April 18, 2019

My spells are simple and often brought together by necessity, the light of the moon, and the tug of my heart. For a year, I’ve had flowers drying in my bedroom since a working with Persephone. The flowers were meant to entice her, to bring her back from the land of the shadows, back into the arms of springtime and her mother. All year, I would pass these flowers and they would send their scent into my heart, as though… Read more

April 3, 2019

I get up at 4am most days and on my calendar is an alert: Daily Practice. My computer beeps, my phone beeps, and the Catholic guilt that’s etched into my soul nudges at me. Get up. Get coffee. Do your daily practice. No really. Do it. Maybe tomorrow. And since there have been too many ‘maybe tomorrow’s, I realized I needed to change things up and go back to what I know better than anything else. Get Rid of Old… Read more

March 28, 2019

Ritual. Class. Camp. Energy work. Chanting. Spellwork.  Repeat. Early in my witch days, I would have these amazing experiences. AMAZING. I would be filled with hope and wonder and clarity. And then I’d go home and have a headache for days. I would struggle to get through the next day. I would feel like crap. The magick would loosen itself from its place of power in my memory. How could something so wonderful make me feel so bad? Magick hangovers… Read more

March 20, 2019

It’s springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, as I write this, it is the Spring Equinox. The end of Demeter’s grief. Persephone remembers and returns! It rained all morning and the leak in our skylight opened up again, leaving a large pool of water on the kitchen floor. The skies cleared in the afternoon, revealing green amongst the puddles and the possibility of rainbows. I had just gotten good news, really good news. But there was something about the… Read more

March 3, 2019

Here’s the reason why I didn’t go to PantheaCon like so many other Patheos folks: Witchcamp. I got to spend five days and four nights with a bunch of witches in Minnesota. It was cold. I saw a bald eagle. I built a labyrinth and walked across snow that overtook other paths. I connected with ancestors. I cried as I realized my heart was melting in the magick. And while I always have a plan for integration when I get home,… Read more

February 20, 2019

I admit that when I was offered the chance to review “Hex Your Ex and 100+ Other Spells to Right Wrongs and Banish Bad Luck for Good,” I was hesitant. I appreciate and understand hexing. I have done it. I have undone it. But I was a little apprehensive about a book that might talk about hexing willy nilly. That said. It’s more than that. (Though you can certainly hex your ex, witch.) I’m glad that there is a book… Read more

February 13, 2019

While I’m packing for Witchcamp, I’m not only packing my bags — I’m also preparing for coming home. Preparing for integration, or that fuzzy space after camp (or any magickal experience) that looks like possibility and often slips by too quickly. Before I can make sense of the mystical. How will I land after the ecstasy? Intention I begin with a direction, a place I want to go. What do I really want? What am I seeking? Sometimes, I am… Read more

February 6, 2019

In 10 days, I’m getting on a plane to go to Witchcamp. This is my 20-something-th trip to time out of time. I get to see witches I only see once a year and some witches I get to see more frequently. The piles of clothes and magickal accoutrement are growing in the spare bedroom. And my thoughts are turning to transformation. That which I ask for and that which I need. Magickal Preparations for Witchcamp While I will need… Read more

January 26, 2019

One of my favorite rituals of the year is Brigid (as is often, though not always, celebrated in Reclaiming). I love the promise of spring and the moment at the well where I run my fingers through fire and dip my fingers into water from around the world before making a pledge to Her. (Which I promptly forget.) I know this happens. I know that I will have this glorious, shifting moment at the well, with the whole community watching…. Read more

January 26, 2019

I wanted to call this ‘How to Witch When You’re Too Damn Tired.’ Or ‘How to Witch When the World is Too Much.’ Maybe it’s because it’s winter or maybe it’s because my self care practices tend to slink back under the covers when I need them the most. Or maybe I’ve been faking ‘okay’ for a bit too long. And that’s no good for my magick or for me. Or for anyone around me. As Above, So Below I… Read more

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