• Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Grim Grand Grammarye: Making Sense of The PGM and Joining the Sabbatic Ecstasies by Coemgein Gowdie

    Book Review The Grim Grand Grammarye Making Sense of The PGM and Joining the Sabbatic Ecstasies by Coemgein Gowdie 230 Pages Publication Date: 1/14/2021     Published originally on May 5, 2020, this book can be had, conveniently through Amazon’s Kindle as well as paperback through Amazon.com. It is confusing that on one Amazon site, it states the author is Isobel Gowdie, and another lists it as Coemgein Gowdie. Isobel Gowdie was accused of witchcraft and confessed in 1662 in Auldeare, Scotland. Her testimony was used extensively by Margaret Alice Murray, which in turn inspired Gerald Gardner’s Wicca, and scholars consider her vivid testimony of dealings with the devil as…

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    Book Review – Missing Witches: Recovering True Histories of Feminist Magic by Risa Dickens and Amy Torok

    Book Review Missing Witches Recovering True Histories of Feminist Magic by Risa Dickens and Amy Torok Publisher: North Atlantic Books 312 Pages Publication Date: 3/23/2021     I thoroughly enjoyed reading Missing Witches: Recovering True Histories of Feminist Magic, by Risa Dickens and Amy Torok, published by North Atlantic Books. But I have to laugh … am I so very old? None of these witches were “missing” to me! I had heard of every single one of them, in fact, many years ago. I have books on my shelves by some of these very women! But there’s always room for new books about famous witches and to those growing up…

  • Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Crafts for Witches: DIY Dishes Merry meet. When you can’t find a dish with the wheel of the year on it, a plate with the moon, a coffee mug with the right words, or a trivet with a pentacle on it, you can make it yourself. This one was made for me from an unused child’s craft kit, adding some acrylic paints before baking it.     Typically, you’d use Sharpie or dry erase markers. Cotton swabs, and rubbing alcohol or a dry marker eraser will be needed to remove mistakes. Non-toxic ceramic paint and pens can be used on microwave-safe dishware, making it safe for serving food. Clean your…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire by C. Ara Campbell

    Book Review Dark Goddess Magick Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire by C. Ara Campbell Publisher: Fair Winds Press 192 Pages Publication Date: 9/14/2021     …. Deep transformation occurs when we connect to the ancient wisdom of the dark goddesses. Through her practices and rituals, we can reshape our world. By embrac­ing our darkness and dancing with our shadows, we embrace the truth of all that we are. The wisdom in these myths aids us in finding our truth….C. Ara Campbell Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire by C. Ara Campbell is a thoughtful book that expands on the traditional Goddesses associated…

  • Monthly Columns

    The Benefits of Forest Bathing & 8 Simple Tips

    Forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku) has been practiced in Japan for over 800 years to help improve physical and mental health. The country now has several designated shinrin-yoku forests and doctors even prescribe it to their patients. Simply put, forest bathing is a blend of exercise and meditation where you intentionally set out to immerse yourself in a forest environment. It will come as no surprise to readers of this magazine that communing with nature has physical and mental health benefits. What is, perhaps, surprising is that science has finally got round to studying the practice and describing the benefits. What several studies have found is that being in nature has…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Witch & Popcorn

      Review of The 13th Warrior This beautiful film opens in the splendor of the ancient Middle East and we find our hero, Ahmad ibn Fahdlan, cast far away from home for having an affair with a married woman. He is banished for having an affair with a king’s wife to the land of what is called the home of the “barbarians” aka the Norsemen- Odin’s men, pagan Heathens! He and his hosts are told by a holy woman 13 men must go to the aid of Kind Hrothgar- yeah ANOTHER Hollywood take on the epic Beowulf- and the 13th Warrior will be no Northman. As a daughter of Odin,…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Sian Lewis Evans: Pulled to the Moon and Cosmos

      Sian Lewis Evans runs a popular Facebook group for spiritual entrepreneurs, and offers coaching, spiritual business resources, and a range of goods in her online shop. I was lucky enough to get the chance to review one of Sian’s Lunar Boxes, just one of the many offerings on her website, https://www.thewitchscwtch.com/. I chatted to Sian, witch and female entrepreneur, about her work and what it means to her. Mabh: Your website describe you as a “Multipassionate Female Entrepreneur.” Could you tell us a little bit about what this means? Sian: In a nutshell, Multipassionate or Multipotentialite is someone who has a lot of knowledge about a lot of things.…

  • Monthly Columns

    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

      This month concludes our focus on Devotion and the Great Work.… Nuances of The Great Work-Part Two   “When a human reaches up to his/her Higher Mind and learns to access the vibrational gifts from that realm (of his/her own higher consciousness), she or he will be filled with inspiration and courage. And this type of inspiration and courage could change the world through actions that are then taken by that individual.”… anonymous …   The Essential Elements of Devotion If we take a look at devotion through the lens of the Alchemical Elements, we can see the cycle that occurs in the process. These three (3) Alchemical Elements form…

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    Worth the Witch Second Edition

      Under the Willows Design – Monthly Altar Kit       Ostara was the theme for the March 2021 Monthly Altar Kit from Under the Willows Design. Among its contents were a collection of herb and flower seeds to plant to honor the new growth that comes with spring. Little labeled plastic bags held lavender, sweet pea and verbena seeds.     The herbs in this kit – wormwood, chamomile, and calendula – are for offerings, Ostara rituals, or adding to your altar or apothecary for your own needs. They can also be used for a cleansing washes, using the Ostara energies for prosperity spells, or to charge and cleanse crystals…

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    ZOOM IN!

    Tips and Techniques for Effective Zoom Events       COVID-19 and new protocols for safety has resulted in canceled festivals, rituals and workshops leaving many within our community feeling isolated and yearning for interactions with others. Fortunately, we live in a technologically booming age and since creativity is a staple of pagans, these two together can form a winning partnership…..   Specific Events: Virtual Ritual Part One This month we’ll explore some of the considerations when planning for a virtual ritual. As we know, the virtual experience provides a level of barrier to being in the presence of others, sensing the energy up close and being able to coordinate the…