This afternoon, a neighbor gave me a gift. She frequently finds things around her house and, when she sees she no longer has a need for them, she passes them on to those who may have use of them. This evening, she thought of a small trinket which she no longer wanted and thought that I would like it.
When she came down, before gifting it, she asked, “Are you an atheist? Agnostic?”
“Some people think of it like Wiccan.”
“Oh. Well. Here…It’s about eating with kids”
She handed me a small shadowbox sign:
I thank God for my children everyday without them I’d never know how well red wine compliments chicken nuggets
Hubby took the sign and modded it to work in our house.
Witchlette has started her stay with me requests after we have sung her lullaby and kissed her goodnight. Last night, she asked me to tell her a story, specifically, “Deadpool and the zombies.”
I took advantage of her want for oration of stories, and shared with her a myths of the Norsemen.
Below is the version I related to her of one of my favorites.
Thor awakens one morning to find his hammer missing. He blames Loki, who swears he didn’t do it, but agrees to seek it out and share what he learns. Loki ventures out and finds the hammer in an ogre’s home. He speaks with the ogre who says he will return the hammer if Freya becomes his bride.
Loki returns to Asgard and shares his findings: Mjolnir for Freya’s hand in marriage. Thor takes the news in stride, Tyr has done well with only one hand, surely Freya can give up one for the cause as well. Loki corrects him- he wants Freya to be his bride, something Freya admently refuses to do.
Loki comes up with a plan. He transforms himself into a beautiful handmaiden and sews three of Freya’s dresses together to fit Thor’s frame. He covers his head, face included, in a veil thick enough to hide his bright red whiskers. As a finishing touch, Thor dons Freya’s special necklace to prove his false identity.
Loki the handmaiden and Thor the bride travel to the ogre. They enjoy the wedding feast, where Thor eats his usual amount and consumes his usual amount of mead- helpings that are not appropriate for a dainty Freya. Loki explained it away as “Freya’s” want for the other, her excitement at becoming his wife, that she must eat to have strength.
After the wedding feast, Mjolnir is presented to bless the union. As it is placed before “Freya” at the table, Thor stands, rips through the dresses, and smites all the ogres.
Perhaps, if she asks tomorrow, I will share about the building of the wall.
Witchlette found a feather in her room this morning. It’s one I found and had gifted to her about a year ago. It was not in her altar box aka “treasure chest” so she determined it could not be hers. Therefore, she scampered off to my altar to place.
Upon returning, we had this discussion:
W: Your green candle is for Frigg, right?
W: Frigg has birds, right?
W: So that’s why I put the feather by the Frigg candle for you. Because she has birds.
As I am knowing Frigg more and building such a strong connection with her and working with her daily, I wanted to add a way to carry her with me. I have my Mjolnirs for Thor (and the little Witches) and I have my Pentacle for the Elements. Knowing I had some charms left over from a holiday gift, I peaked into my jewelry making caddy and pulled out two skeleton key charms. I fastened them together and attached them so they would hang over my star, between the Mjolnirs. Not to cover the Pentacle, but to enhance it.
Hubby was tickled by this, as I have gone from just the Pentacle to just a Mjolnir to two Mjolnirs and some spacers to both Mjolnirs and the Pentacle with spacers to my current set up. He laughed and said sooner or later I’ll look like the Pagan Mr. T.
Yesterday morning, I lead my first Sabbat with CotE. It was so awesome. Witchlette was with me each step of the way and it would not have been as Magickal without her presence.
The altar was decked a ring of flowers encircling a basket of colored eggs and a small white bunny sat a top the mighty pile. The four Elements were noted with a physical representation within a small colored tealight holder: acorn and pinecone for Earth, water for Water, some granite, a metamorphic stone created from heat below the earth, and air within Air.
Upon arrival, and seeing the beauty of Lake Wheeler to our immidiately east, we switched up the Cardinal Directions for the Quarters to have Water in East and Earth in West, for the thickest woods were in that direction. Then, we moved Air to the North for the still chilly wind. Serendipitously, I did not include directions in my writing so it was an easy switch.
During Quarter Calls, Witchlette and I each held an end of my besom and the Caller held the middle.
The ritual included some lore, a meditation, and a gift of seeds in a plastic egg. Witchlette covered the gift almost on her own.
The ritual itself is included on the ritual page, linked above.