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”

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”

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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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”

Setting Up a Witch’s Altar

Many practitioners of witchcraft and/or paganism elect to use an altar as a focal point for their magic and worship. Here is where you work your spells, perform your rituals, and express your spirituality. It should be set up in such a way as to bring you joy and to help you ease into a meditative state when you sit (or kneel or stand) in front of it. This post is meant to give you some ideas of how to make your own altar and to give a look into my practice through the physical objects that set my spiritual atmosphere.

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Guest Post at The Gothic Library

Check it out! I’ve written a guest post for a really cool literary blog called The Gothic Library. The Gothic Library blogs about classic novels from the Gothic era as well as the modern genres that sprung from them, as well as any books that appeal to dark-minded readers. (It also happens to be written by my sister.) I’ve contributed a guest post entitled “Fiction as a Window to Witchcraft,” which traces some of the literary experiences that piqued my interest in Wicca and real life magic. You can read the blog post here.

My Path to Witchcraft

Hi all, for one of my first posts, I figured I’d tell you about how I came to witchcraft and what it means to me. I have been practicing witchcraft since 2009 and have been designing my own spells and rituals for almost as long. I have lead some group rituals for a pagan/Unitarian Universalist club in college but generally find my practice to be so personal I prefer to do it alone. As you may know from my About section, I am an eclectic solitary Wiccan who is also Jewish (they don’t conflict for me—I could write a post about that if you’re interested). So here’s the story of what lead me to this path…. Continue reading “My Path to Witchcraft”