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Frau Holle by Otto Ubbelohde. Frau Holle (or the young girl who faithfully served her) by Otto Ubbelohde.

In this ritual, you will mirror the actions of the heroine in one of the Grimm's fairy tales, "Mother Holle", (also known as "The Golden Girl and the Pitch Maiden"), offering your cares and worries to the Goddess by dropping them on a spindle into a fresh water "well" and praying for her assistance in resolving them. A traditional Northern European blot, a drink offering, begins the ritual. This simplified rite, suitable to any time of year, is part of a longer Norse Winternights Ceremony I wrote honoring the ancestors and the Wild Hunt during the autumn. An especially ideal time for it would be on Mothers' Night, the evening before Yule. (More information on Holle's symbols and nature can be found within that Ceremony.)

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Pagan savings challenge, week forty-three:  not a dollar short

A day late, yes, but never a dollar short!  That's what I get for making my weekly savings contribution on Sundays; it was a relaxing day when I picked it, but now it's packed full of worship and a nine-hour work shift.  I performed my duties to the money spirits, but did not record that fact here.

Speaking of worship, mine yesterday was occupied by Poseidon Asphaleios, since I'd just written a hymn honoring Poseidon the Securer.  Building a stable foundation is what the Pagan savings challenge is all about, at least it is for me.  It's working, too:  while I save for a fireplace insert, other factors are at work to make my family more secure in its heating.  Thanks to a state loan program, our house will soon have insulation, after spending its first ninety years without any.  Pretty amazing for a home in the northeast.

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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday October 27

Happy Monday, Beagle fans! It's Airy Monday, celebrating the Element of Air and the realm of the mind. Today, we are concentrating on looking deeper at the "Halloween" witch, including Witch's hats; nude on a broom; reclaiming Halloween stereotypes; academic studies of witchcraft.

Where does the Witch's Hat come from? According to this essay at Salon, the high-peaked hat may have originally been a medieval attempt to identify Jews (who were then associated with devil-worshippers and witches.)

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    Thanks so much for this! I'll be looking for those books. Comics are delightful, and so is the women's creative tradition vibrant

Twelve Healing Stars is a yearlong project in cooperation with the Temple of Witchcraft that explores social justice through the lessons of the 12 Zodiac Signs.  This is part two. To see previous posts, click here.

You don’t have to be a witch, or even care a whit about astrology, to feel the death and darkness that permeates Scorpio. The dying energy of the sun as it slips toward the winter solstice has become undeniable.  We begin to turn our headlights on as we drive to work, and we have less time to walk the dog in the afternoon.  The land around us, especially the trees, has begun to give up its life force as it prepares slowly but surely for its annual death.

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Land, Lede, Lore

What makes a religion pagan?

I'm going to contend that paganisms are preeminently religions of land, lede, and lore.

Land. Paganism is local, intimately related to specific places. Pagans are by definition the People of the Place; when peoples change their place, they bring their mythologies with them, and those mythologies naturalize to the new place. While the term “nature religion” is problematic on numerous levels, the paganisms direct themselves largely to this-worldly concerns, and engage the environment and the non-human beings with whom we share that environment as a matter of primary spiritual course. There are no universal paganisms; or, rather, the paganisms are at their most universal insofar they are most specifically local.

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Review: Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae

 

Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae

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  • Merrie Morrison
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    I am a total fanatical Tuatha Dea groupie!!!! They are great on a CD - but to really find out how awesome they are you have to se
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    I love these guys! I actually discovered them through Alex, who is a pal of mine, but now I adore them just for themselves.

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