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Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition

Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition

I would like to talk about grimoires. Not a specific grimoire, like the Key of Solomon, or Heptameron, or Lemegeton. This isn’t even about their contents, or their history. No, what I want to talk about are the actual physical grimoires—those dangerous things made of paper and cardboard, with arcane scribbles of ink on their pages. Books that at various time and places (including to this very day) could get you arrested and worse.

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The power of imagination

 

by: Ina Custers van Bergen

In occult circles there is an interesting discussion going on, fueled by the need of scientific proof for esoteric assumptions and claims about historical legacy. First of all I want to state that I think scientific evidence for historical claims is very important.   At the same time I want to emphasize to protect a crucial aspect of the spiritual traditions: the power of imagination. Loosing that power would mean: throwing away the baby with the bathwater! The world i-magi-nation contains the word ‘magic’. The definition of Magic is “The art and science to create changes in consciousness”, causing changes in your life. That very art is endangered when the scientific movement within the occult community would tip the balance at the cost of the power of imagination!

The power of imagination is underestimated in mainstream society. In medicine, doctors talk derogatory about the ‘placebo effect’. Some of the illnesses that people suffer from, are located ‘between the ears’. Meaning: you have a psychological problem rather than a physical one. Expressions like ‘this only exists in your imagination’, or ‘he has an overactive imagination’ are no compliments.   At the other hand there are complete industries, whose only business it is to charm you by influencing you, using  imagination. First of all, think of all the arts: here the use of the imagination is purest. In its most positive form, arts use the power of the metaphor to create awareness about society and enchant by beauty. Soon it becomes dubious, and degrades in shades of grey. For example in the fashion industry: from the genuine wish to create beauty the industries degrades into cosmetic operations on healthy people, and is co-responsible in causing eating disorders in insecure adolescents. Think of companies who constantly try to influence you to buy their products and even pay scientists for a favorable outcome of scientific research.  Think of politicians who try to degrade their opponents by associating them with ‘nazis’ or other fearful archetypes. All these industries use the power of imagination to enchant you, so that you make choices that are beneficial for them.

They do that by creating mindscapes.   A mindscape is a landscape in the mind. By a mindscape you define who you are, what you believe in, what motivates you and what stimulates you to action. Propaganda and marketing companies do that by videos consisting of powerful images, combined with melodies and spells. They abuse the powerful techniques that belong to religion, shamanism and magic. We are less and less protected by ‘beliefs’ embedded in the spiritual traditions, that – with all their failures – at least give us a structure of human values, personal development and stewardship over the planet.

Mindscapes in the imagination can also be are extremely important psychological and magical constructs, to observe the unfolding events around us. Creating powerful mindscapes of our own, makes us more independent and protects us against the ongoing propaganda surrounding us. For this reason:  I consider it to be the job of modern magicians, to raise awareness in the audience, for this side of  a reality that we  are living in, or captured in. And when necessary: alter that reality and choose a better one!

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Ina Ina Custers van Bergen For Enchanting Self-development Ina Custers van Bergen  has given courses in transpersonal development since 1995. Her courses help people integrate the core of their being into their daily lives. With her extensive experience in the mental health care sector as a manager and psychiatric nurse, studies in NLP, hypnotherapy and systemic therapy, Ina integrates Western Mystery Tradition into modern forms of therapy based on heartfulness: the connection with the living world.

Used with permission from Ina Custers van Bergen

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Feelings

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What are feelings, really?  Feelings are a powerful emotion.

Feelings are a complex part of all of us; they exist beyond anything we can see, touch or feel physically.  They go back to the beginning of everything and they exist not only within us humans but in nature herself.  In understanding ourselves we must also understand that of where all things come from, first, a seed.

