She brought magic to Salem. She has mixed feelings about it

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She brought magic to Salem. She has mixed feelings about it

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D.C.-Area Witches Learn Potion-Making, Cast Spells, and Get Political

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D.C.-Area Witches Learn Potion-Making, Cast Spells, and Get Political

Every month during the waning crescent moon, witches cast a spell to “bind” Trump.

Out of the Broom Closet: DC Witches in Their Own Words

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Out of the Broom Closet: DC Witches in Their Own Words

Column: California Wildfires

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California Wildfires

Irish Barmbrack for Halloween

A recipe for a Irish Barmbrack. Enjoy.

The Shamrock and Peach

Irish Sweet Bread Halloween Baking

Halloween was always one of my favorite times of the year growing up in Ireland, and it should come as no surprise that my best memories are related to home baking and fun traditions shared around the dinner table. My mother would always hide hidden charms in our favorite Halloween baked goods as a tradition, and amongst those treats she always included a wee home made BarmBrack loaf and an apple tart.

Barmbrack is a traditional warm and spicy fruit loaf that is absolutely delicious hot from the oven with loads of creamy Irish butter – and of course, apple tart is an apple pie here in America! So now you know!

So, here is it to share  – my family recipe that’s enjoyed in Ireland this time of year.

This name “brack” comes from the Irish word “breac” meaning speckled (the speckles are the fruits and candied…

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Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

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Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

Druidry and not so much ritual

A great article with a interesting view point on ritual.

Druid Life

For some time now, I’ve not being doing ritual. I had a few years when, living on a narrowboat I was so very close to the natural world, and so very far from other Druids that seasonal ritual made little sense. In recent years living in Stroud, there have been various forays into the possibility of seasonal ritual, but nothing has formalised. I find that I enjoy having the eight rounds of community gathering in a year.

There are things I definitely like about ritual – community, sharing bard stuff, getting outside together, and any gestures towards making beauty in some way. I hate scripts, and I’m not very easy with standard ritual language any more. It’s too formal, it feels weird. I’m wary of any kind of ritual structure that puts some people in charge in priestly roles and has others cast as onlookers. I want proper anarchy in…

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