"The homestead that housed a hundred years of earth-workers / and caught crying babes, covered their heads / from cold country nights - it couldn't last forever."
We learn from the wisdom of our ancestors, but we also learn from their mistakes.
"As witches, we have inherited a healing practice and a duty to guard nature, the elements and the spiritual realm on Earth. Our work is never complete. It’s always a practice. Tarot cards offer us guidance in our craft."
"I know that I can find the divine feminine. But she’s wilder, she’s been buried deep underground, frozen in the permafrost. I could use a little wild in my life." Abbie introduces her new column, Heathen's Journey.
"Our past selves refuse to be put away in the dark, fading on a forgotten shelf, or crushed in an old shoebox."
"Where do you return to in your spiritual practice? Where do you find space to begin again?" Asali shares some guidance and a simple ritual for ancestral work.
Tarot creator Sarah Shipman introduces us to a couple of the amazing women of her feminist tarot deck, Our Tarot.
The Cailleachan - Storm Hags - are personifications of the elemental powers of nature, especially in a destructive aspect.
"I began it because I could not stop thinking about those who have gone before us, and how they connect to us, and connect us to each other. All those connections make a beautiful tapestry."
The Facebook event was mysterious—what exactly would “a contemporary queer re-visioning of a beautiful feminist tarot deck from the 80s” be?
What even is a ‘Hierophant’? This is a question I’ve been asked a few times now. Well, to quote from Wikipedia: A hierophant is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy. A hierophant is an interpreter of sacred mysteries and arcane principles. In the Rider Waite Tarot deck and …
I’ve been baking! Yes it’s true. Pies aside, it’s been a while. This morning, I made some ‘soul cakes’ for the Halloween/Samhain feast I’m going to tomorrow. Briefly, on All Soul’s Day, poor children would go house to house in wealthier areas, offering prayers for the families’ dead in return for spiced fruit buns called soul …
I’ve been thinking a lot about honouring ancestors lately. What does that even mean? Wikipedia and dictionary.com define ancestor as any person from whom one is descended. In law the person from whom an estate has been inherited. I like this idea of inheriting an estate – not so much legally, as spiritually and intellectually. At …
On Saturday - November 1st, my friend and I are hosting a samhain/halloween feast. Friends will gather to eat and drink and feel warm together as the nights draw in, as winter envelops us. Samhain traditionally marks the pagan new year - or at least, the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It's a time when 'the veil between this world and 'the other' is thin and we are closer to the dead than we usually feel. And we're going to honour our ancestors. Here's what we'll do at our feast.