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Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake is the author of Everyday Witch Book of Rituals (Llewellyn 2012), Witchcraft on a Shoestring (Llewellyn, 2010) as well as The Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and several other books. She lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse in upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.

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A Mabon Spell for Balance

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  • Kassandra Ripley
    Kassandra Ripley says #
    Thank you. This could not have come for me at a better time. My life has been in turmoil for several months now, and as I was rea
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    I'm so glad you found it helpful!

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Harvest Magic: Basil

We are in the midst of harvest season now. The Fall Equinox (also known as Mabon, and the 2nd of 3 harvest festivals on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year) is either the 22nd or the 23rd, depending on which calendar you look at. Either way, in most parts of the country, the harvest is in full swing, and most gardens are beginning to slow down as the nights grow cooler and the days grow shorter.

One of my favorite things to harvest at this time of year are herbs, so I've going to do a short series on a few of the ones I use the most. I tend to grow herbs that have multiple purposes: culinary, medicinal, and/or magical. Many herbs fall under this category, and they often have lovely flowers that attract bees and other beneficial insects. They're usually easy to grow, and you can harvest smaller pieces all through the growing season simply by snipping off the amount you need.

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  • Joel O'Brien
    Joel O'Brien says #
    Basil is my favorite herb so I enjoyed the article. I also use lemon in mine. I never did until I made a pesto cream sauce that ca
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    Great minds :-) I never thought of using the zest too, but that sounds like a great idea!
  • Greg Martin
    Greg Martin says #
    Just did! AWESOME!
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    Yay! I hope it is magical :-)
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    You're very welcome. Not sharing the pesto, though--you'll have to make your own!

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Meet Baba Yaga

 As some of you know, I have written a series (a novella and two novels so far) about an updated version of the Baba Yaga tales. The novella came out recently, and the first book will be released on September 2nd. But not everyone is familiar with Baba Yaga, so I thought I would introduce her to you. Here—let me fill up the samovar with tea, and we call gather around the hearth fire while I tell you a story…

Most people are familiar with the standard fairy tales (many of which were written down by the Brothers Grimm, and then prettied up into the versions we know today…the earlier stories were, well, grim). You know Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, of course. But when I set out to write an updated fairy tale, I wanted to use a story that hadn’t been done quite so many times. There are some fabulous modern rewrites of all those classics, as well as things like Beauty and the Beast, but I wanted something completely different. I wanted, as it turned out, Baba Yaga.

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A Supermoon Love Spell

As you probably already know, the full moon this Sunday (August 10th) is going to be what they call a "Supermoon." A Supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the time in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the Earth. This makes for a full moon that looks larger than usual--and the one this coming Sunday is going to be that biggest Supermoon this year.

Beyond the fact that it will be pretty glorious to look upon, you might wonder if a Supermoon is more powerful for doing magical work than any old regular full moon. I'm going to go with: yes.

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The Witch's Broom: Magical or Mundane?

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you for this post! I tend to be a panentheist who experiences everything as sacred and holy and have come to the realizatio
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    I couldn't agree more!
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I had a friend once who told me he used all of his ritual items in day-to-day life, and I think there's something to that. After
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    I'm always trying to find new ways to add a touch of magic to the everyday (or the other way around). After all, our spiritual pra

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A Reader's Broom

A reader's broom...

No, this is not a special broom covered with books. (Although, HEY!)

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Everyday Food Magick: A Magickal Spring Salad

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