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LAMMAS

July 31st/Aug 1st
Also known as: Frey Fest, Lughnasa, Lugnasad, Lughnasadh, Lammas.

Lammas marks the beginning of the harvest season.
The power of the sun goes into the grain as it ripens and once harvested is made into the first new bread of the season.

This sabbat is known as the Saxon hlaef-masse or loaf-mass, now Lammas.
Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires and goals that we had at the start of the year unfold.

Look around and you will see Rowan trees bearing red fruits, Brambles slowly ripening ready to be turned into pies and jams. Apple and pear trees with fruit laden branches, all around you there are signs of plenty if we take the time to look.
At this time of year daylight hours lessen with each sunset.

We give thanks for the abundance of the past growing season as we continue reaping what we have sown.
This will include all we have reaped in our lives, all the goals we have set for ourselves and met. Take time to look over what you have achieved and make new goals and dreams that you want to work towards.



Colours: Deep greens, Golden yellows, Deep oranges, Reds.
Lammas Magick
Harvesting all spells and hard work
Appreciating what our Earth does for our lives



Symbolism:
Abundance
Bounty
Change
Harvest
Prosperity
Purification
Transformation



Symbols:
Cauldrons
Corn dollies
Cornucopias
Dried sunflowers
Gourds
Harvesting tools

PLANTS and HERBS
Basil
Grape vine + leaves
Hops
Marigold
Poppy
Rose hips
Rosemary
Sunflowers



Food and Drink

All Grains
Berries
Bread
Corn
Garlic
Grapes
Honey
Jam
Mushrooms
Nuts
Onion
Potatoes

Pies and cobblers
Cider, beer, mead



Things to do

Collect rain water for use in spellwork
Bake bread and pasties
Make a pizza
Make a fresh fruit salad
Decorate your altar with corn, oats seasonal flowers and herbs.
Take a nature walk and collect goodies for your altar
Make some popcorn

If you don't want to make bread from scratch get some part baked bread and use that.
You can get pizza bases and make your own pizza or why not get some garlic bread and use that as your pizza base.

Seed art


www.howweelearn.com/seed-art-ideas-k
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www.backwoodshome.com/seed-art/

Lammas is a time to celebrate Earth's Bounty and even more so this year as we have all experienced lockdown and feel the need to be even more grateful for all we have.



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LITHA

Litha: June 20-22
Litha pronunciation: LEE-tha
Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic
Also known as: Midsummer, Midsummer’s Eve, Summer Solstice.

Colours: blue, green, and yellow, red, orange.

Decorations: Dried herbs, pot-pourri, seashells, summer flowers, and fruits.

Incense: Sage, Mint, Basil, Lavender, Rose.

Herbs, Flowers and Trees:
Chamomile, Cinnamon, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Marigold, Rosemary, Rowan.

Crystals:
Amber, Calcite, Carnelian, Citrine, Sun-stone

Animals
Bees - a symbol for passing limitations. Finding the sweetness in life and basking in the energy of the sun.

Butterflies - the symbol of transformation and transition. Butterflies represents a new beginning in life and leaving behind what was once familiar.

Deities:
Gods
Apollo, Greek god the sun, healing, truth and prophecy.
Baldur, Norse god of light and purity.
Bel, Celtic God of the sunlight, health and healing.
Ra, Egyptian God of the sun.
Sol, Roman god of the sun.

Goddess
Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure.
Aurora, roman goddess of the dawn and poetry.
Brigit, Irish goddess known as the “bright one”.
Hestia, greek virgin goddess of the hearth, domesticity, family and the home.
Vesta, Roman god of the home, hearth and family.


This is the longest day and shortest night of the year. From here on out, the Sun will set a little earlier each night until Yule.
This Sabbat celebrates the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. It can burn, consume, cook, shed light or purify. Candles are used in many homes to represent fire and the sun at this time as many are not able to have a fire in their home or garden.
The Midsummer Full Moon is known as the 'Honey Moon' mead is made from honey that is now available. Mead is regarded as the divine solar drink and drunk to celebrate its magical and life-restoring properties of the Sun.


THINGS TO DO

One way to set the mood for Litha is to create an altar using symbols of the Sun, Fairy lights (these can be a string of LED loghts), Candles, Sunflowers ( real, drawn, or artificial), Seashells, Feathers, Summer fruits, Bees, Butterflies, Fire imagery, Faeries, Crystals mentioned above.
You can make the altar as simple or as complex as you like or have room for.

You can even use a jar, this is a nice way to have an altar that is specific and takes up little space.


A FAIRY GARDEN
This can be fun to make and again does not have to be elaborate. Use what you have and with a ,little imagination you can make a garden that will be pretty and celebrate the magic of the Fae.

If you have some sand make a tiny garden in a saucer using crystals, stones, artificial flowers and an image of a fairy.



Make a fairy garden in a teacup again use items you may have lying around and add some sparkle with LED lights or candles.

FAIRY LANTERNS
These are lovely and easy to make, a simple jam jar works.

How to make mason jar fairy lanterns
craft.ideas2live4.com/2016/03
/29/how-t
o-make-mason-jar-fairy-lanterns/


FOOD

No celebration is complete without a feast.
Summer is the perfect time to have seasonal foods in the form of salads. Fresh produce from the garden is even better if you have them, if not get what you can from the supermarket of farmers market if you have one.


Fruit salads are refreshing and full of summer goodness, throw in what you have and add some ice-cream for that indulgent touch.


Cake is always a treat so why not make some fairy cakes or cupcakes.


However you celebrate the Summer Solstice have a good one and make it extra special.



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April 29 to May 1,
May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana-Strega, Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga-Teutonic, Cetsamhain-opposite Samhain,Fairy Day ,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas

Animals: Swallow, Dove, Swan, Cats including wild cats, Rabbits, and Honey bees.
Tools: Broom, May Pole, Cauldron
Colours: White, Green, Soft pink, Blue, Yellow.

Herbs, Flowers and Trees: Almond tree, Ash, Rowan, Birch trees.
Mint, Thyme, Angelica, Rosemary.
Honeysuckle,Daisy, Lilac, Primrose, Roses, Cowslip, Violets, Foxglove and any spring flowers
Incense: Vanilla, Frankincense, Lilac, Rose

Symbols and Decorations: May Pole- see below for ideas to make a mini one
May baskets, flowers, ribbons, fires, f growing things, plows, cauldrons

FOODS – Dairy, Oatmeal cakes, Bread, Cherries, Strawberries, Green salads.

STONES: Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Emerald, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Green Aventurine, Green Moss Agate, Malachite, Moonstone, Red Jasper, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire.


CELEBRATIONS

Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word 'Beltane' originates from the Celtic God 'Bel', meaning 'the bright one' and the Gaelic word 'teine' meaning fire. Together they make 'Bright Fire'. Traditionally all fires in the community were put out and a special fire was kindled for Beltane. "This was the Tein-eigen, the need fire.
Today many do not have a fireplace in their homes so this may seem something we can do longer do. However we can still make fire part of our celebrations, this can be done in different ways.
A Chimenea
A fire pit
A fire in a cauldron ( you don't need a cauldron an old saucepan can be used)
Candles
To light your candles or fire you can make your own Need Fire. Have a candle that is lit and use that for lighting the fire or candles, do not use the Need fire candle for anything else.

It is during Beltane that the crops are beginning to grow a time of fertility and new life.
Beltane represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer.
It is traditionally a time of Hand-fasting and romance.
During the time of the Coronavirus we may wonder how we can incorporate these things into our lives.
We need to think outside the box and find new ways to celebrate. Even if we live alone we can still find ways to make Beltane special.
Plant some seeds in a pot if you can get some live herbs from the supermarket.
Create a meal that is not only healthy but ushers in the season.
If you have a partner and you are living together make a romantic meal. If you have significant other who is not living with you, organise a time when you can be in front of the computer, Tablet or any other device and share a special meal that way. It will take a little doing but would add to the fun of the celebrations.

Spend Time in Nature

Go for a walk either by yourself or with your loved ones. Notice the little changes you can see. Are the leaves budding on trees and bushes? Are there flowers blooming? Is the grass greener? While you are out you take a picture of what you find. When you get home upload them to your computer and print them off adding them to a journal or you BoS. If you have children print off a set for them to make a collage they can display or do that for yourself.
Collect any items you may find for your altar.


Decorate your Altar

During your nature walk, you may have collected some flowers and branches. If you did, you might use these to decorate your altar. Fill your altar with seasonal flowers. Use green cloth and ribbons wherever makes sense. Light red and green candles to represent love and growth. Burn earthy or floral incense.

Some of this may not be possible especially if you are in Lockdown. However we can use what we have. Gather together some Crystals and add them to your Altar, draw, paint or colour in some flowers and use that, if you have some artificial or dried flowers use them if you can't get fresh flowers.

Maypole for your Altar

A simple Maypole can be made from a straw add some thin ribbon or yarn if you don't have ribbon in the top glue a bead on the top and braid part of the ribbon/yarn around the straw.
Add it to a small glass filled with sand or ice so it stands upright, if you have them add some artificial flowers around the base.
The link below is for a Maypole to be added to a cake but you can add it to you Altar as I suggested above.
www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Maypol
e-
Cakes/

No Ribbon! maybe you have some yarn, embroidery thread or some material you can cut into thin strips.

If making a maypole is not possible make something else, like a friendship bracelet, a bookmark or braid some material as a simple decoration.
Braided Bookmarks
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXYZq_AaU8U

Friendship Bracelets
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YujvD
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p;list=PLFDayUfAhz6gpRojCZ4Tn
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However you celebrate Beltane have fun and enjoy the day. We may be living in strange times but we can always find ways around our celebrations.



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Date: March 20 - 23

Ostara pronunciation: OH-star-ah

Colours: Yellow Green White and Pastel colours

Animals: Rabbits/Hares, Lambs, Chocks

Flowers: Daffodil, Primrose, Tulip

Ostara is the Spring Equinox when day and night are in balance from today onwards day will dominate the night as we head towards Summer.
Ostara is celebration of renewal and rebirth for plant and animals alike.
The Goddess Eostre an Anglo-Saxon Goddess presided over the Spring and fertility. It is the symbols of fertility that we still see today in the Rabbit/ Hare and the Egg,

Many of us recall dyeing eggs and hunting for chocolate eggs left by the Easter Bunny or as I knew her the Easter Hare.

The Easter Rabbit/ Hare


The story in the link below is similar to the one my Father told me as a girl.
wiccanmoonsong.blogspot.com/2010/03/
im
-looking-forward-to-celebrating.html


WAYS TO CELEBRATE OSTARA


Eggs
There are many traditions connected to eggs at Ostara, here are just a few ideas to play with.
We have chocolate eggs if you have children don't forget the Egg Hunt in the garden. It is fun hiding the eggs for the children to find.
Painting boiled eggs and writing wishes on them is a fun way t keep an age old tradition.
Decorating eggs
www.wikihow.com/Decorate-Easter-Eggs
Sowing cress seeds inside and empty egg shell and giving it a face, this is easy to do and fun.
Cress in Eggs
www.eatsamazing.co.uk/growing
-food-wit
h-kids/growing-cress-egg-shells


An Ostara Egg Charm
wiccanspells.info/an-ostara-egg-char
m/




FOODS
Egg based foods: Quiches, Frittata, Salads, Light veggie stir-fries over rice or pasta, Lamb.
Hot cross buns and cakes.


Use candles in spring colors such as yellow or pink, pale purple or pale green.
Decorate with potted plants like new crocuses, daffodils, lilies or violets or a bouquet of tulips, showing the new growth of spring. If you made a Cress egg add that to your altar.
Add a rabbit, lamb or butterfly figurine and a basket or nest filled with decorated eggs symbolizing new life and change.

Above all celebrate the new season and have some fun.


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Imbloc (Candlemass, Imblog, Imbole) – February 1st - 2nd
Pronounced: EE-Molc

Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow
Symbols: Snowdrop, Swan
Trees: Rowan, Willow
Deity: Brigid: Goddess of healing, fertility, smith-craft and poetry

This cross-quarter day is midway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and a time to give thanks for the growing daylight.
This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid's (pronounced BREED or BRIDE) Day. One of the 4 Celtic "Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called "Imbolc" (the old Celtic name).
Brigid brings hope and reminds us Spring is on its way and that days will be warmer as nature shows signs of growth once more.



THINGS TO DO:

I like to keep things simple so I have chosen some ideas that you may find interesting.

Brigid Corn Dolly
This is a very old custom of making a "Brigid" corn dolly that can be placed in a "Bride's bed" to bring fertility and good fortune to the home.


