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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Wednesday What Herb Is This (kinda…) – Natural Sun Care

June 16, 2010 at 9:38 am (Beauty, Herb, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Sun, Wednesday, Witch)

After Sun Lavender Remedy
source unknown

Ingredients:

  • 5 drops tea tree
  • 11 drops lavender
  • 3 ounces distilled water

Combine tea tree with lavender oil for a soothing after sun skin treatment. Place the mixture in a bottle with a spray atomizer attachment and mist skin whenever cooling relief is needed. Be sure to follow the application with a moisturizer.

Cool as a Cucumber Soak
by Renee Rouleau, From Self Magazine 1/90

Ingredients:

  • 6 large cucumbers, skin removed, pureed in a blender
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 2 tsp dried lavender flowers, if available (do not use Lavender Oil)

Cucumbers & milk are anti-inflammatory, and this works on sunburn. Mix the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle. Apply directly to skin or add 1 cup oft he mixture to a lukewarm bath and soak for 20 minutes.

Sunburn and Itchy Skin Bath Vinegars
Copyright by Nerys Purchon (AKA Ravenna Morgan)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) vinegar
  • Lavender flowers
  • 1 tablespoon (20 ml) glycerin

Put the mixed herbs (see recipes below) into a large jar, cover with warm cider vinegar then with a vinegar proof lid. Stand in hot sun or other warm place (such as a crock pot) for 24 hours. Strain the vinegar, add more fresh herbs and repeat the above process. Repeat once more if very strong vinegar is desired.

To use: Pour 1/2 cup (125 ml) in the bath after the bath has been drawn, mix well with the water. Stay in the bath for 15-20 minutes to obtain the full effect, or add 2 teaspoons (10 ml) to 1 cup (250 ml) water as a facial skin toner, aftershave or after shower splash, or use neat as a deodorant, or use 1 tablespoon to 1 cup warm water as a hair rinse.

Natural Sunscreen
From Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz sesame oil
  • 2 oz aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 24 drops lavender essential oil

Combine ingredients. Shake well before using. Remember, this will not provide total sun protection.

Soothing Summer Body Spray Recipe
From
Pioneer Thinking

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon essential / fragrance oil
  • 1 teaspoon cucumber essential / fragrance oil
  • 1 cup water

For a refreshing cool feeling, make an after shower spray by combining all the ingredients. Place in a pump spray bottle.Note: Don’t use if you have sensitive skin, the lemon may irritate it.

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Spoutwood Fairie Festival!!!

April 18, 2009 at 3:36 am (Beltane, Children, Fae, Faery, Fairies, Fun, Kids, Magic, May Day, May Pole, pagan, Path, Peace, Spoutwood Fairie Festival, Sun, Witch, Witchlets)

I’m pretty sure Anne, over at The Gods Are Bored has many, many more readers than I do, but on the off chance someone from here has never been there, I am going to go ahead and put this up for her…It’s a safe bet I won’t be able to make it – there’s a lot of distance between Indiana & Pennsylvania, and nowheres near enough money even close to my bank account to finance such a trip as much as I really, really, REALLY need a vacation….aw well, such is life…no point whining – Goddess knows that won’t fill my bank account!

 

The 18th annual May Day Fairie Festival will be a feast for the senses! A sensory overload is more like it! Once you walk through the gate:Your ears will be moved by glorious sounds of all types: drumming…harps…flutes… guitar …beautiful singing…the giggling of children…laughter…happy conversation…gasps of wonder…birds twittering and chirping…Wondrous aromas will fill your nose: exotic incense…fresh farm air…delicious diverse foods…fragrant herbs and spices…floral scents released by fresh spring flowers…Let your eyes be treated to: amazingly creative costuming…the lush verdant nature of the trees in Spring bloom…colorful flags and banners… flowers bobbing in the sunshine…swirling dancers performing for your enjoyment…smiles…sparkly trinkets…a rainbow of colors…Treat your body: feel the lush grass beneath your feet…caress a soft alpaca…move your body to the beat of the drums…indulge in a bellylaugh…try a yoga pose in Natureplace…let a breeze soothe your soul… Once again, the Festival will celebrate the ripening of Spring with:

  • ·Maypole Dancing
  • ·Lively Music
  • ·Parades and Processions
  • ·Coronation of the Royal Court
  • ·Artisan Marketplace
  • ·Hands-On Crafts
  • ·Fairie and Gnome Village Tours
  • ·Bubbles and Fairie Dust
  • ·Spirited Dancing
  • ·Storytelling
  • ·Fairie and Nature Spirit Workshops
  • ·Fairie Tea Parties
  • ·Diverse Food Vendors
  • ·Drum Circles
  • ·And Much More!

When: May 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2009

Where: Spoutwood Farm Center 4255 Pierceville Rd Glen Rock PA 17327 717-235-6610 http://www.spoutwood. org

Admission: May 1st: Children 12 and under are FREE Adults: $15 May 2nd and 3rd: Adults: $15 Children 12 and under: $5 Children 2 and under FREE Three Day Adult Pass available at gate for $30.

Volunteers who sign up for and complete a two hours shift will get their admission refunded. Parking: $5 per car in lots on Pierceville Rd Handicapped parking available at entrance (first come, first served).

About Spoutwood Farm: Nestled in the rolling landscape of York County is Spoutwood Farm – a family owned farm and part of the Community Supported Agriculture program, supports more than 100 families with organically grown food throughout the year. Spoutwood Farm supports sustainable living practices and offers workshops and classes in streamside ecology, mead making, medicinal herbalism and more.

Spoutwood is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. 

Anne also says: This is a “viral” campaign to promote the May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm! Please pass this information along to everyone in your email list, post to your blog, send to any organization newsletter you belong to, anywhere it would be appropriate, anywhere LOTS of people will see it! We want to “infect” everyone with the joy and whimsy of the fairies 😉 If you come to the festival, look for the Leader of the Mountain Tribe. That’s me. I want to meet you! Extra jelly rocks to anyone who says they read "The Gods Are Bored!"

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Monday Make A – Egg Pinata

February 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm (Children, Decoration, Eggs, Home, Kids, Magic, Monday, Ostara, pagan, Sun, Witch, Witchlets)

* Egg Piñatas *
From: Eliza

Materials:

  • One part flour
  • One part water
  • Newspaper or grocery bag strips (1 inch by 3 inches)
  • Small to medium balloons

Blow up balloons and tie ends. Strip newspaper/grocery bags. Mix one part water and one part flour together. Dip strips into the flour and water mixture and then apply to balloons. Cover them completely. Do this until each balloon has 5 layers. Set aside and allow to dry for 2 to 3 days. Poke the "egg" with a needle in one end to pop the balloon inside. With a knife, cut a circular opening. Fill the inside of the "egg" with candy or treats. All candy and treats should have wrappers on them. Seal the hole closed with more strips dipped in flour and water or use masking tape to close. Paint the balloons/eggs with tempera paint (see below for ideas on painting). Allow to dry for a day. To hang, string with yarn and a fat needle or poke two holes at the top to push the yarn or twine through.

How to paint: Our ancestors would color eggs red to signify rebirth or yellow for the rebirth of the sun. Traditional designs were spirals for creation and zigzags, symbols of the goddess. When breaking these eggs, you and your children are breaking through the shell, allowing for the "birth" of good things (sweets and candies).

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Monday Make A – Sun Wheel

May 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm (Crafts, Fire, Kids, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, Sun, Witchlets)

Since summer is really for kids, I mean let’s face it, once you’ve reached adulthood, a lot of the “magic” of summer disappears. You don’t get three months off anymore, no lazy days wandering the woods out back, building forts in the corn fields, climbing trees, or just doing nothing. Adults have a responsibility to provide for kids – so they can do all those things *grin*

As midsummer approaches, the kids are running out of things to “do” – they’ve done it all! Here is an idea for something you can do together – which is always a bonus 🙂

Sun Wheels
Inspired by:
‘Magical Gardens’
by Patricia Monighan

Not too difficult to figure out, actually. Make Sun representations in a myriad of different ways to reflect the power of the great star. Here are a few ideas:

  • Construction Paper: Get a hold of some construction paper, some glitter, glue, scissors, rubber stamps, or whatever else you can dream up to make solar images to hang around your house.
  • Sun Mobile: You can use your construction paper suns as tassels on a sun mobile. Just decorate a bit of cardboard, dangle some strings from it, and hang your decorations from it.
  • Mud Cast: Gather a bucket of dirt (from your own property if possible), a small screen (the kind you find on your windows), a serving platter lined with paper, a soil testing kit, instant concrete, a carving tool of some sort, and a pitcher of water. Find a place you don’t mind messing up…this can be pretty sloppy. Take several handfuls of soil and put them on the serving dish and make a mound of it in the center. Pour some water around your soil. Then use the soil testing kit (this step can be skipped if you either don’t want to know the quality of your dirt, or if you took the dirt from somewhere other than your own garden). Add the instant concrete and mix it together as fast as you can. Shape it into a disk, then use your carving tool to form a spiral sun symbol, or some other representation of the sun.

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