samhain

Samhain

Pronunciation: SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SOW-een
October 31 – November 1
Themes: death, rebirth, divination, honoring ancestors, introspection, benign mischief, revelry
Other Names: Samhuin, Halloween, Third Harvest, Day of the Dead, Feast of the Dead (Félie Na Marbh), Ancestor Night, All Hallows Eve
(the 31st).

This celebration marks the end of the growing season and the beginning of Winter. Herbs, fruits and vegetables are prepared to be stored for use through the cold months. In autumn, the leaves and flowers die.  Many animals migrate or prepare for hibernation.  The world becomes more still.  These natural cycles remind us that everything dies, and yet will be reborn. It is believed the veil grows thin between this world and the world of the afterlife and so many take this time of Samhain much like Dia de los Muertos on November 2, to honor our ancestors who are just beyond the veil.

This is seriously, my favorite time of year. The days shorten and night falls earlier, the shadows grow, and the veil between this world and the realm of the spirits and ancestors is at its thinnest. The air is crisp with the scents of autumn, and the magical possibilities seem to be all around us. Nature is about to take back within herself what has stopped living to nurture the earth to be reborn in spring.

The turning of the Wheel toward Samhain is a turn toward the dark months ahead. The nights are growing longer, and time is catching up with us. Our trees are filled with dried figs, dried grapes, things once living now dying, to remind us of the stages of all of life. In almost every country outside of the United States, death is talked about as an accepted and reverent part of life, people dance and it’s even celebrated with parties and filled with colorful adornments. Here in the US we place our cemeteries to the outskirts of our cities and towns, and now in modern times, place headstones flat and parallel with the Earth so that when we drive by they just look like nice parks instead of where we lay our dead to rest, we hide them in plain sight. In most other countries, cemeteries and mausoleums are front and center in towns and cities with upright headstones that tell you yep, here are our beloved who have passed from this earth and here you too shall lay to rest. In the US we make death a scary, depressed occasion that we tend to shy away from talking about.

The Celts of our distant past didn’t shy from the subject, this portal to the other side, because they understood how to harvest wisdom in the process of facing their own mortality. They understood that when you bury something with intention, it can feed future crops and nourish them from within. And yet, the word itself – Samhain – means nothing more than summer’s end. The end of growth. This day reminds us that death is just a natural stage of life. We can’t have life without death any more than we can have light without dark, truth without lies, or good without evil. They are all two sides of the same coin, forever entangled and forever inseparable.

Decorate with pumpkins, gourds, black orange and yellow candles, photos of your ancestors, autumn leaves and representations of autumn. Crystals to use; smokey quartz, obsidian and onyx.

*”All hallow tide, the triduum of Halloween, recalls deceased spirits, saints (hallows) and martyrs alike, in one collective commemoration. The word Halloween is of Christian origin, and many Christians visit graveyards during this time to pray and place flowers and candles at the graves of their deceased loved ones. The two days following All Hallows Eve—All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day—pay homage to the souls that Christians believe are now with God. In medieval England, Christians went “souling” on Halloween, begging for soul cakes in exchange for prayers in local churches. Halloween’s secular side has emerged during the past century, and today, trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, visiting haunted houses, watching horror movies and dressing up like favored characters has become custom in Western culture. Recent estimates are that the very diverse American business of “haunted attractions” brings in hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and the commercial elements of Halloween have spread from North America to Europe, South America, Australia, Japan and parts of East Asia.”

Candle Magic

Candle Ceremony for The Ancestors

This is a simple ceremony which can be shared with both friends and family, or worked alone. You can include children in it – it begins in darkness and ends full of light. You will need:

  • a supply of small candles, either black or white (or you can use the little battery operated ones for the littles)
  • a heat proof container or tray of sand or earth to put the candles in if you use candles. Place one in the center of the container from which all the others will be lit.

Switch off all the lights and sit gently in the darkness. Allow yourself to feel the darkness but not in a spooky way. In a brave and comforted way. Ask for the presence of your ancestors to come to you. When you are ready, light the central candle saying:


“We welcome our departed loved ones into this home and honor your presence among us”.

Allow each person in the circle to spontaneously remember someone who has passed and remember something about them and light a candle for each person from the central candle: ‘I remember Uncle Harold he was a kind and thoughtful man….’. Allow this to continue for as long as it takes to complete the re-membering. You will end with a tray full of radiant candles. When all is complete, give thanks, and allow the candles to burn to completion. Turn on the lights whenever you are ready.

Mantra

The Veil separating the world of the living to the dead has parted, and the last harvest has ended. I cast my circle and invite into it my ancestors, and my loved ones who have passed through the Veil. Come to me and together let us celebrate your time here on Earth!

Samhain Shadow Self Meditation

Meditation to Find Your Shadow

Find a quiet, comfortable place to perform the meditation, some place where you will not be disturbed. Be sure to answer the questions after the meditation below.

Close your eyes. Imagine that a soft white glow is forming at your feet. It begins to swirl upward and it forms a protective shell around you. It lifts you up and takes you on a journey to the core of your being.

The misty glow sets you down and dissipates to reveal a marble staircase that spirals downward. The light is very dim along the walls of the staircase and you can’t see all the way to the bottom, but you know this is a place into which you must venture.

You begin down the staircase and you notice it spirals in a counterclockwise direction. The light in the staircase comes from candles flickering in small carved niches along the walls. The staircase walls are made of smooth, cold marble that your occasionally touch as you continue to journey downward.

As you work your way down the stairs, notice on the walls that there are occasionally symbols formed out of metal and embedded into the walls. These are the symbols of your shadow masks. Take note of whichever one is most prominent. This is the symbol for your primary shadow mask.

Reach up and touch the symbol of your primary shadow mask and you’ll find that it comes loose from the wall. As you hold it in your hands, you can feel the cold weight of the metal symbol and you can see it from all sides. Hold on to this symbol as you continue down the stairs.

When you reach the bottom, you find before you a great golden door. You try the door, but it is locked. Look at the keyhole and you will find that it is oddly shaped. Slip the metal symbol you hold into the keyhole and you’ll find that it unlocks the door. Open the door and enter the chamber.

