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    SugarMuses – Ostara Box     An abundance of curated items come lovingly packed in this Ostara Box by SugarMuses that can all be used to celebrate the spring equinox. Enclosed information gives some content about the sabbath, and the metaphysical properties of tools and items – then steps you through a ritual, noting how each item can be incorporated and stressing the experience be guided by your knowledge and intuition. Kristi, who recently celebrated her transition into Crone-hood grew up in a pagan home and was encouraged to use her talents instead of repressing them. “I have been creating things since I was very young and I found that…

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    Worth the Witch Second Edition

      Under the Willows Design – Monthly Altar Kit       Ostara was the theme for the March 2021 Monthly Altar Kit from Under the Willows Design. Among its contents were a collection of herb and flower seeds to plant to honor the new growth that comes with spring. Little labeled plastic bags held lavender, sweet pea and verbena seeds.     The herbs in this kit – wormwood, chamomile, and calendula – are for offerings, Ostara rituals, or adding to your altar or apothecary for your own needs. They can also be used for a cleansing washes, using the Ostara energies for prosperity spells, or to charge and cleanse crystals…

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    Bit O’Magick Boxes: Luna-Magick     Inside a very unassuming box are flaps enhanced with hand-drawn messages. Behind them was an assortment of herbs and a timely ritual – in this case, the full moon.     They were selected by Mike Sexton who puts a bit of magick in every box. Hailing from Germany, for more than 20 years he has blended many different paths including ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Norse to form his own practice. He sticks to his German roots. His business began with art and moved to graphic design. His Wiccan business began with a plushy owl poppet infused with magick. Soon he was doing custom…

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    Review & Interview With Professor McGillicuddy’s Flammable Notions & Sundries

      Matthew Breslin first made incense for himself and his pagan friends to use at a Beltane ritual a few years ago. It was so well received, he began formulating a blend of it for every sabbat. It became a side hobby. Until Covid hit.     “I got a whole lot of downtime,” the IT systems programmer said of multi-tasking while working from home. He was able to test blends, incorporate, and get the name trademarked. Speaking of the name, Matthew said he was looking for one that would make it easier to eventually market to a not just pagans, but a wider market. After trying to come up…

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    Metaphysical Monthly Mystery Box: Crystal Healing and Balance     Legion of Lightworkers’ first Metaphysical Monthly Mystery Box box featured Crystal Healing and Balance. It arrived carefully packed inside a shipping box. The items I retrieved were numerous and delightful. They were selected by Joanne Crawford who works full-time in the metaphysical realm while continuing her spiritual training. She is also a Reiki practitioner certified in crystal healing. “I found through suffering the loss of two children and experiencing two divorces that life can feel as if you’re stuck in quicksand while the world goes on around you. Through using different tools and practices – that I’m now ready to…

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

    Top Picks and Ideas for Starting Your BOS: Part One Last month we began the exploration of what should be considered in selecting the perfect book. This month I’d like to share some of my top picks for journals and some ideas to get started…. Just to reiterate…. I have MANY journals that have at one time or another served as my BOS. I went through the phases of using a very traditional looking BOS. This was the look of “witchiness” a la movies and imagination; this was my novice witch look. The next phase was using whatever was handy and could be sourced readily as inspiration flowed. These were…