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Drum Journeys

Credit for the above image:  "Шаман Ташоол Кунга" by Alexey Gaponov - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Beneath the oculus of the yurt

My "cough" signals spirits are waiting

To come through.

The mirror opens doorways, portals

To other dimensions of non-ordinary reality.

My third eye opens

And the drumming begins.

--(c) Catt Foy, 2014

 

For years, I searched for inner peace through meditation.  And after long hours of practice, I actually did manage to reach a meditative state—once in a while. Then I discovered drum journeying.  Shamanism had found me.

Traveling in my mind’s eye through fanciful spaces seemed at first an exercise in imagination—something my writer’s soul reveled in. But more than simple imagination was going on here.  The more I journeyed, the more real it seemed; indeed, the more real it became.

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  • Catt Foy
    Catt Foy says #
    I have had nothing but positive encounters. Snake, who embodies healing medicine and the ability to transmute and neutralize toxi
  • Jason Leslie Rogers
    Jason Leslie Rogers says #
    Hi, Catt. :-) I'm always glad to see shamanism getting more attention in the online pagan community. I've been a practitioner for

I've been trying to get back on track lately. I have fallen way behind on things like this. The good news is I have THREE new podcast episodes coming up. All recorded and waiting to publish.

 

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Witch Kitsch

Someday I'll have a garage sale and sell off all my witch kitsch.

I've got boxes of it. Some I bought myself. The rest came from friends, down the years. Boxes and boxes.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Season of the Witch. With maybe just a little help from the Brothers Grimm, Halloween has pretty much single-handedly kept the figure of the witch present in the cultural memory. Outsiders we may be eleven months out of twelve, but come That Time of Year and suddenly everyone's an honorary.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    It's been interesting down the decades to watch Halloween and Samhain growing farther apart. Yule and Christmas even more so: some
  • T-Roy
    T-Roy says #
    I will say that some witch kitsch is cute but I'm raising a baby Witch and have grown quite tired of the whys around the kitsch w
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Love this blog post. I get double the kitsch gifts from well meaning friends because I am both a witch and a christian minister.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    And here I always thought Hindus had all the best god-kitsch. Thanks, Lizann: you've made my world a larger place. I think. The M

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Synchronicity

A few weeks ago I wrote about Hudson Valley Current, a complementary, labor-backed currency that is being developed in my region.  I have been getting paid by one of my clients in currents fairly regularly since, but it wasn't until this week that I finally got around to spending some of them.  And wasn't I surprised to discover that I was doing business with another Pagan!

The current marketplace is still small; many of my fellow users aren't yet explicitly advertising their services, so it can be tricky to find something to spend them on.  The staff behind the currency is not only working on expanding that market, they are also in the business of keeping the currents flowing by matching up people with a whole pile with others who have services that they could use.  Knowing that there's a limit to how many currents I may hold, I have been accepting them to force myself to find ways to use them.  I want this currency to succeed, because it will help me understand money all the better to be in on the creation of a new form of it.

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Welcome and Let’s Learn About Lilith in Astrology

Welcome to my first column on PaganSquare! First, a little about me. I have been a practicing professional psychic and astrologer since 1978. I have been a professional freelance writer and photographer since 1981 and I am the author of Psycards—A New Alternative to Tarot and am the current CEO of Psycards USA. In this blog we will explore a wide range of topics of spiritual, paranormal, pagan, etc., interest. I am interested in many paths and ways to experience Spirit in my daily life. If you have questions or are curious about anything mystical, metaphysical or magical, please email your questions to me at cattfoy@gmail.comand I will try to answer all requests in future postings.

This week, I would like to share some information on understanding the placement of Lilith in a birth chart.

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  • Orlando
    Orlando says #
    Your timing on this article is absolutely impeccable. Considering I have been going round and round and round with certain, I'm no
  • Klara Adalena
    Klara Adalena says #
    Thank you Catt! Lilith is calling us to connect to what is underground. I also have a blog on Lilith, which shares more about how

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A Supermoon Love Spell

As you probably already know, the full moon this Sunday (August 10th) is going to be what they call a "Supermoon." A Supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the time in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the Earth. This makes for a full moon that looks larger than usual--and the one this coming Sunday is going to be that biggest Supermoon this year.

Beyond the fact that it will be pretty glorious to look upon, you might wonder if a Supermoon is more powerful for doing magical work than any old regular full moon. I'm going to go with: yes.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_spiral_dance_cropped.jpg “Not for ourselves alone are we born
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Full Moons are not in effect for long — usually just until the next New Moon — nor are they generally as powerful as New Moons, but this one, happening Sunday, August 10 at 2:10 pm EDT, looks to be more powerful than most. The chart (cast for Washington, DC, and so predictive for the entire USA) shows an emphasis on the ninth house of legalities, religion and foreign policy. Problems come from two difficult planets (Mars and Saturn) conjunct in an often difficult house (the twelfth),  in the fixed — and often difficult — sign of Scorpio. The focus of this Full Moon is on balancing the needs of self – or Self – with the needs of others, or the collective.

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