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

Home Protection Wards

All manner of things are being stirred up by the March gales which bring renewed energy blowing across the land and through our being. Is it any wonder that the urge to purge and Spring clean is so strong?

After I do my own deep seasonal sweep, with all the windows open to cleanse my space, I make fresh wards to coincide with the new astrological year which just began with Aries season on March 21st.

And Mama Gaia is so generous with her gifts, providing beautiful natural material to fashion these protection charms.

Tulip poplar thorns, sweet gum balls and pine needle clusters are all being shaken loose from the branches by the strong breezes and winds and I am fortunate that I’m able to gather most of what I need from my own yard. Although the sweet gum balls are from a neighbor whose house sits at a crossroads. A great energy booster!

Look around your own part of the natural world and see what you can find that has a protective vibe for you personally.

Mine were made on a Sunday under a waning moon in my own sign to amplify the personal connection to my home.

Hang them on doors, from windows sills, car mirrors, on the perimeter of your property.

Anywhere you want to protect your physical boundaries.

Bright blessings

Approaching the Ancestors

Wednesday is the birthday of my paternal grandfather
Born in 1909, I have no memory of him as he died of cancer when my father was in high school.

To say he had a problematic life would be an understatement from the bits and pieces I have been able to pull from my father and other family members.

He was a brilliant man with two engineering degrees. But addictions shortened his life and were the source of incredible hardship and trauma for his family.

And because of this, I have been hesitant to reach out and include him in my ancestral practice. But.


He has been on my mind so much lately and little synchronicities have been popping up leading me to explore the possibility of checking in with him (and my well ancestors) to see if it is in everyone’s best interests to explore the path of healing for this line. Because similar problems continue to manifest in subsequent generations.

I put together a three card spread to test the waters, so to speak.

The response pulls are below.

I had already asked my mother to send me a photo of him and that if nothing else I was planning on going to a church and lighting a candle for him.

I’d say the messages from the cards concur with my plans. 🕯

His current state • 8 of Wands
He has messages. And a lot of them. I’m also sensing an urgency in the request(s).

Should I engage • Princess of Cups. This is a clear yes. The young girl even looks like me in my youth. I’m drawn to the image of the turtle in the cup as an offering. Putting a pin in this to explore further.

How to help• 4 of Wands
The imagery is of a church. I don’t think it could be any clearer that I was on track with my original initial plan.

I will be headed to a local cathedral tomorrow and will see what other messages come through.

Bright blessings

Spring Seasoning

Today marks the Spring Equinox, the balance of light and dark as we turn toward the warmth of a new season.

I wanted to do something easy to mark the shift. So I turned to my tried and true salt, pepper and a tea light candle are the ingredients for this simple ritual.

I sprinkled the salt and pepper evenly over each half of the candle to represent the balance of day and night. It will be placed on my cooktop and lit as I start dinner preparations with a prayer for balance in my life and that of my family in the coming season.

I also poured salt and pepper evenly in another dish and blended with my finger, again with a prayer of gratitude. It was then added to the soup, salad and bread I prepared for dinner to celebrate the equinox.

Bright blessings