new moon in virgo

New Moon In Virgo

This is the first of 3 Super-moons which will be taking place (This year). This magic new moon in Virgo is all about stepping into our power and raising our vibration and awareness. Remembering just how worthy, valuable and amazing we are is what this new moon is all about. New Moons represent the start of a new lunar cycle, and are the perfect time to plant seeds and set intentions for the month ahead. While this is true of all New Moons, the strong, and refreshingly clear, vivid energy of this Virgo Super New Moon make it one of the most powerful new beginnings of this year.

The sign of Virgo combined with the fresh beginning of a new moon is asking you to focus, fine-tune, get clear on your goals and visions.This is a perfect time to find new solutions to old problems. this current alignment of the planets support sound and bold answers to the question of what we need to accomplish right now in our personal and collective life to move forward into a brighter outlook for the future. There is no ‘rule’ to be manifesting with the moon as such. This moon shouldn’t have the intensity we have been experiencing lately, but it is powerful, so use it with care, enthusiasm and know that now is the time for you and your new phase.

This energy lasts for 3 days before and 3 days after the New Moon and will help move us forward with greater clarity and ease. Over these next few days focus on how you can step more boldy into your power. Ask yourself: What do I have to offer the world, my community? How do I want to shine my light, and shine it brighter? ⠀

☆ Remember, gratitude is the key to allowing things to work for you so always be grateful for what you already have before asking for more.

☆ With Mars in retrograde, tensions are high and energy is fiery. Be mindful of your own actions and try not to take anything personally at the moment. We’re all feeling a little more agitated than normal.

New Moon Intention Rituals

Simple Intention Setting Outline

  • Sage
  • Light a candle
  • Use Aromatherapy
  • Use crystals
  • Meditate
  • Express gratitude
  • Write down your wishes

Prosperity

  • A money attracting plant such as basil or rosemary in a pot
  • a bowl of rain water or water which has been in the sun
  • a green crystal

  1. Set the plant, crystal and bowl of water in a triangle on the ground with the bowl of water at the apex
  2. Cup your hands around the plant pot and say 9 times: Bring growth, I ask, to nature and my life
  3. Cradle the plant pot visualizing the plant growing and money coming into your life
  4. Dip the crystal into the bowl of water 3 times and say:
  5. Be for me prosperity, abundance and fertility
  6. Push the crystal into the earth around the plant and repeat 3 times:
  7. Bring growth, I ask, to nature and my life
  8. Water the plant daily and repeat as you water it:
  9. Be for me prosperity, abundance and fertility
  10. Amen, Aho, and So It Is

Focus for the Virgo New Moon

  • How can you adjust your thoughts to achieve your goals? Look at your world with a more logical, practical approach.
  • Begin making lists of things that need done, now! Write your list of what you want to start seeing coming into your life.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Keep your vibe high.
  • Eat nutritious and more natural foods, this is not a time for indulgences – the denser the food, the denser the energy flow and Virgo energy is light and high vibration.
  • Self reflection.

lammas

Photo By: Ad Victoriam

Lammas

Pronounced: English – LAH-mahhs
Lughnasadh
Pronunciation – LOO-nah-sa
August 1-2
Themes: first fruits of harvest, gratitude, benevolent sacrifice, utilizing skills and talents
Other Names: Lughnasadh, Lughnasa, August Eve, Feast of Bread, Frey Fest, First Harvest

The feast of Lughnasadh commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of the Sun.  In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain (harvest), and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested.  This grain is then used to bake the first bread from the year’s crop, which in earlier times would then be taken to a church and laid on the altar to be blessed. The name “Lammas” actually comes from this tradition, taken from an old Anglo-Saxon phrase meaning “loaf mass.”

Irish legend has it that the festival originated with Lugh himself, when he held a funeral feast and sporting competition to honor his foster mother, Tailtiu. She had died from exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland so the people could grow crops.

It is the cross-quarter day between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, and it marks the beginning of the harvest season. The first hints of Autumn are appearing even through the heat of summer. Grains are ready to be harvested, fruit is starting to fall from the fruit trees and daylight is now becoming shorter. In some places you may start to feel cooler evenings and begin to see a leaf or two tumble to the ground as the trees prepare for their autumn colors to appear!

Lammas rituals usually revolve around; harvesting, gratitude, and recognizing the manifestations of our intentions that have unfolded so far during the course of the year. Many a loaf of bread are made traditionally as way to mark the holiday, as it represents bringing the seeds of intention into full fruition. Corn dollies are a traditional craft made from straw. Decorate with the colors of Summer and Autumn; yellows, oranges, reds, greens and browns. Use harvest imagery like weaved baskets and, Summer corn, late blooming flowers of Summer (daisies, goldenrod, helenium, chrysanthemum, aster, black eyed susan, gaillardia, sunflowers, and zenia), stalks of wheat and of course loaves of bread. Spellwork related to securing abundance and a happy home is particularly powerful at this time.

Candle Magic

Materials Needed

  • 3 Orange candles
  • Frankincense incense
  • 3 Pieces of orange construction paper
  • Make 1 bouquets of wheat stems. Tie with string or thin cord.

Take 3 orange candles & pass them through the smoke of frankincense. As you light each candle say; “May this candle bring warmth to my home, light to my heart & prosperity to my spirit”.

On the 3 pieces of orange paper, on one each, write down 3 blessings. Pass each paper through the smoke of Frankincense to bless it. As you pass each through the smoke, say; “Thank you for these blessings.

Fold each piece of paper individually. With a bundle of wheat stems as an offering, tuck each blessing inside the bouquet of wheat. Then pass the entire wheat bouquet bundle once more over the Frankincense smoke and say; “Harvest time comes yet again to bring us food in abundance before the cold of Winter. To keep us happy and healthy, for this I (we) give thanks. May prosperity and peace always find a way to our hearts.”

Let the candles burn down & blessings prosper. Amen, aho, and so it is. (Additionally you can burn the wheat bundle in a bonfire.)

Lammas Ritual For Courage

Materials Needed

  • 6 inch square of orange cloth
  • Red thread or ribbon
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • pinch of dried basil
  • a few black peppercorns
  • a few drops of orange essential oil

Lay out the cloth and sprinkle the herbs and oil onto it, saying; “The strength of the bull, the daring of the boar. Grant me courage , now and ever more. Grant me bravery in my life each day to follow my own path and have my own say”.

Tie the sachet with the red thread or ribbon and keep it near you, in your bag, in your pocket, or car. *Place it beneath your pillow when you sleep (be careful oil doesn’t seep to your sheets). Every full moon replace the herbs and oil.

When the sachet has served its purpose, untie the knot and bury it.

*Note: keep away from pets

Salt Dough Ornaments

ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and salt.
  2. Gradually add water while stirring and mixing to form a dough with a Play-Doh like consistency.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and knead for approximately 5 minutes, adding a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky or a bit more water if it’s too dry.
  4. Place them on a baking sheet in a 150-degree oven. Gently turn them frequently so that they dry out evenly. Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your crafts, so just keep a close eye on them.

Lammas Meditation

The meditation can be done in a group setting, if you wish. You can record the instructions if you like, or memorize them or listen to my audio. This meditation is to help you find out how you can be more productive and creative, so be sure to affirm this to yourself before you start. Find a quiet, undisturbed place.

Sit in a comfortable and supported position.

Relax and begin… 

You’re walking down a country lane, towards the setting sun.  You feel its lingering warmth and see the remaining glow.

It is warm, the insects are buzzing and the air is thick with the scents of summer; the trees, the flowers and grass. Take the time to see what’s around you, hear the sounds of the birds, feel the grass between your toes, smell the flowers in full bloom and sense everything around you.  What animals cross your path? What else comes into your view?

As you move forward relish the solid contact your feet are making now with each step, as you move onto the dry earth of the path… 

You are approaching a field of golden corn. The sun is a huge golden ball, setting over the field. Ahead of you, to one side, there rises a hill, a green hump rising above and just beyond the gold of the corn. Standing near the edge of the mound is a glorious tall, lush oak tree, its branches spread in welcome… When you’re ready, enter the field.

The corn swishes and sways as you walk through it. Approach the tree. The corn doesn’t grow right up to the tree, so there is soft grass at the base of the trunk, you feel it beneath your feet and toes. Now sit with your back to the tree, facing the setting sun with the hill to one side and the whispering, golden corn stretching ahead of you …. 

Ask now for your creative gift. Wait patiently and notice everything you see, feel, hear and sense, however small. When you feel you have received a sign, or feel you need to move on, proceed in your own way with the journey, moving onward over the hill for perhaps more information. Whenever you feel ready turn back along the path through the corn as you walk back into conscious awareness.

Make a note of all you experienced. You can do this visualization as often as you want – your message may clarify over time. 

Lammas Intentions/Activities

  • Gather wheat, gem stones in harvest colors and create a segmented wheel on a round plate or on a table. As you place each item, give thanks for what lies ahead. Include one offering to represent what you need to leave behind.
  • Bake bread.
  • Lammas is a festival of light celebrating the last long days of the year. So, light some candles! Light one in yellow and one white. Let the candles burn until sun down.
  • Gather dandelion blooms and make dandelion wine or jelly.
  • Make preserved or jam from summer fruits.
  • Have a bonfire.
  • Bless and thank your garden. And spend some time caring for it and begin plans to protect it as the cold months are around the corner!
  • Brew beer or ginger beer.
  • Take full advantage of the bounty at the farmers markets.
  • Go apple or berry picking.
  • Pick wildflowers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Spend time reflecting on this year so far.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Make a list of what you intend to harvest this year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Make Corn dollies from grasses or grain stalks.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Create a gratitude list.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Cleanse your space to welcome the new.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Nourish yourself, in whatever form you choose. Good food, good company, a massage, a bath, crafting; whatever nourishes you as a whole.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Lammas Blessing

At first harvest we gather to give thanks for the abundance we are about to enjoy. These crops, these gifts from Gaia our Mother come to us after seasons of sacred Intention. Our efforts now rewarded, honor earth. As the great wheel turns to brings summers end, I prepare my spirit for harvest and feast.
~ Sage Goddess

Corn Husk Dollies

Materials Needed

  • Square-cut dried corn husks ($7.43 for 6 oz., amazon.com)
  • Yarn or raffia
  • Paper towel
  • Buttons
  • Glue

Putting It Together

  1. Start by soaking the husks in water for 10 minutes, and then blot excess water with a paper towel.
  2. Lay four or six husks (always an even number) in a stack.
  3. Using thin twine, tie husks together, about 1 inch from the top.
  4. Separate husks into equal portions (2 and 2, or 3 and 3), and fold halves down, covering twine.
  5. Using thin twine, tie husks about 1 inch down, creating the head.
  6. Roll a single husk and tie at the ends to make arms.
  7. Position arms below the knot at neck, between equal portions of husks.
  8. Tie waist. For a female doll, trim husks to an even length. For a male doll, separate legs into equal portions. Tie at knees and ankles. Trim evenly.
  9. *For non-binary, let your imagination flow!
  10. To make the hair, glue the yarn or raffia to the heads. Fashion clothes from pieces of felt: Cut rectangles, and snip slits or X’s in the center; then slide over the doll’s head, and secure around the waist with a strip of felt or yarn. (Glue on buttons, and use scissors to make fringe as desired.) Create hats and bonnets by cutting felt to fit, and then gluing in place.

Craft By: Martha Stewart *Added by me.

