• Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Crafts for Witches: Hag Stones     Merry meet. This month’s column looks at hag stones, also known as fairy stones, holey stones, witch stones, Odin stones, and eye stones. They are rocks that have naturally occurring holes, worn by water over long periods of time. Because it’s commonly believed magic cannot work on moving water, hag stones are valued because they would be immune to the effects of magic, adverse energies, and enchantments, yet possess water’s powerful protection and healing energies.     The oddity of the stones has made them a focus of folk magic. For centuries witches have used them in spells and rituals for everything from…

  • This Month's Holiday

    Samhain Correspondences

      Samhain 2021 in Northern Hemisphere will begin in the evening of Sunday, October 31 and ends in the evening of Monday, November 1   Other Names: celtic ~ Summer’s End, pronounced “sow” (rhymes with now) “en” (Ireland), sow-een (Wales) – “mh” in the middle is a “w” sound – Greater Sabbat(High Holiday) – Fire Festival Oct 31-Nov 1(North Hemisphere) – Apr 30-May 1 – The Great Sabbat, Samhiunn, Samana, Samhuin, Sam-fuin, Samonios, Halloween, Hallomas, All Hallows Eve, All Saints/All Souls Day(Catholic), Day of the Dead (Mexican), Witches New Year, Trinoux Samonia, Celtic/ Druid New Year, Shadowfest (Strega), Martinmas or Old Hallowmas (Scotttish/Celtic) Lá Samhna (Modern Irish), Festival of the…

  • Monthly Columns,  Spells & Rituals

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

      This month continues a series of exploration about Our Relationship to the Divine….   Our Relationship to the Divine Part Four: A Ritual of Calling to the Divine     …. The Divine flows within me. The Limitless All supports me. All Beings of Spirit and Essence are my teachers. I AM the corporeal out-picturing of the Divine’s desire…   Ritual brings us closer to whomever or whatever we are hoping to deepen a connection with. It is through ritual that we learn more of ourselves and step more fully into the true nature of who we are as Divine Beings learning the ways of physical and corporeal existence.…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Video Book Review – Manifestation Magic: 21 Rituals, Spells, and Amulets for Abundance, Prosperity, and Wealth by Elohim Leafar

    Video Book Review Manifestation Magic 21 Rituals, Spells, and Amulets for Abundance, Prosperity, and Wealth by Elohim Leafar Publisher: Weiser Books 192 Pages Publication Date: July 1, 2021     Bright Blessings, Readers!   I was lucky enough to get to review this gem, and I must say this writer’s positive energy is contagious! I love his get up and go and “You can do it!” attitude. A teacher, and psychic in the New York City area, his mentoring has helped countless people, and he can help you too with this book. Published in 2021 by Weiser Books, this is 192 pages chock full of all sorts of magic, positive…

  • Monthly Columns

    ‘Magical Houseplants’ Excerpt from The Witchy Homestead by Nikki Van De Car

    MAGICAL HOUSEPLANTS     The following plants are ideal for placing around your doors or windows, in your bathroom or kitchen, in bedrooms and at the entryways—their energy and support will permeate your home.   Ferns These ethereal plants can help protect your home from invasive negative energies. They’re also very easy to care for—they like humid weather and will thrive hanging on your porch in the summer, as long as you give them plenty of water. They prefer indirect light, as they thrive in shady, secretive nooks. SUGGESTED PLACEMENT: Ferns will keep your home happy wherever they are, but if there’s a certain room where you sit and read…

  • Monthly Columns

    MagickalArts

    A New (Witch’s Year)! The Space of Integration   Happy July and the Space of Integration Between….     We’ve just celebrated the Summer Solstice and now have an opportunity to rest in the weeks between before the next Sabbat of Lammas and the Autumnal Equinox. How we choose to use that time can serve us in unexpected ways and deepen what we have carried from our experiences of those previous Sabbats. In that spirit, I would like to invite you to just simply breathe into this month of July. This month is the pause before each inhalation and the fullness before each exhalation of breath. We can choose to…

  • Monthly Columns

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

      This month continues a series of exploration about Our Relationship to the Divine…. Our Relationship to the Divine Part Two: WHO Calls to Me? …. The Divine flows within me. The Limitless All supports me. All Beings of Spirit and Essence are my teachers. I AM the corporeal out-picturing of the Divine’s desire…   When we approach Deity through ritual, devotion or meditation it is with the understanding that there is no need for an intercessor or intermediary for they are both within and without our spectrum of experience. With that being said, however, there is still the need for respect and continued efforts at establishing a working relationship…

  • Monthly Columns,  Spells & Rituals

    Familiars & Crystal Magic

    I have two cats and one dog. My dog is my baby, but I didn’t get along with my cats until roughly a year ago when I began to better understand them. I believed cats were rude, loud and did whatever they wanted, basically teenagers. My current two were exceedingly unpleasant and wanton compared to most I have encountered. If they didn’t get their way they would potty all over the house out of spite, and were constantly under my feet tripping me and constantly yelling. Being accustomed to dogs made their behavior seem irritating and unruly. Finally I started paying attention beyond asking myself if they needed food or…

  • Monthly Columns

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

      Over the next few months, we’re going to take a look at the categories and sections you may wish to include in your BOS. What you add to your BOS is as unique as you are and will evolve and change as you evolve and change on your path. Flexibility is key to organizing your BOS, but you should have a method of organization as well. This month our focus is on Spell Crafting…. I set forth these words as the moon shine Full bright The Crab holds the deep waters of intuition and lens of clear sight That all who read may learn, explore and grow In the ways…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The New Witch: Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More by Marie D. Jones

    Book Review The New Witch Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More by Marie D. Jones Visible Ink Press 256 Pages     Marie D. Jones wrote “The New Witch: Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More” to bridge ancient pagan ways and today’s digital world. She offers ideas to bring together the nature-based traditions of the ancestors, and the powers of social media, to embrace the past and honor the future. It’s seemingly odd that a nature-loving tradition blends with the technology dependent world, but the vast amount of information available and the speed, ease, and options to communicate – not…