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Using cosmetics for spell work?

Using cosmetics for spell work?

I've considered and dabbled with using cosmetics on my body for spells. But is it a good way to get the point across, plus I found some of the makeup and where I put it uncomfortable so any suggestion on special products? I've considered temporarily dying my hair, I've tried cheap glitter, any other ideas? Message Board: Join in our discussion

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Any recommendations for learning about runes?

Any recommendations for learning about runes?

So I've been wanting to get into learning about runes for a while now. I don't know where to start, however. Would anyone be able to direct me to books/online resources that are reliable for learning about runes and the mythology behind them? Also, I have a question for those who are experienced with runes: What are your thoughts on this so called 'blank rune'? I have heard about it, and I have also heard about it being a controversial subject. I've found articles about it being a modern concept and having no evidence that it was used in any time previously, and I became curious about it.

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Shadowscapes Tarot

Shadowscapes Tarot

I was out looking at Tarot cards the other day, because I've been looking for a deck for a while and can't seem to find one. I then saw the Shadowscapes deck and I felt it resonate really strongly with me. Unfortunately since I was just looking I didn't think to bring enough money to buy it. I've taken that as a chance to ask about it here. Do any of you have the deck? If so, do you use it often? Are there any other decks you prefer or would recommend? And likes and dislikes are always helpful too! Message Board: Join in our discussion

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Leaving the Broom Closet?

Leaving the Broom Closet?

I am carefully considering coming out of the broom closet. Reasons I should: Honesty with my family, the freedom to practice openly, the ability to freely seek contact with others. Reasons why I Shouldn't: mostly fear. My family are devout baptist Christians, I'm afraid they will kick me out or destroy all my books and supplies. Even if not they might spend the rest of their lives believing I'll go to hell. Any advise? Please post. Message Board: Join in our discussion

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Runic Invention Concept

Runic Invention Concept

I was doing some research on runes earlier, and I wondered about the nature of their existence. In essence, runes are simply unique icons associated with particular human qualities. Ultimately, their magic (I use the term loosely, as magic isn't my forte) is derived from their connotative use in rituals and spiritual texts. If this is true, couldn't every individual just invent a system of runes they like? Furthark is a very complete runic system, but just isn't flexible or familiar enough for some seers. Perhaps simply concocting some symbols and identifying them with whatever traits one li

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Using Fiction to Explain your Faith?

Using Fiction to Explain your Faith?

I've been toying around the idea of using the medium of short stories (mostly e-books) to tell the story of my eclectic pagan path, as I think it'd be the most engaging and entertaining way to teach people about what I believe in. Has anyone else ever done this before and have you had much success with this? The one thing that really concerns me though is trying to get the reader to look beyond the fictional story to see the inspiration behind it, the goddess that I worship, the nature spirits that I've talked to, etc. etc. Anyone has thoughts on this? Message Board: Join in our discussi

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What is the relationship of the Celtic gods and the sidhe (aos si)/annwn?

What is the relationship of the Celtic gods and the sidhe (aos si)/annwn?

From reading the mythological cycle of Ireland the Deities were forced out by the Sons of Mil and from folklore they enter the sidhe. The sidhe/annwn over time becomes the home of the fairies and others like the fairies with less connection made to the gods. I am interested in how others view the this connection between the sidhe is the location of the Celtic deities. Message Board: Join in our discussion

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Review: I am Healer, Story Teller, and Warrior Priest: Learning from Arianrhod

Review: I am Healer, Story Teller, and Warrior Priest: Learning from Arianrhod

The book I am Healer, Story Teller, and Warrior Priest: Learning from Arianrhod is a short book. This book focuses on the lessons of one specific Goddess within the Celtic pantheons. This book covers many different lessons for personal and spiritual development. The overall concept and goal behind the entire book is to gain a better sense of Self and the relationship to the divine. The author divided the book up into 4 different sections. Each section of the book had a specific set of lessons in them. The first section of the book is basically an introduction section. Here you are given a s

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Differences between Celtic Traditionalism and Celtic Reconstructionalism?

Differences between Celtic Traditionalism and Celtic Reconstructionalism?

I am trying to narrow down a path to follow but there are so many different Celtic traditions that look and seem very similar to one another so its been quite difficult. The traditions that interest me in particular is druidism, celtic shamanism and the faery faith. However, before I rule out traditionalism and reconstructionalism I felt I needed to better understand the terms from those that have practiced or heard of them. Message Board: Join in our discussion

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Pagan Beliefs in the Netherlands

Pagan Beliefs in the Netherlands

As a starting point for sorting out thoughts on deity, ritual, and personal associations, I'm trying to trace back at least a little bit of ancestral stuff. Most of my family is Dutch (albeit, at this point, very thoroughly Americanized - depending on the branch you go by, I'm somewhere between fourth and sixth-generation American), so...trying to figure out stuff there. Three questions. 1) From my (fragmentary) research, it seems that Dutch culture and history are rather Germanic; are there major sorts of differences I should be aware of, especially with regards to worship/ritual construct

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