Monday, September 25, 2017

It's Here! Samhain Traditions is Now on Sale!!!

A few weeks ago I promised you I wouldn't start talking about Samhain in August...but I didn't say anything about late September!

I'm a peacock witch, you gotta let me fly!

I am SO flipping excited to share with you my newest book, Samhain Traditions: 13 Simple & Affordable Halloween Spells & Rituals for the Witches’ New Year

Not going to lie, it was a touch intimidating writing a book for THE Sabbat of the Pagan year. But it was also a lot of fun to blend the macabre merriment of Halloween with the somber, deeply spiritual aspects of Samhain. So whether you're looking to party hard or have a quiet ritual, there is something for everyone in Samhain Traditions!

Hell, why don't I just show you? ;)

Mind's Eye Divination Tea 
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Spells Include:

New Year Blessings Light Catcher
Aura-Cleansing Spirit Spray
Candle in the Window Ritual
Lost Souls Lighted Garland
Samhain Seed Spell*
Samhain Blessing Log
Spiced Hot Chocolate Money Spell
Sacred Souls Altar
Paper Pumpkins*
Tumbled Tarot Stones
Mind's Eye Divination Tea & 4 Elements Spread
Light of Their Soul Pumpkin
Samhain Protection Salt
BONUS: Samhain Sunset Ritual

*These spells offer three variations to suit your casting needs!

All spells can be completed in less than an hour, most in under 20 minutes! And if Samhain tends to be a hectic night for you, don't fret! I've got you covered with a BONUS 14th spell! The Samhain Sunset Ritual is a beautiful way to honor your ancestors in just five minutes. After all, just because you're spiritual doesn't mean you're not busy. 

*Channels inner info-mercial voice* But wait! There's more! ;)

Paper Pumpkins
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Samhain Traditions also includes:

-Autumnal-scented essential oil blends to imbue your home with magickal aromas! 

-A simple guide to understanding Samhain

-A letter to readers

-Simple ways to honor your transcended loved ones

-A guide to finding your own personal brand of magick

-Notes on successful casting

-What to do with offerings once a sacrifice is complete

-Autumn-themed herbal substitution guide in case you don't have a prescribed herb on hand

-Color Me Magickal color guide

If you're looking to create meaningful Samhain traditions to enjoy year after year, or you're seeking a fun spell that inspires the spooky whimsy of Halloween, treat yourself to a copy of Samhain Traditions available in e-book AND paperback!

Oh, that's right! I learned my lesson with By the Light of the Moon.  No more waiting for paperbacks, my tangible-loving friends! ;)

Samhain Protection Salt
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Before you fly off to get your Samhain on, I'd just like to take a moment to thank you for your readership. Every purchase helps keep alive and supplied with FREE content for you wonderful folks. Thank you so very much for allowing me into your lives and granting me the opportunity to write about spirituality and magick. I can't tell you how much I deeply appreciate your support!

Now grab your cauldrons and get to casting! ♥ 🎃

Get your copy today!
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What's your favorite thing about Samhain? 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

5 (More) Ways to Celebrate Mabon

Ahh Mabon! The season when bright orange pumpkins begin to pop up in stores. Sweet apple pies become a downright necessity. Cinnamon-laced coffee feels like a caffeinated hug. The weather dips to a crisp 90*.

Err....if you're stuck in the desert. One thing this New England native will never understand is women who wear Uggs in 90*, which is a common autumn staple in this not-so-autumn-like land. Listen, I get that fuzzy boots are cute and the calendar says September, but it's flipping 90*. Take your hipster scarf back into Starbucks and make that pumpkin latte iced, mmmkay?

Whew, got a little heated there. A thousand apologies. That's what happens when you drop Celtic blood into BFE, New Mexico. Fortunately, this is my LAST Mabon in the Southwest. Oh, that's right! Your days are numbered, hot September! *she yelled, shaking her fist at a befuddled cresote bush*

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth...

Considered the first day of autumn, Mabon is the fall equinox, meaning daylight and darkness are in balance. And while the equinox can fall anywhere between the 20th-23rd, this year Mabon lands on the 22nd. Mark your calendars and get the pumpkins ready, my friend! 

If you're looking for more information on Mabon, such as appropriate foods and colors, click here to check out last year's five ways to celebrate. They're still relevant and still free, so definitely worth the visit. But if you're looking for five MORE ways to celebrate, I've got you covered!

Welcome in the darkness
As the sun sets on Mabon, we welcome in the darkness of the coming season. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and allow yourself to be fully in the moment as the sun sets this equinox. Once the orange globe has dipped below the horizon, breathe in the darkness of fall and honor the tranquil introspection this season inspires. With tea, of course! ;)

Bring on the cozy!
Having spent the last 15 years in the desert due to my husband's job requirements, what I miss most about autumn is the coziness. Soft sweaters. Knitted throws. Hot drinks. Crisp morning air. Chilly noses on rainy days. 

