New Spring, New Kind of Lemonade!

As promised, I posted not to long ago a recipe that I experimented with. It was the first night of the Spring season, and I felt inspired for something refreshing, and relaxing.

My husband has had a good stash of cannabis in the pile, and I thought it was a good time to medicinally use some of it. That, and I had a good amount of lemons that needed to go.

What are the magickal properties to this wonderful recipe, you might be wondering? Well, my full intention was a good positive purifying recipe, from the lemons. For the cannabis, I used it to bring a deep calming spiritual balance. And of course, the sugar to sweeten and bless.

So, at about one in the morning, I went at it! (I knoooooow, late night owl over here lol).

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
  • 1 tbsp Cannabis (or how ever much you prefer. 1 tbsp is pretty mellow per one cup.)

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cannabis, and 1 1/2 cup of water. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. 4-5 minutes. Then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 22 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, begin juicing your lemons until you are at 1 1/2 cup of liquid. I like to use a cheesecloth to strain out the pulp. If you’re a pulp person, then never mind this step.
  3. Now, remove the cannabis syrup from the heat, strain, and pour into your pitcher. Stir in lemon juice. Let the syrup cool. Then, add the rest of the water and stir until well combined.
  4. Store in the refrigerator, and enjoy over ice.

*Note* So, for a 1 tbsp of cannabis per one pitcher, I found it to be very relaxing and soothing. It took 3 cups for me to actually feel any other effects, and really, that only helped me sleep deeper. So, if your one that prefers a mellow blend, then this recipe should do. For one that wishes for a stronger effect, add 1 or more tbsp to your sugar water mix.

*Note Note* If you are on a certain diabetic or keto restricted diet, then you can do what I actually did for this recipe. Substitute the cane sugar for your own sugar substitute. In this case, I used monk’s fruit sugar. Same measurement. Yum!

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I hope you enjoy this blend responsibly, and legally! Have fun!

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Celebrating The Winter Solstice

We all celebrate the coming of the winter season in one form or another. Through different cultures, in many religions, traditions are upheld to bring cheer and joy into our hearts and homes. I find this definitely true in my household. We celebrate the season through natural traditions. I consider it as mixing both magick and paganism, as well as a sprinkle of my own way of honoring the coming winter.

Below, I will share a detailed list of the 12 activities that I do in my home. Hopefully this will help inspire anyone to create their own traditions, the way their hearts see fit.

Day One

Ā«First Day Towards the Winter SolsticeĀ»

Candle Light Ritual

Begins with turning off all lights in the home. Lighting one candle, walk through the house, beginning at the front door. Chant:

Within the dark, the candle shall light the way.
For though winter is cold, it shall not reign.
Within the dark, our hope shall not die.
For soon the Sun will rise in the sky.
Within the dark, there is no despair.
For our shining souls will renew and repair.
So sing songs into the Winter night,
For soon the winds shall bring Spring light.

This is a beautiful ceremony, that blesses the long cold dark nights to come. You will notice a significant difference within the home once it’s been cast. Filled with warmth and hope. Either do this alone or with the family. It’s a nice way to do something together, and you can let the little ones hum lovely harmonies in the background. Or carry their own candles. Have fun with this!

Day Two

Holiday Decorations

As in all traditions, especially in America, neighborhoods everywhere are decorating their homes with merry lights and jingling wreaths. Solstice trees are being put up, covered in bright and glittering ornaments. Burning logs and long boughs of pine or holly are being placed over hearths. And for this household, that is exactly what is occurring as well.

Not only is it a tradition for most families, the glowing lights of winter symbolize hope that lives on in the darkest of nights. It is a manifestation of miracles, of positive magick, and of strength that lives within us even when the cold spirit of winter tries to steep into our bones.

So take the time, and decorate your home with holiday lights and decor. It’s fun to do alone, with holiday music blaring, and a glass of wine. Or get the friends or family together to make memorable moments, with hot chocolate and sugar cookies!

