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Published May 22, 2017 by Lunapo

I have been filled with many blessings. Family, friends, health. 

I hold my path very high in importance. It’s a defining part of who I am. “Hockey loving wife and mother, Celtic Heathen Kitchen Witch.”

I am blessed to share my path with my Little Witches, and that they take a genuine interest in Magick. 

Witchlette has had her eye on some water which was blessed not too long ago. She wanted to use it for gardening, for cooking, for bathing her turtles. Yesterday, she and Witchling (mostly Witchling) “harvested” rose petals from the bush at the front of the house. Witchlette, knowing they’re a Magickal ingredient, decided to keep them. Today, after school, she took them into the bathroom, surrounded them with water and happily splashes in rose water for about 20 minutes. Upon emerging, she beamed and said, “I have my own blessed water! I blessed the water with the rose petals!” 

I was in awe and overjoyed and bursting with pride. 

A beat kater, in inquired how she blessed it, what she said. 

“I hope all your birthday wishes come true.”

Be still me heart. 

They just did little one. They just did. 

Morning blessings

Published May 11, 2017 by Lunapo

Each morning, in the car on the way to our endeavors, we sing the morning blessing song. I have been saying, “Shall we start in the North?” and between each verse, change direction, “To the East/South/West/Center.”

Presently,  as we back out of the driveway and begin to turn up the street, Witchling asks, “Start North?”

I have been giving the Little Witches ideas between representations (trees, breeze, flame, lake), animals (deer, eagle, lion, dolphin), and mythological creatures.

Witchlette typically chooses mythological creatures. Dark elves and gnomes for Earth; Witchling likes calling for ‘chauns (Leprechauns). Air gets light elves and faeries. Pheonix, dragons, griffins, and sphinx for Fire. Undines, mermaids, and sprites for Water.

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Earth

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Air

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Fire

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Water

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning Divinity

Good morning Life

Good morning Spirit

It’s good to see you today!

This morning, which Witchlette specifically asked if it was Thor’s day, Hubby drove the kids to pre-school. Witchling was too excited about taking “Jeep school! Jeep school!” to request the morning blessing song from Hubby. I am curious if he would ask for it from Hubby in his car versus his Jeep.

Beltane blessings

Published May 1, 2017 by Lunapo

Camping was had!

Behind our tent was a lovely little Grove where Witchlette and I had a small morning ritual Saturday morning before the activities began. 

Our view up

This photo feels rather disingenuous since this is 10 feet into the hiking trail and is as far as we got as a foursome.

Hubby went about his trail competition and the Littles and I hung around the campsite. Witchling napped and Witchlette rested, then we did a nature scavenger hunt. 

Witchling found this “flutterflyby”

Saturday night, a fire was had and we walked in circles around the campfire waving our ribboned bellsticks and chanting “Welcome warm woodland spirits! Blessed summer finding!” The four of us went around three times, then the kids of one of the neighbor camps each took a stick and we did the chant again. After, we all roasted marshmallows and made smores. 

Sunday, we attempted hiking again, but Witchlette still wasn’t having any of it. The kids chose instead to play in the fire pit from the night before. 

Pictured: the Littles fire pit ash aftermath

Monday evening, we lit our meal blessing candle, which is presently our Sabbat candle because I have to get more candles in general, and we lit our Moon candle to discuss Beltane. We talked about the Wheel of the Year and how Beltane is opposite Samhain. I shared with everyone that these two points is when the veil that separates our world and the Eather is the thinnest. At Samhain, we can communicate with our loved ones who have died and gone to the Eather. At Beltane, it’s a great time for spirits who are coming out of the Eather and looking to be born. We talked about fertility, which means to be born or to grow and we listed all of the things just starting to grow: the baby goats at the farm, the roses on our bush, the leaves on our tree, the robins will soon set up nests and have eggs, sheep and cows and pigs and babies all come out of the Eather and get born. All of the pollen all around means that it’s time for plants to grow. 