These come in many forms and some are dressed in white cotton and placed in a basket.
Not everyone has access to the materials needed and indeed you don't have to stick to raffia or corn.
There is no reason why you can't make a yarn doll, they are easy to make and just as meaningful as you make it the intent of it being a Brigid doll.

HOW TO MAKE A YARN DOLL
www.thecrafttrain.com/braided-yarn-d
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ls/


Other dolls can be made from material and dressed or decorated one simple doll is made from a Goddess Doll pattern

Cut out the template onto some material, felt is good as it is easy to sew together. Embroider flames or flowers onto the doll and add a face, leave a gap to stuff the doll and sew up the gap.


BRIGID'S BED

A Brigid's bed can be a pretty wooden or cardboard box, a wicker basket or anything large enough to hold your Brigit corn dolly. Decorate it with ribbons, flowers, herbs. and place a comfy blanket on the bottom of the bed.
By inviting Brigid to stay overnight in your home you are symbolically asking for her blessings and healing be with your family all year long.

BRIGID'S CROSS

This is a woven symbol of the sun and used as a talisman for prosperity, fertility and protection for the home. They were hung in door ways and near the hearth for good luck.

HOW TO MAKE A ST. BRIGID CROSS
scoil-bhride.com/how-to-make-a-st-br
ig
ids-cross/


Now if your like me you may find these tricky to make, yes I have tried several times and the results were dismal. However help is at hand, of course you can buy them but why not try something different.

You can find and print off a St. Brigid cross and colour it in, you can find different forms of the cross, so go with the one you like the best. Doing this means you can have one placed in each room.





All the above can be made with children with adult supervision and a fun way to celebrate Imbolc.

CANDLES

As a Fire Festival candles are very prominent so why not create a candle just for Imbolc.
This is a fun way to decorate a candle and is really easy to do. Snow is still around and this candle adds a sparkle to the celebrations.


craftbits.com/project/epsom-salt-sno
w-
candle/


Or why not turn a jar into a candle holder that way you can add any colour candle you like to it.

www.addicted2decorating.com/d
iy-turn-j
ars-into-snowy-winter-candleh
older
s.html


OTHER THINGS TO DO

Plant seeds: You can plant some herb seeds and grow them on a windowsill

Spring flowers: You can get spring flowers already growing in pots or buy a bunch of daffodils.

Start Spring Cleaning: This may seem old fashioned today but it is a good way to dispel the winter gloom and invite the Spring into your home.

Cleanse and re-consecrate your tools clean your altar: This is a something that I do each Imbolc plus I cleanse the candles I use especially new ones.

Go through your herbs and throw out any that a year old: If you have one tip the herbs onto a compost heap if not many places have bins for food waste add them to this so they will be recycled.

JOURNAL PROMPTS
Many of us have journals of one sort or another. Here are a few ideas I have put together .

1: Over the winter what have you thought about doing for the coming Spring?
This can be a new goal, something you want to learn, a new craft or new plans for the home.

2: Look around you and see the new signs of Spring and record them. You don't need a garden to do this, even in a city we can see signs of Spring.

3: What projects, plans or ideas would you like to bring to life over the coming months?
This can be anything that want to work on from de-cluttering to making lifestyle changes.

4: What changes are taking place in your life right now?
This can be personal to changes within the home or family.

MEAL IDEAS

Bake some bread, you can use part baked bread or a tear and share or a focaccia. Keep it simple life is hectic and making bread can be time consuming. If you have bread machine it is easier but there are lots of breads that are tasty and easy to bake or heat up.

An Omelette with fresh spring herbs and cheese, remember you can get herbs in supermarkets if you don't grow your own.
I love a vegetable omelette and using fresh herbs in it really brings the flavours out.

Milk and Honey Rice Pudding, or you can add honey to a ready made one.

Homemade scones

www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tea_time_
sc
ones_77839

Ingredients
450g/1lb self-raising flour
2 level tsp baking powder
50g/1¾oz caster sugar
100g/3½oz butter, softened, cut into pieces
2 free-range eggs
a little milk
handful sultanas (optional)
To serve
strawberry jam
clotted cream

Method
Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease two baking trays.
Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Crack the eggs into a measuring jug, then add enough milk to make the total liquid 300ml/10fl oz. Stir the egg and milk into the flour – you may not need it all – and mix to a soft, sticky dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, knead lightly and work in the sultanas, if using. Roll out to a rectangle about 2cm/¾in thick.
Cut into as many rounds as possible with a fluted 5cm/2in cutter and place them on the prepared baking trays. Brush the tops of the scones with a little extra milk, or any egg and milk left in the jug.
Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the scones are well risen and a pale, golden-brown colour. Lift onto a wire rack to cool. Eat as fresh as possible.
To serve, split the scones and serve with strawberry jam on the plain scones along with a good dollop of clotted cream.



