Devotions
Family

Breastfeeding Is Divine

Breastfeeding is a subject I’ve become extremely passionate about over the past few years. I never thought I would, but there it is. I’m even considering joining a local breastfeeding awareness group that I recently discovered. Breastfeeding has become a sort of spiritual thing to me. I think it has to be, because it’s hard. […]

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Devotions

An Altar to Aphrodite

My altar to Aphrodite is in my bedroom on the table right next to my bed. I do most of my rituals to Aphrodite sitting on my bed, cross-legged, before the altar. It’s a very simple arrangement including a statuette with porcelain roses at her feet. When I do a ritual to Aphrodite I will […]

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Library
Poems and Prose

Thanksgiving Prayer

The Earth Gives us the food we eat The Sun warms it and makes it sweet And we remember all who give Of themselves so we may live The wind and creatures spread the seeds That one day all my family feeds They’re nourished when the rain falls down And men and women tend the […]

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Family
Ritual

Handfasting and Pagan Wedding Etiquette

So you’ve been invited to a Pagan or Wiccan wedding or Handfasting. You may never have attended such an event and may not know what to expect. You may feel nervous because you this sort of thing is way outside your comfort zone or maybe you’re excited for the new experience. Maybe it’s not that […]

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Family
Ritual

Colors for Your Wedding

In choosing a color scheme for your wedding, you may simply wish to choose colors that appeal to the both of you or maybe that look good together. Or perhaps you have an article of clothing that has been passed down the generations that you wish to wear and you’ll build your color scheme around […]

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Family
Ritual

Pagan Weddings And Handfasting

Long ago, the contract of marriage consisted of a clasping of hands and a public agreement by the couple to live together as husband and wife. This was followed, of course, by much feasting and merrymaking. It is this clasping of hands that has given name to the term ‘hand fasting’. This act could be […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Morningbird's Garden

Tucking in for Winter

If you’re like me, your garden is a magical, meditative place. A retreat that allows you to quietly commune with Nature. A Witch who spends time digging in the soil upon which she lives gets to know the local spirits and energy of her home better than one who doesn’t. The food that is grown […]

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Book of Shadows
Holy Days
Ritual

Cross Burning Rite

Although I am a Neo-Hellenic Pagan, I still perform this rite every Imbolc because it holds a special place in my heart. It was featured at the first public Pagan event I ever attended, one hosted by Celtic Druids. It is just so meaningful and I really do love it. For me it isn’t so […]

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Food
Kitchen Witch Corner

Walnuts

The walnut is a majestic tree that provides food and shade to those who truly appreciate them and garden-killers that produce a giant mess of stinky fruit to those who don’t. Walnut trees can be grown from walnuts and squirrels plant them often when they fail to collect their entire winter stash. Walnuts are not […]

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Family

Circling Groups for Children

It is my experience that pagan parents usually have one of two choices when it comes to public (or private group) Sabbat and Esbat observations: Either leave their kids at home, or risk exposing them to some of the less desirable behaviors that are sometimes seen in the pagan community or the distaste of other […]

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