Honoring the Ancestors of the Bardic Arts: Tools, Techniques, and Legacies

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Shoemaking Hammer with Spirit

Browsing an antique store a year ago, I found a wonderful shoemaking hammer.  It was an interesting shape, and when I held the tool, I could literally feel the connection this tool had had with its previous owner. Whoever had owned this tool had used it well–the handle was worn, a piece of old, soft velcro partially worn off where someone had placed it for a firmer grip. I could sense the resonance of craft and skill in this hammer. I held the unique hammer in my hand, and turned it a few times, knowing that this tool would find a wonderful home in my art studio.  But more than that, this tool had a bardic ancestral connection to one of the primary bardic arts  I have been pursuing for some time: leatherwork.

In Druidry and broader neopaganism, we often focus on the ancestors in three…

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The Stag

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The symbol of the stag is very interesting to me.  This symbol in the Arthurian legends sends the knights off on a spiritual quest.  It is the symbol of Pan and Cernunnos.  In China the stag is the symbol of the God of Immortality, Shou-hsien.  In Native American legends the stag symbolizes the Spirit World. The Hopi cut the image of their Sun god from a piece of deerskin.  Why is the symbol of the stag so important that it represents Gods and Spirits?  I found the answers I was looking for in Egypt once again.  

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New Moon in Scorpio Lunar Report | Welcoming in Winter

New Moon in Scorpio Lunar Report | Welcoming in Winter
New Moon in Scorpio Lunar Report | Welcoming in Winter

This new moon in Scorpio kicks off a month of transformation. Scorpio is the psychic of the zodiac, and there is a lot happening in this sign this month.

Then moon in Scorpio can help awaken your innate psychic abilities. The first Quarter moon in Pisces will further enhance your psychic abilities and increase your sense of inner knowing. Venus moves into Scorpio this month as well which will deepen your emotions and sensuality.

We have a powerful full moon eclipse in Gemini this month as well which will have us looking within and without for new answers and truths… thenn the last quarter in the sign of Virgo might have us tending to our homes, clearing out the clutter and preparing for winter.

The nights are growing longer, and the days are growing colder and shorter as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere move into the months of winter.

This Cold Moon Cycle brings us some clarity and insight about ourselves and others, while also preparing us as we travel towards the colder darker months, preparing for a rebirth.

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Self Publishing Your Own Tarot or Oracle Deck: Printers, Marketing, Layout and More!

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The Plant Spirit Oracle Book and Deck

Some time ago, I offered insight into how to create your own oracle or tarot deck for your own purposes. I promised a follow-up article that explored the world of self-publishing and had a recent request for this information, so here it is!  This article starts where the last one left off–I’m not going to talk about creation, intention, or media in this article but rather share the aspects of taking something that you have already created (or are in the process of creating) and sharing it with the world.  While there are certainly a number of considerations at play, creating an oracle or tarot deck that you release to the world can be a fantastic experience.  I realize a lot of people don’t need this information, but I’d like to put it out there for those who might find it helpful in…

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The Energies of November 2020

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The full moon on October 31st brought the intensity of the energies last month to a head and neatly ushered us into November where the drama and energetic intensity look set to continue for at least another couple of weeks.

Negotiating high energy intensity can certainly bring its challenges but this particular energy flow is also replete with purpose and opportunity. The universe really does have our backs and is providing everything that we need to move gracefully through this period of change and transformation.

We just need to go with the flow and stay awake, aware and on purpose as best we can.

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The astrology of 2020 has been both unusual and exciting, a situation created in part by the on/off conjunction of the two heavy weight planets, Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn.

November 12/13th will see the third and final meeting of these two highly influential…

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Gemstones for Thanksgiving – A few crystals to get you through the day

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Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun but it can also be a time of great stress, I have a selection of gemstones that may make your day a bit easier.

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Top Gemstone Elixirs – The Best Crystals to use and how!

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Don’t waste $100s of dollars on fancy bottles of crystal elixir when making them at home could not be easier. See our guide to the best gemstone tonics now.

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Deepening the Wheel of the Year and Wildcrafting Druidry

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What is amazing about this wonderful planet we live on is the diversity of ecosystems, weather, climate, and life.  This diversity, however, can be challenging for those looking to adapt druidry or other nature-based spiritual practices to their practices.  Particularly challenging is the concept of the wheel of the year, especially if trying to apply the wheel of the year in a non-temperate climate setting. Thus, today’s post extends some of my earlier discussions about wildcrafting your own druidry, which include developing your own wheel of the year; in considering the role of observances, activities, and rituals; and in developing distinct symbolism for your work.  I’m going to continue this discussion today by talking about a further way to work with a seasonal approach from a wildcrafted and observational way and continue wheel of the year development!  So let’s get going!

The Wheel of the Year and Why…

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Astrorisa Moon Forecaster ~ October 31, 2020 Forecast

October 31, 2020 Forecast 

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Getting Spooky | Full Blue Crone Moon Hag’s Candle DIY Ritual

Full Blue Crone Moon Hag’s Candle DIY Ritual

This Full Moon is our second Full Moon this month making it a Blue Moon. Full moons offer us illumination and insight. Our intuition is increased and our third eye is open at this time. A Blue Moon offers us a second chance towards illumination.

This is also the Crone Moon and Samhain. The Crone Moon represents ancestral wisdom, intuitive knowing and crone energy. On this Samhain Full Moon, the veil is at its thinnest, and our intuition is at its strongest.

Full Blue Crone Moon Hag’s Candle DIY Ritual

The word Samhain means “Summer’s End.” It marks the end of the harvest season, and acts as a way to celebrate the darker months ahead.

A great way to celebrate this time of year is by tapping into fire magick.

Making a “Hag’s candle” on Samhain to be used in the coming winter helps us tap into the Crone Moon energy while we prepare for colder and darker months ahead.

A Hag’s Candle is a candle made from the stalk of a mullein plant.

Mullein is a wild plant that grows almost everywhere. Mullein is great for the lungs, stomach and infection. In folklore, Mullein is said to keep away evil spirits. It offers protection, illumination, courage and crone magick.

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