I am a sucker for a good almanac. They are such a trove of information and insight and are one of the most valuable resources for newbies and seasoned Pagans alike. This year I obtained a copy of The Witches’ Almanac Issue 35, Air: The Breath of Life.
The actual almanac itself starts at the Spring Equinox, the beginning of the astrological new year. Continue reading →
Everyone to some extent suffers from worry and anxiety. Sometimes it is perfectly natural, like when you are waiting to see if you got into college or if you are going to ask someone to marry you. But for a lot of people, chronic worrying and anxiety is a chaotic and destabilizing part of everyday life. I want to stress that anxiety and panic attacks are a real, honest to Goddess medical condition and that you are not alone. 40 million adults age 18 or older in the United States suffer from anxiety, including yours truly. If you suspect that you suffer from this condition, please see a doctor or medical practitioner and implement a rigorous self care routine.
As part of my awesome anti-anxiety routine, I developed a tea to drink in the evenings and at times of high stress as well as an essential oil blend to carry with me and to wear as a perfume during times of high stress. Continue reading →
So I wrote an article on the concept of Harm None in January 2013 called Define Harm in which I discuss the complexity of those two little words. I was only two years into my practice and still in undergrad when I wrote that post. A lot in my life has changed, so I decided to revisit the topic.
To give a little background, the concept of harm none comes from the Wiccan Rede: “Eight words the Rede fulfill, if it harms none do as yee will.” Continue reading →
So a few days ago I attended an e-class on intuition hosted by the Flora Sage Therapies Institute. I was so excited for two reasons: I had the day off so I could attend free of interruptions (my office is in a very public space) and it was free. The course advert also said there would be a special announcement just for people on the call. I assumed it was an announcement for a new program or something. Anywho, so I am in this class and the material is super good and I feel like I am learning some valuable things (example, clairsalience is a thing, who knew!).
Dowsing and pendulums are one of the many forms of divination arts. According to my dictionary, dowsing is “a technique for searching for underground water, minerals, or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally a forked stick, now often paired bent wires) or the changes in direction of a pendulum, supposedly in response to unseen influences.” A more witchy definition is dowsing is the divination art of finding the answer to a question by channeling the divine and observing the movement of an object in the practitioner’s hands. On the art of dowsing Robert Boyle, the Father of Chemistry, said in an essay published in 1633 that “those who have seen it may much more readily believe than those who have not.”
This technique can be performed with two types of objects: dowsing rods and pendulums. Dowsing rods are two sticks or metal polls used to local objects and things in the Earth such as water, veins of metal, cable wires, etc. Pendulums (pictured above) are any object hanging on a string to answer basic questions. Continue reading →
Colds are the worst. You’re congested and grumpy and feel like you just want to sleep all the time. But you also need to go to work and take your kids to school and buy groceries. For when you are down and out, using this recipe will help soothe and heal.
You can apply this recipe in one of two ways. You can diffuse it in a oil burner or you can add the essential oils to coconut oil and use it the same way you use Vicks. Continue reading →
A lot of blogs and books discuss shadow work, but don’t actually tell you what it is. What a tease! It’s like telling someone about the wonders of chocolate, but not actually having any chocolate. Well that’s just dumb. So let’s talk about shadow work.
Shadow work is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the spiritual act of going inward, picking apart some of the less than pleasant aspects about your personality or your history or your views about yourself, and then putting yourself back together in a more authentic and wiser way. Sometimes this happens in the context of a ritual or a shamanic experience. Most of the time, shadow work happens quite naturally. If you are the kind of person who is inclined to look inward in any capacity, then you are already doing shadow work. The goal for shadow work is acceptance (of yourself, of your past, of your decisions, etc.) and transformation into the person you want to be. Continue reading →