The Witch and the Wand: Dryads and Gesture in Magic

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The Witch and the Wand: Dryads and Gesture in Magic

For the past eighteen years I’ve been a professional wandmaker, so it may not come as a surprise that I would consider a wand to be a witch’s most versatile magical tool. The wand represents and embodies the alchemicalelement of Fire, which is the element of the will or intention. What does that mean? We often hear people talk about having “passion” and “drive.” You might remember Joseph Campbell’s famous phrase, “Follow Your Bliss.” That means to know what you want and what you need at the deepest level of your being, and then to have the faith in yourself and the Cosmos to follow the path towards that goal.

Yet, your “bliss” is more than a feeling; it is like a special spirit, a guide that will lead you and protect you, and which you can…

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False… Arrest

Thanks. Justice is card 11 in most tarot. At times it interchanges with card 8, the card for Strength.

another quiet muse

“No! Let go of me!”

But he did not.

“I didn’t do anything!”

But he did not believe.

“It’s not right!”

But he did not believe in justice.

–C. Green


*My countrymen are hurting me because my brothers are bleeding.*

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The Deification of Maleness & Masculinity


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A Call to Confession for the Sin of Idolatry

Rev. Andrea Roske-Metcalfe, Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, MN

Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the roads. He smelled a familiar smell. It was the Sphinx. Oedipus said, “I want to ask one question. Why didn’t I recognize my mother?”        

“You gave the wrong answer,” said the Sphinx.      

“But that was what made everything possible,” said Oedipus.    

“No,” she said. “When I asked, What walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three in the evening, you answered, Man. You didn’t say anything about woman.”

“When you say Man,” said Oedipus, “you include women too. Everyone knows that.”      

She said, “That’s what you think.”[i]

13405667_10153438242250728_1392988140_oWe always begin with confession. During worship in the church where I’m a pastor, we first welcome…

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How to Walk Up Lexington Avenue…

Thanks. Excellent goals.

ELCA Young Adult Cohort

…While Female and Wearing Both a Clerical Collar & Knee-high Red Leather Boots

Andrea Roske-Metcalfe, Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, MN

  1. AndreaBe female.
  2. Be ordained.
  3. Be in Manhattan and, if at all possible, have plans and credentials to attend sessions at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

  4. As you prepare for the day, put on a dress with a clerical collar and knee-high red leather boots.

  5. Leave your hotel room early in the morning and walk up Lexington Avenue, in search of coffee, before the first session begins.

  6. Note the odd looks that people give you (when they don’t completely ignore you, as do most New Yorkers), and remember what you are wearing. Breathe in, breathe out. Note that it takes more energy than it should to be a walking contradiction. Plan to go to bed earlier tonight as a…

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Thanks again

Emma Ruthven-Stevenson


Zincite – Synthesis, Personal Power, Group Efforts
It can bring together seemingly disparate or chaotic energies and synthesize them to work together well.
Zincite can also synthesize groups of people or things, bringing together like-minded people and promoting their efforts as a group.
Zincite’s is used as a powerful tool to remove energy blockages.
Zincite is used in crystal healing lore to treat chronic fatigue, AIDS and other auto-immune problems, bronchitis, and candida, as well as prevention of epileptic seizure. It is also used in radionics as a booster for distance healing.

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Thank you. Rocks are my favorite. Inspires me to share more of my own learning.

Emma Ruthven-Stevenson


Azurite – “Stone of Heaven”, Psychic,
Azurite is called the “stone of heaven.” It aids in developing psychic awareness, psychic skills and abilities, enhances intuition, and is said to guide you to be accurate in depicting psychic experiences. It is also an excellent stone for meditation, allowing you to enter a meditative state easily.
Physically, azurite is professed by folklore and crystal healers to be helpful for healing in general, cancer prevention, liver issues, arthritis, joint problems, depression, sinuses, skin problems.

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Burn… Rock Against Bone

This is great. Right on time. Thanks.

another quiet muse

Firmament and fire

Is the nature of desire

For my love of man

And the joys he inspires.

Words burn as they yearn

To speak of passion and trust;

A message of gifting

Whole-heartedly must

Be heard above all

With actions of care.

They smolder as embers,

With contentedness flare.

For the heart of this woman

Is like rock against bone,

A flint made for sparking

By one man alone.

–C. Green


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Wishing Spell, Wishing Well, Cast your Wishing Spell

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Wishing Spell, Wishing Well, Cast your Wishing Spell

Wishing Spell

You will need for your Wishing Spell:  A piece of yellow ribbon, a small piece of paper, concentration, a living tree,  a pen choose the color based on your wish, money=green,  joy =red,  love =red,  friends =pink  etc. Now take your time and concentrate on your wish when you have it firmly in your mind.  Write it on your piece of paper, the piece of paper needs to be small enough to roll into a scroll and tie with the ribbon.

When you have finished writing your wish, take it outside and tie it to the tree. As you tie the ribbon to the tree chant:

This simple wish is mine to cast

I speak this spell to make it last

I tie it to this tree  

Now I ask that wind and rain set it free

That my wish may come to me

So mote it…

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Snow car much?

Thank you . Fascinating!

Travel Much?

1-Svalbard kart Svalbard is “Treaty Country”, and governed by Norway. You need a passport as you are leaving the Schengen when you go there.

I used to live in the northernmost town in the world. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Living at 78 degrees north, means that you have to deal with midnight sun for 4 months, and the total absence of sunlight for 2 months, called Polar Night, when the sun is 6 degrees or more below the horizon all the time. I did not mind the dark season at all – I actually enjoyed it. But – of course it was nice when the light started to return, first in the form of a short period every day with this intense blue light, and later with actual daylight.

Soldiagram Sun diagram of Longyearbyen – showing the seasons of the sun. Until I find the English version, the Noregian one just has to do.


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