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Practical Magic With Saoirse: Making Yourself At Home

By Lady Saoirse

Bright Blessings,

I don’t know about you, but I have moved around a lot. I do mean a lot. It seems like every year, Mom had us somewhere new and some years, she had us live more than one place. People ask, “Were you a military brat?” I tell them, ‘No, Mama had the wanderlust.” So is it any wonder why I always heard people’s stories about their love for their hometowns and I wished for what they had? At almost age 50, I am still wishing for that. I could lament my fate, but I’d rather explain how you can feel at home when no PLACE is really home. Because if you practice magic, it can be done. Continue reading Practical Magic With Saoirse: Making Yourself At Home

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Witch At The Crossroads: When Bad Stuff Happens

By Katrina Rasbold

We spend a lot of time talking and thinking about why bad stuff happens, especially to people who we consider “good” and undeserving of strife and particularly when it comes in what feels like a disproportionate avalanche. We become deeply angry and philosophical when we try to understand why bad things happen to innocents like children and animals. Often, we become so mired in our determination to understand why something happens that we fail to effectively manage the situation at all. The assignment of blame is one of the greatest time eaters and malice fertilizers ever and is usually the focus of tremendous attention. Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: When Bad Stuff Happens

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Ask a Witch: Do Witches Sacrifice Animals In Their Rituals? People?

By Katrina Rasbold

What do Witches sacrifice other than their time? Animals? People? Their sanity? In this video, Katrina discusses the use of sacrifice in rituals. Continue reading Ask a Witch: Do Witches Sacrifice Animals In Their Rituals? People?

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Witch At The Crossroads: Magic & High Emotions

By Katrina Rasbold

Emotion magical practice because spell work begins with what you want to have happen. If you cannot feel, then you cannot want and feeling is emotion. All intense emotion is high energy and you can, with rational thought and careful planning, direct all the intensity of that energy toward your goal. Passion will spike energy right off the meter, whether that passion comes from lust, anger, fear, or exultation. High emotion of all kinds: love, fear, sadness, anger, frustration, etc, can fuel your magical energy like a stoked furnace. But should you? Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: Magic & High Emotions

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Witch At The Crossroads: Forming a Magical Working Group

By Katrina Rasbold

Creating a new magical group is exciting, rewarding, and a ton of work. Often, particularly in eclectic work, the group forms spontaneously around a common desire to learn and practice more. Even in the most desirable circumstances, certain decisions must be made. This post takes you through some of the most vital points of forming your own spiritual group. Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: Forming a Magical Working Group

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The Mystic Witch’s Journey: Feeling Vexed? Before you Hex, Do X

By Tatiara

Is hexing ever appropriate, or is it simply a misuse of power? With great power comes great responsibility. One important responsibility is self-development. This includes character development. Ultimately a person’s character is revealed by how they exercise the power they possess. Hexing once meant witchery in general, as in the adage, “a witch who can’t hex can’t heal.” Now it implies causing unpleasant, unlucky, or harmful things to happen to people, often as an act of revenge. However, hexing and healing are two sides of the same coin. A healing misapplied could bring evil consequences. A hex for the right reason could be used for good. This is very tricky territory, though. Continue reading The Mystic Witch’s Journey: Feeling Vexed? Before you Hex, Do X

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Witch At The Crossroads: Ceremonial Interruptus

By Katrina Rasbold

It can happen to all of us, although thankfully, not usually to the degree we see in the graphic above. Rituals fail. It is easy to raise one knowing eyebrow and say that it failed because it was intended to fail and all things are exactly as they should be and blah, blah, blah, but there is a huge difference in knowing that rituals sometimes do not go as planned versus understanding why rituals sometimes go in the ditch and how to manage that inevitability. Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: Ceremonial Interruptus

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Practical Magic with Saoirse: Beltane Memories

By Lady Saoirse

Bright Blessings,

I write this on Beltane Eve, and my online memories have been showing me photos from years past. For many years, we used to gather at Beltane. We would rent a group campsite or Metro Park shelter and be there from the time the park opened until it closed. We had rituals, potlucks, talks, and for some years we camped. Continue reading Practical Magic with Saoirse: Beltane Memories

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Witch At The Crossroads: All Hail The Mayhole

By Katrina Rasbold

In our circle, we work a strong duality between male and female energies and although we love the traditional celebrations, we always like to put our own spin on things. Beltane is a delicious High Holiday, ribald with innuendo and fun, celebrating the union between the masculine and feminine archetypes. In this blessed time of coming together, we honor the fertilization of the land and revel in the pleasures brought to us by earthly existence. That being the case, we always thought it as a little one-sided to ritualize this sacred day with only a maypole, the representation of male virility, thrusting its mighty prominence up out of the ripened land. Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: All Hail The Mayhole

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The Mystic Witch’s Journey:  Lunar Beltane: Love, Gratitude and Transformation

By Tatiara

If you’re like me, then you have felt the intensity of transformation afoot lately. The eclipse energy symbolizing “out with the old, in with the new,” was magical, yet a little harrowing for some of us.

