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Witches, Unite in the Fight!

The New Moon on March 24th is going to have the perfect energies that we can use to work magic that will contribute towards the protection of our communities from the new virus, COVID19. By working in unison, we will generate enough energy that will not only offer protection, but will contribute towards the creation and implementation of treatments, maybe even vaccines, against this illness. I have created a sigil with intentions designed to work specifically with this new moon. Use this sigil in creating charms, satchels, or spells on the New Moon, and join the fight against this virus.

Witches can do amazing things. We have our limits, of course. We can’t cure cancer, we can’t raise the dead, we can’t stop world hunger. Well, we might be able to, but it’s not likely. We can do something about this virus, if we work together.

The energy raised by each witch will rise and spread, joining with the energy of witches in other states, other countries, and across continents. I’m not being neive nor am I being overly optimistic. This is possible, you guys, and as practitioners of magic it’s our responsibility to use it towards the health and wellness of our fellow humans.

With this dark moon, we can “tap into the wisdom, a magic that is beyond our years”…We cannot let this opportunity pass! If we each use the sigil, each work towards making things better in regards to this illness, then we will prevail.

Alert, Not Anxious

By watching videos like Dr. Mike’s, and SHARING these videos, (here’s a link to a playlist of his COVID videos.)

We will do our mundane duties in helping to alleviate fear and anxiety surrounding this virus. Other mundane duties include social distancing, washing our hands, abstaining from traveling – being smart, in other words. But, like I said, we’re witches and therefore we can do more. Easing the fears and anxieties is going to be a much needed side-effect of the work we will do on the New Moon. By keeping our intention focused on keeping our communities protected, promoting energy in the creation and implementation of treatments, vaccines, etc, then people will relax when the virus starts to slow. Our work will also help promote videos and social media posts that are sharing information that is helpful rather than hurtful, as it falls under the scope of our intention.


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I’ve been thinking about this all weekend, and I know we can do this, witches. If you’re with me, then save the sigil. You can draw it in your grimoire and make it your own – tweak it if you need to, so long as the intention is the same. That’s what’s important – that we are united in our fight and that the energy we raise is all for the same goal. That’s the only way we will make a difference.

If you’re going to join me, use the #WitchesAgainstCOVID19. There’s about a week until the new moon – let’s make this trending across towns, cities, states and countries!

Here’s the sigil again – because it’s important.

#WitchesAgainstCOVID19

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Book Review: Idiot, by Laura Clery

Don’t Be an Idiot, READ Idiot.

So, this isn’t a typical review for a witchcraft blog, but I just loved this book too much not to review it. I love Laura Clery, I’m a huge fan of her videos. I wasn’t going to get her book, because I’m not into self-help books. But this is like a self-help-memoir-letter that sucks you in and spits you out feeling like your soul has been to the dry cleaners, you’re all clean and fresh and crisp.


My Star Rating for Idiot:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Is Laura Clery an Idiot?

She certainly used to be! But, who isn’t when they’re spending everyday on drugs? And before you get all mad at me for being insensitive: I am an addict, so I know how idiotic people can be when they’re high. I’ve been clean for about five years now. I did not go through AA or anything, because the program didn’t work for me. But it worked for Laura, and works for many, many people everyday. So before I move any further, if you are an addict and need help, I encourage you to seek out your local AA. You can’t know if it will work unless you try it.

So, is Laura Clery an idiot? No. Not anymore. She was, and this was an amazing retelling of her life. I have to say that you can tell Laura isn’t a writer. The chapters are too long, and she tends to hop around a bit. She’s not a bad writer, but as a writer, I can tell she isn’t one. That’s okay though. Her authenticity and raw voice makes up for it. The content makes up for the poor construction. So, bandaid has been ripped off, and I can move onto the good stuff. I’m a huge fan of Laura Clery, so it pains me to criticize her like that, but I must remain authentic and be honest with you guys.

id·i·ot
/ˈidēət/
a stupid person.
a person of low intelligence.

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Laura Clery has proven that she was not stupid, she just made poor choices. Wit is a sign of intelligence- I don’t know who said that, but my father once told me that and since he’s really intelligent, I stick to it. Ipso facto, Laura Clery is not a stupid person. She was a troubled person. She was a lost soul. This story takes you through her life, from her happy, albeit weird, childhood, to her first experiences with drugs, and to her rock bottom. I thought my rock bottom was low, living in a tent in the woods, but that was nothing compared to being chased out of a house by your boyfriend’s girlfriend leaving you in the middle of LA with no friends, no family, and no place to go. So, yea, she’s had it hard. But equally drastic a difference between us, she is now living in Beverly Hills making a shit load of money. It balances out, right?

Why Idiot?

This book is not for idiots, because I fear they will misinterpret the message Laura is trying to communicate. I think this book is for the following:

  • addicts
  • anyone who is troubled spiritually, emotionally, etc.
  • victims of abuse, as well as survivors/thrivors of abuse
  • anyone who doesn’t know what to do with their life
  • anyone who knows what they want, but doesn’t know how to get there
  • anyone who wants to know Laura Clery’s life story

This book is for us Witches, too!

I found so many parallels in Laura’s story, so I can’t help but feel a connection to this book (hence why I’m reviewing a non-occult book on my blog). The thing is, the answer to her incredible life is mystical, and therefore it does fit on my blog! So this book is also for witches, pagans, and every other person that ascribes to the Law of Attraction, and lives by the power of Gratitude.

