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Sharing the myths

Published March 29, 2017 by Lunapo

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. 

Taking it all in

Published March 29, 2017 by Lunapo

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?

M: Yes. 

W: Frigg has birds, right?

M: Right. 

W: So that’s why I put the feather by the Frigg candle for you. Because she has birds. 

Be still me heart ❤️

Protect the Earth

Published March 15, 2017 by Lunapo

Beware the Ides of March!

Except the Ides mean, according to Roman calendars, the middle of the month as marked by the Full Moon. 

Adventure Wicca, coordinators of Facebook event Protect the Earth, have jumped on this idea. 

Tonight, at dinner, after the meal blessing, we did a special blessing for Mother Earth. We thanked her for the soil in which our food grows, for the land on which our animals are raised, for the waters within her which we drink. Witchlette channeled the prophet Sagan and thanked her for being the planet we live on and our home. 

We thanked the Earth and wished her good will and protection, today and every day. 

After enjoying our meal, upon blowing out our special candle, I led a meditation in which we envisioned the earth as a whole as one would from space. 

Close your eyes. 

See the earth. 

See the green land, blue seas, white clouds. See it all together. 

Envision a glowing green light encircling the earth. This is our protection. This is our love. May she be safe from harm today and every day. 

So mote it be. 

We then extinguished the candle. 

Mindful bedtime

Published March 9, 2017 by Lunapo

Witchlette struggled to get to sleep tonight. She stayed up in bed for almost an hour reading. She then felt tired, but was too anxious to relax and let herself rest and get to a point where sleep could take over. 

When I went to her room to ease her, she shared her fears related to her next vacination, that she knows it’s not til she’s 5 and she’s only 3 now but it’s still scary. She doesn’t want to do it alone, nor does she want it to hurt and she doesn’t like the idea of getting a scratch on purpose. We talked about her “inside Avengers” (immune system) and how the booster shots give them extra super powers, how they will make their special band-aids to stop any bleeding that may happen during the booster shot, and that it hurts more when daddy steps on her toes. She had big feelings and she didn’t want to feel them alone. I reassured her that she wasn’t alone and she would never have to feel big feelings alone, but that she does have to rest. Careful not to dismiss her feelings ala there’s nothing to worry about, I kept reassuring her but that just kept going in circles. Hubby’s tactic of talking about the big day she’s going to have tomorrow didn’t work as she informed me all her good stuff happened already this week. 

So I completely shifted gears. 

Close your eyes. 

You’re on the beach. Feel the warm sand under your feet. Feel the cool, gentle waves tickling your toes. Feel the sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair. Feel all the warmth and comfort surround you. Feel the beach. Feel the comfort. 

I’ve never seen her relax so wholly so quickly. 

This is a tool I will be utilizing more in the future. 

Mindfulness parenting ftw. 

Morning blessing song

Published February 26, 2017 by Lunapo

Last night I was turned onto the idea of a morning blessing song to start all our days off with Magickal intentions. 

It’s based on a nursery school welcome song and has the same melody. 

Start in your usual direction and move through the song as if you were casting a Circle. Use whatever properties or representations you would like. This morning my first round of Earth had rocks and trees, but Witchlette wanted flowers and grass. You can include in each verse the name of the Element or the cardinal direction. 
Below is a sample of what the song can look like. 

Good morning wind

Good morning breeze 

Good morning Air

It’s good to see you today

Good morning spark

Good morning flame

Good morning Fire

 It’s good to see you today

Good morning puddle

Good morning ocean

Good morning water

It’s good to see you today
Good morning rocks

Good morning trees

Good morning Earth

It’s good to see you today
Good morning wonder

Good morning life

Good morning Spirit

It’s good to see you today

Witchlette was very excited to sing this this morning. I’d like to sing it when we get in the car on the way to drop off each morning. 

We could also have a good night version that can be sung as part of our nightly routine. 

Good night flowers

Good night trees

Good night Earth

Thanks for being with me today

Perhaps at either teeth brushing would be the most effective…

The next day

Published February 12, 2017 by Lunapo

Woke up this morning feeling very well. Despite Witchling being up twice overnight and it being my turn to tend to him, I wasn’t sleepy upon wake. 

This morning we went to Rise for breakfast, then to the circus with Hubby’s parents. 

I was very impressed with the lack of whips and force put towards the cats. The man had a long stick with a pointy end which he used to scewer meat and feed it to cats upon completion of a trick and an even longer stick with a frayed string at the end. 

This, but imagine a much bigger kitty

Witchling took a nap on me for the tail end of the show, as it was nap time and he was ready. The four of us got home and Hubby and I split the kids. He and Witchlette went driving, Witchling and I went to the playground. 

Witchling climbed the steps, crawled through the tunnel and made his way to the biggest slide. Twice. Third time he went back and forth through the tunnel. Then, after asking to get down, he walked to the gate and said bye bye home. I asked if he wanted to go for a walk or go home, and he said walk, so we took to the trail. 

Shorts in Feb!

When I stop for long moments, I still have a tingle. All through the woods, I could feel the vibration. 

During our meditation, after connecting with Her and feeling Her presence, I was told, “She has another name. Find her other name.” I did some reading this morning, and I feel I may be onto something. More reading is needed and I will share my discovery. 

Imbolc dinner blessing

Published February 1, 2017 by Lunapo

Before eating, after blessing our meal, we talked about Imbolc being the return of the Sun. Witchlette spent time at school playing outside feeling the Sun’s rays. Witchling did the same. Hubby and I both worked indoors today and didn’t get to spend much time outside. We did get to enjoy our drive to and from work with the Sun, something we didn’t get to do just last week. 

After eating, we did a small ritual 

May the Sun continue to bless us

In all that we do

With all of the seeds that we may download

Literal or metaphorical

So mote it be

Blessed be. 

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