For Southern Hemisphere Readers: Ostara Crafts & Cooking

f you’d like to jazz up your altar, walls, or the entire house with decorations for Ostara, here’s where you’ll find several fun and easy craft projects. There’s more to this time of year than colored eggs, so be sure to check out these ideas!

Make a Miniature Greenhouse for Ostara
Make a Spring Weather Station
Spring Snake Wreath
Naturally Colored Ostara Eggs
Tie Dyed Ostara Eggs
Make Magic Crystal Ostara Eggs
Make an Ostara Tree for your altar
Seed Packet Greeting Cards
5 Easy Decorations for Ostara
7 of the Best Ostara Crafts on Pinterest

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.

Surprise Lemon Bread
Spring Sprout Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
Marshmellow Peep Ambrosia
Deviled Eggs
Mint Chutney
Roasted Lamb
Hot Cross Buns

 

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Mabon Cooking & Craft Projects

As Mabon, the autumnal equinox, approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas. Bring the season indoors with harvest potpourri and magical pokeberry ink, or celebrate the season of abundance with prosperity candles and cleansing wash!

It’s also a perfect opportunity to get into the kitchen. Start thinking about seasonal comfort foods that honor the hearth and harvest — breads and grains, autumn veggies like squash and onions, fruits, and wine. It’s a great time of year to take advantage of the bounty of the season!

Mabon Food & Feasting  
Mabon is a holiday dedicated to family, feasting and friends. Try some of our favorite fall-themed recipes to celebrate the autumn equinox!

Baked Apples with Salted Caramel Sauce
5 Easy Recipes for Baked Apple Chips
Harvest Herbal Butter Blends
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Apple Butter
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Renaissance Faire Turkey Leg
Buckeye Candy
Pomegranate Sorbet
Dark Mother Bread
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Autumn Beef Stew

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Pagan Craft Projects for Mabon, the Autumn Equinox  
Autumn is a wonderful time to get crafty, thanks to the bright colors of the season. Make your own harvest candles, celebratory incense, and autumn God’s Eyes to decorate your home for the coming Sabbat.

Five Quick Decorating Ideas for Mabon
Make a God’s Eye for Mabon
Mabon Harvest Potpourri
Prosperity Candles
Mabon Cleansing Wash
Mabon Harvest Incense
Make Your Own Ink

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Witches Bottles

With this Full Moon coming up I got to thinking: what kinds of witchy things would I like to do?  The Cosmic Cookie Trail steps in and starts drawing my attention to Witches Bottles!  At Yule a few years ago I made one with some friends but haven’t done so since.  Time to look over my inventory of herbs and start planning.  You can read the article The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to at the following link:

http://www.earthwitchery.com/witch-bottle.html

©08172016 Wolf Woman Ways

Top 4 Crystals to Work with Moon Energy

Hibiscus Moon has a blog post about which crystals to use to work with Moon energy.

Here is part of what she has to say”

“Intention

I feel that when you’re working with different phases of the moon, it’s not so much about the specific crystals that you choose to work with, because there are several different ones, but more about your intention of working with that particular moon phase.

There are several crystals that have vibrational frequencies that align with the moon in general, no matter what phase the moon is in at that particular time. Which is great b/c it makes uncomplicated work of it.

Again, it doesn’t matter whether it’s full moon or new moon, what I feel is most important is that you be very clear on what your intentions are & that you align them with that particular phase of the moon.

Here’s a very general summary of those energies…”

You can read the rest of the article at the following link:

 

http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/top-4-crystals-to-work-with-moon-energy/

©07272016 Wolf Woman Ways

Crystals and their Magical Properties

The Master List of Crystals and their Magical Properties

Found a neat blog post that has a list of the magical properties of various crystals.  I enjoy using crystals in ritual, or making mojo bags, or gem elixirs so this list is very helpful for when I am planning out what to use.  The blog post can be found at the following link:

http://www.magicalrecipesonline.com/2016/05/the-master-list-of-crystals-and-their.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AncientMagicalRecipesOnlineNatureThroughSpellsAndHerbalMagicMagicSpellsHerbs+%28*+Ancient+Magical+Recipes+Online+*+Nature+through+Spells+and+Herbal+Magic+*+Magic+Spells+Herbs%29

