Merry Solstice!!

Happy Yule!!

What a wonderful day!

I made a fantastic feast for me and my husband – it was delicious!

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I made home-made mulled wine and decorated our Yule log cake with orange peel.
I forgot to take a picture before hand so you can see it post cut here lol

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I cast my circle  and conducted my first Sabbat ritual which went very well 🙂

I followed the examples from Cunningham and Buckland and it was my most successful ritual to date.

For e.g. I really wanted my winter solstice incense inside my cauldron to actually light on fire – I tried to do this before I started and it didnt light at all. Once I’d cast my circle and called to the Deities, I placed my cauldron onto my pentacle and tried once last time – and not only did it light – it was well light – impressive flames and stayed lit for about 3-4 mins – just enough time to complete my ritual and give thanks to the Gods! I asked the Gods to bless me with the strength for the next year, through challenging and hard times that will lie ahead and the ability to recognise and enjoy times when things are good.

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This was my first casting where I felt really fluid, it all happened organically. I had my plan for this evening and but was going to do it later but after my lil feast I was just lead to continue – and then I was mid cast! it was fantastic!

My favourite part of my ritual today was charging my Yule log. I wanted the heat to burn and send out good and happy vibes to all those who I love, near and far – those still in my life and those who have left it. I charged it with love for those who need love, kindness for the sad and hope for the hopeless. I also charged it with all I wanted to let go of, let the flames burn away my negative past, my poor health and if required, my dreams of things I will never have.

After my indoor casting was complete, I took my red candle outside to light my Yule log. Yesterday, I opened the wrapper of the log, craved a shining sun deep in the wood. Below the circle of the sun, I stuffed many Yule time spices and herbs inside. And anointed it with winter time oils! Ive been looking forward to lighting this since I got it!

I drew a circle with chalk in the garden/patio and cast a quick minimalist circle (no equipment – just me) Light the log and watched the fire, quietly just meditated on the flames. Felt very peaceful and quietly powerful – Wonderful!

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Casting MY Circle

Upon my studies, there are many descriptions of how to cast a circle; from extremely simple words and phrases,  to complicated and long-winded speeches. Buckland (2004) among other authors, has supported the idea that it is essential to find your own way to communicate with the divine and praise the Goddess and God. Therefore, using Buckland, Cunningham and other sources for inspiration;

This it my own personal way of casting the circle and calling the quarters. 

I intend to practice this at all my Sabbats, Esbats and Magick workings, but also in a quick way if I feel I need guidance or want to thank the Goddess and god for my blessings – an all purpose circle casting method!

 )O( Lucina Carmenta )O(

Complete full preparation for whatever the intention of the circle is for;
– Area cleansed using broom –
– Alter set up with lit candle dishes of water and salt –
– Sources of Magick selected –
– Circle marked with cord/sand/chalk/stones –
– Quarters candles/stones placed-
– Ritual bath/cleansing complete –
– Dressed (or undressed appropriately) –

CASTING THE CIRCLE

Ring bell 3 times

Take the either Athame or Wand, holding it high and announce

“Almighty Mother Goddess and Father God,
I alert you to the casting of the scared circle.
All who enter the circle may do so
In perfect love and perfect trust.”

– Starting at the East, relax and prepare to raise and focus energies on the task in hand –
– Point the wand to the circle, visualise, breathe in and feel the positive energies from the deities –
– Direct these energies, like a light force, from the wand to the line of the circle –
– Walking slowly around the circle deosil (clockwise) continuing to project this power into the circle –
-Upon returning to the east, replace the wand onto the alter –

 Ring the bell once.

 – Pick up the dish of salt, put 3 big pinches of salt into the dish of water and stir clockwise with forefinger –
– Ask the Deities to bless this mixture-

“Through the blessings of the Mother Goddess and Father God,
May the life energies of the salt
Join with the life force of the water
To form a sacred union
That will cleanse, guard and protect
In any way I shall use it.”

– Take the sacred water and go to the East –
– Sprinkle the salted sacred water along the length of the circle –
– Concentrate on cleansing the circle and all negativity from within –
– Return the water to the altar –

Ring bell once

– Take the censer/incense and go to the East –
– Concentrate on the smoke cleansing the circle and all negativity from within –
– Return the censer to the altar –

Feel the protective positive sphere of power around you

CALLING THE GUARDIANS OF THE ELEMENTS

 Take the wand from the altar and the lighter for the candles and go to the East
Light the East candle and raise the wand;

“Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East
Ancient ones of Air
I ask that you may guard this Scared Circle and protect it
From any negative forces that may try to enter it.”

Before moving on to the South, Draw a Pentagram using the wand
Repeat to the South (Fire), West (Water) and North (Air)

INVITING THE GODDESS AND GOD

Stand before the altar and raise the wand

“Almighty Mother Goddess and Father God
I invite you to join me in this sacred space
Please unite with me and witness these rites I perform in your honour
Be with me to guide me and guard me in all things I do
So Mote It Be!”

Return the wand to the altar
Pour wine into the chalice and raise it in salute

“Lord and Lady, Mother and Father, She and He”

Pour a little wine into the offerings dish and say

“To the Gods!”

Then drink the wine yourself
[These offerings should be returned to the Earth after the ritual is complete saying “To the Gods!”]

The Circle is now consecrated

)O(

CLOSING THE CIRCLE

Stand in front of the altar facing the East

Ring the bell 3 times

“Hail the Great Mother Goddess and Father God
Mighty Ones!
This Circle is now brought to an end
I thank you for attending and for witnessing these rites.
As we came together in peace and love
so let us leave in peace and love
Merry did we meet
Merry may we part
And Merry may we meet again
So Mote It Be!”

Kiss the end of the wand
Snuff out the candles
Using the wand, “puncture” the sphere of power
The circle is now opened
The Ritual is over

Elements Hymn

At one with the Universe
My spirit is free
All creation pulses in me
Floating upon the wind
Sparking with the energy of fire
Flowing with the waters
Dancing the rhythms of Earth
Spinning and Spiraling
into Elemental re-birth
The magic of being renews
Floating upon the wind
Sparking with the energy of fire
Flowing with the waters
Dancing the rhythms of Earth
Between the Moon and Sun

Courtesy of  The spiral goddess