Friday Form A Circle – Sun Circle: A Ritual for A Group of Children

June 18, 2010 at 9:51 am (Ancestors, Associations, Blessing, Children, Circle, Friday, Kids, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Ritual, Sun, Witch, Witchlets)

Sun Circle: A Ritual for A Group of Children
From Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac;

Activity: Form a circle and use oranges to symbolize the sun. Recall the many gifts that we receive from the sun.

Goals: Understand the important things that the sun provides for us, such as food, energy, heat and light. Understand that we can show our appreciation for these gifts.

Age: Younger Children and Older Children

Procedure: Have the children stand in a circle with their eyes closed. Have each child hold one hand open, palm up, in front of him or her. Take chilled orange sections, or pieces of other bright, sunshine-like fruit, and place one in each waiting hand. Ask the children to guess what you have passed out. Once someone has guessed correctly instruct the children to open their eyes but not to eat the oranges yet. Hold up a whole orange and tell the children that it represents the sun. Have each child name one thing that we receive from the sun; then he or she can eat the orange slice. Remind the children that it is the food energy created from sunlight by plants that enables people to do this, or any other activity.

Materials: Sunny area, enough chilled and peeled oranges to provide one section for each child, a whole orange.

A suggestion from BabooKyra: I’m going to do this with my campers. The only thing I’m going to change is that we will pick the oranges ourselves and use whole oranges. After the ritual, I’ll give them spices to make pomanders. The scent will remind them of camp for years.

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Thursday his Is Your Spell – Midsummer’s Day Herb Gathering Spell

May 27, 2010 at 9:41 am (Associations, Blessing, Garden, Herbs, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

Midsummer’s Day Herb Gathering Spell
From Pagan’s Palace – Now Gone 😦

Midsummer’s Day is a traditional time for Witches in all parts of the world to gather herbs from their gardens or from the wild to use in potions, dream pillows, poppets, and other forms of spellcraft. To be recited on Midsummer’s Day, thrice before and thrice after gathering your herbs for magickal workings:

"Herbs of magick, herbs of power,
Root and bark, leaf and flower,
Work for me when charms are spoken,
Potions brewed and curses broken!"

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Friday Form A Circle – Wiccaning Ritual

April 23, 2010 at 9:52 am (Acceptance, Ancestors, Blessing, Children, Dedication, Friday, Kids, Life, Magic, pagan, Spell, Wisdom, Witch, Witchlets)

Wiccaning Ritual
from
Phoenix McFarland’s
"The Complete Book of Magickal Names"

This is written as a ceremony for a new child, but as we find our way through the world, and discover that we are, indeed pagan in our beliefs, we are as children, learning to walk & talk and think in new ways. Though I, personally have not, many take a new name to themselves. I can see no reason why this same ritual couldn’t be used in that instance as well 🙂

I’m just sayin’…

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(Written as instructions for priest/ess)

For this celebration of birth, set up the altar, call the quarters, cast the circle, and invite the deities.

"We have come together to celebrate the birth of this soul. We all began so. We all were once so small. We grow and learn as we walk on the path of the Goddess. This person has begun again and will learn again. There WILL be growth, for that is life. Change is the only constant. From infant to parent to elder. From elder to death to rebirth. Such is the path of the circle of life. In our excitement in the beginning of life, we do not forget the turning of the wheel. We honor the maiden, mother, and crone. We are here to celebrate a new beginning, to welcome a new person into our midst, and to name that person."

Ask the parents to bring the baby forward to the altar.

"Who is this person?"

Parents answer with the child’s name.

"Welcome, (new name)!"

Take the censer and trace a pentacle before the child saying:

"(New name), by Fire and Air I honor you."

Draw a pentacle on the baby’s third eye in salt water, saying:

"(New name), by Water and Earth I honor you."

Hold the child and turn to the East saying:

"Hail, East! Know (new name), a child walking once more upon the path. Help (new name). Protect [new name]. Bless [new name]. Let (new name) fly into the unlimited skies of imagination and thought. Send (new name) gentle breezes and freshening winds to gently guide him/her along his/her path. Favor (new name) with all the airborne powers of the East!"

Stepping to the South, hold the child and say:

"Hail, South! Know (new name), a child walking once more upon the path. Help (new name). Protect (new name). Bless (new name). Let (new name) warmly pursue his/her life’s desire. Let (new name) bask in the glory of the golden light of passion. Let (new name) run with the lions of courage, never shrinking from the light of day. Send (new name) purifying candles to light his/her way and gently guide him/her along his/her path. Favor (new name) with all the fiery, sunlit powers of the South!"

In the West, hold the child and say:

"Hail, West! Know (new name), a child walking once more upon the path. Help (new name). Protect (new name). Bless (new name). Let [new name] swim uninhibited in the waters of the Mother. Let (new name) dive freely into the depths of his/her own feelings. Allow (new name) to swim with the blue dolphins and sing with the mermaids. Send (new name) the soothing sounds of the waves to calm his/her ruffled emotions. Favor (new name) with all the blue-roaring waterfall powers of the West!"

To the North, hold the child and say:

"Hail, North! Know (new name), a child walking once more upon the path. Help (new name). Protect (new name). Bless (new name). Let (new name) walk safely within the darkest places. Lead (new name) to safety in the night. Let (new name) climb the apple trees, stroke the animals, and learn the wisdom in the sounds of an untouched forest. Send (new name) the cool, damp smell of a pine forest in the moonlight to ground and balance him/her. Favor (new name) with all the earthly solidity of the North!"

Give the child back to the parents.

"Hail, (new name), and welcome! May the Goddess bless you as you grow. May the God protect you your whole life long. Remember, parents of (new name), that this is a distinct and separate soul, not an extension of your own. Allow (new name) to flourish in his/her own way. Since we do not introduce babies or children into our religion before they are old enough and wise enough to understand the meaning of what they are doing, we do not come here today to make you a Wiccan. We simply welcome you and wish you great blessings. The existence of this new little body for this very old soul makes us more aware of the wheel of life as it ends and begins again. Merry meet. Merry part, and merry meet again!

Have cakes and wine (or in some circles, it’s more accurate to say cookies and juice). Give Wiccaning gifts to the parents. Close the circle, dismiss the quarters, and say farewell to the deities.

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Friday Form A Circle – Hand Fasting Ritual

April 16, 2010 at 9:11 am (Beginnings, Beltane, Blessing, Circle, Friday, Handfasting, Love, Magic, Marriage, pagan, Ritual, Witch)

Hand Fasting Ritual
Source: Banshee from
Seasons of the Moon
Found at Daughters of Earth Wisdom Coven Website

Beltane is a special time of year, with love and lust in the air. Beltane, because of its association with fertility, love, and sexual desire, was seen as an excellent time to marry one’s beloved. If you are considering having a handfasting ceremony, renewing your vows, or want to affirm them in a pagan ceremony, consider performing your own handfasting ritual this Beltane season!

Preparation

  • Long ribbon or soft rope (~ 3 feet)
  • Vows to exchange (written by the couple)
  • Small gifts (or rings) to be exchanged by the couple.
  • 5 rose candles (Quarter and god candle (god candle can be red))
  • 1 white candle (Goddess candle)
  • Gifts from the coven/guests for the couple

Ritual 
Cast the circle normally. Invoke the Goddess and God normally, or as below. If no HPs are available or you are a solitary, work all elements of the ritual yourself.
HPriest:

We call upon you in the guise of Eros, 
Kindler of desire, 
Bringer of love, 
to join us here and witness the bonding 
of _____and_____.

HPriestess

We call upon you in the guise of Aphrodite, 
Always desirous one, 
Sensual lover, 
to join us here and witness the joining 
of _____and _____. 
Grounding meditation

The HPriest and HPriestess motion the two people to be hand fasted to join them before the altar. Couple faces the altar.

HPriest:(to one of the couple, the female if the couple are of opposite gender)

Do you _____join us here of your own free will, to acknowledge before the Lord and Lady the bond that is shared between yourself and _____.

Person 1: (responds (hopefully this will be a yes 🙂 if not, go to closing).

HPriestess asks the other the same thing and gets response. Couple turns to face each other and join their left hands. Each now recites the vows they have prepared.

HPriest: (taking the joined left hands, and the rope)

Here before witnesses, _____ and _____ have sworn vows to each other. With this cord, I bind them to the vows that they each have made. (wrap the cord loosely around both arms) However this binding is not tied, so that neither is restricted by the other, and the binding is only enforced by both their wills. 

Couple: (turning to face each other, in unison)

Heart to thee, 
Soul to thee, 
Body to thee, 
Forever and always, 
So mote it be.

Coven:

So mote it be.

Couple unbinds their left arms. Couple exchanges the gifts they have brought for each other. Coven members and guests give couple good wishes and/or gifts. Great Rite and Cakes and Ale. Bid farewell to God and Goddess as usual, or as below.

HPriestess:

We thank you Aphrodite, for your presence among us, and as you take your leave, we ask that you leave among us, in each of us, the ability to each be sensual lover, and desirous one. 
Hail and farewell.

HPriest:

We thank you Eros, for your presence here this day, and ask, as you take your leave, that you leave in each of us, the ability to be 
a bringer of desire, and kindler of love. 
Hail and farewell.

Dismiss the Quarters, and open the circle.

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Thursday This is Your Spell – To Bless And Consecrate Wedding Rings

April 15, 2010 at 9:09 am (Beginnings, Beltane, Blessing, Handfasting, Love, Magic, Marriage, pagan, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

To Bless And Consecrate Wedding Rings
Source Unknown

Needed:

  • the rings
  • bell (optional)
  • sage to smudge
  • blessings written by those to whom the rings will belong
  • chalice containing your preferred beverage for ceremonies
  • white Goddess Candle
  • black God candle
  • red candle to represent Fire
  • incense to represent Air
  • small bowl of Water
  • salt to represent Earth

To consecrate, bless and dedicate Wedding Rings to the Lord and Lady, first find the place where you wish to set up the altar. This place must not be disturbed, for it will take on sacred and holy energies, and you will not want anything to happen to this area.

Write two blessings to read to each other if you desire to and use some beautiful music if there is some available. Have a Chalice of wine on the altar to drink from after the blessing. Remember, the more energy and work that you put into your blessing ceremony, the more magical energy it will take on. You may use a bell to signify that you are beginning.

Once you have found that place smudge with sage, keeping “Love and Light” in your consciousness. Next, ask the four elements for their presence and for their blessing for your rings. Next, set up the altar, placing the rings you wish to bless on the altar gently. Arrange the candles to your liking, and the elemental representations in the appropriate locations. Once your altar is set up spend a few moments in quiet meditation thinking about what this Ring Blessing Ceremony means to you. Feel the magic around you. breathe in the Love and Light from the Lord and Lady. Visual yourself and your love for each other revitalized because of it’s presence. See yourself becoming more healthy, whole, and wise.
Say aloud the Blessings you have written for each other.
Sprinkle the rings with Salt for East; (Earth)
Pass rings over or through the red candle flame; South (Fire)
Sprinkle rings with water, West (Water)
Pass rings through Incense smoke, North; (Air)
Say something like:

"We pledge these rings consecrated to the Lord and Lady
to each other as an outward symbol of our love for each other ."

Drink from the Chalice holding it each to the others lips. Replace Chalice. When you are ready to end your Ring Blessing Ritual; sound the bell once (if you opted to use it) again, thanking all elements for their presence and assistance. Release them back to their abodes, asking harm to none on their way. Thank the Lord and Lady for their presence in your life. Take a deep breath of the fresh magic around you and aver: So mote it be!

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Monday Make A – House Happy Charm

April 5, 2010 at 9:36 am (Beginnings, Beltane, Blessing, Crafts, Home, Life, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch)

House Happy Charm
From Ravenhawk’s Academy of Magick & Mysticism

This is a small sachet pillow stuffed with good things, an excellent gift when people newly in love move in together. All the while you’re assembling it, focus on their hopes, dreams and your bright wishes for their hearth. Make a small pillow (5×5 square) from an interesting material. Leave one end open for stuffing.

Gather, mix and empower the following herbs:

  • Sage and Sandalwood for blessing and protection
  • Lavender for domestic tranquility
  • Rose petals to honor their love
  • Vervain for bright witchery
  • A couple drops of cinnamon oil.

Stuff the pillow and sew the open end shut. Decorate as desired In sacred space, dedicate it under the auspices of the Lord and the Lady. If you’re blessing your friends home for them, include the pillow in the ritual. If they’re doing their own home blessing, offer it as a house warming gift.

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Friday Form A Circle – Ritual For Fertility

April 2, 2010 at 9:18 am (Beltane, Blessing, Circle, Fertility, Friday, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Witch)

Ritual For Fertility
From Ravenhawk’s Academy of Magick & Mysticism

Moon Phase: Waxing to Full
Time of day: The time you are usually most creative, for me it is the morning
Needed:

  • Sandalwood incense, for mental fertility
  • Peach incense for physical fertility
  • Incense burner

Gods/Goddesses to Call (choose 1 or 2):

  • Diana
  • Freyer
  • Ishtar
  • Liber
  • Liberia
  • Brigit
  • Cerridwen
  • Cernunnos.

Food and Drink:

  • Salad of shredded carrots, cucumber, and rice with an olive oil and garlic
    dressing (served cold, use brown rice)
  • a banana for dessert
  • Peach Tea

Do what you need to do to prepare for ritual. cast a circle and invoke your deities. State your purpose and goal. Make it very specific. Light your incense. Imagine the incense filling that part of you that you wish fertility to touch. It must fill you, grow around you and touch every part of you. Starting in the east you face each of the four directions imploring them:

East: "Watchtowers of Air send your winds to wash the stagnant part of me away"

South: "Watchtowers of Fire send your heat to fire my (brain, womb, loins)"

West: "Watchtowers of Water fill me with fertility

North: "Great Goddess, Mother, make me as fertile as your rainforests, your oceans fill me with life and hope"

Lie on the floor head toward the north arms and legs outstretched. If you are not alone have your significant other or coven mates place their hand above your loins (not touching) or head and send you healing energy.

"Oh great _____ I implore you to fill me with ripened fruit that I may bear __________. Fill my (womb/loins/mind) with power and light."

Feel your body fill with power. Feel the power emanate from the place you wish to be fertile. Kneel before your alter:

The HPs blesses the food and tea. Eat the food with your fingers imagining the food feeding that which about you is infertile, then drink the tea in one draught. (This is not meant to be a meal, merely fill you with the energy of the food).
Close your circle in a normal manner.
Ground and center.
If you are doing the spell to be physically fertile be sure to have unprotected sex within 24 hours.
*for female physical fertility this spell should be done 14 days after a woman’s cycle begins. For a man it does not matter.

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Tuesday Try A New Taste – Green Abundance Drink

March 16, 2010 at 9:54 am (Blessing, Cooking, Garden, Magic, pagan, prosperity, Tuesday, Witch)

Green Abundance Drink
by Patricia Telesco
from
A Witch’s Beverages & Brews

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced broccoli
  • 4 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 cup tomato juice (or 2 whole tomatoes)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 cup asparagus
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • salt and pepper to taste

First, make sure to clean your ingredients under warm water. If possible, buy organically grown fruits and vegetables to eliminate the ingestion of pesticides. Remove all leaves, seeds, rinds, and bruised parts before putting the  components in your blender/juicer. With the exception of potatoes, fruits and vegetables are predominantly juiced raw to obtain the highest content of nutrients. The all the remains is pulping the ingredients thoroughly with your equipment. If you don’t want pulpy lumpy juice, run the mixture through a sieve when done. To recycle the left over pulp, put it in an equal portion of hot water and bring to a low rolling boil for an hour and strain again. This juice will not be as high in vitamins as the first extraction, but it will use your components economically. Be sure to refrigerate any unused portions. The remaining pith can be composted.

An alternative means of recycling pulp is to make fruit and vegetable wines out of it. In this instance you will be substituting an equal amount of pulp in place of whatever fruit or vegetable the recipe calls for.

Consider making this recipe during a waxing moon and stirring it clockwise so that abundance grows.

Asparagus was thought to be one of Julius Caesar’s favorite foods, contributing to his strength, and celery was used in Rome to prevent hangovers. In this case, the color of the beverage is a rich green to help encourage growth or improved finances. Visualize your need while you drink!

Magickal Associations: Abundance, good fortune, success.

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Friday Form A Circle – Lá Fhéile Bríde (Imbolg) Ritual

January 8, 2010 at 11:16 am (Blessing, Brid, Bride, Brighid, Brigit, Circle, Friday, Imbolc, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Thursday, Witch)

Lá Fhéile Bríde (Imbolg) Ritual
by Danielle Ní Dhighe

Materials:

Cloths, ale, oats, bread, milk, a chalice or drinking horn, several bowls or cauldrons, three candles, salt water, and a cooking cauldron or stove.

Before the ritual, you might want to go outside and look about, calling those who would attend the ceremony with you in frith and heartfelt friendship with the Gods. Say:

"Come those who wish to come;
stay those who wish to stay;
and fare those who wish to fare."

Begin the ritual by invoking the Three Realms. Sprinkle salt water around the ritual area and ask that the Sea not burst its bounds. Turn to face the world and ask that the Land not open to swallow you. Light incense and ask that the Sky not fall upon you. Say:

"Now I’m lighting Sacred Fire"

and light three candles. Say:

"Land Spirits, draw close and hallow and hold this hall. What we have been given we have prepared and return to you. Accept our offerings this night."

Pour milk into a cauldron or bowl. Say:

"Ancestors, Fathers and Mothers of us all, draw close and hallow and hold this hall. What we have been given we have prepared and return to you. Accept our offerings this night."

Place the bread on the altar. Say:

"Tonight we prepare for the visitation of Bríde. She comes tonight to bring us tidings for the rest of this year. We are gathered here to honor the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Smithcraft. She is daughter of the Dagda, guardian of our hearth and home, an inspiration to poets and a healing Goddess who hangs Her cloak on the rays of the sun."

Start a flame beneath the cooking cauldron. If you’re cooking the oats on the stove, light a candle instead. Say:

"As I kindle the flame upon my hearth, I pray that the flame of Bríde may burn in my soul, and the souls of all I meet. I pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear, may smother the flame. I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride, may not pour like cold water on the flame. Instead, may the spark of Bríde light the love in my soul, that it may burn brightly through the day. And may I warm those that are lonely, whose hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know the comfort of Bríde’s love."

Boil the oats in the cooking cauldron or on the stove. When finished, say:

"Bríde, come to visit us, to inspire us, to heal us, to prosper us, to bless us with good luck. We offer these humble oats to you."

Pour the oats into a bowl or cauldron. Pour the ale into a chalice or drinking horn. Say:

"May this ale be filled with the brightest blessings of Bríde."

Drink from the chalice. Pour the excess into a cauldron and lightly sprinkle it over everyone present with a branch. Place the bread, milk, oats, and leftover ale outdoors, somewhere appropriate for offerings. Tie the cloths from a pole or a tree overnight. In the morning, untie them and use them as you will, for they have been blessed by Bríde.

(Copyright © 1997 Danielle Ní Dhighe; All Rights Reserved; May be reposted as long as the above attribution and copyright notice are retained; Archived at The Shrine of the Forgotten Goddesses

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Thursday This Is Your Spell – Two Blessings of the Hearth Fire

January 7, 2010 at 10:50 am (Ancestors, Blessing, Brid, Bride, Brighid, Brigit, Fire, Imbolc, Magic, pagan, Thursday, Witch)

Two Blessings of the Hearth Fire
from
Lady Anna’s Pages

The lighting of the fire by the Christianized Celtic women was of great importance in their daily duties. The Celts mixed their pagan belief systems with Christian doctrine, more so than any other tribal culture. The hearth fire had always been blessed, and they found no need to stop the process simply because Christianity appeared on the moors. They looked upon fire as a miracle of divinity and power. A Celtic blessing for the lighting of fire is said every morning under the women’s breath. It is as follows:

"I will kindle my fire this morning
In the presence of the holy angels of heaven
In the presence of Ariel of the loveliest form,
In the presence of Uriel of the mythic charms,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy.
Without fear without terror of anyone under the sun
but the Goddess to shield me.
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy
Without fear without terror of anyone under the sun
but the holy Queen of the Angels to shield me.
Goddess kindle thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbor,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall
From the children of my loveliest Queen
From the lowliest thing that lives
To the Goddess that is the highest of All."

Here is another, called The Blessing For Hearth-Keepers:

"Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs, protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us.
Beneath your mantle, gather us,
And restore us to memory.
Mothers of our mother,
Foremothers strong.
Guide our hands in yours,
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth.
To keep it bright,
To preserve the flame.
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night.
The Mantle of Brighid about us,
The Memory of Brighid within us,
The Protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness.
This day and night,
From dawn till dark,
From dark till dawn."

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