August Handcrafted Faves

The Empress Tarot Prayer Beads by The Wytch of the North
Harvest Basket by Little Wolf and Autumn
Rocky Mountain Foothills by Peripheral Images
Ceres by Emily Balivet
Sunflower Crown by Crystaled Dreams
Lughnasadh Candle by From A Fable
Citrine Point by Lightwork Stones

January Handcrafted Faves

Baby Viking Hat with Beard by Tied in Knots
Protection Wall Rune by Boudoir Du Chaman
Viking Beard Oil by Fires of Freyja
St. Brighid’s Cross by AZ Stained Glass LLC
Ceramic Mug by Studio Rosalina
Reaching for the Stars by Fizz Studio
Winter Tale Pillow by Francesca Rizzato

February for Manannan – 2 Ritual of the Mists

Ritual of the Mists

by John Gibson

This ritual is intended to be done when there is lots of fog in your area. This Ritual and prayer is to bring you closer to Manannan Mac Lyr, Keeper of the Mist, Ruler of Tir Na Og, and keeper of the Well of Wisdom. Personally when I have done it I have felt strangly drawn into the mists as if the Ancestors were calling me into them to join them. Someday I might go ahead and go but as of yet, I haven’t. If at all possible, try to do this ritual in a place with trees and open land. I have done it outside my home but my home is too connected to this world. I have done it in a park, and the effects are much much cleaner and crisper there.

Items needed:

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Robe 
Object w/ Double spiral 
Object w/ Triskele 
Bread as a sacrifice to the land spirits

First thing to do is to feel the mists around you, Alert your senses to it. Remember that the Mists are an Inbetween area, not sky, not water. Get your bearings, realize that you are in an inbetween state. At this time you should be wearing your robe.

Becoming aware of the Center of the Three realms

The first thing to do, is to become aware of the three realms. Land, Sea, and Sky. 
Hold the object with the Triskele firmly in your hand and do the following: 

Bend down and touch the ground, and say – “I stand firmly upon the land.” 
Stand up and hold your arms out to the sides – “The sea surronds me.” 
Bring your arms over your head and finally say – “The sky spreads itself above me.” 
Bring your hands down over your heart and say – “I acknowldge the three realms.”

Acknowleding the Mists:

Take the staff and pound it on the ground three times. Take the staff and hold it straight out from your body (like it is an extension of your arms) and turn around three times (counter clockwise) as if you were cutting the mists in half.

Bring the staff and wave it over your head three times. (This movement is like acknowledging the three realms. Hitting the ground with the staff contacts it with land, cutting the mists gives it contact with water, and waving it over your head give is contact with the air

Next face North (the direction of the four cities, and the place that the Tuatha de Dannan came from)

Take the staff and draw a double spiral in the air, and say the following words:

“Manannan Mac Lyr, Lord of the Mist, Ruler of Tir na mBam, Keeper of the double gate of the otherworld. I am here seeking knowledge of the mists and the otherworlds. I come bringing sacrifices for the land spirits. I come in complete awareness and in harmony with the three realms. Watch over me as I travel the mists, keep me from harm as I travel here in the inbetween. Grant me, oh Manannan, the gift of knowlege from the well which is yours to protect, from which the five rivers flow, into which the nuts of knowlege drop, into which swim the salmon of knowledge.”

“I acknowledge the shroud of the mists,
The mists that protect the otherworld,
the otherworld where the Well of Wisdom lies,
the Well of Wisdom that contains all knowledge,
knowledge, which is the key to our lives,
our lives that are in service to the Gods,
The Gods that live in the otherworld,
The otherworld that is protected by the mists,
I acknowledge the shroud of the mists.”

Take the sacrifice, break it into several parts and then put them on the ground as a sacrifice to the land spirits.

At this point the formal part of the ritual is over. What I will do is I will begin walking through out the park or the place I am at and seeking the mists. Becoming familair with how different the land is when the mists come and envelop it.

When I am about to leave the place I am at, I then end with a prayer to the Gods and Goddesses of the Tuatha De Danann to keep me save as I travel the mists back to my world.

Delicate Breakfast

As you know, I made that delicious jam last night so that we could enjoy some crepes this morning.

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I warmed up the yummy jam in the pot. The smell was amazing. This is probably my favourite jam so far!

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Next came the pouring. I had to do it a few times before I got the consistency of the batter right and the speed of making the circle. After came figuring out how long to wait until I flipped it.

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Next was painting little lines of jam on the inside of one side.

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Then rolling and dusting with powdered sugar.

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Then watching the jam ooze out when the fork was pushed in to make bite sized morsels.

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All in all, it was a delicious breakfast. There’s something fancy and frilly and fun about making foods that take time, are probably a little more complicated than they have to be.

The Glory of the Moon

The Glory of the Moon

Miaerowyn – July 22, 2013

Pagan Blog Project – N is for Nothing but the Images of Summer

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New Camera!

So here I will share the pictures taken with the new camera we got for doing our videos on our Stuff And Things show!

 

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Little Hike In The Woods


Plant Identification Adventures!

Yesterday, the man and I took out our dog, Pippa, and the dog I’m currently sitting for during the week (Foxy) out for a little adventure out in a small wooded area near our home. Unfortunately, around here, that’s pretty much it as far as wooded areas/forests go, sigh! Oh well.

So I took my camera to start doing some plant identification. I know I really won’t need to know too much for Ontario soon, but I’d like to get to know some good resources on the internet before I go out to BC. (I will be picking up a field guide once out there, though!)

So here are some pictures of our little adventure!

The man with Pippa and Foxy (Pippa’s the black doggy)

This little guy flew right in front of me, stayed for four shots,
then I looked at my display to make sure I got some good ones,
looked back, and he was gone 🙂

A fairy dwelling perhaps? 🙂