Written for Coven Life
By priestess Hypatia
Tisanes are herbal tea that traditionally included barley.
Lammas is the first harvest celebration, marking the transition from summer to fall and celebrating the bounty and abundance of the garden.
Spell crafting Herbal teas is a personal favorite of mine, especially herbs personally selected to reflect your intentions and the turning of the seasons. Such teas are a wonderful way to honor the seasons during your ceremony.
First harvest Tea Blend for Lammas
- 1/2 cup dried calendula blossoms
- 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
- 1/4 cup dried meadow sweet
- 1/4 cup oolong tea leaves
- Optional: 1 tablespoon dried grated ginger
- Combine all ingredients in a tea strainer or bag.
- Pour hot water over the strainer and steep 3-5 minutes
Calendula– a beautiful bright beam of sunshine their bright orange and yellow petals are a beautiful representation of seasonal transitions.
Lavender– Often associated with Lammas, this beautiful plan ally will help you begin the descent into the waning and restful portion of the year.
Meadow sweet– All heal of the ancients. Acting as a natural pain killer because of its salicylic acid content, the same ingredient that makes aspirin. Wonderful for third eye activation, divination and honing of your skill.
Oolong– Adding a layer or complexity to this otherwise airy tea. Its earthiness encourages wisdom through reflection.
Ginger– Only a small amount is needed to reach its maximum benefit. Its distinct spicy notes encourages success, money and love.
I know I have been doing separate posts for Yule and Litha things but when I came across these two recipes, in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2012, one for each season of the year the two hemispheres are going into, they sounded yummy to me to have together. I apologize in advance for not calculating from American measurements to other parts of Mother Earth. I just found this website https://www.europeancuisines.com/ while it says European Cuisines it covers other countries as well.
(SIDE NOTE if you do not have a Sun shaped disc to pour the batter in use cookie cutters for whatever shapes remind you of the Sun or use a knife to cut out a shape. Even a young maybe 3 or older this totally up to the child’s caregivers can cut out a design. Than either eat the scraps from the cut outs or put them outside for the wildlife in your area to celebrate the Solstice with your family. This is a good day to have breakfast for dinner/supper/tea or use as treated after your families Solstice ritual)
“Sun God Supreme
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons of melted butter or oil
3/4 cup yogurt
Garnish with 3 cups cubed fruit, all colors
Sift dry ingredients together. Then separately whisk wet ingredients together. Combined wet and dry ingredients, mixing for no more then 20 strokes, one for each day in June (or December) until the Solstice. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the fruit, set the table, and heat the frying pan lightly coated with oil or butter on a medium heat. (SIDE NOTE AGAIN Depending on the ages of the people attending your celebration feast designated cutting the fruit, setting and clearing the table, and doing dishes along with wiping the table and kitchen surfaces. If you allow a child of 3 to cut up their pancake with a plastic knife this can also be used to slice bananas or other soft fruit. This is a family celebration so let the family help with the work and as your homes Priestess you can relax and enjoy the feast and time together with a lot less stress)
Pour batter into sun-shaped discs (or pour batter from a measuring cup with a lip to get lovely round pancakes.) cook until bubbles that have formed in the batter burst and make little dry craters. Flip one and briefly cook the other side. Serve on brighly colored plates surrounded by fruit of all colors, which represent the abundant growth and glory of the Earth Goddess. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and enjoy.
Pancakes combine the traditional foods of Litha — butter, milk, cakes, and honey — represent the Sun God at the height of his reign.
Copyright Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 77
Magical Mulled Cider
(SIDE NOTE This cider contains no alcohol so the whole family can enjoy it. If you want to spike it for the adults I have used dark rum measured to the adult who is drinking it taste. It is also good cooled to room temperature but I did not like the taste will chilled in the refrigerator)
1 quart (or 1 liter) apple cider
6 orange, sliced to look like the sun
12 whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 cinnamon sticks
Honey to taste
Toast the return of the Sun God, and the holy rebirth, with this warming drink when you gather with friends and family on the longest night of the year, Best made over an open fire, but easily concocted on a stove indoors will warm the hearth, heart, and home. Sip this and know anything is possible.
In a large pot combine apple cider which represents the Sun God, cloves, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Simmer for at least half an hour to make your house smell wonderfully festive, or longer for a stronger mulled taste. This simmering symbolically brings the God and Goddess together. and adds a little “spice” to the mix. Pour into a mug, carefully an orange slice into each cup. Add cinnamon stick and serve. Makes 6 servings.
Copyright by Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 129
1 cup/128 grams shortening or 1/2 cup/113 grams shortening and 1/2 cup/113 grams of butter
1/3 cup/43 grams sugar
2/3 cup/86 grams ground blanched almonds
1 2/3/ 214 grams flour
1/4 teaspoon salt/1.25 ml salt
1 cup/128 grams confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon/5 ml cinnamon
Mix together shortening, sugar, and almonds. Soft together flour, salt, and then stir into almond mixture until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Break off pieces of chilled dough and roll pencil thin. Cut rolled dough in 2 1/2/6.5 cm lengths and form each into a verdant shape with your fingers. Bake in an increased cookie sheet until set, but not brown, about 14-16 minutes. Mix together confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Cool cookies on pan, and while they are slightly warm dip each in cinnamon mixture. Makes approximately five dozen crescent Moons. For vegan guests, use a natural sugar substitute in place of refined sugar.
Copyright by Kirin Lee Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Page 49
Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead–Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.
Really loved this book and would recommend it anyone, from novice to long time established practitioners. Happy reading and blessings.
Just as the Winter Solstice is followed in the Old English calendar by the month of Late Yule, the Summer Solstice is followed by Late Litha. In the wake of Midsummer, Sunne begins to wane and the days become shorter. Flax can now be harvested and hay cut and stored for winter fodder.
Although most grains are harvested in the late summer and autumn, under ideal conditions winter wheat can be harvested as early as July. This early grain had to be dried, winnowed, threshed, and ground to become I’m as flour by Lammad (the “load mass”), which celebrated the bread baked from the early harvest. I’m the Christian era, the first loaves were brought to the church to be blessed. The blessed loaves were then sometimes used to work magic, protecting the rest of the harvest grain. I’m the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Mammas is called ” feast of the first fruits. ”
Baked bread and hold your on harvest celebration. Either make th bread from scratch or if you prefer, purchase ready to bake dough found in the freezer section at th supermarket. After your load has resin, invite your friends over so everyone can enjoy the beast aroma of the baking bread.
Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2017 Page 85 Written by Alaric Albertsson
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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CRAFTS AND CREATIONS
As Samhain 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 that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death.
- 5 Easy Samhain Decorations
- Magical Samhain Goodie Bags for Pagan Kids
- Samhain Spirit Incense
- Set up an Ancestor Shrine
- Make an Ancestor Altar Cloth
- Make a Grave Rubbing
- The Samhain Straw Man
- Make an Apple Garland
- Make a Kitchen Witch Craft Project
- Pumpkin Candles
- Samhain Skull Garland
No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it.
At Samhain, celebrate with foods that celebrate the final harvest, and the death of the fields.
- Make Soul Cakes for Samhain
- Ghost Poop
- Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
- Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
- Savory Pumpkin Soup
- Butternut Squash with Apple Casserole
By Patti Wigington