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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

FINALE

Thank you al for you las test and final exam...All have a week to get it in before I grade and compile GPA averages.

I would like for each of you to email me on how you want your graduation certificates to read you name ( given-or magickal).

Each certificate is sealed with my LLC-ministry license as to be transferable to other magickal insitiutions for further education if you chooses to seek education elseware. 

Bless you all, it has been my privalage to serve you and look forward to seeing you in upcoming classes.

Elder Airwolf

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BLYSSFUL SUN'S DAY PAGANS!

Sorry for the late post but as you all know the daily tasks of moving. Also I am back in sattelite (only service in my area) and it is slow load compaired to DSL. Diana informed me she is experiencing flooding issues which is a major pain and messing with her services. Please let's all send good energies her way. My time here will be brief as I continue to set up but should be in a regular routine within a few weeks. I appreaciate all the devoted Legionnaires and their patience during this time of transition....

Blessed be to you all )O(

 Dusk is that gift. . . . . 
Dusk is handmaiden to the night . . . . . 
Gracing each day with a grand finale.
 

 

Dusk is a quiet time of reflection and gratitude for all that is.
It signals the coming of the star blanket and rich blackness of night.
Too often we are distracted or busy hurrying somewhere,
as Dusk displays the day's rich hues of light, at their most brilliant.
When was the last time you took, the time to be, the time to 
breathe in a sunset and remember who you are?
Claim a few moments to experience this magic,
it is your birthright.
It is at Dawn and Dusk,
that we are our most human, our most humane. . . . .
May each Sunrise and each Sunset bring you the awareness
that you are a valuable and powerful part of the human family,
the  animal kingdom, the Earth's family and the Universe. . . . .
The magic of the Cosmos pulses within you.

Spiral Goddess Grove Copyright Abby Willowroot 1997 - 2010 ~ All right reserved

~Elder Airwolf~

How to Make Your Own Flea Powder

 

This is a really easy recipe to make your own flea powder its really simple

Flea Powder Ingredients:

1 part eucalyptus powder
1 part pennyroyal powder (use sage or rosemary for cats)
1 part fennel powder
1 part yellow dock powder

You can pick these up from your local herb shop or you can get them on line by using Google Product search. Don’t forget you can pick some of these herbs up from Ebay which is also listed on Google Product Search.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker top jar and shake to mix the flea powder.

To apply the flea powder to your pet’s fur by brushing backward with your hand or comb and sprinkling the powder into the roots of the hairs.

Make sure you concentrate on the neck, back, and belly. Use just enough powder to add a little odor to the hairs.

For severe flea infestations, treat daily with flea powder; otherwise, use two or three times a week.

 

Source:
Home Life Weekly

A Healing Prayer

A Healing Prayer
Oh Great Goddess
Mother of Mercy and Healing
Send the energy of Hygeia
to nourish from Her Sacred Bowl
Send the energy of Brigid
to heal with waters of Her Sacred Well
Send the energy of Demeter
to restore life to withering cells
Send the energy of Quan Yin
to bless the healing with peace
Send Your healing wisdom to the body 
to restore its sacred balance
Thank You Great Goddess
Mother of All Life
~ Abby Willowroot © 1999

INTRO TO DIVINATION AND I- CHING

 

If you are asking your ancestral spirits a question, you'll likely want to hear an answer. You should not expect an audible voice, but your intuition may give you a nudge. But to decrease the probability of our intuitive bias, we should choose a form of divination.

From playing cards to tarot, I-Ching to cowrie shells, it is often a matter of preference and our comfort in using a particular system. I recommend any system that can give you either a simple yes/no answer and a more thorough one as well, depending on the nature of the inquiry. The two systems of which I will be focusing upon is the I-Ching and the cowrie variant of Obi Obata. Both come from different cultures, but are interpretted in a similar fashion with remarkable accuracy. Both can give a yes or no answer when that is all you need without requiring any more interpretation. As an interesting note, the I-Ching has even been used in Lukumi (Santeria), because there were many Chinese indentured servants brought to Cuba during the later years of the slave trade. Some of the cultural practices fused, and being a syncretic religion, the divination technique was adopted by some of the people.

Of whatever system you use, once you dedicate it to ancestral communication, it should remain for that purpose. Do not use it for personal readings or for those of your friends. It should remain on the ancestor altar when not in use.

First, we will briefly cover the I-Ching. I won't go into the history of the form, as this can be easily researched, but rather focus on the use. You can use three or four coins. They can be traditional chinese currency or that of your country. What matters is that there is a 'heads' and a 'tails'.

I-Ching is initially based upon four different outcomes: Yin, Old Yin, Yang and Old Yang. Yin and Yang are static, while the older variants are mutable. Old Yin becomes Yang and Old Yang becomes Yin.

I will use the three-coin method because it is easier to explain and remains accurate.

Ask your question while the coins are in your hands. Shake and toss the coins. Count the 'tails'.

3 tails = old yin
2 tails = young yang
1 tail = young yin
0 tails = old yang

For the simple "yes or no" answer, Yin is yes, Yang is no. A question relative to such a quick answer may be in the question you will wish to conclude at the end of each service.

"Are the ancestors satisfied with the offerings?"

A Yin/Yes affirms that they are pleased with whatever food/drink offerings you gave them. A Yang/No suggests that they may require an extra offering, especially if they are doing a lot of work for you. More on this later.

