Monday, December 9, 2013

Yuletide is just around the Corner!

Hello,
Sorry it has been a long time since I posted. But I have been writing away on book #16. It was finally offered a contract and we are all signed and sealed. Released date for book #16 should be spring/ summer 2015.
Here at home we have been decorating for Yule. Here is a picture of my Yule tree topper. A Big smiling golden sun for the Winter Solstice. The rest of the slim-line living room tree is a mix of flower faerie and Santa ornaments, crystal snowflakes, a variety of Santas and golden crescent moons, stars and more suns.

I taught a class on the Mysteries of Yuletide yesterday which went very well, and we have a couple of inches of snow on the ground. So it's the perfect time to bunker in and write.
I hope to get a lot of work done on book #16 before edits come in for Practical Prosperity Magick, that would be book #15-- and it will be released in June 2014.

If you are enjoying the photos and want some inspiration or more ideas for Yuletide/ Winter Solstice celebrations check out my book Seasons of Witchery and the Yuletide chapter.

Ellen Dugan's living room decorated for Yule 2013
If you are looking for a unique Yuletide gift this year consider that I now offer on my website, signed copies of my all of books! If you order soon the books should still make it in time for the holidays. Please be sure to include in the Merchant instructions who you would like the book signed to.  Here is the direct link for Signed copies of my books and the Tarot kit. Purchase a Signed book by Ellen Dugan

Well, I need to get back to work on book #16. It is supposed to snow again today and I think I am going to take advantage of the quiet day and see what I can crank out.

I wish you and yours a Happy Holiday season. May it be filled with joy and magick! My best wishes for a healthy, and prosperous new year! 
Good Yule!
Ellen


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain!

Hello!

It has been a while since I have posted to the blog. The big news is that my Witches Tarot is now an app for your iPhone and iPad! This became available a few weeks ago by The Fool's Dog Company and they have informed me recently that they are very pleased with the sales so far. Here is a link so you can check it out! http://www.foolsdog.com/Witches/

Also the Witches Tarot in the works for an android version app to be available early next year!  (We've had lots of requests for an android version- so sit tight! It's on the way!) THIS JUST IN! You asked for it you got it! The Witches Tarot is now ALSO available for Android users as well as iPhones
Here is the link in the Google store! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foolsdog.witches


Here at home we had 2 weddings to attend in October, I taught classes in St. Louis, and tour season has just come to a close. Lately it seems that every time I turn around someone wants an interview or for me to guest blog. Which is exciting but adds to my list of things to do. Between my own family's annual party, travel, and so forth things have been pleasantly though insanely busy.

We ended up holding our party a week earlier than usual to accommodate my daughter's fall break at grad school and my author event at Turn The Page Bookstore on the 26th of October.

At our 4th Annual Halloween bash this year a couple of my friends and I decided to come as The Three Witches of Oz. Evanora, Glinda and Theodora. Here we are on the right. That's me as Evanora, Ember Grant as Glinda and Heather as Theodora. We all had a great time!Also I flew in one of my best witch-friends from Connecticut to stay with us for the party weekend. It was so much fun with Jen being here!

The night of the party was very cold. Temperatures hovered in the low 40's, and everyone stayed around the fire pits to stay warm or squeezed inside the coffin in the garage for a photo shoot. (See bottom of the page) Here is a photo from the party of my husband dressed as a gravedigger, and he was taking his job pretty seriously! (LOL)

I have only been home from the Washington DC area and the event at Turn the Page Bookstore for a couple of day. As usual it was a fabulous time! I love doing events there and its great to see Nora Roberts again, and the staff at the store always does an incredible job. This year with Nora's new book "Dark Witch" and it being so close to Halloween all of the staff were dressed like Witches! It was so cute!



Here is a group photo of all of the authors from the event at Turn The Page
Pictured are Nora Roberts, Tess Whitehurst, Victoria Dahl, Caroilyn Turgeon, and me up at the top.(There were a few Maryland local authors in the photo too.) I wish I could remember their names! I'm claiming a middle age moment.

Finally the trees in the neighborhood have started to push out their fall colors. It's colder and rainy and now it feels like Samhain. As the temps have fallen well below freezing and all of the tender annuals in my garden took a major hit and have blackened from the frost..

That's okay I will leave them alone- It adds to the creepy effect when the Trick or Treaters come a calling.
Now I need to go set up all of the Jack o'lanterns and finish the  food prep for my family as they always come over for supper and to hang out and visit on Halloween.Pumpkin pies to bake, table to set...

I wish you and yours a Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain! Happy Witches New Year!

Blessed be, Ellen
Coffin Photo Shoot Halloween Party 2013 Heather, Ember, Ellen, Jen, Sarah and Ken



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy September and Tour Dates for the Autumn!

Good Morning,
Hooray! September is here! Tour season is kicking off and the Pagan Dream Cruise is days away. A summer heatwave is blazing away at the moment but autumn is just around the corner. I am really looking forward to this autumn and my upcoming author events. I have been prepping for all of the classes I will be teaching on the Cruise, as well as while I am on tour and here at home in St. Louis.
Here is the list of where and when I will be touring and teaching this autumn.

SEPTEMBER TOUR DATES 2013

Second Annual Pagan Dream Cruise 
Dates September 9 - September 14
Place: Bahamas!
Ellen will be doing tarot readings by appointment and will be teaching four different classes while on the cruise.

