What to Cast Without Freezing Your Ass (Indoor Spells for Inclement Weather)

Spring is in full swing here in New England, which means lots of chilly, windy days and plenty of rain.

No complaining here. It could downpour for three days straight and I'd still be wanting more. I blame my years in the desert. You try six months without rain (legitimate fact) and see if you bemoan that wonderful sky juice!

While this witch may be the neighborhood weirdo that sprints outside at the first sign of precipitation, I understand this isn't the accepted norm. But just because you don't want to leave your dry home doesn't mean the magick has to end! 

Here is a list of simple yet cozy spells (read: indoor) that you can cast while still donning your flannel pants and slippers.

Three P.M. pajamas can be our little secret. I never witch and tell. ;)

Stay cozy, witches!

Do you tend to cast spells inside or outdoors? 

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5 Ways to Celebrate Ostara (Without Spending a Dime!)

Spring is such a lovely time of year! The earthy scents, bright green buds on the trees, and the sounds of chirping birds are all welcomed indications that nature is awakening from a frosty slumber. Slender grass tendrils poking through melting snow and that first day when mittens are no longer a necessity serve as a promise that those blustery winter days are slowly waning into the warmth and splendor of spring.

I've noticed people who love fall tend to consider spring a close second to their favorite season. It makes sense, really. It's basically fall in reverse, nature yawning to life instead of preparing for slumber, as if someone hit rewind on the DVR.

If you’ve been following the blog for a few years you’ll know spring in the Southwest wasn't nearly as exciting as in other parts of the country, mostly because cacti are pretty stagnant. They'll spear you any time of year, really. They're just so reliable like that. 

Fortunately, I’m back in my beloved New England where I once again get to enjoy the vibrant colors of a bourgeoning earth and the blissful fragrance of revitalized nature. And I’m extremely grateful for such an experience because spring is one of my favorite seasons. Easily in the top four. ;)

If you're looking for detailed information on Ostara, check out this post, which includes more free ways to celebrate! Otherwise, unwrap that chocolate bunny and let's get to celebrating!

Plant something
In many parts of the country the ground is still frozen on Ostara, if not covered in snow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t welcome the (painfully slow?) arrival of spring by planting something indoors! Treat yourself to a pot of tulips, a countertop herb garden, or whatever plant makes you smile and enjoy a little spring essence on your windowsill.

Treat the bunnies
Rabbits are a symbol of the Goddess, particularly during the spring. Seeing them is always a treat in my household, mostly because I live for anything covered in fur, but it’s also considered a blessing to encounter these lovely little lagomorphs.

Ahhh alliteration!

Give a sacrifice to the blossoming Goddess and her fertile earth by leaving some romaine lettuce* or berries for the bunnies.

Prepare your garden
If the weather permits, start clearing out your garden and preparing the soil for spring-time planting. If you're reading this while glancing out your window at a foot of snow on the ground, why not plan on paper? Make a list of what herbs, vegetables, and fruits you'd like to grow once the ground thaws. It's a nice way to tackle the winter blues!

Brew a spring tea
Just as nature refreshes and revitalizes, now is a good time for us to address natural detoxification approaches. 

But, you know, easy. Because that's how this blog rolls.

Brew yourself a warm mug of spring tea to help your body transition from the long nights of winter to the budding days of spring. Choose herbs like nettle, rose petals, lemon peel, cornflower, calendula, or dandelion to aid in detoxification as well as celebrating spring with an herbal brew! Interested in specific herbal purposes? Check out my absolute favorite go-to herbal medicine reference book: The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine by Brigitte Mars. 

Make an omelette
You gotta eat, right? Start your Ostara with a simple celebratory omelette (or egg scramble if you haven't mastered your diner skills). Use spring vegetables and herbs, like asparagus or chives, and a little fresh goat cheese to make a tasty—and sabbat specific— Ostara feast.

Bonus—veggies and herbs are detoxifying, so it's kind of a 2-in-1 celebration. Score!

Eggs aren't just treats from everyone's favorite oversized, home-intruding bunny. They also represent growth, fertility, and potential, all important aspects of this vernal sabbat! So whether you like your cackle fruits wrecked, on a raft, or flopped, eggs are the perfect way to celebrate the commencement of spring.

Too much diner talk? A thousand apologies. I've been enjoying myself some Do or Diner. I'm a sucker for a good cozy mystery! In fact, if you also love cozy reads please help a reader out and leave your favorite titles in a comment below!

Hope you all have a flower-picking, chocolate-eating, pastel-colored kind of Ostara!

Happy spring, everyone! 🐰🐣

*Some lettuce varieties, such as iceberg, can be dangerous to rabbits. For more information, check out this list of safe bunny fodder.

What's your favorite part of spring? 

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5 More Ways to Celebrate Imbolc (Without Spending a Dime)

It's almost Imbolc! And you know what that means—it's time for the purge.

Now hold up. Put down the bat. I'm not talking about The Purge. No, no. It's still illegal to clobber your annoying neighbor. I'm talking about purging as in purification.

...I'm so disappointed that movie was basically just a typical horror flick because that concept could have been so interesting if they truly explored it. Where do the lines of morality vs legality overlap? How far would the average person go if there were no legal consequences? It'd be a very interesting narrative. 

