• Crafting Articles

    The Kitchen Witch

    Using Leftovers ~ Fried Rice We all have leftovers. I have lived with people – men, mostly – who have refused to eat leftovers. But I come from a family who don’t waste anything at all – not food, not clothes, not anything at all – and I am the same way. And honestly – if you throw away food – you’re throwing away money. That’s how I look at it. And I do not like to waste money. Of course – some people think I waste a lot of money – buying books the way I do – but we all have our addictions! I have a three-day rule…

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    Book Review – The Tree Horoscope: Discover Your Birth-Tree and Personal Destiny by Daniela Christine Huber

    Book Review The Tree Horoscope: Discover Your Birth-Tree and Personal Destiny by Daniela Christine Huber Published by Earthdancer, an Inner Traditions Imprint 144 pages Published October 19, 2021     This is quite simply a beautiful little book. Crispy written, easy to read, this book tells you everything you want to know about the Celtic system of tree horoscopes, tree symbolism, and where your destiny resides within this fascinating arrangement. Published in 2021 by Earthdancer, an Inner Traditions Imprint, The Tree Horoscope: Discover Your Birth Tree and Personal Destiny is written by Daniela Christine Huber. She also has pages on the Inner Traditions Imprint webpage, as well as Simon and…

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    Book Review – The Small World I Ching by Peggy Jones

    Book Review The Small World I Ching by Peggy Jones Publisher: Tortoiseshell Publishing 90 Pages Publication Date: September 14, 2021     I have been a devotee of the I Ching since I found the classic I Ching: The Book of Change by John Blofeld at a library book sale way back in 1985 – a paperback which seemed small but was packed with a ponderous prose that was often almost impossible to understand.  To this day, my handwritten notes are stuffed in between the pages because I so often felt like I was flying without manual instruments – just going on instinct.  I would throw my pennies and try…

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    Book Review – Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana

    Book Review Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana 170 pages Publisher: Rockridge Press Publication date: April 21, 2020     I have never thought of Wicca as “modern”. In fact, back in the mid-to-late 1980’s, when I first began to explore this religion – and its co-religions Paganism, Heathenism, Druidism, and various forms of Witchcraft – it was routinely called “the Old Religion”. After reading books by scholars like Margaret Murray, Merlin Stone and Monica Sjöö, among others, it made perfect sense to me that the ancients revered a great goddess over all and the rise of a patriarchal society gradually changed this to where…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Molasses Crinkles When we think of Valentine’s Day, it’s normal to think of big heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for our loved ones – “sweets for the sweets” – and who doesn’t love to get one of these beautiful boxes of chocolates – usually accompanied by a big bouquet of red roses? I mean – I know I do! But – there are other ways to show how much we care for our loved ones. I personally think a nice home baked spice cookie says a whole lot more – and who isn’t ready for a spicy night on Valentine’s Day? Molasses Crinkles is my favorite spice cookie. There are dozens…

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    Book Review – The Way of the Oracle and Odin: Ecstasy, Runes & Norse Magic by Diana L. Paxson

    Book Review The Way of the Oracle: Recovering the Practices of the Past to Find Answers for Today and Odin: Ecstasy, Runes & Norse Magic by Diana L. Paxson Publisher: Weiser Books     Around the time that Barack Obama was elected to be the forty-fourth president of the United States, I noticed a strange phenomenon in the Wiccan-Pagan world – a growing acceptance of the free expression of racism, white supremacy, white nationalism, and the call for ethnic purity. Because of this – and a few other issues – my Facebook friend list went from over 3000 members to under 200 in the last ten years. Some people might…

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    Book Review – The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul by Connie Zweig, Ph. D.

    Book Review The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul by Connie Zweig, Ph.D. Publisher:  Park Street Press 416 pages Publication Date: September 7, 2021     I turned sixty in 2020 – the first year of the COVID pandemic. As someone who has lived through years of drug addiction, violent relationships, homelessness and poverty, I never expected to live this long, nor did I expect to end up in such a lovely home with the financial security that understandably don’t quite trust. I enjoy pretty good health but most of my friends are dead or dying, due to years of too much partying – some have succumbed…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Applesauce Custard Pie It is my personal tradition to make something with apples for Samhain. Whether it’s an apple pie, a yummy apple kuchen, German apple cake or just simple baked apples, my home is always aromatic with the smell of apples and cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar at the end of October. To be sure – the smell of apple and cinnamon is present almost all year long! I had made applesauce earlier in the week and I wanted to make something with the batch of applesauce that I had. I have more than one recipe for applesauce cake – including the famous one that Olivia Walton makes in…

  • Divination Articles,  Reviews & Interviews

    Oracle Card Review – Animal Love Oracle Cards: Advice, Compassion & Wisdom from Our Animal Mentors by Nadine Gordon-Taylor

    Oracle Card Review Animal Love Oracle Cards Advice, Compassion & Wisdom from Our Animal Mentors by Nadine Gordon-Taylor Publisher: Bear & Company 52 Cards & 128 Page Guide Book Publication Date: June 8, 2021 I was quite excited to get these cards! The first new oracle cards to review in my new house! I hoped that they would bring good luck and spiritual blessings to my lovely home! Beautifully packaged in a red box, these lovely oracle cards are the creative brainchild of artist Nadine Gordon-Taylor, marketed by Vermont publishers Bear & Company. Nadine Gordon-Taylor has studied art since she was in high school and studied at the Arts Students…

  • Divination Articles,  Reviews & Interviews

    Seeing the Signs: Oracle Deck Review -The Wild Elemental Oracle by Michelle Motuzas

    Oracle Deck Review The Wild Elemental Oracle by Michelle Motuzas Publisher: Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit 44 Cards & 112 Page Guide Book Publication Date: August 28, 2020     Once again, I am reviewing an oracle deck based on the images of animals. The Wild Elemental Oracle by Michelle Motuzas and published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit has an entirely different look and feel than the Animal Lore Oracle Cards that I reviewed last month. They are every bit as artistically beautiful as spiritual, they certainly speak to the diviner using the cards. But the colors used to illustrate the cards – while vibrant and glowing – are…