Inspiration & Magick

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I find that inspiration and magick go hand-in-hand. Where do you find your inspiration? Here’s where I found mine this morning… I booted up the computer to an inspirational video from the gig on the big project I’m working on.

It came from the initial research I did back in January and February. It is amazing to see how things start and where they end up, how it progresses. The same can be said for any project, gig or effort in life – and for magick.

It often starts with the mundane steps. Though “mundane” or “boring” is a story we tell ourselves. You can’t make successful magick without taking the steps in the physical world to manifest it or carry it out. For example, you can do all the magickal workings for a new job that you want, yet if you never lift a finger to look a job by sending out resumes, going on interviews, etc., the the magick will not manifest.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at our Temple’s 2017 Beltane Ritual

In this case, I spent six months cultivating this new gig with a former boss so he would create this awesome position to hire me – all while also doing my magickal work. He hired me as a consultant in January, which is the best of both worlds! It means I have the time to build my business and to do my spiritual work! My hours are flexible. I can work from home or from the amazing office on the 17th floor in central St. Louis County.

Then followed more mundane work… I spent days in the archives (physically and online), and I found an amazing book and researched it as well. Sure there also was some magick involved in the mundane – finding the right things, the right information/photos, getting people to help me, having it all fall into place. All of that is also magick. It may not be shock and awe magick, but it is the daily, practical magick that is reflected in all of life.

Now this brilliant video has been created out of that research by a lot of smart, creative folks, and I am so excited about it! It’s one of those things where I can’t wait to see what happens next.

This whole process is a great reminder for life, magick and for all things. Like building my coaching and shamanic healing practice, building my business, being an entrepreneur, growing our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and our Mystery School, or starting any dream – magick first starts from the foundational work, the basics, consistent practice, doing our work in the physical world and the dedication to showing up.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan with Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual altar, Dec. 17, 2016

By showing up, day after day, the magick happens. Do the Great Work, the work of your soul, and carry that forward into your magick, into your life and into the work you do in the physical world.

You can have the magick when you do the work to allow it to happen. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

In Love & Magick! Blessed be!

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Spider & the Web of Community: A 2016 St. Louis Pagan Picnic Program Book Essay by Shea Morgan

The St. Louis Pagan Picnic program book supports this amazing pagan festival in our community, and I wanted to share with you the essay I donated to the 2016 Pagan Picnic book. For more info on the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s booth at this year’s Pagan Picnic, please join our Spirit’s Edge Booth at Pagan Picnic public event page.

We would love to have you join us June 3-4 at Pagan Picnic for its 25th anniversary! This year our Temple will have our first Red Tent at picnic – in an actual red tent! – courtesy of our Women’s Spirit Circle, which had its first gathering in January. Read on for the essay…

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple out & about at the 2016 St. Louis Pagan Picnic with our booth and Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan’s 5th annual workshop. This year at the 2017 Picnic in lieu of a workshop and to honor our recently launched Women’s Spirit Circle, our Temple is having its first Red Tent. … Also in this collage are pics of the St. Louis Post Dispatch feature story “Spirited Beliefs” on Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and the Pagan Picnic. The effort to cultivate the article started in Jan. 2016 when Shea Morgan began working with the Post reporter, who attended and photographed our Imbolc Ritual, and it culminated in the feature article “Spirited Beliefs” appearing in the print edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, on the first page, top of the fold of the “B” section, taking up 3/4 of the page in addition to a “jump” page with added photos. It appeared in print in the Sunday issue, the first weekend of June 2016, during Pagan Picnic, along with an online version geared to promote Pagan Picnic, which may be found at this link. – http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/it-s-pagan-picnic-weekend-in-st-louis/article_3f5e7c81-545d-5812-8c59-7b76046697e3.html,

Fun fact! A picture of the amazing group for the 2013 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple, along with a photo of one of Shea Morgan’s workshops at Pagan Picnic, are both in the photo rotation on the St. Louis Pagan Picnic website home page! You also may join our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon Facebook group community page, where you will have access to our private event page for our Spirit’s Edge booth. All are welcome! Please “like” and follow our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Facebook page as well. Here is the essay…

Spider & the Web of Community, June 2016
By Shea Morgan, High Priestess, Minister, Founder of Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The theme of this year’s Pagan Picnic is “community connections” – a beautiful representation of what brings us all here together, year after year. It is reflective of the amazing opportunity that Pagan Picnic provides us to further the threads of our community, to build and grow our connections to one another.

Spider Weaver Goddess, Anne Boulet

Community is all about connection. By being here today, by reading this program, by sharing in this event, you are creating that connection. You are furthering this space of community for yourself, for all of us, and for all those who will follow. As Ted Andrews writes in Animal Speak, “Spider reminds us that the world is woven around us. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions.”

As a community of spirit-filled beings, we hold the sacred flame, lighting the torch in the darkness and shining it on the path yet to be forged. The thread yet to be woven. Though we are each on our own separate journey in this lifetime and responsible for our own paths, paradoxically, we are all part of the One. Therein lies the Mystery. Separate, yet one.

At the 2016 Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Mabon Ritual, our community added purple ribbons, love and blessings to the “Cauldron of Community” to foster a beautiful and harmonious greater pagan community filled with love, as a follow up to the 2016 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual.

Each thread we weave impacts the web for us all. Together we create the web of community, creation and of life. We can fill our being with Spirit, fill our essence with light and share that flame with others, helping to spark their torch in the darkness.

They, like us, are the keepers of their own flame, responsible for their own light, and can further choose to stoke that fire or flame to share their light with others as well. How do you spark your flame? How do you share your light? What words do you choose? What story do you create? What threads do you weave?

One touch is sometimes all it takes. Not a physical touch, rather it is reaching out to someone else, listening, endeavoring to seek understanding. Walking around Pagan Picnic, connecting with others, listening to each other, sharing with each other. A kind word. An answered question. A friendly smile. Endeavoring to understand each other’s thoughts and perspectives. Accepting and honoring each other and our respective paths and journeys. Not attaching to our own story, our own creation, but also honoring the creations of others around us.

Our word creates our universe. It is appropriate that “Spider is the guardian of the ancient languages and alphabets” (Ted Andrews, Animal Speak). One touch, one word on the web, and that one moment of creation reverberates throughout the web. Its vibration spreads. The fire of Spirit is ignited and begins to spark the flame for others. We share that vibration with all those around us, all those connected to us on the cosmic web, the web of universal life.

At the 2016 Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Mabon Ritual, our community added purple ribbons, love and blessings to the “Cauldron of Community” to foster a beautiful and harmonious greater pagan community filled with love, as a follow up to the 2016 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual.

The Web of Life. The Weaver and the Web. The Great Goddess spins and weaves the threads of creation. Old hymnals and verses also reference the idea of the Singer and the Song as part of creation, the word of the Great God creates and sings along those threads. Yet they are also our threads, and our words, our songs – that of the divine, the Goddess and God within us.

They are also the songs we share as community on this web, whether we come together in celebration in ritual, sing in our cars spreading joy to others as they see our laughter, or come together for song in the Bardic Circle at Pagan Picnic.

The divine creates, as do we. We are creators in our own lives. We weave our own threads, just as the Great Spirit, the Divine Creator, the Great Weaver, the Spider Goddess weaves the web of all creation. We are the Welsh Goddess Arianrhod, spinning the silver threads of the universe on her Great Silver Wheel. We are the Greek Spider Goddess Arachne, weaving for eternity. We are the Native American Grandmother Spider, bringer of fire, wrapping us in her woven blanket of love by the communal fire. We are the Moirai, the three sisters, the Three Fates of Greek lore – Clotho spinning the thread of life, Lachesis measuring the thread of life and Atropos cutting the thread of life at death.

We create, measure and cut the threads in our own lives. We seek to spin webs of harmony, peace and love and endeavor to remove threads of harm. We first do the work within ourselves. We review and re-weave the web of our own lives, creating our story anew. As we make those inner changes, cutting the threads that no longer serve us and spinning the threads of new blessings and connections, our inner change in turn manifests outside of us. It changes the fabric of the great web itself. We send ripples throughout the web to share with others. We illuminate the threads so that others may follow.

Picture from Spring 2017 after our purple ribbons were added, as well as more ribbons added by others in the Greater St. Louis pagan community. … At the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple 2016 Mabon Ritual, our community added purple ribbons, love and blessings to the “Cauldron of Community” to foster a beautiful and harmonious greater pagan community filled with love, as a follow up to the 2016 Pagan Picnic Opening Ritual.

We are the weaver, and we are the web. This is reflected in a beautiful and powerful chant by Shekinah Mountainwater… “We are the flow. We are the ebb. We are the weaver. We are the web.” We weave the most beautiful tapestry. Each unique, beautiful color, each flaw and imperfection, each word creating the rich tapestry of our lives, our community, our world and the universe. Not just in the present, but also in the past and future, as we connect with the helping compassionate spirits, our guides and ancestors through time – as all times are one time and all places are one place.

If you look with the eye that does not see, the eye within, your vision eyes, you can see the lights of the universe, of universal life energy pulsing along the Web of Life. You can see the lights strung in the most beautiful and fiery pattern, as if the stars themselves were pulses of light and energy on this web.

One of my most beautiful visions of this web came on a spiritual pilgrimage to Glastonbury in 2011 in the Chalice Well Gardens, which I wrote about in the anthology book The Waters and Fires of Avalon. Here is an excerpt of my journey.

Spider has a prominent place on our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple altars, such as this one from Ostara 2017. We call on Spider as part of our call to the Great Spirit, lighting the candle in our Cauldron of Spirit.

On the last night of our Glastonbury pilgrimage, we stood surrounding the Chalice Well, connecting with the Witches, Mages and Shamans that stood in that place before. Our web of connection spreading out to the present, the past and the future. We opened up a vortex within the Well, connecting with the ley lines. The ley lines themselves appear and act as a web of energy crisscrossing the Earth.

I dropped into the Underworld, and the woman in red approached me. She handed me a scroll. Phoenix was on an altar behind her, in its colors of brick red, royal blue and temple gold. The Phoenix merged within me; I had invoked the Phoenix. Its wings shot out of my arms, and its head through my head. We merged with the energy of the four fixed astrological signs in the middle of the vortex, creating a web of color and light.

I saw and felt the Phoenix spread its wings around the Earth, and in that moment I saw the fiery web around the Earth of all the connections. I could see the lights, the pulsing energy and the fiery synapses of thoughts, words and the song of creation along that web. My Matron, the Morrighan took my hand, and in my vision I said, “May there always be peace between us.”

May there always be peace between us. This is a significant statement of connection, of community. No matter our individual paths, our group paths, our community threads, it is a critical foundation to building a beautiful web of community on this path, in all paths and anywhere we go in life. Honoring and respecting each other on our own unique paths. Creating and weaving love and peace.

Some of the folks who attended our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle – before our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Beltane Ritual, April 22, 2017

Sometimes spiders build communal webs. Sometimes spiders build individual webs. Some webs are simple, some are elaborate. Some spiders do not even build webs. And that’s o.k. Some threads are sticky, some are slick. Some are dry, some are wet. Some are thick, some are thin. Each type of thread serves an important purpose. It takes all types of threads. It takes all types of webs.

All threads and all webs ultimately connect to each other. All is separate, and all is one. It takes all of our unique ways of being to weave and create this beautiful tapestry of life. The more we are aware of the connection between us, between our own personal webs, and those of our own spiritual families, traditions and temples, and the greater world around us, the more successfully we can build our community – together.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at our Temple’s 2017 Beltane Ritual

All it takes is one touch to make a connection. A touch of understanding. A touch with compassion. A touch with love. A community of peace. This place of community where all is one and all is possible. May there always be peace between us. Blessed be.

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Please be sure to buy a program at this year’s Pagan Picnic when you attend to help support Picnic, which is on June 3-4! Look forward to seeing you at Picnic!

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Beltane Online Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Beltane Ritual & Salon Altar with Mayan deities Ix Chel & Kinnich Ahau, both Guardians of our Temple, April 22, 2017

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Beltane Ritual and Salon on Sat., April 22, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple.

About our Beltane Ritual

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our Beltane Ritual and who helped make it such a special celebration! We look forward to having our online friends join us now in Spirit!

The photos are up on our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple page Beltane album HERE and in our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon FB group page Beltane album HERE (just click and ask to join – all are welcome!).  You may also check out the fun pictures from our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle – HERE and HERE, respectively.

Ix Chel by Susan Boulet

It was such an incredible and magickal evening of community and Spirit at our Temple’s Beltane Ritual! A powerful working with the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel and the Mayan God Kinnich Ahau, both Guardians of the Temple of the Twelve Signs on the Inner Planes and Guardians of our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple & Tradition.

Ix Chel is a Mayan Goddess of fertility,  water, the moon, medicine, healing, sexuality, fertility, women’s reproductive system, protecting women in pregnancy and childbirth, weaving and magick.

Kinnich Ahau, Mayan Sun God

Kinnich Ahau is the Mayan Sun God. In one aspect, he is Lord of the Underworld as the Jaguar Lord, or Ahau-Kin.

Ix Chel gave birth to four Jaguar Gods with Kinnich Ahau.  They are the jaguar gods, the B’alams, named for the Four Directions. It is said that each one is responsible for holding up his corner of the earth.

There was a lot of information shared by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan in our in-person Salon discussion on Ix Chel, Kinnich Ahau, the Jaguar Gods and the Mayan Fire Ceremony.

Kinnich Ahua, The Jaguar Sun God, God of the Underworld, Mayan Sun God

There is a wealth of information available online, but Shea would like to point you to a blog post that had a great rendition of Ix Chel & Kinnich Ahau’s mythos together and highly recommends you read it.

Our Beltane Ritual was a ritual of love, joy, passion and zest for life! It was followed by a fun and festive time of fellowship and feasting!

Our Temple’s Beltane Fire! For our Mayan Fire Ceremony … Beltane, Beltane, Beltane! See links to FB albums for video of the flames!

The fire was fabulous and was quite present in the ritual. We have some amazing video of it as well in the photo albums, along with more photos of course. As we chanted “Beltane, Beltane, Beltane”, the flames kept getting higher! So appropriate for the idea of a Mayan fire ceremony! If you scry into the flames, you can see images – Jaguar, the God and Goddess, and more!

Love and gratitude! Blessed be!

Keep scrolling for your online ritual!…

Some of the crew who attended our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop, Paint Your Own Gourd Rattle! So fun & festive – and look at the pretties they made! Blessed be!

Online Beltane Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual.

Beltane is traditionally celebrated on May 1st so performing your ritual anytime during the first few days of May would be fitting.

 

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Ix Chel & Kinich Ahau *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • A small piece of petition paper, a length of ribbon to tie it and a pen *and*
  • If you wish to work with herbs like we did during the Temple ritual, a charm bag (or a square of cloth that you can tie (in which case an extra tie/ribbon too), a bowl, a spoon and a portion of herbs appropriate to Beltane, Love and this work of passion. We worked with Violet, Jasmine, Lavender & Rose, but you may choose what you have on hand (if you’re a kitchen Witch, you surely have cinnamon, vanilla, basil, and more in the kitchen cabinet too for substitution as needed! Or you may go outside and pick Violets which are blooming now at least in the Midwest in the U.S.) *and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:
Prepare your altar space with your images of Ix Chel and Kinich Ahau and your two candles. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Ix Chel into your space, or you may say:

Call to Ix Chel
Hail Ix Chel! Maiden of Moon and Grandmother Maya
Oh Jaguar Goddess, Lady of Healing and Mother of Birth
Fertility or storms, she carries it first
Keeper of water and sacred powers
Her serpent heals all in her bower
Herbs and medicine and gifts of plenty
She brings to us, her loves are many
Healing, beauty, joy and power
Come to us in this magick hour
Now she comes, four Jaguars, defenders of night.
Lend your magick to ours in this sacred rite.
Hail & Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Kinich Ahau into your space, or you may say:

