First formal libation today, reading from the Orphic hymn to Eros. First lighting of the incense I chose for him as well - definitely stronger than the other types I use, the rose notes are a sharp floral even when burning. Libation offered is chilled milk with grated orange peel. It’ll be time to replace his candle/s soon - I’ll likely just buy new ones entirely, since I plan on turning the current candle cups into offering ware once they finish burning out.
I would have liked to put some new cuttings in today for him, but I basically spent all day outside doing yard work. Maybe during the week! I’m waiting for our peonies to bloom so I can bring a few in for him, it will look really beautiful.
OMG I REMEMBER THIS THIS IS THAT EROS SHRINE I ADORE THAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND AGAIN BECAUSE I LOST IT
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Things to make (soon-ish):
*Travel beads (for protection); hamsa design/elemental; small (to be worn or held on-the-go)
*Smaller set of “generic” Netjeru prayer beads for the travel shrine (I may use left-over red coral and gold hematite beads from the Hetheru set for this - I have a left-over…
Circle’s being cast before Rituals,Spells,Special occasion’s etc are actually not part of my Craft.
I find them too ritualistic, and simply not necessary.
I understand the theory behind them, in that it can help one adjust to the right state of mind, and also people feel protected inside their Sphere, and Believe that Energy’s built up inside can be contained safely until you dismantle your circle.
What does a Four season witch do instead?
If I’m doing a spell, ritual, divination, anything Witchy like that outside, then I do my best to take my Modern shoes and socks off, so my feet can connect directly to the Earth. I then will acknowledge the Anima Locus of the place, ask for it’s blessings to be here while I work, if all seems well and I’m welcome, then I will proceed with my Intentions.
In this way I see no reason to cast circles, because I am working directly with Nature’s Energies, my energy that builds up during spell-working is mingling with hers, there is no need to contain it. I don’t need to feel safe and protected because the Earth Sprites or Anima Locus of the place is already looking after me.
I give my thanks afterwards, and place some kind of offering down, mostly food that the wildlife can enjoy.
If I’m inside:
It’s always nice to be outside doing your craft, but it’s not always possible, with weather and other Mundane things.
So if I do Spells, Rituals, whatever the task inside, because I’m not connecting with Nature fully, I use Elements personal to me instead.
I will do this next to my Sacred space, as the photo shows above, my Elements live in a Purple box, and consist of:
- Earth: A Neolithic flint axe head (Quite common in certain parts of Britain to find in the woods and fields)
- Air: A peasant feather found in the fields, Never a fixed item.
- Fire: A simple white candle.
- Water: Rain water, or Moon blessed water, or even Dew if you can gather enough, especially in spring when it’s at it’s most powerful.
I will also add, that when inside, I will walk the perimeter placing the Items down, in a clockwise direction if the Moon is in her Waxing phase (as this is for Positive, gaining type work) and Anti-clockwise when the Moon is Waning (as this is for Negative, Banishing type work)
I like, very good method.
Imagine you were alone crying on the dead grass today and then the sun was in shadow and then a buck bigger than your own father walked to you and he wrapped you in his antlers like a cage for you and against the world and then you were safe. And it turns out he is your real father and he loves you very much and nothing can destroy him. Therefore nothing can destroy you