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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

The Seed Moon

For us, the full moon in April is the Seed Moon. In truth, most of our tender and long season seeds were started on or near the Spring Equinox, but the hardier seeds and shorter season seeds will be planted indoors. And, though our last frost date is still a few weeks away, several cool weather seeds will go outside at this time to. The soil is no longer frozen, though the danger of frost is very present, this is when we can plant those hardy, cold-weather seeds that are marked plant as soon as...

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,...

The Harvest Moon

The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. It usually occurs in September. This full moon is particularly large and bright which is nice for the harvest season as it provides light after the sun has gone for those who need to spend some extra time bringing in the harvest. Family activities for the full harvest moon Make apple head dolls Visit a cider mill or go apple picking Make gourd lanterns to light the darkening evenings. Make a gourd fruit bowl to hold your harvest's...

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....

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