There's a big difference between a pet and a familiar. Learn some traditional lore about what familiars do, how to get one, and how they were used against witches in the trials
Samhain, The Witches’ New Year
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.
Mabon, the Autumn Equinox
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.
The veil becomes thin again at this halfway mark between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. Beltane is a time of fertility, freedom and sexuality. Learn how to celebrate with rituals and a tarot spread.
Ostara, the Spring Equinox
Spring Equinox Ostara March 19th-22nd Spring Equinox 2023 falls on Monday, March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere 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… Continue reading Ostara, the Spring Equinox
Imbolc Rituals to Honor Brigid, an Imbolc Tarot Spread, and more
Yule, the Winter Solstice
Yule is the Winter Solstice, which marks the longest night of the year and celebrates the rebirth of the sun. Depending on the calendar, this Sabbat falls between December 19th-21st. Celebrate with a Ritual and Tarot Spread.
Summer Solstice Ritual
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
A Month of Magic: Reflecting on October
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.
Understanding Animism and Familiars
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.