Posts Tagged With: Maize

Your Animal Spirit for December 2nd is the Cougar

Your Animal Spirit for Today
December 2, 2013

Cougar

Cougar has long been associated with leadership. Cougars are powerful, agile, and unhesitating. When Cougar attacks, he throws one hundred percent of himself into the pursuit. Although cougar is strong, he is also elusive —hard to spot in the wild—until he decides to pounce. His lesson to you today is one of being a balanced leader—not rushing into the attack, not always lurking in the brush.

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Mabon Crafting – The Corn Baba or Dolly

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The Corn Baba or Dolly

To make a Corn Baba, strip the husks from a dried ear of corn and soak them in water until pliable. Drain the strips on a paper towel and press flat with a warm iron. Take one strip and wrap around a cotton or foam ball to for the head. Attach the head to the cob with tape or glue. Use several long strips to cover the head and body. Cut a narrow strip of husk for arms and roll into 7″ length. Tie off at the ends with strings. Attach to cob and then fashion dress from strips of corn husks. Finish the doll using the silk or yellow yarn for hair. Embellish with colored ribbon, buttons, hats, and a basket.

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This Witches Spell I Give To You On Jan. 1 – Corn Wealth Spell

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CORN WEALTH SPELL

For wealth and prosperity for a year, take the husk from an ear of corn and put
a dollar bill along with a note written on parchment,
“Oh, dear god of luck,
money is like muck,
not good except it be spread.
Spread some here at————–(write in your address).
Blessed Be.”
Sign your name.
Sprinkle the dollar bill and note with Coltsfoot leaves.
Roll the husk up and tie together with green string or ribbon.
Hang the token up above the entryway with green cord.
That husk should bring riches into your home or business by the bushel.

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“Two Samhain Rituals”

 

“To all the ancient ones from their houses, the  Old Ones from above and below. In this time the Gods of the Earth touch our  feet, bare upon the ground. Spirits of the Air whisper in our hair and chill our  bodies, and from the dark portions watch and wait the Faery Folk that they may  join the circle and leave their track upon the ground. It is the time of the  waning year. Winter is upon us. The corn is golden in the winnow heaps. Rains  will soon wash sleep into the life-bringing Earth. We are not without fear, we  are not without sorrow…Before us are all the signs of Death: the ear of corn  is no more green and life is not in it. The Earth is cold and no more will  grasses spring jubilant. The Sun but glances upon his sister, the earth….. It  is so….Even now….But here also are the signs of life, the eternal promise  given to our people. In the death of the corn there is the seed–which is both  food for the season of Death and the Beacon which will signal green-growing time  and life returning. In the cold of the Earth there is but sleep wherein She will  awaken refreshed and renewed, her journey into the Dark Lands ended. And where  the Sun journeys he gains new vigor and potency; that in the spring, his  blessings shall come ever young!”


Two Samhain  Rituals, Compost Coveners

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Setting Up Your Mabon Altar

Setting Up Your Mabon Altar

By

Patti Wigington,

Mabon is the time when many Pagans and Wiccans celebrate the second part of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the balance between light and dark, with equal amounts of day and night. Try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.

Colors of the Season:

The leaves have begun to change, so reflect the colors of autumn in your altar decorations. Use yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Cover your altar with cloths that symbolize the harvest season, or go a step further and put brightly colored fallen leaves upon your work surface. Use candles in deep, rich colors — reds, golds, or other autumn shades are perfect this time of year.

Symbols of the Harvest:

Mabon is the time of the second harvest, and the dying of the fields. Use corn, sheafs of wheat, squash and root vegetables on your altar. Add some tools of agriculture if you have them – scythes, sickels, and baskets

A Time of Balance:

Remember, the equinoxes are the two nights of the year when the amount of light and darkness are equal. Decorate your altar to symbolize the aspect of the season. Try a small set of scales, a yin-yang symbol, a white candle paired up with a black one — all are things which represent the concept of balance.

Other Symbols of Mabon:

· Wine,Vines and grapes

· Apples, cider, and apple juice

· Pomegranates

· Ears of corn

· Pumpkins

· Godes Eyes

· Corn dolls

· Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds

· Seeds, seed pods, nuts in there shells

· Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops

· Statuary of deities symbolizing the changing seasons

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Calendar of the Sun for August 10th

Calendar of the Sun

10 Weodmonath

Oats And Maize Day

Color: Brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a brown cloth set a scythe, a basket of unthreshed oat stalks, ears of corn and cornstalks, a clay jug of milk, a loaf of cornbread or cornmeal flatbread, and a bowl of oatmeal.
Offering: Give food to the poor.
Daily Meal: Oatmeal and oat flour cookies.

Oats And Maize Invocation

(Pass the milk around, and pour the remainder out as a libation.)

I sing the praises of oats!
Fed to the horses in England
But fed to the warriors of Scotland,
Porridge that fills the belly
Of the men with the woad paint
For thousands of years.
You grow in the cold, wet mud
Where wheat cannot stand.
You are forgiving of foul weather,
Bringing forth each feathery oat-baby
To be devoured by us.
I sing the praises of oats!

(Pass the oatmeal around until it is eaten.)

I sing the praises of Maize,
Great corn of the North Continent,
Yellow, white, red, blue, and black,
Colors of the four directions
And the center of spirit,
Whose name means “Life” -
I sing the praises of Maize.

Song: Corn Rigs

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Lugh of the Long Arm (Poem)

“O Lugh of the Long Arm:
You arch over earth
To kiss the corn,
To call it forth,
To see it born.
Your hillslopes flaunt,
breathe golden bees.
From parched fields
Scant dewfall flees.
Your chest is opened
Your heart exposed
Your blood like bronze
And amber flows.
Sun sears your flesh
Asprawl in thistles
Through your wound
Your life’s breath whistles.
You laid you down
In fragrant thyme,
To bleed the sun’s
Entranced decline.
You wrestled harvest,
Corn to capture –
Now we see at sunfall
Your face of rapture.”

- Lughnasadh Ritual by Llwyn y Ser, The Grove of the Stars

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Things To Do This Lammas……

Throughout today’s posts you will find hints on things to do this Lammas. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful.

Collect corn husks, dry and store  in shade.  “Corn” was a generic term for  cereal crops (i.e., wheat,  barley, oats), and New World corn was added after 1520.  Our non-irrigated winter wheat is harvested in June  and July where I live.  We can collect wild wheat stalks and seeds, tie, and hang in shade.   Make a corn dolly and keep  until the Yule Celebration.  We can pick fruit  (apricots, berries, figs and plums) and dry them.  Many kinds for fruit are ripe  in late July, so place some of these on your home altar.  Many garden herbs  are at their peak and ready for harvesting to make herbal remedies, air  fresheners, use in herbal magic, and for decoration.  There are hundreds of  good books and websites on the magical, sacramental, and health uses of herbs. 

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