June 28, 2008

Personal Altars

Posted in Alters, Nature Things, Witchy Things tagged , , at 5:45 am by Babs

Creating your own personal sanctuary is very important in this crazy fast paced world.  Some people want a little altar in every room to remind them to connect with their beliefs.  I have one spot inside the house that I treat as a sacred and another outside.  While being outside is preferable, it is not always wise – especially with neighbors who might not understand your need to chant or meditate or walk in circles addressing the four quarters!  Whatever one decides to do, it is a personal decision.  Each individual’s chosen space reflects who they are and what they believe. 

My inside altar takes this to the max.  I purchased an unfinished wood table and using a wood burning tool I made the table into my altar.  With or without an altar cloth, I know this is a sacred tool to help me center myself. 

The outside altar would not draw any attention to one not looking for it.  That is by design!  It was a former tree that was taken down due to disease.  Losing a tree as old as this one is always tragic and to honor the former beauty, I simply place a stone, a flower, a few drops of water on what remains.  The roots still run deep and that helps remind me that even when something ends there is still connection to the earth!
Blessed Be!!

June 24, 2008

Happy Litha!

Posted in Litha, Wiccan Things tagged , , , at 8:15 pm by Babs

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=85917366Midsummer may simply refer to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on the 24th of June and the preceding evening.  European midsummer-related holidays, traditions and celebrations are pre-Christian in origin and have been superficially Christianized.  They converted this day of Jack-in-the Green to the Feast of Saint John festivals, often portraying him in rustic attire, sometimes with horns and cloven feet (like the Greek Demi-God Pan). 

Midsummer is also sometimes referred to by neo-pagans (like me) and others as Litha, stemming from Bede’s De temporum ratione in which he gave the Anglo-Saxon names for the months roughly corresponding to June and July as the early Litha month and the later Litha month respectively. 

Midsummer Night’s Eve is also special for adherents of the Faerie faith.  the alternative fixed calendar date of June 25 (Old Litha) is sometimes employed by Covens.  The name Beltane is sometimes incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca, even though Beltain is the Gaelic word for May.

Traditional Foods: Garden fresh fruits and vegetables are made into a variety of dishes and eaten by pagan’s who choose to celebrate this day.

Herbs and Flowers: Mugwart, Vervain, Chamomile, Rose, Honeysuckle, Lily, Oak, Lavender, Ivy, Yarrow, Fern, Elder, Wild Thyme, Daisy, Carnation.

Incense: Lemon, Myrrh, Pine, Rose, Wisteria.

Woods Burned: Oak

Sacred Gemstone: Emerald

Special Activities: An ideal time to reaffirm your vows to the Lord and Lady or your dedication to following the old traditions.

June 3, 2008

Witches on the Web

Posted in Networking Things tagged , , at 8:38 pm by Babs

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During my initial research phase on all things Wiccan… I found some great websites along the way.  The Witches’ Voice or Witch Vox… is one of my favorites.  It is a huge launching pad for finding a new shop or investigating open circles.  It even has ongoing classes and special events. 

Pages for your local area area available… I use the Massachusetts page. I even look up pages of places I travel to just to see if there is a new store to shop at.  Go in, poke around and find something fun to do this summer!


MA Page: http://www.witchvox.com/vn/hm/usma.html 


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