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Low Key Litha

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but in the USA we are experiencing record breaking heat throughout most of the country.

And personally, I have zero interest in doing any of the traditional activities that involve extended time outdoors like bonfires, hiking, gardening. And forget about baking!

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite low key, extremely simple activities to fan your Litha Passions without inviting heat stroke.
I plan on using some of them on the Solstice and all summer long.

FOOD

☀️Sun tea

🌿 Infused herbal and or fruit waters

🥤 Summer Fruit Lassis

🧊 Herbal and or floral ice cubes for your beverages

🍓 Frozen yogurt and berry bark

🍇 Grapes dipped in yogurt and frozen, or just plain. Mini portable popsicles!

ACTIVITIES

🌬Curling ribbons in Litha colors tied to the cage of an oscillating fan

🌹 Herbal or Floral infused water in a misting bottle kept nearby in a wine chiller.

🪴 Bouquet of fresh fire element herbs as a centerpiece that you use all day in meals.
Ideas? Basil in a caprese salad. Mint and melon balls. Rosemary foccia pizza.

👑 Flower crown wreath
Red Carnations are associated with the Sun, cheap, easy to come by and make a sturdy crown base if you want to add extras.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Singing Bowl Mediations
Find them on Spotify, YouTube or Insight Timer.
Bonus points for solar chakra frequencies.

🚿 Chamomile Shower Tea. Cause it’s too darn hot for a bath! All you need is two chamomile tea bags and a votive candle. Brew a weak pot and cool for a shower tea. Open the other and sprinkle some on the votive candle to light in your shower. I like to set mine in the soap dish

📕 Spooky cozy reads
Hot tip for a chill read
Download one of the Tradd Street mystery series from your local Library via Libby. The protagonist is a Charleston real estate agent who talks to dead people who favor making their presence know with icy temp drops.

Bright blessings

Blue Flame Ritual

Blue Flame Ritual

The Super Full Moon is tomorrow, so I thought I’d share one of my top three favorite rituals to perform on any Full Moon and hope you will find as much beauty and benefit as I do with the flow.

Scientifically, Blue flames are considered to be “complete combustion”
The perfect balance between oxygen and fuel.
They also transfer more energy and are considered the safest flame because the blue color indicates a clean burn, ie no poisonous carbon monoxide

The science of the blue flame translates beautifully to magic and spirituality.

•perfect protection
•complete release
•cleansing

Then there is the color itself. Blue for me imparts feelings of peace, spirituality, truth, serenity.

Generally I like to use the three day window of the Full Moon, day before, of and day after to work with rituals for gratitude and release. For me, those energies are heightened during the Full moon phase.

Supply list is below:

•Epsom Salts
•Isopropyl Alcohol
•Fireproof container
•Bay leaves or strips of paper
•Writing instrument
•Matches or lighter
•Tongs or tweezers
• Large Tray

Place the fireproof container on a tray so you can move it quickly if necessary since it gets quite hot once the flame is ignited.

Place epsom salts in the bottom of the container and then barely cover the salt with rubbing alcohol. Note any alcohol used must be at least 70% or you won’t get the clean blue burn. The metal in Epsom salts is what creates the blue color.

Next write your message, intention, wish, gratitude notes on a bay leaf or strip of paper.

Meditate on these intentions for as long as you’d like. Then hold the bay leaf or piece of paper with tongs or tweezers, light it and drop it into the container.

Be prepared to be dazzled!

The blue flame will continue to dance for some time before self extinguishing.

Drop me a note in the comments if you try it and let me know your thoughts 💙

Bright Blessings.

Beltane Oracle Monday

Beltane Oracle Monday

I love the three card spread options in the guidebook with this deck.

I tweaked the “today” spread to read for the week.

This week’s theme
PRIMAL
Acceptance
“There is no other way around but through”
If that isn’t fitting for the start of the work week, I don’t know what is. And the crush of trying to wrap up everything before along weekend to boot!

This week’s blessing
MAYPOLE
Celebration
“Choose be to be happy right now”
With no major events in the horizon to celebrate in a season full of graduations and weddings this is a timely reminder for me to live my mantra, my truth.
I choose to keep the focus of my practice on everyday magic. The mundane made memorable.

This week’s obstacle
RIBBONS
Awareness
My tidy little Virgo rising mind immediately wanted to plait all those twining ribbons into a neat braid😂
This awareness of my comfort level

Saining

Saining

The Gaelic practice of smoke cleansing. Scottish Gaelic word Saen, to “sain” is the Irish + Scottish meaning to charm, protect, activate, or recharge. It can be performed with water, smoke and fire.

And Fat Wood from a fallen pine makes the perfect smoke cleanse tool.

Pine is abundant in my region and I actually have three huge ones in my yard.

