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August Native Moon: Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy

August, 2019

August Native Moon

From ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy
Available August 20 from Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

The thirteen Native Moons in Cosmic Crystals are by far the most difficult to describe. With so many different Native tribes, cultural traditions, and important stories, finding common threads is not always easy. In most instances, the main moon name given is the most commonly used name among the Algonquin tribes, and the listed alternative names come from other well-known tribal peoples from North America, Central America, and South America.

As
you read about the Native Moons, put yourself in the shoes of those
who lived in harmony with the natural cycles. Consider the lessons
from the deities and totem animals that can be applied to present day
life. What are the commonalities between yourself and the tribal
people who were some of the first in the world to name the moons each
month? What is different in your own life compared to the lives of
those who gave these moons their names? What wisdom can you take away
from recognizing those differences?

When
working with the lunar rituals for the Native Moons, push yourself to
find new ways to incorporate the corresponding totem animals and
healing herbs into your ritual. Remember, your ritual may be as
simple or as complex as you like. The point is to create a moment of
sacredness between you and the moon, so listen to your inner guidance
for how to customize each ritual to meet your needs.

AUGUST

The Grain Moon

The
Grain Moon is named for grains, such as corn and barley, which can
now be harvested. Fishing tribes know this as the Sturgeon Moon,
named after the fish that are abundant at this time. Other tribes
know the August full moon as the Red Moon because it often takes on a
reddish color. Still others call this the Lightning Moon due to
frequent late-summer thunderstorms.

To
connect with the energy of the Grain Moon, place a small bowl of dry
grains (e.g., corn, barley, or rice) in your sacred space or on your
altar. Surround the bowl with Ruby Fuchsite stones to represent the
sharing of this abundance with those you love. You may even choose to
have one stone to represent each specific person in your circle of
close friends and family.

ALTERNATE
NAMES
Barley Moon, Lightning Moon, Red Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Swan
Flight Moon, Women’s Moon

ANIMALS
squirrel, sturgeon, swan

COLORS
gold, green, yellow

CRYSTALS
Green Grossular Garnet, Heliodor, Ruby Fuchsite

DEITIES
Laqan Kachina, Mashe-Namak, Mikew, Nisk-Na Peu – the Goose
Master, Urubutsin

ESSENTIAL
OILS
rosewood, tangerine, tea tree

HERBS
eucalyptus, lemongrass, rose petal

KEYWORDS
abundance, connection, magic

GREEN
GROSSULAR GARNET
This abundance stone connects to the Grain Moon
by reminding you that with hard work, there will be plenty to harvest
down the road. Green Grossular Garnet enhances your connection to the
plants and animals of the earth. Work with this stone if you’d like
to find balance between modern life and more traditional ways of
living.

HELIODOR
A yellow variety of Beryl, Heliodor shines with the color of
golden grain. This crystal helps you recognize abundance all around
you and connects you to all that is. The more connected and grateful
you feel, the more you have to be thankful for, because things are
drawn to you like a magnet. Helidor is also a stone of magic and
facilitates mystical experiences.

RUBY FUCHSITE This rock, also called Anyolite, is a combination of two minerals, red Ruby and Green Fuchsite. This crystal corresponds to the heart center and instills empathy and compassion. Wear Ruby Fuchsite in a medicine bag over your heart to facilitate a connection with others. This energy is perfectly suited to the Grain Moon, a time of celebration and sharing the abundant harvest.

About the author of ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’:

Ashley Leavy (Madison, WI) is the Founder & Educational Director of the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Teaching others about crystals is Ashley’s passion and her purpose. Ashley’s experience is based on almost a decade, and 100+ classes, of professional crystal healing training. Because of her expertise, Ashley has been a featured guest on NBC, has been interviewed about crystal healing for dozens of radio shows, has had articles published in many newspapers and magazines, and has been featured as a guest blogger on hundreds of energy healing and wellness blogs. She is also the author of Crystals for Energy Healing.

Learn more at quartokno.ws/CosmicCrystals.

Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting With Lunar Energy on Amazon

Circle

July, 2019

Circle
we dreamed
Seen in a haze
“One of these days…”
We
banished that phrase

Circle
we saw
In places we’d been
That made us feel keen
To
make what we’d seen

Circle
we drew
Guidance from past
We need it to last
So
steady, not fast

Circle
we built
Stone out of sand
Sprouts from the land
Raised
by our hand.

Circle
we blessed
Speaking to sky
Heart mind and eye
A soul
that shall fly

Circle
we are
When stone meets the sea
Continuity
Love; hope;
family.

Copyright 3rd October 2012

***

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 & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Welcome

June, 2019

Cover art: This month’s cover features the colorful Midsummer Sticker Set created by Aurora Flemming & Avalon Kisbey of AuroraandAvalon on Etsy. These beautiful stickers are perfect for any Pagan’s planners, books of shadows, bullet journals, scrapbooking projects, or crafts. They have a large assortment that can be seen at AuroraandAvalon. You can, also, visit them on their FB Group, Instagram: auroraavaloncreations, and on Pinterest.

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We Welcome Summer In & You With A New Issue…Here is Some of What You Will Find Inside:

A Review of Woodland Wand Creation. Can you really get a gorgeous Wand & for a fair price? Our source says YES you can Witch!

Fresh from a workshop at Pantheacon, Annwyn Avalon had a wonderful talk with Mabh at PaganPagesOrg about her new book, Water Witchcraft, and other aspects of her work.

Come see why our reviewer calls this title a “…small, yet mighty book.”

I Don’t want to give it all away on the cover but we do have a great book excerpt, more amazing reviews, our trusty monthly columns, holiday correspondences, some things to learn, a little to remind us, oh yes, and some things to teach along the way. Enjoy, for we have enjoyed sharing this month as we always do! With love.

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The Road to Runes

June, 2019

The Road to Runes: Back to Basics

The
Elder Futhark runes are a Germanic alphabet, a writing system and a
divination tool. For the past few months, I’ve focused on a
different rune or reading every month. I thought it might be useful
to list each of the runes and their meaning as a point of reference.
This month, I’m focusing on the first ætt, or set of eight of the
24 runes. This ætt is known as Freyr’s, Frey’s or Freyja’s
ætt. Each ætt is dedicated to a deity or deities, or overseen by
them, to match that ætt to the aspects of those deities.

Frey
and Freyja are Vanir twins. They feature heavily in the mythology
surrounding the war between Aesir and Vanir. They represent various,
complex aspects of humanity and divinity, but at their simplest are
associated with fertility, re-birth, wealth and expansion or
increase. They are also often linked to emotional and physical
happiness and compassion.

Each
of the runes I’ve gone into in a bit more detail in past posts has
a link to the relevant article.

Fehu:

The
sound “F” as in “Fulsome.” The rune meaning is most often
given as “cattle.” Fehu is associated with the colours green and
brown. The ownership of cattle has frequently indicated wealth, so
the rune Fehu is often associated with material possessions and
financial success. It can also be a warning against greed or becoming
a “slave to the wage”. Just as cattle can either be passive and
calm, or a chargin, raging herd, Fehu can represent either abundance
or destruction. With this in mind, Fehu is also associated with
fertility and the creation of life, as well as the natural cycles of
death and rebirth.

