How to Make Heat Activated Spell Sachets

Get cozy with this unique, creative, winter-friendly take on the traditional spell sachet or “mojo bag.”

This heat-activated spell idea upcycles your scrap fabric, herbs and leftover essential oils for a custom magickal spell charm that’s sure to warm your heart.

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot tea and start witch crafting!

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The idea for heated spell sachets came to me during one of my deep dives into the creative abyss of my Pinterest feed.

Stuffing stockings became a favorite Yule tradition of mine from the very first year I took home a real paycheck and finally got to give gifts of my own.

So I took an immediate interest in the trend du jour for DIY stocking stuffers this year—DIY hand warmers.

You essentially make basic sachets, stuff them with microwave-safe natural filler (like rice or flaxseed) and heat them up to warm your hands/pockets when you venture out in the cold.  Cute, right?

Then it occurred to me, what a great basis for a spell sachet!

Today, I’ll show you how to create your own “heat-activated” customized spell sachet step-by-step, including plenty of ideas on how to infuse your sachet with intentional energy and carry it out into the world with you!

You will need:

*scrap fabric (see selection ideas below)
*needle & thread
*filler (rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, ect)
*appropriate essential oils (more on this below) and/or
*appropriate herbs (more on this below)

Step 1:  Decide on your intention.

Of course, the first step to any spell involves the basic presumption that you have something you want to accomplish.  Do you want to carry your spell sachet to calm stage fright, assist with a court case, attract love or help you dream peacefully?

Your intention informs the remaining steps, so have a clear goal in mind before you begin.

Step 2:  Select a fabric.

To begin with, not all fabrics are microwave safe.  Choose a natural fabric, like 100% cotton, hemp or linen to avoid a messy meltdown in your microwave oven.

Beyond that, fabric offers an excellent opportunity to choose something that fits with your intention.  Choose a color (like red for love, or blue for healing) that suites the goal.

Alternatively, use the pattern itself to convey your meaning.  For example,  I chose the foxes below to symbolize a “courageous heart” and give a friend a much-needed confidence boost during a job hunt.

totem animal mojo bag

Cherry prints work for love and attraction.

heat activated mojo bags

Perhaps use a dollar sign print for financial success or maybe pick something printed with images of your spirit animal for an empowerment sachet.

You get the idea.  Use your creative ingenuity to pick something uniquely you.

Step 3:  Choose a Pattern or Shape.

Similarly, make a simple pattern out of sturdy card stock or even an old cereal box and draw/cut out a shape that conveys meaning.  Shapes get less attention in modern witchcraft than colors and numbers, but briefly:

Circles:  Healing, friendship, cycles

Squares:  Emotional stability, protection, financial success, balance

Hearts:  Love, friendship, attraction, family matters

Triangles:  Triple goddess, pyramid magick, moon magick

Pentagon or Star:  All-purpose (symbolizes the pentacle)

heat activated spell sachets

Trace your pattern on the fabric and cut it out.

Step 4:  Pick a stitch.

Don’t worry!  If you’re new to sewing (or if you’ve never sewed) this project is an easy one to begin with.  This article touches on some basic hand stitches for beginners.

Personally, I like the whip stitch because it creates a spiral, which has meaning to me in my practice.

I strongly recommend hand stitching your sachet rather than using a machine.  The concentration lends power to your intentions.  You can even repeat a chant with every stitch or simply allow your mind to fall into the meditative trance of the repeated motion.

Step 5:  Pick a filler.

The Pinterest rumor insists that flaxseed makes the most cost effective and heat-retaining option, but I had good luck with plain old jasmine rice.

One blogger apparently went to great lengths to experiment with various microwave-friendly fillings for hand warmers and goes into pretty deep detail, complete with charts, in this article.

Step 6:  Select Essential Oils & Herbs–BE CAREFUL!

Include a few drops of essential oil or a pinch of herbs to kick your magick into high gear usually poses little risk, however:  some herbs flare in the microwave no matter what, too much of any herb definitely will and essential oils may as well.

Go light with the herbs and oils, and only microwave in 20-30 second intervals, especially in the beginning.  Watch your sachet carefully until you know what works.

Once you fill your sachet and stitch it up, it’s time to use it!

Heating it up before you use it—whether for a big job interview or simply to sooth your mind during meditation—-makes a lovely, heartwarming way to “activate” the energy you used to create it.

Wear your sachet on the inside of a coat close to your heart, in your pockets or gloves, or anywhere it will “warm up” your soul and create positive energy in your life.