Day Three

Make A Wish Ornament

Exactly how it sounds, this is a powerful time to work wishing spells. How so? As the holidays are getting closer, people everywhere are growing excited to reunite with family, to give and receive gifts, or to begin a new year. Energy is rising, and the air is being charged for magick. That is why this is a perfect time to create wishing ornaments.

This enjoyable DIY craft is easy to do, and about anyone can do this. You can find any of the supplies at a Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, even the 99 store. You’ll need:

  • Clear Ornaments (with easy to detach top)
  • Glitter (all shades of colors)
  • Yarn or Strings (all shades of colors)
  • Strips of Paper
  • Special Ink (optional)

Choose your wish carefully, and write it down on the strip of paper. Decide on the proper glitter color that coordinates with your wish. Green for luck/money. Red for love/passion. Blue for health/peace. Yellow for creativity/success. Purple for power/spiritual assistance. Silver for earthly affairs. Gold for new beginnings. White for personal affairs. Mix of colors for a miracle.

Match your string color with your glitter color or mix match, depending on the wish. Roll up the strip of paper with your wish on it, tie it with string, then slide it into the ornament. Sprinkle however much of glitter over it, then place the top back on.

Hang this on your tree, or wherever you’ll like. There are some that hang it outdoors, over their hearth, or in nature. I like to keep mine. Every year, when I redecorate, I like to look upon my old wishes and see how they had came to be. It’s a great memento, and leaves me feeling thankful.

So wish wisely, and may your dreams come to be.

Day Four

Make a 12 Herb Sachet

This is a brilliant gift to give to friends or family. Having one for yourself is especially potent as well. Consider this recipe a magickal potpourri. A gift that promotes health, love, and protection. You’ll need:

  • 7 parts Juniper
  • 4 parts Cinnamon
  • 4 parts Allspice
  • 4 parts Ginger
  • 4 parts Caraway
  • 2 parts Nutmeg
  • 2 parts Rosemary
  • 2 parts Lemon Peel
  • 2 parts Orange Peel
  • 1 part Clove
  • 1 part Bay
  • 2 pinches Orris root

Tie in a green or red cloth. Decorate it with symbols or jewels. Have fun with it. And give it to friends or family. You can substitute any of the ingredients with oils as well.

Day Five

Make a Yule Log

A popular pagan tradition is the Yule log. In essence, it is bringing in the spirit of nature, honoring them into your home to protect and nurture your own. I’ve seen many beautifully decorated Yule logs. They have been painted, glittered, wood carved, wood burned, wreathed, placed candles upon. There are so many different ways. Get creative in your own way of honoring the spirit of nature.

By the time of Yule, you either have the option to burn the whole log in ritual, or to light the candles.

Day Six

Create a Winter Spiral

This may be a different sort of tradition for most, but I found in the past few years, that this has become an enlightening experience at every new season for me. Otherwise known as a meditation labyrinth, these are walked upon to center one’s spirit and used to meditate on our paths of self realization.

There are some new age centers, universal spiritual churches that do have these meditation labyrinths, but if you don’t have any near by then I highly recomend building one yourself. Doesn’t have to be permanent, but it is a great path to have when you are in need for some deep meditation.

The path is simple. The rest of the journey is up to you. At the entrance, take a pause to breathe deeply for a few moments to clear your mind. Begin the first step, with not a question on where your going, but with whom you will find at the end? Then simply walk the spiral with a clear mind, and see what comes. If a thought or emotion emerges, mull over that and find its center meaning as you reach the center yourself. Take your time, nothing may come right away, and that is alright. The spiral is a place of peace and balance.

Walk back from the center in tranquility, all the while breathing deeply. When you are done, go in peace.

Day Seven

Honor The Spirits

Everyone deserves a good merry cheer for the holidays, and that includes the spirits of the dear departed as well. The cold dark nights often leave us feeling nostalgic and alone. Remembering those that have left us. This is why I decided to dedicate a special day just for our loved ones. I begin by setting up a special altar for them. Pictures, personal items, winter flowers, candles, incense, letters written for them, can all be placed on this altar.

The rest is up to you. Either a special ritual, or prayer is how you feel is right, then by all means. No matter what, they will hear you.

Day Eight

Warm Tea and Tarot

Every new season I like to do a fresh tarot reading to prepare and grow ever wiser of what is to come for the new season. What better way than to pair this together with a delicious warm cup of tea. Inspired by the winter season, I blended together a tea recipe that helps balance and induce mental and psychic powers. Grants wisdom and courage to face the unknown.

  • Dried Cranberries
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Peppermint leaves
  • Black Tea

Together, with a deck of tarot cards makes for the best pairing. Be brave and lay out your tarot spread. And see what the future, or the present, may reveal.

Day Nine

Random Acts of Kindness

The title for this day alone explains it all. Though the winter season shouldn’t be the only excuse to be kind to strangers, it is a season for giving and to spread cheer. Whether to do acts of kindness in secret, or known, the moment we should all be looking for is the smile that brightens the day for a stranger. The fun part is thinking of way to surprise someone, because that’s really what it’s all about.

Help the need. Donate. Volunteer for charity. Pay for someone’s tab. Be kind is the saying. Speak it. Mean it. Do it. Be the example.

Day Ten

Bake Magickal Recipes

The days are ticking down, and now is the time to start prepping for the festivities. Everyone will be expecting those sweet delectable desserts. The sort that fills the belly with warmth and happiness. In every soft pastry there is a magick from people all over the world. As most have heard the saying, we put love in the foods we cook. The same goes for baking during the holidays. Although for some, they know all about the magickal meaning in the ingredients they mix together.

Whether it be cookies, pies, breads, or puddings, look up the magickal properties that each ingredient holds. You never know that you may be baking a pie for love. Or cookies for luck. Or a fruit salad for health. Know what you baking, so you can spread the magick into the lives you love.

Day Eleven

Give Gifts and Feast

Now is the eve of the Winter Solstice, and often times friends and family gather to enjoy a meal and give gifts! Then again, its up to everyone to decide when they would like to do this. Some choose to do this on Solstice day. So all could enjoy the symbolic fires of the yule log at sunset, and the rebirth of the Sun. So whichever you choose, this is still a wonderful time to gather together and be merry with one another.

Just as you would for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc, a beautiful feast is made for all to eat. Games are played. Carols are sung. New hope is wished upon. And gifts are exchanged. The thought alone brings me joy, and I look forward to this day with friends and family.

In fact, I would love to share a new type of carol song that has been modified for pagans. Growing up, I always enjoyed the tune for Silent Night. But when this new song A Pagan Silent Night was created, my heart fell in love. Now I always sing this song for the Solstice. May you and your family enjoy it as well.

Day Twelve

Burn The Yule Log and Celebrate

The day has come! All must celebrate. The new season is awakened, and the Sun shall be reborn when the new sunrise touches the sky! On this day, my husband and I like to begin with a beautiful breakfast, where then I can dedicate it to the sleeping Goddess, and to the new birth of the Sun. I gather together incense and candles. The blend I use is:

  • Frankincense
  • Rosemary
  • Bayberry (or Bay as a substitute)

Grind together and burn overcharcoal, light the candles and say together.

“We give honor and thanks to the sun for it’s sustenance, warmth, and light”

*Novae diluculo saluto* (say together)

And as our blessed mother earth is rebirth in the spring

So time is rebirth in the morning.

*Novae diluculo saluto*

*Blessed be the Goddess*

Enjoy the blessed morning meal.

Now once the day passes, and we are met with the longest night of the year, it is time to burn the yule log. Some simply light candles on the log, which is convenient for those that cannot enjoy a bonfire. But for those that can burn outdoors, it is quite an event. Tradition calls for waiting just before the sun rises. But often that isn’t the case for some that cannot stay up that long. So burn at your own time.

It is tradition in my home to usher in the new winter season. Therefore, I will share my personal ritual right below.

