As we stood on the steps of my AirBnB in Berkeley, my hostess Yvonne told me she was heading to a story slam. She’d been working on an essay for weeks and would probably tell the story of a cad she once loved if her name was picked. A bright ascot stylishly tied at her … Continue reading Take a Ride on a Witch’s Broom
Behind the scenes of a Witch’s Broomstick ride... Symbols, messages and visits from the Other Side happen with startling yet inescapable irregularity for a Witch on a book tour. This feeling of riding a mysterious wave of Magick is like being blindfolded on a roller coaster. I must practice mindfulness with the Four Directions and … Continue reading Are You a Trained Witch?
I wore out the cassette tape of Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette while writing The Teen Spell Book: Magick for Young Witches. Unapologetic lyrics about the pain of perfection or daily indignations women endure, while striving to love ourselves just as we are, could bring me to my knees with wracking sobs or raging … Continue reading Unapologetic At Last
I was born in St. Joseph's hospital. My dear Grandpy was born on St. Joseph's Feast Day, March 19, and so his name was Joseph. My life partner's is Joey. His dad, also Joseph, fell ill in mid-October at the tail end of the book launch road trip for The Book of Spells. Joey and … Continue reading Into the Light
Many of us are interested in learning more about where the foods we eat are grown. But what about that chamomile tea you're drinking? It is an important, reciprocal “attitude of gratitude” to understand the journey that our foods take from farm to table or teacup. Afterall, herbs and plants are our allies, an integral part … Continue reading Farm to Teacup
I Pick Me was a writing prompt by Amy Ferris at a workshop. I am posting my response below because recently I have been inspired by entries for my Instagram giveaway where I asked people to post their blessings. Many people have posted that loving and accepting themselves as one of their blessings. I agree. … Continue reading I Pick Me
To publish a book is to look inside your heart, describe what you see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and know, then share that with the world. Signing The Book of Spells for Kimmy Tejasindhu, my editor at Ten Speed Press who came out to my book launch party at Copperfield Books with designer, Sara Weitzman. … Continue reading Vulnerability of the Heart
Welcome to the Dark Times. The days are shorter, Mercury is in Retrograde and ready to transit over the Sun on November 11, 2019, starting at 7:35 am EST and lasting until 1:04 pm. To shed some light on this galactic opportunity for karmic leaps forward, I turned to my friend, Victoria Bearden, one of … Continue reading Scorpio, Mercury & the Sun
In the last three days, I have taught three versions of the Seasons of the Witch: once for Eastern Sierra locals, another at Nuts & Twigs in the hick town of Bishop and today in my home as an AirBnB experience. When I first became an author in 2000, I believed more in the world … Continue reading In the Season of the Witch
My first book, The Wicca Cookbook, was released on September 27, 2000. It is the most incredible feeling to hold a book that you grew inside the cauldron of your soul and spirit. I wrote eight books from 1999-2009 and then took a decade off of writing books to raise my beautiful sons. And now, … Continue reading The Book of Spells is on Sale!