We are in the midst of a season of gratitude. Not just because of the American holiday of Thanksgiving, but because we have crossed the threshold of Samhain and the final “harvest” and now it’s time to turn inward and reflect on our year; to be grateful for the blessings we have in our lives, the positive things that we have manifested over the past season, and the ways in which we have grown. Jupiter is in its happy place at this time of year, the constellation Sagittarius, and Jupiter is all about expansion, spiritual growth, and opportunity. We must plant the seeds of the new year in the darkness so that they can germinate during this period of rest and reflection and begin to manifest in spring. Before we can plant those seeds, we have to assess our own progress and show gratitude. Gratitude to the universal spirit, to the earth, to our own higher self, to those who have encouraged us this season, to our ancestors, spirit guides, local nature spirits and to the land.Read More
Tonight’s new moon is in Scorpio and Scorpio represents the darkest time of autumn, when the Earth is about to sink into dormancy, where we journey to the underworld and in doing so shed all the layers of ourself and explore our deepest depths, dying to our former selves and eventually being reborn like the Babylonian myth of the goddess Inanna. Scorpio is the flaming sword that guards the Secrets of the Universe. Scorpio invites us to be tested and through each test to shed another layer of our ego and open ourselves to Spirit.Read More
We are sinking into the darker half of the year. The season is almost palpable here in the Pacific Northwest. Everything smells of damp earth and woodsmoke. Bright red, yellow, and orange leaves pop against a backdrop of dark evergreen. After a dry and smoky summer, it’s misty and magical in these woods and there are mushrooms…everywhere.
To me mushrooms are the quintessential being of Samhain. They embody so much wonder and mystery. A kingdom that holds the powers of life, sustenance, medicine, and death. An entity containing such magic that it can link entire forests together through its underground networks. An organism that both helps the forest to thrive and also itself flourishes on that same forest’s decay. The parts of a mushroom that we see springing up from the forest floor or the decaying log of an old growth tree are just the fruiting body of the plant. Most of the plant is hidden underground, where vast networks of mycelium run underneath the forest floor. They remind us that there is only a thin veil between our world and another.Read More
Welcome to the inaugural post of the WILD MAGIC blog. My name is Heather and this space is the manifestation of a dream I have had for some time now of both sharing my medicine with the world and of bringing together a wonderful community of artists, healers, and magic makers. Based on the title of this post, you may think that I am talking about the fact that is is OCTOBER. The one month of the year when witches are whole-heartedly embraced by popular culture. However I’d like to shine a light on what I feel is a recent stirring, a transmutation that has picked up in the last decade or so. The coming of the “season of the witch.”Read More