Barriers to creating sacred space- As within, so without.

I light the two large pillar candles on my chthonic altar. One black, one gold, carved with sigils, dressed in oils, keys pressed into the wax.  This altar is covered in red and black and white, it is dedicated to Hekate, with a space for Hermes. This is where I do self development work and... Continue Reading →

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Witchcraft- Power Fantasy Vs Empowerment

From a certain perspective, it would be easy to see witchcraft as an elaborate form of escapism. We live in a world where illness and injury can occur in a heartbeat, the rich and powerful shape the world to keep themselves that way, where loss and death and heartbreak and tragedy are liable to visit... Continue Reading →

Witchcraft and Doubt

I am 10 years old, dressed in a black skirt, too long for me, sitting on a bridge with my then best friend. We don't know what we are doing, but we have decided we are witches, and we are trying to make it rain. After some time, barely a few spots fall, and we... Continue Reading →

Finding The Heart Tree

The first time I found a heart tree, I was walking in a patch of preserved ancient woodland near to my home, on the edge of London. I had come across this particular place while out wandering and was surprised that I could have lived in a place for so long without realising this spot... Continue Reading →

Moving beyond Soul Retrieval

I have written about the phenomena of Spontaneous Soul Retrieval, and others have written about Intentional Soul Retrieval, but there doesn't seem to be much out there about what happens afterwards. When I experienced my own soul-return, I felt like a goal had been reached. I had returned to myself. I felt something like the person who... Continue Reading →

Urban Herbal- April, Shepherd’s Purse

Following on from my January entry on the qualities of the common Stinging Nettle, this month I will be discussing Shepherd's Purse. You may realise I have skipped two months- series will come out as the inspiration finds me and maybe in a year or two I will have a full calendar of Urban growing magical plants!... Continue Reading →

Ways we limit our own power

'magic is a last resort' 'asking for material gain can backfire' 'everything you put out will return to you times three'. These are common warnings and views I see often in the Witchcraft community. While I do not seek to question the wisdom of specific witches or authors, I do find myself puzzled by the... Continue Reading →

Introducing my brand new Podcast!

I am so exited to be launching Hekate Today, a podcast about Hekatean Witchcraft in a modern and urban context. The first episode is now live, please do take a moment to have a listen and feel free to contact me if you there is anything specific you would like me to cover in future... Continue Reading →

A Case for Prayer in Modern Witchcraft

Prayer is an interesting concept within modern witch-craft. Many of us come to our paths jaded by mainstream religion and spirituality, with its hierarchy and clergy. Many of the books we first pick up when learning about pagan traditions will tell you that to be a witch is to move away from the passive- we... Continue Reading →

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