Laura Clery’s Magical Life

She spent a huge part of her life partying, drinking, drugging. She struggled to stay sober. She almost lost her husband because he relapsed and tried to detox off of benzo’s cold turkey (>>>btw that’s lethal. If you are addicted to valium, Xanax, or any other benzodiazepines, please don’t quit cold turkey. Get yourself to a rehab facility to chemically detox so you don’t die<<<).
All in all, she has been through the ringer. So what got her to her house in the Hills? The Law of Attraction. Yes! score one for witches baby! She specifically states in her book “I don’t think this is magic”. Well, Laura, hate to break it to you, but if you’re visualizing what you want and expressing gratitude as if you’ve already achieved it, that’s magic. That’s the law of Attraction, a law upon which magic works. So yea, her life is literally magical.

I mean, if getting paid to sing about your VAGANA isn’t magical, I don’t know what is.

Another reason I think Laura Clery’s book review is fitting for my blog is because she empowers the witch’s idea of a woman. She’s all about female empowerment, without being feminist, she’s a vegan, and she knows and acknowledges the power of the mind. So, yea, ’nuff said.


Peeing in Public, Shitting in a Hot Tub.

This section is actually going to be an assortment of my favorite quotes, but I wanted to make this a headline and couldn’t figure out a better place for it. I do want to say that I have the audiobook, and while I’m certain of the words, because I listened to the clips multiple times to make sure I noted them down right, I might get punctuation wrong. It’s setting off my OCD anxiety not knowing if it’s exact, so the least I can do is let you guys know I did my best lol. And, yes, she claims she pissed in public. She didn’t actually shit in the hot tub- her friend did, then handed her the turd. So Laura held a turd, and threw a turd, in a hot tub. Like I said, she was a fucking weird kid. Makes me love her all the more lol. #nocontextforyou #buythebook #justdidthat


…we are constantly in a state of either love or fear, and these states control the choices we make and the way we live…


…you’re an artist. You make art. Stay in the action and out of the results.


It sounds really cheesy, but those affirmations are what lifted me over the edge. I swear by them. I had such a rigid self image before, and the only things that could break the cycle of self hate were intentional, affirming, statements. I have been depressed, anxious, and suicidal for much of my life, and this is what has turned it around for me.


The only thing I can recommend is to visualize. For the record, I’m not saying this is magic, I’m saying that a shift in your focus from what you don’t want to what you do want is more powerful than we can ever imagine, and it works in mysterious ways.


Buy Laura Clery’s new book Idiot!

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Being a single mother isn’t easy – it’s rewarding, and wonderful, but expensive. That’s why I’ve added this page- to let you guys know about some ways I’m trying to cover the rising cost of kids clothes and gas. (Not to mention Legos, my kids favorite toy, cost $10 for a little tiny box!)

So, below are some of my witchy creations and services! If you’d like some writing services, check out my other website: http://www.Magicalmusingswritingsvcs.com


Squeaky clean, magically magnificent!

Soap is a necessity – it’s found in almost every home. There are many options for soap magick, and that magick is much stronger when the soap is handcrafted, tailored to your witchy needs. Below are soaps I crafted myself at my kitchen counter. The prices all include shipping and handling.

The soaps with the Celtic knot designs are 7cm x 4.5 cm x 1cm . The block soaps are 8cm x 5 cm x 2 cm. (roughly)

At this time, I cannot sell to countries outside the United States. I hope to be able to in the near future, but at the time I cannot. there are many restrictions, legal fine print, and requirements to sell to folks across the pond. I will work on remedying this as soon as possible.

My quaint kitchen counter, with everything I need to start making soap!

The Goods

Wake up, Sunshine!

Wake up Sunshine is made with orange, clementine & lemon zest, mint from my garden (dehydrated in the sun, soaking up the rising sun's energy, and hand crushed), apricot seeds for gentle exfoliating, and a gentle citrus fragrance. Red soap coloring for extra zing! Price includes shipping and handling!

$6.00

Wake up & Work it!

This is one of my FAVORITES! WU&WI is a goat's milk base, with a soft peppermint and cotton blossom scent. It's just enough to wake you up in the morning, and the rosemary and mint help you to get your mind clear and sharp. The patchouli grounds you, giving you stability and sturdiness needed for working.

$8.00

Comfy Cozy

ahh Comfy cozy! this Cotton Blossom and rosemary (from my garden!) blend is just what your body needs after a long day. Scrub with this charmed soap and let your worries and stress melt away (along with negative energy!), leaving you feeling, well, comfy and cozy!

$6.00

Earthly Love

This patchouli soap has a hint of peppermint, which is a sister plant to patchouli. With rose petals, rose hips, and chamomile, you can't help but feel like Mother Earth is wrapping her sturdy, strong arms around you, grounding you in place. If you're feeling disheveled, or out of sorts, wash your face (or whole body) with this, and you will be right as rain!

$6.00


More to come! I just ordered more goats milk soap base, and have a bunch of herbs I’ve been setting out to dry in the sun. I love the sun’s energy – the rising sun is great for rejuvenation, energy boost, and clarity. The setting sun has a soothing feeling, with a sense of stability that works well with Earthly energy.

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{Book Review} The Door to Witchcraft: A New Witches Guide to History, Traditions, & Modern Day Spells, by Tonya A. Brown

The Door to Witchcraft opens the door to reviews for Magical Musings!

