La Bona Dea's Journal of Everyday Magic

Storytelling which touches the heart and awakens the soul


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. […]

Mabon Magic An Autumn Spell for Balance

Mabon, or Autumn Equinox, (9/21) is a time balance. Our first encounter was at the Vernal Equinox, (3/21)  focusing on balance to call and attain our desire, and now, at the end of the year, we realize and accept the terms we were dealt for this year. And though we say goodbye to unanswered wishes […]

A September Full Moon Bath

Moon bathing refers to basking in the moonlight, the same as in the day’s sun, but surely different, too! Once a traditional treatment prescribed to help people keep cool in the summer and believed to help promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety levels, the moon was considered to even help regulate a woman’s cycle. Yet, […]

Dreaming. . . old dogs, new tricks

Last night I had an important dream. It involved small dogs, an especially important pair of small dogs, and a huge golden building that was a bank. There were many floors on this bank, and each level had a specific role. I had nearly lost the little dogs, the female, Winnie, was always escaping. She […]

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!