Author Archives: Laurel

Kindling, Tending, and Drawing from the Hearth-Fire with Brigid, Frigga, and Eir

I’ve made a habit over the past couple months of lighting a tealight on my kitchen windowsill above the sink before starting the morning cooking and getting into the day. After my son wakes up and we head downstairs, I turn on the lights, turn on the heaters, and head to the kitchen, where as […]

Embarkation: Renewing My Dedication to the Dedicant Path

To those who noticed that Hemlock & Hawthorn briefly went private (and I know there were some because I received quite a few requests to grant individuals access!), it was due to some personal concerns about my and my son’s safety, and the desire to go a bit more anonymous until some turmoil in our lives simmered […]

Advice for the Beginning Witch or Pagan

So you’re drawn to Paganism and/or Witchcraft and you’re wondering where the path leads from here, and which choices you ought to make. Should you join a group or practice independently? Which tradition is the right fit for you? What tools do you need? How should you arrange your altar and/or shrines? How do you […]

Lughnasadh 2018 | Dedicant Work

I have been a Pagan for many years — 13 years, at this time — but I believe that this was the first year I performed a full ritual in recognition of the August Cross-Quarter Festival. Sure, I’ve baked loaves of bread and celebrated the peak of summer, but I’ve never felt much of a […]

Independent, Creatrix, Matriarch

I read “The Maiden, Mother, Crone Debate” by Rachel Patterson on the Patheos blog Beneath the Moon this morning while laying in bed between the Scotsman and our son, waiting for them to wake up, too, and it has given me food for thought. I have always appreciated and utilized these phases (Maiden, Mother, and Crone), but […]

True Abundance

It’s Lammas Eve here in the Village Gardenhouse — I prefer to celebrate the Cross-Quarter Festivals on their true in-between dates — and as my son and I prepare for our First Harvest celebration tomorrow, I have spent the day pondering what abundance really means, and why it’s possible to experience abundance no matter what […]

Building a Daily Spiritual Practice

After studying Islam and observing some of the Islamic daily prayers for a few weeks, I have realized how meaningful devotionals are. When you start the day facing the Gods and with your goals and objectives borne out of your desire to help fulfill the Divine Will, things not only go more smoothly, but your […]