Between Midsummer and Autumn – Or The Ripening

It’s July. Things are heating up all over. Nights are sultry and steamy. The full (Hay, Blessing, Buck and Thunder) moon is around the corner. The earth is ripening with her fruit, as are we in ourselves. This is a special time of year that is often overlooked as it sits squarely between Litha and…

Happy Spring! Creating House Magic for Ostara and the Equinox

Happy Ostara/Vernal Equinox! The Vernal Equinox is one of only two such magical times of the year where night and day are precisely balanced. Only on the equinox does the equator, the point of solar termination on Earth, line up with the Sun, and creates a vortex of energy; a point of balance. March is…

I Accept

Have you ever thought about how many times a day you reject your power and gifts? If you are anything like me and the majority of women (and to a lesser extent, men) I have met over the years through one circle/community or another, there are literally dozens of times in a day where we…

St. Brigid’s Day/Imbolc

St. Brigid’s Day, February 1, marks the start of Celtic spring. Imbolc, also known as the Feast of Brigid and Candlemas, on February 1, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring. It is one of the four major “fire” festivals (quarter days between a Solstice and an Equinox) and…

Burn Salve

Isn’t it always said that necessity is the mother of invention? While I have made many a salve in my day, and regularly keep a stock of my Boo Boo Balm on the shelf for minor scrapes, cuts, burns and bites, we ran dangerously low of it recently and I have been meaning to make…

Dear Pyewacket…Calling/Attracting A New Familiar

By lore and definition, traditionally a familiar is a spiritually attuned creature living near or with a witch/shaman/energy worker or person who helps them have insight into nature and assists in magical work. One doesn’t necessarily “choose” this creature so much as the creature and witch discover each other and the bond that they share….

Zucchini-Carrot-Banana Bread, Magic-Style

September is upon us, and so is the coming of Autumn! I couldn’t be happier, honestly, as it’s unquestionably my favorite time of year. (September 1 = Halloween mode initiated!:) ) The leaves are just barely turning, a crisp, chill is in the air as the sun goes down. The garden is finally in it’s…

“Kissing Potion” Lip Balm

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I will stand up and say right now “Hello, my name is Leigh and I am a lippy.” I’m addicted to lip balm, and not just because I have sensitive lips that chap easily and peel constantly. I also love the lush softness of a great lip balm on…

Rethinking Lughnasadh: Postpone, Boycott or Change it? You choose.

Lughnasadh (Lew-nah-sah) is the first of three harvest festivals on the wheel of the year with the second and third being Mabon in September and Samhain (Shah-ven in Scots Gaelic or Sow-een in Irish) in October. It is named after the Celtic god Lugh (Lew) who is a god of light, and therefore Lughnasadh/Lammas is…