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Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: April 5th. 2004
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Gardening - The Balance Point
|Ostara Mandala My group, Elemental, created this mandala for Ostara in Central Park. We worked with a yin-yang theme to incorporate the balance of the equinox, as well as a seed theme for Spring, and so created this mandala out of flowers, nuts and seeds to leave behind for our furry and feathered friends. [Madolin's Profile]|
by Patricia Telesco
My mate often jokes that someday he'll come home to find the entire yard landscaped...and it may not be that far off from the truth. After spending hour upon hour in front of a computer, and living in Western NY, I yearn for spring and summer -- and that special time with "Mom" that's unmatched by any other experience. If you go out to wherever your garden is going to be, and just meditate and listen, the land tells you what it wants. Sometimes it takes very little effort to change the energy flow -- unfortunately that wasn't the case for us. An above-ground pool blocked everything along with very unhealthy shrubs (of course my getting the "magickal gardening bug" didn't help either!). So about two years ago the pool went away. In it's place, a Zen sand and stone garden surrounded by flowers and a waterfall-pond with rosebush backing, all manner of tiny touches and pink patio block grew. At the front of what became a giant yin-yang symbol stands a rough stone statue of Kwan Yin, our household protectress, with Japanese flowers at her feet. It might sound like a lot of work for an area where we can only enjoy the view for a few brief months -- ah, but the glory of those months! Our entire family actually rejoices in spring yard cleaning -- in planting the organic vegetable garden, pruning the miniature plum trees and re-planting hanging pots. We look forward to the sight of our neighbors doing likewise and exchanging those moments of friendship across the fence. Perhaps this isn't "magickal" to someone else -- but for us it's an amazing blessing. In the middle of a busy street and a very popular neighborhood, we have a little sanctuary that's as sacred as any church. The way the energy moves now is different -- softer, warmer, welcoming, happy. Where once I couldn't get my children to play, we now can't keep them inside no matter the season. The birds love it, the bees love it, and I am totally in love. The retreat this space offers, the magick it provides, heals us, holds us, and renews us when most needed.... [Full Article]
by Jackie Berke/Nwyvre
Every spring, I dream of my perfect garden. I would have a rock fence, with moss covering it, mums and gladiolus in the middle for the fey to dance around and rock bed sidewalks. I would have all the tools a gardener should have. Corn, beans, peas, and all the rest of the delicious home grown vegetables that burst with flavor when you eat them. Just north of the garden, on the gently sloping hillside, you can walk through the wildflowers, and if you wanted to you could stop at the little stone table and chair set for a rest. Just north and slightly west of my vegetable garden is my herb garden. You can smell the mint, basil, and dill intermixing together and providing the outside with their spicy, sweet scents. To the east of the garden a small compost bin and wheelbarrow sit, ready to fertilize each of the gardens. No weeds allowed! No cats digging up or eating... [Full Article]
NEW TRADITION PROFILE...
The Dynion Mwyn Tradition
The Welsh Dynion Mwyn tradition derives from Welsh and Pictish religious sources and from Druidic and Witchcraft magickal practices which were in existence around the time Christianity took root in Europe. Based on folk lore and myth, this religion has shamanic, religious and magickal foundations. Its priesthood evolved from Welsh Druidism, Pictish Witchcraft, and Etruscan sources, including in its ancestry Druids, Bards, Ovates, Faerie Doctors, Cunning Men, Men in Black, and Wise Women
Based on the ancient Welsh religion connected to the gods of Donn, the teachings evolved into an oral Faerie Tradition. Our legends say the Children of Donn chose to stay in Wales after the invasion of the Celts, and took refuge under the hills. The Faerie Folk of Wales or Y Tylwyth Teg are man-sized Faeries, and the spirits of Welsh and Pictish heroes. They live underground, in Dolmens or underwater in caves.... [Full Profile]
Donna Cole Schultz passes over
by various sources
Donna Cole Schultz passed over this morning, March 31st, in her sleep. She had fought a long battle with cancer.
Donna was the founding HPS of Chicago Pagan Way, HPS of Sacred Stones coven, and I understand she was a 3rd degree Gardnerian. Chicago area pagans owe her a huge debt of gratitude for paving the way for us all, not to mention so many of us are in one way or another descended from Donna. She will be missed.
She will have a memorial service at the Healing Earth Resources on May 15th at 6pm. Healing resources is located at 3111 North Ashland in Chicago. [Visit Memorial]
4/4 Witchvox Note: We have already set up a Donna Cole Schultz memorial with a moving writing by Judy Harrow. IF you can offer more details, a picture of Donna or simply want to express your memories, feel free to contact us.
Witchvox 'Hot New Book' of the Week...
American Witch: Magick for the Modern Seeker
Author: Anthony Paige
Publisher: Kensington/Citadel Press
In this primer for a new generation and a new continent of Witches, Anthony Paige delivers a stunningly concise overview of modern craft and the events leading up to its current state of evolution. From a sobering discussion of the Salem witch trials in which power crazed teens were used as Witch dowsers to the basic tenets of Craft, the author weaves a strong and informative web that draw the reader in and educates both Craft and nonCraft folk alike. He deftly sidesteps the whole Gerald Gardner credibility issue and instead focuses on wonderful profiles of American Witches and sacred places. The last half of the book is a valuable compendium of magickal basics and spellwork that is concise, yet quite complete. Although at times, the book seems to come across from the perspective of a removed observer of the Craft, the stance is fitting given the factual presentation of the subject matter. I would highly recommend this book to the beginning practitioner. It would be a definite asset to any personal Pagan library. -- Five pentacles out of five -- Divadigest.com - [More info]
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Most of the Pagans we know have extraordinary gardens -- even if that garden is just a few flower pots on a city balcony. Let us know what you do to make your garden special, magical, sacred. Do you garden organically or biodynamically? Do you use sacred geometry in the planning? Do you work with Nature Spirits and Devas? What rituals and magic do you do in or for your garden?
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