Sacred Tools: The Athame

the athameAn athame (ATH-uh-may) is a double-edged dagger. In general, the athame is not sharpened, primarily for safety reasons. An athame *never* cuts anything physical – it is strictly an energy tool.

The Athame is an extension of yourself that you use to focus your energy during ritual ceremonies. Traditionally it has a black hilt, usually wooden, although that is not necessarily the rule.

Below are specific invocations used to present the athame.

Presentation Of The Athame

Hold your athame towards the sky in both hands and say:

O Great Lord, bless this athame. May it be forever unsullied, bound to your greatness so that no thing be harmed. 0 my Lord, bless this athame. May it be used only for the good and glory of the One, One heart, one hope, one love.

Then say:

O Beauteous Lady, bless this athame. May it be untainted in thy service, dedicated to your goodness, harming none. 0 my Lady, bless this athame. May it be used only for the good and glory of the One. Great Lord and Lady, so let it be.

(Source: Natural Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self-Development by Pamela Ball)

Sacred Tools: The Chalice

goddess chaliceThe chalice is presented to the Goddess first because it is a symbol of femininity, then presented to the God. The athame, by contrast, is presented to the God first because it represents the masculine.

The presentation of all other objects is a matter of choice and will depend on your own personal preference. It is often considered preferable to present to the Goddess first.

Below are specific invocations used to present the chalice.

Presentation to the Goddess and God

Hold your chalice towards the sky in both hands and say:

O beauteous Lady, shower sanctity upon this chalice. May it be a vessel for activity and achievement, and so appear worthy of your omnipresence.

May it be so constrained that no harm results. To your service, 0 Lady, I devote this chalice, that we both shall long in your reverence, serve.

Then say:

O magnificent Lord, sanctify this chalice so that it brings delight and clarity Protect the dealings which pour from it that no thing be harmed.May it be dedicated to thee and thy beauteous Lady, may it serve thee well.

So let it be.

(Source: Natural Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self-Development by Pamela Ball)

Planning a Beltane Menu

The sun is out the weather is finally warm that can only mean Beltane is almost here. It’s a great time to get together with friends and family.

Planning a potluck style dinner, not sure what to prepare? Try some of these Beltane themed recipes to get you started!

Cucumber Soup (optional)

1 small finely chopped onion
1 cucumber
½ oz butter
¼ pint vegetable stock (broth) (or water with a good pinch of salt)
½ handful fresh chopped parsley
1 pint milk

Peel and finely chop the cucumber, finely chop the onion and fry in the butter until softened but not brown. Add the vegetable stock and parsley bring to the boil, and then simmer gently for 5 minutes. Push through a sieve or blend, and then add the milk.

If serving hot, warm through but do not allow to boiling. If serving chilled, add another good pinch of salt and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Just before serving, add a large swirl of single (light) cream. Use celery as an alternative to cucumber.
Cornish Hens in Honey

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
cloves, saffron and salt, to taste
4 Rock Cornish game hens, 1 to 1-1/4 lbs. each
water, as needed
1 cup honey
parsley and woodruff, *for garnish, optional

Instructions: Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and parsley. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is softened. Sir in raisins and spices. Season game hens inside and out with onion mixture. Place game hens on rack in roasting pan. Roast in preheated 375 degree F oven 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Pour enough water in bottom of pan to measure 1/2 inch. Spread honey over game hens to coat. Return to oven; reduce heat to 350 degrees F. Roast 15 minutes or until hens are tender and golden brown. Remove hens to heated serving platter and keep warm. Adjust thickness of pan juices and correct seasoning as desired.Generously spoon over game hens. Garnish with parsley and woodruff, if desired.

Garlic in Onion Mashed Potatoes

9 ounces pared all-purpose potatoes, cubed
1/4 cup diced onion
1 1/2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup evaporated skimmed milk
2 tsp margarine
Dash white pepper

In a saucepan bring 1 1/2 quarts water to a boil; add potatoes, onion, and garlic and cook until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes.
While potatoes are cooking prepare milk, margarine, and pepper and cook over low heat until margarine is melted. Keep warm over low heat.
Pour potato-onion mixture through colander, discarding cooking liquid. Transfer potato-onion mixture to large mixing bowl. Using mixer on low speed, mash potato-onion mixture. Gradually increase speed to high; add milk mixture and continue beating until potatoes are light and fluffy. serves 2 Preparation – 25 minutes – Layla Talora Eshe –

Mixed Baby Green with Lemon Vinaigrette

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (can use hazelnut or walnut oil)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch freshly cracked black peppercorns

In a jar or bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature. Yields 1/4 cup.

Fried Honey Cakes

1/2 cup sweet white wine
1 egg
2/3 cup flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup honey
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Oil for frying

Beat the wine and eggs in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon and salt and sugar in a small bowl. Stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 30 minutes. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a small bowl. Heat 1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot but not smoking. Drop the batter into the oil 1 Tbsp full at a time; fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip into the honey. Yield: 1 1/2 dozen

Fresh Fruit Salad

4 cups assorted fresh fruit, sliced
1 to 2 tbsp raspberry vinegar

Slice fruit and arrange on a serving plate. Sprinkle with raspberry vinegar,cover and chill. Note: Choose seasonal fruit such as peaches, oranges,pineapples,seedless grapes or fresh or frozen berries for this refreshing dish. Purchase raspberry vinegar in gourmet stores or make at home.

