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Ostara: A Celebration of Balance

Falling on the Spring Equinox, Ostara is the second springtime sabbat of the Wheel of the Year, and the final sabbat of the dark half of the wheel. March 20 marks the moment when darkness and light are even; this is why balance is a critical part of the celebration of Ostara. Springtime blooms are emerging all around us, and it is time to declutter and start afresh. This can be both a physical exercise and a mental one, as we look both outward (to clean/organize our space) or inward (as we clear out toxic thoughts or ideas that are no longer serving us). With Ostara comes new beginnings, and the time is ripe for change. After laying the groundwork...

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Moving Toward Solstice

Sometimes, fall and winter feel heavy. As the sunshine of summer gives way to the crisp fallen leaves, we're reminded that it will soon be cold and dark. This year, it is made particularly challenging with the added restrictions due to COVID-19, and the general unease of our country and lives. A wonderful way to move through this time is to focus on the celebrations of Yule. Recall that many of traditions associated with Christmas and New Year's are echoes of Yule: wreaths and cedar trimmings, decorations with candles and lights, even setting up a tree! These rituals have origins centering on the celebration of Winter Solistice, which occurs on December 21. Norseman believed that the sun was a giant ball...

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Herb Focus: Mugwort

Who doesn't love a good Harry-Potter-sounding herb? Mugwort has a name that would be entirely at home with some of Harry's other gobbledygook terms, and yet it is a real-life herb that has a long and detailed history as a medicinal plant and an integral part of one's altar. Mugwort belongs to the genus Artemesia, plants relating to the Greek goddess of the moon, giving the herb a lunar attribution that also explains why mugwort is considered a powerful option for divination and dreams. It is also considered a protective herb, and can be sprinkled outside doorway to fend of negativity, or incorporated into protective spellwork as part of a ritual or spell. We feature it in our Protection :: Crystals and...

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Using Ritual Bath Salts

Ritual salts can be used in a variety of ways, including at the altar, thoughout the home, or, of course, in the bath. While they are specifically created for bathing rituals, you can just as easily spread salts around the home, outside the front door, or place them in a bowl or tray on your altar.

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