Shooting the Wild Witch Breeze is a twice-monthly conversation between the delightful Rachel Patterson and the irrepressible Elen Sentier. With nothing off the agenda (they haven’t even got an agenda!) just relax, go with the flow and enjoy an hour of frank, refreshing witchy wisdom.
The equinoxes are when the hours of day and night are of equal length. In the northern hemisphere the autumn equinox is on September 22nd this year. That’s the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere, but for me living in London it is feeling autumnal now.
Autumn arrives in England in September, but opinions vary on when it actually starts. Some regard the seasons as starting or centring on the equinoxes and solstices – that’s the astronomical definition.
The festivals of September include a wide range of annual customs, ancient and modern, quite apart from the Autumn Equinox festival in the Modern Pagan Wheel of the Year. I’ll be writing a blog post about that closer to September 22, but here’s a look at some other magical things to celebrate this month.
If you’ve picked up this book, it’s likely you’ve read more than one introduction to Wicca or other forms of Witchcraft, and you’re likely asking yourself what makes Feminist Witchcraft different than all of those you’ve read about before.
Humanity has lost its fundamental spiritual connection with Mother Earth and her nature spirits that connect us to Gaia. Too many people believe that the material realm is the only reality there is.
While the start of the grain harvest is celebrated on August 1 in the Wheel of the Year festival called Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the harvest continues throughout the month.
There is no doubt that the Earth is sick. She is suffering under the strain of human activity eating into her flesh like a cancer for the purpose of power and wealth.
The start of harvest was a big celebration when people relied on each year’s crops for food to last through winter. The festival of the first fruits is often called Lammas in England.
Lammas is a harvest festival when grain crops are brought in. It can traditionally be celebrated by baking bread. Whether you have the skills, ingredients, or inclination for cooking or not, the post offers a guided visualisation you can do, from the book Pagan Portals – Guided Visualisations.
Hunter’s Wood is a dreamscape that a witch can visit at any time, should we feel the need to harness the timeless energy of the Wild Wood, regardless of time or season. For visualisation purposes, the Wood is approximately ten acres in size, flanked by a fast running stream to the east and a long ride, or track, to the west. A ride is a treeless break in forested areas used in ancient times for the hunting of deer - hence the name of this wood.
In England, July is a wonderful month for enjoying the sights and scents of flower gardens, as well as for foraging in hedgerows. Here are a few of the magical blooms you might find.