September 20, 2018

While the Autumn Equinox can be acknowledged with the sun’s fiery energy, I prefer to make the transition to fall under the bright light of the Harvest Moon. It’s the time when Hekate, like the natural cycle of the earth, transitions from lightness to dark. Hail the return of the Dark Mother while celebrating the harvest under the light of her Harvest Moon. While celebrating the Autumnal Equinox, known by many different names including Mabon, is a lovely practice, I’ve never felt that it was particularly witchy. It’s a problem I’ve had with the other parts of the Wheel of the Year as well. The seasons, like most of nature, don’t follow rules imposed on them by man, including the calendar. For the sabbats, the emphasis is always on the sun. While I’ve got nothing against the giant ball of fire that gives us all life, it’s not my preferred celestial object. The moon has always claimed me for her own. Read more

September 17, 2018

The season of autumn whispers to me in the mornings, reminding me that the seasonal transition is coming. My reply was a simple elemental ritual welcoming the fall, with the added energy of the pentagram representing the wholeness in all things. I love to get back to the simplicity of evoking the elements, especially at the seasonal transitions. They form all that lives and for that, I honor them always. Read more

September 15, 2018

Demeter reigns over the life cycle, from the fallow of winter to the bounty of the fall harvest. To the ancient Greeks, her dominion over agriculture extended her influence to civilization, including the mysteries of the life, death and rebirth. This fall, I’m honoring Demeter as a Goddess of Fury and Fertility, while following the ancient practice of creating an Inner Temple to contain my personal mysteries. I’ve included the new translation of The Orphic Hymn to Demeter that I’ll be using, along with Demeter’s themes, epithets, correspondences, animals, and more to help you connect with this impressive goddess. Read more

September 11, 2018

With the remnants of a tropical storm descending upon my little piece of the world, I’m reminded that the season of severe weather is underway. Fall brings with her many emotional gifts, including the transformative power of raging winds and flooding rains. Survival and protection witchery is in order when hurricanes and blizzards come my way. I love absorbing severe weather energy, but there are times when shielding is the best choice. I also like to capture the incredible storm energy for future magickal use, including charging tools and objects. Included you’ll find a petition to Hekate Brim for severe weather protection and many other tips for severe weather witchery. Read more

September 8, 2018

White ceremonial sage is used by thousands to cleanse and protect. While the practice of smudging with a white sage bundle originated with specific indigenous nations, it’s use has become widespread. However, there are many controversies, lies and the issue of exploitation to consider when using it. Read more

September 7, 2018

Planes. Trains. Automobiles. Whatever your chosen method of travelling, you can take witchcraft on the road with you. Here are some tips for manifesting your dream holiday, getting ready for your journey, and ways to keep the magic going during your trip. Get your suitcase packed! Read more

September 3, 2018

September is the month of the final harvest from the land. Labor Day is connected to Hekate via her role as a champion of the common people, as she was in ancient Greece and Rome and remains today as Guardian of the Marginalized.  The Fall Equinox marks the return of Hekate Chthonia as the Wheel of the Year turns to decreased daylight and our energy shifts inward, towards the emotional depths of the Under World. As we move towards the Season of the Witch, the energy of September offers an excellent opportunity to contemplate endings, beginnings and the space in between. This article contains suggestions for epithets, correspondences, rituals and more that are appropriate for Hekatean Witchcraft in September. Read more

September 3, 2018

Since ancient times Hekate’s attention has been sought for all matters relating to paid work. This short petition can easily be expanded to a ritual and spell seeking her intervention for your career concerns. Read more

August 28, 2018

Shielding ourselves from harmful forces is a common practice, but there can be nasty consequences when it’s done incorrectly. If we are constantly using an energetic gas mask to reduce potential problems, then we are wasting our energies. A better way is to save that gas mask for dire emergencies and invest our time and efforts into healthy self protection techniques, like standing in your own power. Here’s my list of seven risks of shielding and seven practices for effective self protection. Read more

August 16, 2018

We can get so easily sucked dry by energy vampires or give up too much of our personal power when our boundaries aren’t firm. These energetic barriers between us and everyone else are our own personal magic circle. Understanding them and the consequences for when they are violated are important skills to develop as a witch.  Since you are engaged in energy work, may be an empath or a psychic, and probably are a healer of some sort, it’s important to have firm barriers so that you don’t get sucked into another’s harmful energy. Think of your boundaries as the forces you call to protect yourself just like when we call the elements to help us casting the circle.  Read more

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