The Sabbats

WOTC Extra – Midsummer Goodies Just for You


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Midsummer Goodies Just for You

 

Midsummer Oil

Put in soap or anoint candles
5 drops lavender
4 drops rosemary
4 drops rose

Add a piece of dried vervain, a small citrine, clear quartz crystal, and a sprinkle of gold glitter. So magical and beautiful!

Summer Solstice Ritual Potpourri

45 drops lemon or lavender oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried lavender
2 cups dried wisteria
2 cups dried verbena
Mix the lemon or lavender oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

(The above recipe for “Summer Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)

Midsummer Incense

Midsummer Incense #1:

2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Mugwort
1 part Chamomile
1 part Gardenia petals
a few drops Rose oil
a few drops Lavender oil
a few drops Yarrow oil
Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st) or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.

Midsummer Incense #2:

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Dragon’s Blood
1 part Thyme
1 part Rosemary
1 pinch Vervain
a few drops Red Wine
Another like the above.

(The above recipes for “Midsummer Incense” is quoted directly from Scott Cunningham’s book “The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews”, page 80, Llewellyn Publications, 1989/1992.)

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Let’s Talk Witch – Litha, Summer Solstice, or Midsummer


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 Litha, Summer Solstice, or Midsummer

Litha (pronounced “LITH-ah”) is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependant upon the Earth’s rotation around the Sun (check the calendar). According to the old folklore calendar, Summer begins on Beltane (May 1st) and ends on Lughnassadh (August 1st), with the Summer Solstice midway between the two, marking Mid-Summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that Summer begins on the day when the Sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter. The most common other names for this holiday are the Summer Solstice or Midsummer, and it celebrates the arrival of Summer, when the hours of daylight are longest. The Sun is now at the highest point before beginning its slide into darkness. Other names for this time in the Wheel of the Year include Alban Heruin, (Caledonii or the Druids), Alban Hefin (Anglo-Saxon Tradition), Sun Blessing, Gathering Day (Welsh), Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia (Ancient Roman), the Feast of Epona (Ancient Gaulish), All-Couple’s Day (Greek), and St. John’s Day. Scottish Pecti-Witans celebrate Feill-Sheathain on July 5th. In the Italian tradition of Aridian Strega, this sabbath (Strega Witches call them Treguendas rather than Sabbats) is known as Summer Fest – La Festa dell’Estate. Scandinavians celebrate this holiday at a later date and call it Thing-Tide. In England, June 21st is “The Day of Cerridwen and Her Cauldron”. And in Ireland, this day is dedicated to the faery goddess Aine of Knockaine. And finally, in Northern Europe – June 21st is “The Day of the Green Man”.

The Litha sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play. It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is another fertility sabbath, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals. Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane – honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood – honor is also given to Him. The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings – such as food or herbs – for them in the evening.

Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven’t yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony… or – if you have been practicing Wicca for a while – you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your sabbath celebration.

Ritual actions for Litha might include placing a flower-ringed cauldron upon your altar, plunging of the sword (or athame) into the cauldron, balefire leaping (outdoors) and the gathering and drying of herbs. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you’re celebrating outdoors. Leap the bonfire for purification and renewed energy. Ritually, use mirrors to capture the light of the Sun or the flames of the fire. Some things that are considered taboo on this holiday are giving away fire, sleeping away from home, and neglecting animals.

Colors associated with the Summer Solstice include white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan. Altar candles could be either a combination of blue, green, and yellow — or red and gold. Stones to use during Litha include all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger’s eye, lapus lazuli and diamonds. Animals associated with this sabbath include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons and thunderbirds.

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for Thursday, May 15th

Considering the shaky manner in which the last four months have ended, the close of April 2014 occurs in a mild and even upbeat way. This past Monday’s New Moon continues to give you solid, practical aims while Mercury in Taurus and Jupiter in Cancer make amends for their poor behavior on April 14 and 20 by forging a supportive, 60-degree sextile (1:33AM). These two planetsWe were the traditional ruling bodies of all four mutable signs (Gemini; Virgo; Sagittarius; Pisces), and, as such, they still have a lot of control when it comes to the communication, transportation, and education realms. Therefore, working on class papers or lectures, upcoming travel plans, and conference agendas makes total sense. Plus, it helps that the Moon and Venus see eye-to-eye as they also form a constructive, 60-degree rapport from Taurus to Pisces (8:54AM). Love bonds, the creative arts, and social activities have a rosy glow around this time-period. However, the Moon-Venus connection does generate a void-of-course lunar cycle in Taurus that remains in effect until 1:57PM when the Moon dashes into airy Gemini for the next 2+ days. Complete odds and ends during the 5-hour ambiguous lunar cycle and then plunge into your favorite crafts and hobbies once the Moon is roaming along in the flexible, versatile third sign of the zodiac. Although the first few days of May will test you by the arrival of Sun-Mars fireworks and Sun-Saturn and Mercury-Saturn frustrations or delays, April 2014 ends on a note of soothing healing as Mercury in Taurus makes a comforting, 60-degree link to Chiron in Pisces (9:23PM). Soak in a hot tub under the stars, enjoy a relaxing massage or let a trusted partner’s acupressure skills dissipate your tensions. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Good News, Bad News

First off, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to our ISP Drive. You don’t know how much it means to me to know that someone does care (Be on the lookout for your “Thank You!”). You truly deserve it my friends. Due to the response to my pleas we are only $400.00 away from our goal.

Now for the bad news, Mystie went to the P. O. Box yesterday. She returned with our final notice on our server bill. The date for pulling the plug is May 14th. If we have not reached our goal by May 13th, all our sites will be deleted.

The days are now counting down and you can make the difference. Do we stay or do we leave the internet forever? It’s up to you.

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A May Day Carol


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A May Day Carol

Awake, awake, my pretty prithy maid,
Come out of your drowsy dream,
And step into your dairy hold,
And fetch me a bowl of cream
If not a bowl of cream, my dear,
A cup of meade to cheer,
For the Lord and Lady know we shall meet again,
To go Maying another year.
A branch of May I brought you here,
While at your keep I stand,
‘Tis but a sprout all budded out,
By the power of our Lady’s hand.
My song is done and I must be gone,
No longer may I stay,
Gods bless you all, the great and small,
And send you a joyous May.
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Another Beltane Incense

Beltane Incense

Recipe by Scott Cunningham
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Sandal wood
1 part Woodruff
1 part Rose petals
a few drops Jasmine oil
a few drops Neroli oil
Burn during Wiccan rituals on Beltane (April 30th) or on May Day for fortune and favors and to attune with the changing of the seasons.
(The above recipe for “Beltane Incense” is quoted directly from Scott Cunningham’s book “The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews”, page 60, Llewellyn Publications, 1989/1992.)
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Beltane Ritual Potpourri

Beltane Ritual Potpourri

Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
45 drops frankincense oil
1 cup oak moss
1 cup dried bluebells
1 cup dried lilac
1 cup dried marigold
1 cup dried meadowsweet
1 cup dried rosebuds and petals
1 cup dried yellow cowslips
Mix the frankincense oil with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Beltane Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
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Beltane Oil

Beltane Oil

Put in soap or annoint candles
5 drops frankincense
3 drops rose
3 drops sandalwood
2 drops neroli
2 drops jasmine
 
Add apiece of sweet woodruff and rosebud with rose quartz and garnet crystals. A very sensual, sexy, summer smell!
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