Natural Living for Pagans: 10 Ways to Live Closer to the Earth

Oh, pagans.  I love my people.  I really do.  Adorned in flowery skirts, tattooed with woad or dripping with crystals, my sisters and brothers in the Craft really do live life according to their own rules.  But there’s one thing we all agree on:

Nature is cool, man.

If nothing else, we like us some trees.  We sleep in the trees.  We put parts of trees in our tea.  We even have workshops . . . about trees.

How many of us have gone to a class at one of the local occult boutique, or been to a workshop at one of the festivals that brighten summer, to listen to a self-appointed magickal guru wax poetically about the virtues of “living in harmony with nature” and “connecting with the earth daily.”

Everyone nods, smiles, and we all vow to do just that.

And then you look down.  And in your hand, you find yourself holding a very unnaturally orange bag of Cheetos, which you plan to wash down with your tasty Mountain Dew and then drive home in a camper that’s about as fuel efficient as an oil rig.

I’ve done it.  I continue to do it.  Daily, even,  I note what might politely be called “ironies” and less politely call “hypocrisies,” or at the very least, inconsistent practice of my own belief system.

Some of it can’t be avoided.  We can’t all pitch organic canvas tents on a mountain top in the middle of the Blue Ridge and “live off the land” our whole lives.

But even suburban or urban life offers many opportunities to live closer to the earth, eliminate wasteful habits and bring about a healthier, more globally conscious lifestyle.

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Start composting.  Even if you don’t garden or you live in the city.  This simple act of reverence for the earth and its resources makes a lovely daily devotional.  It may seem insignificant at first, but over weeks and months, you begin to see how much waste you produce, and how much of it may be returned to the earth instead of a landfill.  Try dedicating your compost pile to a spell or personal cause and think of your deposits as offerings.

Try cloth menstrual care.   Everyone knows someone who does the cloth pads.  She’s always one of those wild sisters who swears it’s this whole primal experience.  I don’t know about all that, but cloth tampons and pads produce less waste, force you to unapologetically confront your hang-ups about the realities of womanhood and are way cheaper in the long run.  Plus they come in lots of cute colors and styles.  If you cloth diapered your little ones, this will be a piece of cake.

Donate.  Simplify your living space by donating all that stuff you think you need but don’t.  Let go of any unnecessary objects, especially electronics and devices that encourage mindless time-wasting and keep you indoors.  If you want to ritualize the experience, try donating an appropriate object as an offering to the universe.  For example, give your largest pair of jeans to Goodwill to boost a weight-loss spell.

Gather your own firewood.  I don’t know if you noticed, but that stuff is expensive even at Walmart.  And buying firewood cheats you of the experience of collecting it yourself.  If you have a hearth in your home or even just a backyard fire pit, take a walk in the woods and collect it yourself before your next Sabbat or Esbat get-together.  Better yet, invite some help.  This activity makes a romantic walk in the woods or a fun, screen-free after-dinner walk with the kids depending on your mood.

Get to know your local wildlife.  Your unique geographic location offers a wealth of resources for any herbalist.  The freshest, and often most potent plants for the herbalist or metaphysical practitioner are not in a fancy organic supplier’s catalog or the health food store—it’s in your backyard.  Or growing between the cracks in the sidewalk, or vining its way up the side of the abandoned building near the railroad tracks.  Photograph random plants with your phone, and identify them for their medicinal or metaphysical properties.  Even knowing 10 local herbs and where to find them is a very valuable skill.

Switch to cloth shopping bags.  You very likely already have some stuffed in a drawer or under your sink.  You just never use them.  Use them.  And don’t worry that you won’t have plastic bags to line your waste baskets.  Even if you use cloth all the time, you will inevitably still manage to accumulate plastic bags everywhere.  That’s a monster you can’t kill.  Just aim to tame it.

Stop using harsh chemical cleaners.  Not only are they totally unnecessary, they often make things worse, inviting antibiotic resistant bacteria into your life and exposing your pets and family to harsh commercial compounds.  Make it magical by using appropriate protection herbs, cleansing essential oils and natural air fresheners to “enchant” your house with homemade cleaning “potions.”

Make natural eating a slow, but steady course.  If you’re like me (or any one of the millions of Americans on crazy diets), you very likely have, at least once in your life (usually in January), cleared all the junk food out of your house and gone on some kind of militant health craze that you know is doomed to fail even as you are doing it.  Slow, steady progress to natural eating is much more sustainable.  Set small goals, like going to the farmer’s market once a week or planning at least a couple of “whole food” meals per week.  Or just try cutting out soda and replace it with sparkling water and lemon.  Once you’ve stayed consistent for a few months, try eliminating or adding something else to your rotation.  After a while, natural eating becomes instinctive.

Consider a more fuel-efficient car and/or drive way less.  Do you drive even very short distances just because that’s your habit?  Don’t miss the chance to be outdoors and out of the rat race.  Can you bike to the grocery store?  Find a Zumba class or a coffee house within walking distance?  Even if you can find one chore or regular activity to walk or bike to every week, your health and mental well-being stand to benefit by leaps and bounds.  And the next time you make a car purchase, chose fuel efficiency as a top priority—even if it means driving a yellow car with an unfortunate legacy of decals from the previous owner.

Speaking of which, buy used.  Take advantage of sites like Craigslist, Freecycle and Facebook trading groups to enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of second-hand stuff.  Many times, you can get what you need for free or next-to-nothing.  While some things (like bathing suits and underwear—-ick) are worth getting new, many things (like sturdy cookware, wood furniture and toys) cost so much less second hand.  Buying used also tends to keep usable things out of landfills, puts money back into the local economy and reduces production of greenhouse gases.

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Moody Moons Now Offering Wholesale

So excited to announce that the following handmade items will be available for wholesale!

Click on the photo to be taken to a full product description.  Prices in the listing are for individual sale.

Please message me for wholesale discounts on quantities of 10 or more at:

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First up, Moody Moon’s brand new Rose & Cinnamon Cedar Smudge.

This cedar smudge wand was wildcrafted and hand-rolled with natural twine, rose buds, local Virginia Juniper and cinnamon sticks.

Virginia Juniper is traditionally used in native US tribes and is growing in popularity with the pagan, wiccan and witchcraft communities.

Juniper is more than sustainable—-it’s actually an invasive species in Northern Virginia, so harvesting it in the wild helps tame the tide.

This gorgeous smudge wand was handmade with love using rose, organic essential oils and wildcrafted juniper berries and evergreens.

Best of all, it smells amazing!

Smudge is approximately 8″ and rolled fat!

Ritual Black Salts

Made with authentic, 100% natural ingredients, black salt is sacred in the hoodoo and voodoo traditional.

This hand-ground black salt contains the fire ash of cedar and oak trees on the historic, notoriously haunted Manassas Battlefields.

Sustainably gathered under the dark moon and combined with natural sea salts.

Coarsely ground carbon chunks throughout. Beautiful stuff.

PLEASE DO NOT EAT BLACK SALT–This item is not for culinary use.

Jar is approximately 3″ x 1″ diameter.

Hekate Incense

Hand-blended incense crafted with natural spices, resins and 100% organic essential oils chosen for their sacredness to Hecate.

Warm and spicy, this gorgeous blend will fill your sacred space with the alluring scent of ancient divinity.

Often symbolized by her association with witchcraft, herbal mastery, ghostly spirits, and the threshold between worlds, Hekate (or “Hecate”) is a goddess of magic and otherworldly matters.

Hekate has been noted for her many cultural parallels, including the Egyptian goddess, Isis.

For many, she embodies the Triple Goddess aspect of Wicca.

Jar approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″

Mabon Incense

Both fragrant and beautiful, this spicy, exotic-smelling Mabon incense calls to mind the essence of the early autumn.

Burn during ritual or simply to fill your house with the scent of the fall festival season.

Jar is approximately 2″ x 2″

 

Harvest Smudge

This artisan quality, handmade smudge stick is rolled with herbs, resins, oils and barks sacred to the harvest festivals Lammas, Mabon & Samhain.

As the copper colors of the late summer and early Fall sun begin to cool, it is time to turn our attention to the splendors of the harvest season.

Include this gorgeous, detailed smudge stick in your harvest rituals this year to add a touch of elegance.

Lovely for use in autumn handfastings or baby showers as well. Smells amazing!

Bound with 100% natural twine.

This giant 13″ smudge stick is perfect for group rituals, outdoor rituals and even handfasting ceremonies.

