Shop Update – Witch Web Kit Price Increase and Powder Restocks

Due to an increase in component prices and some changes to the contents of the kits, I’m increasing the prices of the Witch Web kits from $5.00 to $7.00.

The kits will include the usual hoop and black and white embroidery floss, plus a pair of flosses in an additional color, which will vary. (Mostly they will be green, blue, and purple due to demand, but other colors are available. If you have a favorite, please feel free to specify it with your order.)

All powders apart from Home Blessing Powder are currently out of stock due to the fact that I’m waiting on a shipment of glass vials. I hope to have them back in stock in the coming weeks.

Restocks of buttons and stickers are also on the horizon, after I get my car’s air conditioning fixed.

Thank you for your support and your patience!

UPDATE: The vials arrived and all the powders have been restocked! Grovedaughter Witchery has been reordered from the printer and should arrive in a couple weeks, but The Sisters Grimmoire and Pestlework are still available. New Witch Web colors and sticker designs are also forthcoming, so stay tuned!

Witch Ways 24 – Mirror, Mirror

Sometimes the mirror doesn’t show us what we want to see. So here’s a spell inspired by a much-beloved fairy tale to help increase beauty and self-confidence. And it fits easily into your daily routine! And remember, darlings – you’re already gorgeous. If others can’t see it, that’s THEIR problem.

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MUSIC CREDITS

“Carpe Diem” and “Dreamy Flashback”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Strawberry Supermoon 2022

Grab your baskets and your moon jars, witches – it’s time for the Strawberry Supermoon!

Strawberry Moon

The Strawberry Moon is the name given to the full moon which occurs in the month of June in the Northern Hemisphere. The name is taken from the ripening of those little red heart-shaped berries we find in so many summertime treats. Strawberries are typically ready to harvest beginning around the summer solstice, though this will vary depending on variety, planting times, and local weather. The Strawberry Moon, sadly, does not turn pink to match the berries.

Other European names for this moon include Honey Moon, Rose Moon, and Mead Moon. Indigenous names for the June moon include Blooming Moon (Anishinaabe), Green Corn Moon (Cherokee), and Hatching Moon (Cree).

What Does It Mean For Witches?

Full moons are excellent times for bringing wishes to fulfillment and plans to fruition, all the more so under one named after a prolific berry. Supermoons amplify this effect, so this is an optimal time to make things happen!

Your intuition may be stronger than usual during this time, so pay attention to those little inklings and gut feelings that won’t be ignored. They might be telling you something important. Dreams may also be more vivid, though not necessarily more accurate or revealing.

This is a time to explore things that catch your attention or pique your curiosity, and to let yourself be open to new ideas and new opportunities.

What Witchy Things Can We Do?

With a supermoon in the sky and the summer solstice hot on its’ heels, it’s time to prepare for a full bloom. Here’s hoping you’ve been nurturing those plans and seeds of growth you planted in the spring, because they’re about to start flowering and the way is clear to sow the next stage of your plans. What they will be and what new prospects the summer will bring is entirely up to you.

With the moon in Sagittarius, it’s a good time to look ahead to the future. Think on the plans you have in process and let yourself dream of how things might turn out. If you’re inclined to journaling, make a note of how things are going so far and how you hope they’ll turn out. Pick your favorite divination method and do a reading for the month ahead. (Make sure you write that down too so you can check back later!)

This is a great time to go berry-picking or flower-gathering, so check your area for pick-your-own farms or farmer’s markets with local produce. Have a picnic with friends or just enjoy a quiet afternoon with your own thoughts and a few favorite treats. Make a jar of sun tea or a sweet and summery berry salad. If you’re partial to strawberries, indulge that sweet tooth!

Charge your crystals and spell jars and moon water under the light of Strawberry Moon to catch the energy of blooming flowers, ripening fruit, wishes coming true, and carefully-laid plans realized.

Spend a little time reflecting on how your year has gone thus far. Try to focus on the things that have improved and how you’ve grown as a person and in your life journey. Reflect on your accomplishments and what you plan to do next. Take a moment to be unashamedly proud of yourself for everything you’ve done and for making it this far despite everything life throws at you.

For more ideas on how to celebrate the Strawberry Moon and the Summer Solstice, check out Hex Positive Ep. 11, “Secular Celebrations” on your favorite podcatcher.

