Making or Purchasing Altar Clothes

Over the years I have made altar clothes out of many different things from plain material to washcloths sown together. There is nothing saying you have to use a premade cloth with pagan designs or they have to be one solid color. Your altar cloth can be made from whatever you want it to be and look however you want it to be it plain or with a design.

My newest altar cloth for Samhain is a dishtowel I just bought with a black cat in a witches hat sitting on a pumpkin. Now some may say this is disrespectful because of the importance this Sabbat has with honoring our ancestors but most of my ancestors that I knew in this lifetime had a great sense of humor so with this cloth I feel I am honoring that part of them.

I also have a piece of dark blue with a small white flower design on it that I use on my mother’s birthday. This piece of cloth is a leftover from a dress she mad herself. So it helps me to concentrate on the spell I wrote to talk with all of my ancestor going back to pre-historic time.

I have a piece of chocolate brown material I use when I am doing spell work that Earth will make it stronger. I use it anytime I am working with protection spells or rituals.

Another one of my altar clothes is made from sewing 5 wash clothes together. Yellow for Air, Green for Earth, Red for Fire, Blue for Water and White for Spirit. How I made it is I cut all of them in half diagonally then stitched one have of each together to form a pentagram. This was when I was just starting out on my witchy path and did not have a lot of money.

A good way to get material for an altar cloth without it costing too much is to go to a fabric store or hobby store that carries material and look in the remnants bin. Almost all of these types of stores have one. Or you can buy a dish or hand towel plain or with a design you like and use it. While at the store you can look for fabric paints, patches, sequins, embroidery floss, yarn used in making baby clothes as it is usually very thin or even cotton like used to make doilies.

In other words, make as many altar cloths in whatever style suits you the most when using your altar. The only limitation on altar clothes is your imagination! This is also a project you can do with your children by letting them make their own altar cloth for use for when they get older and do make their own altar or honor their creativity by using it during a family ritual.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

Daily Chakra Healing (Part 2) Monday – Root

MONDAY: ROOT

Today’s focus is safety and shadow side, stagnation. This chakra helps us cultivate the foundation necessary to survive and thrive, and without this stable base, it’s challenging to manifest what we need. We might feel as if we’re one step forward and two steps back, never able to gain a solid footing. On the flip side, we can become so attached to stability and supports that they become constraints, preventing us from evolving and remaining flexible. Today, get curious about where you feel safe or unsafe (physically, emotionally, spiritually, or intellectually) and where you feel stuck. If you imagined breaking free from stagnation, what might that look like, and what thoughts and feelings arise?

Color: Red

Location: Base of the spine

Crystal: (wear, carry, or meditate with): Garnet, hematite, red calcite, jasper

Food and Drink: Red potatoes, red beans or lentils, radishes, beets, rooibos or hibiscus tea, dandelion root for deep grounding

Copyright Melissa Tipton Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 11 to 15.

Daily Chakra Healing (Part 4) Wednesday – Solar Plexus

Wednesday: Solar Plexus

Today’s focus is responsibility versus control and the interesting, often inverse, relationship between the two. Controlling behavior whether directed at ourselves or others, often conceals unconscious responsibilities that must be owned if the controlling patterns are to be healed. For example, if you struggle with micromanaging your diet, this could conceal a need to own your own emotions and embodied experiences. It can feel easier to hyperfocus on controllable factors, like what to eat and how much, instead of exploring the messier emotions surrounding those food choices. Today, get curious about aspects of your life that feel controlled or overly rule-bound. What feelings come up when you ponder lose reins? Can you take responsibility being fully present with the feelings, and if they reveal a need for change, how can you take the next step in that direction?

Color: Yellow

Location: Upper abdomen

Crystals: Citrine, topaz, yellow tiger’s eye, sunstone

Food and Drink: Bananas, melons, olive oil, cinnamon, rosemary, chamomile tea, water with lemon juice

Copyright Melissa Tipton Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 11 to 15.

Daily Chakra Healing (Part 6) Friday – Throat

Friday: Throat

Today’s focus is productive dialogue versus monologue, bot internally and with others. Dialogue invites new perspectives and requires flexibility, while monologue sticks to the script and is immune to change. Our thoughts can remain open and curious or resist new perspectives. In conversation, we can allow ourselves to be surprised, to truly listen and be present, or we can wait our turn to resume or monologue. Notice how dialogue builds on the previous chakra: for example, we’re more apt to welcome change and surprises when we feel safe (root), and we’re less likely to make negative assumptions when we fell connected (heart). Both fellings foster healthy dialogue over fearful, rigid monologue, Today, practice being present and curious in conversations, whether they are happening internally or with others. When your mind is certain, say, “I wonder what other possibilities exist — I’m open to perceiving them.” Be fully present in the conversation. Don’t worry about what you are going to say next; simply savor the details, said and unsaid.