Book reviews are really fun to write so I don’t know why it took me so long to start doing it on my blog/ website. I’ve written them for work a few times and had a blast with it! I decided The Door to Witchcraft was the perfect book to start with! A part of my mission is to help new witches figure out what they want to do and how to do it, so recommending resources is a major part of that. Instead of just making a list off to the side of the website, where hardly anyone will notice it, I should write reviews for the books I feel are most helpful.

Walking through the Door

I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book when I ordered it on Kindle. I’ve actively avoided ‘witchcraft 101’ books for awhile, simply because they all say the same damn thing, in the same boring ways. After being blown away by Weave the Liminal, (which will be the next review!), I thought: “Well, I know Tonya, and know she’s a great writer with a unique and creative voice, so I’m sure her book will be an interesting read, even if it reiterates everything all witchy 101 books do.”

My thoughts

Interesting read doesn’t even come close. Tonya’s enthusiastic, creative, knowledgable voice was but one part of this book, turning plain words into a song of wit and wisdom. She has the book divided into two major parts: Part I: Witchcraft & Practical Magic {includes history, values, definitions, ethics, and ‘the basics’.
Part II: Spells {exactly how it sounds – an assortment of spells for categories from love to business}.

Top 6 Best Quotes

To understand how to create change, you must understand the sequence of events it entails. The cycle is as follows: Knowing – Witchcraft – Magic.

Witchcraft is about taking the raw, beautiful, and powerful forces of our world and using them to create change.

Whether you are a badass woman who oozes solar energy or a gorgeous man who drips lunar, or a nonbinary person with an energy all your own, you are a powerful, strong witch.

The truth is that trying to classify something as purely good or purely bad lacks empathy and complex thought. In witchcraft there are no absolutes—nothing is inherently good or bad.

Intuition. Follow your gut and your moral compass about what is right and what is not. Just because you’ve made mistakes doesn’t mean you’re “evil,” and just because you’ve done something for someone else doesn’t mean you’re “good.” Try to throw those labels out. It all comes down to trusting yourself and thinking through actions and consequences.

Let the universe move you, surprise you, challenge you, and support you—as a witch, your connection to it is mystical and beautiful.

Make sure to get your copy now!

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Magick Gardens

Warning: Gardening is addictive and will improve your health, spirit and mental well-being.

Rachel Patterson, Kitchen Witchcraft: Garden Magic, pg. 3

This GIF pretty much sums up how I feel about gardening. It’s funny, two years ago I couldn’t keep a Hen and Chicks succulent alive, but last year I managed to grow a pretty little garden! This year I’m taking on more challenging plants, and even plan to transplant a rose bush! I know roses are fairly hardy plants, and as long as I time it right the bush should take root well, but I’m still proud of myself. Confidence is key to success in all endeavors! (That, and a little help from Good Neighbors.)

My bright and sunny darling
June, 2018
My quaint little garden, before I got help from my Good Neighbors…

Before I purchased any supplies, I did my homework. Growing a garden is a science, just as it is an art. You need to know which plants get along, which plants like light, and which like shade, and you need to know if the plant will be happy in regular soil, or if you need sand or a fancier soil. I’m still a novice, as you can tell from my impressive vocabulary (fancy soil – face palm).

August 2018
After leaving offerings to my Good Neighbors, and calling on Aine to bless the soil

Connect to Earth on a deeper level…

Growing a garden is more than just planting and harvesting supplies for your herbal collection. It’s about connecting with the Earth on a deeper level…it’s about establishing a relationship with the spirits of Nature, the Fair Folk, and the Genius Loci, and it’s about using magick to create life. When I see a seed I planted turn into a cute little sprout, reaching for the sun out of the dark soil, I am overcome with pride, in the plant and myself. It’s akin to the pride I feel when my son does something new, so it wouldn’t be far off to say it’s a motherly love you feel for your plants. Those little plants have spirits of their own, and they respond to your love and affection.

I think it was a documentary, perhaps a video on Youtube or Facebook, but it revealed that plants suffer when they’re bullied. They had two plants – same plants, same soil, same age – everything was identical. They were kept in environment controlled boxes, to ensure that the only variable was what the plant was told. They had recorded people saying mean things, and saying nice things, and played the mean things to one plant and the nice to the other. The plant who heard the compliments grew strong and tall, while the abused plant was weak and sickly. If that isn’t proof that plants have feelings, I don’t know what is!

How do I start a magickal garden?

Intention

The first step in creating your magickal garden is the first step in any magickal activity: devise your intent. Do you want the garden to carry out an assortment of intentions, or do you want to stick to one theme? Do you want to grow a garden as an offering? Or, how about creating an elemental garden, with a separate garden or section for each element. For ideas, I have created a Pinterest board with all sorts of pins about gardening for witches.

Research and Record-Keeping

All of my garden plans are in my grimoire. Some people use spreadsheets, recording their planting time, when and how they are to be pruned, watering schedules, feeding schedules- everything needed to keep the garden tasks sorted. I will create a diagram of the garden, to scale, so I can plan where to plant each seedling.

I live in an apartment, so I only have a small space to work with. (I have had to put in a formal request to plant a small rose bush, and it is yet to be approved…) The flower and herb garden is going to be in the back yard, so as long as it doesn’t extend past my little porch and steps, it’s allowed by property management. That gives me a bit of land about five feet across and four feet deep. Not a lot in garden terms. This means I have to choose plants that do not need a lot of space around them, but growing outside means my plants can grow nice and tall. By planning wisely, I can manifest a magickal garden just as glorious as any other. You feel such pride when you carefully devise and plant a healthy garden, no matter the purpose. When it doesn’t do well it is heartbreaking. That is why research and record keeping is so important.

