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Surprise! Leo Super Full Moon Vibes Jan. 20-22

Mama Moon enters the Fixed, Fire sign of Leo on Jan. 20 at 7:54 pm Pacific Time until Jan. 22. She is a Super Moon at Perigee at 9:16 pm on Jan. 20 which means she’s as close as she can be to Earth and Full. She is also ECLIPSED by the Sun at 6:36 pm on Jan. 20. So, what does it all mean?

Pick a card to find out. Also, take a peek at your natal birth chart to see if the Sun which is currently at 0º Leo conjuncts or opposes a natal planet or angle.

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Is Paganism an -Ism?

Hey, Pagan Pride: I've got a suggestion.

A web-search for Twin Cities Pagan Pride turned up (in more than one location) the following lead sentence.


"Pagan Pride is a free fall event, open to the public, that offers education about Paganism to the larger community."

With all due praise to the local Pride committee—who work their butts off every year to offer to pagan and cowan alike a beautiful event in a sacred place, an event that we can truly be proud of—I'd like to suggest a gentle rewrite.

Whether or not such a thing as a unified “Paganism” ever existed anywhere but in the minds of those who hated the Old Ways, I very much doubt. It didn't exist then, it doesn't exist now, and (thank gods), it never will exist. This fact is encoded, genetic: the very nature of the “pagan” religions, new and old alike, militates against such a unity.

“Paganism” isn't an “-ism.” “Pagan” is a descriptor, an identity perhaps: a way of talking about something that already exists, not a thing in and of itself.

So here's my suggestion for an opening that's truer to lived Pagan reality:

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  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    We are way more alike than not, and that's why I get so demoralized when I see the internal bullying that's been fracturing our co
  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza says #
    Oh, I have too, Macha -- my talk at a university here recently was called "Encountering Paganisms." The emphasis on the plural and
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    In October I gave a talk about us to all the chaplains in the State of California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation for t
  • Murphy Pizza
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    Re: your observations about how we know who we are in public...in anthropology, it's called habitus, which refers to those learned

Hello all! I realize I have been rather quiet as of late. In an effort to get more happening here, I have invited a guest contributor, a Canadian astrologer I've known online for a few years, to offer monthly astrological profiles and some rough sun sign horoscopes. I found his Pisces one to be accurate. January is almost over, but I'm including January's horoscopes anyway to give you a taste of what's to come. February's will appear at the beginning of the month. I hope you enjoy!

Horoscope for January 2019

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REORIENTATION Time: Cancer Moon Vibes Jan. 18-20

Mama Moon enters the Cardinal, Water sign of Cancer the Crab on Jan. 18 at 7:44 pm Pacific time until Jan. 20. During this time Papa Sun enters the Fixed, Air sign of freedom loving Aquarius.

Call upon your imagination (or the Elfin Ally Spirit Animal for this Moon) to help you hear the call of your inner voice. This is a good Moon-Time to withdraw and REORIENT yourself in preparation for the blast of Full Moon Eclipse energy coming on Jan. 20 in Leo.

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Let's Build a Wheel-Cairn

You know that cairn that we've been talking about building? The one where people can depose the ashes of the dead?

Well, here's an idea: let's build it in the shape of a Wheel.

Check out this wheel-cairn from Sälle in Fröjel on the island of Gotland (Sweden). (It's about 2000 years old.) Let's build one like this, oriented East-West, big. I'd see the spokes and rim as maybe a foot high, the Hub- and Quarter-cairns higher.

It's a Sun Wheel, of course. That makes it a prayer. As the dead go West with the Sun, so too may they be reborn with him in the East.

And it's the Wheel of Time, the Wheel of the Year. As time, as the year, move in a circle, so may those who were be reborn to the People.

The Wheel, of course, is also the Journey. The dead have a journey to make. As our people have followed the Sun, traveling from East to West, so do the dead continue their journey.

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From: Invitation to the Grand Sabbat

This is a tribal gathering; as such, we operate as a tribe, under tribal thew (custom, law). If you attend, you are either a member, or a guest, of the tribe. This fact has certain implications. Everyone is expected to act responsibly at all times.

We police ourselves. If a situation arises, handle it. If you can't handle it, find someone that can.

There are many people in a tribe. Some you will like; some you may not. (Witches, of course, tend to be people with a lot of jagged edges, anyway.) It nonetheless remains everyone's responsibility to maintain the sacred moot-frith, the peace of the gathering, at all times. If you can't treat others with civility and respect, then you don't belong here.

At the heart of tribal democracy lies personal responsibility. If you don't like something that someone else is doing, it's up to you to say: Please stop. If someone asks you to stop what you're doing, please think seriously before continuing.

Note also that our people respect the power of intoxicants and regard them as sacred. If you're going to use, use in a sacred way.

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Engage the Faerie Energy: Gemini Moon Vibes Jan. 16-18

Mama Moon enters the Mutable, Air Sign of Gemini on Jan. 16 at 5 pm Pacific time until Jan. 18. It’s Gibbous Bud Moon-Time, only a few days ‘til Sunday and the Full Blood Moon. Watch for her to rise in the sky before sunset.

This is a good Moon-Time to dance with the faerie Nature occult energy right now that just loves the Gemini Vibe.

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