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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

On Broomsticks

With the Chinese New Year coming up I started thinking about traditions. One of these is sweeping out the house with a broom, sweeping all the bad luck out the front door to make way for the good luck. That got me thinking about brooms in general and all of the traditions we have attached to them over the years. There is, of course, the old flying witch on a broomstick and flying ointment business. I won't get into that. In the same token of the Chinese New Year tradition, many witches use our...

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...

Taking Out The Garbage

(Originally posted 1/19/2015) Lots of people hate the holidays. For me hate isn't the right word. For me the holidays are a struggle. And they are toxic. From Thanksgiving to Christmas it's like one big anxiety attack. Not to mention every food trigger of my migraines and fibromyalgia being thrown at me at once. By the time I am blissfully ignoring the fact that New Year's Eve is supposed to be yet another anxiety-inducing situation that, thank all that is holy, my extended family doesn't care...

Vegetarian Lasagna

description: 'A meatless twist on the classic Italian comfort food.' preptime: '' ingredients: 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce\n1 small zucchini or yellow summer squash, sliced\n2 medium sized colored bell-peppers, preferably red or yellow, chopped small\n8 ounces mini portobello mushrooms sliced (I have used sliced eggplant here instead. Also tasty.)\n1 10-ounce package chopped frozen spinach, thawed, drained (I have also used chopped basil here. Tasty.)\n15 ounces ricotta cheese\n1...

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