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




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




Saturday, October 17, 2015

Feast of Samhain







So given the info from last week, most of the world agree's 
Halloween was a religious time of year for Christians. 
Or was it really? Did you ever consider,
 that Halloween is also the time of year to celebrate the environment , 
the heavens, the changing seasons more specifically,
 the midway point between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice?


Witch's New Year!
The  Celtic/Pagan cultures thought of Samhain, or fall, or October as a time of celebration of a time of bounty. Samhain is an Irish word, meaning "summers end".  Samhain represents the third and final harvest of the year or "sabbat". Celtic tribes also thought of Samhain as the time of the New Year because each festival began on the "eve" of the celebrated day, so too does the new year begin on the eve of, "all hallows eve" or October 31, with the advent of winter.






People walked around at night offering prayers for the dead and then receiving cakes, "soul cakes" in exchange. So lets take our inquest a little further, Generally, a soul cake was made with whatever grain the community had available.
The cakes were more like a large cookie, called souls. They  were etched with crosses that clearly identified them as Alms for the dead and there was an expectation that a prayer would be said each time a cookie was eaten.


Here is my receipe for "souls cake":
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup of Buttermilk
Combine flour, soda, powder together. Mix sugar, eggs, butter together in a separate bowl until smooth, gently add some dry to the butter mixture, fold in, then start adding your buttermilk and mix, repeat process till all are combined. Knead slightly divide and form into rounds on a cookie sheet, sprinkle sugar on top. Make a cross on top with a butter knife. Bake at 350 for about 20  minutes depending on your oven.


Certainly the festival of Samhain, was one of the  most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Irish calendar, and this was known as the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. Samhain a time when the dead walked the earthly plain receiving their  prayers offered, and the  Faerie Folk racing out from their hallow hills, "sidhe" or faerie mounds to wreak havoc about the town.
What a fun time for all of us now to take the many elements from the old and mix with the new for a fun day and night that is modern Halloween !
Oh, and there is sooooo much more to it!!!
So until next week,
Enjoy!





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Mabon

Happy Mabon Celebration !!



Mabon Stir Fry:

Using the wonderful bounty of my garden I love to cook this simple, quick meal.
You will need:
Zucchini, broccoli, potatoes, onions, garlic, hot pepper,  green or yellow string beans, tomatoes, and any other vegetables you have from your garden.
1.Heat pan with olive oil, medium heat,
2. Chop garlic, onions, hot pepper, (to taste), (If you are using chicken, or other meat, this is where I also add to cook with the onions and garlic), potatoes, root vegetables
and place in pan, cook until almost tender,
3. Now add zucinni, tomatoes, beans, 

If you find the pan getting dry or sticky add some water, olive oil or even a little white wine,
After each addition cover the pan and let cook and steam before you add the next vegetable.
Basically all I do is cook the thicker, harder vegetables first, then add the vegetables that do 
not take as long to cook next,

After number 3 is a good time to add any shell fish, turn down heat, cover, let steam on top of vegetables, 

Clear a space in center of pan, pour about a tablespoon of Oyster Sauce, gently fold into your stir fry,
Now you are ready to serve over rice noodles, white rice or other noodle or rice of your choice,
Many times I make enough that I really don't need the gluten or carbs of the noodles or rice. 
Enjoy! 


Mabon Wreath:




Harvest herbs, flowers, garden produce that will dry well on a wreath,
Make a wire form or purchase a metal form at any craft store,
(probably a styrofoam or grapevine form would work well too)

Lay out your items around the wreath, take some thin florist wire and wrap around
all of the stems or tie on each individual branch to the wreath,
Go in between the little sprigs from the stems to hide your wire,
Use a burlap, twine, or raffia ribbon to decorate,

After I had the base secured around the wreath I started tucking in all of the 
other herbs and flowers I wanted to use, 

The herbs and flowers easily tucked into the long Artemisea stems and the wire that I 
used to secure the Artemisea to the wire wreath,
I picked a stem from a  purple string bean and put the whole stem with the bean
and leaves in the wreath,  
See more here





We gather tonight ,
to celebrate Mabon,
May the next turn of the Wheel 
bring us love and compassion,
abundance and prosperity, 
fertility and life!
As the moon above, 
so the earth below.
So Mote it Be........

Blessed Be,


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Magickal Michigan Mushrooms



On my recent camping trip into the Michigan Forest,
I noticed with a different appreciation ......Mushrooms.....
I have always noticed them there, however for some reason I 
am really fascinated with them this time here....


Pink,  yes Pink, 


"


Piggyback, several with the little "shrooms" riding on top,


Sweet tiny little brown buttons, 



And then more Perfect Pinks !


Among the "Reindeer" Moss, 


Curious "balloon" with a little hole in the top,
when I touched them they would deflate.....


Pretty little yellow mushrooms,


Have to say my favorite are the "Pinks" !

Why have I never been so intrigued with these curiosities
before? I don't think I take the forest for granted.......
I feel so close to "spirit" when I am there......Ummmm...
Oh well............ 
What a wonderful sensation to find something 
enchanting again after so many years of going into the forest!!!

I wish you all new discoveries as you go 
into the forest also!!!!