Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Cerridwen Greenleaf

Cerridwen Greenleaf

    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

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WeMoon Sweet Potato Cakes

Hearty and oh-so-healthy, these pancakes make for a marvelous full moon meal. Sweet potatoes are truly beneficial to women’s health since they contain estrogen; these tubers are good for you inside and out, as they also give your skin a nice boost. But their main magic for everyone is that they are a grounding tonic. Anytime you feel spacey or out-of-sorts or distracted, this food will serve you well, even if you just bake and eat a sweet potato. For this savory sweet, you will need:

  • 2 large semi-baked sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 large semi-baked russet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 3eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • Chives, sage, and rosemary

Mix the potatoes and carrot in a large bowl. Beat the eggs, then add to the veggie mixture and mix thoroughly. Grind the rosemary and sage to a very fine powder in your mortar and pestle and add in a tablespoon of the herbs; salt and pepper to taste. Shape into round balls, enough for eight mooncakes. Warm the oil slowly until it is nice and hot. Place the balls in the oil and flatten into rounds with a spatula. Cook through until they are golden and beginning to crisp on both sides. Plate up and top with organic yogurt and chives. If you’re feeling decadent, dollop on sour cream, then enjoy with a circle of friends under the sheen of a bright and holy moon.

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Savory Hedgewitch Pie

This recipe is old-school comfort food at its finest and is very filling and festive. Many of us are working mothers with very busy schedules, so this family favorite is good to double up on. Make one to serve piping hot out of the oven and freeze the second for a delicious reheated repast for after school and after work. You will need the following ingredients for one pie:

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup carrots, sliced
  • 2⁄3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (or tomato sauce)
  • 4 to 5 potatoes, boiled
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups sautéed ground beef, or soy protein for meat-free options
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
 
Mash the potatoes with unsalted organic butter, adding one splash of milk at a time until you have the desired consistency. Make sure you can get peaks so the pie will be impressively landscaped! Salt and pepper the potatoes to taste. Slowly heat the olive oil in sauté pan and cook the onions until they soften, then fold in and cook your meat or veggie protein. Lastly, add in the carrots, celery, mushrooms, and tomato and cook through. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add in your favorite herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, or whatever your heart desires. Transfer to an oiled pie dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Lastly, spread the mashed potatoes on top, creating peaks and valleys. Dust a sprinkling of parsley and chives on top, then pop into the oven for fifteen minutes. Once the tater topping begins to turn a lovely golden brown on top, remove from the oven. Serve this hearty homemade savory pie in bowls alongside a crisp salad of homegrown greens and allow the coziness to melt all mundane matters away. This dish is good for any day of the week and impressive enough to bake for high holidays.
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Bread Is Love; Bake It

The smell of baking bread is incredibly seductive. Try it and you’ll soon see.

Makes one large or two regular loaves.

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Food of the Gods: Chocolate Brownies

This is one of the easiest recipes for brownies you will find anywhere. So yummy!

  • 1⁄2 cup flour

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Feather Messages: Symbols on the Wind

As you jog through the park or walk to work, you might find a feather in your path. It could be a message. You might glean hidden meanings, for example, in the glistening iridescence of a raven’s feather. Native peoples believed feathers to be gifts of healing or “feather medicine” from the Great Spirit. The wind is a form of the change-bringing element of air.

Another type of daily exercise in mindfulness is to actively look for feathers. There is much magic that can lie within something as small and light as this.

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Wild Women

For your celebratory mask-making ceremonies, you can and should design your own wild woman images. You can also choose from a list of classical goddess images, such as:

  • Peacock Woman is Juno, whose totem is the royally plumed bird

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Start with Loving Yourself—A Ritual for Self-Expression

This is definitely one of the more entertaining solo rituals. It requires you to look hard at yourself, but it’s also fun. Essential elements that are necessary for this ritual include:

  • Big sheets of butcher paper
  • Color markers, glitter, beads, shells, cloth, ribbon, yarn—whatever colorful materials you respond well to
  • Sewing kit and craft boxes with random scraps, buttons, and/or shiny objects

It is good to undertake this ritual on a Sunday, but whenever you need support, reserve half an hour of quiet time and brew up some willpower to help you with your self-expression. Light a white candle anointed with peppermint oil and light spicy incense such as cinnamon. Prepare for your Song of Myself by sipping this warm drink for encouragement: Take a sprig of mint (homegrown is best), a cup of warm milk, and cinnamon sticks, and stir together clockwise in a white mug. Recite:

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