Imbolc and Lammas Gathering Sunday, February 2, 2020

Any Witch or Pagan is welcome to come celebrate Imbolc and Lammas with us. Everyone attending needs to stay until the rituals for both hemispheres are done. It is up to you if want to do both rituals. For these Sabbats we are doing something new the sacred circles and Watchtowers will be called and dismissed for each hemisphere. We ask that you do not print these rituals out but you are welcome to bookmark them for future use.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS GAIA AND GOD AENGUS OG  Written and Led by our novice Melinda.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT LAMMAS: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS HARVEST MOTHER AND GOD LUGH Written and Led by our adept Dawn of the Day

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere –

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Chatroom opens at 3:00 PM CT

Circle will be cast at 4:00 PM CT

Southern Hemisphere –

Monday, February 3, 2020

Chatroom opens at 8:00 AM AEDT

Circle will be cast at 9:00 AM AEDT

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

If you have applied to be in the chatroom and have not received a reply yet, it will come to you at least 5 minutes before the circle is cast on Sunday. No approval for entering the chatroom when we are only 5 minutes away from casting the circle to begin the Imbolc and Lammas Rituals.

RITUALS:

EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents .each of the elements so they form a pentagram.

In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram –

Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, any object that you are drawn too

Lower right-hand point of the Pentagram

Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire.

Lower left-hand point of the Pentagram

Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, or object of your choice

Upper right-hand point of the Pentagram:

Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, object of your choosing

Top point of the Pentagram Spirit:

Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.

Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in color of green. You can also use green crystals in place of the candle which are green calcite, amber. Fragrances can be used such as honeysuckle or cypress, or any flower, or a picture of Gaia.

God: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of Green, pink, or red. You can also use crystals such as Rose Quartz, Peridot, Copper. Incense such as Sandal wood, Rose, or Lavender, Or a picture or statue of the God Aengus.

Casting the Circle:

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

EVERYONE: Face your altar and touch what is representing the Goddess and say:

“Gaia, our mother, You who nourishes all living things I honor and pray to thee, guide us and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

Now touch what is representing the God and say:

Aegnus, God of love, youth, and poetic inspiration, guide us from this day forward and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

(Now light the incense or candle if you are using one)

Mediate for 1 minute to allow the rise of power from the Goddess and God

When you have meditated for a minute with the God and/or Goddess please type “DONE”

Opening the Circle:

To the Guardians of the West, Archangel Gabriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the South, Archangel Michael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the East, Archangel Raphael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the North, Uriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle counter-clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

(You can go back and commune with the Gods and/or Goddesses from one or both rituals after the Southern Hemisphere circle is opened)

Remember to offer a bite to the God and Goddess of your favorite snack and drink to give thanks to the God and Goddess. 

Lammas ritual

Lammas is known as the 1st of the 3 harvest festivals, it is still a time of hot intense sun but the days are starting to get shorter.  The grain is starting to ripen in the fields along with some of the fruits on the apple trees.

The goddess is pregnant and the god is still very strong but slowly weakening as we move into fall.  The animals are fattening for the winter slaughter and there is a push to start the process of storing food away for the lean months but at this time the days are still easy

Items needed for the ritual:

Apples, grapes, bread

gold or yellow cloth

sunflowers or raw wheat

Incense sandalwood and frankincense

Have a candle on your altar to represent the Harvest Mother — choose something in orange, red or yellow.

Corn husk or two

Place symbols of your craft or skill on the altar—a notebook, your special paints for artists, a pen for writers, other tools of your creativity. To represent the god Lugh

Please decorate your altar properly with a yellow or gold cloth, a nice sunflower and or a sheath of wheat, maybe an apple or a few grapes and/or a loaf of bread. This is to represent the sun  in the yellow or orange cloth.   A goblet of ritual wine is optional.

EVERYONE IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: We open the ritual with the walking around the circle 3 times in a counter clockwise direction.  We first point at the ground with our dominate hand asking the earth for its power to make this circle secure for the work we are to do here.  We walk a second time with our dominate hand outstretched at shoulder level asking water to secure our circle and finally we walk a third time with our hand pointed to the ceiling asking  air to help secure our circle and the work that we do here.  We finally say what is above is below and what is below is above we have created a circle to protect ourselves while we do our work may we harm no one and may no one harm.

