The Cartomancer: The Smell of Souls

Photo: Camelia Elias

Magical folks say that October is the month when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. This is a beautiful thought, but what exactly do we understand by this? How does it manifest, this thinning of the veil? And what veil? [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: A Wish Upon Dying

Heron and her daughter at Sondra's grave / Heron Michelle

My mother was the holy-rolling, bible-thumping, fundamentalist variety of evangelical Christian and basically the polar opposite from my liberal, feminist, witchy self. I didn’t talk about those things with my mother because I loved her, and I was too chicken to drop the “W” bomb. Even though she drove me absolutely bonkers, I craved her acceptance. Her love was unconditional, but the peace between us was not. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Samhain Meditation

"The Philosopher" by Rembrandt.  From WikiMedia.

“Lord Herne,” you whisper, “and all you spirits of the Dead, I drink to you!” [Read more...]

Star Made Witch: Samhain on the Hill

Photo Courtesy of Joe Conlon

In which Spiritscraft recounts an adventure in Athboy, Ireland and shares some information related to the modern Pagan holiday of Samhain as it is practiced there. [Read more...]

Wayfaring Woman: Ready or Not, Here We Go!

red runes on wooden chips

In my experience, autumn is a powerful season. In the months of September, October, and November a great deal of magic can be wrought. Autumn is a prime time for astral travel, trance journeying, and connecting with Gods and spirits. [Read more...]

The Path of She: A Samhain Teaching – Born Into Life, Born Into Death

red berries on a plant

Samhain is a time to contemplate the mysteries of death, not from a place of fear and resistance, but from an acceptance of death as a teacher and guide for the living. Yes we are born into life and born into death, and it is this very, inescapable fact that makes every moment so precious, fragile and bittersweet beautiful. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: How I Learned To Work With My Ancestors

A cup of hot cocoa in a mug from my grandfather’s hometown / Cara Freyasdaughter

Despite being a longtime Heathen, I had never really settled into a satisfying ancestor practice. Now I enjoy my growing relationship with Them and talk to them daily. Thank goodness, because how else would I ever get a good parking spot? [Read more...]