Spring is a busy time for the hearth witch. It is time to prepare the ground, plant seeds, and gather the early flowers and greenery of the year for food, remedies, and magical use. In this article, The Hearth Witch's Compendium author Anna Franklin takes us on a morning walk through the English countryside, gathering flowers and plants to use in everything from teas and tinctures to soaks and salads.
Herbs can be used to gain a greater depth of understanding of any tarot pack. Herb spirits are great teachers: they can subtly alter the consciousness of the user to become aware of a greater magical reality. To connect with plant familiars, attune to their vibrations, and absorb their lessons, try burning incense when you use your cards. Incenses are made from dried leaves, petals, berries,...
August has now surpassed June as the most popular month in which to get married. But what about those for whom a traditional wedding or civil ceremony does not fit? Begin your new bond with the most spiritually and personally meaningful handfasting ceremony, with the help of Anna Franklin.
Common terms for getting married are “Tying the knot,” “getting hitched” or “joining hands.” They originate in the old handfasting custom of tying a couple’s hands together to indicate that they are bound in wedlock. As a Wiccan high priestess, I ...
I don’t remember when I saw my first fairy, but I know that I spent my childhood chatting to them, instinctively understanding that each tree, stream, or district had its own indwelling spirit. Then, when I became a witch, it was part of my training ...