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Reposting call for submissions [03 Oct 2010|10:11am]

paigemom
I'm reposting this -- I need just a few more submissions to round out the anthology.

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Many Pagans compare the "coming out of the broom closet" process of telling family and friends that they're Pagan to "coming out" as gay/lesbian/bixexual/transgender.

But is it really the same? And who better to ask than the folk who have chosen -- or chosen not -- to do both?

I am editing an anthology  titled Closet With Two Doors, and I am looking for GLBT Pagan contributors. I am looking for personal musings, true-life accounts, opinion pieces, poems, rituals -- anything but obvious fiction that illustrates the author's thoughts, experiences and feelings about coming out as queer and as Pagan -- or choosing to come out as one but not the other.

I have signed a contract with Immanion Press, so not only do we have a publisher, but we have a publisher that I am sure will be comfortable with the subject and not try to "clean up for the mainstream Pagan community" anything you have to say.

Here are some questions to get you started. You do not need to necessarily answer every question in your piece.

When and how did you know you were gay? When and how did you know you were Pagan? Did any one experience affirm both aspects?
Are you out of the closet? Are you out of the broom closet? Why or why not? Are you out of one closet but not the other? Why or why not?
Did your family and friends react differently to one "outing" than the other? Why or why not?
Do your glbt friends know you're Pagan? Why or why not?
How hard (or how easy) has it been for you to find a life partner because you're glbt and Pagan?

Essays should be at least 2,000 words and at most 4,000 words in length. Longer essays will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Poems and rituals may vary. Please do not send more than three poems. All writers -- published and unpublished -- are invited to submit pieces for consideration.Published contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology.

Deadline: December 1, but sooner is definitely better!

Please send your submission as a Word attachment to bronwenforbes@yahoo.com with the word  "submission" somewhere in the subject line.  Please run your piece through spell check and grammar check before hitting the 'send' button, and choose an easy-to-read font and font size (i.e. Times New Roman 12).

If you have any questions, please email me at bronwenforbes@yahoo.com


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Goddess of the Month April 2010 [23 Apr 2010|12:55pm]

tinnekke
[ mood | creative ]


 

Goddess of the Month - Gaia


WHO IS GAIA?

The Millenial Gaia, by Oberon Zell, photo of author's altar
The Millenial Gaia by Oberon Zell from The Mythic Images Collection

Gaia, Ge, Mother Earth... She is called by many names and has been since time immemorial. She is our home, our Mother, the source of life. She is a planet orbiting in an elliptical path approximately 93 million miles from a G2 variable star known as Sol. She is all this and more. The name Gaia is Greek and means land or earth. It is by this name that I know Her and love Her, but She has appellations in all languages, ancient and modern. Some of these include:


Kubau - Akkadian
Hepa - Hurrian
Kubala/Cybele - Phrygian
Heva/Eve - Hebrew
Jörð - Norse
Danu - Irish
Papatuanuku - Maori
Pachamama - Quechua
Tonantzin Tlalli - Mexican
Gayatri - Hindu
Phra Mae Thorani - Thai
Spider Grandmother - Dineh
Potnia - Cretan
Tellus Mater - Roman
 

Gaia in Greek Tradition

Gaia had temples in all cities and was honored universally. Gaia, as origin of the vapors that enabled divine inspiration, is the first Goddess of Prophecy. She the original deity of the Delphic Oracle, which She later gave to Themis. Apollo later usurped this great office by killing Python, child of Gaia, thereby claiming the chthonic power of prophecy for himself. She also had an oracular temple at Olympia. Gaia was guardian of oaths, and of the oaths men could give, those sworn by Gaia were the most binding of all. "I will have as my best witness the mighty mother of the Olympian gods, dark Ge." - Solon, Fragment 36. Gaia was also the one invoked when offerings were made to the dead in the form of libations poured upon a grave, and the one called upon in prayers to avenge the crime of murder, for the earth was polluted by blood so shed.

From the earliest Greek writings, Gaia arose from the primordial Chaos and birthed her children Ouranos, the sky, and Pontus, the ocean deeps. She created them parthenogenetically then lay with Ouranos to create many other children. "Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Gaia, the ever-sure foundations of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Eros, fairest among the deathless gods, who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind and wise counsels of all gods and all men within them. From Chaos came forth Erebus and black Nyx; but of Nyx were born Aether and Day, whom She conceived and bare from union in love with Erebus. And Gaia first bare starry Ouranos, equal to Herself, to cover Her on every side, and to be an ever-sure abiding-place for the blessed gods. And She brought forth long Hills, graceful haunts of the goddess-Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills. She bare also the fruitless deep with his raging swell, Pontus, without sweet union of love. But afterwards She lay with Ouranos and bare deep-swirling Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoebe and lovely Tethys. After them was born Kronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of Her children, and he hated his lusty sire." - Hesiod, Theogony.

