As an atheist witch, I liked your post on Beltane. Do you have ideas for the other holidays that are usually celebrated by pagans and wiccans? I like the Sabbats as a witch, but since I'm secular in my craft, I don't like the emphasis on gods or goddesses.
I’m glad you liked it!
As a witch, you don’t HAVE to celebrate the Sabbats or (Wheel of the Year, what have you). But if you want to celebrate a more secular version, here’s some ideas:
Yule/Winter Solstice: Celebrate family, holiday cheer, a new year: new beginnings. Since the sun is returning and the days will be growing longer: you can view this as your new year. Make witchy resolutions. This does differ from the usual view of Samhain being the new year holiday, but I much prefer Yule as the start of the New Year.
Imbolc: I view this holiday as a time for purification. Get rid of any bad habits. Cleanse yourself and your house. Do some spring cleaning. Celebrate the coming spring as well
Ostara/Spring Equinox: I view this time of year as a time for growth. This corresponds with the growing signs of spring in the environment. The days getting warmer, etc. Take the time to do spells that correspond with your growth as witch or just as a human being. Grow a garden as well. Celebrate spring!
Beltane: You already saw my ideas for this. For me, Beltane is about love, life, and sex as well. That’s what the holiday is about for me. Oh, and the coming of summer time!!
Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice: For me, this is a time for power. Celebrate your power and magic as a witch. I personally believe this is the day of the year when the power of the earth is strongest. Also, celebrate summer! Woohoo Summer
Lammas/Lughnasadh: First harvest. Time for feasting. Reap what you have sown throughout the year. I correspond this holiday with food - specifically grain. Celebrate the coming of Fall
Mabon/Autumn Equinox: Witchy Thanksgiving. Celebration of Autumn
Morning arrived, and muted daylight made its way across the room. Steve squinted against the bright and turned over on his stomach, pressing his face into the pillow and inhaling a familiar, alpine scent: Jonathan.
A strange current coursed through Harrington’s body as he recalled the events of the previous night: equal parts anguish and pleasure. The shock of pain as his father slammed him into the living room wall contrasted with the relative numbness he’d felt driving through the night, the highway distorted by tears. Shivering in the damp outside the Byers’ house eclipsed by the tranquility and warmth within the dim-lit bedroom, relief punctuated by the sincere concern on Jonathan’s handsome face.
Steve’s mind was just beginning to picture the lusty bliss of what came next when his heart sank; he had overslept. Reaching a blind hand across the mattress, he was duly alarmed to find Jonathan gone. Joyce might be questioning her son at this very moment about the conspicuous BMW in her driveway.
Can't Karlie pay and end it? It's not like money is a problem for her, or taylor.
Depends on the details of the contract. Karlie might be able to buy her way out of the time frame early, but only if she has already fulfilled certain clauses. (Put in so many hours, provided so many pap shots, linked to her beard’s business an agreed-upon number of times etc.) As I’ve said before, Karlie put off those obligations for the bulk of the past year. If she’s coming to the natural end of the contract anyway, it might be cleaner to simply do the bare minimum and get out quietly. Her beard’s family have the President onside - I can understand her not wanting to provoke their wrath if it can be avoided. They’re nasty people and not afraid to get personal.
And there does seem to be some wriggle room on how the contract is enacted. Karlie is able to half-ass her end with lazy stunts like the melted nuclear pizza and the third wheeling woods trip with Penni. Even yesterday - yes, he attended the Met, but you wouldn’t have known it unless you were keeping a hawk eye on her sm posts. Karlie very conspicuously arrived without him, looking as BFK as ever, and all the official pap shots I’ve seen make it look like she attended solo. A snapchat story is easy to delete a day later, as the woods stunt showed. She’s keeping it all as temporary and low key as possible, and that does give me hope.
Going on a quest? Take these! They will give you lots of energy for outrunning Nazgul, orcs, or unwanted suitors.
Salty Oatmeal Travelling Cookies (printable) makes about 3 dozen cookies
½ cup (120 g) vegetable shortening ½ cup (95 g) butter 1 cup (200 g) sugar 1 egg 1 ½ cups (180 g) all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups (270 g) rolled oats 1 cup nuts (any kind you like; optional) extra salt for sprinkling (sea salt or flake salt is best)
In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until combined. Add vanilla, oat and nuts (if using). Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut using a cookie cutter, pizza wheel or sharp knife; alternatively, just scoop onto the baking sheets and press down with your fingers until flat. Once dough is on the baking sheets, sprinkle lightly with salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly colored. Remove from the oven, allow to rest on the sheets for ~5 minutes, and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur’s Flour Cookie Companion Cookbook
Non-famous pap department deciding who they should randomly take professional photos of next: “Alright, we’re going to follow” *spins wheel* “…. Leonardo Dicaprio’s great aunt Belinda at…” *spins wheel* “…the Pizza Hut in Pasadena.“ *claps hands motiviationally* “Alright, let’s go people, we have very low value, limited interest photos to get!”