Call to Kinich Ahau
Hail Kinich Ahau!
Great God of the Mayans,
Sun God with your Golden Vessel o’er the jungle skies,
Oh virile and passionate God, we call on you tonight!
Impregnate our lives with your sweet nectar,
that the fruit of the Gods may bear forth into manifestation in our lives
Fill our lives with joyful and passionate ecstasy of the divine
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Turning of the Wheel

To be read aloud…

Now we Turn the Wheel of the Year with the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente. … Listen to the words of the Great Mother, she who of old was called among men, IxChel…
Artemis,
Astarte,
Athene,
Dione,
Melusine,
Aphrodite
Cerridwen
Dana
Arianrhod
Isis
Brid
And by many other names.
Whenever ye have need of anything,
And better it be when the Moon is full,
Once in the month then shall ye assemble in some secret place
And adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witches.
There shall ye assemble,
Ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets
To these will I teach things that are yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery
And as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance,
sing,
feast,
make music and love,
all in my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings
Keep pure your highest ideal;
strive ever towards it;
let naught stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality
I am the Gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice;
for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the Earth.
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;
she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven and whose body encircles the universe.
I am the beauty of the green Earth
and the white Moon among the stars
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
I am the call unto thy soul
Arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men,
let thine innermost self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth;
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
Honour and humility,
Mirth and reverence within you.
And ye who think to seek for me,
Know thy seeking and yearning shall avail ye not,
Unless ye know the mystery.
If that which ye seek, ye find not within,
Then ye shall never find it without.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning
And I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Working:
You may wish to adapt the following if you are not working with herbs or working with different herbs.

To be read aloud…

Passion. Now I unite four herbs to fuel and feast on the passions in my life. I now call on the herbs of…
Violet …
of Lavender,
of Jasmine and
of Rose
to lend their passion and delight to mine to grow, fuel, nourish and enflame my passions and joy in and for life.

(Add each herb to your bowl one at a time and gently stir in any intentions you may have.)

I seek my heart’s desire, my soul’s purpose. I tend that sacred flame and garden of passion. I light the flame and water the garden of passion within my heart. I stoke the flame of my soul.

Write Your Petition

Next, sit in meditation and contemplation on your heart’s desire and soul’s purpose. When you feel ready, write your petition of the love and passions you seek to grow in your life. You are weaving a spell of love, bringing in and waking into your life, that which you seek, for the highest good, harming none.

When you are finished, read your petition to yourself, three times, focus within yourself, draw on all of your passion within, united with the divine, to lend your Intent and make this Act of Power tonight with yourself.

Then, roll your petition into a scroll and tie it with the ribbon. If you are working with herbs, spoon them into your charm bag and then add your petition scroll before tying it off. Then hold your charm in your receptive hand and using your projective hand, seal and charge your charm with intention.

Ponder and journal on…
• Your heart’s desire and soul’s purpose…
• What mundane work you can do to support your petition…
• What does this time of Beltane mean to you?

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Ix Chel & Kinich Ahau. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Place your charm/petition on your altar or in a special place where you’ll see it often and be reminded of your work.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours this Beltane! Beltane, Beltane, Beltane! Blessed be!

Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech & Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at our Temple’s Beltane Ritual, April 22, 2017

Our Temple’s Beltane ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan and this online ritual was complied and adapted for our online community from Shea’s ritual by Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech, with the “About Our Beltane Ritual” section above added by Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved.

It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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Online Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Ostara / Spring Equinox Altar – March 25, 2017

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Ostara / Spring Equinox Ritual and Salon on Sat., March 25, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple.

Everyone is also welcome to join our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page and “like” and follow us on our Temple’s Facebook page, where you can see all of the pictures, discussions and also easily access our event pages. All are welcome to join!

The day of our Ostara ritual, we held our second ever Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Craft Your Own Spear of Destiny before the ritual, where those attending crafted their own “Spear of Destiny” also known as a wand or staff. A Spear of Destiny directs your True Will and is one of the Hallows. It was such fun! The quiet and relaxing setting was perfect for our afternoon workshop and the gorgeous and large space was perfect for our rituals and community fellowship afterwards. There was sunshine followed by a gentle spring rain before the air cooled a little into a gorgeous spring evening!

Some of the folks who attended our Pre-Ritual Crafting Workshop – Craft your Own Spear of Destiny – before our Ostara Ritual & Salon

About our Ostara Ritual

Ostara is a time of rebirth and renewal. We held our ritual during the Dark of the Moon. The New Moon in Aries is Mon., March 27, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. Timing your own personal ritual with the New Moon would be lovely, or today, Sunday, as Sundays are great for new beginnings, prosperity and success. Aries is also the beginning of the cycle – the first sign of the Zodiac on the Zodiacal Wheel of the Year.

Our ritual is a Ritual of Balance where we journeyed to the Crossroads of the Elements. We partnered with Frigga as the Goddess of Earth; Freya as the Goddess of Fire; Odin as the God of Air; and Frey as the God of Water. Freya and Odin are Guardians in the Temple of the Twelve Signs, Guardians of the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple and Tradition.

Spear of Destiny crafted by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan

We worked with the alchemical orientation of the elements, with Fire in the East and Air in the South. Also, the Spear of Destiny/ wand/staff in our working is associated with Fire.

The calls in this pared down online ritual will give you a good idea of who these gods are. The Norse Gods are not to be trifled with. They are strong and stalwart. With their own spears and staffs, they have the power to lend their Will to your Will – the power of their spears/staffs to your Spear of Destiny/wand/staff. And also the power to poke you in your arse with their spears/staffs if you are not fulfilling your own destiny and following your true will and do not do your own work on the physical plane to support your magickal workings and requests! 😉

We called to the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, particularly focusing on three of the worlds corresponding to the Three Worlds. We worked with the great tree Yggdrasil as our journey vehicle.

Pysanky Eggs donated by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, handcrafted and hand-painted in the Ukraine with love and magick

Each ritual attendee received a token of our ritual – a Pysanky egg donated by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan and charged with the energy of our working. They were handcrafted/painted in the Ukraine. Eggs represent fertility and rebirth and also the three layers reflect the three cycles of life – death, life and rebirth – and also the three phases of womanhood or of the Goddess – maiden, mother, and crone. The Pysanky eggs were handed down, and still are, for blessings, prosperity, luck, protection, and were often placed in a bowl within the home – and quite simply, they are a bowl of happy!

Frigga is the matriarch of the Norse Gods, ruling the pantheon behind the scenes as a strong matriarch of the household would do. Freya is a Goddess of Love and War, and also of healing and prosperity. She is associated with cats. Odin is a father God, intellectual, strong, wise, father of the Runes. He has two ravens – one on each shoulder.  Frey is a God of Love, Peace, Prosperity and Fertility, associated with both water/the rains and the Sun.

Together they are a formidable group of Gods, and we were honored to have them in our presence and to bless our working! And they in turn had a grand time! So say we all!

Online Ostara Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual. The New Moon in Aries is Mon., March 27, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. Timing your own personal ritual with the New Moon would be lovely, or today on the New Moon Eve, Sunday, as Sundays are great for new beginnings, prosperity and success. Aries is also the beginning of the cycle – the first sign of the Zodiac on the Zodiacal Wheel of the Year.

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Frigga, Freya, Odin and Frey *and*
  • a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • An image of an egg, or an actual egg. You may wish to boil an egg and use it for this working. Then after the working, you may either consume the egg to bring its blessings within you, or offer the egg to the Earth/land. Or you may do both, so that you may still retain an image or other egg symbol or other magickal token (if you prefer) as a symbol or token of the working. … On our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page, we will offer the hand-painted Ukranian Pysanky wooden eggs for sale, charged from the power of our in-person ritual if you would like as well. You may then transfer the “charge” of your own personal working from your symbol to that egg later.
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of the four Gods and your four candles. Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call to Frigga, Goddess of Earth into your space, or you may say:

Hail Frigga! Goddess of the Earth!
Mother to Balder! Blessed Mother to all! Queen of Asgard!
Come to us with the stability and balance of the Earth
Stand with us, stalwart, bringing strength to our working tonight
Bring to us the prosperous abundance we seek,
Fill our lives with the blooming abundance of your womb,
Plant your staff within the Earth, releasing its bounty into our lives,
Great Wife of Odin! Mother of the Gods!
Oh ye who is spinner of fates and giver of life and death,
Great Frigga, look with favor upon us
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Odin, God of the Air, into your space, or you may say:

Hail Odin! Grey-Cloaked Wanderer! Father of the Runes,
Oh Great Giver of Gifts, we ask you for the gift of communication,
Come to us with the inspiration and creative force of Air
Ride with us on the winds, your power flying to our working tonight
Bring us the sweet blessings of Air riding on the tip of your spear,
Charging and filling our own Spears of Destiny with its power.
Lend your power to ours as we turn the sacred wheel at Ostara
Bless us with healing, clear sight and the power to transform our lives with our Will
As we walk our path within the worlds of the great tree and seek to grow in our lives,
Help us find our balance between all worlds,
Come to us now and be with us here,
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and welcome!

