Saturday, June 7, 2008

Midsummer is Near!

Midsummer Solstice
Observing the Sabbats helps one attune to nature.
Attuning to nature gives one the opportunity to
• stop,
• get centered, and
• release undue stress

• Burning Bowl
• Matches
• Incense
• Cloth Pouch
• Midsummer Herbs

Midsummer Herbs
Mugwort, Vervain, Chamomile, Rose, Lily, Oak, Lavender, Ivy
Yarrow, Fern, Elder, Wild Thyme, Daisy, Carnation

Mentally pour all troubles, sorrows, pain, problems and the like into a cloth petition (pouch) of Midsummer herbs.

Allow yourself to be drawn to an idyllic spot
Be barefoot, or make contact with the earth

Light the incense in the burning bowl

Clear your mind
Breathe deeply and regularly
Slow yourself down
Open yourself to the energies of nature

Sit and meditate on the gist of the following, don't be worried about the exact words:

In this place of power, I open myself
I breathe the energy into my body
Commingling, blending,
mixing them with mine
In this place and time I am changed

Burn the cloth petition in the burning bowl and meditate on the gist of the following:

In the noon of summer
All nature vibrates with energy
Now is the time of forgetting
Past cares and banes
Burn away the unuseful
Burn away the hurtful
Burn away the bane

Sit and meditate

(This ritual is compiled from various sources, including Llewellyn's Almanac, Scott Cunningham's guide for the solitary practitioner, and Buckland's guide to witchcraft.)

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