Imbolc Protection Ritual

Down the Forest Path

Snowdrops ButleyThis rite uses what is commonly known as “The Descent of Brighid” from the Carmina Gadelica. This rite specifically calls upon the powers of the goddess Brighid, and cannot be used interchangeably with another goddess. If you honour or work with other deities, you might consider using the poem as an example to write your own spell or charm of protection. Alternatively, you might just leave out all the references to deity. At the end of the poem, we find the term luatha-luis, whose meaning is not wholly clear, and which is open to interpretation. It may mean a fast-acting, possibly poisonous plant. Luis is the rowan or mountain ash, a powerful and magical tree, whose berries are poisonous when raw, but delicious and nutritious when cooked.
You can perform this ritual every Imbolc, especially if you are a follower or would like to honour Brighid. Or you can…

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Things You Can Do To Improve Your Organic Gardening

Home Gardening

Does it always seem like the grass look greener when you look to the fence? You might think your neighbor has the key to a perfect garden. The truth is there’s no secret to a lovely garden. All it requires is knowledge about how to care for your plants properly. You can start educating yourself by using the gardening tips that follow.

Learn the proper way to lay sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil…

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My Top 10 Reads of 2019

Yeah, I'm a bit late to the show but hey, we're only two weeks into January (maybe three). That being the case, I wanted to share my top 10 reads of 2019 for your media Monday. 1) Cop Hater, Ed McBain I love me a good police procedural. Many who know me know Law&Order (love… Continue reading My Top 10 Reads of 2019

BBC/Netlix’s Dracula: A Mixed Adaptation of Stoker’s Classic Novel

I haven’t watched this series yet but might consider it at a later date. Like the Witcher, I’m quite skeptical of “novel based series.”

Brian Fanelli

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How do you make Bram Stoker’s 19th Century Dracula relevant for the 21st Century? How do you tell a vampire story post-Twilight and make the classic monster threatening? The three-part BBC/Netflix adaptation tries to do both with mixed results. Its first episode is reminiscent of early Dracula Hammer films, while drawing fairly heavily from the source material. The second two episodes take bold risks with Stoker’s novel, while trying to maintain the general story-line and characterization. At certain points, the series succeeds in making the vampire relevant in 2020, while at other times, namely in the third episode, there are too many poorly executed leaps.

In terms of the building slow dread and genuine scares, the first episode is the most effective, and it generally follows the beginning of the novel when lawyer Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan) treks to the Count’s Gothic estate to…

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Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’ is Getting Another Season! A Review of Seasons One Through Four

Lucifer has been renewed for Season Five! Check out this review of seasons 1 through 4 before it drops!

Save the Cat! Series Introduction

Happy New Year, Superfans! Merry meet! Happy New Years! You know what that means. New Year means new resolutions we can abandon in a week. However! It’s also the year of the Emperor meaning we’re in a year of action! For those of you in the writing community, you may have heard the popular title,… Continue reading Save the Cat! Series Introduction