Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Deborah Blake, author of several books, including The Everyday Witch's Coven and the new Llewellyn's Little Book of Witchcraft.
I love the Llewellyn's Little Books series, so I was thrilled when my editor suggested I might want to write one. And when it turned out that no one had covered the topic of Witchcraft yet, I immediately called dibs. Or whatever it is a dignified professional author would say under those circumstances. Snort.
A number of the other books in the series covered more specific topics, like moon spells or the Day of the Dead, but I am more of a generalist—I like to look at the big picture of a Witchcraft practice and
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Steele Alexandra Douris, author of the new Spirits, Seers & Séances.
Those of us who enjoy the interplay of the seasonal and the spectral can learn a lot from the Victorians, whose celebrations often combined the festive and the uncanny in striking ways. The Victorians, who were obsessed with ghost legends and lore, truly had spirits for every season.
In nineteenth-century England, which didn't celebrate Hallowe'en as enthusiastically as Scotland, Ireland, or the USA, Christmas was the ghostliest holiday. Spirits were believed to be particularly active at Christmastime, and telling ghost stories around a roaring fire was a
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Linda Raedisch, author of The Old Magic of Christmas and the new Secret History of Christmas Baking.
The Secret History of Christmas Baking took me almost two years to write. I did everything by the Old World book: candying my own orange and lemon peel, leaving my Pfefferkuchen dough to age for days in a corner of the kitchen, grating my own nutmeg, and crushing cardamom pods with my little mortar and pestle. By the time I'd sent the manuscript off to my editor, I was ready to take life easy. Don't worry: I put a few shortcuts in the book, too. I gave you, dear reader, permission to buy already-grated nutmeg, and I included my mother's
This tarot spread, inspired by a quote from Henry David Thoreau, can be used in any season. The fall equinox is nearly upon us, and this would be a perfect addition to any rituals, observations, or celebrations you have planned for the holiday.
Here is the quote:
Live each season as it passes
Breathe the air
Drink the drink
Taste the fruit
And resign yourself to the influences of each
To perform this reading:
Go through your deck and select the card that represents the season you are approaching and place it in position one.
What give you life this season
What refreshes you this season
What nourishes you this season
What you will experience this