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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.

Beltane Blessings!

Published May 1, 2015 by Lunapo

Beltane, as I see it, is a fertility holiday. The phallic maypole is decorated to bless the phallus to give seed to the womb. Bonfires are lit and dances are had. Fire is clearly metaphoric for passion, and with passion comes sex and with sex comes the next generation. Dancing is also an aphrodisiac, physical, passionate, firey movements which ignite the senses to carnal activities.

Beltane is a look at “What is the point of life?” If we listen to most music and poetry, the point of life is love. If we look at biology, the point of life is procreation. Both avenues end in the same place: igniting an animalistic passion for the purpose of passing along a genetic code to sustain one’s species.

Blessed Beltane to all! May everyone enjoy the warming weather, the blooming flowers, and the sights and signs that Nature is again fertile and ripe.

Ostara Blessings!

Published March 20, 2015 by Lunapo

Blessed Ostara! Blessed Spring!  

  

Dark and light are equals, and starting tomorrow, light begins to dominate as they days grow ever so slightly longer. 

 

The goddess is plump with new life, waiting to eagerly burst forth!

 

 

May you be blessed this coming spring. Now is a great time to begin a new project or start a new endeavor. Yes, I know New Years is “the time to start” (and really any day is a new day to start) but the feeling of starting something while new life is blossoming all around you may be easier to stick to than the middle of the winter. 

  

More Yule Carols

Published December 17, 2014 by Lunapo

Solstice Carol- Wyrd Sisters

Solstice Song

Solstice Evergreen

Here is a list of songs I enjoyed reading though: some traditional songs with no modifications that seem to go with Solitice more than Christmas, some Christmas songs with new lyrics, and some orginial songs with lyrics. Solstice Carol (first video) lyrics are included in the list.

Some of my favorites to note:

  1. Deck the Halls (since it straight up says “Yule”!)
  2. Chestnut song (again, direct mention of “Yuletide carols being sung by a choir”)
  3. Holly Jolly Yuletide (only needs minor adjustment…”Have a holly jolly Yuletide/It’s the best time of the year/I don’t know if there’ll be snow/But have a cup of cheer…)

My favorite of all is still Santa Claus is Pagan too. 😉

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