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 hard-wearing 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

Witching Plants: Enchanter’s Nightshade

Enchanter's Nightshade Family: Onagraceae Genus: Circaea Latin Name: Circaea lutetiana Folk Names: Witch’s Grass, Great Witch Herb, Wood Magic Herb Planetary Ruler: Saturn Element: Earth Sacred To: Hekate, Kirke (Circe), Medea, Pasiphae Botany: Enchanter’s Nightshade is a perennial of the willowherb family. Native to Europe and naturalised in the United States, it grows to approximately 2 feet in height with heart-shaped leaves growing … Continue reading Witching Plants: Enchanter’s Nightshade

Spiritual Cleansing

"Never pour a libation of sparkling wine to Zeus after dawn with unwashed hands, nor to others of the deathless gods; else they do not hear your prayers but spit them back." - Hesiod, Works and Days. Spiritual pollution is a condition that effects everyone at some point. We manufacture psychic dirt in the same … Continue reading Spiritual Cleansing

Witching Trees: White Willow

“The Old Forest was indeed ancient…; and in it there lived yet, ageing no quicker than the hills, the fathers of the fathers of trees, remembering times when they were lords. The countless years had filled them with pride and rooted wisdom, and with malice. But none were more dangerous than the Great Willow: his heart was rotten … Continue reading Witching Trees: White Willow