Ushering in the Winter

To prepare the Yule Log in the pit, set it up like you would for ritual. Stones, jewels, foods, offerings. Then chant:

The Goddess sleeps and is tucked away in the warmth of Earth.

She dreams and smiles of hope for the living.

Her heart is comforted by the rebirth of the Sun. Her spirit lives within the dormant seeds.

Today, She slumbers for Winter. Warmed by the fires of Yule.

Igniting the Flame

Flames of Winter warm Her bed. Snowfall be Her tears of joy. Mother Goddess, rest and claim the season! Let us be as one and embrace the spirit of peace.

Our mother is the Winter.

*We live because She lives*

Our mother is the Goddess.

*She lives freely within us*

Diana, Brigid, Hecate

*We celebrate Her*

We celebrate the tranquility of Mother Earth. She nourishes us with her bountiful love.

*Blessed be the Goddess*

Ashes of Log

We are now at the center of darkness. May the flame of the Sun illuminate from our hearts.

Collect the ashes and keep near, or use for power spells. Or save the ashes for the Summer Solstice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this full detailed account of the traditions of my home. Are they similar to your own? Feel free to comment and share your story! Would love to hear it.

Sweet Winter Blessings!

Have a happy and festive Solstice!

Blessed Be

All Souls Day

Samhain is here again! A new year taking us forward. What does that mean for us witches? Time to pull out the spells and offerings!

Getting the home ready with protection charms and decorations! Purifying our lives with cleansing vibrations! Creating glamour spells to spook the trick or treaters. And brewing delicious magickal concoctions of food and drinks!

(That last part being my favorite)

Speaking of which, let me share this year’s Samhain tea recipe that I’ve blended.

Samhain Tea

  • 2 bags of Oolong tea
  • 1 tbsp of Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp of dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cinnamon stick

Brew this in a pot of tea for several minutes. After steeping, stir the cinnamon stick several times, and add some delicious maple infused milk to the drink, till it’s good and creamy. Enjoy tonight as the trick or treaters come by! And believe in life and its fruitfulness.

Maple Milk

  • 1 cup of whole Milk
  • 4 tbsp of grade A Maple syrup

Gently warm the cup of milk in a small saucepan. Once it begins to steam, add the tablespoons of Maple syrup. Be sure not to boil it! Simmer it momentarily, as you stir in the syrup till it blends. Take it off the heat and pour it into a small creamer container. Enjoy with your tea!

Oh, how I look forward to this magickal blend later tonight. This tea is meant to engulf us with its courageous influence, as it brings love and joy to our hearts. Life and all its luxuriance. Its meant to sooth us, mend us, and open new paths.

SPELLS!

Now, let’s talk spells! Tonight the Moon is in its last quarter. That means it’s the perfect time to ward off negative energies. Protect the home. Release the past. And divination time!

Let’s see, we shall begin with tradition. Samhain is thinning the veil; the worlds between the living and the dead are face to face. They come to us with prayers, messages, or curses. And it is for this reason that we either welcome them, or ward them.

Here is a simple ghost blessing spell.

Ghost Blessing

Place offerings of milk and barley outside under the stars to ease the ghosts hunger and to prevent their mischief.

The maple infused milk is perfect for honoring the ancestors.

Apples can also be buried at crossroads as offerings for the Goddess, or spirits.

Ghost Home Barrier

Place three peeled cloves of garlic in a bowl, together with one handful of sea salt, and one handful of fresh rosemary leaves. Grind and mesh ingredients together. Sprinkle them to create a boundary line over which ghosts will not cross.

If you so happen to wish to choose this night of all nights to reveal to a ghost it’s current state of death, well, here is a spell for that.

Grouchy Ghost Spell

Burn three parts wormwood to one part vervain whem summoning the ghost who is suffering from a state of depression when they died. Or when they haven’t realized they are dead.

Speak softly and gentle. Offer honey to sweeten the news, or offer a plate of food for comfort. Speak as you understand, and try to offer advice and help them see the promise of the other side. It won’t be easy, but you would have to be open with them in order for them to believe you. Trust, it is rewarding when they do.

