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Animals that are rumored to exist such as the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster are called Cryptids. These animals differ from Mythic Animals since they do exist in the here and now. (Being more supernatural, Mythic Animals have magical attributes, which Cryptids do not.) Once believed to be figments of people’s imaginations, the giant squid and coelacanth have been found in the world’s oceans. Cryptids can be thought of as elusive and unidentified animals waiting official recognition.

Cryptozoologists (scientists who study cryptids) will generally divide the animals into several descriptive groupings. There are animals, which are unlike any known species, such as the Thetis Lake Monster (British Columbia), a bipedal water creature with silver scales. Extinct animals which are often sighted like Pterosaurs or Giant Ground Sloths (Mapinguari of Brazil) are in another group. (Coelacanth was included in this group.) Animals that are not found in their usual ranges such as such as the Giant Kangaroos of North America and British Big Cats make up the third group. These would be a breeding population of kangaroos outside of Australia or pumas from North America that are consistently sighted in the United Kingdom. The last group comprises of animals who are unlike those of their own species. A notable example is the Kellas Cat, an intraspecific hybrid between the domestic cat and the Scottish wildcat.

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    I'm curious enough to attend the International Bigfoot Conference.

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Draugatrú: Or, Undead Religion

The old Norse didn't believe in ghosts per se.

Instead, they knew of a being called a draugr: a revenant, an un-dead, an animated corpse that will not lay still, but instead walks, wreaking ill, to trouble the land of the living.

The Norse said DROW-ger. In Iceland today, they say DROY-goor. If (there's no evidence that they did) the English-speaking ancestors had known of such wights (or rather, un-wights) and had called them by an equivalent name, we would today name them drows (as drowse).

When the southron shavelings came in and started vaunting about their new god, you can't tell me that people didn't nod in recognition and say: Aha.

Come to think of it, this actually explains quite a bit about the history of the last thousand years, and (alas) much ill-wreaking that still goes on today.

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What Do You Swear On When You Take a Public Oath?

You're giving testimony in court, or maybe you're assuming public office.

In both cases, it's customary to swear on a holy object.

So, Pagan: on what do you swear?

Strike me dead if I'd swear on one of their accursed books.

Strike me dead if I'd swear on a book at all.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I once read that the ancient Egyptians took their oaths on an onion. Something about those concentric rings in an onion. I like
  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes says #
    I've thought that an altar pentacle could work for a witch.
The Herbalist’s Astrological Almanac: Planting Magic

Plants carry potent energy you can use to amplify your magical workings. Use the signs of the sun, moon and stars to your advantage and, over time, you will come to know which ones are most effective for you. Make sure to use your own astrological chart in working with these herbs.  Here is a guide to the astrological associations of plants you may grow in your kitchen garden or keep dried in your pantry:

Aries, ruled by Mars: carnation, cedar, clove, cumin, fennel, juniper, peppermint and pine.

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Life will feel a little (or a lot) frantic, unstable, and disjointed this month, with a New Moon in the restless, sensitive sign of Gemini, and all sorts of other change-inducing planetary hijinks happening. People are more sensitive than usual to their environment, and emotions are running strong. This chart is in effect for the month ahead.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    You're very welcome, Tasha!
  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    Interesting take on he next month. Looking forward to the Solstice chart. Thanks and blessings, Tasha

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Portals of Light On Earth

Portals of Light On Planet Earth, as told me by the 13 Spirit Grandmothers Time who are ancient adepts that birthed the Earth eons ago when the continents first split apart.

Canada: Quebec, most of southern Quebec, near the Great Lakes, and in northern Ontario especially Lake Superior and northern Manitoba.

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Simple Summer Salads for Summer Fun

Simple Salads for More Fun in the Sun

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