Thursday This Is Your Spell – Spell For the Binding of A Union

April 29, 2010 at 9:27 am (Beltane, Fertility, Handfasting, Life, Love, Magic, Marriage, pagan, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

Spell For the Binding of A Union

There are two kinds of union. One is temporary, for this lifetime or for part of this lifetime. The other kind is the Eternal Marriage, which brings reunion across time, through reincarnation. The Eternal Marriage is a soul mate thing that should not be undertaken lightly – making it with the wrong person can adversely affect your karma. So can making it without reciprocation. Making it with more than one person can make for a tumultuous love life in future incarnations.

Be careful.

To work the spell, write both names on a piece of papyrus or good quality paper.  Bind it with red thread and burn it with herbs of love or Venus as you recite the spell. Bury the ashes beneath a tree, or scatter them near the pyramids in Egypt. It is an Arab proverb that ‘time laughs at history, but the pyramids laugh at time’. This is an eternal spell, unless you alter it.

Aphrodite Goddess of Degraded Love and the sanctity of marriage make our cup to runneth over, and bless us with your Love.

Aphrodite, rising from the wine-dark sea, grant us health and fertility, fidelity and trust, grant us wealth and virility, honesty and lust.

Aphrodite, bless this union, make our two hearts beat as one – make the flames of passion burn without burning us, hot without hurting us, blaze without blinding us, fire without end.

Aphrodite, force of nature, let us love each other so long as we shall live, let us give each other all we have to give, let us be together in this life and the next.

Aphrodite, Queen of Beauty, we do you honor each time we make love, make our bond to last forever, grant us eternal Love.

Aphrodite, Goddess of the windblown foam, give us healthy children and a happy home.

Aphrodite bless this union and smile upon our Love..

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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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Friday Form A Circle – De-Anna Alba’s Solitary Ritual #2

July 24, 2009 at 9:57 am (Circle, Friday, Fun, Lammas, Lughnasadh, Magic, Marriage, pagan, Ritual, Witch)

De-Anna Alba’s Solitary Ritual for Lughnasadh # 2 
(link appears dead)
by De-Anna Alba

August 1st is Lughnasadh, the wedding feast of Lugh. At this time in the solar/seasonal cycle the divine marriage occurs. Lugh weds the Earth Goddess, Sovereignty, becoming Her consort and eventual sacrifice. The Christianized name for this holy day is Lammas, loaf-mass and, as such, is a celebration of the beginning of the grain harvesting season. Here it foreshadows the God’s impending death-whether you believe that death is celebrated at Mabon (the Fall Equinox) or Samhain (All Hallows Eve).

This is one of my favorite solitary celebrations because it is so easy to do. I usually celebrate it as Lughnasadh, the wedding feast of Lugh. In this case I attend what came to be known as a Lammas Faire in Britian and Ireland. In this country the annual county fair (or state fair) can often be substituted. If your county fair does not fall on or near August 1st, or should you prefer it, you can attend the nearest Renaissance Fair instead.

I usually prefer the Renaissance Fair. I find it more suited to my aims. Several things happen at a Renaissance Fair that are associated with the wedding feast of Lugh. There are usually a variety of athletic contests, there is lots of food, and there is at least one fortune teller if not two or more. And there is usually a procession of the royal court as well. Some of the athletic contests are put on as a spectacle for the fairgoers. Others are available for your participation.

Like the Olympics, the origin of the Lammas Faire competitions was to choose the representative of the living God who would later join with the presiding Priestess, representing the living Goddess, in the sacred marriage. In later times, after the take-over of Christianity, these contests became a way of choosing the Queen’s Champion. Although he no longer got to make love to her as Goddess, he became her chief defender. He was the one who would defend her honor should she act (or be accused of acting) in a manner inappropriate to a Christian queen (but perhaps entirely appropriate to a Pagan one!).

As a woman I find it extremely easy to watch these contests, putting myself in the place of Priestess/Goddess and enjoying the choosing of my lover/champion. Were I a man, I would find one of the smaller contests in which I could participate and imagine myself vying for the right to join with the Priestess/ Goddess. There is usually a variety of contests in which the fairgoer can participate. The archery shoot strikes me as particularly appropriate to the Lughnasadh theme. You may find other venues, such as wrestling and/or quarterstaff fighting (with padded staves) equally appropriate.

Since the wedding of God and Goddess is obviously an auspicious occasion, I’ve always taken it as a good time to do or get a reading on how things are going in my life, and to take a look ahead to the near future. Fortunately, Renaissance Fairs usually have readers on hand to accommodate me. These readers are often Pagan, by the way. They will probably not say as much, but you’ll probably be able to tell by the way they decorate their booths and/or the clothing and jewelry they have on. Choose the reader that seems right to you and have a reading done. If you have your doubts about the capabilities of readers at such events, have one done anyway in keeping with the spirit of things, and then do your own reading later if you prefer. I often do this if I don’t personally know the readers at the Fair and have no knowledge of their reading reputations.

As mentioned above, this Sabbat is also a celebration of the first harvests-particularly the wheat harvest. Be sure to bear this in mind during your fair experience and celebrate it by partaking of the wonderful foods offered for sale at these events. Be sure to include a bread dish in your selections. Usually, I take some of the bread, and a goblet of whatever it is I’m drinking and walk the perimeter of the grounds in a circular fashion leaving a bit of the bread and a libation of drink at each of the four quarters. You can either be fairly obvious about this, or you can be surreptitious about it, pretending to accidentally drop pieces of bread and spill drink at the appropriate places.

Usually, at some point during the morning and/or afternoon a procession of the court will occur. When it does you can honor the King and Queen as living representatives of the God/dess with a slight bow or a private toast to their health. If their eyes happen to pass over you during the procession, consider it a blessing from the God/dess.

Again, as a celebration of the first harvest, Lughnasadh is viewed as a time to be open-handed and generous. At a Renaissance Fair I interpret this as a chance to be open-handed and generous toward myself and some of the fine artisans that are selling their wares at the Fair. These fairs are an excellent place to find some really wonderful altar accoutrements. There is usually at least one bladesmith there selling knife blades and daggers (for your personal athame) and swords (in case you plan on having a coven some day and would like a sword for group circle casting, etc.). There is also a variety of potters and metalsmiths selling beautiful chalices or goblets, not to mention things that can be used as incense burners, libation bowls, salt and water containers, etc. And I’m just sure you’ll find jewelry aplenty to suit your fancy and your ritual needs. You may even find ritual garb as well. I’ve seen lovely long dresses, capes, and even stag horn headpieces.

If you go to a county or state fair instead, look upon the animal judging-especially the cattle and horse judging–as a way of picking the living representatives of the God/dess in animal form. The Celts in particular honored the mare as a representative of Goddess, and the bull has long been associated with God energy. Toast the winners as a way of honoring them. Some of the games of skill on the midway can substitute for the athletic contests, and you can certainly find plenty to eat and honor the four directions with.

If you just can’t get to either a Renaissance Fair or a county/state fair, or if you feel the above is just too heterosexually focused for you to participate in, here is something else you could do. (Or you could do this in addition to attending the fairs.) You could honor the sacred marriage of wheat, yeast and heat, and honor the grain harvest by baking bread. If you like, bake it in the shape of a God/dess and eat it realizing you are taking God/dess qualities into yourself as you do. Or, bake an ordinary loaf and take it to the woods, a field, or your favorite power spot and break it into bits leaving it as an offering to the spirits of the land that sustains you. Or, you could do the same thing, leaving the offerings at the four quarters of the place.

Again, in keeping with the open-handed theme of the holiday, you could offer to donate bread to the local food pantry, homeless shelter or battered women’s shelter. Perhaps you could take a shift serving a meal there as well. However, you choose to do it, try to spend at least part of the day outside enjoying Her wonderful gifts of warmth, light and abundance.

***I am celebrating Lughnasadh by having a tattoo party at my house : ) And I have chosen to honor the God in a very personal, permanent way, by having a Greenman tattooed on my leg. Here is a picture…

ending 

This was taken when it was completed. Once it has healed, and been touched up, I will put up more pics. The plan is to expand on the leaves and spread them down and around the dragon Big Grin.

dragon1

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Food For Thought

May 31, 2009 at 3:37 am (Acceptance, Dreams, Family, Home, Life, Love, Marriage, Soul, Stereotypes, Stoopid People, Thoughts)

Is this the world we are allowing to be created for ourselves..? The legacy we will leave for our children and grandchildren..? Is it really so far from incorrect..?

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Proposition 8

November 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm (Acceptance, Marriage, Sexual Orientation, Stoopid People, Witch)

This was sent to me by my cousin with the following message:

Hey ya’ll! Just wanted to send this email because it’s something that’s very important to me and I would appreciate it if you all watched it…

Hope everything is going well and I miss you all!! Feel free to email me anytime, I love to here from everyone!

Thanks!

Love, (name removed, ‘cuz I don’t have his permission to post it here *grin*)

I watched it, and found that it something that is important to me, too. I am not currently in a homosexual relationship, but I have been. But even if I hadn’t I would still feel strongly about this particular subject – Gay Marriage – Who the Hell do you think you are to tell someone that their love isn’t valid because it doesn’t conform to your teeny, tiny narrow-minded definition..? I’m a firm believer that closed minds should come with closed mouths, and believe you me, I ain’t a bit afraid to tell someone so, either on line or on terra firma…

So, here it is, and I hope you watch it, too. And I hope you forward it, too. And I hope you have enough kahunas to stand up and tell these asinine, ignorant, petty people to tend to their own marriages, and leave those of others alone.

 

My message to anyone who thinks it is okay to pass judgement on people they don’t even know..?

MIND YOUR OWN FU*KING BUSINESS!

Ahem….sorry, just one of my "Things…"

Ok gotta go get ready for work.

See ya laterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

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