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Welcome

November, 2018

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Cover art:

Harvest Magic Autumn Story Goddesses Handmade Statues crafted by Molly & Mark of BrigidsGrove on etsy.

About the artists:

Brigid’s Grove is a creative partnership between Molly & Mark Remer who co-create original Story Goddesses, Goddess Sculptures, Mini Goddess Pendants, Goddess Grids, and Ceremony Kits at brigidsgrove.etsy.com. They also publish Womanrunes Books & Decks, based on the work of Shekhinah Mountainwater. Brigid’s Grove uses visual, artistic expression as a means of story-telling and experience-sharing to help you honor your story & to celebrate lifecycle transitions and pivotal life moments. Molly & Mark create art and ceremony in order to “tell about it.” You can connect with Brigid’s Grove through their Website, Patreon, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, Facebook Group, or through their Free Everyday Magick Class.

Brigid’s Grove Downloadable Coloring Page Freebie!

As a free gift, Brigid’s Grove is giving our readers a free Wheel of the Year Coloring Page that you can Download Here.

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This month we are helping you prepare for Yule with a great issue featuring wonderful Reviews on Products & books that will make great gifts for you, your loved ones, and your kids!  We also feature a good number of interviews to surely peak your interest.  And of course we have our wonderful monthly columns with their ever-present, wise authors!  Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

 

An Interview with Author of ‘Pastel Spells’ & ‘Of Witchcraft and Whimsy’ (Both Reviewed in this Issue), Rose Orriculum who Shares Her Thoughts on Spell Casting & Cursing.

 

Our Tarot Teacher, Raushanna, Gives Her Opinion of the Book ‘Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down advice’ by Janet Boyer. See why she says that she “Never expected to recommend a digital book on the Tarot.”

 

An Interview with Wendy Steele, or Wendy Woo, the Amazing Witch Lit Author of the Ongoing Lilith Trilogy, the Standing Stone and the Lizzie Martin Witch Lit Series.

 

Mabh Savage Reviews PracticalCandleMagick on Etsy’s Beautiful Spell Kit for Money/Wealth Drawing and Tells you How well it Works.

 

Guest Writer, Amy Blackthorn, Author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic, Share’s the Magick of “Scents of the Season”.

 

This Month “Worth the Witch” Found Another Great Subscription Box to Share with You and Just in Time for Yule! The Magickal Earth is a Box You Do Not Want to Miss.

 

Last Month We Reviewed the Book “Faerie Stones.” This Month, We Introduce You to the Book’s Talented Author Ceri Norman in an Amazing Interview!

 

Plus so much more.  So what are you still doing here?  Get to reading!!

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I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. -WB Yeats

 

WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

August, 2018

Claws with Crystals


Merry meet.

Bones are a type of fetish,” Sarah Anne Lawless posted on her website. “A fetish is ‘an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency (source).’ The word fetish originates from the French fétiche which stems from the Portuguese word feitiço meaning ‘charm’ or ‘sorcery.’ Feathers, bones, crystals, and stones are all types of fetishes. Skulls and bones have an appeal to witches who perform spirit work and are a necessary and simple way to connect with spirits of the dead and of animals.

Working with bones is not just for necromancers and black magicians. Practitioners who work with bones are a wide range of healers, diviners, shapeshifters, rootworkers, witches, shamans, druids, and pagans.”

When a hunter I respected offered me wings and claws from turkey he had killed, I accepted. I covered the severed ends all with salt, rubbing in, placing them in a box and adding more salt. When more were gifted to me, I placed the fleshy ends in borax. Both were left to dry for several months. (An explanation of a process can be found on many sites.)


When I received them they were already a couple of days old, but the claws were pliable. I was drawn to having them hold crystals. The shape of some of the polished stones I chose made them unworkable. Thankfully, the pagan store I frequent did not mind me bringing in the legs and holding up crystals to determine what would be a good fit. Certain stones seemed to want certain claws, so I went with it.


There is a lot to be said for a more intentional approach, but as I sensed only one was for me, I did not consider uses and intentions that you would if you were making one for yourself.


I positioned each toe and talon to curl around the stone and then began wrapping it all in string to secure it while it dried. In one instance I used tape and while it worked, I think the string was easier to use and adjust.


After a few months had gone by I unwrapped them and found each was stone securely held.

It would be natural to use them as a wand – as is, embellished or attached to another wand – to direct power. A woman who bought one planned to tie it with a cord that went around her neck so it hung almost to her waist.


