Spring Equinox

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Blessed Ostara!! Today marks the spring equinox. The weather today was beautiful, cool and sunny. I couldn’t have asked for more. I visited the local witch shop. I am always there. I took my broom with me to show it off. I baked cookies and watched the faery fabulous movie Maleficent. My windows are open to let in the spring energy. I am eager to plant more seeds.

Wse depart from the dark half of the year to the lighter half. Now the Goddess stirs and awakens. The Crone gives way to the Maiden and the God rises too, to plant seeds of new growth. I am excited to get to work on my garden once again. I have seedlings begun already.

I took photos of the graveyard recently. I shall soon share the pictures with the Horror Writers Association for their slideshow. I attended a wonderful memorial service for an acquaintance. I enjoyed the whole evening of the service, feast and the after party. The crows were agitated in my neighborhood prior to the service. I can’t help but wonder if it was another message. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up for me to visit the cemetery more often. I guess  bringing coffee in a thermos will suffice. I shall try again tomorrow to write more horror poetry.

I wish you all a wonderful Ostara. Blessings to all



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Merry meet all,

 I recently took my cat to the vet. That was one of those things I thought I didn’t need to do. It’s not that my cat doesn’t need care, I am just money tight. But now she is fine and feline fancy!!

Our local witch shop, Neighborhood Witch. just reopened in the new space. Wow It is so magickal, beautiful and stunning. I love the new space. I am so happy for Pamela who is truly realizing her dream. If  you are in Halifax, then you should definitely head on over. She has an online website too!! The shop can be found on Facebook.

I bought a fancy black fan there, awesome bath bombs, and beautiful candles. It is worth the shopping trip. There is something for everyone. You can sit by the fire, read, or check out herbs, oils and candles. I love the store and the staff are extremely friendly.

I ordered a sewing pattern in the mail. The pattern is from Simplicity and it is inspired by Amy Brown. I will have a great time sewing this pattern. I already have a beautiful fairy costume and I want to stay with a purple theme. That way I can mix and match the pattern pieces. I will get more bang for my buck by staying with purple. The shawl is purple, the besom is purple and the costumes are going to be purple. I glanced at the fabrics at my fave haunt, Fabricville. There was not a lot of choice for purple fabric. I shall try again though. This will be ready for spring. I am excited to get started. I also have plenty of cute purple fabrics for scraps. They can still be useful.

I read a great book I highly recommend. The book is titled Witch- Unleashed, untamed, unapologetic by Lisa Lister. Women really need to read this empowering candid book. I plan to reread it till the pages fall out. The book will empower you and make you feel great. It is about reminding you that it is ok sometimes to put yourself first and to practice healthy self-care. Don’t let the dark book cover scare you off. Read it. Find your inner witch and let her out!!! No apologies to anyone.

The dark half of the year gives way to the lighter half. I am excited to soon get to work in my garden! I already spotted baby sprouts coming up. The Goddess is stirring and the sun changed direction. March is the month of spring equinox. Daylight Savings Time occurs this month too. I hope you all have plans for Ostara. I want to dye eggs and search for sprouts.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Crow Foot and Blood Moons

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The mischievous spirits in my apartment are at it again. I do own a cat. I was in my broom closet today and for some inexplicable reason, I sense something the second I enter it. My broom closet creeps me out. I get an eerie feeling in there but my cat seems at ease. I hate that. What a better way to wonder if you are crazy than to be bettered by a chilled out cat. Then she enters the bathroom and avoids my eye. I smudged the closet with sage which set off my alarm. Oh great.

My house makes noises. It is an old building. I understand that but what I don’t understand is when those sounds don’t sound normal. Nothing explains things moving on their own or sounds of things falling and nothing having moved. I have heard the sound of a mop/ broom falling yet when I check, nothing has moved.  I found my cauldron on the floor. It had fallen from the top of the fridge to the floor on its own. I welcome all and any explanations on that one. I had no cat at that time. The cauldron is made of heavy cast iron.

I bought myself a real crow foot necklace. I love crows and even fear them a little. I shall always remember the time a crow warned me of a death. To a normal person, it might seem creepy. To me, I bought it because it IS creepy. I like creepy. I like crows and they still follow me everywhere. I plan to leave them offerings soon once the snow melts.