Envelop yourself in the coziness of autumn. Whether that means decorating your home in autumnal flare, pulling out those sweaters from the cedar chest, lighting a pumpkin-spice candle, or baking a cinnamon-scented apple pie, do something special that puts you in that autumn state of mind. Looking for inspiration? Check out my autumn Pinterest board. It's totally my happy place, so please use coasters! 

Take it in
The best part of autumn is undoubtedly the simplicity. Life seems to slow down just a little, following the graceful dance of nature herself. Take the time to slowdown alongside her. Treat yourself to a pumpkin latte, head over to your favorite park or even your own backyard, and just exist. Watch the passersby as you sip your drink. Observe the colors of autumn, the slight crisp that's beginning to blossom in the air, the chatter of birds as they prepare for winter. Breathe deep. Slow your mind. Just exist. It's something we don't do often enough, but fall is most definitely the time for it!

Find balance
Whether autumnal or vernal, equinoxes are the perfect opportunity to find balance, just like nature! If you've been doing a little too much of anything—eating, working, worrying, whatever!—now is the time to take a step back and evaluate how to change your behavior in favor of a more healthy approach. Remember, anything in excess is damaging. Hell, even drinking too much water will kill you.

I know! Crazy, right?!

If you find it difficult to disconnect from work. If your vice is copious amounts of sugar. If exercise has become obsessive. If spending has exceeded income, take the time to make positive changes. NOT to belittle and berate yourself. NOT to feel guilty and swim among the self-loathing waters. Objectively look at the situation, find a reasonable solution, and make changes. Shame doesn't fix the problem. It's a warning bell that alerts us to the need for change. Nothing more. Take a deep breath of that fresh autumn air and start again. You've got this!

Cinnamon flames
Like tailgating and football, autumn seems to bring out the craving for bonfires and campfires. If you're lighting one up this Mabon, toss in a couple of cinnamon sticks for good luck in the coming season. Plus your backyard will smell heavenly!

Whether you use this time to reflect or to indulge, I hope you have a spectacular Mabon filled with love, coziness, and an extra dash of magick!

Happy Mabon, everyone! 🍁🍂🍏

What's your favorite way to celebrate Mabon? 

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Third Eye Apple Pie Intuition Spell

As summer begins to wan and the apple trees start to fruit, there's a hint of magick in the air as The Wheel churns toward Mabon, autumn, and that special little Sabbat we call Samhain.

Don't worry, I'm not going to shove Halloween down your throat in August. ;)

But late August IS the beginning of apple season, which is a wonderful time of year. If you've never experienced the excitement of plucking an apple straight from the tree, rubbing that bad boy on your shirt, and sinking your teeth into a juicy, crisp sampling of nature, you need to stop what you're doing right now and go find an apple farm.

Well, bookmark this spell first and THEN find an apple farm.

Apples are magickal for a multitude of reasons, not limited to the fact that the insides hold a five-point star when sliced across the middle. They also resonant the magickal energies of love, health, and intuition. What Pagan couldn't use a little more third eye action?!

Toss in a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to boost your psychic awareness, sugar for enrichment, lemon for purity, and salt for protection, and you've got yourself a delightful third eye-opening treat! 

If you're short on time (or you're like me and not pastry-inclined), using a store-bought pie crust will keep this spell easy yet effective. Midget Mama's apple pie recipe is wonderfully simple and will have your home smelling heavenly and grandma-like in no time! (You can find the pin here.)

Prior to spooning the cinnamon-y filling into the crust, draw an eye in the dough. This sigil will represent the psychic awakening (i.e. Third Eye) that you will experience upon eating a luscious slice of this aromatic spell! And just before you slip the pie into the oven, waiting patiently for it to bake with your face pressed against the warm glass, watching the gooey insides heat to a sweet, sticky perfection—just me, then?— hold your hands above your pre-baked good and say the following:

Fruit of the earth, gift of sight;
Intuition strengthens with every bite.

Savor a slice in a quiet place, allowing your psychic senses to be awakened by the spicy cinnamon and tart apple. Bonus witchy points if you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Being a sacred and once highly prized spice, vanilla will lend it's spirituality (and tastiness) to your sugary mix.

But let's be honest, do you ever really need an excuse to top dessert with more dessert? ;)

What's your favorite apple spell? Do you have a special ritual you practice before divination?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Fun Books for Hard Times

Recently, I've had quite a few readers contact me, telling me they are at difficult points in their life and are struggling to find happiness in the day-to-day. The thing about adulthood is we can't always evade our troubles, which kind of sucks. Isn't that why, as children, we so desperately wanted to become adults? So we had freedom to do as we please at any given moment?

