Inspired by my deeper dive into ancestral work this past month, I was thrilled to learn about the history of Sunwait, a mindful candle and rune practice for the 6 weeks preceding the Winter Solstice.
A large part of my DNA is steeped in Germanic roots and I’m not going to sugar coat it. Those folks of my recent memory were not always the nicest people. I had balked at exploring those connections until recently. And specifically the appearance of this practice on my spiritual radar felt like a well timed sign.
I’ll be sharing a tarot spread each week based on the six stanzas of the poem that accompany each candle and rune.
The cards I pulled for this first week provided a roadmap to successfully navigate the rest of 2021
I hope it will help me find support and reflection while waiting for the return of longer days.
I think the most radical act of love I can embrace is to face the discarded, neglected, shameful parts of myself. Great healing happens in the shadows.
I meditated on this haiku I wrote while taking a ritual shower recently using very simple allies.
•Epsom salt •Rosemary •Rainbow obsidian •Black candle
I asked my guides to help me in bringing what I most need to address to the forefront of my consciousness. Honestly, this is very difficult work for me because I have a very hard even recognizing what those wounds might be. It’s a process and nothing immediately leapt out. But I definitely know there is something hiding there. I can feel it even if I can’t name it.
So while I wait and do the work, I’ll keep using this ritual because at the very least it opened the door
Food is one of my primary love languages and I try to speak it daily to the people in my life.
I made these offerings, some with dark cherries, some plain to have with tea on All Souls Day.
And one was also placed on the Ancestral altar for this Season of remembrance. I work with the energy of Samhain until the next cross quarter day, Imbolc. So I feel no pressure to cram everything into a day or a week. 💜
I’ll post the recipe to my website later this week. I’m still tweaking it
I use this old silver compote that a family member gave me to do a lot of my ritual work for the home. The silver is perfect for gathering in and reflecting back energy from your chosen source. For my purpose here, I placed it where it could catch the waning moon light leading up to the dark moon.
The thorns were soaked for a few days and then transferred to a paper towel lined tray to dry off before being placed over all the windows and doors on the new moon.
I also saved the oil by draining it through a cheese cloth lined sieve, putting it in an old jar and labeled for use in the coming year.
Final tip. Save that oil soaked paper!
It’s great to use as a fire starter. I stuff it into old paper towel rolls. Add some herbs or incense and write an intention or Sigils on the outside. I then toss it into a chimnea fire to complete the ritual❤️
Here’s list of herbs and spices from my pantry and yard that I use to create the oil.
It is inexpensive, easy to prepare and the ingredients can be varied according to what you have on hand and your own personal preferences.
I like to use it to anoint charms that I carry with me such as black tourmaline. It can also be used to ward your home by dipping your finger in the oil and drawing sigils above your doorways and windows.
Fallen pine ones and acorns are abundant right now and make excellent wards as well. Drizzling a bit of the oil over them and placing them in small bowls of salt in the corners of your home make excellent wards.
Used a gorgeous live basil plant that perfumed my entire car on the drive home to make this floor wash to usher in the new moon.
Thank l you to @luz_astral for this tip. I never would have thought to do a cold infusion for an afternoon but the result was potent and the whole house absolutely dang with beautiful cleansing energy. 10/10 recommend.
Today felt like the perfect day to make my first Patreon post. I have shared the link at the end of the post if you’d like to follow me there. Technically we are in the new moon in Virgo, my rising sign, before we transition to Libra tomorrow.
I decided to create my own tarot spread for this new moon to celebrate the turning of the seasons and also because I have been feeling very out of balance with my time, energy and resources.
This quick reading and ritual was structured to help me hone in on where I need to recalibrate.
I’m visiting my folks, so I have very little in the way of supplies for a ritual. Which actually suits me just fine.
Taking a single tea light, I sprinkled half with black pepper. You could also color it with a black crayon or sharpie.
The gorgeous black and white feathers were found yesterday during my walk on the. A lovely stroke of serendipity.
For this spread, I pulled the bottom card for the shadow, the top card for the higher conscious and two cards from the middle for integration and birth.
Using the Black Violet tarot deck from Heidi Phelps I was presented with these cards
What lesson is available to my shadow self?
6 of Wands So this is really interesting. I get the sense that Soritvis asking me how much of my time and energy is being invested for recognition. As opposed to a successful nurturance of my passion.
Where am I neglecting my conscious self?
8 of Swords
I am allowing myself to feel stuck and unable to make changes when the complete opposite is true. I can drop that blindfold and step through the swords at any time. I am choosing my prison.
How can I balance these two aspects?
The Wheel of Fortune
The beautiful energy of the wheel and the opportunities for change are here for me. Step into the flow. And go.
What lesson of integration will be born?
King of Wands
I will step into my truth as my own creative visionary. Only investing my energy in aspects that serve my highest good
I would love to hear from you in the comments if this was helpful or if any of it resonates.