Maggie Shayne

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8 months ago

Imbolc Ritual

An Imbolc Ritual I promised in my last post, IMBOLC: The Quickening, that I’d post a ritual soon. So here it is. To review, Imbolc falls on February 4th, this year. It is the ancient Celtic holiday halfway between the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox, and symbolizes the life stirring awake in the womb of the […]

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9 months ago

Imbolc: The Quickening

Aside from being Groundhog’s Day, February 2nd is also the traditional date of Imbolc, or “Imbolc Brigantina” also known as St. Brigit’s Day. The actual high holy date falls precisely halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal or Spring Equinox, which this year is on February 4th. Brigit or Brighid is the Celtic Goddess […]

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9 months ago

LOA 101

It’s a brand new year, and BlissBlog.org is experiencing a huge growth spurt.  So I thought this would be a great time for an LOA 101 post. You know, for newcomers. It’s easier to dive into a placid lake than whitewater rapids, after all. Besides, revisiting the basics is never a bad idea. So let’s […]

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10 months ago

The Power of the In-Between

Mystics and sages have always known the power of the in-between. The most powerful times for magic, for example, are in-between times: dawn which is the precipice between night and day, and dusk, between day and night. Midnight is the fulcrum between today and tomorrow, noon the tipping point from morning to afternoon, and so […]

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10 months ago

A Winter Solstice Ritual of Release

This is my second Winter Solstice post this year, but I felt inspired, so here you go! The shortest day, the longest night. No matter what came over the past year, you can release it into the darkness of this magical night. You can let it go. It’s the perfect night for letting go of […]

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10 months ago

The Longest Night of 2019

It’s nearly the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. But it’s not the long night we celebrate. We celebrate the sunrise to follow, which appears to have been reborn. Instead of growing smaller and weaker, the newborn sun begins growing bigger and stronger. After the long, dark night, the light returns, and though […]

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10 months ago

Candle Magic

You can make any topic as simple or as complicated as you like. There are entire books about nothing else other than candle magic. I can only assume they must tell you how to gather the wax from bees, color it with natural dyes, and weave wicks from empowered hemp to get that much material […]

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10 months ago

Year-End Review

Every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, I conduct a spiritual year-end review. It makes sense to me to do this. It’s kind of intuitive, so I roll with it. I’m already thinking about the year gone by to count my blessings, and to appreciate the growth and expansion 2019 brought. I do a […]

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11 months ago

How Divination Works

There are lots of people out there offering readings and channeled messages, and some are better at it than others. To get a good reading, you really ought to come to your own understanding of how divination works. And then you can kind of feel out the providers to decide whether they are approaching this from […]

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11 months ago

How Magic Works

Magic is just science we don’t yet understand. But if understanding is what you want, it’s not hard to do. Here, in a nutshell, is how magic works.  So to begin, let’s agree to define magic as, “to create change at will by non-physical means.” But I have trouble with even this much, because I […]

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