New Year's Eve Traditions

Friday, December 31, 2010

I'm sure everyone celebrates the New Year differently. In my home, it's really tradition to pig out on New Year's Eve. We have things like shrimp, pizza, chips, just whatever really suits us. Then we do things during the night that we enjoy.

I might end up throwing a bit of a Wii party tonight. My partner is coming over and will be spending the night. Tomorrow, we eat foods that are considered to be good lucky foods, such as pork, cabbage that kind of thing. We stop long enough to watch the countdown but that is about it. It's just nice to relax and do something in our own way.

If you're interested in fixing some lucky foods for this New Year's, there are some resources online that you can check out. Here is one that I found the other day on the front page of MSN.

Lucky Foods for the New Year

Happy New Years everyone!

Recipe: Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This recipe came from a great frugal magazine called All You. It has excellent coupons and recipe ideas. We had this tonight for dinner and it was pretty good. I think dipping it in ranch made it a lot better but it was still tasty nonetheless.

Serves: 4
Cost per serving: 1.79

  • 2 Cups salted pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 LARGE eggs
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch pieces
1. Preheat oven to 400F and coat a cooking sheet with a cooking spray. Grind up pretzels and parmesan (or place in a food processor) then transfer to a large bowl.
2. Combine your flour and pepper in another bowl and beat eggs with 1 tsp. water in a third bowl.
3. Roll chicken piece in flour mixture, dip in eggs and let excess drip off. Dip in pretzel mixture and coat thoroughly. Continue with remaining pieces of chicken. Bake until lightly browned; 20-25 minutes.

Note: We added a bit of ranch dressing to the egg mixture for a bit more flavor. We're thinking about trying this again but maybe with ranch dressing mix (the powder) to the pretzel mix to see how that turns out.

Green New Year's Resolutions

Monday, December 27, 2010

Let's face it, a new  year is almost upon us and this is about the time people begin to question what they want to work on during the new year. Something they want to change. I've pretty much given up on resolutions because I personally never stick with them.

Mother Jones has a list of 10 GREEN New Year's Resolutions that people want to work on. I personally think these are resolutions that I could work on. I know that my one major issue is that, even though I have reusuable shopping bags, I tend to forget them when I go to the store. I do reuse the plastic shopping bags at work, and sometimes at home, so they are not just going to waste. However, ideally I really shouldn't be using them. I've often thought about crocheting my own market bags. I could even walk to work but I'm quite lazy in that aspect. It's too hot or too cold to really walk. I know that's really not an excuse but it gives me something to think about.

Does anyone out there have any green resolutions they want to share? Any that are not on the list that you think people should consider?

A Spell to Stop/Weaken a Snow Storm

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Weather magic is something that I've never tried before last night. I travel a lot. I live in one city where I work and then I travel to where I'm originally from to visit family several times a month. My one travel route is over several mountains and during the winter it really can be a hazard to travel. We were supposed to get snow today but I really did not want it. I have to work again this week and then I can get a few days off. I was laying in bed and came up with a very easy chant and visualization.

Snow, snow go away
We don't need you, on this day

I chanted in my head over and over and over again while seeing the storm clouds break up, dissipate and saw clear travel conditions. I held this image for as long as I could and then I just went to bed.

I woke up this morning to no snow. It's cloudy but our winter weather advisory is gone.

A spell to Speed Up Time

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I originally wrote this chant when I was in high school to help get me out of those annoying, long, boring classes a lot faster.  I just came up with the chant. My first or second year of college, I modified it a little bit and began drawing a small clock on my paper with the time I wanted to get out of class.

Time fly by
Time go fast
Goddess please,
Get me out of this class!

I later on modified this to work on practically any situation simply by changing one word.

Time fly by
Time go fast
Goddess please
Get me out of here fast!

As you can see, this can be easily modified to suit your situation.  I've never used this in emergency situations, so I'm not sure how it would work in a situation that requires a fast escape only to help you feel better about time in situations you'd rather not be in.

Pictures from Yule Rituals

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yule altar with our ritual candles burning.

Yule Log made by the girlfriend. Tasted Yummy!
I felt very energetic after the ritual. I'm very excited to try to commit to celebrating the sabbats all year long instead of just letting them pass me by. Blessed Yule everyone!

Merry Yule!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I hope everyone has a Blessed Yule with their family and friends. Anyone want to share their plans? I've been slowly working on a ritual idea of sorts with my partner and I. I've really never celebrated holidays in a formal manner and I'm really excited to do so this Yule. I've never been one much for circle work so I won't be using one but my plans are as follows in order.

