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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

The Moirai

The Moirai were the goddesses of fate who personified the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things. Their name means "Parts", "Shares" or "Alottted Portions." Zeus Moiragetes, the god of fate, was their leader. Klotho, whose name means "Spinner," spinned the thread of life. Lakhesis, "Apportioner of Lots"--measured the thread of life. Atropos, "She who cannot be turned," cut the thread of life.
 Art by Kyle Thompson.

Legion of Pagans Pre~Basic Witch Class Description

We all got to start somewhere! I have developed this crash course class to help the very new students be prepared for their formal education in level I classes. This is nothing worst than being totally lost before you begin, so if your placement screening determined you needed a little extra help welcome to this class.


This class is a pr-screening tool to determine where you, the applicant, would best fit in the Legion of Pagans curriculum. Should an applicant miss 10 or more questions, a 2 week crash course will be required prior to enrollment in the level I Basic Witch classes.


Wiccapedia by Shawn Robbins

Books can be purchased at or

The tuition of $40.00 for this course will be applied to any of the Level I Progressive Class tuition upon successful completion.


August 17th-September 20th, 2015





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Creating Your Hekate's Supper

Creating Your Hekate's Supper
Recipes and Special Instructions


Dream Pillows

Hekate Incense

Dark Moon Crescent Cookies

Making an Indoor Cauldron-Fire

Dream Pillows

Makes about 9 pillows

In connection with the Dark Moon Feast of Hekate, I made these Dream Pillows for stimulating the intuitive and psychic centers. I mixed the following herbs in a wooden bowl and left them on my altar overnight. The next day, I stuffed the pillows. I found cotton cloth of dark blue scattered with colored stars, but another dark rich color, such as maroon, purple, indigo or even black, would be suitable. Velveteen would be lovely, if you can find a large enough remnant on sale.

Ingredients and what they're good for:
2 oz Mugwort - Prophetic Dreams
1/4 oz. whole Cloves - keep away hostile forces, add energy

1/2 oz. each of the following:

Bay Leaves - Dreams , visions, clairvoyance, healing, purification, protection
Chamomile Flowers - Induce restful sleep
Hyssop - Blessings, purge of negativity
Lavender Flowers - Peace of mind
Marigold Flowers/Calendula - Clairvoyant dreams, protection while sleeping
Orange Blossoms - Calm, peace of mind
Peppermint Leaves - Relaxation, healing, help falling asleep
Rose Buds, Pink - Calm, clairvoyance, love
Vervain - Freedom from nightmares, purification, protection

I cut the cloth in long rectangles, twice the length of the finished pillows; mine were approximately 8" X 16". Fold in half, inside out, so measures 8" X 8", and sew around 2 and 1/2 of the open sides - i left 1/2" hem allowance. Turn right side out, pushing cloth through unsewn half-side opening. Using a wide neck funnel, a wooden spoon, and your fingers, pour the herbal blend into the pillows; i filled each one with about 1/2 cup of herbs, then went back and evenly divided the remainder among the pillows. Top-stitch the openings, folding the raw edges to the inside.

The pillow were placed under the altar table during the ritual to charge them and then were distributed afterwards during the discussion period. For more pillows, just multiply ingredients as necessary.

Hekate Incense

Place in a small blender jar (used only for non-edible processing), a bowl, or a pestle, several tablespoons of each of the following 5 ingredients:

Bay Leaves

Dittany of Crete

Dried Mint

Dried Thyme

And a tiny teeny weeny pinch of Asafoetida Powder (also called Hing in Indian Markets)

Mix until almost powdered (or crumble by hand or with mortar & pestle).

Stir in one tablespoon of each of the following 4 ingredients:

Dragon's Blood Resin

Frankincense Resin/Tears

Myrrh Resin/Tears

Black Poppy Seeds

Moisten with:

Cypress Oil - 5-10 drops

Camphor Oil - 2-3 drops

Mix well. Let age at least one week before using, storing in a tightly sealed container in a dark place (under your altar?) and shaking occasionally. Burn on self-lighting charcoal. This is NOT at all sweet-smelling, but it is a powerful visionary incense, to help take you through the gateway.

Dark Moon Crescent Cookies

The Nine Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups unbleached wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract


2 Tbs. black poppy seeds

1 tsp. anise seeds


Sift together the first three dry ingredients, flour, salt, and soda. Cream together butter, honey, and egg. Blend dry and wet mixtures. Stir in extracts, then seeds. Shape in very thin crescent moons. The dough is quite soft and will spread in baking. Place at least 2" apart on cool oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 F. for about 12 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges.

NOTE: the honey, almonds (in extract), black poppy seeds, and anise seeds are sacred to Hekate. Personally i'n not fond of anise, so i leave out the anise seeds.

Making an Indoor Cauldron-Fire

To make a fire in a cauldron for magical and ritual work, you will need the following ingredients:

Cast-Iron Cauldron - mine is quite small, about 4" in diameter

Epsom Salts - easy to find at the supermarket or pharmacy

Rubbing Alcohol - 70% isopropyl (safer) or 90% isopropyl (hotter)

Fire-Proof surface, preferably not heat conductive

Long Wooden Matches

It is best to use a cast-iron cauldron, since one won't be too hard to get and it can withstand the heat. Don't use aluminum, since it sometimes melts or can even catch on fire. Never make an indoor fire in a cauldron that is painted, since burning or even very hot paint will produce dangerous fumes.

Some practitioners recommend half Epsom salts and half rubbing alcohol by volume (not by weight), for example, 1 cup of each. 70% isopropyl alcohol will burn, and it doesn't burn as hot as 90% isopropyl, which can be a very important consideration indoors for both safety and comfort. I just cover the bottom of my cauldron with a layer of epsom salts about 1-1/2 knuckles deep, then pour in the alcohol so that it's a little deeper than the salt. To ignite, light a long match, and hold it just above the surface of the alcohol. The fire will burn birghtly at first, then the flames will seem to skim the surface of the liquid.

This fire is safer for indoor use than one made of charcoal. Its by-products are carbon dioxide and water vapor, whereas charcoal will produce smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide. Nonetheless, it is important to make sure the room is adequately ventilated - crack open a door or window.

Always put the cauldron on a fireproof surface (such as a hearth, other tile surface, hot-plate, trivet, etc.). Make sure that there are no flammable items nearby and that the only nearby objects are reasonably heat-resistant. Taper candles will bend or even melt, if too close. Votive s and other kinds of candles in glass holders are o.k.

