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While I’m not a wiccan or pagan or anything of that sort, I like to read up on all the ancient rituals surrounding holidays or specific times of the year to mark the passing seasons. It’s always fascinating to put current Christian holiday traditions in their true historical contexts. And oftentimes I find that the rituals actually have some pretty legit mental health benefits.

Just like how I turn to tarot as a way of hacking my brain and giving myself advice, celebrating Ostara, the spring equinox, helps me find fresh perspective. Who doesn’t like the feeling of turning to a new page at the start of a season?

Read on for ways to celebrate Ostara, witchbabies!

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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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Here’s an easy Halloween DIY for those who are a bit more gothic than goth. Give me the dried roses on the gravestone, the locket bearing the portrait of a dead lover, the dropped handkerchief wet with tears! Give me silhouette art.

I love how silhouettes highlight all the small details, like the tiniest eyelashes and hair curls, and how it hearkens back to the Victorian era. It’s perfect for Halloween decor — so romantic and yet so mysterious and ghostly. And most importantly, since I’m all about the easy DIYs, they’re doable with tools you probably already have, and you’ll be finished in about 20 minutes!

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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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Since I threw a HUGE party for my birthday last year, I wanted to keep it a little more low key this time. But I love planning events and entertaining, so of course it ended up being more than just meeting up for drinks. The chance to do a few things to make it memorable was far too tempting for me.

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