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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 Gift Of The Trees

You will need: To be in an outdoor area with many different kinds of trees. A tree identification book Read the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Establish Sacred Space Meditation: Imagine you are a little seed hanging high on the branch of a tall tree until a strong wind comes by and knocks you down to the ground. You fall into the soft bed of leaves your mother and father and all of their brothers and sisters left for you on the ground and you lay there for a time. The sun shines, and...

The Moon in Aries

The full moon in Aries is usually the Harvest Moon or Hunter's Moon in Autumn. The New Moon in Aries takes place in late March or Early April. The Aries Moon and Your Magick Aries is a firey, protective, masculine sign and supports energy related to increasing male potency, courage, ensuring victory. New Moon in Aries to First Quarter (Lunar Day 1-8ish) (January, February, March, April) A good time to begin new projects, especially those that need a bit of courage. Any spells for increasing male...

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....

The Flower Moon

The Flower moon is the full moon in the merry, merry month of May and the early flowers are blooming. Yes, some flowers have been blooming, here and there, filling our hearts with joy and promise but in May there is an abundance; on the ground and in the trees, and the air is full of their fragrance. This moon is also called the Mother's Moon and the Milk Moon and it's certainly a time for babies and the resulting lactation. This is a great time for the livestock to have babies weaning because...

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