Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Marquis, author of A Witch's World of Magick, The Witch's Bag of Tricks, Witchy Mama, and the new Modern Spellcaster's Tarot.
While many Pagans use the tarot for divination and spellwork, the tarot's ability to further one's spiritual growth is not nearly as often recognized or utilized. We typically read the cards in order to decipher unknown aspects of the mundane reality of the future, and when we cast tarot spells it's often in the pursuit of an immediate, tangible, worldly goal. As Pagans, the concept of independent spiritual development is something a majority of us believe in, but how many of us actually use all the tools for
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Marquis, author of A Witch's World of Magick, The Witch's Bag of Tricks, the forthcoming Modern Spellcaster's Tarot (available in September), and co-author of the new Witchy Mama.
The weather is warming and the flowers are blooming, inviting us to get outdoors and bask in the beauty of nature. For parents, it's a time of relief as we can finally give ourselves as well as our children that much-needed fresh air and freedom we long for after the often insatiable boredom of huddling indoors throughout winter's bitter chill. Spending time outside centers us and relaxes us, recharges and rejuvenates us. It keeps us in touch with the
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 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