for your reading, I use the crystal chosen for you and read its unique characteristics.

While this may seem a little confusing at first blush, it actually is pretty straight-forward. I will detail the process further in the post.

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Adopt a Native Elder

One of my favorite organizations is Adopt a Native Elder. For $200/year you can "adopt" a Navajo elder and help supply them with critically needed goods and supples. You can also form a relationship with them. 

The elders are in dire poverty yet hold the wisdom of the tribe. They create beautiful traditional handmade rugs which they sell in a big show in March. If you can't afford the $200, you can donate in smaller amounts to help supply the materials needed to create the rugs. This contributes to the amelioration of poverty and supports an Indigenous tradition going far into the past.

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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Thank you so, so much for sharing this information. I cannot wait to be able to get involved, this is definitely a serious goal no
  • Cairril Adaire
    Cairril Adaire says #
    Glad you liked it! While I was hunting around their website, I found 3 different ways to give, so there should be something for yo

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