The Eclipse!!

Hello dear friends,

Today I’d like to share some information about the upcoming solar eclipse. As many of you probably know the moon will pass completely in front of the sun this coming Monday. The time will largely depend on your location in the United States, as will the varying degrees. Where I live I will be able to view a 90% coverage. Now, what does that mean for pagans and witches?

In astrology, this has led many individuals to expect a major turning point for the United States as a whole. This is largely based on the date the United States itself was founded. While it’s not all doom and gloom, some people also predict some kind of natural disaster also taking place. So be aware, be smart, and be safe. Also research how this eclipse will effect your personal astrological sign.

On a much lighter note, there are a number of spells and other magical workings to perform during the eclipse. You can make eclipse water as detailed here for a store of positive energy and wisdom. If you have been wanting to work with faeries and are a more experienced witch you can initiate contact as detailed in this article. You can also do a meditation under the solar eclipse.

I will be at work during the eclipse, but my employer has permitted staff to ‘take a break’ and go outside to view this once in a lifetime event. So while I won’t be able to do any elaborate magical workings, I can still take deep breaths and pull in that wisdom and positive energy. I may also place some jars full of water on my back porch to use in future spellwork. Do what you see fit and enjoy the spectacle.

Love and light!

SidheSidhe

Let’s talk about Rocks, Baby!

Hello Dear Friends!

Today I would like to talk to you about rocks, also called stones, also called crystals. I’m sure you have heard of them. They come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, rough/raw, tumbled, etc. And these easy to find to fit any budget beauties each possess their own fascinating energies, which can help enhance your life, as well as your magick if you so choose to work with them!

I, myself, am becoming quite enthusiastic about crystals in a way I have never been before. So, I thought I would spread the love and talk briefly about some specific stones, and how to use them in everyday life.

So let’s get started! The stones I will talk about are more of a beginners guide, 101 list of stones that everyone should own:

AMETHYST: purple in color ranging from light lavender to dark almost black – This is a stone that will do just about everything! It’s a stone to enhance feelings of happiness & joy, heal pain (stomach, joint, even heartache), connect you to loved ones on the otherside, help with meditation, can be used to energize water to help your pets, etc. It’s a jack of all trades type stone. It’s fairly inexpensive, and found in almost any metaphysical shop. If you’re in the Cincinnati area, check out Enchanted Moments. I bought a nice palm sized piece of tumbled amethyst for my mom for about $5. She suffers from arthritis in her hands, and now uses the amethyst to help alleviate some of that pain. She’s a Catholic, but she believes the stone helps her!

BLUE LACE AGATE: when tumbled, this light blue stone will appear to have bands of various shades of blue and white running through it – This very gentle, calming stone is one to have if you have anxiety, trouble sleeping at night, or if you have pets that are high energy. The gentle energy of this stone works great under a pillow, or next to the bed at night to help calm the room and ease the inhabitants to sleep. Since I am a natural intuative, and medium – I have a hell of time falling asleep 😦 So I put together a sleeping sachel of stones, that includes Blue Lace Agate. I keep the sachel in my pillow case, and have had very few problems falling asleep since I started using the stones! This stone, when found, isn’t too expensive. Though it is not as readily available as amethyst.

CLEAR QUARTZ: when tumbled, it’s… well obviously clear hehe – This stone is a must have if you are just starting to work with stones… Why? Because like amethyst, clear quartz can be put to almost any task! Once you set your intention, and let your clear quartz know what job you want it to do (protection, help with meditation, etc.) it will go to work! Clear quartz is another inexpensive, readily available almost anywhere stone.

ROSE QUARTZ: pink in color, hence the name – This stone enhances love, especially self love. You know the phrase, you can’t love anyone until you love yourself? Well, this stone can help with that! And, if you are a libra like me, it is our alternative birthstone! While attending the Victory of Light Psychic Festival in April I bought a gorgeous raw chunk (I’m sure that’s not the technical term, but that’s what it is) about the size of my hand for less than $20 from The Crystal Guy. Fairly inexpensive, this stone is usally available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes. I aslo own smaller tumbled pieces, and a pendant because, ya know, it’s my birthstone.

