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Merry Part…

To Everything There Is A Season

Runa & MareLin getting up to good trouble.

Dear fellow Country Dwellers listeners, followers, and friends:

We know it’s been a few weeks since we put out a podcast, and we wanted to let you know that we have entered a crossroads time for this project, Country Dwellers. We know that it is going to morph into something new and¬†amazing,¬†but how that looks is going to be vastly different than it is currently. However, it’s likely going to be a bit before that transformation is complete. More on that as things develop, so keep a look out down the road.

In short, please stay tuned because Country Dwellers is not done yet

We have realized that we have come to the end of this current journey as it is and at this time our energies are needed elsewhere. 

MareLin is a year into¬†homeschooling¬†her children unexpectedly (thanks ‘Rona!) and continues to handle some ongoing medical issues. More importantly, her¬†Path of the Moon ‚Äď A Journey in Witchery¬†Classes are so successful (yay!) she¬†needs to¬†spend more time with her¬†students and the required curriculum building. If you love MareLin, you can always find her¬†on Instagram and facebook via¬†The Old Tree Shoppe and¬†join in on her monthly moon circles via her Facebook Group, Moon Tribe of the Old Tree.¬†¬†She¬†also hosts Thursday‚Äôs Random Readings, ¬†a weekly Tarot pull and spirit message session via¬†InstaGram Live at Noon (Pacific) on¬†@TheOldTreeShoppe¬†and joins The Painted Goddess for the Witches Coffee, an IG Live, every Tuesday at 10 a.m. (Pacific) for Tarot & Astrology.

As for Country Dwellers’ OG Mama, Runa Troy, she is in the midst of writing another book, this one specifically for the Witch Community, as well as tending Villa Westwyk and her Magical Flea Market, especially doing dream interpretations and Rune Readings. Her new blog, is also keeping her busy and she would love you to join her Witchy conversations there. You can find her doing Solitary Shenanigans on Fridays on InstaGram Live¬†(@RunaTroy)¬†¬†at 2 p.m. (Pacific) where she shares all an ol’ crone knows and does Rune Castings. She’d love to have you come kick off your weekend with her for a quick Happy Hour.

We appreciate you being with us for so long and supporting our desire to teach the things we’ve learned as long-time witches and mystics through Country Dwellers. We hope that you will continue to support us as we make magic in different ways. In the meantime, we invite you to re-listen to the podcasts that remain, as there is a ton of information for all things Witchcraft there.

As with the Wheel of the Year, everything in our world has a time of winter. This is Country Dweller’s winter, our time to head to the underworld and then emerge again as something new and transcendent. So it is.

Please don’t be a stranger and visit MareLin and Runa in the work they continue to do, and we’ll see you on the flip side!

Blessed Be.

Much Love,

Runa & MareLin

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Crescent Cakes for Imbolc

They may not necessarily look like the moon, but they sure do taste good.

Coming down off a ritual requires something special. There’s a reason that besides the social aspect of the post-circle or post-ritual “cakes & ale” there is a need to fill back up. Magic is work. These traditional crescent cakes are so delicious, you really won’t care what they look like. Enjoy with some tea or a cup of coffee and your body, mind, and magic will all be restored.

I make these each February in celebration that Spring is on its way. They are a traditional Imbolc treat in our home. This recipe helps to make an Imbolc celebration rich.

If you can’t source ground almonds, it’s easy enough to make them in your food processor.


11/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup finely ground almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (alternatively 3 drops of almond extract)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg yolk

Make sure your butter is softened, because otherwise you’ll be mising forever.


Unless you can source almonds already ground, you’ll need to use a food processor. Then in a large mixing bowl, combine the ground almonds with the flour, sugar, and vanilla extract. Add the butter, honey, egg yolk and mix together well. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and then chill for 11/2 to 2 hours in the refrigerator. When ready, pinch off pieces of the dough (about the size of plums) and shape them into crescents. Place the crescents on a parchment-lined or, alternatively, a well-greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.

Don’t forget to save one for the good neighbors.

This recipe should make about a dozen cakes.

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Season 3; Episode 16

Happy New Year, Witches!

Happy New Year Witches!! S3 E16 Country Dwellers Podcast Join Runa and MareLin in a New Year discussion and Words as Magic. Explore the uses of Rosemary Salt and Wreaths. How a change in perception can change your Life, Mercury in Aquarius. We include Rune and Tarot talk, and a New Moon Affirmation to end it up. Thank you for listening. #CountryDweller #CountryDwellersPodcast #RunaTroy #MareLin_PNWHPriestess #Tarot #Runcasting #WitchesOfInstagram #WitchWithPodcasts #WitchWithMe #HighPriestess #Crone @Runa.Troy @TheOldTreeShoppe