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For relaxation; sleep; love; anything to do with children. Lavender is good for cleansing and blessing one’s home. It is a truly gentle herb. Aids in rebalancing one’s emotions. Thus making it perfect to use in a bath before a night of spellcasting in order to balance any negative emotions; to bring back balance between Chaos and Order. Also balances one
Can be added to almost anything as it has a terrific energy. Vervaine can be used for creativity, inspiration, purification, healing, divination, protection; prosperity, love, sleep, and tranquility. The Planet for Vervaone is Venus and its Element is Earth (thus the Dragon Grael).
This one I always use during spellcasting, especially during banishing/protection/
The only detailed history of a little-known and widely misunderstood movement. Drawing Down the Moon provides a fascinating look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of the Neo-Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. Contrary to stereotype, what Adler discovered was neither cults, nor odd sects, but religious groups that are nonauthoritarian in spirit and share the belief that there is no one path to divinity.
This edition of Drawing Down the Moon includes a completely updated and expanded resource guide that details several hundred related journals, festivals, newsletters, and groups. (From the editor)4 comments
Using the figure of the ancient goddess Ariadne as a metaphor, Mountainwater unravels the mysteries of a woman-centered spirituality. She offers gentle guidance through the cycles of a woman’s life; the phases of the moon; the yearly nature holidays; and the aspects of divination. She concludes each chapter with suggested exercises, meditations, and reading lists. Her capably organized and well-written book encourages women to find their own spiritual path. The reading lists lack complete citations; still, a very good, practical book on women’s spirituality and goddess worship. Recommended.
- Gail Wood, Mont gomery Coll. Lib., Germantown, Md.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Astrology literally translates to mean “the study of stars”. The word comes from Greek: ἄστρον (astron), “star”, and λόγος (logos), “theory”, “study”.
The zodiac is the belt or band of constellations through which the Sun, Moon, and planets transit across the sky.
Star-gazers of every sort have long been fascinated by these constellations and the easy stories which flow from their picturesque forms. Astrologers, with time, developed the system of twelve signs of the zodiac based on twelve of the constellations they considered to be particularly important.11 comments
Books abound on the array of neo-pagan faiths and Wiccan traditions, but after reading all we can, it is common to desire a teacher to inspire and guide us along our chosen path. Unfortunately, the world is full of hucksters eager to cash in on this desire. Money, however, is not the only “evil” to watch out for, and often not even the primary one. Potential religious teachers often seek the recognition or respect given to them by eager students. Sometimes, such respect is entirely unwarranted. Over the course of our lives, we may have many teachers and learn these lessons through hard-won experience but how can you avoid these pitfalls and find a spiritual teacher with your best interests at heart? Here are some tips to help you find your way amidst the labyrinth of good and bad intentions:1 comment
Change happens slowly, but when it finally hits, the years of individual strides and steps culminate in a burst of change. Trouble is, change doesn’t always take effect in the ways we’d hoped.
When the “goddess movement” was birthed out of feminism in the early seventies by groups of women passionate about both political and personal growth, it started with small circles of women determined to use magic as a tool for change. Leading figures during this decade included such notables as Zsuzsanna Budapest, Shekhinah Mountainwater, and Starhawk.
The Wiccan religion, which was first birthed by Gerald Gardner in the mid-twentieth century, had grown into a viable alternative religion in both Europe and America. As one of the first modern Western religions to worship a goddess as well as a god, it was a logical starting point from which feminists could build their new faith. Wicca formed the skeletal structure of the new women’s religion, including seasonal rites and the use of magic, but was altered in ways that made it truly different. Some continued to include male god imagery, but a significant variant not only focused solely on the goddess but made it a women’s mystery religion where only women attended the rites, only women were taught magic, and seasonal rites became inseparable from the cycles of a women’s body as she moved from pre-menstrual maidenhood through her post-menopausal crone years. This sect came to be known by several monikers, such as Dianic Wicca, Dianic Witchcraft, and simply “goddess religion.”4 comments