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September 2015 Blog Posts (24)

Maryann Shares WSI experience

Dear Members,

I find myself thinking back over the past 12 years of my time in Witch School with so many fond memories. When I first started working here I had multiple jobs. I helped with ebay and regular shipping. I answered customer service questions. I even helped in the storefront that we had at the time. Witch School has seen so many transitions over the years that sometimes it has been hard to keep up.

Ed, Don, and Lisa had a vision of opening a physical school location…

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Added by The Daily Spell on September 28, 2015 at 8:27am — 3 Comments

Combustible Incense Ingredient Profile: Cinnamon

Cinnamon has long been in demand though the old world. It was one of the eastern many spices shipped through the silk roads, a hotly contested territory through the ages. Greeks, romans, mongols, arabs, and of course the european christians all battled fiercely for the trade control that made this tree bark available to the world. It's been in use at least as far back as ancient egypt and shows up in the old testament, and is noted in many a culture as a gift fit for gods. It's still well…

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Added by nox lumen on September 27, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

WSI Story: Pagans Hate Advertising

Dear friends and members,

As we move into the future of Witch School, we are always looking for ways to improve. It is because of this desire to provide education, not in the short term but on a lifetime basis, that we decided becoming a 501c3 Religious Education organization was the best option. The fact is that Witch School as it was built, as a commercial site, in untenable and simply not sustainable.

Why is Witch School no longer viable as a commercial operation? Because…

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Added by The Daily Spell on September 27, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Coloring Page for today features Xochitl

Xochitl was a Toltec noblewoman, the daughter of a Lord named Papantzin. The history of the Toltecs was preserved by the Aztecs (who considered themselves successors to the Toltecs) and recorded in Spanish after the Conquest of Mexico – however opinion is divided as to how accurate the history is, or even whether it contains any actual history at all. Xochitl is speculated to have been born around 825 AD. According to the legend Papantzin had invented pulque, an alcoholic drink made from the…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 25, 2015 at 2:36pm — No Comments

What is a Lifetime? Ed Explains:

Here is the latest from Witch School!

What is a Lifetime? Ed Explains:

Dear Members, Students, Staff, and Alumni,

Thank you for all your support…

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Added by M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell on September 25, 2015 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

Coloring Page today shows the great Hittite Queen Pudukhepa

Our Coloring Page today shows the great Hittite Queen Pudukhepa in the act of dictating a diplomatic letter. Pudukhepa was the daughter of Bentepsharri, Arch Priest of Ishtar, in the kingdom of Kizzuwatna in what is now Turkey. As a young woman, Pudukhepa served as a Priestess of Ishtar. The young Priestess Pudukhepa married General Hatusili, uncle of the Hittite King Mursili III. Hatusili had been the commander of the Hittite forces in the famous battle of Kadesh, in 1274 BC, where Hittite…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 24, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Coloring Page today shows the Egyptian Queen HetepHeres I

Our Coloring Page today shows the Egyptian Queen HetepHeres I (HetepHeres: She is Joyful) who lived around 2600 BC. Queen HetepHeres was the daughter of King Huni (Huni: Possessing Praise) and Queen DjefatNebti (DjefatNebti: The Two Ladies are my Sustenance), and she was the wife of King Snefru (SeNefru: To Make Better). King Huni was the last ruler of the Third Dynasty, while King Snefru was the first King of the Fourth Dynasty, with HetepHeres as the link between the two Dynasties. Queen…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 23, 2015 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Happy Mabon / Ostara! Blessings of Balance, Peace, and Justice to all!

Happy Equinox everyone! Whether you are celebrating Mabon the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere or Ostara the Spring Equinox the Southern Hemisphere, Day and Night are at the equal point! May your Sabbat be joyful and blessed. May we all be mindful of the need for balance in our lives and in the world. And as we observe the Equality of Day and Night, let us also remember the importance of equality between…

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Added by M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell on September 23, 2015 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Coloring Page for today features Mother Earth

Our Coloring Page for today features a Deity, in this case Mother Earth. This image comes from 'Rev. Don's Pagan and Magical Clip Art', and as you can see, the original image is from twenty-five years ago. The idea of the living Earth Mother is commonly identified with the Greco-Roman Gaia (Greek Ge) through the famous Gaia Hypothesis -a secular stating of the idea that the Earth is a living being in Her own right, and that all of the Earth's ecosystems creatures are aspects of Her being.…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 21, 2015 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Combustible Incense Ingredient Profile: Red Maple Leaf

For the northern hemisphere, much of our landscape be shifting into color as the seasons changes. It's also a great time to look to the yard for incense supplies.

