Summer Solstice

I hadn’t really planned on doing anything big for the Summer Solstice (Litha). It’s one of my favorite Sabbats, but I just didn’t haven’t had time or motivation to plan an elaborate like I usually do. There was a public ritual in Orlando with the Pagan group I usually meet with, but with recent events i didn’t feel comfortable going.

The day before the Solstice though, my mom asked what we were doing to celebrate. She’s not Pagan, but shows interest when I tell her a Sabbat is coming up. Since she showed interest I decided to plan something. I decided to cook a nice Solstice dinner and then we wanted to have a bonfire. But before I made dinner I cleaned house and paid some bills. Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Thought Litha would be an appropriate time to do so.

In addition to my mom, my nephew and my sister and her boyfriend attended. Half way through dinner my brother and his girlfriend stopped by to pick up my nephew. They stayed for a bit to eat dinner too.

For dinner we had diet complaint food. Chicken salad with various fruit and veggie toppings: Strawberries, apples, avocado, carrots, cucumbers, and sweet peppers. I even made compliant ranch dressing (not pictured). We also had a cooked veggie mix (zucchini, squash, and green beans), garlic roasted potatoes, and mixed berry water. For dessert I made baked sweet sweet potatoes, apples and strawberries diced up and sprinkled with cinnamon. Pictures of dinner:

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My brother, his girlfriend , and my nephew didn’t stay long. After dinner we had a bonfire and read aloud our favorite Edward Gorey stories: The Hapless child, Gashly Crumb Tinies, and The Doubtful Guest. Not very :Litha related, but we had a good time.

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After we read some stories and had s’mores, we decided to go in since the mosquitoes were eating us alive. Everyone started to do their own thing so I decided to take this time to do a private ritual. I just did it in my room where I’d be undisturbed. I didn’t take any pictures because it was a private one and I didn’t want to bring my phone into the circle. I will tell you I decided to do something for the 49 victims, as well as the other deaths in Orlando (the Voice singer Christina Grimmie and the two year old taken by the alligator; Lane Graves. I also did something for the actor Anton Yelchin, who had been one of my favorites). During the ritual I also wrote down some goals I wanted to accomplish in the next 6 weeks (until the next Sabbat).

After the ritual, I set out my crystals and water I wanted to make into moon water under the full moon to charge.

Well that was my Summer Solstice. I turned out to be a rather nice one. I’m glad my family wanted to join me. How was yours?

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Christmas 2015

Christmas this year was really nice Christmas Eve we had dinner at my mom’s house. My dad and my grandparents were even there.

On Christmas Day we went over to my brother’s in the morning to watch my 2 12 year old nephew open his presents. We then opened presents from each other. I mostly got books that I wanted. My mom let me set up an Amazon wishlist and then she just ordered from there. That way I got exactly what I wanted. After presents we left my brother’s house and just chilled at my mom’s mostly just getting to know our presents. It was a pretty chill day.

Some CDs from my mom and sister:

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An Oracle set from my mom:

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Books from my mom

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Presents from my dad:

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Yule 2015

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This year was my second Yule. Last year Yule was the first Sabbat I ever celebrated. I was also sick for my first Yule Guess what? I was sick for this one too, which I’m okay with because it isn’t one of my favorite Sabbats.

The Friday before was nice though. I was in my first ritual! I’ve attended a few public rituals before now, but I’ve never actually been in one. There is a Druid Grove in close to me (like two minutes away). I’ve met most of the members during the other public rituals. The leader (not sure what they are called in a Druid Grove) invited me to join their  meetup.com group. I did. They then added me to their FB group and then asked if I wanted to be written into their Yule ritual. I kind of felt obligated (for some reason), but also because I wanted to do it. It felt nice to be included.

My part was calling to the West corner and dealing the element Water. Of course the first time I was supposed to call I was facing East. I had gotten my directions mixed up because I had only attended one other ritual at this place and wasn’t sure which way was West from there. I was slightly embarrassed but I caught on quickly after that.

The ritual was really nice. We honored the Celtic Crone goddess Cailleach. This was the first time I had ever heard of her. I believe in other gods and goddesses, but I  don’t worship them. It’s always interesting to learn about them too.

On Sunday the 20th, my sister and I went to Ocala with my dad to a Christmas party with his side of the family. We had a white elephant gift exchange. I managed to get a cute candle that had chalk blackboard  painted on the outside and a piece of chalk (pictured below). I thought it’d be perfect to use during spells to write intentions, sigils, or runes with.

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For actual Yule, I was feeling sick again so I didn’t do much. Plus I worked during the day and was too tired to do any kind of ritual. I did end up watching Home Alone 2 with my mom and sister while I wrote my pen pals letters.

