La Bona Dea's Journal of Everyday Magic

Storytelling which touches the heart and awakens the soul

Summer Solstice at Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma Coast, CA

Sand Candle Making to Capture the Essence of Childhood and Play Note: We did not use items from the beach, but brought all decorations from home. If you go to our public lands, always leave them the way you found them, or better yet, with less litter. Blessed Be!

Merry May Bouquets

Sweetpeas, Tangerine Sage, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Lemon Verbena, and Rosemary–Divine!

Artist to the Goddess

I found this lovely artist on Facebook and fell in love with this particular piece of work. Let me know what you think. You can find more of Martina Flanangan’s goddess-worthy artwork at Enjoy! (Thank you for the permission to share, Martina!)

The Merry Month of May

May first, the gateway to the Merry Month of May, is a celebrated Sabbat called Beltane. Traditions for celebrating this wonderous day include putting up a Maypole, leaving May baskets on neighbors’ doors, especially those in need of comfort or in poor health, and feasting. Some traditions include Beltane fires, including walking cattle through the […]

Neighborhood’s April

This is what can be found in my neighborhood in the month of April. Welcome Spring. Welcome, Rebirth. Blessed is Spring!

A Goddess’ Birthday Bash

This past full moon, the Storm Moon on our Zoom link was fun. It was fun. I have had some good times, some intuitive, memorable, and sentimental times on our Full Moon Zoom. . . and though I kept my cool I have even been angry. . . Angry that we could not meet in […]

To say “no,” allows for more YES in life

Blessings to you and yours at this cold and mighty Winter Solstice. The time of year when tradition once begged us to hustle and bustle, to meet-up, and party down. A season filled with laughter, hugs, and kisses or sharing hours in one another’s homes for meals and comforting visits. But not for Winter Solstice […]

Thank you

When I was growing up I was taught to say thank you when people were kind to me or gave me gifts. And I am old enough to have had a great-grandma, Noni Rosie was her name, who gave me silver dimes when I saw her. “Thank you,” I’d say. As I grew I’d notice things […]

Song of the Black Phoebe

Two weeks of one foot on earth, the other in the stars. . . Today I have the urge to get grounded and attempt to focus on my work. But Bella. . . Bella our lovely Golden Retriever passed away yesterday. She’s been with us for 14 years, so yeah, there is an emptiness in […]

Call to the Water Goddesses to Appear this October Full Moon

In Northern California, where I live, our typical fire season begins this month. The fires would be a few acres of grassland or a factory–something to remind us of how powerful and raging this element may be. But the last couple of years we have seen ravage and fury rise from the flames, and She […]