Depictions of Gaia

Gaia was depicted in many ways. She was frequently shown as a matronly woman rising from the earth. She is also shown in many mosaics as a full-figured reclining on a couch and clothed in green surrounded by beautiful maidens known as the Karpoi, who are spirits of the grain. Another representation, one Gaia shared with Demeter, was that of a woman seated on a throne wearing a crown of towers. Also, She could be shown as a woman holding a kettle drum.

Gaia rising from the earth, Athenian red-figurekylix C5th B.C., Antikenmuseen, Berlin
Gaia rising from the earth, Athenian red-figure kylix C5th B.C., Antikenmuseen, Berlin
Homeric Hymn 30 to Gaea (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th - 4th B.C.)

I will sing of well-founded Earth, mother of all, eldest of all beings.
She feeds all creatures that are in the world, all that go upon the goodly land,
And all that are in the paths of the seas, and all that fly: all these are fed of her store.
Through you, O Queen, men are blessed in their children and blessed in their harvests,
And to you it belongs to give means of life to mortal men and to take it away.
Happy is the man whom you delight to honour! He has all things abundantly:
His fruitful land is laden with corn, his pastures are covered with cattle, and his house is filled with good things.
Such men rule orderly in their cities of fair women: great riches and wealth follow them:
Their sons exult with ever-fresh delight, and their daughters in flower-laden bands play and skip merrily over the soft flowers of the field.
Thus is it with those whom you honour O holy Goddess, bountiful spirit.
Hail, Mother of the gods, wife of starry Heaven; freely bestow upon me for this my song substance that cheers the heart!
And now I will remember You and another song also.
 



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"...paganism and witchcraft were never intended to receive the protections of the Religion Clauses" [19 Feb 2010|06:10am]

nebris
[ mood | militant ]

"In one of their first arguments to the court, the defendants said that certain “traditional” faiths are first tier faiths and that those faiths were meant to have equal rights and protections under the United States Constitution, but that all of the other faiths were second tier faiths, and were not meant to have the same equal rights and protections under the United States Constitution as the first tier faiths.”

Via Patrick M. McCollum; et al., v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; et al.: The current case, which has been in litigation for five years, and is currently before the 9th Circuit, centers on the State of California’s “five faiths” policy.

Read More...and cross post!

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I would like some help with this....... [02 Nov 2009|10:58pm]

squeek434
[ mood | optimistic ]


     I have something that I could use some help with. 

     "We are seeking a strong willed Dianic who is secure with her spirituality to collaborate in a discussion group which will lead to the publication of an advanced spirituality/philosophy book through Llewellyn's.  If you can speak from your beliefs, or know of a Dianic who would be interested in this project, please reply.  The group will be meeting in the Twin Cities (MN) area.  To respond to this, please contact either myself at Squeek434@yahoo.com , or the moderator of the group at Tarothype@yahoo.com .  We will be happy to provide more information about this project if asked.  Also, we request that you provide a little background on your path and experience.  Thank you, and blessed be."

     I have tried almost everything that I can think of to find one of you ladies.  It's just hard, because the vast majority of the Dianics that are around here seem to enjoy keeping a very low profile.  Myself and the moderator of this project have nothing but respect for your faith and practices.  It is due to that respect that we wish to have your involvement in this project.

     I thank you for your time 

     blessed be

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Help? [31 Oct 2009|12:46am]

squeakyramone
[ mood | happy ]

This part is x-posted from solitarywiccans just to give you a bit of background on myself:

Wicca has been making its way in and out of my life since I was probably in 5th grade and now at 21, I believe it is time to make a commitment. No matter what, everything I do and am interested in points back to Wicca. I've looked up stuff for years and read a few books with different subjects, but now I'd really like to commit myself to learning and practicing Wicca as my religion/spiritual exercise.

I am interested in looking into Dianic Wicca as I begin my studies of Wicca in general.

I received some good advice from those in solitarywiccans, but I was mainly posting here just to get some opinions on what books are legitimate on the discussion of Dianic Wicca. I'd like to do some research, so maybe books that are good for research OR anything really. Just good reads.

Thanks in advance :)

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Call For Submissions [15 Jul 2009|08:43pm]

paigemom

Call For Submissions

Many Pagans compare the "coming out of the broom closet" process of telling family and friends that they're Pagan to "coming out" as gay/lesbian/bixexual/transgender.

But is it really the same? And who better to ask than the folk who have chosen -- or chosen not -- to do both?

