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
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jason Mankey, author of The Witch's Book of Shadows, The Witch's Athame, Transformative Witchcraft, and the new Witch's Wheel of the Year.
Ask most Witches what their favorite Sabbat is and the most common answer is nearly always, "Samhain." I love Samhain, too, but my favorite Sabbat is actually Yule, and for a variety of reasons. While Samhain tends to focus most exclusively on the harvest and the dead, there are all sorts of different ways to celebrate Yule. It might actually be our most diverse Sabbat, and its roots are genuinely ancient.
Our culture generally thinks of Samhain as the most "Pagan" of the Sabbats, but the truth is, we
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Linda Raedisch, author of Night of the Witches, Old Magic of Christmas, and the new Lore of Old Elfland.
[caption id="attachment_16705" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Rumpelwichtelbaum at the Viking Museum in Haithabu, Germany.[/caption]
When my editor asked me if I had any special wishes for the cover of Lore of Old Elfland, I told her what I didn't want: elves. If there absolutely had to be elves on the cover, I said, they should be well camouflaged, covered in lichen, tucked away among the roots of trees. Then I thought of what I did want: a tree, and not just any tree, but one particular European beech now known in our family
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Ryan Smith, author of The Way of Fire and Ice: The Living Tradition of Norse Paganism.
One question that often comes up for Norse Paganism is, "So, is that the Viking stuff?" It's no surprise, since the first thing most people think of when they hear the word "Norse" is, "Viking." This isn't helped by the fact that most people's first exposure to anything Norse is probably through any number of avenues saturating popular culture, including (but not limited to) shows like Game of Thrones, The Vikings, and The Last Kingdom; the Marvel Thor films; and the thriving market for uber-masculine, Viking-themed knickknacks scattered all over social