Category Archives: Ritual

July Buck Moon

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The full moon falls on the July 9, 2017, known as the Buck Moon. This is when the male deer have full sets of antlers for the upcoming mating season in the autumn. This is also called Thunder Moon, for the season rain and storms.

Some fun activities include gathering storm water for rituals. I often do this with leaving glass jars out in the rain, then labeling them to be used later. The water can be used in ritual, for washing altar tools, or use for scrying.

Water scrying. (video tutorial) This technique lets you use visualization for divination similar to crystal ball gazing.

Ice Spell- Use the storm water to use in an ice spell. Take some parchment or paper, write down what you wish to remove from your life. Ideally, think of a bad habit or something that blocks you from moving forward in your life. Meditate and infuse the paper with this thing you wish to remove. Set it in the water and freeze this overnight PDRM0244until it is solid. Use enough to cover the paper. The thicker the ice, the longer it will take to melt. You can use rocks to hold down another bowl on top to form a ‘bowl’ of ice too.

Once frozen, remove from the container and set a candle at the center. Place in the moon outside, on a warm night and say “Ancient Moon, empower me to grow, let the ice melt away that which blocks me. Let it water my intentions to grow and thrive”.

You can meditate as it melts, but don’t leave any candle unintended. If you wish, don’t use the candle, just leave the ice outside. Once melted, pour to the ground and bury the paper left over. Give thanks.

Some pagans might want antlers for their home, and the other day someone asked me why were they so difficult to find? For starters, many animals will chew and eat antlers as they are great for teeth grinding (squirrels, rabbits, porcupine, beaver) not to mention a good source of calcium for anything that likes to gnaw such as Bobcat or wolves. Even if you were to find them in the woods, you often find gnaw marks on them.

You can check local hunting supply stores to see if they have antlers. Hunters use them to lure in bucks by rattle them together, simulating bucks fighting. You can search online but read descriptions. Some listings are made of resin and not bone at all.

Another source, try pet stores. You’re not likely to find a full rack but they carry antlers for dog chews of various sizes.

sun goddesses

In Wicca, you have the harvest god, sun god. But in many cultures, there are also moon gods as there are sun goddesses.

Check out Sun Goddesses to learn more.


Celebrating Summer:

Sangria recipes

Thai Peanut Skewers (grilling)

Very easy Strawberry frozen yogurt.

10 Best Summer Salads

Death rituals

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I’ve been watching this channel on YouTube entitled Ask a Mortician. She gives some very interesting insight in the whole process of death and funerals. She spoke at a TEDtalk on the topic of Burial Practice That Nourishes the Planet.

This led to my interest in various modern funeral practices you can do with the body.

Become a diamond or death bead. I teased my husband that I’d turn him into a diamond and tell people it’s the only jewelry he bought me. <evil laugh>.

Become a beautiful glass creation. This isn’t an urn because your ashes get swirled into glass. Although you can find some remarkable urns. Just look up ‘unusual urns’ to find the beautiful to the creepy.

Send your remains to space. It’s a romantic idea, to have your remains in space, among the stars.

Turn your remains into a tree. If you want to go organic, you can have your remains added to a tree to plant anywhere. Another options is having biodegradable coffin. This also requires your body to not be embalmed, so check local laws to see if that is allowed.

Tibetan Sky burial. It might sound gross, to have a body left to vultures to be eaten, but this practice is part of the Tibetan culture.

Viking burials (the truth). I’ve heard of people make a model ship and set that afire in a river or stream.

Donating your body to science. This options requires to you not only fill out formal paperwork, but you need to also be sure your family understand your wishes.

How would you like to be buried or cremated? I’ve informed my husband that cremation is fine, but I want organs donated if they are needed. Post in comments.

Ritual garb, skyclad, or regular clothes?

img06When I first started in Wicca in my early teens, I admit the idea of ‘ritual garb’ appealed to me. The pretty dresses and robes, the head dresses, and exotic jewelry was all very alluring. As years passed, I experienced the ‘skyclad’ (ritual nudity) at festival, and joined in a skyclad esbat. But the cost of garb, the discomfort of nudity, my choice of preference is regular clothes.

Although gowns and robes can be as simple or ornate as you want, I always found them a bit cumbersome in ritual. Sleeves get in the way, and the hem tends to get too close to the fire. In the summer, they can be too hot, and in the winter, you look silly if you wear your winter coat over it.

And I hated the idea of black robes. My coven once decided ‘we’ would make ritual robes. All black, long sleeves, with hoods. I was against the idea. I threatened if they made me wear it, I’d bedazzle it or add glow-in-the-dark paint. It just wasn’t me.

WITCHAnd frankly, I couldn’t afford the nicer stuff. The photo here was a cloak my sister owned, and she was the one who did the ornate beadwork on the velvet vest, as well as the embroidery on the hood. But it wasn’t mine, and I doubt I would’ve worn it much to rituals anyway.

I’m a practical person; one who prefers comfort over fashion, and even the skyclad rituals tended to make me itchy (from sitting on grass or dirt), or suffer the odd sunburns if I was in direct sunlight.

So why ritual robe or skyclad at all?

opalmoonI’ve heard the idea is that you dress up for the holidays, like dressing up for church. Some pagans told me it was to add to the atmosphere of the ritual, or it marks a change in who we are when we enter Circle. I just don’t buy into that idea.

Skyclad (going nude) stems from the Alexandrian and Gardnerian practices where the ritual nudity strips you of earthy things and makes you equal with everyone in the circle.

Again, that just doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t need clothes or the lack of clothes to see others as being equal. And frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with seeing people as being better than others. Some people are better, through their knowledge, wisdom, and caring. Some people are not better, because they work from their weakness, such as jealousy, anger, or fear. I can still enjoy ritual and recognize them as worthy individuals.

What is your preference? Post in comments.