For less simple questions that may originate with a yes/no question, remember the nature of Yin vs. Old Yin. Yin is a definite yes. Old Yin is a mutable yes, meaning "things are fine now but, on your current road, it will soon change to the opposite". Vice-versa for Yang.

If you get Yin or Yang, you should be satisfied with the answer and pursue that specific line of questioning no further. If it's Old, thus en route to change, you may wish to investigate further. An example:

"Is my partner happy with me?"

If Yin, things are as they should be. Go onto a different subject. If Old Yin, then things are good right now, BUT something is soon to happen to make him/her unhappy. You would then certainly wish to pursue further with something like:

"Is it because I did such and such and it will be discovered?"

Old Yang. 'No, that is not the direct cause, but that will make matters worse when it DOES come out.'

"Is it because of such and such?"

Yin. Yes.

At this point, you are given a heads up and should take the best possible course of action. Remember, divination is based upon the current trend of your lifestyle. It's only 100% if you keep heading down that same road. The best advice I can give you in any form of divination is "If you don't want to know the answer, do not ask the question."

Another example:

"Am I ever going to advance in my job?"

If Yang, you should probably look for another job if you are looking to make a better living do yourself.

If Old Yang, not at first, but in time (at your current rate) you will.

If, however, you wish to know the most detailed answer to your inquiry, you would them put I-Ching into it's traditional application of forming a hexagram and reading the result from the actual I-Ching text.

A hexagram is formed by six lines. Each toss forms one line, beginning with the bottom line.

Old Yin symbol ---x---
Yang symbol --------
Yin symbol --- ---
Old Yang symbol ---o---

Let's say it is your relationship question. Your first throw is Yang. The second is Yin. Third, Old Yin. Fourth, Yang. The fifth is Old Yang and the last is Yang. Drawing your hexagram from the bottom, you would thus form:

--------
---o---
--------
---x---
--- ---
--------

You would then look the hexagram up. When looking them up, yin is yin, yang is yang. The x and o old modifiers are for extra interpretation, should you desire it. It would be the 25th hexagram. You would then look up what it means and then interpret it to your situation.

Your best bet is to keep the inquiries into such things brief. You are there to form a relationship with your ancestors, rather then nagging them with questions. Leave the trivial ones to your personal readings.

MAKING A SPELL BOX

A spell box is an item used in some magical traditions to hold and encapsulate the contents of a spell -- from herbs to stones to the magic itself. The theory behind the use of a spell box is that all the magic is contained in one place, and thus will never diminish. The box, once filled and enchanted, can then be used in a number of ways - it can be buried, hidden in a home, or given as a gift. The construction method for a spell box will vary based upon what sort of container you have available, and the contents will change depending upon the purpose of the spell itself. This is a very simple method of creating a magical working.

Use the following examples as a template, and change the individual items as needed, based upon the intent of your working.

Things you will need:
•A small box or container (jars work beautifully as well)
•Spell components based upon your need - herbs, stones, a magical link to another person

Place all the items in the container, and then close the box. If you use a jar with a lid, screw it on tightly. For boxes with loose fitting lids, you may even want to glue or tape the lid in place.

Once the box is sealed, if there is any incantation or other magical work you need to add to the spell, do so now.

Depending on the purpose of the spell, you may choose to leave the spell box in your home, bury it nearby, give it to someone else, or even get rid of it completely.

Sample spell boxes:
•Healing: dandelion, agate, bloodstone, hematite, birch wood, willow branches
•Love: rose quartz, apple blossom, hibiscus, jade, cinnamon, rosemary, small heart-shaped items
•Prosperity: bits of paper money or coins, green or gold paper, lodestone, Buckeyes, goldenseal, pennyroyal

MAKING A SPELL BOX

A spell box is an item used in some magical traditions to hold and encapsulate the contents of a spell -- from herbs to stones to the magic itself. The theory behind the use of a spell box is that all the magic is contained in one place, and thus will never diminish. The box, once filled and enchanted, can then be used in a number of ways - it can be buried, hidden in a home, or given as a gift. The construction method for a spell box will vary based upon what sort of container you have available, and the contents will change depending upon the purpose of the spell itself. This is a very simple method of creating a magical working.

Use the following examples as a template, and change the individual items as needed, based upon the intent of your working.

Things you will need:
•A small box or container (jars work beautifully as well)
•Spell components based upon your need - herbs, stones, a magical link to another person

Place all the items in the container, and then close the box. If you use a jar with a lid, screw it on tightly. For boxes with loose fitting lids, you may even want to glue or tape the lid in place.

Once the box is sealed, if there is any incantation or other magical work you need to add to the spell, do so now.

Depending on the purpose of the spell, you may choose to leave the spell box in your home, bury it nearby, give it to someone else, or even get rid of it completely.

Sample spell boxes:
•Healing: dandelion, agate, bloodstone, hematite, birch wood, willow branches
•Love: rose quartz, apple blossom, hibiscus, jade, cinnamon, rosemary, small heart-shaped items
•Prosperity: bits of paper money or coins, green or gold paper, lodestone, Buckeyes, goldenseal, pennyroyal

BLYSSFUL DARK MOON FREYA'S DAY LEGIONNAIRES

Blessed Dark Moon Everyone!

The Dark Mother Hel is a powerful deity. Often she works with her special animals, the wolves. If you feel that you have been under psychic attacks, bombarded with negative thoughts, or in physical danger, call upon the goddess Hel and her wolves.