But admittedly a little heavy for a blog, so let's get back to Imbolc. =D

Imbolc is a time of purification and cleansing, a period where we release the heavy emotions churned up during our Yuletide reflections.

Don't panic if you didn't reflect over the Yule season. I'm not going to quiz you or anything. I'm not that teacher. You know the one. That wet blanket that assigns a massive project over the holiday break that's due the moment you return to class. I'm pretty sure every student experiences one of those in their lifetime.

If you'd like to learn more about Imbolc, check out this post here (where you can also discover 5 MORE ways to celebrate without spending a dime!). But if you're ready to hear five fun ways to celebrate without breaking out the AmEx, scroll on, my friend!

Toss Your Cares Away
Cleanse your troubles by releasing them to nature. Standing beside a stream or river, hold a small river rock in your hands and visualize your problem floating down the stream, away from your life. When the image is clear in your mind, toss the rock into the water and watch it carry away your burden.

This ritual is a variation of a water spell shared with me by my lovely friend Gea, so shout out to Gea! ♥

Clean House (of your old crap)
Most of us have been meaning to clean out at least one closet that physically assaults you every time you open the door. Purify your home by clearing out old clothes and household goods and donating them to charity. Not only will this remove blockages that can stagnate your home's energy, but you'll also be helping the less fortunate. The Universe is kind of fond of that! ;)

Some Plants Are Worth Melting For
Snowed in? Take some snow inside and allow it to melt (by the fire is extra special!). Then take the melted snow (sometimes referred to as water) and use it to water indoor plants or cut flowers. This symbolizes The Wheel turning as winter slowly transitions into spring. 

Plus snow just seems extra cleansing compared to regular tap water. Maybe I'm just biased? But then again I've never heard Lorelai Gilmore proclaim, "I smell tap water!"

Take a Ritual Soak
Using herbs such as rosemary, lavender, or chamomile, draw yourself a soothing hot bath to soak away the stresses of chilly winter! When you're ready (but before you get out), envision the weight of your problems being washed away by the water as you emerge, leaving them behind in the tub. As you towel off, visualize a bright white light radiating from your freshly cleansed skin. Savor the buoyant feeling of release! You are now cleansed of any negative energy (which remains in the tub). Let the water drain and picture your concerns rushing down the pipes with the bathwater. You are now physically and energetically oh-so-squeaky clean!

I would advise you use a muslin bag or tea ball to contain your herbs. Otherwise, use essential oils. Trust me, you don't want to end a relaxing bath with a soggy mess of herbs.

....Not that I know this from experience or anything. *Closely examines nails* I mean, I haven't had to pick lavender out of the bathtub bud by bud or anything.  

Try Your Hand at Fire Divination
Considered the Festival of Light, fire is often incorporated with Imbolc rituals. Use this time to try fire divination! While it sounds somewhat complicated, all you really need to do is meditate while looking into the flames, allow your mind to slow and thoughts to clear, and see what information presents itself to you. This may come as a personal revelation or a foretelling. Don't try to force the process; just relax into it. =D

You may find larger fires, such as camp or bonfires, are easier to work with than candles. But if you're a fire sign, this may come to you very easily! 

So remember, while we can't resort to The Purge to rectify our problems, we can purge many nuisances from our life without the hassle of bloodstained carpets.

Too dark? Sorry, my humor is still in winter mode. =/

Have you ever tried fire divination? What's your favorite way to honor Imbolc?

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Super Simple Pie Crust Spell (for ANY Pie!)

With holiday baking in full swing, I can't help but wonder how many pie crusts are going into the oven unenchanted. It's a shame, really! I hate a good opportunity for magick being wasted simply because someone doesn't know how easy it is to incorporate a spell into mundane tasks.

...If you don't understand why missed magick opportunity upsets me so, please take a look around my site. I'll wait. Gotta finish this eggnog anyway.

Without further delay, here is my SUPER simple Pie Crust Spell that I highly encourage you to incorporate into your next baking session. Whether it's homemade or store bought, sweet or savory, it doesn't mean a thaaang! Just get to casting, you kitchen witch, you!

What You'll Need:

Pie Crust

Writing utensil


How to Conjure:

Using something pointed, such as a toothpick or a butter knife, gently carve a symbol, word, or picture that represents your desires into your pie crust. Just break the surface. Don't cut all the way through your crust or your goodies will flow out when baking. Get creative. Incorporate runes. Create your own sigil. Draw like the third grader we know is hiding within. Just put some love into it. No need to harness your inner art critic. 

Before adding your filling, take a moment to hold your palms over the crust (facing the crust) and envision your desires manifesting. 

Add filling. Bake. Eat. 

See?! I told you it was easy! Just make sure you eat some of it. Unless the spell is for someone else, such as a healing spell. In that case make sure your intended eats it. But remember to play nice when casting for others. Don't go The Help on your pie. Mostly because it will come back to you, but also because it's totally illegal. And gross. And, like, really gross.

Don't understand that reference? It's probably better. It will forever ruin chocolate pie. =/

Happy magickal baking! ♥

What's your favorite kitchen witch hack?

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