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    e buried, and it is thought that the first tombs were constructed to protect the dead from them. It isesting to note that the black colour of Anubis is not natural to jackals or to the wild dogs of Egypt;e is a possibility that it may refer to the discoloration of a body after death and during


    bis's cult is older than that of Osiris, and can be traced to the Sumerian goddess Bau who was also

    headed. Anubis himself, written in early heiroglyphs as 'An-pu', may be a direct continuation ofs father, the Sumerian god AnANUBIS - Other Names: Anpu, Inpu, Ienpw, Imeut (Lord-of-the-e-of-Embalming).

    God Anubis looked after the dead, and was in charge ofmportant task of mummification and is well known for hisas a psychopomp (one who ushered the souls of theg from this world into the next). It is believed that due to

    association with the process of embalming, he inheritedattributes of the jackal but it may equally have been thatwild dog.

    bis was originally the lord of the underworld, however following the rise of the cult of Osiris he wasgnated to the role of gatekeeper. This role was primarily that of either holding or watching the

    es with which the souls of the dead were weighted against the feather of Ma'at. If the soul was asas the feather, Anubis led the soul to Osiris; otherwise, it was fed to Ammit, a terrifying femaleon who was known as "the eater of the dead". In this role, he is sometimes identified with a god

    wn as Wep-wawet ("opener of the ways").

    bis was also the keeper of poisons and medicines. He provided unguents and rare herbs to helpand Nephthys with the embalming of Osiris. Anubis then performed the funeral of Osiris, whichd be the model for all funerals to come. As he received the mummy into the tomb, he performedOpening of the Mouth' ceremony. This ceremony was performed at the funeral to restore theses of the deceased so that they could function with all faculties in the afterlife. The ceremony wase by touching an adze (a tool for opening orifices) to the mouth of a mummy or statue of theeased; it was believed to restore the senses in preparation for the afterlife.


    Death and Dying

    by Andrea Faith

    I have found the subject of death is sometimes

    avoided, even in the Pagan community. I believe this isbecause of our Western society's attitude. In the Eastdying is considered part of the l iving process. Manyyears ago I was talking to a friend who had been toNepal on a walking holiday and she found it interestingthat their guide was not afraid of the precipices overwhich they were travelling. Being a Buddhist hebelieved he would return. We've been taught byChristian thought that there is either heaven or hell,and having not been given enough information, wecan't be sure if we qualify for heaven. So, our society isafraid of death, hence all the elderly folk with no qualityof life. As Pagans we believe in a better place, the'Summerlands', as in Wicca, and many other places,depending on our traditions. Many of us believe in

    reincarnation, and so, have the concept of

    The Spheres Of Light Holistic Centre haswithin its members practitioners who canprovide Spiritual Healing in a variety ofnatural healing modalities. Each modality isdesigned to heal all levels of the body; thephysical, emotional, mental and spiritualbodies. Working with ancient universalenergies, healing works to restore balance,bring inner harmony and peace, to re-energise the body, to stimulate the body'sown immune system and so aid recovery,as well as inducing deep relaxation. Healingis excellent for relieving modern daystresses and providing support duringdifficult times in your life.

    If you want to know about current topicscheck out the forum pages. This is a placewhere you can discuss ideas and catch upon general news. So if you want toparticipate please become a member as wewould love to hear from you.

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    ng my training and development as a magician I've had spontaneous memories of my past lives,h have been numerous, so I do have the personal belief of reincarnation. I was also given thetive knowledge of when I would die, many years ago. When I would mention this to my fellowans, saying that I would choose my own time of death, I would often get told, "You can't do that, as

    against the rules of the universe". Interestingly enough, in the old occult literature it is written thatdept will choose their time of death.

    e at a workshop in 1992 that was run by my mentor, I mentioned this fact to her and she saidething really beautiful to me. "Life is a gift, Andrea, do we give someone a gift and then tell themt to do with it?" She then went on to tell me that she would be there to greet me when I arrived.

