To Banish Internal “OutDwellers”

This is a very simple ritual that is really 90% preparation and the “meat” of which can be done within minuets. That isn’t to say that it should be done lightly or that it can be done easily.  You really need to spend the time to “flesh out” the parts that you’re working on. In…

Picard cake

The Picard Cake aka earl gray cake with honey/lavender frosting For the cake: Yellow box mix (I used Pilsbury GF) 3 eggs or equivalent (I used flax seed) 1/3 cup oil 1 cup milk + a splash 10 earl gray tea bags In a small sauce pan heat the milk to just below steaming. Turn…

Beltane

Beltane, pronounced bell-tin-uh, is the forth High Day festival on the Wheel of the Year. Marking the mid point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, it’s the opposite side of the coin from Samhain, marking the beginning of the “Light” half of the year, and the time when the veil between worlds is…

Ostara

Ostara is the Spring Equinox; the third festival on the Wheel of the Year. It’s a day of balance, when night and day are equal. There is a lot of debate over where the name came from but I FIRMLY believe that it has NOTHING to do with Ishtar. It’s most likely that it was…

Samhain

Samhain (pronounced sah-win) falls midway between the fall equinox (Mabon) and the winter solstice (Yule), and is commonly celebrated on Oct. 31st. It celebrates the end of the harvest season, and many believe that at this time of year the barriers between worlds are at the thinnest, allowing for easier contact with our ancestors, and…

Imbolc

Imbolc by Damh the Bard As the dark, cold morning gives way to light, And the world shows its face dazzling in her nakedness, So the twigs and leaf-bare branches, Bow to the passing dance Of old Jack Frost. His crystal breath on the earth, And the corners of houses weep icicles of joy. But…

Yule (Winter Solstice)

Most religions celebrate some type of holiday at the winter solstice. What it’s called varies on the specific culture. I’m going to use “Yule” as it’s a popular name among Euro-centric Pagans. And yes, this IS written by some one in the Northern Hemisphere. Following the traditional Wheel of the Year, Yule is at the…

How I Built My Astral Temple

The term “Astral Temple” is a little misleading in that many people automatically envision a church like setting. It really doesn’t need to be, and for some pagans, that may even be counter productive as your AT is supposed to be a place of spiritual and/or mental solace. That being said it can be literally…

Obligatory OP

This is kind of a rant…I’m sorry…I have an opinion that is slightly controversial (or maybe just unpopular), and before you all jump my shit, please hear me out. I am an advocate for “labels”, and a some what structured path. Labels are words that we use to describe ourselves. Even saying “I don’t use…

Adventures in Offering

I was sitting there, offering water on my altar, in a Sponge Bob coffee mug because I discovered earlier today that the beautiful shell I found along the beach was too porous to hold water and, therefore, cannot funtion as my Well. I felt silly. I felt dissappointed. I felt slightly defeated, and inexplicably anxious….

Weather Correspondences

The topic of this week’s Fundamental Friday is working with the weather. It should be noted that this is NOT about “Weather Magic” as that is a whole different can of worms meant to INFLUENCE. We are going to talk about using what’s already there. This is one of those slippery topics as it’s truly…