Foods Of Lammas

A Lammas feast should definitely involve bread, as well as late-summer fruits and vegetables, corn, and other grain dishes. apple and pear trees

Lammas Bread
  • 1 c whole wheat flour or rye flour…or do all regular flour
  • 3 c bread flour plus more as needed
  • 1/4 c toasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or caraway seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c scalded milk (optional on the scald…it brings out the milk’s natural sugars, but the recipe works fine with warmed milk)
  • 1/2 c water
  • 3 Tbsp honey

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the honey to the hot milk and stir to combine. Cool milk mix until it reaches 115ºF. Stir milk mix into flour mix. Knead for 15 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a smooth, elastic dough. Oil the dough’s surface, then cover with plastic or a damp towel. Let it rise in a warm spot until double. Punch down, then shape into 2 rectangle loaves or one large wreath. Let rise again until doubled. Bake at 375ºF until golden; it should make a hollow sound when tapped. About 30 – 40 minutes, depending on shape you choose. If you’ve got a bread machine, add wet ingredients first, dry second, yeast last. Let it do the work on the European setting, and pull at 1 hour, 55 min, immediately after the last knead. Shape by hand, do the final rise, and bake. 200 degrees internal temperature is ‘done’ for bread. Let cool before slicing.

Yield: 1 large braid or 2 regular-sized loaves

To do a braid, divide dough into three sections and roll them into long ropes. Match at the top and braid downward, tucking ends under when placing it on parchment lined baking sheet. 

Roasted Garlic Corn

Ingredients

  • Unshucked corn cobs
  • A pot of water
  • Butter
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika

Directions

Soak the corn cobs in the pot of water—leave the husk on—and let them sit for an hour or two. This will make the corn cobs nice and moist.

Put the wet corn cobs, still in their husks, on a grill. If you’re lucky enough to be using a campfire, drop them into the white coals on the edge of the fire ring. Turn the corn cobs once in a while, and let them cook for about half an hour. You’ll know they’re done when the husk is dry and slightly burnt.

Remove the corn cobs from the grill and let them sit for a few minutes to cool a little. Don’t let them get cold. Peel the husk all the way back and use it for a handle, or use wooden skewer sticks. Brush the cob with butter, and sprinkle with garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.

Barley Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 20 ounces button mushrooms stems trimmed and caps thinly sliced
  • 3 14.5-ounce cans low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Sourdough or some other bread toasted (optional)
  1. Bring the barley and 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper and cook for 7 minutes. Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes more. Add the mushrooms, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until they release their juices, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, bay leaves, and thyme and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked barley and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove and discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Ladle the soup into individual bowls and serve with the toasted bread, if desired.
  2. To freeze: Let the soup cool, then ladle it into resealable freezer bags. Store for up to 3 months.
  3. To reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Warm in a covered saucepan over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Serve with the toasted bread, if desired.
Lammas Brew

Blend together the following herbs:

  • 5 parts Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)
  • 1/2 part Fennel Seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • 1/2 part Cinnamon Chips (Cinnamomum spp.)
  • 1/4 – 1/8 part Freshly ground Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of hot water. Then add 2 – 3 Blackberries to each cup of tea and allow to steep for 5 – 7 minutes. You can adjust the level of spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) or omitting it all together. Want it more sweet? Add more Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). No fresh berries available? (That’s a shame.) The tea is still good without them (but really find some berries if you can).  

Lammas Corn Custard
  • 2 c fresh kernel corn
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp each sugar and salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter

Mix corn with dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk, and butter. Place in a buttered baking dish, individual dishes, or casserole set in a shallow pan of hot water. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Fun Lammas Links

Lammas Facts & Worksheets For Kids
Lammas Day
Lammas: First Fruits of the Earth
Festival of Lughnasadh

charm jars

THE JAR

The size and shape should correspond to your intent, ideally. Smaller charms or if using a small candle, make sure the candle can balance well on the jar lid (cork or otherwise). Larger charms like home protection, you’d want something a little bigger, to hold all the ingredients, and probably something in an amber or other more opaque tone, so you can’t see inside. Really though it depends more on fitting your contents into the jar. So just make sure the jar is big enough for the contents and that the candle sits well on the lid. You will also need a candle to “seal” the jar. Choose colors that flow with intention.

FILLING THE JAR

Next, you’ll need all the components for the charm. If creating your own charm, assemble harmonious ingredients that correspondent to your intent. And remember to keep the contents in proportion to your jar. Quantity isn’t as important as quality. Fill the jar with the ingredients! If you intend to shake the contents to reactivate them every so often, for instance, you’d want to leave a bit of room at the top. You might want to add some extra symbolic sealing to your jar for more heavy-duty spells, tying a ribbon around the jar of corresponding color will give some extra added strength to the charm.

You can use a variety of objects and ingredients in Charm Jars – here a just a few!

  • crystals
  • dried herbs
  • ground or whole dried spices
  • dried fruit and vegetables
  • essential oils
  • water and magic waters
  • shells
  • coins
  • buttons
  • beads
  • hand written intentions or doodled images
  • personal items

Anything that’s safe to rest in a sealed container for a long time can go into a Charm Jar.

CASTING THE CHARM

You’ll need to pick a good time to perform your charm (moon phase, time of day/night, weekday meanings, etc…), and activate it.

For timing, you’ll want to pick something that,again, matches with your intent: You can use the waxing and waning tides of the moon to draw or remove something from your life, use sunsets and sunrises for manifestation and banishment, cast at high noon for an elemental fire influence. Do your research and and listen to your inner voice.

HOW TO ACTIVATE A CHARM JAR

  • define your intent
  • select a container
  • choose the contents
  • fill the jar
  • seal the contents (optional depending on the charm)
  • state your intent aloud
  • meditate on your intention
  • ask for help with prayer to your higher power, angels, etc…
  • ask for help from the spirits of your ancestors
  • if you are an energy worker, fill your energy into the intent

SEALING WITH A CANDLE

:An effective way to complete and cast your charm, with the added bonus of sealing in the contents of your jar for permanent magic. Choose the color of your candle according to your intent, inscribe it with a rune or other meaningful symbol, anoint it with essential oil, or/and customize it in any way you see fit to correspond it with your intent and with the contents of the jar. Burn the whole candle at once to cast a spell in one go, or light the candle a little bit every night during the waxing or waning moon to draw or rid, respectively.

BURYING THE JAR

For spells involving the earth, staking a claim on your own property, magic you don’t want to reverse bury your jar in the dirt, whether it’s in your yard or in a container.

REVERSIBLE AND ONGOING CHARMS

Leave the jar’s lid or cork unsealed by wax, but firmly pressed on, perhaps with a string or ribbon to seal the magic in instead. If you ever have need to reverse the spell, you can open up the jar, safely un-enchant and dispose of its contents, and clean out the jar with salt and water for later.

REACTIVATING CHARMS

 Leave a generous portion of room in your jar or bottle before sealing, and give it a vigorous shake when you want to re-energize the charm.

CHARM JARS

Happiness Jar

  • small piece of paper (post it note will do), peace & happiness on it with maybe a smiley face or flower drawn on it, folded.
  • ribbon to tie the scroll
  • juniper berries
  • small pieces of citrine
  • dried chamomile
  • dried lavender
  • yellow candle

Recite the mantra; “Little things are mean a lot, Little things bring joy, I will appreciate them and feel happy for them being here Repeat as you fill your Charm Jar!

Anti-Anxiety Jar

  • lidded jar
  • himalayan salt
  • coffee grounds
  • basil
  • chamomile
  • sea salt
  • lavender
  • sage
  • green aventurine chips
  • rose petals
  • white candle

May the himalayan salt dispel all negativity & inspire personal inspiration and joy. May the coffee grounds & basil bring me peace of mind. May the chamomile bring me balance and sea salt keep me protected. May the lavender calm me & shield my mind from fear and anxiety. May the sage stems give me mental clarity and power. May the green aventurine ease my mind of the anxiety that holds me back, May the rose petals remind me to love myself.

Good Health Jar

  • lidded jar
  • dragons blood chips
  • carnelian chips
  • ginger (spice)
  • corriander
  • orange candle

Write down your intention. Be specific. Narrow your intention to a couple of sentences. For example– “My immune system is strong, healthy, warding off all harmful viruses and bacteria, protecting me from becoming ill.

Blessed Home Jar

  • a lidded jar
  • dried chamomile
  • frankinsence
  • myrrh
  • galangal root
  • dried rosemary
  • rose petals
  • sandalwood
  • peppermint
  • white willow
  • vervain
  • yarrow
  • lavender
  • black salt
  • blue candle

Place jar in room most used by family in your home. Feng Shui may also suggest you place the jar in the center of your home (its heart). Each day in the morning recite;

Heavenly beings from above, angels and guide from above
Fill this house with joy and love
Keep the finances on solid ground
Let the worries be un-found
Bless all who enter be blessed with good health
And be gifted with emotional wealth
Peace and happiness I ask of thee
This I make true, aho, amen and blessed be!

New Year Jar

  • lidded jar
  • write your resolution on a whole bay leaf
  • sand and/or salt
  • white candle
  • twine cut long enough to seal the jar
  • and choose for your mantra/intention; ◾️ rosemary – protection ◾️ sage – cleansing ◾️ basil – wealth ◾️ egg shell – strength ◾️ cloves – luck ◾️ mint – safety ◾️ allspice – energy ◾️ lavender – peace ◾️ white willow bark – overall blessings ◾️ thyme – courage ◾️ rose – happiness ◾️ coin – wealth & luck ◾️ holly – protection ◾️ vervain – health

Light the candle (not on the jar, just in a candle holder or plate). your resolution is your mantra. After stating and claiming the mantra out loud, burn the bay leaf in the candle flame. Blow the candle out and seal the the two ends of the twine with wax from the candle. put the candle in the jar with the sand or salt and close it, sealing the jar with several wraps of the twine and tying it off. Happy New Year!

Depression Jar

  • lidded jar
  • pink himalayan salt
  • red candle
  • obsidian crystal
  • basil
  • lavender
  • orange essential oil

As you add the items to your jar, recite the mantra; “Just For Today: I release angry thoughts and feelings, Just For Today: I release thoughts of worry, Just For Today: I’m grateful for my many blessings, Just For Today: I’m gentle with all beings including myself“. Repeat as many times as it comforts your soul. Seal the jar with wax drippings from your red candle.

Tranquil Home Jar

  • dried chamomile
  • dried rosemary
  • dried rose petals
  • rice
  • lavender
  • pink himalayan salt
  • pink candle

As you add the items to your jar, recite the mantra; “May there be happiness in my home, May there be peace in my home, May there be a feeling of wholeness in my home“. Repeat as many times as wish or when you feel the energy become clearer. No need to seal this jar. Plae it on your mantel or a table that will be undisturbed and have a pink candle next to it to light for at least a few minutes each day, longer if the energy calls for it. Replace the candle as needed. Recite the mantra when you feel the need too. And once in a while gently shake the jar to reactivate.

Increase Wealth Jar

  • 1 small piece of pyrite
  • 1 small piece of clear quartz
  • 1 dime
  • 1 inexpensive silver ring or other piece of silver
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of basil
  • 1 green, gold or white candle

On the full Moon add contents to jar, leave the candle out. Place the candle in a candle holder or heat proof plate. Light the candle and repeat three times; “By the green of Earth, Air, Water and Fire may the moons light attract the wealth I desire“.

Extinguish the candle. Leave your Charm Jar open under the moonlight, in the morning lid the jar. No need to seal it. Recharge on the next full Moon, or release, and disassemble as your financial status improves.

Fertility Jar

  • peach moonstone
  • unikite
  • a few drops of patchouli oil
  • dried or fresh carnation
  • angelica root
  • pink himalayan salt
  • white candle

Place all but the candle into your jar. Light the candle, comfortable and begin the mantra of choice. *For each positive affirmation, there is a statement that you will make to yourself on your breath in. This is said in present tense. We are making a choice to be this, right now. Even if it’s not how you feel. For that breath in, it’s your reality. Then there’s a statement that you will make to yourself on the breath out. Positive affirmation suggestions:

  1. I am breathing in life and love
  2. I am a vibrant, healthy woman
  3. I am strong and healthy
  4. I am capable and loving
  5. I am loved and I am loving
  6. I am my breath and that is healing
  7. I am seeing clearly my own heartbeat
  8. I turn my face, my heart and my breath to the light
  9. I am satisfied right now
  10. I am whole and complete

On your exhale, pick one of these or chose a second from above. Some people choose two positive affirmations; some prefer to use a choice from below to create a release. Neither is more correct than the other, nor is one more effective than the other. Maybe, try it both ways and see what suits you better. What soothes you better is the right choice.

  1. I release my frustrations
  2. I let go of disappointment
  3. I free myself of fear
  4. I forgive myself for mistakes that I have made
  5. I heal with every breath out
  6. I let go of emotions that are old and stale
  7. I release expectations
  8. I let go of resentments towards myself and others
  9. I forgive and accept myself as I am
  10. I release all energy that does not serve me

Place the jar in a special place. The jar doesn’t have to be sealed. You may want to give it a gentle shake for a moment every day to re-activate. You can either repeat your mantra every day or as often as you wish. Or say a little prayer to your higher power for health for conception,pregnancy, birth and parenthood. You can dismantle

Emotional Comfort Jar

  • dried or fresh geranium
  • fresh peach (fruit)
  • sea salt
  • parsley
  • lime

Productivity and Motivation Jar

  • sage – to push aside what’s not important and allow productivity to take hold
  • sea salt – to absorb residual negativity
  • black pepper – to banish bad habits and emotions that hinder me
  • peppermint – for energy
  • coffee – for motivation
  • cinnamon – for success and prosperity
  • rosemary – to aid in the completion of tasks
  • cloves – to take hold of my action and clear my mind
  • quartz – to amplify spell and energy
  • twisted twine or cord of pink, blue and white

Mantra; “I am productive and get things done” 

Lyrium’s Anxiety Relief & Restful Sleep Jar

  • valerian: sleep, calming, harmony
  • thyme: sleep, wards off nightmares, mends sorrow
  • lavender: sleep, peace, happiness, healing
  • obsidian: grounding, stress relief, mental clarity, removes negative energy
  • jar
  • candle

“layer herbs and stones in a jar. i always put powders at the bottom and flowers at the top with stones mixed throughout. just do what feels right for you.
place a candle on top of the jar and light it.
focus and speak your intent for each ingredient as the candle burns over the jar.
extinguish the candle and go get the sleep you deserve!!”

Wishing Well” Jar

  • A jar
  • A few pennies
  • A yellow paper star
  • Black wax

Fill the jar with the water. Drop the coins in the jar while making your wish. Seal the jar with the wax and stick the star into the wax while its still liquid. Once your wish comes true break the jar’s seal and empty it out.

Good Luck Jar 

a little jar
gold glitter (represents fortune)
cinnamon (good luck, fast action)
allspice (luck)
four leaf clovers (the more the merrier!)
ginger (power, success)
tumeric (luck)
coffee (stimulant)
optional: symbols for luck and fortune

As you add the ingredients to the jar, focus on what each ingredient is there for. Visualize each ingredient adding a little luck to the bottle and visualize yourself being fortunate. Once it is all in the jar, really focus on directing your energy into the the jar. If you praying , Saint Christopher would be appropriate to call upon. The Bible verse I use is Jeremiah 29:11. Let it charge in the sun for about an hour (or however long you deem necessary). I personally would recharge this before each use, to ensure full energy.

Pet Protection Jar

  • A glass jar with lid (you can use a recycled jar from the kitchen!)
  • A pinch of your pet’s hair, or a feather, a lost tooth/nail, etc. (collect from your pet’s bed or pen)
  • Tiger’s eye stone (a small piece or a chip works well)
  • 3 herbs of your choice for protection; here are a few suggestions: rosemary, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, chili powder, salt, sage, star anise
  • a photo or belonging of your pet (can be an old collar, old small toy, etc.)
  • piece of paper and pen

On your piece of paper, write your intention. Something like this: “keep my pet healthy and safe from harm. Universe/gods/ancestors (or your divinity of choice) empower this protective charm.” Fold the paper towards you. Then put it in the jar. Add the other ingredients to the pet protection spell jar while visualizing your pet safe and healthy. Seal it with the lid. Hold it between your hands, visualize your pet safe and healthy again, and say your intentions out loud. Then say, “so be it.” Keep the pet protection spell jar somewhere safe in your house.

Money Jar

  • jar
  • 8 dimes, freshly cleaned and purified
  • patchouli oil
  • orange bergamot oil
  • green aventurine
  • cinnamon
  • citrine
  • pen and pen or marker with green ink
  • oats
  • white and green candle (optional)

Set up your space wherever you are most comfortable. Clean it, sage it, and lock your door — whatever makes you feel safe. Write your intention on a piece of paper with a marker or pen with green ink. Fold and lay at the bottom of the jar. Place the dimes on top of the paper, focusing on your intention (aka thinking about money!). The number eight is considered the money number. Add a layer of this herbal mixture on top of the coins. Then, add a layer of oats. From here, you can either leave the jar open and add loose change to the jar every day or so until the money you desire has come to you, or seal the jar with the lid and burn a white and green candle over the top. After you have obtained the money you need, remove the paper and either burn or bury it.

Work Burn Out Jar

  • mint
  • sunflower seeds
  • vanilla bean or pod
  • paprika
  • walnut
  • small piece of citrine

Mantras;

  1. My job doesn’t own me.
  2. I am not the only one who can solve the problem.
  3.  I deserve to have a balance in life between work and home.

Positivity Jar

  • candle
  • jar
  • piece of citrine
  • piece of rose quartz
  • dried rosemary
  • dried or fresh lavender
  • sea salt
  • glitter
  • blue thread

As you set each item into the jar focus on what they represent to you. Your magic and energy melding with each, coming from inside you and around you. Close off the jar and wrap the thread round the top of the jar. Light the candle, visualizing the flame as the energy casting the spell.  

Confidence Jar

  • jar
  • gold candle, wax or ribbon
  • dried chamomile
  • amethyst chips
  • orange essential oil
  • black salt

Focus on your intent and hold each item to charge it before you add it to your jar. Seal your jar with candle, wax or string around the lid. Carry your jar with you and give it a re-activation shake when you need a boost of confidence.

Full Moon Wish Jar

  • pint size jar (clear)
  • pure water
  • a silver coin (dime or quarter)
  • a bell
  • white or silver candle

To be done at night on a clear full moon. It can be done at a window but outside the energy is much stronger. Fill the jar with the water and light your candle near where you are activating the charm. Sit under the moonlight and take in the view for a few minutes. Then drop the coin into the jar. Let the water settle until smooth again and sit so that the reflection of the moon water seems to sit right upon the coin. You may have to move around and let the water re-settle again.

Gaze at the reflection and the coin together and ring the bell 3 times. Speak your intention out loud or just ask for general good fortune. Sit and meditate a few moments. Then bring everything back indoors and leave the coin in the water jar until the next full moon, or until you feel your intention has come to fruition.

Home Protection Jar

  • jar for each doorway
  • dried rosemary
  • sea salt
  • lavender

Create a mix of lavender, salt and rosemary and pour it into your Charm Jar. Place jars at doorways in your home, you can hang them on the wall, on the doors themselves, or place it on a table near the door, and as you do, say aloud; “Salt of the Earth, plants from the ground, protect my home, keep it safe and sound“.

Gratitude New Years Jar

  1. Re-purpose a glass jar and decorate as you wish.
  2. Add a new note every time something good happens. Do this from January to January
  3. On New Years Eve empty your jar and see how wonderful and amazing life is!

Imbolc Jar

  • jar
  • piece of ruby that will fit into your jar
  • seeds
  • angelica root
  • frankincense
  • acorn(s)
  • chamomile
  • oatmeal

This Charm Jar can be incorporated into your Imbolc activities, meditation, intention or spellwork.

Mercury Retrograde Jar

  • jar
  • mugwort
  • marjoram
  • lavender
  • mint
  • piece of green aventurine
  • piece of agate
  • black salt
  • wax to seal

*Mantras;

  1. I release that which is not mine.
  2. I release all obstacles in my path.
  3. I release limiting beliefs.”
  4. I release fears and doubts.
  5. I release those relationships that no longer serve my highest good.
  6. I release pain and suffering as a means to grow.
  7. I release attachment to outcome.
  8. I release all that which is no longer in alignment.”

*Mantras from: Om Times

“The Heat of the Flame” 🔥 Fire Jar Spell

  • a jar with a lid/cork
  • cayenne pepperflakes
  • cinnamn
  • basil
  • bay leaf (crushed)
  • rosemary
  • red glitter
  • garnet (recommended to use chips)
  • calcite (recommended to use chips)
  • orange glitter
  • a symbol for passion
  • a symbol for motivation
  • red candle
  • fire safe dish/bowl
  • mortar and pestle 
  • red ribbon, string or cord
  • red inked pen or marker
  • candle or lighter

Steps

  • Cleanse yourself and your space before beginning spell. Drink black tea or coffee to energize yourself before hand if needed. Prepare yourself however you like for a fiery feeling.
  • In your mortar and pestle grind up all of your herbs especially your bay leaf until they are well mixed and fine. While grinding them up focus on your intent to motivate yourself and your passions.
  • add them to your jar.
  • Draw your symbols onto paper, preferably with red ink if you can, and carefully light them on fire using a candle, matches, lighter etc. Place them in the fire safe bowl so they burn down to ash.
  • As they burn chant: “The burning strength of fire motivates my heart, motivates my soul, so I shall achieve my goal.”.
  • Carefully add the ashes to the jar once no more smolders are left. On top of the ash add your crystals before sealing your jar tightly.
  • Place your candle on top and light it and let it burn down until it properly seals the jar (don’t leave it unsupervised please) Snuff or blow out your candle if needed then tie your red ribbon around the jar or the stub of the candle.
  • Keep the jar in your favorite room or on your desk to help motivate you and keep your passions alive.
  • To break spell either break jar (safely) or break its seal.

Note: Recharge in the sun occasionally, cleanse with smoke or incense occasionally before charging. To break spell either break jar (safely) or break its seal.

litha/summer solstice

Litha/Summer Solstice

Pronunciation: LEE-tha
June 20-22
Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic. celebrate your success, your family, and your good fortune.
Other Names: Midsummer, Midsummer’s Eve,
St. John’s Day, St. John’s Eve

Litha, or Summer Solstice is the last chance in the year to activate intentions before we move into Autumn and the season of reaping and rest. All four elements are joined together to celebrate the duality inherent in nature, the light and the dark. Daylight is at it’s longest on this day, a day to soak up the sun and nap in the warm abundant energy of the sun, as now our days will grow shorter and become cooler. A time to celebrate the light and the remaining days of summer and tap into our inner power to make dreams and plans come true. Fire plays a very prominent role in this celebration. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, destroy, cook, and of course, be a source of light and warmth.

In ancient time, the Summer Solstice was a fire festival of great importance when the burning of bonfires, or then known as balefires ritually honored the sun and the Gods. Torchlight processions with flaming tar barrels or by wheels bound with straw, which were set alight and rolled down steep hillsides walked towards the place of the balefire and the celebrants. The Norse loved lengthy processions and would gather together the whole family along with their animals and lighted torches and parade through the countryside to the celebration site to drive out evil and bring fertility and prosperity to men, the last crops of the season and their herds.

This is a celebration of the sun and the warmth that still covers the land. Colors of reds, golds and yellows symbolize this. Colors of greens , browns, and blues represent the colors of the earth during summer. Decorations can include images or artwork representing the sun, colorful pinwheels, sunflowers or other orange and yellow flowers, green leaves off the tree, and oak trees and acorns are associated with solar power, strength and energy, and they also represent the very masculine energy of the Solstice.

In yogic traditions, on the day of the solstice, we practice 108 Sun Salutations. Ultimately, today is a day where to honor the sun.
It’s all about light.
It’s about awakening to the light and power within each and every one of us. It’s about the triumph of light over darkness. Which we need now more than ever.