Light His candle.

Speak from the heart to call to Freya, Goddess of Fire, into your space, or you may say:

Hail Freya! Goddess of Healing, Love and Fertility!
Yet also, Great Goddess of War!
Warrior, lover and healer as one.
Two halves of the whole – complete, one. In balance.
Come to us with the passion and the energy of Fire
Energize us with the flame of your spirit,
Gift us the eternal flame of your staff,
Let it fill and charge our own Spears of Destiny
And lend its brightness and power to our working tonight.
Lend your power to ours as we turn the sacred wheel at Ostara
Bless us with healing and balance as we grow anew on our path
That we may be in balance with our higher selves,
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Frey, God of Water, into your space, or you may say:

Frey, Norse God

Hail Frey! God of love and lust! God of the folk! God of the worlds!
Rider of Boar and master of the might of the wild stallion!
Oh ye who bring prosperity, fertility and peace to all who seek it
Brother of Freya! God of the Waters!
Come to us with the gentle rain, the gentle yet flowing force of Water
And just as you bring the Spring Rains, we ask you to aid the power of creation to flow with us through this working tonight,
Help us align with the rhythm of the waves of our soul and of creation
Gently bring to us the cleansing waters, the bounty of Water,
Let the tip of your sword, the sword of creation, charge our own Spears of Destiny with its might,
Let our souls feel the love within your heart.
We are honored by your presence.
Be with us, walk with us, commune with us.
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Alignment

To be read aloud…

We turn the wheel at Ostara, bringing in the healing light of the Sun to cleanse, balance and center ourselves – mind, body and spirit. We begin our growth anew, and we transform our lives through our will, in balance with our True Will, taking root in the blessings of the fertile Earth. We stand refreshed in the gentle Spring rains.

We reach out to turn the wheel of life today and accept the Blessings and Balance of Spring with gratitude. We honor and thank the Lady Ostara, whose messengers of Spring are all around us.

We honor and thank Frigga of the Earth, Odin of the Air, Freya of Fire and Frey of Water for balance in our life, for their blessings tonight and for all of the blessings on our journey. Blessed be.

Meditation & the Working:

You may wish to meditate with Frigga, Odin, Freya and Frey. You may use one of the candles, watching it grow bigger in your mind’s eye. And as the light grows, enter the light and journey where it takes you. You may wish to meditate first with one of the four, using their candle, and then the others. Or you may wish to see which one of the four candles – the four elements – calls to you.

Meditating on the elements and your balance with the elements and journaling on that is also recommended. You may also hold the intention to journey through the Great World Tree, through Yggdrasil, to the Lower World/Underworld, with the intention of finding the pathway from your inner sacred space to the Crossroads of the Elements. From there, see which elemental guide or deity approaches and communes with you.

Ponder and journal on…

  • With the Spring’s arrival, what do you wish to grow in your life? What rebirth do you seek? What blessings do you wish to flourish?
  • What does this time of Ostara mean to you?
  • How do the Norse Gods and their energy call to you or resonate with you?
  • How are you in balance with the four elements? Do you have too much of one and not enough of the other? How might you work with the other elements to compensate or balance the element that you have too much of? How might you add more of one element in your life if you do not have enough of it?

Take your egg or symbol, and hold it in your hands. Now is the time to build power and charge your egg. You will charge it with the energy of your working, the messages you received, the power of the Norse Gods, the power of your true Will and the energy as you read this chant. It does not have a tune – simply saying the words or calling them out over and over until you feel the power has built is perfect. Shea wrote this simple chant, and we built a great deal of power working with it – you can too!

Earth and Air,
Fire and Water,
Spring is here,
Spring has sprung!

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to the Norse Gods. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Either consume your egg if you worked with a hard-boiled egg, or place your egg/symbol/token in a sacred place, such as on your altar or make it a part of your home shrine (shrine to the spirits of the place, the home, the land).

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Wishing you all of the flourishing blessings and prosperous abundance of Spring! Hail to

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan

Frigga! Hail to Odin! Hail to Freya! Hail to Frey! Blessings to and of the Norse Gods! Blessed be!

Written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, with Love and Magick!

copyright 2017; all rights reserved … This ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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Online Imbolc Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Imbolc Ritual and Salon on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater workings of our Temple. This online ritual was shared the day after our ritual on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page as a file. (All are welcome to join!)

The day of our Imbolc ritual was special for two reasons. First, prior to the ritual we held our first Pre-Ritual Sabbat Workshop where participants created their own St. Brighid’s crosses. It was such fun! And second, although we were there once to before to try it out, Imbolc was our first official event in our new ritual space at the Hearth Room in Webster Groves. The quiet and relaxing setting was perfect for our afternoon workshop and the gorgeous and large space was perfect for our rituals and community fellowship afterwards.

About our Imbolc Ritual

In the Celtic seasonal calendar, Imbolc marks the beginning of the lambing season and the very first itsy bitsy stirrings of spring. The light begins its return at Winter Solstice, and now is a flame which will continue to grow. Imbolc is one of the four major fire festivals—which at first seem strange falling in what seems like the dead of winter. But one of the translations of the word Imbolc means “in the belly,” which for witches can also mean “in the belly of the mother.”

When we say Imbolc marks the first stirrings of spring, we’re not talking about easily visible changes. The changes are smaller and more subtle and happen largely within. Think of the first months of pregnancy—the woman’s belly is barely visible, if visible at all. It is a mysterious time of growth where the changes taking place are largely hidden. Likewise with people, many of us take quiet time and go within and make subtle changes. In agrarian societies the life and death struggle of winter was very daunting and very real. Not everyone made it.

The subtle changes at Imbolc gave the people a little lift and hope that better times were coming. In Ireland, peak calving season begins at the end of January and the to the people, it wasn’t just about the babies, it was about the milk and cheese curds which meant the difference between life and death when food stocks were low. At the heart of the message of Imbolc is, “hold on, there is hope.”

To partner with the energies of Imbolc and the season, we worked with Quan Yin and Hotel (also known as Happy Buddha). Quan Yin, Goddess of mercy, healing and compassion helped us to look within ourselves to uncover our own inner beauty, self worth and strength, while gently healing that within us which needed to be healed. Hotei, known for the joy, laughter and prosperity he brings, helped us to examine our own lives and consider the new blessings we wished to seek and also how we could be content with the blessings already present in our lives. Especially fitting and significant was how our Imbolc ritual just happened to fall on the first Day of the Chinese New Year!

Online Imbolc Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual. With Brigid’s Feast Day falling on February 1st and the traditional timing for Imbolc falling on February 1st or 2nd, performing your ritual anytime during the first few days of February would be fitting.

What you will need:

Images or representations of Quan Yin and Hotei *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*

Separate offerings for Quan Yin and Hotei that you may place outside in nature after the ritual, such as incense, rice, flowers, sweets, fruit, etc., *and*

A glass of water and several water-safe crystals for the purposes of healing, love, compassion, blessings, prosperity, luck, etc. (We used rose quartz, golden healer’s quartz and amethyst as chosen by Quan Yin during the writing of the ritual.) *and*

A mala (optional) *and*

Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Quan Yin and Hotei and your two candles. Place the crystals in the glass of water. *Do your research and be certain the crystals you have chosen are safe for consumable crystal water.* Then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Quan Yin into your space, or you may say:

Call to Quan Yin

Hail Quan Yin! Mother of one thousand faces, one thousand eyes and one thousand arms!
Merciful Goddess of Compassion & Self-Love! Mother of all Buddhas!
Your heart, the true center of mercy, compassion and well-being, you are Love in Goddess form,
Goddess of Women and Protectress of Children,
Guardian of the suffering and the souls of the Underworld!
Dear Quan Yin, barefoot in your flowing white robes, image of infinite grace and loveliness,
Encouraging me to unfold our own hearts to reveal the infinite beauty inside,
Shining your light over me revealing my own inner strength,
Empowering me and guiding my mind and heart to a place of deep inner peace,
Awakening my ability to feel true compassion,
Deepening my sense of unconditional love, both for myself and for others.
Compassionate, loving and merciful, Quan Yin,
I honor you and welcome you and your loving presence into my circle tonight!
Hail & Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Hotei into your space, or you may say:

Call to Hotei

Hail Hotei, Budai, Pu-Tai, Maitreya (my-tray-uh), ultimate awakened and enlightened one!
One of the Shichi Fukujin (she-chee foo-coo-gin)—the Seven Spirit’s of Good Luck!
The loving, friendly and generous Laughing Buddha,
Patron of fortune tellers and diviners, generous granter of wishes,
Bestower of contentment, prosperity, happiness and all we need to thrive.
Dear loving and joyful Budai,
Teaching me to focus on the journey before me rather than the past or the destination.
Teaching me to recognize the beauty all around me and seek joy from within,
Teaching me that with laughter, I will triumph over all hardships which come my way,
Teaching me that with effort, I can attain joy, peace, love, happiness, hope and prosperity, within the boundaries of my life,
Teaching me to smile more broadly, laugh more loudly, appreciate more fully and love more deeply.
Joyous, loving and wise Hotei,
I honor you and welcome you and your auspicious presence into my circle tonight!
Hail & Welcome!

Light His candle.

Alignment

To be read aloud…Now is the time of Imbolc. The light is gradually growing and Earth gradually warming. Small and subtle, yet powerful changes are occurring within the cauldron of the Mother. And so too now, as I turn the wheel of the year, I go within, to create small and subtle, yet powerful changes within myself.

Meditation & the Working:

You may wish to meditate with Quan Yin and Hotei or to perform your own meditation. You may use one of the candles, watching it grow bigger in your mind’s eye. And as the light grows in this New Year; enter the light and journey where it takes you. You may wish to meditate first with Quan Yin using her candle and then with Hotei using his candle. Go deep within and find the places which need the love, compassion and healing of Quan Yin. Consider carefully what you’d like to ask of Hotei. Consider what you have to give in order to receive, how a change in perspective could change your life and how laughter can heal your soul. Will you ask him for tangible blessings or to help you be more content with what you have? If you are working with a statue of Hotei, you may rub his belly to seal your wish, or simply send him your love and gratitude.

Ponder and journal on…

  • With the growing Sun, what do you wish to heal within yourself and what blessings do you wish to grow?
  • What do you have to give in order to receive?
  • What does this time of Imbolc mean to you?

Then, sit in meditation and work the mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum.” You may use a mala to count your repetitions or simply work with it until you feel the work is done and it feels right to end. This mantra is a popular Buddhist mantra, often associated with healing and Quan Yin, used to see the beauty within, to end suffering and ease the cause of the suffering. As you work, open your heart to Quan Yin and invite her to imbue the healing crystal water with her blessings.

When you are finished, mindfully take in a few sips of the healing crystal water (be mindful of the crystals) and feel the blessings and healing of Quan Yin wash over you and through you. You may choose to consume the entire glass during the ritual or you may choose to remove the crystals and preserve a portion of the water for future use. (I preserved mine with my favorite vodka—1/3 vodka to 2/3 healing water, bottled in a glass jar.) Later, when you wish to feel the healing support and compassion of Quan Yin, you may place a few drops under your tongue, add a few drops to a drink or even add a few drops to your chalice during ritual work.

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Quan Yin and Hotei. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Take your offering and make it outside somewhere in nature if you have not already done so.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours this Imbolc! Blessed be!

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This ritual was written by Lindsey Piech, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

 

 

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Yule / Winter Solstice Online Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual & Salon, Dec. 17, 2016; Pictured are Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan (right) and Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech (left) with our festive “banner”!

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual and Salon on Sat., Dec. 17. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, though a little more involved than some of our online rituals, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple.

It was such a lovely evening of community and the outside portion of our ritual with the snow was amazing. It was as if we were being kissed by the Gods and embraced by them through the lovely winds!

About our Yule Ritual

Yule is a time of celebration and making merry. It is the longest night of the year, yet we know that after this night, the Sun will begin to grow. We celebrate the birth of the Sun, and the Son God, after his sleep in the Underworld. He is birthed anew from the womb, and through the bravery, of the Great Lady on the Winter Solstice.

Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan with Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual altar, Dec. 17, 2016

We partnered with the Greek and Roman Pantheons during our ritual. We realized, after we decided on the ritual and the date, that December 17 also is the very night that the feast of Saturnalia begins. Gotta love it when a plan comes together!

Divine breadcrumbs, synchronicities, are amazing things. Of course, there was much more than that, and it was a powerful and magickal rite indeed.

We partnered with Saturn and Chronos for release of all that no longer serves us and for healthy boundaries, and with Jupiter and Zeus for expansion, new growth and receiving our blessings.

This online ritual contains the Ceremonial Magick component of sigil work. Though the rest of the components are not included here, our in-person ritual took the form of Ceremonial Magick/Witchcraft.

This ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

Giving Thanks and Exciting Announcements

Saturday night was a beautiful celebration of community, camaraderie and service! Here are a few of our exciting announcements…

  • We completed our 3rd Annual Food Drive, benefiting Operation Food Search, many thanks to all of our members for their generous and giving spirit!
  • We announced a record-breaking success of our newly completed 3rd Annual Autumn/Fall Auction & Fundraiser. It was our most successful yet again this year to benefit our 501c3 efforts! Many thanks to Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech for her awesome work!
  • We announced our first Women’s Spirit Circle gathering of the Red Tent that will take place on Jan. 22! To attend, it takes a few steps…. First, join Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon … Then, friend request (so FB will allow us to add you), and message Shea Morgan or Lindsey Piech, and we will get you added to our secret Facebook page. There you will find the address for this event.
  • We announced our first women’s shelter drive event to go along with our Women’s Spirit Circle’s first meeting! Details of this giving drive will be announced first on our Women’s Spirit Circle page, so join the group to the first “in the know”!
  • We announced the first book for our newly relaunched Reading Witches Book Club – The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune! Dion Fortune is also one of our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Guardians! To join Reading Witches, first, join Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon … Then, friend request (so FB will allow us to add you) and message Lindsey or Shea, and we will get you added to our secret Reading Witches Facebook page! The first meeting will be both in-person and virtual via video conference in mid-February – watch for announcement coming soon!
  • We held a beautiful first meeting of our new On The Edge Grief Circle in December. Our next meeting is on February 1! To join, first join the Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page, check out our event pages for details (here is our public event page link), and then email ravins52252@mypacks.net to sign up and hold your spot, as space is limited!

It is so exciting to see all of these plans of community and service coming to fruition! And what better time to celebrate than at Yule and the upcoming New Year!

Saturn (let) and Jupiter (right), two sided tokens with Saturn on one side and Jupiter on the other, handcrafted by Alinore with vision by Temple HPS Shea Morgan, for our Spirit's Edge Shamonial Temple Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual, Dec. 17, 2016

Saturn (let) and Jupiter (right), two sided tokens with Saturn on one side and Jupiter on the other, handcrafted by Alinore with vision by Temple HPS Shea Morgan, for our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual, Dec. 17, 2016

Our members also received a token in remembrance of the working, which was handcrafted by Alinore Rose, making physically manifest a vision received by Shea Morgan from Saturn, Chronos, Jupiter and Zeus. They were so beautiful! They were wood pentagram / star shaped peytons (five points for Saturn), with the sigil for Saturn in its color black on one side and the sigil for Jupiter in its color blue on the other side.

They are intended for working with the correspondences of Jupiter and/or Saturn in any magickal working. We also have offered a few for sale through a post on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page – just visit the page and ask to join to check it out!

