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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June 27, 2022
Kicking off a new month, we welcome hot summer nights, new beginnings, and self-care into our space as we all learn the importance of slowing down and grounding to our current environment. Entering the month of July, we are led by the sign of the emotional and intuitive Cancer, encouraging all signs to slow down and live more in the moment. This could have us turning more to our roots and becoming more in touch with our intuition and our emotions, helping us to build a more grounded foundation within ourselves mentally and spiritually.
In terms of planets, this month, we have the influence of many different planetary changes going on this month. This includes Venus, Jupiter, and Chiron as some of the main events. With that said, Venus will enter Cancer mid-month, highlighting a nurturing, compassionate, and gentle approach to love. This could also bring changes to the way we connect with and communicate with those we love, as well as invoke a deeper, more caring approach to our self-care routine. Following this, Chiron will turn retrograde on the 19th of the month, pushing the signs to turn within for wisdom and introspective for the next several months. We will then enter the Leo season on July 22nd, helping us to channel some fiery new confidence that invokes creativity, hard work, and a shift in focus towards creating the life we want. And finally, Jupiter will also go retrograde on July 28th in the sign of the Aries, pushing the signs to deeply examine and evaluate their life and their path to better navigate where they want and need to be.
As you can see, July is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within ourselves as well. But, to give you some deeper insight into what you can expect this month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout July and how you can adjust your life this month to make the most of it.
June 19, 2022
As we move through June, we soar into new beginnings as the hot nights of summer take over and guide us to a season of fun, laughter, and adventure. Often referred to as the season of new hope, summer is a rich time of year full of optimism and new beginnings. It is a time when we channel more energy towards our personal endeavors, spend time with those closest to us, and make plenty of new unforgettable memories. Not to mention, it is also a time of personal empowerment as we embrace more of the fiery light within ourselves and allow it to shine freely with the guidance of the sun and the Solstice.
Because of this, doing what we can to welcome in and honor this energy is essential to truly make the most of it and can help to enhance our spells and rituals at this time. And what better way to do that than by setting up a summer altar? So in this blog, we wanted to share a few of our favorite ways to decorate your altar to welcome in and celebrate the summer season, as well as a few product recommendations that align with the energy of this time of the year as well. So, without further ado, here’s our personal guide to setting up a summer altar to make the most of this beautiful season.
June 19, 2022
Summer is finally here, and it’s time to get out, let loose, and get crafting on all your summer spells and rituals. With new opportunities beaming around us and a new burning flame of passion within us, this is the perfect time to align more with confidence and motivation as we pick up the pace in our lives and become more fearless in our approach to our goals and dreams. And one of our favorite ways to do that is by making sun water.
Energetically, the sun is known as the divine master healer of the cosmos and the creator of solar energy. It is the cosmic force that gives health and life to all, and without it, we and all life of our world would cease to exist. For that reason, the energy of the sun is incredibly powerful to work with in our practices and can help us to channel health, vitality, and healing within ourselves. Not to mention, it can also help us to see more of the light in the surrounding world as well as within ourselves. For that reason, sun water is a popular thing to make in the summer to absorb some of this radiant energy to truly make the most of the solstice and the season. For that reason, today, we’re going to direct our focus to sun water, its benefits, and a simple step-by-step guide for how you can make it for your summer practices. Let’s get started.