For the March/April Book Coven we will be reading Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey. I think this is going to be a challenging read, considering the times we are in. It is a challenging read regardless. However, if you are ready to dive in, let me know (contact info below) and I’ll make sure you’re on the email thread for it! Our meet-up time is still TBD, but will be sometime around mid-April.
One of the chapters presents a “Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft”, so the *optional* activity is to create your own Witchcraft Manifesto (aka Rules, Guidelines, Laws, etc), which may include or omit from the one presented in the book. As a Witch I believe it is important to work on defining our Craft, and this would be an excellent addition to your personal grimoire. It is of course not set in stone, but rather an ever-evolving philosophy. If you feel comfortable doing so, you may share some of your Manifesto with the group at the meet-up. It would be great to get insight and inspiration from one another.
I encourage you to purchase this book directly from the publisher, Scarlet Imprint, if possible. While they are based in the UK, my order was shipped promptly and it took about two weeks for it to arrive. Here is the link to purchase from them (or you can purchase a digital edition to start reading right away):
If you do not have the resources to purchase it, you can find a free pdf for it here.
Here’s an excellent interview with the author and his partner, both who also run Scarlet Imprint:
If you would like to be added to the ongoing mailing list for the Book Coven and receive monthly updates directly to your inbox, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to it!
Book Coven General info:
- A monthly book club with Zoom meet-up at the end of the month.
- Book selection announced mid-month (for the upcoming month).
- This is a month-to-month opt-in, you aren’t expected to participate every month!
- You do not have to be a Witch to join the Book Coven, just know that witchcraft will be a running theme with the book selections and probably a part of the discussions.
- There will be a bonus activity (optional) inspired by the book, as well as journal prompts.
- Email me at email@example.com if you want to join in for the upcoming month!
We read this for the Jan/Feb Book Coven, but in case you missed it and wanted to dive deeper into this fantastic book, here are a few journal prompts to consider when reading it:
Ch. 1 (The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman), pg. 30*: “Each woman has potential access to Rio Abaja Rio, this river beneath the river. She arrives there through deep meditation, dance, writing, painting, prayer making, singing, drumming, active imagination, or any activity which requires an intense altered consciousness. A woman arrives in this world-between-worlds through yearning and by seeking something she can see just out of the corner of her eye.”
What are some of the ways you access this “river beneath the river”?
Is there an activity you can do on a daily basis to travel to this place?
What do you seek in this “river beneath the river”?
Ch. 3 (Nosing Out the Facts: The Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation), pg. 80: “Vasalisa turned to her doll as soon as the Yaga had gone. ‘What shall I do? Can I complete these tasks in time?’ The doll assured her she could, and to eat a little and go to sleep. Vasalisa fed the doll a little too, then she slept.”
Vasalisa’s doll can be seen as a talisman, an object imbued with life and magickal intent. If you are creating a talisman, how will you “feed” it? Some ideas are:
–passing it through sacred smoke
–making offerings to it
–bathing it in salt and/or water
–charging it with crystals
–anointing it with oils/herbs/flower essences
Ch. 5 (Hunting: When the Heart is a Lonely Hunter), pg. 159: “It is good to make a meditative and daily practice of untangling the Life/Death/Life nature over and over again…When we are untangling this nature, it would be good for us to sing something like this: What must I give more death to today, in order to generate more life? What do I know should die, but am hesitant to allow to do so? What must die in me in order for me to love? What not-beauty do I fear? Of what use is the power of the not-beautiful to me today? What should die today? What should live? What life am I afraid to give birth to? If not now, when?“
Ch. 9 (Homing: Returning to Oneself), pg. 306: “The exact answer to ‘Where is home?’ is more complex…but in some way it is an internal place, a place somewhere in time rather than space, where a woman feels of one piece. Home is where a thought or feeling can be sustained instead of being interrupted or torn away from us because something else is demanding our time and attention… Home is a sustained mood or sense that allows us to experience feeling not necessarily sustained in the mundane world: wonder, vision, peace, freedom from worry, freedom from demands, freedom from constant clacking. All these treasures from home are meant to be cached in the psyche for later use in the topside world…. Although there are many physical places one can go to ‘feel’ her way back to this special home, the physical place itself is not home; it is only the vehicle that rocks the ego to sleep so that we can go the rest of the way by ourselves. The vehicles through and by which women reach home are many: music, art, forest, ocean spume, sunrise, solitude. These take us home to a nutritive inner world that has ideas, order, and sustenance all of its own… In truth, home is holographic.”
