Wanting to Connect with Others a Big Part of What Makes Us Humans
I was watching this video by The Bronze Witch and felt it was a good idea to share it with all of you. There are many illnesses, conditions, and disease that cannot be seen by others on the outside but that does not mean the person suffering through them does not have whatever it might be. As mentioned in the video the cold weather when we tend to stay home more can bring on a depression so it is important to reach out to your brothers and sisters in The Craft as well as other friends and family especially if they live alone just to chat for a few minutes. This is not something you need to find time in your busy schedule daily but make an effort to communicate with an email, phone call, an online or paper card, short text or any way you want just to let someone know they are cared about and not forgotten at least once a week. Also in the United States from just before Thanksgiving until about the middle of January the suicide rate increased to It’s highest point throughout the entire year. If you can take a goodie or two to someone in a nursing home or rehab center once a month or every other. Many of our elderly have no family left to bring them joy. Check with your local senior center or town council on aging to ask if there is any type of an adopted a grandparent near you.
As a witch you have the capability to help people you know to feel better at least a little bit. How? Charm a candle in a bright color, like yellow, red, orange, to bring a person some joy and happiness.
How to Charm/Empower the Candle
Start with a large candle like the big jar ones with a kind in one of the colors mentioned above or the person you are giving it to favorite color and/or scent IMPORTANT if the person cannot or should not be left alone with a burning candle for safety reasons you can substitute a battery power candle.
Engrave their name into the top of the Candle while saying this spell 3 times and after the 3rd time seal the spell by saying “So more it be” or however you seal your spells If using a battery type candle use a permanent market to write the person’s first name on the candle.Love
Artemis and Apollo infuse this candle with healing, love from my heart, happiness the Sun brings and the joy friends and family can bring.
I give this candle to (insert persons name) to help them remember there is light and joy in this the dark, cold time of year.
This is my wish for them. So mote is be.
If the person is in a nursing home, assisted living place, or rehabilitation center of some kind check the rules they may have about what a person can be gifted.
Wrap the Candle or place it in a gift bag. Maybe add a handwritten note and a word puzzle book or a light, happier style book they would enjoy it a gift card if they own an d-reader or a coupon or a few coupons (the coupons can be for anything like spending an hour or two with them, a household chores or two that might not be able to do themselves, hugs, an putting of some kind the only thing holding you back from making some coupons is your own imagination) tailored for the person you are giving them to, a few candies -sugar free of the person is diabetic, some home made goodies or even a couple of prepared meals that could frozen and the heated up or whatever else you want to add that would put a giant smile and warm the heart of the person you are giving the “Cold Weather Smile or Hoodie Bag” or whatever you want to call it Side note this was always my mom’s favorite gift from me and she looked forward to seeing the design I picked out for that years slippers I crocheted. Do not wait for a specific holiday to give it to the person do it as soon as you have it ready, I use to give my mom hers right after Samhain with Do Not Open Until and then picked the first date before Thanksgiving that popped into my head. Every year for the last 8 I had with her she’d call me on Samhain just to ask if she was getting her cold weather surprise goodie bag. Another side note of you know someone who is housebound for whatever reason you could make a candle and goodie bag for each season and give it to them. In my family we at times give small gifts for no reason what do ever and call them “I love you gift.”
A huge thank you to my dearest sister The Bronze Witch for making the video that reminded me of this made from the heart with love gift I use to give my mom. I can think of a couple people I can do it for this year.
Here is the link that set off the idea for this post: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kvtz2HH21G0
Over the years I have made altar clothes out of many different things from plain material to washcloths sown together. There is nothing saying you have to use a premade cloth with pagan designs or they have to be one solid color. Your altar cloth can be made from whatever you want it to be and look however you want it to be it plain or with a design.
My newest altar cloth for Samhain is a dishtowel I just bought with a black cat in a witches hat sitting on a pumpkin. Now some may say this is disrespectful because of the importance this Sabbat has with honoring our ancestors but most of my ancestors that I knew in this lifetime had a great sense of humor so with this cloth I feel I am honoring that part of them.
I also have a piece of dark blue with a small white flower design on it that I use on my mother’s birthday. This piece of cloth is a leftover from a dress she mad herself. So it helps me to concentrate on the spell I wrote to talk with all of my ancestor going back to pre-historic time.
I have a piece of chocolate brown material I use when I am doing spell work that Earth will make it stronger. I use it anytime I am working with protection spells or rituals.
Another one of my altar clothes is made from sewing 5 wash clothes together. Yellow for Air, Green for Earth, Red for Fire, Blue for Water and White for Spirit. How I made it is I cut all of them in half diagonally then stitched one have of each together to form a pentagram. This was when I was just starting out on my witchy path and did not have a lot of money.
A good way to get material for an altar cloth without it costing too much is to go to a fabric store or hobby store that carries material and look in the remnants bin. Almost all of these types of stores have one. Or you can buy a dish or hand towel plain or with a design you like and use it. While at the store you can look for fabric paints, patches, sequins, embroidery floss, yarn used in making baby clothes as it is usually very thin or even cotton like used to make doilies.
