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Specific paths such as Heathenism, blended traditions, polytheist reconstructionism, etc.

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Planet of the Magi is published

My space fantasy novel Planet of the Magi is published. It features a female protagonist who uses magic and is influenced in her moral choices by her planet's pacifist pagan minority.

The book includes people who follow two different kinds of pagan religion grown from the same root, one that remained on a planet that one that is practiced on a space ship. I proposed that the culture that remained on a planet is polytheistic, and tied their religion to seasons and agriculture and the gods that govern those things, but the ones who live in space developed into a henotheistic religion that honors a single creator goddess. There are also three different magical systems, one practiced by the ship group, one by the majority culture on the protagonist's planet, and one practiced by an order of warrior monks founded by aliens but now including humans. 

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My Cup Runneth Over: A Ritual for Abundance

This little prosperity/abundance ritual comes from my book Ancient Spellcraft. The first edition is out of print but I'm hard at work on a revised and updated second edition that will be available in 2017. It's the first book I ever published, the first publishing contract I ever signed, a whopping 15 years ago - how time flies! So as we approach Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I wish you all the abundance, beauty, and gratitude life has to offer.

My Cup Runneth Over

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh my, Laura, I was delighted to see this post and love the job you did with it. For decades, been channeling rituals with milk an
  • Laura Perry
    Laura Perry says #
    Thanks very much for your kind words. Yes, we really have missed out on a lot of really powerful symbolism and connection by remov

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As It Flows: An Understanding

 

I cannot even begin to say how much time I have spent with my stream. I first developed my interest in the stream through a desire to keep it clean. A clean stream is surely a healthy stream for all things that live in it or that are dependent upon it. It was so close to where I lived; I couldn’t get into my car without looking at it, without looking in its general direction.

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Lavender Wine for Sigyn

My first batch of lavender wine made my lips go numb after a single sip. I shared it with other heathens and they found it quite strong also. So of course the next time I had a crop of lavender from my garden, I made lavender vodka.  

In the summer and fall of 2016, I drew on Sigyn’s patience almost every day to get me through a particularly difficult time in caring for my mom. Often, when I went outside for some reason, even just to take out the garbage, I would see one of Sigyn’s butterflies, and I would relax. In the evening, in gratitude to her, I raised a toast with tonic water flavored with my lavender vodka.

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A Witch Gives Thanks - A Gratitude Ritual

Thanksgiving, as celebrated in the United States has a complicated history. We are inundated with bucolic images of blue-eyed, cherubic pilgrims in the buckled shoes, sharing a bountiful table with the ever so grateful and equally generous natives who are just so gosh darned pleased that the pilgrims could stop by for dinner. Then, of course, after dessert, the genocide.

The "real" story of Thanksgiving is particularly bloody, and not just for the turkey. The Pequot Nation lost over seven hundred men, women and children.The ensuing decades brought near total devastation for the First Nations peoples living all around what is now New England.

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    Gwion, I love this. It's very similar to what we do and I see some things here that I want to add to our practice. Especially now,

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There are two ‘goddess’ trees that are found in the hedgerow. Hawthorn, sacred to the May Goddess, and Elder which belongs to the Crone and has so many virtues that, as we have seen, it is referred to as the ‘poor man’s medicine chest’. If there are any elder trees in your vicinity, you will soon gain one in your garden because birds drop the seeds after eating the fruit. The elder is a small tree or shrub that has a very mixed reputation in folklore. It features widely in Arthurian legends, Biblical tales and has always been associated with witchcraft and religion. In some parts of the country it is considered unlucky to take ‘ellan-wood’ into the house and to burn it would cause death within the family inside twelve months.

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Flames of the fire

Fire is a very powerful element well they all are really in their own special ways.  Fire has the ability to cleanse and clear away through the force of destruction.  Sometimes we do need to burn away negative influences and energy to be able to restart.  Not literally of course, I am not encouraging anyone to burn down houses! 

Fire can be used in spell work to burn petitions, to scry, for burning herbs and of course to provide heat for night time rituals.   PLEASE… (I know I don’t really have to say this but…) if you are in the woods or forest area check that you are allowed to start a fire (a lot of places don’t give permission for obvious reasons).  If you are given the go ahead make sure you take the proper precautions and don’t let it get out of hand, a fire in the woods or grassy fields can cause a huge amount of damage not only to the land and plants but also to the animals that live there.

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