So You Want to Be a Garden Witch?

This year I tried my hand at a totally new facet of witchcraft: gardening. What a great way to feel in tune with nature and the seasons, practice patience, and see physical manifestations of your efforts. I’m still a beginner at this, but I figured I would share some of the ways that I have incorporated my magic practice into my garden.

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Fantasy Schools I Wish I Could Attend

Although I’m no longer a student, I’ll never stop associating August with the anticipation of a new school year. Of course, many fictional schools are even more enticing than the real thing. Below are some of the fantastical schools I’ve read about that I wish I could attend. Continue reading “Fantasy Schools I Wish I Could Attend”

Wiccan Holidays: Lughnasadh

The last leg of summer brings another turn of the Wheel of the Year and another Wiccan holiday. If you haven’t caught on by now, they essentially crop up every month and a half. On August 1, we celebrate Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa). Read on for a family-friendly craft activity that makes a great altar decoration! Continue reading “Wiccan Holidays: Lughnasadh”

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Beautifully entwining the folklore of two cultures, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker takes place in turn of the 19th century New York City. Immigrants of different backgrounds pour into the city every day, bringing their customs and magic with them. A gentle golem named Chava and a listless jinni named Ahmad each find themselves unexpectedly in the same part of the world. How long until their paths cross and what will happen when they do? Continue reading “Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker”

Summer is the Perfect Time for Storm Magic

There’s something about summer thunderstorms that fills me with awe—an intense sense of the beauty of creation and the power of nature. I always feel closer to the spiritual world while feeling the thunder rumble through my body and tracking bright arcs of lightning as they streak across the sky, and I love incorporating that into my magic workings. Here are five ways to take advantage of that summer squall:

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Diverse Reads: Mid-Year Check-in 2018

Six months into 2018, I am well on track to meet my reading goal: making sure one third of all books I read this year represent diverse perspectives. For the sake of definitions, that means books that feature religious, racial, differently-abled, gender, or sexual-orientation minorities as major, multi-faceted characters and/or were were written by authors of color. So far, I’ve read 35 books,17 of which (49%! ) meet my diversity criteria. Here are some of my favorites:

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Simple Positivity Spell

A friend of mine asked me for a positivity ritual to help her stay upbeat in the face of depressing current events and world issues. Since there seems to be no shortage of those these days, I would like to share it with you all as well. This spell is short and simple, easily adaptable, and can be done with objects you have in your house. Repeat it as often as needed.  Continue reading “Simple Positivity Spell”

Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Move over, Middle Earth and Westeros—make way for Feng Lu, the epic East Asian-inspired fantasy kingdom of Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. In this first installment of the Rise of the Empress series, beautiful Xifeng chases her destiny through the Great Forest and into the halls of the imperial palace, with all its schemes and machinations, ready to do what it takes to come out on top. The reader soon learns that this may not be the story of a hero, after all, but rather the origin of a villain.

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Wiccan Holidays: Litha

Time for the third installment of my Wheel of the Year series about Wiccan holidays! This week, we will celebrate Litha, on June 21, or thereabouts. If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you’ve already heard of this holiday.

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Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Two powerful magicians disagree over the nature of magic, the methods of harnessing it, the trick to true magical greatness. Time after time, they each train up an apprentice and pit them against each other to see who is right. This time, using a nighttime circus as the arena, their question will be answered once and for all.

With The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I branched out from my usual YA niche into adult fantasy, with a sprinkling of romance, a spot of violence, and lots of intrigue.

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