• Crafting Articles

    Pixie Witch Kitchen

    Pixie’s Crock Pot Chicken Dumpling Today we are going to make one of my families favorites. It honestly can’t get much easier for a warm delicious hardy dinner. 13 ingredients and 13 steps. Lucky 13 and the four Elements will be used in my magickal recipe today. I’m sure you have guessed what four elements by now right? Earth, Water, Fire and Air. I use these Elements in my daily life from cooking, rituals, spells and to survive of course. Without these 4 elements we simply can not survive. Thanks to the Earth for helping us grow these magickal ingredients. Strengths: Grounded and Logical Direction: North Gender: Feminine Colors: Green,…

  • Monthly Columns

    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    Crystals for Working with the New & Full Moon If you are anything like me, working with the moon phases are a big part of your monthly rituals. I am always looking for the perfect crystals to support my moon work. I have come up with some tried and true crystals over the years that I work with again and again. I hope you will try working with some of these and that you find they enhance your intention setting, wish making and honoring of our beautiful Luna. Read on to hear my top crystal allies for the new and full moon. New Moon Crystals When I think of the…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose by Sarah Bowen

    Book Review Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose by Sarah Bowen 244 pages     “Contempt prior to examination is an intellectual vice, from which the greatest faculties of mind are not free.” The author is quoting the writer Paley, who in fact is another Christian writer however that doesn’t make the point less valid. We all come into paganism from other sources, and like it or not those sources effected our own journey on a deeper level. This is not a book for those looking for structured black and white thinking on spirituality. It is experimental and requires engagement to get much…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Witch & Popcorn

    Rainman Bright Blessings, Film Lovers! For this month’s film, I decided to review one that has been well loved for decades. It is award winning, and was a groundbreaking, intimate look at the lives, and the love of people who have autism. Rainman. Here is a trailer of the film you can watch. The film starts in the fast, trendy, and loud life of Charlie Babbitt, played by Tom Cruise. He’s on the verge of sealing a major sales deal, which would profit him $75K. He’s got an amazing, kind hearted girlfriend named Susanna. He’s young, healthy, good looking, and it seems like everything is going his way. He heads…

  • Divination Articles,  Reviews & Interviews

    Seeing the Signs

    Review of The Power Deck: The Cards of Wisdom and Guidebook by Lynn V. Andrews.     Back in the 1980’s, when I was searching for a way out of my depression and drug addiction, I found what was then called “Women’s Spirituality”. Having been raised Catholic, I was of course well aware of the female aspect in religion – the Virgin Mary and all the various female saints – and I always had a strong devotion to the Holy Mother. However, the Nicene Creed recited at all Masses demanded that I “believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth”, not the Mother of that God,…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Big Book of Tarot: How to Interpret the Cards and Work with Tarot Spreads for Personal Growth by Joan Bunning

    Book Review The Big Book of Tarot: How to Interpret the Cards and Work with Tarot Spreads for Personal Growth by Joan Bunning 368 page     The Big Book of Tarot: How to Interpret the Cards and Work with Tarot Spreads for Personal Growth by Joan Bunning published in 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a huge 8½ inch by 10 inch soft cover book with a glossy color illustration on the front cover and book description on the back cover. There are 357 pages with a nice large, easy-to-read typeface on white paper. Bunning has a website that contains…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Mother Mantra: The Ancient Shamanic Yoga of Non-Duality by Selene Calloni Williams

    Book Review The Mother Mantra: The Ancient Shamanic Yoga of Non-Duality by Selene Calloni Williams 160 pages The Mother Mantra: The Ancient Shamanic Yoga of Non-Duality opens a path for people interested in the exploration of “reality” as a dream, an illusion. It guides us through the process of “reabsorbing reality,” of examining our everyday lives and beliefs, and re-imagining who we are in a fresh way, more deeply connected to our full and true selves and to the wisdom of Nature. Selene Calloni Williams has studied psychology with James Hillman and Buddhist meditation in Sri Lanka with a root teacher. She is an initiate of Shamanic Tantric Yoga and…

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    Book Review – Dancing with Raven and Bear: A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic by Sonja Grace

    Book Review Dancing with Raven and Bear: A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic by Sonja Grace 144 Pages     Drawing on both her Native American (Hopi) heritage and her Norwegian upbringing, Sonja Grace presents 18 original wisdom stories about Earth Medicine and animal magic. In them she’s woven ancient teachings and everyday practical applications such as grounding, mending a broken heart and dream interpretation. Each chapter is a tale, followed by an explanation of the magic and medicine of Raven, Bear and Earth. Ancient teachings are interwoven with descriptions of such practices as smudging and energizing water for healing. Grace shows parallels between Norse mythology and Native…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Vajrayogini   (Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Guidebook by Meggan Watterson) Vajrayogini is considered to be the prime deity of the Tantric pantheon, the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Yantras, and central to the practice of Vajrayogini Buddhism. She is a Dakini (Tantric Priestess) and female Buddha, the complete essence of Buddhahood in female form, and is common to all Tibetan Buddhism schools. Her red body symbolizes Her inner fire, while the flames surrounding her represent Her elevated wisdom and spiritual transformation. The ability to see with clarity in the future, as well as the present and past, is evident in Her third eye chakra. (Photo…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review -Pagan Portals Series: Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson

    Book Review Pagan Portals Series: Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson     “I think sometimes as a witch the moon tends to get pride of place and the sun perhaps takes a back seat? But it is an incredibly powerful source of natural energy and magic.” 1. Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson provides a fresh perspective on putting the Sun and solar energies into the same place of interest and mystery that the moon has typically held in practicing the craft. The book reads easily and is parceled out into bite-size pieces. The contents read like a table of correspondences for the sun and each chapter is only a few…