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Secrets of the Essynian Tradition: Meneology 4

by Brahn the Blessed

Part Four.  You will recall, I hope, our discussion of the trines in Part Two.  There are three of them,  the Lunar Trine is 1-4-7, the Solar Trine is 2-5-8, and the Stellar Trine is 3-6-9.  The stellar trine is comprised of the divine menes [3], [6], and [9], whose properties are clearly different from, if not ‘greater’ than, the other menes.  Each trine has one dominant mene whose properties define the trine most emphatically, for the Lunar Trine it’s one/1 which defines the element of continuity in the trine, for the Solar Trine it’s eight/8 which defines the element of change and contrast, complemence and duality in the trine, and for the Stellar Trine it’s nine/9 which defines the element of completion and wholeness in the trine.  You may recall how each dominant mene was further indicated by the product of the trine members:

1 * 4 * 7 = 28 = 10 = [1]                2 * 5 * 8 = 80 = [8]          3 * 6 * 9 = 162 = [9] Continue reading Secrets of the Essynian Tradition: Meneology 4

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Practical Magic With Saoirse: A Safe Place for Our LGBTQIA+ Kids

By Lady Saoirse

Bright Blessings,
A school is being sued. A child could not come out trans to their parents, but they felt safe coming out at school. When the parents found this out at, this lead to the child attempting suicide, so the parents are suing the school accusing the school of forcing their child to identify as trans. The minute I found out about this I got on the telephone and called the school. I thanked them for being a safe place for kids. They really appreciated hearing from somebody that supported that. I gave them my contact information as a Priestess and I told them to let me know if they needed anything at all. I just might hear back from them. Know why? Allies need help in making a safe place for our kids. Continue reading Practical Magic With Saoirse: A Safe Place for Our LGBTQIA+ Kids

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Witch At The Crossroads: Identifying Psychic Attack

By Katrina Rasbold

In researching for this article, I looked back over a blog post I wrote on Patheos Pagan in 2015 and wow, have my views ever changed! One of the great benefits to blogging and journaling is the opportunity to review and reconisder our position from years before and notice how much we learned in the interim. Back then, I had a more naive perspective on psychic attack and since that time, I have performed literally thousands of cleansings on people suffering from the effects of untreated psychic attacks, plus wrote a book on the subject. Where at that time, I considered true psychic attack to be uncommon, I now know it happens all the time. People are so much more comfortable slinging baneful energy around than I ever imagined back then. Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: Identifying Psychic Attack

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Secrets of the Essynian Traditions: Me Knee Allah Gee

by Brahn th’ Blessed

I thought this title might be more easily remembered.  Its actually an article about the power and arcane mysteries of… not yet… let it ripen… numbers.  Yes, numbers.  Another article about numerology.  Yeah, me too.  There are only ten Arabic Numerals—they are 0.1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.  That’s it.  Astrology only has twelve zodiac signs, but it’s got twelve houses too, and its got aspects:  conjunctions, quincunxes (quincunxes alone are reason enough to go astral over astrology!), sextiles and semi-sextiles, trines, squares, and oppositions.  And everyone knows their Sun Sign, their Moon Sign, and their Rising Sign!  You go, Astrology! Continue reading Secrets of the Essynian Traditions: Me Knee Allah Gee

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The Essynian Mysteries – Chapter 2

Conveyed by Brahn th Blessed

Part Two.  Primordial Existence is the initial condition of reality, the primal ground existing in a time before times and a place beyond places.  It has neither substance nor form, no identity and no qualities by which it may be described except to say that it is possessed of a reservoir of boundless potential; after all, everything that ever has existed or ever will have existed in this universe or any other universe that ever may exist, Everything!, must arise from that source that is hidden beyond the  pitiful measures of space anid time.  It must be understood as a fundamental principle of reality, vast in its potential but absent of all appearance.  Mystics describe it properly and necessarily as An Absolute One Without Other (Unum Sine Altera) and speak of its ineffability.  In speaking of the two existences, Lao Tzu said “The Tao that can be told is not the Eternal Tao; that is the Mother of the Ten Thousand Things.  The Eternal Tao cannot be told.”  It cannot be told because it has no discernible qualities; it is not big or small, neither round nor square, it has neither insides nor outsides, it is neither this nor that.  Although there is nothing that it is not, it is without the appearance of anything.  It requires such mystical language of anyone who would speak of it. Continue reading The Essynian Mysteries – Chapter 2

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Witch At The Crossroads: The Power of Rain

By Katrina Rasbold

There is little doubt that rain is essential to life. Without it, life would not exist on planet earth. In times of drought, not only do we suffer economically and ecologically, but we also suffer emotionally and spiritually. Most people require a healthy balance of water to dry in order to thrive. Since our bodies are composed of a high percentage of water, we naturally relate to the humidity and water around us. Many people, even those who do not swim, are drawn to the water and enjoy standing in the ocean or in a river, just to participate in the kinship that exists between humans and water. Continue reading Witch At The Crossroads: The Power of Rain

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The Essynian Mysteries – Chapter 1

Conveyed by Brahn th Blessed

I coined the term ‘cosmytheology’ some years ago to combine three studies that contribute to our understanding of who, what, and where we are: cosmology is the branch of astronomical science that focuses on the origins of the universe, mythology is the branch of literature that describes our relationship to the divine, often in metaphor and fable, and theology is the study of the divine from a philosophical perspective.  Science, philosophy, and literature are three paths by which humankind seeks to understand our existence as beings in the boundless universe.  Do you question your existence? Continue reading The Essynian Mysteries – Chapter 1