Well, here we are at the beginning of 2013, The Year of the Witch. I know in my bones that this year will be about reclaiming feminine magick, as foolishly debased as the number 13 itself. There are 13 lunar cycles in a year after all - let's make a pact to honor each and every one. And let's all make it our collective mission to truly venerate the sacred in the profane, find diamonds in the dirt, seal our broken places with gleaming gold.
I ended 2012 with the great honor of having a portrait session by phenomenal photographer and friend (and newest Observatory member!) Shannon Taggart. I'll be sharing more shots from it soon, but I thought the one above in particular was a nice image to usher in the new year, particularly as I'll be teaching a fire magick class later this month:
Full Moon Fire Magick Workshop
Tonight will be the first full moon of the new year. Called “Wolf Moon” or “Ice Moon,” it’s associated with the dead of winter, when wolves howl hungrily in the dark. But in a few days, it will also be Imbolc – or Brigid’s Day – a festival of fire magick that traditionally corresponds to the birth of lambs and other new life.
In this ritual workshop, we’ll explore these polarities, keep the cold at bay, and use the power of the full moon to light our way into the year ahead. You’ll learn to carve your own magick candle, as well a few other fire spells to help you blaze your intentions into being. We’ll also discuss herbs and spices that can help burn away the winter blues, and invite warmth and vitality into our bodies and lives.
-A candle to carve. As Judika Illes says, “The size is up to you, but the larger and more substantial the candle, the more surface space is available for carving symbols into it. Birthday candles and tea lights are too small and tapers tend to break. Pillar and round votive candles are best.”
-Any altar objects you like. These can be decorative and/or personal objects which you’d like to have charged.
-A cushion, pillow, or fabric, as we will be sitting on the floor (chairs will be available for those who need).
Note-taking is welcome. This workshop is open to men and women, novices and advanced practitioners alike.
I'm looking forward to our paths crossing in 2013 and beyond. May your year ahead be full of sweetness and blazing light.