The Llewellyn Virtual Author Forum is a bi-monthly series of free online roundtable events that feature your favorite Llewellyn authors discussing topics important to you and answering your questions.
Our second in the series, on Celebrating Yule, featured Everyday Witchcraft author Deborah Blake, 365 Days of Hoodoo author Stephanie Rose Bird, The Old Magic of Christmas author Linda Raedisch, and Llewellyn's Little Book of Yule author Jason Mankey.
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Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Gail Bussi, author of the new Enchanted Herbal.
Let's face it: life is not always easy even at the best of times, and given the uncertainty and change we have all been experiencing in the past year, it's not surprising that many of us are feeling more stressed, anxious, and fearful than ever before. With the coming of the holidays, we all can do with a little calming magic! This is why I have developed what I call a "tranquility tool kit" to help us feel a little better; gentle self-care and support are always important, of course, but in the midwinter season perhaps more so than ever!
These simple-to-make products all contain essential
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
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