I also have 2 beautiful altar clothes one I bought and one was a monthly give away from Magical necessities. Here is the link so you can look at the altar clothes offered on there: https://www.witchesofthecrafts.net/altar-cloths
In other words, make as many altar cloths in whatever style suits you the most when using your altar. The only limitation on altar clothes is your imagination! This is also a project you can do with your children by letting them make their own altar cloth for use for when they get older and do make their own altar or honor their creativity by using it during a family ritual.
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On the Sabbat Imbolc (Celebrated on February 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere and on August 1st in the Southern Hemisphere) also called Candlemas the Goddess Brigid is celebrated by many by making candles for home and magical usage. Here is a link to a general search for Imbolc: Imbolc a.k.a. Candlemas
If you are interested in learning some ways to make your own candles please put the word “Candle” in the search box on our Homepage. You will probably have to scroll through and click on “Older Posts” to find the information you want. Also here is a link of a general search for different ways of candle making: Candle Making at Home
Youtube videos on candle making: Candle Making Videos
WARNING: Candle making can be very dangerous. Please pick a time you will not be disturbed by anyone in the kitchen while working with the very hot wax. I recommend children under the age of 12 years old do not help with the candle making in any way as a safety precaution.
I invite you to include your children and/or grandchildren in our circle this evening. The ritual may seem a bit childish to some of you but I am trying something new for families who wish to raise their families in the ways of The Craft.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 White Taper Candle
1 Small black candle
2 Candle Holders
Matches or Lighter
1 Small glass of Juice or mead or wine – this can be share with everyone attending at your home or a small glass per person
1 Bite size cookie for each person attending in your home
If you have a child that will be joining us you will need
2 Battery Operated Candle ( one should be painted or markers used to make the stick of the candle black. Do not get on the “candle flame” as this may cause to explode.
If you choose to have anyone attend our gathering you and they can decide whether regular or battery operated candles are use.
Please keep a careful with children and the elderly around the open candle flames. Remember it is always SAFETY FIRST with every magickal thing you do.
RITUAL:( Northern and Southern Hemispheres spells are to be done at the same time. The one you do depends on which hemisphere you live in.)
Lady Beltane: I walk this circle with all of you three times round so we are safe and sound.
I call upon Earth to come into the watchtower of the North to help protect those in this circle.
I call upon Air to come into the watchtower of the East to help protect those in this circle.
I call in Fire to come into the watchtower of the South to help protect those in this circle.
I call upon Water to come into the watchtower of the East to help protect those in this circle.
Everyone: So more it be! Thank say a greeting than please say your first name and where you are from. Please ask children to only put one initial in as a name. (RememberSafety first!!)
Northern Hemisphere EVERYONE : Now light or turn on your black candle. Repeat this spell three times. When done type in “So more it be.”
As the Oak Kings brings the longest night his battle lost to the Holly King. We bid you safe slumber with our love and thankfulness until we meet again.
We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Oak King.
Now light or turn on your white candle while repeating this spell 3 times. Type in “So Mote It Be” when done.
As we light our candles we bring light back into the world. We welcome the birth of the Holly King and the festive joy that he brings.
EVERYONE will meditate for 2 minutes on what you want to accomplish in this the waxing part of the year and to welcome the Holly King
Southern Hemisphere EVERYONE : Light your white candle while repeating this spell three times. When done type in “So more it be”
As the Holly King loses his battle and the Oak King is born. We wish the Holly King a restful slumber with our love and thanks for all he has helped us with.
We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Holly King.
Now light your black candle while repeating this spell thtee times. When you are done type in “So mote it be”
We welcome the Oak King as the days get shorter. We ask for your help in preparing for the cold months.l
We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Oak King.
LADY BELTANE : I bring to each of you a blessing of peace, love, good will, and light on behalf of the Triple Goddess and her consort the Holly King. From myself I wish you positive energy, good cheer and happiness.
EVERYONE : Partake of your beverage and cookie and if you would like to say anything to the rest of the coven you are welcome to do so now.
LADY BELTANE: I dismiss Water from the watchtower of the West with our living thanks for your help and protection.
I dismiss Fire from the watchtower of the South with our living thanks for your help and protection.I
I dismiss Air from the watchtower of the North with our living thanks for your help and protection.
I dismiss Earth from the watchtower of the North with our living thanks for your help and protection.
The circle is open but never broken. Go in peace and love dear ones.
Remember not everything about The Craft has to be serious. You can honor a deity or do a spell in a fun way that brings joy and laughter to your heart, mind, and spirit. Young children usually learn things better if it is enjoyable to them rather than boring adult stuff. Take your child to the woods and have them look for a stick that they feel is special for them than take it home and do a ritual for their age level to turn the stick into their first wand. If the child feels it should be decorated offer them glue glitter stickers stones or even paint. To cast the circle the child could skip or dance around to form it or even do a small train where the adult leads the child behind them by holding hands. A suggestion is to do the consecration ritual as a chant, this way the child gets to sing and maybe play a drum (a plastic bowl and wooden spoon work great for a child). When it comes time to do the feasting have juice and graham crackers, remember to have them take some outside to make an offering of thanks. When your ritual is through or during it allow the child to dance or skip around the circle to open it. Keep the ritual light, entraining, and fun and I can almost guarantee the child will remember getting their first wand forever. You may also want to help the child, depending on age to sew a bag to keep their wand in, especially if it has glitter on it.