SELENITE: white and chalky in appearance – This stone is for cleansing that will not only cleanse you, but can helps cleanse your home, objects, and other crystals. It is one of the crystals of the angelic realm, and can be used to help connect you with your guardian angel. I keep a selenite tower in the middle of my house (yay open floor plan) to help draw down positive, white light energy, and keep my home free of negative energy. Though not too pricey, and pretty easy to find – selenite can be pricier depending on the piece.

Lastly, I would like to talk about black stones – obsidian, tormaline, hematite, etc. Stones that are black in appearance are considered protection stones. They will help banish negative energy from you, your home, and your life if you so choose to work with them. I keep a chunk of raw black tormaline next to my selenite tower, so while the tower is drawing down positive energy, the tormaline is dispelling negative energy. Note: If you want to banish negative energy from around your person, carry a piece of black stone in your left pocket. The left side is where we receive energy, the right side is where we send energy out. Black obsidian is fairly easy to find, and not too expensive. Tormaline I had a little more trouble finding the right piece for me… But I was looking for something very specific.

When it comes to working with stones, there are a number of different ways to do so… Carrying some stones in your pocket, wearing a specific stone as a pendant, creating a crystal grid, meditating with a specific stone, keeping a stone in your car for protection, etc. There really is no wrong way to work with stones, as a long as your intention is clear and you treat them with respect. Don’t forget that stones are living things too. And they need to be cleaned regularly to continue to work as intended. One good rule of thumb, is if the name of the stone ends in “ite” – malacite, flourite, kyanite, etc. do NOT put it in water. Water can be very harmful to some crystals. Some easy ways to keep your stones clean are to put them in a bowl of dried sage, smudge them with burning sage or candle smoke, or blow on them while picturing white light coming off of your breath.

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Once cleaned, to charge your stones, place them under the full moon either outside or in the window sill. Even on a cloudy night, the moons power will reach the stones. While you can do the same thing with sunlight… Some stones, like Rose Quartz, are extremely sensitive to the sun which can alter their appearance.

So there you have it – for more information on any of the stones I mentioned, plus hundreds more… Check out the Crystal Bible series by Judy Hall. At the moment, it looks like Amazon has all three books available. Maybe I should break down and buy a copy already instead of constantly asking SidheSidhe to borrow hers! Meh… someday 😉

With Love, and Light,

Iona

Store Review! WitchHaven Apothecary (Owensboro, KY)

Hello Dear Friends!

Today, SidheSidhe and I decided to hop on our brooms and take a little trip! We left the greater Cincinnati area, and traveled a few hours south to Owensboro, KY, to the home of Dani Millay and WitchHaven Apothecary.

We zoomed past many a sunflower field, corn field, forest, and farm to get there… And we even had to call to make sure we were in the right place 🙂 Yay adventures!

Dani runs her incredible shop out of the front room of her home. When we arrived at our destination, all we saw was a nice looking home, out in the country, with “No Trespassing” signs posted at the end of a long gravel drive way. Not wanting to be shot on sight, SidheSidhe called the number listed on Google, and a pleasant voice answered assuring us we were in the right place.

Parking is off to the right of the driveway. We walked up onto the porch, and through a set of french doors on the front of the home. The shop is small, but very inviting – nice smells fill the air, and everything is laid out neatly on shelves around the exterior walls. The owner and proprietor, Dani, warmly greeted us, and chatted right along as we made our way around to look at all the things!

Though the “brick and mortar” shop itself is fairly new – (just opened in early June of this year! ), the online shop has been around for some time and continues to operate at the link above.

WitchHaven Apothecary is a herbal remedy shop, and metaphysical store all rolled into one! From dried herbs and oil blends, to signature serums and sprays, with books, cards, and crystals rolled in – if they don’t have exactly what you are looking for… Let Dani know! She told us that one of her customers was looking for a very specific athame, which was finally located through a craftsman in Germany! It took 7 weeks to arrive at the store, and the customer was supposed to drop by later today to look it over. It was beautiful!

As shops go, this one is quite small. However, it is VERY new, and will only get bigger and better!

I myself am very excited about my purchases – WHA Insect Repellent & loose white sage. As soon as I got home, I put some of the sage to work cleansing my crystals before I charge them under the up coming full moon 🙂 After I post this entry, I will be testing the insect repellent while I take my dog for his bedtime walk!