Bronwen Forbes, author of Make Merry in Step and Song, is editing an anthology tentatively titled Closet With Two Doors, and is looking for GLBT Pagan contributors. Bronwen is looking for personal musings, true-life accounts, opinion pieces, poems, rituals -- anything but obvious fiction that illustrates the author's thoughts, experiences and feelings about coming out as queer and as Pagan -- or choosing to come out as one but not the other.

Here are some questions to get you started. You do not need to necessarily answer every question in your piece.

-When and how did you know you were gay? When and how did you know you were Pagan? Did any one experience affirm both aspects?
-Are you out of the closet? Are you out of the broom closet? Why or why not? Are you out of one closet but not the other? Why or why not?
-Did your family and friends react differently to one "outing" than the other? Why or why not?
-Do your glbt friends know you're Pagan? Why or why not?
-How hard (or how easy) has it been for you to find a life partner because you're glbt and Pagan?

Essays should be at least 1,500 words and at most 4,000 words in length. Longer essays will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Poems and rituals may vary. Please do not send more than three poems. All writers -- published and unpublished -- are invited to submit pieces for consideration. Published contributors will receive $25 and two complimentary copies of the anthology.

Deadline: November 1, 2009 but sooner is definitely better!

Please send your submission as a Word attachment to bronwenforbes@yahoo.com with the word "submission" somewhere in the subject line. Please run your piece through spell check and grammar check before hitting the 'send' button, and choose an easy-to-read font and font size (i.e. Times New Roman 12) .

If you have any questions, please email Bronwen at bronwenforbes@yahoo.com

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Midwest Dianics [28 Apr 2009|04:49pm]
berwynwomyn
Hi.  I created a google group for Dianic Witches/ Dianic Wiccans who live in the midwestern region of the United States.  Feel free to check it out and to join http://groups.google.com/group/midwestdianics

Windsong
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Obligatory hello post [10 Mar 2009|10:40pm]

glowtapejunkie
[ mood | excited ]

Hello everyone -

I just stumbled across this community and I wanted to poke my head in and say "hi". Brief background: like many I grew up Christian but, to make a long story short, that didn't work. I've been talking to the Moon long before I gave up Christianity and long after, and I guess I've always been drawn to Her. I would talk to Her late at night from my backyard and talking started evolving into praying and the rest is history...

Not too many questions at the moment, more so a "Yay I found like-minded people!!!", but if someone can tell me the best way to locate fellow Dianics in my area I would be very grateful.

Cheers!

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[13 Jan 2009|10:06pm]

annabellle
Right, so i have a golden dawn question.
recently, i've been very curious about it. I thought i new what i needed to know, in the sense i knew the jyst of it. But then i heard some where that it was no longer in existance, then some one told me that it was a school now. I"m a bit confuzzled.
then every site i've been to aside from wikipedia (which i don't trust very much) was trying to get money off me.
who wants to help sum it up for me? :)
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I don't know, I'm still learning [01 Dec 2008|12:26am]

