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GoodGod!

July, 2019

Meet the Gods: Eshu

Merry meet.

Deities from the ancient African pantheon are often overlooked when seeking gods to call upon for help with spells and rituals.

Eshu is a trickster god of the Yoruba people of Nigeria in West Africa. Also known as Esu, Eleda, Exu and Odara, he is sly, unpredictable, and fond of pranks that can be cruel and disruptive. He can speak every language on earth and thus serves as a divine messenger between people and the gods. He also delivers to the gods in heaven the sacrifices people offer up.

In one story, Eshu became the messenger after stealing yams from the god’s garden, made footprints using the god’s slippers and then suggested the god stole the yams. “Annoyed, the High God ordered Eshu to visit the sky every night and tell him what happened on earth during the day,” according to mythencyclopedia.com.

Eshu enjoys confusion and plays tricks resulting in arguments.

Talking Tricksters Studio’s website states, “In one myth he lured the sun and moon into changing places, which upset the cosmicorder.” As the god of change, chance and uncertainty, Eshu is sometimes paired up with Ifa, the chief god representing order.

Although considered to be a protective, benevolent spirit, Eshu must constantly be appeased before he will perform his duties of conveying sacrifices, and divining the future as well as looking to the past, the inside and the outside.

Together, black and red are his sacred color combination.

Eshu is also the lord of the crossroads, the market, communication and virility.

Sacrifice is a fundamental principle in the West African indigenous religion. What is offered – be it a cool glass of water, a bouquet of flowers or a goat – is of great value to both to the giver and the recipient. When calling on Eshu to help, be sure your offering to him is made with love and gratitude.

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.

Pixie Witch Kitchen

July, 2019

Rosemary Scones with Blackberry Jam & Lemon Drizzle

Lammas and Lughnasadh are just around the corner on August 1st. Lammas is known as the first harvest. These scones will be a great treat to share in your rituals or even with yourself if you are a solitaire. They go great with a cup of hot herbal tea or, if you live in California like I do or somewhere really hot, make that an ice tea, please.

I saw a cooking show that made scones and added rosemary to them. The thought of that sounded really good. I made them but they were just to dry for me and needed something sweet. I looked up different recipes for scones and saw some had added jam to them after they baked. Hmmmm why not add it before kinda like thumb print cookies right? So I tried it and ohhh yessss it’s what they needed. You can use any flavor of course even orange marmalade.

I make a certain type of banana bread that I use a sweet drizzle on, so of course I thought lets try a yummy drizzle and it was even better.

I have a sweet tooth can ya tell? So I ended up with this amazing scone. It’s not like a biscuit at all but not quite a cookie either but it IS amazing. So here we go…..

In this recipe I picked three magickal ingredients. Ok they are all magickal right but lets just focus on three today. Lemons, Blackberries and Rosemary.

Lemons

Lemons yum who doesn’t love lemons? Wait what did I hear someone say I don’t? I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that hee hee. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, it promotes hydration, helps with tummy-aches and helps prevent painful kidney stones.

Lemons are also used for protection so make sure to save some of your lemon peel, dry it out and add it in your spell work, protection bottles and medicine bags.

Lemons are ruled by the Moon and its element is Water.

Blackberries

Blackberries are also packed with vitamin C, high in fiber and a great source of potassium and magnesium.

Blackberries represent an abundant harvest and are used in magickal cooking and spells for Prosperity.

Blackberries are ruled by Earth and of course its element is Earth.

Rosemary

Rosemary is great to reduce muscle aches, boost up your immune system, helps digestive issues, helps your memory and helps hair growth.

Rosemary can also be used in making your own incense to give peace of the mind, it also releases psychic, spiritual and physical purification.

Rosemary is also used for smudging.

Rosemary is ruled by the Sun and its element is Fire.

Recipe

Makes 12-14 depending on your cookie cutter size.

For the Dough

2 Cups Flour and extra for dusting the table

1/2 Cup Sugar

1- 1/2 TBSP Rosemary chopped up

1/2 TSP Salt and a pinch to toss over your left shoulder for luck

2 TSP Baking Powder

6 TBSP Butter cut up

1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream

For the Topping

1/3 Cup of Blackberry Jam

For the Glaze

1/4 Cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (you can use store bought if you don’t have any fresh lemons)

2 Cups of Confectioners Sugar

1 or 2 TBSP of Water

Now to start baking these delicious treats. I like to burn incense or burn a little sage before I start. Then I like to go to my Kitchen Witch Altar and ask my Kitchen Witch to help me with what I’m making. I haven’t given her a name yet and I’ve had her for many years. It was a gift from my sweet friend Jenny. It actually belonged to her mother and was passed down to her and then me. I believe she was made in the late 60s. So shes a huge part of my Kitchen Witch altar

Get all your kitchen tools ready. I used 2 bowls, a rolling pin, baking sheet, parchment paper, mixing spoons I love using wooden spoons for doughs. Measuring cups and spoons, knife and cookie cutters. You will notice I used a Moon, Star and Witch Hat in this pic BUT it was to small and it made a mess of the scones. I’ve always used bigger cutters but I thought it’d be cute, well it wasn’t haha and in this case size matters so please please nothing to small. I’ll add a picture of what they looked like towards the end of this article. Try and stick to 3″ or bigger. Remember these are scones not cookies.

Now get out all your ingredients

Now preheat your oven to 350 F

Don’t forget to line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Its time to chop up your Rosemary. Mmmm doesn’t it smell wonderful? Chop it up nice and fine.

Now in a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, butter, baking power, salt and rosemary. With a wooden spoon mix it really well. I like to go clockwise.

You can use a food processor at this point if you need to. Sometimes its much easier especially if you have a hard time mixing by hand as I do at times.

Slowly pour in the heavy whipping cream. (if your using the food processor please dump it into a large bowl now)

Now stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough ball.

Next step is very important haha. If you wear a lot of rings like I do TAKE THEM OFF now. Nothing is worse then trying to get dough out of all the grooves of your rings.

Now mix the rest and knead the dough.

Form a ball.

Now the fun part, I really love rolling out the dough and cutting it out. So dust your work surface with flour and roll out dough 1/2″ thick. You can do half at a time or whatever your comfortable with and what space you have. I usually split the dough in 3 and do it that way. Its very important though to make sure its 1/2 ” thick.

Next grab them cookie cutters and cut out your shapes.

Fill your cookie sheet, they don’t really spread much so you don’t have to leave a lot of space between them. Here is the tricky part if you have long finger nails like I do, you need to make an indentation in the middle of each to hold the jam. I’ve tried my knuckles on my finger it works most of the time until I thought hey wait a sec how about using a measuring spoon. Tada it works great!! So simply press the back of the measuring spoon into the middle of each scone.

Now drop in about 1/2 a TSP or a tad more to fill each indentation. Doesn’t it look yummy?

Now place in the oven and set the timer to 10 mins. It can take from 10-15 mins depending on your oven. Mine took 11 mins.

When the edges start to turn golden its time to take them out and let them sit 3-4 mins before you remove them.

Now carefully remove to a cooling rack.

I let them cool off for about 45 mins before I add the glaze. So go grab something to drink and clean up your mess and get the next ingredients ready. They should be cooled off by now.