The room is cold and quite dark, except for a single point of illumination that emanates from the far side of the room. The light comes from a mask that hangs on the far wall. Go over to it and look at it. You notice that it is well within reach, so you take it down and examine it thoroughly. On the inside of the mask is its name. Take note of it.

After you’ve examined the mask, place it on your face and ask: “How do I resolve this shadow mask?” Listen carefully to the answer. Once you’ve heard the message, ask one more question: “What does this shadow mask keep me from doing?”

After you’ve queried the mask, take it off and place it back on the wall. Exit the chamber and lock the door with the metal symbol you retained. As you climb the stairs, you can place the symbol anywhere along the wall and it will set itself within the marble. Continue to head to the top of the stairs,this time moving much more quickly than before.

Once you have reached the top, the white glow enfolds you once again, lifts you up, and brings you back into your body.

When you have arrived back fully, take a moment to contemplate your experience and draw to the best of your ability the symbol of the primary shadow mask. Now draw your shadow mask. Then answer these questions…

  1. What is the name of the shadow mask?
  2. What part do you play in keeping this mask alive?
  3. What are the effects of this shadow mask on your life?
  4. What does this shadow mask keep you from accomplishing?
  5. What action must you take in order to resolve you primary shadow mask?
  6. What have you to learn from this shadow mask?

Intention Setting Ceremony

One of the biggest Samhain traditions is known as the Feast of the Dead or Dumb Supper. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving for the spirit world, the Feast of the Dead is a big celebratory meal for all of the people who came before you. Most who celebrate Samhain set an extra place for their ancestors, putting servings of food on the plate as an invitation to their departed to join their feast. Once the meal is over the food is often set out in a natural place as an offering to the deceased.

For some this is a quiet thoughtful occasion with contemplation as each remembers the departed and enjoys a completely silent meal, sometimes referred to as a Dumb Supper. For others this is an exciting experience where you serve the favorite foods of your loved ones who have passed on and share memories and good stories of those you love who are no longer with us. 

Many people around the world including Pacific Islanders, Peruvians, the Ancient Romans, and multiple European cultures all have some version of a Feast of the Dead as part of their cultural celebrations. Many Buddhists and Taoists also have a similar celebration called the Ghost Festival where they prepare elaborate meals and set places for the deceased, making this a much more common practice than you might think.

So create your party for loved ones who have passed and do it in a way that honors your families traditions and rich history. You can make it as elaborate as you’d like with a huge feast, story telling, a tended bonfire, rituals, ceremonies and all the trimming, or maybe just a silent Dumb Supper and even just setting out photo’s and looking over them along with mementos handed down the family line to be shared with the littles (kids) along with sharing tidbits about their family members who are no longer on this plane of existence. I wish I had had something like this in my childhood since my Mom and Dad had me in their 50’s, my grandparents were all either deceased or passed when I was pre-school age. I still know very little of my ancestors and our family who have passed.

Incense & Oil

Samhain Loose Incense

  • 2 teaspoon dried Apple
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped Pine needles
  • 1 teaspoons of Rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Acorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed Dragon’s Blood
  • A few pearls of Frankincense
  • 2 drops Patchouli Oil

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Frankincense, then Dragon’s Blood, and then the Cinnamon and Acorns. Crush and add the remaining ingredients into a bowl one at a time, then add the Patchouli Oil and mix everything together. As you mix the dried fruits, herbs, and spices, focus on your intent with Samhain and your Ancestors in mind.This is the time of the year to Honor our Ancestors and to contemplate the cycle of life, death and rebirth.Burn this incense on top of a charcoal disc or use as a dry or simmering potpourri. Some other items you may consider to customize your incense to your liking are Cedar, Cedarwood, Clove, Hyssop, Juniper, Marigold, Mugwort, Patchouli, Pepper, Sage, Salt, Wormwood to name a few. Keep in mind what each item represents for the Samhain Season.

  1. Apple are associated with the dead & Samhain
  2. Bay for psychic powers
  3. Cinnamon for protection
  4. Marigold for protection and honoring ancestors
  5. Mugwort for physic awareness
  6. Patchouli for honoring the earth
  7. Pepper for ghostly protection
  8. Pine for honoring the earth and winter
  9. Rosemary for remembrance
  10. Sage for purification and wisdom
  11. Salt for purification
  12. Wormwood for protection against evil spirits

Intentions/Activities

  • Bonfires, or “Fire Watches” are basically a lit fire to help your ancestors find their way to you as the veil thins. Often full celebrations are held around the fire through the day as the fire is kept burning. Usually the fire starts at sundown and goes till sunrise but in modern times it’s usually sundown till midnight (or whenever your local fire department policies are). You can have designated fire watchers, or tenders from the family through the day and evening. Gather to sing, dance, tell stories and eat good food.
  • Collecting Autumn flowers such as chrysanthemums are popular.  Marigolds are associated with death, cemeteries, and Dia de los Muertos in Mexican tradition.  Some people dry bouquets of, wilted dying flowers.
  • Share stories and memories of your ancestors. Delve into your family tree and see how far back you can trace to the life and times of your ancestral tree.
  • Gather leaves for creative decoupage crafts.
  • Make incense blends of myrrh, mugwort, patchouli, sandalwood and pine.
  • Dumb Dinner or Silent (Mute) Supper. Throwback to the Ancient Celts and their 3 days of feasting? Ancestors were called to share food. Families would set the table with extra seats and plates filled with the same food they were eating. They would sit and eat, and update the spirits on what had happened throughout the year.
  • Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame.
  • Carve a jack-o-lantern. Place a spirit candle in it.
  • Drink apple cider spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead. Bury an apple or pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to being reborn.
  • Make a mask of your shadow self.
  • Create an ancestor altar. Add photos of loved ones who have passed away, keepsakes, anything that has special importance to you and your loved ones in spirit.
  • Create and fill an ancestor box. Decorate the outside with things that make you think of or feel your ancestors. This is often things from your families culture, heritage, ethnicity or legacies. Then fill the box with mementos, photos, and things passed down. Place it lovingly on your mantel or other special place of honor to be a place of remembrance through the year.
  • Collect and recreate old family recipes.

