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We welcome you our new friend to our online home. Our site is a place of peace and refuge from the outside world filled with the Love and Presence of Our Goddess. You will not be judged for you are amongst friends. We offer friendship, fellowship and most of all knowledge. With knowledge the truth and beauty about our Religion can be spread. Witchcraft can then take its rightful place back into today’s mainstream Religions. This is our dream, this is our home, this is what we offer to you. We hope you find everything you seek amongst our walls. Safe journey on your Path, my dear brother or sister!

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF YULE

On the first day of Yuletide, my true
love sent to me
Mistletoe upon an oak tree
On the second day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Two robins red,
On the third day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Three ivy boughs,
On the fourth day of Yuletide,
my true love sent to me
Four calling wrens,
On the fifth day of Yuletide,
my true love sent to me
Five wassail bowls,
On the sixth day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Six wrens a-singing,
On the seventh day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Seven stars a-turning,
On the eighth day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Eight stags a-leaping,
On the ninth day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Nine stones a-dancing,
On the tenth day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Ten fools a-prancing,
On the eleventh day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Eleven boys a-chanting,
On the twelfth day of
Yuletide, my true love sent to me
Twelve beasts a-leaping

—Yule (The Eight Sabbats)
Anna Franklin

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THE HOLLY KING AND THE OAK KING

The Wiccan God is the Lord of the Greenwood, consort to the Lady of the Greenwood. Known also as Cernunnos, the Green Man, Herne the Hunter, and Lord of the Wild Hunt, he is a god of fertility, growth, death, and rebirth. Two God-themes figure predominantly in Wiccan Sabbats: the Sun-God theme and that of the Holly King and Oak King. The Sun-God rules the seasons. At Yule, he is the new babe, the embodiment of innocence and joy. He represents the infancy of the returning light. At Imbolc, his growth is celebrated, as the days are growing longer and light stronger. At Ostara, he is a green, flourishing youth whose eye is taken by the Maiden Goddess. On Beltane, he is the young man in love who takes the Goddess as his bride. Their consummated marriage is celebrated with maypoles and bonfires. At Midsummer, he consummates his marriage in a union so complete that it becomes a death. He is mourned at Lammas, and at Mabon, he sleeps in the womb of the Goddess. At Samhain, he waits in the Shining Land to be reborn.

The symbolism of the Horned God is also played out the theme of the Holly King and Oak King. The Horned God is the Holly King and the Oak King, two twin gods seen as one complete entity. Each of the twin gods rule for half of a year, fights for the favour of the Goddess , and dies. But the defeated twin is not truly dead, he merely withdraws for six months, some say to Caer Arianrhod , the Castle of the ever-turning Silver Wheel, which is also known as the Wheel of the Stars. This is the enchanted realm of the Goddess Arianrhod where the god must wait and learn before being born again. Arianrhod means “silver wheel” and the castle is the Aurora Borealis. She is the goddess of the astral skies and there she rules as goddess of reincarnation. The golden Oak King, who is the light twin , rules from midwinter to midsummer. The darksome Holly King rules the dark half of the year from Midsummer to Midwinter.

—The Book Of Sabbats With Ways To Include Children
Christopher Prior

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Little Known Facts About Yule

 

yule candleYule is usually celebrated on the actual Winter Solstice, which may vary by a few days, though it usually occurs on or around December 21st. It is a Lesser Sabbat in the modern Pagan calendar, one of the four quarter-days of the year, but a very important one. It is deeply rooted in the cycle of the year being the longest night and the shortest day, where the Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King.

yule candleThe God’s birth is symbolized by the return of the Sun, as from Yule onwards the Sun’s power is no longer in decline, but begins to return towards it’s height at the Summer Solstice. Symbolically the God grows along with the Sun, growing as the Sun gains in power, staying above the horizon longer and warming the planet more each day.

yule candleIn the eleventh century Danish rule over England resulted in the introduction of the colloquial Scandinavian term for Christmas, ‘Yule’, which provided an alternative name for it among the English. It became popular with them in the next century.

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In the thirteenth is first recorded in Scotland, where it had become standard in vernacular speech by the end of the Middle Ages.

 

 

yule candleOne tradition that originated in the UK, (though later spread across Europe) and was practiced in Ancient times was that of the Yule Log, a branch of Ash or Oak that was cut, decorated with evergreens and pine cones, and then burnt in the hearth to symbolize the returning Sun.

