We just got back from visiting one of our local witch stores. I am glad we have this available to us, but I do kind of miss the older stores that were less flashy. Of course that is my personality. I like simple. Anyway I am glad they are there and I did buy two more candles for mom and her healing. I also bought her some amethyst that we are going to bless and charge tomorrow during ritual and then give to her to help the healing along. Amethyst is good for healing both mind and body and we can certainly use both.
We also got some incense though I didn’t find my old stand by so I am going to have to find it online. So now I just am working on the final touches for my part of our ritual and then printing them out for everyone. If we were normal people I would be baking bread today. Bread is very traditional, in so many ways. It is so integral to our story as people that we have sayings such as “break bread” and the work companion which means loosely “with bread” if you speak Spanish con is with and pan is bread. Little loves were made to break in circle and loves were also made to give as gifts of thanks to people in your life. I personally love that idea and maybe I will get around to making some zucchini bread. Maybe. Sadly though 3 of us are gluten intolerant. Which means when eating gluten (found in wheat, rye and barly) our body sees it as a foreign invader and starts attacking itself. So sad. If I do make bread it will be Gluten Free and I have only had partial luck with baking that. But all of that is a story for another day.
I thought I would share with you a little about Lughnasadh and our plan for tomorrow. Lughnasadh (as you will see on every witch site) is the first of three harvest festivals. It was the time when they fields where reaped and then mowed into themselves to ensure a good harvest for next year as well. We celebrate the life giving food that the sun has ripened for us even as we can feel the subtle shifts in the suns appearance knowing that summer is coming to an end. The God is giving of himself to us. The Goddess is sad as she knows that the God is dying but she is joyous as she realizes that she is pregnant and the God is growing with in her. Lugh (who gives is name to the day) is also the Celtic God of grafts and for that it is also a nice time to do crafts. There are other names such as Feast of Bread or Lammas.
A side note here for those new to Wicca the Wheel of the Year turns and we have Sabbats that mark the turning. The Sabbats are celebrations of the God (primarily) just as the full moon is the celebration of the Goddess (primarily)
I will share what I can of our ritual in tomorrows post. I don’t know all what it will entail yet because as I said we are a coven of solitaires. Which of course is a contradiction and I guess I should explain. The group I do rituals with are at this moment all ladies and we are just friends. We all are solitary which means we practice for the most part on our own. However, we like each other and that sense of community and so we have started having some rituals together. Because we each practice on our own we each do things differently. As I am not the host tomorrow I am not sure how things will go. I like this though it gives each of us a chance to lead and a chance to follow.