• Monthly Columns,  Spells & Rituals

    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Nun   The oldest of ancient Egyptian gods is Nun (also Nu), the father of Ra, the sun god. Nun means “primeval waters.” Although the Egyptians had many creation myths, all agreed the universe came from Nun’s primordial waters. The sun rising from the sea each morning was considered a reenactment of the creation myth. Legends have said at the end of the world, everything will sink beneath the waters of chaos from which creation begun. No priesthoods, cults, or temples were devoted solely to Nun, but when digging foundations for temples, Egyptians dug down until they reached water so the temple was literally rising out of…

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    An Excerpt from Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living

    Recently, non-violent environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion took to the streets of London to protest governments investing in fossil fuels. Regardless of your political affiliations, we can all agree that looking after our planet is good for everyone, human and otherwise! Here is an excerpt from Mabh Savage’s upcoming book, Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living, considering ways of fighting the systems that contribute towards an unhealthy planet and global ecosystem.     I think some Pagans and spiritual folks may avoid intense environmental activism because they may be concerned that their practice may become too political. It’s easy to get bogged down in politics, which as…

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    Moon Talk

    The Basics of Magick and Debunking Stereotypes Lets take it back to the basics. When I spell “Magick”; you are probably wondering if I misspelled that right? For those who are new to Witchcraft, the word “magic” might bring various images to mind—talented illusionists who pull rabbits out of hats, sparks shooting from wands in Hollywood movies, or a cartoon character who can disappear simply by snapping his fingers. But for people who actually practice magic, the truth is much more subtle, and yet more powerful, than any pop culture fantasy. Back in the late 1300s, the French word “magique” entered the English language and became “magic.” The common French…

  • Crafting Articles,  Reviews & Interviews

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches Book Review – Creating Smudge Sticks: 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness by Peg Couch

    Book Review Creating Smudge Sticks 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness by Peg Couch Publisher: Red Feather 128 Pages Publication Date: September 28, 2020   Merry meet. This month, my column is about a book I was given to review called “Creating Smudge Sticks: 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness.”     While not pitched directly to pagans, using smoke is a common practice among us for purification and removing negative energy. In this book, Peg Couch presents projects for these as well as such intentions as love, anti-anxiety, stress relief, blessing a house, courage, and good vibrations.     Each project calls for…

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    Book Review – The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car

    Book Review The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car Publisher: Running Press Kids 168 Pages Publication Date: July 20, 2021     The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car is one of those books that not only do you wish was around when you were a kid, but also wish your own kids had access to such a fun, yet informative title. Everything about the book calls out to the energy of kids and their naturally inquisitive nature. The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to…

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    Book Review – How to Lead a Badass Business From Your Heart: The Permission You’ve Been Waiting for to Birth Your Vision and Spread Your Glitter in the World by Makenzie Marzluff

    Book Review How to Lead a Badass Business From Your Heart The Permission You’ve Been Waiting for to Birth Your Vision and Spread Your Glitter in the World by Makenzie Marzluff Publisher: Changermaker Books 224 Pages Publication Date: November 1, 2020     Makenzie Marzluff’s advice to play big and let your heart lead you is a blueprint for not only building a badass business, but for making any vision a reality. “How to Lead a Badass Business from the Heart” encourages dreamers, visionaries, and light-workers to heal the planet through their creations. Approaching business from a spiritual perspective requires breaking from the old paradigm, avoiding decisions made from a…

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    Book Review – Llewellyn’s Little Book of the Day of the Dead by Jaime Gironés

    Book Review Llewellyn’s Little Book of the Day of the Dead by Jaime Gironés Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 196 Pages Publication Date: September 8, 2021   ….If the Day of the Dead inspires you to celebrate your loved ones who have passed away, the most important thing is to do so from your heart. When working with the spirit world, it is crucial that what you are doing has meaning to you. If you are motivated to practice some of the activities mentioned in this book, by all means, do so. If some symbols or aspects do not resonate with you, it is more important to find a way to engage…

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    Excerpt from the Book ‘The Modern Witchcraft Guide to Fairies’

      When you hear the word “fairy,” what image comes to mind? A miniature girl with gossamer wings and a sparkly dress, a la Disney’s version of Tinker Bell? A benevolent creature who flits about sprinkling fairy dust everywhere, waving her wand to make children’s wishes come true? If so, you’re in for a surprise. Like unicorns and mermaids, these magickal entities have been denatured by pop culture, robbed of their mystique and majesty. The fairies of old were nothing like the sugar-coated cartoon characters we envision today. They were powerful beings of a semi-divine nature, who may have descended from the gods and goddesses. According to some tales, they…

  • Monthly Columns,  This Month's Holiday

    Mabon/Autumn Equinox Correspondences

    Fall/Autumn Equinox, Wednesday, September 22, 2021   (artwork: Card – Mabon Meditation – fantasy art printed on sustainable paper by Maartje from the shop MaartjevanDokkum on etsy.)     Michaelmas (September 25th, Christian), Second Harvest Festival, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Harvest Home (Anglo-Celtic), Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Chung Chiu (China), Night of the Hunter, Alban Elfed “The Light of the Water”(Caledonii/ Druidic-celebrates Lord of the Mysteries), Winter Finding (Teutonic, from Equinox ’til Winter Night or Nordic New Year, Oct 15th.)   It is the equilibrium of day and night and this represents the light and darkness in our lives. The long summer nights…

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    Witch & Popcorn

      Reservation Dogs     A wonderful new indigenous comedy is making waves on Hulu. Starring such veteran actors as Zahn McClarnon and Gary Farmer, this refreshing show is about a group of Native American teens and their days and nights at home on their reservation in Oklahoma. Bored, tired of the bad things that go on there, and to some extent, ready to get the hell away for good, the kids stick together, making the best of the worst, and making the viewers die laughing, begging for more. Here is a trailer for the show:     The magic of this film comes from the fact that it’s an…