For local folks, the cash price for a token is $4, and you may pick it up at our Imbolc Ritual on Jan. 28 or another Spirit’s Edge event (we also have Imbolc class on Jan. 19 in addition to the other event dates mentioned earlier); please message Lindsey Piech or comment on the group page post on the tokens. For out-of-town folks, the price is $8 which includes the token, padded mailer and postage within the continental U.S. Please message Lindsey Piech or comment on the group page post, and send your payment via Paypal to mottes86611@mypacks.net with a note that the payment is for a Yule 2016 token. We will ship to the address on your Paypal unless otherwise specified.

To see all the photos of our altar, the beautiful tokens and more, please visit Shea’s Yule/ Winter Solstice photo album; we are in the process of uploading the photos also to our Temple’s Facebook page.

Online Yule Ritual

Timing:

Lots of options on timing! You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, and it will tie into the main working of our Temple’s Ritual. Saturnalia began on Dec. 17 and is a week-long festival, generally considered to continue through Dec. 23. Yule is celebrated by some on the Winter Solstice of Dec. 21, or even by some on Christmas.

The 12 Days of Christmas begins on Dec. 25 and ends the night of Jan. 5, with Epiphany on Jan. 6. Some celebrate this time as the 12 Days of Yule/Yuletide beginning at sunset on Mother’s Night, Dec. 20, and ending on the calendar New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Then of course, this ritual also fits with the New Year as well.

And all of these options fit with the energy of this ritual!

What you will need:

seal-of-jupiter-zeus

Seal / Sigil of Jupiter (ideally crafted in blue)

  • Images or representations of Saturn and Jupiter *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • A piece of paper with the Sigil of Saturn (see photo) and the Sigil of Jupiter (see photo) – You may wish to print on heavier paper stock and later affix to a piece of cardboard on each side to make it more sturdy for use as a peyton; you might wish to have the craft supplies with you and create it during this ritual (scissors, maybe a blue marker and black marker to trace color over the paper sigil, glue and/or tape, a piece of cardboard, etc.) *and*
  • Something to serve as an offering that you may place outside in nature after the ritual, such as bird seed, sunflower seeds, bread crumbs, fruit, etc., *and*
  • You may wish to have a rattle or drum or other noise-maker for the chant, though it is not required, *and*
  • Something to serve as an offering that you may place outside in nature after the ritual, such as bird seed, sunflower seeds, bread crumbs, fruit, etc., *and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

    Seal / Sigil of Saturn (ideally crafted in black)

    Seal / Sigil of Saturn (ideally crafted in black)

What to do:

Prepare your altar space with your images of Saturn & Jupiter and with your Sigil of Saturn and Sigil of Jupiter, and your two candles, and your other items, then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Saturn – both the God and Planetary Energy – into your space, or you may say:

Hail Saturn! Celestial God of the Ancients!
Mighty Task Master and Lord of Karma!
We call to you this blessed Saturnalia!
Heavenly Giant ruling the skies and all of creation,
Oh Great Lord and Planet Saturn, giving form to our wishes, our hopes and our desires,
Master of Boundaries, we honor you as we release something that does not serve,
Just as we honor your lessons, setting a healthy boundary for our authentic self,
With this release and healthy boundaries that we doth make,
we know that your gifts are there for us to take,
Dear Lord Saturn, we ask that you join our circle tonight,
and bless us with your presence this magickal Yultetide night!
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle.

Speak from the heart to call Jupiter – both the God and Planetary Energy – into your space, or you may say:

Hail Lord Jupiter! Brilliant Leader of the Skies,
Great and Bold, and Gold and Laden,
Your voice it doth thunder in the Heavens!
Oh Great Lord and Planet Jupiter, Bringer of Prosperity and Expansion of our Soul!
Expand our opportunities, our blessings and our gifts,
To those Witches, Shamans and Mages, who are brave enough to dare,
Dare to touch your robe and cloak and ask you for a boon,
And dare to know that our call, you will answer more than soon,
Dear Lord Jupiter, we ask that you join our circle tonight,
and bless us with your presence this magickal Yultetide night!
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle. 

Alignment:

Read out loud… This is the time of Yule and the Winter Solstice. The Sun appears to be standing still in the skies. All lies in stasis as the Great Lady births the newly born Son from her womb. On this occasion, we release what no longer serves us into the darkness as an offering with our gratitude for the lessons we have learned. In this time of between, we create healthy boundaries to support our awakening and the flourishing of our vital and awakened self in our own lives. We turn the Wheel of the Year and welcome in the growing light, and as we do, we welcome sweet blessings in return for our offering.

Meditation:

You may wish to meditate with Saturn and Jupiter, and perhaps even with Chronos and Zeus, their archetypal counterparts. You may wish to perform your own meditation. You may use one of the candles, watching it grow bigger in your mind’s eye.  And as the light grows in this New Year; enter the light and journey where it takes you. You may wish to meditate first with Saturn and/or Chronos by using the Saturn candle. You may also wish to meditate with Jupiter and/or Zeus by using the Jupiter candle.

Ponder and journal on…

  • With the birth of the Sun, think of what you individually are bringing into form this year. What are you birthing from the ashes and bringing forth into the new light, transformed from the Underworld?
  • What do you release and leave behind in gratitude and in offering?
  • What does this time of Yule and the Winter Solstice mean to you?

The Working:

If you are crafting your peyton during this ritual (see the “what you’ll need” section of this online ritual), you may do that at this time.

Hold the Saturn Sigil in your receptive hand. Place your dominant / projective hand over the sigil/peyton. Charge the Saturn sigil/peyton first with…

  • What one thing do you choose to release and let go as an offering?, and then
  • What one healthy boundary do you choose to create in your life?

When you feel this charge is complete, set down the Saturn Sigil, and pick up the Jupiter Sigil in your receptive hand. Place your dominant / projective hand over the Jupiter peyton. Charge the Jupiter peyton/sigil with…

  • What one blessing do you choose to receive as a gift in return?

When you feel this charge is complete, set down the sigil.

At this time you may wish to take your sigils/peytons outside with you in your receptive hand, and your offering in your projective hand, to go outside and make your offering. Or, you may do this after you complete the ritual.

Build Power:

In ritual work, we make an Act of Power and we build that power to fuel the Work. This is a chant by Shea Morgan, and as with this entire ritual, it is also copyrighted and may only be used for your personal/private working in this rite.

Silver and gold
Mirth and merry
Misrule’s the rule
And we be merry

Joy and Mirth
And revelry all
On our heads
All blessings call.

Merry, merry
We be merry
Mirth and merry
Merry Yule!

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Saturn, Jupiter, and the Great Lady, and perhaps Chronos and Zeus. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Take your offering and make it outside somewhere in nature if you have not already done so. You may craft the two sigils into a two-sided peyton later if you have not already done so.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

May blessings come to you and yours in this Winter Solstice! Blessed Solstice and Merry Yule! And Happy New Year! Blessed be!

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Yule and the Winter Solstice on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!) and Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (All are welcome to join!). For more information on all of our offerings, you may check out our Facebook pages and also our Spirit’s Edge website.

This ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal/private use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net for permission; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

 

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My Journey with the Apple Tree

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Me and my new Gala Apple Tree – Dec. 6, 2011

This morning I gazed out over my morning coffee into the magick that is my backyard. So much magick to be found in nature if only one pauses, takes a moment, to reflect and connect. I noticed in particular one red leaf on my Gala Apple Tree.

I have great love for this apple tree. I have a connection through it to my Grandmother who crossed on Dec. 10, 2011, and also to my parents. My parents also have a great love for and planted Apple Trees at their Missouri Century Farm. A Century Farm designation is one that has been in the family over 100 years – ours has been in our family since 1902.

My Grandmother gifted my parents with a special apple tree before she died, which was planted at the farm. My parents in turn gifted me with my Gala apple tree for my birthday in the autumn of 2011. My friend Louise and I planted my Gala apple tree on Dec. 6, 2011 in the snow. Into the hole I placed dirt I collected from the top of Glastonbury Tor and dirt from Dion Fortune’s Grave from my August 2011 Pilgrimage to Glastonbury. Added in of course with a little bit of love from Morona, Morgan of the Earth! The Morrighan is my Matron.