You can burn small pieces of paper in the cauldron, if you toss them in one at a time. Larger pieces or several at once often won't burn, or won't burn completely. If the fire is really hot, however, you might get pieces of glowing ash floating around the room, so use caution.

Be sure to keep a large box of baking soda handy, as well as a lid large enough to cover the cauldron completely. If the fire should get too hot or flare dangerously, dump in the baking soada and slap down the lid. Don't touch the cauldron with your bare hands. Leather all-purpose work gloves might be good to have, too. It's also a good idea to keep a bucket of water nearby in case things get out of hand.

Let the cauldron burn out by itself. How long this will take depends on the size of the cauldron and how much fuel you have put into it. Wait until it's cool, and then fill the inside with water to loosen the grayish mass of salts they've been fused together by the fire. If you put the water in soon after it is cool enough to handle, and let it soak overnight, it won't be too hard to clean.


 Dark Moon Incense


Blend the following dried herbs together: 1/4 cup sandlewood powder 1/4 cup patchouli 1/2 cup myrh This add the following essential oils and stir together: 10 drops of jasmine oil 4 drops chamomile (or lemon) oil 10 drops of Mugwort    


Dark Moon Oil 

Into 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil, blend the following essential oils: 7 drops jasmine 10-13 drops mugwort 4 drops patchouli





Remember to Always Cast With Care!

~Elder Airwolf~



Dark Moon Herbs & Potions

 Dark Moon Incense


Blend the following dried herbs together: 1/4 cup sandlewood powder 1/4 cup patchouli 1/2 cup myrh This add the following essential oils and stir together: 10 drops of jasmine oil 4 drops chamomile (or lemon) oil 10 drops of Mugwort    


Dark Moon Oil 

Into 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil, blend the following essential oils: 7 drops jasmine 10-13 drops mugwort 4 drops patchouli


Antigone's story (or rather the short version) is told in the Myth Pages, but since that version isn't finished yet, I'll write a short version here as well. Antigone was the mortal daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta and the sister of Ismene. She was strong in every way imaginable. She openly defied her evil uncle King Creon to bury her brother, Polydices, saying that an immoral law should not be followed. Creon sentenced her to be buried alive. Antigone hung herself soon after she was locked into the cave, just before Haemon came to save her.

One of the funny things about Greek mythology is how dramatically unfair it is. Antigone's life is a nice example of this. I'm not really sure if there are any lessons to be learned from it, but I guess that's for you, dear reader, to figure out on your own. At any rate, Antigone is just about the coolest human I've encountered, and a darn famous one at that. Famous now mostly because Sophocles wrote this rockin' play about her called, you guessed it, the Antigone. Go read it. It's worth it. And hilarious. Even though it probably wasn't supposed to be. But who knows. Enough fragments, let's get on with the story!

Antigone was one of four siblings. We usually don't get information about whole families, but this one is special. She had two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, who you can read about here, and a younger sister, Ismene (who we will learn about here). All the kids are princes and princesses of Thebes, and the children of the hero prince Oedipus (uh oh, I can hear you smart ones thinking) and his regal older wife, Iocasta. Yes, that's right. For most of their youths, they were happy and innocent. And then one day, they realized that their daddy was also their brother and their mother was also their grandmother (find out more in The Importance of Being Oedipus). I can't be positive, but I would guess that was the same day their mother committed suicide and their father gouged his eyes out. Anyway, Antigone was still a little girl, but she left with her father and they wandered around for a long time, until, eventually, he died and cursed his sons and maybe even the country, too. When this happened, the standard post mortem custody agreement involved her uncle Creon becoming their guardian. Which he did. Creon already had a son, named Haemon, but I don't think he was ready for a daughter like Antigone.

 Who can say why (my theory is that she got pretty independent and confident hanging around her crochety ol' dad all those impressionable years - especially since she was his right hand man and his eyes), but she was full of pluck (ha! pluck is a great word), which was surprising in a greek maiden. (They're usually much like European fairy tale princesses: wussy.) But we're not really there yet. After dad died, and the kids started growing up, the brothers started fighting over the kingdom. You can read all about it in the Seven Against Thebes, but the ending was that the brothers killed each other. So, that left Thebes in the hands of Creon. And dead bro's body was there. And, despite the fact that he kept attacking the kingdom, I'm sure that Antigone loved him. But Creon, whether he loved him or not, decided that his body wouldn't be buried, but left out for the dogs and birds to nibble on. (I'm betting there was no love in that decision making process.) Now, I should clarify that not only did he leave him, he declared that anyone who tried to bury him would be killed.

As you might imagine, Antigone was WAY bothered by this. Meanwhile, it should be clarified that Antigone is betrothed to Haemon, Creon's son, and they seem kinda in love. We don't get too much interaction between them, but the actions speak for themselves. So. Antigone is pissed. And her sister, Ismene, is being wussy. Antigone wants to go and bury the body, but Ismene's totally freaked about about what Creon will do to them - this is a valid fear since women didn't have much social power and their fate rested entirely in his hands. That didn't stop Antigone, she went right ahead and buried Polyneices, and a guard saw her doing it. Said guard did his job admirably and told Creon. Creon never really like Antigone in the first place, and doesn't mind keeping his law and deciding to starve her to death holed up in this cave. Everyone's wigging out because everyone already thinks that Antigone did the right thing (it's blasphemy not to bury the boy), and can't believe Creon's killing his future daughter-in-law. Creon's response: "There are other fields for him to plow." (If you had ANY doubts as to the ridiculously patriarchal nature of the society...)

So off the girl goes with her head held high. Ismene, always a step behind, tries to convince Creon to bury HER alive, too, because she feels guilty for not helping her sister and brother. But Antigone bitches her out, and that idea gets dropped. Anyway, off to the cave. Meanwhile, Haemon finds out what's going on and is throwing a fit. When that doesn't work, and Antigone gets shut up anyway, he follows, determined to disobey his dad and save his girl. But Antigone was never the waiting around type, and by the time he got there, she had already taken matters into her own hands and hung herself. Whereupon Haemon stabs himself. Whereupon Haemon's mother, Eurydice, stabs herself at the altar. Whereupon Creon is left all alone. With wussy Ismene.

