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Samhain, a Celebration of Life and Death

10-6-2019

Samhain,  October 31st every year. It's a time for us to honor those who have passed and to reach out to our ancestors. Traditionally it's a celebration of the end of the harvest season. Many witches mark their new year on Samhain as well. One would think that the celebration being focused on those who have lived before us, the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the "dark time" that the celebration wouldn't be too peppy. Yes it is true when we think of all the things coming to an end it does seem much like a drag or sad.  On the other hand, samhain is also a celebration full of life!   

When I celebrate Samhain, I make sure to decorate the altar with all of the most amazing gourds and witches hats. I use sparkly skulls and fun colorful sugar skulls. Witch hats dance around our house like little fairies. It's a time where we witches in this house get to wave our freak flag high and loud. We LOVE finding costumes and preparing to have trick or treaters  visit.  When the children's fun evening is wrapped up we love sitting and spending time together sharing stories of those we lost and those who have gone before us.  I enjoy a solitary ritual when the little witches go to sleep and I also take a moment to welcome in the new year and to thank the Gods for another year of blessings. 

Each Samhain celebration is different from the year prior. Some years we've carved pumpkins and made the seeds while filling both with positive energy and intent. One year we made a dummy dinner. ( a dinner where you set the plate for some one who has passed away) The options for ways to celebrate Samhain are endless. This year we will be celebrating the life of those who have gone before us. Our ceremony will consist of photos of each person we would like to honor, their favorite snack and then we will swap stores of our loved ones. Much like the Mexican  Day of the Dead. However we will be casting a circle and we will draw in each element. 

The veil between the worlds is super thin on Samhain. It's why many think that is the easiest time for spirits to pass through from the afterlife and walk the earth. (Halloween costumes and masks actually come from an old wives tale that said if you don't disguise your face then the Devil could identify you and take you.)  The tradition of covering your face and dressing up is also an old pagan tradition. However we dressed up to keep the negative spirits from seeing the real you so they couldn't find a way back. 

Which ever way you slice it, dressing up in costumes is always fun! 


While I agree that Samhain is a darker of the Sabaths, it doesn't have to solely be about death and the end of things. Samhain can be, if you choose to get a little bit creative, can be about life. You can always teach your kids what it was to wear a costumer back when costumes meant homemade. 

I'll be sharing stories of when I was younger and the way I was able to share memories of a few of the people we lost. I hope that no mater what you decide to do to honor Samhain that you have fun and enjoy the holiday. 


Until next time, 

Blessed Be. 

Accalia Esme. 

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Forgiveness

7/7/2019

I set out with a great idea of an article on forgiveness and how to balance  spiritually when you feel hurt or angry. I worked on it for weeks. Making sure that I had examples and techniques to use, and some great quotes from some wonderful minds. When I went to type it though something felt off. I realized that I was presenting more of an essay than article . I didn't want to make the read so formal. So insteFoad I will just chat with you today. 


Forgiveness is not easy. The steps to get to forgiveness are similar to the steps for grieving. The incident happens, you react. Next is the anger, or sadness. Then you react again. While you are going through the process the one whom you need to forgive is going thorugh the same process.  


We like to think that the person who we are trying to forgive is just sitting with no worries about the interaction. But what if that interaction  affected them just as badly? Often we like to think that when some one hurts us we are the only ones affected. I have found that when I speak to the ones who have hurt me they too have been hurt. 


Forgiveness isn't about saying someones actions are okay. Forgiveness is about letting go.  When we are hurt by someone, it's easy to get stuck in our pain. It's easy to feel angry and hold onto our emotions. When we pause and walk for a bit in the other persons shoes, think about how they feel about the situation we learn more about ourselves and we learn how we can forgive the other person. 


    It's not fool proof. And it's not easy at all. Forgiveness is worth it though. Holding onto the anger, and the hurt wont do you any good. It will darken your aura and cause an array of issues. 


One way I get into the zone as it were to move into the forgiveness area is meditation. When I meditate I focus on the flame of my anger or pain getting smaller and dimmer until it's fully put out. 


Remember that we are all human and we all make mistakes. No one is perfect. But we are all capable of love and forgiveness. 