  • Research:
    • what plants do well in your location;
    • what plants get along and which need to be in their own container;
    • how much light and water the plants require; if the plant needs special soil, or will need particular food. Do you need to mulch? Do you need sand?
    • Will the plant attract bugs, and if so, what kinds? Butterflies and bees are great, but if you or a family member is allergic, then you may want to avoid a bee-attracting plant.
  • Record-keeping:
    • To make sure your garden thrives, you will have to design it carefully. That means drawing out a scale sketch, and then sectioning off what will go where. If you can do this in your head and remember, that’s great! But, if not, you will have to draw it out. If you don’t want to keep that then use scrap paper.
    • It helps to have one location to keep your design sketch, research notes, a chart of what can be planted when, and even record when you planted something, if it’s going to come back next year, how often it needs watering, when and how to prune, and proper harvesting methods.

By planning wisely, I can manifest a magickal garden just as glorious as any other.

Elemental Garden

One design I am considering is an elemental garden. I’ve done my homework, and kept extensive notes, so once I know what can go where, I can work in an elemental theme.

Earth/Land

Soil is the body of the garden. It is the body, and water is the blood. When you lay down the garden, take a bit of soil in your hand. Bring it to your nose, and inhale deeply. There is nothing like the scent of fertile soil. Bring it apart, and watch it fall. There is a thing of beauty, as soil slips through your fingers. And don’t wear gloves when you do this! I know, your nails will be grubby and gross. But when you first lay out your garden, it’s important to connect to the soil.

Your Earth garden may be a garden on its own, or it may be a section of your garden as a whole. In addition to soil, you can bring the element of Earth into your garden with rocks, crystals, and statues of dwarves and fairies. Growing lush greens, like having a pot of mint, or a nearby bush, will work as well. Earth and Land, in any elemental system, is associated with the quality of strength and stability. What better to represent that than a tree? If you can’t plant a tree, then plant your garden near a tree. Hanging some chimes in the tree (incorporating air), will tie the tree to the garden.

Earth Spell: Garden protection


Using a pot or cauldron, mix a handful of soil from your garden, a healthy dose of pepper, and a few pinches of dried basil. (Use your intuition for exact amounts). Use a rusty nail to stir the mixture. Set the nail aside, and, using your hand, sprinkle the mixture around the perimeter of the garden saying:

Basil cleanse, Pepper sting, This garden is sealed with a protective ring.

Bury the nail at any corner of the garden. (Make sure it’s deep, and to be safe, put a stone or board over the spot. I know I love to garden barefoot, and would hate to step on the nail if it manages to climb up to the surface. This would be a good spot to put your garden altar!)

James Kambos, “Spring Garden Magic”, Llewellyn’s 2013 Magical Almanac, pg. 15

Air/Sky

Nothing says spring like a melodious song of birds in the morning. One of the most depressing things about winter is waking to silence – or worse, to the sound of a snow plow. While I’m grateful that snow removal is included with my apartment, it’s not a pleasant way to wake. The gentle breeze brings the unmistakeable scent of spring – the soil, the moss, the subtle smell of trees as they awaken from their icy slumber.

To incorporate air into your elemental garden, plant flowers with gentle yellow hues. Angelica, “Ruby Giant” echinacea and Russian Sage are all ‘air’ plants. Wind chimes are always a great way to invite the powers of air. My favorite way to extend offerings to the powers of air is to hang bird feeders. Whether it be a humble hummingbird feeder, or half a dozen large feeders and houses, Nature appreciates when you feed her feathered children.

Fire

Spring is a little cool for us Northerners to go camping, but it’s the perfect time for bonfires and fire pits. The spring showers keeps the grass moist, minimizing the chances for a wandering spark to cause a tragic disaster. If you are like me, and live in an apartment, then a fire pit or chimnea may not be possible. you could make do, with carefully placed candles and lights. Planting sunflowers will bring the element of Fire into your garden as well (or any flower with vibrant orange, red, or yellow hues). There is a neat DIY Mason-jar candle holder I found on Pinterest, which is in the board I created for Magick Gardens. Where I live, mosquitos can get quite thick by the height of summer, so citronella torches and candles give mood lighting and keep the pests away.

Water

Water is the life blood of the garden. Something simple as a way to collect rain water for your plants can be efficient in incorporating the powers of water into your garden. A rain collection container doesn’t have to be an unsightly bucket either. Paint a watering can, or repurpose coffee cans, so as one overflows it will pour into another can just below. Rain water is much better for our gardens than tap, so if you don’t get a lot of rain, try to save what you can when it does.

A birdbath, or even a small pond are equally efficient, and much prettier to look at. While I can’t have a bird bath, much less a pond, I can have a small fountain. There is something about the gentle trickle of a fountain – it’s reminiscent of a gentle spring rain. I’ve included a few pins on how to make your own fountain. I’m not comfortable working with sheet metal, so I will hunt for clearance fountains to add to my garden.

Water is rejuvenating, and refreshing. Make a ritual out of watering your plants (or any other form of tending); take the time to talk to your plants and connect with their spirits. Each plant spirit has its own personality, its own vibration. Get to know each one. This especially comes in handy if one gets sick. If you are in tune with the plant’s spirit, you can ask it what is wrong. You would be surprised how well this works.