Copyright Melissa Tipton Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 11 to 15.

Daily Chakra Healing (Part 8) Sunday – Crown

Today’s focus is surrender versus escapism. The Divine works through us, not for us; we must serve a responsible cocreators of our life. Too often surrender is interpreted as a come-what-may approach, but there’s more nuance to healthy surrender. What must be released are the ridge plans of the ego in favor of trusting that taking the next step is enough. Once that step is initiated, we will be given the next, but we won’t be shown the entire map before we agree to leave the house, nor can we escape the responsibility of taking action in the absence of complete knowledge. This is the dance of surrender. Today, explore your plans and goals. Do you have any? Are they set in stone? Pare it down to just the next step, asking for guidance and allowing your intuition to inform you[r] actions. If you’re guided to follow- up step that deviates from the ego’s plan, can you surrender, taking action with openness and curiosity?

Color: White or purple

Location: At or just above the top of the head

Crystals: Herkimer diamond, quartz, selenite, moonstone

Food and Drink: Yogurt and kefir, nuts and seeds, especially almond and sesame, sea salt; lavender or lotus tea

Copyright Melissa Tipton Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 11 to 15.

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 1

What days of the year are most important to you? Are you making a place for them in your practice, or are you by-passing them altogether? What makes your year go’ round? These are important points to consider when finding your life rhythm and setting a sacred schedule for your own Wheel of the Year.

All too frequently, new practitioners approach this path and feel they must absorb a whole new system directed by a book. That includes celebrating the Wheel of the Year down to the letter, even if it doesn’t make sense for your location, background, beliefs, myths, real life experiences, and so on. This approach can leave you feeling out of touch with what’s happening around you or even make you wonder if you’re doing witchery all wrong.

But there are very few hard and fast rules in Witchcraft — instead, they’re are many suggestions and recommended guidelines. The Wheel of the Year model, as it appears in most books over the last fifty years, is a relatively new construction pieced together from different traditions, I’m not pointing out this fact to knock the system — it does work well for many people. Yet it can be all to easy to forget that the Wheel of the Year is a guideline, not a rule to be adhered to religiously or exclusively. The intention behind its information is to give modern Pagans a cycle they can connect with. How you mark or celebrate the seasons, mythic changes, and important dates will depend heavily on the foundation of your personal practice.

Take into consideration that the popular version of the Wheel of the Year is heavily steeped in Celtic myth. What if you wish to delve into your Slavic, Japanese, or Brazilian heritage? Every culture has its own vibrant collection of myths and sacred days. Sometimes they overlap with the eight sabbats, similarly landing on solstices, equinoxes, or the cross-quarter days, but sometimes they don’t. For example, the Slavic/Russian sun-oriented fest of Kupala occurs in early July while Obon, a Japanese festival that honors the dead falls in mid-August.

There’s also the problematic trappings of culture that insists on separating the sacred from the secular. Big festivals and fest days help bring a community together, but that doesn’t mean they are more special or powerful than days that have a deep personal meaning in your own life. When we are able to see the correlations between the big moments and our day-to-day lives, we enhance our ability to connect with the world around us. The more we can honor and celebrate the seawsons in our own lives, the deeper our practic becomes.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 5

Family and Familiar Feasts

Is there a particular occasion that has been long celebrated in your family or has a speical place in your heart? Carry on that tradition then! Even if it is tied to a religious tradition that you no longer follow or is completely secular in origin, consider what makes that day special to you. Is the meaning rooted in who was in attendance, the time of year, or what meal was always served? Think about what spiritual or magical context that feast has for you now. Traditions survive through a healthy mixture of both preservation and change.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 7

Follow, Your Roots

Not only is it important to acknowledge the patterns of the land where you live, but you may also find exploring your roots very inspiring. Where are your ancestors from? What traditions and celebrations did they observe historically? You probably won’t find books on these subjects in the New Age section of the library or bookstore — instead you’ll want to wander over to anthropology and folklore sections. If a particular tradition or day really resonates, consider how you can sincerely explore it. Are the people who live in that area today still observing it? Can you find videos online of the festivities? It might be worth a trip to immerse yourself more and see what you can discover about your roots.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

The Origins of Halloween by Silver Raven Wolf – Part 2

The Celts

Many historians feel that the greatest strength in the Celtic people lies in their collective mythos. Wading through the romanticism to find unmodified information can prove a tricky endeavor. The earliest archaeological evidence we have of the Celts rest in France and Western Germany.  The Celtic people moved into Spain, Britain, and Switzerland between the fifth and first century BCE. They even ransacked Rome in 390 BCE.

