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Light Your Own Fire: Sage Wisdom

Every witch should grow a pot of sage or a big patch in a garden. Sage is a must-have on hand for clearing energy. It also increases psychic potential. Most pagans are highly imaginative and very inventive folk. Whether your passion is growing an artful garden, throwing pots, cookery or music, you can stay in better touch with your personal muse. Call her to you anytime, day or night, by your own design. This is especially important if you are feeling uninspired or struggling with a bout of writer’s block.

Head out to your garden or the sunny spot on the deck where your hardiest sage grows. Take three large and extra long sticks of your favorite incense and bind strands of sage around the incense with purple thread. Tie it off and you have a sage wand. Before any creative endeavor, you can light this wand and wave it around your workspace, filling the area with inspiration. Close your eyes and meditate upon the work you will begin. You have cleared your space and invited the muse; your work will be superb, worthy of notice from the gods and goddesses.

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 A science teacher explains: A shooting star has nothing to do with a star |  Parenting News,The Indian Express


We say that long ago, in ages of ages, we had no Fire.

We sat that the Horned looked down from the hearth of Thunder and saw us cold, and in darkness.

We say that he stole the Fire of the Gods, and came down from Heaven like a falling star.

We say that he gave us that Fire, the Fire of the Gods.

We say that this was the First Kindling.

We say that this was the Making of us.

We say that every kindling is that First Kindling come again.

We say that every kindling is for us a Making-Anew.

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Sweet Dreams: Do It Yourself House Magic
Tranquil sleep and pleasant, illuminating dreams are the surest sign you have achieved peace of mind. An enchantment pillow will ensure you experience your fair share of nocturnal reverie and wake up refreshed. Take a pink satin pillowcase and stuff it with well-mixed dried rose petals, chamomile, mint and woolly thyme. Sew it with purple thread and, before the final stitch, whisper:

I call upon the powers of the Night to watch over me,
To hear my heart’s desires and bring me what my soul requires. Blessings to one and all.

Knot the final stitch three times, place the pillow inside your pillowcase, and kiss the pillow. If you have been having problems sleeping, that will end this night.

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 Israeli strikes hit Gaza tunnels as diplomats work for truce


O, those bloody Abraham religions.

In Hebrew, the West Bank town known in English as Bethlehem is pronounced beit-LEKH-em, and means “House of Bread.” In Arabic, it is pronounced beit-LAH-m, and means “House of Meat.”

(I'm using H here to represent an emphatic H sound—essentially, H as in English, but pronounced more forcefully, with a puff of air from the throat. Of this sound, more later.)

How did the same cognate Semitic word gain such divergent meanings as “bread” and “meat”? Curiously, the same root turns up in the Hebrew word for “war,” milHamá.

4000 years ago, in Common Semitic—the Mother language ancestral to both Arabic and Hebrew—the verb laHama meant “slaughter.” To get meat, of course, you slaughter an animal. In war, by extension, human beings slaughter one another. In a pastoral society, “meat” becomes, pars pro toto, a stand-in for “food” generally, as in the archaic English phrase “meat and drink." When that pastoral society becomes, however, an agricultural one in which bread rather than meat is the staple food, it's easy to see how the old word for “meat” would come to mean “bread” instead.

House of Bread. House of Meat. House of Slaughter.


If you listen closely to reports on the current mess in Gaza—one wonders what, in retrospect, this war between Hamas and the state of Israel will be called—you'll hear the importance of that bloody emphatic H that I spoke of above.

In addition to being the name of the political party cum terrorist organization that misruns Gaza, hamas as a common noun means “zeal” in Arabic. In Levantine—Palestinian—Arabic, the word is pronounced Ha-MASS, with that emphatic H, and both As as in “dad.”

In Hebrew, the word is pronounced kha-MAS, with the Kh as in Bach or och, and the As as in “ah.” Coincidentally, but tellingly, as a common Hebrew noun, hamas means “violence.”

So, listening to the news, you can tell which side someone is on by how they pronounce “Hamas.”

Intentionally mispronouncing someone's name is an insult pretty much anywhere. I have to imagine that, to Arabic-speakers, the Israeli pronunciation of Hamas sounds like an insult.

I expect that, in many cases, the insult is probably intended.

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At the Grand Sabbat, the tribal gathering of Witches, everyone wears a red thread around the pulse point of the wrist. Thus do we know one another, the People of the Red Thread. Adults, children, babes in arms: all wear the thread.

All but one.

The Horned on the altar, He wears no thread.


On arrival, you are posed the question that any witch can answer. Having duly replied, you receive your thread.

I tie this knot in Old Hornie's name:

aye, till he fetch thee home again.

Behold: your passport to the Sabbat.

Thereafter, you wear the thread until you're safely home. Wear it till it falls of its own accord, and He'll grant you an asking, they say.

(If you feel it plucked, they say, look around and see.)

Yet He Himself wears none.


What is the Red Thread?

The Red Thread is the blood line, the Witch Blood: the Blood that flows from Him, Old Warlock, Wellspring, Father of Witches.

Why, then, does He wear none?

Well, let me put it this way: does Jesus wear a crucifix?

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Mood Magic: Blue Moon Balm

For a dreary day and a dark mood, use the strength of the olden unguent to release both mind and body. This desert plant produces a protective oil, which works as both a sunscreen and a moisturizer. Combine the following oils with either four ounces of unscented body lotion, or two ounces of olive oil or sweet almond oil:

  • 2 drops chamomile oil
  • 2 drops neroli
  • 8 drops aloe
  • 6 drops rose oil

Shake the oils together and place in a corked pottery jar. Sit quietly in a room lit only by one blue candle, and rub the balm gently into your skin after a bath. Pray aloud:

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Become An Alchemist: Lunar Libation

No matter what sign or moon phase, witch’s brews can improve your life. Tea conjures a very powerful alchemy because when you drink it, you take the magic inside. For an ambrosial brew with the power to calm any storm, add a sliver of ginger root and a pinch each of chamomile and peppermint to a cup of hot black tea. Before you drink, pray:

This day I pray for calm, for health,
And the wisdom to see the beauty of each waking moment. Blessings abound.
So mote it be.

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