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Imbolc or Imbolg
is the first of the Spring holidays that ring in the festivals for fertility. Not just fertility of self and body as many non-believers belief. But fertility of the earth for an abundant crop, and garden, a fertile mind for imagining new ideas and concepts; perhaps for work or home. Imbolg is the celebration of setting things in fruitful motion and preparing for a wonderful year.

In general terms it is the celebration of things yet to be born for the new year. Those things that are hidden under winters last snows. It is a time for preparation and readiness. A time to look over your supplies for the coming year and make a list of what you might need. It is a time to take stock of your magik cabinet, you pantry and even your plans or goals for the year.

In traditional ceremony Imbolc/Imbolg is the festival of the Goddess aspect of the divine spirits. The Goddess Brid or Bridget, the bride who is waiting for the return of her groom, the sun God. In original Celtic traditions, it is the preparation for the rebirth of the sun God. Today the Irish know this festival as St. Bridget’s Day.

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Couldn’t have worded this better myself.

Ostara / Eostre / Spring Equinox
Sun enters Aries | Color: White | Planting Day | Waxing Moon

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time. 

Traditional Foods: Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts. 

Herbs and Flowers: Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers. 

Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type. 

Sacred Gemstone: Jasper 

Special Activities: Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.

Herbal Sampler: 20 Herb Starter Set
Contains: 20 herbs
Size: ½ oz each

Great way to dive into herbalism and get your home inventory started!  You get the 20 herbs listed below - each herb comes in a labeled ½ oz package:

Basil Leaf
Bay Leaves
Chamomile Flower
Cinnamon Chips
Dill Weed
Elder Flower
Eucalyptus
Frankincense Resin
Ginger Root
Jasmine Flower
Juniper Berry
Lavender
Mugwort
Orange Peel
Patchouli Leaf
Peppermint
Red Sandalwood Chips
Rose Petals
Rosemary
Sage

Just got all of these for a dollar each. Awesomeeeee :)

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Have a blessed Beltaine (May Day)!

The Return of the Sun

Beltaine is an anglicization of the Irish “Bealtaine” or the Scottish “Bealtuinn.” While “tene” clearly means “fire,” nobody really knows whether Bel refers to Belenus, a pastoral god of the Gauls, or is from “bel,” simply meaning “brilliant.” It might even derive from “bil tene” or “lucky fire” because to jump between two Beltane fires was sure to bring good fortune, health to your livestock, and prosperity.

When the Druids and their successors raised the Beltaine fires on hilltops throughout the British Isles on May Eve, they were performing a real act of magic, for the fires were lit in order to bring the sun’s light down to earth. In Scotland, every fire in the household was extinguished, and the great fires were lit from the need-fire which was kindled by 3 times 3 men using wood from the nine sacred trees. When the wood burst into flames, it proclaimed the triumph of the light over the dark half of the year.

Then the whole hillside came alive as people thrust brands into the newly roaring flames and whirled them about their heads in imitation of the circling of the sun. If any man there was planning a long journey or dangerous undertaking, he leaped backwards and forwards three times through the fire for luck. As the fire sunk low, the girls jumped across it to procure good husbands; pregnant women stepped through it to ensure an easy birth, and children were also carried across the smoldering ashes. When the fire died down, the embers were thrown among the sprouting crops to protect them, while each household carried some back to kindle a new fire in their hearth. When the sun rose that dawn, those who had stayed up to watch it might see it whirl three times upon the horizon before leaping up in all its summer glory.

The Rites of Spring
Beltaine was a time of fertility and unbridled merrymaking, when young and old would spend the night making love in the Greenwood. In the morning, they would return to the village bearing huge budding boughs of hawthorn (the may-tree) and other spring flowers with which to bedeck themselves, their families, and their houses. They would process back home, stopping at each house to leave flowers, and enjoy the best of food and drink that the home had to offer. In every village, the maypole—usually a birch or ash pole—was raised, and dancing and feasting began. Festivities were led by the May Queen and her consort, the King who was sometimes Jack-in-the-Green, or the Green Man, the old god of the wildwood. They were borne in state through the village in a cart covered with flowers and enthroned in a leafy arbor as the divine couple whose unity symbolized the sacred marriage of earth and sun.

To Celebrate Beltaine Today
Arise at dawn and wash in the morning dew: the woman who washes her face in it will be beautiful; the man who washes his hands will be skilled with knots and nets. 

If you live near water, make a garland or posy of spring flowers and cast it into stream, lake or river to bless the water spirits.

Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill, then give it to one in need of caring, such as an elderly friend.

Beltaine is one of the three “spirit-nights” of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them.

Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck—but make sure you tie up long skirts first!

Make a May bowl —wine or punch in which the flowers of sweet woodruff or other fragrant blossoms are soaked—and drink with the one you love. 

Why Are Crystals Energized?

