Magical moon cords

One way of ‘collecting’ and keeping moon energy is by making a moon cord. The cord is made on a particular phase of the moon and the energy is trapped in each knot and kept there until needed. We don’t always have the time, opportunity or inclination to work magic on a specific moon phase. If you create moon cords then no matter what the moon phase it is, you always have the corresponding moon energy to work your spell. Read more

Circle Casting: Thoughts From a Kitchen Witch

The circle is a sacred symbol and one that is used worldwide. It has no beginning and it has no end, it is never ending, it is infinite. It is a symbol of life itself. Read more

Moon Magic: November, When the Deer Shed Antlers

November has a slightly eerie feel to it, perhaps it is the haunt of the Wild Hunt? Remember that the Wild Hunt is not out to harm you, just to have a fun, wild time. Go with the energy and enjoy yourself…just don’t get lost out there. Read more

My Samhain Incense Habit

I think this time of the year is also good for a clear out of your magical herbs cupboard. Read more

Samhain Meditation: Meet the Crone

As the nights draw in, the air gains a chill and the leaves take on their autumn colours I find it is the perfect time of the year to sit quietly and meditate especially on a full moon or on the eve of Samhain. This meditation will take you through beautiful scenery to meet the crone…this is her time of the year and she is waiting to guide you. Read more

A Kitchen Witch’s Samhain: Ancestor Altars, Divination and Dumb Suppers

It is the end of summer and the third and final harvest of the year, a time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, and a time to celebrate the lives of those that have passed and to remember and honor our ancestors. Oh … and eat lots of sweets. Read more

Super Witch…or Stressed Out Witch?

One comment I hear a lot is along the lines of “I can’t be a proper witch, I don’t have the time”. I think a lot of the problem is caused by people believing that witches get up at dawn to collect the dew from the plants and in the middle of the night to pick herbs at the right moon phase. Spend all morning bent over a cauldron making lotions and potions. And then the afternoon is dedicated to meditation and spell work and of course the evening is jam packed full of rituals. Who would be able to do all that and still find time to get the children to school, do the housework and make the dinner? (It does sound like a perfect dream life though.). Read more

Moon Magic: Samhain & October, When the Gopher Looks Back…

Obviously, October is particularly special because of Samhain (Hallowmas/All Hallows) at the end of the month. It is a period between times. The leaves are changing and the air is crisp and clear as the dark nights begin to draw in. The veil between the worlds is said to be thinner at this time. Remember those that have gone before you and honour your ancestors. October lends itself to drama and atmosphere. It is a good excuse to make the most of this time by overloading on the witchy decorations. If you can work some magic outside then even better. Get a fire going and plenty of candles on the dark evenings. The October full moon is an especially good time to work divination of all kinds. Read more

Kyphi Incense: Things That Delight in the Night

I recently discovered a pot of kyphi incense in Glastonbury in the delightful shop Starchild. I had heard about kyphi before but had never used it. It has the most amazing scent! Kyphi (kapet) is an ancient Egyptian incense blend burnt for use in ritual, healing and within the home. It was believed to be made from ‘things that delight in the night’. Although recipes for a similar incense were also created in ancient Greece. Read more

A Kitchen Witch’s Autumn Equinox (Mabon)

A Kitchen Witch’s Autumn Equinox (Mabon) – The Autumn Equinox brings about the balance of equal day and night. It is a time to not only celebrate the second harvest of the year but also to give thanks for all that we have, to look back on the warm summer months and all that they have brought us and to welcome the colder, darker days and nights ahead. Read more

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