Cast circle as usual, but moving counter-clockwise (widdershins), from the East. When you are finished, stand before the altar with your arms raised and say:

Dark Mother, let your power flow through
the body of your daughter/son and out again
to repel and destroy all negative thoughts
and deeds that are directed against me.
Stand in silence as you draw down the power. Then go to the East, raise your sword (dagger) in greeting and say:

Hail, Dawn-Treader, great wolf of the East,
whose yellow eyes see all in the Element of Air!
I do summon you here to protect and defend me.

Move to the North; say:

Hail, Ice-Leaper, great wolf of the North,
whose green eyes see all in the Element of Earth!
I do summon you here to protect and defend me.

Go to the West; say:

Hail, Night-Stalker, great wolf of the West,
whose blue eyes see all in the Element of Water!
I do summon you here to protect and defend me.

Finish by going to the South. Say:

Hail, Sun-Chaser, great wolf of the South,
whose red eyes see all in the Element of Fire!
I do summon you here to protect and defend me.
Move counterclockwise back around until you once again stand before the altar. Say:

Great Dark Mother, I call upon you
to build up this protection.
To send back all the evil 
that has been sent against me. 
Raise you sword high; Say:

Dark Mother, Queen of the Night, 
there are those who stand against me. 
Let their efforts fail. 
Let them go down into darkness. 
Let them stand in the courts of Hel. 
May their efforts always be lost in the darkness
with no light to guide them. 
I am your child!
Protect me, Dark Mother.

Rest the sword point down at your feet. Say:

Dark Mother, help me reach my goals,
live my life to the fullest,
walk a path of Light and balance.
Sweep away all barriers built by those who want me to fail.
Crush the evil sent against me!
Sweep its evil remains back into the 
bodies and brains who sent it!
The evil is Dead! 
The attackers taste their just rewards! 
Their mouths are full of ashes, 
their thoughts of nightmares, 
their lives of unfulfillment! 
I stand under the sword and hand of the Goddess!
So mote it be!

As you draw a pentagram on the floor between your feet with the sword. Say:

It is done! 
Lay aside the sword. Say:

Your hands protect me, from Dark Moon to Dark Moon
Your sword covers me, from Dark Moon to Dark Moon
The wolves guard me, from Dark Moon to Dark Moon
All love and honor to the Dark Mother.





This is the time for any spellworking and to finish any other ritual matters. Then take the sword and go to the East. Raise it in greeting, and say:

Farewell, Dawn-Treader!
My thanks for your protection and defense.
Depart in peace. Blessed be. 
Move to the North; say:

Farewell, Ice-Leaper!
My thanks for your protection and defense.
Depart in peace. Blessed be. 
Move to the West; say:

Farewell, Night-Stalker!
My thanks for your protection and defense.
Depart in peace. Blessed be. 
Finish by going to the South; say:

Farewell, Sun-Chaser!
My thanks for your protection and defense.
Depart in peace. Blessed be. 
Stand before the altar again, with arms raised; say:

My thanks to the Goddess
And to all who have helped here tonight.
Depart in peace. Blessed be.

Close the circle, remembering to go clockwise. 
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brought to you by Airwolf-2012

DARK MOON CHANT
TO
HECATE

This night is Hers
The New Moon of each month
Light some candles representing Her torches
While mugwart burns in the flames
Goddess of the Crossroads
Let Hecate be honored in this sacred night
Light to show me where I have come from
Light to show me where I can go
Two torches
Two paths
Whats your Choices
Do not look to another
For She looks at you to decide
The choice is yours
You have come to a hedge
You do not know what to do
Your at a fork
Tis time to trust your instinct
Go with what you know
and always listen to your heart
Write a Hymn
To the dark Goddess within
She is the ending
so there can be new beginnings
Her name is power
Her name is great
Queen of witches
She is Hecate

Goddess of keys
She has access to all
Ah but one yet she still awaits
is the key to your heart
Hecate Hecate Hecate
Great One
Most beautiful One
Triple Goddess three in One
Ancient One
Wise One
Goddess of witches, magick. justice, vengeance healing and even prosperity Goddess of women who know you and know you not
Hecate Hecate Hecate
With my heart I praise
With a nod I show respect
For honor is due to you

Hecate Hecate Hecate
Would you Dark Mother come dance with me
Beneath the slit of the silvery moon
Come oh Come o Hecate
For tonight my heart longs for you

Copyright ©03291979
~Elder Airwolf~

Blyssful Dark Moon Everybody! Missed you all!


DARK MOON SPELL TO BRING BALANCE
3 small black taper candles
A round mirror at least 6 inches in diameter
Small cauldron or fireproof container
Small piece of parchment paper
Writing instrument
A mixture of the following herbs: Clove, Mugwort, Bloodroot, Wormwood.
When: As close to the Dark Moon as possible, preferably at night.
How:
Turn off all of the lights. The only light should come from natural sources.
Cast your circle as usual, and place the round mirror on the center of your altar.
Place the 3 black candles in a triangle formation around the mirror, with one candle at the top and the remaining two candles at the left and right bottom of the mirror.
Place small cauldron or fireproof container in the center of the mirror.
Sprinkle herb mixture in and around the cauldron or fireproof container.
Light the 3 candles.
Take several slow, deep breaths until you reach a meditative state. Ask your personal deities or spirit guides to show you your own dark nature. Go within and examine your personality, any habits or addictions, as well as anything you may feel wrongly ashamed of or embarrassed about. What aspects of yourself do you hide from others, and why? Don’t rush this process. Take your time.
Write “Healing and Balance” on the piece of parchment paper. Hold the paper in your hands and say:
WITH DARKNESS AROUND ME AND DARKNESS WITHIN, HEALING AND BALANCE NOW SHALL BEGIN.
WITH THE GODDESS AND GOD, AND THE DARK MOON IN SIGHT, MY LIFE IS A BALANCE OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT
While visualizing the Yin Yang symbol, light the paper on fire and place it into the container. Burn some of the herbs in the cauldron as well. Make sure the paper is burned completely. You can also roll some of the herbs in the paper before lighting it.
Allow the three candles to burn completely down on their own.

