January 4, 2019

You have no idea how many times I’ve seen people recommend ancient grimoires as a starting point for seekers. I feel that’s setting them up for failure. Before you can learn to run marathons you need to learn how to crawl and walk first. So here are my eleven favorite books that focus solely (or almost entirely) on the subject of casting spells. All of the books are either written for beginners or intermediate skilled witches and have a fairly good range of different approaches and strategies regarding the skill most associated with the witch – casting spells. Read more

December 31, 2018

The following are some of the occultism, mysticism, mythology, and spirituality that I see not only in the Dark Crystal movie but also within its prequels. These are some ideas that I don’t really see on the internet when people explore these subjects with the film and books, and when people do they tend to be very strange conspiracy theories – usually by people who seem to think that reptilian aliens are running the world, which they believe is flat. Read more

December 29, 2018

New Years is sacred to the Roman god Janus. The month January is named after the god Janus. In January Romans would make sacred vows and pledges to Janus about how they were going to change and what they were going to set out to do for the rest of the year. Read more

December 26, 2018

These are the ten witchy books that were released in 2018 that I enjoyed the most and think others will as well.  Read more

December 18, 2018

The right-wing Christian demagogues keep saying that there’s a “War on Christmas” and the truth is they actually aren’t technically wrong from a Pagan perspective. While they may be referring to people’s thoughtful inclusion of other cultures, religions, and even secular celebrations during this time of year as an attack against them when they speak of the War on Christmas. For a lot of us Pagans, the War on Christmas is a holy observance, but not necessarily how it’s being framed by these demagogues. Read more

December 18, 2018

I was told by someone that they were having trouble finding good books on Yule and the Winter Solstice, while another person messaged me to ask for some recommendations on books on the Krampus and other folklore. I also thought it would be easier to make a public “recommended reading” for the holiday season. So here are ten fantastic books on both celebrating the Winter Solstice, as well as learning about the origins, myths, and folklore of the seasonal celebration. Read more

December 17, 2018

Ded Moroz, unlike most Santa figures, doesn’t come with a Krampus-like companion as most do around Europe. Ded Moroz embodied both archetypes – the benevolence and wrath of wintertime. Read more

December 16, 2018

The book is well balanced between how-to, poetry, research, anecdotal stories, and messages from the feary folk themselves. As such the book has a very interesting mix of informative, practical, imaginative, style of writing. Read more

December 16, 2018

Unlike her depiction in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Grýla isn’t depicted as a beautiful woman who wears dark eyeshadow, wine red lipstick and dark contour. Grýla, like your average troll, has an appetite for misbehaving children. She’s often depicted with several tails, horns, a beard, and a hag-like appearance. In other words, she’s appealing enough by troll standards to put a ring on it. Read more

December 15, 2018

Utterly Wicked: Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions by Dorothy Morrison is one of the most important books that I own in my library. It’s a book that I think every serious witch and magickal practitioner should own, even if you have no interest or desire in casting curses or hexes. Read more

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