Book Review: Pagan Dreaming by Nimue Brown

The most important magic is what happens in my mind; in the leaps of connection and insight and often quite random things can spark that. The important bit is the way our wiser, unconscious minds can be triggered into recognition by the introduction of some random element. – Nimue Brown For too long the world…

Creating My Book of Awen

The magical arts are often associated with aging books of wisdom filled with spells, rituals, and arcane knowledge. Modern media sources like Charmed or BBC’s Merlin show big, chunky books of magic that house botanical prints and all sorts of magical incantations and crystals. It is no surprise that these ideas and images influence Pagans…

Autumn Ends and Winter Begins

I’ve taken a break from posting and creating things online. The weeks have been busy as the harvest finishes and the people and activities in my life have needed more direct attention then usual. However, the time has come to fill you in with what has been on my mind. I hope this will help…

Election Results & Winter Blues

So, I’m pretty bummed about the Election Results. It is disheartening to know that so many Americans think that a man shown to be a bully, racist, sexist, and generally awful human is a better choice than a prepared, intelligent, and calm woman with specific policy ideas to help all Americans. Let’s not even talk…

Journey into spirit

Our society seems to be at a loss when dealing with death and bereavement. Death rituals are limited and filled with taboos. We are more likely to isolate those working through grief than to ask what they need. Our careers give us two weeks to hold a funeral and grieve before expecting us back at…

It’s another GOTV post. . .

Vote. I know, I know, you are hearing that everywhere. You are probably tired of hearing about it. Still, I’m going to tell you again in case you haven’t made a plan yet. Most states will allow you to register on the day of. You just might have to bring some proof of address with…

Preserving the Harvest

Autumn is in full force in Wisconsin. The leaves have been turning colors for weeks and the Summer plants have been dying back. It’s been a rainy fall making it difficult to get grains dry enough to take them out of the fields. Not to mention making fall gardening an absolute mess. Still, I curl…

Festive Survey!

CupcakesAndMachetes, who also does fantastic book reviews, posted a festive Halloween survey a few days back. I couldn’t resist! Questions first, then answers. What scent sets the holiday mood? Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar? Favorite Halloween movie? Favorite seasonal sweet? What toppings are on the perfect candy apple? What’s your favorite costume you ever…

Book Review: The Pagan Book of Living & Dying by Starhawk

My older sister, Heather, started practicing Wicca while she was in high school. One of the books I always remember seeing on her shelf with Pagan books was the Pagan Book of Living and Dying. It looked thick and meaty. Heather’s copy was well read with dog eared pages, highlights, and notes in the margin….

Magical Crafts: How To Make a Midori Traveler’s Notebook

I use my Midori Traveler’s Notebook as a planner, a journal, a place to jot down dreams, and a place for community garden notes. This notebook is also a fantastic system for making a Book of Shadows or similar Pagan journal. It’s incredibly easy to organize and change up regardless of how you use it….

Book Review: The Druidry Handbook by John Michael Greer

For many Druids, Greer’s The Druidry Handbook is their first introduction to Modern Druidry. It’s easy to see why. The book has a beautiful, simple cover of Oak Leaves and claims to be a “hands-on manual of traditional British Druid practice” (publisher description). The author is the Grand Archdruid of Ancient Order of Druids of…

Equinox & Cleansing

For me, Mabon (Alban Elfed, Autumn Equinox, I’m not picky with my names for the festivals) is the perfect time for cleansing and clearing away. I’m starting to see the end of all my canning, freezing, and preserving projects. The garden is starting to flow into it’s Winter edges of hardy greens, herbs, and brassicas. All…