Articles for author: Sam

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witchcraft helped me find purpose in life, and reading helped too

How Witchcraft Helped Me Find My Way Through COVID-19

When we are children, a lot of us aren't so lucky to be able to choose what our belief system is, or what the belief system is of those who raise us. Sometimes people have good experiences growing up with a certain religion. Others have more trouble being content with what's taught to them and ...

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What does a hummingbird omen mean? Great things to come

Here in New York, there is only one species of Hummingbird. Yet, in the tropics, flitting through all levels of forest in Costa Rica, you see hummingbirds hustling about their duties. We were blessed with the opportunity on our travels to visit a hummingbird garden. We got to watch the hummingbirds fight and challenge each ...

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what does wiccan mean

Expert Research: Actually, What Does Wiccan Mean?

Christians are Christians because they believe in Christ. Atheists are atheists because they are a-theists – without god(s). But why are Wiccans called Wiccans? What does Wiccan mean, anyway? Wiccan is an adjective referring to people, places, or objects related to the faith known as Wicca – a specific sect of New Age belief based on two British ...

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The Role of Freedom of Speech in Democratic Societies

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Meditations on the Dragon Fly

Dragonflies are amazing creatures. As predators in both their juvenile and adult stages, dragonflies teach us that we must always act, and not sit idly by. Developmentally, dragonflies are unique in that they spend their young stages underwater, and their adult stages in the air. They are top predators in both air and sea, at ...

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Western Winds Samhain Ritual

I'm sharing with you the last Western Winds Ritual I'll be sharing for a while — the ritual for Samhain.  As you may know, I've been working to finalize these rituals and other literature into a Western Winds grimoire. This is a “tried and true” Samhain ritual, and relatively simple to perform.  Enjoy!

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What do alligators, crocodiles, and cayman represent?

I was sitting here this morning, trying to come up with a quick article idea, and for some reason, reptiles popped into my head.  I have a bearded dragon, and I've seen all three of the reptiles mentioned in the title (alligators, crocodiles, caymans) in the wild.   These animals are all “living fossils,” but ...