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
Here in the northern hemisphere, Samhain is almost upon us, but for our southern hemisphere friends, it is time for Beltane. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up our best rituals, spells, books, and more!
A May Eve Incantation: Beltane is one of the most important holidays in the Pagan year. Beltane celebrates life and growth, manifested this time of year by fruit and flower. To get in touch with the fertile flavor of the season, try this simple Beltane incantation.
Magickal May Wine for Beltane: Drink this May wine to welcome in the spring and renew your sense of youth and vigor.
Beltane Tarot Spread: May is a time of
Here in the northern hemisphere, Lammas/Lughnasadh, the first of the harvest festivals, is almost upon us, but for our southern hemisphere friends, it is time for the Imbolc/Candlemas. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up our best rituals, spells, books, and more!
Using the Tarot for Sabbats and Esbats: Imbolc: Celebrate Imbolc with a spread and other tarot-inspired ideas.
Ritual: An Imbolc Celebration: Use this Imbolc ritual to release old wounds in order to create fertile soil for new ideas and possibilities.
Traveling Deeper with the Wheel of the Year: We are all familiar with the Wheel of the Year and its celebrations. But what if