Lammas/Lughnasadh Rites & Rituals

Set Up Your Lammas Altar

August 1 is known as Lammas, or Lughnasadh (it’s February 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). This is a day to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest, when the grain and corn is gathered. It’s also a time, in some traditions, of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Here are some ideas for dressing up your altar for your Lammas (Lughnasadh) celebration! Setting Up Your Lammas Altar More »

Flashback 2008 – Winter Solstice

Yule

At Yule, the Oak King who rules during the waxing year conquers the Holly King in order to reign until Midsummer, when the two meet again. It is believed that the Holly King has evolved into the modern day Santa Claus, wearing red, with holly in his hat. His eight deer represent the Pagan sabbats, as animals as regarded scared by the Celtic gods. Although the Oak King and the Holly King are opposing forces at Litha and Yule, they com[lement each other. In ancient times, the Sun’s return after a long period of scarcity and darkness affirmed survival and resilience in the winter season.

A few days before Yule, decorate your home with oranges studded with cloves to release a warm, yuletide aroma. It’s time to feast, exchange gifts, and thank the Goddess for the return of abundance and light. At your Yule gathering, cozy up up to your favorite people and enjoy some delicious mulled red wine infused with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Serve warm in chalices, with a sprinkling of nutmeg, to toast the rebirth of the Oak King. When you take a sip from the chalice, hold hands with your guests and shout, “Wassail” – the old English word for “your health”

Copyright Emely Flak – Llewellyn Witches’ Datebook 2008 Pg 129

Flashback 2008 – Summer Solstice

When the Sun is at its peak in the sky at our Summer Solstice, Earth is as close as possible to the Sun. Litha is the ancient Germanic name for summer and the time to celebrate its warmth. This important time in the solar year is when the Oak King, God of Light, hands over the reign to the Holly King, God of Darkness, who rules from this point forward for the other half of the year.

At this time when light will begin to wane, decorate your altar and house with sunflowers. Place honey on your altar to represent life’s sweetness. Light the same gold candle for a short time for four to five nights over this period. On the last evening, after the candle is safely snuffed, wrap what is left of it in a yellow ribbon or gold colored cloth and keep it somewhere safe for protection and good fortune until next Litha.

Make a sunflower solstice cake decorated with yellow icing and sunflower seeds to share with your friends over a glass of mead. Enjoy your time outdoors, allowing the Sun to warm your body as you relax, walk, or read. Bid farewell to the Sun god for a few months and be assured he will return.

Copyright Emely Flak – Llewellyn Witches’ Datebook 2008 Pg 79

Reiki and Spells

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following post about using Reiki with spells.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Article by Rinku Patel

“Reiki and Spells – two powerful and different ways to heal, manifest and send your prayers to Universe. There are many people who loves to do spells and rituals (not black magic please). The spells that are done for good and harms none. How about merging spells and Reiki energy and see what the outcome is? As we all know, Reiki works for the highest good and hence no chance of going wrong anywhere……”

You can read the rest of the article at the following link:

http://reikirays.com/32900/reiki-and-spells/

©11022016 Wolf Woman Ways

Tea Leaf Meanings

Tea Reading

 

My friend posted a note about Tea Leaf Meanings.

