About Jen McConnel

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”). She is a poet, a novelist, and a goddess-centric witch with a love of all things magical. Her first nonfiction book, Goddess Spells for Busy Girls: Get Rich, Get Happy, Get Lucky, is now available from Weiser Books wherever books are sold. Check out her website (jenmcconnel.com) for more information.

The Busy Witch: Snow and Stillness

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When the earth warms up again, I have no doubt that I’ll once more resume my frantic pace, but for right now, I have discovered the powerful magic of stillness, and I will sit in this space as long as I am able. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: A Healing Ritual for Chapel Hill and Beyond

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Ground and center and find your stillness before you begin, and remember; small acts of love can have large effects. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: An Imbolc Offering

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I’ve always been drawn to Brigid, and as my Imbolc celebrations continue, I wanted to share a poem that I’ve written this year as an offering to the goddess of smith-craft and poetry. May the dark season be lifting for you, and may we step with joy into the light. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Stepping Outside Our Boundaries

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Lots of things can change when you push your boundaries, and I’m still sifting through the continued effects of this stretching. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing Mandy Mitchell’s HEDGEWITCH BOOK OF DAYS

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Arranged by month, Hedgewitch Book of Days by Mandy Mitchell is a wonderful hodge-podge of recipes, spells, and rituals that can easily be incorporated into everyday life. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Winter Wind-Down

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I’ve realized that, even as the darkness pushes me inside myself, if I take the time to properly honor the season, I can do better than just survive in winter; I can begin to heal, to rest and restore, in preparation for a thriving new year. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: When the Gods Become Characters – Fiction and Faith

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It’s been a really interesting experience writing mythology-based fiction, particularly when it comes to creating characters out of gods and goddesses who may be familiar to me. Although my nonfiction stems very much from a place of personal truth, my fiction is just that: fiction. Still, it can be challenging to craft a character out of a deity. [Read more...]


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