Hello January 2021

Good Witches Homestead

We wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that you are feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to take on whatever opportunities and challenges 2021 has in store for us.

2020 was an unusual year in so many ways, so much so that looking back it seems that it has acted as a bridge between two very different realities. We are left with a sense of completion and the recognition that there is no going back to how things were at this time last year, too much has changed.

Despite all the difficulties this feels like a positive step forward and we look forward to what is coming next, with both interest and curiosity.

The previous twelve months has been dominated by the effects of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn with its focus on destabilising and dismantling old worn-out forms, be these old thought forms or inflexible corporate…

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Purification| Moonthly Lunar Report New Moon in Capricorn

Purification| Moonthly Lunar Report New Moon in Capricorn

Happy first New Moon of 2021!

Set the intention to call in a beautiful, magickal, and healing year! We have a lot going on this new cycle, and there is going to be a need to find and maintain your center.

This cycle is an eventful one!

We are experiencing change on a global level and it will be apparent this cycle.

Each new moon, using our planners, and decks, we create the Moonthly Lunar Report.

It’s broken down in the 4 main moon phases, and explains the current astrology and how to best navigate it.


New Moon in Capricorn

Purification| Moonthly Lunar Report New Moon in Capricorn

The new moon in Capricorn helps us maintain our goals with discipline and order.

There is a need to not try to win at all costs right now though. Be careful to not step on others while you try to reach the top.

Now is a great time to plan the cycle ahead and make clear goals that you feel you can achieve. You will need to put in the effort and get your hands dirty in order to achieve these goals though!

Read original article at: Spirit de la Lune ~ Purification|Moonthly Lunar Report New Moon In Capricorn

Visioning the Future through the Bardic Arts: Creating Vision, Creating Hope

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Reishi mushroom from the Plant Spirit Oracle offers a vision of healing, growth, and regeneration

I used to be a big fan of reading dystopian fiction when I was younger. It seemed like a distant world, a reality far from our own. But perhaps now, those books resonate too close to reality. As someone who practices magic, I have to wonder, would the concepts present 1984 be as present if the book hadn’t been so well-read? Did George Orwell manifest these concepts as a magical act, or were these already present and he simply channeled what was already coming into focus? The same can be true of many such influential works: The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, Bladerunner, and more. We also have things like robots, invented by Issac Asimov as science fiction in the 1940s and 60 years or more later, became a reality.  One might…

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The Peacock

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Like a lot of other animals there is so much symbolism for the peacock.  People’s imagination can run wild and dedicate any trait they want to the peacock.  This is one of the most beautiful birds on the planet, so most think the bird symbolizes beauty.  It also sheds it feathers every year so some say it represents rebirth.  Let’s get on with the true occult symbolism of the peacock.  

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The Mirror

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Mirrors reflect light so they reflect the world around us.  Light is symbolic of illumination, awareness and wisdom, so some will say the mirror reflects truth. I have shown in my Ankh post that the Ankh in ancient Egypt was actually a mirror.  The mirror is a threshold between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.  The mirror is one of the most ancient symbols, so we really need to understand what it means.  

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The Problem is the Solution: Honoring the Journey of the New Year

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Sunrise through the mist…the way may be uncertain but the sun will rise again

In Permaculture Design, one of the most challenging principles to enact is “The problem is the solution.” It seems simple on paper: you have a serious problem before you, perhaps seemingly insurmountable or overwhelming.  Instead of reacting negatively to the problem, you look for how the problem presents unique opportunities.  You resee your practices, hone them, make changes, and adapt to the problem so that that adaptation becomes a strength. In other words, you make lemonade from lemons–but more than that, you may actually improve your approach by having to consider new options to overcome obstacles.  A simple example: I have a wet, muddy spot in my yard due to the downspout on my house.  Rather than see this as a problem, I turn it into a lush rain garden, which is not only beautiful but…

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Crystal Healing for the Solstice: Beginnings & Endings

Crystal Healing for the Solstice: Beginnings and Endings / www.krista-mitchell.com

Can you feel the energy building?

It’s been building through this month, having increased in momentum after the new moon solar eclipse on the 14th.

Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere a climax will be reached on the solstice: the darkest night or the longest day. A transition point. Cycles and patterns beginning and ending.

Cultures and faiths the world over have been celebrating this day since ancient times. And while you can apply any practices or notions, ceremonies or beliefs, based on where you come from and what you espouse, if you tune in to the energy and observe nature, there’s no denying the power of this day.

According to many ancient calendars the solstice was observed on the 25th day of December, and it marked the new year.

In the north, it marked the turning point where the sun, in its weakest phase, would be reborn and slowly begin to wax again. It heralded the promising return of light, life, and warmth.

In the south, it marked the height of the sun’s power and the zenith of life force – a time of magic and ceremony – before its power begins to wane.

While in times past I’ve looked forward to my solstice ceremonies and traditions with excitement, this year I feel more contemplative. I’m reflecting on what we’ve been through, and on all those who did not make it through 2020. I’m also reflecting on how we all responded – it was a mix of intense extremes.

While there are those who profited, I see this largely as a year of loss. But loss, in and of itself, is also a healing and growth process.

This is something the ancients have always understood: it’s all a part of the cycle of life.

Loss is an ending but also a beginning. It’s up to us to find what can be gained from losing.

Read original article at: Krista Mitchell ~ Crystal Healing for the Solstice

Herbs for Visionary Work at the Winter Solstice

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Plants are our medicine, our teachers, our friends, and help us connect deeply to spirit in a wide variety of ways including through spiritual work. Long before recorded history, our ancient ancestors used plants of all kinds. Ötzi, the ancient ancestor who was preserved in ice and who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE, was found with multiple kinds of plants and mushrooms, including birch polypore (a medicinal mushroom) and the tinder fungus, a mushroom often used for transporting coals starting fires.  I love plants, and I love the ancestral connections and assistance that they can provide. In more recent history, we can look to a variety of cultures that use plants in ways that help alter or expand consciousness.

What better time to do some deep visionary work than at the winter solstice, when the world is plunged in darkness? It is in these dark times that we…

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New Moon in Capricorn Lunar Energy Report | Entering the Wolf Moon Cycle

New Moon in Capricorn Lunar Energy Report Entering the Wolf Moon Cycle
New Moon in Capricorn Lunar Energy Report Entering the Wolf Moon Cycle

This is our final new moon of the year and it is opening a very eventful new cycle for us. This new moon brings with it great opportunities for change and transformation. Not only is this a new moon, it is also a Solar Eclipse!

During this cycle we will see the Winter Solstice and on the same day, the Great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that will shift humanity into a new stage of evolution.

You might not be able to see the eclipse, but you will feel it. You won’t want to forget setting an intention on the new moon!

The moon turns new on the 14th of December in the sign of Sagittarius and Capricorn. It spends a bit of time in each for this new moon eclipse.

Read original article at: Spirit de la Lune ~ New Moon in Capricorn Lunar Energy Report

How To Work With Alchemy Crystal For Transformation

Alchemy was the ancient predecessor of our modern science of chemistry, and was practiced in secret for thousands of years in ancient China, Egypt and Greece, right up to medieval France and England.In crystal healing the approach to alchemy is figurative, meaning turning lead (our wounds, shadow selves, illness) to gold (light, consciousness, health).When we do energy clearings with crystals, we are transmuting lower, harmful frequencies into higher frequencies of light and harmony.It’s a form of energy alchemy – as we heal and grow, we transform. Whether or not life is prolonged can be debated, but it is certainly enriched.If you’re looking to create significant change in your life, yourself, or your world, you can work with alchemy stones to help initiate or effect powerful inner and outer transformation.
Find out which crystals are the alchemy stones + how to work with them!
Eclipse season, which generally invites more change + upheaval, is capping off what has already been a dramatically challenging year.

But there’s no need to worry or fear, there are spiritual ways you can navigate this eclipse season with alignment and mastery.

In this video I guide you through a transformational crystal healing practice with quartz, labradorite, and smoky quartz, to help you attune to higher frequencies, come into alignment with divine cosmic energy, and walk your path of mastery with wisdom and grace.