A Solar Summer Solstice Project

The summer solstice, marks the zenith of the sun, the longest day of the year, when the sun’s power is at its peak. The moment of peak power is very, very brief. Our ancestors built huge bonfires on this day to celebrate their connection to the vital power of the immense burning star that keeps our planet bright, warm, and alive. Hundreds of years ago on the summer solstice, our ancestors sat in sun-drenched fields or on stones as warm as a living body, fashioning small round suns from straw or vines, decorating them with sun colored flowers, honoring the mysterious, fiery light that warmed and brightened their days and made the plants grow that fed them.

The summer solstice is a perfect time to help children make a tangible connection with the earth, to connect with the sun, to invite solar power into their lives. If you and they make a round, golden image while sitting in the strongest sunlight of the year, allowing it to shine on and infuse your creations, you bring that strong, life-promoting energy indoors with you when you are done.

Here are just a few ideas for possible materials to get going. Chances are that the kids will come up with their crafty ideas that will work just as well. The it just should be round and that its colors evoke the sun’s warmth and energy. Try your best to make your images outdoors in the sunshine.

  • Grapevine wreaths make excellent bases, which may then be decorated with fresh or dried flowers and yarn or ribbons.
  • You can home-dye your yarn and ribbon using onion skins to achieve a rich terracotta or golden yellow, depending on how long you boil them in the pot with the skins. Modeling clay comes in many types, some self-hardening or bakeable. Get out the toothpicks, chopsticks, and other carving implements, and make suns with jolly faces.
  • Children of all ages enjoy finding four slender sticks from the yard, crossing them to make an asterisk shape with eight spokes reminiscent of the eight celebrations (festivals) of the year and winding brightly colored yarns and ribbons around and around to make a round variation of the sun. If four sticks are too bulky for small fingers to manage, use only three the solar shape is more hexagonal but still appealing.
  • Poke in a flower or two for an especially pleasing result—marigolds and daisies are the classic sunny favorites.

When the images are finished, you and the children may want to hold them up to the sky for a few moments so that the sun shines on them, before finding the perfect place in your house or outdoors to hang them.

Adapted from: Celebrating The Great Mother, A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children, by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw

Making A Sundial

You can also honor the sun by creating a permanent or temporary sundial.  Sundials are some of the oldest forms telling time as the sun moves across the sky, and they are a wonderful way to connect with the movement of the sun across time. 

To work with the sun, you need a timer or clock that can go off on the hour. You will want to place whatever you are using for your sundial and place it in the full sun. You can do this with something as simple as, a pencil and a paper plate.  Or, you can get more elaborate and plan on carving, drawing or painting a round made of paper, wood, etc.. as your canvas.  Put your dial into an area that gets full sun. On each hour, mark it. Do it in pencil, and then later, you can come back to it and mark it more permanently with whatever craft supply you decide on (paint, marker, etc…).  You have begun your sundial. But, the sun’s position in the sky changes, so to really do this perfectly, you would do this again at the winter solstice.  Draw a line between the marks for summer and winter, and those are your times for the dial.  While it takes you a full season to complete the sundial, it’s a fun and meaningful solstice craft.  If you want to get really fancy, do this at the equinox (either one) and then you can also have a mid point for the equinox.  It’s kind of beautiful to have done this by observing and marking the path of the sun at three integral and sacred points of the year, while honoring the energies of each of those points. This sundial becomes a very special piece on your journey through the solstices!

Candle Magic

Light some candles 🔥 Since the Solstice revolves around the sun, a candle should be lit for the entire day, especially if it is cloudy or raining. Good candles to burn on this day are; sage, mint,lavender and basil scented/oil infused ones. Candle colors of greens, oranges or purples set the theme nicely.

Personally, my favorite way to honor the solstice is a fire burning ritual.

1. On a piece of paper, write down what you’re ready to release. What can you make a conscious effort to shift in your life? How can you dissolve old beliefs or habits to help use your light to drown out the darkness that surrounds us all? How can your inner power be a catalyst for the liberation of all beings?

2. Let it burn. Use a candle or if you have a fire pit or bonfire burning, even better. Put your paper and your intention in the fire. Watch the smoke rise and let it be a symbol of release.

This has always been a simple but powerful ritual. However you celebrate today, there’s no right or wrong way. Show gratitude & appreciation for the life that surrounds us thanks to the sun, and then think about how you’re going to use your own light and power to make this world a better place.

The Summer Solstice Cave Meditation Ritual

You will need…

  • Candle
  • Yoga props, cushions or pillows, something for seated comfort
  • Tastes of the season (fruits, veggies, etc…), enough for you to eat in one setting
  • Florals of the season (fresh flowers)
  • Mirror
  • Journal or notepad and something to write with

This should be done in the morning on Solstice day. Find a protected room or even a closet, where you are completely undisturbed. Create an atmosphere in which you feel comfortably seated and secure. Place a candle (safely) and surround yourself with scents and maybe even a seasonal food that you like. Take a mirror and look at yourself for at least 15 minutes. Ask yourself the question “Who am I”? You can calmly address it to yourself repeatedly. Make sure you stay in eye contact with yourself through the mirror. Write down all of your answers. Then tell yourself that you trust yourself while not losing eye contact. What happens if you can trust yourself? Write down all feelings and emotions that arise. Conclude your ritual by eating the food that you have made available. Be aware of how the sun nurtured it just as you are nurturing yourself, as it was in the womb. And as you feed yourself, thank the sun and yourself for it. Finally, after eating and journaling, emerge reborn from your cave and go ioutside and soak up the Solstice sun!! You can also incorporate this ritual into your routine after the summer solstice in order to build more connection to your inner nourishing power.

Summer Solstice What Should The Future Bring?

What you’ll need….

  • Candle or bonfire (lit)
  • 8 rounded stones or rocks
  • Any other symbols of power or energy to you (see below)
  • Journal or notebook and something to write with

This ritual is performed with fire or with a candle, depending on what’s available. Place a circle of 8 rounded stones or rocks around the fire or the candle, they will represent the 8 sun festivals, the 4 cardinal points and the 4 elements. You can also place other items like flowers or power animal (oracle/totem) cards in or on the circle, whatever feels right for you. Have your paper and pen ready. Before you start the actual ritual, find a space of silence for a moment. Come into the here and now – and let yourself be guided by the power of the summer solstice and love. Then it’s time to reflect. What has happened in the past six months, what do you want to let go of and what are you thankful for? You can write these questions down on the paper provided and then burn them in the fire (or candle). Fire has a very transforming power. Give up everything and let it go – so that new things can emerge from the ashes.

Bath Ritual

It’s time to clear our energetic field, get some relaxation and re-energize! Things to have on hand:

  • Epsom salt (Dr Teals makes a salt that has different essential oils in it, it’s only about 4.99 a bag, you get a lot, you don’t need fancy salt.
  • Essential oils: For this ritual we will use Eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary and orange. All of these are for fatigue.
  • In addition you can also eat an orange and breathe in the peelings. A scented candle works too. While in the tub!
  • Incense help put you create a sacred space.
  • Music, soft instrument that you like. (I like pan flutes, and medieval music!
  • Candles
  • Something to sip on, maybe some sun tea or herbal infused tea.
  • Extras: Any flower petals or herbs and a sachet bag or fabric bag if you don’t wanna clean up a mess. Use any crystals associated with the Summer Solstice like; .
  • Optional: tint your bath water with safe food coloring or a bath bomb, (stain free). If you don’t have these, just imagine the color.

The colors to work with are blues like the sky or oranges and yellows like the sun, your choice! When you close your eyes see the color in your mind, imagine your tub water is that color.

Place a picture in your mind or you can look at a physical picture of one of your happiest days. Breathe in deep and hold it and as you let the breath out imagine all your worries, stress and cares fall off of you into the salt water. Don’t worry your body inst soaking in it, the salt is soaking it up.

As you drain the tub anything negative will go down the drain. EXTRA: A bowl of ice water with some lavender in it, maybe a lemon or orange slice ( keep your eyes closed) put some soft rags in it beside your tub, ring the rag out and place it over you eyes or your whole face.

By: Sage Goddess

Meditation

Sunrise Meditation

One option is to set sacred space adorned with with candles, incense, etc.,  Or you could be present at sunrise at the Solstice hour to do the meditation. Read slowly and reflect. Or you could memorize and meditate from memory and visualization. Or follow my lead…

Take a moment and be aware of where you are. Look around and make note of the space you are in and what surrounds you. How much of what you see is here with you because of sunlight? If you’re in a wood built building, physically connect with the trees that became the the building, even the furniture you sit upon daily. All made possible because of the sunlight that shines down on the trees. If you’re surrounded by a wooded area, look up and see the trees reaching towards the sky, the sunlight! Most of what we need to survive is connected to the sun. The food we grow, the chemical in our body called, serotonin boosted by the sun gives us energy and helps keep us calm, positive, and focused. Reflect on all the sun does for you in your daily life, consider what it would be like if the sunlight were permanently turned off. How much do we take for granted that the sunlight makes possible? Perhaps make your own list of what important things you have been gifted by the sun..

The Meditation

Turn your imagination towards the sun. You can close your eyes or not, you may prefer to see the shadows cast as the Solstice sun rises. Remember a time and place when you enjoyed the warmth of the sun on your skin. When you noticed your skin grow warmer and felt the warm air on your skin. Maybe it was at the beach or swimming pool, maybe it was the surprising warmth in winter as the rays of sunshine enveloped your car. Or when you were out sledding and the sun kissed your cheeks. Remember a special time with you and the sun, even if it was just sitting on your porch on a fall day when the sun broke through the chills on a windy day.

Now, visualize yourself back in that feeling, at that time, of enjoying the sunshine in its glory. Imagine that the sun is alive. Stars have life cycles. They are born, they have long lives, and they die. Is it possible, then, that they just may have a consciousness, too? Perhaps not a consciousness like we know consciousness to be, but unique unto itself. The ancient people believed that the sun was alive. So today in this moment, set aside all the logic you learned in school and believe that the sun is intelligent and all-seeing. Imagine that the Earth, too, has a consciousness, and that she is a child born of the Sun. You, in turn, are a child of the Earth. Without the Earth, there could be no humans. The Sun then would be our benevolent grandparent.

Take a moment to be in these benevolent rays of the warmth of the sun. Feel nurtured. Connect with the power of the Sun while in the protective cocoon of the Earth. Imagine the Sun giving you a tiny, tiny pinch of its power and placing it in your belly (sacral chakra). Wiggle your toes on the ground beneath your feet knowing that you are rooted in the Earth in innumerable ways. Smile. Feel the Sun and the Earth smiling with you.

This new little pinch of power is the Sun’s solstice gift to you. You can use it as you like. You can let it grow and share it with others. You can let it expand around you nurturing your aura. Think of all the ways you could use this pinch of Sun to make your life better. Feed it and let it grow, then give some of it back to the Earth and the Sun. It will have your fingerprint on it. We all have parts of us that can benefit the world and the cosmos. The Sun can help us activate them.

It is time to leave this contemplation but you can take it with you as you go do the things you have to do that don’t feel very magical. Remember the Sun and give your heart to it.

Sunset Meditation

Try celebrating the summer solstice with a seated meditation at sunset. The benefits involved when you meditate, such as calming the nervous system and improving a general sense of well-being, help to prepare the body and mind for a good night’s sleep. Conclude the extended solstice day with a few minutes (or an hour if you have time!) of silence and contemplation for deep relaxation….

Summer Solstice Meditation at Sunset

Summer Solstice Intentions/Activities

  • Bring the power of flowers🌼 into your home. Putting fresh flowers in your living room or using a fragrant garland would also elevate your spirits and inflow a calming positive energy for all family members.
  • Create a Summer Solstice altar, meditation space, prayer space, or simply decorate your fireplace hearth or around your home. Use whatever connects you to the summer sun, your own passion and light. Orange and red candles, gemstones such as; carnelian, fire opal or sunstone. Extra special is to use gemstones designed like flames. Gather summer flowers such as; calendula, sunflowers and roses. They are all associated with the Summer Solstice!
  • Charge your gemstones by summer sunlight. Sunlight just like Moonlight, brings it’s own energy to gemstones. Just bring them in before sunset (a couple hours in the sun is all they need) because after sunset they will begin being charged by the Moon.
  • Watch the sunrise and then watch the sunset.
  • Milk is associated with Summer Solstice and those who are followers of the Fae path will leave milk out for the Fae.
  • Make a Litha decoration from dried oranges.
  • Make or buy sun catchers and hang them!
  • Have an outdoor picnic to celebrate the sun and to welcome the Solstice.
  • Make some sun tea.
  • Make solar water by leaving a glass bowl or pitcher of spring water under the sun at midday for a few hours. Wonderful for plants after its cooled!!
  • Go on a hike.
  • Cloud divination.
  • Make flower and herb infused oils (see more below in links)
  • Make solar fruit water by leaving water with fruits in a closed glass jar for an hour or two in the sunshine.
  • Bird watch.
  • Build a faerie house.
  • Light a bonfire in the morning and keep it attended to and burning all day till sunset.


Foods Of The Summer Solstice

Herbal Lemon Cookies
(Author Unknown)
  • 1 cup Butter or margarine
  • 2 cups Sugar, divided
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Grass, Lemon Balm or Lemon Basil  chopped


Cream the butter and 1-3/4 cups sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs. Add to the creamed mixture and mix. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom. Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely browned. Cool slightly, then remove to a rack.

Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables
  • 1/2 pounds eggplant (about 1 large or 2 small eggplants), sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 3/4 pound zucchini or yellow squash (about 2 zucchini), sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 10 ounces lasagna noodles (about 10 to 12 noodles)
  • 2 packages extra-firm tofu (about 28 ounces), drained of liquid
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried oregano)
  • 1/2 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 12 to 15 torn basil leaves (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Arrange the eggplant slices on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with coarse salt. Allow them to sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Pat the eggplant slices dry to remove any moisture that has collected. Arrange the zucchini slices on another baking sheet. Brush all of the vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and just browning. Remove them from the oven and reduce oven heat to 350° F.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the lasagna noodles until they’re just al dente. Drain them and set aside. Next, use your hands to crumble the tofu finely in a large mixing bowl. Add in the nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper to taste. Continue crumbling the mixture with your hands until it resembles ricotta. Check for seasoning and add lemon, dried herbs (if desired), and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Lightly oil a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce over the bottom of the dish. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles over the sauce, and top the noodles with half of the roasted vegetables. Spread half of the tofu mixture over the vegetables.
  5. Arrange 4 noodles and 1 cup of marinara sauce over the tofu. Cover the marinara sauce with the remaining roasted vegetables and tofu. Cover this layer with the 4 remaining lasagna noodles and a final cup of marinara sauce.
  6. Bake the lasagna for 40 minutes, or until noodles are crisping at the edges and everything is bubbling gently. Allow the lasagna to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Arrange the basil leaves, if you like, over the top of the lasagna. Cut and serve.
Raw Vegan Summer Recipe Fresh Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coconut vinegar
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnuts, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chiffonaded

Begin by adding your broccoli florets and cherry tomatoes to a mixing bowl. Now it’s time to make a dressing. In a separate bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, and zest. Throw in some Dijon mustard, vinegar, black pepper, and salt. Give it a whisk until it’s an almost milky consistency. Pour the dressing over your broccoli and tomatoes, toss with your hands, then let sit for about an hour in the fridge. Add some hazelnuts and fresh basil, and there you have it. A fresh, raw, gluten-free salad for your mouth and your tummy!

Summer Solstice Strawberry-Mint Sun Tea

Ingredients:⠀

  • 6-8 C Water⠀
  • 4 tsp Ceylon OP⠀
  • 2-4 Mint Springs⠀
  • 30 Strawberries, frozen⠀
  • Ice cubes⠀
  • Simple Syrup or Honey to taste⠀
  • Fresh Strawberries and Mint leaves for garnish

The Magick Kitchen⠀
Get the Recipe here:  http://www.themagickkitchen.com/summer-solstice-strawberry-mint-sun-tea/

Rose Petal Almond Ice Pops

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • Petals from 3 organic roses
  • 1 cup rose water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 4 ice pop wooden sticks
  • 4 9oz disposable paper cups
  • 4 4-inch aluminum foil sheets

Instructions

  1. Rinse rose petals in a bowl full of water. Drain and chop in small pieces.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over low to medium heat, place rose water, 1/2 cup water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add rose petals.
  3. Heat for approximately 3 minutes, do not boil. Add milks and chopped almonds. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
  4. Pour half cup of rose/milk mixture in each disposable cup and cover with aluminum foil sheet.
  5. Carefully insert a wooden ice pop stick in the middle of each aluminum foil cover.
  6. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until completely frozen.
  7. To unmold the ice pops, run them under lukewarm water for 10 seconds then slide them from the molds.

SUMMER SOLSTICE SPARKLING CHAMOMILE SANGRIA


Summer Solstice Links

Summer Solstice in yogic tradition
Healing Herbs: Learn to Make Infused Oils and Balms
What is the summer solstice? Here’s what you need to know.
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge – English Heritage
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Live

beltane

Beltane

Pronounced: English – BEL-tane
Other pronunciations – bee-YAWL-tinnuh,
BOWL-tan-a or BELL-tinnuh
April 30 or May 1
Themes: passion, mischief, love, beauty, romance, fertility,abundance
Other Names: May Day, Walpurgisnacht, Floralia, Calan Mai, Beltaine, Beltain

Celebrated on May 1st, Beltane marks the transition point from Spring to Summer on the Wheel of the Year. It officially begins at moonrise on May Day Eve, and marks the beginning of the third quarter or second half of the ancient Celtic year. It is celebrated as an early pastoral festival accompanying the first turning of the herds out to wild pasture. This is a time marking the return of vitality and fertility to both the Earth and the Sun. Blossoms on the trees are becoming fuller and bursting with green, and the young of the wild are beginning to grow up. Daylight longer and stronger as we move towards Summer. Love and commitment are themes this time of year, with many weddings being planned!! Abundance and creativity are blooming as well with spring crafts and making beautiful spaces in our yards to enjoy nature right outside our door.

Mythology holds that the “God and Goddess” come together in physical union at this time, having reached full maturity in their growth over the Spring. It also symbolizes the coming together of masculine and feminine energies at work in all creation. This is when the Goddess begins to step into her Mother aspect, and the God has almost reached the height of his power. Springtime, Rebirth, Maturity, The Return of the Sun (Son), Betrothals, Weddings, etc…. all blending of traditions from long ago from around the world are themes of Beltane.

The ancient Romans celebrated Floralia, and for many centuries the eve of May 1st has been known as Walpurgisnacht in several Eastern European cultures. In England, the holiday became known as May Day. One distinct custom in England and elsewhere that has never died out entirely is dancing around the Maypole—a tall, wooden pole said to represent male virility. Typically, people gather flowers and green branches to decorate the Maypole, or else use brightly colored ribbons. Many schools have Maypole dances still to this day.

Fire is also a big focus at Beltane so much so that many places host a Beltane or May Day fire festival. Because of the earth heating up with the approach of summer and the fact that this a traditionally a very passionate time of year. The word “beltane” actually comes from an ancient Celtic word meaning “bright fire,” so it’s highly appropriate to include fire of some kind in your festivities. If you don’t have the means to build a fire either indoors or outdoors, you can still decorate your with images of fire with reds and orange colored decorations. Other colors to use are greens and colors of nature symbolizing the vibrant fertility of springtime!

May Day

May Day has long been marked with feasts and rituals. Maypoles were the focal point of old English village rituals. Many people woke at dawn to gather flowers and green branches from the fields and gardens, using them to decorate the village Maypoles, floral crowns and other decorations for the yard, gardens and inside their homes.

The May Queen (and often King) is chosen from among the young people, they are crowned and then the merrymaking of a picnic, dancing the Maypole and just enjoying the season and the “blessing of May” begin. Some tradition also had kids delivering baskets of flowers by hanging small baskets on neighboring front door handles. All this is symbolic of bestowing and sharing a focus on new creativity, abundant growth, the bonds of the coming seasons marriages, joys of pregnancies and new birth and springtime that is stirring in the earth and in the world..

St. Walpurga

The early Christian church combined old world traditions and modern Christianity with their own Beltane observances, a service was held in the church, followed by a procession to the fields or hills, where the priest kindled the fire. This as a way of combining tradition with the new faith of Christianity.

Beltane Candle Magic

What you need:

  • a journal and pen
  • candle(s) – optional
  • flowers – optional
  • any kind of floral scent (ie rose, geranium, ylang, jasmine, neroli) – optional

Make your the space you’re in feel sacred andbeautiful in any way that feels right for you. Flowers, diffusing oils, incense, candles, photographs, art, some delicious food, wear clothes that make you feel beautiful.

Cleanse and purify the your space with sage, palo santo or even a mist spray of the equivalent if you don’t like smoke, and then sit and relax. If you have any floral scented essential oils, put some on your heart or heart chakra. Optionally ad you prepare for ceremony, use the oil to anoint specific places on your physical body; wrists, Third Eye, and ankles. You can think of it as “What you do, what you know, and where you go.” Let your breath become slower, let your body settle, let your mind get quiet. Let all the rhythms of your body slow down, and drop a little deeper into the ground.

Bring your awareness to your heart center (chakra) as you breathe; breathe into your heart space, inviting more love in, more beauty, more compassion; breathe out from the heart as you feel that energy expand around you. Continue on like this for a few more rounds of breathe. When we come into our heart space and truly start to connect with its energy we are able to release the ego. In this place fear and judgement cannot exist. Anger cannot exist. Hate cannot exist. We tap into our divine center where love lives strongest. We remember who we are and we release what no longer serves.

Now, grab your journal and you’re going to answer these 3 questions:

  1. How can I create more beauty in my life?
  2. How can I nurture and love myself better?
  3. How can I extend this beauty and love out into the world around me?

Don’t judge, don’t over think. Just answer.

Perhaps this exercise allowed you to shed some light on what your intention may be for this Beltane. Remember, the soil is fertile and the Earth is waiting to receive… what do you want to sow? What came up in your journaling? Be honest, dig deep! Write down your intention.

Now light your candle!

With your intention in mind, start to visualize your intention growing stronger and stronger. Visualize it coming to fruition. How does it make you feel when your intention has come to pass? Let those powerful, positive emotions flow over you and become part of you. You can place your written intention under your candle until it is burnt down.

If you are not using a candle, leave your written intention in your sacred space for the day or all night, or even under your pillow as you sleep. Tomorrow, bury your intention in nature, or in your garden.

To close, send a message of gratitude for all your blessings to your higher power or out into the universe. Give thanks to the Earth who supports and nurtures us. Give thanks to God/Source/Creator etc… for this life you have, even when and if things low or sad. Let your candle burn down. Eat some yummy food. Smell some flowers. And leave an offering to our planet.

  • Planting some seeds a bush, or even a tree that may stand long after you are gone.
  • Leave an offering somewhere in nature (nuts, seeds, apple pieces, orange peels, etc… or fill a bird or squirrel feeder for the birds and wildlife.
  • Get involved in a community garden and pull some weeds or plant some seeds!
  • meditate for 10-15 minutes as you visualize the Earth surrounded by white light. Yep, that simple.
  • Pick up garbage in your community, near the beach, in a park…

Beltane Meditation

Guided Visualization for Spring

Here is a meditation for spring that you use to feel inspired.

  1. Find a cozy spot to relax. Minimize your distractions by turning off your mobile devices and just begin to breathe, slowly and deeply.
  2. As you settle into your space, notice how your breath connects you to your physical body and any sensations you may be feeling, images in your mind, and thoughts you may have floating by.
  3. Take a few moments to think about the energy of creation and how it aligns with the newness of the spring season. What does this time of year represent to you?
  4. Begin to notice how the energy of spring is stirring within you. What needs freshening up in your life? Is there a new project you’re feeling inspired to start? Now that the sun is out, and the birds are chirping, what has you feeling passionate, excited, and motivated in your life? What are you going to create?
  5. Feel your own energy and become conscious of the sensations in your body as you breathe deeply. What are the words, phrases, or feelings that come up for you?
  6. As you think about the energy of spring and how you’re experiencing it internally, ask your Higher Self or Higher Power that this idea, this project, or this plan you’re beginning be for your highest good, and for the good of all who will be affected by it.
  7. Now, imagine yourself going out into this new season and beginning the thing(s) that bring you the most joy—bringing your thoughts and ideas into your external environment and making them come to life. See yourself cultivating and harnessing the energy of spring, both internally and externally.
  8. When you feel comfortable, slowly open your eyes, take out your journal, and make some notes about what you saw, heard, felt, or experienced during this guided visualization.

Meditation By: Tris Thorp


Beltane Intentions/Activities

  • In honor of the sacred nine, ignite a bonfire or fire in a fireplace. In lieu of igniting a big fire in case that’s not an option you can light 9 candles that symbolize the sacred 9 or make a list of 9 things that bring you immediate delight so you can embody joy. Turn to your list for inspiration!
  • Create – Beltane is a festival of the fertility of the Earth, for the fruits and flowers we enjoy at this time of year, and for the miraculous ability of humans and animals to create new life within. You can also harness this wonderful energy by creating something new as a family: planting a garden; writing a story; build something…whatever it is, breathe new life into it at this magical time.
  • Get Outside – this time of year is energizing and restorative, and one way to enjoy it is to stay close to the Earth. Whether lying on your back gazing at the stars or standing in your garden barefoot and earthing. Go camping and build a bonfire, tell stories, watch the sunrise, and give thanks for the gifts of life.
  • After the long winter this is a beautiful time to just let loose. Put on some music and dance, raise some energy and have fun!! Be fearless, spontaneous and silly.
  • Have a party (even if via Zoom, or Teams) gather to laugh and cultivate smiles and joy!
  • Growth! Grow something. Grow anything! Water a house plants with extra tlc. Give your pet some extra love and care. Create art. Ask yourself; where do I need to allow growth in my life or in myself? What drives me that I need more of in life??
  • Set aside a day just to play and have fun with childlike abandon. Nurture your inner child.
  • Breathwork and meditation; Find a guided meditation or download a meditation app such as Insight Timer or Calm.
  • Honor the fire within you – the one that keeps you going, despite anything and everything. You are the keeper of the flame. Light something special and honor your courage to persevere.
  • Revive your motivation. What gives you purpose?
  • For the Celts morning dew is considered sacred. You can honor and celebrate the morning dew by going for a walk at dawn in nature or a garden. Notice the dew on the plants and grass, perhaps wash your hands or face with it. This is the perfect time to embrace the morning dew as it’s not too early for morning walks at dawn.
  • Decorate a May Bush. This can be a living tree or just a branch or clump of a tree brought indoors. Decorate it streamers, ribbons, scraps of cloth, and flowers.

Beltane Maypole

Medieval Celts danced around a pole to have a fruitful planting season, according to the New York Times. Around the 19th century, however, the maypole became a celebration of virtue and maidenhood. In the dance, the wooden pole is decorated with brightly colored ribbons through a folk dance in which dancers weave in and out of each other. The result is a beautiful pattern on the pole, or a hot mess depending on how well the dance was done lol. I have been personal been a part of both the beautiful and the messy!

Crown Of Daisies

Materials:

  • Daisies (or any other flower)
  • Clippers
  • Measuring tape
  1. Measure head for how and where you want your crown to lay.
  2. Cut down the flowers to 5-7 inches long. Take off extra greenery.
  3. Cross one flower over the other.
  4. Take the top flower and wrap it under the bottom and then up to the top again. Bring it down to lay with the first stem. The tighter you do this, the more secure the crown.
  5.  Lay the next flower down close to the second and repeat the process.
  6. When you reach the right length for the shape of the head, weave in the ends of the stems into the first flowers.
  7. That’s it! To create a fuller crown, weave in more flowers. For variation, try varying the flowers for different patterns.


Foods Of Beltane

Strawberry Mead

In it’s simplest form, mead is a fermented alcohol drink made with honey and water. Learn how to make it at home with this mead recipe from Colleen at Grow Forage Cook Ferment.

Small batch mead recipe. The best way to start is on a small scale, and a gallon batch of mead is the perfect size for beginners. This mead recipe features fresh strawberries, but you can easily substitute your favorite fresh fruit. Say, blackberries. You can also use foraged items like linden flowers or blended wildflowers.

Equipment needed:

  • A one-gallon glass jug with a narrow neck for brewing.
  • An airlock with a rubber stopper. You can alternatively use a balloon with a pinhole that is attached to the top of the jug. The gasses will be able to escape through the pinhole without letting any oxygen in. (You can also get the glass jug with airlock together for a better price).
  • A stainless steel pot.
  • A big spoon.
  • A funnel, bigger is better.
  • A thermometer. Just a regular meat thermometer will do.
  • Sanitizer, It is very important that you sanitize everything that will be used prior to brewing.
  • As soon as you add any fruit to mead, it is then called a “melomel,” so that is technically what this recipe is. Feel free to use any fruit you might have on hand, or leave the fruit out completely and just do a straight mead if you’d like. The process is the same either way.When you’ve completed the fermentation process you can bottle it.

Recipe: Will make a gallon of meadPrep Time 10 minutes – Cook Time 10 minutes – Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pounds honey (3 pounds is about 1 quart, and will yield a sweeter mead)
  • Champagne yeast (or other wine making yeast)
  • 1 cup more or less organic strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 10 organic raisins
  • Filtered water

Instructions:

  1. First and foremost, sanitize everything that will come in contact with the mead.
  2. Put approximately 1/2 gallon of filtered water into a large stainless steel pot and heat until warm, but not boiling.
  3. Turn off the heat, add the honey, and stir to dissolve. You can put some hot water back into the empty honey container and shake a bit to get all of the honey out.
  4. Use a funnel to pour the honey water mixture into the glass jug (it will not fill it completely).
  5. Add the strawberries and raisins.
  6. Fill the jug with cold filtered water, leaving about 3 inches of space at the top.
  7. Cap the jug with its lid and invert once or twice to mix everything together.
  8. Check the temperature of the liquid; if it is 90°F or less it’s ok to add the yeast. If it’s higher, wait a bit until it cools.
  9. Add the yeast. One yeast package will ferment up to five gallons of liquid, so you don’t need to use it all. I usually use about half of one package when making a gallon.
  10. Cap the jug again, and shake it vigorously for a minute or two. This helps to combine and aerate the yeast.
  11. Attach the airlock to the rubber stopper, fill it with water to the line, and put it into the top of your jug.
  12. The mead should start bubbling within a few hours and the top will get really foamy. Sometimes it foams too much and comes up out of the airlock, but that’s ok. Just rinse the airlock and put it back on the jar. It will subside by the next morning. You will see millions of tiny bubbles coming up through the liquid – that’s the yeast just doing it’s thing.

Now You Have to Wait:

Put the jug in a cool and dark corner and wait. It will take about 6-8 weeks to fully ferment, depending on the outside temperature. It will ferment faster when it’s warmer, slower when it’s cooler. Check it every few days to make sure it is still bubbling. Once it completely stops bubbling, it is ready to be bottled. The mead is ready to drink right away, but will benefit from some amount of aging, as it can be a bit harsh at first.

Beltane Tea

Recipe:
8oz boiling water
8 tsp. green tea
6 tsp. rose petals
4 tsp. Jasmine flower
4 tsp. Chamomile

Steep for 20 min and consume with the intention of honoring your spiritual self. Optional: add honey to taste.

BELTANE BANNOCKs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Directions:

  1. Combine oatmeal, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter, and drizzle it over the oats.
  3. Add the water, and stir the mix until it forms a stiff dough. Turn the dough out on a sheet of wax paper and knead thoroughly.
  4. Separate the dough into two equal portions, and roll each one into a ball. Use a rolling pin to make a flat pancake that is about ¼” thick.
  5. Cook your oatcakes on a griddle over medium heat until they are golden brown.
  6. Cut each round into quarters to serve.

Oats: Money, prosperity, abundance. Salt: protection. Butter: Spirituality, Communication, Reconciliation, Enhancing Energies.

May Day Maple Hearth Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105ºF-115ºF)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour with the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in shortening.
  4. Add the syrup to the yeast mix and let the syrup dissolve too.
  5. Now add yeast mix to the flour mix; stir.
  6. Add flour until dough is easy to handle.
  7. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute.
  8. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.
  9. Form into round, place on cookie sheet.
  10. Let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.
  14. Loaf can be brushed with syrup or butter during last 5 minutes of baking.

Note: This bread is quite dry without something to moisten it, so definitely serve it with some vegan butter. Also, your bread will have trouble rising if the syrup is too cold! Warm up the syrup if it has been in the refrigerator, it should be room temperature or warmer.


Fun Links

Fire Starter Sessions Digital and Audio

BELTANE RITUALS FOR EVERY ELEMENT

CRAFT WITH ME! : BELTANE SPECIAL – MAYPOLE MAKING

A Victoria Sandwich Makes for a Merry May

Beltane Cake

May Day Baskets

Bee Reckless Vegan Beltane Recipes

ostara/spring equinox

OSTARA – SPRING EQUINOX

Pronounced: OH-star-ah
March 19-23
Themes: balance, renewal, action, beginnings, hope, new possibilities
Also Known As: Eostra’s Day, Easter, Vernal Equinox, March Equinox, Bacchanalia
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Ostara or the Spring Solstice is the second of the three spring time festivals on the Wheel of the Year. This is a time for celebrating the balance between winter and the coming summer. This is the official beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the moment of exact balance between the dark (winter) and the light (summer).

Typically celebrated on March 20, the exact moment of the Spring Equinox varies from year to year because of a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. Depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or the day after the date listed on any given calendar.

The Earth is becoming warmer and more fertile and the promise of greener, warmer, more fruitful times is awakening as buds and bloooms emerge from the trees, bees return and beging to pollinate the opening flower buds, and fields of grass are awakening from winter slumber. This is a time when we can open our windows a little, step outside in maybe just a sweater on some days, we feel a hint of the coming summer with the sun kissing our cheeks.

To celebrate this time of year, you can decorate with fresh flowers, and potted plants. Traditional colors for this holiday are pale greens, yellow and pale pink. Images of bunnies, decorated eggs in pastel colors are also traditional decorations. It is a time of child like wonder and an eagerness to be with nature as the earth comes alive with beauty.

Colors of the Spring Equinox include yellows, purples, blues, greens and pinks. Symbols of balance such as sun and moon symbols, Ying and Yang. Also add something that represents “new life”. This could be eggs (real or maybe paper mache (No Cook Paper Mache Paste). Things that represent to you, new life!

Spring Magic

Wish for Something New

March brings in renewed hope and promise. Winter will end soon and new life is blooming all around us and everything feels filled with promise. According to the ancient Roman calendar, this was New Year’s Day. This little intention setting ritual will bring something new into your life. You’ll need the following supplies:

  • A pen
  • A sheet of paper
  • An envelope
  • A photo representing your wish
  • A purple candle

First, write your wish on the paper. Then place the paper and photo in the envelope, but don’t seal it yet. Next, light the candle. Gaze at the flame and visualize your wish coming true. When you feel the time is right, close the envelope and seal it by dribbling some of the warm candle wax on it. Snuff out the candle. At Ostara, open the envelope to release the spell’s energy. Continue working toward your goal until you achieve your desire.

From: Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Surrendering

Use fire in a ceremony with a bonfire, fireplace or candle to surrender something that still needs to be unloaded to make room for all that is new. It can be symbolic as in burning a written narrative about what you are surrendering. Spring is renewal, taking the nourishment from the winter cycle and the freedom from surrender and weaving it into a new picture or new expression of your vision forward in the season.