Of course, as ties into the below tale, I also have had many experiences with Opossum, which started after I attended a class by Ted Andrews (see my last blog post HERE). Since then in addition to Opossum’s farm appearances, he has been a regular visitor at my home, including on my front porch one night when I came home from a meeting! (I am still looking for that photo to add it to this post.)

Gala Apple Tree's first bloom at our farm, Spring 2016

Gorgeous Gala Apple blossom at the farm on Scorpio Full Moon Eve, April 21, 2016

Five years ago tomorrow, on Dec. 4, 2011, I wrote an essay to honor part of my Journey with the Apple Tree. This was also two days prior to planting my own apple tree. And it was also six days before I helped my grandmother to cross over upon her death, This essay was published in the anthology The Green Lovers: A Compilation of Plant Spirit Magick. I donated use of the essay in the book as a fundraiser to benefit a 501c3. I retained all rights to the essay and am now called to share it here with you. This version contains additional information from the previously published version.

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My Journey with the Apple Tree – 12/4/2011 – by Shea Morgan

My journey with the Apple Tree has been a winding path that includes visits from Mushroom, Opossum and the Fey, with other guests sprinkled in along the way, adding more spice to Apple’s message, filling in the web with their connections. It definitely takes a village of guides showing the way on a journey through a year of shamanic witchcraft, and they accompanied me, walked with me and offered their wisdom. Apple is a gateway to wisdom, and I am just beginning to understand its gifts.

For years we have had several apple trees at our family Century Farm, which has been in our family, on my Mom’s side, over 100 years. The apple trees were planted by my parents, and Mom harvests the apples every year, making pies, baking and sometimes canning apples. Baked apples have always been a fixture of our fall and winter meals, with a little bit of cinnamon of course. I loved the smell of baking apples as a child, and still do.

As a witch, the Apple Tree and its fruit play a major role in our lore. The center of much of the stories, of course, is the five pointed star that you will find in the center of an apple, if you cut it horizontally. It contains the pentagram, which is used for magick of many kinds and includes the four elements, spirit and ultimately contains the mystery.

My Apple Tree's first bloom! March 26, 2012

My Apple Tree’s first bloom! March 26, 2012

Apples come in different colors and their species have been widely varied and new strands propagated, but when we think of the apple, we think of the juicy, red apple of our childhood and mythos. The apple can also be seen as the maiden, mother and crone. The Maiden is represented by the juicy, untouched and unblemished white flesh, the Mother by the protective red covering, and the Crone by the small, black, bitter seeds, containing some poison, yet also containing the essence for regeneration in the spring.

When you think of love, or perhaps a correspondence for a love spell, you do not necessarily think of apple as a first choice. Rose is usually the first pick. But what of the apple? Apple is a child of Venus and has many powers, including love.

Think of the scent of apple on the spring breeze when new love is beginning to take form. Such magickal properties often show up in regular life. I am reminded of the old wives tale – turn the stem on the apple while reciting the alphabet, and you will find the initial of your love in the letter on which the stem releases from the apple. I learned this as a child, yet I must admit that to this day, every time I have an apple, you can catch me turning its stem. Apple is not just for love of course. It has properties of healing, happiness, wisdom and the mysteries.

Me on top of the Glastonbury Tor! During my Aug. 2011 Pilgrimage to Glastonbury

Me on top of the Glastonbury Tor! During my Aug. 2011 Pilgrimage to Glastonbury

With apples abounding and hearing apple in our lore for years, it still took a trip across the ocean on a Glastonbury Pilgrimage in August 2011 for me to make my first real connection with the Apple Tree. Glastonbury is a place of magick, and many believe, as do I, that it is the Avalon of our myths – Avalon, the Isle of Apple Trees. We are drawn to the image of the Summerland as well, with meadows and sweet apple blossoms scenting the air. What better place to begin a relationship with the Apple Tree.

One day, after we arrived back at the Chalice Well House where we were staying in Glastonbury, I went for a walk in the gardens. It was so incredibly beautiful, and I walked without thought and let the spirits move me. First I came upon an apple that had fallen in the path, and I saved it to put on our altar. As I continued to walk, I was drawn off the path. I stumbled upon a circle of Mushrooms near an apple tree. Understanding the strong relationship of the Fey to both Mushrooms and Apples, it makes sense that in such a magickal place, where the land spirits are so active, that the three would be found together – Apple, Mushroom and Faery.

Me beside the Chalice Well, the Red Well, in the Chalice Well House Gardens

Me beside the Chalice Well, the Red Well, in the Chalice Well House Gardens

That night, we had a teaching on the Nine Morgans. Afterwards, we went out to the Chalice Well Gardens under the night sky to do a journey. We walked through the lavender that lined the path, with it brushing our robes and scenting the night air. We walked to the Apple Tree and all gathered underneath its low-hanging branches. I realized that this was the apple tree earlier in the day that had gifted me an apple for our altar. Our journey’s intention was to visit the Isle of Avalon and meet one of the Morgans. We started by reading this hauntingly beautiful poem that one of us had written.

I was sitting cross-legged under the apple tree as he read, and there was an incredible, crazy heartbeat rushing through my body – its energy spiraling up and down my body. It was from the Apple Tree. Then we had a guided journey.

I felt so close to the Apple Tree. I moved into the Apple Tree, and it became my journey vehicle as I rode its trunk down below and through the dirt, and dropped through the earth. It was my gateway to Avalon, to the Undeworld and to the land of Faery. There was a river coming from the blackness of a cave, and it was feeding the lake around the island. I walked over towards an apple tree, and one of the Morgans walked over to greet me. It was Morona, the Morgan of the Earth. She was fair skinned, had black hair and was wearing a black dress. She had me sit on a bench with her by the Apple Tree. My Matron, the Morrighan, also paid a visit under that apple tree.

Apple has been known as the Tree of Knowledge, and in some religions used as a tool of fear. For some, it is the Tree of Life or their World Tree. Indeed, one can get caught up in a quest for knowledge, for knowledge’s sake, but knowledge, without experience, is just knowledge. The Morgan and her Apple Trees are something much more than this. On the path of the Witch, we seek the wisdom of the three worlds on our journey to heal ourselves, others and ultimately the three worlds. Wisdom is not something you can order up on a menu, nor can you exactly go in search of it – it is what happens on your journey when you experience the mysteries.

What better gate to the mysteries than the Apple Tree. The seeds of an apple can turn into a tree not quite like the parent tree you originally planted. Its seeds of knowledge are tempered through its own experience in becoming a new, unique tree – gaining wisdom through the process, leafing out with its own striking beauty. Wisdom is gained by experiencing the mysteries and applying your knowledge to that personal experience. No one can do it for you, which is why they call it the Work. I like to think of the Great Work as using that wisdom to heal the three worlds.

Apple is a gateway to the three worlds. It holds the Mysteries. It can take us to the Underworld and the Land of Faery. The Fey hold the wisdom of the land and are able to connect with us, sharing their wisdom, through the Apple Tree. In Avalon, the Lady in White, came to share her stories with us. Is she the Spirit of the Apple Tree? Faery? Or a combination of both? Of course, in the Arthurian lore, we are reminded of Morgana. who some say is Fey, and also of the Priestesses of Avalon on the Apple Isle. I think the Lady in White, for me, is all of these things and more. She holds a key to the gate of the Mysteries, if you choose to unlock it.

As for the apple I found and placed on our altar, the next night, a teacher placed the apple into the chalice before a teaching on the Serpents – Red and White. It is interesting that there was a connection of the apple from one night to the next, as I went from a journey with the Morgans and the Isle of Avalon, to an initiatory journey with Queen Aroxanna. The Apple Tree and its fruit are definitely a gateway – a gateway to wisdom, a gateway between the worlds and a conduit to connecting with the Fey.

Walking the same grounds that were walked, and owned, by Dion Fortune during my Aug. 2011 Pilgrimage to Glastonbury. Blessed be!

Walking the same grounds that were walked, and owned, by Dion Fortune during my Aug. 2011 Pilgrimage to Glastonbury. Blessed be!

