20 Experiences to Add to Your Witchy Bucket List

I love bucket lists.  Who doesn’t?  They inspire us to dream bigger, travel more, try new things and imagine all the possibilities.

But what about our spiritual lives?  What lies ahead in our path remains a mystery, but if you could make a few roadside stops, where would they be?

Sometimes called “The Witch’s New Year,” Samhain marks the beginning of a new cycle of the Wheel of the Year.  Celebrate by setting new goals for yourself!

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Try this: sit down with a pen and paper (yes, a real pen and some real paper), set a timer for 15 minutes and brainstorm all the things you would do in your pagan life if your resources and time were unlimited.

Here are 20 ideas to get you started.  As I do them (or have done them), I will leave a link to a post about the experience.

Start a mind/body workout regimen.   In a couple of months, everyone begins the predictable process of making resolute, well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions to be more fit and lose weight.  Rather than joining the (sometimes unhealthy) crowds in a crash diet stampede to the local gym, consider taking a more spiritual workout approach.

Participate in a paranormal investigation.  No matter what they say in public, most people feel something a little compelling about ghost chasing.  With the veil between worlds at its thinnest, the time before and after Samhain presents an amazing opportunity to try this out!

Visit Salem, Massachusetts.  Contrary to popular belief, no witches every actually stood trial or were put to death in Salem.  The victims of the Salem Witch Trials were very likely Christians accused of witchcraft falsely by their community.  However, this hasn’t stopped the pagan/Wiccan/modern witchcraft culture from making the trip to Salem a kind of unofficial pilgrimage.  Salem embraces this designation, especially during the month of October, when the many occult shops and practitioners put on events. 

Discover your pagan roots.  Everyone alive today in the world carries the genes of pagan ancestors.  Whether you people hail from Ireland or Botswana, discover and learn about where you came from for deeper meaning in your practice.  (I recently got my DNA tested and found out I descend partly from India and partly from Romania—-both historical and current pagan cultures that interested me greatly from the beginning.)

Create a mini shrine.  Already committed to a pagan path?  Express yourself creatively by designing a mini shrine that suites your specific approach to the Craft.

Get to know your tarot deck.   Refuse to let your tarot deck intimidate you anymore!  Break away from your dependency on the little booklet that came with your deck and become fluent in the language of tarot.

Gather fresh flowers for every Sabbat.  Nothing brings the spirit of the season into your home like a fresh bouquet of local herbs and flowers.  Be creative!  An arrangement of pinecones or winter vegetables makes a lovely centerpiece during the less garden-y months.

Try a weekly nature walk.  If you spend more time in front of a screen than surrounded by green, take some time out for yourself and commune with nature.  The effect of fresh air and the time spent un-cluttering your busy mind refreshes even the most frazzled witch.

Read every book on this list.   Or feel free to compile your own! Amazon lets you create lists if you constantly come across books you mean to read but never get around to.  It helps to refer to one for those trips to the library or when your friends/family start asking what you want for yule.

Celebrate every full moon for one year.  We all skip Esbats occasionally, but committing to a full year of planning them out and following through cultivates self-discipline, lending to power to you magick.

Visit New OrleansFamed for its rich spiritual traditons (like hoodoo and voodoo) and swarming with ghost stories, a stay in New Orleans enriches any pagan’s bucket list!

Try fasting for spiritual insight.  Fasting gifted me one of my more interesting spiritual experiences this past year.

Learn to write your own spells.  I promise, I plan to write a post about this eventually.  Learning to write your own spells puts the power (and responsibility) of your magick in your hands—-exactly where it belongs.

Write down your dreams every night for a full moon cycle.   It’ll blow your mind.  You very likely experience reoccurring themes in your dreams that play out completely subconsciously.  Bringing them to the surface with a dream journal provides special insight into both your dreamning and waking life.

Do something special for the Blue MoonIt’s coming up on January 31st, 2018.

Take a belly dance class.  If you’re looking to discover your inner goddess this turn of the Wheel of the Year, a belly dance class makes the ideal introduction.  Explore your femininity, celebrate your mystique and draw out your unique allure.

Go to a lantern festival.   I haven’t yet done this, but it looks amazing!

Experiment with dark moon divination We tend to place a lot of emphasis on the full moon in witchcraft, but the dark moon calls to our sense of mystery and intuition.  Try a new form of divination this Wheel and commit to practicing every month during this sensitive period.

Commit to living closer to the earth.    All of us can do better.  And little changes make a big difference.  No need to go crazy, just pick one or two new habits to work on at a time.  Then notice the little ways Gaia thanks you for your contribution to protecting the natural world we love so much.

Learn to live with less.  If it’s been a while since you’ve de-cluttered, experiencing the spiritual rejuvenation of weeding out unnecessary clutter.  You’ll literally breath easier.  I promise.

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10 Ways to Use Lapis Lazuli in Witchcraft

Tranquil, soothing and beautiful, lapis lazuli’s timeless mystical appeal drew the admiration of ancient royalty.  Today, practitioners of crystal magick use it in a variety of ways.  Want to try it?  Here are a few simple, creative and inspiring ideas to incorporate this unique stone into your spell work and rituals.

In honor of Moody Moon’s new Bling Blessings jewelry line, this post begins a series on the in-depth properties of common gemstones and crystals.

If this subject interests you, be sure to check out my article, 10 Ways to Use Clear Quartz.

10 ways to use lapis lazuli in witchcraft

Hold a piece to sooth stress or anxiety.  People struggling with mild anxiety sometimes feel relief when holding a piece of lapis lazuli.

Place it near the hearth of the home to harmonize disrupted relationships.  Kids bickering?  Are you and your partner inexplicably annoying each other lately?  Try a piece of lapis lazuli near the heart of the home (living room, kitchen, wherever everyone spends the most time together in the house) to help quiet tempers and promote cooperation.

Use during dark moon divination to symbolize the night sky.  With its dark blue color and tiny, flashing golden flecks of pyrite, lapis lazuli resembles a star-filled, moonless horizon.  Keep a piece near during your dark moon divinations to draw in the energy of the darkest nights of the month.

Place a piece on an Egyptian altar.  If you honor the Egyptian Pantheon in your practice, place a piece of lapis lazuli on your altar to draw out your “inner queen.”  Egyptian pharaohs ground the gemstone into an deep-indigo powder for use as eye shadow or to dye clothing.  Its brilliant hue symbolized royalty and power.

Place it in mojo bags for inner peace.   Include lapis lazuli in inner peace mojo bags for its wonderfully calming properties.   Let it smooth out frayed nerves and quiet the rough tides of your spirit.

Bring it with you into deceptive situations.  If you suspect dishonesty afoot, carry a piece of lapis lazuli to encourage the truth to service.  But take caution!  Expect it to unmask your own deceptions, too!  Especially the ones you tell yourself.

Toss one in the cauldron for tranquility and reconciliation brews.   
Lapis Lazuli’s tendency to encourage people to empathize with their partners, family members and friends deeply allows them to see past their personal frustrations and misunderstandings, clearing obstacles that stand in the way of healthier interpersonal connections.

Carry it to sooth stage fright.  If speaking in public makes you nervous, carry a piece to calm your nerves and center your emotions before presentations and performances.

Wear it during meditation to open the third eye.  Lapis lazuli’s chakra correspondence rests on the Third Eye, a both literal and figurative place in the body between and slightly above your eyebrows.  The third eye “sees” the invisible and informs your intuitive senses.

Give it as a gift.  This gemstone blesses deep friendships.  Give it to a new or old friend in raw form or set into jewelry.

Sources:

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Quiz: What Kind of Witch Are You?

This quiz takes a unique approach to helping you find your particular path in the Craft.

No one fits perfectly into any one of the following profiles, and this list of profiles is not meant to be exhaustive. 

You may find you fall into more than one category—or even see parts of yourself in all of them.  Rather than trying to pigeonhole yourself into any one specific category, think of this quiz as a general guide to help you figure out which aspects of the Craft resonate with you the most.  At the end, I listed some suggestions for further exploration depending on your answers.

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There’s no need to click on your answers.  Simply read through the questions and get a gist for the number you get most often (mostly 1s, mostly 2s, ect).  Then scroll to the bottom to view your results.

The goal is not to typecast yourself, but to draw out and explore different aspects of the Craft in you.

(All the images in this post are my work. If you are interested in learning more about my photography, please checkout my photography website.  Also, be sure to check out my handmade witchcraft items.)

Okay, here we go!

Question 1:  Which collection of images most appeals to you?

1.  are you a sea witch crop

2.  are you a green witch crop

3.  are you a mind body witch crop

4.  are you an urban witch crop

5.  are you a shadow witch crop

6.are you a solar powered witch cropped

Question 2:  My favorite part of ritual is:

1.  Generating energy during the power raising.  Building powerful emotion is intensely spiritual for me.
2.  Burning the incense or ritual herbs.  I always blend my own!
3.  Grounding & centering.  I find it easy to move from one frame of mind to another smoothly.
4.  Spending time alone.  Sometimes, I feel overstimulated by my rushed life.
5.  Working outdoors at night or with the lights out.  There’s a sacred quiet in darkness for me.
6.  Lighting the candles.  I find natural light soothing and meditative.

Question 3:  My ideal vacation involves:

1.  A beach.
2.  Camping equipment.
3.  Finding a yoga class close to my hotel.
4.  Looking up the local occult shops before I go.
5.  A ghost tour.
6.  The desert.

Question 4:  As far as the kitchen goes

1.  I love making seafood or sushi.
2.  I especially like cooking things I grew myself.
3.  I enjoy kneading bread.
4.  I haven’t turned the oven on since I moved into this apartment.  I’m not even 100% sure it works—and I don’t care.
5.  I enjoy making rich desserts that some people call “sinful.”  Wink.
6.  I love to barbecue outside.

Question 5:  On my altar, you are most likely to find:

1.  A jar of ocean water.
2.  Seasonal herbs from my garden.
3.  Meditation balls.
4.  A very few select items.  I have a small space, so my altar is tiny, but meaningful.
5. An offering to Hekate.
6.  Fresh cut flowers.

Question 6:  Of the following Sabbats, the best one for me is

1.  Mabon.  The summer crowds are gone, but the beach is still warm!
2.  Ostara.  The anticipation of gardening season jolts me out of my winter blues.
3.  Imbolc.  The candles burning everywhere make me feel serene and peaceful.
4.  Yule.  All the lights and parties lift my spirit.
5.  Samhain.  If you knew me, this would be obvious.
8.  Litha.  The sun in its full glory revitalizes me.

Question 7:  My clothing style is best described as

1.  Light I like easy, flowing clothing that’s both pretty and comfortable.
2.  Natural.  I favor wholesome clothes like hemp & 100% cotton.
3.  Stretchy.  I have, like, ten pairs of yoga pants.
4.  Edgy.  I don’t mind pushing the boundaries with clothes that make a statement.
5.  Dark.  If I’m looking for a specific shirt, I can never find it because almost everything is black.
6.  Bright.  I like reflective accessories and shimmering fabrics.

Question 8:  My favorite moon phase is:

1.  Full Moon.  I love the effect it has on the tides.
2.  New Moon.  I like to nurture things from the beginning.
3.  First Quarter/Last Quarter.  I like the balance & symmetry of equal halves of dark and light.
4.  Full Moon.  The full moon infuses the nightlife with so much energy!
5.  Dark Moon.  I enjoy the deeper night sky.
6.  Actually, I usually do my ritual during the day and use the sun’s energy as my guide.

Question 9:  If I had to pick a divination system to try, it would definitely be:

1.  Cloud scrying.  I have difficultly enjoying rainy days, and this is a nice way to spend them.
2.  Reading tea leaves.  I feel a deep connection to herbs and the messages they contain.
3.  The I Ching.  I appreciate the orderly nature of numbers in fortune telling.
4.  Scying mirrors.  I love the peering into “the abyss” to see what secrets and mysteries there are waiting to be discovered.
5.  Bone Reading.  I see intrinsic beauty in studying natural artifacts with a past.
8.  Runes.  I love the historical ties of this system to ancient sun worship.

Question 10:  My friendships are:

1.  Intensely emotional, but sometimes unstable.
2. 
Grounded and down-to-earth, but sometimes boring.
3.  Intelligent, but sometimes cold.
4.  Exciting, but sometimes lack depth.
5.  Private, but sometimes lonely.
6.  Open and honest, but sometimes leave me feeling exposed.

The Sea Witch (Mostly 1’s)

are you a sea witch

You feel a magnetic pull to the ocean and the Element of Water.

Though staying afloat in the rough waters of your life sometimes means riding strong currents, your spiritual world brims with intense, profoundly insightful revelations that you often keep to yourself.

Try keeping a paper Book of Shadows to record the “changing tides” of your inner world.

Consider visiting the ocean during the off season for a more private beach experience and better opportunity to conduct rituals away from prying eyes.

Maintain a sea witch altar to harness the power of the ocean and bring it indoors.

Play sounds of the ocean during your meditations or rituals to get your “beach fix,” especially if you live far away from the nearest shore.

For ideas and visual inspiration, check out this Pinterest board curated especially for the sea witch.

Hedge Witches make lovely companions for the Sea Witch as they tend to usher in a sense of grounded-ness and stability.

Hedge Witch/Green Witch (Mostly 2’s)

are you a green witch

Everyone knows you were born with a “green thumb.”  You feel a special connection to the Element of Earth and take particular satisfaction in making things grow—-in the garden, and in life.

You feel silly admitting it, but your efforts in the garden are so heartfelt, you sometimes experience a twinging sense of loss if a treasured  plant doesn’t make it through the growing seasons.  You may even design an elaborate garden blessing ritual to welcome good vibes into your planting beds.