The glaze is simple. Add the 2 cups of confectioners sugar in a medium bowl and add your lemon juice. Stir really well and add a bit of water to make it a drizzle.

Now use a fork and drizzle all over the scones. You can add as much as you like. I like a lot but I don’t want to over power the flavor so I try to hold back.

Guess what? Your finished. Yep you did it. Now the hardest part of it all. Let them rest till the glaze is dry, it depends on the temperature of your house. I usually give it a couple hours just to make sure but the good news is you don’t have to wait that long to try them. Store them in an air tight container.

Oh I almost forgot to add the picture of what happens if you use small cookie cutters. I bow my head in shame with these but they still taste great but not very pretty are they?

Hahaha lesson learned and it saves you from making the same mistake right? Hmmm maybe I did it on purpose, yep that’s it. Ok I had no control over it but the Universe did it and I’m sticking to that story. Wink Wink.

A little about me. I’m 45 years young and live in California. I was born in England but came to the California when I was 5 years old. My mother who is no longer with us was a magickal cook. She wasn’t a witch (or was she I always wondered) but her cooking was amazing. So the apple didn’t fall far from the tree and it must be why I love to cook and bake. I love making my own recipes and adding magick to them. I am Pagan/Wiccan and honestly I feel I was born a witch. I finally came out of the broom closet in 2008 but I always knew I was. I was just scared to tell people, but now I know there is no reason to be scared. I am who I am and I’m very proud of it. I started a Kitchen Witch group years ago on Facebook and now I’m honoured to be your Pixie Witch here. Some may say Pixie where does that come from, well I’m 5’1 and barely 100 pounds with long long red hair. So my friends started to call me Pixie and it stuck. So here I am Pixie Witch.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. This is my first article with you and I’d love to hear from you guys so please leave me a comment and tell me what ya think. Blessed Be!

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About the Author:

Sarah Mascorro AKA Pixie Witch. I’m 45 years young and have been married to my soul mate for 27 plus year. We have 2 boys and live in good ole California. I was actually born in England but came to the states when I was 5.

I’m Pagan/Wiccan and have been practicing over 10 years now. I always knew I was different but didn’t figure it out till 2008, that’s when I came out of the broom closet. I’m a Witch and I’m proud of it. When I say different I mean I just didn’t fit in with what others did or believed in. I’m sure you all totally understand that feeling. Now I know though I’m not different, I’m me and there are so many others like me.

I hold rituals at my house with my circle for each Sabbat and we do a lot of witch crafts together. I love to do all types of crafts not just witchy like I make dream catchers, wood burn, make soaps and bath salts. I love to cross stitch and make latch hook rugs. I have a small page on Facebook that I sell my goodies. You can FIND THEM HERE at Pixiewitchcorner.

I love to cook and bake. My mother was a great cook & I picked up her talent. I love to make my own fun recipes and add some magick to them. I mean cooking is magickal right so why not add a little extra to it. I started a Kitchen Witch Group on Facebook over 4 years ago. If your on FB come check it out.

I love to spend my time with my hubby & boys. We love to be out in nature especially the beach & the forest. I belong in the forest, I guess all pixie’s do hee hee. My friends call me Pixie due to my size I’m 5’1 and barely 100 pounds with really long red and silver hair hee hee.

I collect stones like hag stones, labradorite, amethysts, quartz etc… I also collect witch statues, Goddess statues, owls, crows and the Moon. Oh & sea glass I cant forget that. Do tattoos count? If so I have over a 100 of them I’m about 80% covered.

Another hobby is photography. I love taking pictures of nature such as flowers, animals, trees, mountains, the ocean and my favorite of all the Moon.

I love to unwind two ways one is with a great book, usually witchy or paranormal ones catch my attention the most. I do read & research a lot about the human body and diseases due to my families rare health issues. The other is going outside under the stars and Moon. What a great way to end the day looking up at the dark beautiful sky.

That’s pretty much it, you see what you get hee hee. You either love me or hate me. Hopefully you all will love me haha.

Crone’s Corner

July, 2019

My Soul’s Journey

I believe that I have a soul that chose to live this life that I am living right now. This soul was a part of the Great Divine, the One True Source and Center, The ONE…you can call it whatever you like…when my soul was part of that Force, it was given the task of learning what it would feel like to be a woman, the youngest of 6 children, a sister, a daughter, a college graduate, a divorcee, a happily married wife, a battered woman, a molested child, a gardener, an herbalist, a professional woman, a sports fan, a quilter, a Witch, a Pagan, and every other subtle little nuance that comprises who I am and it chose my life to be born into.

When my mom got pregnant with me, my soul was ensuring that I would be and experience all of the things that my soul was required to learn about when it was with that Force and then when it was sure, I was born. During the birth, my soul suffered great pain and trauma from the delivery, after all, a small baby confined in its mother’s safe and warm womb being thrust down a narrow birth canal and smooshed all to creation and back and then thrust into a cold, sterile environment to be met by a doctor with really cold hands – that’s traumatic! Well, the trauma of all that caused my soul to start to forget that it was here on a mission from the Force to learn all of those things.

So, while I was learning how to speak and to communicate with the world around me, I started to forget that I was a soul in this body. I learned how to talk, but I forgot what I had to talk about…so I started to live and to learn and to meet people and to experience everything that there was to experience in this life. And some times I would get a feeling of deja vu and wonder… “Hmmm, was I here before, did I already experience this?” which serves as a confirmation to me that I’m right about my thoughts about my soul being here for a reason.

So I am learning and experiencing everything here and now and when I am done learning and experiencing and my soul has reached the end of its journey here, the soul will need to report back to the Force in order to share these earthly experiences and bring them back to the Force for the greater good of all. That’s when the end of the world happens; when all of my soul’s work here is done. When my soul’s mission in living this life is complete, my soul with reunite with the Divine Force, the One True Source and Center, the Divine Light, and it will start to heal from all of the pains that it has experienced when it was here in this shell.

Maybe some day, my soul will be required to be born into another life for another experience. Who knows? Probably me, but I forgot it! 🙂 But I think that there are a finite number of souls in this world, they continually reincarnate until they have learned all that they must learn for the Greater Good of All. They continue to come back here to experience life’s lessons and bring them back to reunite with the Divine. When all of the experiences have been lived and learned, there will no longer be a need to come back here. THEN, and only then, do I believe there will be a true end to this world, as we know it. That is not to say there won’t be something better, free of all of these soul lessons and pains and aches, some better place, some better ways and we will all be experiencing them. I believe that I will be one of those souls that returns not for experiences any longer, but to help those who must still come back and learn, I will come back time after time after time to lend a hand, to share love and understanding; those are the two biggest emotions that I know.

I believe that souls are learning their lessons and those lessons that were already required have already been learned. The shift is coming from a place of understanding and already knowing what is about to happen…like deja vu…I can’t quite put my finger on it, and it feels familiar.

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About the Author:

Shirley Lenhard has been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook group “Pagan Plannertarium” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and The Peace Paper.

