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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Spring Flowers Special As the world warms at a variety of different speeds in the Northern Hemisphere, different areas see a range of different flowers popping into bloom. That’s especially true now we’re past the Spring Equinox, and moving quickly towards Bealtaine. This month, we’re looking at some of the common spring flowers you might see in gardens, woodlands, or hedgerows around your local area. If you see one of your favourites, or want to share a flower with us that we’ve not included, come tell us on Facebook or Twitter!   Tulip     Tulips are such a recognisable spring flower and available in so…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Sian Lewis Evans: Pulled to the Moon and Cosmos

      Sian Lewis Evans runs a popular Facebook group for spiritual entrepreneurs, and offers coaching, spiritual business resources, and a range of goods in her online shop. I was lucky enough to get the chance to review one of Sian’s Lunar Boxes, just one of the many offerings on her website, https://www.thewitchscwtch.com/. I chatted to Sian, witch and female entrepreneur, about her work and what it means to her. Mabh: Your website describe you as a “Multipassionate Female Entrepreneur.” Could you tell us a little bit about what this means? Sian: In a nutshell, Multipassionate or Multipotentialite is someone who has a lot of knowledge about a lot of things.…

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    Book Review – Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land by Chris Allaun

    Book Review Otherworld Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land by Chris Allaun Publisher: Moon Books 223 Pages Publication Date: 12/01/20   The first notable thing about Chris’s book on ecstatic witchcraft is the number of amazing endorsements it has received. Top authors like Morgan Daimler and Rachel Patterson have all written glowing reviews of this volume. So, I was pretty excited to read it myself. I’m currently working on a book about connecting paganism to environmentalism, so honouring the spirits of the land is top priority for me. The intro is a beautiful, evocative experience that the author describes in such a way that you could well be…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Bluebell     Tiny bluebells are, for me, a sign that spring is truly on the way. In the woods near where I live, they spring up, completely unannounced, sometime between the snowdrops and the wild garlic. It’s a “blink and you miss it” kind of phenomenon; Come to early, and the ground is just green and dormant. Come too late, and the flowers have already wilted, the plants getting ready to store their energy until next year. The most spectacular showing of bluebells is at a patch of woodland a little further afield, by the banks of one of our waterways. These bluebells arise and…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Jasmine     Jasmine, or Jasminum, is a sweet-smelling flowering plant related to the olive tree. Some jasmine plants grow as shrubs but the most famous are probably the climbing varieties. Some can grow as tall as nine metres! Jasmine flowers are white or yellow, with some holding delicate tones of pink or even red.   The Kitchen Garden Generally jasmine like partial shade and a warm setting, but there are some hardy varieties that grow happily in cooler climates – hence jasmine making it into our January issue! Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, tends to have solitary, yellow flowers and may bloom from November to March…

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    The Reconnection Point Excerpted from Weathering the Storm a Community Book Written with the Aim of Helping Folks Through Any Time of Crisis Including the One(s) We Find Ourselves in Now

    The Reconnection Point     An excerpt from Weathering the Storm, a community book written with the aim of helping folks through any time of crisis including the one(s) we find ourselves in now. Free from many ebook outlets including Blackwells, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.   When we are in crisis, it’s easy for our sense of connection to fail. Having to deal with trauma, severe anxiety, or an endless run of mundane realities that leave no time for self-reflection can take a heavy toll on our spiritual side. Sometimes, spirituality can even go completely by the wayside. That’s where I’ve been, only recently. As the pandemic swept the…

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    Poem – I Realised I Was Air

    I Realised I Was Air I realised I was air today After years of toying with fire Getting fingers burned yet Revelling in the pain Believing I may be a green witch A child of the earth Because I could grow things Back from almost nothing Nurturing and coaxing straggling shoots Back to life. Then when the house nearly flooded Over and over I thought water was mad at me For not taking notice For not paying it enough attention Or respect. Standing in the kitchen The door slightly open So the cats could run in and out As they pleased The wind blew hard and sudden Trees whipping wildly…

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    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…