 

yule candleThe Yule log is lit on Christmas Eve and kept burning through the 12 nights of Christmas until Twelfth Night. A portion of the Log is then to ne kept to light the following years Yule Log, allowing for warmth to stay for the whole year within the household. Some say that the Yule Log had to light at the first attempt, otherwise ill luck would haunt the home for that year!

yule candleThe twelve nights are symbolic of the Celt’s belief that, for twelve days at the end of December, the sun stood still (which is why the days grew shorter and shorter). If they could keep Yule logs burning bright for those twelve days, then the sun would be persuaded to move again, and make the days grow longer. If a Yule log went out, then there would be terrible luck.

yule candleIn England, it was considered unlucky for the Yule log to be bought, and had to be acquired using other means , as long as no money changed hands. Often it was given as a gift by landowners, and sometimes decorated with evergreens.

yule candleIn Cornwall a figure of a man was sometimes chalked on the surface of the log, mock or block. In Provence , where it was called the tréfoire, carols were sung invoking blessings upon the women that they might bear children and upon the crops, herds and flocks that they might also increase.

yule candleIn some parts of the Scottish Highlands, a variation of the Yule log was observed, here a figure of and old woman, the Cailleach Nollaich , was carved from a withered tree stump. At dusk, the figure was brought into the house and laid upon the burning peat of the house fire. The family would gather round the hearth and watch the figure consumed into ashes, the rest of the evening was spent in games and merriment.

yule candleAnother tradition still used today is that of the Christmas tree, originating in Germany and Scandinavia. Pagans have always decorated with whatever greenery they could find growing at this time of the year. The German Martin Luther is credited with being the first person to decorate his tree with candles, after seeing how beautiful the stars were one night, and wanting to show his children, though nowadays much safer Fairy Lights are often used. Fire festivals, celebrating the rebirth of the Sun, held on the winter’s Solstice can be found throughout the ancient world. The Roman festival of Saturnalia was held

yule candleOn the winter solstice, boughs of evergreen trees and bushes would decorate the house, gifts where exchanged and normal business was suspended. The Persian Mithraists held December 25th as sacred to the birth of their Sun God, Mithras, and celebrated it as a victory of light over darkness. In Sweden, December 13th was sacred to the Goddess Lucina, Shining One, and was a celebration of the return of the light. On Yule itself, around the 21st, bonfires were lit to honour Odin and Thor.

—The Book Of Sabbats With Ways To Include Children
Christopher Prior

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Winter, The Season of Rest and Hibernation

Winter is the energy of the element Water, the time of rest and hibernation, when nature retreats to build up its reserves for its next cycle of seasons. This is a quieter, more reflective time of year, a time when it is easy to sleep in, stay at home, and let ourselves rest.

In the Winter season, which belongs to the Water element, our bodies prefer to store energy so rest is important. Storage is an important function of the Water element; therefore, in Winter it is advisable for people to go to bed early. Winter is the time to nourish and replenish depleted Kidney Qi. Through Rest, Meditation, Breathe, and Diet we can restore our Kidney energy, our basis of will power and strength.

Abundant reserves within give us courage and strength of will. Lacking these reserves, we manifest the emotion that the Chinese for over 5000 years have associated with the Water element…..Fear.

Fear in appropriate amounts is, of course, essential; due care and caution in recognizing our limitations preserves life.  More commonly, the emotion of a distressed Water element is fear of not having enough of what it takes to meet the challenge that lies ahead.

For us, winter is a time of self-recollection, when we can go inside to our bare essence. Water, the element that corresponds to Winter, points us to that dark, quiet pool within ourselves where our essential self-identity resides. We can use the energy of this season to more deeply discover the essence our true self.

Winter is a time for internal work: meditation, containment, concentration, and the storing of our energy. We use this season for rest and the filling and maintenance of our reserves, gathering strength for the year ahead. We must be less active in this season, conserving our energy, going to bed early, and sleeping late. Like the seed that cannot sprout until it has gathered sufficient strength, our ideas and plans cannot manifest with strength if our energy is dispersed or drained.

Winter is a time of stillness and quiet, nature’s energy is turned in during this most inward of all the seasons. We call it the most yin of the seasons: trees in winter look skeletal, the sap has sunk, outward signs of life have disappeared, and the landscape is covered with snow. There is work going on, but inside. The energy of winter is latent and potent: in this state of resting deep within, energy is collected and held in reserve; winter is cold and dark, qualities that preserve and store. It is the concentrated, internal force of winter that enables a seed to burst forth in spring growth.

GENTLENESS, RESOLUTION, TRUST, AMBITION, WILL POWER, AWE, OBJECTIVITY, RESOLVE, AWARENESS OF RELATIVITY.

These are all gifts of the Water Element in balance.

