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Psychic Readings 101

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January is a HUGE month for Readings – what we at Talisman call “Intuitive Counseling Sessions” – usually just to have a little heads-up on what to expect in the upcoming year, or reassurance that we are travelling along the right road (or at least, going in the right direction)!I have been reading palms/tarot since the […] [Read More]
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Bayberry Candles

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  My grandmother, Lillian McGlynn, ALWAYS burned a bayberry candle on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  The Legend goes as follows:  A Bayberry Candle burned to the socket brings Luck to the household, Food to the larder and Gold to the pocket.   In Irish tradition, the candle needs to continue burning from one day […] [Read More]
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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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