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Normally, I am apprehensive to try products like the insect repellent… But Dani’s sincerity when she spoke about how this product came to be, how it’s been tried and tested by more than just her family, and how she stands by the quality of her blends – really gave me hope that I might have found the answer to my “stop biting me deer flies” prayers! I will report back after next weekend’s camping adventures where I really put this spray to the test!

Overall I give this shop a thumbs up! It’s easy to see how much pride, and love has gone into making this store a reality, and how much Dani cares about providing the best for her customers. I may not make it back to Owensboro any time soon… But I will definitely be keeping an eye on the WitchHaven Apothecary’s progress! If you happen to find yourself in the Owensboro area – check it out! If not, check out the online shop and give the store a like on Facebook.

With Love, and Light,

Iona

 

Significance of Dragonflies

Hello hello!!

Previously I wrote a post that discussed repetition, in which I mentioned that I receive signs when different circumstances, numbers, etc. repeat. Well, this week I have seen multiple dragonflies. If this was a normal occurrence, like the rate at which I see squirrels (numerous times daily) I wouldn’t have thought anything of it. But I can’t remember the last time I saw one dragonfly, much less multiple within the span of a week and across three state lines. So, without further ado, here is what I should take away from this experience.

According to Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak and genius in my humble opinion the dragonfly/damselfly inhabit two elemental realms, the water and the air. This combination leads them to be masters of light, which you can see based on many of their glimmering patterns. As an astrological sign that is tied to the element water this insect is doubly interesting, as I know most animals/insects connected to water signify change, which Mr. Andrews and numerous other references corroborate. The idea of self-realization and a change in perspective in addition or in lieu of any large scale changes in career, or love, or other relationships may take place. 

As a water sign, I take pride in accepting and basking in change. Though I will say the changes I know that are approaching are making this scorpion more timid. This week I have been informed that my boss, whom I work side-by-side, will be leaving next year. I spend more time with my boss than I do my spouse, so this is disconcerting at the least. I also have been having serious conversations with my husband regarding whether or not we should attempt having children. Not to mention how much I would love to have a career where I could write or create something anything!! for a living instead of working the typical nine to five. So while I do embrace change, change can be scary. I feel that the dragonfly is reminding me that while change can be intimidating, it can also be beautiful and awe-inspiring. 

Regardless, check out Ted Andrews book for a much better explanation of why the dragonfly symbolizes change and is tied with water, air, and light. He is a much better wordsmith than I and paints the dragonfly beautifully.

Much love and all the light,

SidheSidhe

Now on Facebook!

Hello Friends!

SidheSidhe and I decided to join the 21st century, and have started our very own Facebook page 🙂 If you are on the Book of Faces – please check it out, and give us a like! Midwest Witches

We will be updating, and adding things as time goes on. Thanks!

With love and light,

Iona

Dancing at Lughnasadh: Table for One

Hello Lovelies!

T-minus three days until July is over AND the first of Harvest Festivals is upon us! Do you know how you are celebrating Lughnasadh (Loo-na-sah) this year?

Unfortunately, since it is not Beltaine, Samhain, or Yule… I have always felt the cross-quarter day of Lughnasadh (aka Lammas or Loaf-mas) is an often overlooked festival. Everyone knows it’s name, but no body really seems to get into the honoring of it. So let’s remedy that, shall we? If you are in a coven, talk to your fellow members about having a harvest themed potluck and bonfire! That is of course, if you don’t already have a ritual planned. Or do both! This festival is all about the earthy foods! But what if I’m not in a coven… How do I celebrate? Well, have no fear my darling, Auntie Iona is here to help you!

Lughnasadh is named for the Celtic (Irish) sun God, Lugh (rhymes with Hugh) whose name means “the shining one.” Lugh is a fantastic God, and gained admittance into Tara (home of the High Kings) because he was skilled in many areas, whereas most inhabitants of Tara were only skilled in one. Though he is divine, Lugh is believed to have a mortal father, and able to act as a bridge between worlds. (Information from Celtic Myth & Magick by Edain McCoy). Lugh is said to take the form of a human to worship among the Druids. He is the God of Harvests, Light, Metallurgy, and Fire; though most magickal needs can be assissted greatly by asking Lugh for help! #1 Tip: Lugh LOVES Himself some whiskey, so if you want to ask for His assistance, offering Him some is a good opener! He is an Irish God afterall! 