Connect to your Plants

As I said, take the opportunity to get to know each plant in your garden when you can. Even if it’s just a few minutes when you’re watering them. Not only does this prove helpful when a plant gets sick, but it helps when it comes time to deadhead, prune or harvest. It’s not respectful to go around cutting someone’s hair, so it’s equally rude to just start snipping away before asking the plant for permission. Last year some of my flowers grew as tall as 6 feet, and the flowers would get so heavy the poor stalk would be leaning from the weight. I would water the garden, and talk to all of my plants. Then I would get shears, ones I used only for my garden, and before I snipped anything I would talk with the plant. I would ask if I could cut it here or there, and would tell it why. “Your bloom will soon die, may I cut it here to relieve your back from leaning and make a bouquet in my home?” or, “this part of your plant has become sick, may I remove it so you can thrive?” Same goes for deadheading, when you pull dead blossoms off so the flower can replace it with a new one. “I’m sorry I have to hurt you, but it’s so you can keep growing strong”. And after I’m done, I take a moment to feel gratitude for my plants, and for their sacrifice. Even if it’s just a damaged leaf, it’s part of their body. The garden is much healthier when it knows it’s loved.

Each plant spirit has its own personality, its own vibration. Get to know each one.

Garden Magick

You may use your garden to grow herbs and flowers for magickal workings, or the act of growing the garden itself could be magick. While I have included some pins about what a Witch’s Garden includes on the Pinterest board, don’t feel compelled to include any of the suggestions. With witchcraft, you want to make it your own. That means listening to your body, your intuition, and trusting that the messages you receive from nature are real. Yes, my garden will have some herbs. But that’s because I was drawn to them, NOT because some ‘expert’ wrote that I have to have them in order for my garden to be ‘witchy’. As witches, we are naturally drawn to the outdoors. We are nurturers, mothers, caregivers, healers, and have honed our abilities to walk between the worlds. All of these qualities are exercised in gardening – whether it’s a rock garden, a pond, a succulent or zen garden, flower garden, vegetable garden – I could go on and on.

I think that altars make the magick garden complete, but again, go with your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable having an altar outside, then don’t have one! Like I said before, I need a little help when it comes to gardening, so I adorn my garden with things that Good Neighbors like. I will have an altar in my garden this year, whereas last year my ‘witchy’ stuff was at a bare minimum. The altar will be for Earth gods, ancestors, dragons and Fae, so I’ll have all sorts of odds and ends out there so there is something for everyone. But that’s me.

When one hears magick, it’s natural to think spells. There are countless spells that use the growth of a plant to bring prosperity, or the soil of the bed to bring protection, luck, health, happiness. I included only two spells, but I found dozens more in researching this post. (Most of the content I knew, but still like to do research to see if there’s anything I can add to the piece). Growing an elemental garden connects you not only to nature but to the elements as well, which makes spells utilizing the elements all the stronger. You could design your garden in a way that it works with the planets, or deities. There is no limit to the possibilities. James Kambos, in his article “Spring Garden Magic”, said “The spring garden should be a place to celebrate magic.” (p. 19, Llewellyn’s 2013 Magical Almanac). I couldn’t agree more, Kambos! The very act of growing and nurturing a garden is magick.

…gardens reflect alchemy in action, bringing the above of spirit to the below of color, scent, and natural beauty, and the soul to the without of evocative expression.

Tiffany lazic, “Urban Elemental gardens: Crafting magic in small outdoor spaces”, Llewellyn’s 2019 magical almanac, pg. 45

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Llewellyn’s 2013 Magihcal Almanac

Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac

Rachel Patterson, Kitchen Witchcraft: Garden Magic


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Magical Musings Blog is Now Magical Medium!

I’ve got some crazy changes in the works guys, and I just wanted to thank you ahead of time for your patience, your understanding, and for not trolling me because the website is still displaying “Magical Musings” everywhere.

I have a new author website – WriteKindofMagic.art, which is why I decided to move the blog over to that site, making this site solely dedicated to offering spiritual services. I mean, that’s been my focus for a while now anyways, so it’s past time the website reflected that..

It’ll take some time to get things situated- especially because I have NO CLUE how to move the blog posts from one page to another- but we’ll get there.

I have had some client fluctuations and made some serious career choices, so while in the long run, my career is improving, until my books are published and actually sell, my income is going to hit an all time low. And I’m expecting my second child in September (2021). So that’s another reason for shifting the focus and changing the name of this website- I need to attract more clients. I’m not going to beat around the bush – anyone who’s followed me for more than a year knows transparency is my thing. Is it tacky to be like “I need money so I reworked my freelance services business model”- maybe, but it’s free of bullshit and that matters more in my opinion.

So anyways, please, check out my tarot and oracle services – get yourself a session, tell your friends and family to get a session. If you don’t want cartomancy, (divination via cards) email me- we can figure out the most suitable approach to help/improve/adjust your situation and come to an agreement regarding the fee. In addition to transparency, fairness is another one of my ‘things’. I just could not, in good conscience, charge fees that I would not be able to pay myself. Like, I can’t afford a $50 tarot reading, so I’m sure as shit not going to charge that much. Same goes for mediumship readings- I wouldn’t pay more than $20 – especially when there’s no guarantee the medium will connect with a spirit who wishes to speak to you, and there’s of course the whole ‘how much can I trust that this person is legit?’ thing with mediums. So again, I charge what I would pay. And I’m not ashamed to allow clients to add a gratuity fee when they purchase services – I’ve tipped readers before, so why not keep the option open? I mean for me, a $2 tip is just as valuable as a $10 tip – the whole point of it is to express gratitude. Gratitude is a magic all its’ own – when I know others are grateful for me, I just do better.

