What You'll NeedA flower (such as a rose) with many petals that you can strip from the plant and strew about, or a variety of fresh greeneryA 5-6 inch red taper candleAnother fresh flower, intactTraditionally, witches recite various chants on Beltane Eve. At midnight, mark out a nine-foot diameter circle on the floor using flower petals or greenery. Light a red candle. Hold the candle in your right hand and hold a flower, a well-budded branch of greenery, or other fresh plant in the left hand. Hold both candle and vegetation to the sky. Stand in the east of your circle of flowers and begin wal..
Ah, it's that wonderful time of the year when Witches are suddenly in vogue. A vast array of bewitching-themed items can be found in every store across the land. Houses and shops are decorated with orange lights, fall leaves, blooming mums, colorful gourds, pumpkins, and scarecrows. Oh, and of course, ghosts, Witches, and screeching black cats. In all the excitement of decorating and preparing for the sabbat, it is easy to forget that often the most practical and magical of items are to be found very affordably, courtesy of good old Mother Nature. This Halloween why not keep things simple? For..
Honoring your ancestors, like any practice that deals with spirits, is a lot like cooking. Anyone can do it, not just people with special training. (That's a big part of the reason why I wanted to write a book about it!) But whether you're an amateur or a trained professional, you still need to stay in the moment and use your senses—or you might end up burning something.When you cook, you don't just put your food on the stove for ten minutes and trust that it's been cooked perfectly. Even if you're following a recipe and the recipe says, "cook for ten minutes," you need to watch the food chang..
One of the greatest summer pleasures of my youth was taking a drive with my parents and brother through the August countryside, stopping for fresh produce the farm families sold at the roadside for what seemed like spare change. Produce on the vine in the morning came fresh to the table in the evening. Nothing else tastes quite so sweet as that first taste of the first harvest from the fields of your homeland.When I first began doing research for the book that would become The Sabbats: A Witch's Approach to Living the Old Ways, I was astounded to discover that both the autumnal equinox as well..
What is Mabon?One of the minor Wiccan and Pagan holidays (or sabbats), Mabon is also known as the Autumn Equinox. It is the second of the 3 harvest festivals (with Lughnasadh and Samhain) when the earth is cooling from the heat of summer and the crops are being harvested and stored for the coming winter.Like the Summer Solstice, day and night are of equal length but after Mabon, the night becomes longer for the dark half of the year.Think of Mabon as the Thanksgiving for pagans. It is a celebration of the Earth's bounty and the first step to prepare for winter which in many parts of the world,..
The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year when the sun seems to
stand still. The heat of the sun is
also dangerous able to burn and kill as quickly as it nurtures. This is why the Summer solstice is also a day of balance between fire and water.
The Spring Equinox is when day and night are equal, a time of balance. It is also known as Ostara and
is considered one of the 4 Sabbats of the Wiccan Year. Here is a look at the rituals and the lore celebrating the beginning of Spring.
I have been a practicing witch for 20 years, and while I understand the
frustration over Trump and his policies, I won't be participating in tonight's mass ritual against Trump. Here is why.
Before you can embrace your new year and intentions, you need to let go
of anything that has troubled you or held you back in the past. Not just
the past year, but your life until now.