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If You Can Do Magick, Why Aren't You Rich?

I am rich Ohhhh, you mean why don't I have a lot of money? Short answer: Because I don't value money. 1I know you've heard of the Law of Attraction. You don't attract what you want, you attract what you are. I am not a money magnet. The truth is, I'm a bit of a bigot against people who have a lot of money. I believe in my heart of hearts money corrupts, breeds laziness, insulates us from nature and from the rest of humanity. I work hard to better my personal self daily and to be connected,...

Online Resources For Magickal Parents And Kids

Here is a collection of links to resources that I believe will be of interest to Parents who practice magick and/or adhere to an Earth-based, Pagan or Heathen spiritual philosophy. Please add your own recommendations using the comment button at the bottom. FoldUnfold Table of Contents Arts Crafts Activities Books and Magazines Videos, Movies and Shows Educational and Homeschool Sites Nature, Gardening and Herbal Lore Feel free to add resource suggestions by using the comment box below...

(Magical) Meal Planning

Meal Planning Basics Meal planning is a valuable skill that every cook, magical or otherwise, should cultivate. Meal planning helps save time and money and helps relieve the stress of last minute dinner preparations, leaving the magical cook free to focus on intent. Meal planning is simple and only takes about a half hour a week. Just follow these simple steps. Those steps that are only necessary for magickal meal planning will be marked with an asterisk (*). You may wish to practice the basic...

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...

In Season

Tastes of Summer

Ah, summertime! Sweaty, sultry summertime.The air is full of the sound of bees and the scent of flowers. It's too hot to cook (at least not indoors) and many of our favorite greens have wilted or bolted and become unbearably bitter in the heat, but some of the juiciest fruits ripe and ready to quench our thirst and fill our bellies at the same time. Tomatoes, still warm from the sun have their fullest flavor now. Fresh green beans and snap peas are delicious right off the vine and summer...

First Harvest

The First Harvest celebration falls halfway between Midsummer and the Autumn Equinox in the first week of August. Depending who you ask, it might be celebrated on the full moon in Aquarius (while the sun is in Leo) or anywhere from July 31st or August 7th. On the modern calendar, it is August 1st but many practical Pagans celebrate it on the first weekend in August, because we have to work during the week. First Harvest can also be celebrated at an even more variable date, the first ripening of...

New Moon In Virgo

The new moon in Virgo always takes place at the end of August or the beginning of September. Virgo energy is always improving, always trying to make things better, it strives for perfection, for greatness, for arete. Virgo wants you to be all you can be and has no patience for excuses. But Virgo wants you to do it right and from a place of strength. Moving forward without adequate information puts you at unnecessary risk. This is a time for cleansing and healing, for recharging and taking stock...

The Harvest Moon

The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. It usually occurs in September. This full moon is particularly large and bright which is nice for the harvest season as it provides light after the sun has gone for those who need to spend some extra time bringing in the harvest. Family activities for the full harvest moon Make apple head dolls Visit a cider mill or go apple picking Make gourd lanterns to light the darkening evenings. Make a gourd fruit bowl to hold your harvest's...