Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Beltane Champagne for the Underage Witches

I first made this champagne for my sister’s wedding reception and it was such a big hit that I now include it in most functions I host now including birthdays and the Springtime Sabbats. My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves it. So here is a drink recipe for the little ones to have while the big witches enjoy some May wine.  Blessed Be!


1 (46 ounce) can of pineapple juice
1 (32 ounce) bottle of white grape juice
1 (32 ounce) bottle of white cranberry juice
2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale

You can make an ice ring to go in the champagne to add a nice touch.

To make the ice ring fill a ring shaped cake pan half full with water or ginger ale.

Allow to freeze in the freezer until partially frozen ( kind of slushy).

At this point you can add some colorful edible flower heads such as marigolds, daisies, dandelions, roses or whatever you like.

Position the flowers around the ring the way you want them and add more water or ginger ale to the ring to finish filling up the cake ring.

Place the ring back in the freezer and freeze until solid.

Once frozen solid remove and place in a large punch bowl just before serving.

Place all or half of the ingredients in the punch bowl and serve.

As the punch gets low, and it will :) just add the second half of your mixture.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beltane


“Oh, do not tell the priest our plight, or he would think it a sin; but we have been in the woods all night a-conjuring summer in” –Rudyard Kipling’s A Tree Song

The season is upon us once again when the veil between this world and the Otherworld or Astral plane is at its thinnest. I am referring to Beltane which is opposite Samhain on the wheel of the year. Whereas Samhain (summer’s end) is a time to reconnect with the ancestors and those who have passed over, Beltane (summer’s beginning) is the time to connect with the people of the Fae or Faerie Folk. Faerie Magick is often worked at this time. This is actually reversed for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere who will be celebrating Samhain right now. My family always makes faerie houses for our main family altar. Outside the houses we often leave, tiny bells, crystals, shiny trinkets, sweet cakes and milk as an offering. This often brings the Fae into the house from the gardens.

Beltane which means “fire of Bel or Bel’s fire” is celebrated when the sun is 15 degrees into Taurus. It is the perfect time to make a Bel-fire. This fire which consists of the woods from the nine sacred trees is lit to welcome back the light and fertility to the land which is now fully waking up from its long dark slumber. It is a celebration of the union between the Goddess and the God. The Goddess is symbolized at this time as the May Queen Maia and the God is the Greenman. This celebration includes dancing around the May Pole (phallic symbol), “frolicking” in the woods, going “a-maying”, and leaping the Bel-fires. All of this is to generate that loving frisky energy that Gaia loves and send it back to the land to ensure a blessed planting and a bountiful harvest.

It is custom in our family tradition to make faerie houses, weave wreaths (honeysuckle, dandelion and jasmine are my favorite combination), dance around the May pole, and to camp out in our back yard while roasting marshmallows to make smores.

Have a blessed Beltane everyone!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! I spent my holiday getting my garden ready. Well should I say, my husband did most of the work? He tilled and I planted. Here’s a video I did of the results. Enjoy.



Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring Cleaning, but Why?

Okay, once again it's that time of the year.  I am proud to say that I have just now officially finished all of my spring cleaning.  After a couple of weeks of chasing out dust bunnies, cleaning windows, washing down cabinets, cleaning out the junk drawer and a whole slew of other things, I am done.  So why did I do all of this I wondered as I sat down on the couch and admired my handiwork?  Why do we “spring clean”? What is it about the time surrounding the Spring Equinox that makes us want to clean our houses from top to bottom?

We are compelled to clean our living spaces during the Spring for the same reason that a soon to be mother will “nest” and prepare for the arrival of her newborn baby.  She decorates the nursery, buys clothes, diapers etc. all in anticipation of  a new life being born.

The Earth, also known as "Mother" Nature or Gaia is a living breathing entity and she does the same thing.  As a part of Gaia we "nest" when she does.  She becomes pregnant in Midsummer and gives birth every Spring Equinox. She gives birth to the flowers, trees, grass etc. It all is born anew each Spring. As a part of her, we children of Earth prepare and “nest” each year at the Spring Equinox in anticipation of her giving birth to nature once again.  We want everything to be just right for this new arrival called Spring.

So we are called or compelled to prepare for Spring by the natural turning of the Wheel of  the Year.  "That's kinda cool, huh?" my daughter said, when I explained this to her.  I say, I'd have to agree with her.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ready To Plant

Okay, so it was another hot spring day (85 degrees) in Nashville today. It was however the perfect day to do school with my daughter on our back deck. The joys and flexibility of homeschooling! The deck overlooks our vegetable garden, so while she worked away at her school books the hubby and I planned out this year’s garden. We were thinking of scaling back on the planting this year because we had so many crops last year, but I think we’ll end up going all out again this year. It’s all just so much fun to share our abundance with family and friends.

We will till the area sometime this week and plant around the 20th or 21st. It’s a chore because our soil has a lot of clay in it. Great for detoxing the body through the hands and feet as we work in the garden, but not good for the plants. So we’ll have to work on that. I actually can’t wait to get my hands in the soil and bask in Gaia’s glory.

The garden runs the length of our property along the fence which has the perfect amount of sun and shade throughout the day. As we plant I’ll post more pics. Happy gardening everyone!