...Suddenly I'm reminded of Adam Sandler in Billy Madison when he grabs the child by the face and vehemently warns the kid to cherish his childhood. If you weren't a 90's kid (Sucker!), here's the clip

Now (somewhat begrudgingly) back to the 21st century....

When life gets treacherous, sometimes the only thing you can do is fortify yourself to endure the storm, keeping your head down and eyes forward as you watch for that glimmer of promising sunlight. Since we can't avoid all stress, the key is to take care of yourself, giving yourself a strong foundation, so that when you come out the other side you aren't standing around taking in the damage, like a victim of a tornado.

Side note, have you ever thought about how much it would stink to be taking a shower when a tornado hit? Or to be sleeping in that super-old, horribly-tattered, totally-beloved T-shirt when disaster strikes and you suddenly find yourself standing before a news camera answering inane questions? No? Just me? Guess I watch too many disaster movies...

I've discussed soul-weariness, anxiety journaling, natural approaches to stress and self-care, among other healthy coping mechanisms on the blog, but I have yet to discuss my ultimate line of defense when I need to retreat from the world:


Now, if you're looking for spiritual, thought-provoking reads, you won't find it here. The good news is you can find it here: Unusual Books for Your Spiritual Path.

Personally, I need a little fluff when life gets rough. When I'm in a not-so-stellar place, books are my escapism, my solace. Sometimes I want a little meat, something to reignite and inspire. But often, when things are particularly...cow pie-scented?....I reach for lighthearted reads with the sole purpose of entertainment. 

These recommendations are about fun, about giving yourself a few minutes of airy happiness while you get lost between the crisp, parchment-scented pages of a book. 

...Or the faint glow of an e-reader. Whatever paddles your canoe. 

These books are recommended purely for enjoyment, because sometimes life kinda sucks. And sometimes you can't run from adulthood. And sometimes your state has yet to legalize marijuana, and you don't drink, and you've given up sugar, and a girl can only handle so much before she has a meltdown, shaves her head, quits her job via an obscene gesture on Instragram, and drives to Canada to live among the elk. 

Which isn't a good thing, especially if you (unwillingly) spent the last 15 years in the desert and don't even own a winter coat. 

So before we get to places that involve soothing tones and strangers in white coats that are here to help, make yourself a cup of tea, treat yourself to a hot bath, and settle in with some deliciously indulgent reads to soothe your rattled nerves. 

The Domestic Diva Series by Krista Davis

You ever heard of cover lust? It's when a reader loves a cover so much they read the book strictly based on the cover art. Herein lies how I came to read The Dive Runs Out of Thyme. That $#!@ is so cozy!!

Despite being a murder mystery series, Davis crafts such a cozy, charming, hot-mug-of comfort atmosphere I'm not troubled by the mayhem at all. And let me be clear, these aren't Dean Koontz-style murders. Sophie Winston spends more time whipping up treats for her endless guests and decorating the table in seasonal flare than describing dead bodies. Krista's detailing of old-town Alexandria is so beautifully vivid, my husband and I are stopping in next year as we pass through Virginia. 

If you're looking for a culinary-inspired snuggly read, this is your series. It's possible this novel is sitting on my nightstand as we speak, half-read for the second time over. But there's no reason to head in there to confirm this. It's rude to wander into people's bedrooms...

The Cupcake Lovers Series by Beth Ciotta

Beth Ciotta is the reason I read romance. About six years ago a fellow book hoarder friend gave me a box of books. Said friend is a romance junky, something I was rigidly not at the time. But Ms. Ciotta's Out of Eden caught my attention, and thus began my love affair (pun intended) with the romance genre. 

The Cupcake Lovers Series is by and large my favorite creation of Beth's, particularly Rocky and Jayce's story, The Trouble with Love. I stumbled upon this series last year after our family suffered a great loss that put me in a dark, grimy, foul-smelling place. I can't begin to tell you the happiness I felt when I opened the mailbox to see the next book had arrived. It was such an event during this dreadful time that it became a joke in my house—"Uh oh! Michaela has another book!" my husband would sing-song as I scattered undesired mail (namely bills and unsolicited catalogs) across the couch so I could tear open the package, tenderly tracing my fingers along the cover as I took in the book art.

...I told you I adore books...

