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, the Summer Solstice is almost upon us, but for our southern hemisphere friends, it is time for the winter solstice. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up our best rituals, spells, books, and more!
Winter Solstice Pumpkin Soup:
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this festive golden soup, warmed with fragrant nutmeg and allspice. This velvety soup is elegant and deceptively simple to prepare.
Winter Solstice Wishing Candle:
There is a tradition of making a wish at the Winter Solstice, of burning pieces of paper with wishes or affirmations written on them. Craft these homemade candles infused with your
This time of year, from Samhain to Yule, it is natural to turn inward. In quiet darkness there is enough space and solitude for reflection…at least this is true metaphorically. With our culture’s obsession with “the holidays,” it is easy to ignore the important soul work that is so natural to attend to during the short days and long nights of winter. This is, indeed, natural, and essential to the health of our souls.
May this card, from the lovely Green Witch Tarot by Ann Moura and Kiri Østergaard Leonard inspire you to make time for yourself during the upcoming weeks.
XIII -- THE LORD OF SHADOWS
This is a card of change, moving from shadow into light. Some things that
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Linda Raedisch, author of Night of the Witches and the new Old Magic of Christmas.
In Coming of Age in Samoa, anthropologist Margaret Mead coined the term "postmenopausal zest" for the creative energy that seizes women once they are freed from the responsibilities of childcare. Coming of age in New Jersey, I noticed that some of my mother's friends, the ones with grown children, had started putting up what I have come to think of as "postmenopausal Christmas trees." No, they weren’t decking the halls with Samoan bark cloth, but instead of hauling out the usual toy trains and macaroni angels, they were buying new and sticking to strict color