Witches have been practicing kitchen magick for thousands of years. Along with their cats (to help with conjuring) and their brooms (to sweep away negativity), witches cooked up many a potion and spell in their cauldrons. There was a beautiful novel/novella written back in 1950 by Isak Dinesen (the author of “Out of Africa”) called “Babette’s Feast,” about a woman, Babette, who quietly and subtly enchanted the guests at her feast. It was one of the best examples of kitchen magick (in this author’s opinion) ever written.
We prepare food every day, and with just a little focus and attention, we can use that cuisine to create the life that we desire. It won’t happen instantly, but with practice, we may actually amaze ourselves. Some quick things we can do every time we prepare a meal is to keep the focus of our intentions (the result we are looking for) clear in our minds while we are concocting our recipe. Another important point is to always stir clockwise, because clockwise is in harmony with the Sun and the Moon. Food can also be cut into shapes to represent our goals, even something as simple as slicing cheese into cubes to represent blocks of gold. And, always cook with love and add a blessing for every person you are cooking for.
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There has been a lot of controversy about the ouija board over the years. Some swear that its an excellent tool for divination and for contacting passed over loved ones. Others believe that it can lead to demonic possession. This article is not meant to side with one opinion or the other. This author’s objective is to review the facts and the testimonials, and let the readers come to their own conclusions.
The origins of the ouija board (also called talking board or spirit board) goes back to the mid 1800’s with the Fox sisters of New York. They were mediums and they often did their readings, contacting the dead, publically. They would ask questions of the spirits and receive audible knocks on the wall. They would then translate the knocks into letters of the alphabet. A few years later, after the Civil War, people were enchanted with the idea of contacting lost loved ones, and came up with different ways to contact the spirit world. There were articles in newspapers about the “new” talking boards coming from the Spiritualist movement. Read more ›
The origins of Halloween began more than 2,000 years ago with the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain (pronounced “sow-in” with the “ow” like “cow”). Their calendar began on November 1st, so October 31st, Samhain, was their New Year’s Eve. It was believed that the dead would rise on Samhain, and they would wreak havoc, including damaging crops. They also believed that on that day their priests, the Druids, could see into the future. They had huge celebrations with sacred bonfires, and many would wear masks to fool the spirits into thinking they were also part of the walking dead.
By 43 A.D., the Romans had conquered most of the Celtic territory. They also had a holiday that occurred in late October where they commemorated their dead, and a second day to honor the apple. The Celts incorporated the Roman tradition of apples into their holiday, and now we “bob” for apples. Read more ›
Every month, as the Moon orbits around the Earth, it comes to an opposition to the Sun, the Full Moon, and it comes to a conjunction with the Sun, the New moon. But, about twice a year, on the new and full moons, the moon lines up in a straight line between the Earth and the Sun, and we call those alignments eclipses. Pagans believe that the New Moon is a time for attracting, for starting new projects, and casting spells and prayers to fulfill their needs. They also believe that the Full Moon is a time for banishing. It is a time to let go, to exhale, to expel negativity. Lunar, Full Moon, eclipses are believed to be 10 times stronger than a typical Full Moon, and the same goes for Solar, New Moon, eclipses. Eclipses are also known to bring changes. That is probably why they get such a bad rap. Most everybody hates change.
Eclipses are like forest fires. They can be very destructive, but they make way for new growth. We need these spiritual muscle builders to keep us growing. If life were to stay the same and “perfect” all the time, we would never be motivated to change. We must experience loss to appreciate what we have. But, knowing all this doesn’t make living through the adversity brought by eclipses any easier. Read more ›
Many of us have asked that question at some point in our lives, and many are still asking that question. And, when you try to research information about retrogrades in astrology, you get so much flowery and technical information and diagrams, you come away feeling even more confused. An example would be (from the Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology):
“In fact, the backward motion is an illusion created by the revolution of the planets and the Earth in their concentric orbits around the Sun.”
What the hell does that mean? Its simpler than you think. First off, no planet actually reverses the direction of it’s orbit. But, all of the planets, except the Sun and the Moon, will appear to be moving backward across the sky from time to time. Why do they do this? Its called parallax error. The easiest example is when you are passing a car, or a car is passing you, on the freeway. There is a point where the car appears to be moving backward, then it finally reaches a point where it appears to be moving forward again. The same thing happens or our solar freeway. Read more ›