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Are you a green witch living in or near the San Fernando Valley, California? Have you been solitary and wondering what coven life might be like? Consider coming to meet us at one of our monthly Seekers’ Circles by sending us a private message through the Witchvox link below:

http://www.witchvox.com/vn/vn_detail/dt_gr.html?a=usca&id=37482

Most people north of the equator think of summer as beginning in June. In the Celtic pagan calendar, however, summer begins at the beginning of May with the sabbat of Bealtaine. The date in June that corresponds with the summer solstice is the time of Mid-summer or Litha.

Bealtaine is the time of fertile growth that we witness all around us during this season. Even the Maypole dance is an ancient fertility dance. We send up wishes for a healthy growing season in all areas of our lives. Some ask for romance, some for financial prosperity, but I like to ask for blessings of health in myself and in my home. I guess I’m just a homebody!

Over the years I have used oils and herbs to make all kinds of magickal concoctions. I’ve made soap, incense, bath fizzies, 4 Thieves Vinegar, magickal oil and herb blends, bath salts, etc., etc., but until now I have never made a salve. I was amazed at how easy making a salve can be! I am now on the path to becoming obsessed with salve making. Watch out!

The calendula flower, aka pot marigold, seems so solar in its form and color. What could be more summer than the sun? I have known that the calendula blossom is wonderful for the skin and was happy to learn that these little easy to grow plants possess anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Magically they are very healing, so the calendula seemed a perfect ingredient for adding to a magickal Bealtaine salve.

The most time consuming part of making a salve is infusing the oil with the herb you are using.

First you have to pick your herb and dry it completely. Pull the petals off flowers and expose as many surfaces of the leaves as possible by tearing them.

When the plant material is completely dry, place it in a jar and cover it with oil. I used jojoba oil because it keeps a long time, but many people use olive oil. I placed my jar on a sunny window sill, but some people like to gently heat the oil to warm to start the infusion process.

After about a month you are ready to strain the oil.

I ended up with 1/2 cup of calendula oil. To that I added 2 Tb beeswax beads. You could also just shred some beeswax to make 2Tb. If you end up with more infused oil then add more beeswax proportionately. I also added a few drops of vitamin E oil and placed the mixture in the top of a double boiler.

I heated the mixture until the beeswax had melted, added about 20 drops of lavender oil (you can add your essential oil of choice as long as you know it is safe to apply to skin), and I poured the melted salve into some nifty tins I bought on Amazon.

Easy peasy! A lot simpler than making soap from scratch. Lye can be scary!

In what seemed like no time at all, the salve had solidified and was ready to use.

Of course, to make this salve truly magickal I had to charge it up with some witchy energy, right?

I lit some Bealtaine incense, cast a circle around my altar, lit a healing oil anointed candle, and asked Cerridwen to help me charge the salves with healing energy.

So mote it be!

I’m anxious to try other salves using other magickal herbs. I’ve found several recipes on Pinterest! I’d love to hear about your salve making experiences, so feel free to share in the comments section.

May your summer be joyous and your blessings be many! Blessed Bealtaine!

HPs Sarina

The time around Imbolc has been so eventful the past couple of years! This is the time when new dedicants go through the ritual to begin their year and a day. It’s also the time for elevation rituals and this year, I’m joyous to say, I will, barring any unforeseen events, attain my high priestess 3rd degree. It’s been three years of growth and learning, and I think the thing that has been impressed on me the most is that there is so much more to learn. Always.

The elevation rituals will be tomorrow, February 1st and on Saturday the 2nd, our coven will join together to celebrate Imbolc, the beginning of spring on the Celtic pagan calendar.

Even though it may seem the dead of winter in many places, underneath the earth things are stirring. Seeds and bulbs are thinking about sprouting. In the US we ceremoniously wake up a poor groundhog to see if he will be frightened by his shadow. So hibernating animals are sacred to this time. This is the time when the lambs are born and so all the newborns are sacred to Brighde, the great mid-wife.