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Appreciating Social-Distancing: The Earth is Healing

Reasons to Smile

With all the stressors we are dealing with right now- illness, isolation, job insecurity, fear for loved ones- it’s hard to see a silver lining around the COVID-19 cloud. That’s why I’m going to take the time to point it out. I’m not writing this because I think being stressed or anxious is invalid – in fact, it’s the opposite. We have every reason to worry, every reason to feel anxious. But that doesn’t mean we have to let the stress dictate our lives. We can enjoy life and we can be grateful while still appreciating the severity and seriousness of what’s going on in the world. This is unprecedented, and it’s more important than ever for us to look to reasons for living – look to reasons for staying strong – because we still have a lot to look forward to. Life continues to move forward and we should too. 

Image by Pandanna Imagen from Pixabay

People have been around for about 200,000 years. We have survived epidemics before and we will survive this one, too. In the 6,000 some-odd years we’ve lived together in civilizations, we have wreaked havoc on the planet we call home.[i]Now that we aren’t going out and about, rolling through the daily grind, the Earth is showing us that She is surviving – dare I say thriving – in light of all this. People aren’t flocking to beaches, parks, zoos, and other public attractions, allowing the land and animals a much-needed break from us. Here are some of the ways in which the Earth is reviving herself:

Amorous Animals

An article in the NYTimes, two pandas in a Hong Kong zoo have finally mated! Panda’s are notorious for their low libido – whether they don’t really know how to mate, or don’t want to mate, experts aren’t sure. What they do know is that the lack of love-making is contributing to the low numbers of pandas in the world. This applies to pandas in captivity as well as in the wild, so zookeepers are reassured that their walls aren’t the reason for the lack of mating amongst pandas. Ying Ying and Le Le have lived together for 13 years at the Ocean Park Zoo, and Monday, April 6th they finally did the deed. They started showing signs that mating season was coming close, and so zoo workers gathered around the enclosure with phones on the ready. Below is a twitter post containing a video of the momentous mating. Michael Boos, the executive director in zoological operations and conservation at Ocean Park, said “The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.” Let’s hope that this momentous occasion leads to a baby panda!

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Tranquil Turtles

Over in Spain, on March 3rd, a 100-year-old South American river turtle laid eggs at the Emperor Valley Zoo. The turtles normally don’t lay eggs, as they are constantly bombarded with people sticking their faces in on them. Since the zoo closed, however, the turtles felt comfortable enough to lay eggs and bury them in the sand.[ii]

On April 1st, Brazil had some turtle action as well. Rather than laying, they got to experience hatching. Thousands of turtles on the beach hatched and made their way to the ocean. A phenomenon like this would normally draw crowds, leading to litter on the beach, attempted theft of baby turtles, and cause a distraction for the little critters making their way to the ocean. 

Pollution Solution, possibly?

It’s no surprise that the pollution levels in the air and on land has declined since people have been quarantined to their homes. They aren’t out and about, driving their cars, leaving their trash lying about, and factories that usually pump pollution into the air have shut down. It’s most noticeable in major cities around the world:

  • The famous canals in Venice, Italy are clear for once, thanks to the lack of boat traffic.[iii] Without boats zooming up and down the canals all day, the sediment has been able to settle giving Italians a clear view to the bottom. 
  • The air pollution has dropped markedly, thanks to the reduction of motor vehicle traffic. The other day I participated in a Zoom session with my fellow Witch Way Magazine writers, and Michael Herkes, author of The GLAM Witch, told us that the few times he’s ventured into the city, Chicago, IL, the air is noticeably cleaner. NASA reported that the air in the Northeast has much less nitrogen dioxide (aka NO2), a toxic pollutant emitted from motor vehicles.[iv]
  • The NOlevels over Asia and Europe have dropped 40% since last year

With many reports surfacing about a possible link between high air pollution and Coronavirus deaths, we can only hope that NOcontinues to drop. 

I’m far from the only person to be pointing out the reasons to smile despite the pandemic. If you take a look at my Source list, you’ll find other articles outlining how the world is benefiting from social distancing orders.

Facebook is abuzz with ways to ease your anxieties, as well. As I mentioned earlier, I participated in a chat with my fellow Witch Way Magazine writers. We discussed ways in which we are taking care of ourselves, ways we are taking advantage of our time at home, and more. You can hop on over to Facebook, if you’re interested in watching.

Not a Typical Post

I know this is far from usual for me. I usually post about magick, goddess/god work, spirituality, and enlightenment. So, why am I talking about pollution and the corona virus? For a few reasons. 

  1. Witches are intimately connected to nature, and the state of the world is important to us.
  2. Witches are HUMAN. That means we are just as susceptible to anxiety, fear, depression, and sadness as any other person. Witches need cheering up sometimes too, I know I do, and it has cheered me up a little putting this post together for you.
  3. I care about you and your well-being. It matters to me how you are feeling. I can only imagine how you are all coping with the chaos and so I wanted to remind you that it’s not all horrible. I want to remind you that with destruction comes creation, and vice versa. We can’t even begin to guess why  this is all happening, and we can’t predict when it will end or how. So in the meantime, we can try to stay focused on the positive. As witches we know that thoughts have weight, and that having positive thoughts are more likely to render a change. 

