Samhain Blessings

Last night, I rung in the New Year with some of my best gals. We enjoyed each other’s company, with tea and wine and divination well into the wee hours of the morning. I’m fully hoping this will be a new trend that we will continue year in and year out. πŸ™‚

Tonight, the family will be doing an ancestors supper where we will include a plate for generations past to join our table. We will be talking about Halloween, Samhain, and Winternights.

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Today, I began the day with teaching my English III class “The Raven” and I am dressed in full regalia today- purple cloak made by my mother-in-law, black and purple witch hat, black dress I bought specifically for Samhain last year…everything that makes me feel Witchy.

May your Witch’s New Year be plentiful.

May your preparations for the coming dark be fruitful.

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Walpurgisnacht

Well…I’m going to go ahead and guess a whole bunch of folks. But not me, until just today.

May Day is Walpurgisnacht. The rituals happened at the same time, with different sets of rural farming peoples, who saw the world differently. Celts celebrated in the day and through the night. Northmen celebrated in the night and through the day. The point of the festivities was the same: Yay! Warmth! Sunlight! Our food is going to grow!

Depending on which text you read and from which area the text is derived, Walpurgisnacht is either driving away Witches (or celebrating Witches, as is the modern case) or purely the welcoming of the warm weather with Summer Finding or, another multi-night festival dedicated to Odin.

It is said Odin hung himself from Yggdrasil for nine nights to gain the knowledge of language and the Runes. Walpurgisnacht is then celebrated from April 22 (aka Earth Day) to April 30th. The Celts began their celebration on May 1st with Beltane.

This year, the family is going camping for Hubby’s tiny truck driving competition. We are going to be right smack in the middle of the woods on Walpurgisnacht. How beautifully fascinating is that?

We have sicks with ribbons and bells left over from a friend’s wedding which we will bring with us to celebrate the holiday as we pick a tree to dance around. Perhaps we’ll just dance around the whole camp ground.

Either way, I’m excited to continue to learn more about the Nordic Wheel and develop my craft in line with the gods who have chosen me.

Perhaps next year we will do all nine nights for the gift of the Runes.

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Ancient Nordic time wheel: " the Wheel of the Year consists of four or eight festivals: The solstices and equinoxes, known as the "quarter days", and the four midpoints between, known as the "cross quarter days".

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There are many variations, which will lead to lots of studying.

Poor me! I have to get my student on! (If I could make a living being a student, I would do so in a heartbeat!!)

Lughnasadh blessings

Blessed Lughnasadh!

Tomorrow (August 1st) marks the beginning of the harvest season.  

The summer is winding down and the fall is fast approaching.
Leaves have already begun to change their color and fall from the trees. We must take stock and remember that it is the light amount, and not temperature, that rules the leaves. No matter how hot it feels, there is less and less daylight each day. The excessive heat we will continue to feel through the fall and perhaps into the winter…well, we have only ourselves to blame for that one. 

But I digress…

Lughnasadh blessings to all. 

This is a time to take stock in what you have sown. Did you make goals for the year at Yule on Oath Night? If so, how are those goals going? Have you carefully placed yourself and are in a place you want to be? Or have you casually gone through the year paying no mind. 

Are you where you want to be?

If so, give thanks. For all that you have and all that you are. 

If not, give thanks. For all that you do have, and for the realization that you want to make a change. There is no need to wait for Oath Night. Make the change now. 

This afternoon, Witchlette and I took some time to find the magickal in the mundane. We need bread, so we made honey bread. 

All of the ingredients in the pan ready to go

While making bread, we acknowledged all of the steps that go into making flour: the wheat plants who gave of themselves to be our sustenance. The farmers who worked the field and grew the wheat plants. The millers who ground the wheat to make flour. The workers who all pitched in to get the flour to us. And for my sous chef who helps me in the kitchen. 
We talked about Lugh, the god of the harvest, and about the husband and wife team Byggvir and Beyla who work with barley, bees, and honey. This was the first time Witchlette and I have discussed multiple deities existence. 

Later, over dinner, I lit a candle and spoke about Lughnasadh. Ideally, we each would have had a piece of the bread, but there was an hour left of baking at dinner time. Still, we ate together and talked about something we are thankful for. 

Coming out of the darkness, I asked Hubby to be more participatory in rituals at home. He said if I lead them he will join in with family rituals. So tonight we started. And I am super thankful to have such a wonderful and supportive husband who is all in. I am super thankful for my great kids who are inquisitive and loquacious. I am thankful for all of my kith and kin as well as my tribe at Magick Circle. And for being in a happy place. Being out of dominant darkness and feeling as though I am me again. 

Finished product, to be enjoyed tomorrow

Mabon Blessings

   
The beauty of the natural Pentacle found in the Apple. 

    
 
May you and yours have a Blessed Harvest. Enjoy the fall produce and the chilling weather. Enjoy the changing colors and the slowing paces. 

It’s amazing how Autumn is so beautiful, so colorful, and many folks’ favorite season. Yet, the colors come from death. This goes to show how off kilter we are as a society with our view of death. Autumn is proof that from death, there can be beauty and from death comes life. 

May you enjoy the harvest of what you have sown, literally or metaphorically, this Mabon. 

Autumnal Blessings!!!