September Esbat 2015

For this esbat, we raised our cone of power for the women of the Yaziki. Heather centered our ritual with an amazing chant. We’ve also made a donation to the Yazda organization.  For more information, read on.




Imagine living in a world where you could be kidnapped, tortured and raped for your religious beliefs. Here, in the comfortable United States, where we can proudly display our non-mainstream beliefs on our bumper stickers and FB pages, it is hard to believe in this day and age. But for the last pagans of Iraq and Syria, it is all too real. The Islamic State (and many others, past and present) believe Melek Taus, the primary deity of the Yazidi, is the same figure as Shaitan, or the Christian Satan, and the Yazidi have long been persecuted as devil-worshippers.

Since last year, ISIS has been conducting a genocide against the Yazidi people, who live in remote mountainous regions of their territory. They systematically enter villages, kill the men and transport women as young as nine years old to slave markets for which they have established an entire legal system. Unlike Christian and Jewish captives, who can buy their freedom, the Yazidi have no recourse because of their pagan beliefs. ISIS fighters actually pray before and after raping these pagan women because they are told it is a form of worship. Over 5000 women have been abducted. The Yazda Foundation is actively saving these women by helping them escape and offering medical and psychological support. Almost 2000 women have been helped already!

You can donate money at yazda.org or sign the petition to Barack Obama to support their cause.  For more information on Melek Taus visit: http://www.peacock-angel.org/

Mabon 2015

Last Saturday we traveled to the Inland Empire to celebrate the Sabbat of Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. The days and nights are of equal length, and we celebrate that, as well as the Second Harvest at Mabon. We focus on gratitude and thanksgiving. Our sister Chelsea was kind enough to host this for us at her home.


Our ritual centered around the apple, and we honored Pomona and Vertumnus. Within the ritual, we created applesauce, which was cooked in a pot over a wood fire. I’ll share the song that we sang while making our gratitude statements, as well as an applesauce recipe below.



There’s a song to sing as the harvest comes in,
To the ones who give sunshine and rain,
Let us all join in with a thank-offering
For the harvest that’s gathered again


Applesauce Recipe:

  • 3 pounds apples (about 8-12) peeled, cored and quartered
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 TBS lemon juice

Add the apples to a large pot. To that add the apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt. Cover the pot and let simmer until the apples are tender. Give them a quick stir every now and again. For a chunky sauce simply give the apples a quick mash with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon.

I hope you and yours also had a lovely equinox celebration. Blessed be!


Recently we had the chance to gather for two blessingways for our sisters! One baby has been born and the other yet to come. Babies are such a blessing, and we are so excited to meet our new witchling. This will be our third baby since the beginning of 2014!


Altar from Hayley’s Blessingway



Altar from Giselle’s Blessingway


Lughnasadh / Lammas 2015


This turn of the wheel found us at Lammas. Our aspirants and new Shadow Sister joined us for this ritual, and Chelsea led it as part of her third degree training. We focused upon sacrifice. We honored John Barleycorn and Brigantia- the sovereign goddess of Britain.



Here’s an excerpt from our lore:

John Barleycorn in a personification of the cereal crop. The British folk song tells the tale of the death of John Barleycorn and of his rebirth and nourishment of the people. We also honor Brigantia today- she is the personification of the land. It is she who creates the growth, she who pushes the green out of the ground, and she who feeds the roots of the trees and stalks and buds and blooms. It is she who makes this harvest possible. And it is she who watches her hard work- the nourishing plants -wither and die as the light begins to wane. This is her sacrifice. It’s in this sacrifice that we find strength and nourishment.

We talked about the sacrifices that we make in order to create a good harvest, and what sacrifices we’ll need to make in the future. Heather led us in a corn divination, and following the ritual, we had our traditional ritual feast. We look forward to spending more time with our future dedicants!

Meet and Greet

Last weekend, we held a meet and greet for our aspirants. We had a lovely time meeting two of our aspirants, and enjoyed lots of good food and drink. We were planning to meet at a local park, but thunderstorms and rain had us scrambling to find a new venue. We ended up meeting at the HPS’s home and we met and chatted with the rain and thunder providing the soundtrack.



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