Review of Morrigu’s Nest on Etsy & Interview with Owner Anne Corrigan

June, 2019

Review of Morrigu’s Nest Etsy Shop Products

Morrigu’s Nest is a wonderful shop on Etsy that sells a variety of products to cover your magickal demands. Owner, Anne Corrigan, hand makes all her items from talismans & jewelry to candles & oils, there is guaranteed to be something you need or can use! Her recipes are her own secrets and she carries, in Morrigu’s Nest, many ways for you to celebrate the holidays.

This past Spring Equinox we celebrated using item’s from Morrigu’s Nest. (We only took before pictures, as our rituals are private.)

Ostara/Spring Scented Equinox Candle

Packed to the brim with all you need for an Ostara/Spring Equinox ritual this easy to travel with tin held candle is very convenient. Either for the witch on the go, or the witch in the closet who needs to hide her magick in her bag till she can find a place to do it, this all in one kit is a go to all inclusive ritual package! It is filled with corresponding herbs like honeysuckle & orange daylilies; and crystals like amethyst and rose quartz to name a few. The candle itself smells like jasmine and spring blossoms. The pure freshness of it brings thoughts of spring.

Instructions come with the candle explaining that you are to remove the herbs and gems from the candle before lighting. Then giving ideas on what you can use your gemstones for. You are to imbue them with your energy, you can arrange them around the candle, you can use them in a spell, a bottle, a sachet, a poppet, there are so many ways. There is a generous amount of herbs and stones given with the candle. So you can use them in a few ways.

The candle is 4 oz hand poured into a tin with a cover. Smooth looking. It burns very well. Nice scent. Clean burn. We loved using it during our ritual. Plan to use the herbs in many ways. Plan to use the tin, too. Right now I’m saving the herbs in them.

Ostara Anoninting Oil

100% natural, essential oil, body potion. Loaded with herbs, flowers, oils & crystals. You can see them filling the bottle. The smell is of a sunny spring day in a meadow. The oil is light on your skin and blends in well without leaving any residue. The scent is nice and strong and will stay on you for a long period of time. It has calming scent. You can use this beautiful oil to anoint yourself for ritual and magick work, or just to wear on a beautiful spring day to remind yourself you are the magick.

Morrigu’s Nest, also, has ways to help you celebrate other sabbats, let’s take a look!

Yule Scented ritual candle

Their Yule Candle smells like Yule. The herbal & crystal topping is spectacular. You can see the juniper berries, orange peel, cloves, and so much more. The crystals shimmer. The aroma is warming and of spiced fruits and wood.

In the instructions Morrigu’s Nest is clear to state, many times, to remove the herbs and crystals before burning your candle. I wanted to show you how the candle looks without the herbs. Here is the herbs in a bowl. You can see there is a good amount of herbs and stones to work with in spells and a nice 4oz full candle in the tin. It is 100% natural wax.

Yule herb blend

Another wonderful product to help celebrate Yule is their Yule herbal blend. It is a potent blend of corresponding herbs, botanicals, spices, barks, & roots. Morrigu’s Nest has used over a dozen ingredients in her special Yule Winter Recipe. Some ingredients include: bay laurel, cinnamon bark, yew leaves, coriander, and much more.

This is intended for magickal use only, NOT culinary. You man NOT eat this. There are warnings that come with the package. The ingredients were chosen for their magickal correspondences only. It is suggested to burn it in small amounts as the scent may be over powering in large quantities and may not smell the same when burned.

You get 4oz in a resealable pouch, which is great. You can keep it fresh! It smells wonderful, woodsy. You pick up the cinnamon and juniper right away. It is good to use simply as a magickal Yule potpourri filled with your wishes & intent for everyone! Give a little sachet maybe to everyone with a gift? To keep in their homes. A little goes a long way with the scent & the blessing.

Samhain Set

This set comes in a Gold Gauze bag, a peek-a-boo presentation of witchie delights. All of it’s contents are addressed on explanation documents that arrive with your set. It’s a long bag & sticking my hand in I just grab for the firs thing I feel. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the bag…

An herbal Samhain blend

An herbal blend for Samhain, much like the one for Yule. It is meant to be used for magick or an incense. However, this one includes such herbs as rosemary, wormwood, mugwort, and others. You receive 1oz of 100% natural herbal blend. The smell is lovely, but I must admit, it is not as strong as the Yule blend. I like the Yule blend a bit more, but that is just MY taste.

Dressed Scented Samhain

Black Tin Candle & Orange Tin Candle

These two candles are beautiful. They shine with glitter and smell glorious! Each a different aroma & color. If I have to guess and say what they smell like I would say the orange one has a more fall smell to it. They typical fall smelling candle. The ones you just love to get when it’s that time of year! The black candle smells more, I can not explain why, but like night to me. Like a sweet night. On the breeze. Oh so dreamy! Plus you have all the Samhain corresponding herbs on top to work with.

Bottle of Witches Black Salt

Morrigu’s Nest has included an important tool in this Samhain kit…Black Salt. For those how have never used Black Salt before it is used in workings for protection, banishing, curses, hex breaking, uncrossings, etc… It is a great item witches should have in their cupboards for defending themselves.

Morrigu’s Nest recipe is NOT just colored salt. She uses all natural ingredients and NO DYES. She has her own recipe she has formulated of a powerful blend of protective and banishing herbs, roots, seeds, & combined them with ashes from her Samhain ritual fire and sea salt. Then using energy and intense visualization she imbued the intention of protection and fiery defense as she pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder. It is a very fine powder and not the usual chunks of black salt you will find at shops. I like this because a little goes a long way.

After explaining more of her method of making her Black Salt at Morrigu’s Nest, she goes on to explain safe ways to use it, including a spell. I found that very handy. I like knowing how it was made. Her secret recipe. Suggestions are always helpful.

4 Thieves Vinegar

Four Thieves Vinegar is an ingredient found in Hoodoo & folk magic spells. The recipe has evolved from Western Europe, around the fifteenth century. Their are many legends about it. The common string among them is that there was a horrible plague in a village, and the only people who survived were four thieves. Each of them contributed one ingredient to a jar of vinegar and garlic, they drank it, and somehow survived the plague uninjured. Since they were healthy and everyone else was dying, the four thieves went around the town and robbed the empty houses. Eventually they were caught, and sentenced to hanging, but they were able to escape the gallows by sharing their secret formula. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess. Four Thieves Vinegar is a useful item to keep on hand because it can be used in a wide variety of spells, from healing to protection to banishing. I have never worked with this stuff before, but I look forward to it.

Morrigu’s Nest version is made with herbs that correspond to protection & banishing. It claims to be very potent. It warns you to NOT INGEST on the bottle boldly. The papers that come with it suggest how you are to use it and state it is toxic!

Samhain ritual oil

Samhain essential oil, 100% natural, body oil. Comes in a .33 oz glass roller ball applicator bottle. It’s a unisex scent of autumn mostly cinnamon & orange. Very fragrant. Lovely smell. Definitely unisex. Morrigu’s Nest says they oils were chosen based on folklore magickal correspondences as well as their aroma therapeutic traits. It also has notes of patchouli, cedarwood, and other scents. It lasts a long time on the skin and blends in well.