Blessed Be!

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Winter Solstice with a Kitchen Witch: Spiced Pears Poached in Red Wine

As the hearth heats up for the coming Winter Solstice, kitchen witches everywhere get ready to boil their cauldrons for ritual, gatherings and family meals.

Rich, decadent, sophisticated & colorful, this magickal recipe blends classic Yule spell ingredients, including fresh orange zest, red wine, perfect pears and star anise.

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Oh, I’m really excited to share this one with you!  I made this for the first time a few days ago, and frankly, it turned out way better than I expected it to.

If you want to serve something magical, delicious and super chic this Yule, this dish adorns the table with a touch of class.

As with all my kitchen witch recipes, I like to share with you the magical properties of each key ingredient, and suggest a few ways to infuse your efforts in the kitchen with the magic and whimsy of cauldron spellcraft.

But feel free to scroll to the end if you just want the recipe.  🙂

We begin with the humble-yet-mighty winter pear.

pear

While you may not regard the pear with any particular passion, this fabled fruit shares a sacredness with the Greek goddesses Aphrodite & Hera, as well as Pomona, the Italian goddess of gardens & harvest.   (Source: Deaf Pagan Crossroads.)

In addition, because the pear tree enjoys a lengthy lifespan, the ancient Chinese regarded the pear as a manifestation of immortality.  (Source:  Myth Encyclopaedia.)

Its association with marital satisfaction, long life, pleasure, family & romance enchant the pear with characteristics that make it an especially appropriate addition to a holiday meal shared with family and friends.

In this recipe, we combine this with the attributes of a few customary yule spices.

orange peel and star anise

We include the orange rind in this spell to warm the hearts of those gathered around the table, as well as to inspire fond memories and lively conversation.  (I encourage you to explore the many ways to use oranges in witchcraft.)

Adding star anise to our brew, we clear the air of any lingering family grudges, inspire forgiveness, and symbolize the unbroken hope of the North Star during the winter months.

Finally, we choose a decadent, beautiful wine for our sauce base.  I recommend never cooking with wine you wouldn’t drink!

In this case, I chose this bottle of Cashmere Black Magic (available here) for its warm, spicy notes of plum and black pepper.

Also, it has the words Black Magic in the name😉

For more information on the role of wine in ritual, check out this link.

Okay, okay!  Now on to the recipe.

You Will Need:
*2 cups red wine
*1/4 cup sugar
*3 pieces star anise
*2 whole cinnamon sticks
*2-3 generous strips of orange peel|
*1/2 cup orange juice
*4 (just barely) ripe pears

1.  In a saucepan large enough to accommodate all your pears, combine the first 6 ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 4-6 minutes.

2.  While your other ingredients are on the stove, peel the pears, leaving the stems intact.  Slice the bottom off each pear to create a flat bottom.

3.  Place the pears in your brew on the stove, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Be sure to turn the pears occasionally throughout to ensure even color and coating.

4.  Remove from heat and set to cool uncovered.

5.  Once cool, place the entire saucepan in the refrigerator for several hours, turning occasional to avoid blotchy color.  For softer pears or pears that were less ripe, allow them to marinate for up to 24 hours.

6.  Gently remove pears and place the remaining liquid back on the stove.  Bring to boil and reduce liquid until it thickens to the consistency of a light syrup.

7.  Drizzle syrup on plate.  If you want to get fancy, put some in a pointy tip squeeze bottle and draw magical symbols on the plates.

8.  Plate pears, drizzle remaining sauce, and serve.  Delicious!

magical poached pears

All Purpose Tarot Spread for Full Moon Readings

Tight on time this full moon, but want to do something?  Got a question about this next moon cycle, or what to expect in the coming month?  Try this fully customizable spread for some quick insight into the next steps on your path.

For all my tarot spreads, check out this link.

full moon tarot spread

For this spread, I chose the Deviant Moon Tarot.  The quirky art and strong lunar themes fit nicely with the celestial context of this spread.

Position 1:  Light of the Moon.  Represents the things in your life which bring clarity, appear obvious to you, or are seemingly under your control.

Position 2:  Shadow of the Moon.  Symbolizes your cycles, blockages and repetitive thinking.   Pay careful attention to the details of this card and see if anything jumps out at you, particularly if they call attention to underlying issues or subconscious thoughts you ordinarily pass over easily.   Habitual tendencies often fly under our radar, even when we engage them every day.

