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

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

Witch on Fire: Samhain-tides – From the Poison of Death We Distill the Antidotes for Living

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It is Samhain-tides again, the final harvest; a time of acceptance that death comes for everyone in it’s own correct time. In reverence we embrace the sacred dark. Yet, in mirthful paradox, we affirm the deliciousness of life, staring death in the eye, raising our glasses to toast that today we LIVE, and live large to honor our beloved dead. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Hail Mercury…in Retrograde!

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The planet Mercury has been in retrograde since September 17 and will return to his direct path October 9th, so not long now (1). You may have noticed that communications have gone a bit sideways over the last few weeks, especially if you’ve been paying attention to the Patheos Pagan channel and the very hot debates on cultural appropriation raging there. This will account for some of it. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Love in the Balance, A Poem for the Equinox

Ritual Altar / Heron Michelle

Learning to balance the “light” and the “dark” aspects of life is tough, but equinoxes are an ideal time to give these things some thought. I suggest closing the textbooks and going rogue to seek personal gnosis. Do you have a burning question that has never quite been explained to your satisfaction by any book or authority? Go direct. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Mabon Feasts Serve Up a Challenge

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…it is the struggles, the challenges, the grit and tweak against the grain of life that hones you into the powerful incarnate gods that you are, yes? This Mabon, dig deep and excavate gratitude for the lessons learned through adversity–including the coven kerfluffles. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: An Old Witch Responds to the Young Ones

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Now, this is not going to be one of those “When I was your age I had to walk 10 miles through a blizzard every day to go to school” lectures. But I would like for you to understand why our eyes glaze over and we wander away going “Eep! Gloik!” when you attempt to tell us what you know about Wicca. What you know about Wicca and what we know about Wicca are poles apart. [Read more...]


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