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    30 Day SOA Challenge – 6

    Editor’s Note: This 30 Day Challenge will run in weekly segments with 5 days per segment. Each subsequent segment will be linked to the previous one. Click here for Days 21-25. THE SOA 30 DAY CHALLENGE Days 26-31 By Robin Corak Day 26: Ooh! Shiny! If you like working with crystals, think about what crystals might be associated with each goddess, station, sacred site, Avalonian Holy Day and so on. Experiment using them within your Avalonian work. Crystals not your thing? You can do the same activity with herbs, oils, colors, foods, etc. Day 27: Trance Posture. Try your hand at one of the Avalonian trance postures The trance postures…

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    30 Day SOA Challenge – 5

    Editor’s Note: This 30 Day Challenge will run in weekly segments with 5 days per segment. Each subsequent segment will be linked to the previous one. Click here for Days 16-20. THE SOA 30 DAY CHALLENGE Days 21-25 By Robin Corak Day 21: Getting to Know You altar. Set up an altar for a goddess that you don’t work with as often and/or who you may have challenges relating to. Branwen has always been a bit elusive for me and yet she encompasses everything that is Avalon. Recently, my husband built me a small corner shelf above one of my other altars. This is my altar to Branwen and it…

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    30 Day SOA Challenge – 4

    Editor’s Note: This 30 Day Challenge will run in weekly segments with 5 days per segment. Each subsequent segment will be linked to the previous one. Click here for Days 11-15. THE SOA 30 DAY CHALLENGE Days 16-20 By Robin Corak Day 16: Goddess Challenge-Bloduewedd. Do the same activities you did on Day 2 but for Bloduewedd. Day 17: Avalonian Runes. Make your own Mirror Runes as described in Avalon Within and work with them.  If you have already made these runes, do a reading and perhaps think about new and different ways that you might be able to use the runes. Day 18: The Kybalion. Read about the 7 principles…

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    30 Day SOA Challenge – 3

    Editor’s Note: This 30 Day Challenge will run in weekly segments with 5 days per segment. Each subsequent segment will be linked to the previous one. Click here for Days 6-10. THE SOA 30 DAY CHALLENGE Days 11-15 By Robin Corak Day 11: Herbal Moon. Dive into the lessons of the current herbal moon. Learn more about the herb using the Avalonian Oracle and/or other resources. If you happen to have some of the herb, sit with it and use all of your senses to experience it. Perhaps even try making an herbal elixir. Day 12: Trance Posture. Try your hand at one of the Avalonian trance postures. The trance postures…

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    30 Day SOA Challenge – 2

    Editor’s Note: This 30 Day Challenge will run in weekly segments with 5 days per segment. Each subsequent segment will be linked to the previous one. Click here for Days 1-5. THE SOA 30 DAY CHALLENGE Days 6-10 By Robin Corak Day 6: Scry! (At least try!) The act of scrying is intimidating for many people. Unless it is something you have learned or it is something that comes naturally to you, the pressure to see something in a bowl of water or a crystal can be overwhelming and frustrating. I think much of this pressure is due to the preconceived notions we have about scrying as well as the…

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    30 Day SOA Challenge – 1

    Editor’s Note: This 30 Day Challenge will run in weekly segments with 5 days per segment. Each subsequent segment will be linked to the previous one. THE SOA 30 DAY CHALLENGE Introduction and Days 1-5 By Robin Corak  Once upon a time, many many years ago, I joined the Sisterhood of Avalon. This, my friends, was before the days of Sisterspace and The Isle. While I didn’t have to walk ten miles in the snow each way to get to school, I did have to deal with the rudimentary dreaded technological beast known as Yahoo Groups. This was also before Jhenah’s book Avalon Within came out. I was initially overwhelmed…

  • Pagan Life,  Recipes and Crafts

    Cranberry, Oatmeal, Quinoa Cookies

    by: Joan Porte This is my original cookie recipe which are easy, healthy and wonderful for Autumn or winter. This recipe makes about two dozen. Cranberry, Oatmeal, Quinoa Cookies            Ingredients 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa (I used red but I don’t think it matters) 1-cup coconut flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda 1 stick of room temperature unsalted butter, melted 1 cup of applesauce 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1-teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup of applesauce 2 tsp. vanilla 3 large eggs 1 cup flaked coconut 1-cup cranberries 1-cup chocolate chips ¼ cup milk or coconut milk Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line…

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    She Lives In My Heart: Sharing the Path of the Goddess with My Daughter

    By: Jhenah Telyndru  First published in The Beltane Papers, Issue 41 Fall 2007   “Like this, momma?” “Just like that, dear one.”  My three-year-old daughter was hunched down over the fuzzy tufts of a dandelion gone to seed, asking permission to pick it in hushed and respectful tones. After waiting a moment to receive her reply, Ariana looked up at me, beaming, and excitedly announced, “She said yes, momma!” I nodded at her, and then, carefully, with the focused intent that comes so naturally to young children, she picked the flower and clutched it excitedly to her chest, scattering some of the fluff in her enthusiasm. “What are you going…

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    Wise Women—Past and Present

      by: Alana Yesterday, well many yesterdays ago, my faith in God was empty, fruitless. Locked in my desire to do the right thing, it was hard to turn away from an ideal that had never fit, and fear of damnation jailed me in my own misery. I began a career path that led me to work on a Native American reservation in the northwest. It was the most challenging and ultimately rewarding experience of my entire career, and led me out of the darkness into the promise of enlightenment. It was there that I met Chris. Now Chris was the acting head of my department until I was hired.…

  • Pagan Life,  Seasonal Editorials

    The Bird as Messenger

    by Sue Wagner Just as the wise women of the past looked to animals and the natural world for messages from spirit, so too do we carry this tradition into the present. For me, 2013 was the transformative year that united me with the birds—our prophetic messengers—and for the first time in my life I finally listened and welcomed Her sacred song. In February I cracked open an egg, ready to prepare my daughter’s breakfast, only there was something strange about this egg that I had never seen before. It had a “double yolk” which I quickly Googled out of curiosity and discovered is connected to an old superstition relating…