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Samhain Rituals

Hello hello! Happy Samhain, pronounced “sah-win” or “sow-in.”  Today is the day when the veil thins and we reflect on those who have come before us and invite them to join us for the evening in our celebrations. In early Celtic calendars, it marked the New Year and many have referred to it as the Witches New Year.  (Some believe though Yule as the new year as it is the rebirth, choose what works best for you). This is probably my favorite of all the Sabbats. It is the one in which the most people celebrate and  everyone around is just a bit more magic and a bit more believing in powers they cannot see.

There are so many ways to celebrate, but here are a few of my favorites.

Costumes

I still dress up. I love it. It allows for me to feel “into it”. I’m sure everyone reading this blog already knows, but just in case, the ritual of dressing in costume stems from the original Celtic Day of the Dead. It was believed that on Hallows Eve when the veil was thin, the ghosts, demons, goblins and other such beings were able to roam freely through the world. Treats and offerings of food and drink were left out to pacify the souls. This morphed into people dressing up as these haunting beings and going door to door for food and drink, and now into all costumes and candy. It is also believed in some sects and legends that by dressing up you would confuse the ghouls and you would be safe from their antics. Costumes

Carving Pumpkins

I have seen some absolutely astounding pumpkin carvings, true works of art. I’d like to say I’m pretty pumpkin crafty but that would be a lie. I still love to carve them though with the family and put them out on the porch. The Jack O’ Lantern is an Irish tradition that immigrated to the United States. It is thought that if you keep this lit pumpkin on your porch or doorstep during Hallows Eve it would frighten away evil spirits including that of Stingy Jack. This particular practice I also pair with lighting a candle for my ancestors to find their way home. It is believed that on this night our ancestors are able to come and visit and share in our merriment. Leave a candle in a window or on the porch for them to find their way home easily. Orange and Purple are the colors traditionally used but really any will work so long as your intent is correct.

Feast for the Dead

On my porch every year I also leave a snack for my relatives and well as to appease wandering spirits. This normally includes apple slices with cinnamon, a glass of wine, cheese and a sweet cake of some kind. It is also a time to make and enjoy passed down family recipes and traditions in a way of remembering your ancestors.  Soul cakes and pie, grains and stew tend to be my favorites.

Tarot and a Bonfire

When the veil is thin and my ancestors have come I often will do a Tarot reading so that I can get guidance and clarity from the other realm. When weather permits I do it outside next to my bonfire so I can be closer to nature but this is not a necessity. These are three fun new ones  I found this week on Facebook and Pinterest that I think I may try. You never really know what spread will work best for you, or if a new spread will work for you so I thought I would get a few options just in case.

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I will call upon the Crone and the Horned God to aid in my readings as well as my ancestors. You may also just ask for visions from your fire. These should appear as flashes or even words in the flames.

I close my fire rituals with a goal for the New Year and a prayer for the winter. I ask that the lean times of winter be bountiful and full for our family and I set my intent for the year to come. This often includes writing a habit I wish to break on a piece of paper. I then cast it into my Samhain flames imagining it being released from me to haunt me no longer. I then visualize and imagine a newer healthier habit replacing it.

 

 

Blessed be and Safe Travels this evening to all

Happy Solstice!!

I have set my altar, created my bonfire and written my blessings.

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Summer Solstice is a time for clarity,  purification,  healing and beginning of a new phase or chapter. Transformations.

Write your prayers on a slip of paper, things you want to start or end. Bring to fruition. Visualize and see this reality. Once you have a clear vision light your prayers on fire in the ritual fire. Imagine your wishes being carried to the Goddess with the smoke of the fire. See this reality and hold it in your heart. Thank the Goddess for hearing your prayer and give thanks for what had come already. 

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Altars don’t have to be fancy!!

Happy Litha and Blessed Be!!

Full Moon and Solstice!

So here in Oregon we are about 2 hours away from the full Strawberry Moon.  If you are on the East Coast you have already seen it, and hopefully set out your crystals to charge, done your full moon blessings, cleansing, clearing banishing ritual, and all of those other such full moon activities.

