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So Mote It Be!

By Lady Raven Stormdancer

This is a phrase called out from the mouths of witches all over.  It is found at the end of spells, at the end of prayers, at the end of declarations.  Most witches say it because that is what is written in all the “witchy” books and sites, and we all started our magickal education that way.  Plus, witches aren’t real comfortable using the word “amen” as it belongs to practitioners of other faiths.  But it is an archaic phrase, and we naturally wonder where it came from and why witches have adopted it and continue to use it today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother May I Hex?

By Lady Raven Stormdancer

So a Tier 3 sex offender moved in down the street.  It is something of a shock to get that notice in the mail – a flyer in from the Sheriff’s Dept giving me his name, address, age, the crimes he was accused of, his mug shot, and identifying marks.  I stared at that man’s face, and I hardly knew what to think.  On the other side of the flyer I got helpful tips about how to live with a sex offender as a new neighbor such as making sure your kids know he is there and to stay away from him, not using your kids names where he can hear or see it, and (my personal favorite) making sure you have recent fingerprints and photos of your kids.  This was some pretty awesome advice to help me sleep at night.  And of course, as I read and contemplated all this, all I wanted was to get him gone. Read the rest of this entry »

Moon Moments – June

By Celestia DragonBee 2014

June, the month of Summer arrives. Long days filled with light and laughter permeate our lives as the kids finish with school and barbeques and friends fill our backyards. June has always been a genuine happy month as Summer truly begins. Let’s see what we have in store.

Our first major activity this month is Mercury doing the moonwalk on the 7th. Yes, Mercury moves Retrograde once again, this time in Cancer. Sensitivity is the name of the game. You very well may find yourself reading into conversations and getting your feelings hurt. Be aware that while body language and tone do have their place in our everyday human contact, at this time your sensitivity may be putting the wrong spin on things. Mercury will be moving back into Gemini in a couple weeks. Try not to get your feelings hurt in the meantime. Read the rest of this entry »

Catnip

By Lady Raven Stormdancer

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*For educational and magickal purposes only.  NONE of this information has been evaluated by the folks at the Food and Drug Administration.  This information, then, is not presented in any effort to diagnose, treat, or cure a disease or symptoms.  If you desire to use this or any herb we discuss, then it is up to you to do research and contact a qualified herbalist.  Our religion teaches personal responsibility in all things.  Now is not the time to forget that lesson. 

Also known as Nepeta cataria, Catmint, Catnep, Catswort, Field Balm, Menta De Gato, Catnip is native to Southern Europe but is widely naturalized all over Europe and North America. The root is perennial and has branched stems that reach 2 to 3 feet high which are very leafy and covered with a soft down. The heart shaped, toothed leaves are also covered with a soft down, especially on the under sides.  It blooms from July to September with tiny white or pale pink blooms, and if you are harvesting the flowering tops you should get them in August.   It is a member of the mint family, and looks very much like a mint plant.  It also behaves like mint and once it gets loose it can take over a garden patch. Read the rest of this entry »

Moon Moments – May 2014

By Celestia DragonBee 2014

The month of May brings warm breezes, the aroma of blooming flowers and the bright light of the sun to our lives once again. The winter has been long and as the sun finally lights more of the day, our lives reflect the need for warmth in more ways than one.

Venus dances into Aries on the 2nd of May creating a dazzling sensuality that you feel you’ve been missing for some time. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Being in love with being in love?” Follow your heart, flirt a little. This auspicious time isn’t about settling down into a domestic rut. It’s about loving with everything you are. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Do When Everything Is OK?

PentacleAn essay by Lady Raven Stormdancer

A friend of mine pointed out that I tend to cover a lot of dark territory in my writing.  She is not wrong; I have focused a lot on the negative in life and what that means.  Conversely, she asked me what happens to spirituality when things are going well.  That interested me because religion is the thing we fall back on when we are sick, hurting or in trouble.  When things settle down, we say, “Thank the gods” and we move on in a bit more of a chipper mood.  But in that fleeting moment of thankfulness, do we really express our gratitude?  How often do we stand at our altars and ask for things?  How often do we stand at our altars and ask for nothing at all? Read the rest of this entry »

Moon Moments – April 2014

By Celestia DragonBee 2014

Upon doing research for Moon Moments, I came across an old farmer’s almanac saying: “Two New Moons in one month were said to predict a month of bad weather.” Hmmmm. We had two New Moons in January and March. For the record – this has been one of the worst Winters in history. Coincidence? Let’s take a look at what April is going to bring aside from spring showers. Read the rest of this entry »

When You Meet Pagans

Pagan Circle(An essay by Lady Raven Stormdancer)

Spring is coming, and we begin to crawl out of hibernation and move towards the Sun.  With that move, we reevaluate our goals and dreams that lay frozen in the ice and snow, and make little gestures towards meeting them.  One goal a new Pagan may have is to meet other like-minded people, or perhaps to take a new class.  But when you are new on the Path and wondering what to do, it can be daunting to just look up a random name on Witchvox and hope for the best.  Not all metaphysical shops offer classes, and in some areas it can be difficult to find other Pagans to meet with.  When you finally do find a name of an individual or group, what can you do to be safe and make sure this is the right fit for you? Read the rest of this entry »

Moon Moments – March 2014

By Celestia DragonBee 2014

For many of us, it has been a long, cold, dark winter. March holds the promise of the waxing Sun, slowly warming the Earth. Spring is sprung! But that’s not all. We have a pretty busy Astrological month ahead.

March 1st waltzes in with the New Moon in Pisces. Pisces and the Moon have a natural affinity towards one another. Pisces is the sign of deep emotion. The Moon represents emotional reaction. Together they can make or break you. If you can come into the month of March knowing that your emotions are going to be charged up – you have a most wonderful opportunity to make some long strides in the emotional healing department. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. Advice? Ride it out either way. Try really hard not to be reactionary. Feel. Then Heal. It really is that simple. Read the rest of this entry »

The Witch’s Pyramid

Witch's Pyramid(An essay by Lady Raven Stormdancer)

Me: “Great Father, I am in need of ideas to write about in my blog.  The well seems to have run dry.”

Dagda: “Mmmm.  So what are you doing right now?”

Me: “Well, I found that when I am exercising on the treadmill I can close my eyes and quiet my mind so much more easily.  My head clears and I can reach you better.  It’s like exercise and the mystical experience are all tied up together somehow (pause) oh.”

Dagda: (Smiles)

So I decided to take my god’s excellent advice and reflect on the link between exercise and the mystical experience, and in doing that, I wound up going deeper into the unification of body, mind and spirit.  Considering the word mystical means experiencing the Divine firsthand and realizing the Oneness of all things present in the Universe, fusing these three planes of existence seems to be a natural part of the mystical experience.  So in theory, one could join these planes on the individual level and convert it to the Universal.  Read the rest of this entry »