“The Magic of Trees”
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The trees are our elder kin.
-- Diana Paxson
In this special issue, our readers and writers share their stores of their many enchanted relationships with trees.
We begin with “My Friend, Elin" Shannon Murphy's examination of her unlikely friendship with a redwood tree in an urban park, and continue with Druid and author Danu Forest’s discussion of how forests and trees inform the legend and lore of Celtic lands in "Blessings of the Elder."
A new immigrant from Sweden, Sophia Axelsson finds herself isolated in her Appalachian home until she discovers that “Trees are Our Friends," while Ginger Hollingsworth-Cox stumbles upon the magic of a very different type species in "Song of the Desert Tree."
We witness the genesis of a true warrior and nature advocate in Kathryn Ravenwood’s essay, "Becoming a Tree Priestess," and listen as author Sandra Kynes describes her many encounters with Willows and Maples in "Whispered Wisdom."
Lynn Roberts delves deeply into the many ways that trees purify, nurture, and revive us in “Lady of the Sycamore," while Jill Hammer explains the deep-rooted images of tree woven throughout Jewish (and pre-Jewish Canaanite) culture in "She is a Tree of Wisdom." All this and more in this up comming issue schedule to mail in September.
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Names have great power to create, to empower, even to destroy. To know someone's "true" name is to understand her very essence. So how do we, as Goddess-inspired women, create our own identity in a way that will fulfill our dreams? This issue of SageWoman strives to explore the ways in which "naming ourselves" is an act of creation, of empowerment, and of will.
We begin with "She who walks in the footsteps of Susannah," in which Suzin Green lyrically weaves her own destiny as a Jewish and Polish survivor of the Holocaust into the tale of the names she has chosen to take -- and the ones she has left behind. In contrast, Kym ni Dhoireann expresses the ways in which taking a new name has affirmed her choice to embrace the path of the female warrior and Lee Pelham Cotton explores the power -- for good and ill -- of the infamous “W” word in the Pagan community in "Hey, Witch!"
Three writers -- Eleanor Anne Kokar-Ott, Michelle Santos, and Sandra Wilson -- muse at the way that their identities are influenced by names that they did not pick for themselves in "Reflections on my given name", "My Grandfather's Name," and "My Many Names." Anyone who has ever struggled to find their own identity from a history of confusion or abuse will find their journeys instructive, even revelatory. A completely different sort of struggle with names is the subject of Singing Rose's exploration of what to call her Celtic-Wiccan-Catholic faith in "A Rose by any Other Name."
Seasonal lore for fall is the subject of Janeen Grohsmeye's "Children of the Goddess: Autumn" as well as Yvonne Owen's "The Witches Wheel of the Year: Autumn Harvest" while Diana Paxson leads us into an exploration of that quintessential Samhain goddess in "Hecate/Hekate: Guide of Souls."
Our regular columnists explore magical names (DeAnna Alba), a naming ritual (Lunaea Weatherstone), the power of nicknames (Ann Kreilkamp), the power of naming deity as female (Carol Christ), the eightfold seasonal holidays (Elizabeth Barrette), divination with bracelet charms (Joanna Powell Colbert), and, of course, there's rituals for naming, renaming, and even discarding a name that no longer fits. And, as usual, there's a rousing discussion in the Rattle, reviews, poetry and a wealth of beautiful Goddess artwork. Truly an issue to cherish for all women searching, finding, or sharing their Goddess-identity!
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Many of modern Paganism’s detractors ask "what does the Craft have to do with the real world?" In this issue of newWitch, we answer proudly -- witchcraft has *everything* to do with real life.
"I believe it's my mission to help people live a more magickal life." Christopher Penzcak has written over a dozen books -- including "City Magick," "Inner Temple of Witchcraft," and "Ascension Magic." In this exclusive interview he discusses how to live as a witch in today's world, including tips on creating your own magickal travel kit.
Speaking of travel, have you ever wished you could turn your commute from a grind into an encounter with magic? Check out Bri Lance's article "Meditating on the Train: 3 Steps to Building Your Magical Practice."
On a battlefield is the last place you'd find a self-conscious Pagan, right? Not so, as a growing number of military Pagans come out of the Broom Closet. One of them, talented photographer Duncan Brennan, brings us into his experience with death, spirituality, and magic while serving during the Gulf War, in his photo essay (and interview) "Pagan at War." (Plus, in contrast, an accompanying piece on Pagan pacifism.)
Two thousand years ago, the rites of Dionysus took Hellenic women far outside their usual societal boundaries. Today, the enigmatic still calls us to lose our rational minds in worship. Discover this enigmatic god in "The Ecstacy of Dionysus."
Plus an illustrated article on how to make your own prayer wheel; Isaac Bonewits on spellwork for men; the delights of sensual pleasures, magical herbs; the magic of mantras, and a look at Hinduism from a Pagan perspective. 80 pages, originally published in summer of 2007.
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