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Crows are said to be able to travel between the planes of existence and be able to deliver messages over space and time.

Here is a way to send a message to someone you have lost touch with. By the way, this time of Mercury retrograde is a great time to make contact with people whose whereabouts is unknown to you. I’m going to try this one to find my long lost cousin in England whose whereabouts I have been unable to find for some time. Haven’t spoken to her in years!

So here goes:

1. Find some seed. A handful will do. It should be organic and non-GMO. I suggest corn. It should be visible enough for the crows to spot it.

2. As you hold the seed in your hands say this charm or write one of your own:

Over space, over time,

Listen now to this rhyme!

Make ______’s presence be known,

By letter or phone.

Crow, deliver this message,

And may you have safe passage.

If you have a special message for the person being sought, state it now.

And so it is!

3. Take the seed to a place where you have seen crows. Scatter it on the ground. Walk away and don’t look back.

I’ll let you know if I find my cousin. Post your results in the comments as well!

Bright Blessings,

Sarina

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Crows

I’ve been noticing the crows lately and have been seeing groups of 3 especially. For those of us being visited by crows, here’s a possible meaning:

Meaning of seeing crows:

1 for Sorrow

2 for Mirth

3 for a Wedding

4 for Birth

5 for Rich

6 for Poor

7 for a Witch

I can tell you no more!

🧙🏻‍♀️

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Don’t freak out, but Mercury is about to go retrograde. I have to admit that Mercury retrograde periods are not my favorite times of the year. When I mention to my son that there is a Mercury retrograde coming up, he gets very exasperated and says, “When is it NOT Mercury retrograde???” These astrological Mercurial events happen about 3 times a year. Other planets besides Mercury go retrograde but since they are slower moving planets their retrogrades happen less frequently. Mercury has a lot to do with travel and communication which affects many aspects of modern life: cars, machines, technology. You get the picture.

This time around, Mercury goes retro in Leo on July 7, 2019 and stations direct in Cancer around August 1, 2019. If you want to consider the shadow periods before and after the retrograde, we are affected from June 20ish to mid-August.

So, let’s consider the sign of Leo and, if you know your astrological chart, where the retrograde will fall in your chart. Leo is the sign of rulers, dictators and autocrats, but it also rules romance, children and entertainment. Misunderstandings or miscommunication in these areas could manifest during this period. If Leo falls in your second or fifth house especially, I wouldn’t go purchase a new entertainment system. What you might want to do is a lot of thinking and researching and contemplating on the perfect entertainment system for you to purchase AFTER mid August. You might even decide then that your old system is just fine. 😉

In the romance department this could be a great time to contemplate just what it is that you want and need in a love relationship. What we are talking about is soul searching. Meditation and contemplation is Mercury retrograde’s middle name! To be honest, how often do we slow down, take stock and really focus on evaluating where we are heading?

So here is a link to see which house Mercury might be affecting and where you might want to focus your energies of reexamination. https://cafeastrology.com/articles/housesofthehoroscope.html

In your own chart (which you can have done for free on many websites) see which house Leo occupies and the areas of life associated with that house.

Despite the petty annoyances of cars breaking down and text messages and emails going astray, it seems like Mercury Retrogrades do serve a purpose. They force us to slow down and re-examine our lives. And that can be a good thing!

Contemplative Blessings,

Sarina

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With the success of my Bealtaine Calendula Salve, I started brewing herbs for an even more healing salve in time for midsummer.

I harvested calendula blossoms, lavender, comfrey leaves, yarrow, rose petals and lemon balm. I dried them for a few days and immersed them in a jar with 20oz. of jojoba oil.

This morning, after about a month of infusing (the oil got pretty dark), I strained the herbs from the oil. Then I added 9Tb of beeswax pellets, and heated the mixture in a double boiler until the beeswax was melted. Next, I added 1tsp. arnica oil (helps prevent bruising) and ladled the mixture into tins.

Making this salve was a good way to capture the healing potential of my garden herbs. Summer Solstice finds herbs at their energetic peak! I think I’ll call this one “Midsummer Boo-Boo Salve”.

