Monday, December 21, 2015

December's Full Yule Moon !!


Long Nights Moon

Yule is the time of the Winter Solstice, 
Sol Stetit, meaning "Sun Stand Still"
the shortest day and longest night of the season, 
Say goodbye to the old and welcome to the New!
The Sun is returning to the Earth and 
new life begins, and what was old is renewed!

The celebrations surrounding the Winter Solstice
are also know as Midwinter, Modranacht, or 
"Mother Night", 
On December 25, the Romans celebrated
"Sol Invictus", (invincible sun) Sol Invictus also
became the state religion of Rome in A.D. 274

There are also Solar Deity's, such as,
Apollo (Greek),  Belenus (Celtic), Llew Llaw Gyffes (British),
Lugh Lamh-fada (Gaelic), Mithras (Roman), Osiris (Egyptian),
and Ra (Egyptian)





Try this Yule Charm:

Combine equal parts of bay laurel, cinnamon and nutmeg,
Grind them together and gather into a piece of 
green cloth, tie together with a Red thread, string or 
ribbon, carry or make ribbon long enough to 
place around your neck for a necklace,
All three of these herbs are considered 
to be Ruled by the Sun !
This charm will enhance psychic awareness, 
project positive energy 
while giving a warm and spicy aroma!


                                           




Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Moon







Full Moon for Thanksgiving Eve,
November 25, 2015,  known as the 
Beaver Moon,
Named for the Beaver because this was the time
to set traps before the waters froze over, 
Another name for the Thanksgiving Moon would be
Full Frost Moon, 




Celtic Elder Moon, November 23 to December 23

Pronounced Ruish, roo-esh, 
This month is a time for workings related to crativity and 
renewal, birth's, death, and rejuvenation, 
Elder protects against demons and negative entities
Magickal workings with Faeries and nature spirits






In Celtic lore this is time of the Birch Moon.
or Beth pronounced  "beh" 
Birch is the first tree to grow when a forest burns
a sign of rebirth or regeneration,
So at the Winter Solstice around December 22, 
it is time to work towards the light in life, 
Magick done with Birch ensures creativity and fertility,
A red ribbon tied to the Birch Tree will ward off 
negative energy, hang twigs at a babys cradle to protect 
from psychic harm, and use the bark for your writings
to keep them safe.
read more here, "about religion"




Arianrhod is know as the Lady of the Silver Wheel,
or Full Moon
She is a major Welsh Goddess with the festival on December 2nd
Her name is derived from the Milky Way  zodiac and the Moon




Sunday, November 15, 2015

Preparing for Plumfield Yule, While in the midst of a snow storm !

I woke up to the rumbling, scrapping, wooshing sound of 
the city's snow plows,
as they went by there became a sudden abrupt silence.........
I knew of the sound and it warned me that the
neighborhood was in a precarious situation.......
I opened my eyes to see golden rays of sunrise leaking through the linen
curtains at my window,
Curious to see what the night had delivered yet so  snug and warm in
my bed......  alas while the furnace blew hard the heat I escaped my
cocoon and went to the window.........
Slowly pinching the edge of the linen and carefully pealing it
back in fear to look.......
Seven inches of snow yesterday and into the night,
Our FIRST snow of the season,
Here in Michigan we know we have to be prepared for the worst.
I thought I was ready however I think I have some more prep to do!!!
Meanwhile I already had this post up,
So wish me luck as I dig , shovel, gravel out!


What do you do for the Yule season?
One thing that puts me in the mood for the holidays is a simple Yule 
wreath or swag to hang on a door or wall.


I am gathering juniper, boxwood, white pine, spruce, holly, yew, this and that 
from my gardens, 

Here is my basket of greens, the pine cones are not from here,
(just set them in the basket) the wreath form I made from a vine in 
my back garden,



This is the berry from my burning bush in the front garden,

This is some wired artificial pine branch I found at the dollar
store last year,  I will use this to wrap everything onto the vine ring,


I also save the twist ties from the Christmas tree lites, they are green and 
blend really well with all your green decorations
I layered each piece repeating the pattern, and making sure the branches all
go the same direction, spruce, boxwood, juniper, yew, and so on,



Take the wire pine branch and come from the back over the front, 
around to the back again pulling tight as you go, tuck the wire under pieces of the 
branch as you go so it won't show, 

Secure in the back, 

Wrap a pine cone with the twist tie and secure to the wreath, 
Finally, I used a piece of burlap as a ribbon, and 
stuck the dried Hydrangea in for some color, 
Could use some more red? another Hydrangea flower?
Aww, maybe I will fuss with that again tomorrow, 
For now I like this, have to pull other things together now,
Have a great weekend,
Celeste







Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Endings or Beginnings?


Faerie's Fall,






  
Fauna,  Fall,





Foliage Fall, 



To Repose, restore, retreat,



Gathering, 


The night lights take over,



  


To celebrate with family and friends,



The coming of the respite, end of......, yet also......., beginnings of 
a new season, New Year!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Happy November



This time between the Witch's new Year and the beginning of the Yule 
season is a time for planning, decorating, organizing things I want to craft or
sew for gifts and decorations.  
So what happens with the universe during this time?
The sun enters Scorpio on October 24, Scorpio is associated with death and the 
Goddess most closely associated with Scorpio is the maiden huntress Artemis. 