Luna Sol Esoterica (FLORIDA)
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Address: 311 S. Park Avenue
Sandford, Florida.
Class Topic: "Magickal Herbalism"
Class Time 1:00- 3:00pm (Book signing to follow)
Class Fee: $25.00
Store Phone: 321-363-4883

Join award winning author and Master Gardener Ellen Dugan, at Luna Sol Esoterica for a lecture on Magickal Herbalism. Ellen will discuss the fundamentals of the natural path, and the tools of the magickal herbalist’s trade- which may surprise you.
Discover the magick of plants, trees, flowers and herbs that can be easily incorporated into your own style of witchery, in practical and profound ways. This class will inspire, and motivate you to take your magick to the next level.
After the class Ellen will be on hand to sign her titles and to visit. Looking forward to seeing you there!
For more information, and to sign up for the class please contact the store at 312-363-4883


A Four Part Series of Classes at the Mystic Valley Store During September & October
Class dates- Sunday- September 22, 28 & October 6 and 13th
Time: 2:00- 4:00pm
Place: Mystic Valley Store

7241 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO. 63143
Ages 18 and up are welcome
Classes are $40.00 each --or attend all four classes for $140.00 and save! (Payment for all four classes is due in full at the time of the first class.)
Store Phone: 314-645-3336
www.mysticvalleyonline.com
Elemental Witchery- Sunday September 22nd (at Mystic Valley)

Earth, air, fire and water… not just for the 101 student. Dare to take a deeper more advanced look into the four natural elements that we draw upon in our magick. What element do you favor? Which do you have trouble with? By taking a deeper look at these questions you begin to see what your magickal strengths and weakness are. We are all a mixture of the four natural elements. Learn how to restore and balance your personal power, making your magick more effective and powerful

Psychic Ability and Witchery. Class Date- Sunday, September 29 (at Mystic Valley)
In this second class we learn how the various types of psychic abilities, (and YES everyone has them) affect and enhance your Craft. We will learn about three types of psychic abilities and will work together with energy exercises in class. You will discover if you are a visionary, an intuitive or an empath. There will also be a demonstration of building energy and passing it to another, and chance for all of the students to try out their intuitive skills for themselves.

Looking Deeper- Becoming an Adept. Class date, Sunday, October 6th (at Mystic Valley )
How does one become an adept? This third class in the series addresses this issue. With an honest look at the topic and some straight-up information that any Witch struggling to go beyond the “Beginner” phase of their training needs to know. In this class the students will get up and put what they have learned into practice. This class focuses on individuality, and how our own personal magickal style makes each of us more powerful and spiritual.

Tending to Your Spirituality. Class Date- Sunday, October 13th ( at Mystic Valley)
Spirituality, what does it truly mean to us as Witches? In this final class of the series we talk about “Living the magickal life.” How does one live and conduct themselves as a person of power? This class explores finding the sacred in what others perceive as ordinary. The mystery tradition of the Craft, and just why this “Mystery” is so darned mystifying anyway…. This is a deeper look at the fifth element of magick, that of Spirit.

OCTOBER TOUR DATES

Turn The Page Books - Author Appearance and Book Signing (MARYLAND)
Date: October 26, 2013
Time: Noon- 2:00pm
Place: Turn The Page Books
18 N Main Street
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Store phone: 301-432-4588

Ellen has been invited back to Turn The Page Books to sign her Witches Tarot deck, Seasons of Witchery, and the 10th Anniversary Edition of Garden Witchery, with Nora Roberts this fall. This will be an enchanting event with Halloween just around the corner!
Authors Carolyn Turgeon and Tess Whitehurst will also be there, and Nora will be signing copies of her newest release "Dark Witch".
http://www.ttpbooks.com/

Blessed be, Ellen

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Protection Magick Class/ Pagan Dream Cruise & Florida Author Event

Hello,

I have been working away on book # 16 and getting ready for the Pagan Dream Cruise. Now that things are beginning to settle down at home since our daughter is at grad school, I have been trying to catch up.
First off I will be teaching in the St. Louis area again. Here is the information..

PRACTICAL PROTECTION MAGICK CLASS AT MYSTIC VALLEY IN ST. LOUIS
Class date- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: 2:00- 4:00pm
Place: Mystic Valley

7241 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO. 63143
Ages 18 and up are welcome
Class price: $40.00
Store Phone: 314-645-3336
www.mysticvalleyonline.com

Award winning author Ellen Dugan is teaching her very popular workshop on Practical Protection Magick . This class will cover your psychic strengths and weaknesses, explain how to diagnose a magickal problem, and discuss the difference between a hex and a crossed condition. This live class has been popular across the country and Ellen is delighted to offer it for the first time in St. Louis city.
This class will explore real-life psychic self-defense, and it gives practical advice on dealing with emotional and uninvited psychic vampires. Several techniques of protective spell-work will be discussed, and you will also discover what the phrase “Magick follows the least path of resistance”, truly means. Class fee -$40.00. Call the store soon to reserve your spot in class.


Just 3 weeks to go until the Hubs and I leave for Florida and then start the Pagan Dream Cruise followed by an author event in Florida. I am pretty excited. I will be working my tail off while on the cruise no doubt about it. I will be doing tarot readings each day and teaching four different  2 hour classes-- but I plan to carve some "me" time out each time we go to a port, so the Hubs and I can hit the beach.

I laid out for a few hours this week (haven't done that in years) in my new swimsuit to try and get a little color.. I typically have a white feet, pale upper legs and back from gardening and walking outside. (The classic farmers tan.) So I am trying to even that up so it won't look goofy while at the beach- that and I don't want to broil like a lobster either.

After the cruise is finished I will be headed to do an author event in the Orlando, Florida area. I am really excited about this event. This is my fellow Llewellyn author Ann Moura's shop. I am really looking forward to meeting her and seeing some of my Witch buddies from Florida at the author event! Here are all the details.

The "Luna Sol Esoterica" Shop 311 S. Park Ave. Sandford Florida
Luna Sol Esoterica
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Address: 311 S. Park Avenue
Sandford, Florida.
Class Topic: "Magickal Herbalism"
Class Time 1:00- 3:00pm (Book signing to follow)
Class Fee: $25.00
Store Phone: 321-363-4883

Join award winning author and Master Gardener Ellen Dugan, at Luna Sol Esoterica for a lecture on Magickal Herbalism. Ellen will discuss the fundamentals of the natural path, and the tools of the magickal herbalist’s trade- which may surprise you.
Discover the magick of plants, trees, flowers and herbs that can be easily incorporated into your own style of witchery, in practical and profound ways. This class will inspire, and motivate you to take your magick to the next level.
After the class Ellen will be on hand to sign her titles and to visit. Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more information, and to sign up for the class please contact the store at 312-363-4883
www.lunasolesoterica.com 

Finally there are 2 weeks left to purchase the Natural Magick for Hearth and Home Online Class. It will be retired again on September 1st, 2013.
And my Full Moon Magick Online class price will be increasing after September 1st as well.
It has way to much information to be classified as a Mini-class anymore. So as of September 1, the price will be $25.00 for that particular online class.

So if you wanna grab it while it is still $22.00 and before the coming full moon. I would order it soon. Here is the direct link to my website where you can peruse and then order any of my online classes. Ellen Dugan's Online Classes

Well Its a beautifully cool morning here for August, I am going to go work in the gardens today and enjoy the weather.  Blessed be, Ellen


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Internet Radio interview tonight on "Season of the Witch" show!

Hello,
Just a quick post ...
I have a Blog Radio interview tonight.7-31-13on the  "Season of the Witch" Show. 
Hosted by the Raven & Stephanie Grimassi.
Time: 6:00-8:00 Eastern Standard Time


This is going to be a fun interview- tune in to find out what magickal things we talk about.


I undertsand that they also archive their shows if you want to listen again later!
Hope you call in with a question!
Blessed be, Ellen Dugan  

Here is the link!
www.theilluminatinetwork.com/seasons-of-the-witchwith-raven-stephanie-grimassi/

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hearth & Home Magick and new Classes at Mystic Valley!

Hello,

I have been working away on book #16 this past week, and things have been a little hectic while my daughter prepares to leave for graduate school, out of state. She is excited, and at the moment we have lots of boxes all packed and stacked in the garage. Moving day is in less than two weeks and its going to be quite the process. Getting a moving truck, clearing out her storage unit, packing up her items from home, then the 280 mile drive to her new apartment. She is pretty excited to begin this next chapter of her life and I am going to have the chance to re-do my guest bedroom- again.
It was my guest room when she moved out a few years ago, then when Erin moved back home to save up for graduate school, it became her bedroom once again. So I packed up all of the pretties that were in that guest room and stored them. 

Now that I have a date where I can turn that room back into a vintage garden room, I can hardly wait to start decorating. First I will clean and cleanse the room, and bless it so anyone who stays there is a happy guest and that the energy is welcoming.

It was this soon-to-be-home decorating project, that got me to thinking about my Hearth & Home Magick Online Class. People have been asking me for a long time to offer it again, I had retired it over a year ago... and so I have decided to offer it once again for a limited time, and so it is now available online again until September 1st, 2013.

This online class uses my book Cottage Witchery, as it's required reading, and boasts a LARGE amount of class material. There are new spells and kitchen witchery for you to work and to learn. Best of all it is worked in the privacy of your own home, it is as always, affordable. Hearth & Home Magick is a work at your own pace class- all of my online classes are. So you can work through the material on your own schedule.You can order any of my online classes on my website by clicking on the following link. Ellen Dugan's Online Classes

In other news I have found a fabulous store in St. Louis to teach in-person classes once more! Seemed to me that with the majority of my students coming from St. Louis or Eastern Illinois, it would be a good idea to look for a classroom space within St. Louis. Here is the information!

AUGUST 2013

PRACTICAL PROTECTION MAGICK CLASS AT MYSTIC VALLEY IN ST. LOUIS

Class date- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: 2:00- 4:00pm
Place: Mystic Valley

7241 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO. 63143
Ages 18 and up are welcome
Class price: $40.00
Store Phone: 314-645-3336
www.mysticvalleyonline.com

Award winning author Ellen Dugan is teaching her very popular workshop on Practical Protection Magick . This class will cover your psychic strengths and weaknesses, explain how to diagnose a magickal problem, and discuss the difference between a hex and a crossed condition. This live class has been popular across the country and Ellen is delighted to offer it for the first time in St. Louis city.
This class will explore real-life psychic self-defense, and it gives practical advice on dealing with emotional and uninvited psychic vampires. Several techniques of protective spell-work will be discussed, and you will also discover what the phrase “Magick follows the least path of resistance”, truly means. Class fee -$40.00. Call the store soon to reserve your spot in class.

 SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER CLASSES AT MYSTIC VALLEY IN ST. LOUISNatural Witchery Series of Classes
Ellen is teaching classes locally in the St. Louis area again! Ellen will be teaching her classes on four consecutive Sundays at Mystic Valley. The first series of four classes will be on various topics of Witchery and Practical Magick. Ages 18 and up are welcome.

Class dates- Sunday- September 22, 28 & October 6 and 13th
Time: 2:00- 4:00pm
Place: Mystic Valley

7241 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO. 63143
Ages 18 and up are welcome
Classes are $40.00 each --or attend all four classes for $140.00 and save! (Payment for all four classes is due in full at the time of the first class.)
Store Phone: 314-645-3336
www.mysticvalleyonline.com
Elemental Witchery- Sunday September 22nd

Earth, air, fire and water… not just for the 101 student. Dare to take a deeper more advanced look into the four natural elements that we draw upon in our magick. What element do you favor? Which do you have trouble with? By taking a deeper look at these questions you begin to see what your magickal strengths and weakness are. We are all a mixture of the four natural elements. Learn how to restore and balance your personal power, making your magick more effective and powerful

Psychic Ability and Witchery. Class Date- Sunday, September 29th
In this second class we learn how the various types of psychic abilities, (and YES everyone has them) affect and enhance your Craft. We will learn about three types of psychic abilities and will work together with energy exercises in class. You will discover if you are a visionary, an intuitive or an empath. There will also be a demonstration of building energy and passing it to another, and chance for all of the students to try out their intuitive skills for themselves.

Looking Deeper- Becoming an Adept. Class date, Sunday, October 6th
How does one become an adept? This third class in the series addresses this issue. With an honest look at the topic and some straight-up information that any Witch struggling to go beyond the “Beginner” phase of their training needs to know. In this class the students will get up and put what they have learned into practice. This class focuses on individuality, and how our own personal magickal style makes each of us more powerful and spiritual.

Tending to Your Spirituality. Class Date- Sunday, October 13th
Spirituality, what does it truly mean to us as Witches? In this final class of the series we talk about “Living the magickal life.” How does one live and conduct themselves as a person of power? This class explores finding the sacred in what others perceive as ordinary. The mystery tradition of the Craft, and just why this “Mystery” is so darned mystifying anyway…. This is a deeper look at the fifth element of magick, that of Spirit.

