Loose Labels

When does one get to call themselves ‘a Witch’?
What about ‘Pagan’? What does it take to be these things? Who gets to decide?
You?
Me?
‘Them’?
I don’t think it matters.

Something I personally feel that needs work in the Pagan Community is how quick some of us are to label someone else, then immediately tell another that they ‘don’t deserve’ their title.
Does it affect your practice?
Are they hurting anyone?
Then who gives a shit.
If someone has done the work, put in the time, effort, and honestly feels like they are ‘a Witch’ then they’re a Witch. It is not anyone else’s place to tell them they aren’t.
My Craft is different than yours, and much different from the next persons, so who’s right? Who’s the real Witch?
The Woman who has read everything she can, keeps a house full of beautiful plants, worships Goddess and works from an elaborate Altar, she’s a Witch.
The boy who hides his stones in plain sight from his parents, who has friends check out books for him at the local library and obediently bows his head silently for the Blessing at Dinner, he’s a Witch.
The Man who fights every day to beat his addiction, who carries Amethyst in his pocket and does a new Moon cleansing each month to rid himself of the temptation of his addiction, he’s a Witch.
The Mother who shows her children which herbs soothe tummy aches, who sages the room before bed to git rid of ‘the monsters’ so her little ones sleep peacefully, who lovingly takes spiders outside rather than squash them because every soul has purpose, she’s a Witch.
We’re all a part of something bigger than ourselves. This Family we’re all a part of is so beautiful, so amazing, so sacred, and it’s really time we start acting like it.

New Moon Ritual; April 2020

The New Moon or ‘Dark Moon’ in Taurus brings us energies of new starts, a time for things to begin again with a fresh slate and manifest new ideas and relationships with real substance.
In order for us to start anew, we must clear away negative and stagnant energies of the past cycle.
This ritual will walk you through cleansing and opening yourself up for positive change in our new season.

Gather Materials and Prepare your space

You will need:
Sage/Palo Santo or other cleansing herb of choice
Paper
Pen/pencil
White candle
Lighter/matches
Plate / dish with some water to extinguish paper

The Ritual

Start by gathering all of your needed materials and preparing your space. Place all the materials in front of you.

Once you have found somewhere quiet to sit with all your materials, smudge yourself and your space with your Palo Santo, Sage or whatever herb you prefer.

My go-to cleansing chant is “May light and love fill this space, and the hearts and minds of all those who enter here. Negative energy is not welcome.”

Set aside your smudging herbs and light the white candle.
As you do so, focus on your intention for the ritual: To cleanse yourself of the past energies and make room for the new.

Look into the flame and say aloud “I release all that no longer serves me” and let those emotions flow. Think of all the things you’re currently holding on to that no longer serve your Higher Self.
This process can be emotional and it’s important to allow those feelings to surface and be addressed in order for the process to work.
Let these things go, continue to say “I release all that no longer serves me” until you feel that you have released all these negative energies and feelings.

Tear your paper into a small piece and write down what you plan to accomplish this lunar cycle. (A whole sheet of paper will be a FIRE HAZARD)
These intentions can be as simple as “I will clean out my closet this week” or as important as “I will learn to love myself”

Hold your paper with your intention over the water dish, close your eyes and say aloud your intention, really feel it rise in you and commit yourself to the intent.

Light the paper on fire with the lighter or matches, imagine your intention rising to the Universe in the smoke that comes from it, and drop it in the dish to extinguish the flame.

Once you have completed these steps, take a few moments to reflect on the process and how you feel now that it is over. When you are ready, thank the Universe, blow out the candle and rise.

Life After Goddess

I have always believed in The Old Gods. For as long as I can remember I have known that Paganism (although not knowing it had a name) was my Faith. My tender childhood days were spent talking to the trees, making little houses for fairies, braiding dandelion crowns and pretending Dragons lived in my backyard. At some point in my youth I recognized the difference between my mythical ‘friends’ and the overwhelming feminine power that had woken within me.

I have practiced Witchcraft in some capacity for as long as I can remember and I am so very blessed to have been raised in a family where this wasn’t cause for alarm or anger. My parent’s have always been very aware of the fact that I was cut from a different cloth than most, and when you factor in that my Grandmother is also a Witch…well… let’s just say nobody was surprised when my sister and I started our own little ‘coven’ at the grand old age of 5 & 7.
I continued my practice into adulthood and more or less focused on The Craft and not so much on my Faith, not for any particular reason really, just that my Craft was enough for me at the time and I didn’t feel especially connected to any Gods or Goddesses. Then in 2017 I hit my lowest point in life and everything I knew got turned completely inside out.
I had to walk away from a situation that was no longer safe for my children or myself, giving up my home, stability and everything I had spent the last 5 years of my sobriety building.


That’s when Goddess found me.

