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The GBG "Year and a Day" Calendar  Pagan Feast Days and Interesting Info for
Every Day of the Year

Since 2011, the GBG "Year and a Day" calendar has shared dozens of historic photos, news clippings and quotes from Gerald B. Gardner (GBG) and the early High Priestesses who were instrumental in helping witchcraft to take root and grow:

Doreen Valiente, Patricia Crowther, Eleanor Bone, Monique Wilson and others... This unique calendar includes Pagan feast days and interesting information for every day of the year from Pantheons around the world, Full and New moons, Sabbats and seasonal information. The GBG "Year and a Day" calendar is both educational and entertaining!


 

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Next Holiday: Ostara/Spring Equinox March 20, 2016

Now comes the vernal equinox, and the season of spring reaches its apex, halfway through its journey from Candlemas to Beltane. Once again, night and day stand in perfect balance, with the powers of light on the ascendancy. The God of Light now wins a victory over his twin, the God of Darkness. In The Mabinogion myth reconstruction that I have proposed, this is the day on which the restored Llew takes his vengeance on Goronwy by piercing him with the sunlight spear. For Llew was restored/reborn at the winter solstice and is now well/old enough to vanquish his rival/twin and mate with his lover/ mother. And the Great Mother Goddess, who has returned to her Virgin aspect at Candlemas, welcomes the young Sun God’s embraces and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next winter solstice. And so the cycle closes at last.

For the rest of Mike Nichols' article on Ostara click here.


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Mabon
September 22, 2016

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Barbara Moore

 

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Steampunk Tarot TWPT talks to Barbara Moore

Tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over two decades. In college, tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Today she continues her tarot journey, both by learning from others and sharing her ideas through writing and teaching. Indeed, this erstwhile Hermit is discovering that she is enjoying traveling all over the world to share her love of tarot. Barbara enjoys writing about tarot; some of her favorite works include A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, Tarot for Beginners, and Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings.

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Your Own Celebrations of Spring

Three months.  Three glorious months.  After a long cold winter, it comes just when you need it most:  Spring.

We may not realize it, but we spend 25% of our lifetime experiencing Spring.  While many people mark the first day of Spring with ritual, Spring itself is a ritual; it is a celebration that lasts for three months.  You already may be celebrating the season in more ways than you think.

The Ghost of Springtimes Past

Keep a journal?  (Of course you do, even if it’s in your head!)  Page back through your memoirs of last Spring.  What was going on in your life?  What troubled you?  What filled you with joy or kept you busy during those months?  What was life like for you just a wheel’s turn ago?  Now page back even further, back into the memories of Springs long ago sprung.  How many Springtimes back does your journal go?  Two, three, a dozen?  Frolic through you own recollections of things that took place in late March, April, May and early June.  Do you see a pattern?  Do similar challenges keep springing into your life around this time of year?  Look at how your situation has changed since then, and see the progress you’ve made over the seasons.  Note both what has changed and what has stayed constant.  Now, after looking back at your own life through your journal, look ahead at what you might expect for this coming Spring?

Divination

If Springtime looks ahead toward things to come, why not try doing a special form of divination tailored for Spring?  How might divination methods vary with the seasons?  What method fits best for you, and with Springtime’s unique energy?  In addition to the time-tested traditional tools of divination, you might try using a few objects naturally associated with Spring.  Try using the seeds of seasonal fruit, ones that are abundant in your area come Spring.  Maybe you could scry into a bowl of water collected from April showers?  Or perhaps use petals from the May flowers?  (She loves me; she loves me not…only a daisy knows for sure!)

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Jonathan Tapsell

Ameth: The Life and Times
of Doreen Valiente

 

 

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AMETH TWPT talks to Jonathan Tapsell

Jonathan Tapsell was born in 1964 in Sussex, the last county to  convert to Christianity and only then at the point of the sword. His interests in history and the esoteric led him to be chosen to archive the worlds largest treasury of Witchcraft memorabilia – the Doreen Valiente collection in 1999. The result of Jonathan’s work led to the publication of
Doreen’s poetry being published posthumously in ‘Charge of the Goddess’. His own work includes making action films in Asia, educational documentaries for the House of Lords, organising festivals and writing in numerous magazines. As an author he has written several books including one which is considered a minor gonzo classic.

