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Magic In Ancient Greece

Magic In Ancient Greece

Okay, I read in A Handbook To Life In Ancient Greece that the Classical Hellenic period there were no magicians. Now what I would like to know is what was the view of the Hellenists about magic, witchcraft, stuff like that? I read that it wasn’t considered okay to practice witchcraft. So what is your take on this?

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Making Tarot Cards

Making Tarot Cards

Many people make their own runes. Makes sense, since you get much more of a connection with something you made yourself as opposed to something mass-produced you purchased. I’m quite sure the act and spent time creating something adds a lot to its spiritual value, so to say.

So I want to make my own tarot deck as well. Partly because …

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Believing in Multiple Gods/Goddesses?

Believing in Multiple Gods/Goddesses?

I’m just kind of going off of what I read on various sites over the internet…so bear with me. From my understanding, Pagans generally believe in multiple gods/goddesses (which is called polytheism, right?), but they don’t HAVE to… correct?

Are there certain paths of Paganism (is that the word?) that usually only believe in one god/goddess/other entity or being?

Are there certain …

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Scented Candles/Incense for Those who Cannot Smell?

Scented Candles/Incense for Those who Cannot Smell?

So, I have a sort of issue. I have something called anosmia, which means that I don’t have a sense of smell. I can’t smell anything, anything at all. I’ve never been able to and almost certainly never will be able to.

This makes using scented candles/oils/incense really confusing. Because, really, the lavender candle in front of me could smell like …

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Native Language in Ritual?

Native Language in Ritual?

I’ve recently decided I want to include more Irish in my practice since I feel it has a greater connection to the Irish pantheon I work with. My grasp of Irish isn’t particularly good (‘learned’ it in school, but my first language is English) so it will be a challenge.

Does anyone else use the language native to where ever the …

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Stones as charms?

Stones as charms?

I was thinking about having a stone charm to absorb anger. You see, I get annoyed very easily and getting rid of the anger energy before it’s released in the form of yelling and would be a very good thing for me. How might I charm a stone to absorb anger?

I have polished river and stream rocks, can get unpolished …

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Candle Magic

Candle Magic

I’ve finally got a candle. It’s a nice brown apple-and-cinnamon scented one. I’ve been thinking of using it in candle magic. Sending energy, writing something in the wax and burning the candle, prayers, etcetera. I am also thinking of using it in place of incense in my Midsummer ritual because I don’t have any incense and can’t really get any.

I …

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Lots of Different Wiccas

Lots of Different Wiccas

I feel kind of ashamed to admit it, but: I’m totally baffled by the differences between different types of Wiccans. I’ve been reading through Jennet’s list of definitions of Wicca, and I’m still a bit confused — partly about where the different types of Wiccans get their information/practices from, and also largely about eclectic Wicca.

1. So, obviously definition #1 on …

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ADF or BDO: Unsure Which Would be Better Suited to Me?

ADF or BDO: Unsure Which Would be Better Suited to Me?

For a while now, I’ve been considering what type of Druid organization I’d like to join. I’ve narrowed it down to the British Druid Order (BDO) and Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF). The OBOD didn’t appeal to me and neither did the AODA.

I’m very interested in Germanic paganism but Heathenry has never felt quite right to me for reason’s I cannot …

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The Religious Cul-de-sac

The Religious Cul-de-sac

So, I’ve been slowly backing myself into a religious corner by ignoring (I know, smart me!) the hints that I need to do some specific religious work. Over the weekend, I got “shoved” in the direction of Nut and basically told to do the work I’m meant to do with Her before I do anything else.

I’m now stuck in what …

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Recent Pagan Library Articles

Celtic Shamanism

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What exactly is Celtic Shamanism? For that matter, what is “Celtic”? This article looks into the question of Celtic Shamanism.
Is there such a thing as ‘Celtic shamanism’? Probably not.
Do we have a native shamanic tradition within the British Isles? Certainly.
These two statements are in no way contradictory. It only seems that way because of the word ‘Celtic’.
‘Celtic’, in fact, has been so over-used and so abused in its usage, that we can no longer say with any certainty exactly what it refers to. Nor can we assume that the use of the word,… more»

How to Use a Crystal Ball

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This article explains how to use a crystal ball for scrying, a form of divination.
Step 1. Preparation
Most people find crystal ball gazing is easiest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Many people like to have candles burning. For some the reflections of the flames help to summon images – others find them a distraction. Burning incence is common and some people like to have soothing music playing gently in the background.The important thing to remember is that you are creating an atmosphere.
The important key when doing crystal ball gazing is that you must be relaxed and your mind must be… more»

How To Set Up A Wiccan Altar

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This article discusses things to consider and think about when planning and setting up a Wiccan altar.
So, you’ve decided to embark upon a Wiccan path, and you’re trying to figure out what all is necessary to set up your Wicca supplies. You would like an altar, but you aren’t quite sure how to go about it. There are lots of “instant altar and tools” kits you can find on the Internet. We have a few ritual tool kits ourselves, but where to start? What to include? Where to put it? How to set it up? With all the possibilities, how do you go about choosing what is… more»

Healing Powers of Gemstone Spheres

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This article explain the use of gemstone sphere in healing magic and in divination.
Using gemstone spheres and adding them to your Wiccan supplies can be incredibly beneficial for many reasons.
Gemstones in general have many different healing, protection, attraction, and purification based properties that by themselves can be quite potent. When added to your rituals and spells these effects can be two fold.
The benefit of gemstone spheres however are that they are good sized orbs and the energy concentrated within them is amplified. Being circular, gemstone spheres also make excellent tools… more»

How to Inscribe and Anoint Your Ritual Candles

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This article discusses how to prepare candles for use in magic ritual.
The importance charging and anointing your candles before you use them for spells and rituals cannot be overlooked.
If you wish for your rituals and spells to work to full effect, charging and anointing a candle with a particular oil, or inscribing symbols and words on them, will make the candle and it’s purpose all that more potent.
For example, if you are performing a love spell or attraction spell to try and find love or to strengthen love you already have, you would use a pink colored candle(pink represents love)… more»

Recent Pagan Living Articles

How to Make Your Own Massage Oil

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This article explains how to make your own massage oils for much less that they sell for in stores.
Massage oils can cost a fortune in the shops but they are so simple to make.
To start with you will need a base oil, generally Grapeseed oil, Sweet almond oil or even Olive oil from your supermarket. If its good enough to eat then its good enough to put on your skin! When selecting a base oil you can select a mixture of oils adding in thicker oils for skin nourishment like Avocado, Jojoba or Calendula oil.
Along with your base oil you will need a selection of Essential oils. Remember a 10ml… more»

Garlic is the King of Healing Herbs

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This article talks about the healing properties of garlic, a herb you probably have in your kitchen.
For over 5,000 years, garlic has been thought of as the king of the healing herbs. The most useful part of the garlic plant is the bulb, which develops a series of partitions, or cloves. Although we think of garlic mainly as a food seasoning, many other cultures used it to cure everything from warts to witchcraft. In modern times, researchers are finding that the chemicals in garlic can, indeed, treat a wide variety of ailments. As an example, there is exciting new research that indicates… more»

Is Your Teen Safe on the Road?

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If your teenager just got their license and is enthusiastically asking you to borrow your Ford to drive to a friend’s house, you may want to think twice before handing over the Ford’s keys. Recent research has shown just how dangerous driving really is for green teenage drivers. In fact, motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for adolescence. Whether your teen is borrowing the keys to your Ford truck or your tiny Honda, the numbers remain the same; between 5,000 and 6,000 teens are killed every year in America from motor vehicle crashes. No other kind of hazard… more»

What You Need to Know About How To Clean Dog Ears

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Dogs are prone to dirt and wax build up which is only natural when they have their heads so low to ground all the time. For many dogs it means that their owner has to take on the responsibility of cleaning the ears for them, but then how to clean dogs’ ears so it’s a pleasant experience becomes the challenge.
Our dogs depending on which breed they are may have long or short ears, those that hang to the ground, or stand straight up. Then of course there is the long hair or short hair to deal with. All of these contribute to what kind of potential dog ear problems they could end up… more»

Canine Hot Spots (Moist Dermatitis/Eczema)

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Also known as Acute Moist Dermatitis or Moist Eczema, Hot Spots can seemingly appear spontaneously anywhere on a dogs body and the area involved can rapidly spread. This raw, unsightly skin disorder has a variety of causes but the most consistent factor is a bacterial infection. There are a number of kinds of bacteria that can be cultured from a hot spot and fortunately most respond to oral and topical antibiotics. Anything that irritates or breaks the skin can create the right environment for bacterial contamination if the skin surface is wet. The bodys response is either to itch or become… more»

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The Cauldron’s web site sprawls over two domains and many subdomains. The material on ecauldron.net is older and the material on ecauldron.com is newer.

Ecauldron.net holds material from 1998 to 2010, with several styles and page designs — some of them dating to the turn of the century. We tried to update this site in 2010 to bring it up to more modern HTML standards and improve the design. However, as each of the thousands of pages needed to be redone by hand, the one person trying to do this was soon overwhelmed and gave up. In 2011, we decided to leave ecauldron.net as it was and simply start a new site — this site — on ecauldron.com. Our sites have a common front page and all the material on the old site is linked to from the new site so we really have one big site spread across two major domains. If the site design shifts from something new and modern to something old and poorly designed, then you are on our old site. We apologize for doing things this way, given The Cauldron is a hobby with no budget for updating thousands of old pages, we figured it was better to keep the old material available in its old and not very beautiful form while placing new material in a modern state of the art in 2011 web site. Thanks for putting up with this.