-what physical space and/or actions bring you home?
-what does home feel like for you?
-how can you access home on a daily basis?
-how can you bring the treasures from home to the “topside world”?
Ch. 14 (La Selva Subterranea: Initiation in the Underground Forest), pg. 458: “How does one live in the topside world and the underworld at the same time and on a day-to-day basis? What does one have to do to come down into the underworld on one’s own? What circumstances in life help women with the descent? Do we have a choice about going or staying? What spontaneous help have you received from the instinctive nature during such a time?”
*Page numbers are from the 1st edition, paperback.
In my opinion, oats should be a staple in every Witch’s kitchen – they are healthy, delicious, versatile, and inexpensive. On my own path in kitchen witchery, I’ve been focused on incorporating more plant-based, whole foods into my diet, for both health and spiritual reasons, and oats have definitely become foundational in this.
Here is what Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs has to say about the magickal properties of oats:
Magical uses: Use in prosperity and money spells.
I understand this to mean that oats are symbolic of the abundance of the harvest, and the generosity of earth. They have a grounding and feminine energy. You could consider incorporating certain spices in your bowl of oatmeal for their unique magickal properties as well.
These days I have oatmeal almost every day for breakfast and I still look forward to this meal as one that is both comforting and nourishing. Over time I have perfected my recipe for making oatmeal, and want to share it with you! So without further ado, here is how to make a perfect bowl of oats.
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups water
1/2 tsp sea salt
splash of vanilla extract
dash of spice such as cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin pie spice mix (my fav), etc (optional)
1 spoonful tahini (optional but definitely recommended!)
maple syrup or preferred sweetener
milk or plant milk
- put oats, water, salt, vanilla extract, and spices in pot
- set heat to medium and timer for 10 min
- after 10 min, remove from heat, give it a stir, let rest for 1 min
- mix in tahini to make it extra creamy
- add sweetener and milk , and enjoy!
That’s it! So simple and delicious. You can of course add toppings such as fruit, nuts and seeds. Get creative with it!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and if so, let me know in the comments. 🙂
Happy cooking and bright blessings,
I am your mountain
I am your tree
I am your cave
I am your ocean
My breath is the sky
My feet are the roots
My forehead is the Moon
My laughter is the Sun
My eyes are deep wells
My heartbeat is the pulse of memory.
And you, Dear One
Are a shining pebble on the shore
Tumbling in the waves
And basking in the warmth
Of a summer day.
First sprouts of the year, Thyme 🧚♀️💚 Because this is due more to chance and circumstance, rather than any planning on my part, I’ve chosen to see this wonderful herb as a message of guidance for the year ahead. The magickal powers of Thyme include health + healing, restful sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, and courage. It is used to invoke the Faery Folk, and a bank or bed of Thyme in the garden is believed to be home to the Faeries. The flowers of Thyme represent courage and bravery. This herb is both hardy and delicate, and reminds me of the phrase, “sword without armor”. Remedially it is most commonly used for afflictions of the lungs and stomach, both of which I associate with grief, so perhaps it may be used as a balm for grief as well. Overall, I understand this to mean I should continue my work with the Faery Folk, remember my own inner strength and courage, particularly when it comes to experiencing grief, and focus more on my path of healing, for self and others. 🙏✨ While this is a personal reflection, perhaps it resonates for you as well, or perhaps you have your own first sprouts that you may glean from in a similar manner?
Bright Blessings and Merry Imbolc,
• The Forgotten Arts: Growing, Gardening & Cooking with Herbs by Richard M. Bacon
• The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra
• Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
• The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
For your studies and consideration:
“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.”
-Charge of the Goddess (Doreen Valiente)
- The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
- A beautiful person or thing; esp: a beautiful woman.
- A graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality that contributes to beauty.
- The quality or state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance.
- Power to resist force: SOLIDITY, TOUGHNESS
- Power of resisting attack: IMPREGNABILITY
- Legal, logical, or moral force.
- a) Degree of potency of effect or of concentration b)Intensity of light, color, sound or odor c) Vigor of expression
- Force as measured in numbers: effective numbers of any body or organization
- One regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness: SUPPORT
- Maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level: firmness of prices
- a) possession of control, authority, or influence over others b) One having such power: a sovereign state c) archaic: force of armed men d) a large number or quantity
- a) i. ability to act or produce an effect ii. capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right
- a) physical might b) mental or moral efficacy c) political control or influence
- an angel of the fourth lowest rank
- a) the number of times as indicated by an exponent a number occurs as a factor in a product; also: the product itself b) cardinal number 2
- a) a source or means of supplying energy; esp: electricity b) motive power c) the time rate at which work is done or energy emitted or trasferred
- magnification 2b
- scope, comprehensiveness
- sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
- a) good name or public esteem: reputation b) outward respect: recognition
- a person of superior standing – now used esp. as a title for a holder of high office
- one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
- an evidence or symbol of distinction
- chastity, purity
- a) a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY b) one’s word given as a guarantee of performance
- the quality or state of being humble
- gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter
- honor or respect felt or shown: DEFERENCE; esp: profound adoring awed respect
- a gesture of respect (as a bow)
- the state of being revered or honored
- one held in reverence – used as a title for a clergyman
Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1971. Print.
I am excited to let you know that the MMC shop is now open! Here I’ll be adding items that I find useful for the Witch, such as herbs, candles, apothecary items, and more. These are all created, crafted, and assembled by me, and many of the items will be foraged and/or garden-grown as well. I aim to provide goods that are created sustainably, inspire you in your Craft, and are available at affordable prices. Please follow me on IG @mmc.blog to stay up-to-date on new additions as well.
Much love and bright blessings,
While the calendar new year is not really a part of the Witch’s Wheel, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a time for intention and ritual. Here are a few ideas for activities that can be done at this time, and if you have additional ideas, please let me know in the comments!
New Year Blessings,
I am excited to announce that I’ll be starting a monthly book club in January – we will be kicking it off with the incredible classic, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
If this is a book you have been wanting to read (or re-read!), I’d love for you to join! Here is some additional info about the MMC Book Coven:
- We have most of the month of January to read the book, and will meet sometime at the end of January via zoom to discuss it – you can obviously get started on it now if you like!
- If you are not able to obtain a hard copy of the book, there is a free pdf of it here.
- This is a very low key book club, no worries if you don’t finish the whole book.
- I’ll have some discussion questions but feel free to bring your own too, otherwise it’s just a free form discussion.
- There’s a bonus activity (optional) of creating your own Wild Soul Talisman, inspired by the book. This would be an object you craft that serves as a reminder of your own Wild Soul, and may be used for your witchcraft, ritual, altar, etc. Some ideas are a necklace, a sculpture, a painting, a poem, a sigil … the sky is the limit. If you feel comfortable doing so we will share what we made during the meet up!
- This is a month to month opt-in, I’ll post the next book 2 weeks prior (so, next one will be announced Jan 15) and you can just let me know if you want to join in again for it.
- You do not have to be a Witch to join the book coven, however just know that witchcraft will be a running theme with the book selection and most likely a part of the discussions.
- The meet up will be scheduled for 1 hr, although we can continue the discussion further if people want to stick around for that.
That about covers it! If you have any questions, and/or would like to join the January meet-up, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you the day/time of the meet up once it has been finalized. Looking forward to it!