Position 3:  The Fullness of the Moon.  Represents things in your life coming to fruition, including the results of past efforts as well as a lack of past efforts.  Take this card impersonally.  Karma neither rewards, nor punishes, but merely acts through the principle of cause and effect.

Position 4:  The Waning of the Moon.  Signifies those things, people, ideas, situations or feelings phasing out of your life at this time.  Note what feelings their departure stirs in you.  A sense of loss?  Relief?  Indifference?  We often think of transition and change as tumultuous, but not always.  Some things escape you long before you even notice their absence.

Position 5:  The Newness of the Moon.  Indicates recent changes, a new person or the seeds of an emerging talent in your life.  This change may be either positive or negative or neither.  A new love interest brims with the possibility of an exciting life change—-or the wayward road of a dangerous liaison.  The recent addition of a glass of wine in your evening ritual perhaps progresses to a finer palette—–or a bout with alcoholism.  Rather than making assumptions about where this new path leads, simply note its current direction.

Position 6:  The Waxing of the Moon.  Look to this card for those relationships, talents or situations with which you have history or experience, but also that hint of unrealized potential.  Take a moment to check in with yourself and ask what you might do to advance to the next level . . . and whether or not you actually want to.

Make Winter A Magical Wonderland with Moody Moons

Moody Moons gears up for Yule & Imbolc with magical herbs, oils and gifts for like-minded friends and family.  From winter rosemary smudges to clever tarot bags to winter Sabbat oils and more, Moody Moons offers unique, handcrafted gifts for every pagan in your life.

Get yours before we sell out!


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Wild crafted Virginia Juniper berries gathered at the source from the famously haunted civil war battlefields of Northern Virginia.

Makes a lovely addition to Winter Solstice & Imbolc casting blends.

All year, include in sachets, incense blends and mojo bags to dispel negative energy, hex breaking, reversals, protection and to bring clarity of thought and drive away nightmares.

The warmth of candle light, the blaze of the fire, blankets piled on every chair and bed: these are the things that make Imbolc one of the coziest holidays on the Wheel of the Year!

Moody Moon’s signature Imbolc oil blend makes an elegant Yule gift for yourself or someone else!

Welcome the return of the light with this spicy, aromatic ritual potion, a rich blend of essential oils chosen for their correspondence to the season and steeped in an olive oil base.

Makes a clever little gift for the tarot lover in your life!

This adorable drawstring bag measures 8″ tall x 7.5″ wide.

Fits standard decks as well as most large decks.

Hand sewn natural canvas material with natural twine drawstring.

Heat transfer print. “Tarot: Play the hand you’re dealt.”

Looking for a gift for the pagan man in your life?

Moody Moon’s “Pampered Pits” natural deodorant is made with fresh ingredients that will leave your most delicate skin lightly scented for an all-day deodorant protection without harsh synthetic chemicals, aluminum or other super scary stuff in commercial brands.

Just simple, natural ingredients like essential oils, coconut oil and baking soda. So pure, you can almost eat it!

Moody Moon’s Rosemary Pampered Pits has the fragrant, masculine, woodsy scent of organic rosemary essential oil. Perfect for the man in your life!

If you’re trying to live a more natural lifestyle, switching to healthy, clean bath products is a great first step.

Speaking of the awesome wintery magical power of the beautiful evergreen, rosemary . . .

Organically grown, freshly bundled rosemary sticks smell amazing!!

Each medium-sized smudge stick is about 6″ in length and sold individually.

To use, light the tip of the smudge stick and blow gently to kindle a nice smolder.

Smudging is a wonderful way to “raise the vibes” of a space anytime you want to clear the air. Here’s a few ways to use it:

*before a yoga practice or meditation
*after a troubling dream
*before you move into a new house or apartment
*after recovering from an illness
*to clear your mind when you are anxious

Traditional Yule incense made with the winter festivals in mind.

Contains classic winter solstice herbs, resins, organic essential oils and spices to bring the magic of the season into your home, including juniper berries, cedar, frankincense and myrrh.

Use it to empower your hearth fire, sprinkle it on the Yule log, or just boil it on the stove to enchant your home with positive energy and the spirit.

100% natural. Contains no artificial fragrances at all.

Check out all this and more at MagicalMoodyMoons.com!

 

How to Write Your Own Magick Spells

Like most practitioners, you probably started out looking for spells in books and online.

But at some point, you hit a roadblock.  You need to get something done energetically, yet no spell that quite fits your problem seems to exist.

