• Monthly Columns

    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Primrose     Primroses are a hardy, perennial plant which means they’re tough and come back year after year. They’re also absolutely gorgeous and often around in winter, lending some welcome colour to gardens, windowsills, or containers. Originally a woodland plant, primroses or Primula vulgaris will grow just about anywhere as long as there’s drainage so the roots don’t get waterlogged. Finding primroses in the wild can be a sign that you’re on ancient woodland. However, some “wild” blooms can be escapees from folks’ gardens! Either way, even in November and December, their blooms make a gorgeous, colourful addition to the winter landscape.   The Kitchen…

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    Storm Moon

    (Image via Unsplash)   Full moons in November or December are sometimes known as Storm Moons. Here’s my poetic take on that, and how it can feel when times are tough.   Storm Moon Storm moon coming Beating at the door Tempers are a raising Mood drop through the floor Hard times over Starvation ain’t the kill Hearts running hungry Stagnant water standing still Voices louder No one asking why Anger comes from the gut Emptiness from the sky Flowers drowning Crimping o’er with frost Tiny reminders Of just what you have lost Trees still bare Under February air But they need no help to get there To the green…

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    Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living

      I’m excited to announce that my new book about environmentally kind paganism is just about finished, and I hope to have a publication date soon! This is an absolutely exclusive peek at the brand new book, never before seen, so I hope you enjoy it!   Earth The smell of the spring Is a wondrous thing Air simply alive With bacteria sporing That warm rainy smell That’s the time you can tell That the wheel has now turned; On the flip side we dwell. Day outlives night The warm golden light Gives way to the stars And the nocturnal sight Of the moon and the owl And the fox…

  • Divination Articles

    Working with the Morrigan Oracle Deck

    During the pandemic I’ve been focusing on learning more about Irish Paganism, partly because I grew up with tales of Ireland and the Tuatha dé Danann, but also because I’ve studied and honoured the Morrigan for years and wanted to go deeper, and get more in touch with the lore. One of the tools that was recommended via the Irish Pagan School was the Morrigan Oracle Cards deck by Morpheus Ravenna and Hannah Storyteller. This gorgeous set of cards is full of themes from Irish mythology, beautifully detailed and with only a brief guidebook (downloadable), so it really encourages you to use your own intuition. Since the 2nd of November,…

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    My Ogham Journey to the Beach

    This journeying experience was from a lesson in Lora O’Brien’s Ogham Journeys class at the Irish Pagan School. I can’t recommend their courses highly enough, and have found some genuine authentic connections to various important aspects of my Irish Celtic spirituality through both their free and paid courses.   The space behind my eyelids was red, not black. I expected a darkness, black and soft like velvet, but instead I was in a swirling maelstrom of blood-red chaos. This space had been easy to access but I bounced around alarmingly rather than floating easily; my movements were frenetic and uncontrollable as I first tried to get to grips with this…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Relaxation Special There’s no getting away from it: things are pretty stressful right now. The pandemic situation is something we’re potentially stuck with until there’s a vaccine, plus on top of that, there’s a whole lot of unrest in the world. Finding time to relax and unwind has never been more important. That’s why I decided to dedicate this issue of Notes from the Apothecary to plants and herbs that help alleviate daily stresses. Remember, herbal remedies are a form of complementary therapy and should NEVER replace existing medication or treatments. You should always take advice from a medical professional, especially if you are already taking…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    The Arcana – A Game of Cards and Romance

      Publisher: Nix Hydra Format: iOS and Android, single player   There are several choice-based story games out there at the moment, many of them revolving around the theme of romance. You choose a particular game path, and the whole game morphs around your decisions. The Arcana falls into that character but stands out from the rest thanks to its lush fantasy theme, complete with a strong connection to the major arcana cards of the tarot. In the game, the Arcana are the cards within a magical deck granted to you by your mentor and master. As an apprentice magician, you are called upon to help a leader in trouble,…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Willow   Willows are a type of tree in the family Salicaceae. They’re deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves towards winter, and they love both moisture and sunlight. Striking weeping willows are often seen trailing their leaves across the surface of streams, while fluffy goat willow or pussy willow brightens up the spring with its soft catkins. While only the largest of gardens will enjoy a willow tree of their own, many people will have a green area or park they can visit to find one of the many species of willow which grow all across the northern hemisphere. Find your own favourite willow creek or…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Irish Pagan School – In Review

      During lockdown I had that urge, as many do, to take the opportunity to better myself. One of the things I felt I had fallen behind with is my studies of Irish paganism, which is important to me because of the deities I work with plus my own (fairly recent) ancestry. I came across the Irish Pagan School quite by accident, really, after seeing the school mentioned by a friend on Facebook. The first course that drew me in was a free course on the Mórrígan, which was only available in May. Now, I’ve done a few free online courses, and I was totally expecting the standard survey-style questions…

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    Witch Path Forward: Relaunch and New Courses

    Witch Path Forward launched in 2012 as an online resource for anyone new to witchcraft or needing a bit of a helping hand. The site has dealt with hundreds of questions from seekers of all levels, ranging from “Can you tell me about the different layers of the aura?” to “Can you recommend some books on witchcraft please?”. Upon reading through the responses to these questions, the patience and detail used to answer each one surprised and impressed me. Despite the fact that from looking at their archives, they must have been dealing with dozens if not hundreds of similar queries each day! The website is also packed with resources…