Disablot/Charming of the Plow/Imbolc

The eve of Imbolc fell on a Friday, and it just felt more than appropriate to hold our Disablot on that night. It was on the night of the February Full Moon when Frigg made herself fully known to me. I wanted to honor both her and this time of knowing.

I gathered table supplies- Frigg totem, seeds to bless, horn of juice, silk flowers to place next to the snowflake candle holders to highlight the juxtaposition of this time.

First, we did our table blessing. Then, we each lifted the horn and completed the Disablot by giving honor to our female ancestors. At each of the kids turns, they honored their chosen gods. Witchlette made offerings to Skadi and Idunn as well as all the Fae and all the “lady gods” while Witchling made a boast to Ullr and Odin.

We enjoyed our meal together and were winding down when I started the Charming of the Plow portion. We talked about the plant life cycle and the seasonal life cycle; we talked about how we would plant some veggies at our new house. We each made offerings in honor of the new growing season, that we would find success.

Lastly, I made an open offering to Frigg by pouring some juice from the horn into the offering bowl. I then led the kids in a round I adapted from Nordic Wiccan. Since I made each line double, it became a call back that I led the the Littles responded: (to the tune of Are You Sleeping)

Spring is coming

Spring is coming

Full of flowers

Full of flowers

Idunn and her apples

Idunn and her apples

All is young

All is young

Corn will be golden

Corn will be golden

Hair of Sif

Hair of Sif

Thor is making thunder

Thor is making thunder

Rain pours down

Rain pours down

Fruits and bounty

Fruits and bounty

Gifts from Jord

Gifts from Jord

Frigg’s hearth and fire

Frigg’s hearth and fire

Safe and warm

Safe and warm



Skadi skis

Skadi skis

Ullr goes hunting

Ullr goes hunting

Ravens cry

Ravens cry

After bedtime, I returned alone to the dinner table altar and made an offering of milk to Frigg.

This morning, I took the offering bowl, and some seeds, and went out to the front garden to finish the Charming of the Plow aspect of the ritual.


Blessed August!

August is here. The beginning of the harvest season for our Northern European ancestors, though much of these dates don’t align with the Southeast.

August first means that today is Lughnasadh.

Today may also be called Lammas.

Today is also known as Freyfaxi.

I do not have a strong relationship with Freyr, or Celtic deities, so we refer to this day as Lammas.

Yesterday afternoon, I made some cornbread specifically for breakfast today.

I added honey to the batter, including incribing Jera, the rune for harvest.

I was able to get 13 muffins. 😋

Breakfast with blueberries.

I wish everyone a blessed beginning of the harvest season, by whatever name you call it. May you enjoy a bounty at your table.

Ostara blessings!!

Today, in the Muggle world, was the vernal equinox. The first day of spring.

The wheel has once again turned and in the Northern hemisphere, it has turned further into the light.

This year, however, Ostara has met us with a spring shower and a cold front rather than sunshine. I have bulbs I intended on planting between arriving home from work and making dinner, but alas the rain did not allow for a good gardening day.

The weather is predicted to get worse with a wintery mix, so we likely won’t plant them tomorrow either. The next sunny day, however…that’s the plan!

That does not mean we did nothing for Ostara. Quite the opposite! We lost our main activity, but we continued to celebrate at the dinner table with an extended blessing.

First, we blessed our meal. Then, I lit our Sabbat candle to honor the day.

Then, we welcomed the spring by discussing the science of the season change. We recalled our observations of the plants in the front yard from last weekend and this morning and compared how much new life has grown from the plants. We have also predicted what color flowers will bloom in these plants, as we have never seen them in more than dormant brown!

Speaking of dormant plants, we shared the myth of Idunn awaking from her faint spell, and all the flowers budding and blooming around her, all the trees budding and blooming overhead. How, now that Idunn is awake, spring can happen.

We, of course, talked about Ostara and our Germanic ancestors from my mom’s side, and how important the spring was to our ancestors.

We are still surrounded by boxes, and have realized just how much construction prep we have before us until we will be fully unpacked and ready for this forever home. So, table blessings may be all we do for a while. The Little Witches are still excited for even the smallest bits of Magick, and that’s what matters the most.


Blessed Imbolc and Charming of the Plow

Signs of spring have started to pop up around our yard. We have three bulbs that have begun to sprout in our front yard. Two are bulbs Witchlette and I planted at Imbolc last year, the third is one of the remaining daffodil bulbs around our oak tree.

This evening, at dinner, we conducted our first Charming of the Plow ritual.

I had an offering bowl at the table with a bulb and some seeds to bless, which will be planted in our new yard.

We blessed our meal, and I shared the following

Today, what many people call Imbolc, our Germanic ancestors Kew at Charming of the Plow.

