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    The Kitchen Witch

    Absolutely The Best Pasta Salad In the World My family usually has some kind of reunion each summer – one side gathering here and the other side gathering there – and for the last twenty-odd years, I have been bringing “my” pasta salad to every family picnic. It doesn’t even have an official name – it’s just “Polly’s Pasta Salad” – and everyone loves it. But it’s not really my salad. Like everything else I make, it’s a recipe I got from someone else and then I tweaked it – again and again – until it settled into the form it has today. It’s funny. I don’t even use a…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide to Athames

      The Bad Witch’s Guide to Athames Athame rhymes with “a plane” not “ath harm eh”. The black-handled knife, the witch’s blade, the athame: a ritual knife for casting and cutting energy and power. I’ve never been uncomfortable with knives (blame She-ra) from my pen-knife I got around 9 years old to the kitchen knives I used all the time from about 11 years of age, yet there is this anxiety about blades, more now than when I was younger most especially with some women. Much in the same way I think everyone should know how to use a saw, axe, drill and spade (shovels are from moving stuff, spades…

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    Eclipsed

    Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon 27 July 2018 My dear friend Susan Rossi who is a gifted astrologer (https://openchannelastrology.com/) has taught me to pay close attention to eclipses and the, so called, annual Eclipse Season. She tells me that eclipses act as gates or portals for human consciousness we can pass through. If we handle the challenges right we can even unhook from “karmic theatre” – meaning that we can put long-standing dysfunctional dynamics between us and others to rest. Easier said than done, but when we achieve it there is instant relief and head space. In November last year I discovered some cysts in my breast which opened a…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Marigold     The marigold is a complicated puzzle to unfurl. True marigolds, tagetes, originated in North America and found their way back to Europe via Spanish and Portuguese explorers. Yet the plant we most often call marigold is actually calendula, which travelled the complete opposite way, arriving in America from the Mediterranean hundreds of years ago. The two types of plants are not botanically related, so calendula lovers, I’m sorry, but keep your eyes peeled next month. This month it’s the true marigold’s chance to shine.   The Kitchen Garden Marigolds are striking and beautiful, with yellow and orange petals that come in a fascinating…

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    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    Synergy 12 Crystals, Explained The synergy 12 crystals are a group of 12 extremely powerful stones that are believed to work together to aid you in inner awakening, lightbody activation, and to enhance spiritual evolution and ascension. They were first described by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian in “The Book of Stones, Who They are and What they Teach” in 2005. Many are easy to find and inexpensive, while a few are much rarer and more costly (such as phenacite, brookite, satyaloka quartz and herderite). Azeztulite is trademarked and is quite expensive. You can find the entire synergy 12 available to purchase together, or you can start acquiring them one…

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    Self-Love: The Gift of Living Aloha

    “Love is the only emotion that expands intelligence.” -Humberto Maturana Recently, my partner and I went to see the new documentary about one of my childhood heroes, Fred Rogers. The film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” touched me at a deep, universal soul level; I am rarely affected this way by movies so this experience had my attention. I wept through the film wondering what words I could use to describe what I was feeling. When I was a kid, I used to watch “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” every weekday on television. At some point in the show, he would say the healing words that made me feel truly seen and…

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    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Monthly Feature

      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. Each month we will share an episode with you from their back catalog of impressive podcasts & keep you up to date with their up coming month’s featured highlights. We don’t want you to miss a thing!     This Month’s Podcast from their Backlog Episode 2: Neo-Paganism and Sexual Abuse Car, Gwynn, and Ode discuss recent accusations of…

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    Witch & Popcorn

    Review of Insidious 3 Bright Blessings! I could not resist reviewing another horror flick! I can’t get enough of them! I have seen Insidious and also part 2, and was tickled pink when I saw a part 3! Here is the official trailer. I liked parts 1 and 2, but part 3 was the best, in my opinion. It is the prequel to 1, and 2, and shows what happens that starts the ball rolling for the events in the first two films. The plot is the very grief-stricken teenager, Quinn approaches psychic Elise, to contact her deceased mother. Elise has stepped aside from medium-ship work, and initially tries, but…

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    Seeing the Signs

    A Morning Walk and the Cosmic Hello I take several walks a day. Part of this is because I don’t own a car so my legs are my primary source of transportation. Sometimes I am merely walking a few blocks to the bus stop to catch a bus to some other destination. Sometimes I am walking up and down Bailey Avenue, the main drag near my home, going to the few shops that remain in this benighted neighborhood, buying the items that I need to complete a meal or to fix something in the home. Sometimes I just need to get out of the house. Walking is a way to…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    August 2018 for Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times Bright Blessings! It has been unusually hot this year, and me, the cats, and my husband are melting! We are thankful for our air conditioner, and we venture out early in the morning or later at night. The dog is not thrilled, as she likes longer walks, and is immune to extreme weather. Maybe I will come back as a dog in the next life! The garden, however, is absolutely thriving. The new rose I planted has tiny red sprouts on it, the cherry tomato is producing abundantly, the marigolds are showing their golden manes proudly, and the zinnias, dear…