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Crafting Magical Meals

There are many approaches to using magick and creating a meal with magickal intent is a method embraced the Kitchen Witch. Everything in Nature has energy that can be harnessed and directed toward the manifestation of your Will, food included. Whether you prepare and consume your magical meal as a compliment to other magical work, ceremony or spellwork or as a stand-alone spell in and of itself, a little planning will go a long way toward your success. Here are some tips for preparing a magical...

Entertaining At Midwinter

The Winter Solstice occurs sometime between December 20th and 22nd and is the shortest day and longest night of the year and the official start of winter, though some folks will feel that winter has set in long before its arrival and some of us are saying you ain't seen nothin' yet! . This time of darkness gives rise to a number of holidays to brighten up the gloom of the season with a celebration anticipating the return of the light. I like to use the name Midwinter as a path-neutral...

Housewarming House Plants

If you're as bummed about the end of the gardening season as I am, you may be thinking of ways to brighten up your indoor surroundings and nothing says springtime like some green. Live plants instantly lift the energy in your home and some can also bring specific magical energy into your space. And if you aren't lucky enough to have a plot of Earth to care for, houseplants can help you to feel that connection we gardeners long for. African Violet My mother loves African violets. It was always a...

A Little Samhain History

Samhain originated as a Gaelic festival. The word is from the name for the month of November. A popular translation of the word is Summer's end though it could refer to an assembly or gathering . The festival kicks off the month beginning with Samhain night (October 31st) and runs through Samhain Day (November 1st). Traditionally festivals begin at sunset and end the following sunset, though some folkloric references seem to suggest that the festival lasted several days. Samhain marked the...

In Season

New Moon In Cancer

This is a good time to work on increasing love and respect within the family also all matters relating to the relationships within the household. All kitchen witchery, alchemy and herbal magic is also supported at this time. Rituals and Spells to Celebrate the New Moon in Cancer Family Harmony The Art of Potion Making Also a good time for a Ritual in Honor of Hekate or a Ritual in Honor of Hestia or a Ritual in Honor of Hermes

The Moon in Cancer

The moon in Cancer encourages us to lean in, engage in activities that make us feel warm and cozy and focus on those relationships that mean the most. The full moon in Cancer is sometimes the Long Nights Moon in December or the Wolf Moon in January. The New Moon in Cancer takes place in June or July. The Cancer Moon and Your Magick The energy of Cancer supports all aspects of domestic life. Also healing for the chest or stomach. New Moon to First Quarter (Lunar Day 1-8ish) (April, May, June,...

The Long Nights Moon

The Long Night's Moon in the month of December is likely the longest full moon night of the year (The Wolf Moon in January might be longer if it's closer to the Winter Solstice). I like to spend some time this evening just appreciating the night sky. Now that all the harvests are in and planting is months away, it's time to just chill. But no. The holiday season is in full swing and not only does that mean there are a lot of demands on my personal time, preparing things to bring to parties,...

Cabbage Stew With Dumplings (Bat Wing Stew)

description: 'When I use purple cabbage to make this, my kids call it bat wing stew.' preptime: 'About 45 minutes to an hour' ingredients: 1 small head cabbage, cored and cut in triangular chunks\n1 potato, chopped\n1 sweet potato, chopped\n2 parsnips, sliced\n2 carrots, sliced\n1 onion, sliced\n2 cloves garlic, chopped\ncoriander\n2 cardamom pods\n2 bay leaves\nbutter or oil\n4 cups vegetable broth\n\nDumplings\n1 1/2 cups flour\n1 tsp baking soda\n1 tsp baking powder\ndash of salt\n1/2 tsp...

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