I have no qualms about using animal bones, animal or human skulls, or feathers in my Craft practice. I do believe that these items should be clean and free of potential parasites or disease. Once the tools are clean, they are safe to use. But I am certain it is the way our ancestors practiced and I have included a link below that tells more about it.

There are many ways that animal parts can be used in magic.  My animal skull rests by the photo of my grandfather. I am fond of it because animals trusted my grandfather, even wild animals, so it seems appropriate to place it there. I have a bone and piece of wood that looks like bone by the Odin statue.

The Full Moon this month is powerful. It is a Super Rare Blood Blue Moon. It will bring clarity and would be a powerful time to clear away what is negative to welcome in the positive. Be sure to perform an esbat.

Imbolc is the next turn in the Wheel of the Year. I plan to perform a ritual with Sacred Mists online. I also plan to celebrate Imbolc on my own. Imbolc is the first Sabbat of spring. I don’t enjoy winter but now I can anticipate the return of spring. This is the time to stock up on seeds and plan. I will post more about spring here soon.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(





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Untimely Frost Poetry Anthology

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I am so excited about the upcoming horror poetry anthology Untimely Frost featuring my poem Encounter with Death. I never imagined I would have a horror poem published professionally. I have to write more!! But more on that in a moment. Lycan Valley Press is publishing the poetry book this winter. The table of contents and the cover design is awesome. I can’t wait to read the excellent poems by the talented authors. I think it’s great these books are possible. How else would you know what talented authors are out there. The cover for the book is shown above. I think it’s beautiful. So please tell all, your near and dear, and your mailman about this book. It should be available on social media outlets and Amazon and other sites soon. I posted this on my Published Works page.

I tried to write more poems. I do hope to complete a book of new horror poems in the future. I visited a cemetery where I sat down on some stone steps and tried to write. I did write a poem but I know it was a halfhearted effort. What better area to write in such a genre than a cemetery? I couldn’t sit in there at night. The snow frosted the stone steps, the rusty grass, the brush. The crows perched on the headstones and flew overhead. I felt at home there. I have to try again. I doubt inspiration would come to me if I sat at home. The environment doesn’t welcome gothy macabre inspiration for scribbles. I may take a coffee for warmth and a warm long coat/ cloak. I mean c’mon, may as well smear on black nail polish lacquer too. Writing doesn’t appear by itself. I was inspired too by the efforts of this poet whose name I have to look up here. But his poems really grabbed me by the throat. The poetry book was also illustrated. The poems are amazing, rhyme and written in some style of meter and rhythm. He was emulating another poet in his book. I have to get that author’s name. I thought he was a modern day Edgar Allan Poe even though Poe was unromantic. He was just straight up morbid. I do love Poe though and now I have a new author to love.

Here is the poem (mine) that will appear in published in Untimely Frost. I feel like a real writer now. I am honored and grateful to be included in the book. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands. I mean, see? This is what happens when an intelligent editor gives a writer a chance to prove themselves.

This poem went through many drafts before it hit publication. So for all you keeners out there, sharpen your pencils and grab a mocha-and a blank journal. A feathered quill is a must. Hit the local cafe or your own friendly local neighborhood spooky cemetery to write macabre musings. Good luck.


Encounter with Death

 On a dark

October eve

a sea of

somber tombstones bewitch me,

shrouded in

a morbid fog,


rooted in

stony silence.

I stumble

past crumbling crosses

and black rose

crowned graves.


Crimson leaves

bleed from gnarled trees.

Death pounces

on my psyche.


The Grim Reaper

condemns my shivering soul.


I flee through

the wrought iron gates.


I hope my dear readers make time to enjoy poetry. I shall have to write more poems now. I hope I get more published.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Spirits and Ghosts

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I belong to a Facebook group called Hauntings, Paranormal and the Unexplained. There seems to be some misconception about spirits moving around in homes. One has to remember that spirits are not solid form like we are. They are not flesh and blood, no matter the type of spirit or ghost. Yes I do believe they can pass through walls or doors in the sense that they are not flesh and blood.

They were either once human or never human at all. I don’t know where they come from or where they go. They have appeared to me but I have always been wondering where they were before that. Or for that matter, where they go after that. I see them then they are gone. If one spirit/ ghost/ demon/ or whatever causes harm and sticks around, then I will do something. But other than that, most of them disappear as fast as they appear. I have seen many ghosts/ spirits. I am not sure why they appear. They can be frightening but in my opinion, nowhere as scary as mortals. It’s mortals who are capable of causing the most harm. If you don’t believe me, read a history book.