Uruz:

The
sound “oo” as in “loose.” The rune means Aurochs, a wild ox.
This rune can be associated with both the colours orange and dark
green. Like Fehu, there is a link to cattle, and therefore it’s
easy to think this rune also means wealth and power. However, the
Aurochs is wild and untameable, so this is power we cannot control; a
primal force. Uruz may mean that success is just around the corner,
waiting to manifest. Uruz is also linked to physical and mental
wellbeing, and a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Thurisaz:

The sound “th” as in “Thorn,” which is this rune’s meaning, although it also means “Giant.” Thurisaz may be associated with the colour white. Thurisaz is a rune of defense and protection. It is about directing a destructive force at one’s enemies- or dealing with conflict in the most direct way possible. This may mean remaining completely passive and avoiding a conflict, or it may mean taking immediate action. Thurisaz warns of a storm on the horizon and allows time to prepare. It is the protective hedge of hawthorn, a boundary between the reader and harm. Thurisaz is also linked to regeneration and the replenishment of things. Expect new beginnings and a fresh start or renewed motivation.

Ansuz:

The sound “aah” as in “heart”. This rune means breath or mouth, and is often associated with the divine breath or sound of creation. It may be associated with the colour purple, often used to represent spirit in Wiccan practices. This is Woden’s or Odin’s rune, and represents the links between thought, word, and creativity. Ansuz can indicate that even in times of chaos, order can prevail to find a way through. It encourages the reader to find patterns within the madness and trust in the natural flow of things. Take a leap of faith.

Raidho:

The sound “R” as in “Riding.” This rune means wheel, and is associated with traveling and journeys. It can be associated with the colours blue and black. Raidho reminds the reader of the dangers of remaining stationary and lapsing into stagnation. In order to be in the right place at the right time, it’s important to keep moving. This may mean physically, metaphorically, or metaphysically. Is there a need to move house, travel, attend a reunion? Or is there another job that calls? Or perhaps a spiritual journey has reached an obstacle and needs to change path- or does the reader need to power on through? Raidho is encouragement to trust the inner compass, and to avoid becoming trapped. This may mean breaking free of the imprisonment of existing beliefs, ideals, or self-image.

Kenaz:

The
sound “k” as in “Ken”. Kenaz means torch, and is associated
with the colour yellow. Like the torch, Kenaz shines a light into the
darkest corners. This rune brings illumination to puzzling
situations, lending knowledge, understanding and learning to one’s
life. Kenaz is a fire rune and represents creation, sacrifice, and
the use of fire as a hearth or forge in order to make the will and
intellect manifest. Kenaz is often seen as the rune of the
craftsperson or artist, particularly when looking for inspiration or
the training and increasing of creative skills. Kenaz may also be
associated with love and lust, and the combining of opposites to
create something positive.

Gebo:

The
sound “g” as in “giving.” Gebo literally means gift and its
meaning is closely linked to the honour and respect shown between
people when they willingly exchange gifts. Gebo may be associated
with the colours gold, silver or red. As well as being the rune of
giving and generosity, Gebo represents the connection between humans
and the gods, and the forces and honour which are exchanged through
this connection. A human is bound to their deity through respect,
sacrifice, offerings and love. The God or Goddess is bound to the
human through the exchange of divine favour or knowledge. Because of
this, Gebo is often linked to positive partnerships, contracts, and
even love. Love between siblings is sometimes indicated, or Gebo may
refer to the partnership and attraction/connection between two (or
more!) lovers.

Wunjo:

The
sound “w” or “v” as in “well-being” or “vitality.”
This rune’s literal meaning is joy or delight, and it can either be
associated with the colours pink or blue. The importance of happiness
is recognised in Norse mythology, as an intrinsic part of courage and
hope- crucial for the potential hero or warrior. Wunjo indicates that
good things are coming. This could be the end of a long-running
argument or conflict. It could be an increase in self-confidence.
Wunjo is a reminder that if people are pleasant and good to be
around, other people will be more likely to be nice to them! A simple
message, but one that is easy to forget when times, or hearts, are
hard. Wunjo is also associated with physical healing, and the healing
of the heart and mind after emotional difficulties.

Which of these runes would you like me to focus on next? Let me know on Twitter via @Mabherick or by emailing us. Until next time!

***

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 & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Book Review – The Ultimate Dictionary of Dream Language by Briceida Ryan

June, 2019

Book Review
The Ultimate Dictionary of Dream Language
by Briceida Ryan

Brightest
Blessings

This book contains a wealth of knowledge in an easy to use format. You will want to take your time reading the references especially to know what your dream means. It’s perfect to pair a cup of tea or hot cocoa with in the morning and go over. Each entry is well thought out.

Ms. Ryan gives detailed information on types of dreams. Some of my favorite types of dreams that she gives information on are: intuition, spiritual guides, deities, extraordinary figures & numerology. She also gives you information on the benefit of dream interpretation and teaches you how to use her book. This book may be big, but you’ll be grateful how detailed the information is on the many diverse topics. She has over 23,500 entries in this book alone!

Here is an example I can relate from a topic I had in my dream:

LOVE: For the next 3 days any love situation will be very lucky for you. This is a chance to make things work for you and to go for what you want. During this cycle, all relationships will renew themselves and friendships can become love relationships. Celebrate your love relationship on a grand scale and make the effort to love yourself by bringing things into your life that will bring you joy. You will also enjoy a love affair if this something you desire. This is the correct time to circulate and make yourself available. You will have many admirers to choose from. Any person you pick will be a good choice. Good luck is with you. You will also gain new assistant who will be very eager to support you with the work load. They will help you to complete your project and you will be very pleased with the results.

I’m excited about this! I’ve been writing down my nightly dreams for almost year now. I want to look back and see what other information I can gather from this book & keep checking on my nightly dreams.

This book would definitely be welcome addition to anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of the meaning of dreams and have them on hand. This book is a great buy & I highly recommend it for new or seasoned dream interpreters.

My thoughts:

Like with any thing new to learn about, with your dreams write out about them. Emotions, colors, images, numbers, especially anything that repeats, then you can look in Ms. Ryan’s book and find many of the meanings in there. Don’t be afraid to look beyond as well

The Ultimate Dictionary of Dream Language on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Norma
Clark

I’m Wiccan, My style follows my spiritual path and what comes to
mind.. I live in a small rural town, Paris, Idaho. I share my life
With my Wiccan
husband, 2 hyper Children &
gang of critters. I love to create new designs by looking at nature
&
cultural ideas for my Jewelry and create unique Metaphysical items.
Shop, sit a spell or two
&
Come see the Magick of Forevrgoddessboutique
Link to
my shop: forevrgoddessboutique

Review of Morrigu’s Nest on Etsy & Interview with Owner Anne Corrigan

June, 2019

Review of Morrigu’s Nest Etsy Shop Products

Morrigu’s Nest is a wonderful shop on Etsy that sells a variety of products to cover your magickal demands. Owner, Anne Corrigan, hand makes all her items from talismans & jewelry to candles & oils, there is guaranteed to be something you need or can use! Her recipes are her own secrets and she carries, in Morrigu’s Nest, many ways for you to celebrate the holidays.

This past Spring Equinox we celebrated using item’s from Morrigu’s Nest. (We only took before pictures, as our rituals are private.)

Ostara/Spring
Scented Equinox Candle

Packed
to the brim with all you need for an Ostara/Spring Equinox ritual
this easy to travel with tin held candle is very convenient. Either
for the witch on the go, or the witch in the closet who needs to hide
her magick in her bag till she can find a place to do it, this all in
one kit is a go to all inclusive ritual package! It is filled with
corresponding herbs like honeysuckle
&
orange daylilies; and crystals
like amethyst and rose quartz to name a few. The candle itself
smells like jasmine and spring blossoms. The
pure freshness of it brings thoughts of spring.

