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

Lammas: One Corny Sabbat Celebration

While it often plays second fiddle to wheat in Lammas observances, corn is plentiful during this season and deserves a little celebrating of its own.   I experimented with this awesome cornbread recipe and fancied it up by stirring in a chopped jalapeño, some frozen sweet corn kernels, some Fiesta Blend cheese, and some dried cherry tomatoes. These gorgeous muffins were crumbly…

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Half-Assed Witchery, Mythology, Wheel of the Year

Lugh, My Creative Homeboy

Lugh (pronounced “Loo”) is the Irish/Celtic embodiment of the craftsman archetype deity – a god of skill and distribution of talent.  He is highly proficient in art, poetry, medicine, martial arts, and more, and he invented fidchell (Gaelic chess), ball games, and horse racing.  This guy is not just a jack-of-all-trades, he is the master of ALL the trades. Lugh…

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