Starting in the west and while touching the item that represents the west say watchtower of the west please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next is the south and while touching the item that represents the south say watchtower of the south please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next the east and while touching the item that represents the east say watchtower of the east please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Finally in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say watchtower of the north please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Light the candle, and say:

The wheel of the year is upon use

The food is plentiful and soil fertile

With this ritual we ask for the blessings

Of the Mother of the harvest

In honor of the Harvest we now will make a representation of the goddess using your corn husk and once the ritual is over please leave it on your altar to honor the goddess.

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE THE GATHERING AND PRINT THEM OUT OR TAKE NOTES SO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT.

Here is an example of how to make a corn husk doll

When you are done please type the word “DONE”

 

Now we will finish our ritual.  Point to the ceiling with your dominate hand and walk in a counter clockwise direction and say thank you air for your protection of our circle.  Now at shoulder level walk around the circle in a counter clock wise manner and thank water for the protection of our circle.  Finally point to the ground and walk in a counter clockwise manner thanking earth for protecting our circle.  Finally raise your hands above your head bring them down and point your palms at the ground and send any extra energy into the earth to help and heal our Mother.  End with the comment our circle is now open but it is never broken our work is done now may everyone go in peace.

Starting in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say Thank you to the watchtower of the north for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Next is the east and while touching the item that represents the east say Thank you to the watchtower of the east for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Now the South and while touching the item that represents the south say Thank you to the watchtower of the south for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Finally is the west and while touching the item that represents the west say Thank you to the watchtower of the west for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Blessed Be

Please enjoy some of the gifts from your altar, take a sip of the wine some of the bread etc.  Make sure you have enough, to enjoy the treats, also that you can leave some on the altar but also make sure you share some with the creatures of nature.  As you eat of your sacrifices remember and meditate on how the cycle of life goes from the seed to the plant and then back to seed to start all over again just like the wheel of the year continues to cycle through birth, adolescents, maturity, age, death and then of course rebirth.

References for Lammas ritual:

https://witchesofthecraft.com/tag/lammas-ritual/

Wicca Wheel of the Year Lisa Chamberlain pgs 88-95

https://www.learnreligions.com/setting-up-your-lammas-lughnasadh-altar-2562171

https://www.almanac.com/content/seasonal-crafts-cornhusk-doll

 

Celebrate Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere with Rituals

 

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Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Imbolc. Some people focus on the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects as a deity of fire and fertility.

Imbolc is a time of magical energy related to the feminine aspect of the goddess, of new beginnings, and of fire. It’s also a good time to focus on divination and increasing your own magical gifts and abilities.

To continue reading about how to do Imbolc Rituals

Celebrate Lammas in the Southern Hemisphere with Recipes

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Image from Wikipedia

In the Southern Hemisphere, we celebrate Lammas from 1-2 February. On the flip side of the world, the festival is celebrated on 1-2 August.

Lammas(Lah-mus) – Anglo Saxon – Festive of the loaves.
Lughnasadh (Loo-na-saw) – Irish Gaelic -This word roughly translates to Lugh’s Assembly. The god Lugh is known as the Celtic God of the Sun.
Lunasa (Loo-nah-sah) – Modern Irish – This is a more modern version of Lughnasadh.

To continue reading click on to: Lammas Recipes

 

Count Down to Litha – 2 Playlists of Pagan Music for Litha

This is a play list of 50 videos that include songs in different languages with English subtitles and some different ways of celebrating Litha found on youtube.com

50 Pagan Songs for Litha

This is a playlist of 63 pagan songs for celebrating Litha also found on youtube.com

63 Pagan Songs to Celebrate Litha

This is one of my favorite songs to listen to outside to drum and dance to

Dance, My Children Dance

 

Count Down to Yule – 2 Playlists of Pagan Yule Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 50 songs by S J Tucker and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com

Play List of 50 Yule Pagan Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 112 songs by Enya and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com. This play list includes instrumentals that could be played during your Yule ritual and/or celebration. Some of the songs include prayers and other things that could enhance your Yule.

Play List of 112 Pagan Yule Songs

 

S. H. Count Down to Litha

Get in your bare feet bring along something to drum on, just clapping you hands will do,  then get ready to dance

The Mother’s Heart

N. H. Count Down to Yule – A Time to Sing

A song for the whole family

Jingle Bells, Cast Your Spells

N. H. Yule/Winter Solstice and S. H. Litha/Summer Solstice Sabbat Celebrations on N. H. December 21, 2019

Both rituals were written by Heart’s Spirit Coven Elder Priestess Hypatia. Both hemisphere rituals will be led by High Priestess Lady Beltane.

