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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 have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Blessed New Moon Tiu's Day Pagans!


Tonight’s New Moon is a time to embrace change and uncover truth. Here are some truths about the New Moon you may not know.

New Moon Lore:
When a person sees the new moon for the first time, they are to bow to it three times in honor of the ancient Egyptian trinity; Osiris, Isis, and Horus (father, mother, and son).

Good Luck:
- The new moon is an auspicious time for planting, courtship, starting a new business, or beginning a trip.
- In order to promote faster growth, a new moon is the best time to cut your hair and fingernails.
- According to an old English tradition, when a new wife sees the new moon for the first time after her wedding, she should quickly turn down her bed to ensure a happy marriage.
- At first sight of the new moon, flip a silver coin and make a wish.
- Seeing a new moon on a Monday will bring you good luck.
- When you see a new moon over your right shoulder, it ensures good times ahead.
- If you see the new moon for the first time and are holding something in both of your hands, you will never want for anything.
- A wish made while looking at new moon will come true within a year.

Bad Luck:
- It is unlucky to view the first new moon through glass objects or trees, it is also unlucky to point directly at the new moon.
- It is bad luck to dig a grave or bury a body during a new moon.

Weather:
- If a new moon occurs on a Monday, then the weather will be clear.
- If a new moon occurs on a Saturday, then there will be twenty days of wind and rain.
- If a new moon occurs on a Sunday, there will be a flood before the month’s end.
- The strongest storms and hurricanes are likely to be 1-3 days after a new moon and 3-5 days after a full moon. 

New Moon Magic:

When the Moon is new, the Sun and Moon are aligned in the same sign, and a powerful energy portal is opened. New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. There are many ways to initiate this communion with the Universe from lighting a candle to elaborate rituals. What matters is that you’re committing yourself to your vision, and open to receiving guidance, healing, support from Spirit.

Why Follow the Moon?:

When you tune into the Moon’s phases, it’s reassuring to know that there are many chances during the year to tap into lunar energy. Like the tides, the Moon ebbs and flows, a rhythm that women understand intimately. New Moons are a blank page on which to speak your dreams out loud, and Full Moons are for taking action and celebrating the fruit of your efforts.

In the chaotic and temporal world, looking to something larger that is also part of yourself can fill you with awe and make you feel connected. For whatever path you’re on, opening to working with planetary energies links you to the power of the divine.

Preparing for the New Moon:

It’s a good idea to spend some time reflecting in the days leading up to the new Moon. Knowing exactly what you want to draw into your life is not always easy. Part of preparing for the new Moon is making sure you are clear about your intentions. Sometimes it’s a quality you’d like to cultivate like forgiveness, courage — other times it’s a more specific request like a promotion at work or new place to live.

What is a new Moon Ritual?:

This depends on your personal tastes, the pace of your life and the time you have to devote to it. Some simply light a candle, while others gather objects and pictures for their altar. Lately, I’ve been writing my intentions on a 7-day candle and leaving it in a prominent (and safe) place. With a candle, you can return to it and relight it while meditating on your intentions.

Ritual helps focus your entire being on the quest at hand. In the days leading up to the new Moon, you might gather pictures and totems that symbolize your goal. Creating a collage gives you a visual reminder of your dreams.

What does it mean in each different sign?:

Every new Moon is different, and this gives you the chance to claim the energies of each different sign. Even if you don’t have planets in the sign for a given month, it falls somewhere in your birth chart. We each have elements of the entire Zodiac in our make-up, with some more emphasized than others. Find out where the new Moon falls in your chart for clues as to what to “call in” that month.

How is it different from the Full Moon:

The new Moon has a more inward feel, has a void or empty quality, and therefore can be frightening to those not comfortable with uncertainty. Can you learn to trust the dark? It’s the moment when the old passes away and the new is not yet here. That’s why it’s a powerful time for sending out your prayer, wishes, desires to the Universe.

The new moon is a magical time of beginnings, when you can recharge goals, or set new ones.

New moon rituals bring meaning to our lives by “charging” an intention with power. We’re always setting intentions, and this is a way to do it in a more conscious way. There is power in coming up with visions for your life, and keeping them in your sights as they come into being. But even as you fully commit to those visions, stay flexible, since new doors may open that you didn’t expect. At the new Moon, goals and wishes take root, as you reach out for spiritual wisdom, draw on unseen allies and open the door to magical change. You might get what you ask for, or something even better that you can’t imagine yet.

It’s important to come up with a ritual that has meaning for you, instead of trying to follow any set guidelines (unless you’re part of an established ritual group). You’re the one that knows your personal story best, and what to lift out of that narrative, what will infuse your ritual with power. Here are some general guidelines to shape your rituals using the unique symbols and totems from your life.

Gathering your Sacred Supplies Your altar is where you collect your sacred objects — pictures, found objects and the like. Using herbs with healing or symbolic properties adds to your ritual. Stones and crystals are another powerful ally. Candles are magical, and in its form contains all four of the elements. A small journal on hand allows you to keep a record of your intentions.

Preparing for the Ritual This is the most important part of ritual, since your commitment is the key. Take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear your field of any negative energies. Sage is an herb used by the Native Americans to clear a space, and make it sacred for ritual. It’s available in most health food stores these days, and easiest to use in its wand form. Light the end and blow on it until there is a smoldering glow. Use it around your own body, and in the space of your ritual. Clear your mind with meditation, using music or just quieting down in your cleared, sacred area.

Grounding This is something that’s important anytime, for staying connected to earth energy. Signs that you’re not grounded are mania, nervousness, racing thoughts and the like. Too often we forget to feel the earth under our feet. I’ve mentioned Starhawk a few times on the site, and her tree grounding excercise is one of my own daily rituals. In a nutshell, it’s visualizing the roots going down into the Earth, through the layers, into the core, and then drawing that energy back up through your feet again. It moves through each chakra, coming out the top and down around you. Try this or another variation of grounding before you set new Moon intentions.

Your New Moon Wishes After you’ve cleared a sacred space and settled your energy, you’re ready to set your intentions. Make a list of what you’d like to draw into your life, and Dream Big! The new Moon is a moment to conjure what seems out of reach, and creating the vision is the first step to making it a reality. But these are not just words on paper. As you write them down as intentions, you are committing to doing your part to make them real. Some call it co-creating, since you’re opening to universal energies to set dreams in motion.

Dreams of the Soul Your intentions come from the longings that keep coming up. In the days leading up to the new Moon, give some thought to those longings, and see what images, dreams and streams of thought come up. Use symbolic associations to go along with your intentions. Weave in the element for the new Moon, and think about the houses and planets that are affected by it. For an earth new Moon, for example, you might plant seeds that represent your intention. Rituals are a way to work with universal energies, and draw attention to the particular life lessons, or arena (house, planet, etc) that it illuminates for you.

Symbolic Acts Here’s where you get to be creative. If your intentions are to write a book, or broadcast your ideas out to the world, tie them to a helium balloon and send them off. Write them on a stick and offer it to the fire. To open to love, put lavender and a rose quartz in a small pouch, along with the qualities you’re seeking. If you’re inspired, add a symbolic act to your intention-setting ritual.

Keep them Alive A big part of success with new Moon intentions is what comes after. Find ways to keep them in the front of your awareness. Put them in a visible spot, or keep them in your wallet. Make notes in your journal about your progress. At the full moon , find ways to take action on those intentions, and celebrate any signs of change.

Be Blessed )O(

~Elder Airwolf~

Blessed Mabon Pagans & Legionnaires

Mabon Macha Ritual Rite

 

 

MABON, also called "The Witches Thanksgiving" is the second harvest festival in the Celtic year, a time of balance, equal times of light & dark and day & night. During this time Mabon time of the year wheel, I honor the Celtic horse goddess and that ritual that invoks Macha'a bountiful nature and a ritual to call upon Epona, Macha, and Rhiannon-all goddesses connected to earth and horses.

Macha (associated with Rhiannon, Edain [Cymru] and Epona [Gaulish])
Macha is a war-goddess with aspects of sovereignty as her name means "plain," or "field." She also is a three-fold sovereignty/horse goddess whose aspects are (1) Seer/Prophecy, (2) Warrior/Rulership, and (3) Matriarch/Fertility.  

In her Seer aspect she is the wife of Nemedh, a Scythian ruler and leader of the Third Invasion of Ireland who defeated the Fomorii. Nemed gives his name to the word "nemed," or "nemeton," a sacred grove. She prophesied the Táin Bo Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley) from the Leabhar na h-Uidhre (Book of the Dun Cow), and died of a broken heart on Emhain Macha, the fortress of the kings of Ulster.  

In her Warrior aspect, she is Macha Mong Ruadh (Macha of the Red Hair), the 67th monarch of Ireland who ruled from 377 to 331 b.c. The daughter of Aed Ruadh, she established Emain Macha, now known as Navan Fort. She fought the five sons of Dithorba for her right to rule by visiting each as a leper. Despite her disease, each man wished to sleep with her and through their desire she enslaved each one. They were forced to build Emhain Macha. In this aspect she is referred to as Mesrad Machae, or Macha's Mast, and she waits for the end of a battle to collect the severed heads of the slain and convey them to the Otherworld. Macha Mong Ruadh also is credited with instituting the first Irish hospital, Bron-Bherg (House of Sorrow).  

In her Matriarch aspect, Macha laid a curse on Ulster after her boastful husband, Crunnchua mac Agnoman, said that, though heavy in pregnancy, she could outrun all the king's horses and chariots. When the king of Ulster threatened to execute Crunnchua if she did not race, Macha ran and won, but died as she gave birth to twins. As she died, Macha cursed all Ulstermen with the ces noiden. This curse caused the men to suffer the pain of childbirth for five days and five nights whenever the kingdom was in danger. Her curse came to pass in the Táin Bo Cuailnge during the conflict between Ulster and Connacht. The warrior CuChulainn single-handedly defended Ulster against Queen Medb of Connacht as he was the only non-native Ulsterman in the army. The rest of the Ulster warriors were inficted with labor pains and unable to fight for five days and nights. (#10, Green, pg. 76)  

Additionally, Macha is the goddess of athletics, festivals and fertility and often appears as a crow. She also is strongly associated with other sovereignty/horse-goddesses such as the Gaulish Epona and the Welsh Rhiannon. Sometimes Macha is associated with The Morrighna, a war-goddess associated with sovereignty.  

(Macha Equinox Rite)
You will need:
Sword
Macha Herbal Blend (recipe provided below)
crows feather
salt
cauldron of water
3 acorn or hazelnuts
green marker
1 apple
chalice of wine or apple cider
Cast a circle using the sword, saying:
I mark the boundaries of these space
As Macha marked the boundaries
Of Emain Macha with her broach
In Macha's name is this circle sealed!