What is the difference between a British scone and an American biscuit?
www.quora.com/What-is-the-dif
ference-b
etween-a-British-scone-and-an
-Amer
ican-biscuit


Imbolc is special it is a time that reminds us Spring is a round the corner even if we have snow on the ground and it is still very cold.
have a happy Imbolc and I hope you enjoy some of the things I have added here. Have fun everyone.

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Thank you for sharing all this amazing information, Paula!

I love that the winter holidays just continue!
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I love the Birch Log candle holders they are beautiful.

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice and DH has sent me flowers that I got today the 20th. I love flowers and these are extra special. I will a picture of them later when they have opened out a bit and look their best.



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The birch log candle holders are very rustic and traditional; they are also very trendy right now! I love them, and they are easy to make yourself if you have a drill with large enough bits.
www.guidepatterns.com/diy-birch-wood
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WINTER SOLSTICE



December 20-23
Yule pronunciation: Yool
The word Yule comes from the Germanic “Jul” and means “Wheel.”
Themes: Rebirth, Quiet introspection, New Year, Hope, Setting intentions, Celebration of light
Also known as: Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Yuletide
Colours: Red, Green, White and Gold

The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere, from now on the the days will begin to lengthen a little at a time.
It is also marks the hardest months of winter as we face the cold and harsh weather conditions.
Yule is a fire festival and a time of celebrating the return of the light.
In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days, sound familiar! celebrating the rebirth of the sun



Yule traditions emphasize the colours of red, green, white, and gold. Images of the Sun are appropriate as we celebrate the return of lighter days. If you have a fireplace you can burn a sacred Yule log, but you can still have Yule log without a Hearth. ( See Thing to make and Do lower down)
Interestingly, many traditions thought of as belonging to Christmas including the Yule log, a decorated tree, wreaths, and even carolling are actually rooted in pre-Christian pagan traditions.

Candles as part of the festival of light: The red, green and gold candles represent the returning Sun. Red and gold for the sun and green for growth and evergreens.

The Evergreen

Evergreens represent everlasting life and each have a meaning of their own

Mistletoe
Greatly revered by the Druids, this is the healer a symbol of fertility and protector.

Holly
The spiky bristles are believed to repel unwanted spirits. Newborn babies used to be sprinkled with 'holly water', holly was soaked in water and left under a full moon overnight.

Ivy
A symbol of immortality and resurrection, growing in a spiral it is a reminder of reincarnation and rebirth.

The Wreath
Wreaths made from evergreens represented the Wheel of Life . They were hung on doors or laid on tables and decorated with candles later on they became the Christian Advent Wreath

YULE TREE


In ancient Rome, pine trees were part of Goddess groves. Priests would cut down a pine tree, on the eve of the Winter Solstice and decorate it. They would take it to the temple as part of the temple celebrations. During the festival of Saturnalia families would bring a live tree into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm in the cold winter months food and treats were hung on the branches for the spirits to eat.
The more modern Christmas tree was introduced during Victorian times by the German Prince Albert husband to Queen Victoria in 1840.

THINGS TO MAKE and DO

Activities of Yule:
Carolling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honouring Kriss Kringle the Germanic Pagan God of Yule


YULE LOG CENTREPIECE
So you want a Yule log but do not have a fireplace or anywhere to burn one outside, not a problem try one of these instead.

Yule Centrepiece
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Still not sure! Then these may be easier.


A slice of wood you can even buy these if you need to, they are not expensive and can look really rustic.
Add some pine cones and candles, tie some sacking, material or ribbon around the candles adding some cinnamon sticks.
You can secure the candles with melted wax or by using hot glue with a glue gun.


A simple shortened branch or maybe some twigs tied together that can be found in your garden, park or out for a winter walk. Place some pine cones around them and add a a few candles in candle holders.

Craft projects

Making something special for Yule is always fun so why not try something different.


