Half-Assed Witchery, Holidays, Uncategorized

Getting Into the Spirit of Imbolc

Greetings, gentle readers!  I have indeed been absent for a bit, but I’m going to claim my right to winter hibernation to excuse that lapse, because frankly, winter totally sucks.  Well, maybe not everything about winter totally sucks (my kid was born on February 5th, after all!), but the weather certainly does.  Especially after the holidays drain every last ounce…

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Good(ish) Housekeeping, Half-Assed Witchery, Uncategorized

Preparing the Hibernaculum – Magical Housecleaning Part 3 – Decluttering

Roll up your sleeves and get out your recycling bins for this one, gentle readers – it’s magical clutterbusting time. Cleansing and Blessing 4:  Clutter Removal (for real this time) I left this section for last because sometimes it can be the most daunting – even worse than moving furniture and disturbing the dust bunnies.  I am, as I’ve said…

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FOOD!, Half-Assed Witchery, Uncategorized, Wheel of the Year

Samhain Sojourn: Thanksgiving Thoughts

I honestly can’t remember if I told the tale of my strong dislike of Thanksgiving last year, gentle readers, but just in case I didn’t, I’m going to tell it again now.  For the first 8 to 10 years of my life, I somehow managed to be violently ill on Thanksgiving — either sinus-infection-can’t-even-move-my-eyes-without-barfing ill or full-blown-stomach-virus-gagging-at-the-smell-of-all-food ill.  My loving…

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Good(ish) Housekeeping, Half-Assed Witchery, Herbology, Wheel of the Year

Preparing to Seal the Hibernaculum: Magical House Cleaning, Part 1

Fall is fully upon us, gentle readers, at least here in the Midwest, where the leaves and temperatures are both dropping drastically.  One of my goals for this season is to get my house, affectionately called The Hibernaculum, mundanely cleaned and magically blessed and protected before Winter sets in and I basically seal the doors until Spring. Traditional witchy sources…

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Half-Assed Witchery, Holidays, Planners and Journals, Wheel of the Year

Keeping Mind, Body, and Spirit in Balance with Planners and Journals

As I talked about in my article about The Dark Mother, this time of year always sends my anxiety into overdrive and makes me feel very off-kilter – like walking-on-eggshells-through-a-minefield off-kilter – and it doesn’t help that everybody around me is probably feeling the same way, so they’re just as keyed up and touchy as I am.  When my anxiety…

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Half-Assed Witchery, Wheel of the Year

Mabon Monarchs

Fluttery greetings, gentle readers!  Mabon is a season of marked change, and there’s not much I can think of that symbolizes change better than the transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful Monarch butterfly.  I had the privilege of being up close and personal with a LOT of these lovelies as I raised over 120 to adulthood this summer and…

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