Hey Guys! It's Gypsy!
So, our November circle took place on November 23rd, we were joined this month by my girls and a couple of other ladies girls who are all over 12, as we have a fire going I was conscious of little ones around it...
As usual I set up the garden during the day, filling the fire pit, tidying the garden, placing out the circle markers and placing the chairs out. It was a bit chilly, so I suggested people bring blankets for sitting around the fire.
The girls all mingled and introduced themselves, thankfully they all got on really well, although there were a few shy faces at first.
We waited for everyone to arrive, we then chose our drums and began to drum us all into circle, this usually takes around 4 - 5 minutes. Everyone is always so relaxed afterwards, it really sets the atmosphere for the evening.
The food that we made to share this month was:
Pasta with vegetables and sauce,
Butternut squash and tomato soup with rolls,
snacks and nibbles.
The girls really super charged the energy this month it was great! They were so enthusiastic and involved in every part of the ritual.
We followed our usually outline:
Welcoming everyone, followed by drumming into circle.
The actual ritual, which this month, focused on releasing things that we no longer need in our lives. We write the things out on a piece of paper, folding away from us at each turn - We then drop them into the fire, saying " I release you to the universe!" We then write we would like to bring in to fill what we have released, as natures abhors a vacuum!
We then share food and chat around the fire - Whilst the girls played.
We had planned on making sage smudge spray this month, but the girls were having so much fun together, that we ended up spending longer than usual doing everything - We will make them next month.
The girls asked lots of questions and had ideas that we could incorporate for other circles.
The Oaty Biscuits recipe I baked below, is from Cakes from the Cauldron - A Kitchen Witch book by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts.
275g (9 1/2 oz) Porridge oats
100g (3 1/2 oz) Plain (all-purpose flour) plus extra for dusting,
100g (3 1/2 oz) granulated sugar
50g (1 1/2 oz) Demerara sugar,
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of Soda
A pinch of salt
225g (8 oz) margarine or butter
I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
You can add flavour with Lavender buds 1 teaspoon from your garden or food grade lavender.
Grated lemon zest 1 dessert spoonful.
Fennel seeds 1 teaspoon or Lemon Balm, finely chopped 1 teaspoon.
Vanilla, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
A handful of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180c/Gas mark 4/350F
We use porridge oats as they are, if you want a smoother texture, put them through the food processor before working with them. Add all the other ingredients, mixing until it forms a dough - you may need to add a little extra flour if too sticky.
Add flavours you are working with now.
Roll out the cookies onto a lightly floured surface to a 5mm thickness.
Cut with whichever cookie cutter you choose, place on a dry baking sheet (no greasing or lining needed)
Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, they should be pale golden in colour and slightly firm, they firm more on standing.
December Luna Goddess Circle.
December's Luna Goddess Circle was on the Full Moon on the 22nd!
As it was Yule/Christmas time, not everyone could make it, understandably.
I set up the garden for circle a few hours ahead of time, as usual... Filling up the fire pit, placing the chairs and setting the Circle markers in place, in preparation for everybody arrival and made sure the drums were within hands reach.
We wrote out our slips of paper with the things we want to release written on them, dropped them into the fire - the adults did the dropping, as the flames were quite high by that point.
We then filled the gap we released by writing out what we wanted to bring into our lives, carrying it with us until the New Moon.
Afterwards we sent healing to friends who were in need, I said for the children to imagine they were care bears shining their heart light on those whom needed it, which was received well.
We made some sage smudge spray - Items needed Spray bottle, distilled water, vodka (optional) sage essential oil
Boil and cool some water in the kettle, for distilled water,
Fill the bottle halfway with distilled water and half with vodka,
Add 15 - 20 drops of sage essential oil
Shake! Use as needed.
Before ritual I placed some Citrine points out to charge under the full moon, to gift to everyone, so that they carried the energy of the sun with them through the darker months of Winter.
The food we shared this month:
Christmas cooked ham, rolls and pickles etc
Snacks and sweets
Jacket potato and chilli
Pumpkin pie and clotted cream
We pulled crackers, told the jokes and wore the hats Wink
We also worked some candle magic.
I bought a bulk pack of 50, 8 hour burn tea light candles, checked all of my herbs/resins etc - Which is a lot...
After ritual we headed inside, where it was warm, everyone picked a candle or two - We worked from A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs book.
Everyone had a look through the book, whilst I assembled all the items we would be working with.
I showed everyone how to charge the herbs, and crystal chips with their intention, and we went from there - People worked with the herbs etc they were drawn too, they then added their intent before placing the herbs and or crystals etc around the candle wick. We then lit a taper candle, dripping the wax over the herbs etc to set them in place.
We ended up with some beautiful candles - Some were for self-love, for confidence, some for sleep with others for transformation or change or meditation.
Once again, a beautiful gathering with beautiful people.
See you next Month...
)O( Gypsy Willowmoon Xx