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!
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!
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!