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Caretakers of The Earth

On the fourth night of our celebration the Goddess introduced to me, the caretakes of the earth, The Four Directions. The north brings strong cold winds and snow that blankets the Earth. These are purifying causing trees to drop their leaves and the Earth to rest. It is also the teacher of strength, patience and […]

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Modraniht

On the first night of our Solstice, the Goddess said to me, honor the Mothers. Hail to our beloved Mother. May you keep our house hold free and safe. May our family receive prosperity in the coming year. To our family’s mothers, our matriarchs going back to the beginning. You have watched over us, and […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Paganism Wild Foods

Turning Stinging Nettle Into Cordage

Legends and folk tales are peppered with truths. My all-time favorite fairy tales is called the Wild Swans. It is a story of six princes who were turned into swans and their only salvation would be if their sister could knit them each a vest made of stinging nettles. There is a fantastic modern retelling […]

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My Interview with Bellamy Fitzpatrick:

Green Anarchy & Self-Sufficiency So last week I introduced the concepts of the Green Anarchy movement and Bellamy Fitzgerald’s, founder of the journal Backwoods, opinion of how the essence of Green Anarchy can be achieved in today’s world.  If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest you do as the topics we are talking about […]

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Green Anarchy & The Invitation to Desertion:

What is IT & What does it Provoke? I hate “politics” and the divisiveness it breeds. Therefore, it is rare that I expound on my political ideologies. especially here.  However, with everything that is going on in the world, I would feel remiss if I didn’t at least provide a glimpse into what is possible.  […]

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The Beauty of Litha: Summer Solstice

This particular year, Litha (Summer Solstice) will be spectacular.  According to Earthsky.org, the moon will turn new merely 9 hours after the Solstice on June 20th. At that time the new moon will sweep in front of the Sun, causing what is called an annular solar eclipse – a literal ring of fire.  I’m a […]

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GAIA SPEAKS: Ritual

Awaken, beloved child of mine! Daughter of Earth, Son of the Sun. Open your eyes to the East and greet the rising light. Open your breath Expand your heart in gratitude… For you are reborn, Each day, Anew. Awaken to the throb of life within you, To the beat of your heart. Your dreams as […]

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Herbalism Paganism

A History of Beltane: How Modern-Day Pagans Celebrate

Beltane has a long been celebrated due to its association with fertility and the success of agrarian cultures. In the northern hemisphere it is celebrated on May 1st (October 31st in the Southern hemisphere). It marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox (Ostara) and the Summer Solstice (Midsummer).

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Paganism Wild Foods

Planning a Beltane Feast

Altar is set, now to plan the feast! The planning process is quite similar to planning the altar arrangement. First let us consider what Beltane is all about. We are celebrating the rebirth of spring. So any and all spring foods, wether cultivated, foraged, or caught, are a welcome treat. A traditional food we love […]

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Homesteading Paganism

Hand Spinning:Useful and Magickal

Most people, nowadays, don’t really think about where all the clothes that they wear come from. However, there has been a kind of revolution in fiber arts recently. Knitting and crocheting have always been something that people did, mostly women of course. I even remember my great grandmother doing tatting, a form of crocheting with fine thread to create lace and doilies, while she would listen to the radio at night.