Handfasting

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You might be wondering what a Handfasting is, it’s the pagan equivalent of a marriage ceremony. This ceremony is not a legally binding in the eyes of the law, it is however a binding contract to the couple on a deeper spiritual level.

The ceremony usually begins with everyone gathering at a selected spot, the area is then cleansed, swept with a broom to get rid of any negativity and turned into a sacred space.

The 4 elements,  Air, Fire, Water and Earth are called in, as well as the God and Goddess. Once this is done then the main ceremony begins.

The couple are led through their declaration of love and vows their hands are held together and bound loosely by a special set of Cords (usually Gold & Silver) however any colour is ok.

The couple then `jump the broom’ which is a symbol of hearth, home and fertility, as well as protection.

This act symbolises leaving the past is behind as they jump over the broom in to the future together.

During the celebrations other couples can get to jump the broom, which is held at knee height by specially designated people.

It is also traditional for the couple to bless the wedding cake & wine, meads, champagne etc, and all the family, friends & guests are invited to come forward and offer their own blessings.

How the rest of the ceremony then proceeds is really up to the couple.

The handfasting ceremony can be intimate and small  with the couple and a few family & friends, or a big festive event just like any other wedding ceremony with lots of people, entertainment and dancing.

The venues can vary from a local park, woodland, forest, a hall, a home garden, by a stream, near a waterfall or on the beach.

As pagans consider nature to be sacred usually they take place in woodlands or some natural setting.

The ceremony is usually an initiated by a High Priestess or someone involved in Wicca or other spiritual practices.

We like family & friends of the couple to help out and get involved with some of the ceremony by doing readings & poems.

It is important that some of the tools for the ceremony, especially the rings, cords and the broom not forgetting an altar which is created and decorated for the event.

The couple may have a wedding theme or dress code for their guests, a colourful dress for bride and suitable attire for the groom.

The venue which can be decorated with ribbons and flowers, the entertainment can be traditional musicians, drummers, violin & harp players, or even Morris Dancers. There are no rules all you need is imagination.

For more info on wedding & handfasting ceremonies visit my website – www.thespiritualcelebrant.co.uk

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Witches Keys

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Keys are very old tools used in magic, they can be used for both divination and ritual purposes, they symbolise the power to change reality and open the doors of the other realms. Usually an old key is used by a Witch to travel through realms and seek the guidance of higher and wiser entities.

Skeleton Keys hold quite a lot of mystique.  They are connected with gateways and portals, doorways to the unknown, knowledge, mysteries, powers, initiations, new ways, forbidden things and answers to curious questions.  They are often associated with specific deities or spiritual figures, and are often used as part of charms or other magical tools.

Keys represent knowledge and access, and it’s important to note that they can both open and lock doors. Possessing a key is both about gaining access and setting boundaries.

Hecate, a goddess often described as the Queen of the Witches, is a deity associated with gate keeping and keys, she holds the keys that allow passage into the spiritual realm, she is also a great protector among other things.

Keys are often made into talismans or charms with many various functions. They will always be of great desire and use to those that practice the craft. They can be used as protection charms for doorways that included keys and protection blessings so that homes can be shielded from the spirits of the place passing through doorways.

You can also use them on your altar:

  • For divination, the passageway ‘in’.
  • The holder of the key is allowed access to all that is unseen
  • A symbol for sealed or locked away secrets
  • An initiatory tool held by the one that has gained access into specific spaces on the other side
  • A talisman in a protection spell
  • The amulet of the Traveller
  • Can be hung at doorways of your home for protection
  • Removing blocks
  • Opening roads
  • Calling spirits

Invocation to charge your key.

Sacred Key, Sacred Key,
I charge you with the task
of unlocking the path of mystery.
Grant me pass, let me in
Make available the secrets
that exist within.

I like to repeat on the power of 3×3, but do it as often as feels right for you the more you rely on your intuition, the more affective you will become.

All information was taken from various places on the internet, if you’re interested in finding out more about keys and there magical uses, try reading a few witchy / spell books.

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Cutting The Cords

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We are all linked on an energetic as well as a spiritual level the people we connect with can often influence what we think to how we feel.

Our connections with those around us can make us feel inspired and uplifted although occasionally we find ourselves having to deal with people or relationships where we feel drained.

