My Earth Centered Spirituality and my family

Okay, So I have been thinking about bringing my children and husband in on my journey through my Spirituality. Of course I can’t say that my husband will agree with it but he will listen to me. I just think my family has a lot of conflict and we need to find our balance again.

We Wiccans officially don’t have a doctrine per say but we do have a way of life a culture. Nature is in harmony our families should be in harmony also. With a respect to each other. Our roots are indigenous we actually plant them, feel them in our hands, hear  and smell it in the air we are at home with ourselves in Nature. And my family has move away from that and we need to get back into that   mind set.  The mother birthed us all and my children should understand that Earth is our home and we should respect her. They should understand that we need to connect to her in all things from the seasons, to the animals and plants, to the weather; basically all of the natural world.

Of course, the way that they come to their conclusions is there own but we must all go down our own paths in order to get there. I don’t know how I am going to get them to agree especially my son but I must try to include them in my life.

I am thinking baby steps I have already fully brought over my holidays into their lives we celebrate all major Wiccans holidays. Perhaps next I will try with meditation.

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Samhain– Halloween—

I hope everyone had a happy Samhain… I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to write.

So Samhain was a good day. I think next year I will plan it a bit differently for my Children. We didn’t go out trick or treating. I decided to stay in. I made a special dinner. We carved pumpkins. Had a pumpkin pie that turn out horrible because I thought I would try a new recipe. We feed the animals some biscuits I made for them out of another bad recipe.  (Moral of story try the recipe before feeding it to family). But we had a fun night in. Since my daughter is still a bit young we didn’t talk about our celebration of our loved ones that have passed on.

 

Ostara–Happy Spring

Well it is that time of year when everything thrives. Babies are born to many animals this time of year. Plants flower, leafing out, many different colors abound this time of years. We celebrate the the maiden Goddess in one of her aspects. This is a time of fertility when the Earth is its most at its most fertile. Winters grasp is finally falling away to be replaced by the heat of the coming summer (although I think this year is a bit strange not many cold days it is almost as if summer couldn’t give in to winter).

Many different rituals can be done to worship the Goddess. If you are a solitary practitioner like me and don’t do the elaborate rituals that is how I believe, because the Mother nurtures and talks to us constantly trying to guide us along our path but doesn’t interfere we ultimately choose the path we go down. So I celebrate with coloring of eggs, an Egg hunt for my children, presents  and a basket I guess that would also be traditionally Easter fair yet on a different day not to mention I don’t buy the stuff animals and Easter grass and stuff like that it actually has to be unique and valuable why clutter the house with plastic stuff and things that will never ever be used or will be discarded after one day. I do put out candles and flowery incense, making seed cakes, cleansing the home with spring cleaning, flying kites, Planting plants out in the garden that are frost tolerant, I feed the birds and other animals because of the burden of birth and hatching of little ones that can tax their bodies and I think that the Goddess and God would want that.We also take a nature hikes around our property and have a picnic. And do other games, arts and crafts, stories and many fun things during this time of year.

I like to decorate for the day. I use flowering branches, colored eggs that are to be used during the egg hunt, seasonal flowers such as daffodils,  any of the colors of spring and with rabbits and other animals figurines no many though I am limited on space. I also set up my alter during this time I have to do it outside so I always pray for nice weather with low winds and no rain. And I place out offerings of seeds, and take many of the wild flower seeds I saved from last year and throw all along road ways so that they can repopulate an area that they previously but now no longer live in (it is sad but I see it happen a lot in fact I collected some of my original seeds from those areas for my own garden I even now have a unique variety that grows because of the genetic diversity that happens I don’t think it grows anywhere but in my garden will have to look).

There are a few recipes, and other things I would like to show you I will put these on a Page Under Ostara and hope you enjoy the activities yourself , with your family, and or with friends.

Here are some links to explore on Ostara History, Traditions, Rituals, ect hope you enjoy.

http://www.ladyoftheearth.com/sabbats/sabbats.html

http://www.thesacredpaths.com/village/2006/02/24/ostara-solitary-ritual/

http://thewiccalife.blogspot.com/2011/01/solitary-ostara-ritual.html

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/angelline/ostara_solitary_ritual.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/ia/LiliWicca/ostara.html

http://www.thewiccanway.org/files/SolitaryOstaraRitual.pdf

http://witchhaven.com/?page_id=6

http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

http://magickwyrd.wordpress.com/sabbats-2011-2012/ostara-spring-equinox-march-20th-2012/

http://spiritblogger.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/spirit-message-of-the-day-celebrate-ostara-the-spring-equinox-2011/

http://witchofhowlingcreek.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/ostara-the-equinox-and-balance/

http://acroan.com/2012/02/29/unintentional-injuries-and-ostara/

http://celticawitch.wordpress.com/the-wheel-of-the-year/ostara/

 

Imbolic– Happy Midwinter

Imbolic
February 2nd
Imbolic is one of the four fire Festivals. It is also know as Candlemas (Christian influence) and Imbolg, Brid’s Day, Oimelc, Bride’s Day, and so many other names. Imbolic is celebrated midway between winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

This is a festival of Young women and Men. This is where we all recognize the cyclic change of the crone to the maiden from the winter to the spring. Using the signs of Spring, the greening of the grass, the flowering of the early spring flowering plants such as the crocus and snow drops. In places where snow is still on the ground and not much spring is to be had this is a perfect time for a festival of warmth, love and light. When the Goddesses womb stirs and the earth begins to wake.
Imbolic literally means “in the belly”. Mother Earth’s stirring of spring with all her hidden magnificence such as the seeds to come and the quickening of the earliest when the ground has grown warmer.

Most people attribute this day to Bride(BREED),but you could easily say that this is the day of Vesta. Yet I believe this is only some of the many forms of the Goddess.

This is a time of cleansing for the spring. A time to prepare for new growth and renewal. Home fires are put out and the Hearth cleansed and relit. Candles are placed around the home and lit to honor the return of the sun. A besom (broom) is used to sweep away the cobwebs and dirt of the home and the set by the front door to welcome the new of spring.

Symbolism of Imbolic:
Growth and renewal, Purity, Virginity, dispensing of the old and making way for the new

Symbols of Imbolic:
Besoms, Candle Wheels, White flowers, fire, plow, acorn wands

Herbs of Imbolic:
All white or yellow flowers, Angelica, Basil, Bay, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Tansy, Violets, Blackberry, Myrrh

Foods of Imbolic:
Herbal teas, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppy seed cakes, Muffins, Scones and Bread, all Dairy Products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, and Spiced Wines

Incense:
Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh

Colors:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Lt. Green, Brown

Stones:
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise

Activities:
Candle lighting, stone gathering, searching for signs of spring, making priapic wands, feasting, bon fires, making corn maidens from corn and wheat, and spring cleaning.

Please don’t pick any parts from plants today.

Sources
Imbolic, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmicheal, [1900], at sacred-texts.com

Imbolc Traditions http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/imbolc/imbolc-traditions.html

Imbolc Rituals http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/imbolc/index.html

Imbolc Traditions, Customs and Folklore http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolctraditions/Imbolc_Traditions_Customs_and_Folklore.htm

Patti Wigington, Februalia: A Time of Purification,http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Februalia.htm

Patti Wigington, Setting Up Your Imbolc Altar,http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Imbolc_Altar.htm

Imbolic ,http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Holidays/imbolc.html

Star Breezes, Imbolic, http://www.starbreezes.com/pgim/imbolc.html

Imbolic http://www.new-age.co.uk/celtic-festivals-imbolc.htm

Akasha, Imbolic, http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm