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Bringing up the Next Generation of Witches

August, 2018

Is it just me or did July fly by?

July was a month of learning with Little Bear. We spent time at the zoo, started making our favorite foods from scratch, and spent time in the Full Moon.

Little Bear shows signs of intolerance to food coloring and preservatives, so I am working on eating a more natural diet with the family. This has been tough because Little Bear loves colorful foods…think popsicles! I’ve also learned that Little Bear will eat almost anything if I let him help make it. This made me so happy! Kitchen Witch Learning Time!

First, we always start by adding lemon essential oil to the kitchen diffuser. It gives the kitchen a clean and fresh scent. It puts us in the mindset of starting fresh.

We always stir clockwise (deosil) to bring positive (or happiness as Little Bear calls it) to the dish and every one that eats it.

I made it a point to discuss the food that we use in every dish. I wanted him to be aware of how each ingredient grows, how it helps our bodies, and what the properties are. Some of Little Bear’s favorite foods are green peppers (high in vitamin C), black olives (bring good luck) and apples (promotes love).

In July, we made pizza twice from scratch and a batch of pickled eggs. Little Bear was amazed that we could create pizza at home. We also made a batch of breadsticks that he claimed were better than Little Caesar’s! While making the pickled eggs, it was fun to see his eyes grow large as he watched the white eggs change to purplish/pink. We decided that the pickled eggs had a bit too much vinegar for us and plan on trying a different recipe in August.

The zoo is always a tough place for me. On one hand, I hate that all these beautiful creatures are locked up but on the other, I am so grateful that the zoo can help these animals rise back from extinction. Little Bear pulls me from exhibit to exhibit, chattering about each animal. We discuss the animal’s markings, homes, and food they eat. As always there is a teaching moment to be found here. Totem/spirit animals have always held a special place in my heart. I love to teach about the strengths each animal has. At every animal exhibit, I would ask Little Bear what he thought made this animal strong. Some of the answers crack me up.

Lion = strong

Monkey = funny

Flamingo = balance

Tiger = playful

Goats = knows good food

Turtles = good at naps

After the zoo, we were able to celebrate the full moon. We started the night off with a bonfire, tinfoil dinner packets and s’mores. I was able to write down things I wanted to release and burned the papers. Little Bear was too young for this part, but he enjoyed finding sticks for the fire and helping me keep the fire going. Once the night turned dark and the moon shined bright, we turned on the music and danced in the moonlight. It felt amazing to be able to let go and just have fun. Little Bear’s laughter was contagious, and I didn’t want the night to end.

August is almost here, meaning that Lammas is coming. I have a lot of hours to work in August, but I am planning on making at least one loaf of bread and a batch of brownies. Little Bear has been begging for brownies, so now is a great time to make them. I am hoping to fit in a walk along a local Riverwalk. I also need to get my hands-on corn! This is the perfect time for sweet corn and living among farmers means we are able to get some of the best tasting corn!

Here’s to hoping that August doesn’t fly by like July did!

The Super Blue Blood Moon

February, 2018

We are drawn to the ancient arts of shamanism for their enduring power to help us live a life of harmony, good health, and balance in our lives and with our planet.”

Sandra Ingerman

The Super Blue Blood Moon

When I was asked to be a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True I had no idea that their team would assign me a very special moon indeed: the Full Moon of January 2018 is the Super Blue Blood Moon and there is also a total lunar eclipse.

I will start by sharing some scientific and astronomical information with you to explain how special it is and why! The last time these same major events lined up was 150 years ago!!

If you felt that the Super Moon on New Year’s Day in January 2018 was special – take a deep breath: on January 31st, around midnight, the full moon will not only be super – it will also be a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon.

The name Blue m refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. That happens every two and a half years, hence the saying “once in a blue moon”.

Things get even better: these two celestial events, the blue moon and the super moon, will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse!

With Earth in between the Sun and the Moon, sunlight has to pass through the Earth’s atmosphere, which scatters the green to violet light more than it scatters the red light. So the Moon appears red – a blood moon. NASA has given this Moon the name of this article: The Super Blue Blood Moon!