Tonight, we honor Odin Allfather, cheif among the gods. We honor Freyr, who rides his golden boar across the sky for longer and longer time. Skal and cheers to Skadi and Ullr, whose time of rule is almost through. They will soon retreat back to Skadi’s mountainous winter fortress. For Thor, whose rains are to come and for Sif, whose grains are to grow. Tonight, we give special acknowledgement to Gefjon, who took four oxen, her son’s, yoked them to a plow, and carved a plot of land just for her kin. To Frigg Allmother, with an honor of milk, as the kids and calves are being born, milk is flowing, and wool.os being harvested and spun. Above all, this night, we honor Jord, Earth Mother. May you have fields growing and flourishing,
propagating and strengthening,
tall shafts, bright crops,
and red tomato crops,
and soft sage crops,
and all earth’s crops.
May Nerthus grant you
that your produce be guarded against any enemies,
and that it be kept safe from harm,
from poisons sown around the land.
Now I bid the Mother, who shaped this world,
that none shall overturn the words thus spoken.

Final words taken from The Pagan Grove.

Hail to Gefjon

Hail to Jord

Hail, Skal, and Blessed Be

Days of Yule

This year:

First day of Yule was the High Feast, which we had at R’s house and it rekindled holiday magic I haven’t felt since family gatherings of many years ago. 

Day two was for Thor and the extremes of cold and heat, as we delve into the winter. We watched A Christmas Carol for the extremes, and the scary ghost stories of the Wild Hunt. We also opened gifts to celebrate the returning of the Sun. 

Day three was for Skadi and Ull, Lord and Lady of winter. We made and hung snow flakes in their honor. 

Day four fell on Christmas Eve, the night when Santa/Odin comes. This morning, we discussed the Wild Hunt, how the winds blew fierecly and carried Odin and Slepnir, and now Santa and his reindeer, far and wide. We talked about the Wild Hunt and how it is a time of scary stories. In honor of the scary ghost stories, and in preparation of presents received from Santa, Odin, and family tomorrow- to remember the point of Christmas is love not gifts- we watched Nightmare Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

We ended the night with tossing reindeer and horse food (oats and sugar) on the front lawn, and leaving out cookies and milk for Santa and a horn or mead for Odin. 

Day five landed on Christmas where we explored the idea of family, both kith and kin, who share love between us. To show our love, we share gifts with our family, small tokens that, when enjoyed, you can remember who gave it to you and remember the love you share between you. 

The kids were surprised by happy gifts under the tree from Santa, stockings of goodies left by Odin, and gifts from kith and kin sent in from out of town. 

Witchlette was also very pleased to see the cookies eaten, the milk drank, and the mead enjoyed. 

We spent the morning enjoying each other and our new goodies. After lunch, we headed to my mom’s house where we enjoyed the company of extended family and shared gifts and good food together. 

Day six

Yesterday was spend with kin receiving gifts. We are very fortunate for everything and everyone we have in our lives. There are those in our community who are not as fortunate. Today is dedicated to them: we stopped at the grocery store and bought supplies for the food back. Last month, we gave canned fruits and veggies as well as beans and rice. The month before that, we gave pasta, tomato sauce, and cereal. This month, we got baby food, toothbrushes, toothpastes, soap, shampoo, and sanitary supplies. 

Usually, we drop off our donation to the box at Harris Teeter, but the folks have already picked up the box. Witchlette doesn’t do well in the car, so we’re going to drop off our goodies at the Magick Circle collection. Late, yes, but we did the gathering of supplies on the day. 

Day 7 we celebrated Mother’s Night. I learned after it had already passed that Mother’s Night is celebrated the night before the Solstice, which makes sense. Some traditions also have it in the third day of Yule. I will plan differently next year. 

Today, for Mother’s Night, I honored Frigg with a meditation of my own, while packing and preparing for our move. Also, since it’s mother’s night, everyone did an activity of moms choosing. This mama chose to go to hockey practice before lunch and watch hockey after dinner. 

Day eight

This was the first day we didn’t fully see through our activity. Today was dedicated to Elements and Elementals. We were going to make elemental totems for a family altar, but the activities were planned far before the day and the amount of packing that was done was not calculated for in the original plans. So…with craft supplies packed, we decided to plan our family altar for our new house and gather supplies. We have sticks and leaves for Earth, feathers for air, shells from our last trip to the beach for water, and crystals from camping for fire. As we are setting up our new house, we will arrange them in a hurricane vase, which is also already packed, and find the perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy it. 

Day Nine

Day Nine was devoted to Odin Allfather and all fathers. Witchlette and I spoke of Odin often during the day, though we didn’t have a set time devoted to him. Appropriately, we spoke of him while we were going somewhere. 