Light the herbal blend as incense circling it three time with a crow feather saying:
Winged one, Crow woman
Bless this circle with the cleansing power of air!

Walk around the circle clockwise with the incense. Return to the alter, use the crow feather to waft some of the incense over the alter, then preform a self-blessing by wafting the incense over your body with the feather. Put three pinches of salt into the water and stir it with your athame, saying:
Salt and water
Blood and body of the Goddesses
Bring your blessings to this place 
In Macha's name, I call you purified!
Go around the circle clockwise sprinkling the salt water around the circle with your fingers. Then sprinkle some of the water on the alter saying:
Here is the alter of Macha
Lady of brilliant sun
Horse Goddess
Crow woman and faery seeress
In her name may this place be blessed
Hail Macha
Know that you are honored here!

Go to the east and draw an invoking pentagram with your sword saying:

Crow goddess
Black feathers gliding upon the wind
Swift-footed mare
Untaimable, wild, and free
Macha now hear me
Macha be near me this day!

South:
Macha of the red tresses
Sun of womanhood
Fierce and cunning Queen
Riding your chariot, spear in hand
Macha now hear me
Macha be near me this day!
West:
Seeress, Lady of vision and far-reached sight
Mistress of realms seen and unseen
Between the worlds you walk
Macham now hear me
Macha be near me this day!

North:
Lady of the Masts
Of the ripe and firtle plain
Marking the boundaries of your realm in earth and stone
Macha, now hear me
Macha be near me this day!

Take the crow feather and circle the cauldron three times in a clockwise motion saying:
Hail Macha
Mare Mother
Crow Goddess
Mother, Warrior, Queen
Sun of Womanhood
Lady who blesses and keeps the land
Great Queen of Battle
I give you honor, as the men Ulster would not do,

On this day of balance between night and day
When light stands equal with dark
Come now, O mighty Queen
Who holds sovereignty over the land
Macha, now here me
Macha, be near me this day!

Perform the additional spellwork or pathwork. When you are ready, pass the acorns or nuts through the incense. Use the marker to draw symbols representing you wish to manifest. Hold the nuts in your hands and visualize your desire manifesting. When the image is clear in your mind, say:
Masts of Macha
Forest harvest
Seeds of the earth
Bring form and shape to my desire
In Macha's name manifest.

Place the acorn in the cauldron. Circle the apple with thwe feather three times, then cut in half with your athame, saying:

I honor you Macha
For the bounty that you bring
Harvest Queen
May your blessing of prosperity flow unending!

Take a bit of one of the apple halves and place the other in the offering bowl. Then circle the chalice of wine with the crow feather three times and hold it above the alter, saying:

Faery Macha
Lady of the sun
Unbridled, untameable
In the end all warriors must give you your due
Macha, I give you honor, as the men of Ulster would not do!

Take a sip of the wine, then pour the remaing liquid in your libation bowl or put it aside to take outside to be poured after the ritual.
When you are ready to close the ritual, go to each quarter and draw a banishment pentagram, saying:

Depart in peace, powers of the east, south, west, and north.
Open the circle by cutting it with your sword, saying:
Macha's circle is now unbound.
Bury the acorn or nuts on your property.

(Macha Herbal Blend)
Blend equal parts while chanting Macha's name

Oats
Dried apple peal
Vervain
Coltsfoot
Mullein
Honeysuckle flowers
Eyebright
Jasmine flowers

Copyright ©2011
Stephanie Woodfield

Spiced Pumpkin Butter Warm

Warm baking spices and the spark of ginger and lemon juice make this pumpkin butter recipe the best ever. It's an easy food gift you'll be proud to share.

Makes:
 
36 servings
Serving Size:
 
2 tablespoons
Yields:
 
Makes 4-1/2 cups 
Prep:
 
15 mins
Cook:
 
25 mins

 

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Ingredients
4
cups Pumpkin Puree or two 15-oz. cans pumpkin
1 1/4
cups pure maple syrup
1/2
cup apple juice
2
tablespoons lemon juice
2
teaspoons ground ginger
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4
teaspoon salt
 
Chopped hazelnuts (optional)

Directions

In 5-quart Dutch oven combine all ingredients except nuts. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring frequently, 25 minutes or until thick. (If mixture spatters, reduce heat to medium-low). Remove from heat; cool.
Ladle into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cover; store in refrigerator up to 1 week or freezer up to 6 months.
To serve, top with chopped nuts.

Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients

2 1/2
pounds pie pumpkins

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut pumpkins into 5x5-inch pieces. Remove and discard seeds and strings. Arrange pieces in a single layer, skin sides up, in a foil-lined baling pan. Cover with foil. Bake about 1 hour or until tender. When cool enough to handle, scoop pulp from rind. Place pulp in food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Measure 1 cup puree to use in risotto. Transfer remaining puree to an airtight container. Store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw frozen puree in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

 (Spiced Pumpkin Butter)

Per serving: 
35 kcal cal., 
0 g fat
 
(0 g sat. fat, 
0 mg chol., 
17 mg sodium, 
9g carb., 
0 g fiber, 
0 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Pumpkin-Pecan Tassies

Yields:
 
24 tassies
Prep:
 
30 mins
Bake:
 
35 mins 350°F

 

Ingredients
1
15 ounce package rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (2 crusts)
3/4
cup canned pumpkin
1/4
cup granulated sugar
1
teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
egg, lightly beaten
1/4
cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk
1/3
cup chopped pecans
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon butter, melted
 
Maple syrup (optional)

Directions

Let piecrusts stand according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll piecrusts. Using a 2-1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut 12 rounds from each piecrust. Gently ease pastry rounds into the bottoms and up the sides of 24 ungreased 1-3/4-inch muffin cups; set aside.
For filling, in a large bowl stir together pumpkin, granulated sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add egg; stir until combined. Gradually add half-and-half. Stir just until combined.
For pecan topping, stir together pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter.
Spoon about 2 teaspoons filling into each pastry-lined cup. Top each with a scant 1 teaspoon pecan topping. Bake about 35 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Remove tassies from muffin cups and cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, drizzle tassies with maple syrup just before serving.

From the Test Kitchen

To Store:

Place tassies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in therefrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months; thaw about 1 hour at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts

 (Pumpkin-Pecan Tassies)

Per serving: 
113 kcal cal., 
7 g fat
 
(2 g sat. fat, 
0 g polyunsaturated fat, 
1 g monounsatured fat), 
13 mg chol., 
92 mg sodium, 
12 g carb., 
0 g fiber, 
3 g sugar, 
1 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Harvest Spice Smoothies

Harvest Spice Smoothies

Makes: 4 servings Serving Size: 8 ounces Yields: 4 cups Prep: 10 mins

Ingredients
1 12.3 ounce package soft or firm silken-style tofu
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup thawed, frozen cooked winter squash
3 medium fresh apricots, pitted and cut up
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup small ice cubes
Directions

In a blender combine tofu, pumpkin, squash, apricots, honey, and pumpkin pie spice. Cover and blend until smooth, stopping and scraping sides of blender as needed. Add ice cubes. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately.
From the Test Kitchen

Make-Ahead Tip:
Prepare smoothies as directed. Transfer to an airtight freezer container. Cover and chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator. Stir well before serving.
Nutrition Facts (Harvest Spice Smoothies)
Per serving: 162 kcal cal., 3 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 4 mg sodium, 30 g carb., 2 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 5 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Mabon Group or Coven Ritual

MABON COVEN RITUAL

by

Elder Airwolf

 

Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure, we see the decline of nature and the coming of winter. In September, we also bid farewell to the Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his seeds are planted into the Earth so that life may continue and be more abundant. Mabon is the Witch's Thanksgiving, a time to appreciate and give thanks to the Goddess for her bounty and to share in the joys of the harvest.


 

Invocations

Since Autumn Equinox marks a change in power from the sun to the moon, begin this invocation in the West. This is the seat of water, traditionally associated with the lunar sphere.It is also the region of the setting sun.

The quarter markers for this invocation could be gourds hand painted in traditional colors, or those decorated with elemental emblems.For example, use the image of a purple water droplet for the west, a red tongue of flame for the south, a yellow feather for the east, and a brown seed for the north.

In the Greek and Roman traditions, this festival honors Bacchus or Dionysus because of the grape harvest. Consequently I have chosen to call on this deity for the center point of the circle.Feel free to substitute any other god of the harvest with whom you’re more familiar.


 


 


 

I call upon the Guardian Watch Towers of the West,

Merry Meet Water Maiden, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and the fruit filled with your drops.
Wash gently on the shores of my soul
with the sustaining waters of creation,
for I am your servant.


 

I call upon the Guardian Watch Towers of the North,

Merry Meet Earth Mother, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and the fruit of your womb.
Grow gently in the soils of my soul
the seeds of Nature's lessons,
for I am your servant.


 

I call upon the Guardian Watch Towers of the East,

Merry meet Wind Brother, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and fruit of your breath
Blow gently into my soul
with the wind of insight and motivation
For I am your servant.

I call upon the Guardian Watch Towers of the West,


 

I call upon the Guardian Watch Towers of the South,

Merry Meet Fire Father, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and the fruit you warmed to maturity;
Burn gently in my heart and soul
with the empowering embers of magic,
for I am your servant.


 

(Covenshead says:)

Hecate, Dionysus and Demeter, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and the fruit of Earth’s bounty.
Fill gently my heart and soul
with the wines of wisdom and wonderment,
for I am your servant.

Turn to the altar, and light the Persephone candle. Say:

The land is beginning to die, and the soil grows cold.
The fertile womb of the earth has gone barren.
As Persephone descended into the Underworld,
So the earth continues its descent into night.
As Demeter mourns the loss of her daughter,
So we mourn the days drawing shorter.
The winter will soon be here.

Light the Demeter candle, and say:

In her anger and sorrow, Demeter roamed the earth,
And the crops died, and life withered and the soil went dormant.
In grief, she traveled looking for her lost child,
Leaving darkness behind in her wake.
We feel the mother's pain, and our hearts break for her,
As she searches for the child she gave birth to.
We welcome the darkness, in her honor.

Break open the pomegranate (it's a good idea to have a bowl to catch the drippings), and take out six seeds. Place them on the altar. Say:

Six months of light, and six months of dark.
The earth goes to sleep, and later wakes again.
O dark mother, we honor you this night,
And dance in your shadows.
We embrace that which is the darkness,
And celebrate the life of the Crone. Blessings to the dark goddess on this night, and every other.

As the wine is replaced upon the altar, hold your arms out in the Goddess position, and take a moment to reflect on the darker aspects of the human experience. Think of all the goddesses who evoke the night, and call out:

Demeter, Inanna, Kali, Tiamet, Hecate, Nemesis, Morrighan.
Bringers of destruction and darkness,
I embrace you tonight.
Without rage, we cannot feel love,
Without pain, we cannot feel happiness,
Without the night, there is no day,
Without death, there is no life.
Great goddesses of the night, I thank you.


 

(sit candles down and take 3 maple leaves and a blessed coin provided by Covevenshead)

Mediation and Visualization

Take a few moments to meditate on the darker aspects of your own soul. Is there a pain you've been longing to get rid of? Is there anger and frustration that you've been unable to move past? Is there someone who's hurt you, but you haven't told them how you feel? Now is the time to take this energy and turn it to your own purposes. Take any pain inside you, and reverse it so that it becomes a positive experience. If you're not suffering from anything hurtful, count your blessings, and reflect on a time in your life when you weren't so fortunate.

Take your ca three turning leaf in hand. Raise it toward the sky, saying:

Powers of Light, grant me sight beyond sight.

As day gives way to dark, grant me foresight’s inner spark.

Close your eyes and center your attention on the energy each leaf brings to the bundle.

Feel its inherent symbolism in color and form. If any of the leaves seem to have a different meaning to you than those given below, make note of it. Your instincts are important to the divination process; heed their council above anything found in a book. Now, think about the next three month. Ask Nature’s tool what the future holds for you.

Keeping your eyes closed,

The first leaf for October indicates that your path to inner peace during that time frame lies in activating your feminine attributes.

The second leaf for November indicates that you can achieve your goals then, if you learn to be flexible.

The third leaf for December is for Peace, truce; reconciliations to fulfil goals.


 

The Ritual ( Moving outside and standing in a circle)

Hold your ritual goblet toward the sky with both hands, saying:

Lord of the Harvest, Lady of Crops,
I thank you for your gifts freely given,
and now return wine from this bounty
to the soil with a grateful heart.

Accept my offering as a gift to you and Earth.
Let this libation nourish and sustain the land
as the Wheel moves on.

 

(Move back inside and gather around the alter)

 

Put down the cup, and take up the cornucopia with both hands while reciting:

Providence, while my table is rich with the harvest,
soon the crops fall to the snows.
Let each silver piece be used kindly to help others,
then return thrice-fold in times of need.
Bless these coins that I, (your name.......craft name if you have one)
and all within my home, might not want for food,
nor comfort, while the land lies fallow.
By your power, let it be so.

Return the coins to the altar. (Covenshead will bless them and return them to you)

After the ritual keep them in an accessible place and use them for random acts of kindness, such as putting a quarter into an expired parking meter. Your gifts to others, as the prayer says, will return to you three times over to meet your needs.

( Covenshead says:)

The Wheel has turned.
The sun no longer reigns.

Merry Part for now Goddess Hecate, Dionysus and Demeter

Blow out the sun candle.

It is a time of increasing darkness…
a time to look within at shadows of my soul
and face them bravely.
May the Powers be with me in this Underworld journey,
that like the sun I will return from my meditations
with the brightness of enlightenment as a guide.

Linger before the altar and consider any negatives in your life.

Be honest with yourself here.

Choose one on which to work for the remainder of the winter so that by Imbolc, it will be banished with growing light.


 

Closing the Circle

 

South Say:

Merry Part Fire Father, until we meet again
may your cooling embers heal heated emotions.
I bid you farewell, with thanks.


 


 

East Say:

Merry Part Air Brother, until we meet again
may your winter winds grant me freshness of mind.
I bid you farewell, with thanks.


 

North Say:

Merry Part Earth Mother, until we meet again,
may your providence continue through barrenness.
I bid you farewell, with thanks.


 

West Say:

Merry Part Water Sister, until we meet again,
may your rains fall freely on parched spirits.
I bid you farewell, with thanks.


 

(Covenshead says:)

Spirits of the Vine, of corn and grain,
from You I am born, and shall return again.
I bid you farewell, with thanks.

Post Ritual Foods

In keeping with the theme of prudence and conservation, serve long lasting foods such as apples, potatoes, squash, nuts, oats, and onions, or leftovers. Cider and goose are also traditional Autumn Equinox foods.


 

ElderAirwolf-humbly serving my Goddess )O(

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Coven of Witch Mountain Wolf Run

Covenshead~Elder Airwolf

Daily Forecast for 9/20/2014 my Stargazers~

Blyssful Saturn's Day Stargazers!

Balsamic (waning /45-0 degrees)
September 20, 2014 — This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the "big picture." A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

Saturday 20th September 2014
Moon 14° Leo conjunct Jupiter 14° Leo
Moon 15° Leo trines Uranus [in retrograde] 15° Aries

Moon in Leo
You won't be able to resist LAUGHING and SMILING
Astrologically it's a very happy day - and like the see-saw of life - the past few years - haven't made many people truly smile and laugh - but all the planets are now moving into position to make the world change - to become POSITIVE. Sun in Libra is going to prove that - and it's so so close that you'll already be feeling and sensing what's coming. Even before Tuesday - Moon in Leo - will be changing your mood to become much happier person - a happier version of yourself than you've been in a long time - as Moon will be giving you GOOD NEWS and lots of reasons to laugh and smile.

I've always said life is about PEOPLE - about relationships with people you know - "life" isn't about being alone - it's about being amongst others - being with others - laughing, giggling and the warmth you sense from others. Indeed, you might avoid some people - because they're too cold and grumpy - in which case - avoid them - but there are 7 Billion people on the planet - so don't even try to convince me that you can't find a few good people in your life to laugh and giggle with?!
On Saturday - there will be no excuses - as people - wherever you go - will be in an OPEN and GOOD mood - and it's a great day - to be amongst people - to both make new friends and enjoy the company of your existing friends.

Moon 14° Leo conjunct Jupiter 14° Leo LUCKY - the energy is LUCKIEST - especially when you're amongst people you like - people and places that make you feel "at home" with a warmth of friendship and love ....
Moon 15° Leo trines Uranus [in retrograde] 15° Aries creates an unexpected surprise from someone from the "past" - and as Saturday is about friendships - enjoy the reconnection ..... this aspect will also make you look-back at the "past" and have a laugh at some of the silly things you've done in your life - all of which - with the gift of hindsight will make you smile inside.

Thereafter the weekend's mood is 100% Moon in Leo - Moon 15° => 22° Leo - Saturday followed by 100% Moon in Leo - Moon 22° => 29° Leo - Sunday which means it will bring out the best in everyone.

Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Schedule your social plans wisely because you may inadvertently commit to conflicting engagements. It might be that there are more events happening today than you can attend and it's nearly impossible to narrow your selection. Nevertheless, it's best to cut back on non-essential activities, so don't put too much energy into second-guessing yourself once you've made up your mind. Your first choice is your best choice.

ABOUT TAURUS
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
Family members or close friends may now be the source of your current dilemma as they offer you an idea that seems attractive at first. However, upon closer scrutiny, the opportunity turns out to be one of those schemes that looks a lot better than it actually is. Be careful of jumping into any situation with both feet, since you might not have a quick way back to stable ground. Take your time before responding, and don't burn any bridges in the process.

ABOUT GEMINI
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
Your lack of motivation could mean you don't get a whole lot of work done today. You like the idea of a repose, but your hectic schedule may not allow you the time for one today. The good news is that you have a real opportunity for growth in front of you, but you must push beyond your comfort zone in order to make the most of it. You will never know what can happen if you don't try.

ABOUT CANCER
Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Receiving unexpected praise boosts your confidence today. Unfortunately, there are surprises lurking behind even the most attractive situations, which could muddle your emotions and obscure your sense of direction. In fact, your self-esteem may go through a few ups and downs today. Don't let self-doubt get the best of you; maintaining a positive attitude impacts your future in a powerful way.

ABOUT LEO
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your current inclination is to convince others that everything is fine, but this may not be the whole truth. You are captivated by daydreams of romantic love and sensual enjoyment. Shake things up today and share your fantasies with a sweetheart or close friend. Though complete satisfaction may not be attainable, now is not the time to hide your true feelings. You'll never know what magic you could experience until you open your heart.

ABOUT VIRGO
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
The cosmic tides are pushing you to bring your unexpressed needs out into the open today so you can finally fulfill your desires. Keep in mind you are better off delivering your message with a sugar coating for it to have the impact you desire. It's crucial to remain gracious and kind in all your communications now if you want a shot at manifesting your dreams.

ABOUT LIBRA
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your creativity is often in the spotlight as you seek ways to reflect the beauty around you, both in your interactions with others and in what you choose to create. Pay attention to the pragmatic side of your life today as you weave your magic to produce a positive impact on your own personal appearance and your self-esteem. You don't need to turn your world upside down. Small changes are the ones that last the longest.

ABOUT SCORPIO
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your personal relationships might be a formidable source of confusion now. You know what you want, but it's not clear how to achieve it. You're willing to sort out your feelings, but a fog is rolling in and it's nearly impossible to obtain reliable emotional bearings. Wait until the time is right before following your heart. Achieving emotional fulfillment will be easier once the illusions clear and you can see where you're going.

ABOUT SAGITTARIUS
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your dreams of the future are a source of personal inspiration today. You might be so enamored with your exciting plans that you take every chance you can to share them with others. You're passionate about your vision and assume everyone else feels the same. However, this dynamic is more complicated now than you realize, leaving you dazed and confused. Reveal a little less and smile a little more today.

ABOUT CAPRICORN
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You welcome boundaries as they help you define your plan of action. When everything is neat and tidy you know exactly what you need to do, and you do it. But the edges of reality seem fuzzy today and things appear softer and more innocent. Intuitively, you know that you are looking at your life through the eyes of your inner child. Remember, just a small acknowledgment of reality will go a long way to sustain your dreams.

ABOUT AQUARIUS
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Significant changes are about to rock your boat and shake you awake. You probably don't have a clue yet about what is going to develop. Just ride the tides of your emotions as they go back and forth without acting on your feelings until the currents return to normal. Demonstrating your Aquarius resolve empowers you to overcome your uncertainty. Fortunately, your chances for success improve when you act with conviction.

ABOUT PISCES
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You can be swept up in someone else's drama today without even realizing what's happening. Additionally, an unstable work situation could magnify your sense of surrealism. You may even set goals based upon your fantasies, rather than what is actually attainable. Be careful because you could miss an opportunity for personal growth if you misinterpret current events. Focus on realizing your potential and quit trying to save everyone else.

Tarot: The High Priestess
September 20th, 2014

Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall.

For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.

In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries.

Is your relationship on the rocks? Cut through all your romantic anxiety by chatting live with a video psychic now about whatever is troubling you.

[Blyssful Saturn's Day Stargazers! Balsamic (waning /45-0 degrees) September 20, 2014 — This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the "big picture." A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle. Saturday 20th September 2014 Moon 14° Leo conjunct Jupiter 14° Leo Moon 15° Leo trines Uranus [in retrograde] 15° Aries Moon in Leo You won't be able to resist LAUGHING and SMILING Astrologically it's a very happy day - and like the see-saw of life - the past few years - haven't made many people truly smile and laugh - but all the planets are now moving into position to make the world change - to become POSITIVE. Sun in Libra is going to prove that - and it's so so close that you'll already be feeling and sensing what's coming. Even before Tuesday - Moon in Leo - will be changing your mood to become much happier person - a happier version of yourself than you've been in a long time - as Moon will be giving you GOOD NEWS and lots of reasons to laugh and smile. I've always said life is about PEOPLE - about relationships with people you know - "life" isn't about being alone - it's about being amongst others - being with others - laughing, giggling and the warmth you sense from others. Indeed, you might avoid some people - because they're too cold and grumpy - in which case - avoid them - but there are 7 Billion people on the planet - so don't even try to convince me that you can't find a few good people in your life to laugh and giggle with?! On Saturday - there will be no excuses - as people - wherever you go - will be in an OPEN and GOOD mood - and it's a great day - to be amongst people - to both make new friends and enjoy the company of your existing friends. Moon 14° Leo conjunct Jupiter 14° Leo LUCKY - the energy is LUCKIEST - especially when you're amongst people you like - people and places that make you feel "at home" with a warmth of friendship and love .... Moon 15° Leo trines Uranus [in retrograde] 15° Aries creates an unexpected surprise from someone from the "past" - and as Saturday is about friendships - enjoy the reconnection ..... this aspect will also make you look-back at the "past" and have a laugh at some of the silly things you've done in your life - all of which - with the gift of hindsight will make you smile inside. Thereafter the weekend's mood is 100% Moon in Leo - Moon 15° => 22° Leo - Saturday followed by 100% Moon in Leo - Moon 22° => 29° Leo - Sunday which means it will bring out the best in everyone. Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Schedule your social plans wisely because you may inadvertently commit to conflicting engagements. It might be that there are more events happening today than you can attend and it's nearly impossible to narrow your selection. Nevertheless, it's best to cut back on non-essential activities, so don't put too much energy into second-guessing yourself once you've made up your mind. Your first choice is your best choice. ABOUT TAURUS Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20) Family members or close friends may now be the source of your current dilemma as they offer you an idea that seems attractive at first. However, upon closer scrutiny, the opportunity turns out to be one of those schemes that looks a lot better than it actually is. Be careful of jumping into any situation with both feet, since you might not have a quick way back to stable ground. Take your time before responding, and don't burn any bridges in the process. ABOUT GEMINI Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20) Your lack of motivation could mean you don't get a whole lot of work done today. You like the idea of a repose, but your hectic schedule may not allow you the time for one today. The good news is that you have a real opportunity for growth in front of you, but you must push beyond your comfort zone in order to make the most of it. You will never know what can happen if you don't try. ABOUT CANCER Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Receiving unexpected praise boosts your confidence today. Unfortunately, there are surprises lurking behind even the most attractive situations, which could muddle your emotions and obscure your sense of direction. In fact, your self-esteem may go through a few ups and downs today. Don't let self-doubt get the best of you; maintaining a positive attitude impacts your future in a powerful way. ABOUT LEO Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22) Your current inclination is to convince others that everything is fine, but this may not be the whole truth. You are captivated by daydreams of romantic love and sensual enjoyment. Shake things up today and share your fantasies with a sweetheart or close friend. Though complete satisfaction may not be attainable, now is not the time to hide your true feelings. You'll never know what magic you could experience until you open your heart. ABOUT VIRGO Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22) The cosmic tides are pushing you to bring your unexpressed needs out into the open today so you can finally fulfill your desires. Keep in mind you are better off delivering your message with a sugar coating for it to have the impact you desire. It's crucial to remain gracious and kind in all your communications now if you want a shot at manifesting your dreams. ABOUT LIBRA Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Your creativity is often in the spotlight as you seek ways to reflect the beauty around you, both in your interactions with others and in what you choose to create. Pay attention to the pragmatic side of your life today as you weave your magic to produce a positive impact on your own personal appearance and your self-esteem. You don't need to turn your world upside down. Small changes are the ones that last the longest. ABOUT SCORPIO Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Your personal relationships might be a formidable source of confusion now. You know what you want, but it's not clear how to achieve it. You're willing to sort out your feelings, but a fog is rolling in and it's nearly impossible to obtain reliable emotional bearings. Wait until the time is right before following your heart. Achieving emotional fulfillment will be easier once the illusions clear and you can see where you're going. ABOUT SAGITTARIUS Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Your dreams of the future are a source of personal inspiration today. You might be so enamored with your exciting plans that you take every chance you can to share them with others. You're passionate about your vision and assume everyone else feels the same. However, this dynamic is more complicated now than you realize, leaving you dazed and confused. Reveal a little less and smile a little more today. ABOUT CAPRICORN Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19) You welcome boundaries as they help you define your plan of action. When everything is neat and tidy you know exactly what you need to do, and you do it. But the edges of reality seem fuzzy today and things appear softer and more innocent. Intuitively, you know that you are looking at your life through the eyes of your inner child. Remember, just a small acknowledgment of reality will go a long way to sustain your dreams. ABOUT AQUARIUS Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Significant changes are about to rock your boat and shake you awake. You probably don't have a clue yet about what is going to develop. Just ride the tides of your emotions as they go back and forth without acting on your feelings until the currents return to normal. Demonstrating your Aquarius resolve empowers you to overcome your uncertainty. Fortunately, your chances for success improve when you act with conviction. ABOUT PISCES Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20) You can be swept up in someone else's drama today without even realizing what's happening. Additionally, an unstable work situation could magnify your sense of surrealism. You may even set goals based upon your fantasies, rather than what is actually attainable. Be careful because you could miss an opportunity for personal growth if you misinterpret current events. Focus on realizing your potential and quit trying to save everyone else. Tarot: The High Priestess September 20th, 2014 Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall. For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity. In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries. Is your relationship on the rocks? Cut through all your romantic anxiety by chatting live with a video psychic now about whatever is troubling you.]

Walking with the Sacred Trees

Wood Wisdom - Walking with the Sacred Trees

by H. Catherine Watling

You follow the path that winds through the ancient forest, or the marches and uplands beyond, in search of the tree whose wisdom you seek...

Is it birch, guide to new beginnings? The faerie rowan? Or willow, tree of moontides and poets? Be silent and listen to the whisperings of aspen. Find the courage of the holly warrior within.

Of course, all trees and plants are sacred and each offers its unique gift, but in Druidry and Celtic spirituality those associated with the Ogham alphabet are regarded as plants of particular power. Though the Ogham system is referred to as a ‘tree’ alphabet, it also includes climbers such as ivy and vine, and bushes such as heather and gorse. Each ‘tree’ represents the initial letter of its name in Gaelic, which is in turn represented by a symbol that can be used in divination like a rune.

The earliest examples of Ogham inscriptions are believed to date to the second century, AD, though Ogham tree lore, with its mythological associations, is likely to have existed as an oral system for centuries before symbols were carved in wood or engraved on stone. There are twenty trees in the original alphabet, with five added later which vary according to source.

We Druids are the men and women of the oak – the word is thought to mean oak-wise – and the Roman writer Pliny says that no Druid ceremony was conducted without the presence of oak. Trees have spoken with and guided our ancestors for thousands of years as they guide us now, if only we can stop on life’s frantic highway and hear with our spirit ears, open our spirit eyes.

When I was considering whether to study the OBOD course, I went out to commune with the trees. Meditating on whether Druidry was right for me, I walked between steep banks where exposed roots writhed from the earth in dragon form and the boughs of nature’s cathedral arched far above. I felt the caring guardianship of the trees, but also their otherness and mystery, and heard their dreaming words.

In celebration of my Druid path, I’ve planted many Ogham trees in the gardens of house where I’ve lived – groves of dryad guides, givers of gifts, spiritual and material. They’ve blessed me with freshly picked apples to share at the feast of Samhain, hazelnuts for the rite of poetic inspiration. My bardic silver branch is an apple bough, my wand is of willow. And every year I used to pollard the established willow at the back of my first Glastonbury cottage, using its pliable boughs for hurdle making, the heavier branches for firewood.

Leaf, fruit or flower placed on the altar when performing a ceremony, journeying or meditating brings the outside in, helping to awaken the visionary grove or forest as we walk through the portal of interlaced branches.

Ash, Nuin, Onnen, Lofty tree that bears the keys, unlocking the shaman’s secret journey. Companion, burning ever brightly, I come in peace and in search of wisdom. Is it your wish to share your knowledge and energy with me?

Before working with any tree, we must seek acceptance. Placing a hand on branch or trunk, I make the request and sense if it is appropriate to work with this tree. It is disrespectful not to gain permission, or to forget to give thanks for gifts received.

Towards the end of the Bardic grade I began a daily practice of meditating on one of the Ogham trees, exploring how its nature and symbolism related to issues in my mundane or spiritual life, how it offered solutions and showed new perspectives.

Grove book entry, Sept ’98: I used the word Coll as a mantra and found it had the rhythm of a heartbeat, which brought the realisation that the hazelnuts are heart-shaped. The heart is the central, vital organ of the body. The heart of wisdom is the focus from which true values radiate. In time, these meditations carried me across the bridge from the Bardic to the Ovate grade, to deeper learning from the trees.

Grove book entry, July 1999: The solitary oak that stands in the meadow speaks: ‘My task is to show strength and stability. I stand alone, though I am one of the tree tribe, and linked also to all things on earth. It is the same with humans, you are alone, yet part of the greater whole. Look within, take respon- sibility for your own life and actions, as I show by example. I am neither swayed by the crowd, nor do I seek power over other beings. I am whole in myself.’ To conclude my Ovate studies, I chose to work closely with three of the Ogham trees in search of creative inspiration. After journeying with each, I wrote a poem and tale, and painted images of what I’d received. This developed and expanded, taking me down the forest path to all the Ogham trees, and the supremely sacred mistletoe – journeying, meditation, creating tree ceremonies and studying their lore.

I walk the woodlands, feeling the living land beneath my feet, my arms brushing against leafy branches, the pressure of 21st century life left behind. This is reality.

In Uplyme churchyard, on the Devon/Dorset border, I step beneath the canopy of an ancient yew, and enter another realm. At that moment the church clock strikes startling me, and the still air suddenly stirs into fierce gusts. Branches sway and creak as if they will be torn from the trunk. There is a sense of challenge, of powerful forces communicating their message.

In the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, I walk through the orchard in May, the air scented with the blossom which floats around me on a warm breeze. I feel that I have slipped across the threshold from Glastonbury to Avalon, land of eternal youth and harmony.

Outside, or looking at a sprig on the altar, I study the detail of leaf, flower, fruit and seed. Feeling the dark power of the yew, I paint its needles and berries in a mandala-like design around the triple spiral of initiation, of life, death and rebirth. Feeling the otherworldly magic of apple, I paint its faery blossom, smelling again the gentle perfume. Bees gather nectar from red heather within a painted circle of honeycomb, buzzing round the sun at the centre of the image...

There are so many gifts that trees offer, through their guidance, healing and inspiration, and so many levels on which to work. The ways I have found to explore these, which began in the Bardic grade and have accompanied my Druid journey, have finally given birth to a book, and my designs to a pack of oracle cards.

In gratitude to all trees. From root to branch, may the sap of knowledge flow.

Autumn Maple-Pear Pie

OMGoddess!

I created my own pear pie way back in 1973 for my then father-in-law because the internet did not exist and neither did anyone I know have a pear pie recipe. Well today has been exceptional in every way and so came this recipe dropped right into my mailbox....how cool is that!
I can't wait to make it for Graywolf...
BTW: if anyone makes it before I do please post her and give me a STAR rating !

 Autumn Maple-Pear Pie

3 users rated this recipe an average rating of 4.5
Makes: 8 servings Yields: 8 servings Prep: 1 hr Bake: 1 hr 10 mins 375°

Autumn Maple-Pear Pie

Ingredients
1 recipe Nut Pastry
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
6 cups peeled (if desired) and thinly sliced pears (6 medium)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
  Poached Pear Slices (optional)*
  Caramel-flavor ice cream topping (optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare Nut Pastry. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten one pastry ball. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
In a large bowl stir together brown sugar, flour, and apple pie spice. Add 6 cups pears; toss gently to coat. Transfer pear mixture to pastry-lined pie plate. Drizzle with maple syrup. Trim pastry even with pie plate rim. Roll the remaining pastry ball into a 12-inch-diameter circle. Place pastry circle on filling; trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top pastry edge under bottom pastry. Crimp edge as desired.
Using a sharp knife, cut several large slits in top pastry. In a small bowl combine egg and the water. Brush pastry with egg mixture.
Tent pie with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until pears are tender and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, if desired, prepare Poached Pear Slices. Before serving, place the poached pear slice with the stem in center of pie and drizzle with caramel topping. Top some of the individual servings with the remaining poached pear slices and drizzle with caramel topping.
From the Test Kitchen

*Tip:
To make Poached Pear Slices, in a medium saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 2 inches stick cinnamon. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, cut a large pear (7 to 8 ounces) from top to bottom into 1/4-inch slices (include the stem with one of the slices); remove seeds. Add pear slices to sugar mixture. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or just until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pear slices to a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan. Cool pear slices; discard syrup. If desired, cover and chill pear slices for up to 24 hours before serving.
Nut Pastry

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground, toasted pecans or almonds
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
8 tablespoons cold water
Directions

In bowl combine flour; ground, toasted pecans or almonds; and salt. Cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of mixture; toss with fork. Push moistened dough to side. Using a total of 8 to 12 tablespoons, repeat until all the dough is moistened. Divide in half; form each into a ball. On lightly floured surface, flatten 1 dough ball. Roll into a 13-inch circle. Repeat with remaining ball of dough.
Nutrition Facts (Autumn Maple-Pear Pie)
Per serving: 468 kcal cal., 21 g fat (7 g sat. fat, 5 g polyunsaturated fat, 8 g monounsatured fat), 39 mg chol., 357 mg sodium, 66 g carb., 5 g fiber, 31 g sugar, 6 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

ONLY EIGHT DAY'S LEFT TO REGISTER FOR FALL CLASSES!

FALL CLASSES at the LEGION

by ~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~

on 12 September 2014 at 19:52

Fall Class lineup:

Registration for classes begins on

September 2nd, 2014

at: www.legionofpagans.com

~Class Descriptions~

Basic Witch Class:

~~~ THE BASIC WITCH CLASS~~~

DESCRIPTION & OUTLINE

This class will be following the teachings of the old Celtic Aoumiel Witch.
We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft.

The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing. THIS CLASS INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the forefront please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

There is a fee for the course.

Also make sure when you sign up that your class is pre-paid and you have a correct email address.
The email and address can be sent addressed to me at
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~~~ REGISTRATION~~~

Registration will begin on:
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Class orientations begins (September 29th, 2014 )- ALL STUDENT MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

All students attended the spring class must have completed their registration, pre-paid for the class with your book orders if you chose that option. I need current email to complete registration.

All students can pay for their course and supplies by clicking on our “Neighborhood Needs and Ministry Funds” tab in the green toolbar and select donations and your payment method.

Remember this must be completed before classes begin to complete enrollment this class. Your personal information will be kept by me in the class folder at:
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Educational Institution of Magick

~Intermediate Witch Class Description~

This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. IT INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the fore front please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an aptitude test to gain entry.

In this class the greenwitch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive spells and casting arts of the craft.

Registration -September 2-28, 2014

Orientation week begins on September 29th, 2014 -ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

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Have a Blessed Day!
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Mabon Apple Spell for Lovers

Apple Spell Story

Paddy Slane, in her beautiful book "Natural Magic" mentions that the Autumn Equinox is a good time to do some spells involving apples. She included the following spell aimed to strengthening the bond between couples.

Apple, apple, red as blood (cut the apple in half)
As two become, two hearts in one (apples have a five-pointed star in their centres)
I call to each one from afar
A herb for her, a herb for him (a cut is made and a herb is inserted)
A touch of fire to seal it in (light a candle from a taper)
Bind with the cord to make them one (tie around with scarlet cord)
As I will, so be it done (bury the apple in the ground)

Appropriate incense for this time of the year can be made from sandalwood, juniper berries and cypress which emphasis the mourning of the passing of Summer.

Fall Class lineup for September 2014

Fall Class lineup:

Registration for classes begins on

September 2nd, 2014

at: www.legionofpagans.com

~Class Descriptions~

Basic Witch Class:

~~~ THE BASIC WITCH CLASS~~~

DESCRIPTION & OUTLINE

This class will be following the teachings of the old Celtic Aoumiel Witch.
We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft.

The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing. THIS CLASS INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the forefront please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

There is a fee for the course.

Also make sure when you sign up that your class is pre-paid and you have a correct email address.
The email and address can be sent addressed to me at
www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com

~~~ REGISTRATION~~~

Registration will begin on:
September 2nd-September 28th, 2014

Class orientations begins (September 29th, 2014 )- ALL STUDENT MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

All students attended the spring class must have completed their registration, pre-paid for the class with your book orders if you chose that option. I need current email to complete registration.

All students can pay for their course and supplies by clicking on our “Neighborhood Needs and Ministry Funds” tab in the green toolbar and select donations and your payment method.

Remember this must be completed before classes begin to complete enrollment this class. Your personal information will be kept by me in the class folder at:
www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com

Copyright © 03292013

~Elder Airwolf~

Owner & Founder

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Educational Institution of Magick

~Intermediate Witch Class Description~

This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. IT INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the fore front please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an aptitude test to gain entry.

In this class the greenwitch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive spells and casting arts of the craft.

Registration -September 2-28, 2014

Orientation week begins on September 29th, 2014 -ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

THERE IS A FEE FOR THIS CLASS~12 week Course

Books are available through Amazon.com or ABE.com

Registration will follow the submission of your donations receipt to legionofpagans12@gmail.com

Donations for the class can be made through the LoP site atwww.legionofpagans.com

From there you can fine the pay pal donations tab under the Neighborhood Needs & Ministry Funds tab in the menu toolbar on the current events page.

Bright Blessings and see you in class!

Copyright © 01012013

WITCH MOUNTAIN WOLF RUN COVEN IS NOW RE-OPENED AND TAKING INTERVIEW APPLICATIONS SERVING NORTHWEST COEUR D' ALENE, IDAHO AREA.

Contact me at: legionogpagans12@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

Read more about the coven on www.witchvox.com under coven search location or by name.

Remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday***

Have a Blessed Day!
~Elder Airwolf~

Daily Forecast for 19/18/2014 my Stargazers~

Moon Phase

Last Quarter (waning/90-45 degrees)
September 18, 2014 — The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.

Thursday 18th September 2014
Moon 19° Cancer trines Saturn 19° Scorpio
Moon 21° Cancer squares Mercury 21° Libra
Moon 25° Cancer sextiles Sun 25° Virgo

Moon in Cancer
Think it, sense it, feel it and do it ....
Some people falsely believe that star sign of Cancer - doesn't "do" BIG things in life - they're so wrong - as Cancer is a cardinal star sign of importance - look at the USA - chart if 4th July 1776 - a Cancerian. And whilst there are times when you think it's not doing anything - there are times when "Cancerian's" LEADS to do great things. Cancerian's always wait until "they" feel the energy is right - and when the moment is right - then they do.
During Moon in Cancer - you too - will be getting the strong urges to do things. There's no need to "talk" about it or wait - the astrological chart - defines an immediate reaction - as you "think" it - you "sense" it - then "do" it. If you don't do it - then the opportunity will be missed - so when you get the feeling - don't delay - just "do" it - and you'll see success.

The success that EVERYONE is having at the moment is defined by ALL the planets in action in an array of star signs from Moon in Cancer - Jupiter in Leo - Sun & Venus in Virgo - Mercury in Libra - Saturn in Scorpio - Mars in Sagittarius - Pluto in Capricorn - there's something for "almost" everyone if you have any planets in Cancer => Leo => Virgo => Libra => Scorpio => Sagittarius.

Moon 19° Cancer trines Saturn 19° Scorpio creates the strong feeling to DO something - you feel and know it's so right for you - as it's your destiny - so you do it - and hey-presto - it works out. This aspect won't shake your world - but it will make you feel at "home" with yourself - and knowing that "life" is just as it should be - it will give you stability and peacefulness from within.
Moon 21° Cancer squares Mercury 21° Libra creates a bad feeling that something isn't right - it comes in form of communication - and it's a moment you should just ignore - say nothing to anyone who is being negative. Ignore them - and don't go where you don't feel "right" for you.
Moon 25° Cancer sextiles Sun 25° Virgo creates a harmonious feeling - and although Sun in Virgo - has been complicated and problematic - you will feel today is a good day - as things go smoothly.

Moon and Jupiter before dawn September 19

Watch for the waning crescent moon near the dazzling planet Jupiter during the predawn and dawn hours on Friday morning – September 19, 2014 – and for a morning or two after that. Simply look eastward to behold these two glorious worlds reflecting the light of the sun.

Jupiter is the king planet in our solar system, having the volume of more than 1,300 Earths! Even Jupiter’s famed Great Red Spot is about twice as large as our planet. The Giant Red Spot is a high pressure storm, similar to a hurricane, rotating counter-clockwise in Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere, taking about 6 days to spin full circle. This storm has been raging on Jupiter at least since humanity first saw it through early telescopes, a few hundred years ago.

At the time of this writing (September 2014), the largest known planetseems to be WASP-17b, with a diameter that’s twice as large as Jupiter’s yet harboring less than half of Jupiter’s mass.

Planet WASP-17b is known as a puffy planet or a hot Saturn because of its low density. Like Saturn, this world could float in water – that is, if you had a large enough ocean to put it in.

The moon will be moving downward in the predawn sky over the next few days. Watch for it!
The moon will be moving downward in the predawn sky over the next few days. Watch for it!
Bottom line: Take a look at our own solar system worlds – the moon and Jupiter – pairing up together in the predawn and dawn sky on September 19, 2014 and for a day or two after that.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may be disappointed by the way things are turning out today, but you’re probably in better shape than you realize if you can let go of your previous expectations. You will have more opportunities later on to bring your day-to-day obligations into alignment with your high ideals. Now is the time to exercise self-restraint and deliver on what you’ve already promised rather than just moving on to what’s next. Happily, your future looks brighter once you have handled unfinished business from the past

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)
You could inadvertently take on way too much today because you may underestimate the size of a job. Part of the problem is that you can’t let go of a project until it feels right, so you may spend time going back over your previous work. Although others won’t likely notice the difference, it’s important that you honor your own need for excellence. Your best bet might be to postpone some chores for another day. Quality counts now more than ever; your reputation is on the line.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)
Slowing the pace of your work may not sound like the smartest thing to do, but it’s wise to rest now when you have the chance. Unfortunately, you can’t just declare today a personal holiday, so focus your energy on what you absolutely must accomplish before treating yourself to a bit of time off. Considering the long road you have ahead of you, replenishing your energy along the way is a good idea. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
The evocative Moon is rattling your 1st House of Self, taking you on a wild emotional ride. Stay unattached to every thought as it comes and goes. Don’t push away anger and don’t pull in the desires. Just allow your feelings to run their own course without trying to control them. However, this doesn’t mean that you must share your inner process with those around you. Observing your journey from a slightly detached point of view teaches you a valuable lesson

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Although you Lions are known for your dramatic self-expression, putting your thoughts out in the open might prove to be too much trouble today. Once you let one little feeling escape, the windows to your soul are thrown open and all your emotions could come pouring out. Even if you think you have solid boundaries in place, it may be hard to stop midstream. Err on the side of caution now and keep your secrets to yourself.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You could be so concerned about what your friends are thinking of you now that you work yourself into a state of anxiety. The reflective Cancer Moon’s presence in your 11th House of Social Engagements prompts you to feel as if someone doesn’t want to include you in their social group. But it’s your heightened sensitivity and not anyone else’s negative judgment that actually motivates your self-protective tactics. Even if you’re afraid to express your vulnerability today, try to remain receptive to the overtures of others.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Some of your objective thoughts might need to be hidden from view today because analysis leads you to one conclusion while your heart says something else. You can almost convince yourself that you don’t have to become entangled in someone else’s affairs. However, after considering all the rational reasons to retreat, toss them aside and do what feels best. Your gut won’t steer you wrong now if you keep your ego out of the picture.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your romantic dreams can be realized today if you counterbalance tender expression with an air of detachment. It’s not that you want to avoid an intimate connection with someone special, it’s just that you also need your personal space. Be careful; you could get caught in the middle as you try to sort out this internal conflict. Make it easier on everyone by refraining from extreme reactions either way. Sharing your heart isn’t as scary as you think.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Seek the simplest way out of an emotionally awkward situation today by practicing the fine art of procrastination. Although this isn’t often considered to be a healthy strategy, avoiding conflict and delaying an important decision could be your smartest move now. Letting events take their own course lessens the intensity, allowing the resistance to naturally dissipate on its own. Give things a day or two and then try again.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You can see the work piling up in front of you, but your inclination is to remain quiet rather than expressing your concerns. You may be guardedly optimistic because you have confidence in your skills, even if you realize that accomplishing your goals won’t be easy. Don’t waste time; start clearing the obstacles that are in your path so you can make it to the top of the mountain where you belong.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
It’s tricky to find your rhythm today because whatever you do, it feels like something’s off-kilter. Oddly enough, this subtle discomfort motivates you to take care of many little tasks that remain unfinished. Instead of complaining about all your work, transform your annoyance into action with a little help from your friends. Leaning on someone you can trust sets you back on solid ground. Everyone needs a little friendly encouragement now and then.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
It’s not that anything in particular is wrong today; it’s just that you don’t have the luxury of saying what’s on your mind. Sharing your real concerns might send someone else into an emotional tailspin, which would only make your day more challenging. Thankfully, you can step up to the plate and help others feel more comfortable with their feelings. Instead of rocking the boat now, be a hero by bringing stability into the lives of those you love.

[Blyssful Thor's Day my Stargazers~ Last Quarter (waning/90-45 degrees) September 18, 2014 — The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway. Thursday 18th September 2014 Moon 19° Cancer trines Saturn 19° Scorpio Moon 21° Cancer squares Mercury 21° Libra Moon 25° Cancer sextiles Sun 25° Virgo Moon in Cancer Think it, sense it, feel it and do it .... Some people falsely believe that star sign of Cancer - doesn't "do" BIG things in life - they're so wrong - as Cancer is a cardinal star sign of importance - look at the USA - chart if 4th July 1776 - a Cancerian. And whilst there are times when you think it's not doing anything - there are times when "Cancerian's" LEADS to do great things. Cancerian's always wait until "they" feel the energy is right - and when the moment is right - then they do. During Moon in Cancer - you too - will be getting the strong urges to do things. There's no need to "talk" about it or wait - the astrological chart - defines an immediate reaction - as you "think" it - you "sense" it - then "do" it. If you don't do it - then the opportunity will be missed - so when you get the feeling - don't delay - just "do" it - and you'll see success. The success that EVERYONE is having at the moment is defined by ALL the planets in action in an array of star signs from Moon in Cancer - Jupiter in Leo - Sun & Venus in Virgo - Mercury in Libra - Saturn in Scorpio - Mars in Sagittarius - Pluto in Capricorn - there's something for "almost" everyone if you have any planets in Cancer => Leo => Virgo => Libra => Scorpio => Sagittarius. Moon 19° Cancer trines Saturn 19° Scorpio creates the strong feeling to DO something - you feel and know it's so right for you - as it's your destiny - so you do it - and hey-presto - it works out. This aspect won't shake your world - but it will make you feel at "home" with yourself - and knowing that "life" is just as it should be - it will give you stability and peacefulness from within. Moon 21° Cancer squares Mercury 21° Libra creates a bad feeling that something isn't right - it comes in form of communication - and it's a moment you should just ignore - say nothing to anyone who is being negative. Ignore them - and don't go where you don't feel "right" for you. Moon 25° Cancer sextiles Sun 25° Virgo creates a harmonious feeling - and although Sun in Virgo - has been complicated and problematic - you will feel today is a good day - as things go smoothly. Moon and Jupiter before dawn September 19 Watch for the waning crescent moon near the dazzling planet Jupiter during the predawn and dawn hours on Friday morning – September 19, 2014 – and for a morning or two after that. Simply look eastward to behold these two glorious worlds reflecting the light of the sun. Jupiter is the king planet in our solar system, having the volume of more than 1,300 Earths! Even Jupiter’s famed Great Red Spot is about twice as large as our planet. The Giant Red Spot is a high pressure storm, similar to a hurricane, rotating counter-clockwise in Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere, taking about 6 days to spin full circle. This storm has been raging on Jupiter at least since humanity first saw it through early telescopes, a few hundred years ago. At the time of this writing (September 2014), the largest known planetseems to be WASP-17b, with a diameter that’s twice as large as Jupiter’s yet harboring less than half of Jupiter’s mass. Planet WASP-17b is known as a puffy planet or a hot Saturn because of its low density. Like Saturn, this world could float in water – that is, if you had a large enough ocean to put it in. The moon will be moving downward in the predawn sky over the next few days. Watch for it! The moon will be moving downward in the predawn sky over the next few days. Watch for it! Bottom line: Take a look at our own solar system worlds – the moon and Jupiter – pairing up together in the predawn and dawn sky on September 19, 2014 and for a day or two after that. Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19) You may be disappointed by the way things are turning out today, but you’re probably in better shape than you realize if you can let go of your previous expectations. You will have more opportunities later on to bring your day-to-day obligations into alignment with your high ideals. Now is the time to exercise self-restraint and deliver on what you’ve already promised rather than just moving on to what’s next. Happily, your future looks brighter once you have handled unfinished business from the past Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20) You could inadvertently take on way too much today because you may underestimate the size of a job. Part of the problem is that you can’t let go of a project until it feels right, so you may spend time going back over your previous work. Although others won’t likely notice the difference, it’s important that you honor your own need for excellence. Your best bet might be to postpone some chores for another day. Quality counts now more than ever; your reputation is on the line. Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20) Slowing the pace of your work may not sound like the smartest thing to do, but it’s wise to rest now when you have the chance. Unfortunately, you can’t just declare today a personal holiday, so focus your energy on what you absolutely must accomplish before treating yourself to a bit of time off. Considering the long road you have ahead of you, replenishing your energy along the way is a good idea. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22) The evocative Moon is rattling your 1st House of Self, taking you on a wild emotional ride. Stay unattached to every thought as it comes and goes. Don’t push away anger and don’t pull in the desires. Just allow your feelings to run their own course without trying to control them. However, this doesn’t mean that you must share your inner process with those around you. Observing your journey from a slightly detached point of view teaches you a valuable lesson Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22) Although you Lions are known for your dramatic self-expression, putting your thoughts out in the open might prove to be too much trouble today. Once you let one little feeling escape, the windows to your soul are thrown open and all your emotions could come pouring out. Even if you think you have solid boundaries in place, it may be hard to stop midstream. Err on the side of caution now and keep your secrets to yourself. Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22) You could be so concerned about what your friends are thinking of you now that you work yourself into a state of anxiety. The reflective Cancer Moon’s presence in your 11th House of Social Engagements prompts you to feel as if someone doesn’t want to include you in their social group. But it’s your heightened sensitivity and not anyone else’s negative judgment that actually motivates your self-protective tactics. Even if you’re afraid to express your vulnerability today, try to remain receptive to the overtures of others. Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Some of your objective thoughts might need to be hidden from view today because analysis leads you to one conclusion while your heart says something else. You can almost convince yourself that you don’t have to become entangled in someone else’s affairs. However, after considering all the rational reasons to retreat, toss them aside and do what feels best. Your gut won’t steer you wrong now if you keep your ego out of the picture. Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Your romantic dreams can be realized today if you counterbalance tender expression with an air of detachment. It’s not that you want to avoid an intimate connection with someone special, it’s just that you also need your personal space. Be careful; you could get caught in the middle as you try to sort out this internal conflict. Make it easier on everyone by refraining from extreme reactions either way. Sharing your heart isn’t as scary as you think. Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Seek the simplest way out of an emotionally awkward situation today by practicing the fine art of procrastination. Although this isn’t often considered to be a healthy strategy, avoiding conflict and delaying an important decision could be your smartest move now. Letting events take their own course lessens the intensity, allowing the resistance to naturally dissipate on its own. Give things a day or two and then try again. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19) You can see the work piling up in front of you, but your inclination is to remain quiet rather than expressing your concerns. You may be guardedly optimistic because you have confidence in your skills, even if you realize that accomplishing your goals won’t be easy. Don’t waste time; start clearing the obstacles that are in your path so you can make it to the top of the mountain where you belong. Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18) It’s tricky to find your rhythm today because whatever you do, it feels like something’s off-kilter. Oddly enough, this subtle discomfort motivates you to take care of many little tasks that remain unfinished. Instead of complaining about all your work, transform your annoyance into action with a little help from your friends. Leaning on someone you can trust sets you back on solid ground. Everyone needs a little friendly encouragement now and then. Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20) It’s not that anything in particular is wrong today; it’s just that you don’t have the luxury of saying what’s on your mind. Sharing your real concerns might send someone else into an emotional tailspin, which would only make your day more challenging. Thankfully, you can step up to the plate and help others feel more comfortable with their feelings. Instead of rocking the boat now, be a hero by bringing stability into the lives of those you love.]

Blyssful Tiu's Day Pagans!

Today the Legion of Pagans will feature:

Mabon Ideas

Mabon Prayer

Mabon Recipe

Today's Correspondance

Fall Class Call

Mabon Celebration Ideas

Potatoes are very symbolic at Mabon, for they grow and take shape under the ground. For this reason, many Crafters like to have a potato bake during this celebration. Just rake the leaves from your yard, then use them for a bonfire to welcome the fall season. Wrap potatoes in foil, bake them in the fire, and thank the Earth for Her bounty by saying:

"O Goddess Mother of us all, 
We thank You as Your blessings fall. 
Upon us - each and every soul - 
As the year wheel turns and rolls. 
For nourishing our bodies and 
Our spirits with Your gifts from the land. 
For your abundance on the Earth. 
We give you thanks with love and mirth."

Honor family ancestors with a feast of oatmeal walnut cookies and apple juice. Set a place for everyone present, and include place settings for the honorees. Go through family albums or photographs, recall the life stories of the ancestors pictured, and meditate upon the importance of their lives. Remember how each family member gone before lives on in you. End by thanking the ancestors for the roles they continue to play in your lives by saying:

"For your lives, I give you thanks 
You, who live now in the ranks. 
Of memories of times now past 
Whose blood still flows within me fast. 
Whose personalities I share 
Whose mannerisms here and there 
Come out in me from time to time. 
Bringing reason for my rhyme, 
I thank you for the parts of me. 
You've put in place that I might be 
I promise now that you shall thrive. 
With loving thoughts throughout my life, 
For all I am and all I'll be, 
Is because you live in me."

Get up early on Mabon morning. Listen to the songbirds in the trees, and bid a fond farewell to those creatures who begin to burrow beneath the Earth for winter hibernation.
Using a needle, draw pieces of monofilament cord through several sunflowers. Hang the flowers in trees so the birds can eat the seeds. As you hang each flower, say:

"Symbol of Sun, Who now departs. 
And leaves the world both cold and dark, 
Live on within these seeds of Light. 
And feed our feathered friends in flight. 
That they may thrive in winter's chill. 
Until again with light you fill 
The Earth and shine again anew. 
Replacing ice with morning dew."

Remember that thanksgiving isn't just about saying thank you. It also involves giving something back for all you've received in life. That being the case, volunteer at a hospital, or spend some time visiting the elderly. Even better, plan to spend a day working at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. It will not only lighten the hearts of those you touch, but bring you the blessings of reciprocation. Blessings are much more valuable than anything else we hold!

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This prayer should be done in the morning, between dawn and noon.

 

Opening

"Hail Bright Maiden of quicksilver delight,
shine upon me.
Thy morning blessing, which,
like the new dawn, refreshes my Spirit and
lifts my heart with song.
Blessed Be."

 

Main Prayer

Lady,
In swirling cloak of crimson,
of burnt orange and saffron,
You ride the winds of morning.
The scent of burning leaves fills the air;
the Second Harvest draws near.
Solitary once again You embody balance - 
You are an archetype of the Self - 
consummate, remote.
I long to follow as You seek the
formless wilderness
with never a thought to the cost.
You are the bright flame of morning,
impelling and unrestrained.
Bless me with Your passion.

 

Meditation

Equal day and equal night. Where do you need more balance in your life?

 

Daily Affirmation

In the Name of the Maiden: I am filled with magic and will share some today.

 

Closing Prayer

"Thanks to Thee Bright Maiden for Thy care,
for green laughter and fire-edged dew,
and for Thy blessing, a most precious jewel.
Blessed Be."

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Apple Butter (Lotwaerick)

4 quarts Apples
2 quarts Water
1 1/2 quarts cider
1 1/2 lbs. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp cloves

Wash and slice the apples into small bits. Cover with the water and boil until soft. Press through a sieve to remove skin and seeds. Bring cider to a boil and then add to apple pulp and sugar and cook until it thickens, constantly stirring to prevent scorching. Add spices and cook until it is think enough for spreading. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

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Shala
Goddess of grain and compassion.

Shala is the Goddess of grain and compassion. She is the wife of the grain god Dagan, or consort of the storm god Adad. She carries a double-headed mace-scimitar embellished with lion heads.

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Pantheon: Sumerian
Consort: Dagan, Adad
Element: Earth
Symbols: Scimitar, Lions

Kane
God of procreation.

Kane is the god of procreation and was worshipped as ancestor of chiefs and commoners. Kane is the creator and gives life associated with dawn, sun and sky. In myths, in the beginning, there was nothing but Po; the endless black chaos, until Kane pulled himself free by an act of sheer will, followed by Lono and Ku. Kane created the light, Lono brought sound to the universe and Ku brought substance. Between them they created all the lesser Gods.

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Pantheon: Hawaiian
Colours: Red, White
Element: Air

Peach Selenite

 

[Peach Selenite]

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Emotional healing, judgment, insight, flexibility, soothing, nurturing, friendship, healing, removing old trauma, forgiveness, acceptance, self-awareness.

Four of Swords

[Four of Swords]

Rest, Contemplation, Quiet Preparation

Your Rune For Today
Ansuz

Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.

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Fall Class lineup:

Registration for classes begins on

September 2nd, 2014

at: www.legionofpagans.com

~Class Descriptions~

Basic Witch Class:

~~~ THE BASIC WITCH CLASS~~~

DESCRIPTION & OUTLINE

This class will be following the teachings of the old Celtic Aoumiel Witch.
We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft.

The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing. THIS CLASS INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the forefront please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

There is a fee for the course.

Also make sure when you sign up that your class is pre-paid and you have a correct email address.
The email and address can be sent addressed to me at
www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com

~~~ REGISTRATION~~~

Registration will begin on:
September 2nd-September 28th, 2014

Class orientations begins (September 29th, 2014 )- ALL STUDENT MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

All students attended the spring class must have completed their registration, pre-paid for the class with your book orders if you chose that option. I need current email to complete registration.

All students can pay for their course and supplies by clicking on our “Neighborhood Needs and Ministry Funds” tab in the green toolbar and select donations and your payment method.

Remember this must be completed before classes begin to complete enrollment this class. Your personal information will be kept by me in the class folder at:
www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com

Copyright © 03292013

~Elder Airwolf~

Owner & Founder

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Educational Institution of Magick

~Intermediate Witch Class Description~

This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. IT INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the fore front please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an aptitude test to gain entry.

In this class the greenwitch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive spells and casting arts of the craft.

Registration -September 2-28, 2014

Orientation week begins on September 29th, 2014 -ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

THERE IS A FEE FOR THIS CLASS~12 week Course

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Bright Blessings and see you in class!

Copyright © 01012013

WITCH MOUNTAIN WOLF RUN COVEN IS NOW RE-OPENED AND TAKING INTERVIEW APPLICATIONS SERVING NORTHWEST COEUR D' ALENE, IDAHO AREA.

Contact me at: legionogpagans12@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

Read more about the coven on www.witchvox.com under coven search location or by name.

Remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday***

Have a Blessed Day!
~Elder Airwolf~

[BLYSSFUL MOON'S DAY PAGANS! by ~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~ on 15 September 2014 at 19:21 Today the Legion of Pagans will feature: Honoring Dark Mother Ritual Mabon Dark Mother's Bread Recipe Today's Tarot Fall Class Call ************************************************************** Mabon Honoring the Dark Mother Demeter and Persephoneare strongly connected to the time of the Autumn Equinox. When Hades abducted Persephone, it set in motion a chain of events that eventually led to the earth falling into darkness each winter. This is the time of the Dark Mother, the Crone aspect of the triple goddess. The goddess is bearing this time not a basket of flowers, but a sickle and scythe. She is prepared to reap what has been sown. The earth dies a little each day, and we must embrace this slow descent into dark before we can truly appreciate the light that will return in a few months. This ritual welcomes the archetype of the Dark Mother, and celebrates that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Decorate your altar with symbols of Demeter and her daughter -- flowers in red and yellow for Demeter, purple or black for Persephone, stalks of wheat, Indian corn, sickles, baskets. Have a candle on hand to represent each of them -- harvest colors for Demeter, black for Persephone. You'll also need a chalice of wine, or grape juice if you prefer, and a pomegranate. If you normally cast a circle, or call the quarters, do so now. Turn to the altar, and light the Persephone candle. Say: The land is beginning to die, and the soil grows cold. The fertile womb of the earth has gone barren. As Persephone descended into the Underworld, So the earth continues its descent into night. As Demeter mourns the loss of her daughter, So we mourn the days drawing shorter. The winter will soon be here. Light the Demeter candle, and say: In her anger and sorrow, Demeter roamed the earth, And the crops died, and life withered and the soil went dormant. In grief, she traveled looking for her lost child, Leaving darkness behind in her wake. We feel the mother's pain, and our hearts break for her, As she searches for the child she gave birth to. We welcome the darkness, in her honor. Break open the pomegranate (it's a good idea to have a bowl to catch the drippings), and take out six seeds. Place them on the altar. Say: Six months of light, and six months of dark. The earth goes to sleep, and later wakes again. O dark mother, we honor you this night, And dance in your shadows. We embrace that which is the darkness, And celebrate the life of the Crone. Blessings to the dark goddess on this night, and every other. As the wine is replaced upon the altar, hold your arms out in the Goddess position, and take a moment to reflect on the darker aspects of the human experience. Think of all the goddesses who evoke the night, and call out: Demeter, Inanna, Kali, Tiamet, Hecate, Nemesis, Morrighan. Bringers of destruction and darkness, I embrace you tonight. Without rage, we cannot feel love, Without pain, we cannot feel happiness, Without the night, there is no day, Without death, there is no life. Great goddesses of the night, I thank you. Take a few moments to meditate on the darker aspects of your own soul. Is there a pain you've been longing to get rid of? Is there anger and frustration that you've been unable to move past? Is there someone who's hurt you, but you haven't told them how you feel? Now is the time to take this energy and turn it to your own purposes. Take any pain inside you, and reverse it so that it becomes a positive experience. If you're not suffering from anything hurtful, count your blessings, and reflect on a time in your life when you weren't so fortunate. When you are ready, end the ritual. **You may wish to tie this rite into a celebration of the Harvest Moon. ******************************************************** Dark Mother Bread - Mabon Honey Wheat Bread At Mabon, we celebrate the goddess in her aspect asthe crone, or the Dark Mother. She is Demeter, she isHecate, she is the wise old woman wielding a scythe rather than a basket of blooming flowers. This honey wheat blend is a delicious way to celebrate the end of the harvest and say farewell to the fertile months of summer. Serve warm with herbed oils for dipping, or with a big scoop of Apple Butter. Make this either in your bread machine, or by kneading it by hand. Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 C. warm water 1 Tbs. active dry yeast 1/3 C. honey 3 C. whole wheat flour 1 tsp. salt 1/4 C. vegetable oil 2 Tbs. butter 4 C. all purpose baking flour Preparation: Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add honey and mix well. Stir in the whole wheat flour, salt, vegetable oil, and butter and mix until a stiff dough has formed. Gradually work the all-purpose flour into the mix, one cup at a time. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop, and knead for about fifteen minutes. When it reaches the point where it's sort of elastic, shape it into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl. Cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow to sit and rise until it's doubled in size -- usually about 45 minutes. Punch the dough down and cut in half, so you can make two loaves of bread. Place each half in a greased loaf pan, and allow to rise. Once the dough has risen an inch or two above the top of the loaf pan, pop them in the oven. Bake at 375 for half an hour, or until golden brown at the top. When you remove the loaves from the oven, allow to cool for about fifteen minutes before removing from the pan. If you like, brush some melted butter over the top of the hot loaves, to add a pretty golden glaze to them. Note - If you're doing this in a bread machine, remember, the recipes makes two loaves. Halve everything if you're allowing the machine to do the mixing. If you hand mix it, you can still drop the single-loaf balls of dough into the machine to bake. ************************************************ ********************************************************************************* Fall Class lineup: Registration for classes begins on September 2nd, 2014 at: www.legionofpagans.com ~Class Descriptions~ Basic Witch Class: ~~~ THE BASIC WITCH CLASS~~~ DESCRIPTION & OUTLINE This class will be following the teachings of the old Celtic Aoumiel Witch. We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft. The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing. THIS CLASS INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the forefront please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused. There is a fee for the course. Also make sure when you sign up that your class is pre-paid and you have a correct email address. The email and address can be sent addressed to me at www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com ~~~ REGISTRATION~~~ Registration will begin on: September 2nd-September 28th, 2014 Class orientations begins (September 29th, 2014 )- ALL STUDENT MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY! All students attended the spring class must have completed their registration, pre-paid for the class with your book orders if you chose that option. I need current email to complete registration. All students can pay for their course and supplies by clicking on our “Neighborhood Needs and Ministry Funds” tab in the green toolbar and select donations and your payment method. Remember this must be completed before classes begin to complete enrollment this class. Your personal information will be kept by me in the class folder at: www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com Copyright © 03292013 ~Elder Airwolf~ Owner & Founder Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry Educational Institution of Magick ~Intermediate Witch Class Description~ This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. IT INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the fore front please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused. If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an aptitude test to gain entry. In this class the greenwitch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive spells and casting arts of the craft. Registration -September 2-28, 2014 Orientation week begins on September 29th, 2014 -ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY! THERE IS A FEE FOR THIS CLASS~12 week Course Books are available through Amazon.com or ABE.com Registration will follow the submission of your donations receipt to legionofpagans12@gmail.com Donations for the class can be made through the LoP site atwww.legionofpagans.com From there you can fine the pay pal donations tab under the Neighborhood Needs & Ministry Funds tab in the menu toolbar on the current events page. Bright Blessings and see you in class! Copyright © 01012013 WITCH MOUNTAIN WOLF RUN COVEN IS NOW RE-OPENED AND TAKING INTERVIEW APPLICATIONS SERVING NORTHWEST COEUR D' ALENE, IDAHO AREA. Contact me at: legionogpagans12@gmail.com to set up an appointment. Read more about the coven on www.witchvox.com under coven search location or by name. Remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday*** Have a Blessed Day! ~Elder Airwolf~

Horoscopes & Elements

The Four Elements

[The Four Elements]

The Polarities

Masculine - Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
The masculine signs, also called positive, are the extrovert of the zodiac. This shouldn't be confused with having an excessive amount of testosterone. Think of it as Yang energy, in the active pole.

Feminine - Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
The feminine signs, also referred to as negative, are naturally introverted. And again, this has nothing to do with gender as we recognize it.
The "beefiest" sign of the zodiac, Taurus, is a feminine sign. This can also be thought of as Yin, symbolizing receptive energy.

Not only do Elements affect compatibility (on a very basic level) in that Fire and Air signs complement each other while Earth and Water signs are mutually supportive, but there are also some natural affinities around the chart wheel as well.
Each sign has a special relationship with the sign opposite it

These are the four elements of the zodiac

Earth
[Element Earth]   [Element Earth]

Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Earth and the Physical
The element of earth is embodied in the physical substance of the mountains, the soil, and the life that springs from the soil. In mountains we see the stability and solidity of earth. Soil provides nourishment and vegetation sustains life.
Earth is the cradle of all the other elements. From the earth we draw the materials on which our society is based. Our food and shelter is reliant on the earth, as is our ability to carry water, to contain fire and to move with air.
Our monetary system is a symbolic representation of gold and the material possessions we can buy. The cycles of earth are dependable and predictable, which allow us to live structured, ordered lives.

Earth creates and nurtures life, much like our bodies are able to do. The creativity of earth is very productive and useful.
The materially creative are able to see the potential of an object and craft it according to their design. In doing this they use the five senses that allow us to experience the physical world.

"Sensing" is the Jungian term inspired by earth. Earthy personalities are found in the astrology signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Water
[Element Water]   [Element Water]

Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Water and the Emotions
The fluidity of water describes our emotions. The turbulent sea has inspired many poets; water is, in fact, the element of the poet.
The surface of the sea erupts into waves that can be gentle and slow or unpredictable and life-threatening. Deeper than the surface of the sea are quiet calm and a plethora of interesting, colourful life-forms.

Water represents the subconscious mind. Comparing the human mind to the sea, that world in the deep waters is our subconscious, filled with creatures we can only glimpse briefly. The imagery of the subconscious is likened to the imagery of the poet, with symbols holding deeper meanings that effect us on an emotional level.
The watery womb is nurturing and life-sustaining. Going "back into the womb" is a phrase that implies comfort and security.

The womb also reflects the creative qualities of water. The watery individual is able to develop a creative project over time.
The water signs in astrology are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Jung used the concept of water as inspiration for his "Feelings" category of human psychology.

Air
[Element Air]   [Element Air]

Air signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Air and the Intellect
Air symbolizes thought. Thought is a continually present force in our lives, as inescapable as the air we breathe. In order to think clearly, it is necessary to be calm and focused.
Deep breathing is a common method in meditation because of its ability to induce peace. The manner in which we breathe is so influential over our mental state that the yogis of India have developed different styles of breathing to induce varying levels of energy and relaxation.

Humanity has found a use for air in many of our greatest inventions. Electricity was discovered following a lightning storm; for transport we use air to propel a sailboat and to keep a plane aloft.
This ability to use something for a new purpose is one of the defining acts of intellectual genius.

In Jungian psychology, the element of air was transformed into the concept "Thinking". Air is linked to the suit of Swords in the tarot deck.
In astrology, the signs that are influenced by air include Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

Fire
[Element Fire]   [Element Fire]

Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Fire and Intuition
Human beings initially knew fire primarily as a means of destruction. When we learned to control fire and harness its energy, our civilization began to make rapid advances. This dual nature of fire as both a destructive and a creative force harnessed the spirit of our intuition.

The occasional forest fire is a benefit to the natural world. The rich soil nourished by the ashes allow for abundant growth.
In our lives we can relate fire to the removal of useless or destructive habits and the subsequent creation of a stronger self.
But it is for its qualities of heat and light that fire is most often used. The light of our intuition allows us to explore undiscovered areas.

When we get an idea in a sudden flash of insight, this is our intuition at work. The heat of our intuition gives us our energy. Our primal nature gives us our instinctual drive to reproduce, create and expand.

Jung referred to the energy of fire as "Intuiting". The qualities of fire are seen in the psychological profiles of the astrology signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.