South Node Eclipse Remediation + Rituals | Sphere + Sundry
In this post, we’ll talk about some appropriate mundane and ritual activities to do during Eclipses. South Node eclipses specifically, since one is occurring December 25-26 (check these links for more info on visibility and exact time in your location)
astrology  eclipses 
6 weeks ago
North Node Eclipse Remediation + Rituals | Sphere + Sundry
In this post, we’ll talk about some appropriate mundane and ritual activities to do during Eclipses. I already wrote about South Node Eclipses, so this is the partner piece for those occurring on the North Node.
astrology  eclipses 
6 weeks ago
Longer Eclipse Cycles + Nodal Horoscopes for Cancer-Capricorn | Sphere + Sundry
This piece is about working with the longer-term cycles that Eclipses kick off, and what it means when the Nodes switch signs and houses in the natal chart, meaning they begin impacting new areas of life.
astrology  eclipses 
6 weeks ago
Common Misconceptions — How Eclipses Work in Astrology + Magic | Sphere + Sundry
For as much attention as Eclipses get, they aren’t very well understood – mechanically or magically. Here are some of the most common misunderstandings or blind spots I encounter about Eclipses:
astrology  eclipses 
6 weeks ago
A Might-do List for Lughnasadh — Worts + Cunning Apothecary | Intersectional Herbalism + Magickal Arts
A few years back the idea of a might-do list kept showing up in my world and I was immediately enamored with the concept. As someone who can make a list that turns more into a marathon than an appropriately paced daily jog, I really like the concept of being able to keep my beloved list-making habit while softening my obligation to it. Doing this has actually changed the ways I make lists and plan out my year for the better.
sabbats  seasonal.customs 
12 weeks ago
A Might-do List for the Autumn Equinox — Worts + Cunning Apothecary | Intersectional Herbalism + Magickal Arts
The Autumn Equinox, known also as Mabon, Alban Elfed, Ingathering, and Harvest Home, for a variety of Pagans, it’s a beautiful celebration of the end of the most abundant point of the harvest season. Continuing a project started at Lughnasadh, here’s list of nine things that you might-do (or not) for the Autumn Equinox and the season of Mabon.
sabbats  seasonal.customs 
12 weeks ago
A Might-do List for Samhain — Worts + Cunning Apothecary | Intersectional Herbalism + Magickal Arts
Samhain, known also as The Witches New Year, Calan Gaeaf, Kalan Gwav, Halloween, is the third and final harvest festival of the year. It’s a time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest and all sorts of magick is afoot. Continuing a project started at Lughnasadh, here’s list of nine things that you might-do (or not) for Samhain and the dive into the dark half of the year.
sabbats  seasonal.customs 
12 weeks ago
A Might-do List for Yule — Worts + Cunning Apothecary | Intersectional Herbalism + Magickal Arts
Yule, known as the Winter Solstice, Mōdraniht (or Mother’s Night), Alban Arthur, marks the longest night of the year. The Solstices are probably some of the oldest holy days celebrated by our species and monuments from around the ancient world were built to align with the sun on these sacred days. It’s a time to gather together in the warmth of each other’s good company and remember that we are interdependent with all life and death on earth. Continuing a project started at Lughnasadh, here’s a list of nine things that you might-do (or not) for Yule and the deepest dark of the year.
sabbats  seasonal.customs 
12 weeks ago
Myth & Moor: Tunes for a Monday Morning
As the hills of Devon turn gold and rust, and the leaves start to fall from the oaks of the wood, here are folk songs of harts and foxes, hounds and hares, the hunters and the hunted.

Includes links to further folklore about deer, hares and rabbits, foxes
folklore  music 
12 weeks ago
Episode 6: Spring and Magick! with Luna Pantera – That Witch Life
With special guest Luna Pantera, we discuss the Magickal energies of the springtime, spells for renewal, home blessing activities, the role of gratitude in your practice, and the importance of the Magickal “Yet”.
sabbats  seasonal.customs 
12 weeks ago
Ancestral Power and the Witch – benebell wen
A thoughtful look at ancestor work (includes a video and text) from Benebell Wen.
ancestor.work 
november 2019
Chants Playlists | WeaveAndSpin
Collections of playlists of Reclaiming chants in various combinations on multiple platforms, including YouTube and Spotify.
music 
november 2019
ORPHIC HYMNS 1-40 - Theoi Classical Texts Library
Texts for the first 40 Orphic hymns. (Links to the later ones). This is an older translation, and not designed for magical or religious use. There are a couple of modern translations out there - let me know if you're interested.
ritual.texts 
june 2019
Invocations, Songs, and Prayers to Herne
Examples of invocations (to Herne, in this case)
invocations  ritual.texts 
may 2019
Strategic Sorcery for the Financially Stuck by Jason Miller - YouTube
A good introduction in video form to how Jason's approaches might work in practice - this is an hour long video talking about options if you're financially stuck (and as he notes, nothing he suggests in this video costs more than $20.)
