Imbolc is an important day of purification and initiation; on the Sun’s day, February 2, the energies are very airy. This Sabbat is a good day for coven work, with an emotionally detached masculine Moon and Sun on the Sun’s day.
Dress yourself and your altar in white, while serving white beverages or any dairy food to honor the calving season. Spread the top of a one-pound round Camembert or Bire cheese with raspberry preserves. Cut a circle of puff pastry large enough to cover the cheese, wrap it, tucking the ends of the pastry under. Use scraps to decorate the top with goddess symbols. Brush with beaten egg yolk. Bake at 425 degrees until golden, and serve hot and melting on crackers. During this ritual, bless and dedicate all candles you will need for other ritual work throughout the year. A good way to start the ceremony is to light candles in the darkened room with chanting to encourage the lengthening days.
©️ By K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page 41
IMPORTANT NOTE for the Southern Hemisphere Imbolc falls on August 1st.
Lammas is the first of the harvest festivals and this year despite the fiery Sun, it has a strong, sensual feel of cardinal earth. Mars lends a masculine energy to the Sun this week to help with the organizing for this bread festival. Round cornbread as a solar disk is an apt and easy choice for the altar, but if you plan several days ahead, you can sprout a small amount (1/4 cup) of wheat or barely for kitchen witchery. Add this to your other grains to your own bread from scratch; or buy frozen bread dough, thaw, pat into a rectangle, and sprinkle the sprouted grains. Roll up your dough like a jelly roll and place in a greased bread pan into which you have sprinkled Irish oats. You can use a sharp knife to crave goddess symbols into the loaf before baking.
©️ By K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page 93
I was pleasantly surprised when I start this video and heard a male voice. It is so nice to see male witches get more involved with sharing their magickal path with the world.
Kitchen witch spells are a popular way of doing witchcraft, utilizing cooking and food as part of your rituals. It’s an older form of magick that goes back to the days when many women knew about magickal ideas and used them to made everyday spells, cures and remedies right in the kitchen.
A nice cup of herbal tea can help bring a little added financial boost to your life, with this old kitchen witch spell recipe. You might need a little honey to sweeten it up, but that’s up to you (it won’t effect the spell). These herbs are easy enough to find in most kitchens:
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- A pinch of minced fresh ginger
- A sprinkling of ground nutmeg
- A sprinkling of ground flax
Boil a cup of water, and add all 4 herbal ingredients. Give it a stir, and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. While it steeps, visualize the need you have for extra money and how your life would be better if you has more abundance. You can repeat a chant for money while it steeps if you want as well, like this one from the magic chants page.
One coin here, one coin there
Prosperity is everywhere
I need some wealth,
I just need my share
Strain out the ginger bits and herbs, add honey if you want, and drink the entire cup before it gets cold.
Bless This Kitchen Charm…
Remember this song is always sung loud and very off key…lol. Sing to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas
The 12 Days of Yule by Lady Beltane
On the first day of Yule my true love gave to me a cauldron with a fire burning
On the second day of Yule my true love gave to me 2 white hens and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the third day of Yule my true love gave to me 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the fourth day of Yule me true love gave to me 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the fifth day of Yule my true love gave to me 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the sixth day of Yule my true love gave to me 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
ON the seventh day of Yule my true love gave to me 7 onions peeled, 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the eight day of Yule my true love gave to me 8 cows for milking, 7 onions peeled, 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the ninth day of Yule my true love gave to me 9 soup bowls, 8 cows for milking, 7 onions peeled, 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the tenth day of Yule my true love gave to me 10 recipes for cooking, 9 soup bowls, 8 cows for milking, 7 onions peeled, 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
On the eleventh day of Yule my true love gave to me 11 glasses for drinking, 10 recipes for cooking, 9 soup bowls, 8 cows for milking, 7 onions peeled, 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning
ON the twelfth day of Yule my true love gave to me 12 silver spoons, 11 glasses for drinking, 10 recipes for cooking, 9 soup bowls, 8 cows for milking, 7 onions peeled, 6 geese a laying, 5 wooden spoons, 4 peeled potatoes, 3 orange carrots, 2 white hens, and a cauldron with a fire burning.
This true love must be hungry and thirsty…lol. I hope you get as much of a laugh out of this version of an old song while singing it as I did composing it. This can be a recipe for chicken soup or add a few more veggies leave the chicken out for vegetable soup add either noodles or rice which you prefer and season to taste.
I wish you and your families all a happy and blessed Yule.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are getting shorter as we look forward to Samhain, Yule, and Imbloc. This is the time of year many of us switch from a cold beverage in the morning to a hot one. I have been 95% caffeine free for almost 15 years but on days that I had to go to work on little to no sleep I would have caffeinated coffee and wind up at the worse with a migraine or at least feel jittery. SO I had to figure out how my decaf coffee or tea or herbal tea could give me the boost that caffeinated beverages did. Standing in the kitchen one morning, while it was still dark out, waiting for my morning wake up sip I came up with a spell to put natural universal energy into my decaf coffee so I wouldn’t fall asleep walking to work. To my surprise, keep in mind I am still more asleep than awake, the spell work fantastically. This spell does work and is much better for the human body than caffeine and/or energy drinks.
