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Becoming Familiar with Spirit Familiars

The witch and her familiar are iconic.  Just think of the witch’s black cat or a raven on a witch’s shoulder that is so ingrained in our popular image of the witch.  This image is so deeply instilled in our collective understanding of witches because it goes straight to the heart of what makes a…

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff Ritual for Lammas

                This is my second post on the upcoming Lammas holiday.  My first post was on creating Purposeful Poppets for a New Moon Lammas (or nearly new moon!).  Doing a craft for Lammas is a great way of honoring Lugh, the Craftsman God of the Celts, and Gaia who has been creating her harvest for…

Purposeful Poppets for a New Moon Lammas

                I have been all about moons and poppets this summer!  I decided to combine my two summer interests into the Lammas holiday – the first of three pagan harvest holidays.  Lammas celebrates Gaia’s harvest of grain.  Since this year’s Lammas (often celebrated on August 1st) is close to the new moon on July 31st,…