A Way to Honor Your Mother and/or Father

I really do not know if every country sets aside one day a year to honor a person’s mother and/or father.

A tip to have candles burn longer and drop less– Out the candles in your freezer. Leave them in there until the morning of the day or night you will use it. Always let candle come to room temperature especially if they are in a glass container. I can tell you first hand if you light the candle, especially any size pillar or one in a glass container, they will explode. I had a few blisters on my face and eyelids from a regular, non-empowered ritual, candle exploding and the wax was very difficult to get out of my couch and rug. Please keep in mind safety first When using any size or shape candle for any reason.

Even though mine crossed the veil almost 4 years ago I still honor her daily not just in a day gift card companies, flower and sweet shops say we should. My mom’s favorite colors were green and blue and as I sometimes make poured candles I make twelve 1 1/2 inch in diameter and about 4 to 5 inch tall candles in layers of different shades of blue and green usually on her birthday in December. Then I use one candle per month. On the first of each month I take the used candle out of the glass I had from a long burning candle. I have a plastic resealable bag I use for these pieces, I’ll explain later what I do with them. Before I put the new candle in I carve a memory of something my mom and I did together or something she had said to me or whatever I feel should go on it. I use different alphabets and/or drawings to do this. I then give the candle 3 small spritzes of her favorite scent while saying, “Blood to blood mom I honor you, Blood to blood mom I miss you, Blood to blood mom I love you. ” I say this every day when I might the candle and I spend a few minutes in a type of meditation thinking about what I write on the candle for that month which usually brings back other memories. When I’m done with my meditation, which usually 10 to 15 minutes I know out the candle for the day.

My dad’s favorite colors were a certain shade of blue worn by his favorite baseball team and a bright red wine by his favorite hockey team. I make his candles on his birthday in March the same way I make my mom’s I follow the same exact ritual for him as I do daily for my.mom. The only differences is I spritz the candle with his favorite after shave and substitute “dad” for “mom” in the short chant.

If you do not make candles go to a hobby store or most any kind of department store and buy the two candles that calls to you. If you would rather make it buy candles that will last longer than one month that’s fine. If doing this still spritz every month while using the appropriate chant or chants for mother and/or father. Thank use a different piece of paper every month that is small enough not to hang out of the edges of whatever is holding the candle. Use the present months candle to burn the paper from last month.

Any questions please ask before attempting to do this ritual.

How to Understand and Make a Sacred Medicine Wheel by MATEO SOL

When you think of “medicine” what is the first thing that comes to mind?

For many modern people, medicine is associated with drugs, surgical procedures, nurses, dentists, or doctors that all improve one’s physical health. However, “medicine” in many past ancient cultures was understood as an interrelated process of physical and spiritual well-being. Medicine was once thought of as a way of being in harmony with the primal energy of nature, and a way of becoming aware of the personal power within each of us that allows us to become more whole and complete.

Before we based our lives on beliefs and interpretations of “holy scriptures,” we looked to the surrounding world for answers and we observed the rhythm of nature to guide our existence. What we discovered is that life behaves in cycles or circles rather than Cartesian “line” that we perceive time and existence these days. We discovered that the seasons came and went in cycles as did the Sun cycles and Moon phases, and we observed that even living beings like humans, trees and animals worked in cycles of births, death and rebirth.

With this understanding of life came a respect for the sacredness of the circle, and its medicinal …

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Medical Wheel

Pagan Chant Library The EarthSpirit Pagan Chant Library

When people gather and sing together, they share a language stronger than just words.The harmonies created as human voices blend open our hearts and lift our souls. EarthSpirit is an extended community which gathers together throughout the year to celebrate our connection with the sacred Earth. Since the late 1970s, we have evolved our own culture of ritual, music and song that binds us one to another and each to the natural world. Whether celebrating the joy of new life in the spring, the rite of passage of a young person into adulthood, or quietly honoring our ancestors, our music holds the threads of the web we weave together.
Deirdre Pulgram Arthen, Glenwood Farm, Winter, 2006

EarthSpirit sharing the abundant creativity within our Community with our collection of songs and chants in the Pagan Chant Library.

To read the chants please click on the link or copy and paste the link into your browser: http://www.earthspirit.com/outreach/pagan-chant-library

The Earth is Our Mother Chant

This is a beautiful chant I found a cpouple of years ago. I recommend doing it outside. If you have a regular drum join in drumming. You can also use a plastic bowl turned upside down and a wooden spoon for drumming. Think of positive energy  flowing into Mother Earth for her healing while doing the chant. Chant as long as you feel the wanr to. I than sit and meditate for a while on all the wounderful things she gives us and all the beings and creatures that live on and in her. I hope you enjoy this chant as much as I do.

Chant

Endurance ritual

(From Hearth & Home Witchery)

1. Write your birth-sign on a small stone in permanent pen

2. In a large flower pot, place the stone at the bottom.

3. Plant a marigold on top, placing seven stones around the plant.

As you work, chant:

“Sing me the song of seasons
Show me the sun’s delight
Open my heart for you radiance
Lead me towards the light”

The marigold is the flower of endurance that always
turns its face toward the sun, following its path
through the sky. This ritual will give you endurance.

Chants

I have been working on putting together a Chant Book.  I got the idea from a friend at a Samhain Ritual I attended a week ago.  I have been writing down the chants that I have learned including where I learned it.  For example, I learned the chant: We All Come from the Goddess/Hoof and Horn.  In my research, I found an additional verse to it!  I found a version of it on Youtube.  You can click on this link to hear it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZmrjl5J0kE  One of the things I have been looking for is the sheet music to some of the chants so I remember the melody.  I found this site that has the sheet music to a lot of different chants.  I have been including those in my Chant book as well.  I know how to read music so that helps!  You can click on this link to check out the site with the sheet music for various chants.  http://www.firecirclechants.com/sheetmusic/

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