Category: Blog

When the Matriarch Ruled

When we think of the “patriarch” words like “outdated” or “dinosaur” or, better yet “obsolete” often come to mind. This institution of men in charge that keeps women and anyone other than white men from the top of the earnings charts and away positions of power is seen as old and ancient. In fact, we can trace it back pretty darn far to Ancient … Read More When the Matriarch Ruled

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The Father of Wicca

This week I am returning yet again to my 20th Century Witchcraft Series to talk about the 1950s which was a huge decade for the modern Neopagan revival. No figure was perhaps more influential to the widespread of witchcraft as the man commonly referred to as “The Father of Wicca”; Gerald Gardener. While his history is peppered with unusual anecdotes and a bit of … Read More The Father of Wicca

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Fairies and Ghost Stories

What kind of cockamamie blog title is that, right?! I swear it’s not as crazy as it sounds — or is it?? Beltane season is creeping up on us which has a long-standing association with faeries. So, this week I wanted to talk about why that is and some ways you can (safely) work with the energy of the fey this May Day season. … Read More Fairies and Ghost Stories

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5 Simple Daily Rituals for Magickal Living

Being a witchy isn’t necessarily just about moon rituals, Sabbats, and aesthetic. For many witches it is, but there is something extra special about incorporating your craft into your daily life that bring the magickal into the mundane and reminds us that “mundane” is really just an illusion. Of course, the idea of practicing daily can sound super overwhelming, but this week’s blog post … Read More 5 Simple Daily Rituals for Magickal Living

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The True Story of St. Patrick

In the modern day, St. Patrick has become a figurehead to represent the whole of Irish culture as the official “Saint” of Ireland. Him and his, often inflated and exaggerated, life’s history inspired a modern holiday centered entirely around the celebration of that culture, originated in great part by Irish-American immigrants around the 18th century. But so many of his stories are patently false … Read More The True Story of St. Patrick

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Preparing to Plant Seeds

We’re officially in that awkward period right in between Winter and Spring. Will we have a blizzard? Or will we have 45°F day that brings promises of Springtime breezes? The conventional wisdom says the Spring Equinox is the time to start all our seeds in planters, but first — in most agrarian cultures — it is time to shake out the cobwebs and bless … Read More Preparing to Plant Seeds

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The Sacred Symbolism of the Hare

Now that we’re almost to March, Ostara is fast approaching and I figured it was high time to start talking about Spring Equinox symbolism and none is more prolific than the rabbit or hare. However, the symbolism of rabbits and hares is not limited to season and I feel that it is a useful practice to look into the symbols on a wider scale, … Read More The Sacred Symbolism of the Hare

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Making Meaningful Offering Magick

For those witches that follow a Hellenic path, February 21st is a significant holiday called Feralia. Feralia is one of the many ancient festivals that actually led to our modern Halloween. Despite the fact that is it celebrated at a very different time of year, Feralia is a holiday dedicate to honoring one’s ancestors which was primarily celebrated with feasting (as is pretty much … Read More Making Meaningful Offering Magick

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The Holocaust and Witchcraft

This week I am proceeding with my 20th Century Witchcraft series with a spotlight on the 1930s! One of the biggest events of the 1930s that forever colored and impacted life since is the Holocaust. In some indirect ways Hitler and the Holocaust influences not only how we viewed Judaism and Jewish folk in general, but may have also had a lasting impact on … Read More The Holocaust and Witchcraft

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Storytelling Through the Art of Secondhand

Several months ago I did a huge live stream video about altar building before I had really narrowed down how to deliver a (slightly) more succinct live stream topic. (I’m sorry, I like to talk and I have a lot to say and I REALLY struggle to do anything less than 20 minutes!) It’s long and a little rambley. Someday I’ll re-do the whole … Read More Storytelling Through the Art of Secondhand

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The Secret Synthesis of Late Winter Festivals

One of the things I absolutely love about pagan holidays is that once you start really diving into their history and traditions you find that the themes they are based on are so universal that many, many cultures across the world had a similar celebrations. The human experience is, by inference, amazingly universal itself, too. We often think of people from the past as … Read More The Secret Synthesis of Late Winter Festivals

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When the Magick Stopped…

Ok, so the truth is that magick has never “stopped” per say, but it sure did go underground for a long time. Even still magick is slowly crawling out of the recesses of the dark caves of the collective subconscious. A lot has been lost. A lot more is being rediscovered and created every day. And while that thought gives me great hope for … Read More When the Magick Stopped…