You might have heard of the spiritual technique of cord cutting, this is where you visualise the other person, seeing the energetic cords that run between you and them then seeing them being cut then you must surround the ends with a healing white light and then send them on their way

It can be a very powerful yet doesn’t have to mean the end of the relationship that exists between you.  It’s more about reclaiming your own power and restoring the energy balance between you.

The modern day approach means that we need to use spiritual practices like cord cutting with other things that can heal or transform whatever situation we find ourselves in. Otherwise, we can visualise cords being cut until the sun goes down and smudge ourselves every day and still find ourselves feeling as we were before.

Here’s some of what you can do.

Try and avoid the urge to go back, if we’re talking about exes, then no checking out face book to see what they are up to and no midnight sexting or answering booty calls.  It can be harder to gently ease away from a relationship that’s passed its sell by date, but sometimes that’s what you need to do.

Try to fill the gap, everything that we do, including our thoughts, actions and habits can be hard to break. Get rid of your bad habits and replace them with ones that inspire you and lift your energy.  Try taking that evening course or find a new hobby this can help you transform or balance a relationship that saps the life out of you.

Focus on yourself, nurture yourself and then put your new found energy into making your life better.  Make an effort to spend time with people who make you feel good for all the right reasons.  Go after your dreams, remember who we connect with can impact on our whole life and what we wish to create.

Sometimes there is a bigger picture that can reveal the people who appear to be dragging us down, have shown up to help us step into our power or move us on to the right path. If someone is rude or aggressive remove yourself from that energy and literally go somewhere else.

By changing our energy and thoughts, we create the positive experiences we want in our life and people that we destined to meet.  Make some changes because that kind of magic can work for you.

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Clearing Your Space

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Did you know that Bells, Chimes, Singing Bowls, are all wonderful tools for clearing living spaces, or any space that you spend any amount of time in.

It’s better to start at the back of your house and ring a bell or play your bowl as you move through your entire space, make sure to include any corners, move clockwise through each room starting and ending at the door.

The vibrations help to break up stagnant energy and lift the general feel of the space. You will be dispersing the negative energy and welcoming in happiness, health and all positive energy.

Clearing with bells and chimes are a personal preference, they leave a crystal clear energy field in a room. The quality of this energy will depend on the size of the bell and clarity of sound the kind of metal used and the energy and culture of the bell maker. The best are always the ones that feel comfortable to you and that you love the sound of.

Hand held chime bars and chime balls come in various sizes and have different pitches. The sound can be made light or very penetrating, depending on how you strike or shake them.

As well as filling the room with sound they can be held in such a way as to direct the sound at a particular area. The tone will sound much clearer and last much longer after a space clearing is complete.

If you need some proof of the effectiveness of space clearing, ring the bell before you start the clearing and again after you are complete. On each occasion, count for the duration of the time it rings it will clearly show that the sound lasts longer after the space clearing.  Bells are also very good at clearing ones aura.

Hold the bell lightly with relaxed hand, ring vigorously, this creates a continual ringing swing your arm to help get the energy flowing.
Then ring gently, hold the bell at the base of the handle and ring it gently with the left hand move the sound out into the room.

Striking the bell gives you more control over the sound it is best to use a wooden stick. You can also use your bell like a singing bowl, just tap the bell and run the wooden stick around the rim.

Singing Bowls – Again begin at the back of your house or space hold the bowl in your hand, while tapping then running the wooden stick clockwise around the rim of the bowl don’t forget to do this in each corner, going counter clockwise beginning and ending at the door.  Carry on and do this in each room until you reach the front door.

Another option is to place the bowl on a soft surface in the centre of each room and gently strike the wooden stick on the rim and drag around the rim if the bowl, again clockwise. Do this 4 times in each room allowing the vibrations to reach every corner of the room.

Once you reach the front door, open the door, allowing the negative energy to leave and welcoming positive energy in. The air will feel light and the vibration of the space will be high, soothing, energizing and balanced.

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Beltane

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Beltane is one of my favourite pagan holidays because it represents fertility, abundance and growth.  Like Samhain, the opposite holiday on the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin, and a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits.

A festival of fun and merriment, a time of feasting and Maypole dancing,  as we celebrate the woodland union of The God and Goddess it is a time of rejoicing in the Earth’s fertility.  A beautiful time of year, often some of the sunniest warm days and surrounded by May blossoms, bluebells in the forests the whole world blooming with new life.