Your realistic approach to magick makes you solidly grounded in reality, and your like-minded friends respect you for it.

The winter months are the hardest for you, especially if the weather forces you to skip your otherwise regular nature walks.

To nourish your earthy vibes during the colder months, try working with your stock of dried herbs to make herbal cold remedies or combine your knowledge of witchcraft with your knowledge of plants to create magically-infused homemade bath and body products.

If travel interests you, and you’re looking for a destination, check out The Green Witch’s Guide to Costa Rica.

Also, this Pinterest board was curated especially with you in mind.

The Solar Powered Witch makes a great match for you in friendship.

The Mind/Body Witch (Mostly 3s)

are you a mind body witch

With a well-worn yoga mat and a bookshelf groaning under the weight your vast personal library, you intuitively sense the inseparable link of mind and body.

Your friends describe you as a “thinker,” and you often engage them in thoughtful conversations about spirituality.  You have a special ability to debate ideas without offending or alienating people who disagree with you.

Whether perfecting your downward dog or learning strong breath control, mastering the physical plane as it relates to realm of the mind makes up a big part of your journey.

You may have tried fasting for spiritual reasons or made natural childbirth a goal during pregnancy.

Expand on your special gift for uniting (or, more accurately reuniting) the mind, body & soul.  Try a dance form that encourages spiritual expression (see Belly Dance for Pagans) or join a meditation group and use your strong cerebral awareness to connect with others.

Consider using your special gift to align body and mind by getting licensed as a midwife or try exploring hypnotherapy.

For other ideas and visual inspiration, check out this Pinterest board.

The Urban Witch (Mostly 4s)

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Whether or not you call a major metropolitan home, bustling cities get your blood pumping—which, for you, works its own kind of magick.

In your coven or community, you are the most likely to have stepped “out of the broom closet” to publicly acknowledge you practice the metaphysical arts.

And why not?  After all, you tend to surround yourself with people who are quirky and open-minded.  Your own esoteric interests sometimes even seem vanilla by comparison.

The challenges of practicing a nature-centered religion in a major city sometimes frustrate you, but you work around them with simple adaptations, like creating a window garden to cultivate herbs or taking advantage of the abundant temples and diversity around you.

For inspiration on apartment-dwelling witchery, check out this Pinterest board.

The Shadow Witch (Mostly 5’s)

are you a shadow witch

While others misinterpret your tendency to retreat to the shadows in contemplation as moody, those who know you best appreciate your intrinsic sense of mystery.

You understand that darkness has a place in spiritual life.  Rather than fearing it, you embrace it and recognize that without it, light has no contrast.

Your natural curiosity and fearlessness draw you to exploring spiritual matters that other, less bold witches shy away from.  While you respect the risks of experimentation, ghost hunting, the Ouiji board and other related subjects appeal to your adventurous tendencies.

Consider exploring spiritualism to nurture your curiosity about the afterlife with people who understand this instinct.

Like to travel?  Check out The Modern Witch’s Guide to the Magic of New Orleans.  At once edgy and traditional, this alluring  mystique of this enchanted city will appeal to your daring nature.

For visual inspiration, take a peek at this Pinterest board for witches with a dark side.

With their accepting nature and extreme open-mindedness, the Urban Witch makes an excellent match in friendship for the Shadow Witch.

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Your luminous optimism brightens any room you walk into.  The  light that shines out of you draws others in and encourages them to gather around you like a bonfire.

You often find yourself in leadership roles because you appear transparent to those around you and that inspires trust.   Your gift for bringing people together is best used to organize them for a good cause.

This powerful combination of ambition and the ability meet the minds of even deeply divided people uniquely qualifies you for public service in your spiritual community—–but only if you can stay humble and keep your ego in check.

Magickally, you’ve never quite been satisfied with the heavy emphasis of modern witchcraft, the moon and the seemingly lopsided role of solar energy in ritual.  Try exploring sun magick.  You may find it more satisfying.

Particularly, your “sunny” optimism makes you well-suited to the art of joy spells and spells to banish depression.

For ritual ideas and visual inspiration, check out this Pinterest board.

You often feel tempted to rely only on your own judgement, but your powers are fullest when you keep the wise counsel of others.  The Mind/Body Witch makes a wonderful companion for you in business and charity work.

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Moody Moons Interviews Fiona Horne

Author, musician, television personality and actress, Fiona Horne is one of the most publicly recognized practitioners of witchcraft.  In this revealing interview with Moody Moons, she opens up about feminism, being “out of the broom closet” and her new book.

