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2017 Solar Lunar Scheduling Calendar

A solar/lunar calendar for the scheduling of farm, household and spiritual activities by lunar phase and season. I created this for myself, but you're free to make use of it provided you link back here if you share it publicly. All times are calculated for my own time zone EST, so you may need to do some math. How it works- The first number you see is the date, followed by the time for sunrise and sunset, that is, the amount of daylight. The second is the lunar date and the time for moonrise....

Why 2016 Sucks, Numerologically Speaking

Before I begin, I should warn you that I am not an expert on numerology. In truth, I've always been a bit math-phobic and numerology seemed too math-ish to not be intimidating. Besides, it's based on arbitrarily assigned numbers, right? A few years ago, though, someone approached me and asked if he could use my Pagan Name database for his numerology-based name app and my part of the project included adding each name's number to the database. So, I was sort of shoved into numerology and my...

Smudging the Word Smudge

Recently I was scolded by a fellow witch for suggesting the use of smudging to cleanse magical tools. It's not the first time I've been scolded about smudging. Smudging, I am told, is a cultural practice and doing it is cultural appropriation, damaging and disrespectful. But I had lots of opinions about this, some of them indignant. So, I researched it and asked some people on Facebook their thoughts, which triggered more research and, after all that research, it just seems natural I should put...

Pagan Family Movie Night

This is my compiled list of favorite movies for Pagan families to watch together. They have the potential to spark thoughtful discussion of values and themes that Pagan families often hold dear. These are in no particular order and I will continue to add to the list as I discover or remember more. Brother Bear - I do not know how accurately this portrays historical customs of any particular tribe, I am assuming it's a composite, but it does carry themes that Pagan children will recognize and...

In Season

The Wolf Moon

The wolf moon is the first full moon after the New Year or the full moon of January. It is called the Wolf Moon because it occurs at a time when wild predators are having a hard time finding food in their natural habitat and are ranging further afield in search of prey, which may bring them closer to human habitations. Wolves in particular hunt in groups, spreading out to cover the most terrain. Scouts call out to keep track of each other as they search, so in areas where wolves roam, you're...

The February Fast

(First posted 1/31/14) Tomorrow is our February Eve celebration. It's easy enough to call it Imbolc if you like because it's similar. But a little different. Now I have heard that Samhain is the Witches New Year, but this is not true for our family. We celebrate the Feast of the Dead then but February Eve is our New Year. (I would like to say we do it at the lunar New Year every year, but it's not always the case.) What February Eve represents to us is the start of our recovery from Midwinter...

The Hunger Moon

The full moon in February shines on a bleak, cold landscape. There is little to gather and game is scarce. The hens aren't laying and the dairy is dry and the local predators are desperate for food and growing more dangerous by the day. The Hunger Moon reminds us that our ancestors relied entirely upon their stored supplies and this moon shone brightly on the sufficiency of their preparations. Very soon the livestock would begin producing again. Very soon tiny shoots would push up from the Earth...

On Broomsticks

With the Chinese New Year coming up I started thinking about traditions. One of these is sweeping out the house with a broom, sweeping all the bad luck out the front door to make way for the good luck. That got me thinking about brooms in general and all of the traditions we have attached to them over the years. There is, of course, the old flying witch on a broomstick and flying ointment business. I won't get into that. In the same token of the Chinese New Year tradition, many witches use our...