Birthday Celebrations with a Wiccan twist

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Hi everyone! Tomorrow is my 21st birthday so I thought I might do a post on how to celebrate your birthday with a little bit of a Wiccan twist. Obviously the specifics will depend on the person and what time of year your birthday is.

Rituals

So there are definitely some rituals you can do for your birthday. You can do one as simple as making a wish as you blow out your candles on your cake or as in depth as a dedication ritual to the faith or to a specific deity.

Something that I think is really beautiful is the idea of dedicating yourself on your birthday. It is very symbolic of being reborn into your spiritual journey. How one does a dedication ritual is dependent on many things but firstly whether or not you’re in a coven or if you’re solitary. If you are in a coven you will likely have certain traditions for this sort of ritual. However if you are a solitary you will have a lot more options. I’m not one to follow a ritual word for word from the internet. I typically like to wing it myself and do whatever feels right. I do know that many people (especially those of you who are new to the path) like to have more specific instructions though so I will give a guideline as to how I would approach a self dedication and then leave a link or two to some as well.

When I do my self dedication ritual someday I envision myself being either in the forest or somewhere I can connect with all 4 elements. So for example camping in eyesight of a lake or ocean, with a bonfire, feeling the breeze against my skin. I would also do this at night as I feel a deep connection with the moon. I then would go on to talk to the universal energy source about what Wicca means to me and how it has affected my life. I then would talk about my desire to dedicate myself to the path. I would finish by thanking the universal energy source and then by meditating.

Here are some links to other dedication rituals to give you some more ideas.

https://www.thoughtco.com/self-dedication-ritual-2562868

Simple Wiccan Dedication Ritual

Witchcraft/Divination

So it’s your birthday (or someone you know’s birthday) and you want to add a little magick to the day. You can insert a little kitchen magick into their birthday cake ( click here for birthday magick ideas) or encourage them to make a wish on their birthday candles. Usually in Wicca we stay away from selfish magick but your birthday is all about you so if there is any magick (as long as it still harms none) that you want to do that may be more vain today is the day to do it.

Divination is also something you can do to celebrate your big day. Specifically what this near year as in store for you. There are tons of birthday tarot spreads on pinterest you can look at but I’ll leave two here for your leisure.

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You can also do runes, scrying, tasseography, pendulum work, and any other divination you enjoy doing as well.

Gifts

If you’re the friend or family member of Wiccan and want to give them something related to their faith there are lots of options. For those of you who have the money to spend you could get them a new book about Wicca, you could get them something for their altar they’ve been talking about needing, you can give them a crystal you think they could benefit from, or help them stock up on their herbs. This year my partner got me a big cast iron cauldron, a lovely little book about the history and uses on cauldrons, and he got me incense to help heal the chakras. Don’t be afraid to ask the Wiccan in your life if there is anything they’ve wanted or needed for their faith.

Some of us though aren’t always in the spot to buy a gift. That’s totally okay, been there done that. You could go on a nature walk and see if you come across anything that is calling to be a gift. Maybe you find a feather, a pinecone, a beautiful stone, or a flower. Any of those things would make a beautiful gift. What I typically do when I am short on money is I will go to the dollarstore and get a little jar and then use materials I already have to make a jar spell. So I will think of something I want for my loved one (happiness for example) and I will look up all the different herbs, crystals, objects, etc that correspond with what I want to achieve and put it all in the container. If you want to see a post about jar spells let me know as I have made a few. You can also give someone a blessing. Example below from http://onespiritx.tripod.com/bless01.htm

May your spirit

soar gracefully

on the whispering breeze.

May your joy

run strong

as the deepest seas.

May your soul

reach out

to embrace the sky.

May your heart

guide you truly

as the years go by.

If you are gifted in anyway you can also use those gifts as a gift. So if you are great at a certain type of divination you could give them a reading. If you are trained in reiki you could give them a free session. You could offer to sage their home.

I hope you all enjoyed this today’s post and got some ideas for your own and for your loved ones’ birthdays. How do you celebrate your birthday? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have for me. If you’re looking to give me a little gift for my big day you can always like, comment, subscribe and/or share my content (here on the blog, on twitter, or on my youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Tasseography 101

Today I thought we would talk about tasseography. What exactly it is, how to do a reading, and some resources to help you figure out what the symbols mean.

