I’m a witch!

I am proud of my beliefs.  I don’t go around town screaming ”I’m a Witch!” or ”I’m a Pagan!”, but I don’t hide them either.  I wear the symbol of my religion (pentacle) just as anyone else wears a cross or the star of David, etc.  If you were to ask me about my beliefs, I would explain them and that’s all.  I wouldn’t preach to you or try to convert you to the Old Religion.  So, if you meet me or a fellow Pagan, don’t be afraid to talk to us.  If you’re curious about our ways, just ask!  We would rather educate and open a mind to the false labels we’ve been given than to go on being misunderstood.  Generally speaking, we’re understanding and genuine people who are connected to Nature and care about all living creatures.  

As for false labeling, here’s one of the best culprits (and all in the name of the mighty dollar);  Witchcraft is NOT what you see in the movies!  Let’s face it, if movies were made about what Witches really do all day (i.e. going to work, making dinner, doing laundry, feeding the dog, reading and learning, helping others, admiring a sunrise, smelling flowers, etc.).  How many people do you think would go see that movie?  Not many, that’s no way to make money.  That’s why the true Craft is not portrayed in movies.  Turn anything into a spooky, scary, mysterious, power-hungry, life-threatening plot and you’ve got yourself a great money-making story.  Take, for example, a simple camping trip or a couple of girls in high school and add the above adjectives.  Hmm, sounds familiar.  Doesn’t it?!

”OK, so what about the magick part?”  Yes, witches do work with magick, but not the magic you see in movies.  What you see in movies is stage magic and nothing more.  People/ frog transformations are not real.  Bubbling cauldrons with green goo to cook children in for supper are not real.  Animal sacrifices do not happen in real Witchcraft.  Changing hair or eye color using a ‘glamour spell’ is not real.  And, Witches worshipping Satan or the devil is definitely not real!  Magick to a real Witch is working with Nature and using his or her will power (with only good intentions) to accomplish a task.  How well that will power can be focused, will determine the task’s outcome.  
That’s Magick!

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Learn Everything You Should Know About Cooking

Many people think that they cannot cook. It is not that difficult of a thing to do if you have the right information to follow. This article was written to help the self-doubting cooks to gain the confidence that they need to work magic in the kitchen. Read carefully through these tips and gain the knowledge to help you cook like a chef.

If you are learning to cook for yourself or your family, pick up a cookbook from your bookstore or library. Look for one that has basic, easy recipes that will be fun to cook. Try different recipes until you come up with something that works for you.

To keep your cakes from falling flat, mix dense batters by hand with a wooden spoon. Electric mixers beat too much air into the batter, causing the cakes to fall when they are baked. Meanwhile, by using a wooden spoon to gently mix thick batters like carrot cake you protect the consistency of the batter from absorbing too much air.

Frozen vegetables should only be used as a last resort in home cooking. Though they are cheap and usually available year-round, they fall far short of fresh vegetables in several important areas. Frozen vegetables have lost some of their healthy vitamins and nutrients. They often have unhealthy food additives. They also tend to taste worse than their fresh counterparts.

Always store baking supplies such as baking mixes, flour, and sugar in airtight containers. Storing food in containers that are impermeable to air helps the food last longer, and keeps insects out. Airtight containers are available practically everywhere and are well worth their cost.

When storing items in your kitchen, you will want to make sure that they are stored in containers that are airtight and closed tightly for two reasons. While most foods will go stale having constant exposure to air, another big fear is that the product will be taken over by bugs.

Optimize your efforts when making your own chicken stock. Make a giant pot and store what you don’t use in your freezer. You can use the stock as a base for all kinds of soups or even casseroles. Let your stock cool off and pour it inside Ziploc bags.

One important tip to remember focuses on who you cook for rather than what to cook. If you are cooking for your boss, a date, or someone really important, try to refrain from testing out new recipes and new ingredients. You should refrain because you have not had a chance to test and perfect the recipe, which may result in cooking errors and unexpected results.

Slice garlic when you sauté it. Many people mince garlic. If you plan to sauté it in a pan, this might not be the best idea. When you sauté minced garlic it is likely to burn. If you cut the garlic into slices it cooks more thoroughly and without burning.

You should take special care when you are preparing mushrooms to cook. Make sure you take the time to carefully clean each mushroom with a dry cloth or paper towel. You should not consider rinsing mushrooms in water as they will quickly become soaked and slimy. They will be easier to work with dry.

If you would like to know more about cooking, do not be ashamed to go to cooking classes. These classes can give you some really good ideas to increase your cooking skills. Many locations offer cooking classes at reasonable prices and some even give you supplies that you can bring home with you.

Make sure you thoroughly clean your utensils before starting to cook. Leftover food could really screw up your next dish. This could cause a lot of very serious problems due to the spread of bacteria.

If you want to pan sear a nice tuna steak, you want to do it right! Make a baste for the tuna that is comprised of ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, pepper, and salt. Put oil on the pan and heat it, sear for one minute on each side. The middle of the fish should still be pink.