    y training I was taught to build a death meditation, before I die, in which one builds a place to go toediately after they have died. It is a stopping off point before one goes to their ultimate place. Minee temple of Isis as per my past life memories. One builds their own place in the astral. An examplehouse from one's memory, then, fill it with the people who you know that have gone before. Youeven put your deceased pets in it. Make it as real as possible, visit it often in meditation, makingyou shut the gate/door every time you come back. This is possible because the astral is plastic

    ible), and can be used to build though forms. When you die just go through into your place.

    o have the distant memory of where I go from there. It is a place of complete harmony, as it is verycult to be in disharmony on the inner levels. I will welcome this with open arms considering the lifehad here.

    epting that I will die relatively soon, I am now free to live each day as it comes. A bit like people,have had a near death experiences. It puts an interesting slant on life. I have put my house inr, so to speak, with instructions for my next of kin and my friends, including a last rite ritualking the elements for the use of them.

    ve also helped very ill people to pass over by giving them 'the licence to depart' rite, as the oneg that is hardest to combat is the human instinct to survive, no matter what.

    reference I recommend Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki's 'New Book of the Dead'.

    article also appears inCrone and Sage.

    ner Realm of Ynys WitrinYear of Fire and the Pyramid

    anine Donnellan

    The National Pagan Directory is a SpheresOf Light initiative to help Australian Pagansconnect with each other in their local area.It is a FREE listing & provides links toinformation about covens, groups, classes,workshops, retreats & other special Paganevents, plus Aussie Pagan businesses &services. If you would like your coven,group, regular meet-up to be listed in theNPD please send us your details. To listyour one-off or special events please useourAustralian Pagan Events forums. Wealso invite Celebrants in the Pagancommunity to promote their services in theNPD. For further information & contactdetails click on the banner above.


    SOL Full Moon CircleJune 17, 2011

    Spheres Of Light holds regular Full MoonCircles near Engadine (Southern Sydney,Australia) on the Friday before each FullMoon. These Full Moon gatherings areOpen Circles, meaning that all Pagans arewelcome to come along any time andexperience a Full Moon circle with us.Details here...

    SOL Meditation in the RoyalNational Park

    Sunday June 19, 2011
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    SOL's Dark Moon circle, known as the Inner RealmOf Ynys Witrin, is a group of committed seekerswho are embarking upon a journey of discovery toknow themselves and to experience new realities.Over the past few years we have been workingthrough a 5 year plan of learning and initiation. Wehave been working with the Dragons of eachElement on a Path of Initiation called a DragonAttunement. This year we have been working withthe element of Fire. The Fire Dragon is a symbol oftransmutation, energy and mastery, enthusiasm,courage and vitality.

    Triangles represent strength and all things and alsothe triple nature. The downward pointing triangle isa feminine symbol; the upward pointing triangle is aphallic, masculine symbol. With our year of f ire weare utilizing the upward-pointing triangle (the symbolof the element Fire) representing the yearning of themanifest to reach or return to the Divine. Thetriangle is represented in the pyramid. The square

    mid is a solid figure with a base that is a square and has four faces that are triangles meeting at amon point. This shape symbolizes willpower, courage, passion and self-definition. In alchemy themical element of sulphur was often associated with fire and its alchemical symbol and its symbol isan upward-pointing triangle.

    's Craft master, Rayvensclaw made a specialare Pyramid for our Dark Moon Circle's Altar. Ascan see each side opens up to reveal an elementa direction. The base is a square within a square.perfect square is the most stable of astrological

    pes and represents kinship, it also suggeststy in the status quo, in remaining inside thecture, hugged by the familiar confines, eacher and each side of which is marked by

    eness. The square represents the family and thedations of the organisation of our group.

    Capstone is a stone that caps something off. Its all the sides, the group together and it represents the crowning achievement; the pinnacle that

    are all working towards, together as a unit on our journey of discovery.

    haman's Tools

    anine Donnellan

    aman is a healer who helps people to understand and respect the natural and the supernaturald around them and within them. A Shaman is the mediator between the material world and theous astral realms and can walk between these realms at will.

    mportant aspect of Shamanism is the tools the shaman uses, these tools are physicalesentations of the tools that the shaman uses during his or her astral journeys. The tools e.g. the

    m or the rattle can assist the shaman in entering an altered state of consciousness. Shamanic toolsefore focus and express energy received from Spirit which can be used for healing, diagnosis,nsing, journeying and divination.

    hamanic Smudging

    Click images to see enlarged photos

    Click here for more information...

