The Corn Moon


by Patti Wigington In late August, we celebrate the beginning of the Corn Moon. This moon phase is also known as the Barley Moon and carries on the associations of grain and rebirth that we saw back at Lammastide. August was originally known as Sextilis by the ancient Romans but was later renamed for Augustus … Continue reading The Corn Moon

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Japanese Shamanism


Shinto Introduction Shinto does not have a founder nor does it have sacred scriptures like the sutras or the Bible. Propaganda and preaching are not common either, because Shinto is deeply rooted in the Japanese people and traditions. "Shinto gods" are called kami. They are sacred spirits which take the form of things and concepts important … Continue reading Japanese Shamanism

Solitary Magic: A Simple Lammas Ritual


BY JEN MCCONNEL Although I love gathering with a local circle to celebrate the turning of the wheel, more and more I find myself returning to my solitary roots. It’s easier to schedule rituals for a party of one, but it’s also harder to cultivate accountability when no one is waiting on you for a ritual. … Continue reading Solitary Magic: A Simple Lammas Ritual

August 2018


August at a glance. 1: Lammas or Lughnasadh, the celebration of the grain harvest 1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere), honoring the goddess Brighid 1: Birthday of medium Edward Kelley, 1555 4: Celtic Tree Month of Holly ends 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins 13: Roman Festival of Pomona, goddess of apples and orchards 15: Birthday of Charles Leland, folklorist and author, 1824 20: Birthday … Continue reading August 2018

All About Lammas (Lughnasadh)


by Patti Wigington These are the dog days of summer, the gardens are full of goodies, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it's time to begin reaping what … Continue reading All About Lammas (Lughnasadh)

Real Witches Explain What Movies and TV Get Wrong (and Right) About Witches


Author: CHRISTOPHER ROSA October 14, 2016  Every year around this time, we dust off our favorite movies about witches and indulge in a little spooky fun. From humorous fare like Hocus Pocus to scarier flicks like The Blair Witch Project, these movies, and TV shows run the gamut—which is great news for people who hate horror films but want something Halloween-adjacent. But which witch depictions … Continue reading Real Witches Explain What Movies and TV Get Wrong (and Right) About Witches

9 Steps to Becoming a Witch


Let’s Talk Witch – Nine Steps To Becoming A Witch STEP ONE – discovering your path Read and study. Read everything you can get your hands on. You need to read anything that will tell you more about the beliefs of witchcraft, magazines, books and web pages. While studying there are other forms of the craft … Continue reading 9 Steps to Becoming a Witch

Divine Madness


I addressed mental illness in my previous article (Mental Illness in Magic and the Occult) regarding magic and the occult. It is still seen as a stigma by many practitioners, but there is a positive movement for mental illness in the magical and occult communities. I do feel it is something that needs to be … Continue reading Divine Madness

Addressing Mental Illness


Sitting here sipping on my favorite Jasmine tea with a touch of honey out of the coolest Batman mug; I started thinking that I should address the ever-growing issue of mental health and the occult. There are a couple of reasons for this; one, I, personally, have my own share of mental disorders that make everyday … Continue reading Addressing Mental Illness

THE MENTAL UNIVERSE


    "The Universe is Mental--held in the Mind of THE     ALL."--The Kybalion. THE ALL is SPIRIT! But what is Spirit? This question cannot be answered, for the reason that its definition is practically that of THE ALL, which cannot be explained or defined. Spirit is simply a name that men give to the highest conception of … Continue reading THE MENTAL UNIVERSE