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Recent Rants

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

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. I do my house blessing for February Eve and at the Hearth Moon. This ritual may be done at any time. It is best if the house is thoroughly...

Tucking In For Winter

If you're like me, your garden is a magical, meditative place. A retreat that allows you to quietly commune with Nature. A Witch who spends time digging in the soil upon which she lives gets to know the local spirits and energy of her home better than one who doesn't. The food that is grown in a Kitchen Witch's garden is especially magical because it is imbued with her energy and positive intent from the moment she places the tiny seed in the ground. Even before if she's carefully saved the seed...

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...

Gardening By The Moon

This is a work in progress guide to go with my 2017 schedule calendar. Moonphase Moon Sign Activity Avoid New moon Aries Waxing Aries Dig, harvest, prepare beds, turn compost, plant cane fruit, irrigate Full moon Aries Weed and hunt bugs, plant grain crops, broadcast crops, fodder crops Waning Aries Weed and hunt bugs, start compost, dig, harvest, dry/dehydrate for storage, prepare beds, turn compost, dry/dehydrate for storage New Moon Taurus Plant leafy greens, brassicas, corn,...

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