Further In Summer than the Birds
by Emily Dickinson

Further in Summer than the Birds – 
Pathetic from the Grass – 
A minor Nation celebrates
It’s unobtrusive Mass.
No Ordinance be seen –
So gradual the Grace
A gentle Custom it becomes –
Enlarging Loneliness –
Antiquest felt at Noon –
When August burning low
Arise this spectral Canticle
Repose to typify –
Remit as yet no Grace – 
No furrow on the Glow,
But a Druidic Difference
Enhances Nature now – 

[Posted in Poems by Emily Dickinson.]

Sources

[i] https://www.universetoday.com/38125/how-long-have-humans-been-on-earth/

[ii] https://countrymusicnation.com/due-to-no-visitors-100-year-old-turtle-lays-eggs-at-zoo?a=MB&var=TurtleQueen-CR&utm_campaign=turtlequeen&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=author-mb-posted_by-mb-cr&utm_content=viral&fbclid=IwAR3L43zu6Ff8BdDLhHOPZB5ErBoXDRX0wDjKqYOScoHh6dOHRwbNS14NwN4

[iii] https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/18/photos-water-in-venice-italys-canals-clear-amid-covid-19-lockdown.html

[iv] https://www.wwlp.com/weather/weather-news/nasa-northeast-air-pollution-drops-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

New Moon Healing Spell

Hello my loves! A week ago I posted an article, Witches, Unite in the Fight! , encouraging you guys to utilize the upcoming new moon energies in a way that will be beneficial to yourself as well a the community around you. I shared this article on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, using the hashtag #WitchesAgainstCOVID19 to spread the word.

It is my hope that I reached a large enough number of witches to make a difference. Even if you aren’t using this spell but choose to instead write your own, or use a spell by another witch, what matters is our intentions are in sync. (Cue N’sync song…) Whatever you choose is fine, all I ask is that we work together to protect our community and offer support to the scientists and medical health professionals who are spending countless hours working towards developing treatment or vaccines, or towards healing the sick. They’re putting their health- their lives- on the line, for the sake of ours.

Sigil for New Moon Spell fighting COVID19

New Moon Spell

What You Need:

  • candle (white or blue, for healing),
  • needle/nail, or something sharp to inscribe sigil on candle
  • lighter/matches,
  • sigil,
  • peace and quiet
  • Optional: a satellite image of your town/city, with your home clearly visible

It is an ancient belief that thoughts can become things, which means that your mind has the ability to manifest your desires. This requires your mental concentration, the ability to visualize your belief, and the raising of energy through your emotional investment. See your desire in your mind, believe in its manifestation, and direct energy toward realizing it in your life.

What We Knew in the Night, Raven Grimassi (pg. 181)

What You’ll Do:

Charge your candle with the New Moon energies. You can either put it in a window sill or set it outside. In the meantime, make the sigil your own. You can either print it off and trace it a few times while concentrating on the intention, or make your own sigil using the intention associated with the sigil. (All living souls of my community are protected against threats to their health.)

When your candle is charged, inscribe the sigil on the candle (I find it’s easiest to draw the sigil on the bottom of the candle).

You can cast a circle and call the quarters if you wish. Ground and center, shifting your mind to a higher frequency. Find your powers- your ability to work magic, your ability to manifest intentions. My power center is in my belly. Some work from their heart, others their mind. Find it, and let that power grow filling your entire being. When you feel that you are ready, light the candle.

As you gaze at the candle, see the healing energies of the New moon glowing around the candle in a blue orb. Concentrate on that orb, and see it grow as you think about protecting yourself. When the orb has grown enough to enclose yourself within it, then think about protecting your family, and see the orb grow enough to enclose your home. The next step is going to be the most difficult – you may wish to get your photo of your town. See this orb continue to grow, enclosing your neighbors, then your neighborhood. Then it surrounds your entire town in protective energies. You can send down roots into the ground to pull energy from the Earth if you need to. Send out feelers to your fellow witches, supporting each other in this working. Imagine that you are creating an invisible shield against this virus. Even imagine little viruses flying around and bouncing off your shield. Start to bring your focus inward, gradually bringing it back to yourself when you’re ready. That shield is still there…know that with all your being. Get some water and something to eat and rest. This is a simple but powerful working, and you don’t want to over exert yourself.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I will be performing this spell tonight, March 24th, at 10 pm, EST.

By protecting our communities, we are making the fight against this pandemic that much more manageable. As the month goes on, use the fiery energies of Aries to send support to the people working towards creating vaccines, treatments..studying the virus in general. Send support to nurses, doctors and medical health professionals. Send support to teachers, who are doing their best to provide education to future doctors and scientists. We are witches, and we can make a difference.


Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

Wilma Rudolph

Get to Know a Goddess: Part 4

November 22nd: Leucothea

Happy Birthday Sagittarius Babies! Sagittarius is the centurion archer who represents harmonious mingling of the physical and spiritual living. Saggitarians tend to have a strong drive for justice, much like the goddess Leucothea.

Leucothea is a Greek goddess. The word Leucothea translates to “milk-white goddess”, alluding to her maternal nature. According to mythology, Leucothea was the mother of centaurs, and wet nurse for the famous Dionysus. In more recent times she is depicted as a sea goddess with art work presenting her as a mermaid. Telesco (author of 365 Goddess, the inspiration and resource for this post) explains that through this transformation “we see the mingling of the spiritual nature (water) with that of the earth (half-human appearance) to create Sagittarius’s customary energies.”.

Themes

  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Communication
  • Balance
  • Harmony
  • Change

Symbols

  • Bow and Arrow
  • White items
  • Milk
  • Seawater

Celebrating Leucothea

Include milk or milk product in your diet today to consume a bit of Leucothea’s maternal nature or invoke her spiritual balance into your life. Wearing white is a way to figuratively don her power.