Anointed with 100% organic essential oils chosen for their ritual potency.

Made of Eastern Red Cedar (sometimes called “Virginia Juniper”), this herb is still used in authentic Native American ceremonies today in tribes all over the north east.

The wood from Eastern Red Cedar was also used by native tribes to mark hunting territories and is the origin of the name Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Store this in your closet—as an added bonus, it repels moths!


This huge, artisan quality, handmade floral smudge stick weaves local wildflowers with Eastern Red Cedar and 100% pure, organic essential oils.

A stunning addition to any handfasting ceremony, wiccan baby shower, Sabbat or spring/summer ritual.

About 12”.

Please note: Because this smudge is crafted locally, flowers vary according to season.

This item ships FREE.

More wholesale items will be offered soon!  As always, if you have a wholesale request, please message me or leave it in the comments.

Blessed Be!

 

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10 Witchy Ways to Harness the Power of the Solar Eclipse

Even if you resigned yourself to not looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse because you missed the boat on securing appropriate eye wear, you can still use this amazing astrological event to your ritual advantage.

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Charge your runes.  Runes have deep ties to solar energy.  If you have a set, leave them under the eclipse to absorb this amazing solar energy.

Call the energy of the lion.  For the eclipse tomorrow in the US (August 21st, 2017), the moon will be in Leo, supercharging this zodiac sign’s energy exponentially.  Any spells that the lion might enhance, such as spells for confidence or courage, are best conducted on this date.

Create a human sun dial.  If you will be celebrating the eclipse at a public ritual or with your coven, hold hands in a circle during the eclipse and chant to raise power during this epic astrological moment.

Gather the light.  Leave any crystal points you have to absorb the magic of the eclipse so that you can “store it” for future use.

Make sun cakes.  These are so perfect to pass around for cakes and ale or just as a solar eclipse “party favor.”  If you’ve never made sun cakes, here’s how.

Burn some sun magick incense.  While most blends available at occult shops cater to the moon’s energy, there are incense blends and potions made specifically for the sun’s energy.  This is the perfect time to explore sun magick!

Do a gold glitter blessing.  Any craft store has glitter available in gold tones.  Get some, pass it out right before the eclipse, and then let everyone scatter it like confetti.  It creates a super mystical vibe and is a great way to raise power.

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Place a piece of red jasper or garnet near your heart.  Wear a red jasper or garnet necklace during the eclipse to draw the considerable power and influence of the eclipse’s solar energy towards you.

Pass around a chalice of mimosa.  Orange juice and champagne both have strong solar associations, making them the ideal pour for sacred chalices.  Pass some around during the moment of totality.

Make a wish.  In a spiritual tradition that places so much emphasis on the power and beauty of lunar energy, the power of moon is no more evident than in that rare moment when it actually blocks out the light of a celestial body that is 400 times its size.  Stand in the majesty of her shadow and ask her to make things happen for you.

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10 Ways to Use Divination During the Dark Moon

As the moon wanes and the days begin to grow shorter, both the time of year and the lunar phase create ideal conditions for experimenting with the art of divination.

From traditional methods like the Tarot, to lesser known arts like smoke scrying, from techniques that make use of exotic ritual tools to the simple act of gazing into the clouds, I compiled a list of ways to pay closer attention to the messages of a deeper reality.

I tried to include divination systems that are readily available, as well as some more esoteric systems worth exploring.

Divination is an art form.  It takes patience, practice and concentration!  Just like anything else, the more you do it, the more you will be rewarded with new insights and clarity.

1.  Kaleidoscope scrying.  I love this idea!  Simply look into the kaleidoscope, rotate the dial, breath deeply and let yourself be mesmerized.

2. Cloud scrying.  I wrote extensively about cloud scrying here.   I love this method because with a very few exceptions (in certain climates, clouds are rare), cloud scrying is available to everyone.  Plus, laying on the lawn during a pleasant afternoon is just good for you!

3.  Smoke scrying.  Personally, I find this method extremely spiritual and healing.  Incense sticks are cheap and will do in a pinch, but there are lots of variations.  Smoke bombs in a cauldron have a theatrical quality and are great for group rituals.  For solitaries, burn herbs known for their tendency to heighten spiritual awareness, like belladonna and mugwort.

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4.  Reading tea leaves.  The first records of tea leaf reading in Europe date back to the 17th century, right around the time that the Dutch merchants brought tea back from China.  Since that time, tea leaf reading evolved into a spiritual discipline practiced around the world.  Try it!

5.  Bone Casting.  Another form of fortune telling with ancient roots, references to bone casting appear in biblical scripture, Roman mythology and Chinese prophecy.  This system might be as simple as using a collection of chicken thigh bones.

6.  Ink water scrying.  This method works just like a scrying mirror, except with water and a dark ink.  You can even use the ink from a fountain pen or a ball point.  Dye the water dark enough that it almost looks black, dim the lights (candles are best) and allow your eyes to lose focus.  Wait.

7.  Tarot cards.  If you struggle to find anything in scrying techniques or systems the require too much visualization, the Tarot gives you more to grab onto mentally than many other systems.  However, learning the “traditional” meanings of each card requires a lot of dedicated memorization.  While the tarot relies on very subjective imagery and creative interpretation is usually encouraged, most readers know a basic, near-universal tarot “language.”

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8. Runes make perfect additions to the crafty or artistic practitioner’s tool kit.  Easy and inexpensive to make, carve a set of runes into wood or paint them on tiny pebbles.  Much of Runic history is complex or lost, so many interpretations of the symbols of themselves exist.  Read about them, come up with your own interpretation and apply it consistently.

9.  Pyromancy.   If you’re a fire sign, working with fire as a “porthole” may really appeal to you.   Use a single candle flame or a full on bonfire.  Flash powder is especially fun for this.

10.  Palmistry.  While many systems tend to be introspective and involve very little interaction with others, palmistry is perhaps one of the most intimate, connective, sensual forms of divination.   


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Pagan Parenting: Natural Living for Toddlers

Raising a child in my tradition poses some unique challenges.

For that reason, I periodically like to update you all on our progress so that other pagan parents know they’re not alone!

I last talked in depth about this subject in my post Pagan Parenting:  The First Year if you’d like some background context.

Please note:  There are lots of wonderful ways to raise a child.  None of these ideas are meant to be definitive.  I submit the following suggestions humbly and with respect for our diversity as parents looking for ways to raise our children in a natural and spiritual environment.

I enjoy coming up with creative ways to introduce my toddler to a life centered around natural living, compassion and heightened sense of spiritual awareness.  I hope the ideas here inspire you to come up with your own unique pagan parental journey.  🙂

To start, I always try to take a step back and observe my child’s abilities.   What do we do on a daily basis?

How might I best modify our routine or activities to creatively guide him towards an enlightened, open-minded path?

How do I steer him away from all the flashing lights and plastic and television that surrounds him and encourage him seek out the intrinsic beauty of the world?

Those are some pretty big questions!

The first goal I made for this year started with eliminating plastic toys.

Instead, I aimed to surround him with more natural materials like cloth, wood & metal.

A lot of people think natural toys come attached to big price tags, but I found this completely untrue!

To begin with, for us, minimalism works when it comes to toys.  I discovered (quite to my surprise) that while plastic toys with flashing lights and noisy gizmos engage my child briefly and intensely, he lost interest in them quickly and they became useless objects discarded in the toy box.

This made them addictive, and I found myself purchasing new ones almost weekly to keep him occupied.

Now that gets expensive!

On the flip side, when I introduced him to simple, traditional toys, it took a while for him to become interested, but once they engaged him, he played with them for hours and returned to them over and over.  Which in the long run, works out to be much cheaper.

But even the upfront investment in natural, simple toys need not be prohibitive.

If you are open to purchasing used or antique toys, thrift stores offer a great opportunity to find affordable toys like wood cars, rocking horses and blocks.  Just be mindful about things like lead paint, and small parts that pose a choking risk.

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However, if this idea makes you too nervous, you still have lots of options!  I found wood and cloth toys very affordably at IKEA.  Or, if your budget gives you some freedom, Plan Toys makes excellent toys made of sustainable materials.

Anyway you get them, I found less is more when it comes to toys.  Rotating a few toys proved more effective for us, engaged my toddler longer and let his natural abilities shine through to me.

For example, he loves wheels, and will play with the gears on this cast iron toy bike, endlessly hypnotized by the way it moves.

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All of this inspired us to make a decision I never thought we’d make:  We opted to enroll our child in a Catholic Montessori preschool. 

I know a lot of pagans have difficult or complicated histories with Catholicism and Christianity in general and I don’t want to negate that.

Personally, my experience with Christianity has been largely positive, so sending my child to a Catholic school poses no conflict for me or my husband—although filling out sections in the application truthfully without raising any eyebrows proved amusing:

“What denomination are you?”

(Uh, Unitarian Universalist?  We’ll go with that.)

I know his school teaches religious education as part of the curriculum.

I’m personally very comfortable with that.

I really want to steep my child in a spiritual community——even if it’s not mine.

Neopagan religions generally don’t encourage proselytization.

My husband isn’t pagan, no one in my (biological) family is pagan and I’ve never suggested any of them should become pagan.

To me, that extends to my child.  Of course I’d love to raise a “second gen” and have a child who is as enthusiastic about my path as I am—but I expect him to carve his own way, and I see my role as one of guided exposure, not predetermination.

I will teach him about my traditions as we go, but ultimately, when he reaches adulthood, I am called most to expose him widely to many different faiths so that he might make his spiritual and religious choices with as much information as possible.

Although Catholicism piques my interest spiritually (in particular, the idea of prayer to Mary, the high ritualism of ceremony, and the sacredness of art in Catholicism fascinate me) the “Catholic” part of this preschool seemed almost beside the point.

What really intrigued me was the Montessori approach, which has no association with paganism, but it feels pagan to me—the emphasis on both individuality and community, a progressive approach to education and the respect for children as human beings with their own minds really appeals to me.

Oh, and in the school we chose, there’s no plastic toys!  🙂

So we’ve covered toys and school.  Now let’s eat.

Food and mealtimes gave me another great opportunity to encourage natural living in my toddler.  In this respect, the universe blessed us generously.

I know not all parents have the time to prepare homemade food for every meal.

I was very lucky to have the option to work part time and I chose to do just that, so I have room in my schedule to cook a lot.

Having said that, if feeding your child “real food” from scratch is something that’s important to you, don’t be discouraged!  It’s not impossible to do it with even time constraints.

Actually, although I enjoy cooking, I don’t really need to cook much at all.  Raw fruits and veggies make up most of my toddler’s diet.  I buy some prepackaged things, like plain Greek yogurt and whole wheat pasta, but for the most part, I stick with totally unprocessed foods.

I make large batches and freeze them in single serving portions.  Homemade bread, quiche to reheat for breakfast, sweet potato mash, and all the other 10,000,000,000 recipe ideas on Pinterest I’ve yet to try make great freezer meals without the preservatives.

I also banned plastic tableware.  I noticed something whilst traveling overseas to . . . almost any other country in the world—-Americans take for granted that everything a child touches must be made of plastic.

I noticed in other places, families sat even the smallest children at the table to use tiny versions of the adult tableware.  Very early on, the children learn to handle these items with care, whereas American children treat tableware roughly well into the preschool years.

I picked out several wood bowls, as well as small “toddler sized” metal and wood spoons.

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I compromised on sippy cups.  If you live overseas, you might be quick to point out that everyone else also teaches their children to drink out of a glass between 12-16 months.  You guys are awesome.   I don’t how you do it.  My kid throws a cup across the room as soon as I put it in front of him.  So we do sippy cups.

In small ways, we even started to help our toddler make the connection to his food and the places it comes from by visiting pick-your-own farms where he could actually eat fruit right off the tree.  We particularly enjoyed our experience at the peach farm last month!

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Finally, one positive step forward to natural living that nearly everyone will find rewarding and achievable is a “screen free” hour every day.  I don’t let my toddler use any screened device at all yet, but I also don’t want him to constantly be surrounded by other people using them, so I try to take him on regular nature walks and I make it a point not to bring my phone.  It’s good for both of us.

And we have the good fortune to live near the Civil War battlefields, which are among the most beautiful trails in the world.

Towards the end of this year, I look forward to celebrating the Sabbats with my toddler, because he’s already old enough to start appreciating little things about them.  I’ll try to make some footnotes around the coming Sabbats about how that goes!

Blessed be!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Shadow Witch (Mostly 5’s)

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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.

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.

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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