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Season 3, Episode 8

Preparing the Booze & The Moon Water

In this episode we talk about the pull for nesting as we enter into the darker part of the year. Mars is in still retrograde, so it’s a great time for brewing 4 thieves. We discuss a great way to reduce plastic. As always we have a tarot reading, and a spell of the day from the fabulous PNW Priestess MareLin.

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Season 3, Episode 7

Samhain Preparations

In this episode we talk about the first of the four major Sabbats for witches, Samhain and how each of us is preparing for it. We talk about our current spell work, and share an easy witches brew, and our R3 focuses. The veil is thinning and we’re both feeling it. How about you?

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Season 3, Episode 6

The Celebration Happens When It Happens

In this episode, we talk about our extended celebration for the Mabon (autumn equinox), and how we don’t let anyone tell us how to witch and we don’t tell anyone else. We talk about planetary influences, feature a seed starting R3 project, pull a tarot card for the week, give you a witches brew and leave you with a spell. How do you celebrate and for how long?

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Season 3, Episode 5

A Call for Rain!

In this episode we talk about how much the #westcoastfires have impacted the pagan community. So we brew up some rain bottles and magic, our R3 focuses on how to help the wildlife in these fires and smoky air. We look at planetary influences, pull a tarot card and leave you with a spell. Leave a comment below how you call on the rain.

Rain Summoning Spell Jar:

Ingredients:

Strawberry Moon Rain Water (or other moon water)

Glitter beads (or glitter if you allow it in your household 😉 )

Drop of Blue Food Coloring

Drop of clear dish soap

13 aquamarine stones

Sigil (for how and where you want rain)

Rain sounds

Instructions:

Add all the physical ingredients to jar while listening to rain sounds. Put the lid on. Seal with a kiss, while setting intention. Mark the sigil on the lid. Shake three times while repeating your intention out loud. Watch how the beads and stones emulate rain. Place rain jar on altar and burn a white tea light until it extinguishes on its own. Each morning visit your jar, shake three times and send your intention out to the universe. Keep on altar until enough rain falls.

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Season 3, Episode 4

It’s Mars Retrograde Season!

In this episode we talk about Mars Retrograde in Aries, throat chakra work, focusing on our foundation (feet) in our yoga practice, what it means to be a part of a community in the throes of a world pandemic, special garden visitors, and, as always, we pull a Tarot card, talk about R3 (reduce, reuse, recycle) and leave you with a spell. But before we go, we teach you how to make your own fabric softener during our Witch’s Brew segment.

DIY Homemade Fabric Softener:

Supplies:

Large Glass Jar with Lid (A Quart Mason Jar works well) – half gallon size is used for this recipe

Baking Soda

Distilled White Vinegar

Your Favorite Essential Oil (optional)

Instructions:

Take one part baking soda (1 cup) to six parts (6 cups) vinegar and mix in jar. Add essential oils to your tolerance. For this size recipe, approximately 26 drops.

Use as you normally would fabric softener.

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Season 3, Episode 3

It’s Early Witch!

In this episode we talk about the Pisces full moon, the upcoming Mars retrograde, harvesting apples under the full moon, honing psychic abilities, divination, and making sure you have protective boundaries. We talk R3 and Tarot. Witch’s Brew focuses on fruit-fly traps (since it is said season). As always we leave you with a spell.

DIY Fruit Fly Traps

Supplies:

Glass Jar (a small jelly jar works well; you can repurpose a margarine tub)

Plastic Cling Wrap (or, preferably a lid with holes punched into them)

Apples Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Dish Soap

Instructions: Put in 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of ACV and 13 drops of dish soap into jar. Make a lid with plastic wrap and poke about three to five holes that a fruit fly can easily fly into in the plastic wrap (or put lid with holes drilled into it on). Place “trap” where you’re seeing fruit flies. Renew ACV and soap solution every couple of weeks until all fruit flies have gone (usually by Halloween!). Comment below if you’ve used this and how it worked for you!

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Season 3, Episode 2

Virgo Season & Bloom Where You’re Planted

In this episode we talk about the moon in Sagittarius, the illusion of Virgo control, we take a hard line on Witches healing the planet and introduce a new segment to the podcast: R3 (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we pull Tarot cards (of course!), we talk about our yoga practice and how at this time focuses on hips is a good idea. We talk about Runa’s Magical Flea Market, and leave you with a spell.