©06152016 Wolf Woman Ways

Healing Stones for Sweet Dreams

Ashley Leavy of Love and Light School of Energy Medicine has written a blog post on the best crystals to use for Sweet Dreams.  The article includes a link to receive a free e-booklet on how to make a Crystal Vibrational Spray that you can use in your child’s room.  You can read the article at the following link:

https://loveandlighthealingschool.com/healing-stones-sweet-dreams-crystal-companions-kids-bedtime/?mc_cid=326dabcc07&mc_eid=e39a916441

©06082016 Wolf Woman Ways

 

Basic Crystal Grid

Ashley Leavy of Love and Light School of Energy Medicine has written a nice article about the basics of setting up a crystal grid.  She goes into setting intention, choosing crystals, and activating the grid.  You can read the article at the following link:

https://loveandlighthealingschool.com/introduction-crystal-grids/?mc_cid=5e6458e815&mc_eid=e39a916441

Here is the link to the Free Basic Crystal Grid download:

https://loveandlighthealingschool.com/shop/resources-learning-materials/freebies/crystal-grid-template-seed-of-life/

Here is the link to the free Advanced Crystal Grid Templates.  There are 30 included in this free download!

https://loveandlighthealingschool.com/shop/resources-learning-materials/freebies/advanced-crystal-grid-templates/

Love where the Cosmic Cookie Trail took me today!

©06012016 Wolf Woman Ways

Beltane

Beltane plate

 

Beltane plate

Beltane Altar 2015

Beltane Altar

Beltane Anointing Oil

Put a Peridot for prosperity and abundance in the bottle

Put a Garnet for ushering in passion in the bottle

3 drops of Jasmine

2 drops of Juniper

3 drops of Fennel

3 drops of Lemon

2 T Jojoba oil

Put the bottle in the center of the Flower of Life grid with a Quartz cluster in the center with it and 3 garnets around the perimeter to form a triangle.  Intent was to bring in prosperity and abundance with the passion of starting new things for Beltane.

Beltane Altar in a cup 2015

Beltane Altar in a Cup

Beltane Altar in a cup with Forget Me Not, Fern, Rose, Sweet Woodruff and Salt. Forget Me Not gives comfort through dreams by opening up contact with beings in another dimension and comforts because we realize the spiritual nature of these contacts. Fern is for mental clarity, cleansing, purification, and dispelling negativity and is a powerful auric protection. Rose includes attracting love, beauty, clairvoyance, domestic peace, happiness, and promoting the joy of giving. Sweet Woodruff is associated with healing, victory, protection, and money. The main metaphysical properties of salt are: Abundance, manifestation, and anchoring spiritual energies. Connecting to the ocean, the Moon and its cycles, and grounding spiritual energies into the material plane. Devotion, spiritual development, and an alchemical return to wholeness. Hospitality, house warming, and domestic harmony. Purification, spiritual protection, and releasing unwanted influences. Insights on life, death, and spiritual rebirth. Intuition, balancing the emotions and altered states like dreaming. Traditionally used for physical well-being, vitality, and longevity.

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Beltane Fire

Often you will read about the nine sacred woods used in kindling the balefire. Obviously, the trees should all have strong connections to magick, but substitutions can be made depending on where you live.
Oak would be the first choice, the backbone of the fire, so to speak. To that add eight other types of wood. Any and all of these are acceptable: apple, Hawthorne, birch, elder, ash, thorn (blackthorn), grape vine, rowan (mountain ash), holly, willow, cedar, yew and hemlock. Article found at: http://whisperingworlds.com/wiccan/beltane.php

©04272016 Wolf Woman Ways

All About Mabon, the Autumn Equinox

t is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. You may want to take a moment to read up on:

 

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect, or the balance between light and dark. This, after all, is the time when there is an equal amount of day and night. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying.

We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

 

Traditions and Trends

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of September? Find out why Mabon is important, learn the legend of Persephone and Demeter, and explore the magic of apples and more!

Mabon Magic

Mabon is a time rich in magic, all connected to the changing seasons of the earth. Why not take advantage of nature’s bounty, and work a little magic of your own?

 

Crafts and Creations

As the autumnal equinox approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas.

Mabon Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Mabon, celebrate with foods that honor the hearth and harvest — breads and grains, autumn veggies like squash and onions, fruits, and wine.

Are you planning your Mabon celebrations? Be sure to sign up for our free seven-day e-class, Get Ready For Mabon!