Spring Equinox

The purpose of this ritual was for fertility and a baby, so before I started I spent five minutes weeding so I would have earth under my fingernails.

I then went into the garden naked and I anointed myself three times with water from the rain butt. I cast the circle as normal, except for the fact that the candles kept going out, so I had to visualise them lit instead.

I had a packet of seeds, some of which I put in my hair (several of them ended up in my post-ritual bath) and cast some to the earth as an offering for a child, while stating my desire.
I then gave thanks for the Spring and wound the ritual down.

I had placed a chocolate nest which I had cooked prior to the ritual as an offering in the circle and was going to leave it there, but I was told to eat it, so I did. Chocolate nests are comprised of cornflakes coated in chocolate with chocolate mini-eggs in the middle.

Midwinter Solstice

Last Saturday I celebrated the Midwinter Solstice. Before breakfast I went out and did my ritual. It started well and then the rain came down. Despite my candles being in jam-jars the rain kept putting them out, so I gave up on the candles and did the rest of the ritual anyway.

After lunch I went wassailing. This is an old ritual where cider was splashed on apple trees and the trees were beaten to ensure a good harvest. I’ve adapted the ritual and I use it for the guardian trees around here, including my tribal tree. I use sloe gin, which is made from local blackthorn sloes I harvested awhile ago.

It’s celebrated in an old rhyme “a woman, a dog and an apple tree, the more you beat them the better they be”. Since I wish to become pregnant, I took the rhyme and applied it to myself and wassailed myself under my tribal tree.

I know this ritual is not Irish, but I am living on English land and the observances for that land need to be carried out.