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Episode 6: Spring Update and a Personal Wheel

Published May 24, 2014 by The Forest's Edge

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* Disclaimer: No drugs or alcohol were consumed prior to or during the recording of this episode, by humans or animals. It was just one of those nights.

After a brief review of what they’ve each been up to recently and how they celebrated the Spring Sabbats, Betwixt and Between discuss why the Eight Sabbats, and how they connect with each personally and augment with additional celebrations throughout the year. Hilarityensues when sleep deprivation and one crazy little cat take their toll.

For these two Witches, celebrating the Wheel of the Year provides balance and a sense of presence, both in the moment and in a scope of time and community. It also involves a balance between understanding a sacred narative and a heightened awareness of/deeper connection with natural events.

Betwixt likes Mary…

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Tradition members gearing up for Ostara celebration

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An Ostara nest made by wee Witchlettes

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A backseat of plants for Between’s garden

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Betwixt’s early permaculture garden.

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Betwixt’s Spring hearth

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Between’s Summer hearth

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Ripening blueberries in the permaculture garden

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Between’s baby cottage herb garden

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Resources from the show:

The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling ed.

Night of the Witches: Folklore, Traditions, and Recipes for Celebrating Walpurgis Night, Linda Raedisch

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life, Pauline and Dan Campanelli

Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions, Pauline and Dan Campanelli

All Year Round: Christian Calendar of Celebrations, Ann Druitt et. al. 

Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection, Jessica Prentice

Totoro!

Argiope aurantia (The GIANT SPIDERS in Between’s garden, esp. last year)

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Bee Dancing! (Scroll down and watch the video. It’s quick and informative)

The Moon Lists

                                     Betwixt                                                                                                                                        Between

January                 Snow Moon                                                                                                                                  Cold Moon

February              Wolf/Hunger Moon                                                                                                                   Hermit Moon

March                    Robin/Weed/Worm Moon                                                                                                     Robin Moon

April                       Planting/Redbud/Violet Moon                                                                                           Violet Moon

May                         Strawberry/Fleabane/Leafy Moon                                                                                    Strawberry Moon

June                        Birthday Moon                                                                                                                            Festival Moon

July                         Mosquito Moon                                                                                                                           Heat Moon

August                   Drought Moon                                                                                                                              Fruits/Butterfly Moon

September           Harvest Moon                                                                                                                               Spider/Long grass Moon

October                Marigold Moon                                                                                                                             Witches’ Moon

November          Gratitude Moon                                                                                                                             Gathering Moon

December          Long Nights Moon                                                                                                                         Mother Moon

Episode 5: Balancing the Liminal and the Now

Published May 3, 2014 by The Forest's Edge

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Betwixt and Between are joined by “Glinda, the Witch of the North,” in this discussion about returning to mudane reality after experiences of altered consciousness. If you have ever had trouble grounding after trancework, hedgecrossing, or even have just had one too many visions out of the corner of your eye, tune in to hear how three Witches bring it on back home.

Here are our favorite tips for grounding:

– Identify how you feel when you’re NOT grounded, so you’ll know when you need to.

– Identify what works for you–not everyone grounds in the same way.

– Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be doing work that will entail needing to come back to this reality, have what you’re going to need to do that at hand.

– Get in the habit. Make touching the earth, drinking tea, or whatever works for you an every-time part of your magical practice, and try employing it in non-magical circumstances, too.