—Information taken from Akasha Bloom

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Winter Correspondences

SEASON: Winter

ORGAN: Kidney (yin) 5-7pm Bladder (yang) 3-5pm

DIRECTION: North

COLOUR: Blue / Black

SOUND: Groaning

EMOTION: Fear

ODOUR: Putrid

TASTE: Salt

ORIFICE: Urethra, genitals, anus

SENSE ORGAN: Ears

FLUID: Urine / Saliva

GOVERNING BODY PART: Bones, Bone Marrow, Teeth

CLIMATE: Cold

PLANET: Mercury

QUALITY: Storing (Storage)

INDICATING BODY PART: Head Hair

HIGHEST EXPRESSION: Wisdom

SPIRIT: Will (ZHI / C’HIH)

WINTER FOODS: Warming spices, like ginger, garlic, and cayenne, as well as nourishing Kidney foods like: adzuki beans, black beans, mung beans, miso, seaweed, millet, barley, buckwheat, lentils, dates, leeks, deep-sea fish, chicken, goat feta cheese, almonds, root vegetables, soybeans, tofu, are all associated WATER foods.
SEAWEEDS: Kelp, Nori, Dulse, Hijiki, Kombu, are a supreme addition to the Winter diet! High in many trace minerals, vitamins E and A, rich in phosphorous, calcium, potassium iron, iodine, they balance and nourish the endocrine system and the thyroid and adrenal glands. Naturally containing salt and high in protein, seaweeds contain basic elements needed during the Winter season. Try Fleur de Sel with seaweed mixed in place of your regular salt. Himalayan Sea Salt baths are great this time of year…very cleansing and healing….Himalayan salt water bathing also reduces inflammation of the muscles and joints, Bromides in the salt relaxes muscles and relieves pain and soreness
VEGETABLES: Daikon radish, leek, onion, burdock root, mushrooms, turnips, carrot, cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes. Roasted root vegetables sprinkled with Fleur de Sel…mmmmm
WINTER HERBS: Marshmallow Root: diuretic, anti-inflammatory for Kidney & Bladder, demulcent Cayenne Pepper- warming, circulation Ginger Root: warming, circulation, tonifies Fire element, digestion, fevers, colds Juniper Berry: carminative, diuretic, vaginal & venereal diseases Nettle Leaves: diuretic, blood tonic, Kidney/uterine/back trouble, astringent Flaxseed: inflammation of urinary organs, cleansing Fenugreek Seed: Kidney & Adrenal tonic, soothing

—Information taken from Akasha Bloom

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The Thirteen Days Of Solstice

(Words by: Shekhinah Mountainwater
Tune: 12 days of Christmas)

On the first day of Solstice the Goddess sent to me, some healing to set me free.
On the second day of Solstice the Goddess sent to me, Gifts from my love and some healing to set me free. etc.
1. Some healing to set me free
2. Gifts from my love
3. A helping dream
4. A branch of evergreen
5. Joyous songs!
6. Greetings from my neighbors
7. Magick for the year
8. Fine conversation
9. Nine pearls of wisdom
10. Candles for the lighting
11. Deep contemplation
12. Showers of abundance
13. A grand celebration

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  1. I like this web site it’s a master piece! Glad I discovered this on google.

  2. Good guidance,thanks for this post

  3. i have never saw a web site for witches so well put together and so very,very,informative as this site is! it’s very inspiring being here at this blog.

    • Thank you for the lovely comment. I have visited your blog and I love it. The entire blog is beautiful. I loved the graphics and the articles. You have done a fabulous job with it. I put a link to your site on our link page. I also linked back to you on the Award. Thank you again for the award. I am very proud and honored to receive it.

      • thanks you so much for the compliment and putting a link to my blog in your blog!! you are very much welcome and deserving of the award! :-)

  4. hello, i have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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    • Thank you so much, Morrighan. I am sorry it took so long to respond to your good news. But if you have been following the going-on’s around here, you know it has been hectic. I must say you have to be a mind reader, sweetie. I was admiring this award the other day on another site. I definitely appreciate you nominating me for it. It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized in such a way. Thank you again, Morrighan.

      • wow! i was doing the same thing then i got the award to and i had thought kitty was reading my mind to! :-)

  5. Tod Deskin

    Wiccan Magick is founded on the four elements… Fire, Air, Water and Earth. These four Elements correspond to the four instructions of our real world, the four quarters of the universe, the four winds, and above all the four quarters of the magic circle.

    • There are four elements that we always acknowledge. Like you mentioned, Fire, Air, Water and Earth. There is another one that is not so readily recognized, Spirit. As far as Wiccan Magick being found on the Four Element, I don’t think so. Magick is found within the individual. It is in all of us. Some of us just come to recognize that we possess it. Those that do, learn to control it, harness it and then use it to the benefit of mankind. We call the Four Elements to our circle to watch over us and aid us in our magick. Then we dismiss the Elements and thank them for Their presence and aid. Magick comes from within.

      • Jenna Borntreger

        Are there any earth spells? I can’t find any!

      • I thought I had put some on here. I am sorry, hun. What kind of Earth spells are you looking for? I have spells running out my ears. Let me know and I will put some on here for you. Thank you for calling this matter to my attention. Again I apologize for not having any Earth spells.
        Blessings to you & yours,
        Lady A

  6. My son was born 23 and is my Yule baby I claim. My Oak king. My missed day of the year. Lol I know I know. Every mother and there child. But, I have been enjoying lurking these boards, so busy, and just readying about Yule and how it relates to us all. And my son after my dark times. How he truly does mimick aspects and I lost in my busy mess off life looks down to see the son is born, sitting like a log, and the size of one! Hahaha then I remembered the spells I used as a kid to slow down time! I don’t know if anyone understands how truly powerful intent is, I believe it’s possible. Workered for a week, enough time to finish my job. People need to slooooowwwwww and enjoy. This is an interested year and the wheel begins! All so interesting if we could slow and see! Wow this turned out to be an essay. I’m in bed sickly sorry I just love all the posts and wanted say happy Yule and tell about my Yule tide joy lol BB

    • I have no idea how my comment ended up on “home” when I intended to leave it elsewhere lol that’s what I get for usin my phone. But yes I too love this site!

  7. moongazer

    this site is great thank you so much!i lost my spells in the fire a month back and ive been looking everywhere for new spells

  8. desurre'

    Love the site!

  9. http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/07/woman-burned-alive-for-witchcraft-in-papua-new-guinea/

    Unfortunately it’s still happening. A woman was burned alive in Papua New Guinea just this last week. Blessed be…

    • You are right about the witch burnings. The South Pacific islands are notorious for this type of behavior. Their culture still equates witches with Devil worship. It is sad to think that a wonderful and loving belief like witchcraft is thought of as evil in parts of the world today.

      • Riezen

        I dare say if it will ever get any better in some parts of the world. Not that it is that great in the USA, especially in the bible belt South where I reside, but we can all hope.

      • Greeting Riezen,
        It is good to hear from you. Where do you think we are located at? You got it, right in the middle of the old bible belt. I can say at first it wasn’t easy at all when people found out I was a witch. But it has got better. We have a lot of bad history to live down and it is up to us to show the world we are not like what they have been lead to believe. We are people just like everyone else and all we want to do is be accepted and co-exist. We have made great strides but we still have a long way to go. I know if you are by yourself and there are no other witches around it can be rough. Stand strong in your faith and show the world what we are really like. It is up to us to do so. I appreciate your comment. It is good to hear from others in the bible belt.
        May the Goddess Bless You and Watch Over You,
        Lady A

  10. I have seen other listings as well ladyoftheabyss. One of my cousins was also burned at the stake during the infamous witch hunts. Alas, I feel it is coming around again. Blessed be.

  11. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    http://abstractlucidity.com/2013/02/15/versatile-blogger-award/

    • This comes as quite a surprise, hun. Thank you so much. I feel very honored that you considered me for this award. This is fantastic. I will post it tonight and link to you the way I am suppose. Thank you again for this wonderful award, Shannon.

      • You’re very welcome! You put so much helpful information on your page, so it’s well deserved!

  12. Eve

    I just can say Respect and thank you for sharing your knowledge and remind us that our ancestors died for freedom of belief.
    Blessings

  13. What a great site- you can feel the respect that can only come from someone that truly believes in the path they are on. Congratulations.

  14. glenn

    Hope all is well Blessings sent with Loving Prayers !!!

  15. Larknii Fra Ziio

    My gratitude and blessing go with the creator of this site. It has help me and my brother with our magical spirits and our lives. You have helped me, so i am but bound to support you in any way i can. May you live long, prosperous, and happy.
    ~ Ziio

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  18. susan weiker

    I live here in Sequim, Washington. I would like to hear from you and come an meet all of you. I really need to sit and talk with someone about what I have been going through for years. Maybe you could help me understanding what I am suppose to be doing in my life. I have many feelings about who I am, and where I am from. Things that have been kept from me for some reason. Thank-you Sue

    • mistressofthemyst

      Greetings Sue,
      We would love to meet you but do you know where we are located? We are about 5,000 miles apart, maybe I have over or underestimated. I am awful with distance and mileage. But we are in Kentucky. You can discuss and handle some situations over the net just the same as a face to face. I know some think that they sit down and look into our faces the magickal answer is going to appear. We are just like any other person. We all have powers and are glad to use them to help people like yourself. All you have to do is let us.
      May the Goddess Bless,
      Mystie

  19. Sara knight

    Hello there my name is Sara and I’m learning a lot but there’s so much and hope to know more

  20. Alexandra Navarro

    Very educational love it

  21. Christine

    I love all your information and little bits everyday! I love to pass them on to my friends who are learning as well. Love it here!!

