Equinox recap

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As I noted before I knew we were going to have a quiet one. WI is having a heat wave so I only left the house if it was necessary.

Once I got home from work on Friday I did a bit of decorating and then once the baby was in bed I went down to my temple space and celebrated. I kept it simple, I wrote out things I was grateful for, put out offerings, and did a bit of tarot work.

Blessings of the Equinox. I hope you all had a beautiful and magickal day. 🍁🔮🍂

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Saturday morning the little dude and I were off to a play date and then home again before it got super hot and humid out. I felt bad that we couldn’t be outside, but we had a lot of fun playing. In the afternoon I started making the soup that would be our Equinox meal. I could have done it for Friday, but I was so tired from the heat and work that I decided to wait. The soup was actually much easier to make then I thought it would be and was delicious.

I managed to make another stuffie for the shop and finished up 2 I had been working on. You will see them all soon! Check out my instagram feed for sneak peeks.

We snuck outside in the morning on Sunday before it got too hot and played in the yard. Our giant sunflowers are making seeds! We can’t wait to harvest them all. We had so much fun growing them this year. Next year we may do more. Hopefully once the weather cools down we’ll get out to the garden to do some work. It is in need of some weeding and I have to start to prep for the winter.

What sort of fun did you have this weekend?

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Mabon ritual

Mabon is on Friday so I thought I would share a simple ritual. Mabon is a time of gratitude and thanks for me, so this ritual is to express that gratitude as you prepare for the fall and winter. Feel  free to add to this ritual, change it up, or strip it down. I have tried to leave it super simple so you can customize it as you wish.

Mabon

Items needed: Candle, candle holder, lighter, incense or rattle, large bowl, paper cut in strips, pen, a small box or pouch, chalice/cup with beverage, plate with food, offering bowl/plate

Light your candle and set it on your altar. Then either light your incense or pick up your rattle. Walk around your space smudging or using the rattle to cleanse the space with its vibrations. As you walk, visualize creating a sacred space, the smoke or sound chasing any negative energy away.

At your altar take a moment to pause and take 3 deep breathes in and out.

Cast your circle: There are a variety of ways to do this, use whatever method feels best to you. A simple way is to walk the circle with your hand out, visualizing the circle being drawn with your hand. Remember to bring the circle up into a sphere, above and below.

Quarters: You can use these simple quarter calls or make up your own.

Facing the North call the North quarter.

Element of Earth, Guardian of the North

You are the strong mountains and the ground beneath our feet.

Use your strength to keep this circle safe.

Element of Earth, watch over this sacred space!

Blessed Be

Face the East and call the East quarter.

Element of Air, Guardian of the East

You are cool breezes and strong storms.

Use your strength to keep this circle safe.

Element of Air, watch over this sacred space!

Blessed Be

Face the South and call the South quarter.

Element of Fire, Guardian of the South

You are the heat of the sun and the light of the fire.

Use your strength to keep this circle safe.

Element of Fire, watch over this sacred space!

Blessed Be.

Face the West and call the West quarter.

Element of Water, Guardian of the West

You are cool waters and raindrops on the grass.

Use your strength to keep this circle safe.

Element of Water, watch over this sacred space!

Blessed Be

Invoke the Goddess and God: Some people work with both a Goddess and God, some only work with one. Use whatever feels right to you. At this time you are asking the Divine to join you, some may do this silently in prayer, others may read an invocation out loud, and some may say something simple. Whatever you use, whether you wrote it or if you found it online or in a book, really feel it and let your intention come through your words. Don’t worry if you think you sound silly, just speak from the heart.

Once you are done your sacred space is complete. Now is the time to do your working.

Sit down with your pen and strips of paper and think about the past year. What things stand out for you? Is there anything you are really grateful for? Are there things you want to honour? Changes you went through, lessons you learned? Write down something on each of the strips of paper.

Let yourself take all the time you need here.

Once you are satisfied, place all your strips of paper in the bowl and mix them up. Hold the bowl and say

“May these moments remind me of who I am and how far I have come. May they guide me when I feel lost. May the gratitude fill me and lead me to new and wonderful moments.”