Bones carry the animal’s magical attributes which is one of the reasons I have worked with bear claws, a turtle shell and a coyote’s jawbone. Smaller bones have fit in mojo bags created to address various needs.

Turkey is considered a good omen, signaling that gifts are imminent. It’s also “a symbol of sacrifice for renewal and that generosity will open the doors to growth and rebirth,” according to a few websites posting the same information.


Turkey as a totem animal means you are “the abundance generator” for your community.

You have a gift for attracting all the bounty of the universe available to you and you are willing to share. You will often meet the needs of others in a giveaway self-sacrifice form simply because all life is sacred to you. You easily translate your life experience into growth and understanding. You recognize that what you do for others you also do for yourself,” according to spirit-animals.com and other sites.

Awareness, creation, generosity, harvest, pride, purpose, sacrifice, understanding and virility are also associated with turkey.

Knowing this, if you would like to make something similar, ask the Source and then be ready to receive what the universe brings it to you.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self-taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Book Review: A Year at Stonehenge by James O. Davies

September, 2016

Book Review: A Year at Stonehenge by James O. Davies

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I have always been fascinated by Stonehenge. The who, what, and why are one of history’s most enduring questions. In September of 2015, I wrote my inaugural “Sacred Place, Sacred Space” column on Stonehenge and the Salisbury Plain – http://paganpages.org/content/2015/09/sacred-places-sacred-spaces/ So, I was thrilled when asked to review “A Year at Stonehenge” by James O. Davies.

Mr. Davies is an English Heritage Photographer. English Heritage is a registered charity that manages the National Historic Collection of England. They are the guardians of over 400 site and monuments, one of which is Stonehenge. As a photographer registered with English Heritage, Mr. Davies was granted special access to the Stonehenge site. Mr. Davies has spent the last five years photographing Stonehenge, in all types of weather and times of day/night. There are no filters on any of the photos.

Mike Pitts, an archeological expert, not only wrote the Introduction, but also the text interspersed within the photos. He speaks of the changes to Stonehenge through the years – falling stones, stones straightened and cemented into place, etc. The site, now, looks extremely similar to the way it did when the first official study was done in 1740.

The photos include those taken of the entire area from far off in the distance, across the plain, as well as numerous close-ups from different sections of the stone circle.

There are those taken under the full moon, giving the stones a blueish tinge; at sunrise, with frost looking as if the plains were rimmed in silver, at twilight from both the inside looking out and the outside looking in; with the sun or the moon in Her many phases twinkling above and through the stones. There are photos taken from both the Summer and Winter Solstices, complete with people mingling about, some in Druidic dress.

One of the most fun photos is of the so-called “Fire Garden”, which had the site lit up with fire during the 2012 London Olympics.

Photos are included showing Stonehenge covered, and surrounded, by low snow drifts, as well as with the sun shining through the stones at first light, surrounded by dew covered grass.

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There are photos of birds in flight in and around the stones; close-ups of individual stones, so that you can see the carvings and texture of each one. I felt as if I could reach out and touch them, due to the clarity of the photos. Some of them look surprisingly like faces.

Photos are taken from each time of the day and night. One is particular, with Stonehenge shown in silhouette at dusk is absolutely gorgeous. As is the one that was taken at night, with only a slight crescent moon shining above. There is one where the stones themselves cast long shadows across their neighboring stones.

One of my favorites is the stones seemingly covered in the mists, as if they had traveled the 50 miles or so from Avalon.

It is amazing to see how the texture and color of the stones seems to change from photograph to photograph, depending upon the time of day/night in which the photo was taken, as well as the different weather conditions.

While each every photograph is beautiful and unique unto itself, there were several that literally took my breath away as I turned the page to view it. I felt a sense of wonder at the beauty of this ancient site. I found a calming peace as I sat there, taking in each photo.

It is my dream to visit Stonehenge one day, as it is most definitely at the top of my bucket list, and seeing the photos taken by Mr. Davies has brought me a little bit closer to that dream. If you have an abiding love for Stonehenge, or even an historical interest, I highly recommend that you buy yourself a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed.

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It is my dream to visit Stonehenge one day, as it is most definitely at the top of my bucket list, and seeing the photos taken by Mr. Davies has brought me a little bit closer to that dream. If you have an abiding love for Stonehenge, or even an historical interest, I highly recommend that you buy yourself a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed.