Dandelion Seeds: The Baltic and Slavic Earth Mother

Learn about the traditions of the Baltic and Slavic earth mother goddesses, including the history of our knowledge of her, folk traditions and new ways to connect with her including a song. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: What We Pass On

My two and a half year old son was sitting in my lap the other morning when he grabbed my hand and started tracing the lines on my palm. Only half joking I asked him if he was going to read palms like his great-grandfather, and he agreed enthusiastically and made a game of inventing stories for each line. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Breaking and Ending

There’s a moment in any relationship that I dread. I can feel it there on the horizon, like a itch just under my skin. At first, any relationship is great because we’re meeting one another, getting to know each other, finding our points of connection and commonality, and there’s such a joy in that. It’s that amazing shivery rush of, “I’m not alone out there,” and, “Wow! You get me!” But that only lasts until things become real. That only lasts until we discover that we’re more different than we thought. Or that moment when I make a mistake and hurt the other person. or that moment where the other person says a thoughtless thing. [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Why Can’t I F@^%!&G Meditate?

Over and over, I hear people talk about how they can’t meditate. They confess that whatever they do, they cannot still the voice(s) in their heads. It’s become one of those things that people think they should be able to do, but never quite get around to doing. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Stiffening Resolve

This means only saying words to myself that I intend to be true. No use promising a metaphorical trip to the zoo each weekend if that is factually impossible. It is likely, being well-adjusted people, we have forgiven our parents and others we trusted for shattering this innocence of belief as children. “They’re only human,” we learn to say. “No one can be perfect all the time…” [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: To Santa Claus or Not to Santa Claus? – Evidently that is the Question!

“I told her, mommy,” he says with complete exasperation, “Santa Claus was just God dressed up like the Holly King who is a God. Didn’t she know that all gods were one god anyway so no one was going to hell because everyone believed in God in their own way?”

“What did she say to that, honey?”

“She stomped her feet and screamed and ran away,” he said. [Read more…]

Making Light: My Little Pony on My Little Altar

Never mind that the unicorns described by Ancient Greeks were actually rhinoceroses, “unicorn horn” was often narwhal, or that in Greece in the 5th century BCE “unicorn=purity” may not have been a thing. That’s not relevant. That connection was there in my brain before I even knew that I’d be following a Hellenic path. This wee smidge of syncretism is more about my very own brains and the experiences and knowledge tangled up in there than it is about “what the Ancient Greeks did.” [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Nun of the Above

From the nothingness that was the possibility of everything, a mound emerges; Something, upon that mound, creates Creation. Sometimes it is a flower that blooms, or a Power that speaks, or a falcon, or an arch of orgasm, but there, in the midst of maybe, an actual event happens, the first event, and after that comes everything. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Power of Scent

Scent is able to summon up mood immediately. The intense memory response of scent can bring one to a physical, emotional and mental state from before. Used with purpose a witch can plan scents to empower her magic for any number of various goals. [Read more…]

Wayfairing Woman: Soul Searching at Winter Solstice Time

At this time, after the Winter Solstice and moving into the New Year, we have a great opportunity to do some soul searching, using the lantern light of the coming year to illuminate the way. This time needn’t be about making resolutions, but rather synthesizing experiences and making more coherent sense of it all so that our foot falls on solid ground as we step into the new year. [Read more…]