We enjoy following the custom of crafting Brighde’s crosses at Imbolc. Even though the goddess, Brighde was canonized as St. Bridget by the Catholic Church, her cross is not, to pagans, representative of the Christian cross, but rather an equal armed cross representing the wheel of the year with its four quarters. Traditionally in Ireland the crosses are made from freshly cut rushes. Since rushes can be scarce in Southern California, we have had to improvise. I discovered that a common plant in my yard, dietes or fortnight lily, has leaves that work because they don’t break when you bend them. Well, a Witch has to think on her feet sometimes! Maybe eventually I’ll discover a source for some rushes but for now we will use our garden plant leaves. Here’s how they turn out:

The top cross is a simple pattern with a more complex pattern on the bottom. The crafting requires concentration but that can be a good thing! When you put your energy into creating an object and then have it blessed and charged by your coven, you have an object for protection magick that can’t be beat! I have been known to scatter these crosses about the house, especially near the front door. There are some excellent videos on YouTube for constructing Brighde’s crosses that you might like to study. Here are some of my favorites:

https://youtu.be/29ZbwPRXwis

https://youtu.be/zRi89vnzF5w

https://youtu.be/bq0ci42PnLc

So, make you some Brighde’s crosses, bake some bannock https://gathervictoria.com/2018/01/15/rosemary-oat-bannock-for-imbolc/, and stir up some colcannon https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/colcannon/ to celebrate the sabbat of spring’s return!

Light a white candle and as you gaze at the flame welcome any messages from our Lady Brighde.

Blessed Brighde, inspire me with your solar energy!

You are the midwife who births new light and new ideas!

You are the poet who tells our story in a beauteous way!

You are the smith who works the alchemy of magick!

Teach me, Lady, your ways!

May your Imbolc be filled with light and love!

Brightest Blessings,

Sarina

If you will be in Southern California tomorrow, October 14, 2018, come visit The Celtic Witan Church at our booth at Pagan Pride LA/OC

http://www.paganpridela.org/future/futuremain.html

Find out who we are, peruse our corn dollies and other crafts for sale and get a tarot reading from me, The Green Witch!

We will also be leading a peace and healing ritual at 11 am.

See you there!

Blessings,

Sarina, The Green Witch

Since I associate the Apple with the month of September and Mabon, I decided to stir up a little apple kitchen witchery for our Mabon ritual this evening. I made a Spiced Applesauce Cake.

You can get the recipe here: Spiced Applesauce Cake

Apples have the magickal properties of enhancing love, wisdom, divination and access to the other world .

An old charm instructed one to pare the skin from an apple in one long piece all the while (or 3 times) chanting:

I pare this apple round and again

My sweetheart’s name to flourish plain

I fling the paring o’er my head

My sweetheart’s letter on the ground be read

When your apple peel is as long as you can get it, throw it over your shoulder and see if you see the peel landing in the shape of a letter. Your love’s initial may be revealed in this manner.

The pentacle revealed in the center of an apple also indicates the protective qualities of the apple. Slice an apple around its middle and you should see the star formed by the center area that holds the seeds. People have used the seeds in divination for love and fertility. What ways can you come up with to divine answers through the seeds?

You could assign “yes” and “no” answers to even or odd numbers of seeds. I’d love to hear what you come up with for divining with apple seeds in the comments below.

Just remember to use your own creativity when doing any kind of magick, and enjoy the magickal energy of this amazingly mystical fruit!

Bright Blessings,

Sarina

I know it seems like I was living at my last magickal cottage, Crow Hollow, for only a short time (5 years seems short), but life takes some unexpected turns sometimes and we are called to make changes.

I won’t go into the crazy year I’ve lived through in 2018. Suffice it to say, there have been some sorrows and, as always, some great joys. Moving was stressful and exciting as well.

Sycamore Hill is an amazingly magickal place that seemed to call me to come live on this spot of land. Twin sycamore trees guard the house at the front and the back, and the view from the backyard is inspiring!

