August 9, 2022

This is the second part of a two part series, titled “Tending to Tradition.” You can read Part 1 here. Today I’m continuing on with my garden metaphor to talk about how we can choose to evolve our traditions, and ourselves, with the times. Weeds or Flowers I used to think that dandelions were weeds that distracted away from the beauty of a manicured lawn. I now view them as gorgeous flowers with incredible medicinal properties. Dandelions are also a... Read more

July 25, 2022

Tilling the Soil Let’s pretend that every person involved in a religious or spiritual tradition is a gardener. Some of us grow vegetables, herbs, or exotic flowers, and others tend fruit trees. Some of us prefer organic farming and others use pesticides. A number of us might say “Meh” to gardening and head on over to animal agriculture instead. No matter what type of gardening we prefer, we all must till the soil in which our precious plants will grow.... Read more

May 23, 2022

TLDR; (Too Long, Didn’t Read): Altar Within really is a radical guide to liberating your divine self! It leaves out the toxic positivity trash and encourages actual self-reflection and hard work to accomplishing real change within ourselves. Do yourself a favor, witch — pick this book up and do a deep dive into a new reality for yourself. LbDR; (Long, but Did Read) Today I’m reviewing The Altar Within: A Radical Devotional Guide to Liberate the Divine Self by Juliet Diaz,... Read more

April 29, 2022

Scroll to the end for some chants I made up for Beltane! This weekend I’ll be celebrating Beltane with my coven and there’s been a lot of preparation going into it. For starters, our coven is broken down into Outer and Inner Courts, which means we plan for two separate Beltane rituals. Outer Courts are typically comprised of non-initiated students (though initiates of the coven are welcome to attend from our group) and Inner Courts are solely for initiates. FYI:... Read more

April 22, 2022

I’ve practiced Wiccan witchcraft for nearly 20 years and 8 years of that has been Gardnerian Wicca. Gardnerian Wicca is very different from the Wicca most often portrayed in books and on television. It’s more ecstatic than one might initially think and there are a lot of candles. Candles burn on the altar, in the quarters, and for other various purposes. My Temple Room is often sweltering after Gardnerian ritual because of all the flames and energy raised. Gardnerian Wicca... Read more

February 25, 2022

This post is dedicated to Seamus from West Hollywood. You’re welcome, WeHo. Shadow Work. Big. Bold. Beautiful. Until it’s not. But it’s a shiny phrase in today’s magical community. Why are so many of us obsessed with “Shadow Work”? What is it? What does it look like in practice? That answer varies from practitioner to practitioner. My own simple definition is that Shadow Work entails intentional, mindful attention and commitment to working through some serious shit. What kind of serious shit,... Read more

January 31, 2022

One thing is for certain about the occult community: we love books. I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us own at least a couple dozen books on paganism and occult. But what about those who own upwards of a hundred or more magical volumes? You know, those folks whose bookshelves stand as testament to their insatiable appetite for knowledge? How the hell do we keep it all organized?! Read on for a few librarian pro-tips for... Read more

January 22, 2022

I was asked to give my thoughts on a current Witchtok trend concerning witch and pagan accounts being divided into “safelists” and “blacklists.” My understanding is that a Tiktok creator created a Discord server whereby people could submit accounts they feel should be added to either the “safelist” or “blacklist” with an accompanying reason. This whole thing screams Burn Book from “Mean Girls”. I’ll tell you something real: I finally had to download Tiktok just to see what the hell... Read more

December 19, 2021

Recently, I was led through a meditation to find a word that would define my spiritual work in the coming months. The word that I was eventually led to was “Peace.” I usually “see” words in my mind rather than hear them, so when “Peace” appeared I initially couldn’t read it because it was written backwards. The word appeared as a jumble of letters to be unscrambled, or so I thought. However, after sitting with the image for a few... Read more

December 16, 2021

I used to really dislike Yule and anything else associated with the season. This wasn’t always the case, though. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would require me and my siblings to attend the 11pm service on Christmas Eve. The service would end at midnight and all parishioners would sing in the midnight hour with “Silent Night” while holding lit candles. It was a beautiful service. Many years later, I attended an Episcopal mass on Christmas Eve. Entranced... Read more

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