Instructions come with the
candle explaining that you are to remove the herbs and gems from the
candle before lighting. Then giving ideas on what you can use your
gemstones for. You are to imbue them with your energy, you can
arrange them around the candle, you can use them in a spell, a
bottle, a sachet, a poppet, there are so many ways. There is a
generous amount of herbs and stones given with the candle. So you
can use them in a few ways.

The
candle is 4 oz hand poured into a tin with a cover. Smooth
looking. It
burns very well. Nice scent. Clean burn. We loved using it during
our ritual. Plan to use the herbs in many ways. Plan
to use the tin, too. Right now I’m saving the herbs in them.

Ostara
Anoninting Oil

100% natural, essential oil, body potion. Loaded with herbs, flowers, oils & crystals. You can see them filling the bottle. The smell is of a sunny spring day in a meadow. The oil is light on your skin and blends in well without leaving any residue. The scent is nice and strong and will stay on you for a long period of time. It has calming scent. You can use this beautiful oil to anoint yourself for ritual and magick work, or just to wear on a beautiful spring day to remind yourself you are the magick.

Morrigu’s
Nest
, also, has ways to help you celebrate other sabbats, let’s
take a look!

Yule Scented ritual candle

Their Yule Candle smells like Yule. The herbal & crystal topping is spectacular. You can see the juniper berries, orange peel, cloves, and so much more. The crystals shimmer. The aroma is warming and of spiced fruits and wood.

In the instructions Morrigu’s Nest is clear to state, many times, to remove the herbs and crystals before burning your candle. I wanted to show you how the candle looks without the herbs. Here is the herbs in a bowl. You can see there is a good amount of herbs and stones to work with in spells and a nice 4oz full candle in the tin. It is 100% natural wax.

Yule herb blend

Another wonderful product to
help celebrate Yule is their Yule herbal blend. It is a potent blend
of corresponding herbs, botanicals, spices, barks, & roots.
Morrigu’s Nest
has used over a dozen ingredients in her special Yule Winter Recipe.
Some ingredients include: bay laurel, cinnamon bark, yew leaves,
coriander, and much more.

This is intended for magickal
use only, NOT culinary. You man NOT eat this. There are warnings
that come with the package. The ingredients were chosen for their
magickal correspondences only. It is suggested to burn it in small
amounts as the scent may be over powering in large quantities and may
not smell the same when burned.

You get 4oz in a resealable
pouch, which is great. You can keep it fresh! It smells wonderful,
woodsy. You pick up the cinnamon and juniper right away. It is good
to use simply as a magickal Yule potpourri filled with your wishes &
intent for everyone! Give a little sachet maybe to everyone with a
gift? To keep in their homes. A little goes a long way with the
scent & the blessing.

Samhain
Set

This set comes in a Gold Gauze
bag, a peek-a-boo presentation of witchie delights. All of it’s
contents are addressed on explanation documents that arrive with your
set. It’s a long bag & sticking my hand in I just grab for the
firs thing I feel. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the
bag…

An herbal Samhain blend

An
herbal blend for Samhain, much like the one for Yule. It is meant to
be used for magick or an incense. However, this one includes such
herbs as rosemary,
wormwood, mugwort, and
others. You receive 1oz of 100% natural herbal blend. The smell is
lovely, but I must admit, it is not as strong as the Yule blend. I
like the Yule blend a bit more, but that is just MY taste.

Dressed
Scented Samhain

Black
Tin Candle & Orange Tin Candle

These two candles are
beautiful. They shine with glitter and smell glorious! Each a
different aroma & color. If I have to guess and say what they
smell like I would say the orange one has a more fall smell to it.
They typical fall smelling candle. The ones you just love to get
when it’s that time of year! The black candle smells more, I can
not explain why, but like night to me. Like a sweet night. On the
breeze. Oh so dreamy! Plus you have all the Samhain corresponding
herbs on top to work with.

Bottle
of Witches Black Salt

Morrigu’s Nest has included an important tool in this Samhain kit…Black Salt. For those how have never used Black Salt before it is used in workings for protection, banishing, curses, hex breaking, uncrossings, etc… It is a great item witches should have in their cupboards for defending themselves.

Morrigu’s Nest recipe is NOT just colored salt. She uses all natural ingredients and NO DYES. She has her own recipe she has formulated of a powerful blend of protective and banishing herbs, roots, seeds, & combined them with ashes from her Samhain ritual fire and sea salt. Then using energy and intense visualization she imbued the intention of protection and fiery defense as she pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder. It is a very fine powder and not the usual chunks of black salt you will find at shops. I like this because a little goes a long way.

After explaining more of her method of making her Black Salt at Morrigu’s Nest, she goes on to explain safe ways to use it, including a spell. I found that very handy. I like knowing how it was made. Her secret recipe. Suggestions are always helpful.

4
Thieves Vinegar

Four
Thieves Vinegar is an ingredient found in Hoodoo & folk magic
spells. The recipe has evolved from Western Europe, around the
fifteenth century. Their are many legends about it. The common string
among them is that there was a horrible plague in a village, and the
only people who survived were four thieves. Each of them contributed
one ingredient to a jar of vinegar and garlic, they drank it, and
somehow survived the plague uninjured. Since they were healthy and
everyone else was dying, the four thieves went around the town and
robbed the empty houses. Eventually they were caught, and sentenced
to hanging, but they were able to escape the gallows by sharing their
secret formula. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess.
Four Thieves Vinegar is a useful item to keep on hand because it can
be used in a wide variety of spells, from healing to protection to
banishing. I have never worked with this stuff before, but I look
forward to it.

Morrigu’s Nest version is made with herbs that correspond to protection & banishing. It claims to be very potent. It warns you to NOT INGEST on the bottle boldly. The papers that come with it suggest how you are to use it and state it is toxic!

Samhain ritual oil

Samhain essential oil, 100% natural, body oil. Comes in a .33 oz glass roller ball applicator bottle. It’s a unisex scent of autumn mostly cinnamon & orange. Very fragrant. Lovely smell. Definitely unisex. Morrigu’s Nest says they oils were chosen based on folklore magickal correspondences as well as their aroma therapeutic traits. It also has notes of patchouli, cedarwood, and other scents. It lasts a long time on the skin and blends in well.

Samhain
Gemstone Clip-On Charm

Genuine gemstones frame a
pretty, bronze, large triquetra charm on a sturdy clip. I actually
pulled on it, cause I can be a jerk like that, to see if it would
fall apart easily. It didn’t! I thought it would. I am glad it
didn’t because it is so lovely. The suggestion is to wear it on
your backpack, bag, purse, handbag, planner, key ring or belt loop.
You can use this in your ritual wear, or keep it as your everyday
spiritual reminder. The paper it comes with tells you exactly what
stones are on the keychain. It does not tell you what they mean, but
it tells you they were selected intentionally to correspond with
Samhain. It’s easy to look up stones, however, if you do not know
the meanings off hand.

How
about when it’s not a sabbat & you just need supplies?? Well
Morrigu’s Nest
has them for you!

Prosperity
Candle spell kit

Just like all their sabbat
candles, this tin is all you need for a wonderful spell. The
prosperity candle spell kit comes with all you need to cast your
spell. Filled to the top with all the herbs & crystals you will
need to cast and a 4oz candle in a tin that you can travel with.