I don’t know what they want. The rare time I was approached by a scary ghost or earthbound spirit and I do believe it wanted to possess me or get inside me. But usually I don’t see them linger long enough to ask me what they want. I would love to know what they want. They never tell me. Objects move around, they appear and disappear, and I get a creepy feeling in my broom closet. But these things don’t tell me what they originally wanted. That tells me that ghosts were perhaps lost or trapped to wander the earth for eternity. I feel empathy for anything in that situation.

Spirits or ghosts have transcended death. They perhaps never ascend to some heavenly realm and are for whatever reason are trapped here on earth. I still can’t explain why they appear to us, unless it is for help or to pass a message onto a loved one. These reasons are logical. They are not made in solid form. I wish I could communicate with them and learn what they want. I could help them move on to light or peace.


Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(


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Yule Tides

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I found a suitable piece of wood from a fallen tree outside. I sawed it and returned home and set it aside. I brought it in when it got close to the Yule date and let it dry. I decorated the log last night for Yule.

I used a hot glue gun to glue the holly, pine and ivy to the log. I glued the long ivy branch to the log first followed by the holly and pine. I also glued a cinnamon stick and two pine cones to the log. It was surprisingly easy to glue the items to the log. I glued the painted pine cones to the log. The log is beautiful.

Holly is toxic to cats. I am careful about that. I covered my yule log and decorations with a towel last night. I am sad in a way to burn the log tomorrow because it is so pretty. It is a Norwegian tradition and I intend to follow through with it tomorrow morning.

I have posted pictures of the log on Facebook. I am happy to get to continue an ancient tradition founded by my ancestors. I hope the weather is clear tomorrow but it’s happening anyway.

I shall post the Rit details tomorrow.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(


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Magical Scribbles

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Magical Scribbles

Writing about witchcraft is magical and hard work. Yes you can become a popular witchy writer. Establish a sacred writing space. Burn essential oils or incense as you write. Play soft music.

If you want to write about cauldrons, focus on its’ purpose, the significance of cauldrons, the lore of cauldrons. Write about how to clean a cast iron cauldron and how to burn incense, bark or resin in it. Or write about resin, incense and charcoal discs. Or the issue of safety and setting off smoke alarms.

Once you have polished the article, you need a market. I recommend reading the two books How to write for the New Age Market by Richard Webster and The Pagan Writers’ Guide by Melusine Draco. These books show you what to write and where to send your magical words. Some markets to write for are Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine, Sagewoman magazine and Witches and Pagans magazine.

The editors are swamped with writing related tasks. Write something basic to start with until you get a feel of how to write for them. My writing has appeared in anthologies and Ezines. Witchcraft is a mystery religion and the best way to know it is to live it. That is why many authors in this field get published in these types of markets.

The witchcraft and mind/body/spirit writing market mostly centers around non-fiction. The majority of the markets are in the United States and prefer non-fiction. An important question is what to write, why and for what audience. You are expected to know the difference between an athame and a besom, the Sabbats of Samhain and Beltane. In depth writing will grant you that coveted byline. They prefer that you share your research sources.

If you are aspiring to write a book on witchcraft, the best publishing companies are Llewellyn, Moon Books, Weiser Books and Avalonia Books. Avalonia publishes scholarly material like New Page books, Immanion Press and Inner Traditions. The best way to familiarize yourself is by reading what they publish. The pagan/ witchcraft publishing world is small. The editors are acquainted with each other. It is wise to cultivate a positive rapport with them.

Decide on the angle with your book or article. The market is replete with Wicca 101 books, witchcraft. Many authors are accomplished and have covered many subjects such as Christopher Penczak, Raven Grimassi, Laurie Cabot and Deborah Blake. Make your book unique and inspiring. They live what they write and lead magical lives. They have proven themselves to be authorities on what they write. If you do the same, you can achieve your dreams.

Keep track of where you send your writing and never give up. The most successful people are the ones who kept trying. When an editor expresses an interest in your writing, be ready.

