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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...

The Dirt on the the Besom

A besom is a witch's broom and the practical kitchen witch may choose her broom for looks or function or both. Many of us have two or more brooms. One for sweeping dirt indoors, one for sweeping energy indoors or out and maybe another for sweeping outdoors. They may be handmade or mass-produced. 1 There is a great deal of lore associated with the broom spanning many cultures. Indeed it can be argued that the broom is one of the most magical of a witch's tools. The image of a witch riding across...

Gardening For Butterflies

1Many Pagans consider nature to be sacred and enjoy inviting the wild creatures of our neighborhood to share our gardens with us. A butterfly garden is an excellent way to do this. With just a little extra work and consideration in the selection of your plants, you can create a haven for butterflies that will also attract bees, birds and many other delightful creatures. Their energy will in turn transform your garden into a delightful haven that brings comfort to you and anyone else who spends...

In Season

Feast Of Sacrifice

The Feast of Sacrifice celebrates the sacrifice that other living things- plant and animal- make so that we may live. An effigy is made out of materials on hand and stuffed with good things to eat. It is then sacrificed and the food is taken from it and made part of a ritual feast. There are two versions of this ritual. In one version the victim is destroyed by fire, and in the other the victim is beaten and torn apart. The Wicker Man Effigy was made famous by [love, affection, harmony,...

First Harvest

The First Harvest celebration falls halfway between Midsummer and the Autumn Equinox in the first week of August. Depending who you ask, it might be celebrated on the full moon in Aquarius (while the sun is in Leo) or anywhere from July 31st or August 7th. On the modern calendar, it is August 1st but many practical Pagans celebrate it on the first weekend in August, because we have to work during the week. First Harvest can also be celebrated at an even more variable date, the first ripening of...

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...

Autumn Prayer

Comes the blessed autumn like an artist in the night Painting green things gold and silver In the summer’s fading light All the mother’s children scurry ‘neath the skies that weep And grow plump upon her many gifts As the earth prepares to sleep ~ Dawn Black 2005

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