So that's it from here. Be sure to nab your Hearth & Home online class while it is avaialbe and I hope to see some of the locals at my new Witchcraft Classes at Mystic Valley soon!
Happy summer and Blessed be.
Ellen

Friday, June 28, 2013

BIG Announcement!

Good evening,
I have finally received permission to share the news.
There is a special 10th Anniversary edition of my first book Garden Witchery being released this year! 


Garden Witchery, was my first book and it came out in March of 2003. I has been ten years... and the book is still going strong!

This special Anniversary edition has a brand new chapter on "Witchery-Theme Gardens" that includes five enchanting gardens for you to plant along with five new spells! There is also an Epilogue: In the Garden A Decade Later.

I have kept this project a secret for a long time. I got proof pages from Becky my editor, for the new section of the book this week, and wait until you see the new illustrations we added to the book! They are by Wen Hsu and they are fabulous. (She did the illustrations for Seasons of Witchery too!)

I got the go ahead to announce it from Sandra Weschcke this evening, so you can look for the 10th Anniversary edition of Garden Witchery to be available in September of this year!

Blessed be, Ellen
Daylily and feverfew in my gardens 6-28-2013



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Progress at Gym and Garden Flags with the Witches Tarot art!

Good Morning,
This is going to be a short blog as I have to go meet with my trainer this morning. Here's the update on my fitness progress. So far I have lost 2 inches off my chest, 2 inches off my shoulders, 2 inches off my arms, 5 inches from my waist, and 7 inches off my hips!

 I am down a dress size, a jeans size, and I am thrilled that this week I had to go return some summer tops I bought in March for smaller sizes- and best of all I was able to shop in the Misses department!


I was so tickled at finally being able to get out of the women's/ plus size department. Yesterday I went shopping for new bras and discovered that I am down a size and a cup size as well. I was grinning like an idiot in the fitting room. Fist pump!
At the moment I am sitting here in work out clothes that I would not dare be seen in last year- they were way too tight across the belly and bust. So if I am wearing them to the gym- its a real victory for me. Boo-yah! Take that menopause weight gain!

In other news the artist from the Witches Tarot, Mark Evans has graciously given me permission to make up some items using the art from our tarot deck "Witches Tarot" and to start I am having garden flags made up!
Here are the four cards I have chosen.

The Mermaid from the 5 of Cups, The Wheel of the Year, The Moon, and Karma!
5 of Cups Witches Tarot
Wheel of the Year- Witches Tarot
The Moon- Witches Tarot
Karma- The Witches Tarot
To begin these flags will only be available at my author events. The upcoming St. Louis Pagan Picnic, and Templefest in New Hampshire.

After those events I will see how the sales went and then discuss it with Mark before we decide if we will offer these garden flags online.

These were the four designs I have chosen and they will be the only designs I am offering this summer.

These are made locally for me by Naked Man Press- aka The Mickie Mueller Collection. Here is the information on the garden flags.

Printed right in their studio and hand pressed onto long wearing, mildew resistant polyester fabric, each garden flag has a channel in the top that allows you to display it outside using your favorite flagpole. The flag measures 12 inches wide x 18 inches long. I will be selling the flags for $20.00 and yes, I can take credit and debit cards at festivals. I have a iPhone and Paypal triangle to use now. 

I ordered my books for the Pagan Picnic yesterday, I will be making another big book order for Templefest next week. Now I need to go dash to the gym.

Hope to see you at one of the festivals this summer!
Blessed be, Ellen

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Taking some "Down Time" & Gearing up for Summer Tour Dates!

Hello!
It has been some time since I posted a new entry in the old Blog of Witchery... the reason for that was pretty simple. I was busy finishing my 15th book Practical Prosperity Magick- and then catching up on other projects, Then just when I thought it was safe--I had to do some edits. But FINALLY the book is off my desk and I am taking some down time.

Yup, that's right. No writing for a while. I am going to take a month or two off and relax. (Something I should have done after the mad-dash-to-the-finish- run we had with the Witches Tarot last year.) I am giving myself a couple of months off. 

I plan to put in some time and work in my gardens, keep up with my work out routine and the session with my trainer- who kicks my ass twice a week....and just be.

In the next few weeks I need to prepare for FPG  (Florida Pagan Gathering.) That's fast approaching. And I am really looking forward to it. Plus my writing buddy Tess Whitehurst will be there and it has been a couple of years since we have had any time together-- besides chatting on the phone.

I am stocking up on sunscreen and starting to get organized after all I leave in just 2 weeks! Here is the link to the event if you want to check it out. flapagan.org/

May will be another month to rest up and relax as June is going to be intense!
Here is my tour schedule for May and June.

 MAY 2013

Florida Pagan Gathering- Beltane 2013
Dates: May 1 - 5, 2013
Place: Camp Ocala, Altoona, Florida

Ellen is a Special Guest at FPG for Beltane this year. Ellen will be giving three different lectures while at FPG-

Building a Circle or Coven: Adventures of a High Priestess
Description: What does it really take to build and run a successful Circle or Coven? Author Ellen Dugan has some down to earth advice to share, as well as some tips and ideas to get your group motivated and organized. Get ready to laugh and to learn in this fun and informative workshop.

Mysteries of Beltane & Love Magick
Description: Join Ellen Dugan, author of "Seasons of Witchery", for a lively look at the sabbat of Beltane its history and lore- and the topic of Love Magick. 'Tis the time of year where romance is in the air. Learn what it takes to perform effective and ethical love magick. Come and find out for yourself what the strongest form of magick truly is.

Witches Tarot

Join award winning author and Tarot reader Ellen Dugan for a workshop on her newest release, The Witches Tarot. Learn how and why Ellen created the deck and the story behind the cards. This workshop also includes helpful hints and tips for performing polished readings for the general public, as well as techniques you can employ in your own readings. If you would like to gain a deeper knowledge of the magick and mystery of the tarot, please join us.

Please visit the FPG website for more details. The days and times of the lectures will be posted as we get closer to the event! www.flapagan.org

 JUNE 2013

St. Louis Pagan Picnic
Date: Saturday June 8 2013
Place: Tower Grove Park St. Louis MO.

