Three Imbolc Rituals

Imbolc is one of my favorite Pagan festivals.  It is all about preparing for spring and for new possibilities.  This time of year, you will notice that the days are getting longer and while it is still cold everything is beautiful and snow covered.

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The deity associated with Imbolc is Brigid, the Celtic goddess of of inspiration, wells, the sacred flame, and healing. Continue reading

Three Simple Samhain Rituals

I don’t know about everyone else, but this Halloween/Samhain season is insane.  I’m starting a new job, been invited to a couple of costume parties, and am helping with some local Samhain events.  Oi.  Making time for personal practice is going to be rough.

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Even when shit gets busy, it is so important to make time for the spiritual.  There will always be a reason to be busy: work, school, partner, kids, coven, hobbies, PTA, mothers-in-law, etc.  The point of a religious, Pagan, spiritual, whatever-you-call-it practice is that it causes you to pause and do something for yourself.  Whatever else is going on in your life, your practice will be there for you to lift you up and sustain your spirit. Continue reading

Samhain Events in New England 2015

So Mainer, Masshole, and Vermonter Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches, we seem to have a ton of events to choose from this year!  Everything from dumb suppers to psychic fairs.  A few of the events are family friendly and the ones that aren’t note that on their websites.  So don your costumes and celebrate with our community.

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Event planners if you don’t see your event please comment with a link to your website!  I am especially looking for events in Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Continue reading

Beltane Decorations

How many Witches and Pagans decorate their homes for Samhain?  Probably most of us.  But how many of us decorate the home for Beltane, which is an en par holiday?  Probably not as many people.  All the fabulous Pagans and Witches out there, let’s start changing that and start bringing the season into our homes.  Here are a few themes and suggestions to consider. Continue reading

Beltane Recipes

Beltane is one of the most sacred days of the year.  Of course this calls for a feast!  When I was compiling these recipes and thinking about my own celebration, three themes came to mind.  This first is the season and what is going to be in supermarkets now and what’s seasonally appropriate.  The second is spice and heat as this is a holiday about passion and love.  Along those lines, I’ve also included several traditional aphrodisiacs in this menu.

  • Strawberry and Spinach Salad: The basics are a large box of fresh spinach leaves (I prefer baby spinach or this), half a pint of strawberries (quartered), half a container of walnuts, a block of bleu cheese cubed, and either homemade or bottled poppyseed dressing.  But this is an adaptable recipe.  You could add almonds, grapes, cucumbers, sprouts, you name it.
  • Spring Veggie Stir Fry: Asparagus, onions, carrots, peas, and broccoli.  Use what you want and cook the vegetables with a little olive oil, garlic, and ginger until they’re tender.   Add soy sauce or stir fry sauce as well as a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat and serve over jasmine rice.
  • Hamburgers: Beltane is probably the first sabat for which the Oven Coven ventures outside.  So why not fire up the barbeque!  Offer your guests a wide variety of meats, veggie burgers, and toppings.
  • Mushrooms: A nod to the fae friends we also honor at this time.  Cut up some raw ones or make spicy stuffed mushroom caps (just substitute spicy for sweet sausage in this recipe).
  • Green Beans: Steamed with a little sea salt sprinkled over them for an easy side dish.
  • Fondue: An easy way to make chocolate fondue is to melt half a cup of heavy cream and a large bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler.  You could also rent a fondue fountain, especially if you are having a large party.  To accompany, provide strawberries, apples, grapes, pretzels, and melon.
  • Cakes and Ale: Bannock is the traditional cake for Beltane celebrations.  Something slightly less traditional, but completely appropriate since we are celebrating the union of the God and Goddess, is champagne or sparkling cider for the ale.

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