    • Valak

      Blessed samhain to one and all , enjoy the holiday . Blessings to all . Mp

      • Thank you so much. May you have a very happy & blessed Samhain. Also wishes for a very happy & prosperous New Year!
        Lady A

  22. Sadie

    Love it

  23. I just found your blog and I just love it. Blessing
    Amethyst

  24. I came upon your site looking for ideas for Samhain prayers,loved the info will come back again Blessed Be

  25. Lady A.

    Somehow my name has been dropped off the WOTC distribution list. I didn’t think of this simple answer to why I hadn’t been receiving WOTC posts for a couple of weeks, and jumped to an alarming conclusion that you were either ill or something had happened to put WOTC off the air. Actually I did panic a bit about this and sent you an ‘I am worried’ note to your other email address. I am now pleased to see that I may have panicked unnecessarily. Please let me know that you really are OK.

    Lady A, you are special to me, so I worry about you.

    Would you mind putting me back on the distribution list?

    Sincerely,

    Graham

    • mistressofthemyst

      The Lady’s out today. All you have to do Graham, is hit the follow us button again. By doing this you will become a follower again and receive our publications. WordPress has been making some upgrades to the site, which we appreciate. That would explain what happened to you. We have no control over removing or adding anyone to our list. To get someone removed Lady A has to go to WordPress. I know she hasn’t done that. Hit the follow button and you should be good to go again.
      Mystie

  26. Thank you for everything ya’ll do. This is such a truly amazing website. My go to for all

  27. I’m interested and want to know the best way to start my learning process whitch books to read what actions to take etc.

    • Congratulation on your new Path, Christopher. There are several books I could recommend but I don’t like their authors. They seem to beat around the bush too much for me. I have two favorite authors, Dorothy Morrison and Scott Cunningham. Both of these authors tell it like it is. They are contemporary authors. Ms. Morrison, I love her because she give you ideas that are simply and you probably wouldn’t think of. For instance, use a coffee maker to brew your brews in. She is very practical and also shows you do not have to break the bank to practice magick. Mr. Cunningham, is a very down to earth practitioner. Some Witches do not like him but he is a favorite of mine. Any of his books are well worth purchasing so are Ms. Morrison. There is one other that I do occasionally like to read on a dark, stormy night, that is Raymond Buckland. He has a book called “The Only Witchcraft Book You Will Ever Need.” It is pricy but well worth the purchase. I believe if you pick any of these authors to start with, you will be off to an excellent start.

      • Riezen

        I love Scott Cunninghams writing as well. He comes across so sweet and gentle, a kind person. But I have to thank Marian Green and Doreen Valiente, their books seem to make the most sense to me. I think you can read until your eyes bleed but the fact is, you can be shown the trail-head but you must walk it for yourself and make the “connection”.

  28. Red

    Do you have a place to join here or do you just post? I just came across this and its awesome.

    • What I love it is so simple. All you have to make a comment then send it. If the Spam eater decides it is not spam, it is them forwarded to me. Then I approve it and it post for all the world to read.

  29. Michelle

    Thank you for sharing this information. Love and Light

  30. I have been a solitary witch for almost my whole life. And I was looking threw the web and seeing the usual non-sense witchcraft pages that cater to mostly young teens. And I have never really found a true “witchcraft” site. But I happened upon this page, and it is simply the best site I have ever found. And the honesty and helpfulness on this page is undeniably the best I have seen. I think you for putting up this site and helping new witches. As well as reminding us elder witches of what it means to belong to our great religion.
    Blessings be,
    Mist~~

    • Thank you so much, Mist. I believe that is one of the best compliments we have received in a long time. I appreciate your comment very much. It is good to hear others’ opinions and ideas about the site. I hope you come to think of us as your home away from home, dear sister.
      Blessings to you & yours,
      Lady A

  31. Crystal Pentacle

    Thank you for putting so much time, effort and energy into this site. I can spend hours browsing here & i can feel the energy. I love this site.
    You make me proud to be a witch. X

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, dear friend. I am glad you are enjoying the site. I hope you come to think of us as your home-away-from-home. If you need anything, just let me know.
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

  32. Lady A~
    I am impressed and amazed at what you have accomplished here. Informative, truthful, insightful and proud. Thank you for representing us so very well. I am proud to count you as a friend.
    Hawk

    • It is about time you showed up. Now it is starting to feel like home again. Thank you coming from you that means a lot. It has taken us 3 years to get this far. I am hoping we have 3 more years. But to accomplishment what I am suppose to accomplish might take a life time. We have been trying to put on some Dragon Magick but it doesn’t seem to fly too well here. We will try again and see what happens. I really enjoyed talking to you. It had been way to long. Like I said I had been “stalking” you on FB and was worried about you. I am very happy things have turned around for you. You deserve all the happiest the world has to offer. I hope we keep in touch and you occasionally drop by. I am not crazy about FB, why I don’t know. I guess this place is my home and I feel like I belong here instead of over there.

