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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 💚

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.

Candle Blessing

🧡Sabbat Candle Blessing🤍

My Sabbat beeswax candles that I have prepared for the coming Wheel of the Year.

I will pray this blessing I wrote over them at sundown tonight and then store them in a box with my Brat Bhride that I set out right before sundown last night

I bolted out of bed this morning to bring it in before sunrise and I have to say holding that cool dew kissed cloth to my face felt so good. I’m in the midst of a little power struggle with Covid and fever and will definitely be reaching for this Brigid blessed muslin now and in the year to come.

𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴

𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗱 𝗜 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀

𝗨𝗽𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿

𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀

𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁

𝗦𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲, 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱

𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗹

𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄, 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗼

𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗱𝗲𝘀

𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀

Bright blessings

Sabbat Sipper

Blackberry Oatmeal Cinnamon Latte

Gathering ingredients and dreaming
up the perfect sipper for Imbolc💜

Definitely Starting with bitters and tea from @woodspell.apothecary

Enhancing with fresh crushed blackberries and blackberry syrup

Cinnamon rosemary stick wand stirrer.

Oat milk because oats are a food associated with Brigid.

Imbolc is a fire festival so a slice of fried orange may make its way into the cup as well

Now to figure out how to froth oat milk. Without a frother 😎😂

I’m going to make some blackberry rosemary bannocks too go with my tea as well. Probably throw in a little orange zest.

Salute

19 Flames for Brigid

🧡 Nineteen Flames for Brigid 🤍

In the lovely book by Lunaea Weatherstine “Tending Brigid’s Flame” she describes the ritual of 19 different priestesses guarding the eternal flame of the Goddesses holy site.
It is said on the 20th day, the Goddess Brigid herself would tend the flame and it would never extinguish.

She includes a beautiful poem, a stanza for each of the 19 days, to accompany the lighting of the candles. This book is a treasure and
I highly encourage you to purchase this incredible offering. Either paperback or kindle. I actually have both!

So as not to copy her work and also to honor the spirit of Brigid, patroness of poets, I have created my own haikus based off the authors theme for each candle.

The first three being:
Welcome
Hearth and Home
Ancestors

I loved combing the days and my poems into a triptych for the 7 days leading up to Imbolc. And as serendipity would have it, by choosing this method, I begin the ritual today on my birthday!

And end on my husband’s birthday, which actually falls on Imbolc. He is Irish. Third generation. 💚
Combined with my own Scots bloodlines, I have found this ritual to be profound and deeply nourishing.

A small altar in my living room has been set up with this mandala of cedar and pussy willow buds. New herbs and flowers associated with Imbolc will be added each day. Cinnamon, chamomile, bay, rosemary, are some of my planned offerings.

New moon water will be charged on this tray, carrying with it the energy of not only the new moon and Imbolc, but my sun sign as well.

Here are my poems if you’d like to welcome Brigid tonight as well.

Flame 1
Welcome

Bright welcome Brigid
Goddess of Light, my threshold
and heart are open

Flame 2
Hearth

I have prepared my
table for your warm presence
Goddess of the hearth

Flame 3
Ancestors

My ancestors wait
Brigid of our legacies
and timeless blessings.

Bright blessings

Happy Home

💚House Magic💛

Sharing one of my favorite tools

Intentional furniture polish
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a few drops of @skeletonkeyshop ritual oils to match the intention for the week.

I’m digging Love and Light during these winter months.

The Ritual?

Pull the Sun card

Wait for the rainbows to start dancing around the house from my sun catchers

Put on some dance music

And raise some energy!

Alternative Ancestral Offerings

🤍ANCESTRAL OFFERINGS💛

My post yesterday got me thinking about different types of offerings other than the standard food, drink, candles, etc.

Some of these I already do, some of them are planned for the upcoming year and beyond.

I got to thinking that our ancestors had/have different love languages languages. And while food and drink and warmth and nice smelling things are always appreciated, maybe there would be other ways to bond with them

Like music for example. My grandmothers were young girls during the jazz age and Mothers during WW2. So I’ve pulled up Spotify and found playlists from those times that I will play when I spend time at my altar/desk

Handmade gifts that are a reflection of my own talents, like writing haikus and making origami stars to place by their photographs have been a daily addition these last few months

What I’m really ready to explore are acts of service and donations that speak specifically to how they lived their lives. One was the first female in her family to receive a college degree and was a first grade teacher for 40 years. Finding a way to donate to current young teachers who need classroom support in the form of time or supplies comes instantly to mind. There were also times of food insecurity, so donations to community food banks seems very appropriate.

And then of course, there is the ultimate gift. Your time. Your presence. Just spending 5 minutes at the start and close of my day to sit down with them. And take a deep breath. Say I love you. And thank you. What my plans are. How the day went. And then pausing and listening. I can’t begin to tell you how deeply this has impacted every aspect of my life in the past few years.

Those are just a few of my musings.
What kind of alternate love language offerings to your beloved dead appeal to you?

Reimagined Vision Boards

🧡CREATE

Vision Boards

“I keep my visions to myself”

A wise woman once told me to plan privately, celebrate publicly. And I have found that to be excellent advice throughout the years. I believe it is because folks can be quick to tell you why you can’t do something, for a wide variety of reasons.

All that to say, I am still going to share my fun way to make a manifestation collage. Even if I don’t share my goals, word of the year, actual board,etc.

So on to the process.

I know traditionally boards have been created from flipping through various printed material to find inspiration. And while I LOVE paper crafts, once I discovered how to create one digitally, a major creative switch was flipped.

First, I like to come up with a focus word for the coming year that can also be an anagram.

For example:

HEAL

And to support this focus, choose four other words that start with the those letters

Hone (your cooking skills)
Embody (physical activity)
Align (through meditation)
Learn (study)

Then find or take your own four photos to represent those words and stack them using Canva, Pic Stitch or other collage / graphic arts type apps.

I use Canva because it also allows me to add words and then resize to print in a number of configurations.

A note if you print it out. This year, I left a wide margin around the border so you can leave room to write in what you’ve actually done to support your goals.

And to leave room for serendipity. Nod to @luz_astral for that suggestion.

I also can use it as a screensaver for my phone or laptop.

The possibilities are endless ❤️

Tag me if you try it!

Fifth Of Sunwait

Fifth Of Sunwait💛

𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗳𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗮𝗶𝗱ō 𝘀𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁

𝗜𝗻 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀

𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲

This nightly ritual has been so peaceful and calming and a perfect way to wind down before bed.

Honestly, how can you go wrong with candlelight and meditation before slipping into your dreams?

Daily Prompts in Action

Putting spiritual practice and my monthly prompts list into action for December

Working with the Solar Chakra today, I chose:

💛Act

and the the prompt:

Sing

Combined this might look like

…an offering of gratitude for the gift of a new day

…a chant as you walk through your home to lift the energy through the day

…a mantra as you prepare for sleep

I’d love to hear what you come up with💛

Bright blessings