There is a steep slope at the back of the property and the idea of terracing and cultivating the land seems daunting. Homesteading here would be a dream fulfilled, so wish us luck!

I know I have been called to work with the earth and to help the pollinators flourish. I have already bought some native plants and seeds to start this fall.

The decorating to bring out the magick here is coming along. That takes time. We have a new puppy and the cats are on strike so I’ve had to work around that. One thing I have adopted for creating seasonal magickal vignettes is an old armoire.

Some tension rods, fabric and curtains and we have an interesting beginning. I’ve decided September is Apple Month. Mabon always makes me think of apples, so I plan to make candy apples a family tradition in a kitchen witchy way.

I was thinking how the Apple is so representative of the goddess and the witch: very apropos to this time of year. Our coven assigns the element of water (very feminine) to the harvest quarter of Lughnassadh, Mabon and Samhain.

As the autumn equinox approaches we anticipate the time of balance. There will be an equal number of daylight and darkness hours, and hopefully we will all find ways to bring more balance into our physical, emotional and spiritual lives. Our coven will celebrate Mabon with a burning man and offer up a part of our personal harvest in whatever form it has taken. There is always a harvest, and this Witches Thanksgiving is the time to remember that.

Brightest blessings to you all, and may you have a wondrous and magickal Mabon!

Sarina Ravensmoon

Do you have an altar you use in your sacred space to focus and gather your energies? Altars are an important part of practicing energy work in the craft and so we selected this subject for our Witchen Witchy Wednesday.

To start off our April WWW, we lit our green candle of connection and did a brief meditation of relaxation and grounding.

We discussed the difference between the two words, “altar” and “alter” and summed things up by saying that you come to the altar, a place to focus and gather magickal energies, to alter life circumstances, or bring about change.

We then drew up a list, although not exhaustive, of the types of altars one might set up. Here are some we mentioned:

  • Ancestor altar – a place to honor your family or other ancestors in spirit.
  • A petition altarfor bringing things into your life
  • A central or main altar which can be used for ritual purposeThis one is dedicated to the water element.
  • A kitchen altar to help your brews and such turn out right. I like to light a candle when I’m cooking up something. This sconce to Brighid by Mickie Mueller I bought on Etsy serves as a good kitchen altar and I have these lovely witchy kitchen wands that I display as well.
  • A Fireplace altar in a seldom used fireplace is a good place to do candle magick and leave candles to burn for long periods.After all, the hearth is the heart of the home!
  • Seasonal altars to honor the sabbats and esbats are a nice way to observe the changing seasons
  • There are outdoor altars, this one to honor the fae, with a place to leave offerings. We discussed some of the natural elements that could be gathered in nature to set up an altar on the spur of the moment. Here are a few:
  • Mini or portable altars were a subject we really were able to expound on. These types of altars are only limited by one’s imagination. A small container with a lid and objects to represent the tools and elements are all that are needed. This mini altar using a painted box from the craft store is still a work in progressThere are even mini travel altars made from Altoid tins!

This awesome scrying altar is amazing to behold!

Once you know what type of altar you would like to set up it is good to know the basic diagram to set up a pagan altar. The traditional altar contains two lamps of art for the god and goddess, something to represent each deity, a censor for incense, salt, a bowl of water, a chalice, athame and wand. Not all altars must contain all of these elements since not all altars are traditional, but these are good guidelines to follow. At least try to represent each of the 5 elements of air, earth, fire, water and ether on your altar, and many say your altar should face towards the east. My ritual altars face east but many others face different directions based on necessity.

Here is the result of one of our apprentices practicing setting up an altar:

We think she did a splendid job!

Do you have a great altar that you have created? If so, please share what you have done in the comment section. And if you are inspired to create a new exciting focal point for your sacred space, that is awesome! Let us know how it turns out.

Bright Witchy Blessings,

Lady Sarina

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