Samhain Gemstone Clip-On Charm

Genuine gemstones frame a pretty, bronze, large triquetra charm on a sturdy clip. I actually pulled on it, cause I can be a jerk like that, to see if it would fall apart easily. It didn’t! I thought it would. I am glad it didn’t because it is so lovely. The suggestion is to wear it on your backpack, bag, purse, handbag, planner, key ring or belt loop. You can use this in your ritual wear, or keep it as your everyday spiritual reminder. The paper it comes with tells you exactly what stones are on the keychain. It does not tell you what they mean, but it tells you they were selected intentionally to correspond with Samhain. It’s easy to look up stones, however, if you do not know the meanings off hand.

How about when it’s not a sabbat & you just need supplies?? Well Morrigu’s Nest has them for you!

Prosperity Candle spell kit

Just like all their sabbat candles, this tin is all you need for a wonderful spell. The prosperity candle spell kit comes with all you need to cast your spell. Filled to the top with all the herbs & crystals you will need to cast and a 4oz candle in a tin that you can travel with.

You can see from the picture you are given plenty of herbal & crystal supplies with your candle for your spell. Plus you get a sheet with your kit explaining exactly what is in your candle, what it’s scent it, how it was made, precautions, and ideas on how to use it! Burn time is approx 25 hours. The smell is springtime greenery, woodsy, & lightly floral. I love the sparkles on the candle. It adds some flare.

Rosemary Mint herbal bath soak

I would like to lick this it smells sooo good! You can see the herbs in the salt. The salt is unlike the usual bath salts you find, it is a fine texture and I love it!!! Instead of rocks in the tub its a fine grain that blends in and just rolls over your body and purifies you as the scent cleanses your mind. I can not recommend this soak more!!!! The relaxation is blissful!

Protect & Purify herbal ritual salt

For use during your sacred circle casting or for purification rituals. This herbal salt was ground with intention to form a powder-like blend & Morrigu’s Nest used traditional protective and cleansing herbs. She pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder.
Even though it is salt it is not edible and comes with a big DO NOT EAT warning. The salt is so fine and a little goes a long way. The container is packed to the tippy top so you have tons in the packed 4oz bottle.

Bring the Green

This bottle of green powder is for use in prosperity, abundance & money spells and rituals. You can burn it, keep it in your wallet, make poppets, and sooo much more with it. Morrigu’s Nest has so many suggestions for its use. It has ingredients like allspice, vervain, basil, marjoram, and so much more in it! Its 2oz and finely ground, so a little bit goes a long way. The bottle is filled to the top. No space for anything. The smell is minty to me. I can’t wait to use it! Maybe carry some in my pocket.

Faery Sight ritual Oil

A 2oz, 100% natural anointing oil, essential blend, inundated with beautiful herbs and flowers! Not so much that there is no oil, but you see them floating beautifully like a garden. Lovely lavender! Rose! To me it has a slight lemony scent to it. A freshness. It’s suggested you anoint your crystals, and thirdeye, & candles with it. Anything to attract fae to you. I can definitely see fae being attracted to this oils ingredients & scent. I would definitely invest in the larger bottles so you can see the herbs and flowers in the bottle. Worth it!

Love & Romance herbal blend

This powder is for use in love, romance, & lust magick. It was pulverized with intention and a blend of herbs & botanicals was used for love and romance magick. The bottle is 2oz and finely ground and filled to the top. A little with this goes a long way! It has ingredients like rose petals, hibiscus, dill, & so much more! The smell is so pretty.

She sends information with all her packages explaining the ingredients of the items, direction on how they are supposed to be used, and ideas on how to use them. I love the glitter, the flare to the candles. Everything has such gorgeous, strong smells, that are not overwhelming and blend nicely. The oils scents stay on your skin and do not fade quickly. Everything is made of great quality & care. The warnings are in bold and mentioned over and over for safety.

Vervain Protection Amulet

This is one of my favorite items in the Morrigu’s Nest catalog. It is gorgeous way to wear something we can all use a little something extra of everyday…protection. I think putting the half crescent moon, antique brass finish, moon charm on a simple silky, black cord allows the pendant to stand out more as the art piece it is. Giving the corked, spell bottle that square on the side eye-hook is just the perfect touch! The spell bottle is filled, packed tightly & permanently sealed with hand ground vervain that is imbued with intent of protection of wearer. The moon worn sideways & in this phase was chosen to represent The Crone, The Wise One, the Grandmother Moon. It is meant …”to represent the energy of the wise greandmother that loves and protects you and gives you her wisdom as she guides you on your path.”

Whatever you think it means to you it does. I kinda got an Egyptian vibe from it. Soon as I saw it, and Isis wings. May it be who it will for you & protect you always!

Another set of items I found to be wonderful and helpful at Morrigu’s Nest were their Intention Bottles…

Intuition & divination

You can see this is a really decent size bottle here. We are not talking tiny little bottle to wear. It is almost 2 inches long. So it really has room in there! It comes with a label that tells you all the ingredients like: mugwort, wormwood, flaxseeds, labradorite, amethyst, and more. You can see and make out many of the ingredients. It is securely sealed. It is filled enough to give you just a touch of room to shake it to revitalize it. It arrives in its own gauze baggie. It comes with an explanation note from Morrigu’s Nest stating that it is …”ritually crafted with the intention of evoking and aiding.”

I am about to take on learning tarot. Runes were my thing, or so I thought. The tarot is calling… So this is what I chose to be my aid in the process. I have felt protected by my other pendant, I believe this will aid me.

Self-Confidence

This bottle is the same size as the other Intention Bottle. Made, ritually, in the same way. However, its contents are different, for its purpose. Inside it holds ingredients, such as; dill, turmeric, citrine, fennel seeds, basil, & more. All for boosting your self-confidence.

It’s lively right? I found that interesting. Like a punch of color…a punch to your system, that boost you need. Well, I have been carrying this bottle on me all day. I would shake it now and then for extra bursts, hold on to it when I felt I was struggling a little more. Today was one of those days! It would help me focus. Remind myself to breathe. Everything inside is bonus to my self-confidence help. Plus the magic of the intention that was lent to it & mine because I pray over my things.

Courage & protection

Just like the previous bottles this, almost 2 inch glass, filled and securely sealed bottle is filled with its own goodies, like: thyme, black pepper, black tourmaline, red jasper, & more. All of which you can clearly read on a removable label that comes attached to its cord.

I used this bottle on my journey of change. I took it to battle really. We all have fears we need to overcome. I have plenty. We went on a hike. I do not like traveling into the forest for too long or too deeply. It is a personal fear. I know we are on a path. I know we can turn around. But I still have my fears. I decided to start making changes in life and facing some fears is one of them. This bottle and I hiked over 3.5 miles today in the forest. We weathered panic. We embraced joy. We overcame… with each other. Every bit helps.

My Overall Thoughts…

I am so amazed by the workmanship, quality, inspiration, detail, and love put into every item I have reviewed from Morrigu’s Nest. Not one item has disappointed me. Every bottle is packed to the brim with quality ingredients. You can smell the herbs. The candles, well, they are brilliant spell kits in themselves. They come with the herbs and gems you will need, and you get the tin after. The amount you get for your money is fantastic. I love that it is their own recipes & handmade, not something I am going to find in every witch shop. My favorite piece, that I have not taken off is the Vervain Protection Amulet. I may feel a little too protected by it, thinking I’m supergirl!

