Litha – Midsummer-Summer Solstice

Litha – Midsummer-Summer Solstice

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Happy Summer Solstice! This is my first full year celebrating the Sabbats so I am learning as I go. I wasn’t paying attention and booked tickets to go to the baseball game tonight so I won’t be able to celebrate Litha in true witchy fashion, but I will do a little something before I head to the City.

Litha, also referred to as midsummer or summer solstice is associated with the holiday of the feast of John the Baptist and is the longest day of the year. During summer solstice, Earth is positioned in such a way that the North Pole is leaning the most towards the Sun. The summer solstice puts the Sun God in the most powerful position, therefore fire plays a large role in this Sabbat. This is why traditionally when people celebrate Midsummer they light large fires and dance around it.  Additionally, this is a time of fertility for men as opposed to Imbolc, Ostara, and Beltane which promotes fertility for women.

Incense and Flowers for Midsummer 

  • St. John’s Wort
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Sunflower
  • Fir
  • Rowan
  • Mistleto
  • Oak

Ways to Acknowledge Midsummer 

  • Wear flowers in your hair or make a flower crown
  • Bonfire ritual
  • Any outdoor picnic or feast
  • Lithia prayer

Random Historical Facts about Midsummer 

Around the same time Stonehenge was being constructed in England, two great pyramids and then the Sphinx were built on Egyptian sands. If you stood at the Sphinx on the summer solstice and gazed toward the two pyramids, you’d see the sun set exactly between them.

SOURCEEverything You Need To Know About Midsummer

Recipes for Litha

Buttermilk Scones for Litha from Hearth & Home Witchery

3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter. Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs. Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind. Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gather the
dough into a ball and press so it holds together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 12 times. Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.

Glaze: In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend. Brush the dough with the glaze. Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces. Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned. Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter (recipe follows).

Honey-Lavender Biscotti  from Hearth & Home Witchery

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Lightly grease three baking sheets (lining the baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup much easier). In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs to a light lemon color; stir in honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lavender blossoms. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in until the dough is just combines. To shape the dough into a log, lightly sprinkle flour on the work surface, on top of the dough, and on your hands. Use just enough flour to form the logs and to prevent sticking; you don’t want the logs to be covered with flour. Divide dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, pat and shape each piece into a loaf approximately 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4-inch high. Place two rolls onto each prepared baking sheet with 3 to 4 inches of space between them. Bake 25 minutes or until dough pops back up when lightly pressed with a finger. (After dough has baked 10 minutes, reverse cookie sheets from front to back and move from the top rack to the bottom one. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes). You can’t judge the cooking by the color. The biscotti shouldn’t change color during the second baking, so poke them to tell if they’re done. They should feel dry and offer some resistance. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 275 degrees F. Using a long serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn the slices over, onto their sides; return slices, on baking sheets, to oven. Bake another 15 minutes. NOTE:  Do not crowd the biscotti slices on the baking sheet for their second baking as they need the hot air to circulate to enable them to crisp up evenly. Remember biscotti will continue to crisp up, as they cool, so do not be tempted to over bake. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks. Store biscotti in an airtight container. They will keep well for a few weeks. Yields about 54 biscotti.

This is one of my favorite pies. Since blueberries and rhubarb are not is season at the same time one or the other fruit will have to be frozen. It’s awesome with vanilla ice cream.

SOURCE: (they have A TON of great recipes, these are just examples.) Litha Recipes

The Full Strawberry Moon

The Full Strawberry Moon

As life has become more routine I am getting back into doing my hippie/wiccan things. Just last week my boyfriend and I had a reiki/relax night. I did reiki on both of us and then we took turns massaging each other with reiki music playing, crystals and candles everywhere…it was lovely and much needed! Tonight is the Full Strawberry moon and I am going overboard with this one.

Here is what the night will consist of:

  • Making moon water with clear quartz
  • Charging crystals (per standard)
  • A moon journal (detailing what goals I have for the entire moon cycle) including a spell for each moon phase going forward until the next full moon
  • A list of items to banish
  • A prayer
  • A letter to the universe asking it to help me manifest my goals

I am very lucky to have a partner that not only tolerates my moon rituals but also participates.

I have not been glowing love and light lately and have allowed a lot of things from both our pasts negatively impact my mood. It has consumed me and torn me apart and I need to refocus my energy on LOA and our present and our future together.

When you have been hurt, its easy to put walls up. Or in the words of Julia Michaels “got hands like an ocean, push you out pull you back in.” It’s not an intentional behavior to put walls up and try to guard myself but it happens from time to time and I need to release that blockage. I am going to end here because I have a LOT of hand written work to do for tonight. I hope this moon brings you all that you hope for and manifest.