    Come join us for meditation in the beautifulsurrounds of The Royal National Park. Ourmeditations will be conducted every thirdSunday of the month. Please [email protected] and meet up details.

    (Please Note: you must be over 18 years ofage to attend any SOL gatherings, events,

    classes & workshops.)


    Pleaseemail usthe details of any pagan or communityevents, classes, workshops or regular meetings thatyou'd like to see promoted here in this free listing.

    PAN Full Moon Public Circle

    Thursday June 16, 2011 atSeven Hills, Sydney (map)

    Date: Thursday June 16, 2011 at 8:30pmPAN Inc. full moon ritual. PAN runs a publicfull moon ritual each month at Rotaract Hill,Seven Hills. Anyone is welcome to attend -the purpose of the ritual is to providemembers of the pagan community anopportunity to celebrate the full moontogether & network with friends, it is also apublic ritual where those new to paganismcan attend to learn more and meet like-minded others, and the rituals also helpinform the general public about whatpagans do and dispel misguided mythsabout paganism and witchcraft.

    The circle is held on the top of Rotaract Hillon Terminus Road Seven Hills NSW, just[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]://,+Seven+Hills&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=40.710982,54.052734&ie=UTF8&s=AARTsJpuljYfm2AvfLnkOWHPnkBCDRPw3Q&view=map&hq=&hnear=Terminus+Rd,+NSW+2147&z=16,+Seven+Hills&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=40.710982,54.052734&ie=UTF8&s=AARTsJpuljYfm2AvfLnkOWHPnkBCDRPw3Q&view=map&hq=&hnear=Terminus+Rd,+NSW+2147&z=16mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]://
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    manic smudging is an ancient tribal tradition which has been used to create harmony and are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes throughout the planeta variety of herbs for smudging.

    ally shamanic smudging involves a four directions process, which sends specific kinds of smokethe four directions to do a specific action, such as cleansing or aiding in divination.

    dging is essentially a purification rite to help cleanse all negative energies and restore harmony tobody and your environment. Smudging is the burning of a selection of herbs to purify ceremonial

    s and ritual space. The vibrations that smudging creates can also cleanse and purify the subtle

    gies of one's aura.

    next to the train station. Getting there iseasy. If you take the train, the hill is lessthan five minutes walk (and easily visiblefrom the station). If you drive, there is plentyof parking available both at the base of thehill and across Terminus Road. Full Mooninfo and contact detailshere.

    Workshops at Miranda(Embrace) & Wollongong

    (Lotus) NSW
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    en cleansing a tool you just pass it through the smoke with your intent to purge all negativegies from the tool. When cleansing a space walk around the whole area with the burning herb withntent of cleansing the area of any negative vibrations. While you are cleansing the space paycular attention to corners where negative energy can accumulate.

    can use a smudge stick or selection of herbs. Place the individual herb or mixture of herbs into a

    , or fireproof bowl or dish. When the mixture is lit a fan or feathers are often used to distribute theke throughout the area. One should note that particular feathers used in the smudging can bring inqualities and medicine of the bird of origin.

    bs that can be incorporated into your special smudging mixture are: Eucalyptus, white sage,nder, cedar, rosemary, clove, basil, lemon verbena, scented geraniums and myrtle.

    able Magick

    by Brendan Olszowy

    I am just a kid that refuses to grow up I guess, choosing to embrace a world ofunlimited creativity and fantasy. And I am here to equip you with your fantasydesigns to help you manifest your internal world into your world of form. I feel veryblessed to have a role which is very rare in this world - to be able to make peoplevery special items which they are inspired by, and to give creation to their dreams. Igive people a rare avenue of creative power in a world permeated by cheap massproduced form. I turned from a successful professional career in sales to undertake

    role with solemn commitment. I guess my love affair with swords started like most peoples',ugh popular fiction. For me it was He Man as a child, and later the Conan movies, and thenveheart. More recently I've enjoyed the Narnia, and Lord of the Rings film recreations of some ofavourite books. When I realised I could buy a fully functional sword I became engrossed in they, and it wasn't long before I started spending long hours in the workshop customising and

    ading my pieces.