Crafts

Samhain Door Wreath

Materials: Items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail.

First, take a Nature hike. Have the littles collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches (remind the child how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed.), acorns and caps, flowers, etc. When you get home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Have the child choose which objects go where on the cardboard background, and hand the object to you. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail. (Explain that “wreaths of bounty” used to symbolize giving thanks for a prosperous year, and an invitation for others less fortunate to share in the good fortune.)

Making a Besom

Materials: 4ft dowel- 1″ in diameter, ball of twine, scissors, straw or other pliable herb stock.

Take the straw or other herb stalk that you have chosen and soak overnight in luke warm salted water. The water swells the stalk slightly for bending without breakage, and the salt dispels former energies. When ready, remove stalks from the water and dry for just a bit. Not too much or the stalk will stiffen up, again. Place the dowel on a table where you have room to work. Start lining the stalks along the dowel , about 3 inches from the bottom, moving backwards. Begin binding the stalks to the dowel with the twine. Tie very securely. You may add as many layers as you like, depending on how full you want the Besom to be. When stalks are secure, gently bend the top stalks down over the binding. When all have been bent over, secure the stalks again with more twine a couple of inches under the first binding. Allow to air dry for a day or two. The dowel can then be stained, painted, or carved into to make personal. Remember to concentrate and charge at the next full moon. (Explain to the children that the Pagans used to “ride” their Besoms through the fields, jumping as high as they could. This was to show the God/dess(s-es) how high they wanted their crops to grow the next year. Also jumping over bonfires at the Sabbat festivals was for good health and prosperity.)

Foods

Recipe for Samhain Soul Cakes

Recipe by Karen from Lavender and Lovage.

Ingredients
  • 175g butter (6ozs)
  • 175g caster sugar (6ozs)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 450g plain flour (1lb)
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 100g currants (4 ozs)
  • a little milk to mix
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together and then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time.
  3. Stir in the currants and add enough milk to make a soft dough, similar to scones.
  4. Roll the dough out and cut out little cakes with a biscuit cutter.
  5. Mark each cake with a cross and then place them on a greased and/or lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake the cakes for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight tin for up to 5 days.

Colcannon

  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked cabbage
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped very fine and sauteed
  • 1 cup mashed turnips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk or cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  1. Place all ingredients, except the cabbage, in a large pan and cook over low heat while mixing them together.
  2. Turn the heat to medium and add the cabbage.
  3. The mixture will take on a pale green cast.
  4. Keep stirring occasionally until well mixed and heated through.

Pumpkin Soup

For a delicious and simple soup, peel the outer skin from the pieces of pumpkin and boil until very tender (about 30 minutes). Mash with a potato masher or run through a food processor. Saute 1 chopped onion for every cup of pumpkin. Add the mashed pumpkin, 11/2 cups milk, 1/2 tsp. each of salt and pepper, and 1/4 tsp. curry powder. Serve hot with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Make Ahead Vegan Samosa Shepherd’s Pie
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 cups cooked yellow or green split peas
  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • To serve: a drizzle of melted coconut oil with chopped serrano chiles, micro greens, scallions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F with a rack in the center.
  2. Place the potatoes/sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with water, salt as you would pasta water, and bring to a boil for about ten minutes, or until tender. Drain, and return to saucepan over heat for a minute or so to dry out a bit. Add the coconut milk, and the salt, and mash together. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the coconut oil with the onion and garlic, and a generous pinch of salt. Sauté for a few minutes, until onions are translucent, and then turn the heat up and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until the mushrooms release their water, and start to brown. Add the tomatoes and spices. Stir well, then add the cooked split peas and peas. Cook for another minute or two, taste, and adjust with more garam masala or salt if needed.
  4. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a 8-inch baking dish (or equivalent), spreading it across in a somewhat even layer. Dollop the potatoes across the top, and gently push them around until they cover the entire top of the casserole, run the tines of a fork across the top if you like a bit of texture.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, and finish under a broiler to add a bit of extra color and texture to the top. Serve as-is, or sprinkled with any (or all) of the suggested toppings.

Serves 6.

Brie + Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble
Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Brie
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 small Honeycrisp apples or 1 large, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 (12 ounce) beer I used pumpkin beer
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces brie rind removed + cubed
Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups whole raw pecans
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
To make the Crumble
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Working on a greased cookie sheet or pyrex dish, add the oats, pecans, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the softened butter and use your fingers to crumble it into the oats mixture until everything is moist and the butter is evenly distributed. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, until crisp is golden brown and smells amazing. I like to serve this warm, so I make it while the soup simmers.
To make the Soup
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onions and a pinch of brown sugar. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. At this point, slowly add in the apple cider, let it cook into the onions, add more and continue to cook. Do this until the onions are caramelized. Add the apples and thyme to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 8 minutes. Add in any remaining apple cider, the beer, chicken broth and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and cook 5-10 minutes or until the apples are tender. (This is when I bake the crumble)
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the flour into the milk until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Once the apples are soft, puree the soup until chunky smooth or completely smooth (whatever you like). Return the soup to the stove and bring to a low bowl. Whisk in the milk mixture and boil until the soup thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cheddar cheddar cheese and brie until melted and smooth. Simmer the soup 5 minutes or until ready to serve.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the cinnamon pecan crumble. Plus maybe some extra cheese too!!