When we are conceived like everything else we are conceived from a seed that fertilizes an egg and like that when we plant a seed in the ground over time we begin to see them sprout and grow to develop into something amazing.  It takes on its own life force, forms, and shapes, colours in eyes, hair, skin, and personality, this is how all thing beginning and feelings which seem almost invisible to the naked eye because they are not anything in which we can touch, but yet they are still very much a part of all things whether we realise it or not.  When we watch a seed that is planted into the ground it takes first the earth in which is the womb that gives it protection and the food it needs as well as the water that provides it nourishment to keep it moist so it can grow.  We are that is our human bodies are, ninety percent water and without that water we cannot survive and without that element being part of us, we would cease to feel or have any emotions at all, water is a powerful element and one that is extremely important, it helps us feel our truest of emotions and is the purest form of our feelings, it reveals our soul if one only looks.  The instant an egg is fertilized a new life begins, from nothing an amazing human being develops and grows inside the womb of the mother.  We all have this in common, we all come from simple seed that sprouts then develops this is our common connection to each other.  In looking at from this perspective our feelings, they truly begin at the time of our conception, when are but a thought created out of feelings and become our own person with our own feelings.

When life begins to form it starts with a starts with a sprout that peaks up from the soil and then its roots take hold to form a solid foundation, so that it can grow its roots and become strong and have a foundation.  As it matures it then grows branches and is leaves, flowers, buds and then the fruit it is to bear when it has reached maturity.  When we explore our feelings it is just like a seed, because it has to start from something and feelings are primal in nature, they are free will of who we are and what we seek of ourselves in our most our most passionate expressions.  Feelings are moveable they are never the same one day to the next, or for that matter one minute to the next, there is always something that stirs them up inside, they are fluid and ever changing, stirring up self doubt, raising questions about who we are and why we are here as well as opening us up to a deeper part of our soul.  Feelings are associated to the element of water and the Moon, the Moon existed prior to the Sun and in that of the dark and night, chaos, confusion, the darkest places where wisdom can be found by seeking to awaken and see the light we all carry within ourselves, our flame our torch this is where feelings all begin.

In a simple exercise, stop and close your eyes, breathe in and out with each breath allowing yourself to really feel what changes occur, how you feel, does your body have a stronger sense of the energy around it, does your mind feel open and free, does your heart seem calmer, do you feel lighter in body and mind, what do you feel?  Subtle changes will occur because you are allowing yourself to release from the physical part of yourself the material part in order to sense the spiritual nature which is pure and of the unseen, which is where feelings come from the darkness and the unseen world.  They are an illusion, they are your illusion but normal to you.  Feelings manifest from many triggers, music, smell, touch, sense, a sound anything that makes sense to us and that we have experienced before in our life, a word or phrase can also trigger feelings deep inside of our self, too.  In order for us to truly understand our feelings and why we react the way we do, we have to first be honest with what those feelings are and challenge our illusions and normal to see beyond what is comfortable.  Accept the uncomfortable feelings you have and explore them beyond your normal sense of perception and see where they take you and what you gain from this experience.

Feelings for us all are foreign and unfamiliar this is because when we are conceived we know nothing of this, we have not yet grown or developed any of our senses in which allow us to take on such emotions we do feel from our mothers when they carry us in their womb, every emotion they feel we feel.  This takes me to a story from someone very special in which she told me of an incident of her granddaughter and how she reacted when her parents took her to the Memorial site of the 911 victims.  Her parents went to New York for a vacation and they went to visit the memorial site and during the time in which she was pregnant with her daughter she had watched a show that was focused on the story of that day.  From this the mother felt so much from what happened that day that this feeling transferred to her unborn daughter and when they visited the site, her daughter instantly started crying and feeling the emotions of the those souls that had been lost at that site, it was so overwhelming for her they had to take her immediately from the memorial site so she could calm down.  Her mother did not understand why she had reacted like this, what brought on those feelings from such a young child and at that time I think she was only one or two years of age.  When her mother asked her did you ever watch anything on television about this while you were pregnant she said, yes.  Her feelings of remorse transferred to her unborn daughter.  Yet, because we are not yet of our own senses this sense of feeling is foreign because we are not yet developed enough to understand what is going on and why we feel the way we feel.  It is only after we are born that we begin to have our feelings emerge outwardly for others to see, for us to have our own sense of feelings and how they make us feel or react to certain things.  We are trying to develop and understand what is going on and why we feel the way we do, and sometimes we can go our whole lives without this understanding.