Claudia’s Recipe for Lavender Lemonade

1 1/2 cups sugar
5 cups water
12 stems fresh lavender
2 1/4 cups lemon juice

BOIL 2 1/2 cups of water with the sugar. ADD the lavender stems and remove from heat. PLACE on the lid and let cool. When cool, add 2 1/2 cups water and the lemon juice. STRAIN out the lavender. SERVE the lavender lemonade with crushed ice and GARNISH with lavender blossoms. Serves 8 – Claudia –

Moon Moon, Mother Moon

Adding to my Library: Llewellyn’s 2012 Moon Sign Book: Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

For more than one hundred years, Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book has helped millions take advantage of the Moon’s dynamic energies. This perennially popular resource features an essential weekly almanac that contains lunar gardening tips, timing guidelines for planting and harvesting, and inspiring quotations.

Also exclusively in Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book:

  • A monthly lunar aspectarian with Moon tables.
  • Detailed weather predictions for each region by renowned astrometeorologist Kris Brandt Riske.
  • New and Full Moon forecasts for 2012 by Sally Cragin.
  • A companion planting guide that features over one hundred plant.
  • Electional rules and dates for ventures in love, relationships, business, finances, and other areas.


Lunar Lore

The full-orb’d moon, with her nocturnal ray

Shed o’er the scene a lovely flood of day.

~ Wheelwright’s Pindar, Olymp. Ode X ~

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When you sow to have double flowers,

let it be in the full of the moon;

and as often as you transplant them,

let it be in the full of the moon.

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~ Leonard Meager, “New Art of Gardening”, 1697 ~

Kitchen Witch ABC’s

Did You Know: A kitchen witch, sometimes called a cottage witch or a hedge witch, is a poppet or handmade doll resembling a stereotypical witch or crone displayed in residential kitchens as a means to provide good luck and ward off bad spirits.

Build Your Kitchen Witch Library:


Always stir in a clockwise motion
Before you chop veggies, offer thanks
Cut mindfully, gratefully
Do all preparations in a loving spirit
Energize food with good thoughts
Feast gratefully
Give & share what you can spare
Home & hearth are sacred
Invoke blessings of
Goddess on all food
Join hands with friends often
Kindness shows in serving food
Love goes into every dish
Mindfully gather ingredients
No wasting – recycle, compost, feed animals
Open your senses, enjoy your surroundings
Play as well as work
Quench thirst, thinking of clear clean rivers
Resolve to be grateful & waste not
Salivate as you smell fragrance & anticipate flavors
Thank the Universe & Goddess for health
Use utensils carefully, then clean up
Value time spent with loved ones
When possible grow & harvest your food
Xtra food is for creative recombining
Yearly rituals & feasts build traditions
Zestful living in every area is our goal.

~ Author Unknown ~

Litha Activities and Ideas

Litha is almost upon us and if your a super busy mom like me you will want to pre-plan some family activities for yourself as well as your children. Here’s a few activity ideas to get you thinking .. Leave A Comment below and add to the list.

  • Go berry picking. Have the children chose their best berry and throw it back into the berry bushes as they thank the Goddess and the bushes for the fruit.
  • Make a Wicker Man and burn him in your Litha bonfire.
  • Burn your remnants of your Yule Tree or Wreath in the bonfire or try using Wreath of Vervain and Mugwort which were burned in ancient times at the end of the festivals to burn away bad luck.
  • Many families placed roses on the altar, as this is the Goddess flower for this time of the year. Try this yourself for a beautiful and fragrant decoration.
  • Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae folk.
  • Have a mock battle between the Oak and Holly King. Remember that this is part of the cycle and as the wheel turns the Holly King will rise again at Winter Solstice.
  • Put a ring of flowers around your cauldron or around a bowl full of mugwort.
  • Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry and use them to spice up a Litha feast of cooked summer vegetables.
  • Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out.
  • Make a charm to hang around your neck with a seashell.
  • Jump the balefire or cauldron. (I would use caution here)
  • Offer a gift of lavender to the Gods in a bonfire. Pass St. John’s Wort through the smoke and then hang the herb up in the house for protection.
  • Make your own Stonehenge at the beach like you would a sand castle.
  • Have an outdoor breakfast picnic to welcome the Solstice.
  • Stay up and watch the sun go down on the longest day of the year!.
  • Draw a picture of the sun at sunrise and sunset.
  • Try a fire divination, stare into the coals of your bonfire as it settles or look for forms in the leaping flames.
  • Create a ritual to bring healing and love to Mother Earth.
  • Dispose of those qualities that trouble you: project them into a burn-able (bunch of dry twigs, paper, etc.) and thrust the mass into a cleansing fire.
  • Make a staff, dream pillows, herb craft items like a wreath, make a witches’ ladder.
  • Make a Catherine Wheel, or frame of sticks and withies (slender, flexible branches) with flammable material among the spokes. At the climax of your ritual, ignite the wheel and send it rolling down a hillside into a pond or lake. (obviously the hillside should be stone, bare earth, or covered with moist vegetation–no dry grass or underbrush!)