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Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Runa makes this for the Night of Hecate, but it’s easy to make any time during pumpkin season. Runa grows her own pumpkins, but you can procure any kind of pie pumpkin for this recipe.

Fresh foraged mushrooms are a thing this time of year, too. If Runa has chanterelles or Oyster mushrooms on hand she uses those. But some nice cremini mushrooms work, too.

Runa also brews up her own stock to use in this recipe. But you can use store bought, or simply water.

If you’re lucky enough to have a larder with homemade apple sauce, use that in this as well — but only if it’s an unsweetened variety. Otherwise use a fresh apple.

Runa loves to serve this with a swirl of sour cream accompanied by hunks of farmer’s cheese and sourdough biscuits. But you do you, witch.

The roasted goodness is so nutritious and yummy that you’ll want to make it all through the year! Don’t forget to either save the seeds for planting next year or roast them up as a great autumn treat!

Equipment:

Roasting Sheet Pan

Cauldron

Immersion blender, or heavy-duty blender, or food processor

Ingredients:

1 pie pumpkin (about 4 lbs.), de-seeded and quartered

13 fresh foraged mushrooms of choice or cremini mushrooms (you can use any mushroom of your choice)

6 whole, peeled garlic cloves (up to 13 can be used if you like things more garlicky)

7 mini sweet peppers, topped and de-seeded (leave as whole as possible)

1 large sweet onion, peeled

1 half-pint of unsweetened apple sauce or one large fresh apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

3-4 cups of stock of your choice (Runa used vegetable broth) or water

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. salt (with more to taste)

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. paprika (optional)

Sour cream (optional)

Grated Cheese of choice (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Put pumpkin quarters, garlic, peppers, onions, and mushrooms on pan and roast for 40 minutes. Let cool until you can touch the pumpkin without burning your hand (about an hour).

Peel the pumpkin and put the roasted pulp into a greased cauldron (cooking spray or a splash of your favorite oil is fine), put all the rest of the roasted veggies in with the pumpkin, add the cut up apple, and about 1 cup of your stock (or water). Immersion blend. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, put all the veggies in a food processor or blender and puree). Add the spices and the rest of the broth and simmer on stove until slightly thickened. Serve with a dollop of cream or shredded cheese and a good hunk of bread.

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Season 3, Episode 12

Heritage Day

Heritage Day. What is it & where can you find out more about it?! Take a Listen! A Huge Shout out to a Special Lady!! And as always we talk self care, R3, Witches Brew, Tarot for the Collective, and leave you with a Spell. Special recognition of paintedgoddess.com

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Season 3, Episode 11

Never Too Late to Celebrate

The season is very heavy and self-care is a priority. Join MareLin and Runa for our Samhain Episode… Not too late. With the election coming up, things are heavy and election protection spells are on many a mind of the pagan community. We talk about Time and how its passage affects our magic, especially where Ancestors are concerned. We talk about the start of Scorpio season. We talk about self-care focuses, R3, a spell of the day and a tarot reading for the collective.

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Season 3, Episode 10

The Veil, The Crone, and The Initiation

Join MareLin and Runa as they discuss the Lifting of the Veil, The Turning of the Wheel into Crone and The Celebration of Dedicants into Initiates on The Path of the Moon. In this episode we talk about the journey for new witches to old crones. We continue our preparations for Samhain. We brew some Fire Cider and how washing in cold water can save not only the planet but is easier on your wallet. As always we give you a tarot reading and leave you with a spell for the day. Are you a new witch or an old one?

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Season 3, Episode 9

The Reality of Shadow Beauty

In this episode we talk about the reality of Shadow work and it’s not necessarily what every witch thinks. Canceling things in life as we’re just barely out of New Moon is well, the angst of the times is thick and brutal. We’re all burning sage like banshees. But it’s the season of the witch and all the planetary influences are all about transitions. We brew up some detox and talk about buying nothing so we’re reducing our impact on the planet. We pull a tarot card for the collective and leave you with a healing spell. Tell us about your transformations for this time of year.

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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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