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Meal Planning

Meal Planning Basics Meal planning is a valuable skill that every cook, magical or otherwise, should cultivate. Meal planning helps save time and money and helps relieve the stress of last minute dinner preparations, leaving the magical cook free to focus on intent. Meal planning is simple and only takes about a half hour a week. Just follow these simple steps. Those steps that are only necessary for magickal meal planning will be marked with an asterisk (*). You may wish to practice the basic...

Loving my Backwoods Bar Soap

I Just want to take a minute and give a shout out to my friend Jen at Backwoods Bar Soap who sent me this great box of soap and salves, including a chickweed salve that was a lifesaver for my totally ruined hands. I work in health care and putting on rubber gloves 200x a day, and constant washing, coupled with my homesteading activities had my hands red and raw and my knuckles looking like I'd been in a fist fight, but Jen's salve has my knuckles looking normal again. I love the peppermint soap...

Check Your Ethics

Over the past several months, I have seen calls to join in spellwork to mitigate the damage that the current regime seems intent on inflicting on minorities and the environment. I gave a nod to this subject in an earlier post: Mitigating the Effects of a Trump Presidency but I didn't talk about it specifically. Indeed, here I'm not going to talk about the specific spells and calls to spell work either. What I'd like to talk about is the reaction by the magickal community at large, which has been...

2017 Solar Lunar Scheduling Calendar

A solar/lunar calendar for the scheduling of farm, household and spiritual activities by lunar phase and season. I created this for myself, but you're free to make use of it provided you link back here if you share it publicly. All times are calculated for my own time zone EST, so you may need to do some math. How it works- The first number you see is the date, followed by the time for sunrise and sunset, that is, the amount of daylight. The second is the lunar date and the time for moonrise....

In Season

Thoughts On Marriage

(Originally posted 6/22/12 on Blogger) Can I think the word marriage without hearing Peter Cook's Princess Bride speech? No, I can't(That's probably why I wanted my first wedding to be Princess Bride themed) But this is serious. So I'll do my best. In the past few years there has been quite a lot of discussion about defining marriage or re-defining marriage. Some people say that marriage is under attack. This, frankly, disgusts me. I am on my second (and final) marriage. One might think...

Midsummer

The thing about Midsummer, when you live on a farm, is that it's a break. Moreso perhaps even than Midwinter. Because at Midsummer (at least here) we have just finished busting our butts to get the planting done and there's not much left to do there but water and watch for weeds and celebrate the rainy days. The animals are all pretty much taking care of themselves now that there's plenty of fodder to be had, the babies have been born and mommas have got this. Regular cleanings are necessary to...

The Wort Moon

The full moon in July marks the peak of growth for most of our aromatic herbs, thus, it is the Wort Moon. Now is when we engage our wortcunning, harvesting and preparing our herbs for use all year- with incredible gratitude. Again, we don't necessarily harvest today. It depends on the weather and other factors, but right around now is when we're out there with the hand scythe, cutting culinary and medicinal herbs for our year's stock, spreading them on the drying screens, and setting up fresh...

Tastes of Summer

Ah, summertime! Sweaty, sultry summertime.The air is full of the sound of bees and the scent of flowers. It's too hot to cook (at least not indoors) and many of our favorite greens have wilted or bolted and become unbearably bitter in the heat, but some of the juiciest fruits ripe and ready to quench our thirst and fill our bellies at the same time. Tomatoes, still warm from the sun have their fullest flavor now. Fresh green beans and snap peas are delicious right off the vine and summer...