    ever due to my disenchantment with the questionable quality of 3rd world made 'production'

    rds, and with my wife encouraging me to just make my own, I started making swords from scratch007 and I have not looked back. (She's hardly seen me since hehe.) In truth, since embracing myI have had so many gifts from the universe to facilitate my journey. And so many fantastic

    omers who've helped me develop my craft. I've always been handy doing all my own work on myorcycles and cars, taught by my dad and granddad through childhood.

    lly enjoy helping my Pagan clients create their ritual tools as well and I hand-make one-of-a-kindds, staves, athames, knives and daggers. While I do not practice myself, I have long followed aspiritual path.

    Links to Pagan groups, businesses,celebrants & more can be found on ourNational Pagan Directory. Click on the

    banner below...

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    oy Celtic, Classical, New Age and Instrumental music, along with a little Metal. I also spend a bit oflistening to inspirational teachings form Eckhart Tolle and others.

    e my Motocross Bike as often as I can. I enjoy a Vegetarian Lifestyle. I live on rural land not farPerth, Western Australia with my beautiful wife, Bec and our fur family. Bec is an Holisticrinarian here in Perth. You can check out her natural petcare website here: Cherished Creatures.ull of great resources and products for supporting your pet naturally.

    out My Swords

    elp build a picture of me: I am a fellow working from my home workshop, I'm my own boss :).her than relying too heavily on machines I do a lot of work by hand and pay very close attention toil to ensure my pieces are crafted with excellence. Slow and steady making sure the work is done

    y best standard. Hours of drawfiling, and hand sanding with a cork block go into each piece. Spraymy angle grinder cements the walls of my grinding & forging shed though I try to keep it prettyrly. Theres many blunted files and torn up sheets of sandpaper kicking around the floor. I amsed to have access to my wife's granddads equipment in our 'Machinery Shed'. He is a retiredsmith and has some cool tools he lets me use. A very sophisticated though very old Millinghine and Lathe being my favorites.

    swords I make are REAL swords. Fully functional. Built for durability, and to perform as a liverd for performance cutting. They are not toys, wallhangers, or stage props. They are built toorm to their purpose, with excellent heat treatment qualities and excellent blade geometries. Alle steel stock used is brand new 9260 spring steel cut by the length and annealed.

    words are hand sculpted individual pieces - earning all of my attention. Being handmade they relysteady hand, a keen eye, and a feel for how the metal is taking shape. As such they have a

    other, more organic look and feel about them, compared to a machine finished piece. I do spend atime fussing over trying to get little details just right. I think I am my toughest critic. The pieces are

    computer cut, but made with painstaking attention - by a loving human hand.

    h piece has endured many hours at my hands, being crafted into it's final form. Through theses at my hands I feel the result is true meeting of imagination and the form that lives within thed and steel. Each piece is a true one off and unlike anything else.

    es won't come with a mirror polish, but rather a satin f inish (approx 400 grit). Historical swordse not mirror finished, and mainly lower end third world forges generally offer their swords in a mirrorh, to suit the wall hanger market. The satin finish is beneficial to maintenance through the sword'sve life.

    lades are stock removed via grinders and files, and finally hand sanded and custom fitted withhilt components.
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    mels and guards are (unless stated) sculpted by hand from solid blocks of mild steel, not cast.s will have a European Beech core if they are leather covered. Though I love featuring exoticds from Australia and around the world too.

    words have broad full tangs with radiussed shoulders for strength; built to be a fully useable tool.temper of the tang and shoulder is drawn back with a torch to low 40s hardness, to enhancebility, and becoming softer yet back to the pommel mounting.

