Making wine has become something of a hobby of mine. It’s a kind of alchemy, the taking of raw natural ingredients and combining to create something new, something delicious and also so very, very strong. Absolute magic! Whilst these wines are indeed rustic and not as refined as something you might spend top dollar on,… Continue reading Adventures In Wine Making: Rustic Ginger Wine
These are truly beautiful cards. At first glance, and as they are often described, the drawings may seem rustic, but as they draw in the eye, there is a complex beauty inherent in each and every card.
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As I write this I’m at work. Gone is the bookshop. Work now is in a big office building on the industrial estate close to my home. People look at me gone out when I tell them I’ve changed jobs, I think because they have a romantic idea of what it was like in the shop. They didn’t see the unpaid overtime or the long hours or the heavy lifting up and down stairs. Or the fact that it’s corporate owned. I think people imagined that it would be like working in ‘Black Books’ (a UK based comedy). But it wasn’t.
So the new job is better but still, it’s work, and not for myself. I keep catching myself daydreaming out of the window. Sometimes it feels like…
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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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