This is a whimsical, almost silly, definitely sexy series, but it's not shallow. Rocky's story was particularly meaningful to me because her character learns that there's a lot to be lost when you shield yourself from love as a defense to pain, which was something I was experiencing after an extraordinarily detrimental death to someone I loved very, very deeply. This series was such a sparkle in the abyss I actually e-mailed Beth, something I've only done once before with another beloved author, to let her know how much I'd come to treasure her stories. I was surprised when she not only replied but did so in such a kind, heartfelt way, sharing some of her personal life with me. She really is a sweet, thoughtful woman, and I encourage you to check out her work!

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Mallery's Fool's Gold series is a fun collection set in Fool's Gold, California, a place that embraces any excuse to decorate the town and host over-the-top festivals. This series can be read in any order since each book focuses on a different couple falling in love, but I highly recommend you start with Three Little Words. I've read about half of the impressive 29 novels in this series, and this is most definitely my favorite thus far. It's super sexy, has lots of juicy sexual tension, and involves a military man, which is major swoon points for me. What can I say? I love a dude in camo. Yummy with a capital "drool!"

Running Wild by Linda Howard & Linda Jones

If you've got a thing for strong, silent cowboys, this is a novel for you! Carlin (Carly) Reed is on the run from an insane ex-boyfriend. Zeke doesn't want any trouble on his ranch. Hello, sexual tension! It's a tried-and-true formula because it works! But that doesn't mean this story is stale. Once these two start knocking (cowboy) boots, look out! Running Wild is a spicy read with lots of humor, a little sass, and some serious comeuppance.

Fun Fact: I got the audiobook a few years after reading the novel. I thought the narrator did such a wonderful job I looked her up out of curiosity. Boy, was I surprised to discover it was Janice from Friends!!

If you're looking to stock your shelves with page-fueled getaways, let me introduce you to my FAVORITE used book website. And before you question my authenticity, no, I was not asked to write this. I just genuinely love this site and wanted to pass it along. 

Living in a remote town whose sole bookstore recently closed down (despite my teary-eyed pleas to stay. What will I do without you, Bookstore? Who will ever love me if you leave me, Bookstore?), I needed to find a new method of feeding my obsession hobby fast! Imagine my relief when I discovered a kick-ass site for used books: Thriftbooks. Not only are most books under $4, they offer free shipping on ANY order over $10, which is an easy-peasey threshold for a book lover! 

But wait, there's more!

Sign-up today and save 15% on your first order by clicking on this offer:

If you're an avid reader and a used-book-loving kind of Pagan, make sure to sign up for their FREE Reading Rewards Program where you'll earn $5 off for every $50 spent. There's a strong possibility I've earned a coupon or two in the past few months... 

Don't forget to check out their Pagan books, which you can pick up at a steep discount! I just treated myself to three Sabbat books for less than $12 shipped. *Pretty* excited for that order to arrive.

If your path seems to be unpaved with worn-out shock absorbers and a stun gun under your ass, I hope these novels offer you a few moments of much-needed escape. Cheaper than a drinking habit, healthier than binge eating, reading is a beloved pastime that can make those garbage-heap moments of life just a little cozier, a bit more bearable, and a smidge sexier. 

...because garbage heaps can always use a little sexiness? Not sure where I was going with that one...

Anyway, happy reading! 

Do you have a favorite book that helped you through a hard time? What are some of your favorite authors?

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Monday, July 31, 2017

3 Ways to Celebrate Lughnasadh (Lammas)

Grab a beer, it's Lughnasadh! Otherwise known as Lammas, the celebration of the harvest. 

As with any Sabbat, Lughnasadh (loo-na-sa)) is a time to honor The Wheel as the sultry summer days give way to cooler nights, that fragrant hint of autumn tantalizing the senses with an alluring aroma so subtle you question if you're imagining it.

For me, I totally am. As I stood in my driveway on the 4th of July, watching the fireworks burst in vivid shimmers over the town, I could swear I smelled the faintest scent of fall. 

...My mother really should have named me Autumn. Strangely, she almost named me Summer. It's like we were sorta on the same page but just a touch off, which is, in essence, our entire relationship. ;)

Falling between summer and autumn, Lughnasadh, which is honored on August 1st, is a Sabbat of transition. Now is the time to reflect on where you are in life and make any needed adjustments. And since Lughnasadh is a harvest celebration, it's also a time to nosh!

If you're looking to celebrate Lughnasadh without spending a dime, here are three easy ways!

Feed the birds
Grain is the most appropriate food for Lughnasadh, and there's something really grounding and spiritually-nourishing about pampering nature's critters on a Sabbat. Grab a bag of seed and head to the park. Make a bird feeder out of pine cones, peanut butter, and seed. Or scatter the seed around your yard. Whatever way you choose, make sure to enjoy the serenity of watching the birds feast! 