 

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I also burned my new oil lamp (pictured at the top) That was the only festive thing I could manage.

This is my Yule altar (I don’t usually go all out for Sabbat decorations. I like to keep it simple)

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Even though I didn’t, do much I still had a nice Yule. I’ll also be posting about my Christmas.

New Moon and Beltane Altar

Since last night was the new moon, I decided to finally set up my Beltane altar. I like to keep my altar simple, even for Sabbats, otherwise it just feels cluttered. I didn’t add a lot of decorations, I went mostly for symbolism because I like to keep the same altar even after a Sabbat.

Beltaine: Beltaine (“Bright Fire”) is one of the Solar Festivals and honors the Celtic God known as Belinus. In ancient times, tribal herds were ritually driven between bonfires during this festival, so as to purify and protect them in the upcoming year, prior to their being taken to the pasture lands for the Summer.

Here is how I set it up:

Altar

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My new ‘cauldron’ and my prayer/meditation beads I made.

Prayer Beads
Prayer/meditation beads: There are 13 white beads for the 13 moons; green, yellow, purple, blue, & red beads for the 5 elements (earth, air, spirit, water, & fire). On the hanging down part; 7 beads for the 7 chakras and a hamsa hand bead.

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n the center I put a Himalayn Pink Salt in a fancy dish surrounded by all the gemstones I have that are associated with the element fire. I also put my clear quartz crown around them.

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The colors look like fire and salt represents purification and protection.

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Clear quartz, zebra jasper, bloodstone, red jasper, carnelian, & citrine.

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Two more zebra jaspers, tiger’s eye, and botswana agate.

Triskele
My usual element candles and my triskele that I always keep on my altar.

 

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My wire Valknut that’s also a permanent fixture.

Maypole

My Maypole. The ribbon colors aren’t really ‘Beltane colors’, but they’re all I had so whatevs. Each ribbon is a wish.

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White candle that’s a permanent fixture and represents spirit. Pentacle pendant I made a while ago and my tree of life pendant I also made.

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Unakite is good for overcoming obstacles in personal growth.

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My New Beginnings bottle, buffalo nickel, and pewter panther. The panther is my Spirit Guide.

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The little ‘trinkets’ below my tree of life pendant from left to right; Unakite eagle pendant, buffalo nickel for luck, my New Beginnings bottle, another buffalo nickel, and a pewter panther. The three cards are my New Moon goals/desires/things I’m working on.

New Moon cards:

The new moon is the perfect time to write down your goals and desires to work on until the next full moon or until you accomplish them. I decided to draw mine out since these are things I will be constantly working on and hoping for. I painted the front of playing cards white and then drew my intentions on them. I’m going to paint them thought the week.

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his one is for luck and career success. In Hindu culture, elephants represent luck. Above the elephant’s head is a prosperity sigil, with 3 Elder Futhark Runes. From left to right; Wunjo– Joy & accomplishments in love or career, Sowelo– Wholeness, success, good health, Thurisaz-Good luck, protection, unexpected opportunity. I made this one because I am about to start my new job- booth renting a hair styling studio. It’s been about 7 months since I’ve done hair so I’m basically starting from scratch. I’ve just been worried that I’m putting in more money than I’ll make or that it will take a long time to build a clientele and I won’t be able to pay my bills.

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The phoenix is reborn from its ashes. It represents rebirth and renewal. I also drew the phases of the moon; the moon also represent renewal. On the left and right are lunar symbols and an Inguz rune for successful completion with new starts. I drew this one because I want to start over. I’ve been going throw some things and trying to rid my life of a few negative habits I picked up [they’re too personal to post].

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his one is for spiritual growth. The lotus flower with an unalome. The unalome symbol is a representation of reaching enlightenment. The path starts in the center of the spiral, and as you continue down this path you are wandering, becoming more conscious of your surroundings. When you reach the top of the symbol (the straight line), you have reached enlightenment. A triskele, valknut, chakra symbols for the chakras I want to work on repairing, a spiral (representing winding inward journey) and the symbols of the four elements.

These are long term goals I will be working on and constant desires.

What are some goals you’re working on?

Ostara Altar

I forgot to post a few things in my ‘Ostara Ritual’ post. I wanted to show my Ostara Altar because it shows my new altar setting. My old altar set up was on top of my dresser. My dresser is tall thought and I had to stand at my altar. Now it’s on a short table where I can drag my meditation cushion over and sit in front of it. Since I don’t practice magic, my altar will be used for prayer and scripture reading as well as holding my crystal grids and other spiritual things. I also hung a shelf above my altar as kind of an extension. It holds my clock, mortar and pestles, sage stick and dish, and a few other things.

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Here’s the view from my cushion.