We were lucky enough to get a chance to speak with the proprietress of Morrigu’s Nest & creatrix of all things wonderful within, Anne Corrigan.

Jennifer Wright (JW): Hello Anne, It is such a pleasure to meet you!

 I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and our readers about yourself, your company, and your process…speaking of your process, where do your ideas come from?  Like your gorgeous Protection Pendant!  I think its trendy enough to wear and get away with magick.  LOL!

Anne Corrigan (AC): Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for reaching out to me, I truly feel honored to have my shop reviewed by you. And thank you and your husband Benjamin for all the work you’ve done to birth PaganPages.org. Your site is a wonderful resource and nourishes the pagan community; thank you!

My inspiration comes from communing with my deities, spirit guides, scrying, shamanic journeying and trance, magickal folklore, connecting with nature, and hanging with my witchy friends. All these muses revisit me during my daydreams and thunderstorms in my head which I credit to my Attention Deficit Disorder, LOL! Sometimes it’s like popcorn popping in my brain. The downside to that is that it’s hard for me to focus on developing one product at a time and it’s a challenge to bring everything to fruition.

 I do make some products that could be considered staples of a magickal path that are similar to other companies’ products. The difference is that I really strive to make my offerings unique by putting my own twist on the traditional standbys. At the moment I am working on my own Florida Water recipe. I am also preparing DIY witchcraft project kits for witch ladders, spell bottles, and spirit dolls. I love crafting and making things with my hands. I also want to empower others to create their own sacred objects by providing the raw materials and instructions (coming soon). That way they can really imbue them with more of their magickal energy. I’m glad you like the Protection Pendant! Thank you for the compliment! I like the idea of magick incognito under the guise of fashion, LOL!

JW: Thank you so much for your kind words about PaganPagesOrg, it really touches our heart!

You mention that you use your own secret recipes, are they family recipes?  Will you be passing your recipes down?

AC: Well, my recipes are not completely secret, I do disclose the ingredients in my listings, especially anything that is applied to the skin, such as essential oil blends and ritual bath salts. As for other items, such as, herbal blends, ritual salts, potions, and vinegars, I don’t list every little detail. Even when using traditional recipes for inspiration, I always tweak them based on my intuition, research, and communicating with the spirits of the plants. My recipes are mine alone, I was raised Catholic, and I have no idea if there were any pagans or witches in my ancestral line. I am planning on passing a grimoire down to my daughter. I may also publish a spell recipe book in the future.

JW: I really love how your Black Salt is a finer grain then you usually find with black salts.  Why did you decide to go with this grain?

AC:  I wanted to create a versatile and energy packed black salt. It’s versatile because you can take a pinch in your hand and blow it at your target, discreetly sprinkle some around your workplace, home car, anywhere really. Also, the main reason that I pulverized my black salt is that the process of grinding it allows me to raise energy while I enchant it with my intent and I believe that when I use my mortar and pestle to grind and blend the herbs, salts, roots, seeds, and ashes (I use ashes from our Samhain fires), that the spirits of the plants are evoked and combine their energies with mine. We work together to create magick.

In order to attain such a fine grain, I grind the ingredients first by hand and then again with a motorized grinder. However, because the grain is like a powder, sometimes it clumps together and you have to stick a skewer in the bottle to break it up. Everything in the recipe is natural. I don’t add black dye; the color comes from the ashes. My black salt is also a little different because of its unique scent which I attribute to the ground fennel seeds and ginger root. Every year after Samhain, I create a new batch and change the recipe a little bit.

JW: When you are working/creating, do you have your own special sacred space?

AC: Wherever I am creating is sacred space, because I create sacred space by connecting with my spiritual allies and focusing my intentions. I imbue my products with my energy and intention for the highest good of the owner. I do have a working altar that I perform rituals and spells on and a devotional altar dedicated to The Morrigan where I pray and give offerings as well as charge products that are specifically dedicated to The Morrigan. Much of my product crafting takes place in my kitchen for practical reasons. I do have special magickal wooden spoons and wands that I have dedicated each one for specific tasks such as candle making, potion stirring, and mixing herbal blends and salts.

J): Are there other workers in your company or do you work alone?  Do you hand package & ship your products yourself?

AC: For the most part it is just me. I have a friend who is a Druid that creates some of the ritual bath products for my shop. Her brand is called Blue Moon Sundries. I make my own labels and hand package everything myself. I would like to hire a graphic designer in the future to create some nice labels for my products. For now, I do it myself because I rather invest money in quality raw materials. It’s more important to me to have what’s inside the packaging to be of the highest quality than looking pretty. I really admire other people’s labels though, some are so beautiful, and I get a bit envious, LOL! Morrigu’s Nest is a micro-business, but who knows, one day I might have a crew. I would love that!

(W: How did you start your company, what brought about the idea, did you feel the pagan community was missing something?

AC: In 2014 I opened my Etsy shop and named it Phoenix Serendipity. At that time I didn’t have a plan other than to have an outlet for my creativity and to make a little money to support my crafting habit. When I would make myself a witchcraft tool or altar decor item I would make one for my shop as well. In the beginning my shop was only a hobby.

When I was claimed by The Morrigan I renamed my shop
Morrigu’s Nest. I do feel the need to make it clear that my shop is for everyone regardless of their spiritual tradition and not only devotees of The Morrigan. By naming my shop after The Morrigan it is my public declaration of my devotion to her, a reminder to myself of my commitment. My motivation for my shop now is to empower others in their craft by offering a convenient way to access quality supplies, tools, and sacred objects.

The one aspect of my shop that has remained consistent is my commitment to serving my customers the best I can! I realize that there are many other shops to choose from, especially on Etsy, and I feel honored when people buy my creations.

I am in the process of developing new items and one of my goals is to create DIY kits such as witch ladders, spirit dolls, and spell bottles. These kits will contain all the parts needed along with instructions. I want to serve our community by giving people a way to craft their own tools/sacred objects. That way they have an opportunity to add more of their personal energy into them. I feel these new products can encourage personal sovereignty and self-empowerment.

JW: Do you mind if I ask, what type of path you follow?

AC: I am a daughter of The Morrigan. I also am dedicated to Cernunnos. My path is very eclectic though and I combine aspects of multiple pagan paths and practices that resonate with me. My spirituality is always evolving, growing, and I am continuously learning. I practice solitarily as well as with a group. I consider myself a neo-pagan witch.

JW: What are some of your other hobbies & interests?

AC: Anything creative! I just love experimenting with all types of craft supplies. My group of pagan friends get together about monthly to work on “witchy-crafts.” Just yesterday they came over and we each made a set of clay moon phases. I also love learning about herbs, both magickally and medicinally. I also have become interested in foraging and wild crafting. I feel nourished when I just sit among the trees, or visit the river, or stroll through the woods. I also like drumming, although I struggle with rhythm, I just love the energy of it. Chanting and raising energy with my friends around the fire pit brings me joy. I also enjoy shamanic journeying while listening to live drumming. I am drawn to all modes of divination, especially fire and black mirror scrying. I want to start studying tarot too. I also am interested in developing my ability to communicate with spirits, mediumship, and assisting those in need of crossing over.

