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    Crawling back from Confrontation

    by Margo Wolfe Many women are now going through confrontation. If you are part of the Sisterhood of Avalon or picked up a copy of Avalon Within and are following through, you understand the implications of this part of life. Confrontation is an emotional, sometimes physical manifestation of seeing shadow, a Jungian concept of facing the dark part of who you are and recognizing it as part of you. Confrontation can be painful. Truly painful. It is sometimes painful, heart-wrenching realizations that come to you while standing in the shower, or worse, while standing in traffic. She comes and looks at you with a hard, cold stare and you cannot…

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    Welsh Winter Traditions: The Hunting of the Wren

    By Jhenah Telyndru Although occurring in the same season as the Mari Lwyd traditions, the Hunting of the Wren -Hela’r Dryw –  is a separate custom which appears to be more straightforward when it comes to revealing its ancient roots. There are two distinct phases of the practice: the hunt itself and the subsequent parading of the wren. While the enactment of these customs often occurred over the course of several days, Owen believes they both originated from a single ceremony that evolved in performance and meaning over time. Although there is no direct evidence which connects the Hunting of the Wren to pagan practices, there is folk wisdom which…

  • Meditations,  Pagan Life

    The Wise Woman

      By: Aelwyn We equate wisdom with age—experience. There is something slippery about this. A woman’s wisdom can arise at any age. We slip into and out of it in moments of grace—listening to a deeper, Sovereign voice within us. We all, men, women, children of all ages, have the ability to be wise.  Who has not held a newborn and seen the wisdom of a knowing soul reflected back to them?  I like the definition of “wise” as a verb: to be alert or aware of something. This, I think, is the key to being wise. I often marvel at the wisdom of my young daughter. She is alert…

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    A Circle of Healing

    by Lori F.   “How am I supposed to heal? How do I make these deep wounds, these horrible losses I have suffered, fade from memory and spirit?” As I stand in a circle of women, their voices rising and fading in endless tones of healing and love, these words come to my mind. Words I had begged the Goddess to answer the night before as I stood under the full moon, robed in black and holding a cauldron of pure Divine energy in my hands. She had not answered me then. She had instead filled my heart with love and cradled Her daughter in Her arms. She was a…

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    Pagan fashion – Permanent spiritual adornment

    By Kae Lea Day Tattoos have been around for almost as long as humans have been communicating. Is a tattoo a fashion statement? Is it even a pagan fashion statement? Well let’s look at some of the history of tattoos , then hear some stories from sisters about their tattoos and what they mean to them. A bit of History  The art of tattooing has been around for 7,000 years. The idea of tattooing was to use the body as a form of communication of ideas, of status, of religion and groups that a person belonged. Throughout history tattooing has been done for many reasons. In the Copper age (3500-3100…

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    Great Mother, Mercurial Child

    By Kate Brunner I am not a boy-mom.  As much as I wish I was, I am just not.  I gave birth to three wondrous little things; first, a girl and then later, boy-girl twins.  I have a son, but even after seven years of shared life, he remains, in so many ways, a complete mystery to me. With my eldest, I could feel she was a girl with absolute certainty from the moment we created her.  She had a name very early on in our gestation and everything about a girl child guiding me across the initiatory threshold of motherhood felt perfect and holy to me.  She was born…

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    Pagan Fashion: Cloak and nothing but cloak: A Brief History

    By Kae Lea Day In the Oxford Dictionary of English: Cloak n 1 a sleeveless outdoor over garment that hangs loosely from the shoulders. –          Sometime serving to hide or disguise something: preparations had taken place under a cloak of secrecy . 2 (cloaks) British a cloakroom. v. [with obj.]  Dress in a cloak: they sat cloaked and hooded. –hide, cover, or disguise (something): she cloaked her embarrassment by rushing into speech. <ORIGIN> middle English: from old French cloke, dialect variant of cloche’ bell, cloak’ (from its bell shape), from medieval latin clocca’ bell. Compare with clock1. The Cloak has been in our history and imagination for well over 2000…

  • Meditations,  Pagan Life

    Animal Encounters on the Spiral Path

    Meeting Animal Guides:  The Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd   with SharonLynn As with the Stag of Rhedynvre (see the Calan Gaeaf 2010 issue of The Tor Stone), we meet the Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd in the tale of Culhwch and Olwen.  The knights of Arthur are seeking Mabon, son of Modron.  They first meet the Blackbird of Cilgwri (Descent), which guides them to the Stag (Confrontation).  The stag does not know where Mabon is, but guides the knights to an animal that is still older, the Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd.  The Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd is so old that she has seen a great valley filled with a wooded glen…

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    Fashion in the Pagan World

    Pagan Fashion: Up-cycling, Reusing, Renewing By Kae Lea   Spring is here and kicking! You’re going through your closet trying to figure out what to donate, what to keep, and what just needs to be thrown out. Well, instead of throwing items out how about up-cycling it or finding a new way to use it. I think everyone in the community can get behind this idea. Why let that pair of jeans go to a land fill, only because one pant leg is stained or you have an orphaned pillow case. Why not think outside of the box and turn it into something different. Up-cycling –according to Wikipeida is “the…

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    Meditation for Spring

    Meditation for Spring By Willow Hurlburt Transformation. Emergence. Rebirth. Resurrection. Change. Myths of transformation – of resurrection from death – abound. Jesus, Persephone, Adonis, Inanna, Osiris, Dionysus, Balder, Tammuz, Ishtar, Quetzalcoatl, Blodeowedd, Izanami. This time of year we see nature’s message, incorporated into popular symbols: -Caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies – one body dies but the creature lives on -Fragile, yet impenetrable eggs with their hardened shell break open only from within with life – break them from without, nothing – Rock-hard bulbs, seemingly lifeless, nonetheless break free and struggle through their earthen tomb to eventually blossom in the open air Change comes from within. Once we shed the old, push…