Thursday, March 21, 2013

My coven and a guest celebrated a small Equinox ritual over the weekend. This is the time of year when we release our Hags (cailleach) who we have been caring for since Autumn equinox. She’s then reborn as a maiden.

It’s one of my favourite rituals and I’m glad that we did a few days early because my hag kicked my ass this year and it was time to start fresh.

She was like a sweet little old lady who likes to put dollies under everything but who is so prim and proper that she has a bit of a mean streak. For some reason the only way I could think of how to describe her is almost like Dolores Umbridge-lite in her character and yet I feel like she did help me get through the worst of the worst. The hag offers harsh lessons and maybe it’s my own fault for not feeding her quite enough whiskey this year.

I love winter but I am so ready for spring!

~sparrowqueen ♥

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Tonight’s Yule altar. What a lovely evening. I had a bit too much Bubbly and wassail though, seriously way past time for bed. Zzzz….

Tonight’s Yule altar. What a lovely evening. I had a bit too much Bubbly and wassail though, seriously way past time for bed. Zzzz….

Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Hagging - Autumn Equinox 2012 

I can’t believe it’s already been a week since equinox, time flies when you’re mega-busy-to-the-extreme. I’ve been working tons, trying to have a bit of a social life, writing PhDs applications, judged a drag show, taking a coding workshop and last night I saw some Nuit Blanche art. 

I simply adore this time of year! The weather is a large part of it (being Canadian to ridiculous degree I love the crisp, chilly weather and hate being hot), and certainly the foods and sounds and smells of the season also contribute - but it’s more so the palpable feeling of change that accompany harvesttide and the move to the dark half of the year that is so magical and intoxicating. My inner gothypants also gets stupidly excited about Halloween, but really from Equinox through to Yule, this feels like my season and power time. I always feel like I become my best and brightest self this time of year, which is somewhat ironic considering I usually want to pseudo-hibernate until spring, but really I find it delightful. I’m embracing my inner little-old-lady. 

On the night of Equinox, I celebrated with my coven, Rosa Mystica, as well as few special guests that we invited to join us (shoutouts to littlecitywitch, pada-viya and kitzuneh - as well as our other lovely guests). 

I’ve lost count whether this is my 4th or 5th year doing this ritual now, but it’s an incredibly powerful experience. (Read more last year’s ritual here.) Essentially, it’s about honouring the Callieach. We make our own Hags to care for over the fall and winter months. If you care for her, she will care for you and your household. Offerings of whiskey on the full moon are traditional, though each individual Hag may ask for something different of its caretaker. 

Each year my Hag turns out a little differently. As a group, we’ve found your Hag’s appearance generally has some reflection on the months to come. This year, my hag is tiny in comparisons to past years. She’s also more streamlined and simple looking. I can definitely dig this, my goals for the next 6 months are to get organized, declutter and simplify my life.  Back to basics! 

~sparrowqueen ♥

The Hagging - Autumn Equinox 2012 

I can’t believe it’s already been a week since equinox, time flies when you’re mega-busy-to-the-extreme. I’ve been working tons, trying to have a bit of a social life, writing PhDs applications, judged a drag show, taking a coding workshop and last night I saw some Nuit Blanche art.

I simply adore this time of year! The weather is a large part of it (being Canadian to ridiculous degree I love the crisp, chilly weather and hate being hot), and certainly the foods and sounds and smells of the season also contribute - but it’s more so the palpable feeling of change that accompany harvesttide and the move to the dark half of the year that is so magical and intoxicating. My inner gothypants also gets stupidly excited about Halloween, but really from Equinox through to Yule, this feels like my season and power time. I always feel like I become my best and brightest self this time of year, which is somewhat ironic considering I usually want to pseudo-hibernate until spring, but really I find it delightful. I’m embracing my inner little-old-lady.

On the night of Equinox, I celebrated with my coven, Rosa Mystica, as well as few special guests that we invited to join us (shoutouts to littlecitywitch, pada-viya and kitzuneh - as well as our other lovely guests).

I’ve lost count whether this is my 4th or 5th year doing this ritual now, but it’s an incredibly powerful experience. (Read more last year’s ritual here.) Essentially, it’s about honouring the Callieach. We make our own Hags to care for over the fall and winter months. If you care for her, she will care for you and your household. Offerings of whiskey on the full moon are traditional, though each individual Hag may ask for something different of its caretaker.

