Posts Tagged: witchcraft

Every Year my birthday falls close to the pagan celebration Imbolc (pronounced ee-molc).  It’s one of the oldest known Celtic fire festivals and is usually celebrated on February 1 or 2. It’s famously called Groundhog Day in the USA. In the northern hemisphere, it celebrates early signs of spring as it falls half way between the winter solstice and… Read the rest »

Would you like to have a short paranormal story published in an anthology? I’m looking for expressions of interest from writers who are keen to publish collaboratively. Your contribution needs to be a well written and edited short story between 500 and 10,000 words. It could be a: Paranormal story you’ve experienced yourself, Ghost story… Read the rest »

I love the fresh clean scent of herbs and flowers in my home. I’m a sucker for attractive candles, sweet incense, and diffusing scent climbing slowly up bamboo reeds and wafting through a room. It’s probably no surprise that I love the thought of Sage Smudging to cleanse and purify. Burning incense has been around… Read the rest »

I really enjoy researching herbs and potions for my writing. Some plants have more mythology associated with them than others and happily legends about the mandrake plant abound 😀 From the book of Genesis, to Shakespeare, to J K Rowling, authors have used mandrake root in their stories. It’s been associated with fertility, used as an early anesthetic… Read the rest »

Imps are one of those mythical creatures we all have an image in our heads for. In my Daughter of Ravenswood series, Lyken is my own creation – but he is rooted in all of the imagined imps that have preceded him. I don’t have a drawing of him and I wish I did! I can… Read the rest »

With its lacy leaves and small white flowers this plant doesn’t look nasty, but hemlock is a seriously poisonous plant. Every part of it – the leaves, flowers, bark, roots – all carry dangerous alkaloids that kill in fairly small quantities. Just about everyone knows the story of Socrates and how he was executed with a dose of hemlock back… Read the rest »

Candles are one of the most effective tools for meditation and rituals. For centuries, people have burned candles of different colors to attract emotions, karma, even wealth. Often people who are first starting to learn meditation are encouraged to burn a simple candle to help focus. I’ve never been very successful at meditating myself, with or without… Read the rest »

Though I’m sure flying one would be great fun 🙂 A traditional witch’s broom has a handle of ash (usually associated with healing and enchantment), bristles of birch (symbolising renewal and purification); and the twigs are tied onto the handle with thin strips of willow (for the enhancement of psychic abilities). Witches and brooms have been associated together for centuries.… Read the rest »

Or do they? Thanks to many years of reading fantasy fiction, I’ve always thought that witches need a special knife in their toolkit, an Athame – a magical blade for channeling and directing psychic energy. But one of the interesting things I learned while researching, is that the word itself only came to be in common… Read the rest »