Please print off this spell is you want to and hang it in your kitchen somewhere close to where to fix your cup of coffee in the morning.
Even if you drink your coffee or tea or herbal black you can use this spell to energize your beverage.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Your Favorite Hot Beverage Cup/Mug
A Regular Teaspoon
Cup of Decaffeinated Coffee or Your Favorite Tea (this spell does work on herbal teas and beverages like regular Gatorade, or even plain water also)
Milk, Cream, Half and Half, Powdered Cream or whatever you use to make your beverage have a whitish color to it
Sugar, Artificial Sweetener, Honey, Or Whatever you use to sweeten your beverage
PREPERATION TO DO THE SPELL:
Brew your decaf coffee or steep your tea
Fill your Cup or Mug (Your beverage will be HOT. Be careful and watch as you pour so you do not over pour and get burned by your beverage)
Fix it how ever you like it – Do not stir it yet
Put the teaspoon into your cup/mug stir counterclockwise wise three times while saying:
I stir all out all tiredness from my mind and body
Make sure the liquid comes to a stop before stirring it clockwise three times while say:
I stir wake up energy into my (coffee, tea, herbal tea)
You can do this once and keep adding the spells more times, making sure the liquid come to a full stop before reversing your direction of stirring, until you know what is right for you. When you have stirred it both ways for as long as you want finish the spell as you would any other spell that you do.
Lady Beltane 2002 Permission is granted to print this out for your personal use. It can not be share on another website or sold.
Known as the pagan Thanksgiving, Mabon marks the Autumn Equinox, when day and night are equal, making it a time of balance, equality and harmony. In ancient times Mabon was a celebration of the second harvest (Lughnasadh was the first) when farmers gathered hearty foods like gourds, pumpkins, grapes and apples.
Modern Mabon celebrations are a time to give thanks for the abundance of Mother Earth – both literally and spiritually. It’s also a good time to reflect on the Wheel of the Year, recognizing your successes and letting go of the things that did not serve you during the past twelve months.
History Of Mabon
Modern Pagans began celebrating Mabon as the last of the eight Sabbats in the 1970s, but its roots as a harvest festival go back to ancient times.
Named after the ancient Welsh hero named Mabon ap Modron, which means Son of Mother, Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals that take place in the Wheel of the Year (Lughnasadh is the first and Samhain is the third). Similar to Apollo, the figure of Mabon was depicted as a handsome youth with a lyre. As a baby Mabon was said to have been held hostage as a baby in the underworld, similar to the story of Persephone and Demeter.
Indeed, the Greek goddess Demeter is much more closely associated with the Autumn harvest, as…
What happens in the month of September? It’s a little for everyone: the last days of summer and the first days of fall. See September holidays, advice, recipes, fun facts, and trivia below.
September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). This is the time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter months.
There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember—
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dye the flowers of September!
—Mary Howitt (1799-1888)
THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
September’s name comes from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven.” This month had originally been the seventh month of the early Roman calendar.
- September 6—the first Monday in September—is Labor Day. Canadians also observe Labour Day.
- September 6 is also Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday that marks the beginning of the new year.
- September 11 is Patriot Day, held in honor and remembrance of those who died in the September 11 attacks of 2001. This year marks the 20th anniversary of September 11.
- September 12 is Grandparents Day. Honor your grandparents today—and every day!
- September 15 is Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday in the Jewish calendar.
- September 17 is Constitution Day. This day celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, which occurred on September 17, 1787 (just five years prior to the founding of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, believe it or not!).
- September 21 is recognized as the annual International Day of Peace. Observances range from a moment of silence at noon to events such as peace walks, concerts, and volunteering in the community.
- September 22 marks the start of fall! This year’s Autumnal Equinox occurs at 3:20 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, September 22. At this time, there are approximately equal hours of daylight and darkness.
- September 29 is Michaelmas. Michaelmas is an ancient Celtic “Quarter Day” which marked the end of the harvesting season and was steeped in folklore.
“Just for Fun” Days
Have fun with these strange celebrations in September!
- September is National Happy Cat Month
- September 8: National Hug Your Hound Day
- September 13: Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
- September 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
- September 24: National Punctuation Day
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD
Mid-Autumn Festival: September 20–21, 2021
Also known as the Moon Festival, this holiday has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is said to be the second largest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Observed on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, it can occur in either September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.
This autumn festival occurs during the full Moon nearest the fall equinox, which is traditionally said to be the brightest and roundest. Local festivities might involve brightly colored lanterns, dances, games, and other entertainments. Families and friends celebrate into the evening to give thanks for the harvest and for being together, offering each other wishes for happiness and long life and remembering loved ones who live far away.
