Wheel of the Year~Autumn Equinox at the Homestead


““My Lord, I hear the sounds of the successful Hunt and I feel the rightness of Death. All things, all beings, must leave this life, and their falling is as glorious as their rising.” “Lady, you speak wisdom. Death feeds Life feeds Death, and so it shall always be. Now the days grow short, and there is still much to be done. I look forward to the time when I will rest in your arms.” Jenya writes on the beginning of the end… [Read more...]

Chicken and Truth Sandwich

"One of each, please!"

“There is a continuum of non-harming when it comes to having chicken products in our lives, whether we are meat eaters or not.” Jenya spills the beans (or seeds, whatever) on raising chickens for food. [Read more...]

Everything Out There is In Here Too

Light at the End of the Tunnel

All of these things are *out there* and also *in here*. Every problem I see in the world, I see in myself. It’s tempting to turn toward my “personal work” and stare at my bellybutton until I don’t find any of those aspects in me anymore, but meanwhile, the problems go on in the outside world. [Read more...]

Your life isn’t made of what you are hurrying toward…

a tiny portion of a huge blessing

I have a big, fat, awesome trip to the UK beginning tomorrow and I’ve been full of planning and worrying and preemptive homesickness. My daughter’s been at Oxford for a month now and I’ll be meeting up with her at my student’s home in Sheffield for a few days of fun and juju before traipsing off to sample a whole wide assortment of across-the-pond goodness. I’m going to miss my beloved husband, my dogs, my chickens and trees. My dirt.

And all that thinking/feeling is landing me squarely in The Future. [Read more...]

A Puzzle of Infinite Pieces


As humans in our human world, there are pieces of the puzzle that we will never connect with. There are powers that cannot be mediated into the world of refrigerators and books; those who remember us before the planting of crops, when we struggled to survive on what was given us. At some point, if we need to, possibly we can find them again. Possibly, out of pity, they will help us. [Read more...]

A New Birthday Candle Ritual (now with extra juju!)

My Birthday Altar

Later in life, our clan learned a little something about actual magick. We learned that candles can hold prayers and that Fire is a great energizer and transformer. This made the old birthday candle ritual a little weak, as far as real juju goes, so we came up with a new idea. [Read more...]

Homemade Ginger Beer. World’s Greatest Beverage?

Bottled Up and Ready to Wait

Everybody has some consumable they are a connoisseur for.  Some folks know all the different names of the heirloom tomatoes and which are best for sauce vs. sandwiches.  Others will have 8 kinds of olive oil in their pantry, one for every occasion.  Then of course, there’s chocolate and cheese and vinegar and wine, all [Read More...]

A Really, Really Ridiculous Lughnasad Ritual

Chakra Colors and Quarter Quadrants

Over the 20 years we worked together, we came up with lots of hilarious ideas that ended up on the cutting room floor because we thought maybe they were just a bit too irreverent. But in 2005, we decided that we would go ahead and put together a ritual that didn’t hold back… [Read more...]

5 Simple House Magicks

Juju up the Soup!

I have a friend who comes from a tight-knit traditional Irish family.  Her kin have many of their own small magickal ways that have nothing to do with which god they worship.  The matriarch of this clan explained why she was attentive to her soup stirring technique like this: “Why would I look for bad [Read More...]

Living with Drought: The Blessings of Water


Water is our slippery kin. It lubricates the spaces between our bones, gives our joints the flexibility to keep us dancing. It is the conduit for the electricity of our brilliant brains. It’s in our most luxurious kiss and the juices of our sex. [Read more...]