There is so much advice out there for when to plant. If you plant too early in spring, you risk a late frost killing your seedlings. If you plant too late, you might end up with a very late harvest. If there is an early frost in fall, your late harvest of fruits and veggies could be lost. Timing is everything when it comes to Hedgewitch gardening! Most perennials aren’t damaged by frost, but if you’re planting vegetables and some fruits, you'll need to become very familiar wi
When people envision a witch, they usually are with a black cat, owl, or other animal. In the days of the Witch Trials of Europe and North America, women accused of witchcraft were assumed to have a familiar, most often in the form of cats, dogs, owls, mice, ravens, or toads. These familiars were considered demons. Legends say that the familiar would feed on the blood of the witch, and in turn, the witch used the animal's power for casting spells. The familiar could shapeshif
In many parts of the US, the Bees are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Most of our ideas about bees are based on one species, the honeybee (Apis mellifera). While honeybees are indeed a valuable beneficial insect, there are more than 20,000 species of bee. Bees come in a wide range of sizes, from the 2mm bee in Australia to a 4cm bee in Indonesia. They also come in a wide range of colors, too. The relationship between bees and flowers goes back more than 100 million year
Spring is the time that witches clean, clear, and cleanse their homes and hearth. It’s the time of rebirth and renewal, new beginnings, and honoring life. To cultivate a sense of sacred space, we must be good stewards of that space, which includes physically and spiritually cleaning our sanctuary. Our modern-day lives may feel devoid of ancient traditions, but there is a knowing in our bones, or you wouldn't be reading this. Tap into those innate feelings that reflect the cyc
I leave offerings for the birds every winter. Humans have depleted their habitat. It is my belief that when food is scarce, I’ll honor my feathered friends with some bird seed to tide them over. I’m also noticing what they are eating naturally so I can make sure they have a supply of that as well. Let's create a bird-friendly buffet to honor the winged ones. You’ll need: 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup unbleached flour 3 Tablespoons corn syrup 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 4 cups
"If we know our stories, then we know where we came from, and we can travel anywhere in the world and not offend anyone. All of the stories are similar, if not the same.”
- Evangeline (Sunny) Dooley
In synchronicity with Mother Earth
Living in synchronicity with Mother Earth is not a destination. It is the journey. Wherever you are, it’s time to start this adventure. Nature is not just out there. When we realize that we are part of this wondrous whole, we’ll know that wh
We are like seeds scattered to the winds.
When the right conditions are created, an acorn grows into a mighty oak tree.
The same is true for us. However, an acorn is indigenous thriving only in certain external conditions. As modern human beings, we have lost our connection to our soul soil and the conditions that allow our seed stars to grow.
What happens if we have the right soul soil?
If we generate the right inner conditions—physically, mentally, emotionally, an
When we live with the seasons, we embrace the very heart of that season and live in harmony with the weather patterns, our body, home, and hearth. Living with the seasons is living with nature. To me, there is a sense of romance around the simplicity of this way of being. Unconsciously, I have always marked the changing of the seasons, but never fully wrapped my whole being into them, because of the busyness of my life. My mind was always looking ahead to the next season. Slo
I have a new ritual during the dark of the moon and the full moon to soothe the soul. A little candlelight and imagine taking in the light of the full moon and dark moon for balance. The moon's light is the one that does not burn. Here's my little Moon Magic treat. Moonlight Milk with permission from Loveshovel 1 cup nut milk (store-bought or homemade) 1 dropperful Ashwaganda tincture Small chunk of Cacao butter (or 1 Tbsp coconut oil) 1/4 tsp cinnamon a pinch of salt Splash