How to Honor the Dead – Alma

By T Kira Madden

Here’s a secret: I wear my father’s clothes every day. Not entire outfits, but a garment or two, always. I wear his striped t-shirts to bed at night, his vibrant dress socks under my boots. I’ve tailored his button-up shirts to fit me in the shoulders; I’ve removed a link or two from his bracelets. Yes, I am ashamed to admit, I have even worn his underwear. But that was only once, and, well, I happen to wear Calvin Klein briefs, too. I wear his jade pinky ring on my ring finger, and his army tag necklace never comes off my neck.

I thumb the words: MADDEN, JOHN L, #11500138, JEWISH.

Why the hell does it say Jewish? I asked my mother when she gave me this tag.

Because they had to know how to honor the dead, she replied, in case he died.

My father has been dead for one year five months and 12 days, as I write this. It was his lungs, not the army. I don’t have to check the calendar, or count, because my body knows. Each day, I think, I am not doing grief right. I am wading too slowly through this, or, at moments, too quickly, or not at all. My grief is selfish, my grief is smaller than other griefs, it is unjustified, my time for sadness is up; everybody dies, so it’s absurd to feel this bad, that my situation is unlike all others. Spoiler alert: That is grief talking, and none of this is true.

Every single day since November 2, 2015, I have asked myself that same question: How do I best honor the dead?

Because that army tag was incorrect. My father didn’t want a religious ceremony

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Fairies | Witchcraft – Pagan, Wiccan, Occult and M­­agic by Magic

FAIRIES

The term fairy can be used to describe many types of magical creatures. Most people relate the word fairy to the more ethereal image, the classic fairy with wings and flowing hair. Fairies are human in appearance and they have magical powers, the origin of fairies is the point of much contention as no one can actually say where they originated from.

Fairies are capable of making themselves invisible sometimes, fairies actually fly on the back of birds and they are very in tune with the creatures of the sky. Fairies are very intelligent creatures and their fragility is deceptive, they are actually powerful magicians and very strong mentally and physically.

Children who have imaginary friends are actually talking to fairies, as fairies feel most comfortable with children and are often drawn to their laughter. Adults catch fairies

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Apples in Witchcraft . Witches Apple Lore & Spells – WhiteMagickAlchemyBlog by Nancy Upshaw

Apples in Witchcraft . Witches Apple Lore & Spells

Few of our Mother’s gifts are so celebrated in lore as the apple. Often associated with goddesses of fertility, the apple is for many, a Tree of Knowledge. Apples, may be incorporated into spells and magical rituals when honoring deities (gods and goddesses) and can be used for abundance, prosperity, money spells, luck, love, peace, balance and happiness.

For fertility, the seeds can be planted in establishing a shrine of trees to Aphrodite or other fertility goddesses. Dried apple seeds can be ground into a powder with a mortar and pestle and used as incense. Apples may be eaten, the juice shared in a chalice ritual cup, or offered as a libation when seeking knowledge through the Tree of Life… an act of calling upon the wisdom from the divine.

The Granny Smith apple is known as the witches apple as for when it is cut horizontally, the seed cavity reveals a pentacle (five pointed star). The Granny Smith apple is often used in abundance and money spells because of it’s green color of prosperity. For a good money spell you may wish to read about my Powerful Immediate Money Drawing Spell. Told to me by a shaman friend many many moons ago, it has proven over the years to be the best money spell I’ve ever come across and we

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