Alone, broken, empty and lost, Hekate reached out to me.
Goddess of the Crossroads, Torch Bearer, Light Bringer, World Soul,
Keeper of Keys, Goddess of the Sky, Sea and Earth, Mother of Witches
The Many Faced One
she found me and she saved me




For three years I have honoured her and have received so many amazing blessings. I have thanked her for all that I have been given, and asked her to lead me through the difficult times. Our Great Mother has always listened, always showed her face to me in my time of need, and always taken what I have freely offered. In our home we have two main Altars, one for the home, decorated according to lunar phase, ritual needed, season or Sabbat.
The other is Hekate’s.

She is not the type of Deity who softly nudges you back on track, anyone who works with her can attest to this. She sees our Souls, tends to the fires that burn within us to bring forth great and amazing things, the same way she will snuff that flame out if you don’t do the right thing.
Much like any other Mother, she loves fiercely and expects you to act like you have some sense. She is a Healer as much as she is a Destroyer and to call upon her in half measure is never recommended.
It pleases me to see that Hekate has received more attention lately, be it in Movies (If you haven’t seen the Hekate scene in Season 3 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, google it right now, it moved me to tears) or within the Pagan Community, she has had a sudden resurgence and I know that it’s only getting started.
Goddess, in all her terrifying glory is awake and she is here.
Her Witches hear her call, we bask in her golden light and know that we are sacred. We have joined together in prayer, in love and in trust to heal those with broken hearts, ease the suffering of those less fortunate, and raise up anyone who will take Her hand.
She is here. She always has been and she always will be.

One of the most incredible songs that I feel connects me to sacred Goddess energy

When the Balefire burns out

My home has been The Covenstead (gathering place for a Coven) for over two years. We have had more people in and out of my doors, more plates of food shared, more laughter and more earth shattering moments of acceptance and healing on my patch of the Farm than I can confidently count… and now it’s still. No buzzing Witches popping in with arms full of wine and crockpots full of buffalo dip (Skye, I miss you dearly… and I really REALLY miss your buffalo dip). No shuffling of chairs so we can all scoot close together and laugh deeply on the porch after eating our huge buffet that covers both table and counter space of my kitchen. No Coven husbands gathering firewood while our kids squeal and play in the grass by the chicken coop. There’s no Balefire in the firepit to light the night sky and carry our worries away with it’s ashes drifting through the sky like shooting stars. Silent are the woods that surround our Sacred Circle, no candles lit to guide our way through the leaf covered darkness to our meeting place where we share our most profound moments, our deepest magicks bursting forward to dance in the candle light; and for this, I weep.

Sacred Space In Scary Times

Quarantine Day 34, well at least for my house.
It may be different where you are. You may have started Quarantine earlier because you live in a more populated area, you may have started later because you’re an essential worker or maybe your job didn’t take the threat serious enough and gambled their employees health over profits (yes, I’m looking at you Hobby Lobby). Whatever your current status is, one thing is certainly the same for all of us… Shit is scary.
I’ll be the first one to admit I didn’t think I would ever see the ENTIRE PLANET at a total standstill and it’s frightening. We don’t know what the future holds, we don’t know when this will be over and when we can get back to ‘normal’. We don’t even know what the new normal will look like, but what we do know is that we’re worried, bored out of our minds and nearly out of things to watch on Netflix. So I say we take some time to create a space for ourselves to recenter, gather our thoughts and focus on the things we are thankful for. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better.

  • Find somewhere quiet to sit or lie down
  • Close your eyes and place your arms by your sides, palms facing up.
  • Take several deep breaths in and out, as you do so focus on relaxing your body starting at your head and working down to your toes.
    Inhale deeply, relax the muscles in your face
    Exhale deeply
    Inhale deeply, relax the muscles in your jaw
    Exhale deeply
    Inhale deeply, relax the muscles in your shoulders…
    and so on until your entire body is completely relaxed.
  • Now that you are relaxed physically, relax your mind.
    Continue your steady deep breaths.
    Let go of all of your anxious energy and worries, imagine them leaving your body with each deep exhale.
  • Your body is relaxed and your mind is clear of all negative energies, so now is the time to fill them back up with positive intention.
  • As you draw in each deep inhale, think of something you are thankful for, let it fill you with its warmth and exhale gratitude.
  • Continue to fill yourself with 10 good things, or until you are ready to slowly open your eyes.
  • Now stand, stretch, and say ‘Thank You’ to YOURSELF for allowing the time in your day for self care.

It’s important to take care of our physical, mental and spiritual health and I’m so thankful that you took the time today to do a little self care!
Try doing this at least once a week, you can even pair it with some soft music, a nice cup of tea (or wine, no judgement here) and make this your own special time of reflection and Sacred Space, you deserve it.

May your days be Blessed & full of light and love,
Mother Moon