• Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge

    Book Review Homegrown Tea An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge 288 Pages   This book is AMAZING!!!!! The book is filled with Beautiful and bright colored illustrations, and a total of 288 pages broken into parts: leaves, seeds, fruit, and flowers. There is a Brief but thorough introduction in how tea came to be, proper teapot usage, different tea bags and how they were developed. The beginning chapter talks about leaves and has beautiful artwork that goes over how to process tea at home, how to grow tea leaves and it has bright photo examples. The information background directions for planting and…

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    Book Review – Pathworking the Tarot: Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice from the Cards by Leeza Robertson

    Book Review Pathworking the Tarot Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice from the Cards by Leeza Robertson 216 Pages     Pathworking the Tarot: Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice from the Cards is created by Leeza Robertson, creator of two Tarot decks and author of two Tarot books, and published by Llewellyn Publications, a Division of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989. Pathworking the Tarot is a 5¼” by 8” book with a color soft cover with Tarot images on the front and a book description and brief author bio on the back. The interior of the book consists of 200 pages, black easy-to-read type of a nice…

  • This Month's Holiday

    Beltane Correspondences

    Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch) Date: May 1 Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite, artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility. Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldron Stones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber, orange…

  • Divination Articles

    Tarot Talk

    Eight of Swords   (The Eight of Swords card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   By my calculations, this is the 78th card that we are discussing, which means after this month we have made it all the way through the entire Tarot deck! Congratulations, all of you who have stayed with me through this journey. This month we are going to talk about our final card, the Eight of Swords. As always, here is a bit of basic foundational information about the Eights of the Tarot Minor Arcana, and in particular our Eight of Swords. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards,…

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    MagickalArts

    Creating Sacred Space   The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, and the world comes into existence … Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Persephone-Practicing the Art of Personal Power by Robin Corak

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Persephone Practicing the Art of Personal Power by Robin Corak 112 Pages     …We live in a society where the basic rights of some sectors of the community are threatened… What better time to invoke the lessons and attributes of a goddess who not only fought successfully for control over her own fate but who – as Queen of both the Underworld and Spring – also has the ability to cut ties with that which no longer serves her and manifest that which does?… I have reviewed several titles in the Pagan Portals series and am impressed at the quality of writings and the in…

  • Spells & Rituals

    Protection Amulet: Excerpted from Protection Spells by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    Protection Amulet Excerpted from Protection Spells by Arin Murphy-Hiscock     In today’s society, people are under a constant barrage of negative energy, besieged physically, mentally, and emotionally by environmental drains, social stress, and having to keep up with life’s demands. The first step toward dealing with it all is to protect yourself from the onslaught.   Protection Amulet The wearing of protective symbols keyed to your beliefs is an age-old practice. Choose a piece of jewelry that you already wear or get a new one that you can dedicate to this specific purpose. Either way, cleanse the jewelry by passing it through incense smoke before performing the spell in…

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    Book Review – The Magical Writing Grimoire: Use the Word as Your Wand for Magic, Manifestation & Ritual by Lisa Marie Basile

    Book Review The Magical Writing Grimoire Use the Word as Your Wand for Magic, Manifestation & Ritual by Lisa Marie Basile 176 Pages     …. In The Magical Writing Grimoire I wanted to be able to make space for others to write their truth, to invest in their stories, to write for others’…and to turn a writing practice (one that you have or not) into a sacred, healing, magical act where writing is elevated into transformative ritual. Because when we tap into that power, we find, in many ways, freedom, beauty, light. The only way out is through…Lisa Basile I am an author, ritualist and Witch and love to write and…

  • Crafting Articles

    Pixie Witch Kitchen

    Witchy Fingers Stew aka String Bean Stew   Today we are going to make a delicious stew that I call witchy fingers stew since the string beans look like a witch’s fingers. It is a great stew to serve up for Beltane. It has a little kick to it but if your not into spicy you can omit the cayenne pepper. The spice is for the fire of Beltane. The Earthy string beans, onions, celery and meat go so well together. Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility of the Earth, fire and abundance. It is celebrated on May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and on November 1st in the…

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    Celebrating The Old Ways In New Times

    Celebrating The Old Ways In New Times for April 2020     Bright Blessings! Before we know it, Beltane will be upon us, and many will be going to gatherings where Maypole is danced, and emphasis on sexuality, and the union of the Mother Goddess and Father God are celebrated. Talk about fertility, union, and all things about growth will abound! I’ve gone to multiple celebrations, all of which often have a focus on the union of things to reproduce. But the older I get, and the more people I meet, the more I realize, THIS, in particular does not apply to all people… Now, sure, we all celebrate the…