~Elder Airwolf~
[Photo: Blyssful Dark Moon Everybody! Missed you all! DARK MOON SPELL TO BRING BALANCE 3 small black taper candles A round mirror at least 6 inches in diameter Small cauldron or fireproof container Small piece of parchment paper Writing instrument A mixture of the following herbs: Clove, Mugwort, Bloodroot, Wormwood. When: As close to the Dark Moon as possible, preferably at night. How: Turn off all of the lights. The only light should come from natural sources. Cast your circle as usual, and place the round mirror on the center of your altar. Place the 3 black candles in a triangle formation around the mirror, with one candle at the top and the remaining two candles at the left and right bottom of the mirror. Place small cauldron or fireproof container in the center of the mirror. Sprinkle herb mixture in and around the cauldron or fireproof container. Light the 3 candles. Take several slow, deep breaths until you reach a meditative state. Ask your personal deities or spirit guides to show you your own dark nature. Go within and examine your personality, any habits or addictions, as well as anything you may feel wrongly ashamed of or embarrassed about. What aspects of yourself do you hide from others, and why? Don’t rush this process. Take your time. Write “Healing and Balance” on the piece of parchment paper. Hold the paper in your hands and say: WITH DARKNESS AROUND ME AND DARKNESS WITHIN, HEALING AND BALANCE NOW SHALL BEGIN. WITH THE GODDESS AND GOD, AND THE DARK MOON IN SIGHT, MY LIFE IS A BALANCE OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT While visualizing the Yin Yang symbol, light the paper on fire and place it into the container. Burn some of the herbs in the cauldron as well. Make sure the paper is burned completely. You can also roll some of the herbs in the paper before lighting it. Allow the three candles to burn completely down on their own. ~Elder Airwolf~]
 

The Raven's Call~by Elder Airwolf

THE RAVEN'S CALL

by

Elder Airwolf

 

 

 

I hear your call to me in the distance as your beckoning me to hear your message as it's becoming clear.

 

Your pacing and hopping about as you gather your thoughts,

the others gather in the distance as you prepare.

 

I'm evermore drawn to your energy as your on the edge of delivery,

but wait this takes more than just you...and audience is called for.

 

I'm waiting for you as you can see,

others look on in amazement,

how can this be.

 

I stand in plain sight familiar at my side,

we look to the roof tops for you to reappear.

 

Finally hopping to the peak your feathers shimmering

iridescent blackish-blue in the last of the Sun's kiss

the chatter begins.

 

Your caw once and another raven appears,

you caw twice then two more.

You caw yet again now there are six,

the screeching caw three more arrive.

 

You all now walk in a row strong by nine,

one by one in a straight line.

 

On the highest peak of the rooftop,

all nine in a row walk to the south,

then you caw, turn about and head to the east.

 

Fine feathered fellows persistence in sharing the news,

it comes from not one but all,

we will follow you.

 

We have waited patiently for you to arrive,

once more to the grove of trees in the woods,

so mote it be.

 

 

We are you and you are we,

now all together as it was meant to be.

 

Welcome home our sister,

for you have been greatly missed,

we are ready to work as you cast,

in the woods of blyss.

 

So spin your magick once again,

to heal and teach,

we are the ravens of the Morrighain,

of the Goddess Mother Hecate.

 

Welcome home!

 

 

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Copyright ©06212014

~Elder Airwolf~

 

 

Fairies and the summer solstice

June 21 is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and is known as the most active day of the year for fairies. According to traditional European fairy lore, the veil between the mundane human world and Faerie thins on the summer solstice, allowing the worlds to mingle.

The summer solstice is also known as Midsummer, and the classic Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes place at Midsummer. In the play a hobgoblin called Puck plays tricks on humans and the fairy queen at the behest of his master Oberon, the king of the fairies. The fairies and humans in the story are able to interact because it is the summer solstice.

On this enchanted fairy holiday, it is traditional in some cultures to leave gifts or offerings of food out for the fairies. The treats are given out of friendship, out of thanks for help received from the fairies, and as a way to placate the magical beings. Fairies are known for being unpredictable, and even vengeful, if displeased with humans. However, they can also be beneficent and generous with humans who please them, so a few nice gifts and treats to please them is a good idea.

Some lovely flowering plants, dried or fresh fruit, raw nuts, or honey make excellent gifts for the fairies. In some Scandinavian countries it’s traditional to place special cakes in trees for the fairies. It’s also a good idea to clean up the house and garden - the fairies like neatness.

Midsummer runs from June 21 through June 24 or 25, so there’s still plenty of time to arrange something nice for the fairies to enjoy, or to plan a Midsummer garden party. It’s lovely to invite friends to gather to sing songs, dance, recite fairy poems, tell fairy stories, and have a bonfire in the evening to celebrate the fairies.

So, take the time to remember the fairies during the summer solstice, and be on the lookout for signs that the fairies are about!

