I've had a little time to digest the delightful whirlwind that was The Salem Summer Symposium, but I'm not entirely sure I have my thoughts in order as it were. So this review is likely going to contain some rambling and some moments of me marking memories.
So, why are we all here? Because the author (that's me) mouthed off on social media that critical editions of medieval grimoires were all fine and good, but they didn't actually make them workable.
...the practitioners of magic have always been syncretists, experimenting intraculturally and sticking with what worked. - Michael M Hughes, Magic for the Resistance
Yes, I had my first astrological consult (we've come a long way from that old Sun Signs book, baby) and it was quite educational and informative.
I wanted to have this done last week; didn't quite make it. You'll see stuff gets filled in to the calendar as I go along, so if this interests you feel free to look ahead a bit (not yet!).
Over on the Adventures in Woo Woo Dischord server, some folks expressed interest in learning about traditional or non-combustible incense. So, rather than assume a level of knowledge, I'm going to undertake to write a few articles covering the basics of using and making this type of incense for magic, ritual, meditation or just because you plain enjoy it.
A complex and interesting novena for St Expedite, found on St Expedite.org. St Expedite's Feast day is April 19; begin the novena on either April 11th or 12th, depending on when you want to finish.
The Feast of St Gabriel the Archangel is on March 24th (last recorded date before it is moved to coincide with Michaelmas, Feast of the Archangels). There seems to be some confusion over when one starts a novena leading up to a Saint's day: do you finish your ninth day of prayers on the Saint's day or do you finish the day before? Not sure. I like the idea of finishing the day before, and leaving the actual Saint's day for simple prayers and offerings.