Imbolc in Southern Hemisphere – Lammas in Northern Hemisphere

Bright Imbolc blessings to those in the Southern Hemisphere as we look forward to warmer days and bright coloured gardens.  Below is a ritual from Scott Cunningham.

Blessed Be!

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Imbolc Ritual

By Scott Cunningham

A symbol of the season, such as a representation of a snowflake, a white flower, or perhaps some snow in a crystal container can be placed on the altar. An orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil, unlit, should also be there. Snow can be melted and used for the water during the circle casting.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Say such words as 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;
All the Earth celebrates
Beneath its mantle of sleep.

Light the orange taper from the red candle on the altar (or at the Southern point of the circle). 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.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn of the gracious
Mother Goddess, Lady of all fertility.
Hail Great God! Hail and welcome!

Stop before the altar, holding aloft the candle. Gaze at its flame. Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.

If you need to look into the future or past, now is an ideal time.

Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the Simple Feast.

The circle is released.

—Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Scott Cunningham

 Lammas – Northern Hemisphere

To all in the Northern Hemisphere I wish you warm blessings as you move towards the autumn and winter months.

Blessed Be!

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Lammas (Lughnasadh) is one of the eight “sabbats” or solar festivals in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It is the first of the three autumn harvest festivals, the other two being the Autumn equinox (or Mabon) and Samhain. Some Wiccans mark the holiday by baking a figure of the god in bread, and then symbolically sacrificing and eating it. The Celtic name seems to have been a late adoption among Wiccans, since in early versions of Wiccan literature the festival is merely referred to as “August Eve”.

Many Wiccans also use the name Lammas for the sabbat, taken from the Anglo-Saxon and Christian holiday which occurs at about the same time. As the name (from the Anglo-Saxon hlafmæsse “loaf-mass”, “loaves festival”) implies, it is an agrarian-based festival and feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest. Wiccan and other eclectic Neopagan rituals may incorporate elements from either festival.

Blue Moon Magik

Blessings on the blue moon, to make a wish, light a candle and focus on the flame as you state your intention to the Universe.

Blessed Be!

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How many times have you heard the phrase “once in a blue moon”? Well, it’s more than just an expression – a blue moon is the name given to an actual phenomenon. Here’s how it works.

A full lunar cycle is a little over 28 days long. However, a calendar year is 365 days, which means that during some years, you may end up with thirteen full moons instead of twelve, depending on where in the month the lunar cycle falls.

This is because during each calendar year, you end up with twelve full 28-day cycles, and a leftover accumulation of eleven or twelve days at the beginning and end of the year. Those days add up, and so about once every 28 calendar months, you end up with an extra full moon during the month.

In folklore, the monthly moon phases were each given names that helped people prepare for various types of weather and crop rotations. Although these names varied depending on culture and location, they generally identified the sort of weather or other natural phenomenon that might take place in a given month. The term “blue moon” was given to the second full moon to appear in a calendar month.

Although there is no formal significance attached to the blue moon in modern Wiccan and Pagan religions, you can certainly treat it as an especially magical time. Think of it as a lunar bonus round. In some traditions, special ceremonies may be held — some covens only perform initiations at the time of a blue moon

Source:   http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/BlueMoon.htm

A WITCH’S PERSONAL MANIFESTO

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A WITCH’S PERSONAL MANIFESTO

The following personal manifesto was presented by Paul V. Beyerl to the 1987 Harvest Moon Celebration in Woodland Hills, California. It was in no way written to represent a set of laws to govern the behavior of others, but only as an open discussion of personal ethics to provoke thought and communication.

A WITCH’S PERSONAL MANIFESTO demands these things as a Witch:

– I must pursue my Highest Ideals
– I must strive to elevate my ethics
– I must be as good as my word
– I must demand integrity of myself
– I must be willing to suffer for my religion
– I must willingly embrace discipline
– I must develop financial responsibility and independence
– I must be able to pay my bills
– I must pay attention to my diet & intake of food
– I must LIVE the Hermetic Principle
– I…

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The Goddess Creed

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The Goddess Creed

I believe in Goddess the Mother All Mighty
Creatrix of the heavens and earth
And in all women
Who were conceived of Her love
Born of our sacred mothers
Suffered under patriarchy
Were crucified, died, and were buried
We descended into the underworld
The third day we arose again
We integrated with our new selves
And we now sit with Goddess our Mother
And we judge no one
I believe in the Holy Mother
The maiden, mother, crone
Forgiveness toward others
The celebration of the body
And everlasting renewal of life
So Mote It Be
(c) 2008 Danu Gray Wolf

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Bath Recipes

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Bath Recipes

HIGH AWARENESS BATH

COLOR: Purple

3 parts Cedarwood
2 Parts Sandalwood
1 part Frankincense

Bathe in this mixture to direct your consciousness toward higher things, to
promote spirituality & to combat earth–ob sessions such as uncontrolled
spending, overeating, sluggishness & all forms of unbalanced materialism.

HEALING BATH

COLOR: Dark Blue

3 parts Niaouli
2 parts Eucalyptus
1 part Sandalwood

For use in speeding healing. Release the ailment into the water. Splash
fresh water over your body before toweling.

FLOWERY LOVE BATH

COLOR: Pink

3 parts Palma Rosa
2 Parts Lavender
1 drop Rose (more may be added)

Bathe in this mixture to attract love and to expand your ability to give
and receive love.

FIRE BATH (Elemental)

COLOR: Red

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Basil
2 parts Juniper
1/2 part Orange

For use in attuning with the element of Fire, or for rituals *involving
strength, courage, passion, lust…

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Various Bath Recipes for Your Enjoyment

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Various Bath Recipes for Your Enjoyment

WATER BATH (Elemental)

COLOR: Dark Blue

2 parts Chamomile
2 parts Yarrow
1 part Ylang-Ylang
1 part Palma Rosa

Use for attuning with the element of Water, or for love, psychic awareness,
friendships, healing and so on …

SPIRITUAL BATH

COLOR: Purple

4 parts Sandalwood
2 parts Myrrh
1 part frankincense
1 drop Cinnamon

Use to increase your awareness of the Divine, especially before religious
rituals.

SEA WITCH BATH

COLOR: Dark Blue

3 parts Lotus Bouquet
2 parts Lavender
1 part Rosemary

Add a bit of Sea Salt to the salt base. Bathe for a gentle purification
prior to magical works

PURIFICATION BATH

3 Parts Geranium
2 parts rosemary
1 part Frankincense

Bathe in this blend to purify body, spirit & soul.

PSYCHIC BATH

COLOR: Light Blue

4 parts Yarrow
1 part bay

Use this blend in baths to strengthen your psychic awareness

PROTECTION…

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Ancient Incense Formulas

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Ancient Incense Formulas

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PERSIAN INCENSE

Persian Incense is a combination using Sandalwood and a
Spice, mainly Cinnamon, together with Benzoin or
Frankincense and Myrrh.

EGYPTIAN INCENSE

Most Egyptian Incense is the burning of plain Symtra
Benzoin, however, this may be mixed with a little
Frankincense and Myrrh as a variation.

INDIA INCENSE

All India or Hindu Incenses contain Sandalwood as a base,
and they together with any Spice, particularly Cinnamon, is
burned in the Temples. However, some of the Hindu Incenses
are made more aromatic with the addition of essential oils
or perfume bases.

CHINESE INCENSE

Chinese Incense always contains as a base Patchouli Leaves
or Root with a possibility of Cinnamon being added, and in
some incidents, it is used with Pig Dung. This is used
sometimes in the Temples on some religious ceremonies. Other
spices may be added. In the Lama Temples of Tibet, they
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