    ntrol the heat treatment in a purpose built electric kiln, which I made myself to suit my needs. Thisides uniform heat to the whole blade, and precise digital readings and accurate control of theperature. Heat treatment of blades includes multiple normalisation cycles, quenching in oil toen, and multiple tempering cycles giving a resilient edge hardness of approximately 52-53Rc.res a little vid below showing my testing of some sample pieces of steel, and destruction of a thine blade I forged.

    testing of steel samples heat treated in my kiln:

    moreFable Blades videos.

    he Book Corner

    by Adriana

    Welcome to The Bookcorner! You will find in thissection book reviews, newbooks coming out, interviewswith authors and eveninformation about authorssigning or talking about their

    ks. If you would like to suggest a book to beewed, or even if you want to give us yourreview or give us information, please let us


    will focus on books about Paganism, Witchcraft, Magic, Shamanism, Paranormal Investigations,h-based Spirituality, and may also include books on mindfulness, eco-living and others we find

    esting. Obviously reviews are based on personal opinion; they are not set on stone and are notnt to be the "ultimate guide". Also please keep in mind I am not a Journalist and do not intend to
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    ne, I am simply a proud Pagan "nerd" who loves her books!

    Witch: A Personal Journey ~ by FionaHorne

    I love this book! Well some of it anyway. My favourite part of the book isthe introduction (Spelling it Out), as she talks about her own history as aWitch, her views on what Wicca is and how she lives it. I could relate towhat brought her to this Path, the discrepancy between a Catholiceducation and trying to find something else, deeper within your own soul,the way it changed her life, the curiosity.

    I found the chapters Spell boundaries: Casting Circles and making yourown sacred space, Wheel of the Year: the Eight Sabbats and Having yourWicca'd Way! Tips for easier and more effective Witchcraft, to be the mosthelpful and informative in the book. Ly Warren and her books haveobviously been an important part of Fiona Horne's Witchy life so theinterview is quite interesting to read as it is written with passion and love.

    the other chapters, well, I got really bored with the chapter on re-incarnation; first she talks aboutpersonal experiences with regression and reincarnation, only to say that she does not believe in

    m. And then there is the chapter on hexing, which really I wish was not part of the book. But thenn, Witchis a very personal book and I do believe is very brave to be so honest about your viewsrding the topics covered in the book. Overall I enjoyed reading the book (especially as I said thepart), if felt like I could hear Fiona Horne's voice through it, or like I could take a peak into her

    ory and view of the world, and for that I feel thankful and honoured.


    h: A Magickal Year(Random House Australia, ISBN 0-09-184000-7, 1 October 1999)s a Witch: A Handbook for Teen Witches(Random House Australia, ISBN 1-74051-022-4,ember 2000)

    h: A Magickal Journey: A Hip Guide to Modern Witchcraft(Thorsons, hardback ISBN 0-00-399-9, 1 January 2001; paperback new edition ISBN 0-00-712132-6, April 2002) (Northern

    misphere edition of Witch: A Personal Journey and Witch: A Magickal Year)ays to a Magickal New You(Thorsons, hardback ISBN 0-00-712346-9, October 2001)ickal Sex: A Witches' Guide to Beds, Knobs, and Broomsticks(Thorsons, ISBN 0-00-714133-5,tember 2002)hin': A Handbook for Teen Witches(Thorsons, paperback ISBN 0-00-713695-1, school/librarying ISBN 0-613-89284-4, February 2003) (Northern Hemisphere edition of Life's a Witch)Coven: Making Magick Together(Random House, Australia, 2005)! Goes the Witch: The Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft(Editor) (Disinformation,erback ISBN 0-9729529-5-0, 15 July 2004) - Edited and some sections written by Fiona Horne

    witch a Man: How to Find Him and Keep Him Under Your Spell(Simon Spotlight Entertainment,back ISBN 1416914749, 26 September 2006)Witch: Fiona Horne's Guide to Coven Magick(Llewellyn Publications, paperback ISBN

