The new normal

It occurs to me that these are historic days. The coronavirus has changed everything we do now. I’m working from home for the foreseeable future, with my son out of daycare. Mark continues to go to work because he's an essential worker. One month ago, on Feb 13 through the 18, I was in California... Continue Reading →

Hygieia, Goddess of health and hygiene

In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia was the goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “Hygiene”. And with a pandemic sweeping the world, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess... Continue Reading →

Vanilla bean honey infusion

Made honey infused with vanilla beans and my house smells divine!  Vanilla and honey have health benefits and the combination is an excellent way to infuse magical energy into your day. Real vanilla bean adds a warming, sweet, and floral flavor that compliments just about any sweet treat it’s added to. This is a great addition to... Continue Reading →

Vote McGonagall Weatherwax

I made an political sign/image mashup of the two witches I most admire from literature: Minerva McGonagall from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books & Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. I would have them run as equals of course, but I put McGonagall first because, as Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts school, she has more... Continue Reading →

February, Imbolc and Candlemas

Imbolc is the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, the marker that Spring is returning, and a celebration to honor the goddess Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit). This is a time to honor Mother Earth as she wakes from her winter's recovery of giving rebirth to the Sun King at Yule. Imbolc is mentioned... Continue Reading →

Norse Goddess Frigga

Norse Goddess Frigg and her Maidens. From ‘Asgard and the Gods; the tales and traditions of our Northern ancestors, forming a complete manual of Norse mythology’, by Wilhelm Wägner, 1800-1886. Frigg (old Norse “beloved one”) is the queen of Asgard and wife to Odin the all-father. Frigg is a sorcerer and associated with love, marriage,... Continue Reading →

Fire Drake

A beautiful Fire Drake light fixture outside Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel. A Fire Drake or wyvern is a legendary two-legged winged dragon, a creature of Teutonic mythology, with a tail often ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip. The drake is an important symbol in heraldry, and it is a popular creature in European literature... Continue Reading →

Yuletide and the Cailleach legend

In Irish and Scottish mythology, the Cailleach, also known as the Cailleach Bheur, is a divine crone, a creatrix, and possibly an ancestral deity or deified ancestor. She is the embodiment of the dark mother, the post-harvest goddess, the hag or crone entity. She appears in the late fall, as the earth is dying, and... Continue Reading →

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