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Pantry Folkmagick

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  Note:  Used with permission – Sarah Anne Lawless The beauty of folk magick is that it is practical magick.  Don’t have an obscure magickal herb for a spell? No worries, find something already in your pantry or yard instead. Don’t have a special anointing oil for your candle spell? No worries, use olive oil. […] [Read More]
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Child Rearing Within Our Current Reality: Welcome to a Colorful New World!

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I adore children and have four of my own (ages 20 through 9) so I designed Talisman (my new-age shop) to be child-friendly for my patrons.  I placed the tumbled stone displays low enough for little hands to touch and provide puzzles, books and toys to occupy them so mama can shop.  Throughout the six […] [Read More]
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The Pagan Roots of Halloween

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I want to delve into the roots and meanings of Samhain (aka “Halloween”) which is possibly the most beloved and yet misunderstood of all the Pagan Sabbats.   To begin – Sabbats are celebrations within the Wheel of the Year, in which each festival is honored with a seasonal ritual.  The Wheel of the Year is […] [Read More]
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Uses for Magickal Oils

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  My last post talked about candles and I want to follow that up by discussing the use of oils.  We carry three different types of oils at Talisman – annointing or ritual oils, essential oils, and fragrance oils.  Ritual oils are used to anoint candles, ritual tools, items as well as ones’ self.  Essential […] [Read More]
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Candle Magick

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 We sell an inordinate number of candles at Talisman – in fact, I often leave a stocked shop on Saturday, only to come back on Wednesday to find our supply nearly depleted (come to think of it – what the heck are you people doing on Sundays when I’m not around, hmm?).  So while there […] [Read More]
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Discomfort in the New Age

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Last month, I received an email from a dear patron (shortened version below) – the questions posed are the same ones I hear very frequently at the shop.  In addition to emails and phone calls, I have a constant flow of the people who come into the shop, wide eyed and shining, who tell me […] [Read More]
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2012 Phenomenon: Series of Articles #2

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These are truly epic times!  Over the past few months, it’s been rare for a day to go by when someone doesn’t ask “So, Laura – what do you think will happen on December 21, 2012?  Is it the end of the world, or what?”   And I answer each person pretty much the same […] [Read More]
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2012 Series of Articles #1

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I have decided that between now and December 21, 2012 (and if the Gods allow – afterward!) I am going to feature unique writing on these phenomenal times, both my own and by others.  Philosophers, clairvoyants, astrologers, spiritualists … so many have written so much.   The topic is endlessly fascinating to me, and I hope […] [Read More]
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Are You In? The New Moon Eclipse in Scorpio

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There’s a New Moon, solar eclipse coming up on November 13th (at 21 degrees Scorpio). The energy will be intense. Because….well, because it’s Scorpio. What do you do with a New Moon eclipse? You set your intentions. It’s a time of super-charged new beginnings, so what you start has an added push behind it. Keeping in […] [Read More]
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Halloween Time at Last!

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Merry Samhain Greetings!  Ooooh boy, here we are – it’s October, and Halloween is coming at last!  Samhain is perhaps the most widely recognized of the pagan festivals, celebrated by pagan and Christian alike as the holiday of Halloween. In Mexico the period is a joyful celebration known as Los Dias de las Muertos, “The […] [Read More]
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