    8710342, 1 April 2007)

    erbes ~ Bay & Juniper

    by Amethyst

    Some time ago BAY and JUNIPER werewritten about, but only briefly. So I've

    decided to write about them both this monthto give you a little more information about
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    Continue reading...

    rystals ~ Black Sapphire

    by Maria

    Winter approaches, but if we go by what theweather has been like in the last few weeksI believe winter is already here! Humansand nature alike tend to hibernate. Natureslows down, goes within and rests. Now isthe time to contemplate life, the past,present and future. Winter is a time of


    More about Black Sapphire...

    uinoa, the food of (some) of my ancestorsby Adriana

    Quinoa (pronounced 'keen-wa' or 'kin-wah') is native to theupper Andes of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. The botanical nameis Chenopodium quinoaand it is commonly known asGoosefoot. Like other members of the Amaranthaceae(Amaranth) family the seeds are harvested as a pseudocereal -true cereals being grasses. It grows on free-draining soil in highaltitudes of up to 4000 metres. Quinoa has been cultivated for atleast 6000 years in the Andes where it was sacred to the Incas.Other members of the family have been cultivated commerciallyin North America and Europe and can be cultivated in Australia

    (although some are considered weeds).

    Quinoa means "mother grain" in the Inca language. This cropwas a staple food of the Inca people and remains an importantfood crop for their descendants, the Quechua and Aymarapeoples who live in rural regions. It was forbidden by theSpanish conquistadors due to the grain being sacred and usedin Rituals and Ceremonies.

    most surprising feature of quinoa is its high protein content of 12-18% which is higher than meat.proteins quinoa produces are a well-balanced mix that is superior to any other grain. It's also a

    d source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It has a low glycaemic index (GI), is glutenand high in dietary fibre. With all of these great features it is unsurprising that the Incas called itmother of all grain' and that NASA is considering it as a potential crop for manned space f lights inuture.
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    orage and tips

    e in an airtight container in a dark, cool place for several months, or in the fridge for longer life. Tok, rinse quinoa, then bring one part quinoa & two parts water (or stock for more flavour) to the boil.mer, covered for 15 mins. When cooked, the quinoa looks pearly with a 'saturn ring'. Remove from& stand for 5 minutes before fluffing gently with a fork.

    a nuttier taste, roast the dry quinoa in a dry frying pan over lower heat for about 5 minutes, stirringlarly, before cooking as above.

    noa will approximately triple in size when cooked. You can use quinoa as a substitute for grains likes cous.


    e recipe is from


    p (180 g) quinoaps (500 ml) tomato juiceeaspoon saltedium firm avocadoblespoons lemon juiceedium red capsicum, halved and finely dicededium red onion, finely diced3 cups (250g) drained and rinsed canned kidney beansg chorizo, in one piece


    blespoons olive oilblespoons red wine vinegar2 tablespoons lime juiceeaspoon ground cumin

    ove garlic, crushedand freshly ground black pepper

    paration method:

    1. Place quinoa, tomato juice and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Cover pan andcook 10 to 15 minutes over low heat. Turn off heat, let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Removefrom heat, uncover pan and let cool, occasionally loosening grains with a fork

    2. Dice avocado, place in a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discolouration. Placeon a large serving plate with capsicum, onion and kidney beans.

    3. To make vinaigrette, whisk oil, vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, ground cumin and garlic in abowl. Add salt, pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice to taste.

    4. Pour vinaigrette over salad and stir in. Chill salad, covered, 1 hour.5. Peel chorizo and slice thinly. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and fry sausage on both

    sides until light golden. Drain and add to salad. Serve at once.

    Hail Sophia" is back on YouTube!


    Yule Moon Cookies
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    k in 2004 Janine had an empowering and life changing experience with the Goddess Sophiase unconditional love and sense of humanity inspired Janine to compose a song, called "Hailhia". It has been quite a while since "Hail Sophia"has been on YouTube, but finally it is back with ased and improved version of the musical arrangement and a brand new video clip created bywytch to go with it.

