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Friday, December 2, 2022

A Simple Yule Ritual



This Yule Ritual is simple, Goddess-centered/Dianic, and can be adjusted for solitary or group gatherings. The original version is by Geraldine Andrew, who included it in a Dianic Wheel of the Year series.

The ritual space should be decorated for the season, as you like. Place four white candles at the quarters and another white candle on the altar. Other candles may be placed on the altar, your preferred colors to represent any goddesses you choose to honor.

Purify and bless the space, altar, and each other, then cast your circle and call the quarters in your preferred manner. Call the Goddesses while holding hands and chanting this three times, then lighting the Goddess candles:

Old Wise One, Shining Silver Hag, Dark Mother, 
Take us in.
Old Wise One, Shining Silverq Hag, Dark Mother,
Let us be reborn.
(By Patricia Witt, adapted)

Everyone now sits down to prepare their “giveaways” - words, sachets of herbs, or objects that symbolize what each woman wants or needs to release, let go of. Paper and pens should be available. Each woman should have prepared any other item she would wish to include in advance as her giveaway and brought with her. Alternatively, with herbs available, something may be made, again focusing on what needs to be released. Herbs for releasing, a cauldron with prepared charcoal, should also be available.

Focus energy on the letting go while tapping, clapping, drumming, or using rattles or sistrums in the background as each woman prefers. When ready you may chant the following as many times as needed or wanted:

To die and be reborn,
Cleansed and purified,
During the longest night 
As the Wheel of the Year turns,
We now release what no longer serves us.
(Reclaiming Community, amended)

Women now may speak out words or sentences of
that which they need to release. They will also light the papers that they have written on on fire and toss into a cauldron at the center of the altar. 

The Hag, Dark Mother, Old One is now invoked into one woman to finish the releasing by cutting all ties to 
what has been released. The Hag will go to each woman to receive the giveaway item. In turn the Hag gives the woman a boline to hold, feel, to connect with the Hag. She then returns the boline to the Hag who then draws three Xs over the woman’s head.
The Hag then embraces each woman.

Meditation 

Divination- we generally have everyone draw one oracle card and give interpretations, discussion.

Farewell to the Goddesses
Farewell to the Elements 

Open the Circle & Feast

Blessings dark and deep!









Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving & Gratitude

 Thanksgiving has become a political bone of contention. Not for me. I honor this day by being grateful for all blessings in my life. It isn’t anything to do with history, it’s about my gratitude. 

I have very fond memories of Thanksgiving through my life. I realize that is not the case for everyone. However, if someone had a bad mother, should all of us not celebrate Mother’s Day?

I do not celebrate the Pilgrims, I celebrate joy, family, friendship, good food, laughter. I acknowledge the good in my life even in these times of chaos. 

The Goddesses have given us so much, some more than others. Okay. I am still grateful for what I have, the beauty I see everyday, friendships, my own harvests and those of friends.

If you choose not to celebrate as I do or many others, I honor that. I am grateful for the freedom to do so. And that is a very good point. Freedom of spiritual belief, freedom of religion, freedom to be grateful in our own ways.

So with that said, I share here a prayer I was inspired to write as a blessing before meals. And whatever and however you choose to celebrate on Thursday, May it bring you the blessings of that which you need.

Prayer Before Meals

Great Mother, Mistress, 
Governess of all the Elements, 
Queen of the Universe, Creatress Divine,
To You we give our gratitude 
for all blessings and lessons 
You bestow upon us.
Our honor and love is Yours.
For this meal we now partake of, 
receive our unending thanks.
May we never hunger, 
May we never thirst, 
May we always thrive with 
Your blessings upon us.
So mote it be.

Copyright EA Kaufman 2021



Tuesday, November 15, 2022

An Oath to Mother Earth


 Despite having Sun and moon fire signs, I am so deeply of the Earth. The feel of soil in my hands or beneath my feet is comforting. All plant life, animals, stones, rivers, lakes, the seas, I find beauty and connection to all. Mountains call me, plants talk to me as does the land itself. And… I do what I am able to help this world.

So… I saw a prayer today that started out With a Wiccan heart and a witch’s might. I am not Wiccan so it wasn’t right for me, but the prayer was to honor and protect Mother Earth, an oath. It inspired the following which made my heart and soul feel so good. I share it here with you.

Oath to Mother Earth

With a Witch’s heart
And a Witch’s might,
I swear an oath 
Of magick bright,
To honor and protect
Our Mother Earth.
To believe in Her magick
With all my worth.
To love and protect
Her children of all kinds,
To Plants, animals, 
To Her’s I am entwined.
From air, fire, water, earth,
I bind myself to all She births.
For I am Her’s and She is mine,
This oath i make,
In blood I sign.

EA Kaufman c 2022




Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Spirit of Autumn


 THE SPIRIT OF AUTUMN 

I am the burnished leaves of gold
The early morning mist, your breath of cold
The tiny toadstools in the grass
The crunch of leaf-laiden, woodland paths
The breeze that carries, the leaves away
And causes the branches, to rock and sway
The sleep so deep, of hibernation
As animals rest, in cosy havens
The shine on conkers, the spiral of pine cones
The brown shades and hues, and yellow tones
The flick so quick, of the squirrels' tails
The pumpkin harvest, the thinning of the veil
The magic and mystery, of the stag
The buried treasure, the squirrels' swag
The flicker of, your warming fire's flame
Call upon me, by my name
The Spirit Of Autumn, I have returned
As the wheel of nature, once more turns.

 Joanne Kavanagh c 2022

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Full Moon Blessings



 Full Moon Invocation

Mother, Goddess of moon and star,
Bring your presence from afar,
Manifest on this Your night,
and bless me with Your sacred sight!
Grant the knowledge and clarity, 
to understand Your words to me.
Lend Your power, send Your light,
Aid me in my work tonight!
With love and wisdom please embrace,
All within this sacred place.
Mother, I now call to You,
Bring Your message clear and true. 


- unknown author -


May all you wish to manifest

Come into fruition!


Blessings dark and deep!



Monday, November 7, 2022

Full Moon Money Spell

 

Tomorrow, November 8, is the Full Moon. Everything seems to be getting more and more expensive as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Here’s a money spell for that full moon.

Gather a green candle, nine coins, a green or gold pouch or piece of fabric with red ribbon or yarn, some dried basil, dill, and cinnamon, a small cauldron, some blessed water. A small towel.

Charge your candle for bringing money, then light it. Add water to the cauldron until about half fill, now add your nine coins. If you can’t be outside, go to a window where you can see the moon and chant three times:

Oh Great Mother of the Moon,
Please bring to me money soon.
Let money come, forever flowing,
Plenty and more, forever growing! 

While the candle still burns, take the coins from the cauldron slowly and carefully placing them into a cloth 
as if something being born, and dry. Now place them into your pouch or cloth, add the herbs after you have charged them to awaken and bring money. Close your pouch or gather up your cloth and twist. Tie nine knots 
to close pouch. Go back to where you can see the moon, and repeat the chant three times more Let the candle burn out on its own. Take the cauldron outside and pour the water onto the earth, dry and place the pouch in the cauldron, repeat the chant three more times, then leave over night. In the morning, place the pouch in your handbag or the place where you keep
your financial things.

Blessings dark and deep!








Thursday, November 3, 2022

Protection


 Today I chose the 9th card after shuffling Seasons of the Witch Samhain Oracle, Number 29, Protection was the card.

There are always things in this world… and the other, to frighten us, make us feel uncomfortable, cause us anxiety. It is, after all, a frightening and cruel world. However, as witches, healers, and just women in the mundane world, we’ve experienced our share of this throughout our lives. 

As this card informs, despite all of that, we are protected. Within us is a place we can retreat to, a place to heal, find comfort, be restored. In this place, we cannot be harmed or shaken. We are well armored, we just don’t always remember it.

This card reminds us that we need only retreat to this space and step through the veil into the arms of our Ancestors and guides, those who love us.We need only to remember They are there and speak to Them, ask for there guidance and support. We have the power and Their additional assistance whenever we need it.

Once we know our own power and that of our Ancestors, really know, we will know protection is there. We must see the world and our lives as they are, warts and all, yet find the blessings and strengths. And there are more strengths in us than anything else. Stand strong, wild, and knowing. We are protected.

Blessings dark and deep.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November



"I am the ancient Apple Queen,
As once I was so am I now.
For evermore a hope unseen,
Betwixt the blossom and the bough.

Ah, where's the river's hidden Gold!
And where the windy grave of Troy?
Yet come I as i came of old,
From out the heart of summer's joy.
"
-   William Morris, Pomona

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Potions Rare

 The Brewer

In the cauldron steams and brews
Potions rare that boil and stew.
Steeps thy fortune wise and true,
All that’s good will come to you!

Now for the recipe!

The White Witch

For your sipping pleasure on Hallows, May I suggest a White Witch!

2 cups vanilla ice cream 
2 Oz vodka 
2 Oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

Let ice cream soften a bit then add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve. Makes 1 serving.

http://www.hollyscheatday.com/the-white-wi



Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Homecoming

This poem/prayer is so dear to me. It embodies all the Goddess is to me and gives great comfort.




"Homecoming" 

~ Linda Reuther, 


“And the Great Mother said:

Come my child and give me all that you are.