1. Light a white candle: Take a moment to stop and contemplate the season and the return of the sun.
2. Winter Solstice Reading: A reading from the 2003 "Spell a Day" Almanac with the lighting of red, apple scented candles for prosperity and abundance for the coming year.
3. Prayer to the Winter Goddess: Take a moment to relax, contemplate this and give quiet thanks to the Goddess
4. Lighting of Candles: Light Bayleaf sceneted candles for health and protection for the coming year. Take a moment to center and attune to the season.
5. Head outside: Listen to nature, feel the cold, contemplate nature.
6. Feed the birds: Share with our feathered friends our bounty (and keep them fed during the winter!).
7. Snow Magic: Since we have some snow on the ground. Pick up a handful and form it into a snowball. While forming, place a bad habit into that snowball that we want to banish. Think about it as we form it and then, when the energy is built, throw it far away from banishing it from our lives!
8. Celebrate! Feast while the candles burn on the altar. Also exchange our Yule gifts.

If you would like to share your Yule plans in the comments please feel free!

A Prayer for the Winter Goddess

O! Mighty goddess, in silvery ice,

watching over us as we sleep,

a layer of shining white,

covering the earth each night,

frost on the world and in the soul,

we thank you for visiting us.

Because of you, we seek warmth

in the comfort of our homes and hearths.

Midwinter Sleep Charm

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Elizabeth Barrette

Imagine a dragon sleeping peacefully in their lair. Come up with a list of things keeping you awake and literally 'heap' them into a pile while saying this little chant.

These things I give

To the waking world,

Now let me sleep

With my great wings furled.

Don't let something keep you awake. Everything will be there in the morning for you to deal with after you are well rested!

Invite Winter Fairies

Ellen Dugan has a great suggestion on inviting Winter Fairies into your home to hide amongst the Yule greenery. This chant is carefully worded to avoid mischief.

Stand in the threshold at sunset and chant:

Gentle fairies of the winter Hear my call,

I invite your caring presence To my hall.

You are welcome within,

So long as you stay

Mischief free!

You may rest here with us And enjoy the revelry!

Sunset Prayer for Yule

Friday, December 17, 2010

Author unknown. Found on a yahoo group. This is great to say to reflect on your year and can easily be incorporated into a ritual or used with candle lighting.

The longest night has come once more,

The sun has set, and darkness fallen.

The trees are bare, the earth asleep,

And the skies are cold and black.

Yet tonight we rejoice, in this longest night,

Embracing the darkness that enfolds us.

We welcome the night and all that it holds,

As the light of the stars shines down

The Nine Challenges of Being a Witch

Monday, December 13, 2010

I read an interesting article from Llewellyn Worldwide this evening. It outlines 9 challenges someone that follows a witchy path might have to deal with and confront during their paths.  You can read it here.

So what do you think? What do you find most difficult to facec within yourself? I think, one thing that I personally have a lot of problems doing is facing personal responsibility. I've grown quite a bit the past year and a half that I've been working with children. I've realized, especially since I've tried to move up and take on a Lead Teacher role, that I have to own up to my mistakes and other things that occur and I have, a lot. I've done it a lot in my personal life too.

I think this is just something nice to reflect on.

Where's our Web Presence?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I don't do it often, but when I do, I'm usually overcome with sadness. Here I am, going through my Pagan weblinks that I have saved on my computer and I'm noticing a very sad trend. Most of them are slowly disappearing. It always leaves me with sadness. What is happening to our presence on the web?

I can remember being a young teen and first stumbling upon Paganism and all of it's sects, there were plenty of wonderful places online to visit that were updated frequently. I could find lots of places online for young teens and young adults to connect where information was shared freely, updated often and everyone was made to feel welcome. Now, as a young adult, I don't feel I fit into the mold anywhere. The few places that are surviving have become pretty elitist. Information is rarely shared freely, they're rarely updated, and then they slowly disappear as if they never existed.

Does this disappoint and sadden anyone else? I keep hoping and wishing for a great website online for people to get information, to connect with each other, mostly one where people are of like mind, around my age, etc where information is shared, it's easily usable, accessible and isn't something that breaks the bank. What happened to all of that information?

If anyone has any weblinks to share of places that are still updated pretty regularly, I'd love to see them. I'm missing great connections here.