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Monday Morning Spell for New Beginnings

This spell can be used to meet someone new or to bring on a new phase in an existing relationship. On a Monday morning before dawn, light one pink and one blue candle. Touch each candle with lily, freesia, or jasmine oil. Lay a lily on your altar with some catnip. Place a lapis lazuli stone in front of the lily, and a glass of water atop a mirror. Chant:

Healing starts with new beginnings.

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If you're not willing to sacrifice yourself for your people, you're not fit to lead.

Pagans know about sacrificial kings. In the past, this may have been—sometimes—a literal matter. But mostly, it's about the nature of leadership.

Sometimes, you have to put other people's interests before your own.


Trust Joe Biden to do what he sees as best for his people and his country.

His decision to pass the torch was courageous. I'm sure that it wasn't what he wanted. That's the nature of leadership. That's the nature of sacrifice.

That, ultimately, is what made him fit to lead.


Here's something else that pagans understand: sacrifice renews the world.

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The Oldest Oracle


Long, long ago, the Horned gave us the bones, and taught us how to read them.

Here's how.


What you'll need: five astragali (“knucklebones”).


First, you need to establish a “ground.”

1. Spread the casting-cloth on the ground, or

2. At need, with the tip of your finger, draw a circle in sand or dust.


Above the “ground,” hold the five knucklebones between your two hands.

Call in your heart to the Horned, Lord of Lots, state your question, and request an answer.

Phrase your question in such a way that it can be answered Yes or No.

Drop the bones onto the “ground.”



Any bone that falls outside the ground.

Any bone that lands on its side.


How to read:

Each knucklebone will show either a bump or a hollow.

Bumps = yes. Hollows = no.


Five bumps = definite yes.

Five hollows = definite no.

Four bumps = probably yes.

Four hollows = probably no.

Three bumps = Yes, but.

Three hollows = No, but.

Equal number of bumps and hollows = The bones decline to answer.

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A Witch’s Calendar

January 6: Feast of Sirona, the blessing of the waters.

January 11: Carmentalia, a woman’s festival celebrating midwifery and birth.

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This is the tale of the Ghost-Chariot of Cúchulainn.

Listen, now.

In the days of High King Laegaire Mac Crimthann, Padraig the Priest went himself to Tara of the Kings, and this was his intent: to convert both king and kingdom to Christom ways.

Truly is it said that the Church will ever seek power by courting the strong.

Never shall I desert the ways of my ancestors, said Laegaire the king, unless you should raise the ghost of Cúchulainn himself that I may hold converse with him, and indeed, not only Cúchulainn himself, but his war-chariot and horses as well.

Even as the king had said, it is said, so did Padraig the Priest do, like some druid of old, raising the spirit of Cúchulainn himself, and not only him but with him his war-chariot and famed horses, Liatha Macha the Gray and Dub Sainglend the Black, though such raisings are clear against Christom law.

(They say that these two were water horses from the lake of Linn Liath in the mountains of Sliab Fuait: that Cúchulainn sang them out of the waters, leapt onto their backs and rode them around Ireland for a night and a day, and so tamed them.)

How bide you, my heart and my pulse, warrior of warriors? asked the king.

In fire, in flame, replied Cúchulainn, Behold, in the Hell of the Christoms, I burn, I burn.

Horrified by these words, Laegaire the King gave himself and his kingdom to be baptized at the hand of Padraig the Priest and so, in due time, it is said, came himself to be received into the Heaven of the Christoms.

Indeed, it is also said that, for this converting and baptizing, it was given even to Cúchulainn himself that he, too, might enter the heaven of the Christoms, though this too is plain against Christom law, and not only he himself, but with him his chariot and team.

For this is the case, that even as mewling Christoms, the Irish so loved their golden Cúchulainn that they could not bear to leave him behind.

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Minoan Ivy: Lily's Other Half

Lilies abound in Minoan art. They're such a common feature of the frescoes and ceramics that I wrote a whole blog post about them.

Lilies have long been a symbol of the Divine Feminine. In Ariadne's Tribe, we connect them with the goddesses Rhea and Ariadne.

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All lands are the countries of the Wise.

Therefore, before Grand Sabbat, they test you. They ask you the question that any witch can answer.

Answer correctly, and you get your red thread.

You know what that means, of course.

I tie this knot in Old Hornie's name, they say. Aye, till he fetch thee home again.

Then they bind it around your wrist.

That's your laissez-passer to the Sabbat. Wear it, after, until you get safely home.

(If you wear it until it falls of its own accord, though, Old Hornie will grant you a boon, they say. Best ask wisely. You know his sense of humor.)

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