All that bumping and playing together creates a lot of energy within the crystal itself. As with any living organism, a crystal creates an energy pattern. Energy has form, sound, color and movement or what metaphysical people call vibration. When utilized with other energy sources, crystals can act as an amplifier. You might think of a quartz watch as a good example.

The property that makes a crystal function as an electronic miracle occurs is compressed or bending. When this occurs, a crystal generates a charge or voltage on its surface. This is a fairly common phenomenon called the Piezoelectric effect. In the same way, if a voltage is applied, quartz will bend or change its shape very slightly. The electronics of a watch initially amplifies the noise at the crystal frequency. This builds into oscillation which starts the crystal ringing. This vibration gets transmitted to the circuits of the watch. The battery of a watch sends a constant charge through the crystal, which releases it at such a precise rate it helps the watch keep a very precise and perfect time.

You and everything else in this world are made up of electromagnetic energy. By holding a crystal your electrical impulses interact with the crystal creating this same type of Piezoelectric effect. The crystal begins to vibrate and the energy it creates can be transmitted to your own internal energy circuits.

Some say that the crystal itself is not energized, but when stimulated by an external electromagnetic field, oscillates and creates a vibration that can be generated and directed. Others suggest that the crystal holds it’s own energy field and when connected to another energy field (such as a physical body) it can stimulate and enhance the similar energy pattern. Much like the molecules that attract other molecules, a formed crystal attracts other energy that it resembles.

Personally I’m of the mind that crystals, much like those used in a watch, need electrical interaction to bend or charge the crystal. The electromagnetic field around your body, generates this reaction when it comes in contact with a crystal.

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Really though, watch this if you’re a Pagan and you’re having a difficult time in your own community.

That or just watch this if you’re stereotype Pagans.

That or just watch this.

Because I’m Pagan and I drink coffee and I smoke cigarettes and not all of my clothes are organic and I’m not vegan but that doesn’t make a person any less of their religion.

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Tigers Eye

Crystal System: Trigonal
Rarity: Easily obtained
Source: USA, South Africa, Canada, China, Brazil, Namibia, India and Burma.
Elements: Fire
Planet: Sun, Mercury
Deities: Sekhmet
Mineralogy: A chatoyant gemstone that is usually yellow- to red-brown, with a silky luster.
Spiritual Uses: Excellent for the spiritually advanced to use in meditation.
Causes the mind to have feeling of oneness and feel more direct in all thoughts. It makes one aware of one’s own needs related to the needs of others.
Emotional Uses: Balances emotions and brings clarity and focus to the mind.
Physical Uses: Relieves high blood pressure.
Tigers eye wear is very helpful in the presence of following diseases: bronchial, asthma, kidney, rheumatic, heart disease, otitis, psoriasis.
Magical Properties: Protection, Courage, Prosperity, Luck, Confidence.

Personal note: You may remember a scene in Practical Magic where Jilly is freaking out because she has misplaced her Tigers Eye. This is for how good of a protection barrier the Tigers Eye creates.

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Moonstone

Moonstone is a very soft stone that chips easily, handle it with care. It is a variety of Feldspar, which is one of the most common minerals on the Earth. Raw Moonstone rarely shows the stones full beauty. Most of Moonstones play on light can only be seen after the stone has been cut.

As its name suggests Moonstone has a strong and sacred link to the Moon, many of its qualities are connected with the Moon. There is a strong female energy with Moonstone. Moonstone has a goddess energy and mothering quality. It brings new beginnings, deep emotional healing, and calm emotions. It enhances intuition and psychic abilities. So it is an excellent stone to keep with your divination tools and to use during meditation. Moonstone is a reflection of the wearer. It does not change or alter personality per se; it reflects it out so that it can be understood.

In India it was believed that Moonstone grew under the rays of the moon and absorbed its mystical qualities. Romans believed it had the power to endow love, wealth, and wisdom. The play of light in Moonstone is said to evoke tender feelings and safeguarding love. It is even said that if you give your significant Moonstone jewelry you will always have passion for one another.

Everything is part of a cycle of change, Moonstone reminds us of that. During the waning phase of the Moon, place Moonstone on a window sill. The rays of the Moon recharge the stone and attune its energies to the receding tides. The very structures of life can be changed with Moonstone. It is reflective and soothing, especially to instability and stress. It helps you understand yourself which brings happiness to your environment. There is a connection between plants and Moonstone. Place the stone at the base of a stem or hang from branches to encourage growth.

Using Moonstone you can also make Moon Raking. Moonstone is at its strongest and most power during the full Moon. Moon Raking water helps store this energy. Place Moonstone in a crystal, glass, or clay bowl. Add spring water. Finally place outside under a full moon. Visualize the moon’s rays filling the water with its energy. Store the water; it can be used in healing rituals, for cleansing stones, purification, and other Moon magic. When Moonstone is placed under your pillow it can promote a restful sleep. In India it is said that Moonstone will bring beautiful visions at night.