Oh, yeah, and she’s a pilot now.

Fiona Horne Interview

1. Let’s get right to it. What’s brewing in your cauldron lately? I hear there’s a book on the horizon.

Yes there is! After a long break from writing and working in the entertainment industry to concentrate on a new career in aviation, I was approached by a publisher to write my autobiography. I now live in the moment of being grateful and say yes, being willing to trust and take the next indicated action, so even though I hadn’t planned to write another book, I accepted the opportunity and its been quite the magickal journey to relive many past moments and commit them to paper… the book is called ‘The Naked Witch’ (as in ‘baring my soul!) and its released by Rockpool Publishing in print in Australia July 2017 and e-book internationally at the same time. The international print version will be released in 2018.

Also my original internationally released, Witch: A Magickal Journey is being re-released as a 20th Anniversary edition by Harper Collins UK in print and e book – it comes out this year. It’s fun that both these unexpected publishing events are happening simultaneously.

2. How has your perspective on witchcraft changed since your last book? In what new ways has your path evolved?

The last book I wrote was a work of young adult fiction – published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in 2012 its called ‘Witch: A Summerland Mystery.’ It was fun to write – my first work of fiction – you can find it at my website www.fionahorne.com.

Stepping out of the public eye and taking my Craft back for me as I focused on working as a commercial pilot these last six years, allowed me to really reconnect with the Pagan wonder of my original steps on the Path. Quiet times alone in nature – on the land and under the sea especially, gave me the opportunity to refine my Craft and identify some very simple principles that form the foundation of what I practice now. In a way it could be called ‘naked Witchcraft’ in that its pure, minimalist and requires very little props – its a state of living and being that is magickally mindful. My autobiography talks about it in the last chapter.

3. Given the number of television and radio appearances you’ve done, I think it’s fair to say that you are perhaps one of the most public and well-known practitioners of modern witchcraft in the English-speaking world. How has being so completely “out of the broom closet” effected other areas of your life? What would you say to people who are afraid to be public about their involvement of witchcraft?

When I came out of the broom closet 20 years ago the world was a different place… now who doesn’t know a proud self-proclaimed Witch? Working in the conservative environment of business aviation as a pilot now, I was concerned a little what would happen when my bosses Googled me (as everyone does). My director and I are linked on social media and when the cover of my book was promoted we were sitting in the cockpit and he said, ‘I saw your book… umm, I don’t know what I can say that wont get me into trouble!’ I laughed and said, ‘say what you like-I promise you its already been said! I just decided a plane is more comfortable than a broomstick that’s all!’ He laughed and its never been mentioned again. A little positive humor can go a long way.

4. Can you tell us a little about some of your earliest experiences in witchcraft? What drew you to this path?

I grew up in the Australian bush and as a little girl I was always disappearing into the bush, I spent every moment I could there. I found my experiences in the natural world magickal and profound – they defined the foundation of who I am – the bush was where I felt the most at home. I talk about this in my autobiography. As a teenager I looked for alternatives to Catholic faith I was being brought up in. I was drawn to the ritual of the church – but not the theology and ideology. I related much more to the explosion of new age consciousness and Goddess oriented spirituality that happened in the 80’s… and that is how I started to forge my path consciously as a Witch… but I think I was born one. I just had to learn that fact through a series of events. I talk about this in my new book too.

5. Many people remember you for your early book, Witch: A Magical Journey, which was quite popular with pagan set at the time of its publication. Particularly, you succeeded at reaching younger, more cosmopolitan readers. You’ve sometimes been credited with “making witchcraft cool.” What do you think about that?

I’m grateful to have a positive impact in people’s lives … as I mentioned earlier it’s lovely that, after being out of print for a few years, it is being released as a 20th Anniversary edition! Being young in physical years is an interesting time… I am considered an Elder in the Craft now and yet I personally don’t define my life by being young or old in years…. having said that, I wouldn’t go back to being in my teens and twenties for anything! It’s a challenging time as you put so much pressure on yourself to forge an identity. If my first book helped young people to feel confident and safe spiritually, to express themselves without fear, then that’s a wonderful thing!

6. Originally from Australia and as someone who has experienced witchcraft in both hemispheres, what are some unique differences between American and Australian approaches to the practice?

Mainly when we celebrate the Sabbats! Haha! It used to be such a big issue, but these days everyone seems to get it pretty easily. I remember in the early days doing public appearances and spending so much time explaining why Yule was in December in the North and June in the South… but really its so easy. Just look at what nature is doing and you have your answers. However, I live in the Caribbean, pretty much on top of the equator now and we really only have two seasons – winter and summer! So I have come up with different ways to celebrate the turning of the wheel, ie: the passage of planets and stars through the sky and the events on the land and in the sea… I call it Island Witchcraft… maybe there will be a book about that one day…!!

