Wishing Everyone a Blessed Samhain

The modern celebration of Halloween is derived from the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marked the end of Summer and honored the Ancestors. Celebrated on October 31st, spirits may visit as the veil between This World and the Otherworld is the thinnest. This is also a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. […]

Beware the Beansidhe!

The Beansidhe (usually written in English as Banshee) is the Celtic faery spirit whose keening wail announces an impending death. Her lament is usually heard at night. The beansidhe can appear as an ugly hag or as a beautiful woman. To hear the shriek of the Beansidhe or see her is quite scary indeed. An […]

The Shapeshifter

A woman learns the art of shapeshifting from a wise raven. As she chants the magickal words over the cauldron, a transformation slowly occurs…Her hair turns blue/black and her dress becomes feathers as she takes on the raven form. Soon she will be soaring in the air, learning to fly with the ravens. Shapeshifter Print […]

A Magickal Autumn Garden

Summer has evolved into Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is almost time for the last harvest and the moon is new. Twinkling lights flutter over the garden wall. It’s the faerie folk come to celebrate the season. This is a garden for a small space. The apple tree is Espalier (horticultural and ancient agricultural […]

A Happy Lughnasadh to Everyone!

Summer has passed its zenith and although temperatures are still quite warm (in the Northern Hemisphere), the sun sets a bit earlier each day.  Some crops are ready to harvest and preserve for the coming cold months. Lughnasadh, named for the Irish Sun God Lugh, is celebrated on the first or second day of August.  […]

Triple Moon Mandala

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means circle and represents the wholeness of the universe. With all the distractions and noise of everyday life I often find it difficult to meditate. Gazing at the mandala can help quiet the mind and aid focus during meditation. Available in 4 sizes on magickmermaid.com 5 inch x 7 […]

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice Winter Solstice, Yule, Mid-Winter or Alban Arthan is the celebration of the rebirth of the sun after the longest night of the year.  It is one of the eight solar festivals comprising the Wheel of the Year.  Nourished in the womb of the Goddess during the dark time of the year, the sun […]