Signs, small miracles and good music

After resolving to “get back to the basics” in my last post, I was determined to find my Circle Round CD.  At my house, this is no easy task as CDs and DVDs get piled up and I am the only one who puts them back in their cases.  However, in what is nothing short of a small miracle, I found not only my Circle Round CD but my Best of Pagan Songs CD and my 2 Gypsy Nomads CDs!  I’m taking this as a sign that I am back on the right track.

So now that I have all my pagan-y music in the car, Monkey, Butterfly and I have been rocking out.   We started with the 2 Gypsy Nomads CD.  They have changed their name to Frenchy and the Punk which is also very fitting for them.  I was lucky enough to see them twice in small concerts at a local metaphysical store and they are fantastic!  They have a lot of good music ranging from drum music perfect for ritual to fun pagan songs, such as my personal favorite Oh, Gypsy!  I thought I had a picture of Monkey and them but I can’t find it.  Here is a picture I could find.  It’s really blurry as it was taken on my camera phone several years ago.

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We are off to a good start and I am excited to take some of the fluff out of my religion.  Every religion has fluff and sometimes it’s good and sometimes it gets in the way.  My fluff was getting in the way.  Spring cleaning!!

Blessed Be! )O(

Kids’ Sabbats

My children are 1 and 4, so attention span is not a strength they currently have.  Getting into things and touching everything, however, are some of their strongest features.  So while we have been doing little celebrations for the Sabbats, they have not done rituals with me and our celebrations haven’t really been focused on the “reason for the season”, more just acknowledging the season.  I want to start focusing more on why we are celebrating and not just “Hey, let’s celebrate”.  So here are some of my ideas:

Since Beltane is coming up next, I am going to get some lanterns that hold tea lights and take the kids on a fairy hunt in the wooded area by my house.

I will come up with a SHORT kid friendly ritual.

As I have the Circle Round book I will make sure I read the stories from the book in the week leading up to Beltane.

I’m going to find the actual CD that came with my Circle Round book and play it in the car.

I’m going to do more crafts and make sure I explain the meaning behind the crafts.

I’m looking forward to sharing my beliefs in what is hopefully a more comprehensive way and not just having fun but probably mostly meaningless (to the kids) events.  I think I have been focusing on the wrong things and I need to get back to the basics.

Blessed Be! )O(

P.S. I’m also going to start posting on here more!

Walking for a cause.

As many of you know, my daughter was born with a complex heart defect and had open heart surgery at 5 1/2 months old.  IMG_0058

She is now 15 months and doing fantastic but her journey is not over.  She is scheduled to have another surgery when she is 3 and could have any number of procedures between now and then if needed as well as hospital stays for a variety of illnesses that could put her heart at risk.IMG_0817

The American Heart Association is doing their annual heart walk and my kids and I will be participating to help raise money for research.  SURGERY IS NOT A CURE!  I post today to humbly ask for any donation you can afford to make.  This is my first event of this kind and we are really excited to be doing it.  Every little bit help and even if you can’t donate but can share this, it would be greatly appreciated.  Below is a counter of what I’ve raised and clicking on it will get you to the link to donate.  Thank you for any support you can give!

Blessed Be! )O(

God Rest Ye Merry Pagan Folk

Sorry this took so long to get uploaded.  I was having a hard time deciding what song to do first and then we had to put our doggie down so I wasn’t really in a caroling mood.  Hopefully, after this first song they will come easier and faster. :)

I started with God Rest Ye Merry Pagan Folk because I think it’s such a pretty song and has just the right tempo to start off a project like this.  The lyrics for this song actually came from 2 websites, the one I originally linked that is no longer there but that I had printed out and this other site which is part of the Pagan Information Center.  I wasn’t sure if I should post the lyrics so I didn’t but let me know if you’d like them typed out.

