Midsummer Symbolism

While searching a specific topic to share for this Summer Solstice there was so much rich information it made it hard to decide. Instead, it seemed appropriate to give an overview of symbolism for this special time of year. We found the following information has been shared from Hearth and Home Witchery. Midsummer speaks to …

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Beltane, and May Day, a time of myth, traditions, and flowers

As we come to the close of April, and see the seasons change, we recognize the wheel of the year and the approaching Sabbat. Throughout the world, ancient traditions have been practiced in celebration of May Eve, also known as Beltane, and May Day. They are a 2-day holiday that include the purifying fires on May …

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Wise Whispers from the Granny Witches

Now I want you little sisters to remember this one thing if you don’t recollect another thing: dying ain’t the worst thing that’ll ever happen to you. The worst thing is to die be… Source: Wise Whispers from the Granny Witches

Eggs-tra Color for Ostara

A well-known tradition that occurs during the spring, whether for Ostara, or Easter, is the coloring of eggs. The humble egg has been the most recognizable symbol for rebirth, worldwide (McCoy, 2003). We have our ancestors to thank for this holiday custom. Through their observances of the world around them, and how they honored their …

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OCLC CoG wants to know what posts and information you have enjoyed from the past two years, here on our site. We value our readers and want to bring you news and information about our community and those who help in its service. Please take a moment to select items you have enjoyed most. We …

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Revival of Interest in Essential Oils like Frankincense (Boswellia)

by OCLC's Herbal and Essential Oil blogger, Gwenn Essential Oils (EOs) have become an increasingly popular topic in the world of holistic healing. Although their use dates back to antiquity, there is currently a significant revival of interest and research into the global varieties of essential oils (EOs). Historically, ancient Egypt is credited with being the …

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Remembering ancestors through traditional foods

There are many traditions for Samhain such as ancestor alters, costumes, and especially food and drink. One way we remember our ancestors is through the making of our favorite foods for Samhain. The ingredients may have meaning, as well as the process used to combine and bake/cook these tasty treats. Here are a couple of …

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Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Did you ever wonder why your grandmother recommended Witch Hazel (Hamemelis virginiana) for your teenage skin problems over any of the commercial treatments?  She would have also recommended Witch Hazel to her friends for problems with varicose veins.  Just the name “Witch Hazel” conjures up images of the wise crone woman dispensing healing wisdom for …

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