A Special Holiday Blessing

I was initially going to share this blessing with a very small group of sisters and co-conspirators in life, but I realized that there were so many other people who popped into my head, connected in some way with this blessing, these desires, these wishes, and these needs.  As we traverse through the holiday season and come to the end of this year, read this intention, wish with all your heart, “know” with that magickal part of you, and light a white candle.

The blessings and magickal intentions going into our white candles:

Peace & Harmonymay all and any issues causing you concern smooth out and resolution be found.

Prosperitywhere there is material need, may the golden touch of a golden angel bring you a blessed and full cornucopia.

Loveamplified a gazillion times, like the stars in the heavens.

Successon all your many and varied adventures and projects.

Healthmay all the infirmities that we suffer be rolled into one large black ball, and may this ball be given a mighty toss, that it rolls away, past the moon, past the stars, to a netherworld.

Hopethat we all know good things are right around the corner.

Laughterbecause it feels good and makes us healthy, and when we laugh our personal magickal energy is released in beautiful silver bubbles that burst all over the universe, causing a contagious rush of happiness to the world.

Satisfactionthat we are content with ourselves, wherever we are at this point, with whatever we may be doing, that we know we’ve given life our best shot, and where the universe takes us…it will be our destiny.

Garden Magic 5

Magic path Print by Cristo Bolanos

Imbolc: The Next Pagan Holiday

Happy Imbolc! If you’re not pagan, you may recognize this holiday as ‘Candlemas’ (February 2), a holiday celebrating the purification of the Virgin Mary, according to Jewish law, and a presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple, also according to Jewish law. However, long before Judaism & Christianity arrived on the scene, pagans in the old world celebrated this day as ‘Imbolc’, a celebration of birth and lactation, as their herds of sheep began to grow with the birth of lambs. The celebration of Imbolc is in honor of the Old Woman of winter who is magickally reborn as the Young Maiden of spring.

This was also a festival to celebrate the Celtic goddess Bride, a goddess of fire/flame, poetry, craftsmanship, and healing. This goddess is invoked when survival is an issue, whether physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual. When the Roman church invaded the British Isles, they discovered that the people’s devotion to Bride was so strong it could not be eradicated. To solve this dilemma, the Roman Catholic Church renamed the Celtic goddess ‘Brighid’ and made her a saint.

The following is a list of corresponding herbs, flowers, animals, feast foods, etc., that are used in the festivals of Imbolc for symbology, as decorations, and for the magick performed at this time:

Herbs: basil, bay, celandine, benzoic
Altar Flowers/Herbs: angelica, myrrh, flowers that are yellow/white/or blue
Feast Foods: bread, cakes, dairy products, seeds
Animals: burrowing animals, ewes, deer, goats, lambs
Incense: jasmine, myrrh, neroli
Rituals/Spells: candle magick, initiation, hearth/home blessings, fertility magick, healing magick, cleansing rituals

Pagans today celebrate the Wheel of the Year, eight sabbats (holidays) which recognize and acknowledge the changing of seasons, the earth, and nature. This celebration of and homage to the natural world, and the practices that accompany this spiritual path, is called “Witchcraft”.

For more information, including videos, go to: http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/wheeloftheyear.htm

 

4th of July Weekend in Photos

Included at this link are two photo slideshows from this weekend.  The photos were taken at the Fremont Lakes:

“The following are slideshows I created at Smilebox with photos taken this weekend: Friday, July 5th; and photos taken this morning…Sunday, the 7th. This is our first fourth of July together (Joe & I & the kids), and this is the first time these kids have ever gone fishing– they *Love* it, including little Emma. Admittedly, there’s a lot of screaming going on when a fish is actually caught, but it’s getting better; and not everyone has nerve enough to bait their own hooks– which keeps Joe busy. But it makes for a peaceful and wonderful way to spend time together…”

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