I woke to see Ra shinning down on us after being buried behind nasty storm clouds for the past week. The temperature is a balmy 70F with Air providing g a gentle breeze. The only drawback is for those of us allergic to mold spores which are out in full force. I’ll still take this gift of this beautiful day and I just take some allergy medicine. I’m writing this while sitting outside watching my almost 4-year-old grandson play. Plus because of the Maple tree in their yard, I was able to explain where big trees come from. The seed from any Maple tree has about a 1/2 inch seed encased in a thing that looks like a wing sort of. As kids, we called them “whirlybirds.” There was also a couple of small new birth twigs with 3 different size leaves on them, so we talked about how trees and the leaves on them start out small like any baby and geta bigger as they get older.
Whirlybird/Maple tree seed pod
Then we watched, played, and talked about where ants live and what they might eat. I had yo hold in my laughter when he asked me if I would make lunch for the ant so the 2 of them could have a picnic. LOL
Next came the different birds he pointed out. Some of them I could tell him the name of others not. Time for grandma to learn the names of the birds that are in this area.
The most important part of these in prompt to lessons was how important it is to respect everything that is gifted to us by Mother Earth/Gaia and that we should live in harmony with the plants, animals, birds, insects, etc that are around us instead of helping to destroy our Blessed Mother. When school is out for summer and break it is time for me to take these 2 grandsons, the one I’m with has a 6-year-old brother, on walks with trash bags in hand to pick up whatever garbage other people leave out of laziness, apathy, and zero respect for the living breathing entity shaped like a huge ball floating in space as a solitary planet called me earth by those who don’t realize she is the Mother that nurtures us.
I ask that where ever you may go by foot or bicycle to please take some type of disposable bag with you, you know the ones you have to bring groceries and other things home in, and either gloves and/or hand sanitizer than pick up behind those that are less caring about our Mother than I know you are. I use desirable bags for shopping now I like many are on a tight budget, even tighter now with buying WOTC, so each month I saved my change in a container and than counted before leaving to go shopping the next month. Whatever it added up to I would use it to buy as many reusable shopping bags as I could. I even saved enough over 2 months to be able to have an insulated bag for my freezer stuff. Now I’m saving to get another insulated bag for refrigerator stuff. That way if my hubby and I have other errands to run I do not have the to be concerned about as much with possible spoilage or melting.
Well, I just learned something new about the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere. The spring equinox is at 4:58 PM CT on March 20th while the fall equinox is at 8:58 AM AEDT in the southern hemisphere. Which means we are experiencing the equinoxes at the exact same time just in different time zones and because of the international date line on a different date.
When I read this I felt it covered more than just a blessing for Ostara and Mabon. I felt it was a blessing to carry with us all through the year.
Northern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sow this spring come to a bountiful harvest in the fall.
Southern Brothers and SIsters: May what you sowed in the spring be bring you a bountiful harvest this fall.
Remember we can sow different things for our own reasons they do not have to be something we plant in the ground and watch grow, they can be something we change in our lifestyle or in our spiritual or magickal path. Then when we harvest them they become part of us and who we are.
According to legend and some pagan path gradations the last day to harvest all fruits and vegetables this year is Tuesday, October 30th. After this date we are to leave anything still growing on trees, plants, shrubs, and vines for three main reasons. First reason. Is as an offering to the Gods, Goddesses, and Elements that helped the fruits and vegetables to mature from the seedlings in the spring until their fruition in the fall. The second reason is to allow the Fae Folk (if you are blessed with them in your yard or close, that help us tend our gardens, trees, shrubs, and flower beds. The third reason is so our wildlife brother and sisters can eat them where they are or bring them into their place of waiting out the cold, rainy, and snowy days ahead.
So think upon these things are you finish harvesting what you have grown and leave a few of whatever you do not have to have to feed your family there to honor the Gods, Goddesses, Elements and to help feed the Fea Folk, animals, and birds.
This is another way for us to honor the energy that contacts all things be the part of Mother Earth and/or a deity.
Also when you are done with your harvesting do a short ritual to thank everything and everyone for what you have been able to gather through out the growing season. Give the part of Mother Earth you used as a home vegetable garden a good sprinkling with water, add your homemade or if you have to buy compost make sure it is organic.
Do not forget to gather and dry your cooking, medicinal, and ritual herbs that are grown outdoors by this date also. For indoor growing herbs just snip some off and sprinkle it in your yard as a thanks and offering.
COVEN LIFE STUDENTS ONLY; Write to me if you are not sure how to do a thankfulness ritual. We have chat this Sarurday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM CT where we can discuss this topic further.
(I realize we are almost into summer or winter depending on where you live but I still want to share this because many of the plants grow from bulbs which need to be planted in the fall.)
As spring arrives, our gardens begin to bud and eventually bloom. For hundreds of years, the plants that we grow have been used in magic. Flowers in particular are often connected with a variety of magical uses. Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for some of these flowers around you, and consider the different magical applications they might have.
This flower is one of the first you’ll see in the spring, and it’s often associated with newly blooming love.
The crocus is also known to enhance visions and bring about intuitive dreams. Author Susan Gregg recommends in The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants, “By their very presence, crocus plants remind each of us that even at the darkest points in life, the seeds of happiness and joy live within our hearts. If you are going through a rough time in your life, hold a crocus flower or an image of one in your hand while you are meditating. Then simply open your heart and your mind to visions of what you can create.”
The bright petals of the daffodil are typically found in shades of white, yellow or even pale orange. This flower is associated with love and fertility — place fresh ones in your home to bring about abundance. Wear this flower close to your heart to draw love and luck. Place daffodils on your altar during workings related to love, especially if it’s a new relationship and you’re still trying to figure out how to navigate the waters.
Add potted daffodil bulbs — don’t worry if they’re blooming yet – to your altar for spring celebrations, along with other spring flowers such as forsythia, crocus, and snowdrops.
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Many Pagans love to garden, but a lot of people don’t realize you can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Cultivating a moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and it provides a beautiful and fragrant backdrop for your moonlight rituals in the summer. If you plant these lovelies close to your house, you can open the windows and take advantage of their aromas as you sleep.
Many night-blooming plants are white, and give a luminous appearance in the moonlight.
If you plant them in a circle or a crescent shape, when they bloom, you’ll have the moon herself right there “as above, so below.” There are a number of plants that open at night — mix them in with silver-foliaged day bloomers.
NIGHT BLOOMING PLANTS…
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Around the world, people tend to garden in different ways. Someone living on a large family farm plants their crops differently than someone on a half-acre lot in the suburbs. A resident of a big city in an advanced nation will grow things in a different fashion than a family living in an impoverished, third world country. While one person might use a large tractor and motorized equipment, another may use a simple shovel.
Still another might only use a pointed stick to make a hole in the ground. Since time began, the human race has managed to find ways to make things grow where before there was nothing.
In the early spring, many of us who follow earth-based spiritual paths begin planning our gardens for the coming season. The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes. The plant cycle is intrinsically tied to so many earth-based belief systems that it should come as no surprise that the magic of the garden is one well worth looking into.
Let’s look at some of the folklore and traditions that surround gardening and planting magic.
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