April 28, 2020 4 Comments
What’s not to love about the summer? The days are getting longer, little lambs frolic in the fields, the summertime blooms are taking over pastures and cities alike. Well, for witchy folk, pagans, Wiccans and those following Gaelic/Celtic traditions, there’s another, even better aspect of the celebration of the commencement of the Summer season – the fire festival of Beltane.
Much of the traditional pastimes associated with Beltane come from the pastoral traditions of the Gaelic herdsmen and farmers, who marked the beginning of the warmer months by casting protection over their animals and crops. For spiritual folk, we still celebrate Beltane with protection, growth and prosperity in mind. As well as that, however, there is a definite, shall we say, romantic element to this Sabbat. Mythically, this is the time when the God has reached sexual maturity, and can now court the Goddess.
While, in times gone by, farmers would drive herds of cattle, sheep and goats between two bonfires to bless and protect them, we are less likely, for the most part, to have that many animals on hand. So how can we celebrate this festival in a more modern way? Let’s first look at the core elements of this festival.
Colours: Red, white, green, brown, pink
Food: Seasonal fruits, grains, salads and cool dairy such as yogurt and cheese
Planetary Ruler: Venus
Themes: Love, passion, sex, fertility, prosperity, growth
Plants: All flowers, especially roses, foxglove, bluebell, marigold; Rowan, Birch and Hawthorn trees; Frankincense, Mugwort, St John’s Wort, Thyme, Mint
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Bloodstone, Amber, Red Jasper, Green Adventurine, Moonstone, Green Moss Agate, Fire Agate, Citrine, Ruby, Yellow Jasper.
Tradition: Tending and Jumping the Fire
In more ancient times, we would have built up large bonfires, representing protection and blessing for our crops and livestock. All household fires were doused and re-lit using embers and flame from the Beltane fires. These days, especially in 2020, it might not be possible to get out and build a fire. Instead, light a symbolic Beltane candle, and use it to light other candles, each associated with an aspect of your life. For example, a green candle for prosperity and/or fertility; red for passion; pink for love; orange for business and so on. Set all these candles on your altar.
Instead of jumping the fire, work with what you have available to you. If it is safe to do so, perhaps jump over your Beltane flame candle, or, if you are not comfortable with open flames on the floor (you are wise), or you don’t have the space, indoors or outdoors, jump over a small cauldron instead. The cauldron is symbolic of fire; be safe, be mindful and intentional.
Tradition: The Maypole Dance
Again, if you have the space and capacity, dressing and dancing around the Maypole is a beautiful tradition. But if, like me, you are living in an apartment with no outside space and some neighbors who might call the police on you if you tried to erect a Maypole in the carpark, there are other ways to honor this tradition.
For a Maypole celebration on a smaller scale, why not create a Beltane wand? Ask a nice tree for permission to take a small branch or stick from its boughs (Rowan, Hawthorn or Birch are ideal, but any tree will do), and lovingly dress it with bright, beautiful ribbons in green, red, white, yellow, pink (or whatever you have on hand). It’s the thought and intention that counts – dress it with crystals, if you like, leave ribbons that dance through the air when you wave your wand; or honor the tradition of weaving and wrap the ribbons from the top to the bottom.
Because Beltane is a celebration of love, consummation and passion, it is a popular time for weddings in witchy, pagan or Celtic traditions. There is no need to throw a last-minute wedding, however; just celebrate your love. If you are partnered, you can celebrate together by re-affirming your love, being generally romantic and, ahem, passionate. If you are single, then you can still celebrate love! Celebrate and honour the other relationships in your life; conduct a ritual to love on yourself. Beltane is a great time for sex magick, love magick and general celebration of the people in your life.
I wanted to share with you the recipe for an oil I mixed for Beltane this year:
4 drops Rose Oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang Oil
2 drops Rosemary Oil
2 drops Lavender Oil
1 drop Sweet Orange Oil
Dilute in a carrier oil and use to dress your candles, anoint yourself and diffuse.
All in all, take in the season. Eat, drink, be merry and love yourself and others. Celebrate another turn of the Wheel.
xxKWritten by: onebosswitch.com/
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October 10, 2021
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year for all ages. Known for its spooky, scary-faced pumpkins, goofy costumes, and endless amounts of candy, it’s no doubt has this holiday has come to be one of the most fun, versatile and creative of them all for people of all ages. However, Halloween wasn’t always that way. In fact, many of the traditions of Halloween today are believed to be derived from an old Celtic holiday known as Samhain. And while these two events are commonly referred to as the same celebration, Halloween and Samhain are actually not the same and are considered to be miles apart in their traditions and practices. So, to help you better understand why these two October events are so different, today, we’re going to talk all about them.
In this article, we’re going to go over everything having to do with Samhain and Halloween. We’re going to cover their correspondences, history, origin, and key differences to give you better insight into these beautiful October celebrations and how you can honor them each in their own way. Let’s get started.
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As we welcome in the first official month of flannels, hot cocoa, and cool autumn nights, we also make way for a creative and transformative month of new beginnings as we begin to slow down and settle into a calmer period in our lives. With that said, this month, we’ll kick off October in the sign of the social and charming Libra. With this focused and determined air sign guiding the way through the month, it’s going to turn our attention towards creating balance in our lives. Because of this, Libra’s independent energy will have us majorly examining our boundaries in order to find our place of perfect stability, especially in our relationships. This, alongside the planet of love, Venus, transitioning into Sagittarius within the first week of the month, will encourage us to open up more to others and develop deeper romantic connections, which will linger as one of the biggest themes this month.
Aside from this, while October is overall expected to bring a more laid-back energy than the past couple of months we’ve had, all signs are still going to experience some challenges as we work through Mercury retrograde yet again, as it is notorious for stirring up delays and miscommunication. However, contrary to popular belief, Mercury’s influence isn’t all bad. In fact, because of Mercury retrograde, we will also get a chance to re-examine things from our past this month and finally cut cords to them to find our true happiness. This, above all else, will be a huge period of rebirth and renewal for many of the signs and will help them to truly call back their divine power. Following this, we will then hit the Scorpio season on the 23rd of this month, where this energy is bound to take even more of a mischievous and self-righteous turn, so get ready for some major personal power to take the spotlight towards the end of the month.
Above all else, this will be a powerful month for learning patience, finding closure from the past, and moving forward once and for all. But to give you some insight into what you can expect to feel personally, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout the month of October and how you can truly make the most of it.