Ever since I dedicated myself to Hestia, I’ve discovered that working with a goddess with such a low profile means I have had to create my own practices and rituals. On the one hand, as a book-learned witch, this is a bit intimidating. On the other hand, it offers me plenty of opportunities to be creative.
To that end, one of the customs I am working into my daily practice is the use of an anointing oil. I use it not only for dressing candles, but in consecration of various items: the pots and pans I use, the crock pot, the fridge, the doorjamb of the front door. The oil provides a conduit between myself and Hestia. Through that conduit we speak and outline those parts of my home and my life I want in which I want her direct involvement. Continue reading Hestia Annointing Oil
Imbolc—the time when we see the fist stirrings of spring—feels far away today, despite coming up in a week’s time.
This morning we woke up to single digit temperatures. The wind chill was around -20°. The deep freeze of winter is upon us and the promise of warmer weather has to be taken on faith.
Now is a good time to snuggle on the couch and binge watch shows, or read, or game. Or, perhaps take a few hours to stitch this Imbolc cross stitch sampler. It is the first of a series of cross stitch projects I have created to celebrate the Sabbats. The chart is offered up for free. It features a Brigid’s Cross, flower bud border, and the word “Imbolc”. The floss palette is limited to four colors. Continue reading Imbolc Cross Stitch Sampler
When my editor asked me if I had any ideas or suggestions for the cover art for my book, all I wanted was to make sure my name was spelled right. It’s not that I’m indifferent, but the publisher has a lot more experience about what kind of covers sell what kind of books. I trusted them to come up with the best cover for the book. And boy did they deliver. Just look at this lovely cover:
The book was originally called Sew Craft: a Sewist’s Book of Shadows, but the publisher changed it to Sew Witchy: Tools, Techniques and Projects for Sewing Magick. And again, I’m cool with the change because if anyone knows what it takes to sell a witchcraft sewing book it would be Llewellyn. Continue reading Sew Witchy Cover Reveal
Despite being a practicing Pagan for years I’ve never formalized my relationship with a deity. I’ve worked with goddesses in the past. Most recently I’ve spent two years honing my magical practice under the tutelage of Hekate. The focus of study was spellwork, protection, connecting with the elemental powers around me, and tapping into my own personal power.
Over the last few months, though, my need for a sword and shield via my relationship with Hekate has lessened. As the question of home and food and work have been settled, I find I want to nurture this new life. And to that point Hekate has stepped back. In her place another goddess, Hestia, has moved to the forefront of my practice.
There is a special magic in introducing favorites to each other. I got to do that a couple of months ago when I took one of my favorite people, Moira, to one of my favorite places in Chicago, the Textile Discount Outlet. It’s three stores of fabric, trim and notions stuffed into a poorly ventilated, crowded and meandering warehouse. You can find boxes of zippers, bra fasteners, lace scraps, rolls of church brocade, velvet ribbons, toggles, brads, bells and beads. It is a sewist’s fever dream and I love it so very much. Something I found there prompted thoughts of a different kind of magic.