I have been so consumed with the store, organizing events, and finalizing my Salem tour that I haven’t had a chance to post something new on my blog. I am also hoping by the end of January everything will be put into place and I can return to finishing up “The Little Witch’s Curriculum” before the summer. This would put me around Imbolc. I can honestly say this is not one of my favorites of the Wheel but I do still celebrate it with my group. I also have my own specific practice for this time of the year. I use this “Festival of Lights” to burn off all of the last year’s candles to end or release their magick through one ritual. Although in my own personal practice, I don’t necessarily follow the “Wiccan” Wheel of the year as much as I used to, this year I want (need) to return back to having a more structured spiritual practice. This “resolution” for the year really wasn’t my idea, it was Hekate, who guided me to return to my beginnings. Despite an already cumbersome schedule, I do understand why and the need to do this. It isn’t so much for the religious ideals, but for the routine of ritual and practice. This homecoming would also include more Moon rituals and devotions, all of which would focus around Hekate in some way or another. Thankfully, I am not traveling this journey alone, I completely am letting her guide me every step of the way. Much of this new curve has rolled over into my group, which has been recently reinvented sort of speak as well. However, we do still hold to The Wheel of the year and enjoy the celebrating of the Sun’s path around the earth. It just now has a foundation in Hekate’s mysteries.
For this year’s group Imbolc, I plan to use this circle casting from my book “Casting Creative Magickal Circles”. I feel that this one can easily be altered to include the Phosphorus (light-bringer) or Dadophoros (torch-bearer) epithets of Hekate. The adaptations are shown in red.
Festival of Light Group Circle
Items needed: one blue(red) altar candle, one tea light candle for every participant.
Prior to your Imbolc ritual request that every participant brings one tea light to the ritual.
Before starting make sure that all participants have their candles in hand. When ready, begin in the east; the direction of the rising sun(light). Start by lighting the blue(red) altar candle saying:
“We come together in honor of the growing sun(Hekate’s growing light),
Round and round we are bound.”
Starting with the closest person light their candle off the blue(red) altar candle, direct each participant to light their candle off the person next to them. While chanting:
“Round and round we are bound!”
Continue clockwise until all candles are lit.
Once everyone’s candle is light, direct the participants to hold them up and say:
“Together we cast this circle of protection and love (light),
Round and round we are bound.
Gathered together to honor the sun (as Hekate Phosphorus, The Light Bearing Queen) .
With harm to none.”
Visualize protective and loving energy connecting each candle, then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying: “So mote it be”.
After the circle is cast direct everyone to place his or her candles on the altar for the duration of the ritual.
When you are ready to release the circle have everyone gather his or her candles. Depending on the length of your ritual some of the candles may have burnt out. Lit or unlit it will not matter for the releasing of the circle. When all participants have their candles in hand, direct them to turn facing outward away from the altar.
Say or something similar:
“We release our circle of love and light (Hekate’s light),
Out into the world.
May its light bring joy (enlightenment) to those in need.”
Direct everyone to extinguish his or her candles.
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A child’s imagination can take them to worlds we can only dream about, and for some adults that does not even happen. The possibilities are endless if we let a child play and allow them to take on the roles they choose. A perfect example of this, is after a child watches their favorite TV show or movie and for the week following that child will “be” and act out the scenes and characters they saw. As adults, we see the child flailing around or punching the air and think they really have lost it this time. But in the child’s mind they are creating wind with super powers or beating up a monster. The one thing we forget is they are actually seeing this happen. Sound familiar? If you are well versed in spell craft and Witchcraft, this is exactly what we as Witches do. What the children are actually doing is tapping into their personal power without even knowing it. Children are full of magick and they actually know how to use it. They just lack the information behind the magick. It’s up to adults to teach them this information and how to wield this power properly. Some may argue that a child does not have the will to create change because they are missing the intent. Bull dinkies! When the child is making a pretend dinner for you, they are not only imagining the ingredients and items they are “using”. They are preparing it with love and envisioning the ways that you will enjoy it. Though it is in its most basic element, this is intent. When children have a pre-notion of an idea or outcome and combine it with the unconditional love that children possess, this is intent at its purest form.
Role-playing is an excellent opportunity for introducing the fundamentals of person power, magickal theory, and meditation. It can take children to places they are unlikely to visit such as the moon or under the sea where they can meet dragons, animals or even Batman. The possibilities are endless to the child’s imagination and for parents to find magickal “teaching moments”.
A few months ago, my “spiritual” nephew was having some trouble with another child in his class. What made it even worse for him, was that him and his teacher clashed in personality, so there was no support in what he was going through with his classmate. It had gotten so bad for him, emotionally that he didn’t care about his studies. Now, before you go into “TAKE ACTION” mode, from an adult point of view, this was more of an everyday normal social interaction that all children go through and not an aggressive bullying situation. However, my nephew can sometimes put his emotions forward and let certain things have a deeper meaning than others. The fact that I live with my “spiritual” sister and her children in our own little “Witchy” commune as we like to call it, magick is a part of everyone’s life in the household. So, we decided what better than to use this opportunity as a magickal teaching moment and together we would write a spell to help him with his situation. This of course would not only help him with his current situation, both by adding a little needed magickal push and to give emotional support to himself, but it would also help in his magickal studies.