BLESSED LITHA'S EVE 2014 LEGIONNAIRES

A Midsummer Ritual 2014

I’ve always found Midsummer to work better as an idea than as a ritual. The longest day and shortest night almost lends its self more towards a simple celebration than an involved ritual. Indeed, many of my Summer Solstices have been spent at Pagan Gatherings that have lacked a specific Midsummer rite. This year I wanted to be sure and put together a traditional ritual and use it to express the parts of Midsummer that most tantalize my imagination: the Sun and the Fey.

Inspired by my Ancient Nature of Midsummerarticle last week I wanted to work a Solar Wheel into my solstice rite. It doesn’t show up in the form expressed in the article, but at least it’s there. The part about the Fey was a bit more problematic. I’m not what one would call a traditional believer in fairies, though I do think there are beings and entities that exist at the borders of our perception. In that sense I’m a believer in The Fey, but they aren’t an essential part of my practice. (I don’t think one must believe in the Fey to be a Pagan or Witch.)

I’m also hesitant to call genuinely sentient beings to watch parts of my circle. I call the gods because I have a relationship with them and honestly feel as if they want to be there. I’m not sure that the salamanders of the south are going to show up just because I ask one night a year. I included “Fey Quarter Calls” in this ritual just for those looking for (or with an interest in) such a thing, but that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily going to be using them myself. Instead, and this ended up being an idea first suggested by my wife, we are going to invite them to bless certain things for our ritual and then use those items in our rite. Hopefully we’ll get their magic that way, and then if they do want to show up they will be welcome to, but I’d never “demand” the presence of another sentient being. (I wrote this introduction before figuring out exactly how I was going to call the Fey, so satisfied with my writing I might now very well call them, he said smugly.)

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of the Fey, and the pictures being used here to illustrate this ritual reflect how I want Midsummer to be in many ways. I’ll be outside the night of the solstice trying to catch a glimpse of whatever’s there. If the Fairy Folk are going to show themselves to me I have a feeling it will be on the longest day and shortest night of the year. Instead of calling the Fey to the ritual by type of being, I call them by element and association. In my mind I associate the classic fairy with East, salamanders with the South, undines the West, and earthy fey like brownies with North, but that’s just me. Instead of hoisting my rather classic associations on everyone else I went very general. I also made all of my calls haikus just for fun (and since they are short, they are pretty easy to write!).

The circle casting in this ritual is a little different than normal for me, but I like to experiment from time to time. Midsummer always put me in a good mood. It’s the height of Summer, it’s the blessings of the Lord and Lady . . . I love the Summer and cherish the memories it’s given me over the years. Happy Solstice!

Materials Needed:
Grape Vine
Sweet Spring Water (I’ll be adding a little bit of sugar to this)
A dedicated candle
Smudge Stick
Glass Beads
Sweets (gifts for the Fey)
Fire (either in a cauldron indoors or a fire pit)

Before the Ritual Starts
This ritual calls for the blessings of the Fairy Folk and calls for various items (water, candle, smudge, glass beads) to be blessed by them. To receive the blessings of the Fey we will be setting all of these items in our Fairy Garden, a little space in our backyard dedicated to the others who walk this world with us. You don’t have to dedicate a permanent spot in your house to the Fey, just a few gifts in a private spot in/on your yard/patio/deck/porch should do the trick. After leaving the water, candle, smudge, and beads outside for a night bring them back inside to use in the ritual. Be sure to leave some of the glass beads out for the Fey, they like shiny things.

Purification
Everyone prepares for ritual differently. In my circle we perform a ceremonial hand-washing. Some groups prefer to use incense, smudge, salted water, etc etc. I could share exactly what I do here but then I’d have to swear you to secrecy, and that sounds like too much work.

Opening Meditation/Chant
It’s important to get yourself in the right head space for ritual. Some groups like to use a guided meditation “your feet are the like the roots of a tree . . .” others chant and sing. It probably depends on how good the singing is in your particular group.

Statement of Intent
High Priestess: “We gather tonight to celebrate the longest day and shortest night. The Sun shines down upon us in its full crowning glory. It’s light, life giving and purifying. At the Summer Solstice we celebrate not just the Sun, but the fey and other unseen who share this world with us. This evening we seek the blessings of both as we observe the Summer Solstice. Now let your heart and be light and your spirit filled with joy as we revel in the joys of Midsummer!”

Casting the Circle
“Our circle of power is a meeting place of love and joy and truth and a shield against all that is wicked and evil. With flower petals of red I create this circle in the world of mortals. With flower petals of blue I open the entry way to the realm of spirit. With flower petals of yellow I open the doorway to the realms of the Mighty Ones. With flower petals of green I welcome those unseen who come in good faith. I now bless and consecrate thee in the names of the Lord and Lady. The circle is cast, so mote it be!”

(In a complete reversal of how I normally do things this ritual uses flower petals to cast the circle. The petals should be sprinkled around the circle while the circle caster also projects energy out of themselves.)

Calling the Fey*
High Priestess: “We now call to those seen and unseen, the Fey who would willingly join us in our rite.”

East
“Fair folk of the East
Keepers of breeze, wind, and air
You are welcome here!”

South
“Fair folk of the South
Keepers of flame and passion
You are welcome here!”

West
“Fair folk of the West
Keepers of rain and ocean
You are welcome here!”

North
“Fair folk of the North
Keepers of mountain and plane
You are welcome here!”

