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Designer: Joanna Willis
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Interior illustrations: Kathleen Edwards: 12, 14, 17, 20, 58, 61, 103, 107, 112, 153, 157, 197, 201; Tim Foley: 9, 33, 34, 35, 65, 79, 81, 83, 123, 133, 137, 171, 177, 185, 207, 208, 211; Bri Hermanson: 48, 51, 54, 92, 96, 98, 141, 144, 147, 188, 190, 193, 238, 242, 244; Christa Marquez: 25, 28, 70, 75, 114, 116, 119, 163, 165, 227, 229, 230, 233;
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Cannabis and the Environment
Banned from production in the United States in the early twentieth century, the Cannabis plant can provide surprising and profound benefits for people and the environment we strive to protect.
Syncretism Versus Eclecticism
Gede Parma explores the line between a meaningful synthesis of varying ideas and a casual hodgepodge of practices.
But, You Don’t Look Like a Witch
Have you been called “too witchy” or “not witchy enough”? Mickie Mueller takes a fun look at the different guises of witches today and ends up with the old rule: you can’t judge a book by its cover.
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Having a child changes your life, but what do you do when it changes your faith? Dallas Jennifer Cobb provides one story of a mother adapting her faith to her newfound motherhood.
Reconsidering the Spectre of Pagan Standard Time
Does a flippant attitude toward timelines erode our credibility as Pagans? Susan Pesznecker discusses the ethics of Pagan Standard Time and how it affects the public image of Pagans everywhere.
Should You Do Magic for a Cause or Donate Money?
We all want to help others when we see a need, and many consider spells to be their unique way of contributing. But is doing a spell for a cause just a cop-out to avoid reaching into our pockets?
Ten-Minute Magickal Meals
Finding time for magickal practice can be difficult when you’re struggling just to get dinner on the table. Melanie Marquis gives some tips for adding magick to your meals in just ten minutes.
The Sun Also Rises: Dealing with Grief
Grief is a complicated and inevitable emotion. James Kamobs shares here his personal experience with grief, and how his Wiccan faith helped guide him through that difficult period.
Being Pagan in a Bad Economy
Being out of work is a stressful and frustrating thing. Boudica provides some tips on using Pagan practices to get yourself back in the job market.
Making the Most of the Moments
Go, go, go! Today’s world is a nonstop machine. Take a few minutes to read about how to make the most of a few spare moments in a busy day.
Starting a New Moon Group
Creating a study group can be a great way to foster community and learning. Gail Wood gives us some tips and advice on starting your own monthly group.
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The Art of Magickal Care Packages
Receiving a package from a loved one can truly make your day, whether you are celebrating, coping, or simply cruising along in life. Add a dash of magick to the care packages you send for added benefit.
Practices, Rituals & Spells
Chandra Moira Beal
Dancing the Morris: Where Old Meets New
Read all about this Old English practice that is seeing a revival and transformation on both sides of the Atlantic.
Healing Tree Damage
Learn how to provide magical and practical care to damaged trees.
Witchcraft On a Shoestring
Deborah Blake gives us her top ten tips for working magic while stretching your dollars, from her book Witchcraft On a Shoestring.
Needles, Threads, and Pins
Work some magic into your mending for charms and blessings you can literally carry with you each and every day.
Blake Octavian Blair
Shopping for the Magickal Amid the Mundane
New Age shops are appearing even in somewhat rural communities, but knowing how to find magick on mundane store shelves can be a real time saver.
Rituals for Open Circles
Public events can be incredibly rewarding—and incredibly tricky. Ann Moura provides an outline and advice for performing open rituals.
Use ancient numerology to create a charm necklace that you can discreetly wear every day until your goal is manifested.
Everything Old Is New Again
The Snow People
What to do on a boring winter’s night in the old family cave? Tell some spooky stories, of course!
Being the Change