Butter some popcorn
As I said above, grain is the food of choice for this Sabbat, so treat yourself to a brimming bowl of buttered popcorn! But don't eat in a rush as we all too often do. Whether you're watching a movie, playing a board game, or simply chowing down with your family, really savor each buttery, crunchy morsel. 

Eat grilled cheese
When was the last time you had a grilled cheese? It's really quite an underrated sandwich if you ask me. 

Bread for Lughnasadh is a very common staple. Why not amp it up with your favorite cheese? Having something simple for dinner, like grilled cheese or even breakfast foods like pancakes, is such a treat after a busy day. Say a blessing over your bread, customize as desired, and relish in the simplicity of the meal and the holiday!

Enjoy the bounty, my friends! And remember, while summer may be coming to a close, that means autumn is on it's way! That is a very, very good thing because October and pumpkins and broomsticks and SAMHAIN!

...I didn't become a Pagan because my favorite holiday was Flag Day, mmmkay?! =P

Happy Lughnasadh!

If you're looking for more ways to celebrate Lughnasadh without spending a dime, check out 3 Ways to Celebrate Lammas.

What's your favorite Lughnasadh treat?

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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Truth about Spiritual Bloggers

From an outsider's perspective, it may appear that a person working on their spirituality, in particular bloggers who write about it, have it all together. They don't get angry. They don't get depressed. Their day starts with tea and fairies, and their night ends with little song birds tucking them in and leaving a mint on their pillow.

For morning breath, you know?

The world has plenty of sadness and misery. If you don't know that, try not to turn on the news because it will obliterate your happy little bubble. They do a fantastic job of highlighting all the garbage and rarely, if ever, addressing the goodness in the world. Because it is there. Don't let the media fool you. =D

I'm a pretty realistic person. Positive and optimistic? Yes. Choosing to see the bright side?  ...Errr most days, sure. But I'm most definitely a realist. Because of this, I strive to be honest with you lovely readers since I believe honesty is the only way we can learn from one another. 

So in case you're left wondering how I blog, write books, cast spells, and get dinner on the table by five all while keeping a Stepford-like smile plastered on my face, here's your answer: I don't. 

My life is far from perfect. Any being walking this planet, human or otherwise, lacks a perfect life. Trust me, even nature struggles. Just yesterday I had to break up a fight between a jack rabbit and a cottontail in my backyard. See, even the bunnies have discord.

Side note, I never thought I'd ever hear myself yelling, "Stop beating on the cottontail!" as I ran into the desert wilderness, my turquoise peasant skirt billowing in the acrid breeze. Life is weird. The cosmos have an unquestionably twisted sense of humor.

But in the flawed mess that is life, there is also a hell of a lot of beauty to behold. That's not denial through positivity. That's not a "fluffy bunny" outlook. It's what is. At least in my world. Because I've made the choice to be happy. We all approach this plane differently. I choose to see magic. If you're reading this, I'm guessing you feel that way too.

I try to be open and honest in my posts in order to demonstrate the real experience of spirituality because, yes, it can sometimes appear unattainable through the perfectly posed Instagram photos and carefully crafted tweets. That is one of the reasons why 
I bitch discuss my displeasure for my current desert living situation. Not to vent, but to give you the whole picture. I'm stumbling through life just like anyone else. There are days I wonder how the hell I have yet to find myself submerged in a pit of quicksand, befuddled and shoeless, wondering where I left my phone.

Life is messy. That doesn't mean you can't conjure some kickass spells. Or relish in the simplicity of a balmy summer morning. Or watch in awe as a seed flourishes into a plant. I mean, that is really flipping crazy if you think about it. Trees start out as tiny seeds. If that isn't magical, I don't know what is! Have you ever really stopped to appreciate that human beings are formed from two microscopic entities, cells dividing time and time again to create bones and flesh and a heart? That's really quite insane!

....I assure you I'm not high. You're welcome to check my keyboard for Cheetos residue.

The truth about spiritual bloggers is we're not out-of-touch ninnies who have no idea about real world crises. For this particular blogger, my positivity isn't formed from lack of life experience; it's embraced in spite of it. I speak of hope because I've known despair. I've tried miserable. It sucked. Like, a lot. And if trying to spread a little optimism and cheer makes me a fluffy bunny, then get me some goddamn rabbit ears, because I choose happiness. Just make sure they're pink.

Hmmm, I wonder if the cottontails will take me on as one of their own. Ah, now there's looking on the bright side! =P

What attributes do you most appreciate in a blogger? What are some of your favorite blogs that cheer you up when you're having a bad day?

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Magical Destinations of the Northeast by Natalie Zaman

Several weeks ago I received an e-mail from a wonderful gal named Natalie. Ms. Zaman asked if I'd be willing to review her book entitled, Magical Destinations of the Northeast: Sacred Sites, Occult Oddities, and Magical Monuments

Now, let me make one thing clear—I love books. Like, I'm the dork who will wax poetic about the smell of libraries. I adore books.

