La Bona Dea's Journal of Everyday Magic

Storytelling which touches the heart and awakens the soul

Inspiration

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 […]

The Ultimate in Letting Go

Six weeks ago I had to do the hardest thing in all of my 56 years. I had to choose to let Buddy Miles go. I had to let go of him so he could shed his tired body, no matter how much it hurt me. Yes, I’ve been divorced, yes, I have lost a […]

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 […]

Alchemy: My favorite is always “something from nothing” magic

Sometimes it really is the thought that counts, so put some thought to it! xo There are some days that jump up and surprise us. A forgotten birthday arrives, a special going away gift, a thank you, or a simple, I’m glad you’re my friend occasions arrive. And, right now, it is not easy to […]

A slow waking toward Imbolc

The sun streamed through the window but I rolled over in my bed. The tulips began to push through the earth, but I strode past them. The sunset a few minutes later, but I went inside. I am waking from a different sleep this year. Not a long winter nap, but a dream time filled […]

Samhain, kissing death and saying goodbye

Goodbye to the old, the unwanted, the muck. Today we have cleaned out what is no longer needed. The floors are clean, the bed is made…we await the Dreamtime¬†and have cleared space for all that is ours to embrace! Blessed Be

If it no longer serves me, it’s gone!

Letting go of things, whether it’s clothing, household, memorabilia, or hurt feelings, even rage, it can be hard. We grow accustomed to things and feelings and somehow they wedge their way into what we think we are or what we have become. Not true. Things and feelings, places and people are each a part of […]

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 […]