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    Hekate’s Enchanted Cottage

    Season of the Witch     The days grow cooler and the nights draw closer as an air of mystery blankets the land. As Autumn approaches the Season of the Witch begins. The scents and sights of decay delight the senses of the macabre minded, and the colorful splash of red, gold, and orange bring warmth to the shadowed landscape. This is the time I feel more alive and closer to the Lands Enchanted. I welcome the uncanny feel of bewitchment as I ready myself for the mischief and mayhem the Spirits of Shades and Shadows bring. The soulfulness of the Enchanted Realm of the Dead awaken my mind to…

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    Book Review: Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery Everyday Magic, Spells, & Recipes By Kris Bradley

    Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes By: Kris Bradley     Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery by Kris Bradley is a concise guide to Domestic Witchcraft. Kris Bradley describes Domestic Witchery as “…a magical practice based on bringing magic and deity into the mundane of everyday domestic life. It’s the realization that even the simplest household chores can be transformed to influence the energies in our homes and lives…” Within the pages can be found spells and rituals for the Cottage Witch as well as recipes for many magical concoctions. I found the down to earth manner of this book to be both refreshing…

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    Hekate’s Enchanted Cottage

      The Enchantment of Candles     With a hushed prayer, I light the sacred candle of Hekate. The flame leaps to life, casting ghostly shadows upon the temple walls. In silence, I meditate upon the day, reflecting on the blessings that I have witnessed and contemplating the challenges I faced. I thank the Queen of Shadows for the light She has provided, awakening to the illumination of lessons learned. I softy blow out the candle—hallowed gratitude upon my breath… Simple yet effective, candle magic is a central focus of enchantment in my home. The creating of candle centered spells is both relaxing and invigorating. The choosing of the color,…

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    Book Review: A Spell A Day: for Health, Wealth, Love, and More by Cassandra Eason

      A Spell A Day: for health, wealth, love, and more By: Cassandra Eason Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Sterling Ethos (May 6, 2014) Language: English   I am a huge fan of Cassandra Eason’s books. They are always full of practical wisdom and enchanting insight. This little tome (and I mean little—if not for the thickness it would be pocket sized) is full of spells for most of your magical needs. There are 366 spells for you to choose from; that’s a lot of magic happening in this petite book. You won’t find curses or hexes in A Spell a Day, but you find spells to break them. Most of…

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    Hekate’s Enchanted Cottage

      Known throughout antiquity as a House Goddess, Hekate is said to protect one’s home and those who live within its sacred walls. As a goddess of doorways and liminal places, shrines to Hekate are set up near the entrance of homes, businesses, and temples. As Brimo, Hekate is a fierce protector and will guard your home against storms, theft, and malevolent entities (human or spirit). As Queen of Witches and what I call the Shadow-Lands, Hekate has been the Goddess I have honored most. I am almost Henotheistic in my devotion to Her. She is everywhere and nowhere at once and rules the realms Seen and Unseen. I appeal…

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    Book Review: The Way of the Hedge Witch, Rituals & Spells for Hearth and Home by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    The Way of the Hedge Witch Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home By: Arin Murphy-Hiscock Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Provenance Press (April 18, 2009) If you are looking for a book on Hedge-Witchery, this is not for you. However, if you are wanting a concise guide to Cottage/Kitchen Witchcraft you can’t go wrong with this tome that is full of lore, mystery, and magic. To me, Hedge-Craft is for those who wish to “jump the hedge”, traveling to the Witches Sabbat/Sabbath and the Other-worlds. Most Hedge Witches also practice Cottage and Kitchen Witchery. Arin Murphy-Hiscock explains the difference in these types of witchcraft, and on page 3 coins the…

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    The Enchanted Cottage

    The Magic of the Greening of the Earth       As the world awakens from the slumber of a long, harsh Winter; Earths children begin to stir with the wonder-like attitude of a child. The sweet sound of bird-song awakens us from our frost-fogged slumber. The welcoming warmth of the Sun brightens our moods and frees us from the dwellings we have sheltered ourselves in so we can escape the frigid winds of Winter.         One of my favorite activities to do as the Earth warms, is to have my morning coffee on my porch and watch as Nature awakens with the vibrant beauty of Spring.…

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    The Enchanted Cottage

    The Art of Tea Leaf Reading     The ambiance of the cottage is serene and welcoming. Whimsical knickknacks are placed lovingly throughout the herb-scented rooms and a small fire glows in the time-worn fireplace. My hostess motions for me to sit in the cozy sitting room. Fresh flowers adorn the room with an enchanting vibrancy. Their sweet scent calms my mind, as I am nervous about what is soon to be revealed to me. My hostess places a reassuring hand on my own; with the most charming of smiles she eases my anxious mind. We begin to chat, a friendly rapport ensues. She has gathered from our short talk…

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    Book Review: Steampunk Magic~ Working Magic Aboard the Airship

    Steampunk Magic~ Working Magic Aboard the Airship Author: Gypsey Elaine Teague     If you’re into to the Steampunk subculture you’ll love this book written by the Gypsey Elaine Teague, Captain of her Crew. Gypsey starts this book with a brief history of Steampunk and how it has emerged as one of the most fascinating subcultures of today. In Gypsey’s words, “Steampunk is the juxtaposition of nineteenth-century Victorian science fiction, a futuristic Victoriana, where anything is possible as long as you don’t use too much electricity, gas, diesel, or atomic power.” Each chapter begins with a quote from the likes of Aleister Crowley, Nikola Tesla, and H.P. Lovecraft before divulging…

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    The Enchanted Cottage; Magick for the Witch’s Home

    Household Spirits They have many names and epithets depending on the region you live. The Scottish Brownie, Italian Lare and Lasa, Slavic Domovoi, and the Korean Gashin are just a few names these spirits have been known as. Household Spirits have existed throughout time as the protective daemon of one’s home. They are the animistic energy that dwell within the walls of our temples and homes. Sometimes tricksy and known to hide our valuables from us, the Spirits are for the mist part harmless. The energy we put into the care of our homes and the love we share with those who share our living space can determine the mood…