But I also love the Northeast. Being stuck Currently living in the Southwest has yet to stifle my melancholia for my beloved New England roots. Somehow, dust and spindly bushes that wield deadly thorns as long as my pinky finger have yet to warm my soul the way the briny scent of the Atlantic and the musical rustle of autumn leaves has.

Don't believe me on the thorns? Oh, I have proof, my friend.

How did I discover these lovely aberrations of nature? One went through my leather shoe and stabbed my foot. 

....a leather shoe. The desert is trying to kill me, guys.

*calming breath*

Now, I'm not sure if Natalie realized how well-suited I was for her book. The mere fact that it involves the Northeast and is, well, a book is enough to interest me. But what she didn't know, what no one knew until this very moment, is that my husband and I have spent the last year planning an extensive RV trip to commence mid 2018. Once his contract is up and we leave the desert in—quite literally—a trail of dust, we will spend the following nine months or so traveling the country, nourishing the soul with anything green, rainy, or green and rainy.

Side note, I can't FLIPPING wait for Oregon. I'm half convinced I will refuse to leave, gripping a moss-covered tree with all my life as my husband ties my feet to the RV bumper and begins to drive. Which, in case you were wondering, he's totally bluffing. I mean, how far can you get before a cop pulls you over for having half a person trailing behind your rig? Surely there are laws against dismembered bodies and vehicular travel...

The day I got Magical Destinations of the Northeast I immediately began reading. Natalie did a fantastic job of opening the book with a personal experience, one that conjured vivid images of a young, pregnant Natalie seeking solace in a long-sought-after metaphysical bookstore. It's clear this kismet experience had a profound influence on her life, inspiring her to write this wonderful book. 

I was also genuinely impressed by the amount of information packed into this sucker. I'm not going to lie, there's a LOT of information, certainly more than I could absorb in one sitting. Fortunately, it doesn't read like a text book. Her manner of writing yields a fluid, easy prose that makes for an enjoyable travel guide for witches, Pagans, Wiccans, and those interested in the myth and legend of one of the most breathtaking parts of America.

...Not that I'm biased or anything. ;)

What I enjoyed most were the simple, regional-appropriate spells sprinkled throughout the chapters that incorporated elements of local plants, trees, and area-specific folk tales. It's a really cool detail that I think the nature lovers among us will very much enjoy.

My favorite part was reading about the White Mountains and Polar Caves located in New Hampshire, mostly because this was the area my family camped for one week every summer during my childhood. It's a truly magical part of New Hampshire that always spoke to my soul, even as a shy young girl. Reading Natalie's almost lyrical description of this sacred place made me sigh with longing and get excited about visiting again! 

If you're piqued by the intrigue that is the Northeast, a place rich with history and lore, I highly recommend Magical Destinations of the Northeast  for your next road trip. Just be sure to leave some room in the car for yours truly. It's okay, I'll totally ride in the trunk. Just toss me a water bottle and an occasional potty break, and you won't even know I'm in there. 

...Until I smell the briny siren call that is the Atlantic. Then all bets are off. =D

Have you ever visited a spiritual location you discovered in a book? What's your favorite local legend?

Magical Destinations of the Northeast was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Please note I do not review or recommend products I do not personally appreciate and endorse! 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

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

It's the Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year. The official calendar date of summer's commencement. If you're Pagan, today is Litha, the peak strength of the sun, which represents the God. Tomorrow the days will begin to gradually shorten, already nudging towards fall. 

Which I'm excited about. Because of pumpkins and apple pie and stuff.

But if you live in a place where summer is enjoyable and not blisteringly acrid, don't worry about the future. Relish today. Frolic in the warm rays of the God's strength; bathe in the buttery heat of the sun. 

If you're looking to celebrate Litha cost-free, check out my suggestions below. You can also check out this post from last year, which has some really cool ideas! Don't forget to wear yellow or orange in honor of the sun. Spicy foods are appropriate, of course (hot like Ryan Goslin the sun!). As are sun-colored vegetables, like oranges, lemons, or carrots. A ritual meal is quite easy—just raid your garden or farmer's market and enjoy the summer bounty. This certainly is a tasty time of year! If it's an altar you seek, I have you covered as well. =D 

Now grab yourself a jalapeno and let's talk about freebie festivities!