Breathe deeply and then gently fold each strip and place them in a pouch or small box. When you are in need you can pull one out and use it as a divination tool or a gentle reminder to help get you through a tough moment.

Now is also a time for you to meditate or do any other work you may wish to do.

Pour your beverage (or if it’s already in the cup) hold your hand over it and visualize energy mingling with the liquid. Visualize whatever kind of energy you feel you need in your life. Lift the cup and say

“May I never thirst. May I be full of blessings and ____.” Drink deeply and then set the cup aside, leaving some liquid in it.

Hold your hands over your plate and visualize energy filling the food.

Say “May I never hunger. May I be full of blessings and _____.” Eat, leaving a small amount on the plate.

Place the remainder of the food in your offering bowl and pour the remaining liquid in. Say

“I offer this in gratitude. Thank you for the blessings I have in my life. Thank you for the energy and guidance you give. Blessed Be”

Set the plate aside. After your ritual either take it outside and leave it somewhere to dispose of it in a way that is safe for any animals in the area. If you do not have that option, then do whatever works best for you with your offerings. This may mean you eat it, it might mean you put it down the drain. Whatever feels right and is safe for you to do.

Thank the Goddess and God. As with invoking you want to say goodbye with intention and in a respectful way. Put the same energy into this as you did with the invocation. Speak from the heart, thank them for their energy and gifts and then say goodbye.

Release the quarters: Use these simple ones or make up your own.

Facing the North call the North quarter.

Element of Earth, Guardian of the North

Thank you for the gifts you brought to this circle.

Thank you for keeping this sacred space safe.

Element of Earth, I release you back to your realm. Go in peace.

Blessed Be

Face the East and call the East quarter.

Element of Air, Guardian of the East

Thank you for the gifts you brought to this circle.

Thank you for keeping this sacred space safe.

Element of Air, I release you back to your realm. Go in peace.

Blessed Be

Face the South and call the South quarter.

Element of Fire, Guardian of the South

Thank you for the gifts you brought to this circle.

Thank you for keeping this sacred space safe.

Element of Fire, I release you back to your realm. Go in peace.

Blessed Be

Face the West and call the West quarter.

Element of Water, Guardian of the West

Thank you for the gifts you brought to this circle.

Thank you for keeping this sacred space safe.

Element of Water, I release you back to your realm. Go in peace.

Blessed Be

Center yourself, pause, breathe and then cut your circle. You can either trace it back with your hand in reverse, or you can stand in one spot and slash through it with your hand visualizing the circle melting away or going back into the earth.

Your circle is open, your ritual is done.

Full moon dreams

As a new mom there isn’t a lot of sleep in my world. I suppose I am luckier than others, my son will sleep for large chunks, but it took us a year to get there. As someone who is an active dreamer, it has been very strange to have no dreams for a year.

The past few months they have been coming back. First, they came back with the stress dreams and nightmares that I think all new moms have. Now I am starting to have my normal strange dreams, the magic dreams and the silly dreams. Full moon through the leaves

Last night was magic. In my dream….. 

I walked out of a forest path to find myself on a sandy beach in a cove. The moon was shining high in the sky and it was all quiet. In the shallows I could see symbols stamped into the sand. I stood there and stretched my arms high above my head and soaked in the moonlight.

A noise brought my eyes to the shore across the cove where a baby bear came wandering out. Shortly after that, mama bear came out to stand on the beach. I stood there watching them and then reached for my phone to snap a photograph. As I zoomed in on the baby bear, a young wolf cub came out of the forest and began to play with the bear cub. At that point my dream brain thought “Hmm, maybe I should leave so that the mama animals don’t get angry with me.” That woke me enough that the dream shifted and I lost the sense of magic and instead had the sense of anxiety of getting away from the wild animals.

Both bear and wolf have meaning to me so I will meditate on the messages from them. I also remember the symbols I saw and will add that into the mix to see what the Goddess was sending me. I am dealing with a lot of change in my life, I know my stress and anxiety have been starting to climb, so it was really refreshing to have such a calm and meaningful dream.