Award winning author, Ellen Dugan will be attending the Picnic on Saturday. She will be on author's row selling and signing all fourteen of her book and tarot deck

Ellen will also be lecturing on the "Magick of the Witches Tarot"

Lecture description: Join award winning author and Tarot reader Ellen Dugan for a free workshop on her newest release, The Witches Tarot. Learn how and why Ellen created the deck and the story behind the cards. This workshop also includes helpful hints and tips for performing polished readings for the general public, as well as techniques you can employ in your own readings.

Time for lecture to be announced.
See you at the park!

TEMPLEFEST 2013
Date: June 15-16, 2013
Place: South Hampton, NH.
www.templeofwitchcraft.org/TempleFest.html

Ellen has been invited to be the Special Guest of The Temple of Witchcraft's Summer Festival. She will be lecturing on The Magick of the Witches Tarot and will be on hand selling and signing copies of all 14 of her books and the Tarot deck. For more information and to register for the event click on the link above. Hope to see you there!



Hope to See you at one of these events!
Blessed be, Ellen

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Happy Spring! A Witch-Craft Project

Blessed Spring Equinox, Blessed Ostara!

Ellen's mantle all decorated for Ostara
I've been decorating for the sabbat at home and today I thought it would be fun to share my latest Witch-Craft project. These are decorated eggs dyed to look like real bird eggs. I have seen variations of this project on Pinterest and decided to try it out for myself.

To begin you are going to want to hard boil your eggs. The best way I have ever found to do this is to put the eggs in the pot, cover them with cool water and bring the eggs to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, and remove it from heat. Allow the eggs to stay in the pot, covered for 12 minutes. Then remove them from the water and let them sit out on a towel to dry and to cool off.  (Perfectly cooked eggs- every time!)

Here we have the cooked eggs cooling on a kitchen towel. Also you'll see the supplies that I used to achieve the colors. Tea bags, plain old food coloring and vinegar- oh and HOT water.
I allowed the eggs to thoroughly cool (about 2 hours) and after I came back from the gym this morning, I hit the showers, got human, and prepared to start coloring the eggs.

To start you will need one cup boiling water and 2 tsps. of vinegar-- per each color that you want to achieve. To make the soft brown eggs,  I actually brewed up some plain Lipton tea and cut one of the bags open- then added the vinegar to the mug I used to hold the egg dye. The vinegar helps to set the color. I measured out the vinegar into the mugs first, then I carefully poured the boiling water into each thick mug



So then- 1 cup boiling water + 2 teaspoons white vinegar + 15 drops of food coloring. In each mug. (Or use two tea bags in a mug for brown).

I used about 15 drops of blue in one mug,  and 10 drops of green with 4 drops of blue to get a soft robin's egg blue in a second mug.
See to the left one blue and blue green egg drying on a towel and the brown eggs being dyed in the mug.



To the right, here are the eight eggs I did, drying on paper towels and tea towels. Once they were dry I mixed up some non-toxic acrylic craft paint to a medium brown color and splattered the dyed and now dry eggs with the brown paint. That gave them a more realistic look.




And here are a few of the finished eggs in a cute little antique pottery bowl on my kitchen counter. I can't decide which color I like better, the blue or the blue-green. Of course I love brown eggs anyway- here in the Midwest brown eggs are more expensive than white eggs. So I thought this soft golden brown was pretty. But best of all these decorated eggs look more like the real birds eggs you would find in nature- they are just larger. Also don't forget to keep your hard boiled eggs in the fridge after you are finished decorating and dying them.




Finally here is a snazzy picture on the right my daughter took for me. One of these days I have to have her teach me how she uses filters and such on her iPhone. It only took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to get the picture from my facebook to the blog. (sigh). Damn you technology...

In closing, this year I wrote the Ostara ritual for the 2013 Sabbat Almanac for Llewellyn this year. If you would like some ideas for celebrating the sabbat, a ritual for Ostara,  and more information on the Bird Goddess- who I think I very appropriate for this sabbat anyway- check it out!

Don't forget my book Seasons of Witchery- for even more ideas and magick for your all of your sabbat celebrations! Here is a direct link to amazon.com to pick up a copy. http://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Witchery

I wish you all a blessed and bright Spring and an enchanting Vernal Equinox!
Ellen 







Thursday, March 7, 2013

Announcing the working title of my 15th Book!

Good morning,

Well after a marathon session of proofreading and polishing yesterday... It is all done. I started at 5:00am in my PJ's, fuzzy socks and hoodie. Stopped for breakfast and lunch but otherwise stayed at my desk until 2:30pm. Then I laid flat on the floor of my office to stretch out my back for about 30 minutes. (Still wearing my PJ's.)
I was wiped out but decided to go and work out anyway- especially after sitting still for so long- so I got up, pulled my hair into a ponytail, put on workout clothes and headed to the gym.

My trainer was so surprised to see me strolling in (okay staggering in) at 3:45 in the afternoon, I am typically a workout in the morning girl, that he walked over to me. As he got closer he looked concerned and asked me if I was alright. I smiled tiredly and said in explanation, "The book is finally done!"

This only seemed to concern him. He leaned in and said, "Ellen you have bags under your eyes. Are you okay?" I made a snarky reply about the glamor of being an author and he shook his head and told me to go easy today on the workout, and then to take a nap when I got home. Sweet talker.

I did a shorter workout, went home, hit the shower and made dinner. Because I felt celebratory I poured myself a half glass of wine. (Yeah I know, party animal alert!) While I was eating dinner I was inspired to go ahead and send the whole she-bang to my editor. So after I cleaned up the kitchen- I went back into my office and stayed there for a few more hours.
All sent in- officially done and off my desk! However, by time I was "done", I had trouble focusing my very bloodshot eyes, and I staggered to the couch and stayed put for the evening. Then gave up and went to bed early.

If you were paying attention to my Pinterest boards you may have clued in to the topic a few months ago....  Anyway, without further ado, the working title for my 15th book is...
Practical Prosperity Magick: Witchery for Success & Abundance.  
Now, that is the "working title". So while the main title should stay the same, the subtitle might get tweaked. That will be up to Llewellyn to decide.
The book is set up in a similar manner to Practical Protection Magick- and is the latest in my "Practical Magick" series. Release date for book 15 should be late spring 2014. Oh and before you ask- no I do not have any say over when a book will be released.