At Lughnasadh (August 1 or 2 depending on the year), we celebrate this grain harvest. This is the time of year that corn, wheat, barely, and grain are all about ready to be harvested for the coming fall and winter.  Lugh, as a God of the Harvest and protector/defender of the ill and weak (who might not otherwise survive the impending cold weather), is honored at this Sabbat through various means.

Some ideas of solitary ways to honor this First of the Harvest Festivals come from Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner:

***Arrange a harvest alter with wheat, barely, oats, fruit, or bread – perform a ritual to honor the God and Goddess of the Harvest, thanking them for their blessings this time of year. Lugh’s wife and Queen is Dana, just FYI.

***If any fruit is consumed in honor of the Sabbat, plant the seeds and see what grows! Imagine that the plant growing is a symbol of your connection to the Divine 🙂

***Make corn dollies

***Spend time in nature – visit an orchard, a field, a lake, or a well (please no trespassing in the name of the God or Goddess!)

*** One year SidheSidhe and I made Amish Friendship Bread, and spread the love around by giving some of the mix to our friends, and families. Since SidheSidhe had already started the process, we were able to bake some of the loaves on the day!

Some foods associated with the Lughnasadh Festival include: bread, berries of all kinds, apples, and corn. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are very easy to find this time of year. Maybe check out a local farmer’s market to get what you need for your own celebration! 

So there you have it – a quick and not-so-dirty run down on the upcoming Sabbat, and some easy ways to honor it. May Lugh’s light shine brightly on us all.

With Love, Light, and Blessings for Lughnasadh,

Iona

 

 

Wiccan Spells For Beginners by Naomi Hill

Wiccan Spells for Beginners is a short 50 page work written by Naomi Hill, published by Wiccan Spells Edition in 2014 and published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2013. While the cover was eye-catching and the description intriguing, the fact that it was published through CreateSpace should have been an indicator that the book would fall flat when examined fully. The writing is simplistic, using short phrases instead of full sentences at times and reflects how some individuals speak, rather than how one should provide detailed information. The lack of editor is also evident in the plethora of incorrect information and misuse of terms.

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The first three chapters describe Wicca and the belief systems that the author attributes to Wiccans. This is where the author seems to confuse the religion of Wicca with witchcraft (the practice of spellwork). While the two do co-exist, a person can practice witchcraft and spellwork without following the religion of Wicca. So the explanation that Wiccans can also be atheist is not correct. An atheist can perform spells and do witchcraft, just as a person of any faith or lack of can. But generally, while still very open to beliefs and rituals, the religion of Wicca is duotheistic, with Wiccans believing in both a God and a Goddess figure.

In the first chapter that actually begins discussing spells (chapter four), the author uses terms and phrases such as white and dark magic, which technically don’t exist (though some people still use these terms). Magic is magic, it isn’t white or dark, but depends on one’s intent. If a person follows the Wiccan Rede then they do not do any kind of negative or ‘dark’ magic. Therefore, immediately following up the statement about magic using those terms with reference to the Rede made absolutely no sense. The author also uses the term ‘wizard’ in reference to a male witch. The term ‘witch’ is used to describe both female and male practitioners. From these small, but ignorant, mentions alone the book was nearly abandoned. There weren’t any mentions of spellwork until chapter four after all, and even then it was filled with inaccuracies (so many that I don’t have time to correct them all).

So from the statement on the cover of the book one would assume that this work included quick and simple magic spells and rituals that would improve your health, wealth, and relationships. It does include some spells, with chapters broken down into spells regarding luck, love, travel, health and success, personal power, which are so simple they’re almost childlike (though it’s not recommended that children do spells without supervision). Some spells do incorporate herbs, oils, and colors correctly in regards to meanings and connections (green = money, though can also mean health), others use items that have no magical connections or meanings (rabbit pellet? really?). It definitely would be best to double and triple check ingredients when doing any of the spells mentioned in this book. Intention and visualization aren’t mentioned until chapter nine, which is well after some people may have begun casting. Only one spell mentions any aspect of the God and Goddess, making this barely a book about Wiccan spells and more a book on general spells that also includes some (often incorrect) information regarding Wicca.

