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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...

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...

In Season

The Berry Moon

I know the traditional name is Strawberry moon, but those aren't the only fruit we're excited about this full moon. Saskatoons and blackberries are ripe too, and, near the end of the month, cherries. Sometimes, if the weather is just right, we could have blueberries by the end of the month too! (Not to mention broad beans, sweet peas, snap peas and rhubarb). The berry moon is all about celebrating the first signs of your hard work coming to fruition. It's all about that little squee of joy you...

The Gift Of The Stones

Materials Stones, metals, crystals. Bags to store them in. Books to help identify them and learn about them. Establish sacred space. Meditation Begin with a basic relaxation exercise. Close your eyes and find yourself relaxing in the back yard. It's a nice day, not particularly warm or cold or bright or dark and there is nothing special going on. As you are idling about, you find a hole at the base of a tree. You move closer to investigate and you find that though the hole seems very deep, it's...

New Moon In Cancer

This is a good time to work on increasing love and respect within the family also all matters relating to the relationships within the household. All kitchen witchery, alchemy and herbal magic is also supported at this time. Rituals and Spells to Celebrate the New Moon in Cancer Family Harmony The Art of Potion Making Also a good time for a Ritual in Honor of Hekate or a Ritual in Honor of Hestia or a Ritual in Honor of Hermes

The Moon in Capricorn

The full moon in Capricorn is usually the Berry Moon or the Wort Moon of mid summer. The New Moon in Capricorn takes place in late December or January. 1 The Capricorn Moon and Your Magick Capricorn is practical, organized and thrifty. Capricorn supports plans and budgets. Capricorn takes a good hard look at things, decides what's important and proceeds accordingly. Capricorn rules the bones, knees and skin. New Moon in Capricorn to First Quarter (Lunar Day 1-8ish) (December, January, November,...

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