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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Solstice Sojourn: My Winter Solstice 2018

Greetings, gentle readers!  Here’s how I’m spending my Winter Solstice proper this year.  This is my actual written plan for the day, without a lot of extra frills – maybe some year I’ll have more time to dive deeper into it, but until such a time, I hope what I’ve put together entertains or inspires you.  Blessed Yule, my friends!…

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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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Prepping the Hibernaculum – Magical Housecleaning Part 2

Welcome back, Household/Domestic Generals!  (No, really, that’s what Mrs. Beeton called them – think of it as a cross between Mrs. Patmore, Mrs. Hughes, and Lady Cora from Downton Abbey…) Our next installment in the Prepping the Hibernaculum series involves both the mundane and spiritual sides of cleansing and blessing your home.  Remember, to get started, you’ll need to have…

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Monarch bonus: “Safe Travels” Vehicle Protection Sachet

So my monarch musings inspired a pretty cool witchy craft — since monarchs travel thousands of miles during their migrations, wouldn’t they be a pretty cool symbol for a “Safe Travels” sachet? Why, yes!  Yes, they would! I used a pattern from Downeast Thunder Farm for the monarch and made it from felt.  (I *LOVE* crafting with felt – it…

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Mabon – Harvest Home and Autumn Equinox

Fall begins this week (WOO HOO, my favorite season!), so that means Mabon is upon us, gentle readers!  Also known as Harvest Home, Winter Finding, and Harvest of the First Fruits, this second harvest festival of the Pagan wheel of the year occurs on the Autumnal Equinox, another season of balance between dark and light.  This is my first year…

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Happy Thanksgiving

“It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is that you like to do, and the holiday season – like all the other seasons – is a good time…

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Stories, Uncategorized

Storytime – The Ballad of The Snowball

The year was 1992.  I was 14 years old, a Freshman in high school, and trying hard to be madly in love with a boy with whom I’d been friends all through grade school and who lived just down the street from me.  His name was Jeremiah Fletcher, and he had the most beautiful, long-lashed, big blue eyes I’d ever…

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