Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

She was a witch long before Buffy or Charmed or any number of Hollywood versions of witchcraft exploded into the popular imagination. She is the Official Witch of Salem and author of several books on the craft going back decades, but the latest offerings, published by Copper Cauldron are her legacy and a must-have for any student of the Craft and Magick or (Majick.) People sometimes ask if witches are real. Laurie Cabot breaks the stereotype of the witch of imagination (woman, all in black, casting spells) with a living example of a priestess who not only embraces the stereotype, but embodies a Craft tradition that is rich, deep, compassionate and yes, real. She didn’t get to be the Official Witch of Salem for wearing black, but for her work with Special Needs children. Her two latest works are essential in the rich legacy of the Cabot Tradition.

Laurie Cabot's Book of Shadows - Pentacle Crow Cat Triple moon Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows

If you are tired of ‘witchcraft lite’ titles, this 7.5 by 9.25 inch 512 page compilation of a life’s Craft work is a deep spring to renew your practice.  The history, lore, rituals and recipes for incense, oils and more included in this opus are available for you to draw from to enhance your own craft.

If you are a working High Priestess or Priest, there’s advice on working alone or in a group. If you are a student, you will welcome the inclusion of the materials on the Science, Art and Religion of witchcraft. Available as both a Hardcover or a Paperback, Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows has a place on the essential witches book shelf. [Read more…]

Ogham of the Week: Blackthorn, Hazel, and Pine

Ogham of the Week: Blackthorn, Hazel, and Pine

A Threat to Order

Irish Ogham of the Week

Straif (Blackthorn)

This ogham gives us a somber warning this week; be ready for turbulent transition. Twisty and thorny, Blackthorn is often depicted in fairy tales as the barrier between the hero and the destination. Straif reversed mirrors this energy. The path is full of hidden thorns, obscuring the way forward. Watch your step. This week, be careful of the hot energies that burn within us. Pick up some celestine, which is a good aid in calming our inner fire.

Coll (Hazel)

Coll is enlightenment, and knowledge given. Events this week will result in opportunities for learning. Don’t discount negative interactions, because these too will grant enlightenment. Rejecting lessons might lead to destabilizing forces, so listen well. The Druids believe that hazelnuts represent wisdom, even those that fall to the ground. Look for wisdom even in the most unconventional places, you might just find it.

Pine (Ailm)

Ailm is full of elation and wonder, self-determination and steadfastness. Being an evergreen, the pine tree stays vibrant even in the pain of winter. This is a lesson that Ailm conveys; with endurance comes pain, but the reward is great. Truth this week may be obscured, leaving us frustrated and ready to disengage. Continue to carry on. A truth and justice candle might aid in our resolve to carry on towards the end.

Peace and Bright Blessings.

Ogham of the Week: Aspen, Birch, and Ash

Ogham of the Week: Aspen, Birch, and Ash

Choices, Choices: The Way Forward

Eadha (Aspen) 

We are given many choices this week and our decisions will lead either to growth or stagnation. At first it may seem that rocks and twisting vines are hiding the path forward. Listen well, and the road may become clearer.

Though the trembling poplar can seem courageous, reversed Eadha becomes immobile by fear. This ogham warns us that we cannot be paralyzed by our agitations. Step away from what is scary. Breathe. Take a second look at the situation and find new ways to look at it. Burning some sweetgrass will soothe and “sweeten” the mind, assisting in how to approach quagmires.

Beith (Birch)

As the ogham of birth and beginnings, Beith reversed becomes stagnant and stuck. A sliver of renewal resides just under the surface, however.  Make friends with patience and time until you find a hidden reserve of energy. Honey Calcite is a great stone to keep on the self for prolonged work, especially for relieving stresses that hinder the breaking of idleness.

Nuin (Ash)

Nuin burns bright and strong. Similar to the phoenix, this ogham symbolizes transformation, change, and growth. Nuin reminds us to let go of the past and release our hold on things that are dying. This week, let’s work towards breaking out of stagnant aspects of our lives to prepare for new growth and change.

Peace and Bright Blessings!