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10 Ways to Celebrate Yule
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Yule is my favourite Sabbat and we have a tradition of giving each other a small gift. I also make a meal that is light but full of festive spirit.
What ever you do for the Winter Solstice have a wonderful time as you celebrate the season.




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My Samhain celebrations include some but not a lot of decorations. I added this part to the Caht thread as well.
I got out my Halloween decs today and as promised here are some pics of them



The jars are painted by me with acrylic paint I used Hot glue to create the raised squiggles.
The one with the flying witch is an old coffee jar, I have a tea light in it and it looks lovely when lit up.
The other one is an old pickle jar again lit up it looks quite good. The purple is some felt pens I had and so far the colour has stayed. I added some braid to the top to finish it off securing it with hot glue.


Next to it is a bottle of Grave dirt, I found a bottle in a craft store and decided it would be perfect for Halloween. I used craft glue on the outside and used some cotton wool to create the dust effect them allowed it to dry and added some paint to it. The dirt inside is tea leaves from tea bags, I added a few small stones to it and added a label.



The house has a space for a candle and I use a battery operated one as being made of metal it gets quite hot.
The Witch with the spectacles is something I bought that is actually a head and part of a body that goes on spray air freshener, I bought a doll stand so she is able to stand up. I made the clothes and hat myself and used a pastry brush for her broom, after all she is a Kitchen Witch. I named her Gretchen.
The one with the green face was a felting kit I made her a few years ago and she comes out each Halloween. Her broom is a twig from the garden with some yarn attached to it, her name is Glenda.

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This year I am having a Buddha Bowl filled with Sweet potato, onion, peppers, broccoli, asparagus, Pak Choi, Tomato, Chickpeas seeds and nuts I will add a tahini sauce.
Here is a link to the recipe
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I could not get a small amount of kale so added Pak Choi instead, I could have gone with cabbage but Pak Choi has a nice crunch to it.

Apple crumble with ginger in it served with either ice cream or custard.


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SAMHAIN



Pronounced Sow-een

Meaning Summers End

Date: October 31st - November 1st

Colours of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold. Rust, Bronze, Brown.

Flowers: Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, Sage, Pansies

Incense: Nutmeg, Sage, Mint, Clove

Stones: Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Carnelian.



Foods: Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Seasonal Nuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, All breads, Ale, Cider, Herbal teas (especially and Meat, Root Vegetables


This is a time when the Celts celebrated the end of the year with the last harvest.
Vegetation dies back with killing frosts, and therefore, literally, death is in the air. This contributes to the ancient notion that at Samhain, the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the Dead.
Foods were stored and preserved for the coming winter months and life was celebrated along with recalling ancestors with love and respect.
Various traditions grew over the years and many still exist today.

It is time to reflect on what you have done in the past year and make new goals for the year ahead.

Recalling family stories and honouring them, writing them down for future generations is a good way to pass on the wisdom of the past.

Samhain was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the "wandering dead".
Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home.
Some people set extra chairs at the table and had a plate of for food the unseen guest. The uneaten meal was often placed outside for animals to eat.
Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Probably why apple trees were often seen growing in the hedge rows.
Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos.
This is the night the Fae ( Fairies) , Wee Folk or Nature Spirits would play pranks on unsuspecting humans. In order to fool them people would dress as ghosts make disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool them.

The Christian Church adopted this day as All Saints Day, celebrating the eve as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
The superstitions linked to this celebration by the early church, led people to take some unusual precautions to protect themselves. They adopted the tradition of dressing up in frightening costumes and disguises to ward of evil spirits.
Jack-O-Lanterns were displayed to help protect them from spirits they considered to be evil.



At home we would set a place at the table for the ancestors and leave out milk and honey for the Wee Folk. Family stories were told to remind us of where we came from and who our ancestors were. Not having any Grandparents as all had died long before I was born these stories were looked forward to as it was a way of learning about them.
Today I have no one to pass these stories onto so I will write them down and keep them alive that way.
Stories of love and hardships, tales of strange happenings and traditions that the family followed help to remind us of how people lived.
Recalling how foods were prepared and the traditional dishes cooked brings the tales to life again.

Today we can obtain foods all year round and we tend to forget that seasonal foods were looked forward to.
I like to make a dinner using the foods that are seasonal at Samhain it helps to bring me closer to what this season is all about.