Harvest Soup
  • butter
  • 4 turnips (I used butter or yellow turnips)
  • 1 bramley apple (or 1 cox)
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 liter of chicken or vegetable stock.

to decorate
toast ham or bacon for 1 minute in the microwave between a sheet of grease proof paper
toast stale bread and cut into chunks

  1. Dice all the vegetables and apple.
  2. Over a high fire heat two teaspoons of butter in a medium sized pan.
  3. Add all the vegetables and apple and stir so they don’t burn
  4. When slightly glazed add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Mix the soup until all the chunks are gone 
  6. Put back on the fire and bring to the boil for another minute
  7. Season to taste with pepper and salt
  8. Serve with the toasted bread and crispy ham or bacon

Enjoy and remember to set an extra plate for the spirits…

Quinoa Salad With Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium Delicata squash, seeded and thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale, thinly sliced and stems removed
  • 1/3 c. pecans, toasted
  • 1/3 c. dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 c. crumbled feta
  1. Preheat oven to 425° and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet tray to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange squash on a baking sheet and roast until tender and golden, 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together quinoa, squash, kale, pecans, and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Drizzle over salad and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper, crumble feta on top, and serve.

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter
Bread
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin purée
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp finely grated ginger (from about one 3″ piece fresh ginger)
  • 1½ cups plus 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
Maple Butter
  • 1½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¾ tsp. flaky sea salt, plus more for serving

Recipe Preparation

Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly coat a 9×5″ loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment, leaving a generous overhang on both long sides.
  2. Whisk flour, cinnamon, kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk eggs, pumpkin purée, ginger, and 1½ cups sugar in a large bowl. Stream in oil, whisking constantly until mixture is homogeneous. Gently fold half of dry ingredients into egg mixture until no dry spots remain. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients, stirring to combine but being careful not to overmix.
  4. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top with a spatula. Scatter pumpkin seeds over batter, pressing lightly to adhere. Sprinkle seeds with remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar. Bake bread, rotating pan once halfway through, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 80–90 minutes.
  5. Let cool slightly, then run a knife or small offset spatula around pan to help loosen bread. Using overhang, transfer bread to a wire rack and let cool.
  6. Do Ahead: Bread can be baked 4 days ahead. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature.

Maple Butter

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter in a large bowl, scraping down sides, until light and fluffy, 5–6 minutes. Add maple syrup and ¾ tsp. sea salt and beat, scraping down sides of bowl once more, just until incorporated.
  2. Transfer maple butter to a small bowl; season with more sea salt.
  3. Do Ahead: Maple butter can be made 5 days ahead. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill. Let come to room temperature before using.

Links

Samhain & Autumn Crafts
All Hallows’ Eve
UUA Samhain
Easy Samhain – Halloween Crafts
Samhain Folklore – Halloween Superstitions and Legends

mabon/autumn equinox

Mabon/Autumn Equinox

Pronunciation: MAY-bun, MAH-bun, MAY-vhon, or MAH-bawn
September 21-24
Themes: harvest, gratitude, abundance, balance, welcoming the dark
Other Names: Autumnal Equinox, Fall Equinox, September Equinox, Harvest Tide, Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon

Mabon at the Autumn Equinox and just like Ostara on the opposite side of the Wheel of the Year, at Mabon the days and nights are of equal length. And is typically celebrated on Sept 22, but since it changes depending what calendar you go buy, the 21st – 24th is acceptable as well. The Equinox occurs at different local times, so that depending on where you live, so it may fall the day before or after the date listed on any given calendar. The autumnl equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration.

Depending where you live, you are beginning to feel it in the air, the end of summer. Temperatures may still be warm during the day, but in the evening there is a coolness beginning to creep in. Leaves are beginning to fall and you may be starting to see some color on the trees. For me, I can even smell it in the air, that earthy smell of leaves beginning to decay and their sugars and organic compounds leave a scent in the air as the leaves break down, creating the classic musky-sweet smell. Mabon is a celebration of life and death, and giving of life again, the cycle of the seasons.  As with Ostara, the theme of balance is highlighted here, reminding us that everything is temporary, seasons will change, and that neither dark nor light ever overpowers the other for long.

This as always a time to express gratitude to our higher power for the blessings in our lives, but harvest festivals especially so because we are receiving the earths bounty with the harvest. This holiday now a days take a moment to rest from our labor and relax, Labor Day.

Mabon was a Welsh mythological figure whose origins are connected to a divine “mother and son” pair, echoing the dual nature of the relationship between the Goddess and the God, Jesus and Mary. Whichever name you choose, enjoy your celebration and give thanks for the bounty of the Earth. Mabon denotes all of nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown. And giving thanks for the harvest the earth provides.

The colors of the autumn equinox are the colors that represent the autumn season, reds, golds, cream, hunter green, browns, buttery yellows and rich shades of purple! Typical decorations are, acorns, gourds, pinecones, leaves and the cornucopia filled with autumn fruits, winter squashes, late summer/early autumn flowers and nuts.


Candle Magic

You’ll need…

  • An unscented candle in a harvest color— yellow, orange, brown, or in green to symbolize cash in hand
  • essential oil of cinnamon, orange, or ginger
  • Something to inscribe the candle with—a pencil, stylus, etc.

If you normally cast a circle or invoke a diety, directional elements, higher power, etc… before a working, do so now. Using a stylus or pencil, inscribe your Mabon intent on the candle. For example, if you need money to pay the bills, carve that on there in whatever way you feel called to; ie: symbols, words, etc.. it’s the intention that matters.

Once you’ve completed your inscription, anoint the candle with essential oil. Focus your intent into the candle, drawing the abundance of it to you. Clearly visualize your intent and what it will mean to you. How will it change your life? How will it affect those around you? What does it look like?

Light the candle, and meditate on the flame. Continue focusing on your intent, and imagine it building, first as a small spark, and then growing into a large ball of light. Maintain this image as long as you can, and then release it into the candle flame. Make sure the candle is in a safe place so as not to be a fire hazard (a bowl of sand is perfect for this) and allow the candle to burn out on its own.

Mantra

Autumn Leaves Don’t Fall,
They Fly They Take Their Time
And Wander On
This Their Only Chance
To Soar!
@transitionsyoga


Mabon Intention Setting Ceremony

A simple Mabon celebration you can do at bedtime is light a candle, close your eyes and breathe deeply for five minutes, giving thanks for all your blessings. 

