Blog changes

In an effort to get this blog back on track I have simplified it, deleted some of the attached one-topic blogs
and focused on Sabbats and Esbats, which was the original intent.
Other writings will be in 'stumbling upon the path of the goddess'
and the Borrowed Book of Charms is still active.
Links in the right hand column.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Solstice Sun Wheel Ritual 2010

Beth Owl's Daughter, me and many many other are taking part in a Solstice Sun Wheel Ritual.  She is kicking it off on her website.  Please visit Solstice Sun Wheel Ritual for more information and join in.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

no explanation...

So today, against my better judgment, I was in a grocery store to pick up a bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider for a friend.  The place was packed, elbow to elbow, and I wasn't having any luck.  I didn't even know what it looked like and after cruising through several rows of drinks and asking two frazzled clerks (who pointed me in opposite directions) I gave up, decided to pick up a couple of bottles of pop and call it done.
I made a beeline for the Mountain Dew (my favorite) and there on the shelf, between two bottles of Mt. Dew, was a single bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider.  I picked it up and then looked up and down the adjacent aisles for where it belonged.  No luck.
When I checked out the clerk said she thought it had sold out a couple of days ago.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

November Full Moon, Snow Moon

The Full Moon is on November 21 at 12:27 EST.  

The Snow Moon (also called the Mourning Moon, Tree Moon and Beaver Moon) tells us that winter will soon be here.  It is a time to stock up for the winter, count your abundance and prosperity, be grateful and plan for the winter.  Also keep in mind that winter, just like every other season, will pass.  This is a good time of the year to look to divination to help with your plans.

You may not be able to count on a visible Moon for your ritual, here is a simple way to bring the Moon indoors.
Use any jar or pillar candle.  White or a very pale color works very well.  Set it in a plain bowl, glass is beautiful, I like to use a metal mixing bowl.  If you are using a tall pillar candle you will want to fix it to the bottom of the bowl with a few drops of melted wax so that it doesn't tip over a try to float.  Fill the bowl with water as close to the level of the flame as possible.  The light reflection on the water will mimic the changing face of the Full Moon.  You can even add a little liquid soap to increase the reflections.

 Here is a Full Moon ritual that you might like to try.

Sit a moment and reflect on the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess.  She who is always present in our lives.  She will nurture and guide and love; all we have to do is be present and open to Her.

Gather pure white energy from above and below and create your sacred space.  Call upon Earth, Air, Fire and Water to watch over and guard this space for this little time.

Light your candle for the Goddess, offer her your being, ask of her anything that you need in your life.
Read out loud the words that were written to honor Her.   Offer any prayers that you wish, make any other offerings in Her name.  After the reading, meditate in your sacred space for a while, listen for any wisdom that comes to you.  When you are ready, thank the Goddess, thank the Elements and release them.

Listen to the words of the Great Mother;
she who of old was also called among men
Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine,
Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Cybele, Arianrhod,
Isis, Dana, Bride
and by many other names:

Whenever ye have need of anything,
once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full,
then shall ye assemble in some secret place
and adore the spirit of me,
who am Queen of all the witches.

There shall ye assemble,
ye who are fain to learn all sorcery,
yet have not won its deepest secrets;
to these will I teach things that are yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery;
and as a sign that ye be really free,
ye shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance, sing, feast,
make music and love,
all in my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideal;
strive ever towards it;
let naught stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door
which opens upon the Land of Youth,
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
and the Cauldron of Cerridwen,
which is the Holy Grail of immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death, I give peace and freedom
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand aught in sacrifice;
for behold,
I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the earth.

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;
she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven,
and whose body encircles the Universe.
I who am the beauty of the green earth,
and the white Moon among the stars,
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man,
call unto thy soul.
Arise, and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed,
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men,
let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth;
for behold,
all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion, honour and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me,
know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not
unless thou knowest the mystery;
that if that which thou seekest
thee findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without thee.
For behold,
I have been with thee from the beginning;
and I am that which is attained
at the end of desire.
~Doreen Valiente~

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

found on Facebook...

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This is an advertisement for a "Wiccan" site on Facebook.  I think it is nice that we are moving into the mainstream and all, but do we have to copy the televangelists and turn everything into a commercial venture?
This is, of course, no more Wiccan than buying salvation by sending your donation in the postage paid envelope to the mega church is Christianity, but somehow most people seem to understand the latter and not the former. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

new resources site

Here is a new (to me anyway) site that is gathering resources.  I will be adding it to my resource page.  Check it out and let me know what you think. 


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