I am not afraid of your strength and darkness, of your fear and pain.

Give me your tears. They will be my rushing rivers and roaring oceans.
Give me your
 rage. It will

erupt into my molten volcanoes and rolling thunder.
Give me your tired spirit. I will lay it to rest in my soft meadows.
Give me your hopes and dreams. I will plant a field of sunflowers and arch rainbows in the sky.
You are not too much for me. My arms and heart welcome your true fullness.
There is room in my world for all of you, all that you are.
I will cradle you in the boughs of my ancient redwoods and the valleys of my gentle rolling hills.
My soft winds will sing you lullabies and soothe your burdened heart.
Release your deep pain.
You are not alone and you have never been alone.”


Blessings Dark & Deep

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Deep Into The Waning Time



 October, my crone-self is much closer to the surface of my being. I contemplate and remember more. I sit and wonder how I got here so quickly. Honestly, in my head I still feel 20, but much wiser. If only I knew then what I knew now.

However, that is a waste of time. My goal is to simply enjoy the magick of each day and get the most out of it. I feel closer to the Ancestors at this time of my life and know they are around me. It’s not just the season, but the season of my life. And not just the bloodline Ancestors, but those of my breed. My breed? Yes, the witches and healers, the women who were ahead of there time - they are also sisters, mothers, grandmothers of who I am. 

I honor them with candles and incense, offerings that are taken to their Underworld. But the best way I know to honor them is to remember them. I think about them, their struggles and tears, but there joys too, their magick, their sense of accomplishment. 

Some of these Ancestors were very alone in their work, their magick, but no longer. Now they are all together, celebrating, teaching with thoughts that they share. Most of the breed, we didn’t know them or even know about them. They weren’t famous or even remembered anywhere but in the hearts of women like me. And so, I honor them.

Remember those woman who did secretly what we do openly. Open your hearts to them. Tell them, I don’t know your name, but I remember you. No, we do not forget them for they live on within us.

Blessings dark and deep.




Thursday, September 29, 2022

You Are Invited

We are calling the Grandmothers,
Mothers, Sisters, Aunts, Daughters
The wild women
The crones
The seers and midwives
The mountain and desert women
The soul summoners
The water carriers
The tenders and feelers of Earth
The ocean women who are rising the tide
The fire women who are ready to roar
The girls who already breathe consciously with the trees and the Elders who choose
to sing the song that ends the
desecration of our world -
We are calling you to rise together now -
You are invited - to unite and waken
to who and what you really are,
on behalf of the forests, on behalf of the
trees, on behalf of Life.”
~ Clare Dubois



Saturday, September 24, 2022

Mabon Blessing


 Mabon Blessing

Goddess we thank you
For the bounties of spring and summer 
For the powers of creation, 
which challenge us and 
fill us with breathtaking awe.
Goddess we thank You!
For the earth with its sunrises and sunsets, ocean tides and mountain peaks,
For the Humanity, our shared pasts and futures, 
our oneness despite all differences.
Goddess we thank You!
For our hopes and dreams, noble causes and understanding of views not shared,
For all who have worked and 
fought for a fairer universe and 
a life of dignity and freedom.
Goddess we thank You!
For the opportunity to learn and grow, 
the knowledge to teach and make choices,
For the wisdom to live by hope and 
not fear, and by our deeds not our words.
Goddess, we thank You!
For all that we have overlooked and 
taken for granted in the our daily life,
For being, and letting us be blessed by that being.
Goddess, mighty and powerful, tender and charitable, we most gratefully thank You now!

By Zoey




Thursday, September 22, 2022

Autumn Equinox Blessings

 Autumn Equinox Blessings. 



A Spell For Peace & Happiness

A little magick for your home is a good practice. While browsing through my Book of Soells, I found this. All the items needed are common kitchen herbs and spices. The others items needed are easily found and you may very well have them in your home.

I have cast this spell many times over the years and suggested its use by others with much success. Everyone can use a little extra peace and happiness in the home, don’t you think?

A Spell For Peace And Happiness In The Home

Perform this spell after the first crescent of the new moon appears. Energetically cleanse your home in whatever manner you usually do.

You will need;

an orange or Happy Home* candle

lavender buds, rose petals, wood betony, Rosemary, cumin seeds and cinnamon. 

three drops each of bergamot, clove and vanilla oils (a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract may be used instead of vanilla oil) plus a touch extra for candle anointing. 

Matches or lighter

A pink, lavender colored, or white pouch

Candle holder

A bit of glitter if you have some

Some rose quartz piece to surround your candle and pouch.

Mix herbs and oils together well and enchant in the usual manner. Place the mixture into a  small pouch. Keep this with the candle as it burns. You will then place it in a closet, cupboard, or somewhere around the home, hidden from view.