Blessed Be! )O(

Solstice Carols

My favorite part of Christmas growing up, besides the presents of course, was the carols.  As a singer, I loved learning and singing all of them and as both of my parents were also singers, we sang in the choir at our Catholic Church so I know most of the religious carols as well as the secular ones.  When I began practicing Wicca I noticed an odd little fact, for secular carols the word Christmas is almost always easily replaced with Solstice.  They are the the same number of syllables and rhyme and it fits almost too easily to be a coincidence.  Please don’t quote me on this, but it makes me wonder if the name Christ-MAS was chosen by the early Christians to do the opposite of what I am now doing.

For the religious carols I found many websites that list Pagan words to popular carols.  What I am thinking of doing is recording Wiccan versions of some of my favorite carols.  I’m going to try to get Monkey to sing with me and of course Butterfly will add her own little babbles to it.  It will be so much fun to sing adjusted versions of my favorite carols with my kids and pass them on to the next generation.

My father had a rule, no Christmas carols before Thanksgiving.  The stores putting up decorations at Halloween would have driven him up a wall!  He would have complained to manager after manager after manager!  In honor of him I am not going to start recording or posting any songs until after Thanksgiving next Thursday.  I’m looking forward to this project and am really excited to get started.  If there’s a song you would want to hear let me know and I’ll try my best.

Some songs to expect:

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Sostice
  • White Solstice
  • Chestnuts Roasting (I know that’s not the actual name, it’s called the Christmas song)
  • Silent Night, Solstice Night
  • Glory to the New Born King (Hark the Herald Angels sing)
  • Moon of Silver (We Three kings)
  • Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High)
  • Gods Rest Ye Merry Pagan Folks (Love this one!!)
  • Oh Holy Night
  • The 13 Days of Solstice

The versions I will use come from Wiccan Yule Carols and if it lists and author/adjustor I will list it when I post the song.

Blessed Be )O(

Samhain and Future

Butterfly got a tiger suit for Samhain!  Yes, I know this is a bad picture but you can still see her cuteness.  She didn’t actually wear this on Samhain though because she had been wearing it early and got it dirty in the diaper area.  Jason had said he wished she could wear it all the time because of how cute she looks in it. :)

There wasn’t really anything to our Samhain night this year.  I had to work.  It was also our 1 year wedding anniversary!  We said Happy Anniversary several times and that was about it.  We are simple people.  Butterfly didn’t go trick-or-treating but Monkey’s dad did take him out for a little while.  Monkey was a last minute zombie and had a blast.  We enjoyed his candy!  Next year I will make sure to get the night off so we can do it bigger and better.

On the Saturday before, we did go to a friend’s house and carve pumpkins so we had some decorations.  Butterfly liked the pumpkin goop more than Monkey did. :)

Yule will be Butterfly’s 1st birthday!  I can’t believe she is almost 1 already.  My little Solstice baby is so amazing and such a miracle I wouldn’t change anything about the last year.  I already have the day off so we will have birthday and Yule fun all in 1 day!  I don’t know what we’re doing for either yet but I will figure it out.  Probably. :)

To make sure I don’t have to work on the Sabbats so we can get the most out of them I printed up a list of the dates for 2013 and will be requesting the necessary dates off as in advance as possible.  I already don’t work on Imbolc and got the time approved off for Ostara.  Full and New moons might be more difficult since they happen every month but I’ll figure something out.  I have plans to make!

Blessed Be! )O(

Mabon Picnic!

We had such a wonderful picnic and it was beautiful outside!  All-in-all a perfect day!  A picture is worth a thousand words so here are several pictures!


Monkey, not so much

Butterfly liked the Butternut squash soup















Pine cone hunting!

Craft Supplies

Cornhusk Dolls!

Blessed Be! )O(
P.S. These pictures took a long time to get up and it took a lot of fighting with WordPress to get them to show up the way I wanted. If anybody has tips or a tutorial to make this easier, it would be greatly appreciated and the posts would get up faster. Thanks :)

Random Creativity and the Tea Song

This morning while making my magical tea (it hasn’t been daily but I’ve been trying) a blessing flew into my head.   I tweaked it a little bit then added music and out of no where I had a tea blessing song!

Bless the Fire

That heats the Water

That steeps the Earth

And creates the Air

It has a tune but I don’t know/think it matches another song but a quick search on my computer produced a sound recorder.  Now, this was recorded on my computer microphone so there is a lot of white noise and I think Butterfly can be heard in the background at one point but it gives you the song.

