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Monday was the 2017 spring equinox, also called Ostara or the first day of spring. As a cold-weather hater and possibly a mild sufferer of seasonal affective disorder, each year I eagerly anticipate the official end of winter and the return of longer days.

The equinox is all about balance. It’s literally one of two days each year when the night and the day are exactly the same length. An old myth says that the equinoxes are also the only days you can balance an egg…but I haven’t attempted that magical feat, personally.

I prefer to think about the balance of the equinox it in less literal terms, seeking balance in my own life and mentality. So, with balance in mind, I did a one-card draw to figure out what I should focus on this spring. I drew the mother of cups.

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I have a confession to make: I’m not much of a believer in things. Even though I do regular tarot readings and sometimes like to follow along with pagan rituals (no love spells or devil worship, I promise!), I don’t actually think there’s a higher power out there. At least, not one that can’t be explained by science.

But while I realize that the new year is merely an arbitrary point in time, chosen by the calendar system we use to organize our lives, I still take comfort in the notion that it’s a chance to start fresh. Who doesn’t love a second chance?

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Gather round, witchbabies. It’s almost time for Samhain, the time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest.

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Monday was the 2016 summer solstice, sometimes referred to as “Midsummer.” Traditionally it’s a day to celebrate the official start of summer and take stock of things, midway through the year.

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There’s an ancient superstition that how you spend New Year’s Day sets the tone for your whole year. Well if that’s the case, my 2016 will probably be replete with lazy mornings and sipping champagne, since those are my plans for tomorrow.

Now that Christmas is over, thoughts on what I really want my 2016 to be like have dominated my mind.

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All Hallows Eve is approaching! The air is thick with dark spirits. Maybe also you’re feeling the onset of seasonal depression as the days grow shorter, and the stress of the holidays begins to wear on you. Either way, October is the perfect time to chase spirits and negative energy from your home and hearth with these sage and cedar smudge sticks. Read on for how to make your own set!

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