Beltane is associated with the Celtic God Bel, also known as Balor or Belenus. He is a God of Light and Fire, and associated with the Sun (akin to the Greek Apollo). Fires were the traditional symbol of Beltane.

Maypole dancing, originally a trunk of a fir tree with side branches removed, but you can use any large branch to tie your ribbons on its great fun. It also represents the ancient phallic symbol of fertility and the God aspect. The cauldron represents the goddess for love romantic and well as self love.

People would jump over the sacred Beltane fire, the young, unmarried men would leap the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure fertility.

Beltane fire ritual

Build a fire outside make sure it’s somewhere safe and dance round it with your partner or friends. In ancient times this was done naked after drinking a fair amount of wine. It was probably more fun that way! Anyway, fully clothed is more an expectable way to have a fire ceremony.

Designate a May Queen and King of the Forest to lead the celebrations and dancing. Invite your loved ones and friends to celebrate and together you eat and drink.

Beltane blessing

Beltane is here, and we welcome the time of fertility.
We greet this season of fire, love, and passion
with open arms and loving hearts.
We come together to create life
to honour the Divine union between masculine and feminine
from which all life flows.
As the Earth grows and creates life, we shall grow and create life.
So mote it be.

Beltane celebrations

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane – Green Man, Spring Maiden, May Queen.

Prepare a crown of flowers for the May Queen/Maiden.

Prepare a crown of greenery and a staff with bells, long ribbons and leaves for the Green Man.

Beltane Incense: Mulberry, lilac and frankincense.

Candle Colours: Yellow and White.

Ritual Colours: Green and Yellow.

Decorate your Altar with green and yellow, May blossom and young Oak leaves.

Kindle a bonfire, make and cook your own oatcakes.

Create your own Maypole, crown with a circle of young leaves, fresh May blossom and flowers, decorate with ribbons and bells. Go dance and enjoy

Decorate your altar in vibrant flowers you can use roses and flowers in any rainbow hues, and don’t forget your crystals.

Make your own sacred maypole using found wood, rainbow ribbons, and topped with a quartz point you can also place this on your altar.

If you’re looking to attract a new love, light a purple or green candle on the evening before May 1, and again on May 1 night, while you visualize the relationship coming into your life, asking that it manifest for the highest good of all.

So it is, so it shall be, and so it has always been. As you celebrate this special day, let the colours of nature inspire you to remember that all things bloom again, and a time for lovers to find each other again.

May you find yourself, your spirit, your passion, remember it’s never too late for you to become who you are intended to be.

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Imbolc – February 2nd

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This is one of the four fire festivals it celebrates the first signs of spring, this is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, the first sprouting of leaves and the sprouting of the Crocus flowers. It is the day that we celebrate the passing of winter and make way for spring and the day we honour the rebirth of the Sun.

It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid, Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Midwifery. She is a triple Goddess, so we honour her in all her aspects.

At this time of year, Wiccans will light multiple candles, white for Brigid, yellow or red for the God this is to remind us of the passing of winter and the entrance into spring, the time of the Sun.

It is also a festival of light and of fertility, once marked in Europe with huge blazes, torches and fire in every form. Fire here represents our own illumination and inspiration as much as light and warmth.

Imbolc is also known as Feast of Torches, Waxing Light, Brighid’s Day, and probably by many other names.

It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, to light every lamp in the house or turn on every light if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honour of the Sun’s rebirth.

Ritual for Imbolc.

Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red
Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Bloodstone, Onyx, Amethyst
Supplies: white flowers, an orange candle anointed with cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil (unlit), red candle to represent the elements, and your ritual supplies.

Arrange your altar, light the candles and cast your Circle.
Invoke the Goddess and God you can say such words like the following.

This is the time of the feast of torches, when every lamp blazes and shines to welcome the rebirth of the God. I celebrate the Goddess. I celebrate the God.

Light the orange taper from the red candle on the altar. Slowly walk the circle clockwise, bearing the candle before you.

Say these or similar words:
All the land is wrapped in winter, the air is chilled and frost envelopes the earth.
Lord of the Sun the horned one of animals and wild places unseen, you have been reborn of the gracious mother goddess of all fertility, Hail great god, Hail and welcome.

Stop before the altar, holding the candle and gaze at its flame then visualize your life filled with renewed energy and strength.

