Welcome Spring

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In Bulgaria, there is a custom that Baba Marta, Grandmother March, arrives to herald the coming of spring. She is, in folk custom, as cranky and unpredictable as any old woman. The tradition is to make little dolls or tassels of red (for health) and white (for new beginnings) from yarn or thread called Martenitsi. People wear them around their wrists, give them to friends, or tie them to branches. If they are dolls, the martenitsi are called Pizho (the male in white) and Penda (the female, in red). These scare away bad spirits and bring luck.

Traditionally one wears these martenitsi on the body- you can simply braid red and white yarn together, and tie it around your wrist, from March first until you see the first signs of spring. I guess I can set mine out now, since I have seen the daffodils pushing their green spikes up through the leaves on the garden!

Once you see signs of spring- whatever and whereever it is in your area, tie them to a favorite tree as a blessing for the orchard. (I think this image is of a tree that’s been around for several years.) I find these a reminder that Nature is not something we control, we can only live with her, and be polite and respectful, because she has moods, and while she may be wonderful and love us, like grandmother, she is more powerful than we are, and we have to go along with what she decides to dole out.

Please don’t be intimidated by the really cute images- simple tassels or braided yarn will do just fine. Some people simply like to play with crafts.
I don’t know about you, but I am happy with the coming of spring!

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Happy Beltaine!

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Have a bonfire, collect water from your well, or a holy well and save it for use during the year, as it has special healing powers. No well? collect dew, it’s holy water too. In theory you do this by spreading a sheet on the damp grass and wringing it out, but I am not sure how well that would work. You could wash your face with it, it’s supposed to be great for the complexion! Collecting wild flowers and spreading them around the house or giving them to people you want blessed is supposed to be good luck.

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Starwolf on the New Normal Podcast Wednesday

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The REAL Defense Against the Dark Arts Live on Wednesday at 8 pmStarwolf shaman
Do you believe in curses?
Please join Tchipakkan and Starwolf on the New Normal on on your computer. We’ll be talking about protective magicks; hexbreaking, uncrossing, warding and curse turning.
You’re gonna wanna be there..
Want to catch this interview, call in with your own questions or be part of the live chat happening during every show?
If you just want to listen, you can go to, click the “Listen Live and Chat” listing under the “radio-listen/chat room” heading, and click “LISTEN HERE” next to “the New Normal”.
If you want to chat, you’ll need to go to the top of the home page on the extreme right and click “Join” to set up a personal account (it’s free but takes a few moments, so you might want to do this in advance)
Starwolf is a shaman, Witch, professional psychic, Reiki Master and metaphysical engineer and soldier of fortune. His broad range of knowledge and experience in the fields of magick, metaphysics and spirituality give him a uniquely practical approach to adapting traditional metaphysical elements to modern lifestyles, and pulls magick into the twenty-first century. You can find him and his wife Catherine online as Foresight (the Information you need for the Adventure of Life) at or

So listen in Wednesday night, and call in between 8 and 8:45 with any stories or questions: 619-639-4606
Or ask questions live in the chat room- or leave questions here (if you can’t call in, and want to listen to the podcast later). Live archives its shows for your listening at a time convenient to you.

Starwolf and Turnsteel, a rootworker, hoodoo practitioner and modern sorcerer, will be doing a workshop on this subject at the Changing Times, Changing Worlds Conference, in Northampton, MA. (Nov 13-15)

Hope you can join Starwolf, Turnsteel and Tchipakkan on Wednesday, live, from 8-9 on the New Normal on

Get more of Starwolf and his wife Catherine Kane medium, author, and also frequent guest on the New Normal and CTCW at their and
or find them weekends in October at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire. Cathy and Sean

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