La Bona Dea's Journal of Everyday Magic

Storytelling which touches the heart and awakens the soul


Were they really Wicked?

You bet they were. . . but we know better We gathered to celebrate Samhain, and as I read the damning and wicked words from the Witches’ Hammer, the Malleus Maleficarum, we discovered what those words could really mean. First, you must know that the Malleus Maleficarum was the book used to take down wise […]

Samhain’s Arrival

I walk among the trees and notice the changing, falling, and decaying leaves. Dark brown acorns, roasted from these long, hot dog days, the snap of dry, brittle twigs, and the still and murky water in the creek near my home, confirm the Earth has tilted toward winter. She pivots, about to dip with a […]

Summer Harvest Time is Champagne Time!

Precious Fairy Godmother and HP Brigid took a field trip to Korbel Champagne Cellars and had a fine outting! Cheers! I am truly blessed to have my sweet friend Gailya in my life. She is the essence of divine on earth and her love and beauty grace everywhere he goes. Cheers my beautiful friend! What […]

Cats v. Dogs

Dear Beloveds I have both a cat and a dog in my sanctuary these days. I’ve had other cats and other dogs. I’ve had rabbits, too. But right now I am content with the wanderers of this realm. So, Dewey is about 2-2.5 years old and he is a German Shepard. He recently became my […]

Goddess Artemis and Her Bow

Walking the park path with my sister Priestess, Mona Calliope, I glanced down and I found the Bow. It belongs to Artemis, I know, for it was in the makeshift wooded area of a neighborhood park. The fallen branch, resembling a bow, is from a redwood tree. I grasped the handle and it fits like […]

When Easter is celebrated in Mid-April

My house is filled with bunnies, eggs, and mostly hope these days as I watch the flowers wake and bloom. The dirt is damp from the rain. . . and I mean THE rain. We only had a good showering on the 27th of March. . . and that’s been since sometime in early January. […]

Wind Bathing

Water baths, forest bathing, and of course the old spit bath, any of those will cleanse you. Your skin will smell sweet, your hair damp, and a fresh rosy glow will emerge across your cheeks. . . but this time of year I prefer a wind bath. The strong breeze of March winds blows through […]

Imbolc Awakening

The Wheel has turned once again. I stretch my arms above my head and wake from the deep winter’s nap. The drops of golden slumber fall from my warm and cozy body. I step onto the icy floor and scurry to the kitchen to start my coffee. The damp and chilled mornings, brisk with anticipation […]

Mystical, Magical, Merry and a Peek at our Family Yule Tradition

Blessings and cheer to you at this merry time of year! We have a new booklet available from The Priestesses of La Bona Dea. These pages are filled with practical and whimsical rituals and recipes to carry you through the year. As winter sends an icy chill across the frost-covered lawn, I can’t sit still. […]