If you feel the need to look into the future, now is a good time. Spell work or magic may follow. Then celebrate with a simple feast, when your finished remember to thank the Goddess and God and then close your circle.

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What’s your Celtic tree sign

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The Celtic Zodiac is based on the cycles of the moon. The year is divided into 13 lunar months with a tree assigned to each month. The Druids believed that the time of our births is pivotal to the formation of our personality and behaviour and the Celtic Zodiac was developed from their knowledge of earth cycles and their reverence for the sacred knowledge held by trees. They had a profound connection with trees and believed them to be the vessels of infinite wisdom.

Find out how the Celtic druids interpreted your tree sign and which tree signs they said you were compatible with….

BIRCH
If you were born under the energy of the Birch you are highly driven and can easily become caught up in your own zeal, drive and ambition. You are always reaching for more, seeking better horizons and obtaining higher aspirations. The Druids attributed this to your time of birth, which is a time of year shrouded by darkness, so consequently you are always stretching out to find the light. Birch signs (like the tree itself) are tolerant, tough, and resilient. You are cool-headed and a natural-born ruler, often taking command when a situation calls for leadership. When in touch with your softer side, you also bring beauty in otherwise barren spaces, brightening up a room with you guile, and charming crowds with your quick wit. Celtic tree astrology Birch signs are compatible with Vine signs and Willow signs.

ROWAN
Celtic tree astrology recognises this sign as the philosopher of all the zodiac signs. You are a keen-minded visionary with high ideals. Your thoughts are original and creative, so much so that others often misunderstand you. This sometimes makes you aloof when interacting with others. Beneath a cool exterior, you are burning within from your passionate ideals and this inner passion provides motivation for you as you make your way through life. You have a natural ability to transform situations and people around you. You are influential in a quiet way and others look to you for your unique perspective. Rowan pairs well with Ivy and Hawthorn signs.

ASH
You are a free thinker. Imaginative, intuitive and naturally artistic, you see the world in water-colour purity. You might appear moody and withdrawn at times, but only because your inner landscape is in constant motion. You are inspired by nature and, in turn, you inspire all who you associate with. People seek you out for your enchanting personality. Art, writing especially poetry, science and spiritual matters are areas that strongly interest you. You are in a constant state of self-renewal and you rarely place a value on what others think about you. Ash signs partner well with Willow and Reed signs.

ALDER
You are a natural-born pathfinder, a mover and shaker and you will blaze a trail with fiery passion, often gaining loyal followers to your cause. You are charming and gregarious. You mingle easily and your self-assurance is infectious. You are very focused and you dislike waste. You have the ability to see through superficialities and you don’t suffer fools gladly. You place high value on your time and are motivated by action and results. Alder’s pair well with Hawthorns and Oaks, as well as Birch signs.

WILLOW
Your sign is ruled by the moon so your personality holds hands with many of the mystical aspects of the lunar realm. This makes you intelligent, creative and intuitive (highly psychic people are born under the sign of the Willow). You have a keen understanding of cycles and this means you’re more patient than most tree signs. With your intelligence comes a natural ability to retain knowledge and you often impress your company with the ability to expound on subjects from memory. Those born under the Willow sign are bursting with potential but have a tendency to hold themselves back, for fear of appearing flamboyant or overindulgent. Your powers of perception are what ultimately allow your true nature to shine through and lead you to success in life. Willow signs join well with the Birch and the Ivy.

HAWTHORN
You are not always what you appear to be. You often give off a different persona than the one inside you. Perhaps it’s because of this that you never judge a book by its cover. You are well-adjusted and can adapt to most life situations. This makes you content and gives you the ability to comfort others. You are naturally curious, with an interest in a broad range of topics. You are an excellent listener and people seek you out as someone on whom they can unburden themselves. You have a great sense of humour and a clear understanding of irony. You see the big picture and have sharp insight but it’s typical of you not to give yourself credit for your observations. Hawthorn signs match up nicely with Ash and Rowan’s.

OAK
You have a special strength. You despise injustice and often become a champion for those who do not have a voice … a crusader or a spokesperson for the underdog. Nurturing, generous and helpful, you are a gentle giant among the Celtic zodiac signs. You exude an easy confidence and naturally assume everything will work itself out. You have a deep respect for history and ancestry and you like to impart your knowledge of the past to others. Many people born under the Oak sign become teachers. You have a need for structure and will often go to great lengths to make sure you’re in control. Typically, Oak signs live long, full and happy lives. You enjoy a family setting and you are likely to be involved with social/community networks. Oak signs pair off well with the Ash and Reed, and are known to harmoniously join with Ivy signs too.