      Anyway I am going to run for now. I hope to hear from you soon. Stay safe, Hawk!
      Love ya,
      Lady A

  33. Rowan

    I was just told of this site by a new friend and am very impressed with the flow and the connection you seem to have with every person who has stopped here. I will definitely be back to visit. The harmony here calls me to return. Blessings to you and yours!

  34. Sorceress

    I am very greatful for websites like this. It is my deepest desire to learn and grow spiritually. The craft is something very special to me and is a part of my everyday life. Blessings.

  35. Best witchcraft site ever. I am grateful to know this site. Lady A, Mystie, you are fantastic. I wish you the best in life.
    Blessings

  36. Rhiannon

    I have been a solitary witch for many years . We used to have a local coven that would hold open circles for the sabbat rituals, but sadly that is no more. This site is remarkable, thank you for all you do!

    Merry Meet and Brightest Blessings )O(

  37. Hello everyone! I love coming to this wonderful place where the ancient essence is felt to the deepest aspects of soul…Thank you for all that you are and do… Blessings )O(

    • Welcome dear sister, it is wonderful to have you with us. I hope you consider this place your home on the internet. We welcome your comments and opinions, so please feel free to jump right in.

      Again, welcome dear sister,
      Goddess Bless,
      Lady A

  38. Zee

    The fifht element is Akasha. Congratulations for your blog. It’s beautiful. I would love to be part of your team. Do you get to meet somewhere?

  39. Light in the dark

    Nice…I like this site.

  40. Of all the sites to visit on the web, there is no place to get this much intelligent and informative information on our craft than this one. I visit this site every day and find new posts each time. I can not think of a question that can’t be answered by visiting here. Thank you for all of your work. I am happy and honored to be part of your family. Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet again. Don )O(

  41. Hello! )O( I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! To find out what the Liebster Award is all about, head to my post here at

    http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/my-liebster-award-nomination/

    Congratulations!

    • Thank you so much, sweetie. I am sorry it took me so long to reply. There are times I need about 6 of me and that is on my good days, lol! I feel very honored to accept this award. It is very flattering and I also love awards. Thank you again. I am posting the answers to your questions here shortly.
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

      • Oh you haven’t won yet…LOL this is a nomination. And you’re welcome! )O( Blessed be! <3

      • Oh, sorry. I will get my butt in gear this afternoon and pick out some sites. Then think up some questions. I love these kinds of awards you get to know each other. Which I think is great, you sort of know something about the person behind the computer screen. I promise I will complete the award today. Thank you so much for nominating me for this honor.
        Lady A

  42. nightwolf

    can i please get help to find a group up here in Osburn Idaho or some where close to here? thank you and all have a blessed day

    • I would try checking on Witchvox. Their addy is http://www.witchvox.com. Look at the bottom of the main page. There you will find a whole list of services they provide. One of them just happens to be a list of covens across the country. If you can’t find it or need more help, just let me know. I will be glad to help you out.
      Blessings, Peace & Comfort,
      Lady A

  43. Risuna

    I’m so glad I was able to find this website, I’m having a lot of fun exploring it~! Thank-you for creating this website

  44. Shellie Gnau

    I am glad I found my way here…thank you for sharing your blog

  45. Lily Cat

    This website is quite amazing, I never knew so many others still practiced this. =)

  46. Tammy

    I’m only on the home page and already I’m picking up the “honest” buzz and the integrity with which this site was build upon. As I traverse through the pages of this site, I’m sure I will surely discover more and more truths. Blessed be!

  47. Anita Keane

    Just found Your site…Love It
    Mote Be..
    I am Amazed you are a gem….Have been serching for a link like yours <3..
    Just getting more into my Celtic & Native American Spirituality…Full force…
    Disapointed.. with other groups or sites not sharing more of the old heritage ways… You have touched on it from what I have seen.. Thank You..

  48. I have been researching ley lines for over 30 years and have discovered that the most important energy leys have their sources at volcanic plugs. The Federal Triangle, USA has three volcanic plugs in a line, as has Edinburgh, Scotland, with its three main streets on that line with nine major banks and important institutions on these streets.
    .
    The USA has all of its capital cities aligned with extinct volcanoes on the Azores, Galapagos and Bermuda. This ancient knowledge is still being used by a very few powerful people!

    See my website for more information, or read my two books.

  49. Very well put together, blessed be )0(

  50. Riezen

    Well said. Write your OWN leather bound book, write your own spells and recipes, do your own sketching no matter how Primitive. I have never thought that being a Witch had anything to do with doing things like someone else told you. We are not followers.

