Star Made Witch: Viridis Genii (Event Review)

There are so many kinds of spiritual events, but perhaps none so sublime as the retreat. I attend quite a few events throughout the year: pagan pride, conventions and conferences. Retreats are my favorite and Viridis Genii in Damascus, Oregon is particularly special. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: The Summer Solstice – Cake for Áine

On midsummer – the holiday between Bealtaine’s earthy celebrations and Lúnasa’s harvesting – we celebrate the joy and growth of the light half of the year. We acknowledge, formally, what we live with everyday – the knowledge that the world we live in is shared by myriad spirits and is touched by the Gods. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: On Choosing a Magical Name

Upon entering the Craft, it is traditional, almost required, that one choose a new name. The taking of this new name symbolizes the death of the old personality and rebirth of the person. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Function of Spell Components

A witch gathers their spell components from a legend of traditional and personal correspondences and combines them to create a series of stepping stones for their magic to skip upon to the goal. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Toad Blessings

What do grave robbing, gardening, and the painful change that the Tower card encapsulates all have in common? Find out in this post about toad blessings. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Is It a Haunting or Fairies?

You don’t necessarily need to be sensitive or able to directly See these beings; for people who cannot see spirits or otherwise sense them there are practical ‘real world’ ways to differentiate between the two types of presence. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch – Know Thyself

Perhaps the most pervasive and least understood advice in witchcraft is Know Thyself from the inscription over the entrance to the oracle at Delphi. Whereas other spiritual pursuits are not so heavily centered on self, but rather self-denial or even no self, witchcraft is about self possession. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Beltane Lovers – Once you Go Witch You’ll Never Switch

This is MODERN witchcraft, where we strip off the mask of the obvious, and glory in the rich, chocolatey layers of occult mystery that peel away all labels and norms to bite down to the sweet, cream-filled, cherry center of this Beltane bonbon. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Walpurgis Night

The eve of May is also called Walspurgis Night (from Walspurgisnact in German and Dutch) and Hexennact or Witches Night. According to various folktales witches fly to buck mountains and have a dance party around bonfires on the peaks. The next day, May Day (or Beltane) signals the beginning of summer, therefore, May Eve is the last night of Winter’s influence. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Beltane and the Gifts of Darkness

Bealtaine is a holiday that celebrates both the dark and the light, just as life is ultimately about finding a balance between the two that works for each of us individually. [Read more…]


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