Some of the best things in life are free, and this tree can definitely apply. My neighbor has a lovely red maple and has asked me to please feel free to grab up as many leaves as I like. They don't mow well. They make her yard look messy. She really doesn't need them.

Why do I need them? These lovely leaves in a non…

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Added by nox lumen on September 21, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko

Our Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko of Japan being entertained by musicians. Empress Suiko is the first woman to have ruled Japan in her own right who is known for certain to have been an actual historical figure, earlier figures such as Himiko and Jingu being shrouded in legend. Suiko ruled Japan as Empress Regnant from 593 – 628 AD, during the Asoka period. As Empress, Suiko presided over an age of cultural renaissance. Empress Suiko was served by extremely able ministers including…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 19, 2015 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Spiders and Patchouli

Me and the spiders have a long standing agreement. They eat stuff I don't want, and I leave them be unless they decide to do it in a place that will get them trampled. It's working well with the daddy long legs hanging out near my microwave. it's working well with the one on the patio chair leg. I can only assume it's working well with the larger wolf spiders I escort to the azaleas, but since they seem to like working in secret, I don't chase them to find out.

It seems my…

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Added by nox lumen on September 19, 2015 at 7:57am — 2 Comments

Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko of Japan

Our Coloring Page today shows Empress Suiko of Japan being entertained by musicians. Empress Suiko is the first woman to have ruled Japan in her own right who is known for certain to have been an actual historical figure, earlier figures such as Himiko and Jingu being shrouded in legend. Suiko ruled Japan as Empress Regnant from 593 – 628 AD, during the Asoka period. As Empress, Suiko presided over an age of cultural renaissance. Empress Suiko was served by extremely able ministers including…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 18, 2015 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Our Coloring Page today shows the Princess Isis,

Our Coloring Page today shows the Princess Isis, Hemet Netjer of Amen (c. 1140 BC). Princess Isis was the daughter of Ramses VI and Queen NubKhesbedj, of the Twentieth Dynasty (the one where pretty much every Pharaoh was named Ramses). Some people today feel that it is disrespectful for a person to be named after a Deity, but the Egyptians definitely did not feel that way, and many women were named Isis (Iset, Aset) including a number of Queens and Princesses. This particular Princess Isis…

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Added by cori.l.nichols on September 17, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Coloring Page - Princess Isis, Hemet Netjer en Amen

Our Coloring Page today shows the Princess Isis, Hemet Netjer of Amen (c. 1140 BC). Princess Isis was the daughter of Ramses VI and Queen NubKhesbedj, of the Twentieth Dynasty (the one where pretty much every Pharaoh was named…

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Added by M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell on September 17, 2015 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Gluten Free Baking Experiment: Cinnamon Roll

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Added by nox lumen on September 17, 2015 at 1:59am — No Comments

Transition To Correllian Educational Ministries

Greetings all!

This is an exciting month for us as we move forward with bringing Witch School under the Correllian Educational Ministries banner. We feel that this is an important step forward, fulfilling of our long-term promise to make Witch School a not-for-profit, and ensuring that Witch School will continue as a strong…

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Added by M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell on September 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tree Spirits

TREE SPIRITS

A tree spirit is a type of nature spirit, and effectively the “living soul” of a tree. It has much in the way of wisdom and healing to offer those who are willing to listen and absorb.

What Do Tree Spirits Look Like?

Tree spirits are not faeries as such, but nature spirits within a tree. One famous image is that of the Ents in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, but true tree spirits are more ethereal in their appearance. As with faeries, they are…

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Added by Angel Capistrant on September 16, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Combustible Incense Ingredient Profile: Green Stevia

Those of you who monitor your sugar and starch intake have probably come across this south american native. Commercially it's gotten rather easy to find white stevia powder, a refined version that often includes fillers to let it measure more like sugar. For diabetics, that's fine, but not for incense making. Check with area health food stores for the green leaf powder. If that fails, go to your local nursery or plant department for the potted plant. It's common for an annual gardens and not…

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Added by nox lumen on September 14, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Combustible Incense Ingredient Profile: Water

Ok, water is probably not the first thin you think about when talking about something that burns, but it's really important to the combustible type.

For anyone that thinks that because they can sprinkle the dry mix on charcoal they can get the same fragrance by adding a binder and water, you'd be wrong. Most plants will react to some extent with water, and sometimes that can mean surprises in your fragrance. Green stevia leaf is sweet and sugary dry, but when it's mixed with water,…

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Added by nox lumen on September 7, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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