Friday, September 10, 2010

A New Year is almost Here!

Merry Meet friends.

I am sorry it has taken me awhile to find my way back on the path to the Cauldron. It has been an interesting year with lots of little bumps along the way. I won't bore you with the where I've been, but know you were always in my thoughts and I was anxious to get back here.

A new year is upon us. We've had a few crisp mornings here in the Ozarks making me long for Autumn to come. The fall season has always been my time of rejuvination. I look forward to it like kids look forward to Christmas. For me, the season is full of so many blessed gifts.

With the coming of the New Year, I am itching to get back to my research and will begin regular postings again. I also am hoping for a couple of surprise guests in the coming weeks so hold on to your brooms.. it's going to get busy!

Many Blessings

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Ostara Casket

For Imbolc, we did some housecleaning. From this point on you should have space to store your Ritual Caskets. This week we talk about the Ostara sabbat supplies.

This is an excellent time to do a little Spiritual Spring housecleaning. Do a house blessings ritual. Open the windows and let the fresh air in as you usher out the dark mustiness of the closed-up winter months.

The Ritual Casket

All the pastels… Yellow, Pink, pale green, soft blue, lavender and white. Think soft, cuddly, baby colors

Herbs/Flowers: daffodils, violets, forsythia, daisy
Scents: light floral or citrus

Stones: rose quartz, moonstone, aquamarine, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine and clear quartz


I am so ready for spring. Here in the Ozarks there are definitive signs. There is the mass of yellow daffodils in my backyard, crocuses in varying shades of purple, peeper frogs and masses of robins. And let’s not forget those cute little skunks with raging hormones and very little brains. Their remains litter the side of the highways. Poor creatures.

With the Spring Equinox upon us this weekend, I find myself referring to Llewellyn’s Sabbats Almanac. You can find info about the book here:

The article on the Spring Equinox was written by a fellow writer, Deborah Blake (see her link to the right). Deborah provides us with excellent background on Ostara (pronounced Oh-STAR-Ah).

As I lean more toward the Celtic origin of many of my beliefs, I am most drawn to Deborah’s explanation of Ostara being referred to by the Celts as Lady Day. Lady Day celebrates the return of the Goddess after her winter hibernation. “Many of the early myths reflected the feeling of abandonment that people felt during the dark, cold myths of winter, and their joy at the return of the light and warmth which they associated with their gods.”

Balance is one of many magickal associations with this sabbat. We are shifting to the equality of lightness and of darkness, between the God and Goddess energies and of the meeting of worlds.

Now is the time to strive for balance in our life. Awaken ourselves to the possibilities all around us. Deborah sums it best when she says, “If Samhain is the sabbat that allows Pagans to acknowledge the darker side of life, then Ostara is one in which we embrace the light, opening ourselves to the energy of a reawakening Earth.” (from Llewellyn’s Sabbats Almanac pg. 125)

Be prepared for great things.
Many Blessings

Monday, February 1, 2010

Religious Freedom

It never ceases to amaze me how some people easily forget the 'freedom of religion' part of our Constitution. I've come to the conclusion that the Constitution, like many other rules and regulations, are only observed or enforced when it will benefit the person involved. Otherwise, it's just words. That's sad.

But then there are days like today when I read the yahoo news to find the Government is recognizing alternative religions on our military bases. If you've not seen the story about the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs CO, here's the link...

I've never had a desire to take part in a group ritual or ceremony. I am a Solitary and prefer it that way but being born and bred in Colorado, that is one dedication I'd love to be a part of.

Here's to our Troops of all religions and may each be tolerant of the others choice. Isn't Freedom what we're fighting for?

Many Blessings

Friday, January 29, 2010


Imbolc is the first of three fertility Sabbats and the first of four fire festivals. It is the beginning of new life... new beginnings.

A Sabbat of promise. Imbolc is the seed planted for a bountiful year in all aspects of your life.
Now is the time to ready your cabinet for the year. Empty it, wipe out the cob webs ( that effect is only cool in Hollywood movies), and take inventory. Take inventory of your personal life as well. Are there things you need to deal with and dispense with so you can move forward?

This is a good time to welcome new things into your life. Invite inspiration and creativity to abide with you throughout the year.

The Ritual Casket

Yellow, White, Red

Wintergreen & Frankincense

Snow quartz, moss agate, fire agate

Many Blessings

A Shift in Time

After all my years of being in this body on this plane, it still amazes me how time passes so quickly. You'd think I'd be use to it by now.

Since the first of the year, I've been thinking about the next casket post. Imbolc would (at that time) be just a few short weeks away. Because I want to post these two weeks prior to needing the supplies, I knew I was good until about the 15th of the month. Then my household shifted drastically and time as I knew it, ceased to exist. Nothing life-threatening.. just life-altering for the time being.

At 48 years old I find myself solely responsible for a 2 yr old 24/7. Our daughter left for Nashville for a job interview (which she got and is now in the process of settling in music city). My husband left for his three weeks on the river boat. Tootsie Pop and I are having a ball. But by the end of the evening I'm tired. I manage to make it about two hours longer than she does. hehe. Not a bunch of time to keep up with email and the blogs.

How long this will last, I'm not sure. Hubby will be gone two more weeks and then I'll have an extra pair of eyes. She climbs everywhere! But until our daughter is settled and has moved the baby down there with her, my time isn't my own. I'll do my best to keep up here but the posts may not always come as far ahead of an event as I would prefer. Bear with me, please. Life will return to normal... someday.

Many Blessings