In or Out or All the Broomclosets Inbetween

Published May 10, 2015 by witchesbrew

Recently, I had the opportunity to hang out with an awesome group of eclectic Pagans from my area.  We just got together for some tea and conversation.  About halfway through the evening, my phone goes off because my best friend had texted me.  I explained to the group that normally I wouldn’t take it, but she’s going through a rough patch and I needed to answer the text.  Kind of out of the blue, someone in the group asked if she knew about my Pagan activities.  Read the rest of this entry →

Witch Tips: Internet Safety for Pagans and Witches

Published April 28, 2015 by witchesbrew

The Internet is an opportunity for Pagans, Witches, and Wiccans to interact, connect, and share.  In general, it is a vibrant and open community.  However like any other online interactions, there are some common sense things everyone can do to be safe while online.

Personally, I have never had issues online with trolls or people bashing the Craft.  So while I’m encouraging you to be cautious on the Internet, I also want to stress that you shouldn’t be afraid to get involved and that your life can become so enriched from learning from others in the digital world.

  • Be Careful: I guarantee you’ve heard this before, but never give out personal information on the Internet.  Seriously.  Let’s all have common sense, people.
  • Develop a Digital Craft Name: Again, just a good safety tip.  Also increasingly, employers and job agencies are starting to really investigate prospective employees’ online activity.  While anti-discrimination laws prevent employers from discriminating against candidates based on religion, if you plan to keep your professional and Pagan lives separate (but want to participate in the online Pagan community) then come up with a Craft name specifically for the digital world.  This is especially true if you work in a conservative field (i.e. law, some libraries, the corporate world, etc.).
  • Pick Your Platform Wisely: Social media and blog mediums attract all sorts of people.  However, some platforms are friendlier than others and some communities have had a history of issues.  For example in contrast for the past few years, the Youtube and Tumblr witch and Pagan communities has dealt with a lot of negativity and trolls.  As just a general guideline, the more prominent the social media platform the more likely you will be to encounter bullies and trolls.  So if you’re on the introverted side, stick to a blog platform like WordPress or Blogger.  If you’re a little more extroverted, then go ahead and choose a more public platform.
  • Watch for Trolls: Trolls are another word for bullies.  The hallmark of a troll is persistent, nasty, and targeted attacks on your site.  Block the user from your site and report them to the WordPress, Tumblr, or Youtube immediately.
  • Embrace Plurality: The beauty of the online Pagan community is how diverse and open we are about talking about our paths.  Naturally, you are not going to agree with everyone and that’s okay.  You’re still going to learn something valuable from that person.  Also not everyone who disagrees with you is a troll or is personally attacking you.  Use your common sense when differentiating between someone initiating a discussion and someone being mean.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the online Pagan, Wiccan, and Witch community (but also want a little guidance), let me know.  Also, the lovely Ember HoneyRaven a.k.a Youtube’s BigFatWitch has agreed to talk to anyone interested in getting involved in Youtube’s Pagan, Wiccan, and Witch community.  I encourage everyone to reach out and make friends.

© Ariadne Woods

Beltane Decorations

Published April 22, 2015 by witchesbrew

How many Witches and Pagans decorate their homes for Samhain?  Probably most of us.  But how many of us decorate the home for Beltane, which is an en par holiday?  Probably not as many people.  All the fabulous Pagans and Witches out there, let’s start changing that and start bringing the season into our homes.  Here are a few themes and suggestions to consider. Read the rest of this entry →

Rethinking Ritual Tools

Published April 20, 2015 by witchesbrew

Tools aren’t a necessity to practicing Witchcraft or worshiping the God and Goddess, but they have an undeniable draw to most practitioners.  They can focus personal practice and create a Witch-y atmosphere.  Traditional tools can be pretty pricey, but I’ve found that my athame was totally worth the money.  Objects used in Pagan practice can be found in every hardware and mega store.  Read the rest of this entry →

A Sunday Herbal Recipe for Prosperity and Abundance

Published April 19, 2015 by witchesbrew

As I’ve been working my way through Ellen Dugan’s Book of Witchery, I have been diffusing appropriate essential oils to attune to the magical properties of the days of the week.  Some of my combinations have been, well, let’s just call them experiments.  But I’m quite proud of the one I’ve cooked up for Sundays and decided to share it with you. Read the rest of this entry →

Beltane Recipes

Published April 17, 2015 by witchesbrew

Beltane is one of the most sacred days of the year.  Of course this calls for a feast!  When I was compiling these recipes and thinking about my own celebration, three themes came to mind.  This first is the season and what is going to be in supermarkets now and what’s seasonally appropriate.  The second is spice and heat as this is a holiday about passion and love.  Along those lines, I’ve also included several traditional aphrodisiacs in this menu.

  • Strawberry and Spinach Salad: The basics are a large box of fresh spinach leaves (I prefer baby spinach or this), half a pint of strawberries (quartered), half a container of walnuts, a block of bleu cheese cubed, and either homemade or bottled poppyseed dressing.  But this is an adaptable recipe.  You could add almonds, grapes, cucumbers, sprouts, you name it.
  • Spring Veggie Stir Fry: Asparagus, onions, carrots, peas, and broccoli.  Use what you want and cook the vegetables with a little olive oil, garlic, and ginger until they’re tender.   Add soy sauce or stir fry sauce as well as a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat and serve over jasmine rice.
  • Hamburgers: Beltane is probably the first sabat for which the Oven Coven ventures outside.  So why not fire up the barbeque!  Offer your guests a wide variety of meats, veggie burgers, and toppings.
  • Mushrooms: A nod to the fae friends we also honor at this time.  Cut up some raw ones or make spicy stuffed mushroom caps (just substitute spicy for sweet sausage in this recipe).
  • Green Beans: Steamed with a little sea salt sprinkled over them for an easy side dish.
  • Fondue: An easy way to make chocolate fondue is to melt half a cup of heavy cream and a large bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler.  You could also rent a fondue fountain, especially if you are having a large party.  To accompany, provide strawberries, apples, grapes, pretzels, and melon.
  • Cakes and Ale: Bannock is the traditional cake for Beltane celebrations.  Something slightly less traditional, but completely appropriate since we are celebrating the union of the God and Goddess, is champagne or sparkling cider for the ale.

© Ariadne Woods

Ariadne’s Top Ten Favorite Pagan, Wiccan, and Magicical Books

Published April 12, 2015 by witchesbrew

I don’t know if it is just my viewing habits, but lately I’ve been coming across a lot of videos and blog posts about Pagans and Witches’ book collections.  Now I can’t feasibly do that (my library is split between two states), but to add to the conversation I present to you my favorite Pagan-related books.  These aren’t necessarily the tomes richest in information, but are the books I go back to again and again.  In reality, these books are foundational to my personal practice, so I want to share them with my readers in hopes that they inspire others as much as they have inspired me. Read the rest of this entry →

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