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It's a Yule Tree, Sabrina Spellman

 Sabrina: Oh Ambrose, Aunt Hilda: what a beautiful Christmas tree!

Aunt Zelda: I wish you wouldn't call it, that, Sabrina. It's a Yule tree.

 

Well, I can die happy now: I've just seen television's first Winter Solstice holiday special.

Courtesy—of course—of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

And believe me, this isn't your mother's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Come on, admit it: Sabrina's lots of fun. It's way campy and (unlike those silly Wiccans who want to protest how “inaccurate” it is) doesn't take itself too seriously. In fact, it doesn't take itself seriously at all.

And it did bring us TV's first Winter Solstice holiday special.

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  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Nice article with one correction: as far as I know, the first fully-devoted winter solstice TV episode was "Northern Lights," a 19
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I stand corrected, Susan, and happily so. Good old Northern Exposure. A friend who loved the series insisted that I watch the Rave
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    That was the one with the string of raven lights right? Where Marilyn told the story of how Raven brought back the Sun.

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New Beginnings Spell for a New Year

As we all take our first steps into a new year, I thought I'd share this spell with you for new beginnings (from my Everyday Witchcraft A-Z Spellbook). May your path lead you only to wonderful things! Happy New Year to you all.

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Clearing Vibrational Clutter:

The very best way to prepare for this brand new year is an energetic decluttering. In order to do any ritual work, you must clear the clutter that can create blocks. Banish the old, bad energy from your house by following this spell. Make a tea from one part dried lavender and one part dried mint. Draw fresh water and boil, and then steep a teaspoon of each herb for five minutes. Once it cools, dip your finger in the tea and sprinkle it throughout your home. If you feel the need to clear out any remaining cloud of psychic clutter, add diluted lavender mint tea water to your cleanser when you wash floors or surfaces. Make your energy-clearing tea by bringing 4 cups of water to a full rolling boil; remove from heat and add in 4 sprigs of fresh lavender and 4 sprigs of fresh mint. If it is winter and there is no access to the fresh herbs, one tablespoon each of dried lavender and dried mint will do nicely. Steep the herbal tea for at least 4 minutes and as long as ten minutes if there is a lot of energetic clutter. The scent of calm and clarity will lift the spirits of all who enter your space. The purpose of incense is to release energy into the ritual space, not to create billows of smoke that can cause respiratory problems in the circle. If you or someone else finds incense smoke irritating or worrisome, consider using another symbol of air instead, such as potpourri, fresh flowers, feathers, or a fan.

 

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All is Possible: Sagittarius Moon Jan. 2-4, 2019

Mama Moon enters the Mutable, Fire sign of Sagittarius on Jan. 2 at 12:58 am Pacific time until Jan. 4.

During this Balsamic, Compost, Waning Moon-Time as we watch her rise before Dawn we begin to wind down and release in preparation for the New Moon on Jan. 5 in Capricorn.

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Of Kreesh-chun Radio and Ego-Paganism

As someone who regards himself as “religious but not spiritual” (the main difference being, are you part of a community or not?), I'm always interested to see how other religious people do what they do.

I've recently been watching Shtisel, a smash Israeli series about a dysfunctional dosi (ultra-ultra-ultra Orthodox) family in contemporary Jerusalem. Part of what has made the series so popular among secular and marginally-religious Israelis is the intimate portrait that it paints of what it's like to live in a world in which even the most commonplace everyday function—taking a sip of water, chopping vegetables, taking a shit—becomes an act with religious implications.

To me, as a pagan, such a world seems very familiar indeed.

That's why, when I happened to chance on a Kreesh-chun music station in the car the other day while channel-surfing, I stopped and listened instead of moving on.

What struck me most about what I heard was the music's egocentricity: how happy I am, how bad off I was before I got religion. Me, me, me. Even when the songs were ostensibly about Jesus or “God,” the referent was nearly always the self: how much my god has done for me. How much I love my god.

My impression of the essentially egocentric nature of Kreesh-chun music is, of course, by no means a methodical sampling—I'll leave that work to some other student of contemporary American religion—although I do have to say that it does indeed match how much contemporary evangelicalism (to my eye, at any rate) presents: as shallow, self-satisfied, essentially an exercise in self-projection.

Alas. Lest we feel smug, let me mention that much contemporary paganism strikes me in the same way. This my dear friend and colleague Sparky T. Rabbit used to refer to as “ego-paganism.”

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    I have listened to contemporary gospel and found it boring and monotonous. There used to be a station that played Country, Bluegr

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I've been sitting on how to write about this divinity.  Of all the cultural deities I've written about, the Orishas of Vodun and Santeria, tend to give me the most pause.  I'm a child of the 80's, Angel Heart is alive in my subconscious I think.  I spend a lot of time searching for something that I could, should write about Ogun.  Today I stumbled upon a website that took me to my source.  I give you my ode.

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A Tarot Spread and Magickal Process for the New Year

Though not a holiday on any Pagan calendar with which I am familiar, the secular New Year feels like a magickal time to me for a couple of reasons.

 

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    Roman Polytheists (of which I am one celebrate this day and the Ides of March as New Years. This is the month named for Janus, th

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