Creating a Mabon/Autumnal Equinox Altar

This is my favorite sabbat and my favorite time of year! Usually by now, it’s still hot during the day, but the nights have that tiny hint of coolness in the air. We can almost be convinced that the weather is breaking and there will be some relief from the incessant heat. And the Summer…

Magickal Month- September 2019

Is it possible that Autumn is right around the corner? It’s still sweltering hot here in Georgia, and it will stay sweltering hot for at least this month. But every time the weather breaks, even if by a few degrees, it’s a reminder that longer, cooler nights are ahead and it’s time to start wrapping…

Magickal Month- September

September is such an exciting month for those of us who love Autumn. While the season doesn’t actually start until the Equinox on the 22nd (at 9:54pm here in the EDT zone), September still feels like that gateway month. We’ve suffered through the heat of June, July, and August, and we can feel the nights…

Season of The Witch Movies- The Naked Witch review

The Naked Witch (on Amazon Prime) Wow.  This one’s fun.  Produced in 1961 by Claude Alexander, who also produced The Naked Dracula, The Naked Mummy, Hey look! I’m naked right now!, and What Are You Wearing?  It begins with woogie organ music played behind a foreshadowing monologue about how ‘the student’ never thought something like…

My tarot decks for Autumn

I love seasonal things.  I love watching the passing of time, and Autumn is such a beautiful time to celebrate the changing of the seasons and how that affects us.  I’m also a little obsessed with having the right things to use for the right occasions.  Hence, my project to have a different tarot deck…

Retreat

September is always a month of regrouping.  DragonCon tends to be a pivot in my year, the weekend that divides the buildup from the come down.  This year was no exception, especially with the added excitement and work of doing the Tarot 101 presentation.  When you combine that stress with the stress of Irma (and…

Autumntide Priorities

The days are getting shorter, there’s a nice breeze in the night air, and DragonCon marks the beginning of the end of Summer.  We have Mabon and Samhain to look forward to, which are my two favorite sabbats! While Autumn is usually seen as a time of going within, taking stock, and relaxing into Winter,…

Autumn Scents- Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs

So anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with scents.  From incenses to bath products, to candles, I just like it when stuff smells great.  And the scents I like change with the seasons.  Obviously, Autumn is a great time for anything pumpkin related, but I don’t want to smell that at all in…

Autumn Tide Tarot Reading

I try to give myself a reading at every solstice and equinox, but sometimes I forget.  Now that I’m really immersing myself in tarot, it’s a little easier to remember.  This reading is for the Autumn tide, or the time between Mabon and Yule. I did a reading in 3 parts, with 4 cards each….

Autumn, a season of loss and life

I’m usually a pretty good cook, better than average I’d say.  There are a few things that I really don’t excel at, however, frying being one of those. Tonight I was testing out a recipe for The Vegan Pagan Kitchen, and it really turned out badly.  I tried to make fried okra, and I used…

Mabon, balance, and bipolar

Mabon is normally one of my favorite sabbats.  It signifies a turning toward the dark half of the year, which I love.   The weather is slightly cooler, and it’s thrilling to think of the beautiful Autumn and Winter to come.  I start thinking about apples and grapes and all the soups and chili I’ll…

Happy Mabon! (a quickie)

I really love all the sabbats for various reasons.  Imbolc is kind of my ‘going within’ time, where I spend time huddled up next to a fire, reading or knitting or something similar.  Samhain is fabulous, and you can’t be Pagan and dislike Samhain.  It’s just not possible.  Even Litha, though I don’t like Summer,…

Apple butter from the food goat’s test kitchen

So what screams Autumn more than apples?  Nothing.  Nothing whatsoever. Every year, the bear and I drive to Ellijay, GA and hit up a few of the apple orchards there.  Usually we just come home with some cider to ferment, but this year, I had an idea.  I wanted to make apple butter.  And holy…