New Moon Ritual for July 15th, 2015



New Moon Rituals

The time of the new moon is a time of new beginnings. This period also represents the youthful aspect of the Goddess. In the form of the Maiden, she represents youth, change and a fresh start. Children can also be Named and Dedications can be made. New Moons are great times to move, start new projects or cast new spells. It is also a good time to shed your past ills and to refresh yourself for coming trials.

The New Moon can be thought of as a time of learning. Don't be hesitant to try new spells at this time. You might also like to set in motion house protections or wards. Some Wiccans celebrate the exact night of Dark Moon by honoring the Crone aspect of the Goddess (such as Hecate), focusing on lessons they have learned in the past cycle and banishing negativity from their lives.





Altar with Elemental representations of Earth (Salt), Air (Incense), Fire (Red Candle) and Water (Water). 
Ritual cakes (any natural bread or cake, no junk food)
Wine or Ale (anything from the fruit of the vine/grain, fermented or not)
Black Crone Goddess Candle
Quarter Candles - Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South) and Blue (West)
Matches or lighter
Wand or Athamé for casting circle
Broom or Besom for cleansing the circle
Chalice or Cup for Libation for God and Goddess
Separate Wine Glass or Cup for yourself or coveners
Cauldron for burning negativity


Light the altar candle and the altar incense.
Take up the besom and walk widdershins around the circle sweeping from the center outward to cleanse the circle of negative energy. Recite this chant as you sweep from the center of the circle outwards:

"Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, Where I do the Lady's will. Besom, besom, Lady's Broom, Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom. 
Witch's broom swift in flight, Cast out darkness, bring in light. Earth be hallow, air be pure, fire burn bright, as water cures.
A sacred bridge this site shall be, As I will, so mote it be."


Pick up the athame and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar. Replace the athame and say this invocation:

"Blessed Be, Instruments of Light, Tools now of magick with power and might."


Hold your hand over each of the four Altar Elements and say for each one:

"Element of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), I cleanse and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady. I bring their blessings upon you now. So mote it be."

Pass your hand over the element 3 times to banish, and then hold your hand steady to bless. Visualize a sparkling light surrounding and infusing the element. Take up that element and go once deosil around the circle. While walking, disperse the element while reciting the corresponding blessing below:

"Powers of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space."


Face north. Hold your athamé or wand out at waist level. Walk deosil thrice around the circle perimeter charging it with this chant. 
Recite one verse for each of the three circles: 

Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past
A Sacred Place, A World Apart, Where Powers Merge and Magick Starts.

Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past
This Sacred Space shall now be Bound, As I cast this Circle Round.

Round and Round the Circle's Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past
Thrice is the Circle cast this Night/Day and now begins my Magick Rite/Way."

Once the circle has been cast, salute in the following way:

Take up athame and point it to the sky, while saying, "As above..."
Then lower athame to point it at the ground, while saying, "So below."


Starting in the North and moving deosil around to the West, light the corresponding elemental candle, and then invoke the quarter:

Hoofed One, Spirit of Earth, your child invites you here.
Come from the mountains of midnight, with new strength and vigor appear.
You are the field of my pleasure, you are the source of my might.
Hoofed One, Spirit of Earth, keep me strong through my rite. 

Winged One, Spirit of Air, your child invites you here.
Come on the winds of the sunrise, give me your vision so clear.
You are the gentle spring breezes, you are the glory of flight.
Winged One, Spirit of Air, keep me wise through my rite.

Fierce One, Spirit of Fire, your child invites you here.
Come with your blazing noon passion, banish all sorrow and fear.
You are the flickering candle, you are the bonfire bright.
Fierce One, Spirit of Fire, keep me brave through my rite.

Swift One, Spirit of Water, your child invites you here.
Come on the waves of the sunset, bring to me joy and good cheer.
You are the well of deep comfort, you are the crashing waves height.
Swift One, Spirit of Water, keep me sure through my rite.


Light the Black Crone candle:

"Oh Dark Mother hear my call. Hecate, Goddess of the Moon, 
your daughter (son) is in need your wisdom and strength on this night. 
Your child walks with shadows when they wish to walk with the light. 
Fears and negativity haunt me, sapping me of my energy and my strength. 
I call upon you this night of the dark moon to aid in the banishment of these shadows."


Pour some wine into the libation dish and say, "To the Lord and Lady!"

Fill the altar goblet with wine. Hold up the altar goblet and say, "I drink to the God and Goddess." 
Take a sip from the goblet, and say, "Blessed Be."


Write down on a piece of paper those negative traits or problems you wish to be rid of. Then as you burn your paper concentrate on the things to be banished from your life. Feel the fear or negativity and then let it go as you cast it into the fire reciting:

"Hecate, Honored Crone of Night, I call upon you to put things right.
Transform these negative thoughts and pain and help my life be whole again."

Since you have created a void by banishing the negativity in your lives, you will need to fill that void.
Close your eyes and visualize a blue light washing over you, filling you.

You will now need to envoke laughter because that is the strongest banishment of all and the best protection. As you circle deosil, visualize the happiest moments in your life. Let the uninhibited child in you come out to play. Laugh. Even if it is forced in the beginning, it will come if you open the door. Let the laughter fill you.


Take up the plate with the cakes and say "May I never hunger." Take a bite, and then say, "Blessed Be."

Take up the wine and say "May I never thirst." Take a sip of the wine and and then say, "Blessed Be."

Give thanks for one thing that you are thankful for, and request assistance for one thing that you are in need of.


Starting in the North, and moving widdershins around the circle to the East, go to each element candle and say the following release:

Strong One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Northern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)

Sure One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Western element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)

Brave One, I bid you now hail and farewell.
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Southern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)

Wise One, I bid you now hail and farewell. 
Go by the powers that brought you, Go by the unweaving spell.
As thy bright pentagrams fade, Depart, 'ere the circle is gone.

(Blow out the Eastern element candle before proceeding to the next quarter)



"I give thanks to the Goddess for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell." 

Extinguish the black candle.


Take the Athamé or Wand and retract the energy of the circle back into yourself moving widdershins beginning in the north around to the east using the following chant:

"Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
I now Dissolve this Sacred Space and send all Powers back to place.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
Stay if you can, Go if you must, with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
My Work is finished for the Night/Day and now I End my Magick Rite/Way."

Once the circle is closed, say the following salute:

"The circle is open, but unbroken."


