Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Marquis, author of The Witch's Bag of Tricks, A Witch's World of Magick, Beltane, and the new Lughnasadh.
Nothing quite says Lughnasadh better than a warm cup of freshly made spiced apple cider! It's easy to make and easy to customize to bring out the flavors and magickal properties that you find most appealing. The most important thing to know is that good cider starts with good apples. Many apple varieties come into season during this time, and you with a little poking around, you may be able to find a local grower who also produces their own apple cider. It takes a lot of apples and a lot of work to make cider, so you'll probably
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tiffany Lazic, author of the new The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year.
Ever since I heard the definition for magic as, "the art of changing consciousness at will," I have loved it, cleaving to the words as a reliable compass by which to steer through stormy waters. Many years ago, when I first embarked upon a Pagan path, I pondered how to position myself in relation to magic. Did I really believe in it? Do spells work? Does the unseen world exist? Can I access it?
In my line of work, I see change every day. I see individuals who have formed certain beliefs out of experiences from many years past, who
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Marquis, author of The Witch's Bag of Tricks, A Witch's World of Magick, and the new Beltane.
Originating in Germany, May Wine is a beverage whose popularity has endured throughout the centuries and expanded across the oceans. As a May Day or Beltane beverage, it's hard to find anything else with as much tradition and flavor as this simple yet delicious drink. Recipes vary, but at its most basic, May Wine is simply white wine that has been infused with the leaves of the woodruff plant, an herbaceous perennial with fragrant green leaves and delicate, white, four-petaled flowers. Both the leaves and the flowers of the woodruff are
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Frank Baba Eyiogbe, author of the new Babalawo, Santería's High Priests.
Starting early in the morning on New Year’s Day, every online forum and blog having anything to do with Santería is abuzz with one question: “What is the Letter of the Year from Cuba?” The blog could be about the uses of fruit in Santería, but you’d still see the question in the comments. It is simply THE most awaited event in the Santería calendar. But just what IS this Letter of the Year?
Every year hundreds of babalawos, the high priests of Santería and specialists in divination, gather in Havana, Cuba to perform rituals and make offerings to dozens of