You can see from the picture
you are given plenty of herbal & crystal supplies with your
candle for your spell. Plus you get a sheet with your kit explaining
exactly what is in your candle, what it’s scent it, how it was
made, precautions, and ideas on how to use it! Burn time is approx
25 hours. The smell is springtime greenery, woodsy, & lightly
floral. I love the sparkles on the candle. It adds some flare.

Rosemary Mint herbal bath soak

I would like to lick this it
smells sooo good! You can see the herbs in the salt. The salt is
unlike the usual bath salts you find, it is a fine texture and I love
it!!! Instead of rocks in the tub its a fine grain that blends in
and just rolls over your body and purifies you as the scent cleanses
your mind. I can not recommend this soak more!!!! The relaxation is
blissful!

Protect & Purify herbal ritual salt

For use during your sacred circle casting or for purification rituals. This herbal salt was ground with intention to form a powder-like blend & Morrigu’s Nest used traditional protective and cleansing herbs. She pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder.
Even though it is salt it is not edible and comes with a big DO NOT EAT warning. The salt is so fine and a little goes a long way. The container is packed to the tippy top so you have tons in the packed 4oz bottle.

Bring
the Green

This bottle of green powder is for use in prosperity, abundance & money spells and rituals. You can burn it, keep it in your wallet, make poppets, and sooo much more with it. Morrigu’s Nest has so many suggestions for its use. It has ingredients like allspice, vervain, basil, marjoram, and so much more in it! Its 2oz and finely ground, so a little bit goes a long way. The bottle is filled to the top. No space for anything. The smell is minty to me. I can’t wait to use it! Maybe carry some in my pocket.

Faery
Sight ritual Oil

A 2oz, 100% natural anointing
oil, essential blend, inundated with beautiful herbs and flowers!
Not so much that there is no oil, but you see them floating
beautifully like a garden. Lovely lavender! Rose! To me it has a
slight lemony scent to it. A freshness. It’s suggested you anoint
your crystals, and thirdeye, & candles with it. Anything to
attract fae to you. I can definitely see fae being attracted to this
oils ingredients & scent. I would definitely invest in the
larger bottles so you can see the herbs and flowers in the bottle.
Worth it!

Love & Romance herbal blend

This powder is for use in
love, romance, & lust magick. It was pulverized with intention
and a blend of herbs & botanicals was used for love and romance
magick. The bottle is 2oz and finely ground and filled to the top.
A little with this goes a long way! It has ingredients like rose
petals, hibiscus, dill, & so much more! The smell is so pretty.

She
sends information with all her packages explaining the ingredients of
the items, direction on how they are supposed to be used, and ideas
on how to use them. I
love the glitter, the flare to the candles. Everything has such
gorgeous, strong smells, that are not overwhelming and blend nicely.
The oils scents stay on your skin and do not fade quickly.
Everything
is made of great quality & care. The warnings are in bold and
mentioned over and over for safety.

Vervain
Protection Amulet

This is one of my favorite items in the Morrigu’s Nest catalog. It is gorgeous way to wear something we can all use a little something extra of everyday…protection. I think putting the half crescent moon, antique brass finish, moon charm on a simple silky, black cord allows the pendant to stand out more as the art piece it is. Giving the corked, spell bottle that square on the side eye-hook is just the perfect touch! The spell bottle is filled, packed tightly & permanently sealed with hand ground vervain that is imbued with intent of protection of wearer. The moon worn sideways & in this phase was chosen to represent The Crone, The Wise One, the Grandmother Moon. It is meant …”to represent the energy of the wise greandmother that loves and protects you and gives you her wisdom as she guides you on your path.”

Whatever you think it means to
you it does. I kinda got an Egyptian vibe from it. Soon as I saw
it, and Isis wings. May it be who it will for you & protect you
always!

Another set of items I found to be wonderful and helpful at Morrigu’s Nest were their Intention Bottles…

Intuition & divination

You can see this is a really decent size bottle here. We are not talking tiny little bottle to wear. It is almost 2 inches long. So it really has room in there! It comes with a label that tells you all the ingredients like: mugwort, wormwood, flaxseeds, labradorite, amethyst, and more. You can see and make out many of the ingredients. It is securely sealed. It is filled enough to give you just a touch of room to shake it to revitalize it. It arrives in its own gauze baggie. It comes with an explanation note from Morrigu’s Nest stating that it is …”ritually crafted with the intention of evoking and aiding.”

I am about to take on learning
tarot. Runes were my thing, or so I thought. The tarot is calling…
So this is what I chose to be my aid in the process. I have felt
protected by my other pendant, I believe this will aid me.

Self-Confidence

This bottle is the same size
as the other Intention Bottle. Made, ritually, in the same way.
However, its contents are different, for its purpose. Inside it
holds ingredients, such as; dill, turmeric, citrine, fennel seeds,
basil, & more. All for boosting your self-confidence.

It’s lively right? I found
that interesting. Like a punch of color…a punch to your system,
that boost you need. Well, I have been carrying this bottle on me
all day. I would shake it now and then for extra bursts, hold on to
it when I felt I was struggling a little more. Today was one of
those days! It would help me focus. Remind myself to breathe.
Everything inside is bonus to my self-confidence help. Plus the
magic of the intention that was lent to it & mine because I pray
over my things.

Courage
& protection

Just like the previous bottles this, almost 2 inch glass, filled and securely sealed bottle is filled with its own goodies, like: thyme, black pepper, black tourmaline, red jasper, & more. All of which you can clearly read on a removable label that comes attached to its cord.

I
used this bottle on my journey of change. I took it to battle
really. We all have fears we need to overcome. I have plenty. We
went on a hike. I do not like traveling into the forest for too long
or too deeply. It is a personal fear. I know we are on a path. I
know we can turn around. But I still have my fears. I decided to
start making changes in life and facing some fears is one of them.
This bottle and I hiked over 3.5 miles today in the forest. We
weathered panic. We embraced joy. We overcame… with each other.
Every bit helps.

My
Overall Thoughts…

I am so amazed by the workmanship, quality, inspiration, detail, and love put into every item I have reviewed from Morrigu’s Nest. Not one item has disappointed me. Every bottle is packed to the brim with quality ingredients. You can smell the herbs. The candles, well, they are brilliant spell kits in themselves. They come with the herbs and gems you will need, and you get the tin after. The amount you get for your money is fantastic. I love that it is their own recipes & handmade, not something I am going to find in every witch shop. My favorite piece, that I have not taken off is the Vervain Protection Amulet. I may feel a little too protected by it, thinking I’m supergirl!

We were lucky enough to get a chance to speak with the proprietress of Morrigu’s Nest & creatrix of all things wonderful within, Anne Corrigan.

Jennifer
Wright (JW): Hello Anne, It is such a pleasure to meet you!

 I
want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and our readers
about yourself, your company, and your process…speaking of your
process, where do your ideas come from?  Like your gorgeous
Protection Pendant!  I think its trendy enough to wear and get
away with magick.  LOL!

Anne
Corrigan (AC):
Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for reaching out to me,
I truly feel honored to have my shop reviewed by you. And thank you
and your husband Benjamin for all the work you’ve done to birth
PaganPages.org. Your site is a wonderful resource and nourishes the
pagan community; thank you!

My
inspiration comes from communing with my deities, spirit guides,
scrying, shamanic journeying and trance, magickal folklore,
connecting with nature, and hanging with my witchy friends. All these
muses revisit me during my daydreams and thunderstorms in my head
which I credit to my Attention Deficit Disorder, LOL! Sometimes it’s
like popcorn popping in my brain. The downside to that is that it’s
hard for me to focus on developing one product at a time and it’s a
challenge to bring everything to fruition.

