A Frigga Blót with Runes & Lagoons

Today is the day of Frigga’s Blot –  much more than just the wife of the All-Father Odin, she is the goddess of prophecy & silence, wifehood & motherhood. She is a sky goddess, responsible for spinning and weaving the fates.  To celebrate Frigga this Friday, a domestic setting is appropriate, as she is closely…

Magic Tonka Beans: Illicitly Delicious

The fragrant tonka bean is a native of South America, a product of the cumaru tree (dipteryx odorata).  They have a lovely vanilla-almond-slightly fruity aroma, and in hoodoo traditions these sweet-smelling beans are used for love and money magic.  It’s said that you should work with them in only in odd numbers.  They can be…

Rhubarb, or The Magic Stick

Rhubarb is a very ancient plant. When rhubarb began to grow, the Dead Sea was just getting sick. When rhubarb started out, history lessons were called “What is happening right now”. When rhubarb was discovered, rainbows were all in black and white. And so on…  You get what I’m saying. Rhubarb has been used as…

Death in the Afternoon

At the Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris, there is a small booth built of black-stained wood.  If you pass through its door, you can descend 130 steps down a narrow stone circular staircase, then follow low dank concrete tunnels until you arrive at your destination: The World’s Largest Grave.  This is fantastically popular as a tourist…