Witch on Fire: Down the Rabbit Hole of a Past-Life Retrievalist

I call my past-life retrieval work, “going down the rabbit hole.” But how does one train to do this work? What happens during our journeys to the past? Allow me share my story, and my process. Let this article be our time-machine, as we take a trip to medieval Scotland… [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Valentine’s Love Spell

As a special Valentine’s Day treat for you, my lovelies, I offer this “Ideal Paramour” Love spell of my own creation, and for kicks, I’ll include my own charm that I once used to spectacular effect. I’ve led many love-spell workshops , and these can be loads of fun to do in a group, so crack open a bottle of vino, and git yer witch on with your friends! Better it be when the moon is full… [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Riddle Wisdom

Riddles are a special way of gaining knowledge and power within animist mystical traditions. A good riddle doesn’t just have one answer, it has a path to discovering answers. Open ended conundrums broaden a witch’s mind to the realms of possibility. The more ways a witch can think of to solve a problem the better they can approach ritual and spellwork. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: The Value of Our Shadow

People who know me know that I often express concern about the imbalance I perceive in modern spiritual paths that put all their focus and emphasis on the positive and the light, to the exclusion or vilification of the negative and the dark. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that the light is bad, or that darkness is better, but rather that any extreme can be unhealthy particularly when the other end of the spectrum is turned into an irredeemable negative. I’m all in favor of people choosing what works for them, light, gray, or dark. What worries me is people who try to totally ignore the other end of the spectrum in favor of their own. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Broom Closets and Bible Belts – 10 Tips For Your Coming Out Party

I’d wager that many of you fine readers have struggled with the problem of being the odd-ball witch or pagan struggling to find acceptance in a family of evangelical, fundie Christians. That is a thing that happens down here in the bible-belt with alarming frequency, especially for young adults just starting out, and can be really challenging. For 15 years, I lied and hid who I really was from my mother, and most of our family, which was both miserable and pitiful. I regret how I handled things. Here are a few tips to consider, should you choose to come out of your broom closet, too. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Hermes Gongs the Cosmic School Bell

Lo! As the first moon of my service waned into darkness, I began my quest, embarking upon a pilgrimage to the sacred crossroads of Pantheacon, flying far from my home, to the distant lands of San Jose, California. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Witchcraft and the Grimoire Tradition

A grimoire is a magical book with rituals for contacting spirits, spells, divination and associated lore. Magic books and witches have a long traditional association. In folklore and witch trial records we read that the Man in Black presented to new witches at their first sabbat ritual a big book in which to sign their names. There are any number of famous Black Books, books of planets, and medieval grimoires mentioned in witch trial records and wise-folk trial pamphlets, news articles, folk song and lore. [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…]

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…]

Witch on Fire: A Witch’s Carol: A Tale of Three Hauntings

I hope that my story of this haunting, affirms for you that Spirit is universal, love is eternal, and family bonds trump religious divisiveness. While the world seems to be burning down around us due to religious intolerance, may my Witch’s Carol bring a bit of peace to your families this yuletide season. [Read more…]


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