Happy Strawberry Moon, witches! 🌕🍓

Further Reading:

Strawberry Supermoon: Full Moon in June 2022, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Strawberry Moon 2022: The Spectacular Spiritual Meaning of June’s Full Moon, The Peculiar Brunette

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living, Dorothy Morrison

Secular Celebrations – Midsummer

After Beltane comes Midsummer, which some also call Litha, mid to late June. I call it “probably already too hot to go outside.” I’m not exactly a summertime person to begin with and I live in Virginia, in the middle of a swamp. So the rest of you can enjoy Midsummer. I’m going to be spending it indoors where the air conditioning is.

Midsummer is the summer solstice, the middle of the growing season, the highest point of high summer. It’s a time to celebrate the hard work we’ve done, take a bit of ease while the weather is pleasant, and have a good romp before we have to start bringing in the harvests in August. If you work with solar magic or the Fair Folk, this is your holiday. Both of these themes run deep and strong through Midsummer, along with the urge to get outside and revel in the beauty of nature at peak flourish.

So enjoy Midsummer first and foremost by getting outside…if you can. If it’s too damn hot, yanno, be realistic. But at least make an effort if you enjoy the hotter weather and it’s not dangerous to be out. Go to your favorite park, maybe go to the beach, go hiking, go to a pick-your-own fruit farm, have a picnic, attend a fair or a carnival, do some stargazing. All this assumes a lot about public safety since we’re still living in the COVID era, so use your good judgement. If it’s not safe to be around crowds, try to focus on solo activities or things you can do in the safety of your home or your backyard.

This is another good time for herb-picking. If you have a garden, your plants should be producing by this point, and you can start pruning your plants and drying those trimmings for use in your craft. This is actually my favorite part of the summer. I love putting up those bundles of plants and flowers to dry, I love the look of them in my home, and I love the satisfaction of putting the dried material into jars for storage. And hey, if you’re not growing anything, you can still enjoy this by picking up fresh herbs from the supermarket or the local garden store and drying them.

You can also go herb gathering like I mentioned for Beltane, since different plants will be in season. Again, always observe permission and best practices if you’re going to do this. And always make sure you label your bundles and your jars for easy identification.

On a practical note, if you’re going to be doing things outside for Midsummer, always make sure you wear sunscreen and adequate clothing to avoid too much UV exposure, including a face covering. Remember to hydrate properly throughout the day, be careful with your alcohol intake, and if you start to feel tired or woozy, or if you stop sweating, get out of the sun IMMEDIATELY. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are no joke, witches. Take care of yourselves out there.

And speaking of herbs and ways of keeping cool, one of the things I really enjoy doing in the summertime is making magical iced teas. I know some of my overseas listeners might be blinking in confusion right about now, so if you’ve never heard of this, let me enlighten you. In the US, particularly in the South, we’re very fond of iced tea. Now, that doesn’t mean cold tea, it’s tea that’s been sweetened and chilled, and it’s usually served over ice with lemon or mint leaves, depending on the recipe. This is a fun and easy herbal potion that anyone can make. You just need a pitcher of hot water, some herbal tea bags, some sugar or honey, and whatever flavorings you want to add.

Using several teabags or a big pouch of looseleaf tea, mix up a batch of tea that’s a little stronger than you’d usually make for a hot cuppa. Stir in sugar or honey until it’s as sweet as you like it – we usually go a step or two sweeter than you’d think. Then add whatever flavorings you like. And you can use just about anything for this. I’m partial to a nice blend of chamomile and peppermint with a good dollop of honey, or white tea with jasmine, or spearmint and elderflower, or hibiscus and raspberry. Lavender and lemon is another popular recipe, if you can get your hands on culinary lavender. (And yes, there IS a difference between lavender grown for the kitchen and lavender grown for aromatherapy purposes, so shop carefully.) Feel free to make drinks that correspond to magical purposes, too. Health, wealth, happiness, whatever you like. Sweet iced potions? Yes please!

This can be stretched to alcoholic drinks too, if you’re partial. I mean, what are we even doing with our craft if we’re not stirring spells into sangria or joining the midnight margarita club, right? My husband makes a delightful little cocktail he calls a Gardener’s Tonic – basically a gin and tonic with muddled sweet basil and lime juice and a slice of cucumber. Just make sure that when you’re enjoying your alcoholic alchemy, you’re doing so responsibly.

So once you’ve got your drink of choice and you’ve had a chance to relax, look to your homestead. Tend that garden, like I mentioned before. Attend to any pest problems you might be having, or any home repairs that might need doing. Try not to put things off. Once autumn arrives, you may find that you’re too busy. Reorganize your witchy supplies. If you’ve got new material or new tools coming in, try to declutter and get rid of anything that’s gone stale or sour, or anything that’s used up. Check your jars for signs of mold and give your accoutrements a good cleaning.

