Mabon is the second harvest festival. A time to reap what you have sown, whether that means crops of food or metaphorically. Day and night hang in the balance as we begin our descent towards the cooler months, leaving the warmth behind us. We embrace the transition during this time of equal light and dark, of masculine and feminine, to find balance in all aspects of our lives. Celebrate this Sabbat with a unique ritual and tarot spread.
Mimosa flowers float in mountain water under ponderosa pines, flooded with solstice sunlight, on the lands of the Concow-Maidu in the sacred Sierra Nevada foothills. I feel the energies of this powerful site in the pads of my bare feet on the warm earth. -Tiana, June 2018, California I don't have many people around me… Continue reading Summer Solstice Ritual
Witch Tiana reflects on the magical time of harvest, bounty, ritual, magic, and witchcraft. We hope you'll be inspired by her remembrance of this special time.
Animism is the concept that all beings are imbued with spirit, that so called “inanimate things” are alive with consciousness, and that the magic weavers have a responsibility to interact and care for them. Familiars are those animals, spirits, stones, flowers, trees, herbs, mycelium, stars and ancestors that are closest to us.
Samhain is a Time for the Ancestors In the Autumn season leading up to Samhain, we slip into the time of the thinning veil and of magic. This is the season where I feel the ancestors tugging at my heartstrings. I am deep in the work of unwinding my lineage and slowly identifying the myths… Continue reading The Norns, Wyrd and Hyndla
September brings the autumn equinox and finds us preparing for a season of magic and rest.
The leaves dance and float their way down to the cool earth. They adorn her in a patchwork quilt of golden velvets, warm sepias, and crinkled russets. The land subsumes the foliage when the bright hues convert themselves into an umber wither.
"When you light a candle it also casts a shadow." -Ursula le Guin What is the shadow? The shadow is the hidden parts of yourself that lie deep in your subconscious. The shadow is compiled of all the things we repress. The shadow holds the old internalized traumas, wounds and pains that still fester inside… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Finding Our Shadow with the Tarot
It seems to me that they tried to hide me from myself. "They" being my parents, their church, the school, the culture. How they could identify me so quickly I do not know. Perhaps they did not really know themselves, but the panic that overwhelms and fills a person when their dogma is questioned, must… Continue reading Reclaiming the Names We Choose to Call Ourselves in Sacred Authenticity
Spring Equinox Ostara March 19th-22nd Day and night are of equal length. The first green plants cover the ground in a patchy fuz. This is the beginning of new life and fertility. Snow gives way to rain, petrichor invokes the sensations of contentment and presence. We are laying behind winter’s darkness and finally stretching ourselves… Continue reading Ostara, the Spring Equinox