The Busy Witch: Magical Things Come in Fives! #‎Patheos5Yrs‬


Five is a powerful number; there’s the five pointed star, of course, and the additional power that is brought to a ritual when you call five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit), not to mention the unique group dynamic that is present among circles of five. So raise a glass (or five) today to the force of this number, and the magic of this birthday. I’m so grateful to be a part of this thriving, vibrant community, and it’s a pleasure to say happy anniversary and bon fortuna, Patheos! [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Why Buddha Touched the Earth: Zen Paganism for the 21st Century, by Tom Swiss (Review)


Like Zen and like Paganism, readers will take away from this book whatever matters most to them, and that’s a powerful thing. As Swiss reminds us, “it is the key to meditation, shamanism, and magic in all their forms: change your mind, change the world” (pg. 113). [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Learning to Love The Tower


I’m not a fan of lightning fast change or trouble, but I’ve been trying to re-train my brain when it all hits the fan. Instead of melting down or stepping back, I’m learning to view upheaval as an opportunity. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Refilling the Well


For me, creativity helps keep me sane, as does yoga and time spent outdoors. As the winter releases us and we shift into the warmer months, here are some ideas to help you make the transition with ease while honoring your creative spark. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Scents and Stress-ability


I’ve been struggling with a lot of stressors recently. It seems that my usual routine isn’t cutting it to keep me breathing and calm, so I’ve started shaking up my personal practices to help me find my center, starting with aromatherapy and Reiki. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing DREAMWORK FOR THE INITIATE’S PATH by Shauna Aura Knight


I’ve never really considered doing any dreamwork before, so I was eager to read Shauna Aura Knight’s newest book. Weaving together personal experiences, dream psychology, and Joseph Campell’s mythic hero’s journey, Knight creates an easy-to-read book about the power of dreaming. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: As Without, So Within


My impulse is to tell you that I treat my body like a temple 24/7, but then I’d be lying. I’ve gotten much better at tuning into the needs of my body recently, in part due to the intensive yoga teacher training I completed last summer, but I’m not always as aware of my body as I could be. I’ve been making strides to change that this month, trying to match my magical housekeeping within my shell as well as my outer surroundings. [Read more...]