Posts Tagged ‘hearthcraft’

I’m keeping Brighid’s flame tonight. I did not attempt trancing. Instead I decided do some cleaning and crafting. I keep a small altar dedicated to Brighid over my stove and it was looking a bit frightful. Tonight seemed perfect for cleaning it in her name. I even cleaned the walls. In addition to the candle, I light a lot of incense around there. Whenever I’m having guests, doing serious cleaning, or being crafty I make offerings which can leave soot and ash. I think I’m going to make cleaning the hearth on flame keeping nights a tradition. I really should do it more often. The kitchen was traditionally the center of the home and should be treated with reverence, especially if you are dedicated to a hearth deity. Not to mention the sanitary benefits of such a “mundane” ritual!

Cleaning in such a ritualized fashion reminded me that I want to make some magically charged, natural cleaning solutions. Perhaps that will be my goal for the coming new moon. What better time to create a concoction meant to decrease the physical and spiritual dust that builds up? I will have to research some traditional recipes for ideas.

Along with the above, I’ve been working on a little doll. I think she’s turning into a wee witch which I quite like. She’s a very dainty little witch. A child witch. I used to like playing witch when I was little. It drove my father crazy…

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A fellow Pagan posted a link to this show a few weeks ago.  Having an interest in history and raising my own food, I naturally looked into it.  “Victorian Farm” turned out to be one of the most interesting television shows I’ve ever seen.  You can watch the entire season on youtube.

“Victorian Farm” is unlike usual reality shows in that there are no contestants.  The focus is on three people who seek increased knowledge on a topic they are genuinely interested in rather than cash or notoriety.  The two gentlemen are archeologists and the woman is a historian.  Together, they take up residence on an actual Victorian farm full of antique tools and books.  They live the lifestyle to learn more about the daily routine of actual, everyday people from that period.  My husband and I learned a lot about manual farm equipment, basket weaving, traditional canning methods, raising livestock, growing grain, health remedies, and various harvest traditions.  At the end of the show, Professor Ronald Hutton joins the crew to discuss wheat harvest customs.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in farming, homesteading, sustainability, eating local, English history, kitchen or hearth witchcraft, and folk customs.

Now I’ve discovered “Edwardian Farms.”  My husband and I are so excited to see and learn more!

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