 I
do make some products that could be considered staples of a magickal
path that are similar to other companies’ products. The difference
is that I really strive to make my offerings unique by putting my own
twist on the traditional standbys. At the moment I am working on my
own Florida Water recipe. I am also preparing DIY witchcraft project
kits for witch ladders, spell bottles, and spirit dolls. I love
crafting and making things with my hands. I also want to empower
others to create their own sacred objects by providing the raw
materials and instructions (coming soon). That way they can really
imbue them with more of their magickal energy. I’m glad you like
the Protection Pendant! Thank you for the compliment! I like the idea
of magick incognito under the guise of fashion, LOL!

JW:
Thank you so much for your kind words about PaganPagesOrg, it really
touches our heart!

You
mention that you use your own secret recipes, are they family
recipes?  Will you be passing your recipes down?

AC:
Well, my recipes are not completely secret, I do disclose the
ingredients in my listings, especially anything that is applied to
the skin, such as essential oil blends and ritual bath salts. As for
other items, such as, herbal blends, ritual salts, potions, and
vinegars, I don’t list every little detail. Even when using
traditional recipes for inspiration, I always tweak them based on my
intuition, research, and communicating with the spirits of the
plants. My recipes are mine alone, I was raised Catholic, and I have
no idea if there were any pagans or witches in my ancestral line. I
am planning on passing a grimoire down to my daughter. I may also
publish a spell recipe book in the future.

JW:
I really love how your Black Salt is a finer grain then you usually
find with black salts.  Why did you decide to go with this
grain?

AC:
 I wanted to create a versatile and energy packed black salt.
It’s versatile because you can take a pinch in your hand and blow
it at your target, discreetly sprinkle some around your workplace,
home car, anywhere really. Also, the main reason that I pulverized my
black salt is that the process of grinding it allows me to raise
energy while I enchant it with my intent and I believe that when I
use my mortar and pestle to grind and blend the herbs, salts, roots,
seeds, and ashes (I use ashes from our Samhain fires), that the
spirits of the plants are evoked and combine their energies with
mine. We work together to create magick.

In
order to attain such a fine grain, I grind the ingredients first by
hand and then again with a motorized grinder. However, because the
grain is like a powder, sometimes it clumps together and you have to
stick a skewer in the bottle to break it up. Everything in the recipe
is natural. I don’t add black dye; the color comes from the ashes.
My black salt is also a little different because of its unique scent
which I attribute to the ground fennel seeds and ginger root. Every
year after Samhain, I create a new batch and change the recipe a
little bit.

JW:
When you are working/creating, do you have your own special sacred
space?

AC:
Wherever I am creating is sacred space, because I create sacred
space by connecting with my spiritual allies and focusing my
intentions. I imbue my products with my energy and intention for the
highest good of the owner. I do have a working altar that I perform
rituals and spells on and a devotional altar dedicated to The
Morrigan where I pray and give offerings as well as charge products
that are specifically dedicated to The Morrigan. Much of my product
crafting takes place in my kitchen for practical reasons. I do have
special magickal wooden spoons and wands that I have dedicated each
one for specific tasks such as candle making, potion stirring, and
mixing herbal blends and salts.

J):
Are there other workers in your company or do you work alone? 
Do you hand package & ship your products yourself?

AC: For the most part it is just me. I have a friend who is a Druid that creates some of the ritual bath products for my shop. Her brand is called Blue Moon Sundries. I make my own labels and hand package everything myself. I would like to hire a graphic designer in the future to create some nice labels for my products. For now, I do it myself because I rather invest money in quality raw materials. It’s more important to me to have what’s inside the packaging to be of the highest quality than looking pretty. I really admire other people’s labels though, some are so beautiful, and I get a bit envious, LOL! Morrigu’s Nest is a micro-business, but who knows, one day I might have a crew. I would love that!

(W:
How did you start your company, what brought about the idea, did you
feel the pagan community was
missing something?

AC:
In 2014 I opened my Etsy shop and named it Phoenix Serendipity.
At that time I didn’t have a plan other than to have an outlet for
my creativity and to make a little money to support my crafting
habit. When I would make myself a witchcraft tool or altar decor item
I would make one for my shop as well. In the beginning my shop was
only a hobby.

When I was claimed by The Morrigan I renamed my shop
Morrigu’s Nest. I do feel the need to make it clear that my shop is for everyone regardless of their spiritual tradition and not only devotees of The Morrigan. By naming my shop after The Morrigan it is my public declaration of my devotion to her, a reminder to myself of my commitment. My motivation for my shop now is to empower others in their craft by offering a convenient way to access quality supplies, tools, and sacred objects.

The
one aspect of my shop that has remained consistent is my commitment
to serving my customers the best I can! I realize that there are many
other shops to choose from, especially on Etsy, and I feel honored
when people buy my creations.

I
am in the process of developing new items and one of my goals is to
create DIY kits such as witch ladders, spirit dolls, and spell
bottles. These kits will contain all the parts needed along with
instructions. I want to serve our community by giving people a way to
craft their own tools/sacred objects. That way they have an
opportunity to add more of their personal energy into them. I feel
these new products can encourage personal sovereignty and
self-empowerment.

JW:
Do you mind if I ask, what type of path you follow?

AC:
I am a daughter of The Morrigan. I also am dedicated to Cernunnos. My
path is very eclectic though and I combine aspects of multiple pagan
paths and practices that resonate with me. My spirituality is always
evolving, growing, and I am continuously learning. I practice
solitarily as well as with a group. I consider myself a neo-pagan
witch.

JW:
What are some of your other hobbies & interests?

AC:
Anything creative! I just love experimenting with all types of
craft supplies. My group of pagan friends get together about monthly
to work on “witchy-crafts.” Just yesterday they came over and we
each made a set of clay moon phases. I also love learning about
herbs, both magickally and medicinally. I also have become interested
in foraging and wild crafting. I feel nourished when I just sit among
the trees, or visit the river, or stroll through the woods. I also
like drumming, although I struggle with rhythm, I just love the
energy of it. Chanting and raising energy with my friends around the
fire pit brings me joy. I also enjoy shamanic journeying while
listening to live drumming. I am drawn to all modes of divination,
especially fire and black mirror scrying. I want to start studying
tarot too. I also am interested in developing my ability to
communicate with spirits, mediumship, and assisting those in need of
crossing over.

When
not doing these things, I’m hanging out with my hubby listening to
him practice bass and guitar, watching movies, or hanging with family
and friends.

Jennifer,
thank you so much for interviewing me. This was my first interview
ever, and I feel very honored and grateful. May your path be
abundantly blessed!

JW:
Anne, THANK YOU for taking the time to answer my questions for our
readers & sharing about, not only your shop, but yourself. I
loved learning about both!

If you are interested in any of the items I’ve reviewed you can find them on Morrigu’s Nest page, plus many other wonderful items. You can contact Morrigu’s Nest through any of the links below:

Etsy shop

Shop FB page

Anne Corrigan personal FB page

Instagram

Email[email protected]

Anne Corrigan of Morrigu’s Nest is offering our readers only a special 30% off coupon, good through the month of May. Use Coupon Code: PAGANPAGES to receive 30% off your purchase!!!

***

About
the Author:

Jennifer
Wright
is
a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded
PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving Pagans a platform to share and
learn without judgment.

