La Bona Dea's Journal of Everyday Magic

Storytelling which touches the heart and awakens the soul

Manifesting

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 […]

Blessings of the First Harvest, Lammas

Blackberries are a favorite of the Goddess Brigid… She has such good taste! Great Blessings to you at the Season of Harvest! I enjoy this time of year when you can find “free food” all around the neighborhood, fields, and streams. I love that there are ancient parts of me that yearn to keep the […]

What it means to Sacrifice, thoughts at Lughnasadh

Summer’s Roses are in full bloom, some have begun to fade. Lughnasadh is approaching quickly and with it sweet berries to harvest! It will arrive with hotter days which the Northern California Coast boasts this time of year. August and September, sometimes October, too, grace us with the best of the west coast’s weather. With […]

Summer Solstice Sunset in The Woods

This year our Apprenticeship went camping. We spent the Summer Solstice Sunset tossing our cares away by throwing rocks (infused with what no longer serves our purpose toward manifesting our desires) into the Russian River. We were visited by the Great Blue Heron who circled above us three times. Click here to learn about the […]

Ostara Salt Bowl

Basil, bay, ginger, nutmeg, thyme, Please accept this Ostara rhyme sage, vanilla, rose, lavender too, cleanse, refresh, and start anew Absorb negativity with crystals of salt, invoking good hoo-doo without fault By the light, of this full moon, honoring springtime in full bloom So, Mote, It Be & Blessings from the Goddess it is done! […]

It’s All About Risk

Right around the corner, just beyond this dreary NorCal rain and fog, there is a song in the breeze, and it carries the tune of spring. As with all beginnings, spring arrives with the promise of new hope, and with that hope is an invitation to set intentions which require risk. This time of year […]

A Candle for Brigid

THE JOURNEY BEGINS Ignite the Flame Watch it Burn A candle for Bride The Wheel Turns Sunlight flickers Peeking through the Dark She passes- Awakening Mother Earth- Watch Her Magic Spark Wake-up Dear One For Spring is Coming Welcome Warmth and Creativity Listen to Her Gentle Humming As You Wake Remember Your Dreams Imbolc is […]

Winter Solstice and the Return of the Light

This is the Winter Solstice Indoor Altar. It remains on my table today, though it was over a week ago. I enjoy the beauty which radiates hope for a new year filled with LIGHT! Prepping the Outdoor Altar for the Spiral Meditation Lighting our Spiral Altar Sometimes it is hard to imagine that the light […]