Blessed Samhain to All Our Readers in the Southern Hemisphere

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May the Samhain bring you a bountiful harvest for whatever you sowed in the spring.

May your visit with your lived ones in the Summerlands bring you happiness and peace.

Blessed and happy Samhain btothers and sisters.

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Smokeless Way to Smudging with White Sage and Sweet Grass

I know there are people for one reason or another that can not burn the White Sage and Sweetgrass to cleanse their self or home because of the smoke. So I tried this alternate way yesterday and got the same results as burning them. White Sage takes away the negative energy in your home and Sweet Grass brings in the positive energy.

Crush the White Sage into a powder and tear the Sweetgrass into very tiny pieces and combine them in a bowl or on a plate used only for this purpose. Than walk each room in your home counter-clockwise starting at the door people use the most to enter and exit your home. As you are walking ask the Mother Goddess and the Father God or whatever deity you have as your patrons to take away all negativity, anger, resentment, etc from your home and replace it with love, positive energy, and harmony while you asking for this energy exchange sprinkle the White Sage and Sweet Grass mixture on the floor in the center of the room in the shape of a pentagram and put some in each corner of the room. The pentagram does not have to be perfect or even completely solid. Leave the pentagram in place until you feel it is time to sweep it up, do not vacuum it up.  Leave the mixture you put in the corner of each room there this helps to keep your home environment a more positive space. Take the mixture you have swept up and dump it in your yard to be reclaimed by Mother Earth.

You can use these links to Magical Necessities to buy lose White Sage, not the bundles and a rope of Sweet Grass

White Sage 1 oz. White Sage

Sweetgrass Braid24 Inch Sweetgrass

Now for using White Sage to cleanse yourself Magical Necessities carries a soap made with White Sage. Use it when taking a shower again asking for all negativity to be removed from you and for positive, loving energy to replace it. All your negativity will just disappear down the drain. This soap can also be used before you do a ritual to cleanse yourself for it.

Here is the link from Magical Necessities to order the soap

White Sage Soap

 

The Witches Magick for Wednesday, July 11 – Blessing for Your Magickal Workings

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Blessing for Your Magickal Workings

If you are working on an important piece of magick, you can say this blessing first. This is a good spell to ask your familiar to help out with if you are lucky enough to have one. Just their presence in your circle will give your magick a boost.

Great Diana (or Hecate), Queen of Witches
Look down on me, your child
As I walk the Path of the Ancient Ones
Bless these tools, that I might use them well
Bless these spells, that they may work as I desire
Bless my heart and mind
That I might practice in perfect love and perfect trust.

Shine your light on all my magickal workings
For the good of all
And according to the free will of all.
So Mote It Be

A Pagan Blessing for the Dead

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A Pagan Blessing for the Dead

Choose four participants. One carries a rock, representing the earth, and stands to the North. One carries a feather, representing Air, and stands to the East. Another stands to the South, carrying a candle or some incense to represent Fire. A fourth can hold a cup of Water to the West — if you’re fortunate enough to hold your ritual near an ocean or river, use that to represent Water. On your altar, in the center of the circle, place a picture or some other memento of the person you are saying goodbye to.

 

Form a circle, and call upon the elements. Invite the powers of the four directions to come watch over you. Stand in the center and say:

 

Take me now, take me now
for to face the Summerlands*.
By the earth and wind and the fire and rain
I’m on my way,remember me.

 

Turn to the North and say:

 

Take me now back to the earth
from which we spring and then return.
I shall cross over, now it is my turn.
I am not afraid Remember me.

 

Repeat this verse, turning to each of the four directions. Substitute the different elements where appropriate.

 

Finally, touch each family member with your athame as you say the following:

 

Blood of my blood
Bone of my bone
Flesh of my flesh
Keep my soul alive
I will live on
Within your hearts
I am not afraid
Remember me

 

If you have ashes for the deceased, you may wish to scatter them at this time. Take a moment to reflect on the good memories you have of your departed friend or family member.

 

*If your particular tradition believes we go to some other place after death, feel free to substitute the appropriate place name for “Summerlands.” If you’re not sure where we end up, you can simply say “the other side.”

Author

Patti Wigington
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