Yarrow: On Love & Marriage & Ale

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Yarrow is blooming here on Vancouver Island! It’s one of my favourite herbs and I’m so happy to see it’s all at once delicate and sturdy white blossoms again. I plan to incorporate a lot of yarrow into my upcoming summer nuptials. And this is where I segue into my big announcement: I’m getting married in July…in the woods at the lovely Cedar Haven Weddings ..to Danielle’s brother, Christian. This promises to be Gather’s biggest project yet—so if wedding stuff bores you, you may want to avert your eyes for a couple of months. Though we will try to make it interesting. Promise.

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Now where was I? Yarrow! It’s Latin name, Achillea millefolium, is attributed to the Greek hero, Achilles who was said to use it to heal his warriors wounds—at least according to Pliny the Elder. Turns out Achilles’ relationship with Yarrow is a little muddy……

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Sweet Magic: Summer Solstice Honey Cookies

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DSCF4104Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Looking for a festive way to celebrate the upcoming summer solstice? Well these aromatic sunny cookies may be just the ticket.  Made with sacred herbs and flowers of the sun, they’re filled with the gathering magic of midsummer traditions. And served up at summer solstice picnic, they will delight young and old. After, all doesn’t everyone love a pretty cookie?

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And what better way to capture the magic of the longest day of the year? This is the day the sun’s powers are at their peak, from now on the sun will recede from the sky a little earlier each evening. For our Northern European ancestors summer solstice was the turning point between the waxing and waning…

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Urban Gardening: The Garden In May

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This post is a compilation of all the garden pictures that haven’t been posted already, all of them taken through the month of May. I like to keep a good archive of photographs for gardening documentation and for future articles, but a lot of them never get published because other posts and images take priority. As the month ends, I am gathering them together with a few magical tips, so all readers can enjoy the beauty – and may it inspire you to create your own urban garden!

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Sunflowers (Helianthus genus), blooming beautifully, and hopefully making lots of seeds for next year. These can be grown here almost at any season, and they will keep bees and other beneficial insects coming to the garden, something extremely important in urban gardening; so, we want them to stay :). Also, as a symbol related to sun deities, this is a perfect homage…

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Lessons in Magick: Simplicity is Key

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Tasha Marie

Image: Tasha Marie

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”

Natalie Babbitt

I am contacted with questions about Magick a lot, most times it is case specific and has to do with something going on in that person’s life and they simply need another Witch’s eyes, and intuition. I am more than happy to oblige such requests as I do not believe we should hold back knowledge from each other or avoid assisting our Sisters and Brothers; I also do not believe that we should ever pass up the opportunity to teach, in turn learning ourselves.

I also receive the usual spam messages saying things like “teach me black Magick” or “how do I sell my Soul to the Devil”, those get completely ignored.

The rest are questions about the practical side of Magick and as someone who observes, and analyzes, I have realized that in general people overcomplicate Magick…

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Lessons in Magick: The Unethical Practice of Spirit Binding

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André Varela

Image: André Varela

“The risks involved in the pursuit of magic are–put simply–either getting frightened by unpleasant perceptions or becoming deluded. Unfortunately, it is possible to suffer from both symptoms at the same time.”

Philip Carr-Gomm

I am not sure how this piece is going to be received but I have to write about this topic because it keeps coming up. I don’t know if this is because I am in the business of online sales now, so I see what the Pagan/Witch community has to offer, or if I was just completely ignorant to this “common practice”, in any case, it’s wrong.

I am referring to the sale of Bound Vessels. I am not necessarily angry at the sale; I am truly angry that the practice of binding Spirits to objects even exists. I am going to tell you my story, and speak from my experience and why this…

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