Earthing

There is a lot of confusion as to exactly what it is, but simply put, earthing is connecting with Mother Nature through the earth, the ground we stand upon. Grounding is centering and balancing your energy as in bringing it back to Earth. Earthing will help ground you, but the purpose isn’t just to ground, but also open a line of communication between you and Mother Earth, whether it be to receive healing energy or ask questions. Grounding can occur anywhere, whether you are in contact with Earth (soil, grass, rock, etc) or not. Earthing, however, can only occur if the person is directly touching the Earth, as in the soil, sand or grass outside. Spring is a great time to get outside and reconnect with our Mother Earth after a long winter indoors. Find a safe place to walk barefoot and spend time feeling the energy flow into you.

Spring Activities

  • Include hot cross buns with your breakfast. To honor the union of the earth and the sun (son of God/Jesus) for Spring blessings. Don’t forget to bless or say a prayer before eating!
  • Wear pastels.
  • Bless the seeds planted in the garden. Plant some seeds in pots or in your garden (if you blessed some seeds for Imbolc and saved them, use those). Start seeds indoors to be planted out in your garden after the frost.
  • Place a lit green candle in a dish full of moist earth. Ask/Pray to your higher power or universal energy for blessings, abundance and/or fertility. Let it burn down and then bury the remainders (except the dish).
  • Dye or paint eggs with symbols of spring, or just in pastel colors. Make natural dyes from herbs.

Natural Egg Dyes:

Blueberries: blue
Blackberries: blue-violet
Beet juice: red
Red onion skins: red
Brown onion skins: yellow-orange
Turmeric: yellow
Walnut Shells: dark brown
Cranberries: red
Red Cabbage: purple
Carrot tops: green
Carrot Tops:Yellowish-Green

After the eggs are dyed, dip them into white vinegar to set color.

  • Take a long walk and take in the beauty of nature reawakening all around you.
  • Meditate.
  • Hold a spring party outside if the weather is nice enough. And an Easter egg hunt for the kids!
  • Make bird and/or squirrel feeders.
  • Read stories about Easter, Passover, or other Spring themes. 
  • Open windows and air out your home.
  • Dust out cobwebs.
  • Get rid of old furniture and things that are not useful, beautiful or joyful.

Seed Mosaic 

This is a great way to use old seeds not suitable for planting. If you don’t collect seeds, just post a request for them in your local chapter of free websites such as www.freecycle.org or www.craigslist.org, or ask some farmers at the local farmer’s market if they have any.

You Will Need: 

  • An assortment of seeds 
  • Paper (blank or with a picture) 
  • Extra paper to “catch” seeds 
  • White craft glue 
  • Paint brush 
  • Cups or bowls

Sort the seeds into separate cups or dishes for easy use. Seeds come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors Give the child a piece of plain craft paper, or give them a print out or coloring page so they can follow the image with their mosaic. Show the child how to paint some white craft glue onto a section of their picture, and then sprinkle seeds onto the section. After a minute, tilt the page to allow the excess seeds to fall off onto a separate piece of paper. Return them to their proper bowl. Seed mosaics can be as simple or elaborate as the child likes.

Spring Potpourri

A small pot filled with homemade potpourri can be used as a fragrant blessing for your home.

  • 45 drops rose oil
  • 1 cup oak moss
  • 2 cups dried dogwood blossoms
  • 2 cups dried honeysuckle blossoms
  • 1/2 cup dried violets
  • 1/2 cup dried daffodils
  • 1/2 cup dried rosebuds
  • 1/2 cup dried crocus or iris

How To Dry Flowers

Mix the rose oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and then store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

The above recipe for “Spring Equinox Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes“, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995

Spring Intentions

  • Ostara is a symbol of the transition into the light.
  • Spring is a time for renewal, rebirth, and bright beginnings.
  • Honoring the brief balance of light and dark at the equinoxes is a powerful way to reconnect with your own wholeness.
  • Use this day to find balance of body, mind, and soul
  • Light a candle to symbolize the return of the Sun (Son), and set your intentions for new beginnings and renewed passion. 
  • *Charge crystals under the Sun, in the light of the equinox, to infuse them with the energy of renewal. Ask them to generously hold the power of the Sun’s radiance, making it readily available to you as the year continues to move forward on the wheel. This ritual is especially powerful at noon when the Sun is at its highest point in the sky, and at the first moment of spring, which varies by geographic location.
  • Make a birch besom as a symbol of renewal, fertility, and new beginnings.
  • Use this day to cleanse, heal, balance your spirit, and regenerate your vital energy.

*Ostara Blessing

Speak, Ostara, of hope and growth – your gifts to us.
Teach me the ways of light
and reveal the path of illumination
as I prepare to transcend.
Shedding my cold winter skin,
I activate my sanctity,
burning away what no longer serves me.
I emerge from my hibernation,
awaken my dormant energy,
and blossom with the spring.
Amen, A’ho, So it is.

From: Sage Goddess

Poems

Beginning 

by Warren Hanson

This is the Beginning…
This is where it will all start,
on the wings of some new Spirit with the Beat of some new Heart.
Every morning brings a Promise.
Everyday has Gifts to give.
But Today…Right Now…this Minute…
is when I begin to Live.
And the air that I am breathing
is the breeze of what could be,
as I stand here looking out
on all the things that could be Me.
And the road that goes before me,
leading somewhere out of sight,
is a brand new Opportunity for me to get it Right.
This is the Beginning.
This is Once upon a Time…
There are dragons to be vanquished!
There are castle walls to climb!
But this story isn’t written yet.
I’m only on page One.
The Adventure that’s awaiting me has only just Begun.
There are Mysteries and Treasures.
There are daring deeds to do!
And if I speak the secret word, then all my Wishes will come true.
That Magic Word has powers that can make the heavens spin.
But it really is no Secret that the password is…”Begin!”

So, this is the Beginning…
My Beginning.
My Rebirth.
I Awaken to the Wonder
of what I am Really worth.
It is a Springtime for the Spirit, and it’s Giving me a Choice.
So I choose to Use this season as a reason to Rejoice!

Ostara Meditation

Create a Flower Mandala and Meditate

This is another activity that can be done alone or with others. Collect flowers, flower petals, crystals and even candles to create a flower mandala. Play music and burn some incense as you make patterns and spirals or whatever imagery you are drawn to. Put positive energy throughout your creation process. When you finish sit in meditation with the mandala and the energy you created.

Freshly baked spicy Easter hot cross buns with glazed white pastry crosses on a white background

Spring Foods

During the Winter we tend to eat warmer and heavier foods. When Spring returns it is time to eat fresher foods that are full of color. Start eating lighter meals made of from fresh, Spring fruits and vegetables.

Honey Fry Bread

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Mix the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add about 1/2 cup water and mix well, adding a bit more water if needed to make a stiff dough. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into squares, strips or circles. Deep fry in very hot oil until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags or paper towels. Drizzle honey in a very thin stream over bread and serve immediately. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.

Hot Cross Buns with Lemon Frosting

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (about 110°)
1 cup warm milk (about 110°)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 Tbsp. each salt and ground cinnamon
1/4 Tbsp. each ground cloves and nutmeg
2 eggs
3/4 cup currants
1/4 cup finely diced candied orange peel or citron
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour, unsifted

1 egg yolk beaten with 1 Tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Beat in eggs. Add currants, orange peel and enough of the flour (about 4 cups) to make a soft ball. Turn dough out onto floured board; knead until smooth and satiny (10-20 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Turn dough over in greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).

Punch dough down and divide into 36 equal pieces; shape each into a smooth ball. Place balls about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Brush each gently with egg yolk mixture. Cover lightly and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 35 minutes).

Bake in a 400° for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a rack for about 5 minutes; then with a spoon or the tip of a knife, drizzle frosting over top of each bun to make a small “X”. Makes 3 dozen.

Lemon Frosting:
Combine:
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. water

Stir together until smooth.

Sunshine Punch

1 qt. cranberry juice
1 c. sugar
2 c. orange juice
1 c. pineapple juice
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 c. chilled ginger ale
1 pint pineapple sherbet

Blend the cranberry juice, sugar, fruit juices, and almond extract. Refrigerate, covered, until serving time. Just before serving, stir in the ginger ale and sherbet.

Early Spring Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing

4 cups wild greens

Dressing:
1-1/2 cups olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp rosemary
1 cup water
1 tsp turmeric
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp miso
1 tsp fresh ginger
1/2 cup any cooked root vegetable (potatoes, yams, yuccas, evening primrose root, etc.)
1/2 small onion
Juice of 1 lemon
Small handful parsley or cilantro

Wash the greens and pat dry with towels.
Chop greens into bite-sized pieces.
Into a blender, add oil, water, and lemon. Blend. While the blender is running, put in the remaining ingredients except root vegetable. This will prevent anything from getting stuck under the blender blades.
Blend until smooth, then add the root vegetable to thicken the dressing. Vary the amount of the root vegetable according to how thick you like your dressing.
Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.

SOURCE: http://indianspringherbs.com/salads.htm

Dandelion Salad

**DO NOT pick dandelions from a lawn that has been chemically treated**

1 Tb vegetable oil
1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice
2 c. young dandelion leaves
1/4 c. sliced green onion or leeks
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1/2 c. grapefruit or tangerine sections or mandarin oranges
Dandelion blossoms, optional

In a small bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar. Combine dandelion leaves and onions; add dressing and toss to coat. Arrange on two salad plates; top with eggs and fruit. Garnish with dandelion blossoms, if desired.

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moon phase intention setting

Astrological Moon Phases:

Moon in Aries is the best time to focus on intentions involving leadership, authority, rebirth, or willpower. Healing rituals for ailments of the face, head, or brain are also done during this period of time. Time for work on the ego.

Moon in Taurus is the best time to focus on intentions involving your love life, real estate, property, material acquisitions, and money. Healing rituals for ailments of the throat, neck, and ears are also done during this period of time. Starting long-term projects and endeavors expected to go slow but require steady energy. Results are usually lasting, if not permanent. Great time for creative inspiration. Workings that involve financial matters, home, self improvements and material possessions.

Moon in Gemini is the best time to focus on intentions for good communication, change of residence, writing, public relations, and travel. Healing rituals for ailments of the shoulders, arms, hands, or lungs are also done during this period of time. Not a good time for starting projects, the energy, being Gemini is wavering. Ideal for communications of all kinds and dealing with personal relations such as relatives and friends. A good time for aiding studies. Writers should take advantage of this time, not to start new projects but to make revisions, to polish off your work or to get attention for it.

Moon in Cancer is the best time to focus on intentions for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done during this period of time. Best timing for any domestic issues- home, family, nurturing, parenting, children. Cancer rules emotions so it’s good for wedding planning, improving relationships or working toward reconciliations. The energies of this sign are very intuitive so it’s good for any work on any psychic abilities or divination.

Moon in Leo is the best time to focus on intentions involving authority, courage, fertility, or childbirth. Healing rituals for ailments of the upper back, spine, or heart are also done during this period of time. In this sign, the moon is full of passion. Good for intentions involving risk.

Moon in Virgo is the best time to focus on intentions involving employment, intellectual matters, health, and dietary concerns. Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during this period of time. Matters pertaining to health and wellness, breaking unhealthy habits and overall physical improvement. A good time for workings to improve your skills and quality of work. Any workings involving communities (outreach programs, volunteering, groups and organizations, etc.).

Moon in Libra is the best time to focus on intentions involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation, and karmic, spiritual, or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time. Favorable for business interactions or cooperation; partnerships, negotiations, contracts, legal proceedings, marriage counseling and resolving relationship problems, etc.; Use this time to bring peace and harmony in any interactions.

Moon in Scorpio is the best time to focus on intentions involving sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets, and fundamental transformations. Healing rituals for ailments of the reproductive organs are also done during this period of time. Powerful time for the three things we all have in common: sex, death and taxes. This is not a time for working on romance, but on spicing things up physically in your romance. A good time to banish things like; addictions, relationships, or anything you want to come to bring closure to.

