Archive for July 2018

The Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality: Speak the Truth

Jul 31st, 2018 | By

One of the cardinal rules of Witchcraft is know when to keep silent. However, I believe that the inverse is also true — Witches have to know when to raise our voices. And as any good magician worth their salt knows, to have something’s name is to have its power. I feel like the fourth

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Plastic free July with Julie Brett

Jul 31st, 2018 | By

Over July I’ve been participating in #plasticfreejuly. People have been doing it in various ways, some making a pledge to take fabric bags to the store, some not purchasing any single use plastics, but I thought I’d take it a step further and try my best to bring zero plastic into our home over the

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An extract from Traditional Witchcraft for Fields & Hedgerows

Jul 29th, 2018 | By

For a witch the magical energies of Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows differs quite considerably from Traditional Witchcraft for Woods and Forests because whereas the woods have been part of our landscape since the beginning of time, fields and hedgerows are a relatively recent innovation. It therefore stands to reason that the witchcraft of

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Call Myself Back to Myself: Wholeness & Holiness

Jul 27th, 2018 | By

In this time of retrograding planets and full moon energy and a total lunar eclipse, I’ve been feeling pulled and called forward and toward. Something. Like a moth to a flame, I find myself stepping toward the crack in the earth and the shaking of the soil. Almost running to the place where all is

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Lunar eclipse

Jul 27th, 2018 | By

By Nimue Brown I remember my first lunar eclipse. I was a teenager, and I sat on the doorstep of my grandmother’s house to watch the moon. She came out intermittently to see how things were progressing, but I watched the whole thing, very earnestly. My main memory of the experience is of how much

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Chapter 8 Fairy Queens in Literature and Popular Culture

Jul 26th, 2018 | By

Chapter 8 Literature, Popculture, and Fairies: Queens in a New Age Thus far we’ve looked at the Fairy Queens in Scottish folklore and several of the named Queens in Irish folklore. These are the Fairy Queens of history and of daily belief who people have been acknowledging for unknown amounts of time. Now as we

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In the Beginning (Remembering My First Ritual)

Jul 26th, 2018 | By

Everybody remembers his or her first time, right? That first kiss, magickal or not. The first time you drove a long-distance trip without your parents. Right? Well, this post is about one of those first-time moments, and for me, it was definitely not one of those “magickal” moments. This is about my first group ritual

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Songs of protest with Steve Andrews

Jul 25th, 2018 | By

Steve Andrews has two books published by Moon Books – Herbs of the Northern Shaman, and Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets. Herbs of the Southern Shaman will come out in April 2019. Steve is also a bard, using his voice to stand up for the planet. Here are two of his songs… Give

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Calling in the quarters

Jul 23rd, 2018 | By
kitchen witch, rachel patterson, art of ritual, calling quarters

Calling in the quarters   Calling in the elements, calling the quarters, calling the Guardians of the Watchtowers, calling the Elementals – so many names!  But essentially we are calling upon the four elements from the four directions to join us in ritual and to lend their power, energy and protection.  These might be in

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Mirror magic for the feast day of Mary Magdalene

Jul 22nd, 2018 | By
Every Day Magic

Today is the Feast of Mary Magdalene, who is a Christian saint but is also honoured by many pagans as a symbol of the divine feminine. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, Dorothy Abrams wrote this entry for today, 22 July. She also offered a suggestion for some mirror magic to help

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