The last time all three events lined up this perfectly was more than 150 years ago. According to the Canon of Lunar Eclipses, the last time humans saw a total eclipse of a blue moon was 31 March 1866″…

For more information please see this article:

https://www.sciencealert.com/rare-super-blue-blood-moon-lun…

Once in a Blue Moon…

Most people here will be aware that Full Moons have special effect on us: for instance Accident and Emergency departments of hospitals are busier than usual.

We live just outside Central London in an inner city setting and I know from experience that during Full Moon our family hears more sirens (of emergency services) and the energy in the city is more frantic and frazzled. (I stay in and do spiritual work!)

Super Moon means that the Moon is at the point in her orbit where she is closest to Earth.

Some people believe that the Blue Moon is a time of heightened clarity and connection to the Divine. Any magical work done (or indeed any ceremony performed) will receive a boost that night! With all of these events going on – think of the boost for the ceremony I was asked to present!

Year of Ceremony

Year of Ceremony was visioned to be an online monthly shamanic group that brings together the leading shamanic teachers and practitioners on the planet.

From the Sounds True website:

“We live in a time when we are called to truly connect—to each other, to nature, and to our own deeper purpose. As we face unprecedented challenges in our modern age, each of us will have the chance to become a source of light and healing in our world.

More people are turning to shamanism every day. Why?

Because it provides a practical way for us to make a direct connection with the divine, so we may draw strength and resources from the spirit world to make changes in our reality.”

It is a beautiful project! I am writing this article before the Big Event but next month I hope to write about how it went and what our audience discovered.

Also: there will be a surprise on the night – but I am not going to give away what the surprise is!

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About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist’s book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon in August 2016.  She is based in London,UK and teaches shamanism and sacred art internationally.  She is a presenter on Year of Ceremony for Sounds True and on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network.

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk

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The Cold Moon

December, 2017

So it’s that special, magical time when I’m awake at 2am. Ah, that good old full moon energy. It’s been a crazy week, in a crazy month, in a full on lunatic (pardon the pun) year. I know I’m not the only one who has felt it. By a long stretch. From one moon to the next there have been trials and tribulations, from joy to despair, in the full cycle of the wheel of life, throughout the larger wheel of the year. It’s been an effort to stay out from under the whirring spokes of the wheels that just keep spinning.

The Cold Moon sounds chilling and forbidding, but it’s also reminding us to rest, to recuperate; to take stock of what we have got and bring it close around us. It’s important to draw our energy inwards sometimes; just as traditionally we store food away for the winter, we need to store up our energy reserves sometimes, avoid stress, hardship, and take some time for ourselves.

The term Cold Moon is generally thought of as a Native American moniker, although different tribes also called it the Moon of Hard Times, or the Moon of the Dark Night, because of course we are now fast approaching the solstice.

In Britain we often refer to December’s full moon as the Oak Moon, which is possibly a throw back to the Celtic reverence for the Oak, and it’s symbolism of strength and steadfastness, which may be required to take on the coldest of the winter months.

The oak tree also reminds us of family (of blood and choice); though the branches may be spread wide indeed, the trunk remains rooted in the same earth.

May your hearth fires be warm this winter, gathering those you love, and may your festivities be as bright as the beautiful, cold, super December Full Moon.

Image credit: Another Full Moon, copyright Lachlan Donald 2005, via Wikimedia.

 

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.

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SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

July, 2017

Full Moon Rise

 

 

 

Merry meet.

An eclectic group of women in my area have been getting together for as many full moons as possible these past two year. One of our favorite traditions grew out of our coven – to gather at a small public beach that does not close at sunset. We bring blankets, camp chairs and food, and set up where we see the sun set behind the cottages and then watch the moon rise in the east over the water.

 

 

 

We do it as often as possible when the full moon falls on a weekend during warm weather. The most recent time was June 9, which happened to be the Strawberry Moon.

