I, like a lot of you, love the idea of ritual baths.But, I am a busy person. Like a lot of you I work, have errands and chores to do (the cats need food and laundry never goes away), and family to and friends to stay connected with. There just isn’t enough time for a lot of “fancy” spiritual practice…or even self-care.
Gift giving can be difficult with so many choices online. So, I have created the perfect Holiday Gift Giving Guide for 2020! It includes products that are made with essential oils from small businesses owned by women, too. This list will make you feel good knowing you have supported a small woman owned business and are gifting something amazing to someone you love.
The night of the New Moon is all about new beginnings. The dark phase is passed, and the energy has rested. Now the universe is filled with anticipation and powerful creation magick. Meditate on what you need abundance for. Take five minutes and really focus on one thing all this energy can help you with.
After Lughnasadh, there is a palpable tang of autumn to the air. A noticeable shortening of the light. The themes or Lughnasadh are the same as any harvest festival. Gratitude, abundance, and connection. We give thanks for the abundance in our lives and look forward to the remaining weeks or light and warmth. Common ways to celebrate Lughnasadh is by harvesting something you have grown in your garden and preparing it to share with loved ones, baking bread, bonfires, making corn dollys, decorating an outdoor altar with all the things the season reminds you of. Spell work related to abundance and hearth magick is particularly powerful.
A day of balance between dark and light (equinox is Latin for equal night) here in the northern hemisphere we are getting ready for spring. The days have been getting longer, up to now still holding more darkness than light but that is all about to change. This year, in Minnesota, we have had one of the snowiest winters on record and the ground is covered in feet of frozen white. It makes it hard to focus on the energies of spring.
Herbal magick is arguably the oldest form known to us. Known for millennia, many species of plants have been incorporated into the practices of healer, shamans, and medicine men and women. In the old days, healing was often treated with herbal concoctions like teas, tinctures, and poultices accompanied by ritual and prayer.
The thing I love most about color magick, like kitchen magick, is it is something we use every day, often without even realizing. It’s woven into the fabric of our daily lives just by virtue of simple choices made throughout the day. You probably practice more witchery than you think.
Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and honoring of Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit), so loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. Brigid is a Goddess of healing, poetry, and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies. She is the Triple Goddess, but at Imbolc, she is in her Maiden aspect.
Candle magick is a beautiful beacon for the energy that surrounds us. Lit candles help create a mystical and magickal atmosphere during any ritual or meditation. They inherently draw on the transformative power of fire in addition to the custom correspondences we have put in each creation.
YOU are the first tool in your magickal arsenal. The energy, direction, intent, and outcome are all because of you. The same two witches casting the same spell can have wildly different results based on their approach, focus, and desires. So, do you cleanse yourself when working magick?
There are many different methods of divination that you may choose to use in your magical practice. Some people opt to try many different types, but you may find that you’re more gifted in one method than others. Take a look at some of the different types of divination methods, and see which works best for you and your abilities. And remember, just like with any other skill set, practice makes perfect!
Divinatory practice is common among Wiccans, Witches, and other Pagans and most have their own favorite method for seeking answers from the Divine. Mine is tarot while my partner has both runes and ogham. We have a spirit board we rarely use and both of us have done varying forms of scrying. Any of these items can help you strengthen your intuition. Simply choose the one you are most comfortable using and practice, practice, practice. If you don’t know what all those things are, don’t worry! I will help you here and the internet is a wonderful tool. It may seem hard in the beginning, but don't give up. The more you use these tools, the easier it gets.