A Shear Paradox: Witch Life in Winter

The curtains of wild vines and tame plants thin To reveal the exposed heart of her forest gardens. Flashy and bright few plants show off their fine greenery. Empty trees raise dark skeleton limbs to the sky. Witch examines blackened mounds torched by frost, searches for life. Finding some and finding none. Persephone shifts and […]

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Celtic Yule Cakes

The Winter Solstice of 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on December 21. While the solstice is now considered the official beginning of the winter season, for many ancient faiths, it marked the beginning of the slow return of the sun from its lowest spot on the horizon; the first signal that the dark, […]

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Midwinter’s faire

Imagine sitting around a fire of olde, Renaissance era minstrels and bards singing and reciting love poems, or perhaps poems about the darkening of the sky in midwinter? For lovers of Renaissance festivals, we still celebrate poetry and song, fires and wassail, and the chill of winter held at bay by a warm woolen cloak. […]

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Les Feux de Joie

In each issue, Staff Writer Angela Lorio explores all the various elements of what her Witchlife looks like: gardening, caring for her animals, a black cat, her beloved brown dogs, and horses. Here, the Louisiana native describes the beloved tradition of the Les Feux de Joie, a fire festival held along the banks of the […]

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For Beauty’s Sake: Winter

Every once in a while, you see something that is so gorgeous you have to stop and simply take it in. It may be a crystalline dewdrop on a leaf, a richly-hued sunset, a baby’s smile, the wrinkled, aged hands of a grandmother, or a breeching, blowing whale. Beauty is all around us. To celebrate […]

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