althara:
I adore this deck, it’s so beautiful!
diary-of-demosthenes:

Well shit, that isn’t good. Feel free to comment. Interpretations?

Without knowing the intentions of the spread, this is just my first impression and I read on imagery, not necessarily the traditional meanings. This could also be coloured by my own experience with the Rider-Waite deck…
I’d see this read as being a motivational kick up the ass. To me, it’s saying that you’re at a very emotional place right now and feeling a bit caged in/fenced off/whichever expression of “trapped and alone” suits you best. Perhaps you’ve been putting other people first too much lately. It’s time to be a little selfish. Think of yourself first, get what you need; then, maybe, you can consider other people again. But you can’t be of any help to anyone if you’re at rock bottom yourself. Time to take a break, reflect on what it is that you need right now. Try a changed perspective on the situation, it might help. 

Pagan Pride UK

Is next Sunday (3rd August)!!! I’m getting quite excited :) 

Seasonal Fruit and Veg for Lammas

Vegetables:

  • Aubergines
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Courgettes
  • Cress
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Globe artichoke
  • Kohl rabi
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Mushrooms
  • New potatoes
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Red Cabbage
  • Rocket lettuce
  • Runner beans
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Turnips

Fruit:

  • Blackberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Gooseberries
  • Medlar
  • Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Redcurrants
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • White currants
  • Woods strawberries

There were three Kings into the East,
Three Kings both great and high,
And they hath sworn a solemn oath,
John Barleycorn must die.

They took a plough and ploughed him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they had sworn a solemn oath,
John Barleycorn was dead.

But cheerful spring came kindly on,
And showers began to fall,
John Barleycorn got up again,
And so surprised them all.

The sultry suns of summer came
And he grew pale and wan,
His head well armed with pointed spears,
That no one should do him wrong.

The sober autumn entered mild,
When he grew tall and pale,
His bending joints and drooping head,
Showed he began to fail.

His colour sickened more and more,
He faded into age,
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.

They took a weapon long and sharp
And cut him by the knee,
They tied him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue of forgery.

They laid him down upon his back
And cudgelled him full score,
They hung him up before the storm
And turned him o’er and o’er.

They filled up the darksome pit
With water to the brim,
They heaved in John Barleycorn
And let him sink or swim.

They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him further woe,
And still as signs of life appeared,
They tossed him to and fro.

They wasted o’er the scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones,
But old miller used him worst of all,
And crushed him mid two stones.

And they have taken his very heart’s blood,
And drank it round and round,
And still more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.

John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise,
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise.

"John Barleycorn" as found in Kate West’s "The Real Witches’ Book of Spells and Rituals."

5 days to go!

(via althara)

Altar Building for Lammas!

althara:

With 1 day to go, it’s past time to be setting up the Altar! Space needs to be saved for the bread and bowl of honey which will be made tomorrow. The gingerbread men to serve as the ‘cakes’ in the Rite of Wine and Cakes will also be made tomorrow.

Altar cloth is the same as for Litha. Sabbat…

Some altar ideas from last year!

Lammas rites

althara:

I’m actually quite happy with this ritual. Variously taken from my books, the online BOS on Sacred Texts, and my own inspiration. I don’t work magic on the Sabbats - for me they’re days of worship and celebration.

The Lammas Rites:

  • Honour the God-as-King
  • Honour the harvest and the God’s sacrifice
  • Give thanks for the Harvest.

the-darkest-of-lights:

To Cleanse and to Protect Sea salt, black salt White candle, black candle White feather, black feather  By. Samantha Piña  [Do not remove source]
thewitchyandtheturtle:

I did a thing!

PBP: N is also for Neptune

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Neptune Astronomical symbol for Neptune.

Neptune is not one of the seven Classical Planets. Therefore it tends to have fewer magical correspondences than the Classical ones and is less involved in the magical systems. Neptune is the furthest eighth planet from the sun, and was only discovered on 23 September 1846 by Johann Galle although it had been theoretically postulated by Alexis Bouvard

Most classical magicians don’t include Neptune in their practices. It’s last on my list to work with, being the furthest away, but here’s a list of what I found when I was doing my initial planetary research.

Colour: Green/black

Plant: Licorice, seaweed

Metal: Borax, pumice

Perfume: Hemp

Creature: Whale, turtle, anaconda, mantaray, kelpies

Rules: Occultism, sub-concious, psychic energy, spirit, Otherworld, idealism, creativity, illusion, glamour, scandal, protection, vision, subtlety, the elusive and intangible, altered states

Element: Water

Zodiac: Pisces

Jewel: amethyst, aquamarine, celestite, coral, fluorite, jade, lapis lazuli, sapphire

Symbol: Trident

PBP: N is for Numerology and the Number Nine

Letters: I, R

Celestial Bodies: Mars, Moon

Element: Fire

Trees: Almond, hazel,

Deities: Moon and Triple Goddesses

Primary colour: Gold

Secondary colours: red, crimson, pink

Declaration: “I feel”

Represents: Energy, new path, immortality, indestructability, binding to completion, wisdom, lunar magic, culmination, wholeness, new beginning, inspiration, creativity, magnestism, good fortune, independence of mind, fulfillment, achievement, selflessness, impersonal love, idealism, emotional extremes, philanthropy, aloneness, non-permanency, a lack of clear boundaries

kmoonheart:

Pagan Diptych by faerywitch

A witchy tip from St.---Decontaminating people before they enter your space

stsathyre:

igamuinacra:

stsathyre:

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I don’t know how your lives are set up, but I am very lucky to have a lot of personal space. Like … a lot. 99% of the time if someone needs to speak to me they have to walk through a door or pass a threshold.

Humans carry a ton of muck,…

Lammas!

althara:

Name:  Lammas

Date:  1 August

Greater/Lesser? Greater

Themes:

  • Harvest
  • Sacrifice of the Corn King
  • Giving back to the Gods in thanks for what you have received
  • Sacrifice generally

Colours:

  • Yellow
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Red

Incense:

  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Hops
  • Blackberry leaves
  • Apple blossom

Crystals:

  • Aventurine – positive outlook, gratitude for what you have, balance
  • Citrine – restful, warming, uplifting
  • Carnelian – releasing, warming
  • Amber – Life energy, the sun

Runes:

  • Uruz – physical strength and vitality
  • Raido  - Journey
  • Gebo – Sacrifice
  • Jera  - Harvest
  • Birkana – Renewal

 Oil:

  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood

10 drops Rose

3 drops each rosemary, frankincense, sandalwood

Flowers:

  • Poppies
  • Heather
  • Sunfloweer
  • Oak

 Altar Decorations:

  • Summer flowers
  • Grains
  • Scythes

Gods:

  • Consort
  • Lugh
  • Corn King
  • Green Man

Goddesses:

  • Mother Goddess
  • Demeter
  • Ceres
  • Dana

Activities:

  •  Make and sacrifice a Corn King
  • Make sand candles
  • Create a Witches’ Bottle

Food:

  • Bread
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Gingerbread men
  • Berries (esp. Blackberries)
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Meat pies/pasties

Drinks:

  • Beer
  • Red wine
  • Cider
  • Fruit beer