WHEN:

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Social Hour 4:00 to 4:59  PM CST

Circle cast at 5:00 PM CST

WHERE:

Heart Spirit’s Coven Chatroom

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

  • 2 White candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the God- any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

Please feel free to bring a yule log if you are able to get one, the choice is yours.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

  • 2 white candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the Sun God-any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

 

 

RITUAL:

This will be a time to set our wishes for the coming of this New Year!

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

This is a celebration of rebirth and renewing of the old. The start of a longer, lighter days as the Lord of the Sun rises from sojourn with the Goddess. This is a time to welcome back the Sun. A time to celebrate knowing that the warmer days of spring are ahead, and the dormant hearth will come back to life.

 

Below is a picture of the Solar Cross that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

SOLAR CROSS EXAMPLE

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Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

Midsummer night eve of importance to many people. This is the longest day of the year, a day on which both light and life are plentiful. This is the time that the Sun God is at his strongest and his day is celebrated by burning his sun wheel. This was to ensure fertility and prosperity for the coming year.

This is also celebrated for the Goddess, as she is now with Child and reflecting the abundance of nature’s growth. This is a time of purification.

 

Below is a picture of a Sun Wheel that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

SUN WHEEL EXAMPLE

 

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So let’s begin our Yule/ Litha ritual begin

Casting the circle-

To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Great Mother and the Great God.

I call Upon the Guardians of spirit to protect us from above and below. As is above so is below, as is below so is above. May the power of The Great God and The great Goddess join us within this circle now, to protect us and to work with us and allow us to see beyond the veil.

 

Protect us Great Mother and Great God for all gathered here and those afar who are unable to be with us. Allow no negative energy to touch us, to harm us and that nothing we call upon will harm us and others. We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

Greeting:

Merry meet brothers and sisters and honoured guests.

 

Everyone – Respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from.

 

Please ALL light your white candles

INVOCATIONS

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

I light this fire in your honour Great Mother Goddess, you who have created life from death and warmth form cold. Once the time of the Sun lives. We invite you great mother to our circle, bring us brand new light, that of your glorious Son.

Now we look to the Great Earth Mother, and the Sky God, as guardians of the sky, the sea and of all Gods and powers. Victory is in their name. You are the source of peoples and all Gods. Without you nothing can neither be born nor made perfect.

I pray to you Great Mother and Father, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All hail!

Please light the God candle (Red) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Ancient God of forest and sky. I welcome you as you return form the shadows. Ow Great Lord the wheel has turned, I welcome you back to warm us. Great Lord I welcome your return and may you shine brightly upon this Great Mother Earth.

I pray to you Great God of the Sky and that of the Forest, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All Hail!

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Mother Nature, Lady of the firmament, bless thy fruitful womb which I honour.

 

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

God of fertility and fruitfulness. Blessed Lord of the blazing Sun, seed and nurturer of life. May you be blessed.

 

MAIN WORKING

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

Please type done when finished…

 

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 1 minutes on the wish.

After the 1 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

Please type done when finished……

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 1 minutes on the wish.

After the 1 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

FAREWELLS

Please all say-

Mother Goddess, Lady of the Waters, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell Great Selene.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.

Thank you bright Lord for the light you have brought to us this night, may we carry it with us throughout the year that is coming.

Great Lady who is ever so gracious with her nurturing caring ways and infinite wisdom. Live within us throughout the coming year.

So mote it be!

 

CLOSING

 

Dismiss the circle:

  • To the Guardians of the East:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the South:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the West:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the North:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

 

As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and want.

 

I bid you Blessings and great Joy Brothers and sisters of the Craft

 

 

 

 

 

Counting Dawn to Celebrating Litha

Each day I will bring you a new song an/or video and/or a back flash from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook (these will range from 1999[1st year published] until 2019) for our upcoming Litha/Summer Solstice celebrations.

Today I picked a beautiful instrumental with amazing pictures and words that touched my spirit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Witches Sabbat – Litha

Counting Down to Celebrating Yule

Each day I will bring you a new song and/or video and/or a back flash from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook (these will range from 1999[1st year published] until 2019) for our upcoming Yule/Winter Solstice celebrations.

Today I pick a song whose melody is from my first winter school program where the teacher for some odd reason gave me a short solo. I hope this song or the melody will bring you fond memories from past winters or give you a new memory to think back on.

What Night is This by Katerina ElHaj

Tomorrow will feature a flashback to Yule from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000