Preparing for Litha🌞

Litha 🌞✨

Litha, the Celtic Pagan celebration of Summer Solstice, is considered as the most magical day on the Wheel. Becoming your Muse is possible! Finding and following your Bliss happens

In my corner of the woods, we use this energy to catalyze, grow, and potentiate our inner Muse – the Creative Passion we were born with. Whatever it is that we love most, that we do effortlessly, that brings us the greatest joy and happiness. We get there by following our intuition. No left brain stuff here. This is all right brain creativity, flow and bliss. The ecologically intuitive energy that connects us to all life energies. And what better time of the year to nurture and follow your bliss when the Sun Goddess shines hot and high and Mother Earth paints Herself lush with lovely, planning the new Harvest just ahead.

Litha Exercise:

What you’ll need: a Yellow candle. Cauldron, Charcoal. Dragon’s Blood resin. Any or all of these Summer herbs and flowers: Sunflower, Vervain, Artemisia, Rose, Daisy, Basil. Any or all of these Crystals: Angelite, Amethyst. Rose Quartz, Labradorite. Athalme or carving knife. A tiny lock of your hair.

Create a Circle of Sacred Space. Sprinkle water with a pinch of salt into the east, south, west and north. Smudge with sage making a clockwise Circle. Set your conditions: only positive energy may enter my Circle, all negative energy must stay out.

Use the Athalme or carving knife to write your name, or a symbol that represents you, into your yellow candle, then light it.

Look into your candle flame. Take a breathe. Become aware of your breathing and focus on it. As you exhale see your Self stepping outside the Wall Street window of contrived reality. Jump off the hamster wheel of 9 to 5, paychecks and bill pay and into the most beautiful natural place you love most. It could be a beach at sunset, a lush garden, the top of a mountain, anywhere Mother Earth’s beauty captivates your psyche and fills you with awe and wonder.

Light the charcoal in your Cauldron first, until the spark catches, and sprinkle any or all of your chosen magical summer herbs and flowers. Add a touch of Dragon’s Blood and your lock of hair. Place your Crystals around your Cauldron.

Give your Self permission to enter your Flow.

Claim your Self with these words, or something like them that resonates with you.

“I remove all limiting thoughts and beliefs that keep me out of my Flow. I fully and completely accept my Self just as I am. I now enter my Flow and Bliss.”

Ask your Self these questions:

What is my Bliss?

What gets me into the Flow?

What makes me feel truly happy and alive, filled with energy and interest?

What do I really like?

What gets me motivated and engaged better than anything else.

Start writing. Write down whatever words, symbols, feelings come through. This is intuitive play and channeling from your psyche, your highest Self. You can trust your own Inner Voice. Remember that you’re seeking your Inner Muse.

Look at what you’ve written and/or drawn.

What strikes you the most?

What captures your attention?

What feels right to you?

Look into your candle flame, and imagine your Self becoming your Muse. What do you look like? What are you wearing? What does your Voice sound like? How does your body move? What creative energy flows from you? Is it Art, Music, Song, Writing, Poetry, Dance, Entrepreneurship, Healing, Cooking, Baking, Gardening? Go with it, trust it.

Imagine the harvest you will create, Muse. In a week? In a moon cycle? In 3 moon cycles? To Mabon? To Autumn Equinox? PS: It’s ok to take baby steps 💗

Have a blessed Litha! 🌞✨

with love, Rhiannon 🌀

✨Preparing for Winter Solstice 🌲✨🌞December 20-21st ❄️

~ a winter solstice altar ~

✨O’ Goddess!

Give to me your magic

at your Solstice birthing Light.

When the darkest night arrives

and your Holly King takes his flight.

You birth and suckle your Solstice babe,

and bring forth all that’s bright.

O’ Goddess

Illuminate our hearts

with your promise of beginnings anew.

As the Wheel turns

and births us

to the Self

which is most true. ✨

To the ancient Celts, sunlight meant survival. Ancient civilizations who endured the harshness of winter found hope and the joyful promise of warmth in the arrival of winter solstice, The December solstice, which occurs on December 21 this year, 1559hrs UTC, marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. On the December solstice, the Sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky, no matter where on Earth you happen to be. In the Northern Hemisphere, the daylight increases a bit more each day. Lengthening from a mere 7 to 8 hours of light daily until peaking at summer solstice, the longest day, with about 15 hours of light. And from there, the days become shorter again until, little by little, we arrive once more at winter solstice.

photo credit: NASA

The ancient neolithic Celts created stone circles that aligned with the solstices.