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The full moon and the Summer Solstice occurring on the same day is exceptionally rare, which makes it a great time for Magick, powerful magick. It’s a time to celebrate, to enjoy the bounty that the goddess provides. A time to be outdoors, and to fully enjoy nature.Have a giant bonfire, make beautiful suncatchers, praise the nourishment that the sun provides to all life on earth. Celebrate the energy it imparts to your soul.

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Set out your magic tools and let them charge under the solstice Sun. Let them fill with that healing radiant light. Create solar water to keep on your altar, or to use for cleansing and purification for various rituals. Solar water’s pretty easy. Get some sea salt and water,  place it in a bowl, and put it outside under the midsummer sun at the time of solstice. Keep there for at least an hour. Here on the West Coast that’ll be 3:34 p.m. Let the summer fun begin.

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Celebrate being together, being outdoors, and the beauty that surrounds us every day.   Happy solstice!

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So mote it Be

Full-on and Solstice!

So here in Oregon we are about 2 hours away from the full Strawberry Moon.  If you are on the East Coast you have already seen it, and hopefully set out your crystals to charge, done your full moon blessings, cleansing, clearing banishing ritual, and all of those other such full moon activities.

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The full moon and the Summer Solstice occurring on the same day is exceptionally rare, which makes it a great time for Magick, powerful magick. It’s a time to celebrate, to enjoy the bounty that the goddess provides. A time to be outdoors, and to fully enjoy nature.Have a giant bonfire, make beautiful suncatchers, praise the nourishment that the sun provides to all life on earth. Celebrate the energy it imparts to your soul.

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Set out your magic tools and let them charge under the solstice Sun. Let them fill with that healing radiant light. Create solar water to keep on your altar, or to use for cleansing and purification for various rituals. Solar water’s pretty easy. Get some sea salt and water,  place it in a bowl, and put it outside under the midsummer sun at the time of solstice. Keep there for at least an hour. Here on the West Coast that’ll be 3:34 p.m. Let the summer fun begin.

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Celebrate being together, being outdoors, and the beauty that surrounds us every day.   Happy solstice!

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So mote it Be

Witches don’t take holidays off

This week I put in my days off for Litha (Summer Solstice). I was nervous my boss would ask me what I wanted the time for, or question the mid week date range . Then I just figured I’d tell them I was camping.  For a split second I thought, I will just tell them it’s one of my religious holidays. Then it’s protected, right?

Not a chance,  at least not in my company.  I don’t think I am the only witch who can’t come all the way out of the broom closet. I work in a small tight knit office (15 people maybe), I also work under a deeply devote religious man. The rift this would create would after not too long cost me my job.

Not being able to be fully open and honest in who I am is a constantly struggle.  Having to hide a part off myself I feel so strongly connected to is awful.  Some days it feels like I’m pretending to be someone I’m not.  All over the world, and through the vastness of the interwebs, I’ve read similar sentiment from other witches. Although Wiccan is a recognized religion it still is not a very commonplace or accepted religion. Some days I have a gentle yet tangible shame creep over me that I do not openly proclaim my religion and my higher power. I don’t openly praise the Goddess and aknowledge the gifts I was given.  Other religions display and discuss their faith and savior openly, proudly, and without reservation. It makes me feel like a bad witch, like I don’t love my divine as much since I do not publicly and openly proclaim her.  This reservation though stems from history.  Centuries of oppression, murder, and torture of those who openly celebrated had taught us all to be secluded and covert in our practice.

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As a teen I had three other friends interested in learning and practicing with me. I had my own little coven and safe place. People I could talk to about my journey and beliefs.  Once that friend group dissolved I became a solitary witch. Prior to the Internet becoming an everyday constant, finding other witches was not near as easy. You had to be willing to tell people your beliefs and leave yourself open to find one. Risking scrutiny and hatred. People telling me I was going to hell, I was bad, I was evil, witches are evil..you name it. I lost friends and family in being open. That can leave you jaded.

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Now through the safety and expanse of the internet, we can connect and talk to thousands of like minded beings in safe forums and groups. We can share and pull resources from one another,  and share in private and personal pages freely. It blows me away just how many of us there are. It saddens me that we are so spread out and guarded that we cannot find each other and connect in local communities. That we are still a prosecuted group. We cannot feel safe enough in our jobs and lives to share our faith.

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To those that do, thank you. You are paving the way for those of us still scared to be fully ourselves. To those of you seeking others. We are here, we are ready and we accept you.