The ingredients for our cleaning magic
Being in control of your environment is a part of being a good witch. And there is no better way in doing so than making your own cleaning products. A witch who does that is being responsible in her duties to Mother Nature, is being economical and not following the marketing hype, and can decide exactly what she wants to instill in every part of her environment, via scent, color, and intent.
So that’s exactly what we did! We learned how to make several different cleaning products for the laundry, the dishes, the floors, the air, the counters, and everything in between and how to customize them for our intents and needs. Everyone got to take batches of each recipe home to try them out. It was a magically fun afternoon!
An early Lammas for us, but definitely a fun one!
Our Corn Dollies!
We celebrated the first harvest with new physical gestures to call in the Elements, using the Witch’s Pyramid, and making corn dolls. Using a unifying physical welcome for our elements was a great addition to our Quarter Calls. And though we are still new at it, it still adds to the beautiful ceremony. In addition, we experimented with eliciting Spirit with a special blue flame using a liqueur our newest sister introduced to us. Very cool!
Making the corn dolls was a lot more fun than any of us really expected. Each doll was so unique and uniquely our own. We had a lot of fun using embellishments and experimenting with yarn hairstyles. We all made representations of the Mother this harvest and look forward to making the rest of the Triple Goddess throughout the year!
Afterwards we did, indeed, have a wonderful feast!
Today we began our new year as a new coven. Last night we said good-bye to one of our wonderful sisters who had been with us since day one. It was a very sad moment, but filled with happy horizons as she travels her path to a new home and a new career. We wish her every bright blessing!
Now we welcome a new sister to our group. We are very happy to finally have her join us (the wait for the new year was hard for us!). We now have sisters in every level, including a brand new Elder. We have great plans this year and we look forward to it!
We met up for our class this month for a crash course in numerology! It was very exciting as we cross-checked Pythagoran, or Western numerology,
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with Chinese numerology. Some aspects were remarkably the same, while others were delightfully different. We discovered that Chinese numerology is also a part of Feng Shui which is much more extensive than any of us had previously known.
Each of us took turns learning our Life Path numbers, and then our Personality, Destiny, and Desires number. We checked the numbers of our partners, our addresses, our phone numbers, even our business names! Very intriguing stuff and a topic we can all see ourselves revisiting and exploring more of in the future.
Here’s to a very prosperous 8!
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We wish you a happy and warm Imbolc and hope you have many blessings in the coming year!
The Silver Serpents celebrated with a small ritual that included cleaning and reconsecrating our magical tools. We also made Besoms this day to help us with our “spring cleaning.”
We had a lovely Winter Solstice ritual that focused on the Mother, Maiden, and Crone as she moves this night from Old Woman to Young Maid. It was led by one of our Second-Years and she did a fantastic job!
We enjoyed beautiful words, and had fun making both cinnamon stick pentacles and our coven’s Yule Log!
A very beautiful ceremony and a very enjoyable evening.
Happy Solstice to you all!
This year, we chose to celebrate our Mabon with the local ADF Raven’s Cry Grove. Only one of us had ever attended a Druid ritual before, and we were excited to be a part of it. It was held in a beautiful park in Camarillo with huge sprawling oaks above us.We dressed in our full black ritual garb, which the Senior Druid had encouraged as he and his fellow priests would be in their all white. He said it would be a very visual reminder of what the Fall equinox was all about.
There was live harp and drum music, traditional Celtic sung by amazing songstresses, and beautiful words spoken. Some of the ritual was familiar, as was the intent behind it. But most of it was totally new to us and very pretty to witness. All in all, we were quite pleased to have gone and taken part in a fellow nature religion’s celebration of Mabon .
photo courtesy of Raven’s Cry Grove