Tag Archives: Spirituality

Vervain: Herb of the Cross

Vervain has a long and beautiful history as a cleansing herb, among other uses. Ancient Egyptians dedicated vervain to the Goddess Isis and used it as a common ingredient in love potions. The Ancient Druids used it to cleans sacred … Continue reading

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Marking Time, Part 2

I gave yesterday’s post a little more thought and came up with a theory as to why many Christians are, unfortunately, antagonistic to their Pagan brothers and sisters. If Christians view time in a linear fashion, then everything new that comes … Continue reading

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Marking Time, Part 1

In his insightful book, Pagans and Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience, Gus DiZerega explores the different ways Pagans and Christians mark time.  Regarding Pagans, he says “The Pagan view of cyclic time leads us to focusing more on process than … Continue reading

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Candles, Prayer and Magic

A Christian goes into her local Roman Catholic Church. Before worship, she lights a candle for a sick friend and prays to Jesus, asking for healing. She believes her prayer will help to make her friend better…and it does. A … Continue reading

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Home Altars International

I must admit I’ve watched more than my fair share of HGTV. I love home improvement shows because our houses are sacred places. They become sanctuaries where we should feel safe and secure. The colors we choose and the way … Continue reading

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Universal Characteristics of Candle Magic

Ever since the first prehistoric humans learned how to harness fire for warmth, protection and cooking food, we’ve been in awe of the power of the flame.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s a blazing campfire in the woods, prayer candles … Continue reading

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Sophia: Lady Wisdom

Sophia is the Greek word for “wisdom.” She has her roots in Hellenistic philosophy and Platonism, but eventually became a central idea in Gnostic Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism, among others. My favorite image of Sophia comes from Proverbs … Continue reading

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Ritual: Battleground and Blessing

According to the dictionary, the word “ritual” is defined as, “a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.” BORING! My definition would be “any action or attitude that helps us to … Continue reading

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Ostara Seed Bombs

At an Ostara celebration I attended several years ago, one of the rituals we did was make seed bombs. [Google it] Participants were given a small plastic baggie into which we scooped a big tablespoonful of red clay dirt that … Continue reading

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Happy Eostre…Or Is That Easter? Or Ostara?

Here comes Peter Cottontail,hopping down the bunny trail.Hippy, hoppity, Eostre’s on its way!  Or is that Easter? Or Ostara? To be honest, it’s really hard to tell the difference. Nearly every Christian tradition associated with the celebration of Easter can … Continue reading

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