Ameth is the first definitive biography of Doreen Valiente (1922-1999), an English Witch who became known as 'the Mother of Modern Witchcraft'. Based on the author's work collating her artefacts, interviewing people who knew her, reading and researching numerous personal magical documents and correspondence bequeathed by Doreen, this book gives unparalleled insight into her magical life. Evocatively recreating the atmosphere of British Witchcraft post-1951 after the repeal of the Witchcraft Act of 1735, the author explores Doreen's magical journey, including her initiation and relationship with Gerald Gardner. We are guided on a journey from the 1950's through to the early 1970's as she worked and interacted with Charles Cardell and the Coven of Atho, Robert Cochrane and the Clan of Tubal Cain, as well as the Regency coven. Ameth chronicles the whole of Doreen Valiente's colourful and varied life.

“At this rite Gardner and Dafo gave their new initiate a secret Witch-name known only to those within the Craft. Doreen was from then on to be known as – Ameth. Gardner is likely to have said these words taken from his own Book of Shadows: “Hear, ye Mighty Ones, (Ameth) hath been consecrated Priestess and Witch of the Gods.” before asking the Gods to depart. Ameth true to her secret oaths of the Old Religion would neither disclose to either her husband or mother that she was now a fully-fledged Witch.”…

Click here to read our interview with Jonathan Tapsell.


Ashley Mortimer

 

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The Doreen Valiente Foundation and more TWPT talks to Ashley Mortimer

In March 2011 Nottingham's Ashley Mortimer became one of five trustees of the Doreen Valiente Foundation which oversees the legacy of magical artefacts, writings, documents and copyrights that belonged to Doreen Valiente. Ashley is also a director of The Centre For Pagan Studies, a firekeeper for WaNaNeeChe's Human Circle Of Life and a prominent member of Nottingham Pagan Network, Pagan Pride and Nottingham Empyrean as well as a frequent representative of the Pagan Federation. 

Ashley is an occasional writer, even more occasional musician and a prolific contributor to many different Pagan events and interests in and out of the East Midlands region. He speaks about the origins of Paganism, the history of Wicca/Witchcraft and leads ceremony and ritual with an ecclectic and pragmatic approach to spirituality underpinned with warm humour.

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Mickie Mueller

 

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Art of Fantasy, Fairie, and Myth: TWPT Talks to Mickie Mueller

“I decided to make my dreams reality, drawing upon the magic that I grew up with, singing to inchworms with my mother and watching nature create miracles in the sun and under the moon. I love researching the legends of fairies, Goddesses, nature spirits, folklore and history.  I feel these themes are a part of us all on a deeper level, so when I have an opportunity to reach into that realm and bring something back, it’s an honor and I feel that I have a certain responsibility to do it with respect to these powerful entities.  When I work on a piece, these beings speak with me, and when someone else sees it, and loves it, they get to be a part of that fantastic realm where anything and everything is possible too, and bring that energy into their lives.”  -Mickie Mueller

Today Mickie has a growing business with her magical fantasy art.  Her work has been seen in magazines and books internationally, including a school textbook in Norway.  Her prints are sold in catalogues and on the Internet all over the world. She has two critically acclaimed divination decks published by Llewellyn, The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path.  Mickie’s third deck comes out in 2011 and is her first deck that she created on her own, concept, writing, and art.  The Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Ogham Oracle is based on the rich and fantastic Celtic history, myths and legends and the Ogham system of letters used in 4th-6th century.

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Melanie Marquis

 

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Summertime Tarot Magick by Melanie Marquis

Who doesn’t like a summer romance? Try these simple spells based on the principles of attraction magick and see what happens! Attraction magick can be carried out with different methods. One technique is to combine the energies of what you wish to attract with your own energies. You simply weave the energies together, entwining them, through visualization, will, and symbolic action. So for a tarot love spell based on this principle, you can choose a card to represent yourself, a card to represent your ideal lover, and a card to represent the feelings you wish to share. Place the Sun card above these cards to amplify the spell with summer’s magick. Imagine all the energies shown in the cards combining. Look at the images and stack the cards on top of one another. You can say an affirmation if you like, a positive statement in your own words such as, “These energies are now entwined, in love, united.”

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Secret Lives
by Barbara Ardinger

 

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Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger

Being of the male persuasion I had my doubts as to how much I would relate to and be drawn into a novel about a group of older women who follow Goddess traditions and teachings. After reading Secret Lives I now see that my doubts were wholly unfounded and that Barbara Ardinger has written a marvelous book that is engaging, heartwarming and even instructive if you are open to the spirit in which this novel was written. The grandmothers, the daughters and the granddaughters of this novel are well drawn characters that personify the struggles that women in general face living in a world that still sees them as worth less than their male counterparts but in particular it also delves into the struggles that women face who follow a spiritual path that does not adhere to a patriarchal model that has come to dominate this modern world we live in.