Stone of Destiny mentioned in his post today how Beltane is becoming a sexless fertility rite. My Littles are still too young for the mechanical details, but they do get the fertility part!

Beltane blessings! 

Bedtime yeah buts

Published April 22, 2017 by Lunapo

The bedtime “yeah but”s is a now a new phenomenon in my house. It’s been a semi-regular occurrence since Witchlette was 2 1/2. 

Last night I felt that I finally had an answer to all of the “yeah but”s which also stopped them. 

Last night, after reading her book, blowing out her candle, and telling her another Asgard story…

Mama, please…I need company. 

[Witchlette], there are two things Mama needs to keep being a good, sweet, patient Mama. Do you remember what they are?

Food and I don’t know. 

Sleep. Food and sleep. Mama is very tired and I need to go to sleep myself so that I can rest and be a good patient sweet Mama tomorrow. And you need to go to sleep because you have a big day with A’s birthday party. 

Ok Mama. But I can’t find Horton. 

/Pulls Horton lovey off elbow and drops onto face/ You don’t mean the one you were snuggling with already?

Oh. Mama. 

Food and sleep [Witchlette]. It’s very late (for you). I love you, good night. 

Continued growth

Published April 18, 2017 by Lunapo

This Yule, Witchlette and I dedicated ourselves to improving our green thumbs. 

We planted basil and lavender during the winter holiday. 

Our six small pots of basil are doing quite well.

We’re still waiting for the lavender…

In February, we planted five bulbs. All of them were in pots and they all sprouted. We transplanted them to the front garden as we cleaned it up and gave it fresh mulch. Three of them have been thriving since transplanting. Two have yet to peak through. 

Two weeks ago, while making dinner, I found a potato that had more growth than not, so we planted it! 


Witchlette found watermelon and sunflower grow kits in her Easter basket which we will begin this weekend. 

Here’s hoping the green on our thumbs sticks…It’s been great bonding working in the dirt with her! And Witchling is excited to join us!

Balder’s dreams

Published April 17, 2017 by Lunapo

This evening for Asgard Stories, I cautiously relayed to Witchlette Balder’s dreams: he dreams of his own demise and Odin travels to Helheim to speak with a seeress to learn of Balder’s fate and it told he will die and spend forever in Helheim. 

Witchlette immidiately went into a panic. Was her favorite destined to die? 

I attempted to calm her with reassurance of his impending return, [rising from Helheim to lead with Magni, Modur, Thrud and the children of the older generation of gods] by comparing his death to sunset and sunrise. 

To no avail. 

So, taking her lead and seeing how I had gone to far and gave her more than she could handle, continued the story. Frigg went and sought a promise from every person, every animal, every thing to not hurt Balder. The gods then had a party by throwing items at Balder- throwing knives and swords, shooting arrows, tossing stones. They all gently hit him then fell to the floor. No harm done. 

And that’s it. 

I will not continue through the rest of Ragnarok until she shows she’s ready for it. 

SB17: days 4, 5 & 6

Published April 15, 2017 by Lunapo

Thursday Hubby and I spent together. The kids went to school to participate in their egg hunt and Easter parties. We started with an 8 mile bike ride, then had lunch at a local pizza buffet. After lunch, we still had an hour before it was time to help out at the school, so we walked the Greenway of a local park, about three miles round trip. After the kids parties, we headed home and began dinner prep of loaded baked potato casserole. 

Friday all four of us stayed home. We rode our bikes to meet friends at a local park; we started getting together because Witchling and their son are very close in age and are best buddies. They also have a daughter who is just a tad younger than Witchlette and the two of them really enjoy playing together as well. It helps a lot that the parents are very good people and we always have great conversation as we monitor the Littles.

This morning, we woke and headed to Rise of breakfast. After, we went to a trail head and walked 10 miles. The kids went back and forth between walking and riding in their strollers. 

Met a friend on the way!

Close up

A marsh we passed, frogs were singing loudly

Another friend hitched a ride

Blowing a puffy flower

Sibling love was by far the best part of the day!

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