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Welcome to the personal web site of Starweaver, Wiccan priest, tarot and astrology practitioner, and dabbler in the visual arts. This site is an expression of my own personality: sometimes focused, sometimes fanciful, always fluid. I hope you find this a place of beauty, wisdom, and warmth.

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Creating Sacred Space: Circle Casting

To create a ritual that marks or creates meaningful change in the lives of those participating, it is essential to mark off the place and time for the ritual and separate it from the ordinary activities of the day. How does one go about creating "sacred space"?

Many religions have physical churches, temples, or other structures as places of worship. The repeated, consistent use of these places for sacred purposes embues them with a kind of power and energy that can profoundly effect one's state of mind. Most of us have felt the impact of walking into an old cathedral or other place of worship. The impact is not just a consequence of the architecture and decoration; the place echoes the thoughts and feelings of all who have used it since its establishment.

Modern Pagans, for the most part, do not have buildings devoted solely to the performance of ritual. We happily perform ritual outdoors, to affirm our intimacy with nature, or indoors in homes or rented buildings for privacy and comfort. So we transform mundane space into sacred space as part of our ritual practice. In most modern Pagan traditions (and some non-Pagan magical traditions as well), this is done by casting a circle....

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Rune Lore: Raidho

Raidho (pronounced RYE-though) was used to represent the r sound in runic writing in all the Germanic languages. The name means riding. The Icelandic Rune Poem reads

Riding is
joy of the horsemen
and speedy journey
and toil of the steed.

Before powered transportation, a rider on a fast horse was unsurpassable for speed when traveling overland. . .

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In the next issue...

The next issue of Gems from Earth and Sky will be published on Yule, December 21. Look for a Seasons of the God story, Celestial Gossip astrological forecast, Tarot Wisdom, a new installment of Seven Doors, and more.

Gems from Earth and Sky

Samhain 2007 Issue

The Wheel has turned once again. The ancient Celts divided the year into a dark half and a light half, like a longer, subtler rendition of the cycle of night and day. They reckoned the new day to begin at sunset, and the new year to begin now, at Samhain, as we enter the time of cold air and long nights once again.

This issue launches four new regular features: Earth Powers, Rune Lore, Moon Magic, and Sacred Space. Seasons of the Goddess / Seasons of the God continues, as do the Imaginarium and the cooking and gardening features.

Samhain, A Tale of Death

At the coming of the dark of the year, the plants have withered and the veil separating the living from the dead grows thin. In this parable of the season, Duskward seeks out the wise woman Shadecloak to find a cure for his ailing wife.

Autumn was waning and a cold wind blew, scattering the dry leaves. The crops had all withered, and the roots been stored away for winter. In the village, a man named Duskward looked up somberly into the bleak sky. His wife had taken ill, and he feared the coming of winter.

So Duskward went to the home of the village healer. "My wife is ill," he said. "She has a terrible cough and cannot stand up for long. She eats little." . . .

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The Spirit of Lavender

Lavender has been used since antiquity for its aromatic and magical properties. Lavandula angustifolia (formerly Lavandula officinalis) is native to the Old World, growing in a wide belt from the Mediterranean lands to India. It has been used as a perfume, as a culinary herb, and as a medicinal plant. In fact, it was the effectiveness of lavender oil in treating inflammation from cuts and burns that helped spark the modern practices of aromatherapy and the therapeutic use of essential oils. . .

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Moon Magic for Winter

Starweaver's look at upcoming full moons and dark moons and the energies they have to offer for magic and ritual.

Dark Moon in Scorpio, November 9, 4:04 pm

Best evening for ritual: either November 8 (Thursday) or November 9 (Friday)

Theme: Probing the Depths

None of the other planets are in aspect with one another at this time, so the energy of the Moon is dominated by the Moon and Sun themselves. Being together in Scorpio, they want to get to the bottom of things, both conscious and subconscious. . .

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Upcoming Events

Ritual for Solitaries
a weekend workshop with Starweaver and Rowan
February 9-10, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

The Art of Divination
a weekend workshop with Starweaver and Karen Waters
March 15-16, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

The Ways of Magic
a weekend workshop with InaraMichelle and Starweaver
April 12-13, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

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Pilfered Wisdom

I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;
That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
Dropt in its Lap from some once lovely Head.

- Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,
rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald

From the Hearth: Acorn Squash with Apples and Adzuki Beans

In the Garden: The Fall Clearing

The Imaginarium: The Crone

Copyright © 2007 Tom Waters