Everyday Embodiment

Yule Traditions - Old Ways, New Magic!

Dec 08, 2020

How does one celebrate Yule as a modern day Pagan? It can be challenging to say the least as the sabbats are all rooted in life on the farm and working with the natural cycles as a means of both survival and celebration. While most of us may not live on farms these days, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to celebrate the traditions our ancestors held dear. We will now review some of the more modern yule celebrations and practices so that you have an idea of how to incorporate the elements of winter into your mundane lives. Let’s start with some of the elements of winter and how they can easily apply to the modern world. 

Life/Death/Rebirth

The cycle of life and death plays a critical role in Yule. We are familiar with life, action, energy and vitality but so rarely do we spend enough time contemplating the energy of death. Everything comes to a halt in winter. Trees are barren, animals are nestled in their dens and the conditions make it impossible for...

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Ritual Hair Magic + Three practices to try

Dec 02, 2020
 

Our hair is our crown and glory. It has so many cosmic connections. It is part of our crown chakra which connects us to our highest selves and our spirit. For centuries many cultures have had different forms of hair magic practises and have worked with hair through spellwork, conjure, healing, self expression and even political statments.

Marie Laveau the promenant Voodoo preistess who was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisianna in the 1800's, worked with hair in a magical and mundane sense. She incorporated hair as a way to create magical conjure and connect on a much deeper level with her clients, finding out thier most hidden secrets. Further enforcing the concept of weaving magical practices into daily life.   

Joan of arc made her stance when she cut her long locks off to a very short hairstyle to make herself look more like her male soldiers. This was quite a taboo thing to do for the times as womans hair was seen as long and feminine. She cut her hair as a way to...

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