Beltane – Traditions and Celebrating – Decorating Tips for Your Beltane Festival and Feasting Table

Beltane – Traditions and Celebrating – Decorating Tips for Your Beltane Festival and Feasting Table

Beltane kicks off the merry month of May! In ancient times, festivities began before the 1st of May upon the evening of the last day in April. Old world pagans continue this tradition today in the 21st Century. And what a splendid time for a celebration! Whether it be a small gathering with family and friends in the backyard or a large party, there are a myriad of ways to create a festive environment and ambiance for your Beltane celebration....

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OM – The Sacred Sound of the Universe

OM – The Sacred Sound of the Universe

Om (or Aum), is an ancient Hindu mantra and mystical Sanskrit said to be the sacred sound of the universe. It is also used in Buddhism as well as other faiths. Composed of three soft tones, a-u-m, the sound is a never ending vibrational energy reminding us that the universe is constantly in motion. You can hear it in the sounds of the forest stream, inside of a seashell, and as the mistral wind surrounds your very essence. Om is the humming of...

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Pancakes – Traditions of Imbolc and the Midwinter Feast

Pancakes – Traditions of Imbolc and the Midwinter Feast

Pancakes on Imbolc? Absolutely! The Festival of Lights at midwinter is one of our oldest, most ancient pagan holidays. Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, St. Brigid’s Day, in America Groundhogs Day, falls on February 2nd and marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is truly my favorite of all sacred holidays as we celebrate and honor Brigid, the Goddess of the sacred and eternal flames. As the sun begins to...

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About Imbolc, Warrior Goddess of the Sacred Flame, Brigid, Setting up an Altar, Gemstones, the Candle Wheel, Essences & Herbs

About Imbolc, Warrior Goddess of the Sacred Flame, Brigid, Setting up an Altar, Gemstones, the Candle Wheel, Essences & Herbs

Greetings, As darkness of winter sets in, the Lord of Misrule symbolizes the world turning upside down with the coming of mid-winter. Now is a time of reflection and release, and the time we set our intentions for the coming year. As we move into 2017 we kindle the light of hope. For the light is returning and with it, new life and new beginnings. The light will shine through the cold winter days ahead as the returning of spring approaches and...

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Clearing & Purification – How to Smudge

Clearing & Purification – How to Smudge

Smudging is an old and ancient practice where the burning of herbs are used for cleansing and purification before sacred ritual. The ritual calls upon the spirits of sacred plants to drive away negative energies, restoring balance by shifting the element of air, transforming our mind, body and sacred space, elevating the highest levels of peace and tranquility. I’ve put together three items I love for clearing and cleansing of space. First a...

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Mabon Rituals, Autumn Equniox and Harvest Traditions

Mabon Rituals, Autumn Equniox and Harvest Traditions

September 22nd is the Autumn Equinox! Mabon marks the point of the Autumn Equinox and is the second harvest as we begin to store our years crops for the coming of the long winter months ahead. As the day and night are divided equally at this time, we anticipate the coming of the impending darkness of winter. Traditional symbolism of a cornucopia, overflowing with the years harvest, spills over in abundance, filled with ripe yummy apples,...

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Lughnasadh, Lammas, the First of our Three Harvest Festivals

Lughnasadh, Lammas, the First of our Three Harvest Festivals

Welcome summer and Lughnasadh! Our gardens are full of aromatic herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Lush fields of grain and mustard greens are in abundance almost anywhere you go. Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nas-sa), also known as Lammas, marks the returning of autumn. As the days begin to shorten, we celebrate the “first fruits” as mother earth is full with a ripening harvest. Traditionally, this is the time that we begin...

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How to Make your own Offering Stones – For Giving Back to Nature & Faeries

How to Make your own Offering Stones – For Giving Back to Nature & Faeries

Have you ever wanted to leave a special offering to nature, the gods and goddess, faeries or leave a gift to the earth? Perhaps you have a sacred site in nature you frequently visit, taking in all of natures blessings and beholding in all of its wonder and magic. Or it may be that you have taken something from this space, a wooden branch for a wand, moss, a special stone, a flower, twigs, herbs, berries or fresh spring water and want to leave...

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Candle Magic – How to Perform Intentional Candle Spells & Rituals with Color Magic

Candle Magic – How to Perform Intentional Candle Spells & Rituals with Color Magic

Candle Magic dates back centuries to ancient times when candle burning was used in age-old symbolic rituals and religious ceremonies. Sacred candle rituals continue in modern times as we seek to explore the realm of magic and personal spiritual awareness within our own intuitive consciousness. Witches have used candles for centuries and they have a long and interesting history in religious worship, magic and folklore. They light the way to the...

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