I am Looking for a Graphic Designer

Hello Lovely Readers,

As you may have noticed, C&B has gotten a makeover! I have outgrown the old design and traded in for something a little more modern.  However it seems that I need a logo.

Which is where you may come in.  I am looking for someone to do a little design work.  I can’t pay very much, but it would be a great project for a student looking to strengthen their portfolio.  Please email me if you are interested.

Thanks,

Ariadne

New Questions Policy

Hi lovely readers,

I have always had an open door policy when it comes to asking questions about Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft.  And that is never going to change as long as I run this blog.  However in the past few weeks, I have received quite a few inappropriate questions, including nonquestions and (no joke) sexual propositions.  Due to these recent queries, I am tightening Cauldron and Brew’s “Any Question?” policies.  And here they are:

  1. State your question as the first sentence in the comment section.  Then feel free to elaborate as much as you want about yourself and your situation.
  2. I do not give out spells.  More specifically, I WILL NOT TEACH YOU HOW TO CURSE YOUR EX BOYFRIEND. Or your boss.  Or the cop who just gave you a ticket.  Let’s trust in karma, people, and let the gods doll out the proper punishment.
  3. All inappropriate contact, including anti-Pagan harassment and sexual propositions, will be ignored. Repeated contact will be reported to the police.
  4. SPECIFICALLY FOR NEW WITCHES: First of all, mazel tov.  Second of all, the most common question in my inbox is “I am a new witch; help!”  If this is you, I need to know what you would like me to help you do.  Do you want book recommendations?  Do you want advice for telling the people in your life?  Give me a specific, concrete question and I will gladly help you.  For y’all who have no fucking clue what you want to ask me, by the end of business today there will be a tab under “Any Questions?” specifically for new witches. Read and watch that information first, then ask me any lingering questions.  I will ignore any and all queries that clearly did not follow this policy.
  5. All commercial and business entities, DO NOT use this tab to ask questions.  Use the contact information on my About page.

In advance, I thank everyone for adhering to these guidelines.

Bright blessings,

Ariadne

A Big Ol’ Thanks, Readers

HI lovely readers,

This weekend, Cauldron and Brew reached a huge milestone: it’s 500th subscriber!  I am deeply thankful to all of my readers, long term subscribers and newbies alike.  You have stood by me through two university degrees, four moves, a couple huge spirituality shifts, a four month sabbatical, and one really bad break up.  Your likes, comments, emails, shares, and support mean so much to me.  So pat yourself on the back (go on, you know you want to) and keep being awesome!

In the coming months, look for some brand new content.  I’ve been studying up on and experimenting with herbs and oils, so be on the look out for way more incense and oil blend recipes.  They’ll be more posts on sabat activities as well as esbat celebrations, especially Litha and Lughnasadh.  And recently I have begun working with a circle of awesome Pagans and Witches in my area, so as I transition from a primarily solitary witch to a social witch expect some circle-related posts as well.

Also, I am announcing a call for guest writers.  I’ve realized that my content has been largely limited to my interests, so I want to expand the content to give my readers the richest information on a wide variety of topics.  So if you have experience with stones, community organizing, any Recon path, Pagan parenting, or any other topic that I have yet to cover, shoot me an email with a writing sample and a short bio about yourself.

So thanks again and happy reading!

Bright blessings,

Ariadne

The Witch is Back

Hi lovely readers,

My long time readers may have noticed I have been absent from posting since October.  Part of that is grad school.  I have had a ton of work lately because I’m finishing my degree and am preparing to go into the professional world.  I needed a little more time in my week, so I cut a few of my obligations and put this blog on ice.  But if I’m also being honest, I was starting to feel that when it came to this blog I was not completely being myself. In reality I hadn’t been practicing for months.  While traveling in June I realized I had been using my spirituality as a crutch to hang on to tough situations and to be in that “woe is me” place.  That is not me and I did not want that to be my practice.  I was feeling so harried and down, so I decided to put my spirituality on the back burner.  So clearly there was a little dissonance between what I was writing and what I’ve been doing. In essence, I felt like I was talking the talk but not walking the walk.  And once I figured that out, I knew I needed to walk away for a while.

Recently, the distance between myself and my spiritual life has been bridged.  I live in New England fairly close to Boston, so needless to stay I’ve been stuck inside since the middle of January.  That was such a great opportunity for me to look inward and do a little shadow work. I never realized how important gratitude and daily practice is to me.  Or how important herb work is to my connection to Mother Earth.  Or how bull shitty I find divination (post about that to come).   And I realized that I need to revive and renew my practice and continue to share it with people.

To put it simply, the witch is back.  And I feel damn good about it.

Bright blessings,

Ariadne

© Ariadne Woods

The Penguin Book of Witches

Hi all

This isn’t a book review (it came out last week and I haven’t got my hands on a copy yet), but the publisher Penguin has recently released a book of transcripts and court records from witch trials including the infamous Salem trials.  I’ve been reading a lot of positive reviews, so thought I’d let my lovely readers know this compendium exists.

Ariadne