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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Litha Crafts - Wreaths and Dream Pillows

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Litha is a fun time for kids. The Sun and the warmer weather, green grasses all scream for playtime. But there are also fun crafts that you and your kids can make as well. So if you can corral your kids back into the house or at least your patio, here are some things to make.
The first thing to make is a door wreath to welcome people to your Sabbat celebrations and to welcome the good spirits as well.

Items Needed:
  • Small broom, about 1' by 8"
  • Plastic seasonal flowers
  • 3 different colors of ribbon, about 12"-16" long
  • Some thin wire
  • Ornament oriented to the Sabbat
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  1. Use the wire cutters to cut down the flower stems to a workable height.
  2. Using the wire, begin tying in the seasonal flowers and berries at the base of the broom where the bristles begin.
  3. Manipulate the leaves of the flowers to lie flat against the bristles. (This will give a good background for the color of the flowers to show.)
  4. Lay your berries and or fruits in between the flowers and tie off with wire.
  5. Once you have all the foliage in, wire in the Sabbat ornament of your choice.
  6. To help stop the wire from showing, tie the ribbon in a bow or whatever knot you prefer and let some of the excess drape around and under the the piece.
  7. String a bit of wire through the top of the handle and hang on a nail in the door.
Another fun craft that the kids will enjoy, but will need some experienced parental help is a Litha Dream Pillow. There is a variety of colors that are appropriate. You can go with lavender, blue or even white. Let your intuition guide you.
To stuff the sachet you can use any herbs good for dreamwork. Lavender, lemongrass, cedar or mugwort are good choices. They all do different things, so here is a link for some more options and their correspondences.

  • Small square of fabric in the color you picked
  • Matching thread
  • Needle
  • Herb(s) you have chosen to fill the sachet
  1. Take the piece of cloth and fold it over so that it makes a square
  2. Sew up all sides, except one, so you can stuff your pillow
  3. Turn the pillow inside out
  4. Stuff with your herb(s)
  5. Sew up the final side
  6. Put under your pillow and go to bed
  7. Happy Dreaming!
Blessed Be!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

13 Goals of the Witch -- Breathe and Eat Correctly

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I know that this following statement may be controversial, but here goes; Pagans should be the healthiest group of people and that includes weight. Because we should be in tune with the cycles of the Earth we should also be healthy and in shape. Now this is not to say that we should be bodybuilders or pro athletes.

But we should try to eat a healthy and well balanced diet. The goal is to be a healthy weight.

I have found that a healthy body is a clear and true channel for the Divine. But this alone is not enough. We should also be able to breathe well also. Here are some exercises that may help in doing just that.

The first step to regulating breath is to explore breath. Sit still for a time and just listen to your breath. Feel your breath, is your inhale as deep as your exhale or is it the opposite. Feel the breath of air at the bridge of your nostrils know the feeling.
As you are sitting there following your breath, let your exhalation slow to where exhalation lasts twice as long as your inhalation. Focus on letting there be no pause between the two. Inhalation flowing into exhalation, exhalation flowing into inhalation. This will aid in the breathing practices listed below.

Diaphragmatic Breathing
Spend a few minutes everyday just before meditation learning to breathe with the diaphragm. When doing this keep the shoulders, upper chest and abdomen motionless and allow the diaphragm to do the work, pulling the lungs down and to push the ribs out slightly.
Let your breath flow smoothly from inhalation to exhalation and back again. Breathe slowly and comfortably do not strain or fail to get insufficient air. Remember to begin with the inhalations and the exhalations being the same length and slowly lengthen the exhalation to last twice as long as the inhalation.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
If you are noticing irregularities in breath such as jerkiness or noisiness then you are out of balance and need to regulate the mind. For does not the mind control all parts of breathing? An exercise you can practice to bring about balance is alternate nostril breathing.
To stop breath in one nostril you will use your fingertip to block off airflow in one nostril. The easiest practice for this is to do exhale and inhale from one nostril five times then repeat in the other nostril. This is a round. Three rounds usually counts as a complete practice. This will help to regulate your nervous system and through that your mind.