I had tried to do a little spiritual work before bed, but I was so worn thin. The Goddess whispered in my ear “Go rest now” and I am glad I listened. The dream stayed with me and I can still feel the sense of relaxation. Have you ever had a dream that stuck with you like that? That was so calm and so perfectly normal, yet magickal?

I hope everyone had a magickal full moon and that you got what you needed from it.

 

 

 

 

Blessed Lughnasadh

Blessings of the harvest! The Wheel turns onwards. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we are already in August. It seems like summer just started and here I am prepping for the fall.

sunflower

Our mini sunflowers came in and are now decaying. We are waiting to see if we get any seeds to harvest. Our giant ones are still growing, currently they are about 5 feet tall and the flowers are starting to be created. We are very excited.

Sadly, the huge storm system killed our pepper plants. The pots were overflowing one night and we think the plants did not enjoy that much water.  My husband was able to harvest a large bowl of jalapenos, but I don’t think the last few on it will make it. We’ll see.

Pepper plant in a pot

We were busy last night so I didn’t take any time in my temple space. We did play in the yard and garden a bit, so at least we took a moment to appreciate nature. I was talking with a friend about how hard it is to find the balance to do your spiritual practices with a little person. We have to learn to make magick in different ways. So we had cuddles, giggles and a baby running around the yard. That is a special magick that I will cherish while I have it. Too soon the baby will be too cool for hanging with mom. We get so wrapped up in the idea that holidays are about rituals and tarot and specific things. Sometimes celebrating means hugs and watching dragonflies flit about your yard.

I’ve been journaling every day through Sora’s 21 day challenge and am going to continue with it. I used to journal all the time, but fell out of the practice. I have found it a nice addition to my morning routine.

I completed another custom and have been selling a few tarot readings. If you are interested in either head on over to the shop to check out the listings. The shop will be closing for a week or two in August as I will be away.

I hope that your celebration was fun filled, whatever you were able to do. Bright Blessings as we head towards Fall!

Sunflower decaying in a pot

 

 

June recap

My online 101 class starts soon. I was amazed at the response I had. I expected maybe 3 people, but I have 12! Awesome. I still have to load all the content and get it ready to send links out, but I will hopefully get that all done this week.

The little moon circles I was running took a break, but we’re going to start back up at the end of the month. It will be nice to connect in person again. I’ve been doing a bit or rearranging in the basement so I will hopefully make my temple space a bit more cozy.

June was so busy I didn’t get a chance to work on many craft projects. My Little Familiars did pretty well as soon as I launched them, I had several custom orders come through. I hope to get the foxes done this month and up in the store, along with some other kittens. I also have a few other plans in my brain, we’ll see how those work out. Right now it really comes down to having the time to sit and do things. The little man is teething again, and those back teeth are fighting him as they come in. Poor guy. So he needs many mommy snuggles.

I was lucky enough to take the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training through my work. It was interesting to look at all the habits and see which I already did, which I needed to work on and which I needed to start. I am excited to put it all into practice. The most challenging part was creating my mission statement and looking at goals. I am terrible about goals and planning. I’ll have an idea and just go with it without sitting down to look at the full picture. Crafting my mission statement made me realize somethings were actually important to me that I hadn’t thought about. I’ve printed it and pinned it up in my cube to remind myself of all of this.

Litha was a non event really. I put an offering out, I did a full tarot reading for myself and that was it. I really do need to sit down and rework my Sabbat goals, they’ve gotten hazy with the little man involved.  I had some ideas written out, but then the computer died and I lost all that stuff. Time to redo and put them in my BOS.

I hope June was a good month for you all, are you ready to enjoy the summer?

Wicca 101!

Here we go! All the details!

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Class will begin on July 9th and run to August 13th. Content will be available on Sunday evenings. There is an in-person version also running, but space is limited and you must be local to Madison, WI.  For those interested in learning in-person, the in-person courses will be every 2nd week, with online portions the other week. Email me to discuss.

The course will have video content, PDFs emailed and a Facebook group to chat with the other students and to ask questions.

This course is the basics to help guide you to finding and creating your own spiritual path. Drop me an email if you are interested!

Bright Blessings!