Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Misha Magdalene, author of the new Outside the Charmed Circle.
From "bathroom bills" to the #MeToo movement, our culture's struggles with issues of gender and sexuality have been at the heart of cultural change at our current moment in history. The past few decades have seen great strides and great losses in rights for queer* people, along with a profound shift in the philosophies around gender and sexuality and the language used to discuss them. The Pagan, polytheist, and magical communities are as immersed in these struggles as the rest of the overculture, and in some ways we've been part of the vanguard of these issues. As a nexus of
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Caroline Dow, author of Sanctuary of Your Own.
In Sanctuary of Your Own, my book on how to create a personal haven for meditation, relaxation, and renewal, I recommend incorporating elements of the five senses to kindle revitalization. Most of us probably can easily choose something to stimulate sight, sound, touch, and smell, but sometimes we neglect the sense of taste. While it's simple to place an apple on your altar to represent wisdom or even a chocolate treat to help you relax, it can be fun to sometimes vary the theme and prepare a smoothie that carries a symbolic meaning. So in this blog post, I'm offering a recipe for an apricot
Here in the northern hemisphere, Yule is almost upon us, but for our southern hemisphere friends, it is time for Midsummer. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up our best rituals, spells, books, and more!
Midsummer: Ritual and Lore Use this ritual from Scott Cunningham to brighten your Midsummer festivities.
Midsummer's Dream Tarot Spread: Celebrate the freedom and liberation of summer. Because energy is so potent during Midsummer, it is a wonderful time for protection, developing psychic ability, and divination. Use the Midsummer's Dream layout when you want to visualize your heart's desire. Catch a glimpse of the future in the fall beauty of the sun's
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Raechel Henderson, author of Sew Witchy.
I will admit it: winter is not my favorite season. Give me the sprouting new life of spring, or the bounty of autumn. Even the energy of Summer, with its heat and mosquitoes, is more welcome than the cold and snow and ice of winter. More than anything, though, I think my issue with winter is that it is a time for rest. It is a time for reflecting on what the year brought, and mulling over what lessons one learned. It is a slow season. And, as someone who is constantly working, constantly on the go, I find it hard to stop and just be.
And so, I cheat. I throw myself into the tasks of the season. I