Blessed be!

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For the Love Of Stevie Nicks.

For the Love Of Stevie Nicks.

I have never been a girl that has been restricted to the confines of the generation I was born. I have never been a big fan of pop culture and present trends. I have always been described as an old soul. I shaved my barbie’s head on one side and dyed her hair red with kool-aid to make her look like Cyndi Lauper. I’ve always been attracted to the women that live on the edge.

I  mostly grew up with my bachelor dad who is a lover of classic rock and boozy nights and when you couple them together it was like a rock concert in our tiny two bedroom apartment. I grew up riding on the wings of Led Zeppelin, The Who, ACDC, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and…..Fleetwood Mac. For whatever reason, Fleetwood Mac always had a hold over me. I always listened to their music but it wasn’t until my 20’s I really became fascinated with Stevie Nicks. It’s no surprise though. When I was in elementary school I got my first tarot deck and raided my dad’s herb garden to make potions. It’s only natural my heart would find its way to Stevie.

On hot summer days I throw on a swimsuit, leather head band and sit by my parent’s pool listening to Stevie over the loud speaker and vibe the fuck out. That is me totally in my element. I will tell anyone who will listen the story of how and why Stevie wrote “Landslide” and how she got the idea for the name of “Edge of Seventeen”.

This December I had the GREATEST pleasure of taking my dad to the Stevie Nicks and Pretenders concert in Seattle. I like the Pretenders but I couldn’t sit still through their performance knowing I was about to see STEVIE in person. The moment she waltzed out on stage with her shawl trailing behind her and the beat of “Gold and Braid” starting tears flooded my eyes. I was almost inconsolable. Even the memory has tears springing up in my eyes. It’s not just Stevie’s music that speaks to me it’s her life and her strength. Stevie has beaten addiction twice, overcome every broken heart, shot to success and still remained humble and beautiful inside. She embodies every feminist that refuses to fit themselves in the confines of what society deems normal. She made me feel OK with being a “misfit” that liked tarot cards and moon phases. Stevie made my journey to becoming a full blown witch blissful rather than shameful.

Stevie has been by my side metaphorically speaking through some of my darkest days. When I had no words and only tears, Stevie’s voice carried me. When I have felt nothing but joy I floated on the chords of her songs while twirling with delight. When  I was judged for being a Wiccan I pulled up pictures of Stevie amidst a bright crowd adorned in paisley and neon in her black top hat and moon necklace.

Stevie is a paradox. She is HUGE in life but small in stature. She is mystical yet logical. She is grace and she has an edginess. Stevie is a fucking queen.

Happy Birthday Stephanie Lynn. May all your wishes come true.

New Crystals & Shop Review

New Crystals & Shop Review

Happy Monday! Is anyone else on the struggle bus? I had a super action packed weekend and am paying for it today. I did get to work with a package on my desk though which turned my morning around. I had ordered some crystals on Etsy and they arrived super fast so I thought I would do a “crystal of the day” post but write about each one I received. I ordered Opalite, Amethyst and Howlite but received a free Girasol gift with purchase. The shop packaged so well and there was a Chakra card included. I have included their shop link at the bottom of this post. I highly recommend them!

Opalite: Opalite is a man made glass stone that is usually milky and iridescent in color. It has many properties to it such as promotion of wealth, sexual experiences are heightened, meditation aid, aid in changing times, and self esteem. It gives off a light energy that can also be used for purification.

Girasol: This is a clear stone that promotes healing on all levels. It can be used with dream work and enhances communication. If you find yourself having difficulty expressing yourself, Girasol is a strong but gentle stone that can help. Because of this, it can be used to open up your throat Chakra.

Howlite: Howlite is naturally white with gray/black veins throughout. It takes dye easily and can be dyed to resemble turquoise. It’s a powerful stone that is surprisingly less expensive than other stones and can be used as a great alternative. It promotes safety in travels, calming, sleep aid, and it can help release old emotional pains. Some may also use it to heighten creativity and sense of awareness.

Amethyst: Universally known for opening the third eye, it makes sense that this stone is strongest in tapping into psychic abilities. It is also widely known for protection. My favorite pendulums are those crafted with amethyst.

I frequently carry my crystals with me or put them in my bra, so needless to say I lose them from time to time. I have ordered Amethyst more times than I care to admit, and this shop had quality, large stones! Will be buying from them again. Click HERE to visit the Magick Wizard Etsy shop!