The 3000 BCE stone circle at Rhone-Alpes, at the little St. Bernard Pass is 236 feet in diameter and 7185 feet above sea level. There are 46 low stones, with a group of three large stones aligned to the point where the sun sets at solstice.

Rhone -Alps Stone Circle c. 3000 BCE

The Insular Celts created womb-like monuments and megaliths that fill with the morning light of solstice, like Stonehenge, where the sun light shines directly into the center of the womb-like circle from the Southwest on solstice morning. At Newgrange, the sunlight shines through a rather small opening, a roofbox, illuminating an ancient underground womb-like stone chamber on solstice morning.

Newgrange at Winter Solstice 2021. photo credit: Office of Public Works, Ireland

To our inner lives, the winter solstice brings the vibrations of earth energies and light that penetrates the darkness in our psyche, heart and soul. Penetrates our psyche’s layers, just as the light of the solstice sun penetrates and illuminates the darkest time of the year.

Here, we find opportunity to re-birth our new Selves in the stillness of winter, follow the seasonal vibration and cycle of the now slow and silent earth.

Here, in the stillness of our innerscape, we will discover unknown aspects of ourselves, new goals, hopes, dreams and aspirations for the coming harvest of our life. Here, we gestate, create and give birth within the cauldron of our psyche.

Winter Solstice creates the womb of sacred space for us to spin and weave our new, intimate story by the hearth fire of our heart.

~Winter Solstice Evening Meditation~

Create sacred space.

Call in the Goddess of Light

Within the sacred space, place a mirror and a lit white candle.

Burn a little incense of sage or vervain mixed with pine needles and mistletoe. Dress the white candle with bayberry, and cinnamon oil.

Sit before the mirror and lit candle and look into your reflection in silence.

Study your Self reflection.

Breathe.

Trust your inner Self.

Breathe.

Be with your Self.

Breathe.

See what happens.

Put it in your Journal.

Bright blessings on Your Journey.✨

In Her service, Rhiannon Ostara 🌀

✨Beltaine Love Magic ✨🌹

✨Beltaine Love Spell – livestream ✨🌹

This experiential love spell opens your intuitive awareness to receive the generosity, protection, love and nurturing flow of the Goddess, and manifest your desires. To receive this, there is nothing you need to do.
🌹
O Goddess
Open my heart
with your roses and flames of fire.
Fill me with delight!
Come, charge my heart’s desire!
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This love spell was cast with Fire and Earth magic at the planetary hour of the Sun with Sun and Venus in the 2nd house, Taurus.
Blessed be 🕊

Preparing for Ostara 🐇 March 20th – 21st 🪴🌞

… the earth that runs through me…

Celtic Switzerland runs through my veins, by the heart beat of her ancient land. From neolithic Lake Neuchâtel to Sion’s 6400 BC megaliths. A place where remnants of the worship of Inanna and Ishtar have been excavated, and Dana was the goddess of the region; thought by historians perhaps beings the goddess Danu of the Tuatha de Dannan of the insular Celts of Ireland and Scotland.

I’m an Alpine Celt by blood and by bone. An ancestral daughter of an old family who reaches back in time, before feudal kings and popes warred on the fertile lands at the southern foot of the Alps.

The water from my great grandfather’s well was a source of inspiration for magical intentions and healings, accessed regularly in times of need.

As a very small child, I remember my great-grandparents and grandmother practicing the art of honouring the Goddess of Spring. On Ostara, a clear crystal bowl was filled with water. Bright green shoots and yellow buddings of daffodils were placed around it. A tall white candle was carved with our family name into the wax and placed into the bowl of water. We took turns whispering our wishes and dreams into a flower or leaf, then dropped it into the water bowl. Then the candle was lit, and, for me, spring had officially begun.

Ostara, or Spring Equinox, is the halfway point between Imbolc and Beltane, celebrated by the ancient Celts. Vernal (Spring) Equinox 2021 arrives on March 20th at 0537 hours EST.

There is historical documentation of Ostara by Venerable Bede (672/3–735 CE), a monk of Wearmouth-Jarrow in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and Vatican scholar assigned to observe and document the Celtic earth-based religions during the 6th c. christianizing of England.

“March is named for their goddess Hretha, to whom they sacrificed at this time. April has a name which is now translated ‘Paschal month’, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate the Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.”

As Earth-based practitioners, we acknowledge Ostara as a time for opening the heart to forgiveness and releasing the past. Embracing the new. Letting go, and moving forward into new Earth energies.

Ostara is a time for cleansing and clearings. It is Imbolc continued, to create renewal, self-care, and healing.

Now, we make peace with old energies and release them.

We invoke new energies to bring forth the new manifestations in our hearts that we self-realized at Imbolc.