Vinegar rinse:

Supplies needed:

Leftover citrus

White vinegar

Food coloring (optional)

Quart-sized Glass Jar (Mason or otherwise, must be cleaned and sterilized)

Fermenting spring and lid or any cover

Instructions: put leftover citrus (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit) into jar and cover with distilled white vinegar. Let sit in a warm, dark place for two weeks. Strain citrus and then use solution to as a rinse aid in dishwasher, to clean windows, rinse your hair, cleaning. You name it! Comment below if you’ve made this Witch’s Brew and how you used it!

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Season 3, Episode 1

Winging It and Making Apple Cider Vinegar

MareLin and Runa finally get their two separate worlds — one solitary, one PNW High Priestess — to merge once again. We catch up on All the Things, pull some cards, make some Apple Cider Vinegar (recipe below).

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):

Supplies needed:

Glass Quart Jar (cleaned and sterilized — does not need to be mason jar, can be an old pickle jar, whatever you have)

fermentation spring and lid — or an old clean tea towel or coffee filter and rubber band.

Enough apple scraps to fill 2/3 of the jar (Runa makes ACV each time she peels an apple or makes pie, etc.)

1 tsp sugar

Water (unchlorinated) ~about 1 1/3 cup.

Instructions: Fill jar with apple scraps 2/3 full. This can include skin, core, seeds, all of it. Add sugar to water and stir until mostly dissolved. Pour sugar water to 1/2″ head space of jar. Put in fermentation spring and lid or cover with clean tea towel and rubber band. Set in a warm dark place for two weeks.

You may stir it every couple of days and skim any scum that floats to the top.

Once two weeks have passed, strain the scraps from the liquid. You may feed said scraps to chickens or pigs, they love it! And the probiotic is good for them.

Set the strained liquid aside for another two to four weeks. I check for that nice vinegar tang after two weeks. Once you are happy with the taste of it, you can put a lid on it and store it in the fridge as long as you like. It will not go bad.

If by chance your vinegar develops a gelatinous blob, congrats! you’ve created a “vinegar mother” and this mother can be used to make future vinegar batches. You can store in your vinegar and just remove it when you want to make a new batch of ACV.

Use your DIY ACV for cooking, cleaning and everything in between, except canning. Do not use your DIY ACV for canning, unless you are a chemist and can test your ACV for its acetic acid level of 5 percent.

Comment below if you’ve used this recipe and how it turned out!

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New Year, New Decade, New Country Dwellers

Merry Meet!

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve all been gathered around the hearth of our little cottage on the internet here. But we’ve done some new year clearing of the cobwebs, and put a fire in the hearth and we’re getting back to work.

When we took our little break in November of 2018, we thought we’d be back shortly; but the lives of MareLin and definitely Runa decided otherwise.

For many of us 2019 was one of Transition. It was all over the heavens from month to month — this rebirth and that retrograde and this change and that move. But we’re still here, stronger than ever, and ever-evolving, as the universe demands it.

Here we are at the dawn of a new year and a new decade and a new path forward for our beloved Country Dwellers community.

A weekly podcast is looking very different for us here in 2020 then it did back in 2017; but, we’re working back towards that. In the meantime we are going to be peppering the web site here, Anchor, Instagram, and Facebook with new casual #everydaymagick posts in the form of unedited videos. You’ll be getting your two favorite witches unfiltered and raw, so please forgive the lack of polish, or makeup as the case may be. For sure there will be solo videos from Runa (dubbed Solitary Shennanigans with Runa by MareLin) and solo videos from MareLin (dubbed Magick Moments with MareLin by Runa)…and then when the stars align and we can be together in one place, we’ll do some fun joint posts. All of these will be covering whatever is on our minds on our spiritual path and helping connect us with our larger community as well as one another.

If there’s a particular subject matter or a feature from the podcast you’d like one or both of us to cover or revisit, please comment here and let us know.

We’re hoping to re-instate our Pagan Connections efforts as well, so if you’re interested in being interviewed or know someone in the Country Dweller community whose story we should share, please let us know.   

You’ll see more blog posts here, because Runa will tell you constantly that nothing beats the written word for depth and detail, but there will be meditations and the like coming from MareLin. All of these efforts will be a regular smorgasbord of pagan pickings, if you will. We will still keep our goal of informing, discussing, and enjoyment with everything we provide here — all for your and our highest good.

Thanks again for pinging us on facebook and instagram and letting us know you missed us as we transitioned through the last year and found our way back to this circle of love we call Country Dwellers.

Blessed Be,

MareLin & Runa

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