Artemis the daughter of Zeus.  Artemis the goddess of the moon and the hunt. Artemis calls upon
a giant Scorpion  to sleigh Orion the hunter, as he was a threat to her power as  goddess of the hunt. 
This is one of the many variations to the conflict between Artemis and Orion. 

This time of the year is one of connection. 
The veils between the worlds have thinned.
The Goddess Hecate is welcomed as a source of deeper wisdom in her Triune form.
The Goddess will guide you to the land of your ancestors.
Goddess Hecate will give knowledge and
 strength within the trinity in human form.
The energy of Hecate will renew us for the months
 ahead and give us time for reflection. 



Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween Eve Wedding Tea


Thank you for coming to my 
Halloween Eve Wedding Tea
and
Thank you Vanessa for hosting,
Be sure to visit A fanciful Twist  
to see all of the entries this year!



Now..........................
                   follow me.......,

Welcome.........(creeeeeeeeeek..........)




 Open the Gate........., Walk in for............

A tale of  love and matrimony lost,
among the hallows of the wooded ground,
unrequited sorrow
for two lost and wandering souls,

The Wedding Cake is ready



1 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c. cocoa, 2 tsp bake powder, 1 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp salt,
1/2 c. buttermilk, 1 c. canned pumpkin, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 3/4 c. butter, 
1 c. dark brown sugar, 1 c. sugar, 3 large eggs, 1 egg yolk, 

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Stir the buttermilk, pumpkin, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Beat the butter and sugars together using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and yolk, one at a time. Reduce mixer speed to low and alternately beat in the flour and buttermilk mixtures in thirds.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake until a tester, inserted in the center, comes out clean--about 35 minutes. Cool layers completely before icing.
  • Step 1: Frost Beat 6 ounces softened cream cheese using a mixer set on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 1/4 teaspoons cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and beat on low speed until well combined. In a separate bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups heavy cream with 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar and a scant 1/4 teaspoon orange food coloring on medium-high to soft peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well combined. Spread 1 cup frosting between the two layers and use the remaining frosting to ice the top and sides of the cake. Chill 30 minutes and proceed to step 2. Makes 3 cups.
  • Step 2: Glaze Place 4 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, and 3 tablespoons corn syrup in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring 1/2 cup heavy cream to a boil, pour it over the chocolate, and let sit for 3 minutes. Gently stir, using a whisk, until smooth. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes, until the glaze thickens slightly. Pour the glaze onto the center of the frosted cake and smooth out to the edges to allow the glaze to drop over the sides. Makes 1 cup.
  • (cake from, country living magazine )

Our tale begins as any other Halloween Wedding day,
with pictures taken among the wooded way 
on this beautiful goolish gray autumn day.....

The Handmaiden is in attendance to assist her Bride,
Among the shadows of silent graves, 
Barren trees and eerrie mist 
The bride confides.......an  
Ambiguous, foreboding, feeling at her side

Fears are tempered with..... 
comforting words and a soothing tea.....
to calm this melancholy..... 

Won't you have some too? 



To a boiling pot of water add:
Orange mint leaves,
Fennel leaf ,
Chamomile Blossoms
let steep 10 minutes
Strain into tea cups, 





Now at last.................
Time for our Bride to walk.......
Down the lane in the wood, 
To join her beloved at the Alter Stone, 



The Bride arrived to the Alter Stone,
Standing all alone, 
Waiting for her Groom to meet her here,
With Gruesome, Bone Chilling Cheer!

As I fear He is not here!!

Could He be lost in the wood on our 
Hallowed Wedding Day?


Searching.......................
                               Searching..................
                                                      Insufferable......... 
                                                             Weary searching, 

Where can my beloved be?



Behind....., around......, through, 
the stones and tombs, 


Wherefore are you my intented?  
Is this a dream? 
A turn of fate that he is late?
Does he await me elsewhere? 


What is this?  
I see His name engraved upon the tomb!!!
Can it be?



Another vision upon the grey and misty ground...... ......
with fallen crushed and blistered leaves for a bed.......

Who is this poor Bride reposed here?..........
What malady has encoffined her, 
While wearing her gossamer gown?
Here face is a ghastly pallor, 
She is still and stiff in the chilling Autumn Air..........

Approaching  closer.............
                                      closer .......
                                                                       
To find,.........

It is I !!............
                     Alas it is  I ........

Oh Gods and Goddess from above! 
What is this lurid tarn? 

Am I here? Is this image but a mirage, a Ghost?
Shall I be wandering and meandering 
Among the hollows tomb, 
 Forever searching for my beloved Groom?

Or have I joined Him in the 
grave where our marriage will be?




Forever after the town folk say,


You can see among the tombs,
these unredeamed pervaded spirits, 
The veil of spacial dementions will open for you to observe, 
A precipitous brink of a black and dreary evening ,
The Bride and Groom walking hand in hand,
 Among the cemetery wood.... ,
From forth their Marriage Tomb.......

As the engraved words express......

"Forever Together my love and I will be,
 Within the the mystic vapor mist of our,
 Ghostly Existence " 

The End

Thank you so much for attending my Halloween Eve Nuptials,

I hope you had a Frightful Time !!!!

Celeste