HOLLY
This is the regal sign of the Celtic tree zodiac. Noble and high-minded, those born under this sign tend to take on positions of leadership and power. You are comfortable taking on challenges and you overcome obstacles with a rare skill and tact. When you encounter a setback, you simply redouble your efforts. Very seldom are you defeated, which is why many people look up to you and follow you as their leader. You are competitive and ambitious, even in the most casual settings. You can appear arrogant but it’s merely confidence in your own abilities. Once people get to know you, they’ll find you are generous, kind and affectionate. Highly intelligent, you skate through academics where others may struggle. Holly signs may look to Ash and Elder signs for balance and partnership.

HAZEL
You are highly intelligent, organised and efficient. Like the Holly, you are naturally gifted in academia and you excel in the classroom. You’re well-informed and have the ability to retain information which means you are able to recall, recite and expound on subjects you’ve memorised with amazing accuracy. This gift can make you appear like a know it all but you can’t help that you’re genuinely smart and because of your knowledge base, you usually know the right course of action to take. You have an eye for detail you like things to be ‘just so.’ Sometimes this need for order and control can lead to compulsive behaviour if left unchecked. You have a knack for numbers, science and things that utilise your analytical skills. You like rules, although typically it’s you who is making them. The Celtic tree astrology sign of Hazel joins harmoniously with Hawthorn and Rowan’s.

VINE
You were born within the period of autumnal equinox, which makes your personality changeable and unpredictable. You can be full of contradictions and are often indecisive, but it’s because of this that you can see both sides of the story and empathise equally with each. It’s hard for you to pick sides. There are areas in your life that you’re quite sure about, however, and those include the finer things of life like food, wine, music, and art. You have very distinctive taste and a connoisseur of refinement. Luxury agrees with you and you have the ability to turn drab into dramatic beauty. You are charming and elegant and and you maintain a level of class which wins you esteem from a large fan base. Vine signs pair well with Willow and Hazel signs.

IVY
Among other cherished qualities of this sign, the most prized is your ability to overcome all odds. You have a sharp intellect, but more obvious is your compassion and loyalty to others. You have a giving nature, and are always there to lend a helping hand. You were born at the time of the waning sun so life can be difficult for you at times, putting obstacles in your way, but you endure troubling times with silent perseverance and soulful grace. Ivy signs have a tendency to be deeply spiritual and cling to a deep rooted faith that typically sees them through adversity. You are softly-spoken but you have a keen wit. You are charming, charismatic and can hold your own in most social settings. Ivy signs are attracted to the Celtic tree astrology signs of Oak and Ash.

REED
You are the secret keeper of the Celtic tree zodiac signs. You dig deep until you find the real meaning of things and can find the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction. You love a good story and have a tendency to be drawn by gossip, scandal, legend and lore. These tendencies also make you an excellent historian, journalist, detective or archaeologist. You love people because they offer you a diversity of meanings for you to interpret. You are adept at coaxing people to talking to you and can even be manipulative, but you have a strong sense of truth and honour so most of your scheming is harmless. Reed people join well with other Reeds, Ash or Oak signs.

ELDER
You tend to be freedom loving, the wild one of the zodiac. In younger years you may have lived life in the fast lane, perhaps even identified as a thrill seeker. When you were born, the light of the sun was fast fleeting and you take the cue from nature. You’re often looked upon as an outsider because, despite your extrovert nature, you have a tendency to be withdrawn. It’s down to the fact that you’re deeply thoughtful with a philosophical bent. You also tend to be very considerate of others and genuinely strive to be helpful. These acts of assistance are sometimes thwarted by your brutal honestly which you openly share solicited or otherwise. Elder Celtic tree astrology signs fit well with Alder’s and Holly’s.

Changed slightly to suit taken from the internet.

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Crystals that help with Fear and Anxiety.

