Monday, July 1, 2019

June Solstice-A-Long Day 12: CELEBRATION



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Good day! And welcome to Day 12 of the Three Cranes Grove Solstice-a-Long!

Even though “Twelfth Night” is attested to at the end of Yule, our modern calendars only allow for New Year’s Eve to happen in December. But that does not mean some sort of gathering can’t happen!  We might need to juggle mundane obligations to have a fitting ending to the celebration but find some time to transition out of this sacred time.  Light the last candle, have an evening gathering in the South, or a daytime gathering in the North and celebrate!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June Solstice-A-Long Day 11: Return to the Otherworld





Good day! And welcome to Day 11 of the Three Cranes Grove Solstice-a-Long! 

As we prepared the practical nature of hearth and harvest yesterday, today we let go of the Otherworld energies we welcomed as the Winter Wanderer and Spirit of the Greenwood, as they shapeshift into the Boar and Stag, both with other-wordly associations of prosperity and abundance we hope to have for the new year.

Light the previous candles and then light the eleventh, placing the appropriate symbol and offering.

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Southern Hemisphere:  The Cosmic Boar Hunt is a theme that, according to Alexei Kondratiev in “The Apple Branch,” symbolizes the cycle of the sun and the earth’s fertility.  The boar’s head would be used for swearing oaths, but most of us don’t have access to one of those.  So, a statue of a boar would be fine, and special honoring for Frey and Freya (or, as always, other deities and spirits) perhaps, given their associations with the animal.  Offering of an apple for the Great Boar, in case it passes by your house.

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Northern Hemisphere: Kontratiev juxtaposes the Boar with the Stag in his book, and as we welcomed the perhaps-antlered Spirit of the Greenwood early in the devotion, it is fitting then to honor the Stag as he prepares for his most fertile time. Symbols of the Stag and offerings for deities of the hunt.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

June Solstice-A-Long Day10: Hearth and Harvest




Good Day! And welcome to Day 10 of the Three Crane Grove Solstice-a-Long! As our 12-days are nearing a close, we must begin preparations for heading back into regular time, and for the tasks to come.

Light the previous candles and then light the tenth, placing the appropriate symbol and offering.

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Northern Hemisphere: Preparing for the Harvest. On a practical level, this means just what it says, even if your harvest is only a couple of tomatoes from your garden.  Placement of a harvest tool, or similar symbols of the harvest on the altar, and offerings to harvest deities and spirits.

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Southern Hemisphere:   Preparing the hearth for the remainder of the winter is the theme.    Placement of a distaff if you have one, or other household related things on the altar, and honoring Frigga or other hearth and home deities.

Friday, June 28, 2019

June Solstice-A-Long Day 9: Green-kins




Good day! And welcome to Day 9 of the Three Crane Grove Solstice-a-Long. Today we honor the spirits of the plant realm, both in the winter and the summer.

Light the previous candles and then light the ninth, placing the appropriate symbol and offering.

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Southern Hemisphere:  Celebration of the evergreen.  Honoring and meditating (or even journeying) on the world tree, placing a sprig of real evergreen on the altar.




Image result for healing herbsNorthern Hemisphere: Celebration of the healing herbs.  Folklore about collecting herbs at this time, but we can expand to honor whatever plants are in full growth at this time.  Healing deities, too (Airmid and Miach, Eir)





Thursday, June 27, 2019

June Solstice-A-Long Day 8: Celebration of Snow/Rain


Good Day! And welcome to Day 8 of the Three Cranes Grove Solstice-a-Long! Today we honor the precipitation, in whatever form we see it, for the vital role it plays.

Light the previous candles and then light the eighth, placing the appropriate symbol and offering.


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Northern Hemisphere: Celebrate and honor the spirit of rain and summer storms.  When they aren’t too severe, we need them for our food! Place a symbol and maybe some ale for Thor (or other rain or storm deity). If the weather cooperates, collect rainwater and place it a bowl on the altar.



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Southern Hemisphere:  Celebrate and honor the spirit of ice and snow.  They are difficult, but even they have their place in the scheme of things.  Symbols of snow and ice and honoring Skadhi and Ullr.  If the weather cooperates, a bowl of snow can be placed on the altar.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June Solstice-A-Long Day 7: Feast of Fools/Feats of Skill




Day 7: Feast of Fools/Feats of Skill

Good Day! And welcome to Day 7!  Traditionally, this day after Christmas is Boxing Day, and there are many customs that could be traced back to this being a time when the social rules were suspended, switching roles and ritualized disrespect (meaning it isn’t real).  There are a couple of ways to do this, and I’ve split them for the hemispheres.

Light the previous candles and then light the seventh, placing the appropriate symbol and offering.

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Southern Hemisphere: This could go a couple of ways: If there are children present, put them in charge of something that they don’t normally do, like fixing dinner, or being in charge of the evening’s ritual and candle lighting.  Or one could make offering to Outdwellers, Tricksters, or other spirits of Chaos, in recognition for their role in making us learn and grow.



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Northern Hemisphere: Take advantage of the longer day (and maybe day off?) to play games of chance and skill, and in the evening honor the spirit of competition and camaraderie.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

June Solstice-a-Long Day 6: Child of Light (South)/Divine Champion (North)


Good day! And welcome to Day 6 of the Three Cranes Grove Solstice-a-Long!

There’s little doubt that the solstices are associated with spirits of great power, whether at their birth or their strength. We take this time to honor both of those.


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Northern hemisphere:  Honor of the divine hero or champion, defeater of dangerous wild powers of nature (Giants, Titans, for example), or brings about the much-needed skills and items to the folk.

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Southern hemisphere:  Child of light in many cultures (Angus mac Og, Mabon ap Modron), bringer of hope and light in the darkness.






Light the previous candles and then light the sixth, placing the appropriate symbol and offering.