Friday, October 17, 2014

Workings... Spirit Connection Candle Workshop at Earth Spirit New Age Center on November 1 ♥

We all have folks (people and animals!) we've loved and lost. At this time of the year, when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, the time is ripe for reconnecting with those who have passed. 

Come to Earth Spirit New Age Center in Red Bank, NJ to craft a personalized Spirit Connection Candle at the Feast of All Saints to burn on the Feast of All Souls (November 2)...

Saturday, November 1, 2014 
Earth Spirit New Age Center
25 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

$25 Workshop fee includes a copy of Llewellyn’s 2015 Magical Almanac and a candle to take home with you. Prizes too--hope to see you there!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Road Trip(s)! The Magic of Catland

About this time last year I was given an assignment to interview Katelan Foisy for Witches and Pagans magazine which happily, brought me to Brooklyn and Catland Books. The perfect niche for a city witch the shop is a place to learn, stock up on supplies, congregate for rituals and soak up the local scene. Have a look:

A lovely occult shop, yes...

...and so much more. This past summer Katelan turned the ritual space into a temple gallery for the installation she curated, Altars as Art Forms:

Ah yes, the ritual space. It had been a long time since I'd attended public rituals that were so well planned, so inclusive, so moving and sensually beautiful. The ritual space, a simple, dark box transforms into a sacred space unique for each gathering by way of original artwork, music and film. From the Witch's Compass Full Flower Moon and Hunter's Moon circles...

Thanks guys, for being so awesome, and providing such a great space to build community (and gods, am I short!)

Catland Books
987 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Workings... Candle Magic at the Clinton Book Shop

I'd forgotten how much I love teaching. Thanks to my friends at the Clinton Book Shop, I was able to indulge in a class on one of my favorite topics, Candle Magic.

If you grab a copy of Llewellyn's latest Magical Almanac, you'll find lots of wonderful essays on various magical topics, including one written by me, The Blessed Bee. Bees and I didn't start out on the most positive note. I think I was about 12 when I was stung in the face. My guess is that it was probably a mud wasp, not a honey bee that did me in, but it was a long time before I was willing to get to know these little creatures a bit better, and when I did, WOW. 

At the workshop we talked about some of the marvelous and amazing things that bees can do, and how those practical qualities carry over into the spiritual realm; how the bee's nature can help with magical work. Then we made intention candles using beeswax sheets. We talked about how candle magic works, and how crafting your own candle can make your intention--and the ability to make that intention come to pass--even more powerful. How using tools such as colors and crystals and oils and herbs can strengthen your magical workings--such fun! Have a look (photos courtesy of the Clinton Bookshop and Mari Zaman of MariChrome Photography):

Always pinch myself when I see stuff like this!
Wax, stones, herbs and... glitter!
Talking about bees...
Keeping calm and shining on :)
It's what's on the inside that counts.
Words are the most powerful magical tool!
Each ingredient focuses your intention and makes a spell stronger. 
Almost ready to roll!
Beautiful outside and in!

If you like what you see, please join me on November 1 at Earth Spirit New Age Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. We'll be celebrating All Saints and All Souls by crafting Spirit Connection candles!