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Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm! But in reality it is a lot more than that. In scientific terms, Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight-or-flight response. Sometimes we can expect fear or anxiety, say before a big job interview, but other times it can appear seemingly out of nowhere. But whenever it appears, it can be crippling and hard to cope with. There are times that it becomes so overwhelming that we can’t even complete the task at hand. We should never have to live our lives in fear. Often times getting over that fear just takes some focus, dedication, and a little bit of help. You can find that help in the power of crystals.

The Following is a short list of common easily available stones that can help.

Amethyst – a very calming stone and an extremely protective and a powerful healing crystal.
• Guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love
• Blocks Geo-pathic stress and negative environment energies
• Strong healing and cleansing powers
• Has Sobering effect on overindulgence and physical passions, supporting sobriety
• Overcomes addictions and blockages of all kinds
• Extremely calming for the mind
• Helpful for insomnia by calming an overactive mind and bringing restful sleep
• Protects against recurring nightmares

Aquamarine – Calming, Stress reducing stone
• Calming, Reduces Stress and quiets the mind
• Clarifies perception and sharpens the intellect
• Has an affinity with sensitive people and invokes tolerance of others
• Good for closure on all levels
• Helps provide support when feeling overwhelmed by responsibility and encourages one to take responsibility for oneself
• Wonderful for meditation

Clear Quartz – Amplifies the energy of other stones, balances your emotions and helps you change negative thoughts into positive ones.
• Stores, transmits and amplifies energy
• Helps raise your spiritual energy to the highest possible level
• Help balance your emotions
• Stimulates thinking
• Helps with memory and concentration
• Helps to change negative thoughts or conditions into positive ones, especially if you’re correctly motivated and centred

Fluorite – Draws off negative energies and stress of all kinds
• Helps you to know when outside influences are at work
• Blocks psychic manipulation
• Extremely effective against computer and electromagnetic stress
• Helps you to be impartial, unbiased and objective
• Helps you to focus and concentrate
• increases your self-confidence
• Excellent learning aid, helping you to absorb new information
• promotes quick thinking
• has a stabilizing effect on emotions

Labradorite – Calms an overactive mind- a highly mystical and protective stone, a bringer of light.
• Deflects unwanted energies from your aura
• Forms a barrier to negative energies shed during therapy
• Helps you to find your spiritual purpose
• Banishes your fears and Insecurities
• Relieves stress and calms an overactive mind
• Dispels illusions and helps get to the root of the matter
• Helps reveal the real intention behind thoughts and actions
• Useful for change – imparts strength and perseverance

Moonstone – Relieves Stress and calms Over-reactions to situations and Emotional triggers
• Reminds you that everything is part of a cycle of change
• Calms & stabilizes the emotions
• Enhances your psychic abilities and helps develop clairvoyance
• Calms over-reactions to situations as well as emotional triggers
• Balances male/female energies and helps men who want to get in touch with their feminine side
• Improves emotional intelligence
• An excellent aid for PMS

Rose Quartz – a Stone of Unconditional Love and Infinite Peace
• Purifies and opens your heart at all levels
• Helps you to love yourself so that you can love others
• Helps you to be open to love including self, especially if you feel you are unlovable
• Calming and reassuring – excellent for use in trauma or crisis situations
• Restores trust and harmony in relationships
• Gently draws off negative energy and replaces it with loving vibrations
• Helps you accept necessary change
• Excellent stone for mid-life crisis
• Comforts grief

Smokey Quartz – Superb antidote to stress – one of the most efficient grounding and anchoring stones.
• Helps you in difficult times and strengthens your resolve
• Grounds spiritual energy / gently neutralizes negative vibrations
• Blocks Geo-pathic stress / absorbs electromagnetic smog.
• Teaches how to leave things behind that don’t serve you well anymore
• Relieves Fear, lifts depression and brings emotional calmness
• Helps alleviate suicidal tendencies & nightmares
• Neutralizes fear of failure
• Promotes concentration and clear insight
• Helps with communication

All crystals that you use or carry, particularly those that we use for protection, need to be cleansed and recharged on a regular basis.

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The Witches Hat – Lammas

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Lammas: July 31st/Aug 1st/ August 2

This is an Irish Gaelic name for the feast which commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of the Sun. In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. So we have a dying, self-sacrificing and resurrecting god of the harvest, who dies for his people so that they may live.

Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centred around this. Lammas is an early Christian festival, “lammas” means loaf mass and represented the first loaves baked from that years crop. These were taken to church and laid on the altar.