  • ACORN- FINANCIAL SUCCESS
  • AIRPLANE- IMPENDING JOURNEY
  • ANCHOR- AN UNPLEASANT SITUATION
  • ANGEL- GOOD NEWS
  • ANTS- MANY IMPENDING DIFFICULTIES
  • APPLE- PROSPERITY AND ACHIEVEMENT
  • ARROW- BAD NEWS IN LOVE
  • AXE- POSSIBLE DANGER OR DIFFICULTY TO YOU OR A FRIEND
  • BALL- DESIRE TO TRAVEL
  • BELL- GOOD NEWS
  • BEAR- BAD LUCK (BE SURE TO NEVER TELL OF DEATH OR DYING)
  • BIRD- GOOD LUCK OR GOOD NEWS
  • BOAT- A VISIT FROM A FRIEND
  • BOOK (OPEN) YOU WILL GET AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION
  • BOOK (CLOSED) A QUESTION NEEDS INVESTIGATION
  • BOTTLE- POSSIBLE DISEASE
  • BULL- ARGUING WITH FRIENDS
  • BUTTERFLY – MUCH EXPECTED HAPPINESS
  • CAT- DECEIT OR FALSE FRIEND
  • CHILD- A NEW IDEA
  • COIN- PROSPERITY
  • CROSS- SACRIFICE OR REWARD FOR SUFFERING
  • CANDLE – A LIGHT FOR THE FUTURE, OR HELP FROM FRIENDS
  • DAISY- A NEW LOVE
  • DOG- A GOOD FRIEND
  • DOVE- COMING PEACE
  • DRUM- CHANGE
  • EGGS (WHOLE) ASSURED CAREER SUCCESS
  • EGGS (BROKEN) A CAREER SETBACK
  • ENVELOPE- GOOD NEWS
  • EYE- CAUTION OR FORESIGHT
  • FACE- A CHANGE IN FRIENDSHIPS
  • FINGER (RAISED) A WARNING
  • FINGER (LOWERED) A NEED FOR DIRECTION
  • FLAG- IMPENDING DANGER
  • FOOT- WALKING AWAY FROM THE PAST
  • FOUNTAIN- GREAT HAPPINESS
  • FORKED LINE – A COMING DECISION
  • FRUIT- HOPES
  • GARDEN- PARTY
  • GLOBE- TRAVEL
  • GRAPES- HAPPINESS
  • GUN- ARGUMENTS WITH FAMILY
  • HAND- A FRIENDS ASSISTANCE
  • HARP- ROMANCE
  • HAT- AN UPCOMING RAISE ON THE JOB, OR AN UPCOMING HONOR
  • HOUSE- COMFORT, HOME
  • ICEBERG- LACK OF INNER SELF
  • KANGAROO- A TRIP
  • KETTLE- A SIGN OF PEACE IN THE HOME
  • KITE-WISHES THAT WILL COME TRUE
  • LADDER- SUCCESS IN BUSINESS
  • LEAF- A NEW LIFE
  • LOCK- OBSTACLES
  • MAN- A VISITOR MALE OR FEMALE
  • MASK- A SECRET THAT MUST BE KEPT
  • MOUSE- THEFT OF HEART, OBJECT, OR IDEA
  • MUSHROOM- A FUTURE DISTURBANCE
  • NECKLACE (WHOLE) ADMIRERERS
  • NECKLACE (BROKEN) DANGER AHEAD IN LOVE
  • NET- A TRAP
  • OAK TREE- HEALTH
  • OAR- SUCCES IS STORE AFTER A PERIOD OF TRIALS
  • OWL- A SIGN OF GOOD OR BAD LUCK AHEAD
  • OYSTER- LOVE OR IMPENDING ENGAGEMENT
  • PALM TREE- A TRIP TO A TROPICAL PLACE
  • PIG- GREED
  • PURSE (OPENED) FINANCIAL GAIN
  • PURSE (CLOSED) FINANCIAL LOSS
  • QUESTION MARK- QUESTIONABLE MORALS
  • RABBIT- BRAVERY
  • RAT- A DISHONEST PERSON
  • RING- UPCOMING MARRIAGE
  • ROSE- POPULARITY
  • SHARK- BANKRUPTCY
  • SHELL- GOOD NEWS
  • SHOE- INCREASED ENERGY AND PRODUCTIVITY
  • SNAKE- ENEMY
  • SPIDER- REWARD FOR WORK
  • STAR- HOPE
  • SWORD- A WARNING OF FUTURE AGRUMENTS
  • TEAPOT- FRIENDS
  • TOWER- DISAPPOINTMENT
  • TREE- HEALTH
  • TURTLE- CRITICISM
  • UMBRELLA- PROTECTION
  • VASE- SECRET ADMIRER
  • VOLCANO- AN IMPENDING EMOTIONAL ERUPTION
  • WAGON- HARD TIMES AHEAD
  • WATERFALL- ABUNDANCE
  • WHEEL- BUSINESS ADVANCEMENT THROUGH GREAT EFFORT
  • WITCH- A MAGIKAL OCCURANCE IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
  • WOLF- JEALOUSY
  • YOKE- A NEED FOR CHANGE
  • ZEBRA- A MOVE FROM ON PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL STATE TO ANOTHER

