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.

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Ostara – Spring Equinox

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March 20th brings with it new beginnings as we enter the cycle of rebirth, the days will get lighter as spring approaches. It’s a good time to have a spring clean and clear out the clutter not only in your home but in your life.

You can call upon the goddess Eostre she will help you to develop your intuition and move forward and get rid of all the things that no longer serve your highest purpose.

It’s a good time to move away from people that you no longer want in your life, those that you have just been putting up with the ones that drain your energy, you can call this if you like your own re birth!

You can also set up your altar with spring flowers, burn sandalwood oil or incense whatever you prefer, and take time to reflect on what you want to change.

Now is the time to sow the seeds of your new ventures and start planning, write them down and make a conscious effort to spend the time making it happen and then continue with steady progress throughout the rest of the year.

If your setting up your altar you can also use the following,

Incense: Jasmine or Rose
Decorations: Yellow Disk or Wheel, Coloured Egg’s, Hare Decorations, Spring  Flowers.
Candles : Yellow, Light Green, Lemon Yellow & Pale Pink.

Frankincense is good oil to burn during Ostara to welcome spring and to refresh your life, it smells lovely too.

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Moon Magic & Manifesting Workshop

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As the Moon moves through her phases many of us feel the pull of energy.

Would you like to learn about the movements and phases of the moon, how it affects our personal energy and how this energy can be used to assist in your day to day life to manifest your dreams and wishes.

A guide to the 8 phases of the lunar cycle

A list of the dates and signs of the 13 new moons of 2019

How to do a monthly oracle or tarot card moon spread

How to boost your moon manifesting

Working with the elements at the moon

Full moon rituals

These are some of the subjects we will cover if you would like to attend this workshop send an email or message to put your name down.

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Moon Magic

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The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us, it is very important to choose a time when the Moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for your working.

For example:
Aries/Action – Enthusiasm
Taurus/ Renewal – Sensuality
Gemini/Communication – Curiosity
Cancer/Emotion – Nurturing
Leo/Vitality – Determined
Virgo/Organizing – Studious
Libra/Balance – Cooperation
Scorpio/Sexual – Philosophical
Capricorn/Authority – Ambitious
Aquarius/Innovation Social
Pisces/Sensitivity – Idealistic.

Bear in mind that magickal workings for gain, increase or bringing things to you, should be initiated when the Moon is Waxing (from Dark to Full); when the Moon is Waning (from Full to Dark), it is time for magickal workings of decrease or sending away.

The highest energy occurs at the Full Moon and, therefore, this is the most powerful time for magickal workings. The New Moon is the next most powerful time for Magick.

Whenever possible, follow Nature’s natural Energy Currents. There is a natural time for starting things (a planting time), for
maturing things (a growing time), for reaping things ( a harvest time) and, of course, a time for rest and planning.

Flowing with these currents will make your magickal work much easier.

Astrological Moon Phases:

Moon in Aries is the best time to work magick involving leadership, authority, rebirth, spiritual conversion, or willpower. Healing rituals for ailments of the face, head, or brain are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Taurus is the best time to work magick for love, real estate, material acquisitions, and money. Healing rituals for ailments of the throat, neck, and ears are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Gemini is the best time to work magick for good communication, change of residence, writing, public relations, and travel. Healing rituals for ailments of the shoulders, arms, hands, or lungs are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Leo is the best time to work magick involving authority, power over others, courage, fertility, or childbirth. Healing rituals for ailments of the upper back, spine, or heart are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Virgo is the best time to work magick involving employment, intellectual matters, health, and dietary concerns. Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Libra is the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation, and karmic, spiritual, or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Scorpio is the best time to work magick involving sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets, and fundamental transformations. Healing rituals for ailments of the reproductive organs are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Sagittarius is the best time to work magick for publications, legal matters, travel, and truth. Healing rituals for ailments of the liver, thighs, or hips are also done at this time.

Moon in Capricorn is the best time to work magick for organization, ambition, recognition, career, and political matters. Healing rituals for the knees, bones, teeth, and skin are also done at this time.

Moon in Aquarius is the best time to work magick involving science, freedom, creative expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, friendship, and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions. Healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles, or blood are also done at this time.

Moon in Pisces is the best time to work magick involving dreamwork, clairvoyance, telepathy, music, and the creative arts. Healing rituals for ailments of the feet or lymph glands are also done at this time.

Re blogged from thewhitegoddess.co.uk

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Samhain Rituals

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Many of us will celebrate Samhain over a few days and nights, which usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, spells, feasts, and gatherings with family and friends.

Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1.

Halloween, short for All Hallows Eve, its celebrated on and around October 31. Halloween and Samhain are not the same, they are two separate celebrations that differ considerably in focus and practice.

Samhain’s is associated with death and nature’s rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season, as vegetation dies back with the frosts.

This is also when the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the dead and this enables us to contact and communicate with loved ones.

For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be a way to bring closure to the grieving and to help them adjust to their loved ones being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them.

There are many ways we celebrate Samhain. Here are a few listed below, why not try one of them for yourself.

Samhain Nature Walk. Take a meditative walk in a woodland area near your home. Observe and contemplate the colours, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the season. If possible gather some natural objects and upon your return use them to decorate your home.

Seasonal Imagery. Decorate your home with Samhain seasonal symbols and the colours of orange and black. Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. Light candles in cauldrons.

Ancestors Altar. Gather photographs, heirlooms, and other mementos of deceased family, friends, and pets. Arrange them on a table, along with a few candles. Light the candles in their memory as you call out their names and express well wishes. Thank them for being part of your life. Sit quietly and pay attention to what you experience. Make a note  of any messages you receive in your journal.

Feast of the Dead. Prepare a Samhain dinner. Include a place setting at your table for a deceased loved one. Add a place setting, and to the plate, add a bit of each food served. Invite your ancestors to come and dine with you. After the feast, place the contents of the plate and cup outdoors as an offering for the Dead.

Cemetery Visit. Visit and tend the gravesite of a loved one at a cemetery. Call to mind memories.Place an offering there such as fresh flowers, dried herbs, or water.

Reflections. Reflect on you and your life over the past year. Review journals, planners, photographs and blogs that you have created during the past year. Consider how you have grown, accomplishments, challenges, adventures, travels, and anything new that you have learnt.

Renovate. Select an area of your home or life as a focus. Examine it. Re organize it. Release what is no longer needed. Celebrate renewal and transformation.

Bonfire Magic. Light a bonfire outdoors or kindle flames in a fireplace or a small cauldron. Write down a habit that you wish to end and cast it into the flames as you imagine release. Then imagine yourself adopting a new, healthier way of being.

Divinatory Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. Write a summary of your process and any messages you received.

Divine Invocations. Honor and call upon the Divine associated with Samhain, such as the Crone Goddess and Horned God of Nature. Invite them to aid you in your understanding of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these Divine Ones to comfort and support you.

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Angel board worshop

This is a little clip from last week’s angel board session we wanted to show that it’s not scary when done correctly please do not try this at home or do it without a medium present.

 

Working with angels & spirits

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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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