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Lammas blessings

Published August 1, 2017 by Lunapo

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

Northmensbrød

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. 

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Solstice day

Published June 21, 2017 by Lunapo

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.

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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!

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! 

Lughnasadh blessings

Published July 31, 2016 by Lunapo

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

Published September 23, 2015 by Lunapo

   
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!!!

Here Comes the Summer, There Goes the Sun

Published June 18, 2015 by Lunapo

This Sunday is Litha, Midsummer.

When I first started on the Pagan path, Midsummer was both a joy and a mystery to me. I suddenly understood all of the pieces of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I also was highly confused that…well, summer isn’t half over. It’s just beginning! How can something be called Midsummer when we’re not even a day into the season which the holiday is saying we are half way through??

Two (or maybe three) years ago, I started paying a lot of attention to the buds on the trees. In early March, trees can be seen full of small leaf buds. By early May, every tree is full. Interestingly, the tree in the back of my house is two-three weeks ahead of the tree in the front of the house; the front of my house would be “full AM sun” while the back is “full sun” based on gardening standards.

The growth on the trees isn’t about the temperature. And no one knows, or cares, what month it is other than humans.

It’s all about the light.

The light begins to return to the Northern Hemisphere at Yule, the Dark Solstice, when the days slowly, slowly, slowly begin to get longer. Likewise, the light begins to recede from the Northern Hemisphere at Litha, the Light Solstice, when the days slowly, slowly, slowly begin to get shorter.

This doesn’t mean the Summer is over.

It doesn’t mean the cold will be creeping in.

It doesn’t mean Fall is beginning.

It means the light is receding. And growth be soon follow.

It means things are beginning to wind down, become quiet. It means that while we are hustling and bustling and enjoying all that Summer has to offer, Nature is setting the stage for us to slide into a place of calm.

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