Adventures in Wortcunning: BS & Compost

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Compost happens! Anne shares with us some thoughts about how to minimize its effects and offers a small ceremony to help with the same. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Midsummer – Honoring Áine and the Other Crowd

Ladybug on Hawthorn leaves / Morgan Daimler

Midsummer is fast approaching and Morgan takes a moment to share with us her family’s traditions and practices. [Read more...]

The Path of She: A Summer Solstice Meditation – Thou Art Goddess

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The wheel of the year turns and the longest day, the Summer Solstice, is upon us. The powers of life are turned on high, gifting us with a heady display of a natural world in its fully unfurled beauty and overflowing abundance. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Fire Circle – All Kinds Magic Worked Here

Friday Night Fire Circle at FSG 2014. Photo courtesy Vann Godfrey.

In those discussions and debates — and sometimes heated arguments! — I’m come to the conclusion that the Fire Circle at a large Pagan gathering should welcome and invite as many types of magic as possible. Not necessarily all at once (that could be a bit of a muddle) but allowing them to arise and dissipate in their own natural flow. I call this principle “All Kinds Magic Worked Here”. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Behind the Veil

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When I step through the veil, it is a bit like a waking dream. I can fly. But, mostly I stumble around walking into walls, off cliffs, and into oceans. I’m just learning, and this is the way things are in my second favorite place to be online, and where I am planning a new herb garden: the Second Life virtual campus of the Grey School of Wizardry! [Read more...]

The Witches Next Door: Beltane Rituals – Beyond the Bang

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What if boinking a beloved (or beloveds) isn’t your idea of celebrating Beltane? What if you don’t associate the arriving Rites of Spring with the the literal act(s) of, ahem, raising the Maypole? [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Smelling Roses

'Betty Boop' Rose

The oldest roses are still available today. Rosa gallica, called the ‘Apothecary Rose’ was the type mentioned by Greek historians and used in dark age monastery gardens and found too in medieval physic gardens. This is the type most used for the fragrance of their essential oils and in healing preparations at the time. And today, when the roses bloom in Bulgaria, armies of old women go to the fields picking 250 lbs of petals to distill for each single ounce of essential oil. [Read more...]


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