• Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Apples Three Ways Merry meet! Apples correspond to Mabon and there are many simple ways to incorporate them into your craft when celebrating Mabon.   I like to use them as candle holders on my altar and table. For tea lights, take an empty candle container and push it into the top of an apple. Scoop out the area and drop in a tea light.           Similarly, core the top of an apple to hold a taper candle, careful that the apple remains stable.       When done using them as candle holders, you can slice the apples horizontally into thin circles, dip them in…

  • Monthly Columns

    MagickalArts

    What Are the Magickal Arts? … As magickal practitioners we are all “artists” in our own ways, honing our skills of creating magick, weaving patterns of energy that affect change and calling to the most Divine of our natures as we align with cosmos, greater earth and all of the many Beings that inhabit those realms. And, I like where this trend is taking us in exploring the craft in all of forms….   Mabon (aka. Autumnal Equinox) brings the opportunity for restoring harmony in our endeavors as we enjoy the second harvest. This issue we honor…   Magickal Art of Tipping the Balance!     As the Wheel of…

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    Good God!

    Meet: Liber   Liber may well have originated as a native Italian god of fertility, vegetation, and wine. He is also associated with intoxication and was known for throwing wicked parties. The Romans later merged his identity with that of the Greek god Dionysus. Like Dionysus, Liber represented uninhibited freedom and the subversion of the powerful. He was a patron deity of Rome’s plebeians – the largest, least powerful class of citizens – who rejected the civil and religious authority of the ruling class elite. Before being adopted as a Roman deity, Liber was a phallic deity and a companion to two different goddesses in two different archaic Italian fertility…

  • Spells & Rituals

    SpellCrafting: Spells for the Craft

    Mabon Mandala     Merry meet! This issue’s spell coordinates with Mabon, but is also appropriate anytime you wish to offer gratitude. Given that a prayer is a spell and a mandala is a prayer, therefore a mandala is a spell.     On the second of three and the most abundant of the harvests, I suggest creating a mandala from seasonal botanicals to thank the Mother for her blessings. In an open space, preferably outside as a gift of beauty to the earth, lay out fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, vegetation, and found items in a pleasing way. Make each piece you place an offering of appreciation for one of…

  • Spells & Rituals

    The Rite Way

    A Ritual Making Harvest Stew   To celebrate the second harvest, this ritual consists of making a vegetable stew infused with magical intentions. It is written for a solitary practitioner, but can easily be adapted to a group. You will need more than an hour to complete this ritual. Read through it to know what you will need, making changes to suit your circumstances. Begin by purifying and cleansing your ritual space of any energy not aligned with the highest good; in this case it will most likely be the kitchen. You can sweep the space, ring bells, smudge it with herbs, or asperge the perimeter with water or other…

  • Reviews

    Book Review – Where Fairies Meet by Daniela Simina

    Book Review Where Fairies Meet By Daniela Simina Publisher: Moon Books 96 Pages Release Date: June 1, 2023       Are Fairies real or just traveling mythological stories that mirror the cultural and religious beliefs present at their time? In this delightful and short read, Daniela Simina shares historical Romanian and Irish Fairielore, while allowing the space and pondering for the reader to decide for themselves where the evidence leads. Although stories are shaped by society and the stories evolve according to translation, the numerous accounts of Fairie encounters over human history makes one wonder how these stories have stood the test of time and continue to emerge even…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Anemones   Whenever you hear the word “anemone” you’ll either imagine a gorgeous yet shy sea creature or a beautiful flower found both in the wild and in gardens all over the world. Of course, here in the Apothecary, we’re excited about the flowers! There are well over a hundred species of anemone, including Anemone blanda and Anemone nemorosa, both often referred to as wood anemones or the more evocative name, windflowers. Anemones are in the same family as buttercups (Ranunculaceae) and grow from bulbs or rhizomes, usually coming back year after year. In Europe, anemones are keepers of living history, in a way, as large…

  • Reviews

    Book Review – 2024 Moon Goddess Diary by Nicci Garaicoa

    Book Review 2024 Moon Goddess Diary Northern Hemisphere: A Year’s Journey of Love, Connection, and Support – a Journey Back to You Written by Nicci Garaicoa Illustrated by Olivia Bürki Publisher: Rockpool Publishing 160 Pages Release Date: June 12, 2023       My Inner Child lit up when she received this delightful and beautiful 2024 Moon Goddess Diary by Nicci Garaicoa! “A year’s journey of love, connection, and support. A journey back to you.” The whimsical mermaid goddess illustrations by Olivia Burki combined with the gorgeous color palettes and empowering prompts by Nicci reminded me of my innocence and purity in childhood. I recalled how my Inner Child would fantasize…

  • Reviews

    Book Review – The Torch of Brighid: Flametending for Transformation by Erin Aurelia

    Book Review The Torch of Brighid: Flametending for Transformation by Erin Aurelia Publisher: Moon Books 144 Pages Publication: June 1, 2023     The Torch of Brighid: Flametending for Transformation by Erin Aurelia is a consummate work of wisdom for those who are devotees of the Celtic Goddess, Brighid. But, what makes this title especially appealing is the guidance offered to all, whether familiar or working with Brighid’s gifts. This organic approach is one that can only be exemplified by someone deeply connected to Brighid and we find this skill in the author, Erin Aurelia, founder of the Daughters of Brighid Flametending Order. The Torch of Brighid: Flametending for Transformation…