Druidic Tools: Knives

A recent conversation inspired this post.  I was talking with a group of (mostly) Wiccans and eclectic Pagans.  They all have varying amounts of experience and knowledge.  Many of them adhere to the belief that a magic practitioner should possess two knives – the athame, the ritual knife, and the boleen, the “practical” or “mundane” knifeContinue reading “Druidic Tools: Knives”

My Old Grimoires

I recently listened to this episode of the podcast New World Witchery.  It’s all about grimoires or magical texts.  I’ve been toying with the idea of making one again and the show inspired me to share some of my previous magical books with you.  At left you’ll see a photo of my first “Book of Shadows,”Continue reading “My Old Grimoires”

Magically Mundane Mondays – Part 1: The Neti Pot

This is the first of a series of what I hope to be weekly posts about a subject I’ve become passionate about – filling my life with magic.   To the uninitiated*, living a “magical life” must sound fruity and idealistic at best, and delusional at worst.  To many Pagans, magic is very real.  WhatContinue reading “Magically Mundane Mondays – Part 1: The Neti Pot”

On the Evolution of Magic

I’ve been reading Magic in the Ancient World  by Fritz Graf.  While I’m not even halfway through, I’m learning a lot about magic in the Mediterranean world.  The concept changed throughout history, but there was always this concept of the “other” – the enemy or the outsiders – practicing malevolent magic.  Unless I am wayContinue reading “On the Evolution of Magic”

Mmm…essential oils…

Today, Weretoad and I went to a craft show in Clayton sponsored by the Thousand Islands Art Center.  It was exquisite with high quality artisan crafts; probably the most diverse and interesting craft show I’ve ever seen – along with Utica’s Indie Garage Sale.  Weretoad bought me a stained glass triquetra.  I bought tea treeContinue reading “Mmm…essential oils…”

Rolling in Books

A new book arrived for me in the mail today: Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf.  It’s recommended reading for Magic 1 in ADF’s Initiate Program.  I’ve read many titles about the history and folklore of magic in Europe – mostly focusing on the north-eastern parts.  This latest book focuses on the Mediterranean world.Continue reading “Rolling in Books”

The Moon in Modern Druidism

It is well known that Wiccans hold special rituals during the full and new moons.  Many Neo-Pagans and traditional witches observe certain lunar practices.  For example, some spells are thought to be more effective when performed on a specific day of the moon’s cycle.  What did the ancient Druids do and what can/do modern DruidsContinue reading “The Moon in Modern Druidism”