spiritualcanvas
Lately it seems all around me people are discussing religion, spirituality, the divine, and beliefs in terms of how to define it, what it is and isn't, who's a poser, what's real, etc.
So I wanted to write a little about myself and get some opinions. I'm being very raw and honest here, and I don't think I've ever really discussed this with anybody before, so I'm very interested in what people have to say.
As a child, my family was generally agnostic Christian... God, angels, jesus, but that's it. My mom and grandma grew up in a generally Mormon family but i'm thankful that they never passed it on to me, since I find it to be a lot of rubbish, but that's just me. I basically believed in God and angels because that's what I was taught but never gave it much thought. Never went to church, never prayed or said my blessings before bed, etc. Was very curious however with the supernatural, psychics, aliens, etc.
On my 13th birthday a friend of my mom's gave me a book on Wicca by Silver Ravenwolf. Now, I know a lot of people think she's a fluff bunny, etc. and generally don't like her, but damn that book hit home for me and made more sense to me than anything else I had ever read, and I do have a lot of respect for her as an author and what she teaches.
I began reading books by Silver Ravenwolf as well as Scott Cunningham, but while Wicca and Paganism rang true for me much more than anything else I'd ever learned about, it still didn't quite seem to fit. I went through my fluff bunny phase but got over it quickly.
At 16, went through existentialist Athiest phase, but shortly thereafter went through a bunch of life changes and trials that made me rethink life and my beliefs. I realized that I don't know everything, no one does, and life isn't simple and black and white, and some things are simply unexplainable by rationale and science.
During this point in my life, I was 18-19 and went through a big re-evaluation of my beliefs and spirituality. I read and read about religion and spirituality, took a Religious Studies class in college, and since then, I am 20 now and frankly I'm not sure where I fit.
I consider myself Eclectic... that's the best, most specific way I can describe my beliefs, which isn't very specific at all. I just don't know where or what I am, but unlike my younger days, i don't feel such an urgent need to define it, but curiosity and a bit of a feeling of being lost.
I believe in a lot of Buddhist, Wiccan, and Pagan teachings, a bit of Hindu as well. I do believe there is a divine force out there, I'm just not sure what or who it is. And as far as Christianity, Islam, etc. I have a lot of problems with their teachings as far as Hell, "Sin", homosexuality, etc.
I think that the deities of the world are all just facets and different interpretations of this supreme force, though I don't really know how to define this thing other than as the universe, love, life, etc. I am a very strong believer in Astrology and have been studying it for the past few months.I've been also studying and practicing Lucid Dreaming, as well as communicating with the "other side". I also believe in karma very much so as I've observed it first hand. I believe in "Magick" or however you want to define it. I also believe that Prayer and positive, proactive thinking do work. I am an artist and am learning massage therapy as well as color and crystal/stone therapy. I meditate regularly as well. My beliefs basically go off of what I have experienced and learned to be true first hand. I'm a bit of a skeptic sometimes.
I have an alter, a small one, but its mine and I cherish it. It brings me comfort and inspiration and a place to pray, spellcast, meditate, and think. It consists of a picture of my foster mom who died over a year ago, a few happy chinese buddhas (the fat ones) as they've always been very important to me as a deity, spiritual representation, however you want to call it, a Shiva Statuette, A Goddess charm (The Goddess and femininity are very important to me), some of my stones such as my rose quartz that I take everywhere for me (promotes love, calm, especially for children of abusive parents from what I've read), and my meditation balls, which are especially important to me.
I try not to judge anybody or start arguments, as I really don't like conflict or hurting others (yes, I'm a wimp). I'm somewhat of a pacifist, though I'm prone to being a typical mischevious Gemini. I try to treat others as I would like to be treated, be kind to everyone and help people when I can.I've been very much a victim to cruelty and abuse, and frankly I hate the idea of anyone suffering.  Sure I understand its a part of life and I can't help everyone, but I'm the type if you're not feeling the best I'll give you a hug, a cup of tea, and a back massage, and probably make you a bead animal full of love.
So this is my little musing and I would love some feedback, guidence, observations, advice, anything you want to offer me.
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question about dreams? [26 Aug 2008|08:26am]

rainbowwindsong
 I'm having these dreams where I don't really remember the dream itself, but I wake up feeling violated, like something was taken from me, like I'm being drained of energy or something.  Is it possible for someone to astral project themselves into a person's dreams, and steal energy from someone?  Sorry if this seems a bit "out there."  
Windsong
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seeking a teacher/mentor [21 Aug 2008|02:19pm]

rainbowwindsong
 Hi.  Just wondering if anyone knows of any Dianic groups and/ or teachers near Chicago, IL?  Please let me know.  Thanks.  
Windsong
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[23 Jul 2008|01:55am]
pink_keys
hi i am new to this community, and infact new to wicca.
throughout my life i have felt i have a gift, my family on my mothers side are not pagans, but my grandfather and great aunts all had psychic or such other powers.
i have met a couple of people growing up who gave me a real belief in magic, but i was too scared to do anything.
but now that i'm older, i feel its time to start experimenting.

i've tried researching on the internet about wicca and paganism etc, but everything seems so muddled up.
is wicca, paganism, and witchcraft the same thing?
i'm so confused.

please could you give me some helpful websites, tips, or anything that will help me get started in this religion

thanks!
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anyone in Illinois? [15 Jul 2008|04:31pm]
oliviaofthesvu
 Hi.  I'm Nicole.  I'm 28 and from Berwyn, IL.  Looking to learn more about Dianic Wicca, and to meet others who live near me.  thanks.  
Nicole aka --Liv
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[01 Jun 2008|05:44pm]

crystalmoon19
[ mood | curious ]

Hi Sisters! I just have a small question, if you would be patient with me. This might sound silly, but I had read Z Budapest's book Holy Book of Women's Mysteries and I saw that she said that some Dianics actually worshipped the god Dionysis in prayer. Is this true, and can modern day Dianics do the same? I feel like he's trying to get my attention anymore, and I'm feeling very close to Him. I see signs of Him all over. I like how He is respectful to wombyn, how he was raised as a womban himself, He is a Hermaphrodite.
Any thoughts or information on this would be appreciated, thank you!

