One of the glorious things about being pagan is that we instinctively have a kinship with both the land and the guardians of it. We honor both, and it isn’t unusual to make pacts with those beings whose mission it is to keep the land safe. Back in the late 1990’s I purchase … Continue reading Honoring The Guardians Of The Land
I find things in my files....or people send them to me years ago....but this is a neat chart (from who knows where) on healing herbal teas. Blessings from the Hearth
Remember the herbs we grew earlier in the month? Dry some for use during the winter. I recommend making cuttings and dry them by hanging them in an area that gets decent circulation. Afterwards I place them in herb jars and keep them in the cupboard for use during the months when nothing grows. Blessings from … Continue reading June 26: Sacred Month of Hestia
Craft Home Blessing Incense.
Plant an herb garden showcasing Hestia's sacred herbs -- even if it's in pots! Basil, Bay, Oregano, Marjoram, Mint, Sage, Spearmint, Rosemary, Thyme, Savory, Fennel, Coriander, Parsley, Dill, and Anise are all herbs held as sacred by Hestia. Blessings from the Hearth.
During this winter holyday season I always make a change in my incense offering to Hestia. I love making my own herbal incenses, and this particular blend has easily obtained materials. You will burn this on a coal tab, so be sure you have a heat proof dish that has sand or salt in the … Continue reading Longest Night (Yule) Incense
While many pagans engage in elaborate spell work, I confess that mine is few and far between...so, when I really need it, I'll perform it. No big ceremony. No elaborate set up. I'm a Hearthkeeper -- that magic business takes place in the kitchen. My magical tools are my pots, pans and utensils. My additional aids … Continue reading A Little Bit Of Kitchen Magic
Twice a year we go through and have Hestia, our household goddess, bless our home. She is the focal point of our household altar (which is on our fireplace mantel), but shares it with Hathor and Bastet (two household goddesses my young daughter also holds in esteem). I don’t normally share our personal household blessing, … Continue reading House Blessing Ritual
I grow all my own herb to use in my ritual and incense work. Once dried, I grind them to a powder with my kitchen mortar and pestle and store. When needed, I burn it on coals in a fireproof container (I have a small cauldron for the task. I’ve heard of a few people … Continue reading House Blessing Incense