The last stop on our broomstick ride is your perspective of witchcraft. To succeed in this market, have a reverence for witchcraft. To write for this market, you need to have an awareness for it and live it. Most of the editors and writers have a lot of experience and practice it regularly. They not only write it but live it fully and deeply.

Good luck with your efforts. Below is an example of an article for an Ezine. It demonstrates what type of article is accepted for publication. This article appeared in Crone Ezine in October 2012.

Grab your quills and magickal ink!! Get writing!!

Samhain is here. The last of the harvest is gleaned from the fields and frost glistens on ripe pumpkins. It is the time of year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. Samhain is the Witches’ New Year and the time of the Crone.

Hekate is a crone goddess, one of the Triple Goddesses (Maiden, Mother and Crone.) She is the elder wise one who is relied on for her knowledge, wisdom and healing. Hekate is a guardian of the three-way crossroads and is portrayed as bearing the keys to the underworld, joined by a three-headed dog and surrounded by lit torches. She is associated with ghosts, the dark moon and magic. Animals that are sacred to her are black cats, ravens, owls, and wolves. This ritual is best done on any of the three nights of Samhain: October 30-November 1. (If you celebrate a “traditional” Halloween with trick-or-treaters or a party, November 1 is probably the best day for this solitary ritual.)

Prepare yourself by physically cleaning and purifying your home. Wash the dishes and sweep the floors, put the laundry away, and remove clutter and negative stale chi from your living space by smudging it with sage. Have a meditation bath to purify and prepare you, adding soothing essential oils such as lavender or frankincense to your bath.

Assemble your altar (if you don’t have a standing altar, you can prepare one on any flat space such as a chest of drawers or a table that you clear, clean and can decorate as you like. If you are expecting guests on Halloween you might want your altar to be in a private location such as a bedroom.) Decorate your altar area with items that correspond to Samhain such as chrysanthemums, mugwort, pomegranates, and pumpkins. Your altar cloth can be black and orange. Place pictures of departed loved ones on your altar. You will need four candles (black or orange), one placed at each cardinal direction (east, south, west, and north) of your altar.

You will also need a central candle to represent the Crone, a cup of liquid (ale is traditional, but apple cider will do) a cake, cookie, or other suitable food offering, and a bowl to put your offering in. If you like, carve a pumpkin and set it at a window to ward off the dark spirits, and to guide the spirits of the departed to your door. You may also want to burn spicy cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and/ or allspice incense.

Prepare a meal which you will eat (and share with your ancestors) during the ritual. If you will be honoring specific family members or friends that have passed over, it is appropriate to include a dish that that person particularly enjoyed in life in your meal). Foods that are seasonal in October (root vegetables, apples, nuts) are also appropriate, as is meat (if you are an omnivore) because Samhain marks the time when Celtic people traditionally slaughtered their excess livestock for food that could be preserved for the winter when plant life is dormant. Put a plate of food near (or on) your altar.

Now, be sure you will not be disturbed (put away your phone, lock your door) during the ritual and focus on centering yourself and maintaining a meditative attitude. Light the four black and orange candles (starting with the candle on the east corner and moving clockwise). Say aloud: “Hekate, goddess of death and renewal, on this Samhain eve, I do honor you, goddess of cronehood, the moon and the underworld. I implore you to hear my call. I need your guidance as I reach for spiritual growth.” State what you request whether that be a positive change in your life, a transition from a bad situation to a positive one or protection.

Light the central candle and put it near the offering bowl. Say: “I offer this flame to light our ancestors’ paths.” Dip the cake into the ale and put it in the offering bowl. Say: “I offer this food and drink to our ancestors tonight. May this food sustain you. Blessed be.”

Now sit down and eat your meal, putting some of it into the offering bowl for your ancestors. It is traditional to remain silent during this meal, listening in a meditative way so that the Crone goddess or ancestors can speak to you. (Meditating on the ancestor candle can help.) Be open to the messages that you may receive.

Once you have finished, thank your ancestors and the Goddess for their presence and blow out each of the candles one at a time, starting with the central candle and proceding counter-clockwise (the last quarter candle lit should be the first one extinguished.) Leave the offering bowl outdoors for the spirits and wildlife.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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The Dark side of November

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I sat outside on this windy November morning in my backyard.  My cat is perched lazily on her scratching post, spying on everything that moves. The wind blows the leaves in a symphony, signaling that the dark season is here. I felt coaxed outside by the wind. I heard it as I slept. I love listening to the wind. If you listen hard enough, it will whisper secrets to you.