Reviewed by SidheSidhe

Time to Go to Work!

Hello My Dear Friends!

Can you believe that July is almost half way over? For that matter, can you believe the first of the Harvest Full Moons is behind us?! Lughnasadh is fast approaching, and I for one am… well, I’m exhausted and feeling rather blah… But with a little help from our friend Dorothy Morrison at Wicked Witch Studios, the feeling is melting away with each passing day.

Summertime is not my favorite. I don’t do well in heat, and I am prone to ear infections so this year the weather has affected me more so than usual. Try as I might, about the only thing I want to do when I get home after work is lay around and binge watch The Originals or Frasier on Netflix (I am multi-faceted, what can I say?? Haha!). 

All of that, ok well it didn’t change, so much as I got a bit of my spirit back when Ms. Dorothy posted her Spell of the Month on her Facebook Page. If you are on the Book of Faces, and not following Ms. Dorothy – remedy that, please. I’ll wait… Thank you!

This month, Dorothy helps set up those willing to work for the rest of the year and beyond with her July Wishing Bowl Spell. Since I had received both the Wishin’ Mojo Candle, and Wishin’ Mojo Oil in my Magickal Mystery Package back in May – it was time I gave my new products a try! 

It’s easy, just follow the link above! All you need is the candle, the oil, a bowl, and some coins. If you do not already have the candle, and oil, you can purchase them at the bottom of the Spell of the Month link. But, be warned! In order for this spell to work, you have to be willing to put in the effort. 

I am going to be honest with you… Ever since I received my Magkical Mystery Package, I have been hesitant to try the products. Why? Not really sure… So when this spell came along, I was not only feeling a bit meh about things, but Dorothy had already sent me both the candle, and oil!!! How could I not give it a try?! The Universe was definitely shoving me into a magickal direction, and I was more than happy to follow!

My findings thus far (having just started the spell last weekend)… The candle, and oil smell incredible! The quality is very good! My candle still looks new even though I have been burning it nightly for lengths at a time. More importantly than all of that though, is the immense power that I can feel as the candle burns. It is incredible. I don’t know how Ms. Dorothy does it, but this is some great $#!+ right here! The spell is designed to help set you up for productive manifesting in the future. With a new house, and wedding planning on my plate – I think this spell and my new wishing bowl are definitely going to come in handy!

If you give this spell a try, I’d love to know your thoughts on the Spell of the Month, as well as Wicked Witch Studios. Since SidheSidhe and I are fans, we will definitely keep promoting Ms. Dorothy and her products. But we’re always interested to know what you all think about various products, and approaches. Please feel free to share!

Well, my lovelies, my candle has been burning for a while. I should probably go tend to it, and then figure out dinner… The work of a Witch is never done!

With Love, and Light,

Iona 

Store Review! The Silver Wolf Treasures & Gifts (Independence, KY)

Good afternoon my lovelies,

Today I’d like to share my experience in visiting The Silver Wolf Treasures & Gifts, which is located in Independence, Kentucky. This area in Northern Kentucky is my hometown and might as well be called part of the Midwest due to it’s inclusion in the “Greater Cincinnati Area”. Iona actually came across a profile of the shop on The Witches’ Voice just prior to the store’s Grand Opening this past weekend. So we obviously had to hop on our brooms, fly down to Independence, and check it out.

First, some background. Independence is a primarily Republican and Christian city. Until high school I had never met anyone who practiced a non-Christian faith and even that one person also celebrated Christmas due to being in a mixed religion family. So to simplify, it was a community that lacked diversity in a multitude of areas. Working at the public library, when I first began searching for materials on the topics of Paganism, Wicca, and witchcraft I learned that most of these items usually went missing due to theft. It was assumed that strict Christians were stealing these items as the only individual who had been caught also preached against sins such as witchcraft. 

So basically I was very surprised that a shop was opening in my hometown. Granted a lot can change over the course of 30 years, but it still surprised me. I sincerely hope that they do not face the criticism or hatred other minority groups have had to endure. But this is all beside the point.

