Monday, April 6, 2020

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


Spring is here, my friends! Can you feel it? The warmth on your skin. The melodic twitter of birds. The lush grass beneath your feet. The hay fever clogging your nose. 

Worth it, I say. Totally worth it for tulips and daisies and lilacs, oh my!

With spring comes Beltane, the sabbat of fertility and promise. The Goddess is fertile, the God is ripening into a man, and the birds and the bees are gearing up to knock boots.

Very small boots. I mean, it's a bee. Do they even have feet?

Celebrated on May 1st, Beltane is the celebration of fertility and vitality. But one can only *ahem* celebrate their fertility so many times in a day, am I right? Here are five cost-free, Astroglide-free ways to celebrate May Day!

...And lose the Astroglide, kiddies. This isn't the 80's. Coconut oil, my friends. You're welcome! ;)

Ribbon Wish Tree
We've all seen the pictures of Maypoles with maidens dancing in circles, weaving colorful ribbons in jubilant celebration. This is a tribute to the God, honoring his strengthening masculinity. 

A ribbon wish tree is a similar concept with out all the hassle of erecting a pole. *ba dum tss* Using long lengths of ribbon or even strips of recycled cloth, decorate a tree in your yard, making one wish per ribbon. When you're done, dance and frolic beneath the tree, invoking all the cheery delight of a Tampax commercial. 

Flower Braids
If you long for the beauty of a flower crown but don't have floral tape on hand, I've got your covered! Well, if you have long-ish hair I have you covered.

Honor the maiden Goddess by weaving your hair into braid pigtails just like you did as a child. Or like you did last week if you're a witch who refuses to give up this hairstyle. 

Hey! Don't judge me. It's convenient and adorable. I will not be braid shamed! =P

Once braided, pick wildflowers and add them to your braids, weaving them into the folds for added security. Viola! You're now selfie ready, you beautiful goddess! 

For all four men that read this blog, feel free to tuck a daisy behind your ear, you Casanova, because I'm guessing braids aren't an option. Sorry. We get the silky locks; you get to pee standing up. *shrugs*

Listen to the Flowers
Take a stroll through your yard or favorite path and take note of any flowers. Pick them if you wish or simply spend quiet time observing their beauty individually. What impressions do you get? What feelings does that bud inspire? Does a tulip feel different from a dandelion? What magickal properties does each flower convey? 

Keep a journal of your discoveries and notate any magickal correspondences you intuit, whether through mental sight, feeling, scent, etc. Then cross reference these impressions to a magickal correspondence encyclopedia. I recommend this one or this one. You may find what you sensed didn't correlate to the book. That's okay! Remember, magick is a very personal thing. Trust your instincts and listen to the flowers! 

Absorb Vitality
Beltane is about life. Creating it. Celebrating it. Enjoying it! Take some quiet time to absorb all of that thriving energy. Practice a simple grounding meditation in the grass by getting your bare tootsies in the soil, breathing deeply, and envisioning roots growing out of your feet and deep into the ground. Then imagine the energies of the Earth rising through the roots into your body, invoking vibrant, vital energy into your cells. This calming practice can be done any day of the year but is especially replenishing during the spring. 

Balance Your Heart Chakra ( aka Where's the Love?)
Beltane is a sabbat of love, which means it's the perfect time for some heart chakra (pronounced: shak-ra) work. Chakras are energy points in the body, and if one is imbalanced it can affect you in many ways, including emotionally and physically. Living in our crazy, screwed-up world it's not uncommon for this important energy center to get a bit closed off. Take this sabbat of love to do a little tidying up in the ol' heart space. ;) Try a quick meditation or even some heart-opening yoga

Please note: if you caught the Hanson reference in the title, we should be friends. And if you caught the Miranda Lambert reference just then, we should definitely be friends. =P



So, my dear compadres, go out and enjoy that fresh spring air! Breathe vitality into your lungs, savor the grass beneath your feet, and celebrate this gift of life!

Blessed Beltane!


What's your favorite way to celebrate Beltane?



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Monday, March 2, 2020

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



Spring may be just a few weeks off, but a quick look out the window is probably indicating otherwise.

