sabbats

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for someone RPing a vamp on the path of cathari? I wanna do it for a sabbat campaign but I'm not entirely sure how

Mod Lasombra is here to guide you, honey.

The Path of Cathari sees itself as a necessity. Think of the whole philosophy as a candle - There can’t be shadows without light, and the brighter the light, the harsher the shadow. Cathars believe themselves to be that shadow. Unlike Path of Night (THE WORLD BELONGS TO ME AND I GET TO BE EVIL BECAUSE EVERYTHING BELONGS TO ME), Cathars take their roles with almost a solemn seriousness. It’s a very dogmatic principle, that the physical world is corrupt and wrought with evil and depravity, and it is your DESTINED ROLE to be an evil shit, because you will never be pure and good like a newborn soul. As opposed to being a mindless force of indulgence and hatred, you’re performing your god-cursed duty as a monster. Cathars treat evil as a principle, and a purpose.

The interesting thing about Cathari, however, is that their dogma INSISTS that true good exists. There’s no pessimism. They exist to revel in corruption and darkness, sure, but by their very nature they must believe in light. The pure soul of humanity is real - it is just burdened by the evil truths of the physical world. In a sense, a Cathar tests the resilience of light, if only to affirm that the souls that cannot be corrupted are indeed pure and good and untouchable.

anonymous asked:

Hey I was wondering if you could tell me like the basics of Wicca? I did a project on it once but I got all my info from the internet which has soooo much information that it's hard to know what's true/false. I'm curious to know about it from someone who actually practices the religion because I find it very interesting. Thanks! :)

There’s different things like what I say might be wrong for some other Wiccans, what I do is work with herbal healing and crystal energy, I follow some goddess and all the eight sabbats. I meditate a lot and the only spells I cast is for protection and open minded for myself or someone close for a test, I pray for my goddesses Nyx and Selen, I use chakra stones whenever needed. I feel like a whole person when I’m near any of the elements (water, air, fire and earth). Wicca is a religion, most Wiccans work with witchcraft but witches aren’t Wicca they just practice the witchcraft. There’s one main rule “do no harm others if you don’t wish it for yourself” and those Wiccans and witches I’ve met are very peaceful and calm. I’m not sir what else to say, it would’ve been way easier if you asked specific questions 😌

Celebrate Midsummer

Outside:

  • Collect Herbs and Flowers
  • Make Sun Tea
  • Build a bonfire
  • Have a sunrise or sunset picnic 
  • Sunbathe
  • Leave out honey offerings for the Fae
  • Cleanse and charge your magical items under the sun
  • Watch the sun set on the longest day of the year

In the Home:

In the Kitchen:

In the Bath:

  • Soak in a golden honey bath
  • Scatter sunflowers through your bathwater
  • Bathe around fiery solar colored candles
  • Treat yourself to a chamomile Tea Bath

On your Altar:

  • Represent the sun using colors of yellow, orange or gold
  • Incorporate solar imagery
  • Decorate with green stones like jade or emerald
  • Try decorating with woods of oak and pine
  • Use golden candle holders and decorations
  • Incorporate dried or fresh picked herbs
cheap, easy ways to decorate your altar for the sabbats
  • Imbolc/Candlemas:seeds or bulbs, candles, red and white
  • Ostara:flowers, eggs, milk, honey
  • Beltane:flowers, ribbons, acrons
  • Litha:oak leaves, sun symbols, sunflowers
  • Lammas:bread, wheat, beer, honey, corn dolls, iron
  • Mabon:fall leaves, cornstalks, grapes and grape vines, pomegranates, apples
  • Samhain:tarot cards, mirror, food offerings, muled wine, dark bread
  • Yule:holly, pine cones, mistletoe, fruits, nuts, bells
Solitary Beltane Ideas
  • Wear a flower crown
  • Dress in red and white
  • Bake some Beltane recipes 
  • Light a bonfire or candles
  • Do some divination
  • Take a ritual bath
  • Do some beauty/sex/love spells
  • Leave out offerings for the fae
  • Do some gardening
  • Have a picnic
  • Put on some music and dance
  • Meditate or astral travel
  • Make a mini maypole for your altar
  • Roast marshmellows 
  • Take a hike
  • Start on a new creative project
  • Do “fertility” spells for things other than sex (creativity, energy, ect.) 
  • Pick flowers

Feel free to add your own! 

Celebrate Lammas

Outside:

  • Use this day to harvest vegetables and herbs outside
  • Collect Berries to make bracelets and garlands
  • Collect seeds for next season’s sowing
  • Leave offerings as thanks for this year’s harvest

In the Home:

  • Burn Frankincense, Rose or Sandalwood incense
  • Fill the home with the smell of fresh baked bread
  • Leave bowls of sunflower seeds and nuts around the house to snack on
  • Drink hoppy beers and ales
  • Make apple candle holders

In the Kitchen:

In the Bath:

  • Add skin-healing Calendula to your bath
  • Surround yourself with yellow and orange candles
  • Use a soothing moisturizing aloe lotion

On your Altar:

  • Incorporate symbols of the harvest with things like corn and wheat
  • Use shades of yellow, orange, gold and purple
  • Decorate with apples, corn and wheat
  • Add yellow and golden stones likes citrine 
Celebrate Ostara

Outside:

In the Home:

  • Throw open the windows to let in fresh air
  • Cleanse your home with a floral incense such as Rose or Jasmine
  • Make eggshell candles
  • Set out vases to fill with fresh flowers
  • Paint or dye eggs to celebrate springtime fertility

In the Kitchen:

In the Bath:

On your Altar:

  • Decorate with colors of yellows, blues and greens
  • Symbolize fertility with fresh eggs or their shells
  • Scatter fresh flower petals across your altar
  • Light a pair of black and white candles to symbolize the balance of the light and dark hours in the day
Ostara, the Spring Equinox

Ostara (this year, March 20th) is the celebration of the coming of spring, the Spring Equinox. Easter gets its name from the Teutonic goddess of spring and the dawn, whose name is spelled Oestre or Eastre (the origin of the word “east” comes from various Germanic, Austro-Hungarian words for dawn that share the root for the word “aurora” which means ” to shine”). Modern pagans have generally accepted the spelling “Ostara” which honors this goddess as our word for the Vernal Equinox. Because the Equinox and Easter are so close, many Catholics and others who celebrate Easter often see this holiday as being synonymous with rebirth and rejuvenation: the symbolic resurrection of Christ is echoed in the awakening of the plant and animal life around us. But if we look more closely at some of these Easter customs, we will see that the origins are surprisingly, well, pagan! Eggs, bunnies, candy, Easter baskets, new clothes, all these “traditions” have their origin in practices which may have little or nothing to do with the Christian holiday.

For example, the traditional coloring and giving of eggs at Easter has very pagan associations. For eggs are clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate and flowers and trees pollinate and reproduce. In England and Northern Europe, eggs were often employed in folk magic when women wanted to be blessed with children. The Easter Bunny may well have its origin in the honoring of rabbits in spring as an animal sacred to the goddess Eastre. As a goddess of spring, she presides over the realm of the conception and birth of babies, both animal and human, and of the pollination, flowering and ripening of fruits in the plant kingdom. Sexual activity is the root of all of life: to honor this activity is to honor our most direct connection to nature.

There are some modern Witches and pagans who follow traditions that integrate the faery lore of the Celtic countries. It is customary to leave food and drink out for the fairies on the nights of our festivals, and it is believed that if the fairies are not honored with gifts at these times, they will work mischief in our lives. Certain holidays call for particular “fairy favorites.” At Ostara, it is customary to leave something sweet (honey, or mead, or candy).

The Vernal Equinox usually falls somewhere between March 19th and 22nd (note that the dictionary only mentions March 21st, as opposed to the date of the actual Equinox, which is the 20th this year), and depending upon when the first full moon on or after the Equinox occurs, Easter falls sometime between late-March and mid-April.

This is a very powerful time to do magic, not only because of the balancing of the earth’s energies, but because of the way our own beings echo the earth’s changes. We are literally reborn as we emerge from our winter sleep, ready to partake of all the pleasures of the earth, and to meet the challenges we will face as the world changes around us daily. As we greet and celebrate with our pagans brothers and sisters of the Southern Hemisphere (for whom the Vernal Equinox more closely resembles the beginning of autumn, in physical terms!), we remember that Spring is not only a season; it is a state of mind.

Symbols: Egg (fertility/ reproduction), hare (rebirth), the New Moon, butterflies/ cocoons (rebirth)

Altar decorations: Colorful flowers, decorated eggs (real or fake - wood/paper maché)

Incense: Jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragons blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose petals

Herbs and Plants:crocus flowers, daffodils, jasmine, Irish moss, snowdrops, ginger

Food: Eggs (boiled, deviled, egg salad), ham, fresh greens and early vegetables, honey cakes, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey, sweets, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, pine nuts), sprouts, flower dishes, spice cupcakes

Colors: Grass green, pastels, robin’s egg blue, violet, white

Stones:aquamarine, rose quartz, moonstone

Animals: rabbits/hares, chicks, 

Deities: All youthful/ virile Gods/Goddesses, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses, Love Goddesses, Moon Gods/Goddesses, Fertility Deities. Specifically: Eostre, Persephone, Blodeuwedd, Aphrodite, Athena, Cybele, Gaia, Hera, Isis, Minerva, Venus, Robin of the Woods, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Lord of the Greenwood, The Dagda, Attis, The Great Horned God, Mithras, Odin, Thoth, Osiris, Pan

Ostara rituals and spells:

  • Setting Up Your Ostara Altar
  • Dyeing Ostara Eggs
  • Spring Rebirth Ritual
  • Solitary Ostara Ritual
  • New Beginnings Ritual
  • Ostara Altar Blessing

Ostara potpourris:

  • Ostara Incense
  • Spring Equinox Ritual Potpourri
  • Ostara Potpourri

Ostara recipes:

  • House Irish Stew
  • Rosemary Potatoes
  • Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Egg Lemon Soup
  • Ostara Deviled Eggs
  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Greenman Salad
  • Bacon Swiss Quiche
  • Ham and Spinach Quiche
  • Ostara Green Beans

Ostara sweets & baked goods:

  • Ostara Bread
  • Ostara Honey Cakes
  • Ostara Buns
  • Dandelion Honey
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Edible Blossoms
  • Custard Pie

Ostara drinks:

  • Lemonade, that cool refreshing drink
  • Eggnog
  • Ostara Wine
  • Country-Witch Eggnog

Sources: (x,x)

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