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Housewarming House Plants

If you're as bummed about the end of the gardening season as I am, you may be thinking of ways to brighten up your indoor surroundings and nothing says springtime like some green. Live plants instantly lift the energy in your home and some can also bring specific magical energy into your space. And if you aren't lucky enough to have a plot of Earth to care for, houseplants can help you to feel that connection we gardeners long for. African Violet My mother loves African violets. It was always a...

A Little Samhain History

Samhain originated as a Gaelic festival. The word is from the name for the month of November. A popular translation of the word is Summer's end though it could refer to an assembly or gathering . The festival kicks off the month beginning with Samhain night (October 31st) and runs through Samhain Day (November 1st). Traditionally festivals begin at sunset and end the following sunset, though some folkloric references seem to suggest that the festival lasted several days. Samhain marked the...

The Dirt on the the Besom

A besom is a witch's broom and the practical kitchen witch may choose her broom for looks or function or both. Many of us have two or more brooms. One for sweeping dirt indoors, one for sweeping energy indoors or out and maybe another for sweeping outdoors. They may be handmade or mass-produced. 1 There is a great deal of lore associated with the broom spanning many cultures. Indeed it can be argued that the broom is one of the most magical of a witch's tools. The image of a witch riding across...

Gardening For Butterflies

1Many Pagans consider nature to be sacred and enjoy inviting the wild creatures of our neighborhood to share our gardens with us. A butterfly garden is an excellent way to do this. With just a little extra work and consideration in the selection of your plants, you can create a haven for butterflies that will also attract bees, birds and many other delightful creatures. Their energy will in turn transform your garden into a delightful haven that brings comfort to you and anyone else who spends...

In Season

Hearth Moon

The full moon in late August or early September is, for me, the Hearth Moon. There are a few reasons for this. First, it occurs quite near the anniversary of the day I purchased my house and, as the weather starts to cool down and the garden is hugely abundant, I find myself spending more time in the kitchen. This is the start of the in-gathering. I am harvesting and making the first preparations for winter. Also, my littles are headed back to school and that's just one more thing to make me...

Harvest Fruit Salad

description: 'This is a wonderful recipe for celebrating the harvest. Use fresh, locally grown fruits in season.' preptime: '' ingredients: 2 green apples, scrubbed and chopped\n2 red apples, scrubbed and chopped\n2 Pears, scrubbed and chopped\n1 cup green grapes, rinsed and whole or halved\n1 cup red grapes, rinsed, whole or halved\n1 cup plain yogurt\n2 tbsp lime juice (or to taste)\n2 tbsp honey (or to taste)\nCandied walnuts or candied pecans (Or not candied if you prefer) image: ''...

Orpheus And Eurydike

Orpheus was a bard, a singer of great renown, son of the Muse Calliope and also the King of the Cicones, a tribe that lived in the Rhodope Mountains in Thrace (part of what is now Bulgaria). They say that he was the first to master the lyre that Hermes made upon the first day of his birth, a gift from his first teacher Apollo who taught young Orpheus to play upon the slopes of Mount Parnassus. None have played the lyre so perfectly since Orpheus. His voice, trained by his dear mother Calliope,...


Ah yes, Hallow's Eve and Hallows, quite possibly the most significant holidays in our calendar. Everybody loves it. It's great fun. Yes, we embrace the whole thing from Trick or Treating, the haunted houses, the corn mazes, even the switch witch. It goes on all month and then on November 1st we clean up and get ready to celebrate the Feast of the Dead, aka Samhain the following Saturday. Halloween is a modern holiday with roots in ancient practices. For the past few decades, it's been somewhat...

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