What is a Book of Shadows?

It sounds pretty epic, doesn’t it? Like a tome of ancient wisdom passed down from Merlin himself or a quest item in the sprawling RPG you’ve poured hundreds of hours into (looking at you Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition). If you’ve seen Charmed, the Book of Shadows the Halliwell sisters consult in every episode onlyContinue reading “What is a Book of Shadows?”

Pagan or Wiccan: What’s the Difference?

One of the things I love most about the spiritual community is the diversity within it. I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting so many amazing people, all from different walks of life, united in mutual respect for one another, appreciative of our similarities, but grateful for our uniqueness as well. Because weContinue reading “Pagan or Wiccan: What’s the Difference?”

Spells and Their Risks

My grandmother called me fat last night. It’s nothing new. My whole life (even before I was overweight), she’s had this obsession with size and weight. I never quite understood the fixation, but when I was younger, it understandably would hurt to hear it. Now that I’m older… well… It still hurts. Especially since I’veContinue reading “Spells and Their Risks”

An Argument Against Love Spells

As a high school teacher, it was incredible to me how interested my students were in whether or not I was married. When I first stepped into the classroom as an educator, I was twenty-five, and when they inevitably found out that I was a Ms. and not a Mrs., they would tell me, “Don’tContinue reading “An Argument Against Love Spells”

Practice Healing Responsibly

Alternative medicine can sound like such a bad phrase to some. When we look back on human history, we can easily see the problem with the practice of it. A long time ago, administering liquid Mercury was said to grant immortality. Dousing ailments on paper and soaking them in streams and creeks was said toContinue reading “Practice Healing Responsibly”

Bad Witch?

Why do witches have such a bad rap? Think about it. When most people imagine a witch, they bring to mind a picture of an old woman, green skin and warts, black clothes and a pointy hat. Most of the time the image is accompanied by a twisted broomstick or a glowing cauldron. Their onlyContinue reading “Bad Witch?”

Unwanted Guests

A guide to cleansing your home of uninvited spirits and energies You’re fast asleep in your bed, dreaming peacefully, relaxing at last after a long day at work. Suddenly, you feel something tug on your blanket. You lift your head, bleary eyes looking down only to find nothing there. Laying your head back down, youContinue reading “Unwanted Guests”

Are Ghosts Real?

I hate paranormal investigation shows. Whether they are made for network television or a bunch of amateur ghost hunters threw together some tech to legitimize their YouTube channel, I have a deep loathing for most of them. I’ll still watch them, though, because while I can’t stand the way most ‘hunters’ go about getting theirContinue reading “Are Ghosts Real?”

A Witch’s Thoughts on Death

We got morbid real quick, didn’t we? Death can be a scary thing to think about. When I first began to experience anxiety and panic attacks, the root cause of it stemmed from my fear of dying. I was five, by the way, when it struck me that, unlike getting a cold or a splinter,Continue reading “A Witch’s Thoughts on Death”

Is It A Sign?

I got stung by jellyfish yesterday. Living in a coastal city, I’ve been to the beach my fair share of times. My mother is not much of a swimmer, but she loves the sound of the waves and being near the ocean relaxes her, so whenever she could, she took us. Now, the beach weContinue reading “Is It A Sign?”