When not doing these things, I’m hanging out with my hubby listening to him practice bass and guitar, watching movies, or hanging with family and friends.

Jennifer, thank you so much for interviewing me. This was my first interview ever, and I feel very honored and grateful. May your path be abundantly blessed!

JW: Anne, THANK YOU for taking the time to answer my questions for our readers & sharing about, not only your shop, but yourself. I loved learning about both!

If you are interested in any of the items I’ve reviewed you can find them on Morrigu’s Nest page, plus many other wonderful items. You can contact Morrigu’s Nest through any of the links below:

Etsy shop

Shop FB page

Anne Corrigan personal FB page

Instagram

EmailMorrigusNest@gmail.com

Anne Corrigan of Morrigu’s Nest is offering our readers only a special 30% off coupon, good through the month of May. Use Coupon Code: PAGANPAGES to receive 30% off your purchase!!!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving Pagans a platform to share and learn without judgment.

She loves to create in her spare time and you can find her Creations, Jewelry, & Magickal Witch Bottles at: www.facebook.com/TwistedWitchesShoppe/

When not creating she can be found strolling around FB, Twitter, & Instagram looking for an interesting conversation. She’s the moderator of a FB Group called Cyber Moon Coven Of Changes and enjoys spending time with it’s members.

Children’s Book Review – A Runtamuffin Tale by Melissa Taylor & Illustrated by Marc Beauregard

June, 2019

Book Review
A Runtamuffin Tale
by Melissa Taylor & Illustrated by Marc Beauregard

A Runtamuffin Tale is a beautifully written story that takes place on a farm. The pictures in this story are amazing. They truly tell a story on their own. This book is perfect for all ages, and all reading levels. Even a child that cannot read, will enjoy the story told through the pictures.

We join the story as the farm girls are bringing home some new chicks. We are soon introduced to Runtamuffin who is a brown and white chicken with red heart feathers on her chest. We also meet Nessie, Phatty, Patty, Sally, Scrambled, and Benedict. While this story centers on the farm and everyday living, I quickly found myself falling in love with Runtamuffin.

Runtamuffin is a small but outspoken chicken. She loves the farm girls, the other hens, and the farm animals in the story. At one point, we see her fearlessly march up to a horse stall and demand to know who lives there.

This is a story of love, courage, and being yourself. It is also a story about change (when new animals are introduced to the farm), trust (Runtamuffin and the hens learn to trust the farm dog), and family.

While Runtamuffin is fun to say, it is even funnier to hear a child pronounce it. This book is a favorite of my five-year-old. This book is a bit longer than most children’s books but has enough action in it that it keeps my very active rambunctious child hooked the entire story.

One of my favorite things about this book is how true to life it is. As a child, my family raised chickens. The things talked about in this book are real life things. You have to build a coop to keep out predators. Letting chickens free range can be dangerous, and the book shed light on this by using the farm dog, Bodo.

This book will make you fall in love, no matter your age. Runtamuffin is a chicken that will continue to steal hearts for years to come.

A Runtamuffin Tale on Amazon

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

June, 2019

SOPHIA

(Image Credit: crystallinks.com)

Wisdom is calling us, Sophia is calling
Raising her voice, she stands by the city gates,
at the crossroads, on the mountaintop.
At every entrance, she is standing, shouting
to us: “O people”, she calls, “learn from me!”
Listen to me, for I speak nothing but the truth.
Know my ways, for they are richer than silver.
Know my secrets, and you do not need gold.
Listen to me, my words are more precious than rubies.
My words are riper than figs, sweeter than dates,
more nourishing than applies and olives.
Kings and princes and careful judges know me,
and so do those who simply love knowledge.
Follow me on the path of truth.
Follow me to the way of justice.

~ Proverbs 7 – 9

Sophia. Wisdom.

Hohkma in Hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Sophia in Greek.

Sophia is the personification of Wisdom. She is the Mother of Creation. She is the female soul/spirit, seen by some as the true power behind the Judeo-Christian god. She is the Mother of All, born of Silence according to the Gnostic creation myth, as well as the Gnostic conception of the female Holy Ghost.

She gave birth to both female and male, who created the elements of this world. Her aspects include Mother of God, Black Goddess, Divine Female.

Her sacred number is seven, due to the seven pillars, at Her home, built by Her own hands.

Her symbol is the dove, which not only represents spirit, but has always represented the Great Goddess, and is one of the primary symbols of female sexuality. Doves were raised within Her temples, as well as in the temples of myriad other Goddesses.

(Image Credit: Pinterest)

One of Her main temples is the Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul, where She is crowned with stars, a symbol of absolute divinity.

She is wise, loving, protective, giving, and truthful and wishes to communicate with us. Her wisdom leads to truth. Pay attention, over the din of the world, to what She has to say. We need but be still and listen.

From the moment you enter
till the time to surrender to death
all that you experience
directly for yourself
all the burnt fingers
to discover that the fire is hot
all the falling flat
when your reach exceeds your grasp
all the explorations
of territory known and unknown
all these are pathways to me
Seek to know
and you are me
stretch to become
and you are me
The Feminine quests for wisdom
The Feminine is part of all women
All women are the Goddess
All women have wisdom
All women are Sophia

~ Image and Verse from “The Goddess Oracle” by Amy Sophia Marashinsky

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is MysticalShores@gmail.com

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess on Amazon

Learning Lenormand Reviews – The Fairy Tale Lenormand Deck

June, 2019

The Fairy Tale Lenormand

This is one of the most adorable deck of cards I have ever seen in any form – be it Lenormand, Tarot, Oracle, or just a deck of playing cards!

Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. (www.usgamesinc.com), with artwork by the very talented Lisa Hunt and with a booklet written by Arwen Lynch, this set of Lenormand cards is sure to delight any level of practitioner. As someone who is still at a beginner’s level (I admit it), I think it would be great for someone who is learning the basics of Lenormand or who is just beyond the basics.

And I love the little tin. I love little boxes of all kinds and I collect them.

Winner of the 2016 Tarosophists Award for Best Lenormand Deck, the cards measure no more than 2 ¼ inches by 3 ½ inches (5.5 mm x 8.5 mm) and they are made out of standard card stock with a glossy finish on them which makes them easy to shuffle and handle. They are just a tad smaller than a standard poker deck. I can well imagine elves and fairies sitting around a toadstool table dealing out the cards to see what their fortune will be today!

I grew up loving Fairy Tales. My beloved grandmother MacDavid, “Gramma Mac” was a skilled storyteller and she lived not very far from the home in which I lived with my parents and my brothers and sisters. I – along with my brothers and sisters, and my cousins, who lived next door to my grandmother – spent many happy days at her home, which was where she grew up as well. A day was not complete without at least one storytelling session and usually there was more than one. I personally loved Fairy Tales but she would also tell stories about our family history and about the neighborhood. She also brought the Fairy Tales into our real life. For instance, there was an old shack across the creek – my father, who had been an Eagle Scout, said it was where the Boy Scouts met back in the 1940’s – but Gramma Mac said it was where the Wicked Witch of the West lived! At least in the warm months. In the winter, she lived in the cellar! What my grandmother called “the dungeon”! – the drained cistern that was beneath the house and was attached to the herb cellar. When she went down into the cellar in the winter – to get a jar of pickles or some other canned item – she would knock on the walls to “let the witch know she was coming”. In the spring, when the snows melted and the creek overflowed its banks, the cellar would flood and, remembering how Dorothy melted the Wicked Witch with a pail of water, we would ask about the witch. “Oh, she’s alright,” my grandmother told us. “She’s already gone back to the shack in the woods. It’s spring.”

