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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

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, Hel, Frau Holda, Cerridwen Botany: Monkshood is an erect perennial growing up to a little under 5 feet in height and 2 feet spread. The leaves are … 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

Tools of the Green Witch

For many witches, magical tools are things like wands, athames, pentacles and other esoteric objects. However when practicing herbal, green and kitchen, magic, the tools needed may seem more humble, but are just as important. Chopping Board On a purely practical level your chopping board simply provides a hardwearing surface upon which to work with your … Continue reading Tools of the Green Witch

Green and Kitchen Witchcraft

Witchcraft is a natural practice and the witch works closely with the natural world. In a sense all witchcraft is green and kitchen based. Witches who are skilled in herbal arts, gardening, wildcrafting, or homesteading, will grow their own herbs, or harvest them wild from nature. Witches know how to take those herbs and turn … Continue reading Green and Kitchen Witchcraft