Fall Equinox (Mabon) Ritual
For good harvests and rewards ahead:

For this Mabon, or second harvest, ritual, we are going to balance the scales and mirror nature’s own division of light and shadow, which strike perfect balance on the two equinoxes each year.

Gather:

  • One white or cream candle to represent your light harvest
  • A gemstone to represent your light (e.g., selenite, scolecite, clear calcite, quartz, or petalite)
  • Palo santo, copal, or white sage for smudging
  • One burgundy or black candle to represent your dark harvest
  • A gemstone to represent your shadow (e.g., black tourmaline, jet, golden sheen obsidian, or aegirine)
  • A perfume or essential oil blend to integrate your light and shadow aspects

As you gather your Mabon tools, divide them into two sides: light tools and shadow tools. For the first part of this ritual, you will want to keep them separate; later in the ritual, you will be guided to mingle them, acknowledging the intimate dance of light and shadow.

Smudge the items you have gathered, and on the left, or yin, side of your altar, place your burgundy or black candle, your perfume or essential oils, and your gems that represent shadow. On the right (masculine), or yang, side, place your white or cream candle, your gems that represent light, and your smudging herbs. Take a deep cleansing breath and acknowledge on an energetic level that all these tools represent parts of you that need to be integrated into one dynamic whole expression. When you are ready, call upon your spirit guides to help you discern which items on the light side of your altar are ready to be moved to the shadow side, and vice versa. Is your light candle ready to glow upon your shadow stones, or vice versa? As you step forward in wisdom to move items on your altar as called by Spirit, enjoy the liberation that comes from blurring boundaries. You are not just light or just shadow.

Those are easy answers. You are all of it, and more. You are the slippage between the categories we believe are fixed. You are the exception to all the rules. And that is why your magic is undeniable and indefinable.

Once you begin to mix the sides, keep going. In the amalgam, your peace and your deeper purpose reside. Move the stones, the candles, the offerings. When a new balance has been struck, step back and take a closer look at the alchemy of light and shadow, the balance between the hemispheres of awareness. What lessons have been unearthed here for yourself? Take a moment here to breathe, connect, center, and receive messages from your guides. Finally, bring your hands to prayer position over your heart and give thanks for what you have learned. This is the hour of balance, and here you are, in the center of All, right where you need to be. Welcome this moment. Cheers to your balance, your integration, and your health.

Amen, A’ho, So it is.

Excerpt from The Book of Blessings and Rituals by Athena Perrakis, PhD © 2019

“Equal dark, equal light
Flow in Circle, deep insight
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!
So it flows, out it goes
Three-fold back it shall be
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!”
–   Night An’Fey, Transformation of Energy



Meditation

This is a meditation based on the story of the Mabon in the Mabinogion tale of Culhwch and Olwen, but with an Australian twist. The meditation can be done as a part of this Autumn Equinox ritual or just by itself.

Equinox Meditation

  1. Get in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and open your heart. Place your hands directly on your heart and take a deep breath in through your nose. Allow the air to flow naturally through the mouth releasing all that no longer serves you. Continue focusing on your breath until your mind has settled. 
  2. Reflect on how you can bring in more balance and harmony into your life. Observe your thoughts and listen to the answers. Once the answer is received envision yourself throwing these thoughts into a river and watch them float away. 
  3. Bring awareness to your breath coming in and out. With every breath, you begin to feel more balanced. 
  4. Allow your mind to settle and say out loud, ”Balance and harmony is my birthright and I deserve it. I seek balance and harmony as it is found in the universe. I release what is old and no longer needed. I release what is blocking me from living a balanced life.” Repeat until you truly feel you’ve connected with these words. 
  5. Sit in stillness for as long as you can, allowing some time for these words to seep into your mind, body, and spirit. 
  6. Bring your awareness back to your body and your breath. Allowing yourself to be completely grounded and breathe in the balancing energy of the universe and the equinox. 
  7. End your meditation sending gratitude to the universe and radiate this harmonious balancing energy all over the world. 

Source: The Hoodwitch

 


Autumn Incense & Oils
Think scents of pine, sage, cinnamon, frankincense, sweetgrass, and myrrh!

Mabon Ceremony Oil

  • 1 oz. grapeseed oil for base
  • 5 drops cedar oil
  • 6 drops rosemary oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried marigold
  • 1 apple seed

Crimson Leaves Incense

  • 1 part Red Sandalwood
  • 1 part Dragon’s Blood
  • 1 part Storax Bark

Autumn Equinox Intentions/Activities

  • Do a gratitude practice.
  • Celebrate! This is a time of rest and merriment.
  • Autumn crafts.
  • This is the time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future.
  • Find balance, literally, do some yoga and honor balance and movement.
  • Tend your autumn garden bounty. No garden> Visit your local farmers market or roadside fruit and vegetable stand.
  • Meditate.
  • Bake with fruits from the harvest (aka early autumn fruits).
  • Take a hike.
  • Complete old projects.
  • Tell stories around a bonfire, drink hot apple cider.
  • Write down all your blessings from the past year in a journal.
  • Decorate your altar, table or fireplace hearth with acorns, pine cones, seasonal fruits and nuts, and/or a few of the first colored leaves that drop from the trees.
  • Light candles in autumn colors like deep red, orange, brown, and golds.
  • If you are one who struggles with seasonal depression during the fall and winter months, use this time to set an intention for inner peace and strength.
  • Plant the seeds for new undertakings or even a change in lifestyle.
  • Go apple picking. Or visit a pumpkin patch if they are open yet.
  • Clean your house and get rid of stagnant or negative energy.
  • Host a potluck Mabon dinner with your favorite people.
  • Create a gratitude garland
  • In a journal or notepad, answer these questions to the best of your ability: ”How am I calling in balance into my life? How can I be more balanced? What needs to be released in order to cultivate balance? What have I been growing in my garden of thoughts? How does this serve me?” 
  • Make apples into bowls! Carve out an apple so that the filling is gone and all that is left is a thick bowl-shaped apple shell. You can put small plants in these, offerings to spirits or deities, or you can place a candle inside. Put it on an altar or windowsill and it’s complete!
  • If you have food to spare, donate some to a local food pantry. Also, if you have pet food or toys to spare, donate to those to a local animal shelter! Mabon is a great holiday to give back and donating what you can is a wonderful way to celebrate the equinox!

Mabon/Autumn Equinox Crafts



Foods Of Mabon

Vegan Mabon Raspberry Nut Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting

Bake in a rectangle glass pan on 350 for 45-48 minutes

  • 4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C Turbinado sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 very heaping tbsp peanut butter powder
  • 4 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Caramel agave sauce
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 1/2 C almond milk
  • 3/4 C vegetable oil
  • 3/4 small pack raspberries, whole or sliced

Cool the cake thoroughly (about an hour) before putting in the refrigerator (or glass may crack) to chill for an additional hour or two, or overnight, before icing with chilled frosting.

Frosting: Mix with an electric mixer :

  • a stick and a half of vegan butter, then gradually mix in
  • Erythritol Monkfruit Powder until desired creamy texture and flavor are reached.
  • Mix in a little caramel agave syrup at a time, until desired flavor is reached.
  • Frost cake, then decorate with apples, strawberries and caramel agave sauce.

Vegetable Pot Pie

Makes two pies, 12 or more servings

  • 8 medium potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered and finely chopped
  • 3 cups diced vegetables of your choice
    (choose 3 or 4 from among cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, leeks, peas, corn kernels, zucchini, yellow summer squash, mushrooms, kale, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (homemade or store bought)
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning blend (such as Spike or Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Two 9-inch prepared good-quality pie crust, preferably whole grain
  • 1 cup fine whole grain bread crumbs
  • Paprika for topping

Cook or microwave the potatoes in their skins until done. When cool enough to handle, peel them. Dice four of them and mash the other four coarsely. Set aside until needed.

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until  golden. Add the vegetables of your choice, layering quicker-cooking vegetables like peas, corn, and zucchini over longer cooking ones like cauliflower, broccoli, and leeks (though none of these are terribly long-cooking). Add a bit of water; cover and cook until the vegetables are tender but not overdone, about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour into the skillet, then pour in the stock. Add the optional nutritional yeast. Cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. until the liquid thickens. Stir in both the diced and mashed potatoes. Heat through gently. Stir in the seasoning blend, thyme, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the  mixture into the pie crust and pat in.

Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over each pie, then top with a sprinkling of paprika. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Let the pies stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or so, then cut into wedges and serve.

Three Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups of squash (I used acorn, butternut & half a green pumpkin – I don’t recommend green pumpkin lol).
  • 1 cup of milk substitute (I used rice milk, you can use almond or soy)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 med-large parsnip
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Herb for garnish – I used parsley
  • Maple syrup or agave to taste for sweetness

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375°. Cut the squash in half, remove seeds and compost them. Also, roughly chop up the carrot, parsnip, onion & celery (feel free to prepare the root veggies from our next recipe at this time to save on energy!).
Fill a 9X13 glass cake pan with approximately 1 inch water and place the squash face-down in the water. Take the chopped veggies, toss with the olive oil and place on a flat cookie sheet in a single layer. Put both squash and veggies in the oven to bake. This could take 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes depending on your oven, the size of the veggies, yada yada.

Keep an eye on the veggies to make sure they don’t burn – but you want the squash skin to brown. Once the squash is soft, remove from the oven and let cool just enough so that you can handle them and scoop the flesh out of the shells (but not cold!) & put them into a food processor. I prefer to process the squash first until very pureed, and then add veggies and do the same thing. Add the milk, salt, pepper, cayenne at this time. If you did like I did and let the squash & veggies get TOO cold you can reheat this on the stove or in the microwave. Serve warm with herb garnish.

The Best Pumpkin Muffins – Taken from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz(I highly recommend this book!!).

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar (raw sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin (Do NOT use pumpkin pie mix!)
  • ½ cup milk alternative (I used rice milk)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp molasses

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a twelve-muffin tin.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. In separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, soy milk, oil, and molasses. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix.

Fill the muffin cups two thirds of the way full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Harvest Ratatouille

  • 8 – 10 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 large or 4 small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 large eggplant, sliced into chunks the same size as the zucchini slices
  • 5 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • Tomato paste, to taste (optional)

1. Heat 5 or 6 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, add the onions, and saute about 1 minute, until fragrant and softened. Add zucchini and eggplant and saute about 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add more olive oil as needed if the pan looks dry. Add tomatoes, peppers, and garlic, stirring to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer about 20 minutes, until veggies are cooked through.
2. Take off the lid, add other add-ins, if you like, increase heat to high, and cook for 2 or 3 minutes to evaporate excess liquid, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add a little tomato paste if using, and stir well.
3. Serve hot, or allow to cool and add a little olive oil before serving. Serves 6.

Apple Butter

  • 4 quarts Apple
  • 2 quarts Water
  • 1 1/2 quarts Cider
  • 1 1/2 pounds Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Cloves

Wash and slice the apples into small bits. Cover with the water and boil until soft. Press through a sieve to remove skins and seeds. Bring cider to a boil and then add apple pulp and sugar and cook until it thickens, constantly stirring to prevent scorching. Add spices and cook until it is thick enough for spreading. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

Mulled Mabon Wine (alcoholic)

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Honey Wine (Mead)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 strips of orange zest (or lemon)
  • 3 oz of Brandy (optional)

Directions

On the stove or in a Crock Pot on low, combine ingredients. Warm to just below boiling (if you boil it, you’ll lose the alcohol) Serve warm in mugs, have alongside pumpkin pie or your favorite fresh-baked gingerbread cookies! For a holiday look, garnish with a cinnamon stick and curl of your choice of orange or lemon zest!

Mabon Mulled Wine (alcoholic)

This makes enough wine for a small gathering or small servings, for more just double the recipe

Ingredients:

  • 750 mL of your favorite red wine
  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 3 anise stars
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 shot of Drambuie or Grand Marnier

Directions:

Comine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Serve warm or let cool.