The Silver Wolf Treasures & Gifts was a cute little shop tucked next to a Subway. In my humble opinion, this is perfect due to me always craving bread after doing any kind of magic. It helps me ground myself. Upon entering, Iona and I were immediately greeted by the owner. Definite points for making the customer feel welcome and she assured us that if we were looking for anything specific she could order it for us. Just looking around you could see that many of the basics were available (for extremely reasonable prices!). There was a small selection of books, which I hope to see expand. There were at least three titles that I already owned, so I will say they have good taste. 

Besides books, they had a few tarot decks, chakra crystal balls, a number of decorative statues, herbs, stones, incense galore (both stick and cone), as well as bags and other useful tools. I was most impressed that they carried wands. While I’ll admit I haven’t been to a multitude of “new age”/”eclectic”/pagan/”whatever terms you prefer to use” shops I had never seen groups of wands for sale before. Maybe I missed those at the Renaissance or Celtic Festivals? They also had tables set up for tarot and rune readings. I’m always intrigued by shops that offer more than just items. Plus they had free tea!!

Overall, I was impressed for a store first starting out and did end up purchasing a tarot bag, a notebook, and a cloth for tarot reading. Spending more than $20 also got me a ticket entry into a raffle for one of their wands. (I hope I win!) My only suggestion would be to lose the hanging wreaths that are more geared towards people not looking for pagan materials (i.e. Bengals, UK fans, etc). Nice wreaths reflecting the Sabbats would be a lovely touch though. 😉

I wish them much success and will do my best to stop in again the next time I visit my parents!

SidheSidhe

 

Summer Celebrations – Find Yours Today!

Hello My Dear Friends!

Now that the Summer Solstice has come (Blessed, though late Midsummer or Litha to you and yours!) it is time for festivals, frivolity, and fun! What better way to get out of the house, enjoy the outdoors, be among like-minded people, and find new treasures or tools – than to go to a new festival? Or an old favorite? I know the Renaissance Festival back in my home state is one of the few places I could readily find the herbs and incense I needed as I started down my own path… So don’t knock it ’til you try it!

This week, I would like to post a list of festivals going on around the Midwest. Please note – this is not a comprehensive list. If there is one you feel strongly about, and would like to add it, please use the comments section to do so 🙂 I would love some input! But I encourage each of you to get out to at least one festival this summer/fall to feed your soul and have some fun!

For a more comprehensive list of festivals happening all over the US and globally, please visit the Witches Voice Event Page or your local metaphysical shop.

So here we go, here are some festivals going on around this Midwest this summer and into the fall:

ILLINOIS

World of Faeries Festival – August 5 & 6 @ Vasa Park in South Elgin

Admission is $11 for Adults ($1 off if you order online); $8 for Seniors 65+; Children 12 and under FREE

Illinois Renaissance Festival – Labor Day Weekend @ Ellsworth Park in Danville

Admission is $10 for Adults; $5 for Seniors 65 +; $5 for Children ages 6-12; Children under 5 are FREE

Triskele Trade & Craft Show – October 14 @ the Universalist Unitarian Church in Joliet

A fundraiser for the Church and its Pagan Group Treibh na Tintean

I do not see any information on their site regarding an admission fee. However, some fundraiser craft shows I have attended are $3-$5 at the door to get in… So please plan accordingly.

INDIANA

34th Annual Wild Magick Gathering – Sept 14-17 @ Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary in Bedford

Day Pass Admission is $20 per person; since this is at a Nature Sanctuary overnight camping is allowed for $25 a person – please take your trash home with you!

Haunted Harvest – Oct 13-15 @ Our Haven Nature Sanctuary in French Lick

This is a fundraiser camp out event – registration must be done online

Admission is $50 for Adults; $25 for Youth ages 13-17; Children under the age of 13 are FREE

Witches Ball – Oct 20-22 @ Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary in Bedford

Admission is $20 per person for full event (overnight camping) or $10 per person for Saturday only – no camping

IOWA:

Lammas Fest 2017 – July 28-30 in Washington, Iowa

Registration online only before the event – pricing depends on if you plan to camp, eat the food available, want a festival t-shirt, etc.

Southeast Iowa Pagan Fest – August 19 @ Dankwardt Park in Burlington

Instead of an admission fee the festival is asking for donations of items for Des Moines County Animal Shelter: food (dry or wet), blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, etc.