If you are using a plain orange candle, anoint with a touch of each oil, and sprinkle with a tiny pinch of glitter, enchanting for purpose If using the Happy Home candle, you may anoint with a bit of oil and add some glitter, then awaken and ask for the candle’s assistance for your purpose.

Place the candle in its hold, pouch nearby, and surround with pieces of rose quartz.

Burn the candle for three hours each evening until it is completely consumed. Chant this charm three times after lighting:

Peace and happiness fill our place,                                All is well in our family’s space!

Any candle remnants may be added to you pouch.

(Both Crystal Journey and Coventry Candles make lovely Happy Home candles) 

(copyright 2012 E A Kaufman)

Blessings dark and deep!



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Cleansing Prayer

Wrote this Tuesday morning and thought I’d share. Beautiful blessings dark and deep.

Cleansing Prayer 

Smoke and fire, Earth and air,
Cleanse and bless this home with care.
In the Lady’s name I make it so,
All harm and bane released must go.
By the Lady Mother that I revere,
Only good now enters here.
With gratitude I freely send
To my Lady without end.

C EA Kaufman 9/20/2022




Tuesday, September 20, 2022

You Are Becoming You

 I took a bit of poetic license with this so I would be talking to the Goddess.

Me: Hey Goddess.

Goddess : Hello.....

Me: I'm falling apart. Can you put me back together?

Goddess: I would rather not.

Me: Why?

God: Because you aren't a puzzle.

Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?

Goddess : Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.

Me: You don't understand! I'm breaking down!

Goddess : No - you don't understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains. You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back. You aren't falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax. Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don't need anymore to fall off of you. Quit holding onto the pieces that don't fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?

Goddess : Only the very best pieces of you.

Me: I'm scared of changing.

Goddess : I keep telling you - YOU AREN'T CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming who?

Goddess : Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion. I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided to adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear. Let those things fall off of you. I love you! Don't change! ... Become! Become! Become who I made you to be. I'm going to keep telling you this until you remember it.

Me: There goes another piece.

Goddess : Yep. Let it be.

Me: So ... I'm not broken?

Goddess: Of course Not! - but you are breaking like the dawn. It's a new day. Become!!!

~John Roedel~  God has been changed to Goddess.


Blessings dark and deep!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Thinking of the Crone

Good morning! I am awake early this morning and thinking about being a crone and the Divine Crone. When did this happen, that I have reached this age… and with so much to do still? Aging can be frightening, but more than that it is glorious. Personally, I have been able to let go of things that made me miserable but now I know were really not important. So I embrace my age and love this body and mind and soul - ah, there’s the one, my soul! I am aware of my inner self, my deep heart, my divine essence. I strongly feel and know them. That feels good and right so I better get busy with all those things I still have to do! First, some prayers, a candle and incense to light, my morning devotions, at this time of the year, honoring the Divine Crone.

Blessings dark and deep! 


Calling the Crone


Midnight Mother, Queen of Dreams,

Who in the dark of the moon beseems

The Lady of Phantoms and the Dead,

Dispenser of visions of love and dread.

Mistress of magic and arts arcane,

Lady of Karma who justice ordains,

Come to me now! Come to my call!

Queen of Darkness and Spirits all.

Weaver of the celestial web

and author of fortunes flow and ebb,

Bless me with magical power bright,

grant me the knowledge of spiritual things

and power that spiritual knowledge brings.

To work my will and make manifest,

all the things that my heart loves the best.

Great Crone, Grandmother of All That Is,

Now bless me moreover in more than this.

Share the wisdom of Your sacred heart

as well as the skill of Your magical art,

That I may be mindful in all that I do

and be wise in magical workings too.


(source unknown)


Owl Crone by Bernadette Wulf 


Sunday, September 18, 2022

A Daily Prayer


 Good Sunday morning and many blessings. I am struggling a bit with shingles - gotta love the Crone years. However, I am doing well for the most part, but this morning I am having a bit of a flare up. 

To take my mind off it, I went browsing the internet and found a little prayer to the Universe. This inspired a daily short prayer to the Mother Goddesses. I am a firm believer in daily devotions, even just little ones. So I share it here.

Light a candle, perhaps a stick of incense, and recite three times.

A Daily Prayer

Oh Blessed Mothers I come to You,

With honor and love, blessings too.

Give me strength to face my day

Whatever it is that comes my way.

With love I open to what may be,

I light this flame’s power times three.

As Your loving blessings always assist me,

So I shall be the best I can be.

With honor and love, blessings too,

With strength from the Great Mothers,

It is made true.

E A Kaufman C 9/18/2022

Blessings dark and deep.