THINGS TO DO

Cook a meal using seasonal foods

Create an altar to your ancestors. This can be as simple as adding a photograph of Family or those who were close to us. Recall the happy times you had together.

Carve a Pumpkin

Make a list of things you want to do during the following year

Add some fun to things and make some decorations for the home or altar
Lots of ideas to play with some complex some simple.
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How about a sock Pumpkin!

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Anne Marie it is never too late to use ideas. The leaf jars look good even in winter they add a warm glow to shelves and altars.
Keep a eye out for the Samhain ideas I will be adding these early so we all have a chance to see them.

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I just found this thread, and just love the creative ideas! Too late for Mabon, but I'm going to make some of those leaf bedecked jars to enjoy for the rest of the Autumn season!
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I celebrate Mabon each year on the 21st as it is my Birthday and I include Mabon celebrations on this day

My Celebrations include

My Mabon Ritual
Evening meal of:
Quiche, salad and apple pie with ice-cream.
Time in the garden this year is warm and sunny perfect for lunch in the garden.

Birthday treats include
White chocolate
White Chocolate drink before bedtime this was a gift from a friend

Special gift from DH (Colin)

I love flowers and these speak volumes to me as they are given with Love

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Our "pumpkin patches" and corn mazes tend to open on Mabon. Our tradition is to go get lost in the maze then come back and make an outdoor alter. I generally make my own sweet potato pie recipe for that night. We tend to grill a protein of choice and corn on the cob. I make a 3 bean salad or a "hobo packet" of squash and onions.

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MABON 21st-24th September



Also known as: Autumnal Equinox, Fall Equinox, September Equinox, Harvest Tide, Harvest Home, Harvest Festival.
Mabon is the second harvest and a busy time for all farmers as they gather in the crops.
A season of plenty with fruits, grains and vegetables in abundance.
A Harvest Festival or Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to honour the Season.

Creating a menu for this Sabbat is extra special for me as it is my Birthday on the 21st September.
Each year I make a new menu and enjoy trying new recipes.



Mabon Foods include:

Fruits:Apples, Blackberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Pears, Plums

Vegetables: Eggplant, Beetroot, Potatoes and Sweet potatoes, Butternut Squash, Sweetcorn and various root crops.

Nuts and Seeds

Bread

Meat and Fish: Roasted meats, Fish of various types

Share your Mabon Menu and add pictures if you want to.



Spiritual Focus
Abundance
Accomplishment
Balance
Gratitude

Symbols and Tools
Cornucopias
Baskets
Scarecrows
Garlands

Colours
Brown
Gold
Green
Orange
Red
Yellow

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Many of us live in urban settings making it harder to celebrate the seasons as many do who live in rural areas. However we can still enjoy the celebration of this season.


Walking in a park we appreciate the wonders of Autumn and we can pick up leaves to add to our altars.


Being creative with our altar decorations we can make jars with leaves stuck to them using Mod podge.
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Have some fun with food make your own edible Cornucopia with an ice-cream cone and fill it with fruits


Make an apple pie or crumble
Individual pies are nice and you can add cinnamon to them as well, add some soft caramel chopped up small and you will have an extra treat to your apple pie. If your sure about the caramel melting use Fudge it is softer and works just as well.

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Bake some bread.
Okay breadmaking is time consuming some may have a bread maker many do not have one. You can get bread mixes that can be made by hand, all you need is water, a little kneading, resting and proving before baking and you have fresh homemade bread.


You can get all sorts of bread types on the supermarket shelves. Try some out and find your favourite.

Still not your thing, how about part baked bread, you can get rolls and baguettes that are part baked and in 8 minutes you have fresh baked bread.


Don't forget depending on what you decide to have for your Mabon meal you can get part baked Garlic bread as well.


What ever you do have fun and please share how you celebrate Mabon.



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I'm looking forward to Mabon!

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There are 8 Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year and each one has its own magic. Even if you don't celebrate the Sabbats you can still celebrate the season.
One way is to use seasonal foods that are on offer or to use a recipe that has been adapted for the season.
Food is something we need every day and making something special that celebrates the Sabbat or season helps us draw closer to nature, something we all want to do.



Share recipes that you love for the Sabbat or Season and create a new recipe book filled with new ideas. If you have a picture to share please add it we all love to see what recipes look like when cooked.

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