LAST THOUGHTS

Well may your Samhain be blessed, and the spirits at rest. May the trick or treaters be kind. And the food as good as wine. Have fun! Be merry!

Day of Mooncakes

Merry meet! And welcome!

Today we will be celebrating the Moon Goddess in all her glory and splendor. The Full Moon is tomorrow and with it offerings of delicious mooncakes! 

Often the day of mooncakes is on April 8th, however it can be done on or near the Full Moon, so that the offerings are fresh. 

I love to make crescent shaped cookies. They are filled with flavor! Almonds, spice, and sugary delight. Packed with magical intentions. 

                Crescent Moon Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almonds, very finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350F

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. 

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add vanilla extract and stir to combine. 

Add the flour mixture and mix, just until combined. 

Add almonds and still until thoroughly incorporated. 

Using 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, shake into crescents and place on being sheets, 2 inches apart. 

Bake, in batches, until lightly golden. This will take about 15 minutes. 

Let cool for 5-10 minutes. 

Place the remaining 2 cups of confectioners sugar in a wide, shallow bowl. 

When the crescents are cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in confectioners sugar, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Once cool, roll in confectioners sugar again.

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This recipe is filled with magical intentions. 

Love: To instill love in the heart.

Lust: To instill the passion in the spirit. 

Mental Powers, Wisdom: Will restore lost energy and improve the mind. 

Money,  Prosperity, Success: To any who eats these enchanting cookies.  

Healing: To heal the heart, body, and mind. 

Psychic Power: To enhance the psychic senses. 

Protection: To protect all who eat these delicious cookies. 

Spirituality: When made with love, will send out spiritual vibrations to any who eats these marvelous cookies. 
Enjoy!

Mental Focus Tea

Welcome!

We all have those days. Sluggish. Uninspired. Unmotivated. Those days can really drag along. But when those days find me, I always turn to my mental focus tea. This tea is so refreshing, either hot or cold.

  • Tsp of Rosemary
  • Tsp of Mint
  • 1/4 tsp of Lemon Verbena OR a slice of Lemon
  • Pinch of Yellow Mustard Seed

Boil a cup of water, and when finished, pour over herbs and allow to steep for 5 minutes. As the tea brews, chant over the cup:

“By fire and air, my mind be swift. No longer will my focus stay in a twist.”

Enjoy the invigorating flavor of refreshing zest with this tea. As well as mental clarity and energy renewal.

A wonderful iced tea version of my tea that is even better!

  • 8 cups of cold water
  • 8 large lemons, washed and cut in half
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Pinch of mustard seed

Boil the 8 cups of water, and when ready, pour over all ingredients. Stir, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and then store in the fridge. Pour over ice, and enjoy!

Healing Apple Tea

Merry meet, dear guests! Welcome!

Since the winter season is nearly among us, we must prepare our minds, bodies, and souls. To keep them healthy and positive. Once the winter season is here, dark days will surely feel longer, as well as that winter chill. The possible cold and flu is at its strongest. 

With that being written, I have a wonderful tea recipe that has helped me for years. I give you, my healing tea. 

Healing Tea

  • Tsp of Saffron
  • 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon (or stick)
  • Apple Cider
  • Plenty of honey!

Brew the saffron and cinnamon in half cup of hot water. Add in the honey. Then lastly stir in the apple cider when the brew has cooled ever so slightly. As the cup is brewing I chant:

Saffron heals the mind. Apple heals the heart. Cinnamon to strengthen. Honey to guard. 

This magical recipe should  grant you health, as well as beneficial immune boosting properties!

What is a little tea without the sweets?! I love to pair this tea with delicious homemade chocolate cookies! There’s something about the apple flavor that compliments the chocolate.

Chocolate Cookies Recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until almost melted; do not overheat. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate. Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

  3. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy! And be sure to add a little of your own magick to these delicious cookies!