Many of us have familiar companion that is also our familiar that we share a spiritual and magickal bond with. A few of us our blessed and lucky to have more than one in our life at the same time.
I am blessed with two campanoins/familiars in my life for the last almost four years.
First is a birthday present from my husband, my almost nine year old Miniature Pinscher, Drama Queen Cleopatra JAWS. Better know as Cleo. Who protects my home and land. Gives me energy on days I have to get things done and lack the energy to do it. She also helps protect my physically body from harm by other dogs or when I am traveling to Other worlds ( Celtic term for Astral Planes). Her birthday is February 11, 2009.
Second is a rescue dog my almost six year old Chihuahua, Princess Starbabie. Better know as Star. We got Star just before her second birthday and her sister welcomed her with open paws. Star is my constant companion. She attends every gathering and private circles I do. She lends me calmness and helps me be more level headed. She joins with Cleo in protecting my physically body from harm when I am traveling in Otherworlds. Star is who I turn to for calling energy when I am upset or angry. Her birthday is March 30 2012.
Both of my girls are boys to have as companions and familiars. One of both give me a reason to laugh hardy and sometimes long at funny things the do. I have found when I am down or depressed the antics increase causing me to laugh more and feel better.
Please tell us about your animal companion and/ or familiar. If you want to share a picture with us please send the photo, animals name, and your first in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line should say “My Animal”. If you want to share about a companion that has crossed The Raibow Bridge please do.
I am looking forward to reading your stories and seeing you pictures.
Beltane is a season of fertility and fire, and we often find this reflected in the magic of the season. Let’s look at some of that spring magic, from ritual sex to fertility magic, along with the magic found in gardens and nature.
Ritual Sex and the Great Rite: Beltane is a time of passion and fertility, so for many people, it’s a time for ritual sex. Here’s what you need to know.
Fertility Magic and Customs: There’s a lot of folklore surrounding fertility. Let’s look at some beliefs from around the world.
Chocolate and Sex: Chocolate as an aphrodisiac? You bet! In fact, it’s scientifically proven.
Make Magic in Your Garden
Sacred Plants of the Beltane Season: Let’s look at some of the plants that are considered sacred to the Beltane season.
Plant a Magical Moon Garden: If you’re a night owl, consider planting a moon garden, full of fragrant plants that open and bloom at night.
Magical Spring Flowers
Spring Garden Folklore
Forsythia Magic and Legends
Lilac Magic & Folklore
The Magic of Dandelions: Dandelions are everywhere in the spring, so let’s look at some of the magic and folklore behind them.
Magical Herbal Correspondences
Magical Prosperity Soap
Horse Magic, Folkore and Legends
Butterfly Myth and Magic
Graveyard Dirt: Do you use graveyard dirt in magic? You can – here’s how
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April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.
Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat.
There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.
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.
- Setting Up Your Beltane Altar: Here’s how to get started decorating your altar for the Beltane sabbat.
- Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance: The Maypole dance is a time-honored tradition. Here’s how to host your own!
- Beltane Bonfire Ritual – a group ceremony
- Hold a Family Abundance Rite for Beltane: Celebrate the abundance of the land with your family.
- Honor the Sacred Feminine with a Goddess Ritual.
- Beltane Planting Ritual for Solitaries: If you’re practicing solo, this simple planting ritual will get you into the spirit of the season.
- Handfastings and Weddings: Plenty of people are tying the knot during the Beltane season – be sure to read up on all the things you need to know!
- Beltane Prayers
- Celebrating Beltane with Children: If you’re raising little Pagans, try these fun ways to embrace the Beltane season with your kids.
By Patti Wigington for more on Beltane please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-the-beltane-celebration-2561640?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170427&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan
Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the late harvest? Find out why Samhain is important, learn why black cats are considered unlucky, how trick-or-treating became so popular and more!
- Samhain History
- Bat Magic and Legends
- Black Cats
- Cailleach Bheur, the Hag
- Caring for Our Dead
- Chrysanthemum Folklore & Magic
- Deities of Death
- Magical, Mysterious Spiders
- Mexico’s Day of the Dead
- Jack o’Lanterns
- Nut Crack Night
- Owl Folklore and Legends
- Reader FAQ: Pagans and Halloween
- Samhain: Nope, Not a God
- Are Green-Skinned Witch Decorations Offensive?
- Samhain Superstitions
- Tricks or Treats?
- Where Are All the Vampires?
- Woolly Bear Caterpillars & Winter Weather Forecasts
- 9 Spooky Poems for Samhain
By Patti Wigington