Keep a supply of chopped onions all ready to go, in your freezer. It is easy to be dissuaded from cooking a particular recipe because you don’t want to go through the tears and smell of cutting up onions. When you are cutting one onion, you might as well take the time and cut up several of them. Put them in a baggie and freeze them!

As it was stated at the beginning of this piece, cooking is not difficult. Take these tips and head to the kitchen where you are sure to cook up a meal for your family that they are sure to love. Apply this information to your everyday cooking and find success in your meal preparation.

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More on Magick

Real Witches never use their magick in a negative manner.  Nor will a real Witch ever use her/ his magick to intimidate someone or to make them do something they wouldn’t normally do on their own (including falling in love).  Anyone who would do these things has no business calling themselves a Witch.  Dark flowing clothes, elaborate jewelry, and dark makeup does not make someone a Witch.  This is stereotyping and nothing more.  Just because this is how Witches are portrayed in movies, does not mean it’s correct and it doesn’t mean that if you dress like this and play with spells it makes you a Witch.  About the only thing this will accomplish is making a fool of yourself and making the general public afraid of real Witches.  So before anyone starts playing with something they don’t understand, they should really take into consideration the consequences of their actions.  To not do so goes against the wholeness of what the Craft is.  Learn more if you want to make the Craft part of your life.  How do you start?  By reading all you can get your hands on, whether it be from Pagan books, magazines, newspapers or other web sites.

Having a book or two of spells or having parents who are Witches, does not make someone a Witch either.  It’s not the same as saying, ”Well my dad’s Italian, so I’m Italian.”  If your dad is a Witch that does not make you a Witch unless you yourself actually practice the Craft of the Wise.  (Yes, men are also called Witches.  Warlock is a Scottish word meaning oath-breaker.  To call someone a Warlock is an insult.)  The same applies in saying, ”My parents are Christian, so I’m Christian.”.  Only if you believe in and practice the tenets of a religion, are you of that religion.  Being a Witch or Christian is something that’s inside.  It’s not a physical aspect, but a spiritual one.  So that means how you dress, what books you buy, and what your parents’ spiritual beliefs are, has little to do with what you feel inside as your true beliefs.  If you don’t believe in the ways of Paganism, then you can’t be a Witch.  If you don’t believe in Christianity, then you’re not a Christian.  Don’t believe in Buddhism, then your not a Buddhist.  Believing in one does not mean the others are wrong.   What’s the correct spiritual path to follow?  That’s something everyone must decide for themselves and no one else.  So what is a Witch?  A Witch is someone who works with the Natural world to bring about changes that are necessary to keep life in balance, all the while harming none.  A Witch reveres Nature and respects ALL life.

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If You Are Heading Out Of Town Then These Travel Tips Can Help!

Travel is a great way to open up your world. Not only is it a fun experience, it educates you about different cultures and ideas, even if it is within your own country. At the same time, travel can be intimidating. This article will outline some tips that will make travelling easier on you, your family, and your friends.

If you pack electronics while traveling, either remove the batteries or flip them around. Some small electronics can be easily flipped on. You definitely do not want them flipping on in your bag during the trip. There is a good chance the battery might be drained by the time they are unpacked.

Keep hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket. When traveling, keeping hand sanitizer with you is a great idea. If you go through a lot of it, considering buying small reusable bottles. Buy one of the larger sizes of hand sanitizer and just continue refilling the small, reusable bottle.

To save money when booking airline flights, check the round-trip prices — even if you only want to fly one way to a destination. Thanks to quirky airline policies, sometimes it’s less expensive to purchase a round trip to your desired locale than to fly one way. At least if that happens, you can save money by buying the round-trip tickets anyway and simply not take the return flight back.

Get educated about foreign food ingredients to prevent unintentional exposure to allergens. Studying the language, especially the words in which you need to know to explain your allergy, is a very important thing to do when traveling abroad. This will give you the ability to alert your waiter or waitress of the foods that you have an allergy to so that they can be kept out of your meals.

Before embarking on an overseas vacation, check what documentation is necessary for travel to your destination. Different country pairs require different documentation, including visas. Visa requirements will also differ based on how long you plan to remain in that country. In many cases, if you travel without a visa you are attempting to enter that country illegally.

Using a motorcycle may be beneficial on day trips. You can get a lot of mileage without using much gas. This can be fun to experience the wind in your hair.

If you are finding it difficult to pick a place to travel to ask friends and family. The people closest to you should have some insight on the type of person you are and the the kind of destinations you should like. Wherever you go just remember to have an open mind and make the best of your trip.

Bring your own comfort items on the plane. With airlines trying to recoup costs wherever they can while keeping ticket prices low, many have resorted to charging for many of the comfort items that used to be free. A travel pillow, blanket, music and headphones can save you precious money that is better spent on your vacation.