Play in the sprinkler
What says summer like splashing around in water? Playing in a sprinkler may sound a little silly, but 'tis the season to be wild and carefree. Get out there, enjoy the sun on this Summer Solstice, and cool off in the pool, under the sprinkler, or with a water balloon fight. (Just make sure not to litter! =S)

Make a wish with sidewalk chalk
I can neither confirm nor deny whether or not I have sidewalk chalk in my to the herb shelf...under a box of incense. Do I have children who use this alleged sidewalk chalk? That'd be a negative.

Grab some sidewalk chalk and make a wish for the summer. Draw a picture or write a word representing whatever you wish to manifest. Feel free to keep it simple. Take a moment to envision your spell coming to fruition before carrying on with your Litha festivities. As an afternoon thunderstorm washes away your wish, know your spell has been cast!

If you live in the desert like me, grab a hose. It'll be months before rain washes that $#!& away...

Collect nature's beauty
Bringing a bouquet of freshly gathered flowers into your house is an enjoyable way to honor the Solstice while raising the vibrations of your home. If you're super motivated, you can make a flower crown. I'm not going to lie, I'm not that motivated...

Spend your day at the beach
Watch the sun rise or set, have a picnic, play in the water. Enjoy all the great aspects of summer with the added benefit of gorgeous beach-wave hair. 

Don't forget to write a wish in the sand, close to the tide. Allow your spell to be washed away by the briny waves as you envision your desires manifesting. Now would also be a great time to do a little grounding work. With your feet in the sand as well as the water, you'd harness a nice energy balance. Ahhh, sounds oh-so delightful! Boy, do I miss the beach. 

...Images of seagulls just danced in my head. ;)

Make lemonade
Lemons aren't just appropriate for Litha because they're a refreshing summer drink addition; they're also a great representation of the sun! What with their yellowness and all. 

Squeeze yourself some fresh lemon juice (watch out for hangnails—ouch!) and enjoy a glass of fresh lemonade outside while you inhale the balmy summer air. Enjoy the birds. Savor the gentle breeze on your warm skin. Sip your cool drink and allow the sweetness to linger on your tongue. Really appreciate the simplicity of the moment, even if you only take a few minutes to do so. If you're feeling especially creative, add pureed strawberries, blueberries, or lavender tea to your lemonade for an energizing twist! 

If you do nothing else today, take a moment outside to appreciate the lazy days of summer. It's easy to get caught up in the modern chores of our life, but the best aspects of summer will always be the simple things—family and friends, nature, and iced coffee. Whoops, went a little New Englander there.

Happy Litha, everyone! ☀️

What's your favorite way to celebrate Litha?

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Buried Money Spell

Money must be on your mind, because I've been getting lots of questions pertaining to money— anything from how to save it to how to conjure it. Fortunately, saving and conjuring are two things I have some experience in. ;)

I'm working on compiling a list of resources I use to easily save money, "easy" being the operative word. A few years ago, when my husband and I were still in the midst of paying off student loans and credit card debt, I would do pretty much anything to save some scratch.

Except, you know, sexy things. I'm not the most graceful person. Swinging around a pole upside down would have just resulted in medical bills.

Cutting back on expenses is obviously a starting point for nourishing your savings account. But from a metaphysical standpoint, that is only the beginning. We need to clear away any mental blocks we have about wealth and prosperity, which many people harbor. Have you ever referred to yourself as broke? Have you ever muttered, "Always a day late and a dollar short." (I have!) Have you ever nodded when someone said, "Money is the root of all evil?" Then you have a mental block.

Let's briefly address the most ingrained belief about wealth: Money is not evil. Money is a neutral asset; it's the intention that can either be positive or negative. A person with money can provide for their family or help people/animals in need. A person with money can act like Mr. Burns. The money is not the problem, it's the motivation behind the spending. So do yourself a favor and start working on any negative opinions you may have about wealth and money, because that's the first thing you need to address to open your vibrations to the income of abundance.

Something else you can do? Magick. Always, always magick!

Below you'll find my buried money spell. If you really want to freak out your neighbors, dig the hole for your spell at night. Maybe even yell, "Stop squirming!" a time or two just to ensure they're entirely spooked. 

Twisted? Eh, maybe. 

This spell is written to be cast outside of the lunar cycle, meaning you don't have to wait for a specific moon phase to conjure. If you so desire, it can be cast during the new moon, which is traditionally a time of fruition and growth. Or you can cast it during a full moon, because many people feel most powerful during the full moon. It's really a matter of personal preference. You know how I roll. =D

The eggshells in this spell represent growth and fruition. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all spicy herbs, which I associate with money. The dirt symbolizes fertility and, again, growth of your wealth. The beeswax candle, with its delicate honey scent, signifies the sweet, bountiful aspects of life. The coins are self-explanatory. Or, they should be. If you're unaware of how coins play into a money spell, we may have found the cause of your money struggles! =P

Buried Money Spell

What You'll Need:
3 coins of any kind
1 natural candle, preferably beeswax*
Dried nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove (a hefty pinch of each)
A sacrifice** (a pretty flower, favorite herb, a beloved stick of
                     incense, etc)

*Because this spell will be buried, I recommend using a natural candle, like a beeswax candle. Beeswax can be a little costly due to harvesting and sustainability, but it is also safe for the environment. I purchased my beeswax candle (in the above photo) at a natural food grocer for $2.99.