Alternate Directions:

Combine all ingredients in crock pot.  Heat on high for ten minutes.  Heat on low for half hour.  Serve warm or cold.



Mabon/Autumn Equinox Links

The Origins Of Mabon

6 Mabon Music Playlists

Mabon Kids Crafts

What Is The September Equinox

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

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.

Current Moon Phase

*Spells 8

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

Current Moon Phase

waning gibbous

Waning Gibbous = Gratitude/Sharing/Dispelling

The Waning Gibbous Moon is a time when the light begins to be more covered in darkness and During this time you should/might be reaping the benefits of your hard work over the past two weeks and even if you aren’t yet this is the time for gratitude. Allow yourself to feel light and happy. “know” that the desired outcome will present itself all in divine timing. Let go of stressful energy and focus on good things in your life. This is where all that “power of positive thinking” comes into play. We too often get discouraged and filled with negative emotions when we don’t get what we want when we want it. Not taking into consideration that some things take more time and some things may be/not be in your best interest and your guides and higher power know this.

Waning energies repel rather than attract. This is a good time fo clean and to upkeep your home, office, garden or any of your personal spaces, etc. This is also a good time to cleanse any personal objects you may have, such as your jewelry, crystals, magical tools, etc… If you have something you need closure with, or if you’re ready to end something in your life, this is a good time to bring closure to situations. It’s a time of deep healing. A reflective energy that’s very special.

Waning Gibbous Crystal Of Choice

Green Aventurine is a heart healing stone used to clear and activate the Heart Chakra for general well-being and emotional calmness. It is also a powerful protector of the Heart Chakra, providing a shield to block entry from those who would “tap-in” and use your energy. It repels the negative energies.

Waning Gibbous Intentions

  • Self empowerment.
  • Banish imposter syndrome.
  • Review plans and correct mistakes.
  • Settle disputes and make amends.
  • Remove obstacles.
  • Give thanks.
  • Subconscious enlightenment leading to the clarification of conscious values.
  • Conscious process of creative release.
  • Share positivity and good energy.
  • Let go of stressful energy and focus on good things in your life.
  • Pay attention to your deepest thoughts and feelings at this time.
  • Time to boost up and conserve the energy.
  • Forgive.
  • Dispel negative energies from your life.
  • Make space for the vision you are creating.
  • The only way to banish the darkness is with more light. 

Waning Gibbous Mantra

An Introspection Exercise

I want you to spend 15 minutes a day asking an open-ended question to yourself. Then you either write down what comes as an answer. Or you let that question just sit within you for a few hours or a few days then journal your responses.  Below are some examples.

  • What is important right now?
  • What makes me happy?
  • What is the most essential thing in my life?  
  • What does your soul look like? 
  • If you could do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do?
  • Where have your previous attitudes and actions brought you?
  • What things in your life have been affecting you most?

Waning Gibbous Meditation

Waning Gibbous Magic

Time for magical intention: From mid-evening until mid-morning
A great time to dispel negative thoughts, influences, habits, etc… Waning moon energy rids and repels. A time to decrease, to bring to an end. A time of facing your shadows.

Write a list of all your fears and insecurities. Now to banish those feelings. You simply take a moment and then safely burn the piece of paper and visualize all your fears and insecurities melting away and being replaced by the opposite feeling. Ugly to beauty, frightened to brave, powerless, to powerful. Really see yourself in the new role as all your fears and insecurities are burned away and you arise from the ashes like a phoenix!

Current Moon Phase

waxing gibbous

Waxing Gibbous = Refining Goals

This is your call to be flexible and have patience. Figure out what’s working for you and what isn’t, and either persevere or change your course. The waxing moon phase is when the moon is visually getting bigger and brighter, shifting from a new moon to a full moon. (To remember the difference between waxing and waning, I think of the expression “wax on.”) During the waxing moon, the moon is growing, becoming brighter, and creating an ideal phase for sympathetic magick around growth. Sympathetic magick means magick that works through symbolic resemblance. The moon is getting brighter, so let’s use that energy to make your career, self-esteem, and love life brighter, too.

Waxing Gibbous Crystal Of Choice

Smokey Quartz is a crystal of cleansing and detoxifying. It is a stone of revealing truth. It acts like a hug to what ails you and relives tension and stress. It absorbs sorrow and removes obstacles.

Waxing Gibbous Intentions

  • Tie off loose ends.
  • Objectivity.
  • Make any last minute revisions to your New Moon intention.
  • This is when you observe and not the fine details of your intention.
  • Continue forward momentum in manifesting your intention.
  • Keep open to the possibility that your intention may come to fruition in a way that was different than you envisioned it would. And trust the universe, your guide and higher power that the direction you may be moving in although may not be as you wanted it, it is as it should be. Remember that we are not always in the know of all the variables. As an example; you are looking for love. Well if the man or woman of your dreams is living in another country, perhaps their divine time doesn’t put them in the states to meet you during this lunar manifestation period.
  • Surrender
  • Practice feeling your desires coming true and continue taking any actions you need to manifest them.
  • Practice believing you are worthy and that the universe is conspiring in your favor.
  • I am in perfect alignment with the universe

Waxing Gibbous Mantra

Waxing Gibbous Meditation

Waxing Gibbous Moon Magic

Time for magical intention: From mid-afternoon to 3am
Renewal of strength and energy. Time to focus on your will-power, commitment and seeing things through. Time to surrender to the universe and trust. This is the most powerful time of the moon for fruition and completion.

Current Moon Phase

first quarter

First Quarter = Take Action

This marks the half way point between New and Full Moon and we are in the midst of waxing and growing. With the arrival of the first quarter moon phase, it’s time for slow precise action and hard work. Be prepared to make decisions on the spot because plans can begin to come up quite suddenly and may be a bit of overload and a distraction from tasks at hand. So weigh participation in activities keeping your goal(s) in mind to not keep you offtrack.

