There are strange and mysterious sounds When the winds of winter blow, The long nights are crystal clear and cold, And the fields and meadows are covered with snow. The stars are frosty against the sky, And the wind's whistle is shrill, As the snow blows against the house And drifts against the hill. Yet, I like to see during the winter A white carpet on the ground, To plod aimlessly in the deep snow, where deer tracks abound. I like to feel the stillness Of a crisp winter's night, Watching a full moon rise over the horizon, Exposing a winter wonderland beautiful and bright. Blessings to you and yours on Winter Solstice Love Joan
Samhain Hazelnut Charm Using the nut pick, bore holes in the nuts. Use whole nuts. String them on the twine, making it just long enough to hold the nine nuts with a little bit of space, then tie off in a circle. On Samhain night, consecrate it in the fire, passing it back and forth 3 times, and chant:
"Hazelnuts nine in a ring By the smoke of the Samhain Fire bring To those within our humble home Form over this a protective cone Guard for a year, I charge thee And as I will it, so mote it be!"
Hang it up in your home somewhere as an amulet of protection for the coming year.Save some of the nuts to bury during the Spring Equinox, to attune yourself with the cycle of birth and death. Many Blessings, Joan
Leaves fall, the days grow cold. The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West to the land of eternal enchantment, wrapped in the coolness of night. Fruits ripen, seeds drip, the hours of day and night are balanced. - Mabon Sabbat and Lore