August to December at Wayfaring Woman

In the last third of 2016 I took a bit of a break from writing and significantly reduced¬†my work here at Wandering Woman Wondering and at Wayfaring Woman (my column on the Agora at Patheos). I’ve included links below to the articles that I did not previously link here. Some of them are updates and revisions to work that I previously presented here on Wandering Woman Wondering, and some are new.


Magical Masking and Dionysos

The Roman God Mercurius – An Introduction and Ritual

Gifts From the Heart – An Autumn Spiced Guided Meditation

Guarding and Protecting Your Magical Workings

Hekate’s Hounds – Warders Between Worlds

I hope you find these to be useful stepping stones along your own path, or at least intriguing in some way ūüėÄ

Two Purification and Warding Tips

I recently purified my apartment and renewed my wards. Typically, when I purify and ward I smudge each room and closet with white ceremonial sage (purchased long before I became aware that this plant is endangered) or a blessed incense blend. Then I raise energy through toning, clapping, and/or singing to set the wards. I often project a warding rune toward each of the six directions (S, E, W, N, above, and below), but not always.

This time around as a part of my cleansing and warding process I employed a tincture that I crafted several months ago. The tincture contained the five herbs that I blessed at the time of the Super Moon for apotropaic workings. I added a three tablespoons of the tincture to approximately 27 ounces of distilled water. Using that magical mixture:

1) I sprayed the air vents in my apartment, and

2) I poured the remainder of the blessed liquid down every drain (including the toilets).

I had not really thought about it before but ducts and drains are access points, and they are not necessarily one-way when it comes to unwanted energies. For example, unwanted sounds and smells often waft through the ducts from neighboring apartments. Since completing this quick work, my apartment feels clearer and more balanced, in addition to simply being better protected. I also used the oil blend containing the same herbs to mark the windows and mirrors with a warding rune.

Purification and warding are two of the most basic magical workings. They are quite necessary for spirit workers and others who often move between worlds attracting various unwanted energies and also unwittingly dragging unwanted energies into other realms. To my thinking purification and warding are part and parcel of good magical hygiene practices and when done regularly they can make life easier. I hope you have an opportunity to try this or something similar, and feel free to let me know what your experience is like.

Dandelion: A Holy Ward for Inner Work



Any witch worth her salt knows how to navigate the inner dark, how to take on the beasts within and emerge victorious. These periods of self-exploration, shadow work, and becoming are cornerstones of psychotransformation. Greater personal power, strength of will, attunement, and sharper intuition are the desired outcomes of inner work well-done, but like most endeavors it has challenges. One of the most common challenges of psychotransformative work is the level of vulnerability required.

Psychotransformation requires¬†exposing one’s underbelly, first and foremost to one’s self. As we embrace vulnerability for the purpose of knowing ourselves more fully – the good and the bad, uncovering hidden skills and points for improvement, and attuning to the divine within and without, we also become more vulnerable energetically! Journeying into the deep can attract astral entities and humans (e.g. psychic vampires) that wish to feed on the tremendous amounts of energy that we move and shape during our time¬†of growth and rebirth. During these energetically vulnerable¬†periods of becoming we must ward ourselves well to ensure that we¬†are not drained of precious energy or otherwise used, whether by wayward astral entities or unscrupulous human others.

And so it was within this context that I received a message from St. Michael the Archangel on a recent Moon-day night at the edge of dreamtime. He recommended that I recite his prayer and¬†wash the nape of my neck – one of the most spiritually sensitive and vulnerable areas of the human energy body – with a dandelion tincture twice per day for a total of 18 days in order to cleanse and protect myself. I later learned that In Christian plant lore dandelion is a symbol of Christ’s Passion – a period of suffering, self-doubt, and temptation endured by Christ courtesy of Satan the Adversary. The Passion of Christ was a necessary period of inner and outer struggle, and one intimately tied up with Christ’s ultimate fulfillment of his destiny.

Since beginning the dandelion wash and warding I have felt more clear-minded and energetically light. I feel St. Michael’s protection with me as well which is a great blessing for which I am incredibly thankful.
St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.