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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.

Feature Article

A Simple House Blessing Ritual

Marking a new beginning and celebrating a new home

For a number of years, I have used this simple ritual to bless a new home before or shortly after moving in. The purpose of the ritual is threefold: to clear away any energies or spirit entities that may be lingering in the house from previous inhabitants, to protect the space against unwanted intrusions in the future, and to create a loving, harmonious space in which to live.

At the very least, everyone who will be living in the house should participate in the ritual. It can be very nice to have friends and relatives participate too, to add their own goodwill and energies to the working. It can become a sort of Pagan "housewarming party". . . .

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Moon Magic for February, March, and April

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

Dark Moon in Aquarius, February 6, 8:44 pm

Best evening for ritual: Feburary 6 (Wednesday)

Theme: Internalizing Your Ideals

The Moon and Sun are tightly conjunct with a retrograde Mercury on this Dark Moon night. It is time for regaining contact with your sense of personal calling and the values and ideals that shape your relationship with the world. Turn these questions inward, and focus more on your gut feelings . . .

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The Spirit of Wolf

For many years after taking up Pagan ways, I seldom connected with animal energies, even though many of my friends had totem animals or animal guides. Two years ago, that changed. I was leading a tarot card meditation and a wolf came to me and befriended me.. . .

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In the next issue...

The next issue of Gems from Earth and Sky will be published on Ostara, March 19. Look for a new installment of Seven Doors, a Seasons of the God story, Celestial Gossip, Tarot Wisdom, and more.

Gems from Earth and Sky

Imbolc 2008 Issue

This time of year, not the winter solstice, is actually the deepest part of winter. The Earth and its weather tarries behind the astronomical changes that mark the seasons. In ancient times, this is when food was scarcest and the cold was harshest. People many times survived on little more than hope. Imbolc is a celebration of that hope. The first stirrings of distant spring come at this time: the sheep begin to lactate, the buds swell on the branches, and perhaps an early snowdrop or crocus pushes up through the snow.

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

Imbolc, a Tale of Hope

When it seems she has lost everything, the young girl snowdrop has an unexpected visitor, and finds renewed hope.

Mother had died with the first cold breath of autumn. By midwinter, father had joined her, his heart broken and his will spent. Then the soldiers came to take the house, and little Snowdrop walked out into the cold gray evening, hungry and alone.

Those first weeks, she went around to every home she could find. Sometimes she would be allowed to spend the night, sometimes she would be given food. But as the winter grew darker, food became scarce, and no one had anything to to spare for a wandering child. "Go find your family," they would say. Snowdrop had no answer. . .

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Rune Lore: Sowilo

Sowilo (pronounced SOH-wee-loh) was used to represent the s sound in runic writing in all the Germanic languages. The name means Sun. The Icelandic Rune Poem reads

Sun is
shield of the clouds
and shining ray
and destroyer of ice.

In the northern lands where the Germanic peoples originally lived, the world was conceived as a battleground between the elements of fire and ice. Life came forth when the heat of the Sun's fire melted the snows of winter and revealed the moist, fertile earth beneath. . . .

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Upcoming Events

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

Rhythms of the Sun and Moon
a Saturday workshop with Starweaver
May 10, 2008, $60
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

House Blessings
a morning workshop with Starweaver
May 11, 2008, $35
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Meditation for Discovery
an afternoon workshop with Starweaver
May 11, 2008, $35
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Astrology for Pagans
a weekend workshop with Starweaver and Rowan
May 24-25, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Whole Expo Santa Fe
Metaphysical/Wholistic Conference and Exhibition
May 31 and June 1, 2008, $10
Museo Cultural de Santa Fe

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Pilfered Wisdom

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;

And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.

Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

From the Hearth: Green Risotto

In the Garden: The Magical Herb Garden

The Imaginarium: The Edge of the World

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