Mother Earth (a poem for my daughter)

I am your mountain

I am your tree

I am your cave

I am your ocean

My breath is the sky

My feet are the roots

My forehead is the Moon

My laughter is the Sun

My eyes are deep wells

My heartbeat is the pulse of memory.

And you, Dear One

Are a shining pebble on the shore

Tumbling in the waves

And basking in the warmth

Of a summer day.

Imbolc Reflections & Plant Divination

Thyme, first sprouts of the year.

First sprouts of the year, Thyme 🧚‍♀️💚 Because this is due more to chance and circumstance, rather than any planning on my part, I’ve chosen to see this wonderful herb as a message of guidance for the year ahead. The magickal powers of Thyme include health + healing, restful sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, and courage. It is used to invoke the Faery Folk, and a bank or bed of Thyme in the garden is believed to be home to the Faeries. The flowers of Thyme represent courage and bravery. This herb is both hardy and delicate, and reminds me of the phrase, “sword without armor”. Remedially it is most commonly used for afflictions of the lungs and stomach, both of which I associate with grief, so perhaps it may be used as a balm for grief as well. Overall, I understand this to mean I should continue my work with the Faery Folk, remember my own inner strength and courage, particularly when it comes to experiencing grief, and focus more on my path of healing, for self and others. 🙏✨ While this is a personal reflection, perhaps it resonates for you as well, or perhaps you have your own first sprouts that you may glean from in a similar manner?

Bright Blessings and Merry Imbolc,

Saga 🌙

Resources:
• The Forgotten Arts: Growing, Gardening & Cooking with Herbs by Richard M. Bacon
• The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra
• Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
• The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

Eight Values of the Witch

For your studies and consideration:

“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.”

-Charge of the Goddess (Doreen Valiente)

Beauty

  1. The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
  2. A beautiful person or thing; esp: a beautiful woman.
  3. A graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality that contributes to beauty.

Strength

  1. The quality or state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance.
  2. Power to resist force: SOLIDITY, TOUGHNESS
  3. Power of resisting attack: IMPREGNABILITY
  4. Legal, logical, or moral force.
  5. a) Degree of potency of effect or of concentration b)Intensity of light, color, sound or odor c) Vigor of expression
  6. Force as measured in numbers: effective numbers of any body or organization
  7. One regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness: SUPPORT
  8. Maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level: firmness of prices

Power

  1. a) possession of control, authority, or influence over others b) One having such power: a sovereign state c) archaic: force of armed men d) a large number or quantity
  2. a) i. ability to act or produce an effect ii. capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right
  3. a) physical might b) mental or moral efficacy c) political control or influence
  4. an angel of the fourth lowest rank
  5. a) the number of times as indicated by an exponent a number occurs as a factor in a product; also: the product itself b) cardinal number 2
  6. a) a source or means of supplying energy; esp: electricity b) motive power c) the time rate at which work is done or energy emitted or trasferred
  7. magnification 2b
  8. scope, comprehensiveness

Compassion

  1. sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Honor

  1. a) good name or public esteem: reputation b) outward respect: recognition
  2. privilege
  3. a person of superior standing – now used esp. as a title for a holder of high office
  4. one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
  5. an evidence or symbol of distinction
  6. chastity, purity
  7. a) a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY b) one’s word given as a guarantee of performance

Humility

  1. the quality or state of being humble

Mirth

  1. gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter

Reverence

  1. honor or respect felt or shown: DEFERENCE; esp: profound adoring awed respect
  2. a gesture of respect (as a bow)
  3. the state of being revered or honored
  4. one held in reverence – used as a title for a clergyman

Source:

Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1971. Print.

Bright blessings,

S.

NEWS: The MMC Shop is now open!

Hello friends,

I am excited to let you know that the MMC shop is now open! Here I’ll be adding items that I find useful for the Witch, such as herbs, candles, apothecary items, and more. These are all created, crafted, and assembled by me, and many of the items will be foraged and/or garden-grown as well. I aim to provide goods that are created sustainably, inspire you in your Craft, and are available at affordable prices. Please follow me on IG @mmc.blog to stay up-to-date on new additions as well.

Much love and bright blessings,

S.

New Year’s Activities for the Witch

While the calendar new year is not really a part of the Witch’s Wheel, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a time for intention and ritual. Here are a few ideas for activities that can be done at this time, and if you have additional ideas, please let me know in the comments!

New Year Blessings,

S.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The MMC Book Coven starts in January!

Hello friends,

I am excited to announce that I’ll be starting a monthly book club in January – we will be kicking it off with the incredible classic, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

If this is a book you have been wanting to read (or re-read!), I’d love for you to join! Here is some additional info about the MMC Book Coven:

  • We have most of the month of January to read the book, and will meet sometime at the end of January via zoom to discuss it – you can obviously get started on it now if you like!
  • If you are not able to obtain a hard copy of the book, there is a free pdf of it here.
  • This is a very low key book club, no worries if you don’t finish the whole book.
  • I’ll have some discussion questions but feel free to bring your own too, otherwise it’s just a free form discussion.
  • There’s a bonus activity (optional) of creating your own Wild Soul Talisman, inspired by the book. This would be an object you craft that serves as a reminder of your own Wild Soul, and may be used for your witchcraft, ritual, altar, etc. Some ideas are a necklace, a sculpture, a painting, a poem, a sigil … the sky is the limit. If you feel comfortable doing so we will share what we made during the meet up!
  • This is a month to month opt-in, I’ll post the next book 2 weeks prior (so, next one will be announced Jan 15) and you can just let me know if you want to join in again for it.  
  • You do not have to be a Witch to join the book coven, however just know that witchcraft will be a running theme with the book selection and most likely a part of the discussions.
  • The meet up will be scheduled for 1 hr, although we can continue the discussion further if people want to stick around for that.

That about covers it! If you have any questions, and/or would like to join the January meet-up, please email me at saganightryder@gmail.com. I will send you the day/time of the meet up once it has been finalized. Looking forward to it!

Bright blessings,

S.

Witch Mix #4 Full Moon November 2020

Haven’t done one of these in a while — I’ve been listening to a lot of Rush lately, so, you’re welcome. 😉 Hope you find this playlist inspiring and/or uplifting in some way, we are in the thick of it with holidays, eclipses, and closing up the year. It’s a lot! Don’t forget to breathe.

Bright blessings,

S.

Thyme Iced Tea

So good.

Summer is here, and it’s the perfect “thyme” for some iced tea. 🙂 If you are growing thyme in your garden, you probably have more than you know what to do with at this point! So here is a delicious way to put it to use. I first tried thyme iced tea at a fancy coffee shop in Seattle. Once I tried it, I knew I had to figure out how to make it for myself – the thyme lends a refreshing and herbaceous flavor that is hard to describe, you just have to try it!

Ingredients (for 1 quart of iced tea):

a handful of fresh sprigs of thyme, chopped

4 black tea bags

2 generous spoonfuls of sugar

lemon

Directions:

Put the kettle on to boil. Add chopped thyme and tea bags to your teapot or french press. Pour boiling water over it (enough for 1 quart) and let steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add two generous spoonfuls of sugar to a heat-proof 1 quart glass jar (Ball canning jars are great). Once it has steeped, pour tea into the jar, stir well until the sugar has dissolved. Cap it and let cool on the counter for a bit, then put it in the fridge. Once your tea is chilled, fill a glass with ice and pour tea over ice. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

Happy gardening and blessed be,

S.