We elected to perform his spell during a full moon ritual, in that way he can harness the power of strength and emotion, rather than using the current times waxing moon of growth. Although, the spell was written as a group effort, he would have the chance to perform the spell all on his own.
If you plan to do this spell with your child, allow them to do as much as possible, of course, this all depends how far they are in their magickal studies.
Sweet Water Bottle Spell for Children
Items Needed: Paper, Pen, A Small Bottle filled with water w/ tight fitting lid, Sugar
Have the child write down the names of people bothering your child, explain to them to picture in their mind these people leaving them alone and to see themselves have a good day at school or another place involved. Have them keep writing the names over and over until the paper is filled. Do this on both sides of the paper. When the paper is completely full.
“_____names___, your words cannot hurt me,
Your thoughts can not harm me.
You cannot harm me!!!”
Next, have them add the sugar to the water and say:
“From now on ____names___,
Will say nothing but sweet words about me.”
Lastly, fold the paper 3 times (you may seal it with wax) and say:
“With the energy of the moon I fix this spell,
For the good of all and with harm to none.”
“So, mote it be!”
Drop it in the water, close the bottle tightly, and shake it. The child may shake it whenever they feel that they need to have these people who names are written be sweeter to them. Keep the bottle until the paper has completely dissolved.
Recognized as one of the most important holidays of the year, Samhain, meaning “Summer’s End,” is a major festival with several aspects. It is the celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the dark half of the year, because of this transition it is also known as “The Witches’ New Year”. Many pagan traditions also see this as the time of death for the Sun and the solar gods, to be reborn at the Winter Solstice or Yule. It is a night when we remember our departed loved ones and honor our ancestors. Samhain is when the veil between the world of the dead and the world of the living is said to be at its thinnest.
Creatively speaking, Samhain circles are the most difficult to foster. There are so many different aspects of the holiday that it’s hard to focus on just one. In Casting Creative Magickal Circles I have included circles for the different themes that are commonly used in Samhain rituals. This circle in particular uses an Ancestor theme that allows your ancestors to be a part of your circle and ritual. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!
The Ancestor Circle
Items needed: photographs of your ancestors.
When casting your circle for a Samhain ritual that has an ancestor focus, you would begin in the west; traditionally regarded as the realm of the dead. Begin by placing the first picture on the floor in the west calling out the name of the ancestor as you do. Continue clockwise around the parameter of your space, calling out each name as the picture is placed. If you do not have enough photographs to complete a circle, place them evenly throughout the circle.
When you have returned to the west, say or something similar:
“I have laid this circle in love and protection,
May all that have been named help hold,
This sacred space on this Samhain night.”
Visualize protective and loving energy connecting each picture, and then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying: “So mote it be” when you have created your sphere.
When you are ready to release the circle, starting in the west, walking counter-clockwise begin to pick up each picture, visualizing the energy being released out into the universe, while saying or something similar:
“I release this circle in love and honor.”
This circle casting can be easily adapted for group rituals as well, allowing all participants to bring and add their own ancestor photographs.
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Mabon is the second in the three harvest festivals, also known as the Autumnal Equinox and is commonly seen as the Witch’s Thanksgiving. It is a day of balance, when the equal hours of both light and dark are seen in the sun’s journey toward the equator.
At this time, many Wiccans and witches give thanks to the waning sunlight, and the blessings we have received. It is a time to begin reflecting on the passing year and give thanks for what the things that we have received and learned.
In Wiccan lore, Mabon is the time when the God prepares to die to be reborn again from his mother’s, the Goddess’, womb.
Over the years, I have written many Mabon and harvest themed rituals, but as of late, I would much rather focus on a community dinner gathering to celebrate. These “dinner parties” still have the aspects of ritual; just not as formal as they would be any other holiday. The three circles I have chosen to include in this chapter were created during my years in solitary practice, but they can easily be adapted for a group.
The Gifts that Keep on Giving Circle
Items needed: one apple of any color, a handful of quarters.
This Mabon circle’s focus is about sharing the blessings of the harvest. Before you begin, place the quarters in the apple. The apple will be utilized to cast the circle. Begin casting in the north representing abundance. With the apple in hand, walk slowly clockwise around your space, saying or something similar:
“I cast this circle with the blessings of abundance,
With love and for protection.
I honor, sacrifice on this blessed Mabon.”
Visualize protective and loving energy emanating from the apple, then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying: “So mote it be”.
When you are ready to release the circle, starting now in the north, walking counter-clockwise around your space with the apple in hand. Visualizing the energy being into the apple, while saying or something similar:
“I thank the harvest for its gifts,
I release this circle out into the world,
Let it touch all those who need it love.”
After your ritual, take the quarters out of the apple and keep them with you. Using them for good deeds, such as in a parking meter that is about to run out. Use them in moments of “paying it forward” or share the harvest with those in need.
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