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If you’re not listening to the amazing podcast “Standing Stone and Garden Gate,” you really should give it a try.  The most recent show, episode 26, is especially good.  Brendan Cathbad Myers does a segment on wisdom circles, but the discussion Juniper has with hedge witch John Pwyll is spectacular!  Check it out here.  Really inspiring and thought-provoking.

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Magical Efficacy

Check out this amazing blog post over at “Inciting a Riot.”  It’s all about the public’s misunderstanding about magic, and the Pagan community’s own relationship to magic – specifically why everyone isn’t doing it and why magic isn’t marketable.  It’s really some great food for thought.  I wish I had read this blog post ages ago when I first started to try and explain magic to my non-Pagan friends.  I always end up looking like a crazy person.  Since I grew tired of the “this chick is insane/stupid/gullible/going to Hell” look, I’m mostly in the “keep magic to myself and sacred” camp.  I sometimes post about it on my blog because, aside from the friends who are Pagan or are more accepting of my craziness, the blog is relatively anonymous.

Also, I must admit.  I do get a giddiness when I know more about magic than some people.  It’s kind of a horrible thing to admit, but when people don’t believe, I just feel like…  “Damn, you’re really missing out on something amazing. ”  They’re probably looking at me thinking, “Damn, she’s missing out on xyz.”  It’s funny how that works…

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Dandelionlady posted a lovely tutorial on making basic cornhusk dolls!  I wish I had this a few days ago.  😛

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Have any of you been reading The Juggler?  For those of you out of the loop, it’s a member of the Pagan Newswire Collective and focuses on Pagans in pop culture – tv, movies, and books mostly.  I really dig the author’s most recent post about some of the best Pagans on TV.  I loved that she included Lisa Simpson.  How many of you saw that episode last year where Lisa started to study Wicca?  It was probably one of the best portrayals of the religion on TV I’ve ever seen.  I highly recommend it if only for the significance of such an event.

I also like that Lucius Vorenus from “Rome” is on the list.  I haven’t started the second season, but I was impressed with the very authentic portrayal of ancient Paganism.  There might have been some imperfections that Roman geeks could have spotted, but based on my growing understanding of authentic ancient magic and polytheism, it seems pretty spot on.  

I was also happy to see Tara from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”  The show has a horrible understanding of what Paganism is.  It doesn’t understand Wicca.  It’s as if the creators read the first paragraph of a Wikipedia entry and decided to mash and mix that understanding with the standard Hollywood portrayal of traditional witchcraft.  As the Juggler says:

Why not Willow, you say?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Willow as I love all the characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  But Willow, like a lot of television witches, was a caricature of a witch.  She was an imperfect, magical, supernatural and most of all fictional character.  Tara, from the moment we met her at UC Sunnydale’s student Pagan group, always struck me as much more organic. Sure, she is part of the same mythology but she just felt more down to earth, more real.  Though there is no evidence in the story, I can see Tara attending a Samhain ritual and honoring the Goddess and calling the quarters.

I totally agree!

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I have another link to share with you, this one from one of my favorite blogs – The Witch of Forest Grove.  This particular entry is about the importance of the world tree in ritual, whether you are of Indo-European influence or a witch.


Check it out for a good read!

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Daddy-Longlegs

My new favorite blog, Adirondack Almanack, has a great entry about daddy-longlegs.  I knew they weren’t actually spiders, but I had believed that they had truly poisonous venom that they were incapable of delivering to us.  According to Ellen Rathbone, a biologist and environmental educator in the Adirondacks,  those are urban legends. I’ve always liked daddy-longlegs.  Such fascinating little guys.  

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I want to take a moment and promote a couple blogs just started by people in my tribe.  One is called Rambled Mind  and will be a place of art and ramblings by a talented individual.  The other, O-C-Designer, is a blog about interior designs, environmental materials, and doing so while dealing with OCD (by another talented individual!).  Please follow them as I’m sure they will be fun and interesting.  🙂

Love to my tribe!

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