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Loving my Backwoods Bar Soap

I Just want to take a minute and give a shout out to my friend Jen at Backwoods Bar Soap who sent me this great box of soap and salves, including a chickweed salve that was a lifesaver for my totally ruined hands. I work in health care and putting on rubber gloves 200x a day, and constant washing, coupled with my homesteading activities had my hands red and raw and my knuckles looking like I'd been in a fist fight, but Jen's salve has my knuckles looking normal again. I love the peppermint soap...

Check Your Ethics

Over the past several months, I have seen calls to join in spellwork to mitigate the damage that the current regime seems intent on inflicting on minorities and the environment. I gave a nod to this subject in an earlier post: Mitigating the Effects of a Trump Presidency but I didn't talk about it specifically. Indeed, here I'm not going to talk about the specific spells and calls to spell work either. What I'd like to talk about is the reaction by the magickal community at large, which has been...

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...

In Season

The Seed Moon

For us, the full moon in April is the Seed Moon. In truth, most of our tender and long season seeds were started on or near the Spring Equinox, but the hardier seeds and shorter season seeds will be planted indoors. And, though our last frost date is still a few weeks away, several cool weather seeds will go outside at this time to. The soil is no longer frozen, though the danger of frost is very present, this is when we can plant those hardy, cold-weather seeds that are marked plant as soon as...

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...

House Blessing

This house blessing is appropriate for claiming a new home as well as the annual house blessing that takes place after spring cleaning February, the Lunar New Year or any time you feel the need or desire; after new people move in or out, after a family tragedy or any particularly stressful time, after redecorating or when you feel strange energy in the house. This ritual may be done at any time. It is best if the house is thoroughly cleaned and dusted and all clutter is put away first. Open all...

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...