7. How do you feel about the word “feminist”? Does it have a place in Wicca? Would you describe yourself that way?

Yes absolutely, I’m a feminist. And yes it does have a place in Witchcraft. I am not as interested in making a public statement about my opinions as a feminist anymore. I just live it. Working in aviation as female pilot, I am an extreme minority – and the old sexist ways are often flung in my face. Being a feminist means choosing my battles with wisdom and strength – and most often that means just getting on with the job. The plane doesn’t know whether a man or a woman is flying it.

8. Do you still keep a snake? Have you taken on any other familiars?

No snake- though I love them still! I now have a beautiful island dog as my heart and soul partner. She found me on a beach… though it may have appeared I rescued her. But truly, she rescued me. Her name is Fifi – I love her so much. I write about her in my new book too. I also find a profound magickal connection with sea animals at this point in my life. I have been freediving for just over a year now. I have SCUBA dived for the last 20 years, but as a freediver, without all the equipment and bubbles, I find I can get very close to fish and underwater creatures and have a connection with them that is very magickal. The peace and inner stillness encountered deep under the ocean on a single breath allows for an altered state of consciousness that facilitates a profound connection to the source of our lives… we all came out of the sea. I have a lot of fish familiars now.

9. In addition to being a witch, you are also a pilot! This is so cool! I see you’ve used your skills in the air to help with humanitarian efforts. I find this interesting, because pagans are often criticized for not contributing to charity on the scale that other spiritual communities do. How has your spiritual practice influenced your decision to devote time to these causes? What would you say to the witchcraft community about organizing to help others in need?

This is something I talk at length about in my book – how to identify opportunities to be of service and get involved. The main reason I became a professional pilot was to get involved in humanitarian aid efforts – and then I realized I would like to be a pilot as an everyday job too. I haven’t heard of pagans being criticized… but I tend to focus now on what is supportive and positive in the world around me rather than getting caught up in negative opinions. I can be more useful and effective in the world if I focus on being of service and magnifying what is good and working in human life rather than what isn’t. So the first step is to allow yourself to choose to be helpful and trust that you will be guided towards opportunities. I went to Africa to do a bush pilot flying course, thinking that I would offer my flying services to missions in Africa. But it turned out there was an opportunity to help much closer to my Caribbean home … Haiti. I organized and flew two missions there this year in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

10. Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

Just that I’m happy and grateful that you wanted to chat and hear about what I’ve been up to Tiffany! And I would like to invite your readers to check out my website – it’s linked to everything that I’m involved in now if people would like to find out more!

www.fionahorne.com
Blessed Be!

25 Books to Nourish Your Inner Witch

From lucid dreaming to tarot reading to real-life ghost stories, this list suggests a little something for everyone.

Getting ready for your first summer getaway?  Make sure you pack something to enhance your magical practice!

I included the link to Amazon for each book for your convenience, however, I strongly recommend you check your library first, particularly if you live near a major metropolitan (but even if you don’t).   My local library consistently surprises me with what they offer in terms of occult volumes and books about witchcraft.

In no particular order:

25 Books to Nourish Your Inner Witch

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold.  If you’ve never experimented with the soul-rocking experience of lucid dreaming, this book belongs on your night stand.  Start it at the beginning of the next lunar cycle for a bite-sized breakdown of how to dream lucidly—and yes, you can learn it.

The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyer.  One of the few books to include both the metaphysical (“magical”) properties of herbs, and the medicinal, this definitive guide finds an indispensable place on the herbalist witch’s bookshelf.

The Moon:  Myth & Image by Jules Cashford delves deeply into the rich historical symbolism of the moon and its cycles.

The Haunted: One Family’s Nightmare by Ed Warren.  A chilling, well-documented book about a family that claimed to live in a haunted house in Pennsylvania, this nonfiction account makes a page-turning read for anyone with an interest in the paranormal.

A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics & Pagans.  I’m always interested in books about witchcraft written by non-practitioners.  This one focuses mostly on the roots of European witchcraft, which puts important context to the art of the modern practitioner.

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Garden Witch’s Herbal:  Green Magick, Herbalism & Spirituality by Ellen Dugan.  This lovely introduction to green witchery presents earth magic in friendly and approachable format.

Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carol.    This classic-yet-still-edgy fairy tale takes the reader to an alternate reality of enchanted rabbit holes and articulate, hookah-smoking caterpillars.  Alice in Wonderland inspires even the most practical witch to imagine the unseen worlds around her.

