Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess by Stephanie Woodfield


I was recommended this book but it turned out to be one of those books full of spells and prayers.

The first few chapters have mythology about The Morrigan. Woodfield has answered the question of who makes up the Morrigu triplet as the texts give several different members of the triplicity, but does not say how she comes to her answer.

I gave up on the book when it mentioned Badb’s cauldron. I’ve checked Sacred Texts and none of its texts mention her having a cauldron. Granted, this could be some folklore reference I haven’t heard of, but since the writer is not giving references for that particular fact it’s probably unverifiable personal gnosis.

In other words; this is another book so people don’t have to do the actual work of reading the texts and making spells and prayers of their own which would work better.

Divination


Before doing a spell I read my tarot cards to check what will happen if I do it.

Annoyingly twice in a row the outcome has been unfavourable if I did the spell, but this highlights the necessity of doing divination.

Sometimes it’s better to leave situations as they are and they will work out. At other times we really need to do the spell.

Beltane


Once again, the ritual was prepared at the last moment and unsatisfactory to me. It worked, but it could have been so much better.

I did search on the net for food and drink to have at Beltane, but I couldn’t find anything apart from nettle soup, which is traditionally made at springtime and other recipes which look invented. There were one or two books which came up on my search which I am going to have to get out of the library and see if they’re any good.

I did get a hawthorn branch in for Beltane, the only time it isn’t unlucky to have that particular tree in the house or cut branches from it. Hawthorn is one of the trees that’s traditionally a fairy tree and they don’t like humans interfering with what is theirs.

I usually do a spell to protect the cat against disease, but since she was in the cattery I will have to do that when she returns, but after I have put the flea treatment on her.