**Sacrifices should be just a little painful...though not in an icky bloodshed kind of way. =D I used roses from my garden I was originally saving to use in tea. Sometimes I use some of my favorite medicinal herbs, like cornsilk or goldenrod. It should be something that's just a teensy bit difficult to part with.

How to Conjure:

Mix the dirt, spices, and eggshells together in a dish or bowl. Place the candle in the middle of the dirt and arrange the coins around it. You can place them strategically if you wish. I just go with instinct. Do whatever feels most comfortable for you. Add your sacrifice to the dish. 

Standing before your spell, hold your palms near the spell and envision money falling from the sky all around you. Literally picture money tumbling through the air and amassing at your feet in a billowy pile of fluffy bills.

When you are ready say:

As if from the sky, money easily flows;
All around me abundance wildly grows.
I open myself to prosperity;
It is as I will it and so it shall be!

Then declare your sacrifice to the Universe, Goddess/God, etc. For example, if you used daffodils you would say:

As a sacrifice to the Universe, I offer these daffodils from my garden.

Now it is time to light your candle. As you bring the match to the wick, say aloud:

I open myself to wealth and prosperity.
Wealth and prosperity flow easily to me.

Allow the candle to burn for at least an hour. As you extinguish the flame (I tend to use a snuffer when casting, but you can carefully blow out the candle), repeat the above incantation:

I open myself to wealth and prosperity.
Wealth and prosperity flow easily to me.

Remove the coins from the dish and tuck them away somewhere safe, where they won't be spent. This is to represent that you will always have abundance. If you have a piggy bank, especially one you don't actively use, "feed" the coins to your piggy so your bank is always fed. 

Take the remainder of your spell outside and bury it in a desired location where it won't be disturbed, preferably on the north side of your house or property. North is the direction associated with the earth element, which is the element of nourishment and sustenance. Burying your spell in the north is sowing for financial sustenance. Make sure to bury the spell rather deep, usually about a foot or two, so a curious animal won't be tempted to dig it up. 

When you are done, stand before your buried spell with your hands out, palms toward the earth, and repeat once more:

I open myself to wealth and prosperity.
Wealth and prosperity flow easily to me.

And you're done! Well, sort of. As I stated earlier, changing your perception of money is an important aspect of drawing abundance to you. Mind your thoughts and make sure they stay positive, or at least neutral. If you continue to think, "My boss will never give me that raise," he probably won't. Have faith in yourself and your spell! Change your thoughts and you change your world!

Hmm...I wonder if there's a saying about changing your underwear?

Searching for more spells to cast? Check out my full moon spell book, By the Light of the Moon. Now available in paperback!

Have you made changes to heal your relationship with money?

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Monday, May 29, 2017

You Asked for It!

Someone get me a calming mug of lemon balm tea, because I'm ridiculously excited over here! For months you wonderful readers have been requesting a paperback format of By the Light of the Moon. But I couldn't fulfill it. And I got frustrated. And maybe I swore a time or two. There's really no way of knowing.

But then the idea came to me! An answer so simple, I felt downright foolish for not seeing the trees through the forest. Or, in my case, the dirt through the cactus. 

In order to offer you an affordable paperback, I could remove the color photos (which kicked the price to over $20 a copy!) and replace them with beautiful, carefully selected black-and-white illustrations that would help save you money! 

...I take the name Penniless Pagan seriously. ;)

I'm not going to lie, I was apprehensive about the print quality. But then my proof arrived and I was downright giddy! Check out this adorable illustration for the Full Moon Dream Drop Wishing Well spell. 


Or this beautiful Goddess for the Moon Beam Blessing Braid. 

Of course, I didn't want paperback readers to miss out on all the colorful photos I took specifically for By the Light of the Moon. Therefore, when you receive your copy, you'll find a special web address inside where you can view the photos on a computer or tablet. And while you're there, it's possible there *may* be a surprise gift waiting for you!

I'm so excited to finally offer By the Light of the Moon in paperback. I can't thank you enough for your enthusiasm and support. If it wasn't for the many e-mails and comments requesting a paperback, I would never have thought outside the box and discovered this solution. And don't worry, there won't be a delay on paperbacks for the next book!

Get your copy today!

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