Is next Sunday (3rd August)!!! I’m getting quite excited :)
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!
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!
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.
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.
Plant: Licorice, seaweed
Metal: Borax, pumice
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
Jewel: amethyst, aquamarine, celestite, coral, fluorite, jade, lapis lazuli, sapphire
Letters: I, R
Celestial Bodies: Mars, Moon
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
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,…
Date: 1 August
- Sacrifice of the Corn King
- Giving back to the Gods in thanks for what you have received
- Sacrifice generally
- Blackberry leaves
- Apple blossom
- Aventurine – positive outlook, gratitude for what you have, balance
- Citrine – restful, warming, uplifting
- Carnelian – releasing, warming
- Amber – Life energy, the sun
- Uruz – physical strength and vitality
- Raido - Journey
- Gebo – Sacrifice
- Jera - Harvest
- Birkana – Renewal
10 drops Rose
3 drops each rosemary, frankincense, sandalwood
- Summer flowers
- Corn King
- Green Man
- Mother Goddess
- Make and sacrifice a Corn King
- Make sand candles
- Create a Witches’ Bottle
- Sunflower seeds
- Gingerbread men
- Berries (esp. Blackberries)
- Meat pies/pasties
- Red wine
- Fruit beer