High Priest: “Honor to you good folk for being a part of our Midsummer Rite! Merry Meet!”

Calling the God
“We call to the Great God this night of longest day. Join us as the Sun, fiery Lord of the Heavens who blesses our land with the sunshine that makes our world grow! Join us as the Creator who joins with the Great Mother to bring forth new life! May your purifying light and fire bless us this night and drive away all that is negative in our lives. Be a part of our rites as you are a part of our lives! Hail and Welcome!”

The Charge of the God
There are many Charges of the God out there on the internet. Not surprisingly, my group uses the one I wrote.

Calling the Goddess
“We call to the Great Goddess this day of shortest night. Join us as the Moon, cool orb of the night-time sky who lights our way and adds to our magics! Join us as the Great Mother who brings forth new life from the eternal womb! It’s your touch that that makes the blossoms bloom and the crops ripen with grain! May that same touch reach us this night to drive away any sorrow and sadness that doesn’t contribute to our lives. Be a part of our rites this night as we celebrate the your gifts of love and summertime! Hail and Welcome!”

The Charge of the Goddess
There are many versions of the Charge of the Goddess, but only one that’s familiar to most everyone of the Wiccan persuasion. My circle uses Valiente’s version, with some minor changes.

The Solar Wheel & The Bonfire
High Priest: “The Sun has always been seen as a source of truth and justice. The first people to hear the call of the gods used to make all oaths towards the Sun and ask for his (or her) or blessing in keeping the promise true. From its perch in the sky the sun sees all things. For millennia upon end the Sun has been visualized as The Solar Wheel. Long after the New Religion seeped into every nook and cranny of the old Pagan World people continued to honor the Sun upon Midsummer in the form of the Solar Wheel.”

High Priestess: “Wheels were made and then lit on fire and hurled down mountains and hills. If the wheel made it to the end of its journey without falling down the harvest was guaranteed to be a good and strong one. The wheel falling was a bad omen, but as luck would have it, that happened only rarely. Tonight we won’t release a wheel down a hill, but we will make our own Sun Wheels and then light them on fire. We will put all that’s negative and destructive in our lives into our wheels and then light them on fire, releasing that negativity from our lives. Nothing positive and bright can live in the cleansing fires of Midsummer!”

(We are going to be using grape vine to make our wheels, and we will be making them small. You can make a Solar Wheel out of dried vine pretty easily. Bend the vines to form a tight circle would around two or three times and then tuck the ends into the back. Two short pieces of vine can then be used to make the cross in the middle, tucking the two pieces of vine into the circle. I write religion stuff if you need art instructions I’m probably not the one to help you. When everyone is finished making their wheel proceed with the ritual.)

High Priest: “Now that your Solar Wheel has been constructed, let us pour what is negative and holds us back inside of it. Push all of that ‘bad’ into it. Fill it up, and then fill it up some more. As you do so, know that the Sun will take all of it back and rid the world of that energy on Midsummer! When you feel as if you are ready come forward and throw your Wheel into our Cauldron of Sunshine and Midsummer Fire!”

(When I first began envisioning this ritual I imagined us burning these tiny wheels in a cast-iron cauldron on our altar. I’m guessing my wife won’t let me do that so we’ll be burning them in our mobile fire-pit outside. To do that I’ll add some flowery words like“Now follow me as if we venture out towards our Midsummer fire and cast our wheels out upon it!” and then open up our circle and march everyone outside. Once outside I might have everyone at the ritual say what they are casting out of themselves, our words create things and are magical in their own ways, before leading them back inside. If my neighborhood was a little more private I’d just do the whole ritual outside, but alas, we will be in our Temple Room like good EpiscoPagans. In order to speed up the ritual you could also make all the little solar crosses before the rite starts and then hand them out.)

The Blessings of the Fey
High Priestess: “We do not walk this world alone. The Earth is full of others, beings who think and live much as we do but exist just outside of our ordinary understanding. In olden days it was said that if one wished to visit the realms of the Fairy Folk, the Fey, all they had to do was walk around a Fairy Hill three times, stopping to knock the third time. That would open a door into their world, a space full of magic where time moves much differently than in our own reality.”

High Priest: “Tonight we don’t seek to visit the realm of the Fey, but we do seek their blessings. Midsummer provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge those who live besides us and thank them for sharing this world with us. It’s also a chance to ask for their blessings and perhaps a touch of their magic in our own lives.”

High Priestess: “We put these items into our Fairy Garden last night and asked the Fey to bless them. We also gave them gifts of sweets and honey as a gesture of thanks and gratitude. We hope that with the magic of the Fairy Folk that the items we use in this cleansing will keep you safe and trouble free as the sun begins to wane once more.”

High Priest: “For centuries people have blessed their crops and livestock with smoke. Lit torches were run through the field, the purifying heat and smoke ensuring the crops against blight, and the people against hunger. Tonight we cleanse ourselves with the sacred smoke, blessed by the Fey, to keep us safe from harm this Summer and Autumn. As the sage-smoke surrounds you feel it cleansing you, but also protecting you, forming a shield around you. As you breathe the smoke inside your lungs let its scent fill you up inside. Feel the magic of the others, feel the protective power of the smoke, and in your mind’s eye use this opportunity to connect with those Pagans and Witches who came before us.”

(Everyone in the circle is blessed and cleansed. The sage should be lit from a candle blessed in the Fairy Garden. In our circle I’ll be the High Priest doing the cleansing as my wife is sensitive to smoke.)