It’s a time for bread-making and corn-dollies. Goddesses celebrated around this time include Demeter and Ceres. Trees associated with lammas are Hazel and Gorse and herbs are Sage and Meadowsweet. Colours associated with lammas are golds, yellows and orange for the God and red for the Goddess as mother.

LammasLammas is traditionally first harvest. Look around you and you will see various trees namely Rowan yeilding bright red berries and brambles showing ripening fruits alongwith apple and pear trees. In this day and age when food is mass produced and imported so we get fruits and veg and corn no matter what time of year it is, it is easy to loose touch with the natural cycle of things.

Suggested Activities:

Creating and or decorating ritual items such as a Stang. Walk through the woods to spend some time meditating in beautiful surroundings. Making bread, make a wicker man and put all of your bad habits that you want to be rid of inside him and throw him in the bonfire. Making corn dollies.

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Summer Solstice – Litha

19105915_10155291490411772_6416304106114536893_n.jpgLitha: Summer Solstice – 21st/22nd June

Litha (Midsummer, Gathering Day, Summer Solstice, Alban Heffyn, Feill-Sheathain)
Incense: Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, Lavender
Decorations: Dried herbs, potpourri, seashells, summer flowers, and fruits.
Colours: blue, green, and yellow

The Fire Festival of Litha

Midsummer or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God. Because this Sabbat glorifies the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, cook, shed light or purify and balefires still figure prominently at modern Midsummer rites.

Most cultures of the Northern Hemisphere mark Midsummer in some ritualised manner and from time immemorial people have acknowledged the rising of the sun on this day. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the centre of the stone circle.

In ancient times, the Summer Solstice was a fire-festival of great importance when the burning of balefires ritually strengthened the sun. It was often marked with torchlight processions, by flaming tar barrels or by wheels bound with straw, which were set alight and rolled down steep hillsides. The Norse especially loved lengthy processions and would gather together their animals, families and lighted torches and parade through the countryside to the celebration site.

The use of fires, as well as providing magical aid to the sun, were also used to drive out evil and to bring fertility and prosperity to men, crops and herds. Blazing gorse or furze was carried around cattle to prevent disease and misfortune; while people would dance around the balefires or leap through the flames as a purifying or strengthening rite. The Celts would light balefires all over their lands from sunset the night before Midsummer until sunset the next day. Around these flames the festivities would take place.

In Cornwall up to the mid 18th century the number and appearance of fires seen from any given point was used as a form of divination and used to read the future.

Astronomically, it is the longest day of the year, representing the God at full power. Although the hottest days of the summer still lie ahead, from this point onward we enter the waning year, and each day the Sun will recede from the skies a little earlier, until Yule, when the days begin to become longer again.

Agriculturally, the crops are in full growth. They are reaching the pinnacles of maturity and coming closer to the harvest time. Most wild herbs are fully mature by Midsummer and this is the traditional time for gathering magickal and medicinal plants to dry and store for winter use. In Wales, Midsummer is called Gathering Day in honour of this practice.

Magical Aspects

Since this sabbat revolves around the sun, a candle should be lit for the entire day, especially if it is cloudy or raining. The fire represents the sun and is a constant daily reminder of the power of the God. Rituals should be performed at noon, when the sun is highest in the sky. The best rituals to perform on Midsummer are those dealing with masculine issues, masculine energies, or issues dealing with solar influence.

Many pagans choose to make protective amulets, in the week before the Sabbat, which are later empowered over the Midsummer balefire. Some witches choose to bury their protective amulets each Midsummer’s eve and construct new ones. Rue, rowan and basil, tied together in a white or gold cloth, is a good protective trio that can be carried in your pocket year round.

Midsummer is the time to formalize any relationship and couples that have been together a year and a day since the previous Beltane can make their marriage final. This Sabbat is also an excellent time to re-new wedding vows.

Midsummer Incense

Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, mistletoe (specifically the berries which represent semen), oak, rowan, and fir.

Suggested activities for Litha:

*Rededication to the Lord and Lady

*Divination related to romance and love

*Light a white candle in front of a mirror and say your own Lithia prayer over it, then allow the candle to burn out.

*Float paper boats with blessings on a river/stream to bring luck and love to whatever may find it, or to the land.

*Singing and dancing around a bonfire

*Outdoor picnic feasts

*Create crowns out of flowers

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