• Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches – Knitting with Intention     Merry meet. Knitting, crocheting, weaving, sewing – and any other craft or action – can be made magickal with intention. Additions are nice, but optional.     My soul sister, Debby Bailey, modified this $3 gnome pattern (This site has some neat crochet gnomes) to knit witches for friends on the path. She also makes them to sell and takes special orders. Each one is made with joy because of her desire to spread it.     “I’ve always enjoyed using my hands and my mind/spirit in conjunction: classical piano, massage therapy, knitting. The energy just flows.”     These four…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Crystals and Numerology: Decode Your Numbers and Support Your Life Path with Healing Stones by Edith Wuest and Sabine Schieferle

    Book Review Crystals and Numerology Decode Your Numbers and Support Your Life Path with Healing Stones by Edith Wuest and Sabine Schieferle Publisher: Earthdancer Books 160 Pages Publication Date: February 16, 2021     Numerology is a tool for gaining insight into character, talents, and abilities by analyzing the numbers in your birthdate, and the numeric values of the letters in your name, as well as the numbers that serendipitously appear in your life again and again. These personal numbers reflect our inner world. Crystals offer supportive and healing energy in the outer world, helping to harmonize the energies we had at birth. “Crystals and Numerology” combines both, bringing the…

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    Book Review – Inner Practices for the Twelve Nights of Yuletide by Anne Stallkamp & Werner Hartung

    Book Review Inner Practices for the Twelve Nights of Yuletide by Anne Stallkamp & Werner Hartung Publisher: Earthdancer Books 144 Pages Publication Date: October 5, 2021 (Originally published in German in 2014)     There is a special magic between the solar and the lunar years, beginning on Yule eve and continuing for 12 nights. The twelfth night begins the evening of January 1, ending at sundown January 2. This span has been called a buffer zone, and the fifth season. Think of it as the pagan alternative to an Advent calendar or the 12 Days of Christmas. It is a pause, a time of transition. Electric lights allow us…

  • Monthly Columns

    Witch Hunt

      There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere… The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.   Meet: Roberto Vargas     I met Roberto Vargas about six years ago through a pagan discussion group. He and his husband, Norman, are one of the nicest couples you’d want to meet and we’ve remained friends. Both have their sun in Cancer. The three of us connected with three other friends and committed to planning a public ritual for all eight sabbats during one turn of the wheel. He was unflappable. I learned a lot about how wonderful things turn out even if you feel like you’re…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Anubis     Anubis is the Egyptian god of the underworld, of the afterlife, and mummification. He helped judge souls after their death and guided lost souls into the afterlife. While it is generally believed Anubis is the son of Osiris and Nephthys and the product of adultery, this is not confirmed. What is known is he had a daughter known as Kebechet (or Qebehet) with the head of a serpent.     A jackal-headed deity, and sometimes with the head of a dog, Anubis is the Greek name for “the guardian of the tombs.” He’s also known as the Lord of the Necropolis. For ancient Egyptians…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    ‘Every Day Is Powerful’ Interview with “Daily Magic: Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magical” Author Judika Illes

    ‘Every Day Is Powerful’ Interview with “Daily Magic: Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magical” Author Judika Illes     A Cancer with her sun in the sixth house and a Scorpio moon, Judika Illes was destined for a writing career. But first she was a freeform radio deejay, she sold small leather goods in a deluxe store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. She’s a certified aromatherapist. Until her first book was published, she sold makeup in the mall (because if you gave her a jar of skin cream, she understand the ingredient list, such as boswellia is frankincense. She was a card reader and dream interpreter…

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    Oracle Deck Review – Secret Woods: Guides and Inspirational Messages by Kelly Patton

    Oracle Deck Review Secret Woods Guides and Inspirational Messages by Kelly Patton Publisher: Schiffer Red Feather Pages: 28 Cards, 72 Page Guide Book Publication: June 29, 2021     Author and artist Kelly Patton honored experiences she’d had spanning more than a decade by expressing insights and life lessons through art. Twenty-eight cards in her oracle deck feature unique animals, nature spirits and unusual creatures as guides who share their secrets and offer loving advice. “Secret Woods” comes packaged in a sleeve with a die cut offering a peek at the cover of the box beneath. The wrap-around box has a magnet to hold down the flap. Inside is the…

  • Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Crafts for Witches: Hag Stones     Merry meet. This month’s column looks at hag stones, also known as fairy stones, holey stones, witch stones, Odin stones, and eye stones. They are rocks that have naturally occurring holes, worn by water over long periods of time. Because it’s commonly believed magic cannot work on moving water, hag stones are valued because they would be immune to the effects of magic, adverse energies, and enchantments, yet possess water’s powerful protection and healing energies.     The oddity of the stones has made them a focus of folk magic. For centuries witches have used them in spells and rituals for everything from…

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    Book Review – A Spell in the Forest: Book One – Tongues in Trees by Roselle Angwin

    Book Review A Spell in the Forest Book One Tongues in Trees by Roselle Angwin Publisher: Moon Books 288 Pages Publication Date: July 1, 2021     “A Spell in the Forest: Book 1 – Tongues in Trees” can serve as a year-long course, studying the tree for each of the Celtic months. This book is based on material from such a program. Trees connect heaven and earth. They produce oxygen during the day, producing four times what they need themselves. Trees sequester carbon dioxide, prevent soil erosion and flooding, offer shade, allow us to make paper, and supply food and medicines along with fibers for clothing. Author Roselle Angwin…

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    Book Review – Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magical Life by Frances Billinghurst

    Book Review Contemporary Witchcraft Foundational Practices for a Magical Life by Frances Billinghurst Publisher: Moon Books 264 Page Publication Date: August 1, 2021   Part I of “Contemporary Witchcraft” is comprised of nine essays focusing on the foundational philosophies and background of witchcraft as it used to be taught. Part II has a collection of essays on practical aspects and exercises for practicing the Craft with contemporary traditions. There is a growing number of witches who are of the “anything goes” and “do what you feel” belief, Frances Billinghurst said, noting that “bears little resemblance” to the training she received for initiation into a lineage that can be traced back…