In that journey, there was a red stream and a white stream and their waterfalls formed a pool. As I think back on this, though the red and white symbolized the serpents, the red and the white also were the apple – the red skin of the apple and the juicy white center, the blood of sacrifice and the white of purification and cleansing. I was not surprised at the connection with the Fey to either the Apple Tree or to my own journey.

Tree spirits are not shy about making themselves known when they have something to teach. When I returned from Glastonbury, going back to my mundane life, yet jumping wholeheartedly into my shadowwork for the end of our year of shamanic witchcraft, the Apple Tree made it clear that it was not yet done with me. But first, the Spirit of the Apple Tree had to find a way to make me listen.

In early October, I went to visit our family farm. The apples were just ripening, and not quite ripe enough to pick. My parents and I were enjoying the night air on the screened in back porch. Next thing we saw was an opossum saunter across the backyard. He headed straight for one of the apple trees, which I soon was to realize was his first choice among apple trees. He climbed up into the tree and climbed back down with an apple in his mouth. Boy wasn’t that just the happiest little opossum you have ever seen! He sat right down by the trunk and used his two front paws to eat his little prize. After he was finished, he went back up in the tree for more. The only thing that scared him away for a little while was our resident Owl. This scene repeated itself the next night. My parents were a little bit frustrated that the opossum might eat all their apples, but I pointed out the absolute joy and pleasure of that little creature dining on nature’s finest gift.

I really had not paid much attention to the apples trees at our farm before. The opossum, so intent on eating from the fruit of the apple tree, drew my focus back to the apple tree and made me realize the need to be silent and to listen. It drew me back from my busy life. By this little creature’s interaction with the Apple Tree, I saw wisdom. The opossum had the knowledge to climb the tree, the daring and the will to do it, and in watching him, I saw the wisdom in silent moments. To me, being silent is where the mystery is, and opossums are silent. He was my guide to the apple tree, causing me to pay more attention to the apple’s messages and mysteries.

I do believe in offerings to the spirits of trees, plants, animals and the land, and I do it regularly. However, I had left for home before a friend made a great suggestion, which was that I should leave an apple at the base of the apple tree. My parents were still at the farm for one more night, and my Dad, used to my seemingly strange requests, granted this one and placed an apple at the base of the tree. The next day, the apple was gone.

Then the next weekend I went back to the farm by myself for my own little shamanic retreat. It also was a rite of passage of sorts for me as well, as I had never had stayed there by myself. My second night that weekend, I made my weekly offering to the Morrighan, the Fey and Spirits of the Place. This time I poured wine at every tree in our yard in a circle around the farmhouse. I also left an apple out in offering again for the opossum and the apple tree.

I woke up in the middle of the night, went to the kitchen and looked out the back window as I like to do, with the big old elms and the apple trees in back. The apple was gone. I let my gaze wander, and there was the opossum – he had just walked away from eating his apple. As he walked around the house, I had to go back to bed, but something made me look out my bedroom window. And there, under the moonlight, was the opossum right outside my window, and he climbed up the tree next to my window – definitely a first time for everything. The energy was crackling in this connection I felt tugging at my heart, a thing of beauty and to be honored. I thanked the Apple and the Opossum and said good night.

For me, the farm is all about stillness – the mystery that is seen and found in the quiet stillness of nature. The opossum is the stillness and the mystery is seen in the apple, which we can see in any challenge or journey if we only slow down long enough to look, peel back the mystery and savor its juices. I must add that the opossum had a banner fall harvest – by the time my parents got back up to the farm to pick the apples, the opossum had cleaned out every last one.

Planting my Gala Apple Tree on Dec. 6, 2011, with a little help from a little red wagon and my 100 year old Oak Tree stump/altar

Planting my Gala Apple Tree on Dec. 6, 2011, with a little help from a little red wagon and my 100 year old Oak Tree stump/altar

Of course, the nature of the gifts of life lessons on this journey is not always easy. We need something to push against or to overcome sometimes to provide strong fuel for the fire as we blaze our soul’s trail. You could look at it as biting through the apple’s more bitter skin to get to the sweet pleasures and meanings inside. Or, you could look at it inverted, as the world of Faery can be viewed as inverted to ours, like the bitter poison of the seeds, working out to the sweetness of the white flesh and the protection of the apple’s skin.

For a few months over the waning part of this year, I had felt the pull of the Morrighan, Hecate, Cerridwen and Baba Yaga to write a ritual. We scheduled a Dark Moon ritual with our coven, but I actually did not write the ritual until the day of the gathering when the Dark Ladies and my guides started to speak to me. Those guides included the voice of the Apple Tree. It seems highly appropriate in considering all of this now, given the connections of the Dark Goddesses to the Apple and the Underworld. Here is the alignment with the Dark Goddess and Moon that came to me that day.

Howl of the Wolf crying out warning in the darkness
Crackling of the Oak snapping above the roar of the fire
Mushrooms finding life in the crevices of the rotting wood
Naked Birch beckoning us forth with her white fingers of bone

The Dark Lady calls us through the skeletal forest
The land walks in shadows, hiding in dampness and fog
The Hunted now at rest beneath layers of decaying leaves
Crows dancing on the brittle air in a language all their own

Depths of the ocean stillness belied by the crashing waves
Pounding the shoreline, the elements converge
Edge of the deep, water meeting air, shaping the earth
Burning with fire, we walk this path between

She shines her light through her crimson eyes for those that would follow
She calls her children to her side, together, yet we walk this path alone
Courage to hear the warmth under the screech of her cry
Warmth to those brave enough to enter her cloak

We find her there, underneath the mask, if we dare to seek
Heart beating and pulsing together with our own
The Crone, the Hag, the Magick of the Underworld at her command
She holds out the Key in her rot covered hand – will we take it, she asks?

Key to unlock the secrets of the below, of the depths and of our soul.
The secrets of the Apple and its seeds, sweet, yet poison
Datura, whispering, calls us, intoxicating scent of attraction
The Lady has her ways and wiles; her gifts are many

Who will be brave enough to take her gifts when offered?
Where shall they bring you? Her demands are simple though not easy
She asks a path of service in return.
Will you accept her hand now, and the key that has been offered?

The ritual was moving and poignant. Just as the Apple Tree had gifted me with its message, and guided me in writing this ritual, the Dark Goddesses lent their support as well. The next morning, though it was daylight, a young opossum made a visit to my home in the suburbs. It was not long after this that my parents purchased an apple tree for my backyard, and it will be planted in the same area. I had asked the Spirit of the Apple Tree to let me know one night where to plant this tree, so that I would know when I woke up in the morning. It came to me in a dream visit to tell me where to plant the tree in my yard. The Apple Tree was a fitting conclusion to this first year with the Morrighan as my matron.

It is clear that apple drew me to its mysteries, and draws other witches, for a reason, but what is it about apples that draw everyone to them? Apples are home. They are comfort and safety. Candles are even made with the scent of apple. We know apple is healing and has vitamins, but why do kids like it so much? It is again about that comfort, love and happiness, such as found in the simple pleasures of life. It is safety with the pentagram, even for those unfamiliar with its mysteries.

Apples are the four seasons. It is spring blossoms and the Faery and summer with green apples on the tree. Fall is ripening apples, reminiscent of hayrides, wassail and family trips to the apple orchard. What is it about the apple orchard that makes it so fun? The idea of fertility and an abundant harvest as you fill up the apple baskets. Apples signify abundance and fertility, and through that, success and good luck. They are accessible and friendly trees, with low hanging fruit that children can relate to as well. We eat apples in all sorts of forms and in the end we can what is left or put the rest on the compost. Any apples remaining then rot back into the earth as fertilizer for next year’s growth or start their own apple trees.

apple-and-meWe can work with apple through our journey of the year, just as we see its growth, decline and renewal in the physical world. Meditate with the apple tree, become one with the tree, see and feel what it experiences. Or call on the Spirit of the Apple Tree in journey to ask what lessons it has to teach you. The possibilities are as endless as the apples in the orchard, if you chose to pick one and taste of its fruit. The next time you walk by a display of apples, give thanks to the Apple Tree for its gift of Wisdom.

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