Spinal Breath
This involves visualizing the breath moving flowing from the top of the head down to the base of the spine on exhalation and the reverse. Seeing your breath flowing from the base of the spine back to the top of the head on inhalation. This can be done lying down or in a sitting meditation posture.

Complete Breath
First you inhale completely at the stomach. Fill next the midarea around the diaphragm and continue on to fill the lower and upper chest. Then empty these areas in reverse order during exhalation. This is a good breathing exercise to do everytime that you meditate. Even just two or three breaths would have an useful effect.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Grilling Chicken

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
There are several options available for grilling chicken. You can use a marinade that I posted earlier this month. Or you can follow some of the instructions below.

Brining Chicken

This is a very simple way to prepare chicken. You can use 1/4 cup salt per quart of water and soak for an hour for pound. What this does is season the meat all the way to the bone and pulls the moisture out and through the entire bird.

Direct Heat vs. Indirect Heat

I have found that it is better to put a drip pan underneath the chicken and the heat source, either gas burner or charcoal to the side. That way the outside of the chicken doesn't burn and you can use the drippings for gravy.

If you have any other tips, don't hesitate to put them in the comments below.

Blessed Be!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thirteen Goals of a Witch - Attune with the Cycles of the Earth

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is one of the common messages that I continually cover on this blog. One of the keys I think to instilling spirituallity in our kids is through giving them an appreciation of nature.

And as Summer, and for the majority of the country more pleasant weather, is fast coming upon us we should all be taking time to go outside and enjoy the bounty of nature.

So what do you all do to connect with nature? Comment below.

Blessed Be!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Getting the Grill Ready

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
There are a couple of different options available to you, as to what kind of grill to use. Gas and charcoal are the main types of grills.
The summer prep for gas grills you need to clean the grids, grate and briquettes. A link with detailed instructions can be found here at grill-tips.com
With charcoal grills the summer prep is much easier. You only need to clean out any cobwebs and scrub the grates and inside clean. Then you can lay the charcoal and light it.
So what kind of tools do you need to have if you don't already have them. Here is a small list of things I have found to be essential.
So Good Luck and Happy Grilling!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Children and Music

Sunday, May 17, 2009
I had a conversation the other day with one of the readers of my blog on the topic of starting to raise her child in the Craft. One of the suggestions I came up with is music. So I figured I would share some popular and easy to do chants. I would also ask you to comment below with any other chants that your family does, so that we can all have them.

Goddess Chant

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali

We all come from the Goddess by Z. Budapest and Ian Corrigan

We all come from the Goddess
and to her we shall return
like a drop of rain
flowing to the ocean.

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls shall rise again

The River is Flowing by Diana Hildebrand-Hull

The river she is flowing
flowing and growing
The river she is flowing
down to the sea
Mother, carry me
Your child I will always be
Mother, carry me
down to the sea

These are just some of the chants that are popular in the Pagan Community. Here is a link that has these and others with sheet music and midi sound files.

Blessed Be and Happy Chanting!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thirteen Goals of a Witch - Celebrate Life

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think that this one is one that we all do on a regular basis without much prompting. Except for those of us who may be suffering from depression of any kind.

But for the most part we do this when we do the things we enjoy to do. Whether it is eating or skydiving. Time with the kids or with loved ones.

So the only comment I can give is to be sure that we live in the moment and spend time simply doing just what we are doing. I know that this seems self-explanatory but how many of us multitask or think of other things that we need to do, or should be doing, when we are doing something?

If we are going to celebrate Life then we should do that. Not obsess over other things in our lives. Do you not agree?

Blessed Be!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thirteen Goals of a Witch - Keep Your Thoughts in Good Order

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Continuing on my series on the 13 Goals of a Witch we come to the one, 'Keep Your Thoughts in Good Order'. So many people fill themselves and the world full of negative thoughts. We obsess with how bad things are instead of focusing on the blessings we have and the positive things we want to add in our life.

As Pagans we should understand the power of thought, not just positive thought. And should make an effort to bring into our life those things that we need and want. We can't just rely on the Gods or the Universe to manifest those things. We need to think of them and work on bringing them.

This expands to our health as well. If we obsess about our aches and pains and being sick then how can we hope to be well?

Just some thoughts to ponder in the coming week.

Blessed Be!