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Friday, August 1, 2014

Lughnasadh Blessings


Symbols & Decore:
The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches' ladder.

Lugh (Celtic, one of the Tuatha De Danaan),
The Mother - Dana (Lugh’s wife & queen),
Demeter/Ceres (Roman grain goddess..honored at Ceresalia), Arianrhod’s golden haired son Lleu
(Welsh God of the Sun & Corn where corn includes all grains, not just maize), Other agricultural Goddesses, The Waxing Goddess, The Waning God 

Red, Orange, Golden Yellow, Green, Light Brown, Gold, Bronze, Gray

Animals and Mythical Beings:
Griffins, basilisks, roosters, calves, centaurs, phoenix

Aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamondsand citrine

Grain, acacia, heather, ginseng, sloe, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, aloes, frankincense, sunflower, hollyhock, oak leaf, wheat,myrtle

Wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood  

Loaves of homemade wheat, oat, & corn bread, barley cakes, corn, potatoes, summer squash, nuts, acorns, wild berries (any type), apples, rice, pears, berry pies, elderberry wine, crab apples, mead, crab, blackberries, meadowsweet tea, grapes, cider, beer

Magickal Herb Friday: Sage

Sage is a shrubby, evergreen perennial plant with pale green leaves. Beautiful purple flowers are borne in summer.  Adding sage to your garden is a wonderful way to attract hummingbirds.

Sage has many cullinary uses.  It has a strong flavour that increases when the herb is dried.  When cooking, use sparingly to flavour meats and note that it will aid in the digestion of fatty meats. 
Tea made from sage leaves is an antiseptic nerve and blood tonic.  It can aid in irregular menstrual periods and menopause.

Sage is a very important herb in a Witch’s garden.  When used as a smudge stick, it is used to cleanse and purify spaces and to clear out negative energies. 

In Witchcraft, sage is also used in spell work for purification, protection, wisdom, longevity, and wishes.

Gender – Masculine
Element – Earth & Air
Celestial Body – Mercury &Jupiter
Day – Monday

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks
- White Sage
- other herbs you wish to add
- natural cotton sting/hemp

Know your intent!  Why are you smudging? You may want your tie colour to correspond with your intent.  Making your smudge sticks can be a ritual itself.  Harvest your herbs in a sacred manner.  As you wrap your sage (and other herbs), be aware of what energies you are putting into it. Feel the thread bind the magick (your intent) into your bundle.  Thank the Goddess for the abundence bestowed upon you.