Witchy

Lammas, space, breath, release, returning to self

August 1, 2018

It is a poet’s time. And a witch’s time. I begin to feel like myself once more. Though I have changed, I recognise myself. Read more

Eight magical skills for letting go of dying relationships

March 10, 2016

New columnist Andi offers eight magical strategies for releasing and letting go that which no longer serves you. Read more

OPEN THREAD: All of our magical gifts!

November 19, 2017

From radical readings to spell kits, intuitive tea blends to books, decks, art and apparel, LRT writers share their gift-able suggestions in this open thread post. Jump in and share your own links, too! Read more

The Moon: All is not what it seems

October 23, 2017

It is scary to see what is normally tucked away inside, out in the open, using its voice. But it is liberating, too, to give space to that untamed, unsocialised nature. To let your wolf howl. Read more

Imbolc, awakening, Brigid, and an altar

February 1, 2016

This is the quickening of the year. I can feel something building, getting faster, as the sap rises in the bodies of trees. Read more

Heal & Harm | Building a self-love altar

March 1, 2018

Have you made an altar to honour your brilliance and your love for yourself? If not, why? Read more

Altar | New year, January, full moon in Cancer

January 2, 2018

Reminders that magic
– symbolism
— messages
— guidance
—- healing
are available here, around me, wherever I am. Read more

Why I follow the Wheel of the Year

December 21, 2016

The Wheel of the Year provides a framework for observing the connection (or sometimes disconnection) between my inner life and the world around me. Read more

Willow: The Witch’s Tree

March 24, 2018

The water-loving willow tree is associated closely with the moon, intuition, spirituality, emotion, dreams …all that belongs to the intangible realm of the water element. Read more

How to make a magic wand!

November 16, 2016

Ever wanted your own magic wand? Here’s how to make one! Read more

Altar | New moon in Taurus, may I be fully my self

May 16, 2018

May I be myself.
May I be fully myself.
May I let myself be enough, exactly as I am. Read more

Dark Days | A spell for the dark moon in Capricorn

January 16, 2018

Wren McMurdo shares a step-by-step spell to encourage a feeling of accomplishment, replenish a sacred space, and fill your home with magical aromas while warming your soul and easing stress. Read more

Rowan berry garlands

August 29, 2016

The rowan tree is one of my favourites, and just now, it’s at its most beautiful. Here are a few thoughts on this magical tree, and how to make a garland from its berries. Read more

Weekend reading: Samhain/Halloween special!

October 29, 2016

Folk tradition, herbalism, meditations, ancestors, rituals, reflections, a memento mori, how to conduct a seance with tarot, and more wonderful writing for the thinning of the veil. Read more

Your tarot boxes, altars, bookshelves and reading spaces

July 29, 2016

Let’s have a peek at your tarot stuff, bookshelves, altars, reading spaces and more! Read more

Tarot as a path of healing | Grounding & Centering

March 29, 2018

Learning to ground + center isn’t just to be able to react better to stress, but to allow us to focus the mind on what we want to focus on. Read more

Tarot as a Path of Healing | Making altars

September 24, 2018

“Altar making is like creating an open invitation for us to take up more space in our lives starting with the essential ritual of calling ourselves to return home.” Alexis explores the crafting of altars using tarot cards. Read more

Tarot as a Path of Healing | Questioning

October 17, 2018

Alexis guides us to explore the ways tarot offers us a tool for healing, and shares a simple candle ritual to bring forth your personal answers. Read more

The Empress sitting above everything

April 7, 2016

Going in for their partner’s ultrasound, Andi reflects on the multiple dimensions of the Empress – a card of fertility, agency, and empowerment. Read more

What does ‘grounding’ mean? A community roundtable

May 5, 2017

We hear so much about ‘grounding’…but what does it mean, and what does it look like? Read more

Altar | Autumn Equinox is my new year

September 22, 2018

On this autumn equinox, my most precious moment of reflection, I commit to these learnings. I commit to digging deeper, to exploring further, to finding my way towards truly integrating this budding wisdom. Read more

A look inside POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology

September 28, 2016

Support the comic anthology celebrating & empowering queer witches of color everywhere! Read more

Witch Cabinet: Treating bronchitis

January 5, 2017

Andi shares some herbal remedies to help with the treatment of bronchitis. Read more

What’s inside my tarot box?

July 25, 2016

I may move house a lot, but my tarot bits and pieces are always to hand. Here’s a peek at the tarot decks, oracles, and ritual tools I keep in my tarot box! Read more

REVIEW | Witchbody, by Sabrina Scott

February 17, 2018

Witchbody shows us that “magic is a way of talking, and a way of being with”, exploring and celebrating the power of connection between all things. Read more

Many Moons | June’s full moon in Capricorn

June 27, 2018

Being a Blessing: Enacting Our Spirituality. Sarah Gottesdiener defines abundance and alignment…minus the spiritual bypass. Read more

Coven Verse | A Witch’s Lent, by Sarah Diane

February 25, 2018

“The homestead that housed a hundred years of earth-workers / and caught crying babes, covered their heads / from cold country nights – it couldn’t last forever.” Read more

Many Moons: Full moon in Taurus

November 2, 2017

Sarah Gottesdiener shares profound reflections on abundance and ‘enough’ for the full moon. Read more