Our feelings are so deeply embedded into who we are and many times in today’s society not accepted, so we often times told to ignore them, they are not real, we’ll talk about it later from that you learn to hide your feelings and from that you never gain understanding of yourself.  Feelings are such a powerful part of who we are that it is necessary to learn how to handle them, to open yourself up, allow them to overcome you with a flooding sensation to ride that wave to understand who you are as a young lady and a woman.  So many are raised to mentally and emotionally dependant they never truly learn how to handle a situation when they are faced with something be it easy or hard, why?  You did not have the guidance as a young girl to learn how to experience your feelings.  Feelings are very powerful.  Feelings are normal, they are part of who we are and when guided how to connect to them and understand why we feel what we feel you will have a greater understanding of yourself and who you are, with this you will be able to open yourself up to others as well as understand others.  We have to see beyond the naked eye and a feeling is looking beyond what we can physically see, because we must look with our heart.

 

 

 

 

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Life

Life is about experiences, but it is what we learn from our experiences that is of true value, life is not about this insanity we have made it about. It is time to put aside EGO, the Vanity, the Blasphemy against each other and realise we are all in reality ONE, one people, on one earth, connected to each other, and that “God” a the label we give to the higher unknown force that we like to explain everything with is just that, all knowing, all seeing, everywhere, expanding and creating all life and nature.

“Faith without work is Dead”. This is very true. To merely believe in something without experience, without doing the work needed to accomplish the goal is ignorance at its best. Remember…IGNORANCE IS A CHOICE.

Religion is a powerful thing and we all are from the ONE and follow our own paths, and each one of us gain something from that in which we draw from within our heart, we do not need force our beliefs onto another to be of them, we just need to stop with EGO and respect and accept one another for who we are and what is from within the HEART and nothing more.

Love is the most powerful magic of all.

The top two quotes are from a book I am reading and it hit me to share today called Initiation of the Soul Esoteric and Occult Philosophy, Consciousness.

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Truth is in the Heart, Seek it for Yourself and find Truth and Peace

I have come upon so much synchronism. Today I was reading one of my books and it said this “We must learn to find truth through meditation, on searching within ourselves, as actual truth is not found in books, or gurus, or new age misconceptions or dogmatic beliefs. While each may contain glimmers of truth, it is the HEART in which TRUTH is found, where it is expressed and realised.

Then on the way home from an amazing day of just doing what I needed to do, a Hawk flew and landed right as I was driving by what an amazing auspice omen and day.

I am so incredibly happy in all things in my life. Open you heart, let the truth come in and you will too be happy beyond all things.

Love you all

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Winter Solstice Cards

2014-12-21 14.10.29_resizedWishing you all a most blessed Winter Solstice, today I did a different style of reading for the Solstice using the Oracles of John Dee.

We look at the centre where we have the Gold Geographer — here it speaks to life’s events and reactions according to our own nature.  Always be willing to look behind the true meaning and not the outward appearance and seek to navigate around the doubt that can happen when we least expect.

Then we go to the Red Historian in the North which focus on Work Influences telling us not to get bogged down with the minutiae of living as this is a distraction to greater events in your life that stand out.  Reflect on your life if you feel stuck seek to make changes.

Here Urial asks?  What change do you think you might need?   Be honest with yourself!

Then we move to the east and the Green Historian which represents your Health and Happiness.  Everywhere in your life connections exist.  Search for pattens as you follow the road before you.  In your heath you will find mirrors that are cause and effect.  Look to your dreams for the hidden clues.  Here Raphael asks?  What are your dreams telling you?

Now to the South the place of Intentions and Direction.  We have the Green Geographer telling us it is easy to loose your way through the countless paths in life be willing to look at the long road ahead and when things feel complicated look to the simple things in life and with this mark the most important journeys in your life.  Here Michael asks?  What guidance do you look for on your journey?

Then last we come to the West and that of the Red Astronomer which represents Love and Inspiration.   Love should never been seen as a negotiation but as a shared experience, take care not to become the leading partner in your relationship and instead seek the harmonious understandings that make friendship and essential part of every love story.  Gabriel asks?  What remains when the tide is withdrawn?

 

May all be blessed in the season of the Light as Apollo the Sun once again prepares to rise above the heavens and the light of day once again becomes longer.

Rev. HPs Ariana Afsanay de Ly

 

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Book your Blessed Samhain, New Year Reading w/Ariana today!!!

Ariana1This is the time of year when the spirits are out and are walking amongst the living, it is again when the veil is thinnest and the gateways open for our ancestors to cross over into our realm and return home to visit and have their favourite meal.

It is also the time when all forms of divination, spell casting, messages from the spirits come through for loved ones, a time of removal of those things we need to harvest and cut away from our lives.

There are so many questions we all have and Ariana is here to bring you some clarity, enlightenment, understanding and to find the answers you have been seeking. Ariana was born an old soul and is a natural psychic, she communicates through the stars, the spirits, the angels and brings you answers to your questions. Ariana is compassionate and will be there to help you find your way, your empowerment and who you are and what you need to make you life better.

Call her today and book your Samhain, New Year reading at 978-210-2423, she is available for face to face in the Greater Portland, Gresham metro area as well as for phone readings. She brings a bright light to all, call her today for your psychic reading, she is there for you.

This is what in the Old Ways we know as Samhain (so wín), it is our New Year when we communicate on your behalf to bring messages over from the other side. This is when we offer our blessings to our Ancestors in remembering them for what role they have played in our lives and our paths we walk upon today. It is the time when we ask for blessings for the year ahead for those whom we love, but most of all it when we open up ourselves to messages that will bring wisdome and understanding into our lives.

There are so many questions we all have and Ariana is here to bring you some clarity, enlightenment, understanding and to find the answers you have been seeking. Ariana was born an old soul and is a natural psychic, she communicates through the stars, the spirits, the angels and brings you answers to your questions. Ariana is compassionate and will be there to help you find your way, your empowerment and who you are and what you need to make you life better.

Call her today and book your Samhain, New Year reading at 978-210-2423, she is available for face to face in the Greater Portland, Gresham metro area as well as for phone readings. She brings a bright light to all, call her today for your psychic reading, she is there for you.

Have an amazing week and many blessings and may you all be blessed with health, wealth and prosperity for in truly giving back you shall always be blessed. Be the beacon of light that shines so bright it destroys all the negative in this world.

Many Blessings
Ariana Afsanay de Ly
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Feast of Mongfind i.e. Samhain (so wín)

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Many Blessed and Greetings to All this Féile Moingfhinne i.e. Feast of Mongfind, Samhain, and Feast of the Dead. This is the time in which we honour those who came before us, our Ancestors those who came from the roots and earth of the Old Religion and always remembering where they truly came from, what the spirit of family, land, and the heart truly came from, from the land of the dead from the realms hidden inside the veils of the unseen and Greater Mysteries.  Mongfind means one of fair hair or white hair, she is also of the bean sidhe and she was the Queen of Ireland Foras Feasa ar Éirinn FFE 344-351 she was the head wife of Eochaid; he took a second wife, Cairenn, who gave birth to Niall of the Nine Hostages.  Several stories depict Mongfind as an adversary of her stepson. to learn more of her visit Mongfind.

What we know today as Halloween celebrated on the 31st of October is not the original date or name of the day, the original date for what we know and call Old Samhain (originally the Feast of Mongfind) was the 15 of November when inside the constellation Scorpio is at 15° over the Northern Hemisphere.  The 31st of October was the date in which the church gave to our day in a way to stop us from our celebrating and doing our rites, this gave us only two times a year to celebrate as is the case with most if not all of our sacred rite days.  Now, this is the time when the oldest magic of conjuring, divinations, communicating with the dead and doing sorcery to honour the dead.  We now as those who follow the Old Religion at least I myself personally do, do much of the magic for healing and renewal and ask those things of Hecate to manifest in the next year (this being on her day of feast the 30th of November) and if done on her day she will grant your wish for it to manifest one year from the date of your request.  There is many forms of magic done in this time, but do so with a pure heart and be justified in the works that you do, do for only then shall they manifest as you have cast them out to the Universe.

We are of many heritages, cultures, religions, traditions and paths in our lives, ancestors and our personal spiritual journeys, we must all remember that we do not have to agree with each other and how as individuals we practice and believe, but one should respect one another for having the free spirit and mind as an individual to practice those beliefs in which are deep in the heart of each of us and not worry so much about others and how they practice. If we all step up and honour the ways of Old, or honour the Gods and Goddesses, God, Allah, Budda, Orishas or whatever you choose to follow let us remember acceptance towards all humanity and respect one another for individual beliefs.

This Samhain season as with all I am reminded of many things, death, life, change, growth, loss, gain and most importantly the powers of the nature in which not one of us have any control over. Sandy was an evil disaster one in which I know was from the wrath of the Gods and the Mother of the Oceans to remind us who truly has the say over all life. We are mere ants in this world and as descendants to those ancestors who were from the lines of the Old Religion and of the path of Warriors, justice keepers, healers, prophets, readers of the stars, visions of the hidden realms and more we must remember we are here to work together not to harm those who seek our counsel and guidance.

My Ancestors are of the Milesian and of the line of Erimon, cousins to the Tuaha de Dannan, they fought and defeated the magic of the Tuaha to then become the last of the invaders of Ireland, but not before travelling over vast lands masses, and learning the arts of the ancient craft, Mongfind was the head wife of Eochaid the High King of Ireland. Eochaid had two wife’s, Mongfind and Cairenn she was of the family of Sachell Balb, King of the Saxons. Caireen was pregnant with my ancestor Niall of Niall of the Nine Hostages captures of St. Patrick and his sister. Mongfind so jealous of Caireen sought out to prove how much she loved her husband and on what we now call Samhain drank poison to prove her love to her husband and died, hence the beginning of what we today celebrate as Samhain. Originally Feast of Mongfind and originally dated it to have begun at the time of her death circe 351.  Mongfind means fair main. As the Queen of Ireland the people honoured her death and from this is where we today get Samhain the feast of the dead. Mongfind was later turned into a deity and is the known as the Sorcerer of Magic, while Caireen is known as the Goddess who protects children.

This time of year has a much deeper rooted meaning for myself as it is the one time of the year I have always felt most drawn too, the darkest time of the year (but only because it is when the sun sits lower on the earth) when those things that are hidden are revealed and seen. I find that when we understand the meaning of our festivals we better connect to the energy of the season. The Church calls this the season of the devil; the devil never was mentioned in any ancient works that of the Old Ways in any culture, it was only after the Church forced those who lived in the county side to convert was he created by the Church itself. There in honouring the dead is to remember where we came from, our roots and the deepest core of our true heritage. Yes, it is true not all can follow this path and work magic or walk with the dead, it is a path for those whose path it is destiny to wake our fate.

True witches/Witches, Crafters of the Wise, Priests, Priestesses, Shamans, and all such titles of the old have never needed to cover their faces or decisive themselves from being seen by the dead that at this time of the year when the veil is at it thinnest walk among the living to return home and visit their loved ones, miss out on something powerful.

Samhain is a time we honour the dead and all who have given and had their lives taken for us to have the liberties we have today. During this time of the dead as well as the forever living for this is the true meaning of death, in death we live in life we are dead, take time and really give your heart some focus on what this time means to you.  For those whom you have and do love who are no longer amoung the physical realms set them a plate at the table and dine with them in silent, prepare a dish of favourite for them and invite them home.  Place their photo for all to see and talk about them and light your spirit candles for them all.  Welcome them home for in this time they do walk amongst the living Honour your Ancestors and remember them always, for they are never truly dead they are always living just not always there in the physical.

To my family and friends and those who are of my Craft family I shall miss gathering with you all in this year, but I shall see you all soon and we shall celebrate next year in honouring our ancestors.

May all be blessed in the Feast of Mongfind i.e. Samhain (so wín) Blessings, Prosperity and Health to all in the coming year.