Please hold all rotten tomato tossing until the end of the show. Thank you very much. 

While you may be ready to break out yellow rain boots and adorable umbrellas, you’re most likely reading this post from beneath a thick, cozy blanket with a steaming mug of tea.

Tea actually sounds like a good idea right now. Please stand by.

Just because a witch doesn’t want to crawl out from under her snuggly cocoon 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.

It 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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Monday, February 3, 2020

How to Celebrate Leap Day



This year is a Leap Year, which means more time to get shit done! In fact, I’m sooooo busy getting stuff done—practicing daily yoga, writing countless books, cooking savory yet nutritious meals all with glowing hair and flawless skin—that I’m going to get right to my point.

Well, two points. #1: that was total sarcasm. I’m writing this in sweatpants and a hoodie. If I’m home, just know I’m in sweats, mmmkay?

Point #2: I’ve never understood the whole Leap Year thing. There, I said it! Even as a child I couldn’t understand the excitement. Fortunately, as an adult, I know *slightly* more. Mostly how to drive a car and make a mean cup of coffee.

…I’m just kidding. I’m from New England. I’ve been making killer coffee since I was thirteen.

I promised to get to my point swiftly, so no more dilly dallying! As an adult with endless responsibilities and deadlines and traffic and grocery shopping and side hustle, side hustle, dear God with the motherf-ing side hustles— why should one more day of busyness get you amped? Isn’t it really just one more day delaying us from what we’re all actually looking forward to?

I’m talking Samhain, folks! ;)

With Leap Day a few weeks off, I invite you to do something a little crazy, to buck the glorified busyness of our society, to live reckless.

I implore you to take this extra day as just that—a free day to do whatever YOU want.

Now, I get it. You’re probably not so reckless as to call out of work. Maybe you are. That’s my kind of crazy! ;) But even if you’re sane responsible, you have an entire evening to indulge in a little extra peace. Give yourself the gift of extra self-care. Maybe cue up some yoga on YouTube. Order out for dinner. Perhaps you can hire a babysitter and take that much needed date night. Set aside two blissful hours for reading in silence. Brew a decadent cup of tea and read tarot. Meditate. Wrap up in a cozy scarf and take a nature walk with your favorite person. Have a make-your-own pizza night with the kiddos. Go to bed at 7:30.

Don’t laugh. It’s kind of awesome.

Whatever it is that you need right now, do what you can to gift yourself a few extra moments. Because that to-do list will never stop piling on. And since we’re only talking about one measly day every four flipping years, I think you can go the extra mile for this one. Come on, girl! Get in those sweatpants. You know you want to! ;)

How will you be spending your extra day this year?



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Monday, September 2, 2019

Radical Sabbatical (AKA Retreating to Nature for a Creativity Refuel!)


Have you ever felt the need to do something crazy, something that sounds totally bat guano nuts but you know you need to do it?

Well, I’m about to do that. 

I’ll be taking the rest of the year off, which probably sounds crackers (the cheddar bunny kind) considering it’s only September. I ask you to trust me. =D  I will return, not just to the blog but to a whole mess of ideas I’ve been squirreling away for years. But I need the energy to share said ideas with you. And right now this witch is all out of zing. 

...A metric butt ton of life changes and moving clear across the country can do that to a gal. =/

The blog is well stocked, so take a look around while I’m on my radical sabbatical. If you’re hankering for even more simple magick, treat yourself to one of my spell books! Each and every sale makes me do a happy dance as well as supports the blog, so THANK YOU! =D  

I hope you can understand the need to replenish the creative coffers; wells simply aren’t bottomless! =/ I’m genuinely grateful for your readership and so very excited to share these new ideas with you in a few months.  

If you’ve been feeling a little fatigued yourself, I encourage you to make self-care a priority. This looks different for everyone, but if you pay attention to the gentle whispers of your soul, the answers are there. Sometimes the answers are extreme and make us feel nervous and uncomfortable, like taking time off from a blog you genuinely love! But I encourage you to trust that inner voice, because it will not lead you astray.

Be well, my friends! Thank you for your understanding. And I’m SO excited to share a new chapter of goodies with you in the coming year! ♥♥♥

Happy Casting,
Michaela