November 13, 2019

One very well known definition about magic is “the art of changing consciousness at will”. I suspect if you have the will to indulge yourself by cramming half a black forest gateaux down your cake-hole, you’re consciousness will be dramatically changed, and for the better. Read more

October 28, 2019

Samhain is a busy time for The Witches Next Door. On Samhain night itself, before anything else gets underway, we’ll be sitting down together to enjoy a Samhain supper for two. Read more

October 23, 2019

At Samhain when we call upon our beloved dead, it isn’t just humans that we remember and mourn. Some of our beloved dead are the animal companions that we have loved. When we celebrate Samahin that should include our beloved pets. Read more

October 15, 2019

I saw my dead friend today. There she was, mass of unruly curls with her back to me at the jewelry counter. She was bobbing her head to the music playing and I thought to myself, oh yay, my friend is here. But then I remembered that she passed beyond the veil last year; that couldn’t be her. Read more

October 14, 2019

After working a full day at my shop, I get home smelling of candle smoke and incense. My hair holds the scent of magickal herbs. For days after working in the shop, my clothes will retain the smell of essential oils and amber. It clings to me like a second skin. Read more

October 11, 2019

It would not be possible to talk of the ancestors without spending a moment on the forgotten dead. Millions of people have died that no one remembers. Millions. There are more forgotten dead than remembered dead. Giving a nod to those that have been forgotten feeds the deep ancestral well that we are all connected to. Read more

October 7, 2019

Reading for me has always been an escape from the mundane and when I started to write rituals they became that too. I really love writing rituals, but I’ve always been hesitant in sharing them. Read more

October 3, 2019

Newsflash: Life is short and before you know it we’ll all be ancestors. Put something you’re holding onto down. Treat yourself to a full size chocolate bar. Laugh at yourself  and laugh with friends. Dance with your dead and revel with your weird (wyrd) self. Read more

October 2, 2019

As you drink your Samhain Sippers, think of what is sweet in your life right now. Ponder which door are opening for you this Samhain tide and which might be closing, forever. Celebrate your ancestors, be they ancestors of blood or magickal lineage, or those that have passed that influenced your life. Read more

September 26, 2019

Sometimes a sense of urgency can feel overwhelming. Urgency can make us feel rushed or without enough time to make an informed decision. Read more

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