On Boundaries: why every wild rose needs thorns

January 29, 2016

The lesson of wild roses is complete love and acceptance, and their medicine can only go this deep because of the protection offered by the thorns. Read more

Notes from a Scottish Radical Herbal Gathering

September 12, 2016

We each have our own wounds, scars, and challenges, but the truest healing takes place when we see their place in a shared story and work to heal and move forwards together. Read more

Burn it all up – a new moon ritual

April 19, 2015

Then I thank death for the luxury of change. I know that fire and air won’t leave my life, but that they will exist in a different way – tempered with earth and water. Read more

Supportive essence: A flower remedy for heartbreak

April 29, 2016

“I’m no expert, but flower remedies feel a bit like magical potions to me. I make them for myself and for those close to me, like emotional salves to help us through difficult times.” Read more

Coven Verse | We are all made witches, by Ellie Wiseman

January 14, 2018

“We are rising in a wave
Drawn up by mother moon
And when it breaks, then you will know
Why they feared us in centuries before.” Read more

Altar | Centring desire, full moon in Taurus

October 25, 2018

A friend asked me recently,
“What would it look like, to centre desire?”
I couldn’t answer. Read more

Make your own collage oracle (or tarot) deck

July 15, 2016

[Guest post] Jess Rollar shares her ongoing collage oracle project and explains how you can make your own! Read more

Herbs in the city

August 20, 2015

I’ve been dabbling in herbal self-healing for a few years. I’ve read up a little here and there about different herbs, their medicinal and magical properties and how to use them. Experimented with tinctures, teas and wines. Learned to identify a few of my favourites in hedgerows, roadsides and canal banks. Then… Read more

Heal & Harm | Morning coffee and little rituals

May 29, 2018

Each small ritual is part of a bigger picture, a cumulative relationship with ourselves and with our spirit and our environment. Read more

Releasing into Norse practice: The beginning of a heathen’s journey

July 28, 2017

“I know that I can find the divine feminine. But she’s wilder, she’s been buried deep underground, frozen in the permafrost. I could use a little wild in my life.” Abbie introduces her new column, Heathen’s Journey. Read more

MOONWORK: somatic practice for queers

September 10, 2018

“MOONWORK is a practice of making home in self, others, and the present moment, as perfect-for-now experiences that include past & future.” Hannah Harris-Sutro introduces her new online class. Read more

Altar | Imbolc, dawn, full blue moon

February 1, 2018

For what might emerge from January’s darkness. This moment is a pause
before the quickening of the year. Read more

Heal & Harm | Releasing trauma with little rituals

February 15, 2018

I fear that I would be physically unsafe were I to press charges. So what do I do? Where do I turn? Witchcraft. Read more

Autumn Equinox: A bridge tarot spread & the Seven of Pentacles

September 22, 2017

The autumn equinox brings the wheel of the year full circle. It’s a bridge from one era of our life into another. Read more

Ideas for Spring Equinox

March 18, 2016

Spring equinox is a festival of fresh air, balance and harmony. Here are some suggestions for how you might observe or celebrate. Read more

Many Moons: Full moon in Scorpio

May 10, 2017

“We call in the notorious full moon in Scorpio, with it’s fierce intuition, it’s deep commitment to being engaged in mystery, and it’s continuously transformative path.” Read more

Coming out of the woo closet: Facing shame, stigma and historical trauma

October 20, 2016

“Consider it with me, what can you do to unspell capitalism, racism, patriarchy, cis-sexism, homophobia, ableism and colonisation? Cause I see you. And I believe you are powerful beyond measure.” Read more

Altar | July’s Full Moon Eclipse, for connection & liberation

July 29, 2018

May I express this wholeness through connection, not through isolation. May I show up for the people I love. May I show up for my community. May we coexist and co create. May we co-heal. Read more

Altar | Self-love, body-wisdom, dawn full moon

March 2, 2018

This altar is for my body-wisdom.
For listening.
For loving myself enough
to listen. Read more

INTERVIEW | Katie West on her upcoming anthology Becoming Dangerous

October 13, 2017

Maranda interviews Katie West on her upcoming anthology for witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels. Read more

Tarot as a path of healing | Warding

April 27, 2018

Wards remind us that we have a right to feel supported and secure in the world. Read more

Altar | New moon/full moon: stepping up & commitment

May 2, 2018

Two shared altars, Em and I exploring fear, vulnerability, and stepping into our own power. Read more

Ritual & Honey: Seeking lineage in ancestral reverence

January 31, 2017

“Where do you return to in your spiritual practice? Where do you find space to begin again?” Asali shares some guidance and a simple ritual for ancestral work. Read more

Witch’s brew: Make an Elder elixir for rituals (& fun)

September 7, 2017

This tree has so many food and medicinal uses, and is central to so much folklore, it is a true witch’s tree. Here’s a simple recipe for a nourishing ritual drink! Read more

Introducing… Sabrina Scott & their column Heal & Harm

February 27, 2018

Get to know artist, illustrator and witch Sabrina Scott and their new column, which looks at radical magic and healing with ritual. Read more

Grandmother, Witch & Shadow: Lessons on leadership from the Tarot of the Crone

April 21, 2018

“She weaves individual strands into a tapestry, creating common ground and common cause.” Read more