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. 


Solstice day

Today we enjoyed the Solstice.

After braving the morning rain for a lovely breakfast, we did some errands and enjoyed lunch at home with a movie and home popped popcorn for Watch It Wednesday.

As Witchling napped and Witchlette and I played, the sun burned through the rest of the clouds and it finally looked like what we all imagine Litha looks like.

Upon his waking, the three of us went to a local park and played in the warm afternoon sun, including a good amount of puddle splashing.

At dinner, we said a Litha prayer and utilized my new offering bowl to make Libations.

We talked about what we want to do this summer.

After dinner and more playing, we drizzled honey on our Fairy cakes and left them in a small thicket at the front of our driveway with the Libations from dinner.


The Littles enjoyed their own cakes in the Fae’s honor with a summer time smores topping.

All in all, a very blessed Solstice indeed!


Summer Solstice Blessings

A day when the Sun is at its peak and light dominates the darkness. A day to honor Sunna and Balder. 

A day to meditate on Dagaz. 


Beltane blessings

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!