Be Blessed & Cast With Care!




Andromeda was the perfect mortal damsel in distress. She was the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopia. Cassiopia pissed off the Nereids by saying that Andromeda was more beautiful than they. Poseidon sent a sea monster down that started devouring everything it could. To end the destruction, they decided to sacrifice Andromeda, and chained her to a rock for the monster to eat. Luckily, Perseus (young hero) swooped down to kill the monster and save the girl at just the right moment. He fell in love with her, of course, and wanted to marry her. But her parents were like, "heeeeeeeeck no." So he pulled out the head of Medusa and turned them to stone. Then they got married and had six sons and a daughter. When she died, Andromeda was hung in the sky as a constellation. That picture on the left is of her chained to the rock in a kinky kind of way.

Andromeda and Perseus

The story begins before the birth of either Andromeda or Perseus. In the land of Argolis there was a great warrior-king named Abas. He was a man so mighty that even after he died the sight of his shield would send rebels to the royal house scattering in fear. He had two twin sons to whom he gave the responsibility of ruling the kingdom. He charged that they should each rule a year, and then switch. But the twins, Acrisius and Proetus, weren't content with this arrangement, and when Acrisius refused to give up the throne at the end of his term, Proetus launched a bloody assualt on the kingdom. Eventually the brothers agreed to split the kingdom up; Acrisius got Argos and Proetus got the rest.

Danae and Zeus
Acrisius, married to Aganippe (which, just for curiosity's sake, means "mare who kills mercifully"), had no sons but did father the child Danae. He wanted a male heir, and asked an oracle how that might occur. The oracle answered, "You will have no sons, and your grandson must kill you." Acrisius immediately locked his daughter in a dungeon with bronze doors guarded by savage guards, but what are bronze and dogs against Ananke (Fate) and Zeus. Zeus appeared to Danae in a shower of gold (see below) and impregnated her.

When Acrisius learned of his daughter's pregnancy, he wasn't about to believe her story of Zeus and golden showers, and suspected his brother Proetus (who had romanced Danae earlier). Not daring to kill poor Danae, he locked his daughter and the young Perseus (her son) into a casket and ordered it pushed into the sea, saying "If she dies, it be on Poseidon's head." John Waterhouse's Danae The casket didn't drown, miraculously, and was hauled ashore on the island of Seriphos by a kind old fisherman named Dictys. He took the two at once to his brother, King Polydectes, who raised Perseus. As Perseus grew he found his situation difficult. He had to protect his beautiful mother against the advances of Polydectes. Polydectes couldn't just kill Perseus, but he did want to get rid of him, so he told all his friends and announced that he was planning to beg the hand of Hippodameia. With this announcement he asked for one horse from each of them as a love-gift. Perseus, of course, had no such thing, but offered to bring him anything else - exulted that he would no longer be chasing Danae. Polydectes asked him to bring him the head of Medusa. (sound effect: *duh duh DUHHHHHH*)

Perseus steals the Graeae's eye
Now, the Gorgon Medusa had serpents for hair, huge teeth, a protruding tongue, and a face so hideous that anyone who looked upon it was turned to stone. Athena happened to hear this little exchange, and recognized the potential of the hero, and decided to help him out. Besides that, she was a sworn enemy of Medusa's and actually the one responsible for her horrible looks. She took the young hero to Samos and showed him pictures of the three Gorgons so he would recognize which was Medusa and which were her sisters. Then she gave him a beautifully polished shield and told him to look at Medusa's reflection in it, but never to look at her directly. Hermes gave Perseus an adamantine sickle to cut off the Gorgon's head. But Perseus still needed a pair of winged sandals, a magic wallet for the head (post-decapitation), and Hade's helmet of invisibility. Athena knew exactly where to go, to the Stygian Nymphs, but their location was known only to the Graeae who shared a single eye and tooth among the three. Perseus sneaked up on and stole their eye while they were passing it and refused to give it back until they told him where the Stygian Nymphs lived. Upon learning, he threw the eye into Lake Tritonis (not very nice).

Andromeda, by Dore
With his new handy-dandy flying shoes he flew to the end of the world to the land of the Hyperboreans (to the northwest) where the sun and moon never shown. He found and entered the lair of the Gorgons and lay in wait among the rain-worn statues of men and beasts. The Gorgons were asleep and Perseus, viewing Medusa using his shield like a mirror and guided by Athena, cut off Medusa's head with one stroke of his sickle. It must have shocked everyone concerned when Pegasus the winged horse and the warrior Chrysaor sprang fully grown from her corpse. (They were the products of Medusa's union with Poseidon in Athena's temple, which was why Athena transformed Medusa in the first place.) Perseus decided to leave them alone and quickly took his leave. Good thing too, because Pegasus' neigh woke the other Gorgons (Euryale and Stheno) who immediately started chasing Perseus. Perseus slipped on Hades' helmet and was safe.

Andromeda and Perseus, by Burne
Now we pause our story to visit the fair land of Joppa. Here is the kingdom of the Ethiopian King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. Cassipeia wasn't exactly the smartest woman, and boasted that she and Andromeda, her daughter, were more beautiful than the Nereids. This didn't make the Nereids too happy and they complained about the insult to their protector, Poseidon. Poseidon wasn't very pleased about the lack of respect shown his wards, and sent a flood and a female sea-monster to wreck havoc on the country. Cepheus consulted the Oracle of Ammon, who told him to sacrifice a young woman. For a while he sacrificed the daughters of others, but eventually the time came when Andromeda, his own daughter was chosen. He didn't want to consign his daughter to death, but he didn't have much choice, because the monster was returning. Therefore, he left her chained to a rock jutting from the sea; she was naked but for some jewels (but hey! half the joy of a dish is the presentation, right?). Now, Andromeda was already engaged to a dude named Agenor, but Agenor was a wus, and never even tried to stand up for his fiance.

Andromeda Chained to a Rock
So, Perseus is flying across the world. He made a couple of stops, made some sacrifices, got some cults, but as he rounded the coast of Philistia he saw this beautiful naked woman chained to a cliff. Hmmmmm. Real hard to imagine what must have gone through his head. The young hero noticed an anxious looking couple near the rock, and swooped down for a brief chat. They explained the situation to him, and Perseus responded that he would rescue her if they would give him Andromeda's hand in marriage and allow her to return to Greece with him. They agreed and he took to the air, dove into the sea, and beheaded the monster as it came for the maiden.

Andromeda and Perseus, by Lack
Upon returning to land he made sacrifices to Hermes, Athena, and Zeus (a calf, cow, and bull, respectively), and, on Andromeda's insistence (for she loved Perseus as much as he loved her) had the wedding immediately. The post-wedding party was crashed by Agenor claiming Andromeda for himself. Now, you'd think her parents would have laughed and told him he should have saved her himself, but no! They weren't those kind of people. In fact, they had summoned Agenor, telling him that her hand had been forced and the Agenor's claim was prior. Perseus put up a good fight on his own, but in the end was forced to use Medusa's head and turn them all to stone.

Perseus and Andromeda hurried back to Seriphos and found that the treacherous King Polydectes had indeed gone after Danae, and that she and Dictys were hiding in a temple. Perseus went straight to the palace and proclaimed he had brought his wedding gift. Of course a tirade of insults were thrown at him, and Perseus, shielding his eyes, pulled out the head and turned them all to stone as well (there is still a circle of stones in Seriphos). After that he gave Medusa's head to Athena, saying that he couldn't deal with the responsibility, and returned the other gifts to Hermes who, in turn, returned them to their rightful owners. Dictys took over the throne. You'd think the story was over. But it isn't.

Perseus, Andromeda, Danae, and some Cyclopes decided it was time to return to Argos. Acrisius, hearing of their return, fled to Pelasgian Larissa. Unfortunately, while he was there, the King of Larissa invited Perseus to the funeral games being held, and Perseus' discus was carried out of its path and struck Acrisius, killing him. Perseus returned to Argos and buried his grandfather, but could not feel right about ruling there, so he and his cousin (the son of Proetus) switched kingdoms and Perseus began ruling Tiryns, Midea, and Mycenae.

Feng Shui for Love

Prep your home for passion

Feng Shui practitioners believe that the best way to attract love is to adjust your environment accordingly. Dingy surroundings, piles of clutter, and self-absorbed artwork can actually drive Cupid from your door.

Here are 10 simple tips for finding your perfect mate, or for increasing the passion in your long-term relationship or marriage. Or get personalized tips for attracting love with a custom Feng Shui report.

Create cozy seating arrangements

Single chairs send a loud and clear message to prospective suitors and spouses: back off! If you're looking for love, create cozy seating arrangements from love seats, sofas, and chairs. Putting chairs at comfortable angles to each other will signal that you're ready to welcome a relationship.

Replace images of lone figures with pictures of happy couples

Artwork has a tremendous impact on the subconscious. When you surround yourself with photos, paintings, sculptures, and knickknacks of solitary figures, you'll carry yourself accordingly. Replacing such images with representations of happy couples will make you more receptive to love.

Keep the television out of the bedroom

Nothing kills romance like the drone of late night television. If you have trouble falling asleep, try unwinding by reading love poetry or romantic novels. Your subconscious will shift accordingly, making you a virtual love magnet.

Treat yourself to sensual bedding

That old ratty pillow from college and those serviceable sheets aren't doing your sex life any favors. Go ahead and splurge on pillows, blankets, and sheets that invite you to linger in bed.

Downsize from a king to a queen

Sleeping on a huge mattress won't encourage intimacy. Invest in a comfortable queen-sized bed if you’d like to cultivate more love in your life. If you simply can't make the switch, make sure to sleep on patterned sheets to add some zest to your sex life.

Make space for each other

Avoid making your partner feel crowded out by your possessions by reducing your personal clutter in shared areas of your home, closets, drawers, etc. When you demonstrate you are willing to share your physical space generously with your partner, the space in your hearts can open up, too.

Pull your bed away from the wall

Pushing your bed against the wall effectively crowds out any chance for love to expand in your life. Arrange your bed so that it has enough space to walk on either side. Before you know it, you’ll be cuddling close with your special someone, instead of hugging your pillow for comfort as if you were alone.

Make your "Gua" a shrine to love

Using the front door of your home as a reference point, the far right corner of your home represents relationships and is known as the "Relationship Gua" in Feng Shui. Therefore, you need to keep this area intimate and inviting. A love seat illuminated with adjustable lighting is ideal for this special spot.

Keep the family at bay

Your bedroom represents your romantic life. Therefore, the last images you want to see here are photos of dear old Mom and Dad. Children's artwork and toys will also undermine your sex life. Celebrate these relationships in other areas of your household, but keep your boudoir a private retreat.

Think pink!

Warm colors like pink and red can enliven your love life considerably. Soft shades like rose, salmon, and coral can attract a gentle partner who is attentive to your needs, while bold colors like scarlet, crimson, and burgundy will draw a passionate adventurer to your side.

~*~ In The Stars Horoscopes for Monday July 13th, 2015~*~

General Horoscope
We're still abuzz from last night's electrical Sun-Uranus square. We get a secondary wave of enthusiasm this morning from mental Mercury's connection with expansive Jupiter. However, our imagination begins to overtake logic as Mercury closes in on an easy trine to surrealistic Neptune this afternoon. All methods of communication are emphasized throughout the day while the Moon completes her monthly visit to Mercury's home sign of restless Gemini.

Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You're often the first one out the door in the morning, but you might prefer lingering over breakfast today. Your fantasies may have you yearning to stay home, lost in sweet bliss with someone you love. However, even if you could temporarily shut out the world, the idea probably sounds better than the reality. Anyway, you can't hide from work no matter how tempting it seems. Fortunately, you don't have to go to extreme measures to experience emotional satisfaction. Simply taking the time to let others know how much you care deepens the connections.

Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
You want more than just small talk today, even when communicating with your coworkers. Move beyond subjects like sports and the weather by sharing your concerns about global issues. Thankfully, you flourish in the company of like-minded people, and can be extremely eloquent when your opinions are validated. Obviously, you must exercise discretion but don't let your fear of getting too personal stop you from taking a conversation to the next level. As long as you're as good of a listener as you are a talker now, you'll know when to lighten up the mood to keep the situation from growing awkward.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
You may be searching for a deeper meaning to your work, but the truth is you're so idealistic now that you could inadvertently set yourself up for failure. There's nothing wrong with wanting to align your career with your core values, but you might not be able to find a paying job doing what makes your soul happy. Luckily, the Moon's presence in your sign today enables you to change your mind faster than you can shift directions. Widening your perspective and exploring your options might be all it takes to put your life back on track.

Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Making a wish is a good first step today, but it won't necessarily manifest a magic solution. You must whole-heartedly believe that your goal is attainable and diligently work toward achieving it. But the fine line between concrete objectives and elusive pipedreams is tough to navigate now. In order to make the most of this cosmic opportunity, be discerning when weeding out the delusions from the dreams. When you can tell fact from fiction, you'll be on your way to choosing a goal worthy of your time and effort.

Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You may not allow anyone to see how much you're struggling now, and your defensive tactics are probably doing the trick. Normally, your pride can stand in your way of revealing your vulnerabilities so others don't get to experience your authenticity. But if push comes to shove, you're more likely to gamble with your heart and share your emotional dilemma today. Although you will likely feel a welcome sense of relief if you bravely tell others the truth, reserve the details for another day. Not all secrets are meant to be shared.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You can be lured down a rabbit hole so quickly today that your head spins and you won't even know what happened. You're so open-hearted and trusting when it comes to relationships now that you may come across as uncharacteristically gullible. But don't throw your common sense out the window and give your power of discernment away to those who haven't earned it. Stand back to put things into proper perspective. Paradoxically, scaling down your larger-than-life expectations of the future helps to stabilize your progress in the present moment.

Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your current passion for your work is prompting you to take your career ambitions to new heights. Unfortunately, it might be a steep uphill battle as you attempt to manage all the moving parts. There's a lot of chatter in the air now, but you can still recognize a good idea for what it is if you remain open-minded. You might benefit by coloring in the details of the big picture, but it's not the best cosmic timing for making a commitment. Waiting a couple of days for your clarity to return gives you a better chance of actually delivering what you promise.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You're indulgently swimming in your own watery element today when it comes to sharing your feelings or expressing your creativity. However, you might want to recite an epic poem while someone else would prefer a simple tweet. Either way, your meaning is the same; it's just a matter of different delivery styles. Unfortunately, you'll lose your audience before you make your point if you ramble on endlessly. The shorter and sweeter your message, the more likely it will touch the minds and hearts of others.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your connections with others are based upon shared history today, whether or not it is spoken in the moment. There may be acknowledged threads that interweave your lives that have never been discussed in detail. However, your love of adventure is currently at odds with the softer emotional component of your relationships. The haunting familiarity of the past seems more comfortable now than your drive to explore the unknown. Sometimes it's more courageous to stay fully present right in the emotional trenches where you are than going off in search of something sparkly and new.

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might pull your hair out today if you have to hear even one more person whining about his or her hurt feelings. It's not that you are lacking in compassion, there's just more important things to do now than listen to others complain about their personal dramas. The bottom line is that you intend to have something tangible by the end of the day to show for your efforts. But don't be so quick to dismiss the real treasure you can harvest from the non-rational realms of your imagination. All head and no heart leaves you emotionally disconnected from the people that matter most.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Finding and sustaining your rhythm is more of a challenge than you have time for today. Part of the problem is that you might not be certain about what others expect from you. Additionally, you're not even clear about your own needs. However, you aren't quite ready to throw your hands up in the air and do whatever the majority wants. Nevertheless, you're still better off trusting your intuition now than trying to map out all the logistics. Sometimes the most practical course of action arrives in the least practical manner.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Just when you finally find your groove, one more distraction pops up to interfere with your well-intended productivity. You wouldn't mind it so much if the interruptions were worthy of your attention rather than whimsical indulgences. However, it's as if reality is sideswiping you with irrelevant events just to test your powers of concentration. Although your creative imagination offers plenty of inspiration, don't just succumb to wandering in your dreams today; walk between both the mundane and the magical.     
 worlds for the best results.

~***~Your Daily Fortunes for Monday July 13th, 2015~***~

Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning

The Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination in growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you're willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon's surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Phase Details for - Monday, July 13, 2015
Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 7% 
Moon Age: 27.00 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 381,506.45 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,073,150.57 km

Incense ~ Rosemary​ 
Color ~Gray

Also known by the brilliant name of Sorcerer’s Violet, Periwinkle is a stunning addition to your garden or Magickal pantry.  A Wiccan favorite, this colorful shrub bestows us with such pretty little leaves that they named a color after it.  Dried Periwinkle is a common addition to increase the power of any Spell, but has a potent effect on working for love. It will lend its great power to Love Spells and Amulets and also is wonderful for personal enhancement, with a sachet to help you feel desirable and banish unwanted negative energies.  You may grow your own Periwinkle or it can be very easily found in fields and woodland areas. Please do note that this plant is poisonous, so do keep it away from children and pets, and know that it is not for indigestible purposes.

What is traditionally known as the Temperance card is a reference to the Soul. Classically female, she is mixing up a blend of subtle energies for the evolution of the personality. One key to interpreting this card can be found in its title, a play on the process of tempering metals in a forge. 

Metals must undergo extremes of temperature, folding and pounding, but the end product is infinitely superior to impure ore mined from the earth. In this image, the soul volunteers the ego for a cleansing and healing experience which may turn the personality inside-out, but which brings out the gold hidden within the heart.

"Awn - sooze"

Phonetic Value
" aa " as in " aah "

A god. Odin, (in reverse Loki - messenger of the gods and a a trickster)

Knowledge. Wisdom. Communication. The mouth. A message

Associated Gods
Odin, Loki, Eostre

Astrological Correspondence

Magickal Uses
For wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic

Ansuz is primarily Odin's rune and represents communication, creativity, controlled and divine power. Spiritually, it is the rune of prophecy and revelation. It also encompasses the ideas of wisdom, knowledge, reason, and therefore of instruction and good advice. It might also refer to a test, examination, or perhaps an interview. It can mean a letter, book, paper, message or other information. Because Loki was a renowned trickster, Ansuz may also portend a surprise, trick or subterfuge.

Ansuz is a symbol of stability and represents order no matter what problems may come to be. The answers to questions are available but not yet recognized. Look for signs and confirmations which are all around. Everything has significance and appreciation of this will lead to understanding. Ensure you don't ignore the message because you don't like the content. All experience is a lesson that teaches by acknowledging the truth knowledge and wisdom will increase.

Reverse Meaning
A lack of communication, awareness, clarity, either in your past or present position. You may not feel right in accepting what is being offered or you may feel that life is passing you by. This is the time to clean out the old and make way for the new.

