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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: St John the Baptist, Brigid, Baldr, Sunna, Helios, Apollon, Hyperion Botany: St John's wort is a herbaceous perennial growing to approximately 3 feet in height. It has an upright stem … 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

Punkie Night

“It’s Punkie Night, It’s Punkie Night, Give me a candle, Give me a light, If you don’t, you’ll get a fright!” -Traditional Punkie Night song. Celebrated in South Somerset, the last Thursday in October is called Punkie Night and is a precursor to our modern trick or treating traditions. The word “punkie” comes from the … Continue reading Punkie Night

Witching Trees: Rowan

“Rowan tree and red thread, leave the witches all in dread.” Rowan Family: Rosaceae Genus: Sorbus Latin Name: Sorbus aucuparia Folk Names: Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, Witch Tree, Witchbane Ogham Letter: Luis Planetary Ruler: The Moon Element: Water Sacred To: Thunar, Brighid, Brigantia Botany: Rowan are a deciduous tree or shrub growing between 30 to 70 feet in height. The trunk is … Continue reading Witching Trees: Rowan