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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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”

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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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”

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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Can I Be a Jewitch? Judaism’s Compatibility with Witchcraft and Wicca

Short answer: yes. Long answer: I wrestled with this question as I realized that I was interested in Wicca as a religious practice, not just in the secular aspect of witchcraft. I knew that I could not give up the Jewish faith I had nurtured all my life, but as I contemplated their similarities and flexibility, I concluded the two belief systems actually meshed quite well. Who said I had to choose?

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Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Many witches practice in secret, especially if they are young and living with a family whose religious views make them hostile towards witchcraft. I have the fortune of a very supportive household but still struggle with the worry that being associated with a new age woo-woo religion/practice will somehow damage my credibility. Nevertheless, I am making a steady effort to become more public with my beliefs, which has been intimidating but freeing. It is one of the reasons I started this blog. Here’s how I got to this point:

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What’s on a Witch’s Bookshelf?

Today I thought I would combine the two main topics of my blog to talk about the written works that have informed my practice of witchcraft. In addition to this small sampling, I also read every book on the subject at the local library when I was starting out. The more you read, the more ideas, perspectives, and practices you will have to choose from and the easier it will be to start intuiting your own version of the practice.

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Wiccan Holidays: Beltane

Welcome to my second installment of the Wheel of the Year series explaining the eight Wiccan holidays known as sabbats. On the first of May, we celebrate Beltane—the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Continue reading “Wiccan Holidays: Beltane”

What to Write in Your Book of Shadows or Grimoire

A Book of Shadows is a journal of sorts where witches can keep track of their magical workings and spiritual journey. A grimoire is a similar text but generally less personal and may be passed down or shared within a coven or family.  Some people use these words interchangeably and definitions vary. In any case, it is a very handy resource if you ever want to replicate past rituals, check the progress of a spell, or build up habits and traditions. (Or write a blog about all the magic you’ve been practicing for years!) But how do you decide what goes in it and what doesn’t? Continue reading “What to Write in Your Book of Shadows or Grimoire”