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Spring Cleaning, Not Just For Your House

4-7-19

    When I was a child we would always spring clean the house when the weather started getting warmer. Open the sliding glass door and all the windows and fill the house with the amazing smell of outside and aromatic inscence.  I didn't understand why my mom would do this until I got older.  As a child I knew it meant Puremoods CD on repeat and that I would be expected to give up a day of play to clean. I find myself doing the same things now though. Puremoods or some other what I call witchy music, insence and a day full of cleaning. It's refreshing to have a day where you just purge and reorganize.


   In my home now I find myself doing what I call large sweeps. I go into a room toss everything that doesnt' belong or is in the wrong place in the middle of the floor and then attack it from there. This works especially well in my kids rooms. My mom ussed to do this with my room so when I saw my husband do it with our kids I was pleasantly surprised. This method doesn't work for every room though. Take for example the kitchen. (which seems the second most impossible room to keep clean) Putting all the kitchen 'to do's on the counter by the sink just clutters my brain.  It depends on my mood how I attack the kitchen but when I do set out to spring clean the house I typically do it by room by room.  


   Since my altar overhaul, I've dedicated myself to the front closets. I didn't realize how much I was holding onto for no reason at all. Things that I swore I would use for my kids that just eneded up causing more of a mess and more clutter than it was worth! We had a huge yard sale a couple weekends ago and filled half of a Habitat for Humanity truck with what was left. I am still finding more to put in our next yard sale. It's kinda crazy.  


   We as humans tend to place value on material items. Things like books, clothes, shoes, and blankets have been a "holy cow" moment for me. We have a library in each of our bedrooms and one in the dining room! Clothes.... I donated enough clothes to open a store. Shoes, well lets just say my husband and children are just as bad the women you see on telivision. I'm a shoe lover too, I won't lie. And with all the shoes we donated we could have walked across the country.  I have a small obsession with blankets. Let me explain. 

When I first moved out I didn't really have much in the way of blankets and pillows. Over time I would pick up one or two here and there. When I moved in with my husband many of my blankets had found their way to a new home. (crappy roomate)  My husband loves rewa cold house. Like 65-68 degrees cold. When I had friends or family over they would always ask for a jacket or blanket or they would bring their own. It made me feel bad that they were cold when they visited so I started collecting blankets for our guests.  Having two kids who love to snuggle didn't do anything to ebb my collection efforts.   So when it comes time to run the laundry I usually always have a large load of blankets. 


    Holding onto personal items was something that I used to do with no boundaries. Now almost ten years in a house and I look around and see nothing but clutter. So we are purging every room in the house.  As we are moving toward a cleaner house, a more organized house, I find myself feeling more open spiritually. My center is more stable and I am able to function so much better than before! Spring cleaning isn't just about physically cleaning, it's about spiritual cleansing as well. I keep trying to involve my husband, regardless of his participation he too is reeping the benifits of a clean, more organized house.  The kids seem to be able to find their favorite pieces much easier and it's easier for them to keep a tidy room. With less to keep up with we can focus on what is important in our home... Eachother.  


    Instead of focusing solely on getting rid of things during your spring cleaning session, focus on bringing peace and balance to your home and your life with each room. Let go of the things that bog you down in your day to day life. And find your inner peace. That's what I 've like most about the spring cleaning adventure of 2019. Not only am I proud of my home again, but I'm at peace too. 


~Accalia Esme 

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A letter from Pandora Menadora

6-13-2018

 Merry meet peeps. I know today's article should focus on Sabbaths and Rituals but I want to use it to talk to persons who feel they are not being as religious as they can.

If you have a full time job,family to care for and another job which leaves you with little time to yourself and to praise the God's, then this article is for you. You try to do the little things and take the time to at least celebrate the Sabbaths, (sometimes not even that) and you may feel a little guilty about not doing as much as you can. I am not here to tell you to get over it, I am here to say I feel the same way.

The last time I was a part of any circle was to celebrate my sons Wiccanning, now I feel too drained to do any ritual. I may do a quick prayer to my God and Goddess here and there but I too feel like I could do enough if I found the time. Basically I want to let you know its all ok, and it will all be ok.

This is just one moment in our lives,one chapter that we need to maneuver through and we will all make it. At some point life will fall into place and we will find ourselves dancing in the rain to cleanse our worries. Take this moment on Slow Down Sunday to take deep breathes slowly and relax for two seconds. Acknowledge what your God's mean in your life and then return back to the hustle and bustle of the world. The great thing about being Pagan is that there are no requirements in our worship, every coven and solitary has their own unique perspective on how to acknowledge the Gods and work their Magick. Just hold on a little bit longer and soon you will find what works best for you just falls into place.

Blessed Be, Love and Peace.

Litha Cookie Recipe

6-10-2018

                  With the sabbat Litha coming up bringing in the summer solstice, we have many ways of celebrating! From festivals, to rituals, decorating our homes and baking all sorts of treats. A fun way to get the kiddos envolved with Litha preparations is to bake Litha Cookies! It will be a lighter cookie recipe perfect for the start of Summer!

Litha Lemon Herb Cookies:

Ingredients - 

* 1 cup butter or margarine 

* 2 cups sugar ( divided ) 

* 2 large eggs

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

* 2 1/2 cups of flower

* 2 teaspoons of baking powder

* 1/4 teaspoon salt 

* 1/3 cup lemongrass, lemon blam, or lemon basal chopped

Directions - 

Cream the butter and 1 3/4 vups of the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Combine the floor flower, baking powder, salt and herbs. Add the cream mixture and mix. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom. Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely browned. Cool slightly, then remove to a rack. Rmember to put a few cookies on your alter as an offering to the Goddess and God. Happy Litha lovlies!!

~ Amaris Devona

 **recipe found on ravenandcrone.com**  

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New Moon Ritual

4-15-2018

 

 

So tonight brings us a new moon. New Moon in Aries which brings activation, will power and release in the start of a new lunar cycle. Waves of new energies are swirling about bringing change. Aries is the sign of fire so be prepared for some explosions of change that will give us the push we need. Think of this new cycle as a chance to really start making things happen. Typically Aries as a sign is action over emotional it is normal to feel pulls of motivation and pulls to take charge. So for the start of the new cycle we need a ritual to really help us release the old and embrace the new changes we encounter. 

For your ritual you will need:

4 whites candles 

Pen and paper

Cloth for alter space 

Sage or Palo Santo

Tarot cards

Crystals (your choice whatever draws you)

Burning bowl (optional) 

First  you will need to cleanse the space with the sage or palo santo to really bring in room for the positivity, changes and energies that come with the new lunar cycle.

Second, set up your alter. Lay out your cloth and set out your candles to represent the four directions North , South, East and West, which also represent the four elements. Also set up your crystals and burning bowl as desired on your cloth. Make sure your tarot cards, pen and paper are next to your cloth.

Third, cast your circle so that you can begin your ritual. You can use my encantation or create your own, " I call upon the Goddess of the Moon to be with mean the start of this new lunar cycle and always. Please cast your light upon me so that it my guide me on my path." Walk around your circle 3 times repeating this and it will be cast. If you have your own way to cast a circle that is ok too this is just mine for a New Moon ritual. 

Fourth, take this time to sit in your circle and reflect, meditate or maybe do a tarot reading. Really take time to figure out what you want to release and what you want to move forward with. You can write down what those things are and burn them in your bowl as a way to release or you can tuck them under your crystals as messages to the Goddess. The choice is yours.

Lastly, close your circle by walking around it 3 times reciting the same encantation you used before to open the circle and blow out your candles. 

I hope this leaves you well. Enjoy the new cycle you lovely magickal creatures!!

Blessed Be

~ Amaris Devona

Full moon candle

4-22-2018

The full moon is fast approaching on the 29th . And with that comes a time of change and the chance to let go of pain and the past.  The full moon is a perfect example of the female body and our cycle. When the moon is full it's the perfect time to recharge your energy stores and heal pain. Earthing is a great way to soak the energy of the earth and help ground yourself . I personally take time to light my full moon candle and charge some full moon water while sitting in a circle in the light of the moon and meditating. 

This months full moon is a pink moon. The Buddhists see the full moon as the new year. And use this time to celebrate the turn on a new leaf and make positive changes in their life. According to the folk lore from the old farmers almanac the last quarter of the moon(the full moon) is the best time to plant under ground crops and for trimming and mowing! With the spring weather blowing in it is the perfect time to get planting. 