Each year my Hag turns out a little differently. As a group, we’ve found your Hag’s appearance generally has some reflection on the months to come. This year, my hag is tiny in comparisons to past years. She’s also more streamlined and simple looking. I can definitely dig this, my goals for the next 6 months are to get organized, declutter and simplify my life. Back to basics!

~sparrowqueen ♥

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Happy Equinox & Mabon, my darlings! 

So excited for ritual tonight, having a my coven Rosa Mystica and a few special guests over and we are going to make our Cailleachs.

YES! FAVOURITE RITUAL OF THE ENTIRE YEAR! 

The photo above is last year’s hag, they always end up so different. I’m so excited to meet this year’s crones.

Happy Equinox & Mabon, my darlings!

So excited for ritual tonight, having a my coven Rosa Mystica and a few special guests over and we are going to make our Cailleachs.

YES! FAVOURITE RITUAL OF THE ENTIRE YEAR!

The photo above is last year’s hag, they always end up so different. I’m so excited to meet this year’s crones.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Happy Beltane / May Day! 

I hope your day is blessed, bright, and hopefully full of giant poles! Ah pagan fertility rites, you never let me down, re: large phalluses! ;)

I’ll be celebrating with Rosa Mystica tonight, and will certainly report back hopefully with some photos and an update soon.

… 

In other news…MY THESIS SHOW OPENS IN 3 DAYS! It’s also kind of about sex - but really mostly gender, and burlesque! I am really excited, and hella nervous. I start installing this afternoon. If you’re in Toronto, you should come check it out. I will be performing around 8pm at the opening reception. 

~sparrowqueen ♥

Happy Beltane / May Day!

I hope your day is blessed, bright, and hopefully full of giant poles! Ah pagan fertility rites, you never let me down, re: large phalluses! ;)

I’ll be celebrating with Rosa Mystica tonight, and will certainly report back hopefully with some photos and an update soon.

In other news…MY THESIS SHOW OPENS IN 3 DAYS! It’s also kind of about sex - but really mostly gender, and burlesque! I am really excited, and hella nervous. I start installing this afternoon. If you’re in Toronto, you should come check it out. I will be performing around 8pm at the opening reception.

~sparrowqueen ♥

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Imbolc, Part 2 - Rosa Mystica Altar 

I know it’s been a few days, but I feel like Imbolc energy is still very much with us. The full moon looked perfect last night. I had a little something planned, but my head was full of snot and I was nursing a migraine. Alas, perhaps I’ll do a mini ritual tonight. 

After my crazy fire incident the other night I had a very beautiful water (and fire) heavy rite with Rosa Mystica. It was one of the most fantastic rituals I’ve ever done - truly healing, nurturing and transformative. I felt so much lighter and rejuvenated afterward. This was one for the record books, kids! My coven are some of the most fantastic individuals I have ever met and I am so truly blessed to have them in my life as friends and magical co-creators. 

Our group Imbolc ritual focused a lot on healing (in all respects) and ran quite late into the night and though I was exhausted the new day, I felt so cleansed and awesome!

Which I suppose is a good segue into something personal I also wanted to mention. I had a really positive appointment with my rheumatologist on Monday. The good news is that I am well on my way to remission. I’m not out of the woods yet, but I can see the path and am walking it. I am over the moon happy about this. I have worked so hard in the past year to take control of my health and well-being. Living with Lupus has challenged me on every level, and forced me to make some huge lifestyle changes. 

I just watched a fantastic new Abraham-Hicks video and one point in it really stood out for me, “If your desire to feel good is strong enough, you will always find a way to come back into your power.” Esther was talking about emotions, but I think it applies to my healing journey as well. 

Onwards and upwards!

~sparrowqueen ♥

Imbolc, Part 2 - Rosa Mystica Altar

I know it’s been a few days, but I feel like Imbolc energy is still very much with us. The full moon looked perfect last night. I had a little something planned, but my head was full of snot and I was nursing a migraine. Alas, perhaps I’ll do a mini ritual tonight.

After my crazy fire incident the other night I had a very beautiful water (and fire) heavy rite with Rosa Mystica. It was one of the most fantastic rituals I’ve ever done - truly healing, nurturing and transformative. I felt so much lighter and rejuvenated afterward. This was one for the record books, kids! My coven are some of the most fantastic individuals I have ever met and I am so truly blessed to have them in my life as friends and magical co-creators.

Our group Imbolc ritual focused a lot on healing (in all respects) and ran quite late into the night and though I was exhausted the new day, I felt so cleansed and awesome!

