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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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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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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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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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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Half-Assed Witchery, Wheel of the Year

Lammas Tidings!

Cross-quarter sabbats like Lammas are the main reason I really dig the Wheel of the Year structure of the calendar so much.  When you depend on the traditional Western calendar rather than syncing with the real transitions of the seasons, the changes come on you like a rushing freight train – summersummersummersummerWHAM-IT’S-FALL-STOP-SUMMERING-AND-DO-ALL-THE-FALL-THINGS-NOW!!!  When the Wheel turns more slowly, you get…

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Everyday Magic Challenge Check-In – July 2018

Hey, all – it’s time for a check-in with how my Everyday Magic Challenge is going.  I’ve got some parts on lock, and others I’m still working on.  During the month of August, I’ll be checking in weekly here and at the Half-Assed Circle with photos to make it a little more exciting as we go, but for now, here’s…

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Book Reviews, Health & Fitness, Herbology

Book Review and Commentary:  Perfect Weight by Deepak Chopra

“When you feel healthy, energetic, physically attractive, and comfortable with your body, then and only then are you at your ideal weight.” — Deepak Chopra, Perfect Weight As part of my sporadic Campaign to Less Fatness, I picked up Perfect Weight by Deepak Chopra.  I’ve been looking into Ayurvedic medicine through my herbalism studies, and Dr. Chopra’s Western medical background,…

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Lady the Half-Assed Witch’s Everyday Magic Challenge

I’ve been reading and learning everything I can get my hands on about practical Paganism and green/cottage witchery for the last six months, and now I’d like to start doing more with the information I’ve gleaned and the powers I’m manifesting.  I get a kick out of doing challenges when the topic trips my trigger and the format is structured…

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Half-Assed Witchery, Holidays, Philosophy

Groundhog Day and Imbolc

Firstly, apologies for the long absence.  To keep it short, Winter sucks.  Which is why today’s entry makes it all better…or at least starting to be better. One of my favorite fascinations in life is learning about the rituals that spawned the traditions we now follow around some of our weirder holidays, such as Groundhog Day (February 2 in the…

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