Lammas Bread

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Fresh homemade white braided bread loaves in honor of Lammas, 2015.

Lammas or Lughnasadh, it it’s a time of harvest. The end of summer. When grains, apples, grapes are ready for harvest. When poppies bloom and we can see the tangible fruits of our labors. It is also time to honor the Celtic god Lugh, for some. For me, it’s a welcome change in the weather.  It is a shift in the energy of the seasons. It marks a turn of the wheel.

It’s been very hot this summer, (in the high seventies/low eighties) in Alaska and summer tends to wear me out. Our summer is so brief and anticipated that much energy is depleted in an effort to do as much as possible. Swim, hike, plant, BBQ, picnic, take bike rides, work, socialize – it can be exhausting. Today, there was a chill in our second story apartment. For the past two months we’ve had four fans running non-stop. Baking for the most part, has been out of the question.

Despite the heat, I have done some baking. Cookies, and an apple pie made from scratch. Today, in honor of Lammas – I baked two loaves of braided white bread from scratch. A very simple recipe. The crust was crusty, and the insides were soft and hot – perfect with butter. Mayonnaise was used as a wash while baking, for the glossy look on the top as I was out of eggs.

I hope to post some rituals in honor of the season, and perhaps a photo of an altar later this month. It’s time to reap what we have sown this year, and I expect I will be reflecting on what I harvest for quite some time!

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Ostara 2015

My altar was set up at midnight of March 20, 2015. The day prior I went for a walk outside looking for the evidence of Spring, you can see photos on my blog Cabin Fever Confessions. During my prayer & meditation I wore a ribbon crown, made with soft pink and yellow curled ribbons. I listened to a Ostara inspired YouTube playlist.

Using the selenite sphere gifted to me for me and my sweets 8th year anniversary, I cleansed my crown chakra. There is also a stone set out specifically for the fae. Spring time is a wonderful time to invite the magick of faeries into your life! Yesterday, I was looking at painted eggs from Russia in a local shop and completely forgot to purchase it for the altar. I think I will be making egg based foods today in honor of the season.

There were chants and displays of gratitude for the gifts that Spring brings us! Blessed Ostara to you all! Welcome Spring! We awaken you! Welcome Spring! We honor You!

Micro-Moon 2015

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The Psychic Tarot deck by John Holland. Photographs are not of a reading, just cards laid out for the photograph. If you see a message, I am happy you came across it.

Tonight’s full moon is the smallest full moon of the year. We’ve heard it called the micro-moon or mini-moon. This March 5, 2015 full moon lies about 50,000 kilometers (30,000 miles) farther away from Earth than will the year’s closest full moon – the full supermoon and Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon – on September 28. The March 5 moon is the year’s farthest full moon because full moon and lunar apogee – the moon’s farthest point in its monthly orbit – both fall on the same date. – Via earthsky.org

That’s what I read yesterday and what inspired me to do some banishing type magick.  When I read “micro” I thought this would be an excellent time to use the power of the moon to help me reduce/minimize an unwanted habit/desire/thought etc until it was no longer visible within myself or my life.

It was a quick ritual, most of the prepping and intention set inside my home.  The rest performed outside, under the moonlight. It felt fantastic.  I didn’t use any particular wording this time, using only my mind’s eye to see what I desired to happen.  I also took out my “The Psychic Tarot” deck by John Holland and did a quick reading for myself and then, went to bed early to concentrate on taking care of my body & spirit.

The Cold Moon

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The Cold Moon, full and blinding white. Jan. 5, 2015

“O Nyx, whose darkness holds all the mysteries in shade,
O flame lit stars, whose golden rays with Luna light float near,
Black Queen who knows the untold desire that works our will,
Ekate Apotropaios Grant us your protection this night
from harm & malevolence as we give honour to you.” 

I followed my new tradition of drinking the reflected moonlight out of my cup of life-sustaining water. I read the words posted above that I found on this site, I breathed heavily as I expelled all the negative emotions and energy inside my body. During the full moon, I usually don’t work on banishing but this, this was an act of cleansing and pure intention. My greatest wish, were the words I repeated.

Happy Solstice!

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3 tealights, one with pepper, cinnamon and the last tealight is with catnip.

Happy Solstice! Blessed Yule! Happy Holidays!
We return to the light of longer days, to warmer days!
A time of hope and the future!

The photo is from my Instagram. My sweet and I had been having extremely troubling dreams for a few nights and we decided to do some cleansing of our bedroom. Under the bed, and in every corner. I like to call it “changing the air.” He used the smoke of an incense stick (we’ve been out of our normal sage bundle) and I lit 3 tealights. One with black pepper, (banishment/protection) the second with cinnamon (protection & to fill the space with sweetness & prosperity) and the third catnip – an offering to Freya, as it was a Friday and she is a goddess I pay homage too. A goddess of sex, love & beauty but also a fierce warrior! It all seemed very appropriate, and it worked. No problems since. I also like to use a white feather to move the air, creating circulation of movement, letting nothing stay stale or idle.

Cauldron of Underwear

I was in severe pain to that was accompanied by a headache, that was extremely oppressing.  Apparently, my chiropractor says that my muscles were over worked at yesterday’s treatment and massage. It was hours before I could see her and get the relief I so needed. Finally, after my visit with her I started feeling better. Resting was priority, but then overwhelming feelings and negative emotions over took me. Anxiety and self-hate creeped in.  I am really not sure why. I remembered a recent post by Silver RavenWolf (link) and performed her ritual. No photos for this one folks! However, I am feeling an improvement in my attitude.

The basics of the ritual: Take a pair of underwear of the person afflicted and boil in saltwater, while chanting. This will help to banish the negativity attached to the owner of the underwear.