First Quarter Moon Intentions

  • Question, are your goals realistic? If not, continue to find tune them and your expectations.
  • Have courage.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Balance yourself carefully.
  • Are you keeping to your intentions you began on the New Moon, check in with yourself. Make sure your actions are in alignment with your intentions.
  • You may be challenged at this time and realize you may need to make sacrifices to manifest your intentions.
  • Pay attention.
  • Break through barriers.
  • Re-lay the foundations for the intentions you desire.

First Quarter Crystal Of Choice

Carnelian stabilizes and promotes motivation. It helps with courage and dispels apathy. Stimulates creativity and creative thought.

First Quarter Moon Mantra

I am open to the guidance of synchronicity. And I do not let expectations hinder my path. My soul and my actions are in sacred alignment. I manifest the life I desire through integrity with my divine soul and wisdom.

Morning Meditation For Motivation

First Quarter Moon Magic

Time for magical intention: From noon until midnight
The best time to draw things inward to yourself, such as money, success, new jobs. Attracting that which you most desire into manifestation. Also a good time for house hunting or finding lost objects. Time of acceleration and growth.

Since the First Quarter Moon is time to take action, you need to take action! If you haven’t already, sit down and break apart your intention into action steps you can take to lead up to it. Write those steps down in your planner leading up to the day of the Full Moon.

  1. Make your intention your first thought.
    Make it one of the first things you focus, work on or do each morning. Your morning ritual should be based on supporting this new habit.
  2. Write things down.
    Keep a journal, vision board or some sort of log that you can look back on to see what steps YOU took in achieving your intended goal.
  3. Begin with just three actions.
    Add two more things to the list of things you must do every single day that will help support your vision. (ie: Intention= I want to lose weight. 1. You tossed out all the junk food. Add ons…2. You add in a daily morning exercise. 3. You start your day with a nutrition dense, healthy, lower calorie breakfast.)
  4. Start simple.
    Don’t go too outside your normal. If we take extreme action too quickly we will often not be able to stick with the task at hand. You are trying to manifest and integrate an intention into your life, not change your whole life over night.

Here are some examples of how your journal/log could look.

  • If your intention is around friendships or relationships, perhaps add more social events into your calendar. Sign up for classes, volunteer, get a second job, just get out there and start meeting people!
  • For money and any kind of abundance intentions, take a look at your budget (or make one!) and set clear spending boundaries for yourself. Envision how you can bring abundance into your life, research, and take action!
  • If you’re looking to enhance your health or fitness, sign up for fitness classes, start planning out a healthier grocery shopping list, walk places you can instead of driving, etc…

Current Moon Phase

new moon

New Moon = New Beginnings And Intention Setting

This is the beginning of the lunar cycle, and a good time for time for new beginnings and putting new ideas into motion, the things you wish to create in your life. This is a time of fresh starts. A time for personal growth, spiritual growth, healing and initiating new projects and ventures. New moons are also a great time to set intentions for the lunar cycle you’re in. What do you want to manifest in these 29 days? Remember, beginnings require: letting go of the past.

New Moon Crystal Of Choice

Labradorite stimulates the throat chakra and aid in psychic reception. It helps to purify you and allow light energy to connect with you. It clears and opens chakras to help you receive messages and signs.

New Moon Intentions

Focus on that one important thing you want to bring into existence during this cycle. Then, practice visualizations and affirmations . Write your new moon intention out clearly and succinctly, and read it daily.

  • Time to set new goals
  • Planting of the seeds for the future
  • Starting point to kick a bad habit.
  • Make long term relationship plans.
  • Make long term business plans.
  • Hair cuts.
  • Initiate medical treatments.
  • Work on developing your own sense of intuition
  • Constructive magic.
  • Release negativity.
  • Make a list of the steps you will take to achieve your goal, then read them out loud, and find a place to display them over the coming month.
  • Place some deep purple amethyst around your home, or next to your pillow, to activate and enliven your intuitive awareness.
  • This is a time for blank slate meditation.
  • Listen to your intuition.
  • Think it into existence.
  • Speak it into existence.
  • Feel it into existence.

New Moon Mantra

*I am restored by sacred cosmic vibration. I am divinely protected. I relinquish the weight of that which no longer serves me. My spirit is awake. My path is revealed. I am open to receive.

Daily Meditation For Setting Intent

New Moon Magic

Time for magical intention: From dawn to sunset
A powerful time remove things, people or situations that no longer serve you. Powerful times for understanding fears and anger. Also good for bringing about justice. 

In your bathroom you have a place where new moon magic can happen. Some candles, bath salts or sea salt, or sea salt soap or an exfoliating shower gel and either slip into a warm bath or shower. As you begin to wash your body, imagine any physical, spiritual or emotional pain or hurt being cleansed from your body. Imagine negativity, and any pain you have being washed away as you watch the water going down the drain either as you shower or after you unplug the bath.

Very Simple Way To Celebrate The New Moon

De-clutter & cleanse your space. This can either be as simple as de-cluttering and cleaning your meditation, ritual o prayer space. Or, this can be part of a new routine of taking a say or two to deep clean your whole home. As you clean and de-clutter remind yourself you are preparing for new energy to come into your life.
Cleanse yourself. See above bath ritual. Water is one of the most cleansing of all energies. You can take this opportunity to add crystals around your tub that are in tune with the intentions you want to breathe into being for the month.
Clear your space. You can do this with smoke, such as palo santo or sage, or you can use sound, such as bells, vocal singing, clapping, mantra or singing bowls.
Journal to gain clarity of and set your intention. Think about your chosen intention/s. How would it make you feel? What would it look like? Write it down.
Meditate and visualize. Lay or sit somewhere comfortable and quiet to meditate on your intention/s. Pick one optimal scene to replay in your mind that represents your intention in its manifested form. Over the month, come back to this meditation, and believe. Breathe it into existence. It may not come this month, or ever, or you may need to re-do again at the next new moon; because so many other variables are at play but when you release your intention into the universe and to your guides, guardians, and higher power, your truest desires are made known. And with a small ritual, your intentions are release with purity and light and whatever is in their power to help grant will be brought into existence.

Current Moon Phase

*Written By: Athena Perakis