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My shelf which includes and dream catcher I made a while back and blue hanging candle holders. This silver thing in front of the picture of Jesus is actually a tiny bucket I found at Hobby Lobby. It was so cute that I had to get it. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at first, but it was only $0.79 so why not? One day I decided to hang in on a necklace chain and use it for a cone incense burner. I love it!

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I hung it in front of the open window for the picture so you could see the smoke.

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My altar lit up. I’ve never been into Easter that much, so I just keep my altar simple as far as Ostara ‘decorations’ went.

Here’s a close up:
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There’s my Jesus candle to represent the Christian part of Easter (I kind of celebrated Easter as well as Ostara). In the middle by the candle is my balance plaque thingy. It’s something I’ve had for a long time and thought it would be perfect since Ostara is about balancing light and dark. In the middle foreground is my ‘New Beginnings’ bottle I made from this post. Then on the right side of ‘balance’ is my lone Ostara decorations of a beaded egg I found in a box of stuff my mom gave me.

That’s it for my new altar. A few other things I forgot to mention in my last post was my new egg sprout:

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At the ritual we got plastic eggs that were filled with a mix of seeds to represent growth/new beginnings. I planted mine in an and won’t know what it is until it starts growing. They just kind of randomly mixed the seeds together.

And my Ostara crown I made that I forgot to where to the ritual:

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Amethyst Ostara Crown

I made is using vines, hemp, palm frond for the braid, and and amethyst with copper wire. I posted these pictures on Tumblr and they got over 3,000 notes, meaning they were really popular. I will either make more to sell in my Etsy shop Solnix or make a tutorial. Or both. We’ll see.

Well that’s everything I wanted to add to my Ostara themed posts.

Ostara Ritual

This past Friday (March 20th) was Ostara. It was my 3rd Sabbat I celebrated, but my first one I celebrated with others. There is a local metaphysical shop at the Flea Market that put on an Ostara Ritual. I was kind of nervous to go at first [because I have social anxiety], but I ended up having a really good time. I was kind of quiet at first like I usually am around new people. There was just this energy there though that made me feel right at home and I instantly opened up. I got there at 5;30 and there were only about 10 people there. It was closer to 6 that the majority started showing up and we started to feast. When we started eating, Mama Mojo [she owns the shop] had us go around the circle and introduce ourselves. Normally I hate these kinds of things because I hate talking in front of large groups, but that energy I mentioned early made me comfortable and I felt like I was among old friends.

We talked for a while while we ate and more people showed up. After we ate we got a couple of visitors. This man and woman that breed goats and sheep brought their newest baby sheep and baby goat.

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he sheep’s name was Lucky because he was born on Friday the 13th.

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he goat was born on St. Patty’s Day. Her name was Collette.
[These pictures were taken from the FB page of The Magickal Muse.
I didn’t take my camera because I didn’t know I they allowed pictures to be taken at their gatherings.
Apparently they do.]

After animal time we had music time. People brought drums and other instruments I don’t know the name of. They were these bowls that you rub a special stick around it’s brim. It would then start humming and vibrating in your hand. It was pretty cool. Everyone who had an instrument shared so I got to play a drum for a while. I want to save up and buy my own drum before the next one.

Once it got dark, probably around 7pm or 8pm [I didn’t really keep track of time because I was having such a good time] we started the ritual.

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I did happen to take this picture with my phone when I first got there. This is the ritual table and the fire pit that we lit before the ritual.

The ritual was really great. I don’t know if I can really talk about what we did, but I will tell a little. Since Ostara is about new beginnings and balance we each said something negative that we wanted to give up and a positive thing we wanted to replace it with.

My negative thing I wanted to give up was clutter, not just physical, but emotional and mental. I feel like I have way too many things and they are therefore making the rest of my life feel cluttered and messy. I want to become a minimalist and get my life organized [positive to replace negative]. That is one of my New Year’s goals anyway. I’m still having a hard time following through with it. Now I’m just going to work a little harder at it. Another reason I want to become a minimalist is because I want to eventually live in a van and travel around the US [I’ll talk more about this goal later]. It’s been a goal of mine for a while. I just want to see the world starting with the States. My stuff is weighing me down.

After the ritual we had hugging time and then dispersed. I ended up making a few new friends and having a really good time. I hope they do these rituals for all the Sabbats because I really want to go to more. The energy was just so amazing, not only because of the amount of people, but because of the eclipse and it being a new moon. By the way, I still need to go back and watch it online. SInce I live in America, we didn’t get to actually see it and the live online viewing was at like 3:45 am. I was definitely sleeping.

Here is a picture of the beautiful sunset later that day though:

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[It was taken on my phone so forgive the quality.]

What did you do for Ostara?