Africans look to the past with hope for the future. Japanese and Korean musicians come together to heal the rift between their countries. And the U.N. releases its findings from a commission on war crimes in Sri Lanka. Today's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and social news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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So! I hope everyone enjoyed the recent Super-Harvest-Blood-Moon event. Obviously, it wasn't visible to all due to global location or local weather, but the energies were incredible and, I am sure, shared and felt by all. Watching the moon go dark was awe-inspiring. Seeing the Earth's shadow creep across the moon was a powerful reminder to me of how we are interconnected, not just floating parts which don't interact.
I am definitely feeling the ramped-up energies from both the moon and the general chaos of the incoming vibrations. I have been feeling behind, pressured and like the world is spinning a little too fast for me to keep up at times. Physically I am feeling a little dizzy and high. If you are experiencing similar energies, please leave a comment below so we will all see that we are not alone in these energetic experiences. I feel like I have been on "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" for sure!...
One Pagan lists her favorite "witchy" movies, a transwoman discusses her complicated relationship with Ranma 1/2, and the late Terry Pratchett's legacy is discussed. It's Airy Monday, our weekly take on magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
This time of year as Mother Nature's larder is at her fullest I'm always being asked about making home remedies, foraging and using wild ingredients. To me, working with nature and living close to the earth is a practical as well as a spiritual path, and gives me an opportunity to keep in close relationship with the land around me, as well as its indwelling spirits. Gathering wild herbs nuts and berries for remedies and cottage preserves, as well as fruits and vegetables from the garden I'm always reminded of the kinship I feel with the plant and tree spirits, and this dictates how I go about my gathering as well my preparations. I consider them to be among my magical and shamanic allies- they help me understand and grow into greater communion with this sacred earth, as well as adding extra energy, taste and effectiveness to the potions and preserves we make together.
Some of my top tips...
The best magickal tool is the one you have on hand when you need it. I own wands, swords, athames, censers, candles, and all the other accoutrement one might expect of a witch, but what is the tool I use most often? My phone. Why? Because I always have it on me, unlike the vast array of traditional tools that live at home on my altar. Here are my top five most frequently used magickal apps, in no particular order.
1. Kindle. Thanks to cloud based storage I have access to my entire digital library anytime, anywhere I have cell signal. I frequently use my Kindle app to look up references from spell books, herbal formularies, and field guides. If you’re out and about in the world and need to look up correspondences, herbal contraindications, or who’s who in the witchy world then this app is invaluable. Unfortunately, a lot of the best magickal books aren’t available digitally yet, so it’s no substitute for a proper library.