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A Simple Kitchen Witches Herb Garden

Gardening can be intimidating and, for those of us who do not have our own patch of dirt to tend, it can seem nearly impossible. But growing and using your own herbs is quite satisfying and can only improve our magical relationship with them. And if you don't have your own patch of dirt, many herbs grow quite satisfactorily in pots on a windowsill or a porch step. Here, I hope to list some of the easiest and most useful herbs for a start toward your magical herb garden. Obviously, this is not an...

Gardening By The Moon

Gardening according to the phases of the moon is an ancient practice. Those of us who garden as an expression of our spirituality and our connection with both the Earth and our ancestors may wish to incorporate the moon phases and the lunar calendar into our gardening. There are generally two things that are considered when gardening by the moon. The first is the moon phase and the second is the astrological house the moon is in. Read on to find out how they each affect your plants differently....

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...

In Season

My Magickal Garden

A garden is a magical place where food is grown from rich black earth, where flowers fill the air with soothing scents and birds and bees hum and sing all summer long. A kitchen witch with a garden has her ingredients imbued with her energy from the moment of their birth. Any witch with a garden appreciates the turning of the wheel of the year all the more and finds all the holidays most meaningful. Plants

Waiting For Spring

March 15, 2018 Pisces Waning Crescent I have been mostly working and sleeping the last several days, but I do have a few things to report. Both Penelope and Sugar are sitting on eggs, 5 between them. Shazaam is helping . We candled 3 of them and there are definite signs of life. Will try to do it again today and get a picture for this post. I have started Spanish Yellow onion seeds. We have peppers, tomatoes, lavender and basil sprouting enthusiastically. The ground is still frozen so we can't...

Rite Of Awakening

The ancients celebrated the return of the barren season, when Persephone returned and Demeter deigned to bless the land with fertility again, and so do we.1 In the late winter, we are anticipating her return, even though it's still pretty dark and barren. She's not here yet, but we can get the party ready. The month of February will be spent cleaning our home and yard and purifying ourselves and living area in preparation for her return. Spring cleaning if you will, inside and out. This rite...

Plannning A Pagan Wedding

This is your special day, you want to make sure it goes off without a hitch. You'll need to plan every moment and make sure everyone involves knows exactly what they're supposed to be doing when. The list that follows is a general list for reference only. You may add, omit or move things around as suits you. Some things overlap in a big way and shouldn't be combined in the same ceremony. FoldUnfold Table of Contents Before the Event Choosing a Wedding Date Month Day of the Week Moon Phase...

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