Things Witches and Wizards Don’t Do

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I have written a few post of what Witches and Wizards do, but I have not written a post on what they don’t do.  There are certain things Witches and Wizards won’t do simply because it does not benefit them to do it.  Not doing something can more powerful than actually doing something.  Just like silence can be more powerful than speaking in certain situations.  Here are a few things Witches and Wizards don’t do.  If you can think of anymore leave them in the comments below.  I would love to hear them.

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A Druid’s Guide to Herbalism, Part I:Harvesting by the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and Sacred Intent

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A field of goldenrod, nettle, and aster greet me on this warm post- Fall Equinox day.  As the moon comes up with a sliver in the afternoon sky, I joyfully take my basket and harvest knife into the field for my fall plant preparations. The breeze has change on the air–winter is coming soon, and the sacred medicines I prepare will bring my family nourishment and strength for the coming dark half of the year. As we are well into the harvest season at this lovely Fall Equinox, I thought I’d take the time to talk about harvesting and preparation by the sun and moon and honoring the harvest. Next week, I’ll talk about the most basic plant preparations and we’ll end this series with talking about energetic preparations through the creation of flower and leaf essences.  That is, we’ll talk about the medicine of…

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Sticky Toffee Acorn Bundt Cake: Nutty, Sweet & Nutritious — Gather Victoria

This moist, dense and gooey Sticky Toffee Acorn Cake was made from acorns harvested from my neighbourhood. And despite the nearly full day it took to create (from harvesting, shelling, leaching, roasting and grinding – to the actual baking) it was well worth the effort! It took first prize in a most wonderful old-fashioned community harvest…

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The Fifth Season: Herbs for Wildfire Season

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Guest student post by third year Cecemanna student Beth Sachnoff.

Here in California a fifth season has emerged. As we move from the warm months of summer into the dry winds of autumn we enter what has been the peak time for California wildfires.  In this era marked by extreme drought, years of fire suppression and climate change, fires have raged up and down California and the Pacific Northwest. This year alone, 1,258,880 acres have burned in California[1].

Driving up north to the mountains last month I was met with gray skies and smoky hazy air. The land is on fire. There was a heaviness in my heart and a deep sense of grief for the lives, homes and livelihoods lost. Back home in the Bay Area the air hung heavy with pollution carried from fires miles and miles away. Schools were instructed to keep children in-doors, and air…

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where shadows fall — Natalie J Case

I received word yesterday that my manuscript for Where Shadows Fall has been accepted by my publisher. This means it should be ready for release in time for holiday sales. Where Shadows Fall will serve as the ending of the Shades and Shadows trilogy, though not likely the end of stories in that world. I have […]

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The Dark and Light Faces of Venus at the Libra New Moon

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by Lynn Hayes

The New Moon is the fusion of the Sun and the Moon – the solar light combines with the lunar illumination of the darkness for the beginning of a new lunar cycle. New Moons have long been known at times to begin something new: to plant new seeds, to create, to bring something new into being.

This New Moon is in the sign of Libra. Ruled by the planet Venus, Libra is the sign that teaches equanimity, balance, and the integration of opposites. Under the influence of Libra, we easily see both sides of a question. We are sensitive to disharmony and learn to manipulate our outer surroundings in order to bring our inner world into a more harmonious state. Venus is associated with attraction, including our ability to attract that which we desire as well as the force of attraction that connects individuals and fosters relationship.

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Second New Moon of Autumn 2018

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming –Greetings dreamers, artists, healers, moon lovers, it’s the new moon time again. Our Second New Moon of Autumn begins on Monday, the 8th of October, 2018 at 15° Libra and the Full Moon is October 24. How did you handle that rising magnetic energy last month? Was it a little more intense than usual? It was intense for everyone, so you are not alone in your struggles, choices and or challenges. For newbies who have just joined us, pleaseread this first.

This moon cycle is about our character, our nature and how we navigate to recognize an ability to find personal strength. Remember, at Elder Mountain we encourage sobriety as part of our healing and spiritual journey (no pot, wine, drugs, meds, shamanic plants or any other perception altering substances). We do this because we work with the emotional body, the soul body and the…

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New Moon — What to Look Out For

Dear all,
New Moon will be exact on Monday, September 8th just a few minutes before midnight (EST)! However, we will be feeling its effects throughout the day Monday and Tuesday.
This New Moon is positioned exactly at 15 degrees in Libra. So not only is it in the sign representing balance but it is at the exact fulcrum, –or balancing point — of the scales, a symbol of Libra.
What does that mean?

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Halloween New Moon Ritual

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halloween new moonritualHalloween New Moon(October 8th) the dark night that blankets the sky and meets us at our feet. Commonly new moon rituals are adorned with candle light a beacon in the dark. A time to set things right, to start new. I have talked a little on here that New Moon work for me and in our tradition is commonly used as a resting time.

If we are not resting, then we work with the darkness and use it to shield our work. We use it to summon and visit with energy that is not for the faint of heart. I would encourage you to think about the New Moon and how that might work for you.

From now and well into November we easily walk among spirits. It does not take much work at all to summon them to you.

Tonight’s ritual is to honor the dark moon and all…

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Acorn Folklore

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – This Autumn we have had an abundant of Acorns in the Pacific Northwest and in folklore, it means that we are going to have a mighty winter. The Sacred Oak Trees all grow from these little tiny acorns, which the squirrel is the one who graciously plants them in the ground everywhere. I gathered some Autumn articles of Acorns myths and mystery. Enjoy!

Acorn Folk Legends
The Celts, Romans, Greeks and Teutonic tribes all had legends connected to the mighty oak tree. Typically, the oak was related to deities that had control over thunder, lightning, and storms. In Norse legend, Thor found shelter from a storm by sitting under a mighty oak tree.

Today, people in some Nordic countries believe that Acorns on the windowsills will protect a house from being hit by lightning. In parts of Great Britain, young ladies followed a custom of…

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