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The Land Shapes the Witch

Blog Post: As a hedgewitch, I’m used to getting my materia magica from the land. In new territory, there are lessons learn from my foraging.

The yard of my old home was not manicured in the least. It was haphazardly maintained, more wild and weeds than anything else. Chickweed, field penny-cress and bindweed grew right alongside the daisies, morning glories and basil I planted on purpose. One year catnip sprung up in a neglected patch and took it over. I still don’t know where it came from. The lemon balm I did plant, and it soon overran the sage and tulsi I had planted in the same bed. Similarly, my spellcraft evolved with what I could forage from my yard and the small, wild places in the neighborhood. I used dandelions and smartweed and Queen Anne’s lace in my magick because that is what I had on hand and I was too poor to buy magick supplies.

Backyard Abundance
(Clockwise from upper right hand corner.) Sunflower, bindweed, chickweed and flower-of-the-hour. Just a sampling of the wildflowers that sprung up in all the corners of my yard.
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Moon Phase Coasters

This is a project well suited for scraps, as it doesn’t require much material. They’re easy to make. You could whip up a set for yourself and another to give as a hostess gift or a Yule present.

We drink a lot in this household. I don’t mean we are alcoholics. We are just a thirsty bunch. Tea, coffee, water, energy drinks, soda, milk, lemonade, hot chocolate, and even whiskey and wine, there is an endless parade of beverages through the house. Besides keeping us busy with cleaning mugs, cups and glasses, our constant hydration means we need lots and lots of coasters, especially since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic when we’ve been housebound.

Years ago I made a couple of coasters from linen scraps. And then I put together a couple more when I was taking pictures for Sew Witchy. With four total not being near enough to protect furniture from water circles and scorch marks, I set out to make more.