    I practice with total impunity and do it my way, because that is what a Witch does.

  51. Josephine Jane

    I’m so happy this site was created. It’s very educational.

  52. Frank Dominguez

    Glad I found you

  53. Kimberlyrose

    After several years of searching, feeling lost, and not feeling complete spiritually, I’ve finally come across a religion I feel I can truly find purpose in and learn from. I appreciate this site so much, as a newcomer with no real people in my area to help mentor me. I’m still learning every day, writing things down, and figuring out which path I’m to be on. Your site has been so helpful to me so far,maybe some day I’ll live close enough to others like me.

  54. Greetings!…I’ve nominated your blog for “The Witchy Blog Award”– and I want to personally thank you for inspiring me, entertaining me, enlightening me, and for giving your time and effort and talent to the wonderful world of blogging. Technology rocks! Keep on writing– your words are magickal!

    Blessings,
    Amythyst Raine-Hatayama
    ____________________

    The Rules:

    Dedicate at least part of a post to receiving the award and share the award logo
    Thank the blogger who passed the award to you
    Answer the seven questions below
    Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can)
    Notify your nominees of their pending award
    Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner to add your name to the list of bloggers awarded

    Seven Questions: (You may customize as long as they are still Wiccan and Pagan related)

    How did you “discover” Wicca/Witchcraft/Neo-Paganism?
    Do you grow herbs?
    Are you “in the broom closet”?  If not, share your coming out experience.
    What tradition do you follow, if any?
    Do you consider yourself a Witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else)?
    How much of Witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life?
    Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you met him/her, and how she/he takes part in your practice (if at all).

    • Riezen

      Always enjoy this site and nice to see the Gray Witch pop in!

    • I apologize for taking so long to reply to your wonderful comments and award. I have had a lot on my plate recently. I have to say you are the one I should be giving all the praise and compliments to you. You are amazing and you flatter me. Your blog is amazing, your site, your books, you are truly amazing and incredible in my eyes. I am truly honored that you even know we exist. Thank you so much for the recognition and the award.

  55. vickie

    Brightest Blessings And thank you a very magickal sight

  56. Hi there this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
    or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • I love off the topic questions, lol! I have had experience with both types of blogs. On Yuku, you could write your own html code or use their WYSIWYG editor. I enjoyed using the editor. In fact, I still go back over their to keep my skills sharp. As far as WordPress goes, they do it all for you. I will have to occasionally go back through a post and correct it. When I do, I have to revert back to html code to do so. WordPress offers a section where you can write your own code (CSS) but you have to purchase that. Just grabbing a blog template and turning it into your own is much simpler. When I first formed our old, old WOTC group on MSN, I had no earthly idea what I was doing. Thankfully I had a wonderful teacher that took me under his wings and showed me the ropes. Since you don’t have any experience, I would recommend WordPress. WordPress has tutorial pages for each template and will walk you through it. When you learn what you want you can either stay on WordPress or take your talents elsewhere. Right now, WordPress is the way to go for you. If you need any help, just let me know. I still love playing with the graphics, htmls codes and the such. Oh, one word, WordPress does not allow with javascript. They told me it was easily hacked and we have three sites on Blogger because I can use javascript over there. And every weekend you can practically set your watch by the time they are going to get hacked. WordPress is a great place to build a site, they have great templates and also offer great support. Right now, WordPress is the way to go!

  57. Very good info. Lucky me I came across your site
    by accident (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

  58. S light walker

    I love everything I’ve read on your site. I feel like I’m old yet brand new on this path and it was lovely to see your information. Thank you
    Blessed be 🌖

  59. Megan

    What a wonderful website filled with so much!!
    Thank you

  60. Thank you for all the wonderful wisdom of your Samhain article! I really enjoyed reading it, and I love this website! :)
    The First and Second Battles of Moytura take place on Samhain. During these two battles, the Tuatha De Dannan battle the forces of winter, chaos, and blight.
    Lugh Samhildanach/Lamhada defeats Balor, his grandfather.
    The Morrighan aids the Daghda in the battle by agreeing to strike fear into their hearts of the Fomorians after they sleep together. She is also the Washer at the Ford, an omen of death.
    The Goddess Brigit loses her son Ruadhan, and she mourns her son by producing a keen (caione), which’s a wail of grief. It’s the origin story of the Bansidhe. It’s also the night Brigit becomes the Cailleach, the Crone of Winter.
    A Blessed Samhain to one and all! :)

    Blessed Be!
    Iolairmara

  61. Aonaracha

    I’m so glad to have found this. I don’t know anyone else like me, especially living in the middle of nowhere. I will likely be asking questions soon and they may be pretty dumb ones. i’ll try not to unless I have to… I don’t want to be an annoying noob or anything lol! I’ve never had anyone to discuss this stuff with and I’m new to much of it. I almost don’t feel alone now. :)

  62. Aonaracha

    less than a week ago I found this site. oh, ive seen many others out there… some of them take a ‘very matter of fact’ approach and though informative, there is little to no sense of community. others seem to cater to ‘fad pagans’ and lack serious information. there is nothing wrong with that. nothing at all. but such sites are not for me personally. I have learned more here than I have from all the rest put together, and I feel like I belong to a community. thank you for making such a wonderful website. i am literally the only one of my kind in the area i live and i feel as if this was made for me. thank you so much!!!