For more details on making salves see my post on my Bealtaine Salve

Bright Healing Blessings,

Sarina

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Our coven celebrated Midsummer on the traditional date of June 23rd. In the old days folks didn’t have an astrological ephemeris to know the exact moment of the summer solstice, so they agreed on the date of June 23rd. Nowadays, many neopagans are into being EXACT, and so follow the ephemeris date for the solstice. Our group is a bit more fluid in our approach to the seasons, feeling there’s more of an orb of energy around a holiday, and so meet when most convenient.

Our Litha celebration took place at Sycamore Hill, and a magickal evening it was! Only four of us witches were there, however, many astral beings showed up as well.

We met up at the Magickal Cottage for crafting. A number of potential wand -sized pieces of wood from various trees were presented: oak, willow, walnut, sycamore, birch and acacia.

We each selected a piece that felt right for creating a magick wand, and then we all hiked down past the hedge to the Oak and Willow Glen.

A circle was cast, we called the quarters and then, with wands in hand, we sat down and prepared for a meditation as we listened to the drumbeat.

In this guided mediation we left our physical bodies and traveled to a “tweeny” place where we met up with our own personal spirit guides. Our guides then took us to the giant oak where we entered a portal in it’s trunk and descended to the underworld. We followed a crystal pathway and saw wondrous sights and spoke with magickal beings. With the help of our spirit guides we chose the path that would lead us to a cast off, unwanted part of a magickal being, such as a dragon scale or a unicorn hair, that would be inserted energetically into our wands. This would serve to enchant our wands and empower them to serve us in our magick.

After finding our items and achieving our goal, we returned with the help of our guides to the physical realm.

On returning, our circle energy felt very mystical. The solar lights had lit themselves while we were “away” and flickered and changed colors.

One by one, we walked the labyrinth just beyond the Fairy Portal, offered some incense, and asked for insights and energy at the stone cairn by the fairy oak.

We returned to the altar, requested healing and safety for family, friends and planet, and raised some energy to send our petitions into the cosmos.

We celebrated the cakes and ale. I had earlier in the day had some fun creating a special “solar cake” for the occasion.

We dismissed the quarters, took down the circle and got in some cardio hiking back up the hill.

We sat around the fire pit and snacked on salad, wine and a midsummer zucchini cake.

May you all be blessed by the solstice energy as we now begin the slow journey to the dark half of the wheel.

Midsummer Blessings,

Sarina 🧚‍♂️

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Horse Time Moon

In the Celtic Witan Church we honor the Coligny Calendar of the ancient Celts. Here is info on the Coligny Calendar

This month of June we based our full moon ritual on Horse Time Moon. Up until relatively recently in human history the horse was valued for its use in human survival. It was an important mode of transportation as well as a crucial partner in daily work. A horse was considered a prized possession, and buying, selling and trading of horses was often done at markets and fairs at this time of year.

Several of our covens have adapted this time to holding a market where we barter and trade personal items amongst our group members. This is always a lot of fun, and over the years some items get passed back and forth between coveners as an inside joke. We always look forward to this traders’ market each year!

This year after casting the circle and calling the quarters and center, we participated in a guided meditation. We envisioned ourselves upon our horses (mine was a white mare) traveling across fields and through forests to the meeting place where our ancient Celtic market was taking place.

The tables were laden with baskets of wares we had brought to trade. So many tempting items!

The trades were made and all acquired new treasures to take home. We returned to our seats and ended the enchanted meditation with our horses returning us back home.

This full moon during the time of Fire was a great time to observe all the summery things that bombarded our senses: kids shouting at a birthday party, premature fireworks explosions, warmer temperatures and the verdant circle of greenery.

We raised some energy for those that needed it and released it to the universe. Then we partook of cakes and ale.

The ritual was closed, the quarters and center thanked and dismissed and the circle released. We sat around and snacked as we did a few tarot readings: an enjoyable evening, indeed!

I hope you are able to take some time to observe and honor the full moon in your own way. Maybe charge some crystals or send energy to friends and family?

A blessed Horse Time Moon to you all!

High Priestess Sarina 🌝

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