The fallen branches are known as fat wood or pitch and can be splintered and dried to use in place of Palo Santo. The pine must be fallen, not cut. Because a damaged branch, before it falls, has produced resin as a healing defense. It is this resin that creates the slow and fragrant burn.

These three guardians of my home are also abundant with offerings for other types of saining:

FIRE
•Pine cones to tuck intentions into and toss on a bonfire.

WATER
•Tiny seedlings to harvest and cold infuse in water overnight for floor washes.

CHARMS
•Fallen needles woven into tiny wreaths

I treasure the gifts and wisdom my pines bestow 💚

Retrograde Chiller

Chilling through the retrograde
with my Spring Fling brew

I’ve tweaked the recipe from the blog of @thisnakedmind

Cardamom pods, cracked
Cloves
Cucumber slices
Mint, copious quantities
Rosemary sprigs
Lemon peel
Lime peel
Chamomile buds

Infused in cold water in fridge overnight

Strain and serve half brew, half tonic water and a couple dashes of bitters.

Huntress from @woodspell.apothecary is exceptional here. 💚

The flavor is reminiscent of a gin and tonic. But much more herbaceous.

Garnish with lime, cucumber slice or mint. Or all three💚

Bright blessings

Beltane Shower Tea

It all started with an afternoon downpour on Beltane. Rain on Beltane is imbued with deep magic. So I grabbed a glass bowl and ran outside to let it gather the waters

While the rain was collecting, I brewed some Tulsi Rose tea, perfect energy and scent for the season.

After an hour, I brought the rainwater inside and added crystals to the bottom of the bowl, placed some pink flowers in a circle and swirled Beltane essential oil in with my fingers. Finally, I poured the Tulsi tea infusion into the bath.

I also poured a cup of the brew for me to sip before heading to my shower with the bowl to do a bedtime cleansing and blessing ritual

It was a lovely way to close the sabbat and my dreams were equally as beautiful

Bright blessings for this next season in the turn of the wheel.

Magnolia Magic

The magnolia is one of four primary trees on the property of my home.

There are also two Brother Pines, a Father Oak, the 11 Sisters a.k.a. Tulip Poplars and then Mother Magnolia.

I turn to the magnolia when I am in need of comfort and mothering.

Her correspondences are dignity, spirituality, peace and endurance and she shares these energies with me freely.

This morning I went out into the yard and found a fallen leaf. The leaves naturally curl into a boat shape and are a perfect vessel for sending messages. I’ve been in a heightened state of anxiety for over two years now but this morning felt even more so.

So I fixed myself a cup of herbal tea. This divine feminine blend from my friend Val’s shop is especially comforting and nourishing. As I sipped, I wrote my concern on the leaf and then sprinkled the used herbs onto the leaf

I took the petition boat and headed out to the back of our property where a spring creek runs and along the way I found tulip poplar blooms that had dropped from the sisters. I picked one up and placed it in the boat as an additional offering and then walked to the waters edge.

I offered the boat to the spirit of the creek and said a prayer to Brigid asking that my anxiety be taken away and replaced with peace.

Then I gently pitched it into the water. I considered it a good omen that it did not capsize but landed upright and started to float away.

And as I watched it drift downstream, I felt just a little bit more at ease.

I think naming and releasing fears is such a vital part of overcoming them.

May you have peace today and every day.

Bright blessings.

Herb Divination

Lemon Balm

Every year a different perennial herb takes off faster than the others. And they seem to be an indicator of the year to come.

This year it’s the season of the Lemon Balm

And while it is used for rituals to foster Success, happiness, memory and love, this herb holds a resonance of deep healing for me personally.

Have you ever used herb growth as a divination method?
How do you like to use lemon balm?

I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Morning Cleanse

Morning Smoke Cleanse

How perfectly aligned were these messages from Thursday?

Both the Fool from the #starseekerstarot and the Juniper smoke card from #sacredhagsoracle from @wolfwomanwitch were completely aligned in their messages of beginning anew.

And the act of taking a smoke cleanse bath in the morning was absolutely magickal. Starting my day off fresh and empowered.

Bright blessings

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Poetry and Play

A little peak at my current daily mediation, poetry and play practice

I write each word from my curated monthly list on origami squares at the beginning of the month.

and then pick a fold that is reflective of the season. For me, April means tulips. 🌷

After I pull the prompt and some Oracle cards, I compose a poem. And then usually create an image in Canva and share it to my author account @rachel.l.carlyle

I record the poem in my perpetual seasonal journal and then create the origami offering and place it on my ancestor altar.

In the evening the offerings go into a big crystal bowl for the year.

Not quite sure what I’ll do with them in a years time. I’m sure Spirit will inform ❤️

Bright blessings