Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
On Tuesday, Dec. 13th, Kyle and I celebrated Luciadagen by baking lussikatter or Lussi Cats. Lussikatter are buns usually made with saffron, wheat dough, and currants. I don't like currants so we used cranberries instead. They are then made into cat faces or into S shapes which represents the body of the cat.
Saint Lucia is a complex figure with a multifaceted history. A bringer of light (in the form of a crown of candles) on the erstwhile darkest night of the year (according to the old calendar), she is sometimes called a witch, a leader of the Wild Hunt, and even has ties to Lilith and is a consort of Lucifer. The Luminous Stone edited by Michael Howard and Daniel A. Schulke, a book of essays on Lucifer in witchcraft, touches on Saint Lucy or Lucia and her ties to these matters.
(Kyle made Isthar and a goat [right] and I made a stag without eyes at first.)
(I decided to add the eyes.)
I also made three offerings of lussikatter in the shapes of two ravens and a stag head for my two patrons the Morrigan and Odin and then to Cernunnos for this time of year.
(We got the recipe out of this book.)
(So I only had a rooster cookie cutter so I tried to form two of them into ravens.)
(Here are the two ravens and stag on my altar.)
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Table of Contents
THOU ART NAMED A WITCH by Toneye Eyenot
Witchy Woman by Todd Misura
Blood Brine by William Bove
Witch by Matthew Cash
Stirring the Pot by Essel Pratt
Lover’s Witch by Ashley Dioses
DANCE OF THE GOAT by Toneye Eyenot
The Birth of a Witch by R. E. Lyons
Blood by Brian Barr
Conflagration by Sharon Higa
Ligeia by Ashley Dioses
The Sea Witch's Child by Sebastian Crow
Knight Pride, Witch Heart by Brian Barr
Eight Words the Witch’s Creed Fulfill by Tina Piney
QUAKE, FLOOD, FIRE by Toneye Eyenot
Winter Witch by Ashley Dioses
I Promised You a Show of Blood by Andrew Bell
Order of the Hidden Moon by Kevin Candela
Summer Vacation by Roma Gray
Witch’s Love by Ashley Dioses
Love you to Death by Samantha Gregory
The Sweetness Worth the Price by Dona Fox
A Weekend with the Powells by G. Zimmerman
Yablonski’s Bargain by Roy C. Booth and William Tucker
Nightscapes by Amanda M. Lyons
Saturday, December 3, 2016
(Ashiel by Steve Lines)
Sorcerously Twined tells of a Sorcerer who is in love with a Sorceress who was not in love back. The Sorcerer planned to kill himself with a poisoned brew he created using plants from her garden, only to find out that by drinking it, he would be connected to her. Their fates would be entwined. If he died, she would as well.
In order to fix this, the Sorceress came up with a plan to summon a demon in hope that the demon would cure them. At the same time, the Sorcerer recites a love spell. The demon refuses to help and tells her that only they can fix their mess. The Sorcerer finds his own spell that could save her but he would still die. He does this and as he lies dying, she finds him. His love spell had begun to work slowly and she instead, reverses the spell to die in his place.
Devastated, the Sorcerer searches her tower to find a way to bring her back to life. He finds her grimoire opened to the page of the demon and he summons him. The demon requires the Sorcerer’s soul in exchange for allowing him entrance into the Otherworld to find her soul. Meanwhile, the Sorceress in the Otherworld awaits to be judged and reincarnated into her next life in a temple that she designed from previous lives. Her life memories grew fuzzy yet a smell of rosehips reminded her of the Sorcerer and the poison he made. She immediately began to scry for him.
The Sorcerer finds a guide to lead him to the Sorceress yet when they are about to part, the guide’s price is simply to eat a mushroom he procures. The Sorceress saw this through her scrying mirror and knew this to be a trick. Eating anything in the Otherworld binds their soul there. The Sorceress then sent a servant of her own, oblivious to the servant’s own agenda, and the servant stopped the Sorcerer from eating the mushroom in time.
Unbeknownst to the Sorceress, a hoard of fae were ordered by the servant to kill the Sorcerer and guard the Sorceress’s temple. A powerful demon, Vanth, then appeared to the Sorceress to tell her that her time had come to be judged for her next life just as the servant took the Sorcerer to Vanth’s abode. Vanth had grown jealous of their love and she sought to kill the Sorcerer and send the Sorceress to her next life before they could be reunited.
After the Sorceress’s judgement, she found the servant, knowing the servant called the hoard, and interrogated her. The servant revealed all and the Sorceress raced to Vanth’s temple. The Sorceress saved the Sorcerer and they raced back to the portal between worlds before it closed. Unfortunately, only the Sorcerer made it through. The Sorceress used all her power to push through to the other side yet only as a wraith and she helped defeat the demon. The Sorcerer, however, was fatally wounded and died. The story leaves off hinting that they may meet in another life.
Diary of a Sorceress belongs to her and shows a few various insights into her life and her thoughts of this Sorcerer. The Crimson Tome also might have sprung from a few seeds in this poem. Aspects from this one long collaboration have found their way into both our collections. This poem was the beginning of the Sorceress and the Sorcerer.
(Illustration by Jesus Rodriguez)