Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother Goddess Mother’s Day Ritual

Mother’s Day is the day of the year when we pay special honors to our earthly mothers.  We show her how much we love her and appreciate all she has done for us.  I think this would be a good time, also, to honor and appreciate our Mother Goddess.  This should be a special time we set aside just to “have a visit” with Her.

For this ritual (actually it’s more like a meditation than a ritual) you will need the following:

For Rose Spray
1 oz rose fragrance oil
3 ozs vodka
3 ozs water
A plastic spray bottle.

(I use the small chime candles here, but whatever you have on hand in the appropriate colors will do).
1 pink candle ( for Divine love)
1 red candle (for love and compassion)
1 white candle (for purity and protection)
1 yellow candle (for happiness)
1 green candle (for healing and prosperity)
1 purple candle (to represent you and your spiritual connection to the Goddess).

Rose Incense
Rose petals

Before you begin this ritual/meditation mix and spray your altar and the space you will be in with the Rose water.  Place the roses in a vase on the altar, and scatter the rose petals all over it.  Arrange the candles in the following manner:

Place the candles in the shape of a star beginning with the pink one at the top point, then move clockwise around with the red, then white, then yellow, then green.  Place the purple candle in the center of the star.  Light the candles beginning with the top point and go clockwise.  The purple candle is lit last as you will your conscious mind to connect with the Mother Goddess.  Light the incense and begin your “visit”  Make this visit as real as you possibly can and feel your connection to Her.  Tell Her how much you love Her and appreciate all She has done for you.  If She has anything to say to you that you feel is important write it down.  Feel the love that She is offering you and give yours in return. 

When your “visit” is over you can either allow the candles to burn themselves out, or snuff them out and use them again when you want to have another “visit” with the Mother Goddess. 

The above is a basic and altar set-up.  Feel free to make it as elaborate as you want. 
Enjoy your “visit” with Her.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

One of the biggest advantages of being a solitary Wiccan is the freedom to practice our spirituality in the way that fits us best, in lifestyle and our own inner guidance.  I have talked to literally hundreds of solitary practioners over the years and I have found some common traits running through us all.  The very first thing I recognized was a strong independent nature.  Once a student has learned the basics, that student tends to continue to study and adopt those things that are true for her/him.  It takes a lot of strength and a strong sense of self to stand for what one believes in a society that is not yet ready to embrace us (to be truthful, religious intolerance seems to be growing in this country).  Often times the solitary witch has to practice in secret in order to keep a job, or avoid family problems, and in some cases to keep their children.  In cases such as these she/he must have a strong inner spiritual strength, otherwise it might not seem worth the effort.  For all of you who are having to walk this tightrope, I give you my prayers and hope that soon your life situation will allow you to shine as brightly on the outside as you do on the inside.

Solitary Wiccans rarely follow any spiritual leader or practice without looking into it more deeply.  They also have a strong knowing of what is right within themselves.  I am not speaking about the novice witch here, but the one who has spent some time studying and developing her/his inner awareness. 

I have also observed that most solitary witches are happy to lend a hand and share energy with others when the need arises. 

I may live in the "woods" of Arkansas, but I have a network of solitary witches and when one of us is in need of help we come together as a group.  We don't consider ourselves a coven, but a sisterhood.  We also come together for certain Sabbats or special events.  If you can develop a network like this you will be able to participate and share while still retaining your independence.  Of course you should be cautious when developing your network.  Take the time to get to know the people that you wish to share your inner self with.  This should be a "sharing network", not a "dependency network".  Everyone should feel free to choose whether to participate or not at any given time.

There is a lot of freedom in the choice to be a solitary witch, but with that freedom comes to responsibility of keeping yourself motivated enough to be an active practioner.  Sometimes we can get in a rut and we become "lazy witches" in as much as we just don't have the impetus to do an esbat this month, or spend some time working on our psychic abilities, etc.  When we find ourselves in this place we are the only ones who can pull ourselves out.

On the positive side of this freedom, we can choose when, where, and how we will exercise our spirituality.  We determine what type of ritual, spell, or celebration that we are going to use.  This encourages our own creativity and by creating it ourselves, we are far more connected on an energy level. 

From time to time I will be sharing some of my own rituals and other things on this blog.  If any of you would like to share, please send me an email or leave a comment.

Blessed Be!