Then I found this web site that has a more comprehensive list. It goes into describing exactly how to hold the cup, etc to read the leaves.  You can read the post at the following link:

http://www.divinationbytealeaves.com/a-dictionary-of-symbols-a.htm

©10262016 Wolf Woman Ways

A Spiritual Field Guide of Birds

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following blog post today.  I found a Crow feather on the ground and then Crow was talking to me as I went on a walk today.  You can read the blog post at the following link:

http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/environment/galleries/a-spiritual-field-guide-to-birds.aspx?p=3

 

I also found this meaning:

“Crow Animal Totem: Crows are the keepers of the Sacred Law and to have a Crow totem is very powerful. Personal Integrity is your watchword and your guide in Life. If you have a Crow totem, your prime path is to be mindful of your opinions and actions. You must be willing to walk your talk, to speak your truth and to know your life’s mission. Crow is an omen of Change. Things that you have been working toward will come to fruition when Crow appears. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time; therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer. It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such.” You can read more meanings at the following link:

http://www.linsdomain.com/totems-co-2-cz.htm

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail help you on your journey of discovery.

©10192016 Wolf Woman Ways

 

 

Holding Space

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following article about what it means to hold space for someone.

It got me to thinking…..sometimes we need to just hold space for someone rather than trying to fix them or give them advice or any other form of interference in what they are going through. Perhaps they have lessons they need to learn in their own spiritual journey, or they need to release something they are holding onto.  It isn’t for us to decide what they need at that moment………..

I will hold space for them by lighting a candle.

http://upliftconnect.com/hold-space/

©10112016 Wolf Woman Ways

Offerings to the Gods and Goddesses

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following post about offerings for Gods and Goddesses.  I like to change my altar for the Turning of the Wheel and I change the offering I put out as well.  I have many new ideas after reading this post.  You can read it at the following link:

http://wiccanmoonsong.blogspot.com/2012/05/offerings-to-gods-and-goddesses.html

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail lead you on your own spiritual journey of discovery!

©10052016 Wolf Woman Ways

Grounding Massage Oil

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to this recipe for making a Grounding Massage Oil.  I may play around with it to make it with herbs instead of essential oils.  A project for another day!

 

Hemp and Roots Grounding Massage Oil

©09282016 Wolf Woman Ways

Mabon Correspondances

mabon-plate

The plate I painted for Mabon.

 

This is a recipe for Mabon Anointing Oil that I made a few years ago (I reference the Super Moon). I don’t recall where I found the ritual itself.  If you know please let me know so I may credit them properly.

Mabon Anointing Oil

I used Reiki on all ingredients before I started each step.

During the Super Moon in August, I put three small Tiger Eye stones in a crystal grid surrounded by 6 Carnelian stones with an Agate in the middle.  Tigers Eye to be used in bottle of oil for Mabon.

I mixed up a sacred smudging blend of sweetgrass braid, tobacco, juniper, and sage.  I put the blend in the sea shell that looks like the spiral of life.

Right before I started to blend the oil, I said the Full Moon ritual.

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on fire to set the mood

The perfect style and attitude

To serve my purpose and meet my goal

And cast me in the perfect role

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on air to set the pace

All obstacles shall it erase

Wafting in the perfect breeze

So I might play my role with ease

 

 

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on earth to set the scene

And ground me so I stay serene

No matter what might come my way

Supporting me through night and day

 

 

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on water to set me free

To be the best, most perfect me

Smoothly flowing through the hour

All aspects of my self empower

 

 

On this night of the Full Moon

For confidence and lack of stress

On this occasion let me shine

And touch me with a gift divine

 

So mote it be

 

Mabon Oil

Drop the three Tiger Eye stones in the bottle.

1 drop of Palo Santo-Top to middle

5 drops Black Spruce-Middle

1 drop Cajeput-Top

1 drop Mandarin-Top

2 drops Myrrh-Base

1 ½ t Grapeseed oil

The intention set was to allow the abundance of the season to flow and to feel the Love of the season.

©09212016 Wolf Woman Ways