She loves to create in her spare time and you can find her Creations, Jewelry, & Magickal Witch Bottles at: www.facebook.com/TwistedWitchesShoppe/

When not creating she can be found strolling around FB, Twitter, & Instagram looking for an interesting conversation. She’s the moderator of a FB Group called Cyber Moon Coven Of Changes and enjoys spending time with it’s members.

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

June, 2019

SOPHIA

(Image Credit: crystallinks.com)

Wisdom is calling us, Sophia is calling
Raising her voice, she stands by the city gates,
at the crossroads, on the mountaintop.
At every entrance, she is standing, shouting
to us: “O people”, she calls, “learn from me!”
Listen to me, for I speak nothing but the truth.
Know my ways, for they are richer than silver.
Know my secrets, and you do not need gold.
Listen to me, my words are more precious than rubies.
My words are riper than figs, sweeter than dates,
more nourishing than applies and olives.
Kings and princes and careful judges know me,
and so do those who simply love knowledge.
Follow me on the path of truth.
Follow me to the way of justice.

~ Proverbs 7 – 9

Sophia.
Wisdom.

Hohkma
in Hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Sophia in Greek.

Sophia
is the personification of Wisdom. She is the Mother of Creation. She
is the female soul/spirit, seen by some as the true power behind the
Judeo-Christian god. She is the Mother of All, born of Silence
according to the Gnostic creation myth, as well as the Gnostic
conception of the female Holy Ghost.

She
gave birth to both female and male, who created the elements of this
world. Her aspects include Mother of God, Black Goddess, Divine
Female.

Her sacred number is seven, due to the seven pillars, at Her home, built by Her own hands.

Her symbol is the dove, which not only represents spirit, but has always represented the Great Goddess, and is one of the primary symbols of female sexuality. Doves were raised within Her temples, as well as in the temples of myriad other Goddesses.

(Image Credit: Pinterest)

One of Her main temples is the Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul, where She is crowned with stars, a symbol of absolute divinity.

She is wise, loving, protective, giving, and truthful and wishes to communicate with us. Her wisdom leads to truth. Pay attention, over the din of the world, to what She has to say. We need but be still and listen.

From the moment you enter
till the time to surrender to death
all that you experience
directly for yourself
all the burnt fingers
to discover that the fire is hot
all the falling flat
when your reach exceeds your grasp
all the explorations
of territory known and unknown
all these are pathways to me
Seek to know
and you are me
stretch to become
and you are me
The Feminine quests for wisdom
The Feminine is part of all women
All women are the Goddess
All women have wisdom
All women are Sophia

~ Image and Verse from “The Goddess Oracle” by Amy Sophia Marashinsky

***

About
the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess on Amazon

Witch & Popcorn

June, 2019

Logan’s
Run

Bright
Blessings, film lovers!

I
don’t know about you, but I love sci fi from the 1970’s. The more
simplified special effects, and the groovy take on “futuristic
style” dazzles the eye! The music, and costumes, and the theatrical
style acting is more dramatic, and more fun in my opinion than the
modern realistic films. In sci fi, I want a new reality, not one I
feel could happen today in my world.

I
watched Logan’s Run for this reason, and just for enjoyment. It
delivers, but I also realized, there are some magical truths in it!

Here
is the trailer you can watch!

It’s
an MGM film released in 1976, and stars Michael York, Peter Ustinov,
and Jenny Agutter.

The
movie follows Logan 5, played by Michael York. He is an enforcement
officer, called a “Sandman”, who is tasked with killing people
who try to escape, aka “Runners”. What they are running from is
“Rejuvenation”. They are told it is rebirth at age 30 so nobody
grows old. Their society has been moved underground, and to maintain
balance and steady numbers, life is controlled. When a child is born,
somebody has to go.

The
people are lied to about this and told they will be reborn with a new
body- aka a new baby. They live a life of enjoyment, comfort, and
excess, never have to suffer, and this is all designed so they do not
question the system. Not everybody is so eager to believe all they
are told, and a small rebellion operates. Runners are caught and
executed.

Unfortunately,
Logan 5 is selected by his own establishment to “Run”
undercover, and tasked with finding a place called “Sanctuary”.
He’s supposed to come back and report everything, but as he learns
the truth, he is changed forever.

He
and Jessica, played by Jenny Agutter, who is part of the rebellion,
decide to do this together. Jenny can see Logan 5 is different, and
she believes he can do what nobody else has been able to do before.
They makes it past the city gates to the outside, and meet the sole
human living outside of the society, played by Peter Ustinov. Logan
decides that instead of staying there and living his days happily
with Jessica and his new friend, he MUST go back and tell the others!

I
won’t provide spoilers, but let’s just say not everybody is eager
to listen to Logan 5.

This
is a great film to watch and a reminder of some great truths.

  1. Perception
    does not equal reality.

  2. Question
    EVERYTHING, and find out the truth for yourself!

  3. This
    is not going to be easy. Do it anyways.

  4. Know
    who you can trust, even if they are new people. People give their
    intentions away easily, and long-term friendships might have to go
    when you change for the better.

  5. When
    you learn a truth, sometimes the people closest to you turn against
    you.

  6. The
    truth might change us, but it might take a bigger wake up to help
    others change as well.

  7. Sometimes,
    just being alive in enough, but sometimes, it’s just not enough
    when higher good has to be accommodated.

  8. Fear
    of death itself can stop us from truly living.

  9. It
    is best to do what is natural to you than to do what other people
    tell you ought to be natural to you. No ifs, ands, or buts.

  10. In
    the end, it is sometimes best to risk everything if it is false
    security to achieve true freedom.

Don’t
take my word for it what a great film this is. Watch it for yourself.

Happy
Film Watching, and

Blessed
Be!

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

Book Review – The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World by Kurt Seligman

June, 2019

Book Review
The Mirror of Magic
A History of Magic in the Western World
Author Kurt Seligman
Original Copyright date 1948

Mirror
of Magic is a comparative religion book. It starts with Mesopotamia
and goes all the way to the 18th century.

I’m one of those people that I make lots of notes whenever I’m reading a book. So, with this book, I’ve made seven pages of notes. In one of the notes that I made on Mesopotamia, it talks about how the Gods were always reminded of the misfortune of mortals. I did find it interesting that back in Mesopotamia, there is no moral distinction between good or bad, or light and dark, spiteful forces could live side by side with charitable ones. It was believed that man would have been prayed to chaos had he not employed the magical arts to protect him against evil influences. In this dualistic world, both evil and good, or light and dark are worshiped alike.

I
had always known in the back of my head that the Jewish faith had
more than one Deity at one point in their history. This book explores
that all of that some of the names of those duties. For me one of the
most telling sentences is in the part of this book, on the Hebrew
faith, is “they were preoccupied with the life to come after
death — unknown to the old religion of Moses. They longed for the
establishment of a heavenly Kingdom that would mark the end of their
hopeless struggle.”

I
also found the chapter on Alchemy interesting, starting with the very
first quote by Basil Valentine: “This operation, like the
ancients, is the truth convenient for women.” Zosimus declared
that knowledge of metals, precious stones incense dated back to the
epic mentioned furtively in the book of Genesis—”The sons of
God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair.” According to
Mr. Seligmann, the ancients (whoever those people maybe) believed
that this was the beginning of alchemy, these were fallen Angels
teaching mortal women the art of alchemy in exchange for mundane
pleasures. The chapter on alchemy even goes on to explore the
philosopher’s stone and Nicholas Flamel. Now with this book being
written in 1948, there is a lot of stuff in it both the old stuff and
about Nicholas Flamel that have now changed, with archaeology and
other Sciences teaching us more about the past. But this is still an
exciting part of the book.

