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I love rituals. I'm especially fond of small, quiet, personal rituals, which have a way of being profound and meaningful precisely because they aren't overly complicated. In my years of practice, I've discovered simplicity nearly always works best for my personal rituals. Don't get me wrong, I do love me some bonfires and drumming and hundreds of gyrating witches making magick deep in the woods, but those rituals aren't always practical on a Tuesday afternoon! I recently moved into a new home, and I wanted to celebrate the move with a ritual. In different times, I imagine there would have been a big housewarming party. There would have been guests, lots of food, plenty of wine, a fire ...

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When the topic of witch's potions and brews is discussed in books, it's all too often relegated to an absurd or disturbing status with lizard's legs and dragon's scales thrown in for good measure. While tales of evil "witches" cooking up compulsory love potions or gruesome poisons in a giant cauldron can be entertaining, they don't really provide any useful or practical information about actual witch's brews or how to use them in our everyday lives. In fact, there is comparatively little information available about potions and their uses; most books are more focused on incense and oil recipes rather than water-based mixtures. My latest book, The Witch's Book of Potions features dozens of ...

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Every moment of life is magickal, but our awareness and ability to hold that awareness is the challenge. The mundane aspects of life might trick us into believing that regular tasks lack magick. This feeling increases when we have to do things we don't want to do. There are ways to make everyday moments magickal—it just takes a little shift in perspective. That shift comes through the form of ritual. Ritual is the deeply reverent practice of casting a circle, calling the corners, and performing magickal arte, but ritual is also done in the small places of everyday life. Daily practice and rituals don't have to look like sitting in silence; long, quiet meditations; or a special ...

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There are times in life when we find ourselves face to face with an uncooperative death. A death that has not come as we might have wished. Peacefully, at a leisurely pace at the end of a long life, where surrounded by loved ones and recognizing a spirit come to gather them beyond the veil, they close their eyes to eternal sleep. That is not always the way of death. Too often, and certainly in the days of pandemic, loved ones sit lonely by hospice bedsides, comforting the terminal, in ICUs by beeping ventilators, or worse, alone in the quiet of their home unable to attend to the sick for their own safety. It is in these spaces that we attend the sedate. The sedated. The silent. Those ...

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Two Quick Rituals for Your New Home
by Gwion Raven
Small, quiet, personal rituals have a way of being profound and meaningful precisely because they aren't overly complicated. Here, Life Ritualized author Gwion Raven provides two small rituals for...
        
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