Shine Bright Networking Spell

One of the most onerous aspects of young professional life is the need to put yourself out there at industry networking events. Recently, I found myself facing two in one week and decided to call in some spiritual backup. I crafted this simple spell to help me shine bright and in my best light in order to get the most out of my networking experience.

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Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella

Since this is one of my favorite genres, I’ve decided to start up a series of posts rounding up novels that retell classic fairy tales. This week, we will focus on rags-to-riches Cinderella tales, where women overcome poverty, evil stepmothers, and chores to find their true destiny. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella”

Spell to Mitigate a Hurricane

I see a lot of spells out there for drawing rain or even brewing up a storm, but in this era of devastating hurricanes year after year, sometimes what you really need is the opposite. I crafted this spell for weakening a hurricane as Florence threatened the Mid-Atlantic coast.  Continue reading “Spell to Mitigate a Hurricane”

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is a story for anyone who prefers fictional worlds over the real one, who struggles with social anxiety, family troubles, and adjusting to new experiences. It is a story about Cath, whose mother left when she was little, whose father suffers from mental illness, and who may not be quite ready for all the changes in her life that going off to college will bring. Continue reading “Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

Wiccan Holidays: Mabon the Fall Equinox

Wow, these seasons have really blown by. I started introducing the Wiccan holidays of the Wheel of the Year back in the spring, and now it is already autumn! The first day of fall, as marked by the equinox around September 21, is known to Wiccans as Mabon. Continue reading “Wiccan Holidays: Mabon the Fall Equinox”

Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

My friend introduced this novel to me me as a take on dragons where they hoard books instead of treasure. While that ended up being just a minor facet of the intricate world Hartman built for her characters, I think it set the tone quite nicely. Dragons here value logic and knowledge. But do those traits mean they should embrace humanity? Or quell it? Continue reading “Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman”

More Alternatives to Tarot: Oracle Cards

I don’t actually have anything against tarot cards. I just haven’t picked them up yet, as I am intimidated by the learning curve of memorizing the meanings of all the cards. In the meantime, I keep stumbling across various other types of divinatory cards. Oracle Cards are a little simpler than tarot, which makes them both easier and harder to use. Continue reading “More Alternatives to Tarot: Oracle Cards”

Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik

I thought I was a big fairy tale buff, until I met one of my favorite authors, Naomi Novik, who totally has me beat. Novik is known for her Napoleonic-wars-but-with-dragons Temeraire series and her slavic folktale-infused novel Uprooted. This summer, I saw her on tour promoting her new book, Spinning Silver, a Rumpelstiltskin retelling. Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik”

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”