As the convergence of this new season, the new moon and Aries season quicken the world around us and the one inside of us, I wonder how you are feeling.
This time of year always brings with it a little bit of anxiety in my being. Where I live the awakening feels fast. My body is still shedding Winter and the pace at which the energy is moving all around brings with it rapid fire ideas, a general increase in vibration and the inner conflict of ready not ready.
On this day where day and night hold equal court, I invite you to pause and find the sensation of this moment within.
What do you feel? Desire? What does your body crave? Movement? Stillness? Something in between? What if you gave yourself 5 minutes to just move in a way that felt like you in this now?
As we move toward the solar energy of Spring and Summer I’ve been feeling my longing for my magical community swell and the void where my women’s circle used to reside making itself bigger, darker and more empty in sensation.
For those of you who are new to the list or perhaps don’t recall, my women’s circle of 19 years disbanded at Solstice. Although it was high time for this dissolution, and the magic between us had been quieted and untended for some time, the space this group of sisters took up in my world was big, powerful, familiar and I relied on it.
In this absence my initial reaction was to launch into something new. To create a new group immediately. (and to be honest I did try but the timing wasn’t right and the universe apparently wanted me sloooow down). So I’ve been hanging with the void, feeling the loss and the grief and with the arrival of Spring this feels somehow more acute.
What to do with this now?
I’m feeling into the edges to discover what will emerge. I’m looking for signs, invitations and connections and being gentle with my tender heart, and calming the fire that still wants to leap without looking.
I’m sitting in reflection. In pause. I’m noticing what the convergence of this moment is igniting and deepening within me. I’m listening.
We are welcoming the emergence of Spring with our own convergence. One of Wise Women coming together to make magic through sharing of knowledge and practice.
The Cauldron of Wisdom 3, virtual conference is happening April 14th and 15th.
I’ve been playing with my workshop, Working with the Fae and can’t wait to introduce you to these beings!
This is just one of the 10 workshops/classes being offered at the event.
This year there are three ways to watch. When you register you can join us live via Zoom or Facebook or if you can’t make the livestream you can watch the replay which will be in the conference site for you to access always.
We have also added an after hours hang out and Q and A with our presenters for Friday evening.
You can learn more about the conference and register here!
Want to Witch with me?
The Wise Woman Witchery Outdoor Summer Retreat is scheduled for June 25th-27th in Sonoma County California.
Together we will create ritual, altars, cast a spell and connect with the land and each other.
Details can be found here
This week on the Witch Next Door podcast we are back to exploring magical tools! Ritual knives have been used throughout history, however they have shown up in witchcraft practice more recently with the name Athame. Learn the origins and listen in as Veronica wields her own athame during our chat.
The Witch Next Door can be found here and on all your favorite streaming platforms.
Spring is almost here! Next Monday marks the Equinox, that point of balance between Solstices, where day and night take up equal space just before the sun takes over for the next 6 months.
You may recall Erin Lafaive and I created a celebrating the seasons guidebook for the Solstices and Equinoxes. This guidebook is full of suggestions for reflections, recipes, rituals, divination and more.
You can now get this guidebook in one of two ways-digitally you may access the Spring Equinox on its own. This also includes a recording of a Spring equinox ritual hosted by both Erin and I.
Or, if you are a hard copy kind of person, you can get the printed guidebook that includes all four books in one.
You can order either one of these books here.
(Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the printed version)
Dust off those Tarot decks, crack those journals and make sure your pen is full of ink!
We’ve got some magical writing to do.
This Saturday March 18th at 9:30 am PT, Once Upon a Time… the Tarot guided writing workshop is happening live!
If you haven’t yet registered there is still time.
We will use our lifetime and year cards, writing prompts and additional card pulls to inspire our storytelling.
Early Bird pricing is about to end for the Cauldron of Wisdom 3!
Get 20% when you register before midnight Saturday.
We have 10 workshops over two days, a little ritual a round table chat with our presenters and of course giveaways too!
See you round the Cauldron April 14th and 15th.
Wise Ones, is the month of March roaring its way toward Spring where you live or are you still feeling the claws of Winter?
We have been in a lion of a month, with so much rain (and snow at higher elevations). The water is a welcome for our parched soil and diminishing reservoirs, yet I find I am beginning to feel a bit soggy.
The weather has kept me in a bit more which has led to house and creative projects unfurling all around me.
Friday I taught a class about plant spirits and this morning as I was dancing with the muse, I was pondering magical herbs and wondering about the spices we have in our kitchen.
These two endeavors sent me down a rabbit hole of rediscovery about the magic of everyday culinary spices.
As you must know by now, I am all about everyday practical magic, and this can often mean using what you have on hand. So before you make a special order or pop out to the market to get the herb you need for your next spell, perhaps take a moment to see if you have a substitute already in your kitchen
Here are a few discoveries I’d like to share with you:
Thyme-courage, protection and even fairy communication
Rosemary-energizing, good for memory, also great for clearing
Cinnamon-protection, money, success (also good for speeding up spells)
Anise-Calm, luck, psychic awareness
Oregano- courage justice, luck
Culinary Sage-wisdom, grounding and clarity
Bay Leaves- wishes, protection during travel, success, healing
And these are just a handful of the herbs many of us have in the cupboard.
So as you craft and cast your spells and rituals remember that you likely have all you need at your fingertips!
Super Simple Spell for wishing/manifesting- Take a Bay Leaf and write what you are wishing for on it. Burn the leaf and cast the ashes to the wind.
Are you ready to write?
Once Upon a Time… is less than a week away,
This 2 hour workshop combines your lifetime and year cards with writing prompts and additional card pulls to inspire and guide you into telling the story of you in this moment.
We gather Saturday, March 18th at 9:30 am PT.
At the end of our writing time I will hold space for an additional half an hour for anyone who might like to share a piece of what they have written (this is totally optional).
The Cauldron is bubbling!
Have you attended one of Wise Woman Witchery’s conferences before?
If you have it is likely you have already signed up for this next one. If you haven’t, I promise you, you don’t want to miss this!
We’ve got two full days of magical workshops, (10 in total), giveaways, a little bit of ritual and an after hours round table chat with our presenters all wrapped up in the circle of our witchy community.
I love these events and I know you will too!
It’s truly a time to celebrate your magic, explore new practices, enhance old ones and maybe even make some new friends.
You can take advantage of early bird pricing when you register before Saturday March 18th.
Let’s make some magic!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT