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Flashback Winter Solstice/Yule 2001

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An example of a Yule/Winter Solstice altar.

]Yule marks the beginning of a new solar year. Honor the newly born Sun God by festively decorating your home, lavishing everything with light, and staying up late into the night playing “midwife” to the Sun’s mother, our Goddess. As with any form of creation birth is not a quick process, so plan to make this ritual last over the next thirty-six hours or so. In frequent meditation, project loving energy to her has she struggles to give birth. As the dawn approaches, welcome the newborn God of the waxing year with acorns, the symbol of the oak tree, which is representative of hi next half-year’s reign. Make breakfast featuring other nut products: bread, cakes, and butters are all easy to find or make. The following evening, offer a prayer of thanks to your deities as Yule Day closes and you note that the Sun has set just a bit later in the evening than the night before.

Copyright Edian McCoy Llewelyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001

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Magically Decking Your Halls and Walls

By Patti Wigington To view images go to: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yulecrafts/tp/YuleCraftProjects.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_paganwiccan&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20150609

There are so many great ways you can decorate your home for the Yule season. Adapt store-bought Christmas decorations, or make your own Pagan-themed home decor for the season. Here’s how you can put together a Yule log of your own, some fun and simple ornaments, a Pagan twist on the “manger” scene, some seasonally-scented potpourri andincense, and more!

Decorate a Yule log for your family’s celebration.Image by Steve Gorton/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Decorate a Yule Log

The Yule log is an ancient tradition, but you can make one for your own family’s holiday celebration. Put one together with items you find outside, and include it as part of your Yule ritual.

Use salt dough and cookie cutters to make your own Yule ornaments. Image by ansaj/E+/Getty Images

Salt Dough Ornaments

These easy ornaments can be assembled in hardly any time at all. Once they’ve baked, paint them and hang them around your home for Yule! More »

Inscribe ornaments with symbols, or decorate with icing before you hang them on your tree. Image by Dorling Kindersley/Dorling Kindersley Collection/Getty Images

Cinnamon Spell Ornaments

Use a blend of cinnamon, applesauce, and spices to make these spell ornaments – decorate with magical symbols, and hang them on your holiday tree this year

Use dried juniper berries, along with cedar and pine, to make a Yule incense blend. Image by Ed Reschke/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Winter Nights Incense

Scents have a way of making time stand still for us sometimes, and the aromas of the winter holidays are no exception. For many people, re-creating the smells and emotions of our childhood, or even of some distant ancestral memory, is part of the magic of the Yule season. More »

Make a magical gingerbread poppet for yourself or a friend!. Image by PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images

Magical Gingerbread Poppets

Gingerbread men are everywhere during the Yule season – and they’re the perfect shape to use for a magical poppet. Why not get crafty and make some magic for the season? More »

Use your favorite spices to make scented pinecone ornaments. Image by Mike Bentley/E+/Getty Images

Pine Cone Ornaments

The pine cone has long been a symbol of the winter solstice. Make these nature- friendly ornaments to sparkle and shine during your Yule celebration. More »

Make an herbal sachet to hang on your Yule tree.Image by Patti Wigington

Yule Herbal Sachet

This sachet is simple to make, and combines some of the most delightful scents of the season. Make them small and hang on a tree, make them a bit larger and give them as gifts! More »

Use three chenille stems to shape this pent — one makes the circle, and the other two get folded around to form the star.Image © Patti Wigington

Easy Pentacle Ornaments

This is a super-easy craft project you can get your kids working on, and have them create a whole bunch of pretty pentacles to hang around your house during the Yule season. More »

Use pine boughs and other natural items to make an outdoor Yule scene. Image by Cultura RM/Jonatan Fernstrom/Getty Images

Make a Pagan “Nativity” Scene

So your neighbors all have cute little mangers in their yards, complete with plastic baby Jesus, light-up sheep, and a couple of Wise Men who have probably seen better days. Are you feeling a bit left out? Don’t worry — you can still set up a Nativity scene (or something close to it) that represents your Pagan or Wiccan beliefs, and honors the birth of the sun, rather than the son of another religion’s god. More »

Make a batch of potpourri to simmer on your stovetop. Image by sozaijiten/Datacraft/Getty Images

Yule Simmering Potpourri

Make a batch of Yule potpourri, get it simmering on your stovetop, and enjoy the scents of the season! More »

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Flashback Winter Solstice/Yule 2009

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An example of a Yule/Winter Solstice altar.

The Sun has reached its nadir and is standing still on the horizon. As short hours of each day pass, we begin to affirm that we have not lost the warmth of the Sun’s rays. Energy shifts from tired Sagittarius and takes on a new life in hardworking Capricorn. Winter is officially here.

For this festival, honor the elements of fire, air, earth and water. If you’ve bought in fairies with the greens, make sure the symbol of the holiday are glittery eye candy, thereby adding sparkle that they will appreciate. However, the greens need to be gone by Imbolc so the fairies don’t settle permanently to cause mischief!

The planets lead great authority to magice at this season. The power hour for this year’s Moon is sunset. Burn completely a natural bayberry candle to enhance prosperity. Can this old traditional New England spell:

Bayberry candle, burn to the socket,

Bring health to my home, and wealth to my pocket.

Gift your senses with the sights and smells and tastes of Yule.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Lleweyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009

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Flashback Yule/Winter Solstice 2013

Winter 2014

An example of a Yule/Winter Solstice altar

Yule

The Winter Solstice season is all about light and faith. Faith that the Sun and warmth will return to the land, and hope in humanity. In this season of celebration and light, consider the Greek god of the Sun, Apollo, a solar deity associated with music, poetry, illumination, knowledge, and prophecy. Apollo challenges you with the message inscribed at his temple in Delphi: “Know thyself. ” Ne true to yourself. Dare to follow your own path and to challenge yourself to learn and to grow. Then use your will and create a positive change. Accomplish your personal and magickal goals, not only for yourself but for the loved ones in your life.

Apollo, ancient god of the Sun now hear my call,

Bring illumination, whether rain or snowflakes fall.

On this the darkest night and longest winter bleak nights,

I celebrate the return of the Sun’s strength and light.

May your own truth shine free for all to see,

And as I Will it, then so must it be.

Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewelyyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2014

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Flashback Summer Solstice/Litha 2013

SUmmer 2014

An example of a Litha/Summer Solstice altar.

Midsummer

The Summer Solstice has arrived. All of nature is busy growing and blooming, but in the summer months thunderstorms also rip across the land. Working with Zeus, the Greek king of the gods, is a great way to bring wisdom, power and success to your magick. The oak tree, the eagle, and the metal gold are all associated with Zeus, and so is the lightening bolt. As oak trees are prominent in classic Summer Solstice ritual, take a few oak leaves and scatter them across your altar. Add a yellow candle for the Sun and carve a lightning bolt for Zeus into the candle. Place the candle in the holder, light it, and work this spell to create a positive charge. MAgick is in the air tonight.

Zeus I ask for your blessing on this enchanted night.

I see your mighty power in the lightning that strikes.

These green oak leaves bring wisdom and prosperity,

May these gifts come swiftly and surely now to me.

Grant success, happiness, and knowledge to me I pray,

As I celebrate the magick of the longest day.

Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewellyun’s Witches’ Datebook 2014

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General Coven Information

No two covens are ever actually a like, but most do follow some common guidelines. This is just a brief outline I will go into more detail for each thing in separate posts.

They usually have a minimum of thirteen members. These would include twelve regular members being in the novice or adept class. Also a Priestess, Priest, High Priestess, High Priest or a combination of two or more of these. Part of the reason for this is the Priestess or Priest will usually control and channel the energy the coven is raising to accomplish whatever it is they are trying to do. If the group is much larger and there is not a strong enough Witch to control the power/energy being raised bad things can happen (I was visiting a coven that had twenty members and the Priestess was not strong enough to control the power that was raised and the sacred circle had not been open properly. So energy escaped from it and blew out three windows in the members home the meeting was at. Now one was seriously hurt just a couple of scratches). Usually with a coven this large a High Priestess and/or High Priest preside over the gathering as the coven is getting close to being divided into two separate covens. Some covens are a lot larger than thirteen members and work out well.

