Dandelion Seeds: The Call of the Swan Maidens

The Swan Spirits called to me long ago one Samhain night, and now that has led to my preparations for ritual at one of the largest pagan conventions: Convocation. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: The Great Work, Holding the Space

As part of my spiritual practice each year I choose an area of study or devotion to which I will dedicate myself for the course of that turning of the wheel. I call this system “The Great Work,” and it begins in the still darkness following Yule when we rest, cease striving, and “hold the space.” [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Last Harvest

It is a seasonal thing. It comes and goes with the changing of shop window decorations. Now ’tis the season of skimpy costumes and parties celebrating the dead and not quite gone: the last harvest. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: The Smell of Souls

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

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

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

Star Made Witch: Samhain on the Hill

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!

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

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…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Summer’s End

The warmth and growth of summer is past and the harvest is in, now is the time of cold and decay as the old is recycled back into what will form the new again. [Read more…]


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