 

 

 

 

 

An informal, impromptu ritual included directional candles set up on a blanket and a fertility goddess. We chanted. One woman bought her singing bowl to bring us all into harmony. We all raised strawberries to the moon along with our petitions and gratitude.

 

 

 

 

There was raucous laughter and deep silence, and conversations both magickal and mundane. We dipped our toes in the ocean under the moon. We hugged and kissed and allowed our wild women selves to come out.

Perhaps these photos of that night will prompt you to have an equally awesome and awe-filled experience.

 

 

 

 

Merry part. And merry meet again.

Fazes: The Moon and Her Wonders

October, 2009

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“The Moon wedded the Sun

In the first spring.

The Sun rose early at dawn,

The Moon wandered alone

Courting the morning star.

Perkunas was wroth,

He clect the Moon with a sword.”

(From U Katzenelenbogen: The Daina: An Anthology of Lithuanian and Latvian Folk Songs)

The moon is usually seen as a female symbol, and was worshipped in ancient times as a powerful force through most cultures. It is believed to be linked to the unconscious, our psychic and feminine side. The sacredness of the moon has been connected with the basic cyclic rhythms of life. The changing phases of the moon were linked to the death and rebirth seen in crops and the seasons, and the monthly cycles humans go through as well.

The moon calendar is still as important today as it was in ancient times, and the prudent Pagan/Witch/Heathen works her/his magic according to the moon and her cycles.

Full Moon: OCT  3 11:10 pm*

Full moons occur from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Full moons are prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any workings that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, full moons aide work for love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money, divination, and dreams. It is said that full moon magic is like a white candle — all purpose.
Full moon magic can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise of the full moon, the night of the full moon and during the 3 days after.

)0( Superstition tells that if you stand in a fairy ring under a full moon and make a wish, it will come true. )0(

Last Quarter: OCT 11  1:56 am*

Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of waning moon. The waning moon is best used for banishing and rejecting those things that influence us in a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments, and bad habits can all be let go and special spells for clearing can be performed at this time. Saging your home is a great idea during this time.

From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon.The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.

New Moon: OCT 17 10:33 pm*

The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also a good time for love and romance, health or job hunting, anything that is for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. The new moon is also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival or something you just obtained. Some people call the new moon the dark moon and the terms are often interchangeably used.

New moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.

)0(  “New Moon, Dark Moon, We Attune!”-Selena Fox )0(

First Quarter: OCT 25  5:42 pm*

The first quarter, called the waxing moon is best used for attraction and constructive magic, love spells, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck, and healing energy.

Between the new and full moon from seven to fourteen days is a period of the waxing moon.

)0( The best time to marry to achieve happiness and prosperity ,according to folklore tradition, is during a waxing moon. )0(
October’s Full Moon

The full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the ‘Harvest Moon’.  In two years out of three, the harvest moon comes in september, but in some years it occurs in october. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. This is because for several nights it appears large and bright in the early evening, bringing farmers valuable extra time to gather in their harvest.

Usually the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

However, The full moon in october is called many different names throughout the world. Other october full moon names include: Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, and most famously, Blood Moon.
The October Full Moon also features two festivals:

The Festival of Ciuateotl, the snake woman goddess, celebrated among the Toltecs and Aztecs.  During the full harvest moon,  the Aztecs and Toltecs appeased the Goddess of strife, misfortune, and labor whose name means ‘the great bath of sweat’.

The Disirblot of Freyja, Norse Goddess,  marked the begining of the Winter season. On this night, great family feasts were held which featured foods sacred to the Autumn deities.

Moon’s Full Oil

7 drops of sandalwood essential oil
5 drops of violet essential oil
3 drops of jasmine essential oil
1 drop of rose essential oil

Whatever container or vial you plan on using make sure it is clean and has been sitting in the full moon to gain it’s energy. This oil can be used on candles, in an oil burner, or in a sacred bath prior to your full moon celebration.

*Note: I have worn this as a perfume, but before you do this make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients.