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Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake is the author of Everyday Witch Book of Rituals (Llewellyn 2012), Witchcraft on a Shoestring (Llewellyn, 2010) as well as The Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and several other books. She lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse in upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.

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A Spring Prosperity Spell

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Pantheacon: A Gathering of Kindred

I just came back early last week from one of my favorite places on earth. No, not Disney (which I'd never survive), but rather Pantheacon, the huge Pagan convention held every year in mid-February in San Jose, California. Since I live in upstate NY, all the way across the country, I don't make it to PCon as often as I'd like to, but I went in 2008, then 2011, and this year in 2015. And as always, I had a blast, met up with lots of fabulous people (including my beloved Llewellyn editor Elysia Gallo, publicist Kat, and photo-bombing publisher Bill, seen in the picture above), and got really really tired.

I'm almost recovered enough now to talk about it. Although returning to the snow and bitter cold after the lovely weather in CA hasn't made it any easier to bounce back. Sigh.

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An Imbolc Dream Pillow

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Feeding the Birds as a Spiritual Practice

When I moved into the house I’m living in now (about 13 years ago), one of the first things I did was to set up a couple of birdfeeders. I’d never been able to do this in the previous places I lived, either because I had outdoor cats—and it always seemed kind of cruel for me to put out food for the birds, knowing that some of them were going to get attacked when they came to eat—or because I was living in an apartment with no good place to put a feeder.

As a Pagan, I look at feeding the birds (and the other critters who are attracted to the seeds that spill onto the ground underneath) not just as a fun thing to do, but as a part of my spiritual practice. Allow me to explain.

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  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    These are all great! Thanks for sharing your stores with me.
  • Kin Roberts
    Kin Roberts says #
    I don't buy commercial birdseed. I go to the stores that carry farm feed--like Tractor Supply--and pick up a fifty pound bag of cr
  • Christopher Blackwell
    Christopher Blackwell says #
    I have for early thirty years though perhaps over do it. But when we built this place we had to take out a number of bushes here
  • Peggy Frye
    Peggy Frye says #
    I'm a follower of The Morrigan. Every morning I feed a murder of crows in my yard. I say an offering prayer, call them with a cr

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Greeting the Light, Embracing the Dark

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  • April Lynn Konyu
    April Lynn Konyu says #
    Thank you for your post, it is easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us in the dark of winter especially when you find yourself
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    Thanks, April. I'm glad you liked the post. Many blessings to you too.

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On the Cover: A Dream Come True

Whoo hoo! I can finally share some great news I've been sitting on for a while. (It's a little squished, but still fun.) I'm going to be a cover model!

No, not on the cover of one of my books (although there are folks who think that the picture of Barbara Yager, my first Baba Yaga, looks a bit like me on the cover of Wickedly Dangerous -- yes, my abs look *just* like that...snort). And not on the cover of Time Magazine as Witch of the Year, although really, I'm not sure why not.

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Seasonal Protection Magick

Life is uncertain. If you turn on the news, you will be subjected to a constant barrage of All the Horrible Things. But even beyond that, there are always things that can harm us, whether they are acts of nature, acts of man, or just bad luck. There is no way we can keep bad stuff from happening once in a while, but it never hurts to do a little protection work to give yourself and your loved ones a bit of a boost in that direction.

I try to do serious protection work for my house and property at least once a year, in the fall as I am shutting things down and closing up the house for the winter. The coming week, leading up to Samhain on the 31st, is a perfect time for these kinds of rituals and spells (although they will work any time, of course). The darkness is closing in as the days grow shorter, and with the veil becoming thinner, it is always a good idea to reinforce your defenses.

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  • Beth Thomas
    Beth Thomas says #
    Thank you. As a beginner I have conference I can do this
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    Great! Let me know how it went.

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