It is still Samhain. The energy is still strong in the air. I notice it even more when the skies are overcast and the trees sway in the wind. I love this time of year. I plan to work through the book Walking the Twilight Path by Belanger finally. I bought a new notebook and look forward to this project.

As I read her book, I viscerally felt the energy of the words. I felt everything she wrote so I think I will have a good and maybe morbid time working through it. But today the wind blows hard and the rain splatters my window. I can’t write in a graveyard today. I live near a graveyard and it is within easy walking distance.

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those that fear death and cemeteries and everything associated with it. Then there is me who practically embraces all that and worships it. I don’t fit in with most people. I try hard to be anything but normal. I don’t care. I am what I am. Ok I could use a longterm love partner- who accepted my weirdness- and a better income. I am working on that. I believe that to develop fully as a Witch and a person, it helps to embrace all aspects  of yourself- the good and the bad. But it is good to improve your shadow side, the side you don’t like to admit. Then you become more powerful once you take that step.

I love this time of year. It is so close to my heart. I hope you all had a magical Samhain.

Blessings, Spiderwitch


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Samhain Ancestors

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Whew. Samhain has come but is not gone. The New Year is here. I am tired but content with the holiday events. I performed two rituals, one to welcome in the new year by banishing bad energy. The other was a solitary Samhain ritual.

I also completed my ancestor altar cloth. I posted in the past about the altar cloth. This year I created an ancestor altar doll. I was inspired by another website and set out to make my own doll.

I printed out the template. I traced the template onto black knit fabric. I stitched the doll together and stuffed her with cotton batting. Then I added herbs that correspond to ancestor worship such as mugwort, wormwood and rosemary and a black hematite stone. I filled the head section with more cotton batting and stitched the opening closed. I added a patch of white fabric for the face. I marked her face on using a sharpie pen.

I made her a witch hat. I traced out a cone hat on black fabric and stuffed it with cotton batting. I found a weird thing of orange and black hair at the thrift store. It had a clip on it so I clipped the hair thing to her head. I even braided a section of her hair. I had a hard time making her a dress. I have LOTS of black lace. But finding the perfect fabric was hard. I finally made her a dress and stitched it on by hand. I stitched the collar of the dress to the black fabric of the doll. I added black and white striped socks to the legs and feet. I hemmed the dress and added lace cuffs to the sleeves. I sewed her a black lace over skirt and made her a shawl from the black and white spider print fabric left over from another sewing project. Now for the fun part.

She is an ancestor doll. I glued on a rune to the front of the doll, beorc- the closest rune to ancestor. Beorc means family. I also ironed an appliqué of a black spider to the front of the doll. I fashioned her a broom from a branch and straw outside. I painted the branch black and bound the straw using an elastic. I glued the broom and her hands to the broom. It looks like her hands are clasping the broom. I added sprigs of lavender to the broom.

I hate covering the tiny minute details but it is those very details that make such a project last a long time. I had to hand stitch most of the clothing to the doll. I had a hard time stitching the brim of the hat to the doll’s head. I did and in the back of the doll’s head, the glue adhered the hat to the head. I secured the collar of the dress to the doll which was more work but worth it.

She has a pentacle necklace. I named her Helga, The name Helga, in Old Norse, means “Holy”. As in “Helgafjell”, the “Holy Mountain”, the afterlife for those who were not warriors, but still lived good, honest, and honourable lives, and contributed positively to their society. It was said that Helgafjell was so beautiful, that one could not gaze upon it without shielding their eyes. Hardened, brave, and proud Valhalla-bound warriors and Valkyries would even weep at its beauty. Helga, meaning “Holy” (or “Sacred”/”Hallowed”.

Here is a photo:

I shall add to the doll to make her a true ancestor doll as time goes on. But I wanted to tell you how it was done if this post inspires you to make your own doll for whatever reason. I dedicated her on my altar and she now has a perch to hang from and oversee all activities.

Merry Samhain

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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“Friendly Neighborhood Spooky Cemetery” By Heddy Johannesen

Source: “Friendly Neighborhood Spooky Cemetery” By Heddy Johannesen

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