Which I suppose is a good segue into something personal I also wanted to mention. I had a really positive appointment with my rheumatologist on Monday. The good news is that I am well on my way to remission. I’m not out of the woods yet, but I can see the path and am walking it. I am over the moon happy about this. I have worked so hard in the past year to take control of my health and well-being. Living with Lupus has challenged me on every level, and forced me to make some huge lifestyle changes.

I just watched a fantastic new Abraham-Hicks video and one point in it really stood out for me, “If your desire to feel good is strong enough, you will always find a way to come back into your power.” Esther was talking about emotions, but I think it applies to my healing journey as well.

Onwards and upwards!

~sparrowqueen ♥

Friday, November 18, 2011
Coven
Johanna Öst, 2011. 

(Click-through to buy prints, or the original.)

Coven
Johanna Öst, 2011.

(Click-through to buy prints, or the original.)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Above: Our beautiful altar, featuring the Three of Wands (from the Alchemical Tarot) as its centre piece - yay for full moon prosperity magic! Our ships have come sailing in! :)

My ship is called the H.M.S Fabulous, and totally looks like the drag queen of schooners. I’m more than okay with this.

In somewhat related news, I’m starting my new job tomorrow. It’s just part-time to help out a friend, and make some cash before the holidays, but I think it’s going to be mega-fun. More details soon. :)

Brightest blessings, darlings!

~sparrowqueen ♥

Sunday, November 6, 2011
Rosa Mystica
the emblem of the Sacred Society of the Rose
photo by Lady Sweet

Rosa Mystica
the emblem of the Sacred Society of the Rose
photo by Lady Sweet

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Above: a few photos of our Samhain altar.

Monday night’s Samhain celebration was so beautiful & fulfilling. Both yesterday and today, I feel so invigorated and excited about the new year!

In addition celebrating the sabbat and communing with ancestors, the rite was incredibly powerful., and deeply personal because it also marked another very special occasion. The core group of amazingly gifted, and lovely witches (the AWC) who I have been informally practicing with since 2008 are now bound together as a formal coven.

I feel so blessed to have found this group of priestesses (and priest). They are some of my most favourite people, and I feel like I’ve found my spiritual home. I am absolutely filled to the brim with enthusiasm right now. I feel like I could do anything because of the support and love I have found within this group. I am incredibly proud to say I am a founding member and priestess of The Sacred Society of Rose.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mabon 2011 Celebration - The Hagging

Above are photos of our altar, including a close-up of some things on it, our feast table and my Hag. Our incense of the season was WonderWorks Equinox blend.

This is a special ritual for two reasons, it was the first one the AWC has had since we decided to formalize, and also because it was the largest ritual we’ve had yet with many special guests in attendance. I love this ritual, it’s my third year (or is it fourth?) doing it with this my lovelies, and its definitely a highlight of our celebration calendar.

This ritual has a definite Celtic flavour, as it is lead by one of our members who originally comes from that path. There are obviously some anachronisms in some of the choices of materials, as it has been adapted to Canadian circumstances and the use of corn instead of wheat. (The former is indigenous to the Americas, whereas the latter is not.)

This ritual is joyful, yet heavy at the same time. We embark on a great commitment of time and energy. We bring forth the heart and wisdom of the crone (Cailleach) into our lives for the continuance of her protection and nourishment in the upcoming seasons of cold. If you take care of her then she in turn will also take care of you. We honour the dark half of the year with the creation of our hags. We care for her throughout the dark her until spring Equinox, when she is then released.

My hags, have in the past, enjoyed offerings of whiskey (traditional), gin and rum (not so traditional). I’ve also heard of hags that enjoy Jägermeister. They all have their own personalities, and I’m excited to get to know this one better. I think this year she looks a bit like a showgirl with a fancy head-dress. LOVE IT!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

witchy soirée - full moon edition

I am really excited for dinner tonight - a meeting on the full moon, with the founding member of the AWC (aka The-Not-Coven). My very dear friend, mentor and next door neighbour, Lady Sweet will be hosting on her side of the Compound (how we affectionately refer to the 150 year old building that we live in - its two loft-style apartments and a business below.)

Other than socializing (and maybe a bit of magic), the agenda today includes discussing the future of our expanding efforts, the possibility of formalizing a bit more and planning of my somewhat overdue first degree graduation ritual. I’m not going to be the neophyte anymore.

I can’t think of a more lovely way to spend a Sunday evening. I’ve got a banana-chocolate cake in the oven for dinner. Smells heavenly! ~sparrowqueen ♥