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A Full Moon on Lammas


There’s a whole lot going on in August, starting with the celebration of Lammas/Lughnassadh today, coinciding with the first of two supermoons this month. You can hear my take on tonight’s lovely Corn Moon/Full Sturgeon Moon on my minipod, courtesy of “Women Who Howl at the Moon.” Tonight should give you something to howl about for sure! While you’re at it, why not practicing some gratitude for any bounty you’ve enjoyed recently in your life? I certainly count friends, loved ones, and pets as riches you just can’t put a price tag on. Light an orange candle for enthusiasm and rekindling optimism and let them know you care—with a simple gesture, a quick note, or a lovingly prepared meal from scratch this evening. It’s something we could all stand to do a bit more of, myself included. And when it comes to yourself, be sure to practice some self-love, too.

There's a Lot to Howl About Tonight

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the latest “Women Who Howl” full-length podcast with the incomparable Phyllis Curott. She always has so many evocative things to say—about the state of the world, finding magic in everyday living, getting in touch with nature again, and even standing up to and fighting fascism. Phyllis is a best-selling author, activist, tarot card creator, teacher, and this year’s program chair for the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. You’ll also definitely want to check out the re-release of her Witches’ Wisdom Tarot deck, coming out in October.

Spells and Notions

She’s even created a special Full Moon spell for podcast listeners this evening that you can perform at your leisure.

I will leave you with a quote from our interview that I particularly enjoyed: “To be a witch is to be someone who sees the sacred–not just in a spiritual realm–but embodied by this one.” – Phyllis Curott



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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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