It is important to be aware of all the ways to make travelling easier. Travelling can enrich your life–do not miss out just because you do not know exactly how to organize it. Use the advice in this article to take the stress out of travelling and maximize your vacation time.

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Coffee Is A Good Thing – Trust Us!

Is coffee the first thing on your mind in the morning? Or perhaps you are the type of person who likes having a cup after dinner. Either way, there are many things you can do to make the cup of coffee even more desirable. This article will fill you on these things.

Stevia is a good sugar substitute if you are a diabetic. Stevia is made from plants and its natural sweetness is great for diabetic coffee lovers, or those who are watching their waistline. Stevia can commonly be found in upscale grocery stores and stores that sell health food.

Don’t grind whole coffee beans until you’re about to brew your coffee. Coffee beans begins losing its flavor as soon as it is ground. If you grind too soon, the quality of your coffee will deteriorate.

Good water is essential for good coffee. Try using bottled water for your coffee. It might cost more, but it makes much better coffee than tap water. If you do not want to spend money on bottled water, consider getting a filter that fits on your faucet. The purifier is not quite like bottled water, but it is still going to taste better than tap water.

Do you enjoy strong coffee? You should try using a French press instead of a drip machine. Pressing the coffee means more oil will end up in your beverage instead of being retained by the filter of your coffee machine. You will find that pressed coffee has more flavor and contains more caffeine.

A great tip to remember if you love brewing coffee is to make sure you clean your kitchen equipment now and then. If you don’t clean your coffee pot often, it won’t take long for the particles to build up and you’ll soon start to notice a very bitter taste with your coffee.

For the freshest and best-tasting coffee around, buy it directly from the company’s website. Typically, these companies will roast the beans for you and send it out within a few days of doing so. Simply go on the Internet and look on the company’s website to find their “grinding process”.

Do not buy purchase coffee that has packaged beans and is pre-flavored. These coffees are made using oil that is hard to clean out of a coffee pot. They will also affect future pots of coffee that you make, giving each subsequent cup a funny taste. Furthermore, the flavors these coffees are made with tend not to taste good anyway.

To brew the best cup of coffee, your water temperature needs to be just under the boiling point. At this temperature, the water will extract the maximum amount of flavor from your beans. If your coffee does not taste good in the morning, run a thermometer in the water to ensure that it is heating to the right temperature.

Clean your coffee grinder regularly. Coffee grinds go stale quickly. As a result, it is necessary to clean your grinder often. If the grinder is not cleaned on a regular basis, old stale grinds will be mixed with your freshly ground coffee. It is best to clean the grinder thoroughly every few days.

If the taste of coffee is getting old, try adding chocolate. This will provide you with a boost of energy and will taste great, depending on what coffee you choose. Dark chocolate coffee provides a good amount of energy for any early riser.

In conclusion, there is a lot about the world of coffee that you could benefit from learning about. Becoming a coffee expert will help you really savor each cup you drink from here on out. Using the tips from this article will help you become that coffee expert you want to be!

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How to Pick an Appropriate Psychic Reader

Ever asked yourself Are psychics real or whether the readings offered to you by the psychic are correct or not? There are millions of people around the world who have faith or believe in such reading as they need some positive affirmation about their forthcoming days. However, there are people who consider this to be bogus. But the fact is that psychics do exist no matter if you believe in their presence or not, however it depends on the individuals as well whether they would believe in the readings from the the psychic or not.

You will find a lot of psychic readers who claim to provide correct readings but you need to find out whether they are actually saying the facts or not. Some readers simply make up stories to lure people and deceive them. One of the differences in animals and human beings is that human beings possess free will while animals don’t. Having trust and to believe in things that you want to believe without caring about the views of other people is what is called as free will. It also plays a significant part in shaping your lifestyle and behavior. When we speak about the psychic science, nothing is permanent. The events and things that people face keep on changing and it is assumed that it is even feasible to change luck using free will.

If you have got free will it is even possible to mold your future. It would be incorrect to say that our fate is already written. That isn’t true. If you think you could achieve in life then you will definitely make it happen. So when you get psychic reading it also depends on you, how you take it because it could prove to be true at the moment but if you don’t choose to believe then the reading may just seem false to you. In other words, the readings simply tell you what is about to happen in the near future or at the end of the day and it is up to you whether you allow it materialize or completely change it.

When any psychic reader claims to offer correct readings, it is normal for any individual to think twice whether to have faith in him or not. Psychic reader often make tall claims merely to enhance their credibility and lure people in to believing them. You need to understand how they allege such high correctness in psychic reading. When the psychic readers claims to be highly correct, it actually means that he is claiming that clients will go home and believe that the prediction is true and would also not do anything to alter it thereby the prediction would then turn to be true in real. So in actual reality the readings might not be accurate. The psychic readers claim the correctness of their readings centered on the feedback which they receive from their customers. So if you are in need of accurate predictions and positive affirmations from psychic readers, you need to have faith in what they are saying.

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