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
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 Sonja Sadovsky, author of the new Priestess and the Pen.
The wheel turns, and another Samhain is upon us. As usual, I am swamped with work, as I try desperately to wrap up everything I need to complete before heading into the dark time. In Florida, we do not have the beautiful fall colors and brisk autumn wind to signal the season, but there is a perceptible energetic shift that occurs at this time, a tension similar to drawing back a sling shot and holding onto it for a few minutes before letting the stone fly into the night.
Before the year unwinds, the pressure builds. It's culling time, it is the season to finish the projects that can
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jane Meredith, author of Rituals of Celebration.
Many of the most powerful times I've had in ritual have been during celebrations for one of the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year. Moments of powerful community; of ecstatic spiritual revelation; of deep self-knowledge and of pure embodied joy as I saw, felt, touched, and lived the divine as it shone through myself, my son, my friends, or even complete strangers. Yet there's an awkwardness about sharing these things, or about deliberately journeying into the depths of these festivals. They often remain as simple gatherings while the work of personal transformation, political action, and