Moon in Sagittarius is the best time to focus on intentions for legal matters, travel, and truth. Healing rituals for ailments of the liver, thighs, or hips are also done at this time. Good time for attuning with the higher self. Any issues involving outdoor and physical activities, such as exercise, sports or travel and exploration. A good time for divination and intuition; expand your horizons, consciousness, set your sights on new ideals and possibilities.

Moon in Capricorn is the best time to focus on intentions for organization, ambition, recognition, career, and political matters. Healing rituals for the knees, bones, teeth, and skin are also done at this time. Work on your long-term goals.

Moon in Aquarius is the best time to focus on intentions involving science, freedom, creative expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, friendship, and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions. Healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles, or blood are also done at this time. If you have needs in the computer or technology area, this would be the time to do it. This is also a good time to work for humanitarian reasons: to better society or improve situations for your community. Work on your friendships and relationships with people in groups and organizations, such as co-workers, friends and neighbors.

Moon in Pisces is the best time to focus on intentions involving dreamwork, clairvoyance, telepathy, music, and the creative arts. Healing rituals for ailments of the feet or lymph glands are also done at this time. It’s time to banish negative influences in your life such as depression, arguments, self-pity and stress. Good for workings involving dreams and past life regression.

Astrological Tree Of Life

charging crystals

Charging crystals and setting intentions with the energy of the moon is a powerful practice. Cleanse your non porous crystals by gently washing it with cool water. Next, use the moon to charge your crystal. Place your crystal overnight in view of one of the moon phases listed below:

New Moon – A crystal charged at the New Moon will hold the energy of the new moon.Charge your crystal with your New Moon intention, bringing energy, inspiration and an increased hopefulness and joy to you. Use a crystal charged with the energy of the new moon when you are seeking abundance and manifestation.

Full Moon – A crystal charged in this phase will bring maximum power to your intention. Charging your crystals within the peak energy of the full moon brings an incredible energetic boost to any spiritual activities and is the best phase to charge them.

Leave the crystals out in the moonlight for three days prior and three days after the new or full moon (or for at least 24 hours). Lunar energy helps cleanse and charge the stones, and the moon’s light is brightest and energetically strongest for intention during the new moon and potency during the full moon.

Once you have cleansed and charged your crystal the next thing you will want to do it program it. Do so by holding your freshly charged crystal in your hands and focusing on the vibrational energy of the goal you are seeking to accomplish. Visualize your final goal and move this energy into the crystal. The crystal is now ready to be used for specific spell work.

Here are a few different ways to clean stones—you can do any of the following:

  1. Bury them in the dirt for about a week. Returning your crystals and stones to the earth allows them to cleanse and recharge with the vibration of the earth. Do not put these in the dirt, they may receive too much moisture.
  2. Sound is healing, not only for our bodies, but also for our crystals. You can use crystal or Tibetan bowls, tingsha bells, drums, other percussion, sacred singing, incantations, prayer, healing music (including harmonious/ceremonial/classical music or the solfeggio frequencies), vibrating ohm in a chant, or you can run activated tuning forks over them. Make sure your crystals are in the sounds pathway
  3. Wash them in salt water, salt purifies and absorbs negative energy. Or, hold them (carefully so as they don’t float away) under cool, flowing water, such as a spring, river, or lake. (Note: Some crystals disintegrate when wet.)
  4. Sunlight is a great way to bathe your crystals, especially those that are red, yellow, or orange. Caution for this method: sunlight makes some crystals fade or change in color. The following crystals should not be placed under sunlight: Amethyst, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, and Turquoise, to name a few. Opal will dry out in sunlight.
  5. If you’re a Reiki practitioner, you can clear your crystals by infusing them with pure and channeled Universal light energy. If you’re Level I or II, you can hold the crystals in your hand and clear and program them. If you’re Level III or above, you can simply beam it to them. This is what I do in my treatment room with my stones between patients, especially my chakra stones, since they are popular during treatments.
  6. Another way to cleanse crystals is by placing them on a slab of Selenite . Selenite is pure and never needs to be charged itself.

waning crescent

Waning Crescent Moon = Surrender/Release

This is the time to let go of outward action, and be more in tune with the energy of your inward reflection. Releasing negative energies and letting go of negative experiences is the predominant goal during the Waning Crescent Moon. Begin to look to the next cycle of the New Moon and where your intentions should be placed during the next cycle.


Waning Crescent Moon Crystal Of Choice

Bronzite is a deeply grounding stone that will help to create clearer focus and certainty of action and thinking. Bronzite helps to dispel negativity and reinforce clearer decision making. Alleviates feelings of self doubt and self criticism. Encourages peaceful contemplation.


Waning Crescent Moon Intentions

  • Overcoming obstacles.
  • Resolve conflicts.
  • Bring things to closure.
  • Finding balance.
  • Surrender to the universe.
  • Take time to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Lean back into faith and trust.
  • Honor the darkness within and without.
  • Shadow integration.
  • Time for introspection.
  • Surrender your arguments of what ifs.
  • A good time to journal about what you could be releasing. You could also journal and reflect on new opportunities or how you want life to look in the coming months ahead.


Waning Crescent Moon Mantra


Waning Crescent Moon Meditation

*White Candle Meditation

White candles have a special pure energy and they can be used in all sorts of ritual, ceremony and meditation. White candles act as neutral candles and can replace other candles when you don’t have them. The frequency of white is one that brings together the entire light spectrum – all colors.


Waning Moon Magic

Time for magical intention: From 3am until mid-afternoon Banishment, retreat. A healing of transition between the death of the old and the birth of the new moon.

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third quarter

Third Quarter Moon = Awareness/Release

During this Third and Last Quarter, release negative energy or anything else that isn’t bringing you happiness. Continue the work from last phase. A time to release yourself of everything that is causing obstruction, and to get rid of anything or anyone you know longer need in your life. Still a time for self analysis and introspection, rest and recouping lost energies, meditation and preparing for the next New Moon. The last of the three moon phases before the next New Moon bring illumination to the influences of the entire lunar cycle.

Third Quarter Moon Crystal Of Choice

Lapis Lazuli is a stone of protection, releases stress, and bringing deep peace.  It brings harmony and deep inner self-knowledge.  Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality.  Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity.  Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence.  It heals and bonds relationships.
Lapis Lazuli boosts the immune system, can lower blood pressure, and cools and sooths areas of inflammation.  It aids with sleep, vertigo and relieves depression.

Third Quarter Moon Intentions

  • Time to break bad habits.
  • Forgiveness.
  • Introspection.
  • Finish to-do lists.
  • Where have you been, what have you done?
  • Where are you going and what will you do when you get there?
  • Give back but not at the expense of yourself.
  • Make small adjustments where needed.
  • Transitions.
  • Connect with the natural world and let your awareness be drawn to the divine beauty of life cycles and timelines.
  • Honest communications.

Third Quarter Moon Mantra

Your personal mantra is as individual as you are. Whatever mantra YOU choose is for you at this moment. You can have multiple mantras written and ready, however when meditating with the mantra, it is important to repeat only one at a time in order to focus your energy towards one thing at a time instead of smaller efforts towards multiple goals.

Mantra Writting Directions

  • Sit somewhere comfortable.
  • Take a moment to ground in the physical body. Really allow your awareness to totally fill the entire physical body. Just breathe in the stillness for a moment or two.
  • Now, take a 1/2 hour spent alone journaling about what you want. It can be a simple word that has a positive meaning and feeling for you. Or a short sentence, don’t stress over it, it’s your mantra, and there is no judgement.
  • Refine what speaks to you at this moment, as the most important thing to focus on.
  • Write down what comes to mind as a statement.
  • Now find a quite, undisturbed place to sit and mediate and contemplate on your personal mantra. Be comfortable.
  • I want you to say it to yourself in your mind as you breathe in and repeat it each time you breathe out.
  • Just stay with it. If you get distracted that’s okay. Just come back to your mantra, repeat it as you breathe in. Repeat it as you breathe out. You don’t have to speak it out loud, you can just think it, softly as you breathe — as the breath breathes you.
  • For any given period of meditation or mantra meditation, it can take a little while to settle in. So as you notice any discomfort in the body and thoughts in the mind, just recognize that that’s content that the body and mind are in the process of letting go of. They’re not problems. You’re just releasing.
  • Stay with the breath. On the in-breath saying your mantra in your mind or out loud. And on the out-breath, repeating the same. Just allow your attention to be rapt in this moment. Allow yourself to become curious, and fascinated by this experience.
  • As thoughts come up in awareness, just let them come and go without judgement. Not making a problem of them, just staying with your focus. Letting the breath breathe you. Letting the breath and letting the mantra just flow through you.
  • Go ahead and let that go and just allow yourself to do nothing in this moment but be with your mantra. If awareness wants to expand you can let it expand. If awareness becomes focused on this or that, you can just allow it to focus. Awareness opening and focusing is as natural as the movement of the in-breath and the out-breath. You don’t have to exert any control or any effort. Just do nothing for another moment. Whatever happens happens. If you catch yourself trying to do something you can just let it go. 
  • Give yourself a moment to slowly open your eyes. You can give your fingers and toes a wiggle to start gently moving your body back to the here and now, opening up your awareness to the space around you and enjoying this moment of stillness — immerse yourself in this awareness, the light of mind that is always available.
  • Allow about 10-20 minutes daily quiet time sitting to repeat your Mantra.

Third Quarter Moon Meditation

Find a comfortable position and facing the West, the direction most associated with the Last Quarter Moon. Breathe slowly and deeply for a few minutes, enjoying the sensation of your every breath moving in and out of your body. Take a moment to ensure you are comfortable and then begin the visualization.

It’s late autumn at sunset as you make you way through an orchard field with fruit trees and you move towards a tree, what will become your tree. You see that many of the now brightly colored leaves have already fallen and the remaining fruits are now rotting on the ground. You can smell the sweet scent of decay and as you push aside the thick leaf litter you see that the soil beneath is rich and dark brown.

As you move closer to your tree, you see it has an opening large enough to fit through with ease, Entering into the tree now you feel your energy moving steadily downward, towards the soil. Consciously imagine a ray of energy, a warm beam of light energy coming down through the top of your head, this is your crown chakra. Feel the sensation of the energy moving from the top of your head down through your body and into the Earth. Feel any disease or stress draining out of your body and into the Earth. Feel yourself being cleansed as all that no longer serves you is flushed away.

Return now to your body and reflect on what you have accomplished this month. Allow any regrets, judgement or blame of yourself or others to arise, and then let them flow away. Acknowledge that all you have achieved has been in collaboration with the energies of the universe. Let pride and ego slip away, remembering that in reality you are a conduit for a power greater than yourself.

When you are ready slowly open your eyes. Be present with your surroundings as you gradually return to your daily life.

Third Quarter Moon Magic

Time for magical intention: From midnight until noon
A time of transitions and change, to avoid temptations. A remover of obstacles.

Smooth Transition Intention Spell

Stand in the kitchen in your bare feet.
Visualize the Earth’s energy flowing up and into you and affirm:
I am grounded and level.
I am strong and stable.

Breathe deeply, intoning:
I am inspired, thought-filled, and light.
Run water into a tea kettle or coffee pot.

Welcome the energy of Water by saying:
Like this water, I flow easily, fluid and clear.

As the water heats, harness the power of Fire by saying:
I am purified, cleansed, and filled with passion.

When your tea or coffee is ready, pour a cup and breathe in the aroma.
Welcome the energy of Air and the blend of elements while saying:
With these elements I face the day with ease and grace.

Step outside either with bare feet,
or sit down upon the ground, touch the grass or dirt,
and welcome the grounding energy of earth below you
as you have moved full circle bringing together all the elements.
And say:
So be it
(Amen, So mote it be, A’ho, etc…)
Now drink deeply.

*Inspired by: Llewellyn

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