Monsters Under the Bed

The fear of something nasty under our beds or hiding in our cupboards is a primal fear most of us suffer from as children, and oftentimes into adulthood. Most of us are jumping at shadows, but if you live in South Africa, there is a very real possibility that you may find something there in…

A Dark and (Lovely) Stormy

A few years ago, I was invited to the birthday party of a dear friend who just happens to be a lesbian. Not just your average lesbian mind you; she’s a very well-known, socially involved, power lesbian. We share one friend and I would know only a handful of people there, so our mutual friend was…

Celebrate Imbolc with Snowmelt Milk Punch

Imbolc is celebrated at the beginning of February, marking the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  The word “imbolc” is believed to mean “ewe’s milk” as this is the time of year when the sheep were giving birth and producing milk, the first stirrings of new life in the midst of winter,…

It’s Lucky you’re so Charming

Whether you put your trust in a forked avian bone formed by the fusion of clavicles, a U-shaped item of iron that has been nailed to the hoof of an equine mammal, the severed limb of a long-eared, short-tailed burrowing Leporidae, a mutated example of a plant of the genus Trifolium, a feline with high…

Purify yourself with pearl for a perfect Imbolc

The first cross-quarter day following Midwinter this day falls on the first of February, and marks the first stirrings of Spring. It is a time for self-reflection and purification in anticipation of the new season. This is the festival of Imbolc. And it’s your time to be a Pearly King or Queen.

Feed your trees with toast and cider

It’s a Saturday night, and I expect many people are going out to dinner, maybe taking in a club or attending a party where the clink of glasses, muted lighting and soft music creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Suckers! WE have driven 2 hours out of London to attend a Wassail ceremony in the…

Adventures in Strega, Italian Witch Liqueur

Liquore Strega is a saffron-hued herbal liqueur from Benevento, Campania, Italy.  “Strega” is Italian for witch, drawing on legends of witchcraft in Benevento that go back to truly olden times.  Benevento was a hotspot for a cult of Isis, a temple for which was also devoted to Hecate and Diana, all representing goddess moon aspects….

“It’s in the leaves! It’s coming!” or “The Magic Cup”

Like many of the mystically-minded amongst us, from the very first time I found a Fortune Teller Miracle Fish in a Christmas cracker and laid it, pregnant with possibilities, in the palm of my hand to see if I was Jealous, Indifference, In Love, Fickle, False, Dead One or Passionate – I have been fascinated…