The Creek

Sometime in the early 1970’s, the shack burned to the ground – some teenagers torched it – I remember being there before it burned and seeing evidence of partying. I was only twelve but I didn’t think the witch drank Genny Cream Ale and smoked Pall Malls (but honestly, what did I know?). Of course, by then I was getting a bit old for believing in the Wicked Witch of the West. At least – in a literal sense. In a few years, I would be discovering the Goddess and a whole new way of looking at witches and fairies.

When I first opened up this pack of cards and looked at the images, all the lessons I learned from hearing fairy tales from my grandmother and reading them on my own came back to me. Using fairy tales as a metaphor for the concepts within the Lenormand (or the Tarot) is nothing short of brilliant. In my humble opinion, anyway!

Lisa Hunt is the artist who created the Fairy Tale Tarot and five other divination decks. Her website is here: Lisa Hunt Gallery. There’s a lot to see, so plan to spend some time here! She’s a fabulous artist. I personally would love to get the Fairy Tale Tarot someday – I have always loved it. Not to mention that using Tarot cards and Lenormand cards in the same reading is quite the rage nowadays (see: https://www.cafelenormand.com/combine-tarot-lenormand/ and http://learnlenormand.com/combining-lenormand-with-tarot/) so having the Fairy Tale Tarot along with the Fairy Tale Lenormand would be a great way to access this trend! But right now, let’s just focus on the Fairy Tale Lenormand.

The little booklet – and it is small! – was written by Arwen Lynch. Her website is here: Tarot by Arwen. The Forward in the book is written by Donnaleigh de LaRose and I highly recommend that you read it carefully. I know that lots of you skip over forwards and introductions but don’t do it this time. There’s a ton of important information in these eleven pages. I have to admit that I didn’t know who Donnaleigh de LaRose was before I read this introduction but I checked out her webpage and I hope you all do, too. There’s a wealth of knowledge here.

This booklet differs from other Lenormand booklets in that while it gives the meanings of the cards, using the Fairy Tale story of the image to fully illustrate the concept, there are no double meanings. Usually Lenormand booklets will give you basic examples, such as Clover + Letter or Dog + Man. However, this booklet is so tiny that those kinds of examples might have been edited out for the sake of space, which is understandable. And honestly – I can attest this for myself – you don’t get that kind of linguistic understanding of the cards by reading it in a book. The only way you get it is by using the cards every single day. Practice makes perfect – I must have heard that a hundred times as a kid – but ya know what? It’s true. And if it doesn’t make you perfect – at least it makes you competent.

At the end of the book, there are several spreads, all based on the Fan Spread. I used that spread for several days – with several different questions. Here are the results.

First question: Will I hear from C. soon? This was the other day, although I am once again waiting to hear from C. Here are the cards I pulled:

From this, I saw that C was still at work (36, Cross, burdens) but he would soon be texting me (27, Letter) with good news (9, Bouquet). Which is exactly what happened. I hope it happens again!

Yesterday, I went out to lunch with my cousin Rose. Rose was one of the cousins who lived next door to my Gramma Mac; she called my Gramma “Auntie”. Rose was born two months before I was – I have no memory of life without Rose – she is my oldest and dearest friend. We went to the Saigon Café and had lunch and caught up. Before I met with her, I asked the cards (rather rhetorically, I admit), “What will we talk about?” Here is the answer:

Both Rose and I have dealt with a lot of death in our families these past few years – in the last ten years, she has lost both her parents, her older brother (whom I adored) and her husband. In the past year, I have lost my father, my beloved aunt, my yellow lab, and a troublesome but loved uncle. We talked about how these deaths affected us and our loyalty to our dead loved ones but also the brightness of the future, as we explore new relationships and new experiences. It was such a wonderful lunch!

This morning, I got a call from an ex-boyfriend. He’s off work today and do I want to hang out with him today? Do some fishing?

Of course, my first thought is NO. But I go to the cards, right? And this is what I pull:

Okay, setting aside that the cards are practically in order – believe me, I shuffled! And it’s not like they were in order to begin with! – I am first struck at how the Lady and the Gentleman are facing away from each other! Doesn’t that say it all! But there’s the 30 Lilies card and there’s a definite sexual attraction between the two of them – or is there? Is the Lady looking somewhere else? And where is the Gentleman looking? The focus is the 31 Sun card so maybe they get it together – as an old Crone, I’d say that’s a very big maybe.

But hell! I haven’t been fishing in a very long time! And it’s a beautiful sunny day! Perfect fishing weather!

I have to say that I absolutely love this deck of cards. It’s my new favorite divinatory method – I’ve been using it every day. I might actually learn the Lenormand with this fabulous deck! I can’t recommend it enough! If you purchase it or get it as a present, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Until next time, Brightest Blessings!

References:

Lynch, Arwen & Lisa Hunt. Fairy Tale Lenormand. Stamford, CT: US Games, Inc., 2016.

Lisa Hunt Gallery

Tarot by Arwen

Donna Leigh

Cafe Lenomand: Combine Tarot – Lenormand

Learn Lenormand: Combinging Lenormand with Tarot

Photograph of “the creek” from my own personal collection.

The Fairy Tale Lenormand on Amazon

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About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

Crone’s Corner

June, 2019

We are All Pollinators


Every few years I retreat for reasons all my own, in order to take inventory, if you will, of my progression, my journey, and my life. It is never an easy time for me; it usually precedes autumn, as I begin to feel the decay of the annual plants, as the leaves are touched by subtle shades of reds and yellows before ultimately falling to the ground in this beautiful New England scenery. Reminiscent of my own spiritual death and rebirth, I take this emotional and mental inventory. It doesn’t happen every year, not any more; now it happens when things become balanced and stagnation begins to set in. Am I surrounding myself with challenging intellect, am I here for a reason that is worthy, was I spared the finality of the cancer for something more than all of this, what is it, really, that I must do here?

I have changed my pace a little, spring is budding forth with so many opportunities, so many beautiful and blossoming ideas, and as I chase away the dark period, this time around, it brings me to thinking about going out on this limb of understanding and having my day of reckoning. You see, a number of years ago I had an illness that the majority of women who are diagnosed with die in relatively short order. Yet, here I sit, defying all medical odds, healthy as the proverbial horse. I don’t ask “Why” in the face of my Matron, instead, I ask “What shall I do now, Mother?” and I await Her responses, which tend to come in ominous signs and morbid symbolic gestures. This time, it was ultimately revealed that Mother Nature’s hand is in all things. Then the word came…it was just two words…Pollinator and Blossom! And there I went, off on a tangent of thinking of the similarities of the pollinators of the world and the role of the blossoms. Then came the big reveal!!!! We are ALL pollinators and we all experience the blossoms in our own way. While it doesn’t matter which kind of pollinators we are, we each have a value in this community, and we must allow the blossoms to open up fully to be appreciated by all, for the greater good.

