Cooking is a way of connecting with the land via the harvest, and also reminds us that we too are a part of the cycle of life.
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago over at Gods & Radicals.
I will say, extra to what’s written, that if you’re in a group or whatever and you feel something isn’t quite right, trust that gut instinct. Don’t blindly take what somebody else says as truth.
We need to start being allies for one another.
We must make those who think that Paganism tolerates abusive, controlling behaviour aware that they have no place within our traditions.
From Emma Kathryn
If you are a member of the Pagan community (whatever that means to you – we’ll discuss community later), then you may well remember when a well know witch published a blog post that talked about the abuse she’d suffered from within the Pagan community. The post did cause a little bit of a stir. It made the snippets of the popular Pagan outlets, and aside from a few private blog posts from other Pagans and witches, not much more was said.
That woman was Sarah Anne Lawless, and you can read that particular blog post here.
Sarah’s story kind of touched a cord with me. You see, many years ago, a close family member of mine was herself in an abusive relationship, and I guess I…
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So whilst the day itself, whichever one you celebrate, has gone, there is still the rest of the season to enjoy, and it's the perfect time to spend some time not only on introspection, but on enjoying yourself, on allowing yourself to reconnect with the cycles and rhythms of nature.
Everybody can practise folk magic, where ever you are in the world, whatever your background and heritage. Every culture has folk magic – those healing practises, knowledge of the land and what grows there. Folk magic is for all.
“Folk magic belongs to the poor and dispossessed wherever that may be. It doesn’t belong to any one people, isn’t black magic or white magic. It’s magic for the everyday. It’s the magic of the people.”
From Emma Kathryn
Folk magic is as old as time. Sometimes I wonder if magic is the right term, for the practises may not seem magical in themselves alone, and I suppose it depends on your own definition of what magic is. For example, is knowing where to find plants and their practical applications magic? I would say so, but you may not. But whether you believe in magic or not, these practises have their uses in everyday life.
Folk magic was often used by those who could not afford otherwise. When doctors were too expensive or too far away, it was the local wise woman who would be called upon for medicines made…
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Re-learning these skills, or beginning to is the first step in reclaiming ourselves and all that we have lost.
… first we must reclaim ourselves and the knowledge that we have forgotten or lost. We must learn to rely less on the State. The suggestions contained here on in may well seem basic to those already well versed in such things, but for so many these skills have been lost and it is for those that I write this, after all, we must all start somewhere. There’s no shame in starting small.
From Emma Kathryn
The world’s going to pot.
Just look around you. Literally, stop. For just a moment and take a look at everything that’s kicking off, all around the world.
Some problems are more dire than others, some more urgent, but it doesn’t really matter because everywhere your glance may fall, there is some shit going down, some suffering or other, and then, to top it all off, is the destruction of the planet, of nature…
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Folk medicine and food are vital components not only in life, but also in my own witchcraft practise. Skills like cooking from scratch, making stocks and sauces, or basic medicines to ease common complaints are becoming lost. We are forgetting our heritage, what all peoples from all places know, or once did. Let us reclaim them!
Last time I wrote about food and medicine, but in doing so, I barely scratched the surface and so here’s part 2! I often say within witchcraft to take what works for you and discard the rest and the same applies here too. The aim with these articles is to share some of the knowledge, tips and advice I’ve picked up along my way in the hope that they will come in useful to you in your own struggles against Capitalism.
Feeding yourself and your family can be expensive, especially when you try to eat well, and especially if you rely on supermarkets to do so. The tips offered here will save you some money, but more importantly, will help you regain a measure of independence.
So here’s where it might get a little controversial, but I’m going to talk about going meat free.
I’ve been a vegetarian since…
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So, I realised that I previously shared a review of my book without really giving you any information about it! It is only a small volume consisting of a collection of writings on wide and varying subjects within witchcraft. Within the book, I write about some of the issues, thoughts and feelings I encountered myself… Continue reading Wild Witchcraft – An Excerpt