videos  magic 
may 2019
The Four Centers of Paganism | John Beckett
One approach to the four key factors or centers of Paganism. (I am less convinced that it is this tidy, but it's a useful model to start from.)
history  community 
may 2019
The LOL Cat Rede
As written by Elise Matthesen (longtime friend of mine).
ritual.texts 
march 2019
Composing Magic: How to Create Magical Spells, Rituals, Blessings, Chants, and Prayer: Elizabeth Barrette
A useful for book for learning to write ritual poetry (and other magical writing approaches)
books  ritual.texts 
march 2019
The Wiccan Rede: A Historical Journey - Part 1: Introduction
A lengthy multi-part history of the Rede in various forms, looking at the the various sources.
ritual.texts 
march 2019
The Rede of the Wicca | Jason Mankey
A history of the long Rede, including a complete quote of the text.
ritual.texts 
march 2019
The Charge of the Goddess: A History | Jason Mankey
A good (brief) summary of the history of the Charge of the Goddess, where it comes from, and some common uses
ritual.texts 
march 2019
Charge of the Goddess – Reclaiming
A variation of the Charge of the Goddess, as adapted by Starhawk
ritual.texts 
march 2019
The Official Doreen Valiente Website - Doreen Valiente - Doreen Valiente Poetry
The original version of the Charge of the Goddess, as written by Doreen Valiente
ritual.texts 
march 2019
Beginner Books that Don’t Suck | Thorn Mooney
A short video covering some good intro books. (I generally agree with her recs)
Video of Thorn recommending books for absolute beginners. Books discussed:
- Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
- Wicca by Vivian Crowley
- Witchcrafting by Phyllis Currott
- Besom, Stang, & Sword by Christopher Orapello and Tara-Love Maguire
- Magical Power for Beginners by Deborah Lipp
- The Path of Paganism by John Beckett
books 
february 2019
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft: Ronald Hutton
A classic history of early modern Pagan movements (specifically witchcraft) Dense, but recommended.
books  history 
february 2019
Alternatives to Year Ahead Tarot Spreads — Worts + Cunning Apothecary
Suggestions for alternatives to full year ahead tarot spreads.
tarot 
february 2019
Where do your stones come from? – Wrycrow
A great look at some of the ethical and practical issues of using crystals.
tools 
february 2019
Embrace the Power of Offerings - Jason Miller
An excerpt from Jason Miller's Elements of Spellcrafting (which I highly recommend) about making offerings.
ritual 
february 2019
Offerings and Etiquette – Charmed, I'm Sure
A good overview of things to think about with offerings with links to some other good resource posts.
ritual 
february 2019
Book of Light & Shadows
A great collection of resources and material from Jaguar Moon coven. (They're good about citing where the information came from when relevant, too.0
energy  ethics  history  divination  healing  herbs  ritual  tarot 
february 2019
Safety and Anti-Harassment Policies - PaganSquare - PaganSquare - Join the conversation!
A good overview of code of conduct policies at Pagan events (and what you may want to look for in events you attend)
community  events 
february 2019
So Long and Thanks for All the Abuse: A History of Sexual Trauma in the Pagan Community | Sarah Anne Lawless
A long post and discussion about abuse within the Pagan communities, talking both about her specific experiences, and about the larger questions of how to deal with (and how most Pagan community spaces need to improve a lot.) Contains specific examples and stories.

She links to a number of other excellent posts on the topic and resources at the bottom.
community 
february 2019
Missing stair | Geek Feminism Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
A good overview (and links to articles) about the idea of a missing stair - issues with people in a community that the community doesn't deal with.
community 
february 2019
Witchvox Index: Main Page
Index of essays on paths and traditions. (Some may be out of date at this point, but will give you a sense of the range and some background for a number of them.)
history 
february 2019
The Wild Hunt | Modern Pagan News & Commentary
The Wild Hunt is a Pagan news site - it's a great place to start if you're looking for more background on a particular (at least somewhat well-known) group, individual, or path.
history  community 
february 2019
The Woman Magician: Revisioning Western Metaphysics from a Woman's Perspective and Experience - Kindle edition by Brandy Williams. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Women often get written out of the magical histories - this book is a great introduction to how much that misses. (Information, some ritual ideas, some practice ideas.)
history 
february 2019
WITCHFATHER: Into the Witch Cult Volume 1: A Life of Gerald Gardner by Philip Heselton.
