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Beltane :: The Time is Now!

We were anointed with rose oil and asked if we were prepared to enter the circle. Once we answered we passed through the ribbons and into sacred space. There were branches laid out in a circle around the fire pit, one for each of us and we were instructed to stand behind the branch of our choosing. As soon as I took my place I was overcome with emotion. Surveying the scene: the pink sunset; the bend in the creek; and my beautiful circle sisters and brothers. I welled up with joyful tears. Read more... about Beltane :: The Time is Now!

Luscious Lilacs, I Love You So!

The magical properties of lilac are numerous and rely on it's jubilant fragrance to uplift the spirit. From protection to invoking joy the flowers of lilacs have the power to transform gloom into hope. Some even believe they have the ability to drive away ghosts which might be applicable if they're causing trouble, otherwise I think they attract all manner of benevolence, spirits included. I do know for certain they are quite strong and because they peak at Beltane they offer a portal into the world of the fey, who are just beyond the veil at this time of year. I can think of no other offering that is quite as suitable to Flora, the May Queen, herself.  Read more... about Luscious Lilacs, I Love You So!

Wash, Rinse, Repeat :: Sage & Aloe Soap

Sturdy sage plants renew themselves in my zone four garden each spring. I study their resilience and ability to survive the grueling Montana winter where we frequently spend days, if not weeks, frozen in sub-zero temperatures. I want to be more like these plants, to endure bitter cold and still thrive. I make medicine from them and use them to cook with understanding that if I ask with a pure heart, the sage will impart it’s wisdom to me. It tells me to let go of what no longer serves me so that I can focus on my roots. If I do that, I too will be renewed in spring. Read more... about Wash, Rinse, Repeat :: Sage & Aloe Soap

The Magic of Fertility at Ostara

Observing Ostara couldn’t come more naturally than by living a natural lifestyle, itself. If you plant a garden, you are honoring the vernal equinox. If you dye eggs for mythical Hares to hide away then you are honoring the Germanic Goddess, Ēostre or Ostara. Magic is simply focused intention. Say a prayer over your seeds as you plant them, not only for their successful growth, but for the successful growth, health, fruitfulness, etc. of any endeavor you wish to bless. Poof! That’s magic. Read more... about The Magic of Fertility at Ostara

Well Did You Ever Make Colcannon...

Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is one of my signature dishes, I am known for it. Friends wait all year to sample this incredible mash prepared lovingly by me every March, 17th. I’m all for a yummy boiled New England dinner (Corned Beef and Cabbage), but I need to get down to truer Irish roots on St. Patrick's Day. The soothing and delicious combination of potatoes, allium and cabbage is so damned good there’s even a song to celebrate it!  Read more... about Well Did You Ever Make Colcannon...

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