December 13, 2019

In case, you weren’t sure, I’m not a bear. I’m a simple human. I can’t actually curl up in a cave and sleep for three months, as much as I might want to. I also can’t curl up in my blankets and rest for three months. I’ve got a job that demands a lot of my time and attention during the month of December. I’ve got kids, a spouse, and pets, that all need and want my attention. Even if I wanted to I couldn’t disappear at the Winter Solstice. Read more

December 6, 2019

If you’ve got the blues, adding some red and green and yellow and purple foods to your meals can change your brain chemistry and your outlook. Read more

November 23, 2019

Winter holidays can be fun celebrations, but they can also be difficult reminders of challenging family dynamics. However, you don’t have to step into winter gatherings unprepared with only your fingers crossed, hoping for the best. Instead, use basic practical magick to help ease tensions and make family gatherings easier. It doesn’t matter the holiday, these tips will serve to bring peaceful home magick into your holidays. Read more

November 22, 2019

Practicing magic doesn’t require the perfect location or the most expensive robes or the coolest tools. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tools I’ve collected, bought, borrowed, or been gifted over the years. They certainly get me in the mood to do magic, but I can do magic without them. In fact, most folk magic systems use every day items like candles and pins and sharpies and socks and old mason jars. Read more

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

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