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The Power of Reiki & Crystals

The Power of Reiki & Crystals

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My younger sister stopped by the burrow yesterday (the name of my cottage in case you are wondering 😉 ) and asked me to cleanse her spell bottle and do reiki on her. My little witchy heart was beaming with pride. I hadn’t done reiki on someone else in a long time so I was slightly nervous I had lost my touch but sure enough when I activated my reiki my hands got hot and I could feel all the energies between us. After I had completed the session I used my clear quartz pendulum to check her Chakras. The pendulum was still over every Chakra except her heart. This was no surprise to me because her heart chakra was a mess to be honest. I did more work on it while placing a Rose Quartz over her heart. I again took the pendulum and checked the Chakra while the crystal was still on her and pendulum didn’t move. I took the crystal off and tried the pendulum again and it instantly started swinging in a circle. I of course am a believer in crystal healing but even this blew me away. Actual proof that crystals absorb our energies and can heal us. I told her to go home and put on her Rose Quartz necklace and come back for follow up work. For a young person going through a lot of shit I am incredibly proud that her root and crown were so steady. My crown is always a hot damn mess. Not enough clear quartz in the world that can calm my crown down some days. I should add that when I had her on my stomach my asshole cat was swatting at her hair and face under the massage table. Cats and animals are super drawn to me when I have my crystals out and doing reiki. They have also been known to jump on the bed while I am doing my healing. It’s strange how animals can pick up those frequencies so much easier than humans.

After doing reiki I sometimes feel worn out emotionally but this session charged me up the way the moon charges crystals. I feel very enlightened and energetic today.

Yesterday my manfriend and I also rearranged my altar. We normally would do so during a full or new moon, but we hadn’t done it since right after Ostara so it felt like a good time. The theme is motivation to help get me through real estate class and him through his journeyman classes. We  made a spell bottle with rosemary, calendula, comfrey, and hibiscus as well as Himalayan pink sea salt and sand from our beach. We placed it in the center of the altar over the Ace of Wands card from my Goddess Tarot deck. The ace of wands is the “go for it” card and is tied strongly with success and drive.

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Waning Crescent Magick

Waning Crescent Magick

Starting on March 21st we will enter the waning crescent moon phase in Aquarius (my loves sign <3).

The waning crescent moon is the best time to clear your life of chaos or bring things to an end. If something has been plaguing you or stressing you out, now is the time to banish it. Serious threats however should be saved for the dark moon. Waning crescent is good for frustrations or annoying issues. This is the moon to give up a project or goal that is not coming to fruition, a relationship that isn’t working out, or friendships that  no longer serve you.

If you are not comfortable  yet with doing your own spell work you can search the internet for things such as “banishing spells” “spells for removal” or “protection spells”. Don’t fret if the spell requires things you don’t have. The most power comes from you setting your intention with the universe. Candles and other items just aid in the intention manifesting.

The candles you should burn during this moon phase should be white for protection and black for removal/banishing. Those are universal colors. You can find colored ones that serve your specific request better (pinterest and google are excellent sources for candle color and how it coincides with spell work). Remember when doing spell work to NEVER blow the candle out. ALWAYS  snuff it out and thank your higher power.

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The Next Full Moon: Strawberry

The Next Full Moon: Strawberry

Good morning beautiful people! I hope the flower moon treated you well. It certainly did me! I have a full basket of charged crystals and exciting things going on in my personal life. My boyfriend and I have decided to take our relationship to the next level and move in together, so the burrow is no longer single girl status with two cats 😉 It was a fun run but it’s so nice having him there. I just love waking up to that beautiful face ❤

I wanted to take this time to write about our next full moon because it is one of my favorites! The Strawberry Moon will grace us with her presence on June 9th and it will be in Sagittarius. What does that mean for you? This is a time to reveal your fiery truth and fresh awareness. This moon is a good time to focus on working on personal growth, specifically any areas of improvement or that you haven’t been consistent with. Coming hot off the heels of retrograde I am sure there is plenty we can all find to work on internally. The strawberry moon also indicates summer is here and we will be basking in warmth and sunshine, and enjoying longer days. Because of this, you should ask for increased energy.

Colors for the strawberry moon are orange or a golden green. This moon also represents lovers so your altar candles should be orange and pink during this phase. Your stones to focus on are topaz, agate, alexandrite,  and fluorite. Your flower is lily of the valley (doesn’t get much more summery than that!) ❤

Some witches during the Strawberry moon will crush frozen strawberries with a pestle and anoint a white candle with it before beginning their moon ritual. Whatever you choose to do I hope it manifests in every way possible! Blessed be ❤

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