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How the animals in the Chinese Zodiac were chosen

A long time ago, Jade Emperor decided to create a calendar in order to keep track of time. He decided to create a cyclical calendar of 12 years, and that each year would be named after an animal. To determine which 12 animals would be featured, he organised a race and invited every animal to participate. The first twelve across the line would be included in the calendar. This is the story of how the 12 animals were chosen.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Cooking

The Hiding in Plain Sight series is about ways that you can inconspicuously incorporate your faith into your everyday life. This is ideal for people who can’t or don’t want to announce to those around them that they practice witchcraft. While the previous two posts focussed on discretely wearing charms and using colour magick, this post will focus on how to incorporate plant magick into your regular diet.

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Understanding death in Paleolithic and Ancient Egyptian Cultures

As a result of many thousands of years of medical advancement, causes of death are much better understood today than they were in the past. Without this knowledge, ancient cultures had to make their own deductions in order to understand what causes death. Archaeological evidence suggests that Neanderthals understood death as an invisible enemy and that this belief may have survived into Ancient Egyptian culture. This post will discuss the similarities in beliefs between these two cultures.

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Profiling the Gods: Hecate

Hecate is an interesting and complex goddess from Greek and Roman mythology. She is associated with magic, death and the underworld, and was said to be a benevolent goddess who happily assisted and protected mortals. This may seem somewhat unusual as the ancient Greeks had an aversion to all things death-related, but Hecate seems to walk the boundary of many contradictions. A brief overview of her character and nature is provided below.

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Hiding in plain sight: colour

The previous hiding in plain sight blog post was about how to wear pagan charms in a way that does not communicate your spiritual beliefs to the general public. This post will focus on how to add colour magick to your home and wardrobe life in a discrete way.

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Out with the old, in with the new year Part 2

This blog is a part two in a set of posts about clearing out negative energy and setting your intentions for the new year. Part one, which focusses on clearing out last year’s baggage can be read here. This blog post will focus on filling your home with good energy for the new year.

New Year’s Day is an optimistic time for many. It is associated with optimism for the future and a time when many of us feel motivated to make positive changes in our lives. As such, this post will list a number of ways that you can make some tangible steps towards making these changes.

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Out with the old, in with the new year Part 1

Many people think of the new year as a blank slate. It is a time to draw a line under everything that happened previously and to start again. It is an optimistic time where motivation is high and anything is possible, so why not work this feeling into a cleansing ritual?

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Hiding in plain sight: charms

The Hiding In Plain Sight series of blog posts is designed for those who are not out of the broom closet and want a discrete way to practise their craft. This particular post will focus on how to wear charms and talismans in a way that does not scream ‘witch’. Please note: the companies and products mentioned in this post are listed for information purposes only. PAN does not have commercial agreements with any of these suppliers.

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