If you feel that kitchen witch itch, there’s a cream for that….it’s in the fridge next to the milk. (I apologize for NOTHING.) You can check on the beverages you started back around Beltane, or start a batch if you didn’t do one in the spring. You can start a sourdough, since that seems to be all the rage right now, or make preserves and jams with those early fruits and berries. Make food or homemade sweet with local produce and local honey. Oh and bless the bees and the pollinators while you’re at it! Bless their little hearts, they bring so much sweetness to the world, they deserve thanks for their hard work.

Midsummer is a big holiday for picnics, so if you can have one, definitely do it, even if it’s just on your back porch. If you happen to have a fenced yard and a tent to work with, maybe try an overnight campout just for fun. My dad used to do this all the time when my brother and I were kids. We’d set up a tent in the backyard, he’d drag out a TV and VCR on extension cords, and we’d stay up half the night watching movies and eating junk food. Hey, we were suburban kids, my dad’s idea of “roughing it” was having no remote for the TV. It was super fun, and if you can manage something like this, I definitely recommend it to witches with little ones. Lot of good memories there, if they’re inclined to such things.

Of course, summer isn’t all clear skies and sunshine. Sometimes it rains. But heck, that can be just as much fun. Apart from the obvious option of gathering the rainwater for magical purposes, have you ever gone out in the rain on purpose? When it’s warm out and the rain is coming down in nice fat drops and you’re wearing stuff that can stand a little soaking, few things are more fun than running around and getting absolutely drenched. I’ve got a few fond memories of walking in the woods during rainstorms with my bestie from middle school. There’s a saying that goes, “Life isn’t about avoiding the storms, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” If there’s not a danger of lightning, I definitely recommend giving it a try. It’s really kind of exhilarating.

Midsummer is the longest day of the year. It’s the day when we see the most light, the earliest sunrise, the latest sunset. Meditate on how you can bring more light and positivity into your life, and how you can have a positive impact on the lives of others, on your community, and the world in general. Think about your productivity, your projects, your path to personal growth. How are things going? Is there anything that feels stuck that needs to be addressed? Where can you modify your outlook to something more optimistic, and where do you maybe need to take off the rose-colored glasses and be more of a realist? All things to contemplate while you’re sipping that magical iced tea potion.

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Hex Positive, Ep. 030 – Atheist Witchcraft and Placebo Magic with Sedna Woo

We all joke about the irony of polytheistic witches being called “godless,” but what happens when your craft is quite literally without deities or spirituality of any kind? I sat down with YouTube’s own Sedna Woo to find out. The answer is both simpler and much deeper than you might expect. (Spoiler: I’m totally adding open label placebos to my own practice.)

Check out Sedna Woo and subscribe to her channel on YouTube

Mid-Summer Witch Mkt
Diversity Richmond, Richmond VA
Sunday, June 26 – 12pm-5pm
Indoor/Outdoor, Masks Requested
Facebook Event Page

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Check my WordPress for show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

This episode is sponsored by:

Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com
The Spiral House – https://portlandbuttonworks.com/spiral-house-shop

MUSIC CREDITS

“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Feelin’ Good,” and “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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BONUS – The Stardust Sessions, Ep. 01 – Grace Sherwood

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Stardust Sessions! 

In this Patreon-exclusive series, I’ll be partnering with my good buddy and fellow Witchstorian Lozzie Stardust to dive into the fascinating events and people surrounding the history of witches and witchcraft. We’ll talk about a whole lot of interesting things, maybe have a bit of a laugh, and hopefully tell you all some good stories along the way.

In this episode, we discuss a Virginia legend – Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Pungo. Tried and ducked in a bay for her alleged crimes in 1706, Grace was the last person convicted of and imprisoned for witchcraft in the colony of Virginia before the 1735 Witchcraft Act was passed. But as Grace herself would have said, she was no witch.

Join my Patreon to catch new episodes of The Stardust Sessions every month in addition to early releases of Hex Positive and Witch Ways, plus lots of other bonus content!

Sources & Recommended Reading

A Place in Time: The Age of the Witch of Pungo by Belinda Nash

These Detestable Slaves of the Devill: A Concise Guide to Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia by Carson O. Hudson, Jr.

Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia by Carson O. Hudson, Jr.