Firstly, tasseography is a fancy word for a tea leaf reading. A tea leaf reading is a form of divination where you look at pictures created by tea leafs, coffee grounds, or wine sediment, typically from inside a teacup. One can do this for themselves or others. It is commonly thought that the drinker of the beverage is the one the reading is for. 

So in order to do the reading you first need to have a proper cup. Your best bet is to have a traditional white interior teacup. You can technically do it with any cup but the white of the cup will make the tea leaves easier to read. And a teacup typically is wide, shallow, and has sloping sides which makes it easier to see the patterns on your cup. For more advanced readings you can also get special cups for tasseography that look similar to the teacup in the picture above.

Next you need to have the right type of tea leaves. Medium/fine tea leaves will work best as it will make it easier to form pictures. Also if you use a tea with a scent you particularly enjoy or have a spiritual connection to your reading will be even more fun to do. When making the tea if you make the tea in a teapot do not strain the loose tea leaves when you pour. If making directly in the cup just pour water over the loose tea.

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Now you need to prepare the area to do the reading. You’ll want to be somewhere comfortable and cozy without any distractions. Have a table, a tablecloth/altar cloth if you’d like, and if you’d like you can cast a circle or even say a prayer of protection so no negativity can bother you during this time. 

Serve the tea as usual to the person who is asking the question. Have them drink it all until about a teaspoon of tea is left at the bottom. If the person who is asking the question doesn’t like tea put about a teaspoon of tea leaves (of their choice) in their cup with a teaspoon of liquid. When the person is done with their tea get them to think of the question they want answered. Have the person hold the cup in their left had and swish the cup to the left three time, then have them flip the cup upside down on the saucer gently so the water runs out, then while the cup is upside down on the saucer have them turn the cup three times to the left with their left hand, lastly have them put their hands on the cup and think about their question again for 7 seconds. When you turn the cup over turn the cup so the handle faces the person asking the question.

Now it is time to read the leaves. The placement of the leaves within the cup are important to the reading. The following is the meaning of the different positions gotten from wikihow (other sources will tell you the same thing, I just find wikihow is great for explaining things simply)

Zones from top to bottom may represent either “distance” or “weight” of the omens. Images near the top (rim) are close while images near the bottom are distant. In terms of time, the distance from rim to base represents approximately 6 months. However, “distance” may also refer to relationship to a person or goal. The other way of looking at it is that images at the base of the cup can represent a “heavy” (ill) omen and, as they come nearer the rim, are “light” or joyful omens. The context will determine which is applicable. Context and symbolism are most important. Trust your instincts.

The handle of the cup is known as the “domain” and images near the handle are images related to home life and family. The further from the handle an image is the more “outside” the omen. Symbols opposite the handle relate to work or strangers, somewhere in between might relate to non-immediate family or “a friend of a friend.” Images to the RIGHT of the handle indicate something coming TO the querent while images to the LEFT of the handle represent things coming FROM the domain.

A big clump of tea leaves with no discernible image might augur trouble on its way. If it is opposite to the handle, the trouble will likely be not of your making but if it is under the handle, it is considered to be of your making.

If there remains a drop or two of liquid tea that didn’t come off with the draining, these are considered to be tears. It might indicate past or future sadness, dependent on the context of the rest of the reading.

And then it is a matter of looking at the patterns and using your intuition to find shapes within the leaves. One thing about tea leaves is just because you see a certain image doesn’t mean everyone looking at it will also see it, they may see something entirely different. Despite this it is important you trust your intuition as you are the one doing the reading after all. As for the meaning of the images there are many resources for that and after practice you likely won’t need these resources anymore. Lastly, if you find different resources differ in meanings on a certain image use your intuition to decide which is right for the situation.

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Thank you for reading! Do you enjoy doing tasseography? Would you like me to do a demo on tasseography via video in the future? Let me know your experiences with tasseography, your thoughts of a video, along with any other thoughts or questions in the comments. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications whenever I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!