Unfortunately the Iowa Renaissance Festival has come and gone – May 27-29 & June 3-4

KANSAS

Kansas Renaissance Festival – Saturdays & Sundays Sept 2 – Oct 15 including Labor Day & Columbus Day in Bonner Springs

Admission is $21.95 for Adults at the gate – $18.95 online; $19.50 for Seniors 65+; $19.50 for Students; $12.95 for Children ages 5-12 at the gate – $10.50 online

Kansas does not offer a lot of festivals it seems. However, if you are in the Lawrence area or want to make the journey – every Wednesday @ Java Break in Lawrence is the Nine Roses Witches Moot. For more information please contact Kerry via the Witches Voice email page: HERE

KENTUCKY (though not technically considered part of the Midwest it’s close enough)

Second Annual Ohio Valley Witches Ball – Oct 21 in Newport

Admission is $20 a person – event is for ages 18 years or older.

MICHIGAN

Detroit Conjure and Folk Magick Festival – August 12 @ Hazel Park

General Admission is FREE but if you want to take part in certain workshops/classes you must pay to play

Michigan Renaissance Festival – weekends & Labor Day August 19 – Oct 1 in Holly

General Admission $19.95 for Adults; $11.50 for Children

I have attended this festival, and I recommend ordering your tickets online so you don’t have to wait so long with the masses!

MINNESOTA

Pagan Pride Mankato – Sept 16 in Mankato

This festival is still in the works, they have not posted their admission fees/donations fees as of writing this entry.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival – weekends Aug 19-Oct 1 including Labor Day in Shakopee

General Admission is $20.95 for Adults; $12.50 for Children 5-12 years of age

MISSOURI

Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride Day – Sept 17 @ Peace Park in Columbia

Can’t seem to find much info on their admissions fee / donation fees – I will keep looking and post back if I find something.

Central Missouri Renaissance Festival – Oct 21 & 22 in Kingdom City

General Admission is $12.00 for Adults at the gate – $10.00 online; C$6.00 for hildren ages 6-12; Children ages 5 and under are FREE

Discounts are given for patrons with valid Military, EMS, or State Employee ID – $8.00 tickets

Any donations of a non-perishable food item to help the Fulton Soup Kitchen will result in a discount of $1 per item up to two items.

NORTH DAKOTA

Sorry friends… No festivals are scheduled in this particular state. If you know of anything going on in North Dakota, please leave a comment or email me so that we can get the word out!

OHIO

Ohio Renaissance Festival – weekends Sept 2-Oct 29 including Labor Day @ Renaissance Park in Waynesville

General Admission is $22.50 (single day) for Adults at the gate – $19.50 online + fee; $20.50 for Seniors 65+; $20.50 for Military/Police/Fire/EMS with ID; $9.50 for Children ages 5-12 – $8.50 online 

2017 Dayton Pagan Pride Day – Sept 16 in Dayton

Admission is FREE with a donation of one or more non-perishable food items

SOUTH DAKOTA

Sorry friends… No festivals are scheduled in this particular state. We missed the Siouxland Renaissance Festival which was June 10 & 11. If you know of anything going on in South Dakota, please leave a comment or email me so that we can get the word out!

WISCONSIN

2017 Earth Conclave – July 21-24 @ Wyalusing State Park in Wisconsin

Pricing is $120-$235 depending on your level of involvement

Fellowship of Alternative Belief’s 2017 Mabon / Pagan Pride Festival – Sept 17 in Milwaukee

Admission is FREE

And lastly, even though this is NOT in the Midwest… I want to make sure to mention Mystic South in Atlanta, Georiga.  This is the first year for this particular event.

Admission is $125 for the full weekend ($100 if you register before July 19) or $50 for a one day pass.

Beyond the above listed, there are many states and towns which offer weekly meet ups, classes, etc. to help you get in touch with others who have the same interests and tastes in life.

Again, if you know of any happenings that I have not mentioned or is not listed on the Witches Voice page, please please please let me know about it!

Now get out there have some good festival fun, and let me know how it goes! Someday SidheSidhe and I will get to them all 🙂

With Love and Light,

Iona