The
chapter in witchcraft I found interesting. There are different parts
of transcripts from trials; there are various things written in court
papers that are presented in this book; I don’t remember seeing or
reading anyplace else. It’s one of the longer chapters in the book,
but it’s informative about history.

There’s so much more exciting stuff in this book that I couldn’t possibly cover it all in this review. But this is a book I’m glad to have in my library. The Mirror of Magic is a book that I will go back and reread, and I’ll write more notes. It is also a book that has led me to research more of the history of magic, paganism, witchcraft, and even Judeo Christian beliefs.

The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Dawn
Borries
 loves
reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org.
Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past
25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook
page. If you are interested in a reading you can reach her on
Facebook @eagleandunicorn.

Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

May, 2019

May 2019 for Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

Bright
Blessings

I
write this with a sore back from beginning the garden. I have planted
seeds for snow peas, radishes, milkweed, and sunflowers so far, and a
few packs of annuals as well. I nabbed more seeds, ordered three more
seed catalogs, and got a couple of hot pink pots!

Not
bad for the first week of gardening.

This
year, I am doing the unthinkable! I am killing a mint plant!

I’m
doing it so I can pull a shrub behind it and use the space for more,
well…PLANTS! The roots of the mint would take over the space the
second the shrub is pulled, so the mint goes first!

I
planted it, against proper advice in the ground, instead of in a pot,
way back in 2006! It’s a 13 year old plant, and it’s not happy
with me, as I pour pan full after pan full of boiling water on it. I
am determined to do this with no chemicals, and with my bad back,
digging is not an option.

I
also got a start on my fork plantings. You read that right. Forks. I
have a schnauzer mix, and a little cat who like to LAY right on top
of my plants, but they can’t if I have forks in the garden around
the plants, can they? Although the seeds have yet to sprout, I placed
48 brand new, shiny white plastic forks in the radish bed today. I’ll
gather more later this week and finish.

Then,
I have more soil to buy, more pots, and some soil to lay around a
shady area where I will put more seeds.

A
garden witch never stops gardening!

Beltane

In
years past, I have written about historical observances not only in
Ireland, but also Wales. I’ve written about doing group, and
solitary ritual.

What
I have not written about, however, is to do a smaller-scale group
ritual for it utilizing some traditional practices, but not all of
them.

Much
focus in groups is on the May Queen and King, and the Maypole Dance.

This
time, I’ll write the ritual I am going to use when my small group
of friends arrives.

Beltane
is a lot of things to a lot of different people. For me, it’s a
very big deal, and sometimes, the only Sabbat I actually prepare for.

Here is an article from past years outlining a more complex ritual we used, and some more historical information as well.

This year, instead of focusing on historic meaning, I will talk about the things Spring does to our bodies that makes us feel good

Feel
So Good

What
is it about warmer days, and growing things that make us feel so much
better, and that make us look forward to it anyhow? Why do we feel
more energy, get sick less often, get out and do more, and just
overall, feel happier in warmer days?

Science!

Before
I list all of this, I will note I know people who have Seasonal
Affective Disorder in the warm months. Their bodies do not handle the
heat or strong sun well, and they crave Winter. I validate their
struggles, and understand they have these issues. This is called
Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.

This article breaks it down nicely, and explains it well.

What
my friends who have Reverse SAD have told me is they cannot
physically endure heat, strong light, and humidity in the humid
regions. Some have issues with insects eating them alive, and others
just can’t sleep when it is warm or hot. Allergies from growing
plants can also absolutely destroy people.

For
the people who do not have issues with warmer days, and the things
that come along, several things happen that make us feel better!

  1. More birdsong- It somehow promotes well-being. Further reinforcing the interconnectedness of all life us Witches and Pagans have known all about all along. Hearing that when you first wake up is amazing.
  2. Longer days- Especially folk who struggle with vitamin D deficiency, these days are most welcome. Many of us get enough Vitamin D from food or supplements, but in warmer seasons, the sun gives us even more. Some have issues absorbing vitamins from food, and LIVE for days when they can soak up some sun. According to an awesome article, fair skinned folk can catch a few minutes of sun in the afternoon. People who are a darker tan, 15-20 minutes, and people who are dark need up to six times more sun exposure than fair skinned people. Here is the article I found that information in if you want to read more about the sun and its help with Vitamin D.
  3. We get out and about more- Even though we have paved streets and walks, going out when the weather is yucky is just something we don’t do as much of because it’s a pain in the butt. There are nice events to attend, including festivals, outdoor concerts, and parties. Sabbats are held outdoors more often in warmer months, and a lot of people enjoy life more when they are going more places, and participating in more things.
  4. Flowers and animals abound- Now, some of us love the look of nature no matter what the season, but you have to admit, unless pollen or allergies are killing you, getting out with flowers, trees, and seeing the animals out and about too creates a sense of well-being. The earth is teeming with life and activity, and as Pagans and Witches, we are sensitive to the life-forces of other beings, and it strengthens us. We are all connected.
  5. Cold triggers pain- If you have injuries, joint issues, arthritis, back problems, etc, cold flares up that pain oftentimes, and warmer weather is easier on your body. Some of you know this all too well, and I wish complete healing, and no more pain for you!
  6. Less illness- Being closed in to avoid cold keeps us in more close quarters with one another, and contagious viruses and bacteria enjoy jumping from person to person. As we are less cooped up when it starts getting warmer, we share less germs.

Basically,
for many of us, nature is easier on our bodies come Springtime than
it was in Winter, and thus we feel better, can do more things, and
enjoy ourselves more.

That’s
a big reason to celebrate!

Before
I share my simple Beltane rite, I would like to share an interview I
was fortunate enough to have with a distinguished Pagan, and review
of an amazing Pagan ran establishment.

International
Pagan Radio and Onyx

International
Pagan Radio

International
Pagan Radio, or IPR is something I’d heard about because one of my
elders, Lady Brigid, has her own show, called Ask A Witch, on the
Radio. I knew it was a great organization, but I don’t listen to
radio shows, because of my hearing loss.

Here is the online link to find IPR.

I did go and listen to it to review it, and the show I caught was our beloved Raven Grimassi and his loved one talking to listeners not too long before he crossed the veil. They were sharing their love and appreciation for all the support they have gotten from the community. It’s like they knew he was about to cross over.

If
that is not enough to make you want to go listen right now, I can
tell you they have good music as well. Today is April 9, 2019, and
the agenda for today is Druidcast, The Magick Jukebox, and The Rift
and others. The available song is Black Swan Blues by SJ Tucker.
Honestly, this is something that every Pagan ought to know about, and
listen to. They have not only educational broadcasts, and music, but
messages from Pagans to Pagans. All for us by us! The best part is
the sound was crisp and clear, and I had no trouble hearing almost
everything, which is very good for me. You must go check out IPR
right away, and tell everybody about it!

Onyx

The
way I did this interview, as I do all my interviews is online. I send
questions, and the people either e-mail, or text me back. It’s
worked out well, as I am hard of hearing, and they can send me
answers when they have time. Sometimes, we do a whole interview in an
hour or less, and sometimes, we send messages back and forth over a
course of days. I also get 100% accuracy, as I am not worried about
mishearing what they say! I can be lazy, and copy and paste as
opposed to typing it all out when it is time to submit the interview
to my editor also!

Some
people, most especially film makers, have flat out refused to do
e-mail or text interviewing, and I have found people who write are so
used to writing, that an online interview is right up their alley!
Onyx granted the online interview, and instead of answering one
question at a time, wrote a beautiful statement I am proud to share
with you here. It speaks for itself!