This book took me on an interesting journey. It has more advanced magickal techniques, fresh ideas and plenty of witchery to keep you busy and working towards success and prosperity.
In other news I will have a book coming out in Fall 2013. Sorry for the secrecy- but the publisher has asked me not to reveal what it will be until they give me the go-ahead.

Today's plans are pretty simple. Rest up, relax and re-charge.I think I have earned it.
Blessed be, Ellen
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Progress and Witches Discussion Group

Good Morning,
Today is our St. Louis area Witches Discussion Group here are all of the particulars

Witches Discussion Group
Hosted by Ellen Dugan and Charlynn Walls
Date: February 16, 2013
Time: 2:00- 3:30 pm.
Place: Kathryn Linnemann Library (Meeting Room)
2323 Elm Street
Saint Charles, MO. 63301
Library Phone Number 636-346-6294
Ages 18 and up are welcome.
FREE!
A new discussion group for the Witches, Wiccans and Pagans of the St. Louis area.
Topic for December: Imbolc- to Ostara Welcoming the Light!
We will be meeting monthly to discuss magickal topics of interest. This will be a friendly exchange of ideas, magick and the discussion group will allow for attendees to have the chance to network and meet other magickal folks from the area. Ages 18 and up are welcome.
Please note: Due to work on the Blanchette Bridge, please consider taking 370 or the Page Extension to come to Saint Charles. We look forward to seeing you there!

 In other news, after a month at the gym I am starting to see some progress. Which considering I had the flu a few weeks ago, and then I went overboard and strained my knees last week, and have been doing only upper body workouts... isn't too bad. I am hopeful that by Wednesday I can start working out my legs again. In the meantime I want toned arms. I can build a bicep fast but the triceps are harder... and I want sculpted arms. I also need to start working harder on my core.

Last summer I dieted and worked out at home- hard for 6 weeks and lost one stinking pound. After a month at the gym I lost 3 pounds. One inch off my waist, 1 inch off my arms, and 4 inches off my hips! That explains why my jeans are feeling so different. So I am pleased.
I am also learning (the hard way)  that at the age of 49 I need to pace myself and not go balls out when I am at the gym because of the endorphin rush. Oy! that's how I strained my knees and got the IT band all aggravated. Lesson learned. Back to daily IT band stretching....
I still get confused by all the weights and machines. My trainer wrote down homework for me on the days I don't work with him, but I need like stick drawings of people to figure it out. I told him to break out the big crayons for me. Cause I just didn't get it. How do you hold you hands? Palms up or down on the barbells, how do you adjust the machines? Aaack! Very confusing. But he spent some time with me yesterday and I'm starting to feel less like a moron when I am at the gym on my own. With my sheet of paper filled with my stick figure drawings and directions.

Book# 15 is getting closer to completion. I am making good progress on the final chapter and this chapter ended up being deeper and more advanced than I had originally planned on and I am running with it. Actually this whole book is going to take it up a few notches. So I am pleased. I expected it to be done by now but you know what they say about best laid plans.

Okay I need to go hit the gym, then get home and get some work done on Chapter 9 before the discussion group this afternoon. I also hope to go see the movie "Beautiful Creatures" this weekend with the Hubs. I really liked the book- curious to see what they do with the film adaptation.
Blessed be, Ellen

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras Magick!

Hello,

Happy Mardi Gras.
Just for fun here is a spell I wrote for the 2009 Spell-a-Day Almanac. It has been adapted slightly to work with our current moon  phase. 
Please remember that the spell is copyrighted material and may not be reproduced in any form electronic or print without the written permission of the author, Ellen Dugan.
And now Happy Casting! 


Here is a spell that incorporates the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple for justice, green to represent faith, and gold for power. For this spell you will need a purple, green and gold candle (any size or style) and three candle holders. Line the candles up and drape Mardi Gras beads and coins around them if you wish. Once you have things arranged as you like, light the candles and repeat the charm.
*“This year, Mardi Gras falls on a crescent moon night,
Now I cast this spell, by magick and candlelight.
The purple candle brings justice, with all possible speed
While the green candle renews my faith, in my time of need,
The golden candle is burned for power, may it shine so bright.
Let the good times roll, with harm to none, on this Mardi Gras night.”
Allow the candles to burn out in a safe place. 
*Written by Ellen Dugan

Let the Good Times Roll and Blessed be!
Ellen 
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Transformation and The Magician

Hello,

I have been working away at finishing up book #15, and I also had a little writing assignment to work on for a surprise book project that is supposed to be released in autumn of 2013. (Or so the folks at Llewellyn tell me). I turned in that assignment on Friday. Now it's down to the final chapter of book 15 and the big push is on! Anywho, its been a crazy couple of weeks.

I am still working out hard 6 days a week and I got a little over zealous on the treadmill on Friday and apparently strained my back. Who knew? I texted my trainer and checked in with him and he grounded me from the gym for a day and the treadmills for a few days. Then he sent me motivational quotes on my cell phone. Aww bless his heart. That was so sweet... and then I turned around and sent him a silly and slightly snarky training quote back- and he laughed so hard that now he wants to send it to other clients. I told him to feel free.

Today I am allowed to go in and do the weight machine circuit he has set up for me. I was pushing myself really hard as weigh in/ measurements are this week. Its the one month mark since I started with the gym and I am curious to see if I have lost any weight and how much. I have started to see a change in my body. At the waist, my jawline, neck, and weirdly the shape of my hands. I'm nervous as hell to see what the "official" measurements say this week.

Last summer and fall I worked out on my own and dieted hard and lost only one freaking pound in 6 weeks. I had been told it would be an uphill battle due to menopause and hormone fluctuations. But seriously? It was very discouraging results for all of that work, and that's when I started plotting and searching for a local and affordable gym. I also decided to shake things up and go ahead and hire a trainer. Someone who would keep me motivated and also keep me on my toes. I can honestly say I have never been as sore in my life since I started working with a trainer, but its a good sore- the kind that tells you- you are working hard and starting a personal transformation.

The Magician -Witches Tarot
Speaking of transformation....
Here is one of my favorite cards in the tarot deck "The Magician" To the left you see The Magician from my Witches Tarot deck http://www.witchestarot.com/  
This major arcana card is all about working with the four natural elements of earth, air, fire and water, and then adding your own personal power to achieve transformation and to bring about the manifestation of your goals and dreams.

If you look closely you will see four faeries in the card, one for each element and the tools of the magician on the table also aligned to the four elements. The pentacle for earth, the sword for air, the hawthorn wand for fire, and the cup for water. The illuminated lemniscate above the Magicians head is an infinity symbol and it is a way for the Magician to focus his intention and reminds us that everything we think is in fact, creating our own future.

In my Witches Tarot Companion Book- these are the "Key Words" that I have to help readers quickly remember the core meaning of this Major Arcana card. "Key Words: As above, so below. Skill, determination, connection and confidence. Strength of will, and working magick with the four elements and the elemental spirits. The Hermetic principle of correspondence,  elemental magick, and personal power."- Ellen Dugan

When this particular card appears in a reading,  it is a message to tap into your own witchery to find the answers you seek. Work in balance with the elements and the powers of nature to create your magick and to bring about a positive change.   Remember- As above so below, as within so without.
No matter what your challenge, no matter what type of personal or magickal goal you have, you CAN achieve it. Add in your personal power, some hard work and magickal energy and nothing can stop you. 

Blessed be, Ellen

PS: My Online Class sale ends February 20th!  Take advantage of the sale prices while you can. To check out all of the affordable and work-at-your-own-pace online classes that I offer, visit my website and the online class page. Here is a direct link. http://www.ellendugan.com/10.html

Oh and if you were wondering just what I sent to my trainer... here it is.


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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Imbolc Blessings and a Spell

Good Morning and Happy Imbolc!

We are at the halfway point between winter and spring. The daylight hours are getting longer and here at home the weather has been swinging wildly back and forth from spring like temperatures- to snow, ice and tonight down into the single digits for the low temperature.

Imbolc is a quiet sabbat, but one full of a deeper meaning. It is a time to start over. To look within, to let go of things in your past and to move confidently forward. Maybe you need to let go of some friends, or people you thought were friends. Those old hurts or betrayals, that seem to linger on? Let them go. Consider those old hurts a lesson and move forward as a stronger and much wiser person. Perhaps a you are considering a lifestyle change? Maybe you have decided to start to eat healthier or become more active? Well now is the moment!

This is a perfect time to focus on yourself, what do you want? What would you like to accomplish? Take this sabbat of light and look within. Allow your light to shine and realize that you are able to accomplish whatever you dream of- if you are willing to work for it!

Here is an Imbolc spell of mine that was originally published in the 2006 Witches Datebook. I thought I would share it with you so you could work this over the weekend. It calls on Brigid the triple Celtic goddess of smithcraft, healing and poetry. For this spell, light as many white candles as you safely can and repeat the spell verse with intention three times.
Brigid, goddess of poetry, health and fire,

On your special day, grant my inner desire.

Your sacred flames bring light to me in so many ways,

Please send inspiration and passion to me this day.*
            Once the spell verse is repeated, stay and mediate for a time on the lessons you have learned, and think of new creative ways to achieve all of your goals for the future. 
To close up the spell say these lines;

By the power of Imbolc's inner fire,

Brigid assist me with what I desire.  
Watch over your spell candles. Allow them to burn in a safe place until they go out on their own. 
 *Copyrighted material- This spell may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the author, Ellen Dugan
 I wish you a Blessed Imbolc! Go on, embrace your inner light and shine!
Blessed be, Ellen 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Full Moon Magick- Learn at Home!

Good Morning,
Are you ready for the first full moon of the year? Have you ever wanted to take an affordable work-at-your-own pace class in the privacy of your own home? Sign up for my "Full Moon Magick" class today. It is only $22.00 and you will receive lessons, and fifteen lunar rituals. This Moon Magick class has all of the lunar eclipse information updated for 2013 and it also includes a NEW spell for the upcoming "Black Moons" of 2014.  Four out of the five online classes are on sale at the moment, and they are all very budget friendly.  
 Payment is made thru Paypal on my website and it is simple, safe and secure. Check out all five of my online classes! Here is a direct link to my online classes. http://www.ellendugan.com/10.html

The first full moon of the year is typically called the Wolf Moon. The nights are cold, the trees and flowers are sleeping under the snow and ice, and the wolves are on the prowl. 
Due to popular request I am once again sharing my Wolf Moon Spell. 

On this first full moon of the year, traditionally called the Wolf Moon, take some time to stop and reflect on the magick and medicine of the wolf. The wolf is a popular animal ally with Witches and magick users, as the wolf is a pathfinder, leader, and a teacher. The wolf has an incredible sense of family, as well as a strong sense of independence. The wolf also encourages the teacher within all of us to step up and share knowledge and information with others.

At this time of the Wolf Moon, perform a spell to assist you in tapping into your intuition and inner wisdom. Whether you wish to share your knowledge with circle or coven mates, or decide to formally teach a class. Calling on the wolf will give you the strength to walk your individual magickal path, and to assist others to find theirs, with courage and shrewdness. Set up your altar with white candles and a representation of the wolf. This can be a small statue, or a photo. As the full moon rises, turn and face the moon and call upon the magick of the wolf. When you are ready, repeat the spell below three times.
**On this enchanted night of the full Wolf Moon,
Send wisdom to me, by this Witches’ tune.
Ally and friend, I honor the moon at which you bay, 
Help me to teach and lead in the best possible way.
(Allow your spell candles to burn in a safe place until they go out on their own.) Happy Full Moon!
**This article and spell are copyrighted material and may not be reproduced without the author's written permission.  

In other news, I am spending the next few weeks finishing up book #15. I will be announcing the working title in a month or two. My coven meets in a week, on Imbolc day, and Convocation, where I am a featured presenter, is just around the corner! 
Lots to do, so I'd better get to it!
Happy Esbat!
 
Blessed be, Ellen
 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Follow Your Bliss

Hello,
I thought for something fun I would highlight the Major Arcana cards from my Witches Tarot over the next few months... I figured it would be best to start with the beginning so we begin with "The Fool" card. The following text is copyrighted material and comes from my Witches Tarot Companion Book

The sequence of the twenty two cards in the Major Arcana tell us the story of The Fool’s journey. With the first card number 0 we see the Fool begin his quest, young, carefree, happy and open to the experiences of his spiritual passage. By the time the Fool works his way through to the final Major Arcana card, numbered twenty-one, The World, our traveler is older, wiser and has embraced the mysteries of his path. 

This Major Arcana card is all about the daring leap of faith, Sure it is possible that you might make a mistake, or fall down, but hey! You can always get right back up again. Sometimes that is the best way to learn, by following your dreams and daring to do. The Fool encourages you to be open to new prospects and ideas. he dares you to step outside of the box. Live on the edge- be confident and bold. There is a whole wide magickal world out there... go explore it!

 Key Words: 
Follow your bliss. Adventure, fresh starts, exploration, a journey. 
New ideas, take a chance and chase your dreams. The beginning of a spiritual quest, exploring a new magickal path or tradition. The leap of faith.-Ellen Dugan, Witches Tarot Companion

The Fool card opens your personal chapter on new adventures, and a spiritual journey. This card is perfect to work with when you are starting a new job, or beginning a course of magickal studies. Embrace the spiritual lesson of the Fool, and see what wonders he has to show you and look forward to what great adventures you will have. 

It takes a courageous person to listen to their heart, and to follow their bliss. There is a sacred wisdom to the Fool. Pay attention and see where he leads you.   www.witchestarot.com
Blessed be,
Ellen


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Challenges and Motivation

Good Morning,

My master plan for this winter was to find an affordable, close to home, and friendly gym. I hit a plateau this summer and damned if I could get pass it. Considered throwing myself off of it for a while.  Mix in that with some ghastly peri-menopause symptoms including weight gain, insomnia, hot flashes, fatigue, and not being able to loose anything but 1 pound in six weeks- which I still can't figure out.
I did what worked so well before- I lost 60 pounds that way and kept it off for 3 years... Now that same walking, and diet routine was in place and only one pound lost in 6 weeks. (Insert primal scream, here.)
I was exhausted and started to drink lots of caffeine (tea and diet soda) to try and stay awake during the day, and I was stressed out and discouraged as hell.

Here I am looking at hitting the big 5-0 this year, and damn it, I want these 25 -oh that's normal every woman gains weight when they start 'the change'  extra pounds- gone. I worked so hard 4 years ago to loose 60 pounds and gaining back 25 because of stress and hormone changes is a buzz kill.
Perfection is over rated. I just want to get back to where I was, and be as healthy and strong as I can be.

The other reason I was considering joining a gym is because every winter I get stuck inside unable to do my 2 mile walks outdoors as I typically do 8 months out of the year...
I have work out DVD's but they are annoying if you do them all the time. And again you are stuck inside. Plus, if I live on the edge and do take walks in the wind and cold I tend to get a cold or a sinus infection. Right away.
 About a month ago (after valiantly taking my walks outside in the cold anyway) I got a nasty ear infection and it lasted for over 3 weeks. Wow, I had no idea an ear infection could make you so sick. Two rounds of antibiotics, decongestants, and ear drops, 3 trips to the doctor's office and  finally I had to have the ear flushed out so I could hear out of it again...  Ick.

But finally I am over that and have the okay from the doctor to continue to exercise. I made some radical changes to my diet while I was sick over those 3 weeks and to my amazement lost 5 pounds over the holidays. The doctor's scale confirmed that and I was tickled. And a little flabbergasted.
What did I do? I gave up diet soda, all caffeine, chocolate and I cut waaaay back on milk.
I eat yogurt and cheese- I get plenty of calcium- but I cut back on my daily servings of dairy- which I discovered had been far too many anyway, and I guess the changes in the diet must have kicked started something.

That day I left the doctor's office- hearing in stereo once again, I called the gym that I had been scouting out, and made an appointment to come in and take a tour. I liked what I saw. People of ALL ages, shapes and sizes, I saw a tiny older woman who was 80 if she was a day- just flying on an elliptical machine. (Scary but impressive).

So I signed up and went ahead and purchased sessions with a trainer as well. My reasoning? I have NO idea how to use any of the equipment in the gym- this way I can have someone teach me to use the equipment correctly. I have 20 more pounds to loose and I am determined to keep my knees injury free. Plus a trainer can set up a smart work out routine and  keep me motivated. I had my first session with my trainer a couple of days ago. And honestly, I was nervous as hell.

Ended up he is a nice young man, think big, quiet, football player/ teddy bear type. He was encouraging, supportive, soft spoken and probably younger than my own kids. And just when I convinced myself that he was a sweetie, he bent my happy ass like a  pretzel, when it was time to stretch out. Well good gods.
I had no idea I could bend like that.

I went home thinking,well, that wasn't too bad. Then my muscles decided to show me exactly where they had been used in a new and different way.  Yesterday we had crazy warm and windy weather mid 60's in January, so I was able to zip up a hoodie and go for a half hour walk up in the park in the sunshine. I was directed by the trainer not to do any weight lifting - but to either come in and hit the treadmill for a half hour or if the unseasonably warm weather held- to go do a mile and a half walk in the sunshine. I was only too happy with that assignment.

While on my walk I discovered my legs were sore in all new places. So were my arms and so were my shoulders. Well awesome. The best way to get over a plateau (I am told) is to do something different. Now today I go back for the second session, I thought we would do the same machine routines so I could memorize them and I was informed very quietly. "Oh no- Saturday we are working with free weights. All different things."

Which I find a little nerve-wracking when that is said with an affable smile. I think this guy is cheerfully relentless. And you know what? I'm up for that. So yeah, I am nervous but I am up for the challenge.
The motivation has spilled over into other areas of my life as well. I finished up chapter 6 this week and cranked out over 2000 words on chapter 7 yesterday morning.
Then after my walk in the park I figured out and outlined what the rest of chapter 7 of book #15 will be.
Fist pump!  It was a good day's work.

So I wonder what kind of work out challenges the trainer will throw at me today?
Bring it on big guy.

Blessed be, Ellen