It is customary to eat three pomegranate seeds on Samhain in remembrance of Persephone’s journey; eating more than that is believed to bring hardship into the coming year~ Pomegranate juice symbolizes the menstrual or wise blood of the goddess; to drink it is to gain her wisdom~ Carry a dried piece of the outer skin or add it to spells for conception~ After you eat your Three seeds~ Leave out the rest as an offering to your Ancestors~ 
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Moon Goddess Magick Apothecary

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Bottlecap offering tealights made with leftover wax from another candle. I ordered anchored wicks and then dumped the wax in.

So far so good! I don’t know how long it will burn, but one’s going right now for Eostre, so I can let you know!

Edited to add: It lasted between 35 and 45 minutes (soy wax, don’t know if that makes a difference). I say this is a win for using up leftovers if you can find affordable wicks!

Salt Dough Offering Bowls

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Salt Dough Recipe

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of water

1 cup of flour

How to make the salt dough

Add the 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of flour to a bowl stir in the water adding it slowly – you may not need all of the water. You want the dough to be dry – if it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want. (at this stage you can press flowers, glass peddles, beads, crystals etc that you want to decorate with)

Once you have made the shapes you want then you need to dry them so you can paint. Traditionally salt dough is dried in the oven which takes around 3 hours at a low heat so they don’t burn. But instead swap your oven for a microwave and zap for 3 mins *(I leave my to dry in a warm place over a few days).  If when the time is up they are still a little wet then just put back in for another 20 seconds at a time until done. Leave to cool down and then paint.

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Daily Devotional to Cernunnos

I call to Cernunnos of the ancient forest deep
Draped in the richness of moss and leaf
Whose antlers are the branches of the World Tree
And holds the torc as Nature’s Chief

By fur and fins, scales and feathers
By ash and holly, thorn and oak
By land and sky, sea and nether
Stag Crowned One do I evoke

O’ Lord of Green hear my prayer
Given in perfect love and trust
By Fire and Water, Earth and Air
Keep me humble and keep me just

O’ Lord of Shadow receive my gift
Guide and guard me throughout my days
Heal and hold me when I float adrift
While you whisper the age-old ways

O’ Lord of Light feel my earnest heart
Fill it with Power, Love and Wisdom
As I walk the path of the White Hart
And honor the turning seasonal rhythms

Shed in me what needs to be undone
Align my Will with Divinity
For the highest good; harming none
As I will it, so mote it be
Thank You

© 2014 Mat Walker & The Astrarium

Image Credit: White Stag by fancypigeon

Hello there! I’m assuming you two are referring to this post I made earlier.

Generally, when you make offerings to a Deity, They’ll let you know if the offering has been accepted or rejected by a number of ways. If it’s been accepted, you may find a sense of peace around the altar. The area will seem calm, refreshed, and a place of solitude and contentment. I’ve heard many people describe an uneasy or anxious feeling when they put the wrong offering down. 

If you’re putting the offering down as an exchange for a favor, there’s a pretty obvious way to tell if the offering was liked: if They grant you your favor! If They don’t like the offering, there’s very little chance They’ll do what you ask of Them.

Look for little clues in your daily life, as well. Look for messengers of your particular Deity, and little “coincidences”. The universe is rarely so lazy. (10 points for catching the reference) 

For my personal practices, it’s a little different. Horned One generally takes what I give because we’ve been working together so long, I’ve got a pretty good grasp on what He likes. He’ll let me know if I’ve got it wrong, though, nearly immediately.

Usually I’ll figure it out if the offering starts rotting while others don’t, the offering continuously falls off the altar, or He straight-up tells me. 

Finally, a good way to avoid rejected offerings would be research, and a lot of personal work. Make sure you’re not giving Pomegranates to Zeus, for example. Make sure you’re not giving roses to Chang’O. Figure out what your Deity likes, through reading mythology, sacred texts, and prayers. 

Obviously all of this goes the same for sacrifices, as well. I hope this helps!

-TLW

Mexico subway dig turns up unusual Aztec offering

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Archaeologists announced Tuesday that excavations for a Mexico City subway extension have turned up what appears to be an unusual Aztec offering: a dog’s skull with holes that indicate it was displayed on a ritual skull rack normally reserved for human sacrifice victims.

Excavators also found a woman’s skull and two men’s skulls with similar perforations around the temple, which allowed them to be mounted on a public display rack known as a tzompantli.

The find dates to between 1350 and 1521 and is the first time a dog’s skull has been found along with a skull rack, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. The skull racks usually displayed the severed heads of captured warriors from rival groups, who were sacrificed as an offering to the gods. Few of them have actually been excavated. Read more.

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