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SIMPLE SOLITARY SABBATS by CrystalWind

 

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Suggestions on how to celebrate the Wiccan Sabbats simply as a solitary. Especially useful for teenagers and people with roommates.

Celebrating the Sabbats can easily be done as a solitary, because celebrating doesn’t have to be extravagant and complicated. The spirit of it is the most important thing. Start out simply. In this way, you can build up your own special holiday traditions. Having simple celebrations also is courteous to people you may live with who are tolerant of Wicca, but don’t share the same beliefs.

The following is a condensed summary of what each Sabbat pays tribute to, along with ideas of how to symbolize that in your own celebration.

On the Winter Solstice, the Goddess gives birth to the God, the Sun. This is a time of promise and hope. The Winter Solstice is the first day of Winter, and the daylight hours begin to increase after this day. This can be marked by lighting candles or a fire, and putting up strings of lights. Decorate a Yule tree, make a wreath, decorate your space with ivy, holly, and mistletoe.

On Imbolc, February 2, the Goddess recovers from giving birth. The God is now a young boy. We can see at this time the first early signs of Spring. It is a time of purification and inspiration, and for fresh change. Place a broom by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new, make a Brighid’s Cross and Bride’s Bed, do some Spring cleaning. This is also a perfect time to do an initiation or dedication ritual.

The Spring Equinox is the first day of Spring. The Goddess enfolds the earth with fertility. The Spring Equinox is about beginnings and putting plans into action for growth in your life. Traditional activities include dyeing eggs, planting seeds, ringing bells, and buying a new besom.

Beltane, on May 1, marks the God emerging from adolescence into manhood. The earth and sun have an abundance of energy. The God and Goddess fall in love and unite, and the Goddess becomes pregnant. Beltane celebrates vitality, fertility, passion, love, and desires consummated. Gather flowers, make a Maybasket, enact the Great Rite. Collect river water or spring water and wash your face with it for health, luck, and beauty. Decorate with flowers, ribbons, and a maypole.

The Summer Solstice has the longest daylight hours of the year, being the first day of Summer. Nature is at its peak. It is marked with festivals of fire, celebrating fertility, health, and love. Spend time outdoors by going on a picnic, leaving food out for the Fae, and gathering herbs. The Summer Solstice is a classic day to practice all kinds of magick for various goals.

Lammas, on August 1, is the middle of summer and the beginning of the harvest, a time to reap the fruits. Summer is waning, and the God begins to lose his strength. Lammas is a time to give thanks for all we have been given and is a reminder that nothing is constant. You could visit fields, bake bread, make a corn dolly, offer thanks through a ritual.

On the Autumn Equinox, Fall begins. The harvest is completed, and Nature, the God, and the Goddess, ready for their time of rest. This is also a day of rest after our hard work. Try your hand at making wine, take a walk in the woods, scatter offerings in harvested fields. Decorate with acorns, pine cones, and vines.

Samhain, October 31, is the Pagan’s New Year’s Eve. The God is slain, yet lives on inside the Goddess as her unborn son. Samhain is a time for reflection, looking back over the past year, and coming to terms with death. Practice a form of divination, honor your ancestors, roast nuts and pop some popcorn. Decorate with

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.crystalwind.ca/find-your-way/neopagan-path/wheel-of-the-year/simple-solitary-sabbats

 

Power: written by The Silver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life.com

Coloring the Soul With Hope

Self Love and Self Power,

now belong to me,

I am imbued with wisdom, and integrity.

I come out of my shell

to seek and to find,

joy and fulfillment that now shall be mine.

I now believe in myself,

I am strong and full of Power,

I bow not or grovel, nor do I cower.

This is my will,

may it now begin to flower,

as of this day-

as of this hour.

By The Silver Sage Witch (Victoria Baltimore Prutschke)

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5 Ways to Make S’mores Indoors | Kitchn

S’mores are a campfir classic, but what do you do when the craving hits and the weather isn’t cooperating or there’s no campfire (or fire pit, or grill)? You improvise. Here are five easy ways to get your s’more fix indoors this summer.

1. Make them over the stove.

Let’s start with the obvious. If you have a gas stove, you have a flame. So if you want your s’more in its most traditional form, don’t be afraid to use the stove. Stick that marshmallow skewer over a gas or

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Samhain- a Pagan Honoring of the Ancestors, and Death | parliamentofreligions.org

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Ancient faith was influenced by the natural world. Originating in ancient Europe as a Celtic Fire festival, the Pagan holiday of Samhain marks the end of the harvest season, heralds the beginning of winter-the dark half of the year, and honors death. Samhain, (pronounced SAH-win, or SOW-in) is also the Gaelic name for the month of November, the literal translation being‘summer’s end’.

Being largely a pastoral people, the Celts observed the season of Samhain as the time when the earth was dying. The crops had already been harvested and stored; the fields lay barren, and now cattle and sheep had to be moved from remote areas to closer pastures and secured for the winter months. Those who kept livestock would assess the stored bounty of the two prior harvests, of field and orchard in order to determine how many animals could be adequately fed through the winter. Those not able to be cared for were butchered, which would help to feed the family during the dark days ahead. It is partially due to this practice that Samhain is sometimes referred to as the ‘blood harvest.’

Cultures across the world embrace holidays with themes of death; Los Dias de los Muertos, of Mexico; the Buddhist Festival of the Dead in Japan, which is called Obon, or just Bon, the Hindu

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Easy Sunflower Bread (no-knead) » Little Vienna

Sunflower seed bread recipe

I am a huge fan of this quick and easy sunflower bread – or to be more precise – of this rye and whole wheat sunflower seed bread. In Austria, we eat this kind of bread a lot.

It usually comes loaf-shaped and consists of a mixture of white and whole wheat flour. I also added rye flour to my recipe. Some varieties are dense and packed with seeds, others are a little bit more on the fluffy side, like this one.

I didn’t have a particular recipe for sunflower seed bread on hand, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for experimenting. As leavening, I used active dry yeast instead of Hermann or Rudi, my two sourdoughs.

I was highly surprised that the bread I mixed together, came out of the oven perfectly on my first attempt. It’s just like the ones you would get in an Austrian bakery. Even David, my one and only honest critic (I forced him to do that…) admitted that

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https://www.lilvienna.com/easy-sunflower-bread/

The terrifying story of the ‘hell hound’ – BBC News



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Image captionThe dog is called Black Shuck in East Anglia, Hairy Jack in Lincolnshire and Barghest in Yorkshire and Lancashire

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Terrifying tales of “hell hounds” – ferocious black dogs, eyes glowing and teeth bared as they wreak vengeance on the population – have been the stuff of legend for centuries. It has cemented the place of these mythical beasts in English folklore, but how and why have accounts of their terrifying marauding spread so far and wide?

In 1577, according to one particularly poetic account, a snarling beast broke into a church, rampaged through the congregation and bit the necks of two people – who promptly dropped dead.

Having traumatised the churchgoers of Bungay in Suffolk, the mythical dog – known as Black Shuck – next cropped up on the county’s coast at Blythburgh.

Again, it targeted worshippers – bursting though the doors of Holy Trinity Church before killing a man and boy and causing the steeple to collapse.

The beast

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-england-34369461#aoh=15720826497629&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s

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