Cilantro/Coriander

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Cilantro and coriander come from the same plant and depending on where you are from are used interchangeably so for the sake of this post I will treat them as the same thing.

Cilantro has many magickal uses, the main one being love. Some of the other uses of it is for clairvoyance, divination, fertility, gain, health, healing, keeping secrets, passion, peace, protection, retention, and weddings.

Cilantro is associated with the planet mars, masculine energy, and the element of fire.

When used in spells it is great for love sachets and spells (remember though love spells have to be worded in a way that manipulates no ones personal will). You can add the powder of the seeds to wine to make a potion of lust (red wine would likely be best for this), you can hang in the home for protection, and you can use it crushed in drinks (like the wine) or in incense if you want to burn it). If you celebrate the great rite this is great to add to an elixir for your celebration. You can also through this instead of rice at a handfasting or add it to the handfasting cake.

If you like to use herbs to help with illness cilantro/coriander is best used for these ailments: digestive complications such as dyspepsia, stomachache, loss of appetite, and flatulence. I personally would brew a tea with cilantro/coriander in it to help relieve these issues.

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Rosemary

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Rosemary is considered to be male and is ruled by the element of fire, leo, and the sun. It is an herb sacred to Aphrodite. You can put rosemary under your pillow to help remember dreams and to keep away nightmares.

It is commonly used in spells for fidelity, memory, and getting rid of jealousy. It is great to use in a spell for school to help you remember what you are learning. It is also good for spells to retain your youth. You can burn it to help with meditation or dreamwork to remember past lives.

In ritual it is great a ritual bath and making sacred water. When bathing in rosemary it will aid your memory and make you more memorable to others. It is also great for a handfasting. It can be worn to symbolize love and loyalty or be given as gifts for the same purpose. If the bride and groom plant rosemary on their day of their handfasting they watch the plant as it grows to divine the family’s fortune.

If you’re single and have a few people you’re dating, plant a rosemary plant for each person and the one that grows the fastest and strongest is the one for you. If you don’t have any choices make a poppet of yourself and stuff it with rosemary to attract your soulmate to you. You can do the same to attract healing energy.

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Wheel of the Year: Beltane

Hi guys! Beltane is coming up so it’s time to continue our talk about the sabbats!

Beltane is celebrated April 30th and/or May 1st. It is also known as may day. The God is officially matured. At this time we are celebrating the union of the god and goddess and between man and woman. Now is a popular time for handfasting (wiccan marriages). At this time we celebrate fertility because now is the time animals are mating and for new beginnings. We also celebrate our sexuality at this time.

To celebrate we celebrate by braiding our hair, dancing around the may pole, and having bonfires. And like all our holidays we take a walk to see how nature is changing throughout the year. This holiday is great for celebrating with a group of people. In some cities you may find public Beltane celebrations that you can go to. I’d highly suggest checking it out. I hope to have the opportunity to someday. On Beltane it is thought that the veil between our realm and the fae realm are thin so now is your best chance of seeing fairies. You can encourage them to come by making them a little home outside and leaving out honey and milk.

Goddesses that are usually celebrated around this time are but not limited to: Artemis (Greek), Demeter (Greek), Flora (Roman), Hera (Greek), Persephone (Greek), Sheela-na-Gig (Celtic), Xochiquetzal (Aztec)

Gods that are usually celebrated around this time are but not limited to: Bes (Egyptian), Bacchus (Roman)/Dionysus (Greek), Cernunnos (Celtic), Kokopelli (Hopi), Pan (Greek), Priapus (Greek)

As always on the Sabbat it is customary to preform a ritual to honour the God and the Goddess. Now is also a good time to do divination on what the spring holds for you. Also if you like to do magick on the sabbat now is a great time for fertility and sex magick. 

Thanks for reading! Please leave in the comments how you’ll be celebrating this years Beltane. Also if you’d like to see a Beltane ritual I have done and really enjoyed check out this post Wiccan Rituals (Beltane ritual included). Lastly, make sure you subscribe so you get notifications when I post. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

Traditional Universal Rituals

Lets talk about traditional rituals. Like in other religions Wiccan’s have universal rituals that they do for certain milestones in a person’s life. There are different rites for birth, marriage, death, etc.

When it comes to welcoming new life you can do a birth rite. This is the time when parents (possibly with other Wiccans) have a ritual to ask for the goddess of birth and motherhood to come in and watch over your pregnancy and your baby.

Then there is the naming ceremony (which can likely take place with the birth rite). This is the time where parents name their child in front of the god and goddess. You would also ask the god or goddess of your choice to give guidance to the child. You also introduce your child to the elements, deities, ancestors, and any other spirit you associate with and want in your child’s life. These entities and any person in the circle would be expected to gift the child with blessings or gifts that will assist the child when growing up.

When a child is around 13 (when a female starts her cycle or when a male starts growing facial hair) you can do a ritual where you introduce your child to the elements, deities, ancestors, etc as an adult (as in the olden days you would have been thought of as an adult). Before then a child wouldn’t have their own altar and wouldn’t be leading their own rituals/magickal workings. At age 13 though this is when a person would start branching off and gathering their own materials for their own altar.

Then we have birthday rituals. This can be as simple is blowing out a candle and making a wish or do a full blown ritual where you recommit yourself to deity.

Next is handfasting. This is a time where friends and family get together to join two people together as one. This can be a legally binding marriage if want it to be or it can also just be a personal binding. You can make a vow for any amount of time. For a year, a lifetime, or just for as long as you both love each other. Often times a couples arms are tied together by ropes to signify their union and they make vows to one another in front of their guests, including the elements, deities, ancestors, etc. Anyone can officiate if you aren’t making it legally binding. Some people will get a high priest(ess) or shaman to officiate. If you want a legally binding marriage you need to have someone qualified to do that to officiate.

We also have a ritual to celebrate the transition to croning. We are no longer maidens/youth or mothers/fathers. We are now crones who have lots of wisdom and knowledge. We are able to guide the youth and parents. This kind of ritual is more personal and is typically done on your own (or coven) with deity.

Our last big ritual is when one dies. When someone dies we take the time celebrate their life and to help heal the hearts of the living. In this ritual the living would ask the elements the deities the dead worked with, to help guide the loved one to whatever afterlife they believed in. They would also ask the ancestors to welcome the newly passed into their circle and to help them transition into this different type of existence. Each person would think of a good memory of the newly passed because that loved one will never truly be gone but simply just harder to reach.

All of these rituals are rituals of celebration, including the death/ages rites and aging and death are not thought of as coming to an end but rather getting ready for a new beginning.

Thank you for reading! Please leave any thoughts or questions in the comments. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!