The Tea Song:

Blessed Be! )O(

P.S. I have a bunch of pictures from Mabon that I will be posting soon.  I would have done it sooner but I’ve been too lazy.  Figuring how to get that song on here took a while and exhausted my “messing with the interwebs” reserve so it won’t be today! :)

 

3) Mabon Prep- Crafts

One of the easiest ways to introduce anything to young children is though arts and crafts.  So probably on Friday or maybe Saturday after we eat, I have 3 crafts planned!

The first craft will be adding a menu item in addition to the craft itself.  2 Witches in a Box are holding a corn dolls competition and we will be participating.  So we will be adding corn to our menu and using the husks to make some awesome corn dolls!

Photo courtesy of Google image search and Wikipedia

The next craft we are going to do is a craft I used to do at summer camp with out any religious significance.  The God’s Eye.  On the off chance someone HASN’T made one (you poor, deprived soul!) it is 2 equal length sticks that have yarn wrapped around them.  Since I have to buy them already I think I will be using cinnamon sticks because it’s 1) a great tie in to the season, 2) it will smell really good and 3) it just sounds like a cool idea!  As a crocheter, I already have the yarn so this is a cheap project too!

Photo courtesy of Google Image search and the Girl Scouts, who I’m pretty sure I made them with when I was little!

God’s eye is a great craft for the equinox because with the equal arms the represent balance and the 4 points can represent the Solstices and Equinoxes.  They can be made in any color allowing it to correspond to any season, time or occasion.  They can also be seen as a last homage to the Sun God at his last time of strength over the night.

Our final craft will be pine cone, peanut butter, bird feeders.  They allow us to give back to nature and make an awesome offering.  A simple yet profound way to say thank you!  And Monkey loves birds so anything that keep them around will make him happy!

I really looking forward to Saturday and getting more excited as I go!

Blessed Be! )O(

P.S. All photos are generic photos I found online.  I promise I will post pictures of our actual food and actual crafts a day or 2 after the Equinox!

2) Mabon Prep- Blessings and Theme

I’ve always thought of Mabon as the Pagan Thanksgiving.  When the world was more rural, the second harvest had been completed and most of the work was done and there was much to be thankful for.  This is a theme I plan on continuing.  At the start of the meal, I will say a thank you blessing to the Goddesses, Gods, Universe, Animals and Plants that all contributed to our meal.  I think it’s important thing for Wiccan families to remember that animals AND plants were killed in order for us to eat.  It is a sacrifice that should be honored.

We thank you Blessed Lord and Lady
For granting us life and love and each other
We thank you Creative Universe
For blessing us with health and all that we need
And for allowing us to know the difference between need and want
We thank you Flora and Fauna
For sustaining us with your life force
We thank you all for our blessings
And ask that you bless those in need and provide for those who live without
Blessed Be!

As we eat (because no one in my family is especially patient) we will go around and say what we are thankful for.  I for one am very thankful for my family and everything we get to do together.

Mabon is the Autumn Equinox so another common theme for the day is balance.  Night and day, dark and light are perfectly balanced at this time and it is a good time to reflect on and strive for balance in your own life.  At the end of the meal, I will say a prayer [1] for balance.

Equal hours of light and darkness
we celebrate the balance of Mabon,
and ask the gods to bless us.
For all that is bad, there is good.
For that which is despair, there is hope.
For the moments of pain, there are moments of love.
For all that falls, there is the chance to rise again.
May we find balance in our lives
as we find it in our hearts. [2]

Blessed Be! )O(

[1]  It seems that a lot of “new” pagans have an issue with the word prayer.  It took me a while to be comfortable with it my self while separating my self from my parents’ religion.  To me, a prayer is a very basic spell, simply the words and energy without a lot of the ritual that full on spells can involve.

[2] This prayer is copied from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabonprayers/qt/BalancePrayer.htm because I wasn’t liking anything I was coming up with on my own.  I will probably end up tweaking it before Saturday.

 

 

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