Myrrh

Myrrh comes from the thorny tree Commiphora Myrrha. The tree is native to Somalia, Oman, Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia. Harvested the same as Frankincense, the tree bark is cut so the resin with bleed out and harden into tears. The name Myrrh comes from Hebrew and means “bitter”. This resin is often used…

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Frankincense

Olibanum or Frankincense is a product of the Boswellia Tree found in India, Afric and the Middle East. Olibanum roughly translates as “that which results from milking” and Frankincense derives from the old French “franc encens” meaning “high quality or noble/pure incense”. Frankincense tears are made by slashing the bark of the trees allowing the…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Incense

Incense, that beautiful room scenting aroma. Whether you use it for ritual, cleansing or to just scent your home, incense has many uses and comes in many forms. In Today’s post we will explore the many forms of incense available. In the coming few weeks we will explore the uses of different specific scents. Let’s…

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History 5 – Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray was a prominent British Folklorist, Egyptologist and Anthropologist, born in India in 1863. During her lifetime she published approximately 100 books and articles. Margaret Murray began studies at University College London in 1894 as a student of linguistics and anthropology under William Flinders Petrie. In 1899 she was appointed Junior College Lecturer, and…

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The Rose of Jericho

The Rose of Jericho is a much sought after plant for it’s properties of resurrection. It can seemingly die, lay dormant for up to fifty years, and miraculously come back to life with nothing more than a bit of water. This plant is also known as the Dinosaur Plant, Resurrection Plant and Flower of Saint…

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History 4 – Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley was an Occultist, and Ceremonialist Magician who founded the philosophy of *Thelema and in doing so, considered himself a prophet. Aleister Crowley was born into a wealthy English family and despite being raised a devout and conservative Christian he discovered occultism in the late 1890’s . His father spent his time as a…

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History 3 – Charles Godfrey Leland

Charles Leland was born on August 15th, 1824 to Charles Leland and Charlotte Godfrey in Philadelphia. He claimed that shortly after his birth his nurse performed a ritual on him using a bible, a knife and key among other items to ensure a long and prosperous life. After graduating from Princeton where he studied languages…

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History 2 – The Inquisition

The Inquisition Era begins in the 8th century when the Church rules Witchcraft as heresy. By the early 1200’s the Inquisition is established and the label Witchcraft is born. By the late 1400’s the Witch Trials have begun in Europe and Witchcraft is officially illegal. The 1st Witchcraft act of England was established in 1542…

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The Pagan Family 2 – Altars

Children’s Altars: Altars are an easy way to include children in everyday practice. An altar can be anything from a formal set up with all the bells and whistles to a simple table that is left empty with nothing on it at all. I have always encouraged my children to have their own altar in…

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The Pagan Family 1 – Where to Begin

Whether you were already Pagan when you started your family or became Pagan later, after you had children and want to include them in your practice (and they want to be included) the biggest question is: “Where do we start?”  The best and most comfortable place to start is at home with what you already…

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