High Priestess: “Even while free from harm the fields and the folk cannot exist without water and earth. These glass beads were left to the Fey along with this sweet spring water. One by one I add the blessings of the Fairy Folk to our water. May their magics mix with those of Earth and Rain. (Glass beads are added to the water, perhaps mixed with the athame.) May the magic of the Fairy Folk upon this night of Midsummer bless our lives with enchantment and wonder and allow us to glimpse their world when the veils are thin and the time is right. So mote it be!”

(The enchanted water is then sprinkled upon everyone in the circle. At our ritual my wife will be doing the sprinkling.)

The Great Rite
High Priest: “Life is more than a gift, it is a promise. All that dies shall be reborn.”

High Priestess: “We now celebrate the most ancient of magics, the magic of joining.”

High Priest: “The athame is to the Lord.”

High Priestess: “As the cup is the Lady.”

Both: “United in life and abundance. Blessed Be!”

(Athame is plunged into the chalice.)

Blessing the Cakes & Ale
High Priest: “In the names of the Lord and Lady we bless this bread.”

(Touches athame to either the bread or the plate it is being served upon.)

High Priestess: “In the names of the Lord and Lady we bless this drink.”

(Touches athame to the top of the cup. The drink is then passed around first with the bread following. As the wine is passed the words “May you never thirst” are said upon receiving the chalice. When being passed the bread or cakes the wish of “May you never hunger” should be shared with those receiving the cakes.)

Goodbyes to the Lord & Lady
High Priest: “We thank the Great God for being with us this night. As you sink now beneath the trees and hills we thank you for your presence in our lives. As you set upon this enchanted night take away those things we burned in the sacred Midsummer fire. Our Solstice Celebration is near its end, but you walk with us both within and without the circle. Hail the God! Hail the Sun! Hail the Summer! Blessed Be.”

High Priestess: “We thank the Great Goddess for being with us for our Midsummer Rite. You are the Mother of us all, human and fey, and as your children we honor you on this the shortest of nights. May the blessings we have received tonight be a continual reminder of your love, care, and concern for all of us. Our Solstice Celebration is near its end, but you walk with us both within and without the circle. Hail the Lady! Hail the Moon! Hail the Summer! Blessed Be.”

Goodbye to the Fey
High Priestess: “We now wish farewell to those seen and unseen who have blessed our rites.”

North:
“From the North you came
Fey of Earth, soil and mountain
Thanks for your blessings.”

West
“From the West you came
Fey of Water, sea and spring
Thanks for your blessings.”

South
“From the South you came
Fey of Fire, stirrers of souls
Thanks for your blessings.”

East:
“From the East you came
Fey of Air, breeze and whisper
Thanks for your blessings.”

High Priest: “Honor and thanks to you Good Folk for being a part of our Midsummer Rite! Merry Part!”

Taking Down the Circle
“This circle has served as a meeting place for those with love and joy in their hearts and against all that is wicked and evil. I now pick up a green flower petal and say goodbye to those unseen who have visited us in good faith. I now pick up this flower petal of yellow and thereby close the doorway to the realms of the Mighty Ones. By picking up this petal of blue I seal the entryway from spirit. Finally I pick up this petal of red to bring me back from between the realms. All will now be as it once was, and what was once here has been dismissed in the names of the Lord and the Lady. So mote it be!”

Closing Statement 
High Priestess: “The time of waning is now at hand, the days grow shorter, but the Summer is just beginning. With the blessings of the Lord and Lady and those seen and unseen we leave this place with joy and full hearts. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again! And may the gods preserve The Craft!”

~FINS~

*When I do this ritual will I be calling the Fey as described here? Heck no, I’m not nearly brave enough to call sentient beings like the Fey to watch my circle. Sure, I’ll invite them, but I’ll be calling the Watchtowers like I normally do in ritual. One of the great things about the rituals I write is that it’s very easy to “cut and paste” the various elements that make up a rite.

 

Native American Culture and the Summer Solstice

Native American Culture and the Summer Solstice

Not much is understood about how the ancient Native American's celebrated the summer solstice. Several sites in the western United States appear to have been built to mark the summer solstice and the first day of the other seasons. There are monuments in the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming.
On a high butte called the Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon in Colorado is another obvious place where sun worship was held with markers to highlight the day of the summer solstice. Because of these types of places being prominent in areas where the Native Americans resided, it seems apparent that the sun god and summer solstice were important parts of their culture.

People who are taken by the Native American beliefs and cultures tend to head to these places to celebrate the summer solstice each year. Some are Native Americans, but many are not. In some cases, due to shifts in the ground, the monuments no longer accurately depict the solstice in the way they were constructed to do. However, most are still close enough to serve as a place considered to be filled with mystical power.

In Zion Canyon in Sedona, Arizona is another place that crowds gather to participate in festival celebrations to commemorate the solstice. One of the few places east of the Mississippi River where similar celebrations are held each year is in Wisteria, Ohio. Today, many of these festivals attract many who participate in rituals that have little to do with Native American culture. However, some are mixed with ancient rituals that are thought to go back more than 1,000 years.

A number of the celebrations that center on the Native American culture are more of traditional feasts than a worship affair. They tend to be more about family and tribal fellowship than appeasing the sun god. Often they have modern approaches to old ideas. Since the solstice in many cultures involves the cycle of the moon at this time also, these activities are as likely to occur at night as at some point after sunrise. Many borrow from other pagan practices involving burning candles, incense, and other such rituals.

Some communities where there is a high interest in the Native American culture have created their own versions of the solstice festivals. These do not often draw huge crowds, but the numbers can be large enough to generate significant additional revenue for the businesses in the area. These festivals also serve to bring awareness to Native American beliefs and worship. Many vendors line up with wares that commemorate the event, or give interested visitors and opportunity to buy jewelry or clothing that simulate the Native American traditions.

There are a lot of people who assume that the celebrations that American Indians have during the summer solstice is merely an example of their religion. This isn't the case, though the belief persists.

It should be remembered that different tribes are different. However, for most, the celebration of the summer solstice is less a matter of worship as it is an appreciation of the seasons. To the Cherokees, and many other tribes, every season is celebrated and appreciated.

Dances and get togethers are common. It is a way to show our appreciation. In many places, picnics, family gatherings and meetings to give thanks to the land occur. Again, a person not of the culture should not mistake this to mean that we are worshiping the sun. This is a common misconception. We are appreciating the summer. It is really no more difficult to understand than that. Likewise, we celebrate the winter solstice. The seasons are a cycle...there is no beginning and no end, and without one season, there cannot be the other.

Summer is considered to be the time of maximum activity. We are beginning to reap those things that occurred in the spring, and to start preparations for those things we will reap in the fall. It is a time to put things away for the cold darkness when all rests - the winter.

Understanding this, a person can understand that the Cherokees have a rich tradition of beautiful celebrations to honor Mother Earth in the summertime. Wonderful dancers use their dances to tell old tales, to give hopes for the coming seasons, and to form and reaffirm friendships. Songs are sung that sing praise to the Grandfather, and to the Earth. Good food is eaten in plenty and many journeys are taken at this time. Colorful clothing is worn to show the many colors of summer and the love of all that is natural.

Summer solstice is a time of celebration of life itself.

~Elder Airwolf~

Blessed Litha Summer Solstice Legionnaires~

I will not be in till late afternoon tomorrow so here is a Litha Solstice Blessing~

Glory of the Day-Star, hail!
Lifter of the Light, Burnisher of the Sky.
Gifts of love to earth are bringing,
Summer’s shimmer, dew’s delight.
Dancing be the heart within us,
Open be our souls to bliss,
Courage vanquish every shadow,
Greet Midsummer with a kiss.
Caitlín Matthews 
Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings

Happy Litha (Summer Solstice) to those of us in the northern hemisphere, and Happy Yule (Winter Solstice) to our friends below the equator! On this day (above the equator) the Sun, giver of life, reaches its zenith in the sky. Today, the Shadow is smallest, the bright Sun illuminates all! From this day forward, She diminishes, the days grow shorter, and the harvest season beckons.

The word solstice is Latin, meaning ‘sun standing still.’ This is because twice a year, the Sun appears to rise and set in exactly the same place. Throughout the world, the ancients were tuned to this event: it is an unmistakable point from which the rest of the yearly calendar may be accurately reckoned.

This date has had spiritual significance for thousands of years as humans have celebrated the life-giving powers of the Sun. The Celts celebrated with bonfires, and then the Christians attempted to replace Litha with the feast of John the Baptist. It is also the festival of Li, the Chinese Goddess of light. It is still a huge holiday in Scandinavia, Latvia, and Estonia (where it is second only to Christmas).

Solstice rites are associated with diverse cultures and sites the world over, including Stonehenge in England, Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, Carrowkeel cairn in Ireland, the Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming, the Caracol Tower in Mexico, and the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza in Egypt.

The Summer Solstice is called Midsummer or Litha in some medieval and Craft traditions; and Alban Hefin or Alban Heruin in other Celtic and Druidic traditions. In the mythical cycle, this is the end of the reign of the Oak King, and the beginning of the Holly King’s rule.

Today is the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is when all that lives radiates with the Sun’s warming rays. This is a fiery celebration of fertility, not only for humans, but also for crops, animals and all beings.

Some Witches consider the Goddess to be heavy now with pregnancy from Her mating at Beltane; others see that She is now in Her great nurturing and Mothering splendor. In all cases, we honor Her. The God is also celebrated, as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate Him as the good Father, a giver of light and life – Honor to Him, as well!

Litha is a time of great magical power. As I described yesterday, herbs and other natural items used in magic are especially charged with powerful life-giving properties at this time. And all forms of Sun magic are going to be amplified. Especially effective are spells for love, healing, and prosperity.

This is also a very good time to perform blessings and protection spells for your pets and home. Hanging boughs of fennel and honeysuckle bring sweetness and protection. Midsummer’s Day is a traditional time to gather herbs from the magical garden or from the wild (in a mindful, responsible manner only – never wild harvest a plant that is threatened or stressed) to use in potions, dream pillows, poppets, and other forms of spellcraft.

As you gather your Green Allies on Midsummer’s Day, you might chant this, thrice before and thrice after:

Herbs of magick, herbs of power,
Root and bark, leaf and flower,
Work for me when charms are spoken,
Potions brewed and curses broken!

May the Great Awakening now begin! May the old shadow spells of fear and powerlessness now melt away like mist that dissolves under the bright beams of the Solstice Sun.

May all the children of Earth now rise up, and re-dedicate to the urgent healing and empowerment we need, for one another, and especially for our holy Mother Earth.

In the ways of our ancestors, we honor the Turning.

Blessings this day, to you and to all Beings!

~Elder Airwolf~