We create ritual with Mother Earth as the Maiden Goddess of Spring, with the promise of fertility, the lengthening of days and re-emergence of wildlife, and the surge of hormones within all youthful bodies to make love and courtship.

We decorate our homes with fresh springtime blooms, perhaps daffodils, hyacinth and freshly budding greenery.

Now we plant the seeds of our wishes, hopes and dreams for our futures, the tiny wishes in our hearts, to grow strong and full as the sun radiates into longer, more luxuriously plentiful days of warmth in the Earth and our own bodies.

We may decide to plant each wish, sweetly and symbolically represented by perhaps a flower or vegetable seed, even a tree. Seeds lovingly potted into handfuls of fresh soil with strong intent, nurtured daily with the magical breath and incantations from the love in our hearts and the fire and will in our bodies and souls.

We give birth to the newness of our Selves. 🪴

Alpine Celts honoured the water Goddesses of rivers and their tributaries, lakes and steams.

Water brings life, new growth, and the promise of nourishment and beauty.

Water Goddesses of wells, streams, and particularly living springs were so important, the Celtic people kept wells with alters to water Goddesses. A living stream offered divination by scry; observing bubbles, intuiting the future for problem solving, and find practical solutions.

Water Goddesses are honoured at Ostara, or Spring Equinox. It’s the halfway point between Imbolc and Beltane, introducing the warm awakening of Mother Earth, when the ice melts and the water runs free again until crocuses and daffodils emerge from Her terrain.

Neolithic Euroasia had it’s water goddesses. Naria, water Goddess of the Aane River, a tributary of the Rhine, that feeds into the North Sea, was honoured as the Aane River Goddess by the Celts. At the time, the Celts were exploring from the mouth of the Aane to the North Sea, discovering Denmark, Norway, France, Scotland, and Ireland.

Today’s modern Celtic Pagans, Neo-Pagans, Neo-Druids and Neo- Heathens continue the ancient traditions of Ostara.

Blessed be 🌀🕊

Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts.

The animal kingdom offers us the most fertile and magical of sentient beings. Hares are the optimum fertility symbols of springtime because of their amazing ability to carry a litter, and become impregnated and carry yet another litter within their bodies along with the initial litter. The brown hare will attract and mate during pregnancy, becoming pregnant while pregnant! A male hare can fertilize a female during late pregnancy with the new embryos developing about four days before delivery of the first pregnancy. 🐇 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇

A Blessed Samhuinn

We are all intuitively magical beings with the same potential to identify and hone our individual gifts of the Craft as a beautifully artistic and creative endeavor from the depths of our souls. Blessed be.🕊🌀

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An Open Letter to all Novices, Initiates and Daughters of the Craft.

Photo Credit: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Globe Theatre, 2014

Remember you are magical beings, called to be one with the Energies of this Universe. The Earth is your Mother, from whom you may draw your nourishment. Each one of you are Daughters of the Earth, and Sisters to one another. You carry the energy of creation within the cauldron of your hearts and bodies. Your gifts are channeled through the fire of your heart and intuition. Whichever magical paths and pantheons you choose to walk are neither good nor bad. Rather, it is that which draws you to the beat of your own magical heart and soul that leads you to the learning and awakening. As magical practitioners, and I use this term, as there are many names that describe us, we are always on a continuum of positive and negative energies. Like a pendulum, we swing back and forth, as we learn to harness and direct the energies, until we find our own individual perfect balance. That sweet spot within, where our magic flows freely, in perfectly controlled abandon, giving us full artistic and spiritual expression. That place within our soul where our magic is so deep, rich and refined that we arrive at our destination within moments through our will and intent that rides on the airflow of our creative visualization. No longer needing external matter to maintain focus, as it is now within us, a part of the fabric of our magical bodies.

And there is choice. The choice to harness positive energies brings your journey to a safe destination. There may be times when the application of negative energies are required, as destruction and de-mantling gives way to cleansing and clearing. Keep in mind that what you create and manifest carries a karma for you. Be respectful. Be kind. Remember, we are all one, all connected in this magical web. What you do to one of us, you do to all. Therefore, go forth in compassion towards one another. Support one another whenever the opportunity is presented to you. Speak with kindness to one another. Acknowledge one another’s uniqueness, and learn from one another. Share your magical knowledge freely with one another, that your own lives may be better. Take ownership of your magical actions, and harm none. And most importantly, use your wonderful gifts and powers to channel the energies of love, joy and happiness, hope and healing to your Self and your own precious life, your loved ones, and one another.

In the shadow of the Goddess, Rhiannon 🕊🌀

White Mare Sanctuary, a Sisterhood of the Goddess