Now’s the time to ask yourself . . . why haven’t you considered writing your own?

how to write your own witchcraft spells

Please note:  Lots of ways to approaches to spell writing are out there.  I encourage you to explore them all!  The following formula is just one of many devised to help you think creatively about spell design.

Begin by identifying the problem.  It’s much easier (and some say, more ethical) to change yourself than to change those around you.  So consider what about your attitudes, beliefs, thinking or behavior could be influenced with energy work to solve your problem.

For example, if you hate your boss, rather than fantasizing about turning him into a toad (not possible, sorry!), perhaps you want to design a courage spell or job hunting spell to encourage the universe to open new doors for you.

Pick appropriate timing.  Most people with even a little experience in the Craft know the following traditional moon phases and how to work with them.  I’ll gloss over them briefly, but lots of articles already exist about this if you want more in-depth information (see links for mine).

Then we’ll talk about some more creative, out-of-the-box ideas.

Full MoonPretty much anything that requires maximum power.  But not everything does.  Also, for spells that go for multiple days, try timing them to culminate during the full moon.

Waning MoonUse to drive things away from you.  Weight loss, debt reduction, elimination, exorcism, endings, transitions.

Waxing Moon:  Use to draw things towards you.  Prosperity,  fertility, attraction spells, creative inspiration, beauty or glamour spells.

Dark MoonProtection, divination, binding, meditation or trance states.

Now, let’s talk about some ideas not often considered, but equally interesting.

Your Birthday:  Wishing Spells.

Valentine’s or Lupercalia:  Love & attraction spells.

Mother’s Day:  Fertility spells.

Labor Day:  Work or career spells.

You get the idea.  Use the collective power of association around special dates to fuel your spell.

Decide whether or not you will use tools.  Some people never use tools.  I certainly echo the sentiment that you need not use them if you prefer.   Particularly for newer practitioners, I encourage you to never feel like you must use them.

But personally, I love tools.  Then open all kinds of creative possibilities.  I enjoy making my own especially.

The most common tools are the chalice, pentacle, athame and wand.  If you find these terms unfamiliar, simply search the many, many resources available online or in your library to get to know them better.

Many other tempting options crowd the displays of new age and pagan shops, including stones, cauldrons, jewelry, candles, and essential oils.

But nothing says your tools need come from a specialty shop.  Check out this article for some ideas on items available at the dollar store.

Even better, get creative with things around your house.

Or, use your mundane crafting skills to your magickal advantage.  Perhaps you weave or embroider—imagine how much energy you store in your creations with all the work you put into them.

Leave tools out of your spell work or include them to your delight—-your choice!

Choose herbs, flowers and/or fruit (optional).  Again, you don’t have to use them, but getting to know herbs for their magical and medicinal properties behooves any practitioner, whether you use them or not.

And if you’re writing a spell from scratch, they’re an easy place to start.

Literally thousands of herbs line the shelves of grocery stores, occult shops and herbal medicine boutiques around the country.  All of them contain useful energy just waiting to be released!

Below, I included links to creative ideas for using some of the more accessible ones.   (I include fruit as well, which contains high concentrations of essential oils).  Your local grocer likely carries most of them for culinary use.  Or, depending on the season and your region, you may be able to find some of them growing wild for free!

Cinnamon
Sage
Rosemary
Orange
Rose
Lavender
Peppermint
Garlic
Apples
Pumpkins
Wildflowers
Dandelions
Violets

Pick a color scheme (optional).  I love using color in spells!  It creates a vibe and makes the altar beautiful.  Choose candles, altar cloths, flowers and stones in an appropriate color for your spell.  Below, I listed a few common associations.

Red:  Love, passion, courage.

Orange:  Creativity, justice, intellect, freedom from dependency.

Yellow/Gold:  Wealth, happiness, joy, dispel depression, brighten mood after grieving, divine masculine, sun magick.

Blue:  Honesty, humility, restraint, weight loss, self-control, friendship, marital peace, soften hurt feelings, soothe frayed nerves, calm domestic tensions.

Green:  Money matters, job hunting, healing, growth.

Purple:  Communication with spirits, intuition, dream magic, divination, psychic awareness.

White:  Purification, innocence, magic for children, all-purpose.

Black:  Protection, grounding, reversals, banishing, hide from danger.

Silver:  Moon energy, divine feminine, beauty spells, grace, elegance.

Decide on a power raising technique.  Power raising generates a build up of energy to fuel your spell and propel it forward.  As with all other elements of your work, use your imagination to come up with something creative.