A regular indoor and/or outdoor gathering place. This can be somewhere specific for every gathering or the place might even rotate trough members homes and/or yards.

Almost every coven will gather for the eight Sabbats and thirteen Esbats. There is usually a time for socializing after the Circle and Ritual is done for members to visit, eat and drink.

The Priestess and/or Priest are the leader of the individual coven, One or both of them decide the roles and duties of the other members. They help meditate problems between coven members. Iniate novices and train adepts.

A novice is a brand new member of the coven and much of the time has no training in The Craft. In most covens a year and day is the time length for a novice to be active in the coven before becoming a full coven member. Once they have become a coven members they move to the Adept level.

Adepts help to train the novices. They might also depending on the coven leaders lead rituals usually on the Esbats. They can ask to be trained as a Priestess or Priest.

The High Priestess and/or High Priest usually have more than one coven they help and oversee. One or both train the Priestesses and/or Priests. They mediate between coven members if the Priestess and/or Priest have had no luck in doing so. They mediate between members and the coven Priestess and/or Priest. They may also need to mediate between the coven Priestess and Priest, which is very rare.

Some covens have a dress code (i.e. must ware a cape without or with a hood, a certain color dress or shirt, etc). Some do not care what a member wears as long as it is not degrading to the ritual and/or people. Some go Skyclad (nude).

Suggestions for possibly finding a coven in your area:

If there is a “New Age’ shop that sells Witch supplies go in a few times and talk with the employees after a few visits and they have become comfortable with you ask them if they know of a coven. Never ask for the coven leaders phone number but offer to give them your number to pass on to the coven leader. As most Witches are still in the “broom closet” for fear of rejection by friends, family, co-workers, etc.

This is a general search link on Google.com that might help you find a coven and/or other Witches in your area.

http://nortonsafe.search.ask.com/web?q=witchvox&o=apn10506&prt=cr

Copyright 2015 Lady  Beltane

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The Daily OM for Feb. 17th – Connecting with the Divine

Connecting with the Divine
Puja

by Madisyn Taylor

Performing a Hindu puja ritual is a wonderful way to experience direct communication with the divine.

Forging a spiritual connection with the divine is the ultimate goal of many forms of worship. In our devotions, we transcend the limitations of our humanity using prayers, rituals, and invocations, or we seek the celestial in sacred items such as statuary, imagery, or natural objects. In the Hindu tradition, worshipers bond with the divine through the puja ritual. The purpose of the ritual is to create an atmosphere in which humans and spiritual beings can enjoy communion with one another. Though participants show reverence for their chosen deities, puja serves to bring the former and the latter together on an energetic level. Performing a puja ritual is thus a wonderful way to experience direct communication with the divine.

There are no limits as to whom may serve as the focal point of your puja. You need only choose a spirit guide to commune with and an object to represent them. Preparing for the puja ritual, however, can take some time, depending on the number of devotional acts you will perform. A classic puja includes 16 acts, including meditation, chanting, the reading of sacred texts, offerings of food and drink, and cleansing. You may also wish to present gifts of incense, flowers, and jewelry during the ritual. An altar or table covered by an altar cloth provides space for the representation of the divine and the seat of the puja. To begin, prepare your offerings and place them to the right of the altar. Then center yourself and release any stress you may feel—the puja is meant to be a joyful experience. Typically, the ritual begins with the ringing of a bell and an invitation, and progresses from chanting to the cleansing and dressing of the deity to the offerings to meditation. You can modify your puja in any way you wish.

Though the elaborate puja rituals performed in Hindu temples take place at sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight, puja performed in the home primarily takes place in the mornings and evenings. When your intention is to invite your spiritual guides into your home and heart, however, the time of day matters little. With practice, you will create a direct path to spiritual oneness that allows you to experience an amazing sense of closeness that reinforces your connection with the divine.

The Daily OM

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Binding by Fear Ritual

Binding by Fear Ritual

This is the image of my would be victim
it I hang from a single thread
in a place no one shall see
it will bring fear in the heart of him who shall harm me
it will bring fear in the heart of him who would harm me
He will be binded by fear from harming me further
he will be binded by fear from harming me at all
I will tie a knot in the thread when I wish to secure the fear
until I break it
so mote it be

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