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Like so many others, Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner has been an invaluable book to me. Scott was the first person to say that you didn’t need to be in a coven to have a relationship with the God/dess. After reading this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his other books. His style of writing is easy going and you feel like he can relate to you. Every book of his that I own is a treasure of incalculable worth. The legacy that he has left behind has supported and taught countless people.

Blessed be, Scott, and thank you.

Read a small article here written by a friend of his.

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May you go forth under the strength of heaven,
under the light of sun, under the radiance of moon;
may you go forth with the splendor of fire,
with the speed of lightning, with the swiftness of wind;
may you go forth supported by the depth of sea,
by the stability of earth, by the firmness of rock;
May you be surrounded and encircled,
with the protection of the nine elements.


Source: Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings by Caitlin Matthews (Harmony Books, 1996).

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I dare you not to have tears in your eyes and a smile on your face after looking at these pictures!

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity ❤ ツ.

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Before we go over magical properties of lilies, just a few quick notes. Some lilies are toxic to humans and ALL LILIES are fatally toxic to cats. Even their pollen. Alright, now onto magical properties.

The Lilium spp., or lilies, are feminine plants.

They are ruled by the Moon.

Water is the element associated with lilies.

Deities associated with the lily are Juno, Venus, Nephthys, and Kwan Yin

Lilies are usually used for protection magic, but can also be used for breaking love spells.

Plant a lily in your garden to keep away ghosts, protect against evil, keep unwanted visitors away, and protect against the evil eye.

As an antidote to a love spell, wear or carry a fresh lily flower (this is for love spells involving a specific person).

Personally, I have not used lilies in any magic and probably will not due to the toxicity of them. My two cats never need to come anywhere near lilies!

Blessed be! )O(

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Today is the Summer Solstice, also known as Litha (among other names). Today the tilt of the earth is such that we are tilted to the maximum towards the sun. This makes today the longest day of the year.

Click on the picture. When the earth’s orbit reaches the right of the picture, that is summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.

 

For me, celebrating Litha is all about celebrating the joy of life and the love of the gods. This is the start of summer and a time to party! Have a barbecue, invite some people over, and just enjoy being outside. Revel in the abundant gifts of the earth and the sun. The power of the sun is at its max today, so let it soak into you. Feel it energize and invigorate you. Let yourself be filled with light and life.

Blessed be! )O(

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I’d just like to say thanks to my Facebook followers for liking my page and thank you to the fellow wordpress bloggers that have liked and/or are following my blog. If you’re over on Facebook, stop by, say hi, and give me a like!

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Today I was looking around at the OBOD and ADF websites, seriously considering embarking on the OBOD study program or joining the ADF. OBOD wants quite a bit of money that I can’t afford to spend at this time and ADF has free resources to members with yearly membership being about $45 including magazine. Not bad.

Anyway, as I was delving further into ADF, having given up on OBOD, I read something interesting. While ADF acknowledges that all images of the Divine are viable, they highly recommend you choose what they call a hearth culture. They suggest you choose a pantheon as your primary focus. I don’t think I agree with this.

I have always worshiped in a polytheistic manner and in a poly-cultural manner. Maybe it was my upbringing and my exposure to Hinduism as a child, but I believe whatever faces of the Divine resonate with you, that’s what you go with. I also studied Greek and Roman pantheons, as well as Egyptian and Celtic. Sarasvati, Artemis, Thor, Zeus, Apollo, Isis, Durga, the Horned God, the Greenman, Aphrodite, Brigid… I have always simply worked with images of the Divine appropriate for the ritual or the needs.

I feel like if I choose one particular pantheon, I would be limiting myself.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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