Celebrants may make offerings to the Moon goddess Chang’e or share traditional mooncakes by moonlight. These round pastries, which symbolize the full Moon and reunion, are often filled with red bean or lotus seed paste surrounding a salted egg yolk in the center.
September’s zodiac signs are Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) and Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22). Find out your zodiac profile!
See the Best Days to do things this month.
Full Harvest Moon
September’s full moon, the Harvest Moon, reaches peak illumination on Monday, September 20, at 7:54 P.M. EDT. Read more about September’s Full Moon!
Moon Phases for September
New Moon: September 6, 8:52 P.M. EDT
First Quarter: September 13, 4:41 P.M. EDT
Full Moon: September 20, 7:54 P.M. EDT
Last Quarter: September 28, 9:58 P.M. EDT
See more about Moon Phases.
Check out our Sky Watch for the month’s best night sky events.
RECIPES FOR THE SEASON
We like to think of September as the month of apples, as apple-picking becomes a common weekend pastime. Here are a few recipes for this fruit of the season:
Wondering which kind of apples to use in your dish? See the Best Apples for Baking: Apple Pie, Applesauce, Cider & More to find out!
For more fall recipes, use our Recipe Search.
The garden may be winding down, but there’s still plenty left to do!
- See our list of gardening chores to be done around Labor Day: Labor Day Gardening Tips
- Correct any soil deficiencies you’ve noticed; healthy soil is crucial to healthy plants. See more on soil amendments and fixes.
- Compost should be watered during dry periods so that it remains active. Learn more about composting.
- Onions are nearly ripe when the tips of the leaves turn yellow. See our onion page for harvesting tips.
- Fall is the time to plant garlic. Got your cloves ready? Read more about planting garlic.
- Sunflower seeds are best dried while still in the plant. See more about how to harvest sunflower seeds.
- If you’re running out of ideas on where to store your crops, try using a root cellar.
If you’re planning on baking some apple pies, try consulting our Best Apples for Baking article.
Do you still have herbs left over? If so, use them to make your own herbal remedies.
Try this fun fall craft using apples: Apple Heads.
Help out the birds this coming winter by preparing some bird food for them.
FOLKLORE FOR THE SEASON
- Heavy September rains bring drought.
- September dries up ditches or breaks down bridges.
- September blow soft, till the fruit’s in the loft.
- Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go.
- If the storms of September clear off warm, the storms of the following winter will be warm.
- Fair on September 1st, fair for the month.
SEPTEMBER BIRTH FLOWERS
September’s birth flowers are the aster and the morning glory. The aster signifies powerful love, and the China aster expresses variety or afterthought in the language of flowers. The morning glory symbolizes affection. It can also mean coquetry, affectation, or bonds in the language of flowers. Find out more about September’s birth flowers and the language of flowers.
The September birthstone is the sapphire, which was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning.
- Sapphire is a form of corundum that is typically blue, a color caused by tiny bits of iron and titanium; the vivid, medium blues are more valuable than lighter or darker forms. Due to various trace elements, sapphires also appear in other colors. Those with red colors are called rubies.
- Sapphires were thought to encourage divine wisdom and protection. They symbolized purity, truth, trust, and loyalty. Some believed that if they were placed in a jar with a snake, the snake would die.
- The sapphire, along with the related ruby, are the second-hardest natural gemstones, with only the diamond being harder.
Find out more about September’s birthstone.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
September 12: Choices
On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy went to Rice University in Houston, Texas, to make a speech justifying his proposed $5.4 billion space program. He had called on Congress in the previous year to fund a massive project to put a man on the Moon and bring him home safely before the end of the decade. Toward that end, he asked his vice president, Lyndon Johnson, to make it happen. Johnson, a Texan, was happy to oblige.
The plan was to establish a Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, upon land that had been made available by Rice University (which had received it from Humble Oil and Refining Company). If that happened, federal money would flow to that city and to Rice, a university distinguished for its scholarship, if not for its football. In football, the University of Texas was king, although Rice gamely played Texas every year.
Kennedy challenged 35,000 listeners, sweltering in the Rice football stadium, to think big: “But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?” he asked. Then he added another impossible goal, one he had jotted in the margin only minutes earlier: “Why does Rice play Texas?”
The line drew a huge laugh and added a touch of humor and humility to the soaring rhetoric. His speech continued, soon issuing the now famous lines, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard … .”
Kennedy eventually got his moonshot, although he did not live to see Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moonwalk. And, three years after the speech, in 1965, Rice beat Texas. It would be 28 years before that happened again.
Merry Meet to all!
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Today, I’ll be showing you how to make my special
Herbal Meditation Incense AND how to use it. Things in this world are changing incredibly fast, so this incense recipe that I’ve developed will help you to quickly reach the level you need to be on for a deep and aligning meditation, which will then, in turn, help you to master your life instead of your life mastering you. Have a look and see what you think of it.
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