Super Moon RItual

So, last night was the super moon and I wanted to do something super cool for ritual.

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I did this once in India on the Ganges. I had to kind of guess how to make these leaf bowls. I wish I’d gotten a better shot of them in the daylight. Basically, I took rosebud leaves and glued them to an upside down cereal bowel so that when they dried, they would take that shape. Then I filled them with summer flowers and placed a candle in each one. These will float on water.

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You can adapt this ritual in all kinds of lovely ways, but we make wishes and sent out onto the water.  I can only imagine what people thought when they saw them down river 10 or 12 miles.  If you look closely, you can see the moonlight on the water in this shot.

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And then it was off to Rosemary & Thyme Bistro in Fairfax for a little cakes (bread) and ale (red wine).

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Moon Goddess Esbat Cookies

Moon Goddess Esbat Cookies

This is a great cakes and ale recipe to represent the divine feminine for moon rituals, and it’s super simple.

Combine:

*1 part cream cheese
*1 part softened butter
*1 part sugar
*2 parts flour

Adjust ratios as necessary.

Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350.

Roll into balls.

Press an indentation into each ball with your thumb.

Partially fill a Ziplock bag with raspberry preserves, cut a small hole in the corner, and fill the indentation in with jam by squeezing it in.

Bake until slightly brown at edges.

Enjoy! These would be great for Lammas or Beltane as well.

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Coconut Love Spell

Coconut Love Spell

For those of you headed to the beach this summer, here is a my own variation on a traditional love spell by request

You will need:

*1 whole coconut
*1 piece of pink or red ribbon
*1 stick of cinnamon incense
*handful of dried rose petals
*a few drops of jasmine oil
*piece of ginger root
* lock of your own hair
*1 piece of biodegradable paper (parchment is nice)

1. On the night of the full moon, light the incense and while it is burning, write the qualities you’d like to have in a new lover.
2. Crack open the coconut.
3. Fill it with rose petals, your hair, the parchment, the ginger root and the oil.
4. Tie the halves back together with the ribbon.
5. Take your coconut to the beach. If you can safely wade into the water a little, do it, otherwise, simple chant the following verse and toss it into the water with your whole heart:
“Aphrodite Goddess of Love and Sea
“Take this offering
“And in return
“Bring my lover to me”

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10 Ways To Celebrate Litha

10 Ways To Celebrate Litha

First, thanks to my friend’s little girl and my amazing little model Seren for posing so patiently for this pic!!

Litha is my very favorite holiday. It’s also one of the few that doesn’t have a major corresponding mainstream American holiday from which to draw celebration ideas. Mabon fits well with Thanksgiving traditions, Samhain with Halloween, Yule with Christmas, Ostara with Easter, Imbolc with Ground Hog Day, ect. But Summer Solstice sort of stands on its own, so I thought I’d help you out with a few simple celebration ideas this coming Saturday.

1. Host a bonfire. Get some friends together, string some lights around the deck, light tiki torches, bust out the sparklers and the champagne and sit around the bonfire enjoying the magic and beauty of this amazing midsummer night.

2. Have a picnic. Cook up some traditional kitchen witch recipes to share with your loved ones and break bread in the temple of nature.

3. Make some flower crowns. This is a great activity if you have kids. Go on a nature walk, gather some wildflowers, and create some beautiful flower crowns. Not only is this a traditional midsummer activity, it’s also is a fantastic summer photo opportunity.

4. Head for the water. If you live near the ocean, do yourself a favor and dive in for a cleansing ritual. Be sure to gather sea shells for your summer altar and considering working with one of the oceanic deities for a powerful experience you won’t soon forget.

5. Get thee to a festival!! It’s prime time for outdoor pagan festivals. Find one, and go, especially if you don’t have many pagan friends yet.

6. Camp out. You know, under the stars, with nature and stuff. If you’re a solitary, this can be a great time to go vision questing or take a personal spiritual retreat in a natural setting.

7. Cast a dream spell. The veil between worlds is thought to be thin at this time. It’s a great time to connect to your unconscious awareness and tap into your inner wisdom.

8. Go fruit picking. Connecting to the food on your table is an amazing way to stay grounded and feel close to the earth. Depending on your region, many farms open themselves up to the public to come gather berries and fruit right from the trees. I like cherries and peaches this time of year. Get a bunch and either can them or make pies to give away.

9. Leave out cakes and honey for the midsummer spirits. Folklore has long held that mischievous fairies come out on this night. Leave a plate of sweets somewhere on your property (away from your house so you don’t attract ants!) as symbolic gesture.

10. Find a hammock and a witchy read. Add lemonade, a couple of comfortable pillows and some shade. Enjoy. 🙂

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