Kitchen Witch:  A Year-Round Witch’s Brew of Seasonal Recipes, Lotions & Potions for Every Pagan Festival by Soraya.  If you tinker with the idea of bringing your magical practice in the kitchen, this book aims to crack open your creativity and get you started.

Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering & Design by Margaret Shepard.  With today’s generation all but driving even basic cursive to extinction, the art of calligraphy remains on the endangered species list of education.  But it’s a wonderful skill for anyone who keeps a paper version of their Book of Shadows.

Sea Magic:  Connecting with the Ocean’s Energy by Sandra Kynes.  If you plan to head to the coast this summer, let this book inspire you to work with the energy of the ocean.  As an avid sea witch, I enjoyed the author’s imagination and enthusiasm for the growing art of sea magic.

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Foret.  This recent-release and instant hit in the herbalism community maintains a 5-star rating with almost 1000 Amazon reviews—no easy feat in any genre.  Check out this excellent introductory guide to the most natural medicine in the world.

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli.  In a way, this book inspired Moody Moon’s blog.  Campanelli’s intuitive approach to the turning of the seasons sparks creative ideas and infuses everyday projects with a warm, magical glow.

Beeswax Alchemy:  How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams & Salves by Petra Ahnert.  Nothing beats making your own ritual candles from scratch.  Even if you already developed and honed candle making skills, this book still makes a lovely addition to the candle maker’s library.

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Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads (Special Topics in Tarot Series) by Teresa Michelson.  Or any book in the Special Topics in Tarot Series, which I discovered years ago and still refer to as a professional tarot reader now.

Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self If you consider yourself a “natural witch” and love to make your own body care products, this book offers the best recipes for homemade body care.  You won’t find subtle, intricate techniques like this on Pinterest.

Your Book of Shadows: How to Write Your Own Magickal Spells by Patricia Telesco.  For the newbie witch.  To the frank annoyance of more seasoned practitioners, many new to witchcraft eagerly go about requesting spells for very specific purposes that generic spells fail to cover adequately.  This book makes an easy answer to those requests:  Why not write your own?

Utterly Wicked: Hexes, Curses & Other Unsavory Notions by Dorothy Morrison.  Morrison bravely covers the topic of hexes and curses, a subject that pagan writers before her refused to “touch with a ten foot pole” (as she explained in her recent interview with me.)  Morrison uses techniques from hoodoo and voodoo traditions, as well as other eclectic ideas, to fill this long-standing gap in pagan nonfiction.

Warrior Goddess Training: Becoming the Woman You Are Meant to Be by Heatherash Amara.  While not specifically written for neopagans (I suspect the author intended to reach a broader, more mainstream audience), this book clearly draws on modern goddess spirituality to inspire confidence and strength in your life.

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Pagan Holiday:  On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists by Tony Perrotet.  If you plan to head to Europe this summer, toss this one in your suitcase.  In this unique travel book, Perrotet & his girlfriend follow the path of ancient Roman-pagan tourists to historical sites that continue to draw crowds today.   I love the premise so much, I wish I thought of it myself!

Talking to the Other Side: A History of Modern Spiritualism by Todd Leonard.  Did you know Abraham Lincoln’s wife regularly invited spiritualists to the White House to communicate with the dead?  If you ever wondered how the Ouiji board rose to fame and found a place in the mainstream American household, this fascinating history of spiritualism covers the topic thoroughly.

Wicca Essential Oils Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Working with Magical Oils, with Simple Recipes & Spells by Aleena Alastar.  This freshly-printed potion-making guide introduces the concept of using essential oils for magical purposes.

The Interfaith Alternative: Embracing Spiritual Diversity by Steven Greenebaum.    This much-needed endorsement of religious tolerance reads especially relevant in the current climate.  Although written primarily for people of major world religious faith, the lesson is a universal one.  Particularly recommended for those on an “eclectic” spiritual path.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods & Heroes by Edith Hamilton.  This classic read introduces the basics of the major European pantheons.

Witchy Mama: Magickal Traditions, Motherly Insight and Sacred Knowledge by Melanie Marquis.  As a recently blessed mother of one “witchlet-in-training,” I discovered surprisingly few books on the subject of raising a child in the Craft.  This lovely volume makes a wonderful gift for the expecting pagan mom.

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card by Mary K. Greer.  This clever approach to tarot reading offers something for the beginning and advanced reader alike.

 

 

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10 Magical Ways to Use Your Chalice

There it is, on your shelf, where you’ve been neglecting it for many moon cycles.  It’s time to dust off this classic altar piece and bring it back into your ritual rotation.

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If you’re lacking inspiration, try using your chalice . . .

