July 26, 2019

The Hierophant is the mentor, the healthy community and tradition in which we can go to in order to thrive, fail and grow within a safe environment. They give us the structure needed in order to hone the skills that we bring to the mix while teaching us to build the foundation necessary to build ourselves up. Read more

July 23, 2019

As individuals, each of the three founders have had different dreams of hosting occult & witchcraft oriented festivals. Through collaboration, we’ve all brought our different experiences and ideas together to organize the Salem Summer Symposium. We also each have a desire to see witchcraft & occultism be celebrated beyond the October tourist season. While we all love the frivolity and joy that Halloween inspires in Salem, we also wanted to see a festival that was a bit more serious, a bit more academic, while still having fun. This festival is meant to bridge the gap between practical occultists & the general public in a way that the carnival-like atmosphere of Salem in October doesn’t. Read more

June 1, 2019

There are few things that I love as much as magic, but tea is one of them. Recently I ordered a few teas from Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends – here are my thoughts! Read more

April 25, 2019

The Ophidia Rosa Tarot is an absolutely beautiful deck created by Leila + Olivia. A relatively small and independent company, the bio on their website says the following: “Leila + Olive is an artist-run line of botanical talismans, illustrated by hand with an eye towards mysticism. Creator Nicole Rallis, a New York visual artist, cultivates each piece from her lifelong enchantment with plant magick into full-grown tools of divination.” Rallis then talks about her love of working with botanicals and… Read more

April 10, 2019

A Love/Hate Relationship with the Wheel of the Year Everyone who is relatively close to me knows that I have a love/hate relationship with the Wheel of the Year. As the wheel turns each sabbat, you can typically find me dragging my feet as everyone else is writing beautiful articles and crafting sabbat-inspired wares. Getting a sabbat-related article out of me is most likely easier than pulling teeth. I am the self-proclaimed Ebenezer Scrooge of the sabbats. Don’t get me… Read more

February 28, 2019

The redwoods sang to me the first time I saw them. I couldn’t have been more than eight or nine, looking over a book of photographs when I first saw the redwood forests. I didn’t have words for it then, but I felt my heart reach out toward them. Like something familiar that I hadn’t realized I missed until I saw them again. At that moment I knew that I would see them again someday. In 2018 we were finally… Read more

February 25, 2019

PantheaCon 2019 ended about a week ago, and while I wanted to write this a lot sooner, it took me a little while to wrap my head around all of my experiences from this year. I’ll be honest that I was a little nervous going into PantheaCon this year. There had been a lot of public drama and hate being thrown towards those attending. However, I had an obligation to go as I was teaching a workshop this year and… Read more

February 24, 2019

Amici Mortem (Friends of Death) is an emerging interdisciplinary alliance of healers, ritualists, artists, activists and writers working together to transform our cultural practices and theory surrounding Death in this unprecedented time. Amici Mortem feels the urgent need to reorient ourselves towards a sacred, intimate and complex understanding and relationship with death, dying, the dead, extinction and climate change in this new epoch called the Anthropocene. Strategically embracing the strong potential for grief, art, mutual aid and collectivized ritual practices… Read more

January 25, 2019

Now I know that most people don’t tend to have traditional hearths in their homes anymore, but every home contains the spirit of one. What is the space in your home that people tend to gather? That one space the tends to feel warmer and cozier for the rest? Read more

January 23, 2019

To me, the waves and threads of magic feel a lot like tuning an instrument. When tuning a violin, I will play multiple strings at a time in order to perceive the dissonance between them. I will then manipulate the strings until the dissonance blends and everything smooths out. Read more

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