Lughnasadh Recipe: Cinnamon Braid Bread [x]

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
1 tbsp sugar
15 g fresh yeast (1 envelope active dry yeast)
1/8 cup (30 g) melted butter
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup (50 g) softened butter
4 or 5 tbsp sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp grounded almonds or macadamias, optional

In a medium bowl stir yeast with sugar. Stir in the milk and then add the egg yolk and melted butter.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Pour the milk mixture over the dry ingredients and start kneading it until it pulls away from the edges of the bowl. Give the dough the shape of a ball. Sprinkle oil onto a clean bowl, place the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1 hour at room temperature until doubled in size.
While the dough rises, whisk together the butter with sugar and cinnamon for the filling. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a floured surface, using a rolling pin roll the dough to a rectangle of about 18x12 inches.
Spoon the cinnamon filling over top (keep about 1 tbsp of the filling for the end), spreading evenly, leaving a clean 1/2-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle the nuts over the cinnamon filling. 
Roll up the dough and using a sharp knife, cut the log in half length-wise stopping 1/2 inch from one end to keep it together.
Twist the two pieces, keeping the open layers exposed so the cut ends remain on top..Pinch the ends together and form a wreath.
Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the wreath with the left cinnamon filling.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. For the last 10 minutes you can reduce the oven temperature to 180 C (350 F).

Anonymous asked: I have a constant feeling of separation from another half, not romantically, but like a twin or a brother. What should I do? I've been coming in contact with a multitude of male or seemingly male figures who appear to be my age on the astral plane since I was very young, if that helps you answer at all.

It might have been that in another life you had a twin, and the bond that connected you both before was never completely severed in this life. So what you’re feeling could be the pulling on that connection that bound you both.
It happens more often than you would think.


Did somebody say tea? Let’s talk about tea witchcraft for a second!
If you know me at all, you’d know that I really enjoy finding ways to express witchcraft in everyday life. I’m a huge tea-drinker. Mainly, teas that I brew myself. It’s a little misleading, because what I drink isn’t usuall “tea” - no tea leaves to be found. Mostly they’re roots and leaves of different herbs all thrown together with some hot water; here we’ve got mint and licorice root, my favorite.
Now this particular pot wasn’t made for any witchcraft purposes, but just think of all the possibilites!
rosehip brew, for relationship rituals
honeycomb brew, for sweetening dispositions
sage brew, for personal purifications (another method of achieving this, perhaps?)
clover brew, for luck
And don’t even get me STARTED on the other potential magic. What about actually writing a sigil on a piece of organic paper, and then throwing it in the teapot while it’s brewing? (Keep in mind though, that you’d have to use:)
some sort of unbleached, organic paper (rice paper?) AND
edible ink (chocolate sauce? raspberry juice? Mmmm…)
This sort of thing would fall under kitchen withcraft/hearth witchcraft, for those who are interested. 
I’m off to drink tea now. I’m getting excited just thinking about it — all those possibilities! 
Happy casting!

Anonymous asked: hi, I'm completely new to the Pagan/Wiccan world. well I've heard of it all my life & my aunt was one but no one ever explained it to me & she passed before I was old enough to understand. is there any way I can learn all there is to know about this practice/lifestyle? I'm deeply interested in it. from what I hear it matches my beliefs & personality every since I was younger. ~lynn



  • A Pagan Primer — For Those New to Paganism
  • Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham
  • Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transfomation by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler
  • Connecting to the Power of Nature by Joe H. Slate
  • Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders (a collection of articles, essays and general commentary from various pagan authors)
  • ChristoPaganism: An Inclusive Path by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham


  • Wicca for the Rest of Us
  • Wicca Resources
  • Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner (the founder of Wicca)
  • The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner
  • The Spiral Dance by Starhawk (most recent edition only, old editions have inaccurate info that has since been updated)

List Credit to natural-magics with some edits.



You will need:

  1. A Large, transparent jar
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  3. A Teaspoon dried Lavender
  4. A few small chunks of Amethyst (or Moonstone, Citrine, Aventurine)
  5. A Purple candle
  6. Rain water
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inthecold-coldnight asked: Hey, I have been reading into witchcraft and wicca and I am very interested, especially in eclectic wicca since you can choose your own path. I was just wondering if you can tell me anything about starting out/ what books I can read/ what websites to go to. I am only in my teens so I am young but I am not doing this to "rebel". Many thanks!

Hello, inthecold-coldnight,

If you are just starting out, and that is the path you are interested in pursuing, I would recommend checking out any of Scott Cunningham’s books. He has a good selection of reading material that I believe to be very helpful to new, young practitioners such as yourself. His work is a great way of easing into the art of witchcraft, and I think it would give you a solid foundation to start from.

Also, if you are interested in learning more about Wicca, I suggest you take a look at this list of recommended books. All of the recommendations there come with detailed descriptions about the contents of the books and why they are important to read. As well, the Wicca: For the Rest of Us website that the list is hosted on has a lot of other resources that would be helpful to you, so definitely browse through the various sections of the site and do some research! It will be helpful to you as a beginner, and also helpful as you develop your practice.

Hope this helps :)

- Sara


finally got something set up

LESOVIK/LESNIKThe Lesovik is a male woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. He is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe and the Basajaun of the Basque Country. These are forest spirits who are green and lead travellers of their track.He is said to have the ability to shapeshift into any form, animal or plant. When he is in human form, he looks like a common peasant, except that his eyes glow and his shoes are on backwards. In some tales, he appears to visitors as a large talking mushroom or as centaur. He can also vary in size, shrinking himself to the height of a blade of grass when moving through open fields, or growing to the size of the tallest trees when in the forest.If a person befriends a leshy, the latter will teach them the secrets of magic. Farmers and shepherds would make pacts with the leshy to protect their crops and sheep. The leshy has many tricks, including leading peasants astray, making them sick, or tickling them to death. They are also known to hide the axes of woodcutters. If a leshy crosses the path of a person in the woods, the person will get lost immediately. To find the way out, you have to turn your clothes inside out and wear shoes on opposite feetEach forest has its own family with a wife known as Lesovikha and children known as Leshonki. They lead travellers through the forest in the wrong direction until they were thoroughly lost or were stuck in a bog. The spirit would then disappear leaving the traveller in despair. To ward off the troublesome Lesovik it is advised to carry some bread to give as a gift or to wear one’s clothes inside out until one reaches the end of the forest.If more than one lesnik inhabits a forest, they will fight for territorial rights. The evidence is in the fallen trees scattered about and scared animals.

Anonymous asked: Hello! Just wanted to let other witches know that they should get the Gregorian Calendar app on the iPhone! It helps me so much for keeping track of full moon nights! Just wanted to pass this helpful reminder along!

Oh hey thanks!

Anonymous asked: What are the magical properties of dark chocolate?

Hi anon,

I’ve heard of chocolate being used in a number of love and sex spells. Many spell ingredients are used not just for the correspondences but for actual scientifically proven benefits. Dark chocolate is a source of mood-stabilizing compounds as well as antioxidants. So I think dark chocolate would go very well in spells for happiness, self-love or other kinds of love. It can be used as an offering to deities or spirits too. Just keep it away from animals, as theobromine is harmful to dogs as well as cats!

-Renee (gallowsong)