Ask Leucothea for help with personal transformation, especially those that encourage personal comfort and tranquility, while taking a salt water or milk bath.


Get to Know a Goddess: Part 3

November 18th: Matariki

Matariki, a Hawaiian Goddess, becomes the Pleiades with her six children in Polynesian mythology. Six kids! My goodness, you’d have to be a goddess to be a mother of 6. I have hard enough time with my son and my nephew!

Themes:

  • Stars
  • Harvest
  • Peace

Symbols:

  • Stars
  • the Number Seven

Celebrating Matariki

From mid-to-late November, Hawaiians perform special rituals honoring the appearance of the Pleiades in the sky, which marks the start of Harvest Season.

This is a time of peace- all war is forbidden. They all make one wish: that Matariki and her children appear all over the world all the time!

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Carry 7 stars in your pocket to encourage peace and harmony for you and all around you. You could draw them, type 7 asterisks ******* and print it off, pull star shaped marshmallows from Lucky Charms Cereal- you get the idea. I have stars tattooed on my thigh, so if I wanted to summon the peace and harmony of Matariki, I could just put my hand over the stars on my leg and infuse them with thoughts of this loving goddess.

If you have seemed to hit a wall on accomplishing a task, call Matariki to help show you the way to finish it efficiently. Pray and meditate, and be open to her messages (which usually show themselves after the starts are in the sky).

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Get to Know a Goddess: Part 2

November 16th: Dharani

Dharani is the second goddess of the Get to Know a Goddess. According to Indian mythology, Dharani is the “wealth-providing, luck-bringing, abundant aspect of Lakshimi.

Themes

  • Luck
  • Abundance
  • Wealth
  • Beginnings

Symbols

  • Baskets (filled)
  • Basil (sacred plan
  • Rice
  • Seedlings

Celebrating Dharani

Artist renderings of this goddess depict Dharani with an overflowing basket of rice or seedlings. She freely offers prosperity to those who are struggling. To attract Dharani’s blessings, wash your floors, walls, car, shoes, pets, and/or clothing with basil water. This rids you of any lingering bad luck. Basil is Dharani’s sacred herb, and “it banishes any energy of which the goddess doesn’t approve!”

Carve symbols you associate with good luck into candles and light them, sending away the shadows in your life. As the candle melts the emblem the magic of Dharani is released. It’s recommended that you anoint the candle with basil oil.

You can bestow blessings of Dharani upon others by filling a basket with rice cakes and offering them to visitors and coworkers- whomever crosses your path. By sharing the wealth you’re allowing the goddess “to bring her prosperity to many more lives”.

Symbols of Good Luck

Get to know a Goddess: Part 1

A Note from Amanda

Hello my Loves! I know – where the heck have I been? WELL – long story short, my life has been crazy. Last month I took in my nephew, and it’s been crazy keeping up with work, my son, and rearranging my home and routine to accomodate my nephew. I’ve loved having him here, but it has meant putting things on hold- like my poor blog. But, thanks to my mom who randomly found a big box of witchy books, I found a book that inspired me to write a little series for you guys. This time of year is crazy for everyone, and it’s important to keep in touch with your spirituality – especially when things are going well. It takes a few moments a day to stop and think about the Divine. Yesterday I was having a really rough day, so I put my notebooks away, closed my computer, and cleaned and smudged my home. As soon as the exhaust fans sucked out the erratic, emotional energy, I felt at peace. I felt connected to my Matron goddess, the Morrigan. But there are so many goddesses, and I know, as much as Morrigan loves her Ravens, she is fair and she has directed my attention to a number of other goddesses. In the box of books was 365 Goddess by Patricia Telesco. It features a new goddess everyday. So I thought hey-I should share this with my readers! So I’ve done a little research for each of the goddesses I plan to feature in this series, and have designed a 10 part series all about goddesses, and the goodness they can bring into your life. Enjoy my loves!

November 14th: Pukkeenegak

Pukkeenegak is an Inuit goddess who presides over the household and all community affairs. She’s a mother figure, and watches over children, ensuring they have enough food and clothing. She is depicted with a tattooed face, wearing boots and a pretty dress that is ‘befitting the patroness of seamstresses’.

Themes:

  • Kinship
  • Community
  • Thankfulness
  • Charity
  • Kindness

Symbols:

  • Tattoos

Celebrating Pukkeenegak

Today is the Asking Festival in Alaska. Children and adolescents go door to door gathering foods for a huge community feast. After the meal, people petition one another for gifts, “exchanging the entire community’s goods in the spirit of thanksgiving.”. (Telesco, 1998) To honor Pukeenegak, organze a potluck dinner, leaving a place dedicated just for her.

As she is the Patroness of Seamstresses, wear special clothing to reflect the goddesses’ gift with needle and thread. Or, in light of community, organize a clothing or a coat drive. Each one of the recipients of the donated goods will also receive a blessing from Pukkeenegak.

Tense situations seem to always tag along with holidays and season changes, so it’s bound to slither into your home. If it has, you can call the goddess to your home by drawing an emblem of peace over your heart chakra or the back of your hand. Use a non-toxic marker or body paint, of course. Let it wear off naturally, by which time the soothing magic of Pukkeenegak will have permeated your home.

Symbols of Peace

Telesco, P. 1998. 365 Goddess: A Daily Guide to the Magic and Inspiration of the Goddess. New York, NY: HarperCollins

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