Midsummer

A belated post of just some images from my Midsummer ritual. As far as I'm aware the ancient Greeks didn't acknowledge Midsummer, the closest thing being the Adonia which may have taken place around the summer solstice, but sources disagree on the exact date. This was a festival honouring Adonis as consort of Aphrodite, and … Continue reading Midsummer

St John’s Wort

St John's Wort Family: Hypericaceae Genus: Hypericum Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum Folk Names: St John's wort, ghost herb, devil's scourge, scare devil, rosin rose Planetary Ruler: The Sun Element: Fire Sacred To:  Helios, Apollon, Hyperion Botany: St John's wort is a herbaceous perennial growing to approximately 3 feet in height. It has an upright stem and produces ovate leaves with clusters … Continue reading St John’s Wort

Crafting Calendars

High days and holy days are one of the most pleasurable aspects of religious and spiritual practices. Festivals can have a variety of purposes, from simple celebrations marking the change of the seasons, to days given over to devotional activities for a particular deity or spirit. As pagans, our religious calendars should reflect our personal … Continue reading Crafting Calendars

Herbal Reading

Some suggested reading for budding, and experienced, herbalists! Bartram, Thomas. Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Blamey, Marjorie. Collins Gem Guide: Wild Flowers Breverton, Terry. Breverton’s Complete Herbal Carpenter, Jeff & Carpenter, Melanie. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer Culpeper, Nicholas. Culpeper’s Complete Herbal Fitter, Alastair. Collins Gem Guide: Trees Franklin, Anna & Lavender, Susan. Herbcraft: A … Continue reading Herbal Reading

Witchcraft and Spirits

Somewhere along the way, humankind lost its connection to the spirit world. The majority of modern magical theory is based upon the magic as a science concept, with much less emphasis upon spirit work. This is likely born out of a mingling of the interest in presenting magic as a little-explored science, the schools of psychology … Continue reading Witchcraft and Spirits

Witching Plants: Monkshood

  Monkshood Family: Ranunculaceae Genus: Aconitum Latin Name: Aconitum napellus Folk Names: Monkshood, friar’s cap, devil’s helmet, bears foot, blessed lady’s gloves Planetary Ruler: Saturn Element: Earth Sacred To: Hekate, Kirke (Circe), Medea, Kronos Botany: Monkshood is an erect perennial growing up to a little under 5 feet in height and 2 feet spread. The leaves are palmate with jagged … Continue reading Witching Plants: Monkshood

Of the Roads and Crossroads: Hekate

Hekate Parents: Asteria and Perses Siblings: None Spouse/Lovers: None Children: None Symbolism: Torches, keys, knives. Sacred Animals: (Classical) Black dogs, polecats, serpents. (Modern) Ravens, crows, black cats, toads. Sacred Plants: Monkshood, oak, yew, deadly nightshade, hellebore, hemlock, all plants governed by Saturn, classic “witching” plants. Hekate is one of the most popular goddesses of modern witchcraft, Wicca and paganism. … Continue reading Of the Roads and Crossroads: Hekate