    Goddess Sophia is sometimes known as the 'Mother of All' or more commonly known asdom'. Sophia represents the wisdom that we find inside ourselves. She is the alchemical process;is the spark that ignites the eternal flame that awakens your soul. (See the song lyrics and reade about Goddess Sophia atHail Sophia - Goddess of the Feminine)

    oetry and Artwork by Katie Anderson

    e Anderson is a poet and artist living in the Saint Louis area. Her work has appeared in The Faerieon Magazine, Litmag, and the Global Goddess Oracle. She currently holds a BA in Psychologyan MA in History from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. She is deeply passionate about they of mythology and the afterlife. She experiments with free verse, epic and narrative poetry.

    Stolen Away

    Too much static,Seeking to be set free

    from this civilization we have wroughtInto the backdrop of she who roars:

    Morphine calls me to dreamTo open my eyes,and prophesize.

    And comes division, soon.Flash-back and flash forward,

    to relive various methodsof population control

    as apocalypse emerges once more.

    rvest Twilight

    1 cup butter1 1/4 cup sugar2 tsp. grated lemon peel1/4 tsp. salt1 1/3 cup flour1 1/2 cup grated almonds (blanched)1 tsp. vanilla

    Icing:2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar1 tsp. vanilla2 1/2 Tbsp. water

    Cream together butter and sugar until fluffyand light. Add grated lemon peel, salt, flour,grated almonds, and 1 tsp. vanilla; mixthoroughly. Place dough in bowl. Cover andchill thoroughly. When the dough is wellchilled; or the next day, roll out dough to1/8" thickness and cut with moon/crescentcookie cutter. Place 1/2" apart on un-greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated

    180oven for 8-10 minutes.

    Icing: While cookies bake, combineconfectioner's sugar, vanilla and water.Spread over the tops of cookies while stillwarm, but not too hot, as icing will melt.Thin with additional drops of water if glazeis too thick. Allow cookies to cool.

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    Smoke, I bid theeto the windsto the heavenswafting gracefullyas these offerings to spirits and ancestors, allLiquid splashing down to the earthlibations for the presence of aerial and earthly godsas witnessto this late harvest rite.As the dawning of the blood and amber draw nearmoving away from the sunthe earth, in her darkening embraceShall we light our firesto remind us of the eternal flamethat burns long and bright.Autumn's days are an awakeningfor hers is the hour of twilightthe shadowed borealisthat lies between space and formShine for us this nightas we draw forth - with soul food

    to honor the twilight of the universethe time, in-between the shadowsthe shallowing of the veil draws near.

    rying the Soul

    k moments of solitudege my soulvacant reflectionsn these keysck unseen mysteries

    ing my beingthe radiant pools of an obsidian chasmonstructing identityenough to see myself

    act long overdue.

    e Anderson is a self taught illustrator. Shended courses on illustration, basic design andpture at Central Florida Community College andUniversity of Missouri - Saint Louis. Herrations address themes of fantasy, science

    n, and mythology. Katie Anderson attended theda Community College Press Associationerence in 2000, where she was awarded thirde for cover design. She was also awardedond place at CFCC's Art on Campus competition in 2002. While attending the University ofsouri, she gained two years of experience in graphic design for web and print, assisted with over 30bition installations, and curated three exhibits at Gallery 210. She also dabbles in jewelry designdigital art. She is currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri.

    more of Katie's art on her website atStudio Rosalva: Original creations by Katieerson.

    poetry website is

    Nox Canto:An Anthology of Poetry by Katie Anderson.

    "Falling Leaves" (Click to enlarge)

    "Snow Maid" (Click to enlarge)

    Anubis Incense

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    Six of Swords ~ Perception

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    and see what is really in front of you. Youhave been so absorbed with your ownproblems that you have lost trueperspective of the situation. The Six ofSwords indicates that you should startstriving to express realisations and truthswhich come from deep within yourself. Theold way of life is now being left behind andsituations may not have worked out the wayyou planned so you need to investigateother, more liberating, possibilities.

    This card is reminding you to look withinyourself, and understand what your trueaims and goals are; for once you have tostop deluding yourself. You have thefreedom to move forward, just remember toleave your unwanted baggage where itbelongs in the past.

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