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Posts, articles, and misc. that no longer fit with what I believe or do.

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    Being Authentically Me

    I've been mulling something over in my brain for the last few days and I decided it was finally time to write about it. I feel like I am lacking authenticity here and in my practice. I feel like a complete imposter, even though I know that's not true. Something's got to give, so I'm making some changes here.

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    Easy Waterfall Ward || Defensive Magick

    As promised, today we're going to talk about how to do my waterfall ward technique. If you haven't listened to Monday's podcast episode about defensive magick, I definitely recommend doing that first. Defensive magick is an important skill for anyone to learn how to do, and today I'm going to teach you how to do my own waterfall warding technique.

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    Imbolc

    The word Imbolc is thought to have come from the Old Irish word oimelc, which means “ewe’s milk”. It is also said that the word itself, Imbolc, literally translates to “in the belly”. This is a fitting name for this Sabbat as we celebrate the return of Spring. Imbolc is one of the four Celtic fire festivals, the others being Beltane, Samhain, and Lughnasadh (Lammas). The ancient Celts celebrated this day as the coming of Spring when their herds would start to produce offspring and the farmers would go back to work in the fields. The origins of this Sabbat, though, date back to Neolithic times. We know this (or…

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    Yule

    Yule is typically celebrated around the same time as the Christian holiday of Christmas in the northern hemisphere, but they are two very different holidays. You can see from above that the dates range for the celebration of Yule and that is because it is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, which changes every year, but always happens within a certain date range.

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    Samhain

    Throughout the world, Samhain is typically known as Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere. Historically, this was the last day of the calendar year to the Celts. It was a time when grazing days for cattle were over and the herds were either put away for winter or separated in preparation for slaughter. As such, Samhain is closely linked with death. Farmers have taken the last of their crops and gave the excess back to the Mother for the New Year. In Wicca, Samhain is the third and final of the harvest festivals. It is a time of death in the Earth when the final…

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    Mabon or Autumn Equinox

    We don’t know for sure where the name Mabon came from, and its first use was in the 1970s by Aidan Kelly, an American academic and poet who has been influential to the neo-Pagan movement. He states that he was looking to different myths from Germanic or Gaelic literature and could not find anything that rang true to this Sabbat, so he settled on Mabon, from the story Mabon ap Modron, which translates to “Son of the Mother”. Regardless of the name given, many Wiccans choose to call this Sabbat the Autumnal Equinox rather than Mabon.

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    Lughnasadh/Lammas

    Lammas, or Lughnasadh, depending on your tradition and preference, is the first of three harvest festivals, and one of four fire festivals, from ancient Celtic traditions and beliefs. This first harvest is the harvest of grains, and we can see the fruits of the union between the God and Goddess. The word Lammas comes from the Old English word hlāfmæsse, meaning “loaf mass”, and is highly connected to the harvesting of the grains and the feasts prepared at Lammas. Traditionally, this day was celebrated with the harvesting of the first grains and a feast. The ancient peoples that celebrated this festival knew the importance, though, and we can try to…

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    Zeus

    Zeus (zoos) is a Greek God and ruler of the Olympians. He is the Greek Sky God who rules over Mount Olympus, and splits his rule over the mortal realm with his siblings Poseidon and Hades. He is the last child of the titans Cronus and Rhea, and avoided being swallowed by Cronus only thanks to his mother.