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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Blackberry The humble bramble or blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) is a common sight in British and Irish hedgerows and wild places. Blackberries are also found all over the United States, and may also be called caneberries. Blackberries grow on thick, fast-growing branches covered in thorns, making picking the fruit perilous – use gloves! Each berry is a collection of tiny balls called a drupe, and the taste ranges from sweet to mouth-shrivelling and sour if you pick the tiny, hard ones. In the woods near my house, once you venture away from the paths, the spiky branches trail riotously between tree trunks, making it impossible to create…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Magickal Eye Pillow   Merry meet. I have used eye pillows filled with rice, sand, microbeads, beans, or flaxseeds for decades. Its gentle pressure signals the brain to relax, while also blocking out sleep-disturbing light. They have been found to ease stress and anxiety, promote better sleep, and provide relief from tension headaches and migraines. It wasn’t until recently I thought to make it magickal. When a corner of my favorite eye pillow opened, I took it as a sign I didn’t have to start from scratch and use the fabric I had cut out and put somewhere months earlier. Pouring out the contents, I washed the cover. Then I…

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    Book Review – The Witchy Homestead: Spells Rituals and Remedies for Creating Magic at Home by Nikki Van De Car

    Book Review The Witchy Homestead Spells Rituals and Remedies for Creating Magic at Home by Nikki Van De Car Publisher: Running Press Adult 144 Pages Publication Date: August 17, 2021   I’m always on the lookout for books focused on everyday magic that makes home and family life easier and, perhaps, that little bit more wonderful. This one is so eye-catching with its promise of spells, rituals, and remedies for creating magic at home. Yes please! The book is handily split into three sections: Enchanting Your Food, Enchanting Your Health, and Enchanting Your Home. I love the idea of enchantment as an everyday practice to weave into all aspects of…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Scrying- Divination Using Crystals, Mirrors, Water and Fire by Lucya Starza

    Book Review Pagan Portals Scrying-Divination Using Crystals, Mirrors, Water and Fire by Lucya Starza Publisher: Moon Books 86 Pages Publication Date: March 1, 2022         This was the first book I have read on scrying. I liked that it is a shorter book, but don’t let the length fool you. There is a lot of great information packed in here. As an avid reader, and bit of a nerd, I loved how it opened with a Lord of the Rings reference. There are quite a few references to Lady Galadriel and her mirror. Lucya explains that scrying isn’t the same as using things like tarot cards, but you…

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    Book Review – Empowered: A Motivational Journal for Women by Michaela Renee Johnson

    Book Review Empowered: A Motivational Journal for Women by Michaela Renee Johnson Publisher: Rockridge Press 158 Pages Publication Date: June 9, 2020     “There is no limit to what we, as women, can achieve.” – Michelle Obama Journaling has long been encouraged as a way to get in touch with your deeper emotions as well to manage anxiety, reduce stress, cope with depression, track your problems, and identify your fears. You can begin to write and pour out things that you did not even know you had bottled up. Writing has been an outlet, sometimes the only outlet, for many people over the years. Sometimes all you need is…

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    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

      A Journey Through the Witch’s Wheel of the Year 2022! The Witch’s Wheel of the Year     We Continue Our Journey Through the Witch’s Wheel and celebrate the Harvest of Lughnasadh….   Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) is here! We share the bounty of the Season and the Sacrifice of Tailtiu….     The blade is sharp Scythe swings in Flashing arc as Sheaf of wheat And apples fall The Harvest now begun. Gather the grain Leave what you must Fill carefully woven baskets With the overflowing bounty. Consume the energy Swallow the light Feel the great Blessing of living grain’s Sustaining of all life. No time to linger Fields…

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    MagickalArts

    What Are the Magickal Arts?   … As magickal practitioners we are all “artists” in our own ways, honing our skills of creating magick, weaving patterns of energy that affect change and calling to the most Divine of our natures as we align with cosmos, greater earth and all of the many Beings that inhabit those realms. And, I like where this trend is taking us in exploring the craft in all of forms…. Let’s continue honing our skills as we explore the Art of Divination…     When we hear the word “Divination” it usually conjures up a picture of the gypsy fortune-teller who will predict your future love…

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    Witch Hunt

      There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere… The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.     Meet: Angela Denise Foltz-Ferguson “Words have power.”   Angela and I bonded over witchcraft and skoolies, meeting a couple of times while I was in Connecticut. Her and her wife, Tammy, dream of taking their magick and their music on the road in a skoolie … or van, or box truck, or RV. Born in 1966, both are Firehorses. Angela is a Virgo and Tammy is an Aries. They are novices yet very enthusiastic ukulele players known as Gaia’s Green Girls, www.GaiasGreenGirls.com playing classic country to classic…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Blueberry Pie   Nothing says summer more than blueberry pie! Whether you’re using fresh blueberries picked from your own patch or from a blueberry farm or blueberries bought at a farmer’s market or blueberries frozen from an earlier picking session, this is probably one of the quintessential pies of summertime. Perfect with vanilla ice cream, it’s a treat that everyone loves. I have made blueberry pie several times in my life. Usually I just make my standard pie crust – the simple one I have memorized and have made hundreds of times – and simply mix fresh blueberries with sugar and flour and then bake until the crust is a…

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    Book Review – A Tea Witch’s Grimoire: Magical Recipes for Your Teatime by S. M. Harlow

    Book Review A Tea Witch’s Grimoire: Magical Recipes for Your Teatime by S. M. Harlow Self-Published 69 pages Publication date: July 25, 2021     What is a tea witch? Let’s check out A Tea Witch’s Grimoire: Magical Recipes for your Teatime by S.M. Harlow to find out more! This Grimoire has a few paragraphs about what it means to the author, and she paints a picture of a cottage with an herb garden, with the tea witch inviting you in for a cup of tea. On the table is a steaming tea kettle waiting to be poured. The old dusty cupboard is full of teas, elixirs, and potions. “Ring…