Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Planning for Imbolc: Ritual


Part four of four in a holiday planning series!

Saturday is Imbolc!


Imbolc Inspired Ritual

Sparklers in ritual
Bless seeds
Ask for blessings of creativity
Initiations and dedications



Links to pre-written rituals:
The Allergic Pagan- Midwinter
Farewell Winter ritual
Candle Rite 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Imbolc

Image location

I looked across
and saw
a ribbon of silvered light
and the first
faint
blush of rose dawn.
This was Imbolc, the calling of BrĂ­d
and She entered
on a pathway of sparkling
light.
I looked across
and my heart rejoiced
at the soft tread of her
across water.

I looked across, by Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

Planning for Imbolc: Activities

Part three of four in a holiday planning series!

Part One can be found here- Planning for Imbolc: Feasts
Part Two is here- Planning for Imbolc: Decorations

The next/last post will be on Ritual Ideas so check back!

Imbolc Inspired Activities

Make candles (obviously)
or make soaps (lavender soap)
Line your nature walk with candles
Candlemas pictures
Nesting balls for local birds
Make incense (recipes herehere)
Clean your kitchen, bless your stove (or wherever your hearth is)

Brigid's Cross instructions

Learn about Brigid

Make sun catchers (different methods herehereherehere )

Pooka Pages!

Short printable about Imbolc

Learn to weave (or knit, crochet, or other fiber arts)
Plan your garden for this year


For those who are into music, I do love "Brigdet's Song" by Celia.

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What's inspiring you this season?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January Esbat: Wolf Moon

Image link.



It’s a good moon for protection magic, as well as getting to know your deities.


Projects to do during this time:

  • Light candles for your Gods and Goddesses
  • Give thanks for their presence
  • Converse with new Gods and Goddesses


Monday, January 13, 2014

Planning for Imbolc: Decorations

Part two of four in a holiday planning series!


The next posts will be on Activities and Ritual Ideas so check back next Thursday :)

Imbolc Inspired Decorations

Bells

Lamb figures

make candles!

Seed packets for this year's garden

Learn to read tea leaves

Fires and the hearth are an important focus for this holiday

Red and white plates

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What's inspiring you this season?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Planning for Imbolc: Feast

Inspired by Poppy from Book of Shadows and Blessings
(re-posting from last year!)

If you're looking for information on the history of Imbolc, the reasons for celebrating Imbolc or the traditional correspondences for Imbolc, you won't find that here. I suppose I assume if you've come this far in the path, you'll have some information about what Imbolc represents for pagans. These posts will be image-heavy inspiration boards for making Imbolc plans.

I'm starting with food because it's my favorite! It's also hard to plan a feast and the more time to do this, the better :) *Note: I am aware that some traditional types of food for Imbolc include dairy and lamb. My family does not eat meat and I do not eat dairy, so those recipes are not included here*


The next posts will be on DecorationsActivities and Ritual Ideas so check back next Thursday :)


Imbolc Inspired Feast

Snowball cake pops
Braided bread (non-v; sub in your favorite milk & margarine)
Pot pies or Shepard's pie
Celtic knot cookies (use your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe)

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Make a Waking Earth Cake with gifts inside
Make Seed Brittle

Breakfast wreath (non-v; use your favorite cinnamon roll recipe)
Seedling cupcakes! (non-v; use your favorite chocolate cake recipe)
Chai
Vegetable Soup
Chocolate cake with snowdrop flowers (non-v; use this cake!)



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What's inspiring you this season?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Yule

I hope that everyone had a very happy Yule and is looking forward to some wonderful New Year's Eve celebrations.


I'm excited to be back blogging and re-starting my 'Planning for the Sabbats' series, as well as the 'Ten Things Thursday' meme, and 'Kitchen Witch Wednesday' if I'm still feeling up for that meme. My Kiddo has gotten older (as they do, lol) so it's gotten harder to find pagan activities that keep her interested-- there are so many resources for raising a pagan child, but not many for a pagan middle-schooler? Awkward. So for now, I'll leave you with a picture and a poem :)




Image from here
Late lies the wintry Sun a-bed,

A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;

Blinks but an hour or two; and then,

A blood-red orange, sets again.

  –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

June Esbat: Lover's Moon


Image link


It’s a good moon for working magic related to maintaing and growing what you have, making it better, stronger, more real for you.

Projects to do during this time:

  • Weed your garden
  • Make protection spells for children
  • Spend time outside, nature walks
  • Bond with your family, friends
  • Make herbed vinegars

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Litha





I will take the sun in my mouth

and leap into the ripe air 

Alive 
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness

--e.e. cummings


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ten Things Thursday: Drinks

This meme is originally from Vickie at Aoibheal's Lair.

Favorite drinks!

1. Iced vanilla soy latte

2. Blue Moon wheat beer

3. English breakfast tea with a dash of vanilla soymilk

4. Green matcha tea

5. Strawberry lemonade

6. Angry Orchard hard apple cider

7. 'Five Fruit Frenzy' smoothie at Jamba Juice

8.  Iced tea, NO sugar!! :P

9. Ice water

10. Orange juice

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Planning for Litha: Rituals


Part four of four in a holiday planning series!


Part One is located here: Feasts
Part Two is located here: Activities
Part Three is located here: Decorations

Fire Rite from here (image source)

Honor fathers (image source)

Burn offerings to the Gods (image source)

Charge protection amulets (Image source: Etsy Shop)

Celebrate seasonal changes (image source)

Honor growth, change- especially in children (image source)





Family rituals:
From the Allergic Pagan


What are your ritual plans?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Planning for Litha: Decorations


Part three of four in a holiday planning series!

Part One is located here: Feasts
Part Two is located here: Activites

The next post will be Rituals, so check back next week!

Sea shells, image source

Windsocks

Sun flags, image source

Wind chimes, image source

Honed God statues (link)

Rain chains

Sun images 
Gardens!
Sunflowers

Lilies (link)


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