Women’s Moon Cycle Magic

Published March 24, 2015 by witchesbrew

I was introduced to the concept of working with the energetic and physical shifts that a woman experiences during her monthly period by the book The Red Tent.  It’s a fictitious, almost alternative historical account of the life of Dinah, the Biblical figure Jacob’s only daughter.  One of the main focuses of the novel centers around activities Dinah and her mothers do in the red tent, which is where the women in their community retreat from the world to rest and relax during their moon cycles.  Since then, the topic of specific magical and spiritual activities that I could do during my period kept coming across my path. Read the rest of this entry →

Paganism Versus the New Age Movement

Published March 21, 2015 by witchesbrew

Earlier this week I overheard a discussion about the connection between Paganism and New Age, alternative healing methods.  The speaker was talking about how angry he was to find things like chakra charts and gem elixir kits in the Pagan shops because they’re not magical and have anything to do with Pagan practices.  This got me thinking.  Why do Pagan shops carry New Age things and vis versa?  Where does the Pagan Movement start and the New Age Movement begin?  How do they connect?  So I did a little research! Read the rest of this entry →

What to Wear to Ritual

Published March 21, 2015 by witchesbrew

Recently I have started transitioning from a solitary witch to a social witch working with a local coven.  When preparing for my first public ritual with this coven, one thing that kept stressing me out was what I should wear.  I know, I know, a little superficial.  But my background working with spiritual groups comes purely from my Christian upbringing which had a strict dress code. So I honestly didn’t know what to wear.  However after a few rituals the answer to this question was easily answered: anything I want.  There aren’t any hard and fast rules for the average Pagan ritual.  I’m sure specific traditions and events have guidelines, but in general dressing for a Pagan ritual is just as unique as every day personal style. Read the rest of this entry →

Ritual Writing 101

Published March 17, 2015 by witchesbrew

So you’ve been practicing for a few years and are getting sick of using rituals from books or other resources.  Great!  This is a good sign that your practice is progressing in a positive way.  It can be a little difficult at first, so be patient.

The most important thing about ritual writing is to think about it for more than a second.  Ask yourself, what is the purpose of this ritual?  Is it celebrating a sabat?  Or an esbat?  Or something personal?  Even spontaneous rituals need a little forethought and preparation.  If you are completely new to ritual writing, Read the rest of this entry →

Witch Tips: Microrituals

Published March 9, 2015 by witchesbrew

A microritual is a sacred action that takes ten minutes or less to do.  They can be performed daily as part of a personal practice or just for the sabats and esbats.  They’re intended to deepen one’s connection to deity, the elements, and the Wheel of the Year.  Think of them as your annual devotional.  There are so many different options, but here are a few examples: Read the rest of this entry →

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