Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Carl F. Neal, author of Incense Magick.
Fifteen years ago when I first began to make natural incense, some of the ingredients were very difficult to locate. In 2012, life is a lot easier for natural incense makers. While we have always been able to get certain aromatics at the grocery store, I was surprised when I recently toured my favorite grocery store’s bulk food section and discovered everything you need to make quite a variety of natural incense.
Binders (the “glue” that holds incense sticks and cones together) have always been the most difficult ingredient to find, but no more! Although guar gum has long been available at
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Mambo Chita Tann, author of Haitian Vodou.
One of the things indigenous religions have in common, no matter where they arise, is a strong continuity between living people and their ancestors. Whether or not a culture thinks of its dead as benevolent or dangerous—and sometimes, both at the same time—the culture will have an origin myth and honor its ancestors in some way, as part of religious and cultural practices. Most indigenous groups fully embrace the idea that the dead are not actually dead, but removed from the world of the living and in another place, where they can interact with living descendants.
When Christianity spread
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Kerri Connor, author of Spells for Tough Times.
So it's February. Chances are some of you have already dropped off your New Year's resolutions. I admit I am not one to make resolutions, simply because I believe they set us up for failure. Too many people that I know have made their resolutions and a few weeks into the new year, they mess up and decide to drop them altogether. They decide to put them off for another year, thinking that something will change, and then make the same resolutions over and over again.
Have you ever fallen into this trap?
I'm here to tell you don't have to do that. You do not have to wait until New Year's, or
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Ellen Evert Hopman, author of Priestess of the Forest, The Druid Isle, and the forthcoming Priestess of the Fire Temple.
As a Celtic Reconstructionist Druid I am always interested in the practices of the ancient Celts. I read about them, write about them and then put them into practice, as best I can. It’s my own small effort to keep the traditions alive and to pass them along for future generations.
The Festival of Imbolc is the next great Fire Festival in the cycle of the Celtic year. It is essentially a milk festival in honor of the lactation of the ewes who under natural conditions don’t give milk until just before they give birth.