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…
Month: December 2015
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…
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.
Gluckspilz: Lucky Mushrooms for the New Year
The fly agaric mushroom with it’s distinctive red cap covered with white dots is a popular Yuletide pagan good luck symbol, particularly in Europe.
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?