To make your full moon candle you will need a white pillar candle, gold or silver paint, navy blue ribbon and anointing oil or blessed oil. Take your candle and paint a tripple goddess symbol on it make sure you get one on the front and one on the back. Once the paint is dry anoint your candle with your oil. Tie your ribbon around the candle when the oil is finished setting. I use my full moon candle as a center candle on my altar during the full moon. There have been times that I need a pick me up and a recharge before the full moon and I simply light the candle and focus on the flames until I fee more charged. 


This full moon is a beautiful sight to take in. So if nothing else take time to just stand outside and breathe in the beauty of our mother moon. But most of all celebrate that no matter what happens times of fullness and light are always around the corner.  

Be blessed! 

Accalia Esme

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Litha Decoation

6-3-2018

This Litha is approaching so quickly! I swear that time goes by faster and faster the older I get! Last Litha or Midsummer Solstice I decided that I needed to leave my decorations outside after our ceremony. Naturally in the weather they were kinda worn. But that's okay! Gives the kids and I an excuse to stay inside during the rain and craft! The first craft we are going to do is a dried orange and lemon window charm! It's so super easy and it doesn't take too many materials! 


What you'll need: 

-Stick or branch from outside the length you would like your charm to be. ( the kids prefer shorter ones and last year we used a wooden dowel decorated with crayola markers!) 

- towel or paper towels

-A few oranges

- one lemon

- cinnamon sticks

-embroidery floss and needle. (Plastic ones for the kids will work too!) 

-wooden beads if you would like. 


First pre-heat your oven to 350 F

Next you will want to roll  your fruit gently. Be careful not to bruise it just get the juices going. 

Take a sharp knife and carefully cut thin disks out of your oranges and lemon. 

 With your towel or paper towels try to dry your oranges and lemons as much as possible with out breaking the pulp. 

Place your citrus disks on a cookie sheet. 

When they are place pop them into the oven for 5-10 minuets. You want them to dry out but not burn. 

Make sure to let them cool before assembly. 

Once cooled loop a piece of embroidery through your needle.  

Start adding to the floss the orange slices, wooden beads, cinnamon sticks and lemon slices. I personally found that going up through the slices instead of around them a bit easier. 

Once you have all your strands made hang them on your branch. You can do this by either gluing or tying the strands to the branch. If you are using glue I would recommend that it be inside only. Birds and squirrels nibble on the glue and it can hurt them. 

We place our decoration in the window that gets the most light during the day. I like to tell the kids that a fairy may come and sample the fruit. Keeps some of the magic in it too. 

When this project is over your kitchen is going to smell amazing!   I've also made these with my sisters and glass of wine. A great idea for some mommy/sister witch time! 

Accalia Esme

A letter for the busy witches

6-17-2018

Merry meet peeps. I know today's article should focus on Sabbaths and Rituals but I want to use it to talk to persons who feel they are not being as religious as they can.

If you have a full time job,family to care for and another job which leaves you with little time to yourself and to praise the God's, then this article is for you. You try to do the little things and take the time to at least celebrate the Sabbaths, (sometimes not even that) and you may feel a little guilty about not doing as much as you can. I am not here to tell you to get over it, I am here to say I feel the same way.

The last time I was a part of any circle was to celebrate my sons Wiccanning, now I feel too drained to do any ritual. I may do a quick prayer to my God and Goddess here and there but I too feel like I could do enough if I found the time. Basically I want to let you know its all ok, and it will all be ok.

This is just one moment in our lives,one chapter that we need to maneuver through and we will all make it. At some point life will fall into place and we will find ourselves dancing in the rain to cleanse our worries. Take this moment on Slow Down Sunday to take deep breathes slowly and relax for two seconds. Acknowledge what your God's mean in your life and then return back to the hustle and bustle of the world. The great thing about being Pagan is that there are no requirements in our worship, every coven and solitary has their own unique perspective on how to acknowledge the Gods and work their Magick. Just hold on a little bit longer and soon you will find what works best for you just falls into place.

Blessed Be, Love and Peace.

Pandora Menadora