Herbs for Spring and Summer

Spring is here, lovely readers, and Summer is right around the corner.  The perfect time of year to begin working with plants, flowers, and herbs in magic and in self care.

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The themes of this time of year are abundant: love, healing, sleep, dreamwork, prosperity, money, luck, protection, and beauty.  For me, it is my favorite time of year to use magical herbs just based on the breadth of options available.  So let’s dive in!

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Confession: I am Scared of Being Labeled a Woo Woo.

A few days ago, I had a conversation about Easter with a coworker.  When he asked if I celebrated the holiday, I said, “Yes, but mostly because my family celebrates it, not because I am a Christian.”  “What religion are you?” I hesitated, then answered, “Pagan.”  He looked confused, so I added, “Wiccan.”  After answering a few questions about what being Pagan means to me, my coworker said something to the effect of, “I guess that must be hard to talk about sometimes.  Like you don’t want to have to have people ask you what levels of spells you can do all the time.”

I cannot tell you how much I appreciated this insight from my coworker, because like a lot of people into spiritual development and Goddess religions, explaining my beliefs to other people feels, well, icky sometimes. Continue reading

Witch Tips: Using Weather in Magic

When preparing magical workings, we Witches and Pagans tend to look cosmically to make sure we are working with the right energies.  We figure out the phase of the Moon and consider if it is Void of Course and what astrological house the Moon is in.  And while we are at it, we check to make sure Mercury isn’t in Retrograde.  But how often do we look at the conditions a little closer to home?

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Using the current weather conditions in magical workings can be a powerful amplifier to your personal energies and the energies behind your magic.  The weather is also stupid simple to use.  All you need to do is to call in the weather as you would call in the elements.  Alternately, you can do your working outside so you can feel the wind and the rain on your skin and connect to the weather organically.

While not an exhaustive list of properties and weather patterns, here are a few examples of how to effectively use the weather in your magic. Continue reading

Doubt

As a Pagan, I believe in balance.  Night and day; sun and moon; life and death; the seasons; earth, sea, and sky.  I also believe balance comes with a spectrum of permutations and commutations.  We are all made up of a balance of character traits and likes and dislikes and experiences that make us who we are.  That’s why when we as people are truly tapped into the fantastic complexities our spirits, our lives feel like they run as they should.

One thing that I think does not get talked about enough in Pagan communities is the balance of faith and doubt.  Simply put, faith is belief and doubt is skepticism.  They are the two sides of the same coin.  I strongly believe there cannot be faith without doubt because faith and doubt exist on the same spectrum.   Continue reading

Witch Tips: Reaching Out to the Pagan Community

Like in dating, you are never going to meet that one special coven or Witch friend unless you put yourself out there.  Newsflash, lovely reader: the Goddess is not going to just magically put you in the path of a wise old woman who will take you under her wing and introduce you to all of her coven mates.  In this case the Goddess helps those who help themselves.

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So whether you are looking to join a coven or are just looking for a friend who doesn’t think athames and energy work is weird, Continue reading

My Pagan (ish) Playlist

Fun fact: I love music.  I love listening to anything from a concerto to a rock opera while going about my day.  I love going to live shows.  When I was young, I loved playing the oboe in my high school orchestra (and I wasn’t half bad if I do say so myself).  I especially love incorporating music into my rituals, workings, and Pagan prep work.

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When I am thinking of using music for spiritual purposes, I have very loose criteria. Continue reading