“I
was working as the station manager for another Pagan network that
operated on Blog Talk Radio in 2015. I was approached by a guy to
manage a streaming station as well. This streaming station was to be
launched under my supervision and management as International Pagan
Radio. I agreed to take the job if I could also bring along William
Brigley. William and I had met at another network, and we had been
working together for some time. We had also become very good friends.

The
agreement was that I would manage the station with total autonomy and
our benefactor would pay the bills. William and I set out to create a
website and build the station. The station originally operated with
only donated music. We would approach artists and ask them if they
would allow us to play their music without royalties. The benefactor
wanted us to keep the cost minimal.

About
six months after launch, our benefactor informed us that he could no
longer afford the station. William and I proposed that we take over
ownership to keep the station online. Our benefactor agreed to
release all rights to the station to us.

William
and I changed a few things about the station. We decided that it was
not fair to the artists to only play donated music. We created an
account with Sound Exchange for them to manage the distribution of
royalties. We pay them for this service, and they ensure that the
royalties are distributed properly.

I
am the station manager for IPR. My responsibilities include managing
the Sound Exchange account, the bank account, station schedule,
shows, and any advertisers we may encounter. I also manage the back
end of the website and domain. We do not actively seek advertisers
but do have a rate card available if asked.

William
is the media manager. His responsibilities include more of the
technical aspects, such as website design and implementation,
ensuring that all the songs have the correct metadata embedded so the
reporting system will pick them up properly (for royalty reporting to
Sound Exchange), contacting and maintaining relationships with
artists, image design, and training videos for hosts and artists.

William
and I are co-owners of the station and share the financial
responsibility for all expenses. We pay for the streaming service,
the domain, the website, and all royalties out of pocket. We have
entertained soliciting advertisers, but have not actively done so.

International
Pagan Radio reaches out to all parts of the world, and anyone with an
internet connection can listen to us. Most of the artists whose music
we play are from the United States. However, we have artists from the
United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Australia, and Spain as well. In
addition to streaming music we also have several shows that can be
heard as well. Our shows are assigned a day of the week and are
streamed three times during that day to help ensure that fans in
differing time zones can catch the shows.

In
addition to our website, we also maintain a large Facebook presence.
We have both a public group and a page. In addition to our public
Facebook entities, we maintain private groups as well. We have one
group that is dedicated to the artists so they can interact with us
and each other. There is also a private group for the IPR team that
consists of the staff and the show hosts.

Neo-paganism
found me over three decades ago. I was raised primarily Southern
Baptist, but could never really internalize the teachings and
doctrine. When I encountered Neo-paganism it was like coming home
(yes, so cliché’).

In
the past, I have been among the High Priesthood of a few different
traditions. I have established and ran several temples and covens
over the years. I have trained, initiated and elevated many others
along the way as well. Have officiated handfastings, legal marriages,
funerals, memorials, birthing, and naming ceremonies, and coming of
age rituals.

Currently,
I consider myself more of an Omniest than a Pagan. As an “Omniest”
I feel that wisdom is not limited to one religious form. I find
wisdom in all forms of religious expression. I tell folks that I am
an Omniest that chooses to express his spirituality through Neo-pagan
traditions and ritual.

I
am the father to three (two daughters and a son) and the grandfather
to one (a baby boy). I have lived in the Winston Salem, North
Carolina, area for just over ten years. Most of my childhood was
spent in the upstate area of South Carolina. The first twelve years
of my adult life was spent serving in the United States Army. Since
leaving the Army, I have worn many hats. I owned a metaphysical shop
for a few years until it was destroyed by fire. I have worked in big
box retail management, and also in executive sales.

I
hold both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in psychology with a
specialization in conflict resolution. I am enrolled in a doctoral
course. However, I am currently taking a break from school work.
Hopefully, I will return to school shortly and complete the Doctor of
Psychology degree.

I
am not actively involved in the local Pagan community, so the station
is my ministry. I very much like the fact that we have listeners all
over the world and have heard from many of them. Many tell me that
this station is nearly their only contact with the Pagan community.”

Many thanks to Onyx for sharing his beautiful story with us, and for all his good work for IPR!

The
Working

As
promised, I am sharing the working I will use when my soul kin come
to gather with me for our Beltane. I will have a team effort to bless
food and drink, and ask the powers that be for some good magic,
healing, and goodness all around at this time of life, beginnings,
and great strength.

Here
is the working.

Have
two volunteers stand at either side of the entryway of where you have
your rite. For me, it will be my front door. You can do male and
female to keep with Wiccan practice, representing Mother Goddess and
Father God, but for me, it is going to depend on who is there and who
wants to volunteer.

These
two people will each hold something to bless with. It could be a
stick of incense for one person, and a candle held by the other.
Instead of having a Priest and Priestess bless these things, we will
all join hands and say a prayer, each of us, for the blessings we
wish for one another. Saying something as simple as “Blessed Be”
as people pass through the fires, or something more like a chant or
song you like can also be used, but as the people have blessed the
things, no words have to be said unless you want to.

After
this, people will form a line and pass between the two people with
their blessed things, emulating the scared practice of passing
between the blessed fires ancient British Pagans used to use.

Once
everybody has passed between the blessing fires, everybody will go to
two others, whoever has volunteered. This will be a blessing of
“cakes and ale”. Again, we will all take turns saying the prayer,
over them, blessing them. I am probably not going to have wine or
soda or sweets for this. Let’s face it, none of us is getting
younger. There are people coming with dietary restrictions,
allergies, and digestive issues. Plus, we don’t need to be drinking
after each other- germs, you know! As we are potlucking it, we will
take food to make a plate from the offerings, maybe even a variety,
so people can hand pick the food THEY choose to eat. Instead of a
communal cup for us all to drink from, individual tiny cups filled
with probably water, will be used. It really does not matter WHAT the
food and liquid is- it’s the blessings we will take into us.

Once
all is blessed, each person will approach who is giving the blessed
food, and the person doing this will say “May you never hunger,”
and each person in turn will take their blessed bite of food and eat
it. I’ve seen people use whole apples for ritual blessing, and I
don’t recommend it, as that takes forever. Also, cut the food up
into small pieces, so people can take just a tiny bite. They will
then go to the person who has the water, who will give them a water,
and say “May you never thirst.” Again, this should be a tiny bit
of water, enough for one sip. This is not the meal, but just a sip
and a nibble.

A
third blessing can also be given if so desired, by an individual or
individuals. Play it by ear, and see how your soul kin feel. This can
be perhaps the moving party of the rite, most especially when beloved
Priest and Priestess do the blessings. A simple way would be for
everybody to hug one another. You can also break off in twos and go
bless each other for a few minutes, walking away from the group, and
returning to a spot when everybody is finished.

After
each person has passed between the blessed fires, had their blessed
food and drink, and been further blessed if it is wished, the rite is
ended, and the feasting and fellowship begins.

This
rite can be customized as you see fit, as it is simple, and you can
tweak it any way that is meaningful for you. I have had to change how
I do ritual in the past few years. The biggest change is my condo
association has made it clear no fires are allowed on patios. There
went our blessed firepit! I also do rituals at the house as opposed
to at the campgrounds we used to use, so we moved into a smaller
space than before. We manage. Ritual can be meaningful even if you
have to make accommodations and substitute something like two candles
for two bonfires.

May
you and yours have a very Blessed Beltaine.

Blessed
Be!

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

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