The Celtic peoples celebrated four festivals called fire festivals–commonly know today as Samhain, Oimelc (Imbolc), Beltane, and Lughnasadh. Samhain (pronounced sow-in, sow rhymes with now) was the first and foremost a harvest festival relating to animal husbandry and preparations for the winter months. Fire is an element of cleaning, a vehicle of eradication, so it is not unlikely that fire would work itself into any type of religious celebration. Fire among the ancient peoples often represented an aspect of the divine.

What does the word Samhain mean? Well, we know what it doesn’t mean. There is no archeological or literary evidence of a Celtic god by the name of Samhain. This little slip of fact appears to have begum in the 1700s and continues in some misinformed publications today. The word Samhain actually means “summers end”.

So, where did this Lord of the Dead thing come in? Over time, Samhain took on a religious significance through ministrations of the Druids (the clergy of the Celt’s). Legends indicate that on Samhain all the hearth fires in Ireland were doused and then lit again from a central fire maintained by the Druids at Tlachtga. To the Celts, Samhain was a turning point from light into darkness, and it was thought that this break or fissure created easier access to their land of the dead, Tir nan Og.

The Druids

We need to know a little bit about the Druids to continue with our history of Halloween. The Druids were versed in all learning and were considered to have the gift of prophecy. They functioned as judge, ambassadors, healers, and religious leaders. The Druids first named the holiday Samhain.

Copyright 1999 Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook Pages 24 to 29

The Origins of Halloween by Silver Raven Wolf – Part 4

The Advent of Christianity

By the fourth and fifth centuries , Celtic Christianity had oozed into Ireland. St. Patrick has his hands full, and here is where the kettle starts to boil. At, first, the Pagans openly welcomed Christianity, but as Christianity filtered into the Celtic system, church officials had a few problems—mainly the Celtics didn’t want up their holidays or folk practices. The people were not willing to throw out traditions that were ingrained into their social structure. If you can’t get someone to completely change, what do you do? Compromise. And that’s exactly what happened. Samhain was changed to All Hollow’s Eve. To make the Pagan peoples adhere more closely to this new religion of Christianity, the clergy of the day taught the peasants that fairies were really demons and devils (remember, a concept totally unknown to Celtic belief or history) and their beloved dead were horrid ghosts and ghouls. The early Christian erroneously associated the Celtic land of the dead with the Christian concept of Hell.

To help the belief in Christianity along, Druids priestess were systematically murdered. Early Christians also taught the area peasants that their Lord of the Underworld was in fact Satan, which is ridiculous, as the two mythos don’t have anything in common. It appears that Christians misunderstood what the word Samhain meant: because the peasants use this celebration to honor the dead, Christians assumed that Samhain was the incorrect pronunciation of a Pagan deity in the Bible, recorded as Samuel, from the Semitic Sammael, meaning God of the under world.

Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Pages 24 to 29

May Day [Beltane] by Jami Shoemaker – Part 1

When I was a little girl, my sister and I would celebrate the first of May by making little paper baskets and filling them with candy. We would then sneak around the neighborhood to our friend’s houses, leave them on the doorsteps, ring the bells, and run away, screaming with laughter. The trick was never to reveal your identity to the recipient of the gift. Little did I know at the time that we were celebrating an old custom that harkened back to ancient times.

Origins

Like any celebration based on ancient agricultural practices, it is impossible to know the exact origin of out May Day. Celebrations of spring are found in cultures all over the world, with similar themes of renewal, planting and growth, the gathering of flowers, and playful celebrations.

However, much of the meaning behind modern Pagan custom can be traced to Celtic origins, or at least with attribute to the Celts. We know that they divided the year into two seasons: summer and winter, the dark and life halves of the year. Within this they honored four major turning points, Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh, with fire festivals.

