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Calling in the quarters

Jul 23rd, 2018 | By
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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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Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms

Jul 16th, 2018 | By

NEW BOOK RELEASE! So the very lovely publishers Moon Books, having already released a book or thirteen of mine have given me my very own series, a Kitchen Witchcraft series. The first book in the series is called ‘Spells and Charms’ – and will be released on 27th July 2018 (although you can pre-order). The

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Are the Gods Set in Stone?

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

I had something completely different in mind when I started writing this particular blog post. On Facebook, I had asked for folks to say something about a topic that they wanted me to write about. One individual asked me to take an animal spirit into account and see how much it changes around the world.

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Magick is as Magick Does

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

A Witch is a curious being, a wide-eyed wanderer who looks beyond what is before, and extends an arm out to mystery. They are daring and discerning, becoming the spell they seek before deciding on an herb or a color or a sound. They are the one who calls out with a voice that can

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Cast the circle…

Jul 9th, 2018 | By
kitchen witch, circle casting, rachel patterson, art of ritual

Cast the Circle…   If you are just working on your own, meditating or doing a simple candle spell I don’t believe casting a circle is always necessary.  If you regularly smudge and protect your house and have your own shielding in place I wouldn’t bother, but the choice is yours.  If you are going

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My Current Life Status is Lacking The Chariot

Jul 8th, 2018 | By

The truth is I don’t really feel like the Chariot tonight. Some days, I just lack that, I got this attitude. And instead I sit on the couch with a bag of potato chips watching Big Brother on TV, while internally wondering if there is anyone out there who can hypnotize me not to eat

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A Call For Stories

Jul 8th, 2018 | By

As a child living in the Western world, I was introduced early on to two creation stories about women.  The first one came from my Christian upbringing.  In the beginning, the story goes, God created Eve, the first woman, from Adam’s body because Adam was lonely.  God also created a tree whose fruit gave knowledge

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An extract from Traditional Witchcraft for Fields & Hedgerows

Jul 6th, 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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Encountering the Northern Goshawk

Jul 5th, 2018 | By
photo of Northern Goshawk

The Northern Goshawk is a large accipiter native to the northern latitudes of North America and Eurasia. It is a forest bird, renowned for its ability to weave through dense hardwoods in pursuit of the mammals and birds it feeds on. So agile is this hawk, that it can flip upside down to seize birds

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