If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and have not started spending time outside, you are missing out. Nature is blossoming. And while I am all for impromptu trips, in the case of outdoor Litha rituals or wildcrafting there are a couple of items that you can through in your bag to aid your experience.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, a Wide Brimmed Hat, etc.: Sunburns suck. Consider also carrying a natural bug spray, especially if you live in areas where insects frequently carry West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.
- A Pocket Knife: Especially good for wildcrafting. Or for collecting Queen Anne’s Lace to remind you about the transformational aspects of your ritual. This object can also become a makeshift athame.
- Libation or Offering: This happens to me all the time. I’m on a walk and I feel the Goddess and want to give something back to her and I’ve got nothing. If you’re like me, you probably like to be prepared for these kind of impromptu moments. When you are working out, it’s a no big deal because you can carry water. In other cases, you can also make offering stones or spell stars specifically for offerings in nature.
- A Field Guide: If you live in the US, your local wildlife service can provide you with a booklet of local plants and animals. This is great if you are a wildcrafter or if you want to make ure you don’t come into contact with poisonous plants.
What NOT to Bring:
- Your Cellphone, iPad, etc.: Unless you are going on a lengthy hike in a risky location, leave all forms of technology at home. Be with the God and Goddess. Possible exception: a camera.
© Ariadne Woods