Grace Sherwood – Wikipedia Article

Grace Sherwood – Encyclopedia Virginia

Grace Sherwood: The “Witch of Pungo” – Virginia Museum  of History & Culture

The Ballad of Grace Sherwood,” Coyote Run, Places ℗ 2007 Run Wild Records.

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Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. Follow Lozzie Stardust on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter @bihexual and come chat with us in the Nerd & Tie Discord!

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I Made The Papers! 😁

Richmond event: Oddities Witch Market draws nearly 1400 people, ‘Good vibes everywhere’
-Kristi K. Higgins, The Progress Index, May 19 2022

Hex Positive podcast host Bree NicGarran was a vendor at the market. She is a practitioner of cottage witchcraft who specializes in plant-based magics.

The merchandise NicGarran had for sale at her Willow Wings Witch Shop booth included jewelry, witch web kits [wooden hoop, white and black embroidery floss, pentacle charm and instructions] as well as her book “Grovedaughter Witchery: Practical Spellcraft,” a discussion of practical secular witchcraft, with spells, charms and tutorials.

From left to right, Rebecca O'Reilly, her daughter Storm and mother Michele browse jewelry during the Oddities Witch Market held at Diversity Richmond in Richmond on May 15, 2022. On the right, author and Hex Positive podcast host Bree NicGarran, a practitioner of cottage witchcraft, watches over her Willow Wings Witch Shop booth.

“Every opportunity to get my work out there means the lights stay on and the rent gets paid, so I’m immensely grateful to Misty and her team and the wonderful staff at Diversity for continuing to organize these markets,” NicGarran of Williamsburg said. “It’s a wonderful chance for us to come together and share what we’ve been up to, make friends, meet new people, and hopefully show the curious public a fun and positive side of the witchcraft community.”

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Check out the full article in The Progress-Index. Many MANY thanks to Kristi Higgins for featuring me in this piece!

Witch Ways 23 – The Three Ravens

Hope you’re all feeling crafty this month, because we’re making a Witches’ Ladder! Grab your yarn, craft feathers, and bells, and get ready to make an early-warning system for trouble of all sorts. Another classic from The Sisters Grimmoire, Vol I.

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Check my WordPress for show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

MUSIC CREDITS

“Carpe Diem” and “Air Prelude”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Hex Positive, Ep. 029 – Outgrowing Our Cocoons with Trae Dorn

Happy Podcastiversary! Hex Positive is officially two years old and I thought I’d celebrate with an important discussion about growth. We all start out with ideas and impressions that we must unlearn, re-examine, and correct over time. This constant cycle of critical thinking and re-evaluation in response to new information is a normal and necessary part of a healthy practice. It is how we grow as practitioners and as people. 

And in an effort to lead by example, I sat down with my podcast senpai Trae Dorn, resident lovable curmudgeon and host of our sibling show BS-Free Witchcraft, to talk about the bullshit we used to believe as novice witches and how we outgrew those ideas. You’ll have to make your own mistakes and learn your own lessons, but perhaps by hearing our stories, you can avoid one or two of those pitfalls.

Oddities Witch Market
Sunday, May 15th, 1pm-6pm
Diversity Richmond, Richmond VA

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Check my WordPress for show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

This episode is sponsored by:

Portland Button Works – http://www.portlandbuttonworks.com

PBW Witch Shop – http://www.PBWwitchshop.com

It’s their 10-year anniversary, so make sure you show them some extra love this month!

MUSIC CREDITS

“Spellbound” & “Miri’s Magic Dance”
Ads – “Feelin’ Good,” and “Danse Macabre – Violin Hook”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Witch Ways 22 – Spinning Up A Sweetheart

Sorry it’s a bit late this month, my darlings! My usual recording schedule got flipped a bit, what with a certain special project and getting ready for the May anniversary. But here you go!

We’re back to the fairy tales this month with a little attraction spell from The Sisters Grimmoire, Vol I. This is a three-day spell to help bring an ideal person into your life and create an easily-recognized sign to signal their arrival.

Visit the Willow Wings Witch Shop to purchase my books and homemade accoutrements for your craft! Check my WordPress for show notes for past episodes and information on upcoming events.

Follow the show on Twitter @hex_podcast for the latest updates! You can also find me as @BreeNicGarran on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and WordPress. For more information on how to support the show and get access to early releases and extra content, visit my Patreon.

Proud member of the Nerd and Tie Podcast Network.

MUSIC CREDITS

“Carpe Diem” and “Aquarium”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/