Making Diversion in Disguise

New Years Eve for witches is really Samhain, or October 31st, but we can go ahead and party along with the normals tonight, because for why not?  A bit of wassailing and mumming would be fun. It’s trad, dad. Mumming has been around since the ancient Romans started it all way back when, the basic…

Chocomancy: Divination by Chocolate Cocktail

As the new calendar year begins, bright with promise, it’s difficult to not want a peek – just a small one – into what fate has in store for us.  In Germany and Nordic countries a fortune-telling technique called Bleigiessen is traditional on New Year’s.  This is a form of molybdomancy, from the Greek molubdus (lead)…

Chocolate Logs, Marzipan Mushrooms & Crowned Cakes

Cakes & Ale is the most often performed ritual within witchcraft, as well as one of the most ancient in practice, and consists of the sharing of food and drink among sorcières to mark a gathering. The concept of sharing a meal with someone to show goodwill dates back to prehistory and is symbolic of…

Nog It Off.

Let me begin by saying that when it comes to eggnog, I’m a snob. Just call me a nog snob. #NogSnob History tells us that eggnog originated in medieval England and that the first recipe basically consisted of hot milk and eggs… Yum. What passes for eggnog today isn’t much better. They’ve added sugar, vanilla…

Host Your Own Álfablót

Now that you have all your ducks in a row for the Christmas holidays you may feel like doing something quiet tonight before the festive revels really kick off, and what better way to spend your evening than hosting a Álfablót for the elves of your region? It’s exactly the right time of year. People rarely…

A Winter Solstice Poem – Midwinter Song

Originally posted on Joan Aiken:
? Many thanks to all of you who have visited and shared your thoughts here throughout the year! I do hope you will come again  – and bring your friends…  Here is a poem and drawing by Joan to celebrate the passing of  Winter and the return of Spring. >>>>>*<<<<<…

Holly & Ivy & Horned Gods

The traditional celebrations of Yule involve so many of the minor and major gods with their associated traditions/symbolism and multiple identities that to the casual observer it looks like a cross between a class reunion, a family party, and one of those horror stories where people go walking down long dark hallways and meet themselves…

Transform Festively For Free

For some of us mere wage slaves, the workplace can be a rather sterile environment at this time of year. If the tinsel and lights of the season cease abruptly when you step across the threshold, you may wish to consider creating a more copacetic environment for yourself and your colleagues.

Animal Spirits in the Black Forest

The Black Forest stretches from Karlsruhe as far as the Upper Danube and from Pforzheim to Lörrach with its pine forests, pastures and mountain lakes. There are monasteries, castles and ruins – much of it relatively untouched by the modern world.

It was a dark and stormy night….

……and in London at the moment, the days are pretty dark and stormy, too. A good time to mix up a potion for strength, potency and warmth. To paraphrase the wise words of the kings of the dance floor Odyssey: you need to get back to your roots, yeah?

The Three of Swords – A Bittersweet Balm for a Broken Heart

Sorrow, betrayal, heartbreak, disillusionment, pain, loss, grief…these are all embodied by the Three of Swords, one of the most dreaded cards in the tarot deck.  Yet without sorrow, there is no joy, without loss, no gain; the bitter truths of life. While these experiences are never welcome, they are inevitable and if we can work…