Read Imajicka's review of Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger


Taylor Ellwood

The Samhain Elemental Ritual by Taylor Ellwood

Traditionally, Samhain is considered to be the day when the dead and living can mingle. The veils of the world are at their thinnest and there is a sense of liminal space in the air. Liminal space is border space, the in between place, where anything can happen. This flexibility time means that contact with our ancestors is easier than during the rest of the year. A lot of rituals I've attended for Samhain have involved remembrances of the dead. 

For me, Samhain is a time for change. The nights are getting longer, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling, and we are going into a time of the year that tends to make many people insular. At this time of the year I remember past regrets and assess the overall direction of my life. This has caused me to start doing an annual ritual for just this time of the year. 

This annual ritual involves choosing an element and dedicating myself to working with it for an entire year. I originally chose the five classic Western elements to work with. Since these elements have a lot of behavioral characteristics associated with them, I felt that choosing to work with an element that represented desired behavioral traits could be useful for helping a person modify hir behavior. 

From Taylor's article called The Samhain Elemental Ritual.
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Jesse Wolf Hardin

 

 

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TWPT's Earth Magic

Pitfalls on the Magical or Spiritual Path.

Otherwise benign New Spiritual practices can suffer from some of the same pitfalls as conventional organized religion. Fortunately, once we’re aware of these diversions we can make the informed choices that reunite us with the inspirited world, rather than contribute to our estrangement.

In my life of pilgrimage the voices of the earthen Anima have repeatedly contradicted what I’ve read, was taught, once thought, and so badly wanted to believe... Thus as I became a teacher myself, I deferred again and again— not to presumed authorities or established traditions, but to the actual Source of every real truth they contain. Our realization of wholeness/holiness begins not in contemplation or conclusion but in a great listening. It begins in a vulnerable condition of openness, with fierce focus, gentle humility, and the overwhelming gratitude that makes us worthy of such gifts.

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Developing  the Magickal Personality By  David Rankine

"I for my part, knew how little the true adept needs for his magic, but I had to work upon men's imaginations, and for that I needed a stage setting...and to this end I had to have about me that which should suggest the great days of the past when the cult to which I belonged was at the height of its power...And so, little by little, I had collected ancient things from the old temples...I also used colours for my background, knowing their power over the mind - over my mind as well as over the minds of those who came to visit me.  There is a science of colours...for my purpose I use the pale opalescent moon-colours on a base of silver; the purple that is a plum-colour, and the reds that are magenta or maroon, and the blues of sea-water and the sky at night; never the strong primaries such as a man uses when he is a magus.  Always the shadowy, blended colours are mine, for I am the shadow in the background.

"As for my body, I had made that to be an instrument of my personality, training it, supplying it, learning its arts and powers.  Nature had not been unkind, but she had not been lavish, and I had to make of myself something that I could use for the purpose I had in hand...I am bold, even rash, in the matter of lipsticks, and I love long ear-rings.  It would require Huysmans to do justice to the ear-rings I have possessed - jade, amber, coral, lapis, malachite for day; and for the night I have great jewels...I wear my own fashions, and they come from the "soft furnishings" as often one does not find in the dress materials...I like rings, too, so big that I can hardly get my gloves on over them; and bracelets like fetters on my wrists.  My hands are supple with ritual...and I wear my nails long to match my tiger teeth.  I like my shoes to be very soft and light and supple, like gloves rather than shoes, so that I can move in them without sound...I know the meaning of movement - how it should flow like water.  I know too how the body should swing and balance from the waist..."             (from Moon Magic by Dion Fortune

The above passage, from Dion Fortune's magickal novel Moon Magic, gives a description of how her character, Vivien Le Fay Morgan, has developed her magickal personality.  She chooses clothing, colours, jewellery, and even the way she moves her body, and speaks, in a conscious way, to project her magickal personality.  The way we dress, and how we look, not only tells others a lot about ourselves, but also affects the way we feel about ourselves. 

When we take our clothes off to work rituals sky clad, we are casting off our social selves, and coming to a more natural state, closer to nature.  Putting on ritual jewellery, which is associated with the magickal personality helps one to transform into the Magickal Self, or to identify more strongly with it.  If you work robed, changing into a robe is also a way of changing one's identity to that of the magickal personality, and this should be done consciously. 

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Doreen Valiente Witch
by Philip Heselton

 

The Witches' Almanac
by Theitic (editor)

 

Lifting the Veil
by Janet Farrar
& Gavin Bone

 

The Witch's Athame
by Jason Mankey

 

The Witch's Wand
by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

 

Samhain
By Diana Rajchel

 

Complete Book of Aquarian Magic
by Marian Green

 

Everyday Witchcraft
by Deborah Blake

 

The Flame in the Cauldron
by Orion Foxwood

 

Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft
by Morgan Daimler

 

Witches' Datebook 2016
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