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There goes half my paycheck.... [26 May 2008|09:35pm]

eleven_x2
Well I did it. I got several books just to catch myself up and for free-time-research.
1) Book of Shadows by Phyliss Curott (its about her personal journey into wicca, read as a novel)
2) Wicca (for the solitary practitioner) by Scott Cunningham
3) Exploring Spellcraft: How to Create and Cast Effective Spells by Gerina Dunwich

I already have books by Silver Ravenwolf, and I have scott's book on Herbs, as well as a book of everyday spells (I think also by scott, im not sure) from when I was into wicca years ago.
I also really wanted a good book in HOW TO create spells, I always feel...odd and silly doing someone elses spells. It just doesnt feel right, so I looked into Before You Cast a Spell, but that didn't seem right either, so I settled on Exploring Spellcraft. Let me know if anyone has had any experience with any of these, and if you liked them or not.

Well, thats all for now! Night!
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random stuff [24 May 2008|09:14pm]

eleven_x2
This isn't going to be long, or particularly well written because I am very tired right now, but I've been wanting to post since yesterday (I actually made a LJ just so that I could join this group...)
Anyway, I recently converted back to being a Wiccan. I was really into it a few years ago, but lost interest when I couldn't get any of the spells/rituals to work for me. Now I realize they didnt work because I didnt really believe in the religious aspect of it (silly me.) and to some  degree i'm still struggling with it because I previously had a "oh, yea? prove it." attitude to all religions. This time around, things feel like they are clicking. I've re-read all the silver ravenwolf books that my cousin had given to me when I was first interested, and although many people in the wiccan community dislike her, her book are really helping ease me into it. 
I am, however, having trouble picking my deities. How have you gone about this? I have a general idea, but I almost think I'd rather just pray to THE Goddess, as opposed to what I see as folklore (no offense meant towards anyone, especially because I might end up praying to individual goddesses.)
(Oh, in case it isn't obvious, there is no structure to this, its just a rant. I would however like to get some responses to some points/questions)
Another thing: have you had any experience with spells? If so, have they worked for you? Do you really believe that this is magic (supernatural, works of the divine, something that is an actual force), or do you think that magic is only a mindset (ie: if you think you will do good on a test, you will subconsiously try harder, etc.)
On that same note, do you really believe in the Goddess, or is She also just a mindset so that we can feel like we are not alone?

Just curious about your viewpoints.

Heres a little more about why I am wiccan:
It initially interested me a long time ago
I like the idea that magic might be real
i like the dianic aspect of wicca (but I also feel that the god should be honored, after all, he is a part of Her, and there needs to be balance, I just believe that she is the Mother source of everything)
I have been seeing the number 11 a lot for the past few years, especially the time 11:11. A lot in my life also reflects 11 or 11:11. I began to look this up online, and many sites suggest that (and im just going to give a general overview...) 11:11 is a calling to people who were put on this earth to bring light. Generally, if you are seeing 11:11, it means that you are being reminded by a force of the job you signed up for in between lives (ive always believed in reincarnation, and now this "time inbetween lives could easily be Summerland.) Wiccan magic is all about bringing light and doing good, and I havent seen 11:11 since I decided to become wiccan again. To me, this is a sign. (it is also my user name for this site)

And one more fun fact: my birthday falls on Ostara. Nifty, eh?

Ok thats all for now, I can't wait to hear from everyone!
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Aphrodite as Marianne?? [04 May 2008|09:00am]

crystalmoon19
[ mood | confused ]

I just got finished reading Holy Book of Women's Mysteries, and I read what Z Budapest had to say about Aphrodite. She used to be named Marianne before the patriachy came and raped her image. Can someone please explain? I'm not sure I understand, I thought the greeks originally named Her Aphrodite. She was their original Goddess, right?
If anyone knows anything as to what I'm talking about, can you please help me out with this?

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Happy Beltaine to all!! [30 Apr 2008|09:13am]

crystalmoon19
[ mood | creative ]

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Beltane!! How do you usually celebrate this holiday? I just love to light candles on special holidays and events. :) I prayed to Aphrodite this morning, too and asked Her for Her blessing.
Blessed be, sisters!

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Dianic holidays? [13 Apr 2008|05:52pm]

crystalmoon19
[ mood | tired ]

Hi ladies! I have yet another of my many questions to ask of all of you. :)
I looked into Z. BudaPest's book Holy Book of Women's Mysteries today at the library, but couldn't take it home with me because my mom was with me and I didn't want her asking about it. I did find the page where she was listing all the dianic wiccan holidays, and I was wondering if anyone here knew them and their meanings? I wanted to list them in my Book of Shadows.
Thank you all!

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