Hubby was given the choice of doing whatever activity he wanted to do. He wants to get the house on the market, so he decided to spend his time working on the house projects on his list. 

Day Ten

The 10th day is for our ancestors. Witchlette wanted to hear more stories about her great grandfather on Hubby’s side, his beloved grandfather, Grandpa C. We didn’t talk much about the countries where we hail from, as Witchlette knows most of that, especially her Pre-K class did an around the world where are you from unit with parent volunteers speaking about  their cultures. 

Day eleven

Day Eleven fell on New Year’s Eve. Typically I end our Yule celebration with Oath Night, but it wasn’t so this year. 

The three of us who were old enough to make oaths last year read them at the dinner table. I wanted to journal weekly to get perspective and positivity. While I didn’t journal weekly, I did journal more frequently and got more positive. Hubby wanted to complete more house projects, and he did. Witchlette wanted Witchling to get better (he was sick this time last year) and since Witchlette got better, Witchlette’s oath was also a success. 

We wrote down our oaths for the coming year, with Witchlette whispering hers to Hubby so that it will be hers to own and Witchling whispering his to me. 

After dinner, I set the previous, successful oaths a blaze to release them. 

Day twelve

The last day of Yule was dedicated to the Sun, which likely should have been marked on the second day. A bit before Thanksgiving, Witchlette spotted some sun catchers in the dollar store. I returned to the store on my own and purchased them as stocking stuffers. I store that in my not usual gift stop and forgot all about them until we were cleaning out the closet last night. Happily, they became our Yule activity for today. The kids painted them as they saw fit, though Witchlette was disappointed there was no red paint, but she loves her finished product of Leo nonetheless. 

And now, everything from Yule has been packed away. It’s fucking cold in North Carolina, we have an artic blast with temperatures only going as high as 40 at the end of the week. While the sun has returned and the days are slowly getting longer, we are fully in the cold season. 

Solstice blessings!!!

Last night, Hubby, Little Witches, and I went to a High Feast for the Longest Night and enjoyed the company of kith and kin.

Witchlette and I we’re honored with being asked to bless the meal with our dinner time blessing. I brought Witchlette’s Asgard stories book to share tales of Ragnarok, The Wild Hunt, and why we celebrate Yule based on R’s and my shared Germanic ancestors. 

Since R hosted, we joined for her Sun Wheel on  Solstice night last night. Most the whole of people gathered went to her balcony and we rewelcomed Air, Fire, Water, and Earth before lighting Spirit. 

We played games, ate wonderful food, shared love and friendship. We also stayed out way too late, Littles included, which in turn had us sleep much later than normal this morning. 

When we woke, we shared a special breakfast together and lit our final Sun Wheel candle. 

We rewelcome Air, that we may speak our truths, Fire, that we may be light bearers in the dark, Water, that we may hold to our emotional wisdom, and Earth, that we may care for ourselves and our planet. 

This morning, we welcome Spirit, that we may feel the unity and connection of our family together here. That we may feel the unity of our extended family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. We welcome unity between us and our kith, our chosen family. We welcome unity between all people in the world that there may be peace and love for all. 

Hail and blessed be. 

We also opened our second day of Yule box giving us our activity for the day and spirit we are honoring, and we also opened family gifts. 

Bonus: Witchlette asked for Fairies and Hubby and I got her a fairy play set. Within the play set is an apple tree, and hanging from the tree are golden apples. Witchlette was beside herself that Idunn is in her toy. 

Lammas blessings

Lammas, loaf mass, is the first harvest in Northern Europe. But it’s still rather hot here and I am certainly not ready to look forward to the autumn. At least not until I return to work…

So, we are honoring the spirit of Lammas with baking galore, and including elements of the first harvest like honey and berries. 

Lemon blueberry bread- it’s super yummy!

Honey wheat bread


And, to top it all off, I decided to go with another loaf for dinner!

Turkey meatloaf!

Tonight at our table, I will be conducting the following ritual:

It’s the height of the summer. It is the time of the first harvest, when berries, honey, corn, and wheat are at their peak. 

Fruits are at their sweetest. 

What is your favorite summer fruit?

Solarly, the days have been growing shorter since Midsummer, but there is still plenty of warm sunlight where we are and lots of summer fun to be had. 

What has your favorite part of the summer been?

What are you still looking forward to doing before the weather turns cold?

The times of harvest are times for extra thanks to the farmers who tend to our crops. Who sow the seeds, care for the plants, and pick the parts to be eaten, then till the remainder back into the earth. 

Cheers to our farmers. 

Hail to Sif, Lady of the grain. 

Hair to Thor, whose storms give water to the crops. 

Hail to their union, making bounty each year and allowing us to be fed.