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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

Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox marks the midway point between the shortest day of the year (feast:Midwinter) and the longest day of the year (feast:Midsummer). It is still quite chilly, even snowy, and we certainly haven't seen the last of winter, but the promise of spring is on the horizon just like the faint glow of dawn after dark, dark night. This may be why I have always felt compelled to honor my tutelary Goddess, Eos, the Greek Goddess of Dawn on this day and I tend to call it Eosia, or Eostre. (See:...

Springtime Quiche

description: 'This quiche is a Spring Equinox tradition in our house that is equally delightful for Beltane.' preptime: '' ingredients: 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust\n1 (10 ounce) package frozen asparagus, thawed, drained or an equal amount fresh asparagus.\n2 eggs\n1 cup plain yogurt \n1 tablespoon all-purpose flour \n4 1/2 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced \n4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese\n1/4 cup chopped green onions\na pinch of thyme \nPinch of Saffron soaked for 10 minutes or so in 2...

Spring Equinox Rituals With The Kids

This is a ritual in that you do it every year to mark the change of season. It's basically an Easter egg hunt with a bit of spirituality thrown in. It is not a ceremony. I have found that kids don't stand much on ceremony. This is an at-home activity you can do with your own kids. If you have a camp out or sleepover for the equinox, you could work it into the activities too. If you have quite a few kids, you may need to do some improvising. This activity is fun for kids 2 years old and older....

Vernal Equinox Devotion To Eos

This ritual is great for symbolically “sowing” plans that will be “harvested” in the coming year for urban Pagans. Preparation must begin several weeks before Eostre- Begin collecting eggshells. Use your eggs as normal, but instead of cracking them, carefully, cut a circle in the narrow end using nail cutting or surgical scissors. Let the eggshell dry and save it for later. You can dye it using food grade dyes or fruit juice. You will also need: Potting soil mixed with equal parts vermiculite...

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