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  • Seasons
    Celebrating the Wheel of the Year
    Many pagan groups celebrate the “Wheel of the Year” or the cycle of the seasons. The year begins on October 31 then moves through the stillness and introspection of winter, through the new life of spring, through the growth and...
  • Lavender Blossom
    Spring Equniox Events
    As we head into March the rains seems to be finally coming along for a visit. This is much needed and will only help the spring blossoms rise and shine, however, we do still have a long way to go. But rain or shine the spring will arrive and there...
  • Halloween
    Samhain Events Around the Bay
    It's that time of year again. The veil is thin, the cold is descending, and we are looking to the long nights of the winter ahead. It is at this time of the year that we Pagans celebrate those that have passed on. We honor our Beloved Dead...
  • Holy Water Bacteria?
    Bacteria in holy water: Report could cause unnecessary alarm
    A recent study out ofABC Newson Saturday suggests holy water is riddled with bacteria. However, theholy water report raises more questions than provides answers, which could cause unnecessary alarm with a popular Catholic ritual.Good Morning...
  • New Moon: Attracting harmony
    New Moon: Attracting harmony with New Moon organizing rituals
    New Moon and You in HarmonyThe New Moon is a great time to slow down and become more mindful and reflective. Each month the New Moon cycle signals a time for renewing the Ying energy within and in our homes and work environments. As I write this,...
  • winter solstice
    Winter solstice traditions around the world
    The winter solstice is that time of year when the sun appears at its lowest point above the horizon, occurring around Dec. 21-22. It is also the shortest day of the year and has the longest night of the year.Withthe actual solstice taking but a...
  • Trick-Or-Treat
    The pagan celebration of Halloween
    Understanding the true origins of Halloween has led many Christian families to turn away from celebrating it at all. Many families dress their children in spooky costumes to canvas the neighborhood homes for candy and other treats. A ghost costume...
  • Spell Chants
    How to write a spell chant
    Spell chants are words or phrase repeated to build energy to power a spell or ritual. It is a focusing tool used to prepare the mind, body and soul for the coming magickal work.Spell chants can be any length and have different meanings depending...
  • A hanging lantern
    Ramadan: Prayerful, yes, but festive, too
    I confess I am envious of practicing Muslims who will be honoring the season of Ramadan this year.Yes, there is the rigor of a daily fast. But imagine a penitential holy season of festive gatherings around sunset meals with friends and family,...
  • Herb Garden
    Mystery of the origins of illnesses and natural remedies solved
    Did you ever wonder why people get sick? Did you ever speculate on how natural remedies came about? The Cherokee Indians, one of the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma, did. They even found the answers to those questions. This is how the Cherokee...
  • Nail biting
    Do I have OCD?
    The following letter was written by an eighteen year old college student and appeared on the Psych Centralwebsite in February 2011. The response was written by Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, PhD.I am eighteen years old and preparing to attend college...
  • Samhain
    Samhain Events 2011
    It’s that time of the year when we start to shift into darkness. The sun slips into the watery cloak of the Pacific earlier each night. There is a chill in the morning air that whispers of the winter coming ever closer. And the hillsides...
  • Cycles: the holidays
    Carpenter Nature Center is a 'fruitful adventure'; do we grow through rituals?
    The Carpenter Nature Center was highlighted in the St. Paul Pioneer Press 9-25-11, for the eco-friendly and educational environment of their apple orchard. The center was donated by Thomas Carpenter, who started buying parcels of land along the St...
  • Poker Chips
    Can gambling rituals really be helping you?
    Whether you're a beginner gambler or gaming vet, everyone has certain rituals that they have that supposedly help them increase their odds in winning at their favorite casinos.Be it camping out at your favorite game (or gaming table) to...
  • Positive
    Purpose Drives New Rituals
    I often feel like the story of my life in the last few years has been that I have been "consistently inconsistent". I become so laser focused for periods of time on specific goals but often the consistency and persistence wains and I...