Witches Rune~The Crossed Spears - Keywords: Arguments, negativity.

Meanings: The Crossed Spears is a rune that signifies arguments and negative events. Often this can be of an upsetting nature, rather like the Tower card in the tarot. It is not all bad though. If it is near to a positive rune it may indicate the end of a quarrel and healing. Especially if it lies near the Rings. This rune could mean a promotion at work, or a fast recovery if you're ill.

Witches Oracle~Practical Magick....The Besom
This is the female aspect of magick consisting of domestic arts of besom, candle, cauldron, hearth, kitchen, and sympathetic magick. This is the counterpart of masculine Sun.
The meaning here is your needing to infuse some earthiness into your practice with substances of earth, herbs, and oils to balance the feminine aspect of magick. The other part it can also mean that there is something good waiting for you when you connect with your domestic side.
Casting with this focus is all about hearth & home for both male and females. 

Spirit Totem Animal~Owl

Many cultures associate Owl with death, while others see Owl as the “night eagle”—the bird that embodies shamanism. Owl has exceptional hearing, and his medicine is one of clairaudience—the ability to hear spirit. If Owl has silently glided into your life today, he is asking you to face your own fears, and listen to the messages spirit is sending you.

Faery Oracle~The Secret Path

The Secret Path: “An irresistible pull down a distinct path, Ley lines, Mystical traditions.”

“Faeries love country paths and wooded ways that twist and bend and take shape, but that are mysterious and very bright and dark, spooky and sweet all at the same time. Likewise, your own path must have both light and shade, and it is never straight! Faeries walk their paths to revive the land, and they take rests at special trees and wells, as you do, in your own way, create magic when you are true to your path.

When this card makes her magical appearance, you know you are being drawn down a path that has the potential to lead you to a rich source of wisdom – one danced and sang and dreamt down by these faeries you now see. These faeries would have been spoken of in the old ways as “trooping” but here we would say they are following their path: swiftly, joyfully, singing and dancing their way to a destination that will be full of riches and joy, profound learning and deep initiations.

These faerie beings are winding and dancing their way back to a sacred place: a resting zone for faeries to return to when the world outside as let them there. They will go within for a time and feast in the halls of faerie; learn songs, dance with new steps, and then continue on their journey through the land. Though many faeries guard a physical place, there are others who dance the lines of power through out the lands, and under the sea, beneath the hills and through the rivers, as the mermaids, whales, sirens, naiads and nymphs do. These faeries are dancing the lines of power that lead many of us to the sacred sites, and as long as these faeries continue this dance, we too will know where to place out feet, one in front of the other, in order to be on our path. Because our path can be something we reach by taking a pilgrimage. When this card dances towards you, you are being beckoned again to rejoin your path, and perhaps your first steps will be to wander a little, to travel, and see where the lines of magic within the earth herself take you. Paint our body with a little of the earth, and let the earth on you sing to the earth beneath your feet, and soon the song will be alive in your blood again. You are also reminded y the faeries that you can walk your path, be dragged along your path, meander from your path, slow down on your path or dance and be joyful on your path. How you walk it is empowered by your unique self’s intent, and as you already know, intent is the heart of many a matter. You may find it is a winding path you walk, or a labyrinthine one, one which seems a maze, but here in truth there is always only one way to go, only one place your foot can fall in front of the other. Take steps again to be on your path. Reconnect with the song of the land that sings in your blood, and you too, like these beautiful beings, will be called home.

Divinity Meanings: Ley lines, walking meditations, building or walking a labyrinth, and journeys to sacred sites are all important to you now. You may wish to travel to lands where the olde ways are respected, to explore faery mounds, hills such as the Tor in Glastonbury, Newgrange, or Tara in Ireland. You will soon be welcoming friendships made by being true to who you are and being willing to enter into the mystery of the song of life. Joyful dance of connection. Loving, happy friendships with purpose. Traveling companions who inspire bliss on the journey. This card heralds a blissful stage of your life journey.”*

– Lucy Cavendish

Your Soul purpose is calling to you. The faeries want you to know that it is time to get back on track, following your heart down your life’s true authentic path; trusting in the Universe that you will be supported and Divinely guided. There is no more need to hide from what you desire, for what makes you most joyful is in fact what you should be doing. No more fear, no more judgement, and no more lack of acceptance. This is your calling, get ready to FLY!

Joyously undertake this journey and become one with the flow of All That Is. Fight it and see the obstacles jump up; seemingly out of nowhere. You are not a victim, you are the creator of your dreams. If you find yourself being redirected, know that the Faeries are helping guide you, and that they will continue to nudge, push or shove you in the right direction. Whatever it takes to get you where you need to be!

So take it easy on yourself and decide right now that you will walk your path with grace and ease.

Goddess of the Day~Meditrina
Goddess of healing.

Meditrina is a Goddess of health, longevity, wine and healing. The Meditrinalia was celebrated on October 11 in honour of the new vintage. Offering to the Gods via libations were made for the first time each year.
Pantheon: Roman
Offerings: Wine

God of the Day~Tu Di Gong
God of wealth and merit.

Tu Di Gong ("God of Fortunes and Virtues") is an earth God and God of wealth and merit. He was invoked in times of drought or famine. He is also offered prayers for wealth and well being. He is usually depicted as an old man with a long white beard, a black or gold hat and a red or yellow robe.
Pantheon: Chinese
Colours: Black, Gold, Red, Yellow
Consort: Tu Di Po
Symbols: Staff, Ingot

Power Stone of the Day~Bustamite

Bustamite can be used for uniting the joys of physical & spiritual life, as it offering purification, protection, vitality, creativity, sexuality, vivid dreams, playfulness, healing & enhancement of spirituality. Bustamite is a powerful tool when used in healing work, balancing and clearing blockages within the aura and meridians. Bustamite when used consciously can help release emotional baggage.