  63. Eve

    I am a solitary witch and I am currently still learning, I commend you on a wonderful and informative page, I have learned new things, and I happened on this site by accident, OR was it accident!! I was feeling I wasn’t learning much lately and here I am, I have learned more tonight than I have in months!! Thank you so much!! Blessed Be to you and much success on all of your work on here!!!

  64. Eva DelaSangre

    Thank you for making such a great site. So informative and helpful!!!

  65. Donna

    I am always very late to the party. I’m glad I found your site and I sincerely hope it will become/remain/stay active

    • You are not late to the party here, hun. We have been partying now for 14 years. We have spent three of those years on WordPress. We are a very active site. The other managers and myself try to keep interesting and informative information flowing constantly. The only time the site goes down is to change the graphics or change the monthly info. As long as I have anything to do with this site, it will be remain active. So welcome home, dear sister.
      Lady A

  66. Heya Lady A.. I love the new look.. I love how the snowflakes gently drift and fall across the screen.. it’s so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful..
    As always, your site looks fantastic. Darling sister, I hope that you’re doing alright (((hugs)))

  67. In Ireland (County Meath), the megalithic burial/Sidhe Mound, Newgrange, which’s aligned to the Midwinter Solstice (Mean Geimreidh: Meh-yawn Gev-ruh), has a bit of Gaelic lore associated with the pre-Celtic 5,300 year-old mound.

    According to lore, the All Father God, the Daghda built and occupies Newgrange–indeed, as an entrance to the Otherworld. Newgrange is also where the Daghda has a tryst with the river and land Goddess, Boinne. It’s there the God of Youthful Beauty, Light, and Love, Aeonghus Mac Og (Son of Youth) is conceived.

    Well, Boinne’s husband, Elcmhaire happened to be out hunting and promised to return at sunset. Concealing the manner in which Aeonghus was conceived, the Daghda caused the sun to stand still in order for the day to last nine months. In that “day,” Aeonghus was safely birthed and fostered away. Elcmhaire was none the wiser about the tryst upon his return.

    In terms of the solstice, which means, “sun stands still,” the Daghda represents the solar function of light that must give way to the youthful rebirth of the Son/Sun in a new cycle. It is evident that Aeonghus represents the archetypal function of the Child of Light in Celtic Myth Cycles…these include Lugh, the Maponos/Mabon, Taliesin, and Arthur, to name some. Later on, Aeonghus would trick the Daghda out of Newgrange, and take up residence in the mound.

    Gaelic names for Newgrange such as Cashel Aeonghus (“Castle Aeonghus”) and Brugh na Boinne (Place or “Palace of the Boyne”), signify Newgrange’s importance in Gaelic imagination. That is, the Sidhe mound’s alignment to the rising sun during the day of the solstice, has the sunlight shining into the mound entrance’s box, a beam going 64 feet into the back of the chamber, is an act of conception and renewal.

    In addition, every 19 years, on the solstice, the moon is completely dark. The white quartz crystal facede resembles a slim waxing crescent. During this time of winter, the sun is at it’s weakest, moon at its darkest, and earth at its most cold and fallow. Hence, a new great lunar cycle begins simultaneously with that of the earth and sun. It so happens, this upcoming solstice, on the 21st, is such a time!

    The Goddess Boinne’s name comes from the Gaelic “Bo,” which translates as Cow, a divine representative/embodiment of the Land’s powers of fertility and abundance, including the wealth and well-being of the Tuath (I.e. locality of the “Tribe”). She also represents a beneficent face of the Goddess of Sovereignty, replete in Celtic myth. Hope you all have a very Blessed Solstice! :)

    Beanneacht De Laet!

    ~Iolairmara

  68. Thank you again for the awards, love. I am truly honored. <3

    (Psst…..I nominated you back….http://donningthecrescent.com/2014/12/18/one-lovely-blog-award: http://donningthecrescent.com/2014/12/18/very-inspiring-blogger-award/)

  69. Hey! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Just follow this link http://donningthecrescent.com/2014/12/18/one-lovely-blog-award/ (if you would like), and you can see what accepting the award entails.

    I really love this blog!
    Love and Light

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