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I’m going to step away from my usual topics to discuss marriage and civil union.  I had a brief discussion about this on twitter. Let me start off by saying, I have no problems with male/female, female/female or male/male relationships.  The whole stickiness starts with the idea of what marriage is and who should be allowed to do it.  I think it ought to be a level playing field.  Heck, I don’t even have an issue with people jointly marrying more than one person at a time as long as they are all consenting adults.

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Five years ago, I would have agreed with you 100%, but my perspective has now changed. LGBT people want the word "marriage" to be
  • Melia Brokaw
    Melia Brokaw says #
    Are they interested in a word or equal rights? I think they are interested in equal rights. The word should be irrelevant.

While my reading is eclectic, I probably read more paranormal romance and urban fantasy than any other genres. I love the mix of adventure, magic, menace, heroism, and romance. For a long time, I focused on books with female protagonists or heterosexual couples, preferably of an alternative religious persuasion; give me a badass witch with a sword and I'm happy. Only recently have I discovered the literary subculture that is M/M paranormal romance.

I totally blame KJ Charles.

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    Cool, thanks!
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Urban fantasy stuff, I have some favorites I can recommend. If you don't mind anime I recommend Kyo Kara Maoh on youtube.com and

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Welcome to Summerisle!

 Summer is icumen in, loudly sing cuckoo. Grows the seed and blows the mead, and springs the wood anew. Sing, cuckoo! Ewe bleats harshly after lamb, cows after calves make moo!

Ever since I began ritualing with my fostering coven almost ten years ago, The Wicker Man has been one of my favorite movies.  We’d watch it together every Beltane, sipping mead and telling jokes, singing the songs and quoting our favorite lines.  One year I was feeling especially inspired so I put it on to play first thing in the morning and my DVD ran on repeat until I went to bed that night.  Clearly, to say that I adore The Wicker Man is an understatement. 

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summerisle_%28The_Wicker_Man%29

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Ghetto Tarot

A group of Haitian artists have taken the Rider-Waite-Smith iconography and turned them into a vibrant, colorful photographic interpretation called the Ghetto Tarot. You can find out more about the project at IndieGoGo here

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FAIRY FROST & MIRROR FRACTURES - Connect with Nature Spirits, Mother Earth

Today we're going to talk about Fairy Frost, which falls into the category of internal structures. Crystals with Fairy Frost are sometimes called "Devic", because they can connect us to Nature Spirits or Deva.

Initially the term Fairy Frost might make you think of something on the outer surface of a crystal (frost on the pumpkin, frost in the ground), however it isn't. Fairy Frost occurs only inside the crystal. Crystals with Fairy Frost have fractures and inclusions of air within them. The trapped air is wispy, white and fairy-looking. Some are more fairy-like than others. Many crystals have Fairy Frost, in fact more of them have it than don't have it. A crystal without any Fairy Frost at all is called optically clear or water clear with no fractures or inclusions. Here are some pictures of Fairy Frost:

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This weekend, I led a goddess-centric workshop at my local new age store. Although I’ve been working with goddess for over a decade and writing and participating in rituals for about half that time, I’d never led a class with strangers. The opportunity popped up unexpectedly because of my book Goddess Spells for Busy Girls, and in the years since I penned the book, I’ve realized to trust that it knows what it wants, so when I was invited to present, I embraced the unexpected abundance and said yes.


I had a wonderful time sharing four of my favorite goddesses with the lovely workshop participants, and, in the spirit of abundance that typifies the work I do related to my little pink book, I wanted to share one of the meditations I wrote for this weekend with you. It’s a Lakshmi meditation, and since abundance is on my mind (and since we’re turning the tide to Beltane this week), I hope you’ll enjoy this journey.

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Why are Wiccan ceremonies held in a circle? Do I always have to draw a circle when I’m going to do something witchy? 

Although we’ve all seen the popular horror movie trope of occultists drawing magical circles on the floor to protect themselves from demons and other nasties—a great example is the movie The Devil Rides Out, if you’re interested—the circle in Wiccan rituals demarcates sacred space and is meant to contain any energy you may raise inside it during your ritual. It can serve as a protection to keep out certain distractions or unwanted energies, but it’s not a demon-trapping device.

What Does It Mean?

The circle symbolizes different things to different Wiccans. Some say when they are inside the circle, they are “between the worlds,” meaning in a space between our material world and the otherworld or spirit realm. Other Wiccans believe the circle is a microcosm of the universe or cosmos, or the womb of the Wiccan goddess. And some believe more than one of these things.

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