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Fall Blessings to you All

AncientMagicBookandRavenThe time of magic and change is upon us all, the leaves are changing colours, all things are moving to the time when the earth is under dimmer lights, the sun sets earlier and brings us the sunset lights, as Apollo returns home to the farther northern lands. The Moon and stars are high in the sky, the time of the old ways, the spirits as they are walking among the living is upon. We are in a very magical and special time when we begin to do the work of shedding away those things, persons and anything that does not bring blessings into our live and cutting it out.

This is the time in which spells are cast, the readings of the spirits are among us and joining all of our mind in the Web of Wyrd in doing our work with Hecate the Queen of the Underworld, Queen of Justice and Truth, the bringer of hidden actions, acts and deeds against us out into the light with her torches that guide us through the darkness the place in which all Wisdome derives. It is this time we do our work and Justice will be done.

This is my first Autumn/Fall home in 28 years, as I watch the trees changes the colours of the leaves and feel the change in the air from hot to crisp and I wake up each morning blessed more than the day before. I wake up to see the stars and constellations above me as I do my morning rites before I begin my day when the Moon is high in the sky she shines her radiating light upon me as I begin my day with the Blessings of Isis and Diana the Mothers and Creators of us all upon me.

The magic of this time is so amazing and this is my favourite time of the year, this is the time when I honour and celebrate my Ancestors for So win is named after one of my ancestors from the Old So win date, originally being called the Feast of Mongfind. No wonder I love this time so very much I am of the old soul and I walk amoung the spirits and see what they show me I am to share with you all.

May the blessings be to you all this season and always walk with your Torches of Hecate to reveal the shadows into the light as the light is the soul of us all, the darkness is just that darker skies and the wisdome we gain from within that darkness will only allow us to grow.

Always want blessings for others and always seek to better others and if you cannot be an inspiration or one who seeks to give another Empowerment than seek within yourself as to why you are willing to be there when asked by another for help or communication of what is ahead. Do not show favouritism over others for we all unique and great in our own ways, we all are individuals and of free will and mind. Do not conform to appease others for then you are not being true to yourself but doing for others this will only oppress you in your journey.

This is my blessing to you all this season.

I will begin my work tomorrow doing readings and I hope as this season is upon us those who seek to have guidance and seek to speak to others on the other side, have questions or concerns answered do so openly and let your heart and mind guide you for I am here to help you find understand and clarity. Contact me today for your Psychic Reading at 978-210-2423 to book your appointment with me today.

Many Blessings to you Always As by Rising Moon and Setting Sun It SO SHALL BE DONE!!!!

Reverend High Priestess Ariana

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Season 2 of WitchTalk Radio and the Ohio Valley Psychics; Airing 9 September 2014 8-9:30 EST/EDT

WitchTalk Radio Ohio Valley, LLC is a talk show about Witchcraft, with Special Guests discussing the metaphysical topic of the week. Guest musicians performing their latest tunes, with dates were they are playing. Last by not least, LIVE psychic readings by guest psychics, host Kristin Lee, or co-host Lady Moon.

We will be presenting WitchTalk Radio again with a whole new line up and discussions on the Old Religion and the Occult as well as answering your questions when you call in to talk with us directly.  Giving you insight and education as a tool to understand and grow in your path as well as educate those who would like to know more about who we are as Witches.

We look forward to presenting an exciting new line up this year and giving you our clients the opportunity to learn more as well as gain understanding and hope from the Otherside.

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We will send out notifications of upcoming shows and our Special Guests along with the topics of discussion.  We are true and serious Witches and we take our Crafting very seriously this is our way of life everyday.

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Season 2 of WitchTalk is Premièring next week 9 September 2014

Stacy EllisAriana Clausen Velez & Daniel Hough.It’s that time of year again, Season 2 of Witch Talk Radio Ohio Valley, LLC!Psychic’s, metaphysical experts, paranormal teams, metaphysical authors, and musicians please submit your bio & music to Daniel Hough to be considered for this seasons show.9 September 2014BlogTalk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/witchtalk-radio  8-9:30 pm EST/EDT

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