These festivals coincided astrologically with the Sun at 15 degrees Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus, and Leo, respectively. This made these pivotal points each a type of “moveable” feast originally, like the solstices and equinoxes, which vary by a day or two from year to year. But due to changes in calendars over time, eventually the first day of the months of November, February, May, and August were earmarked for these festivals, evolving into what Witches call the Great Sabbats, with the celebrations commencing at sunset the eve before.

The flexibility in the actual date is followed by some Pagans today, and May Day, or Beltane, celebrations calculated this way are called “Old Beltane.” This explains the custom in ancient Ireland of celebrating the first day of summer on May 6. This day was given to Inghean Bhuidhe, the Yellow-Haired Girl, one of the three sister-goddesses who brought in the seasons: the First of Spring, the First of Summer, and the First Harvest.

The return of the light was called Cetsamhain (“opposite  Samhain”) or Beltaine in Ireland, Galan-Mai in Wales, and in Scotland, Beaultiunn, on the Isle of Man, it was known as Day of Summer and in Germany, Walpurgisnatch. The medieval church renamed the holiday Roodmas, hoping to shift the emphasis from the phallic Maypole to the Holy Rood, or Cross, and celebrations once marked by Pagan frivolity were usurped by festivities held in churchyards.

Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Pages21 to25

May Day by Jami Shoemaker – Part 2

Roman Influence

The month of May takes its name from the goddess Maia, who appears in both Greek and Roman mythologies. In Greece, she was “grandmother,” “midwife,” or “wise one” and she was known as the mother of Hermes. The Romans associated her with their fire goddess of the same name who, along with Flora and Feronia, ruled growth and warmth, including sexual desire. Maia’s day was the first of May, and the associations with growth can still be seen in the Christian dedication of the month to Mary, Queen of Flowers.

When Romans came to Britain, they brought with them their own ancient spring rites. The goddess Flora was worshiped as the embodiment of the flowering of all of nature, including human. She was the queen of plants, the goddess of flowers, and the patron of Roman prostitutes. Flora was honored during a week-long festival from April 28–May 3. The Floralia included the gathering of flowers, used in processions, dances, and games. Young raced to see who could be the first to hang a wreath on Flora’s statue, and wrap garlands around the columns of her temple. The female body was especially6 honored at this time. Graphic, erotic medallions were distributed, and public orgies celebrated the fruitfulness of the earth. The “festival of nude women” was celebrates until the third century CE, when Roman authorities demanded the celebrants be clothed. The sense of unrestrained freedom was even enjoyed by Roman slaves on this day, with the stipulation that they return to their mater’s houses that night.

Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Pages 21 to 25

The Origin of Halloween by Sliver Raven Wolf – Part 6

All Saints’ Day / All Hallows Eve / Hallowmas

All Saints’ Day and All Hallows Eve (Halloween) were first introduced in the seventh century CE. This date was changed to November 1 to supplant Pagan beliefs because those pesky Pagans just refused to cough up their original Samhain. The day was to honor God and all his saints, known and unknown All Saints’ Day later became Hallowmas, a mass to honor the dead. The Eve of All Hollow’s Eve, October 31, became All Hollow’s Eve, which evolved in to the word Hallowe’en. Although the church wished this time to be one of somber prayer and quiet custom, the Celts continued their customary bonfires and fortune telling.

All Saints’ Day is a bit different. The festival falls on November 2, a day to offer prayer and alms to assist the souls of those departed that managed to get stuck in purgatory, an in-between place that is neither heaven or hell. Over the succeeding centuries, Halloween like Christmas, picked up various customs and discarded others, depending on the complex socialization of the times and religious dictates.

Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Pages 24 to 29

May Day by Jami Shoemaker – Part 5

Modern Celebrations

Many ancient customs can be seen in current celebrations of May Day. Pagan practices embrace the Maypole, dancing, and bonfires of the past, and honor the union of Goddess and God. The magic of the warming earth, the bright greens of the woods, and the giddiness of life returning universally inspiring as ever. Whether it’s celebrates as Labor Day in Russia, Vappu in Finland, Flores de Mayo in El Salvador, or Flittin’ Day in Scotland, May Day is still a time for relaxing the rules and celebrating spring, even if that simply means going barefoot for the first time that year. And, yes, some children still leave May baskets on the doorsteps of friends’ houses and run away, squealing with delight.

Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Pages 21 to 25

Birthday Horoscope Of People Born On June 14 Zodiac Sign Is Gemini

JUNE 14 birthday horoscope predicts that you are not timid people ordinarily. Usually, you will speak what is on your mind but are open to hearing a rebuttal. You can throw people off guard with your range of knowledge. Your home is filled with different and interesting things that embrace an old-school charm. You love vintage stuff.

The Gemini, according to the June 14th zodiac meaning analysis, are sharp individuals who pick up on new things quickly and you are likely to retain this as you love learning. One of your favorite pastimes is watching a documentary.

A per the Gemini birthday horoscope, you can be astute leaders with all probability of many followers. It is not uncommon for those born on this day to divorce their family’s culture.

Once you reach the stage of adulthood, you should give great thought to having children of your own. It is suggested that Gemini born on June 14 are likely to be in a position to choose between career or family. However, you will be a big part of your children’s lives although not the perfect parent.

When it comes to relationships, you seem to want a lot of attention. What you require in a relationship is emotional stability to reach the desired level of intimacy. The June 14 birthday personality says you can be shy as well a Gemini when it comes to love.

According to today’s birthday analysis, you could be considered a beautiful person or very appealing. Because of this, people naturally want to be in your company. You find most offers hard to resist therefore you may have had a few of lovers although, you like being by yourself.

You are inclined to deny most people the pleasure of a long-term relationship. It would seem that Gemini may have trust issues. The perfect partnership would mean having a love mate who is fun, charitable, considerate and curious just like you.

Also, that someone should possess a romantic quality that is gentle, kind and has the patience to put up with your emotional and moody behavior.

According to the June 14th astrology, career options find you seeking purpose and financial stability. This is an essential choice as you are skilled intellectually and have a quick mind. You can be a risk taker. You can pick up new skills even those that are medical or scientific.

What your birthday June 14 says about you is you enjoy discovering and learning, so these professions would be enjoyable and beneficial to you. It would certainly offer variety in each day and a chance for notoriety. The only drawback to making a significant income is that those born on this day will make a purchase based on impulsive decisions.

According to the June 14 zodiac analysis, you are health conscious people. Characteristically, you may suffer from mental fatigue. This will tire you out in the long run. You can prevent this by taking psychological breaks.

Take some time in the woods where there is no phones, electricity or problems associated with work or home. Otherwise, you have an endless amount of stamina. However, you may be the impatient kinds. It is suggested that you can be competitive but will need to refrain from activity that upsets you. While at work, try taking more breaks from the everyday routine.

The June 14 birthday characteristics describe you to be intelligent and multifaceted. It’s in your nature to be contrary as you crave adventure and are impulsive. Those of you born on this day need emotional and financial security, however.

The Twins may have a dual nature as what attracts some people to you can be the same thing that bothers others. You can be good at building things and saving things. This quality makes you a practical person.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On June 14

Alan Carr, Marla Gibbs, Che Guevara, Boy George, Lucy Hale, Jesy Nelson, Raj Thackeray, Donald Trump

See: Famous Celebrities Born On June 14

This Day That Year – June 14 In History

1834 – Isaac Fischer, Jr. of Springfield, VT receives official rights to sandpaper
1907 – Norway controls the voting privilege for women
1907 – Norway impedes women’s voting liberties
1942 – Begins the Diary of Anne Frank

June 14 Mithuna Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

June 14 Chinese Zodiac HORSE 

June 14 Birthday Planet

Your Ruling planet is Mercury that is the messenger of Gods and rules over communication and ability to put two-and-two together.

June 14 Birthday Symbols

The Twins Is The Symbol For The Gemini

June 14 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is Temperance. It symbolizes the need for moderation and balance in all your activities. The Minor Arcana cards are Ten of Swords and Queen of Cups.

June 14 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Gemini: This is an emotionally satisfying zodiac match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Pisces: This is a different relationship that will need a lot of compromises to survive.

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June 14 Lucky Numbers

Number 2 – This number signifies the ability to coordinate with others and get work done with diplomacy.
Number 5 – This is an expansive number that makes good use of freedom and adventure.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For June 14 Birthday

Orange: This is a healthy color that symbolizes good vibrations, creativity, activities, and endurance.
Yellow: Signifies sunshine, happiness, optimism and excellent communication.

Lucky Days For June 14 Birthday

Wednesday – This day is ruled by the Mercury and signifies diplomacy in the expression of thoughts and ideas.

June 14 Birthstone Agate

Agate is a gemstone that stands for prosperity, good luck, long life, and strength.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On June 14th

A membership to a debating club for the Gemini man and an exciting board game for the Gemini woman. The June 14 birthday horoscope predicts that you love antiques as gifts.

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