Book of Shadows
Holy Days
Ritual

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 […]

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Family

Entertaining Toddlers Without Screens

Every mom needs 10-20 minutes without a toddler clinging to her leg; Whether it be to cook a meal, use the bathroom, or whatever. But plopping kiddo in front of the TV (as much as he loves Spider Man and His Amazing Friends and K’nect Party)  is not the ideal solution. It doesn’t teach him […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner
Recipes

Baby Butt Wipe Juice

Baby Butt Wipe Juice Use this potion on wash cloths to gently clean baby’s bottom at diaper change time instead of using harsh chemicals and disposable wipes. This is also a wonderful first aid for burns. Preparation Time: Ingredients: For the concentrate: 1 pint Aloe Vera Gel (I like Aloe Farms Aloe Vera Gel 2 […]

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Book of Shadows
Holy Days

The February Fast

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 […]

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Family

Stirring the Imagination

There is nothing so fascinating to me as a 3-year-old’s imagination. At any moment he can be an animal, a superhero, a car, a vacuum cleaner or a person he knows. (And if you call him by the wrong name, he will correct you.) He’s constantly doing something. Often something that involves sound effects. I […]

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Family

Breastfeeding Revisited

The last few years there has been somewhat of a local baby boom and I’ve found myself discussing breastfeeding with other people at great length. I breastfed both of my older children for the first few weeks and supplemented formula after I went back to work and school. I remember it being remarkably easy and, […]

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Library
Poems and Prose

Orpheus and Eurydike

Orpheus was a bard, a singer of great renown, son of the Muse Calliope and also the King of the Cicones, a tribe that lived in the Rhodope Mountains in Thrace (part of what is now Bulgaria). They say that he was the first to master the lyre that Hermes made upon the first day […]

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Library
Poems and Prose
Uncategorized

Sisyphus Tricks Death

Who is Sisyphus this man who struggles endlessly in Hades to push a rock to the top of a mountain, only to watch it roll down again? Who is this man who knows only labor and futility in death? This man who is denied rebirth by Persephone the merciful and denied rest by his very […]

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Library
Poems and Prose

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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Family

Creating Family Traditions

One question I hear very often in Parenting groups is “How do I raise my child in our Pagan tradition. And I confess, this question confuses me. If you are a Pagan, and you follow a Pagan tradition, and you are raising children, you are automatically going to raise your kids in that tradition, right? […]

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