• Monthly Columns

    Mabon Correspondences & Water Element Writing Ritual Excerpted from ‘The Ultimate Guide to the Witch’s Wheel of the Year’ by Anjou Kiernan

      MABON September 21–24 (Southern Hemisphere: March 21–24) Pronunciation: MAB-bon Alternative Names: Autumn or Fall Equinox, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Wine Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Alban Elfid (Celtic)   CORRESPONDENCES ALTAR DECORATIONS: Acorns, animal bones, apples, autumn leaves, balance scales, corn, cornucopia (horn of plenty), gourds, grapes and grapevines, pentacles, pine cones, pomegranates, poppies, root vegetables, seeds, sunflowers, wine ANIMALS: Blackbird, coyote, crow, duck, goat, goose, owl, raven, stag, squirrel, turkey, wolf CELEBRATIONS: Charity work, feasting, gather­ing, harvesting COLORS: Burgundy, burnt orange, dark green, eggplant, brown, gold DEITIES: Aphrodite/Venus, Dionysus/Bacchus, gods and goddesses of the underworld (Perse­phone/Kore/Proserpine, Demeter/Ceres, Hekate) (Greco-Roman); Modron and Mabon (Welsh) DIRECTION: West ELEMENT: Water FOOD…

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    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Monthly Feature

      3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.   While Waiting to Hear This Month’s Casts, Why Not Catch Up on Last Month’s… Episode 104: Kitten Trails – Car, Gwyn, and Ode vamp for an hour without a topic, touching on such subjects as the wildlife in their yard, Ode’s newest tarot deck, and cosmetics glamours. Episode 105: Ritual Construction – Car, Gwyn, and Ode break down…

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    Spells, Potions, & Craft Excerpts from ‘The Little Witch’s Book of Spells’ by Ariel Kusby

    In Your Hands You Hold an Enchanted Guidebook. . . . Welcome, magical one. Are you wondering how to cast magic spells? Would you like to be a witch? Well, you already are one if you wish to be. A witch is someone with special abilities. You do not necessarily need to possess the power to make objects fly or to read minds, though. It is your essential qualities—the elements of who you are—that are magical and can be used in witchcraft if you believe they are powerful. Your kindness, for example, or your intelligence. You are a witch if you feel somehow different or special, and believe that within…

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    It Begins with the Aura – An Excerpt from the Book Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic by Miss Aida

    It Begins with the Aura An Excerpt from the Book Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic by Miss Aida     Have you ever seen paintings of God or saints or revered deities with a glow surrounding their heads? These depictions of light are energy fields called auras, something all matter and living beings possess. The radiance of the aura can emit different degrees of brightness or dim luminosity, as well as emanating different colors. Auras act as shields, protecting us from outside negative influences that might affect our psychological and spiritual well-being. In many cultures and traditions, it is also believed that the aura protects our physiological status. There are…

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    The Lunar Horse and Spell for Beauty & Physical Attraction Excerpt from the Book ‘Horse Magick’ by Lawren Leo

      The Lunar Horse Beware reader! Not all religious tales are pleasant, and sometimes the path to esoteric enlightenment is sullied with offal. The choice is yours; turn back now or just step around anything you may find offensive until the path is once again clear. Is this not, after all, the case in life itself? It is certainly the case in the ancient Japanese myth of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, which is drawn from the sacred text of the Shinto religion, The Kojiki (An Account of Ancient Matters). This myth has repulsive elements, but ultimately it edifies. Amaterasu and Susanowo The tale starts with the first parent, Izanagi, giving…

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    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Monthly Feature

    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.   While Waiting to Hear This Month’s Casts, Why Not Catch Up on Last Month’s… Episode 95: Protest – Car, Gwyn, and Ode talk about George Floyd and other black people murdered by police in the United States, good protest practices, and magical protection for resistance. Episode 96: Death and Rebirth – Gwyn and Ode (without Car, due to migraine)…

  • This Month's Holiday

    Lughnasadh/Lammas Correspondences

    (featured art: Lughnasadh Needle Felted Wee Witch by Erika Perry owner of WeeWitchEmporium on etsy.)   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, and Decorations: corn,…

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    Spiritual Preparation for Pregnancy Excerpted from The Pregnant Goddess by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    Spiritual Preparation for Pregnancy     Is Anyone Truly Ready for Pregnancy? On the surface of that question is the obvious answer: If you can conceive or have conceived, then you are physiologically ready for the state of pregnancy. Whether you are mentally, emotionally, or spiritually ready, well, that’s another story. Even if you have previously been pregnant, that experience serves only as a guideline for how this pregnancy will go and how you will feel and react to the changes in your body once again. It is one of the miracles of pregnancy that every experience with it will be different. Every gestation is unique and you must look…

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    Moon Rituals For the Summer Excerpted from The Moon Spells Journal by Diane Ahlquist

    Moon Rituals For the Summer     JUNE In June, a month of long days and short nights, we experience the last moon of spring as solar energy is heating up, days lengthen, and we celebrate the peak of solar power. The world around continues to transform. Crops and herbs grow in leaps and bounds; hives are full of honey as bees take advantage of the long days and bountiful blooms. As the life-giving solar force heightens vibrations, fortifies resolve, and builds strength, we are impelled to make hay while the sun shines! Infused with warmth from the extended hours of daylight, nights are short, fragrant, and enthralling, packed with…

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    “Self-Love Ritual for When You Don’t Get It Right the First Time” An Excerpt from The Junior Witch’s Handbook by Nikki Van De Car

      Fulfillment will never be achieved without some failure along the way. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be all that fulfilling, would it? Failure is an integral part of the process of reaching satisfaction and happiness. That doesn’t mean it’s a pleasant experience. Whenever we fail at something—and particularly when it’s something we really want to be good at—it hurts. We feel all kinds of emotions, and may decide that this failure along our journey means that we’re not good at this, that we’re never going to be good at this, and, sometimes, that’s there’s something wrong with us because we weren’t successful this time. Sometimes it helps to…