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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…

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    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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    30-Day Chakra Healing Challenge by Cyndi Dale and Dana Childs

      In our groundbreaking book, Chakras, Food, and You, we present a revolutionary way to connect to your true self by identifying your primary chakra. From this starting place, you can structure your food choices and lifestyle to support that main energy center. However, every chakra needs a little love and maintenance. Your chakras are essentially eddies of energies that interact with one another, the external environment, and other living beings. They are the subtle prisms of sound and light that create your outer physical reality. That means if you want to be in tip-top shape, every chakra must be the same. So, why not spend the next 30 days…

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    Samildánach – Poetry

    Samildánach     Will I have any grain to bring To place on the stone within the ring? Will I have flesh to cut and burn And place inside the bubbling urn? Will I have neeps and spuds and carrots To fill these wide and simmering pots? Or shall I send my body’s milk, Sweet like parsnips, smooth like silk? Enough to feed a baby small Enough for summer, more for fall And more for winter still, my stock Is never under key and lock.   I am the harvest, am the land Though Tailtiu never took my hand I was not cleared; I am not feared I am the…

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    ‘Magical Houseplants’ Excerpt from The Witchy Homestead by Nikki Van De Car

    MAGICAL HOUSEPLANTS     The following plants are ideal for placing around your doors or windows, in your bathroom or kitchen, in bedrooms and at the entryways—their energy and support will permeate your home.   Ferns These ethereal plants can help protect your home from invasive negative energies. They’re also very easy to care for—they like humid weather and will thrive hanging on your porch in the summer, as long as you give them plenty of water. They prefer indirect light, as they thrive in shady, secretive nooks. SUGGESTED PLACEMENT: Ferns will keep your home happy wherever they are, but if there’s a certain room where you sit and read…

  • This Month's Holiday

    Lughnasadh/Lammas/First Harvest Correspondences

    (Lammas Folklore Zine created by Through The Hagstone of ThroughTheHagstOne on Etsy where it may be purchased.)   Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2 Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic),First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American) Animals and Mythical beings: Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine Incense and Oils: wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood Colors: red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray Tools, Symbols,…

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    “What to Do When a Friendship Isn’t Working” Excerpt from The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac, and More by Nikki Van De Car, illustrated by Uta Krogmann

    “What to Do When a Friendship Isn’t Working”     *An Excerpt from The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac, and More by Nikki Van De Car, illustrated by Uta Krogmann   Certain signs just have a hard time bonding with one another. It doesn’t mean they can never be friends, or that these aren’t extremely valuable relationships—it just means that maybe they require a little more intention and work than others.   ARIES You can have a tough time with Capricorn, Cancer, and sometimes Pisces or other Aries. When that happens, try to check your own impulses—are you being too fiery? Are you being…

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    The Energetics of Various FoodStuffs an Excerpt from “Chakras, Food and You,” by Cyndi Dale and Dana Childs

    The Energetics of Various FoodStuffs   One of the most important ways to decide what to eat and what to avoid involves an understanding of the subtle energetics of various types of foodstuffs. As you’ll discover, carbs provide instant energy and comfort. If your best friend just moved away, you aren’t going to crave a strengthening protein. You’ll want a comforting carb. That’s okay—just select a healthy one for your chakra type. But when you’re headed to her going-away party? You might want to snack on a protein first, as you’ll need the strength proteins offer. The following outline of various types of foodstuffs and nutrients can key you in…

  • This Month's Holiday

    Summer Solstice/Litha Correspondences

    (Litha Witch Poppet-Midsummer May Queen Corn Husk Doll by Jenna Miller can be purchased from OfSmokeandSoil on etsy.)   Sunday June 20th Also known As: Midsummer, Midsommer, Summer Solstice, Litha, Alban Hefin, Sun Blessing, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheathain, Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, Thing-tide, St. John’s Day Purpose Rededication to the Lord and Lady, beginning of the harvest, honoring the Sun God, honoring the pregnant Godddess Dynamics/Meaning Crowning of the Sun God, death of the Oak King, assumption of the Holly King, end the ordeal of the Green Man Tools, Symbols & Decorations The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits…

  • Crafting Articles,  Reviews & Interviews

    WitchCrafts: Crafts for Witches – An Interview with Michael DeMeng of Art Abandonment

    WitchCrafts: Crafts for Witches Interviews Michael DeMeng of Art Abandonment     I’m an avid crafter. You will always find me working on something or many somethings. Whenever I go somewhere I take a project with me, I have to have my hands moving in some creative way at every moment. I’m also an enthusiastic giver! I love giving people gifts more than receiving them. If I know something is going to make someone happy I have to give them it. Nothing makes me happier, then knowing that I caused someone’s joy. Most of the lovelies I create are gifts for others. A few months ago, while trolling facebook groups,…