We go from place to place, shedding light, asking painful questions, allowing others to see themselves truly, for perhaps the first time in their lives, taking a harsh look at our own agendas. We are some times here for a season, and sometimes for a lifetime, but ALWAYS and in all ways for a reason. Pollinators. There are hummingbirds, playful and lively, flitting from blossom to blossom, extracting nectar and seeming to stand still in mid-flight. The hummingbirds are shy creatures who would rather not be touched, seemingly arriving out of thin air and, in an instant, they are gone. The defense mechanism of a hummingbird is its swift flight, away from danger and on to the next blossom. Then there are wasps, extracting pollen, buzzing gracefully from bloom to bloom in swift, yet languid flight. The wasp will defend its position with a mighty sting without warning. Both of these beings are quite valuable in the life of the blossom; allowing for growth, seeking the sweetness within and extracting from it the purest essence.

If I liken this simile to my own experiences, I have come to know many hummingbirds. Seemingly elusive, never letting any one very close for very long, flitting about pollinating blossoms with a quiet reassurance and moving along to the next. They seemingly stand still as they extract the sweetness of life, yet their wings are working overtime to keep them moving along on their journey. I have also come to know many wasps, flying around with graceful fluidity and self assurance, extracting the sweetness of life with an ever-vigilant eye toward any predators, waiting and ready to stink in defense of their territory. Two very different creatures, yet pollinators, the symbiotic relationship between the pollinator and the blossom is a wonder! We need them all, the blossoms, the hummingbirds and the wasps. They all have value.

I know a few hummingbirds; some of them are friends and acquaintances. I know a few wasps; some of them are friends and acquaintances. We are all pollinators. I am a pollinator too; but the most important thing of all is to recognize that we all have value.

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About the Author:

Shirley Lenhard has been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook group “Pagan Plannertarium” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and The Peace Paper.

3 Pagans and a Cat Monthly Feature

June, 2019

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

While Waiting to Hear This Month’s Casts, Why Not Catch Up on Last Month’s…

Episode 42: Our Community – Ivo Domingeuz Jr.:Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit down for a conversation at Convocation with Ivo Domingeuz Jr. discussing the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel tradition, structuring a coven to avoid Standard Coven Fail-States, the symbolic language of astrology, and how to become a “hedge-astrologer”.

Episode 43: First Steps – Candle Magic: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the reasons for practicing candle magic, the basic concepts behind it, the types of candles available, the various states of dress candles can be found in, and divining your predicted results by candlesign.

Episode 44: Our Community – Kenya Coviak: Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit down for a conversation at Convocation with Kenya Coviak to discuss what makes rootwork, Detroit-flavour magic, and the Black Moon tradition.

Episode 45: Theism and Nontheism – Beliefs in the Divine: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss various theistic and non-theistic belief systems, how one might transition through them during one’s life, and what actually even is a god, really?

This Month’s Podcast Shares from their Backlog

Episode 40: Our Community – Amabran: Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit down for a conversation at Convocation with Amabran, discussing Path of Light, service traditions, covens (and whether they’re for you), and how to find other pagans.

Episode 13: Wheel of the Year – Litha: In the fourth of a series of Pagan Holiday Specials, Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the many names of Litha, and summer solar celebrations around the world.

Where Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

Their Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

Their Twitter: https://twitter.com/3_Pagans

Their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3PaaC

Their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0GJacu9SUzuumXJNNUZwQ

Remember …

You can always support your favorite podcasts with a donation. Every bit helps to keep them going.*

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving Pagans a platform to share and learn without judgment.

She loves to create in her spare time and you can find her Creations, Jewelry, & Magickal Witch Bottles at: www.facebook.com/TwistedWitchesShoppe/

When not creating she can be found strolling around FB, Twitter, & Instagram looking for an interesting conversation. She’s the moderator of a FB Group called Cyber Moon Coven Of Changes and enjoys spending time with it’s members.

Notes from the Apothecary

June, 2019

Notes from the Apothecary: Allspice

Allspice is the fruit of pimento dioica, a type of myrtle tree. It was discovered by Columbus on the island of Jamaica, but is also native to many more islands in the Caribbean plus much of central America. P. dioica is now cultivated around the world wherever the climate is warm enough.

Allspice is also known as the Jamaica Pepper, the Myrtle Pepper, or pimenta.

The Kitchen Garden

Growing allspice yourself can be tricky if you don’t live in a climate similar to that of the West Indies. It’s possible to get the tree to grow in cooler climates, but often it will not bear fruit. A solution to this can be to grow the plant indoors, or in a greenhouse.

The allspice tree is dioecious, which means at least two plants are needed for pollination and fertilisation in order to get fruit. The plant can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

The name allspice was first coined by the English in the 1600s, due to the flavour which is reminiscent of a combination of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Today, allspice is used in a variety of cuisines, from Jamaican, to Greek, to Middle Eastern. A little goes a long way- this berry-like spice has a strong and unique flavour, so use sparingly. Used in sauces, pickles, stews, and in sweet dishes like cakes.

The Apothecary

Allspice has been used historically in Western medicine to help with a range of ailments and complaints. Properties of allspice include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Anaesthetic (the chemical eugenol is present, used by dentists as local anaesthetic)
  • Carminative
  • Rubefacient
  • Aromatic
  • Antifungal
  • Antimicrobial

This is just scratching the surface of the myriad ways allspice has been used medically throughout the ages.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, allspice is known as Duo Xiang Guo and is used to ease painful menstrual cramps, arthritic joints, digestive problems and nausea.

The Witch’s Kitchen

Unsurprisingly, allspice is associated with fire, most likely due to its spicy and fragrant nature. Cunningham associates the plant with healing, luck and wealth, and suggests burning it as an incense to attract money and good fortune.

Allspice is thought to enhance the mood, so can be used in magic to ward off negativity and improve self-confidence, or simply to raise one’s spirits.

Allspice is associated with chance and gambling, so if you like cards or play the lottery, allspice could give you the edge. Combine it with other financially lucky herbs or spices such as chamomile or nutmeg.

In Mayan culture, allspice was one of the herbs used for embalming the dead. This connection to the dead or the transition to the next world could make allspice a key ingredient for incense when communing with ancestors or others who have passed beyond.

Allspice is generally considered masculine, so may be used in the honouring of fiery, male presenting deities such as Mars, Aries, Horus, or Nergal.

Home and Hearth

In hoodoo, allspice can be used to bring success to a business. Start outside the business premises, with a bucket full of water mixed with a mixture of allspice, saltpetre and sugar. Move the mop across the boundary of the business premises, and go right through the building until you come out the back, if possible. The combination of magical herbs and ingredients will draw money, luck, and protect from mischief.

I Never Knew…

Allspice trees can grow up to 18 metres in height, and are sometimes used to shade and protect coffee plants growing beneath the canopy.

Images: Pimenta Dioica, public domain; Allspice Seeds by Brian hur shared with kind permission under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

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