Chanting:  This timeless approach leaves much room for customization.  It doesn’t need to rhyme, but something rhythmic helps to fall into the “trance” state you want to achieve.  One effective technique involves beginning your chant in a whisper and building to a shout.  This can be very moving in a group setting especially.

Dance:  If you’ve never considered the spiritual side of dance, try using it to raise power!

Drumming:  The earliest human societies used drumming to induce trance or connect with spirits.  The ancient power of this technique stirs even the stillest souls.

Visualization:  Those with a steady meditation practice tend to find this technique especially appealing and effective.  If you focus well, try visualizing a build up of waves crashing over you.

If none of these ideas appeal to you, there’s an infinite array of others.  Looking for a little excitement?  Try using firecrackers to raise power.

Lay out your basic procedure.  Or not.  Some people really like to use a lot of spontaneity in their ritual practice.

I think a general idea of how you plan to proceed still helps, even if you go way off script during the actual spell work.

At the very least, make a list of the items you need, if anything.  Don’t forget practical items, like a lighter for candles (I always forget that one!)

Prepare for your work.  Many people like to take a ritual bath, clean the ritual space and spend some time gathering their spell elements.  However you like to do this, make sure you walk into your ritual feeling cleansed and of sound mind.

Go to town.   Actually do your thing.  Showing up is 90% of it.  Do what you planned.  Once you’re done, try to step away and forget about it.

You may feel an immediate shift in energy.  It may take some patience.  Either way, I find it’s best to “put it on the shelf” mentally and wait.

Very often, something happens and it takes you a while to connect it.  But when it clicks, it clicks.

Finally, step back and evaluate.  If you feel things worked out well, great!

If not, take heart.  Try to think about where things went astray.

Or perhaps recognize that while the better outcome wasn’t what you wanted, it was still for the best.

Blessed be.

Harvest Moon Esbat Cakes

My new favorite kitchen tool:  the mini muffin tin.  I rarely want or need a full size cake or even a cupcake for Cakes & Ale.  Enter the mini muffin tin.  A perfect size for making ritual cakes, I constantly find new and creative ways to honor the seasons of the moon using this simple device.  This month?

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I usually provide a link to the recipe and focus on the ritual meaning of ingredients in my kitchen witch posts.  But one came about of my own experimentation and tinkering, so I’ll dish (I know, I’m full of cheesy kitchen jokes this time of year).

The Harvest Moon and the fall season in general signify a time to acknowledge our deceased loved ones’ memories (especially those who have passed on during the last year), give thanks for the abundance of the harvest and enjoy the company of those we hold most dear.

The baking process fills your space with the scent and spirit of the autumn season.

Sharing harvest moon cakes with a coven, friends or family solidifies bonds and honors our relationships with our communities.

Make your ritual cakes for the Cakes & Ale portion of your moon ritual to lend power to your spell work.  The focus and concentration of choosing ingredients especially for the occasion raises the vibrations in your home.

This recipe makes 24 mini cakes, but you can half it pretty easily.

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extrac
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup milk

Any combination of the following (I just eyeballed it):

*A whole bunch of ground ginger
*A whole bunch of ground cinnamon
*A whole bunch of ground allspice
*A little less ground nutmeg

For the frosting:

1/2 cup butter (softened)
8 oz.  cream cheese (softened)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
splash of vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2.  Sift together flour, baking powder and ground spices.

3.  Blend butter and sugar.

4.  Combine dry ingredients and add eggs and vanilla extract.

5.  Grease your muffin tin(s) well or use cupcake liners.

6.  Spoon mixture into tins and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

7.  While the cakes are baking, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract to make frosting.

8.  Allow cakes to cool for at least 30 minutes before icing them.

9.  Optional:  garnish with soft-bake ginger snap cookies.

Enjoy at your harvest moon ritual or leave some on the altar as an offering.  They freeze well, so you can bake a big batch and use them throughout the fall during the Esbat.

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All the spices included in these cakes are traditional to the harvest season in the Wiccan religion, as well as many neopagan traditions in general.  Cinnamon in particular has many spiritual properties.

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If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy this post about yule cookies, in which I go into more detail about the meaning of the harvest season ingredients.

Feel free to leave your own harvest moon recipes in the comments or share your experience with this one!

Blessed full moon!

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!

designing your witchy bucket lsit

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.  Learning to write your own spells puts the power (and responsibility) of your magick in your hands—-exactly where it belongs.  Get creative and express yourself!

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.