To pour libation.  Pour any liquid libations, like wine or juice, from a chalice for an elegant touch.

To collect rainwater for blessing.  Leave your chalice in the rain for pure, natural water to use in making moon water or herbal infusions.

In binding rituals.  If you have a small coven, and it doesn’t weird you out to drink from the same cup, Chalices are a lovely way to seal the bonds of sisterhood.  Choose a blended wine, pass the chalice around the circle, and have each member pledge their friendship to the people next to her.

In handfasting ceremonies.  Similarly, add a “unity chalice” in place of the unity candle at a handfasting ceremony.  The couple each pours some wine into the same chalice, and then they each drink from it.  We used this idea at our vineyard wedding for a rustic touch and it worked out beautifully.

For scrying.  Fill your chalice with water, then add dragon’s blood ink or another dark ink to the water.  Take it outside under the full moon and use it exactly as you would use a scrying mirror.

In place of a cauldron.  If your chalice has a heat-safe finish, place a charcoal disk inside and burn your ritual herbs in it.  The visual of smoke rising from the chalice adds a mystical quality that I just love!

To dress up cakes and ale.  Don’t use plastic or disposable cups for cakes and ale!  Chalices make everything feel so much more witchy.  Serve your cakes on a formal serving plate and add chalices for a classy ritual that would please Martha Stewart herself.

To float candles.  If you are working with the energies of fire and water, floating candles inside a chalice makes an effective way to blend these elements.

To cleanse gemstones.  Leave your gemstones or crystals in your chalice with water and place in the moonlight overnight to cleanse and charge them.  Just be sure you know your stones!  Some dissolve in water!

To blend potions.   Blend small batches of oils, infusions or brews for immediate use in your chalice.

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[Guest Post By My Wild Way] Old Wives Tales: A Little Bit of Magic

Hollie from My Wild Way agreed to share with us a little magic in the form of folklore  She lives in the south of England and first began learning about magic from her aunt when she was young. She has always felt drawn to the wild way of life and now shares her pagan journey on her blog.

Old wives tales have been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  They are very common in Britain and are part of our heritage. I wanted to share with you some of the tales I have grown up with, and still guide my life today.

There are some that seem to be just a way to scare children into behaving appropriately, such as “If the wind changes while you are pulling a face, it will stay that way”.  To me, this just sounds like someone trying to stop you making rude faces.

The sayings I want to share with you the ones that seem to have a little bit of magic behind them. Those that when you hear them, you know they are rooted in history and folklore. They bring a sense of wonder to the everyday and are a gift from the wild people who came before us.

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If the cows are lying down it is going to rain– one of my favourites! If you live in a rural area I hope you would have heard of this one. It is quite self-explanatory, if the cows are lying down then we are to expect rain. Now, I know what you’re thinking, I live in England so it does rain a lot. But I have to include it as I was brought up hearing it, I can’t vouch for its legitimacy but if I see a group of cows lying down then I do always expect the sky too soon pour.

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This next one takes on the form of a rhyme, I am aware that there are several different variations of this but here follows the one I grew up with;

“Red sky at night, Shepherds delight,
“Red sky in the morning, Sailors warning”

This means that if the sky is a beautiful red hue in the evening then we are to expect a lovely weather the following day. If it’s a red in the morning, then we are to expect bad weather throughout the day (a warning to sailors that there will be a storm). I still live by this one and to my knowledge, it has always been correct!

If you purchase a purse/wallet as a gift for someone, you must always place in it a piece of silver. Now that our money is no longer made of silver, we use the equivalent of a 10p or 20p piece. This is to bring good fortune to the receiver while they use their gift and to this day, I have never been given a purse which doesn’t have a silver coin inside.

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When I was younger, I learned this one; my parents took my brother and I to view a house they were interested in buying. The house was lovely, but there were spiders and cobwebs everywhere. My dad is scared of spiders and needless to say they did not end up buying it but I did learn this little gem from the owner. The lady went on to explain that it is unlucky to remove spiders and their cobwebs from your home during the month of September and October. I had never heard of that one before or since visiting the house, but I love that this knowledge has been passed down throughout the generations in her family and that she still lives by it. Therefore spiders are safe in my home during September and October.

If your ears are burning then someone is talking about you. I would place money on this that if you were to walk into a room of people (in England) and state that your ears are hot and red, someone would tell you that you are being talked about. This is just taken as fact in my neck of the woods.

I hope you have enjoyed the few that I have shared. I find them so interesting because they are Folklore, they have absolutely nothing to do with science and are based on reading the signs that nature gives you. As the name suggests they are the sayings of the women of the village, the ones who were most likely witches.

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