Be Blessed Pagans!
~Elder Airwolf~


Maintaining Your Own Energy

Maintaining an appropriate equilibrium of energy in your body is essential in finding emotional and mental stability. This stability is not only important when Casting or participating in Rituals, but also for your own peace of mind. When you know what to expect from yourself, it facilitates the process of understanding your capabilities, harmonizing with your natural surroundings, and accepting yourself as a necessary part of the Divine’s workings.
Though it might seem simple enough that each and every individual has their own unique level of energy, it is the balance, not the level itself that defines if one’s personal energy is appropriate for them. It is not a matter of having a ‘normal’ level of energy, but rather of having the right amount of energy that allows you to stay active and keep the blood flowing as they say, but also to take a step back, reflect, and relax to keep your sense about you. Therefore, it is very possible that an individual who might be considered slothful in another’s eyes might have actually achieved this important balance because they naturally have less inherent energy appropriated to them. The same would be true for an individual who has been given what would seem to be an excess of energy if they are able to allocate it in a meaningful way.
If we delve to the smallest of the Divine’s creations on Earth and beyond, we find quarks and electrons, though it is certainly possible that science will discover even smaller particles. These particles are considered a form of matter, but are pure energy as well. They are found within each and every one of us as well as every living organism. However, there is not usually an equal amount of this energy within each member of the same species. This explains the discrepancy as to why some of us may seem to be more energetic than others. It is not an advantage or disadvantage, nor is it a random occurrence. Instead, this inconsistency allows each individual to encounter a different challenge in maintaining the balance of their personal energy.
It is often said that one’s Aura is their negative energy, or etheric double. This means that with all of the internal energy that we possess, there is a thin layer where the excess energy is disposed. This layer, combined with certain mental and emotional layers, composes your Aura. The energy layer, however, is integral, as it is closest to your center and often determines whether your emotional and mental layers are in need of a cleansing. If you are not using your personal energy properly, then this energy layer of your Aura will be polluted with these anterior objectives. If this is the case, then this first layer becomes muddy and polluted, and does not transmute properly into the further layers of your Aura. Unless the Aura is cleansed, this negative energy turned to muck will further inhibit your emotional and mental  qualities from shining through as they should.
While an Aura Cleansing is an efficient starting point towards renewing oneself and finding the necessary balance of personal balance, it is up to you to maintain this balance and keep your Aura clean. You can get a better idea of the physical aspect of this idea by studying the Chakras, or your body’s main energy centers. By exercising these centers, you can relieve yourself of great pressure and thus release yourself of this superfluous energy. Meditation is also very important. In Wicca, we often use the terms Grounding and Centering. This are complex ideas, but basically Grounding means finding the root of your energy, to keep yourself attached to what is important while shedding yourself of the excess personal energy. Centering is more of a mental exercise, allowing you to use breathing techniques to focus your thoughts. In the end, whatever you call your individual meditation, as long as you make a concerted effort to balance your personal energy, then you are doing the Divine’s will. If you have any questions about meditation techniques, we would be more than happy to help.

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Peach & Ginger Hand Pies

Summer Recipe: Peach & Ginger Hand Pies


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Individual hand pies filled with ripe summer peaches!

If there's anything better than homemade pie, it's a petite and crusty hand pie that you can claim as your own and nibble at leisure. And if there's anything better than a hand pie, it's one that's filled with jammy summer peaches and just a touch of spicy ginger. Don't you think?

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These hand pies are just the thing to take to summer picnics or even slip into a lunch box as a special treat. They're flaky little pockets that can be eaten in three or four good-sized bites, no utensils required and satisfaction guaranteed. Don't forget napkins for catching the buttery crumbs.

An afternoon in the kitchen makes enough hand pies to feed a crowd, but I'll admit they're a bit time-consuming. To better fit into your schedule, you could make the dough and shape the pies on one day, freeze them overnight, and then bake them straight from the freezer the next day. You could even save the frozen pies in a freezer container and bake just a few at a time as you want them.

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Peach Ginger Hand Pies

Makes 16-20 hand pies

1 Double Pie Crust, or use your favorite recipe (enough to make two 9" crusts)
1 1/2 pounds (5-6 medium) peaches
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
Extra sugar for sprinkling

Make the pie dough according to your recipe, dividing it into two disks and refrigerating for an hour or so.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Peel the peaches (see note below) and dice small. Combine the peaches, lemon juice, sugar, ginger, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine. Let macerate for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the pie crusts.

Bring out one disk of pie dough and let it sit on a flour-dusted counter for a few minutes until it's no longer rock solid. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick — slightly thicker than a normal pie crust. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter or wide-mouth drinking glass to cut as many circles as possible. Gather the scraps, re-roll, and cut additional circles. If your kitchen is very warm and the dough beginning to soften, chill the circles for 10 minutes before proceeding.

Roll each circle of dough out to 1/8" thick and about 5" wide. Dust lightly with flour and transfer the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet. It's ok if the circles overlap. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

While the dough circles are chilling, strain the peaches. Set a mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the peaches into it, allowing the excess juice to drain away. Save the leftover juice for mixing with sparkling water or cocktails. Return the peaches to their original bowl and add the flour, tossing to coat.

Remove the tray of dough circles from the refrigerator. Working one circle at a time, place 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons of peaches on the front edge of the circle, leaving about a 1/2-inch border (Remember to save half the peaches for the second half.) Brush the edges with a little milk and fold the top half of the dough over the peaches. Use the tines of a fork to gently seal the edges. Repeat with remaining dough circles.

Arrange the pies at least an inch apart on the baking sheet. Cut a few small slits in the top of each pie with a knife, brush the tops with milk, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35 minutes or until the tops begin to brown. Don't worry if some of the filling leaks out.

While the first batch of pies are baking, roll, chill, and shape the second batch using the second disk of pie dough.

Allow the pies to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before eating. Hand pies are best the day they are made, but will keep in a sealed container for up to a week.


• Peeling Peaches - Firm peaches can be peeled with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Softer peaches are best peeled by dunking them in boiling water for 45-60 seconds. The peels will slip off easily with a paring knife.

• Short-Cut Hand Pies - Sheets of frozen puff pastry are a great pastry alternative when you're not in the mood for making your own pie dough from scratch.

• Freezing Pies for Later - Freeze the hand pies in a single layer on a baking sheet right after shaping them and cutting the steam vents. Once frozen solid, they can be gathered together and stored in a freezer container. To bake, arrange the frozen pies an inch apart on a baking sheet, brush them with milk and sprinkle them with sugar. Bake as directed. These pies my need a few extra minutes in the oven, but not much. They are done when the tops and edges are golden-brown.



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Related: Back to Basics Cherry Pie

Originally published August 26, 2009

(Images: Emma Christensen)