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First Harvest Reflections

The feast of the First Harvest is a feast of little bits. The garden is full of promise, but not full of ripe produce. We have some zucchini, an eggplant, maybe even a tomato, but hardly enough of anything to make a meal, but together, with a handful of herbs, couple eggs from the hens and some cheese from the farmer's market, they make a passable vegetable lasagna. A few other odds and ends, six green beans and a carrot, with some scraps from the lasagna noodles and we've got a hearty soup....

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...

In Season

The Hunger Moon

The full moon in February shines on a bleak, cold landscape. There is little to gather and game is scarce. The hens aren't laying and the dairy is dry and the local predators are desperate for food and growing more dangerous by the day. The Hunger Moon reminds us that our ancestors relied entirely upon their stored supplies and this moon shone brightly on the sufficiency of their preparations. Very soon the livestock would begin producing again. Very soon tiny shoots would push up from the Earth...

February Eve

February is the coldest month of the year. We're already tired of winter, and now it's becoming really tiresome, and dangerous. Granny wisdom tells us that if our ancestors had used up half their winter stores by February, they were likely not going to make it through the winter. No, the cattle, sheep and goats aren't milking, though assuming there's plenty of hay stored up, it might be a good time to breed them. Our ducks aren't even laying, and ducks are less affected by the cold than...

The February Fast

(First posted 1/31/14) Tomorrow is our February Eve celebration. It's easy enough to call it Imbolc if you like because it's similar. But a little different. Now I have heard that Samhain is the Witches New Year, but this is not true for our family. We celebrate the Feast of the Dead then but February Eve is our New Year. (I would like to say we do it at the lunar New Year every year, but it's not always the case.) What February Eve represents to us is the start of our recovery from Midwinter...

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...

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