This (along with volume 2) are a great look at the life of Gerald Gardner, who began the revival of witchcraft in England
history 
february 2019
Why are all these different things called “pagan”? « Suns In Her Branches | Kiya Nicoll
My friend Kiya's overview of some of the origins of modern Pagan movements.
history 
february 2019
The Soup What Made Paganism - page 1 - Pagan Religions - The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum
My friend Kiya's work on tracing the lines of influence in the modern Pagan movements.
history  books 
february 2019
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft: Ronald Hutton
Hutton's classic work on the history of modern Paganism (and specifically modern witchcraft). Dense, but has great details that reward a bit of patience.
history 
february 2019
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America : Margot Adler
A classic work (originally published in 1979, this is the last revision before Adler's death) that gives a sense of the community in the 70s and some of the history.
history  books 
february 2019
Doreen Valiente Witch : Philip Heselton
A biography of one of the leading figures in modern witchcraft.
history  books 
february 2019
Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses : Mary K. Greer, Samuel M. Katz
A fantastic history of the women of the Golden Dawn (and also a good introduction to the Order of the Golden Dawn overall.
history  books 
february 2019
Tarot Spreads - Ethony
Ethony's Tarot spreads cover a wide range of needs - and she includes some for Sabbats and various points in the moon cycles.
tarot 
january 2019
Holistic Tarot Study Guides – benebell wen
Holistic Tarot is another great and detailed book - and Benebell Wen, the author, has also provided free study guides (linked here)
tarot 
january 2019
Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings: Rachel Pollack
Rachel Pollack's book is one of the classic Tarot resources - it has great guidance and tools for getting to know each card.
tarot  divination  books 
january 2019
Mike Nichols - The Witches Sabbats
A classic series of articles on the Sabbats
sabbats  ritual 
january 2019
Proteus Library: The Seasons
We do well to explore how Pagan, nature-oriented spirituality might both arise from, and shape and guide, our daily lives in the seasons that lie between the Sabbats - what we have come to describe as the "pie slices" of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Here are some preliminary suggestions. Please use them to reflect on how our annual cycle plays out in your life. Please work with the activities and exercises they present to build a stronger connection. We would appreciate any additions, corrections, comments of any kind.
sabbats  ritual 
january 2019
Sabbats – Seeking
A summary of some different ways people connect the Sabbats
sabbats  ritual 
january 2019
Planetary Timing – The Basics | Circle Thrice
A good overview of planetary timing, complete with some resources to help
astrology  magic 
january 2019
On Flying Ointments as Medicine | Sarah Anne Lawless
Sarah Anne Lawless has a tremendous reputation as a herbalist who works thoughtfully with the dangerous plants of the traditional flying ointments. This article talks about the use of these plants as medicine and references other resources
herbs  magic 
december 2018
The Lunar Apothecary — Worts + Cunning Apothecary | Live Your Magick
I began taking Alexis's course in late 2018, and have been finding it a wealth of information and material about herbalism (especially, as you might guess from the title, with a lunar focus)
herbs  healing 
december 2018
Matthew Wood's Books
Matthew Wood is a fantastic herbalist and herbalism teacher working in the Western Eclectic tradition His Earthwise herbals are expensive but extremely throrough, and his other books are also great resources. (These are slightly more in depth titles than the Rosemary Gladstar books also in this list.)
herbs  healing  books 
december 2018
Herbal Product Catalog – Mountain Rose Herbs
A great source for many herbs, and their information pages include an overview of medical considerations/contraindications/etc.
herbs  healing 
december 2018
Yule and Winter Solstice playlist
A playlist (mostly instrumental) of winter and winter solstice songs.
sabbats  yule 
december 2018
Myth & Moor: Following the bear
A thought about cycles and seasons.

The bear, she suggests, "offers us a model of how one lives with that paradox, of public and private life, of a creative life as well as a life of obligation."
sabbats 
december 2018
Myth & Moor: The Folklore of Winter
A collection of winter solstice traditions from Terri Windling:
Our Solstice decorations are up, and tonight I'll make a second batch of kiffles: the Christmas cookies passed on through generations of women in my mother's Pennsylvania Dutch family...carried now to England and passed on to our daughter, who may one day pass it to children of her own.
sabbats 
december 2018
5Rhythms | Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms
Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms system focuses on five different emotions or feelings - one of the early forms of dance meditation like this. There are books, and you can find tracks on Spotify (and other online music tools), and videos on YouTube.
meditation 
december 2018
Free Movement Videos — Qoya
Form of moving meditation and reflection - I like these because they're a practical length of time (15-20 minutes) and they're beautifully filmed.
meditation 
december 2018
Magical Meditations: Guided Imagery for the Pagan Path: Yasmine Galenorn: 9781580911559: Amazon.com: Books
One of the first meditation and pathworking books I started with, and a good general overview (particularly the elemental and Sabbat journeys and how they tie together.)
meditation 
december 2018
Tarot Journeys – Yasmine Galenorn
One of the early books on meditation I used - a good source for Tarot-based pathworking
divination.tarot  meditation 
december 2018
Visualisation and meditation – Seeking
One of the most potent ideas in magic and ritual is creating what we want to have happen in our minds, so that we can focus and direct our energy into making it happen. (This is just as true when we’re talking about practical goals as magical ones, of course.) Meditation and visualisation are two very common tools to help with this.

(Includes an example meditation at the end)
meditation 
december 2018
Visualisation, meditation, and pathworking | Yvonne Aburrow
Often people use the terms visualisation, meditation and pathworking interchangeably, but they are different techniques, with different purposes and histories of development.
meditation 
december 2018
Breaking Down the Celtic Cross - The Tarot Lady
Index to a series of posts breaking down the Celtic Cross spread
tarot 
december 2018
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