Author Archives: David Taliesin

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor

The Magi’s Blessing: Chalking the Door

I came across a wonderful tradition which I will have to research further to learn a little more about it’s origins. According to Pagan Christmas, “Even today, priests go from house to house in the Black Forest on January 6, … Continue reading

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Empowerment Spell for the New Year

Altar from last Welcoming Circle at Asheville Raven & Crone This is the ritual we did to close last week’s Welcoming Circle PROTECTION OIL (David Taliesin)7-9 drops of Hyssop Essential Oil1/4 cup olive oi As the days grow shorter, may … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Invincible Light

“The light shines in the darkness,And the darkness did not overcome it.”(John 1:5, NRSV) While writing a sermon on the first chapter of John, I came across this interesting observation from Karoline Lewis in her Fortress Preaching Commentary on John: … Continue reading

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Coping During the Holidays

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”—Chinese Proverb As we approach the Winter Solstice, the days continue to get darker and darker. Likewise, the world around us feels like a darker place as well. The … Continue reading

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Gratitude Ritual

Here is a simple ritual that can be used by a small group or solo practitioner for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we all have things to be thankful for. Blessed be! GRATITUDE RITUAL … Continue reading

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A Witch By Any Other Name

Wiccan? Christian? Alchemist? Mystic? Druid? Spell Caster? Root Worker? Goddess Worshipper? Healer? Pagan? Energy Worker? Conjurer? Magician? Polytheist? Follower of Jesus? Eclectic? Witch? All of the Above? Some of the Above? None of the Above? From time to time I … Continue reading

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November Full Moon: Frost Moon and Full Lunar Eclipse

November’s full moon, which will occur early Tuesday morning, November 08, 6:02am, goes by several different names. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it was called the Beaver Moon by the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The reason for this is … Continue reading

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Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve Soul Cakes

The Soul Cake is part of traditional Samhain/All Hallows Eve festivities in the British Isles. The cakes are flat and round, scented with saffron, mixed spices and currants.During the 19th and early 20th centuries children would go ‘souling’ on Samhain … Continue reading

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Pan de Muerto…YUM!

O.K. Let’s talk about one of my favorite things to eat this time of year….Pan de Muerto. It is always a part of my Dia de los Muertos celebration, both on my ancestor altar and in the stomachs of those … Continue reading

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Falling Leaves Meditation

Here’s a meditation exercise I wrote several years back. It’s a powerful tool for sharpening your magical intentions and life goals during autumn. FALLING LEAVES MEDITATION Materials needed: printed copy of the tree, pen or pencil 1. Place the image … Continue reading

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