Friday, November 8, 2019

Birch/Beaver Full Moon

Tuesday, November 12th is the first full moon of the Celtic lunar cycle. Winter has officially begun with the ending of Samhain and the Elder Moon of November 6th.  Here is what to think about along with some things you can do for the coming full moon...

The Birch Moon is the first in the Celtic year and thus it is themed for new beginnings, making preparations for a new start, driving out evil influences, and for births.

You can make your Yule Logs, traditionally made from a birch log.

Announce that new project you are starting, like shout it from the proverbial rooftops (or post it on Facebook and Instagram... kind of the same thing). This way everyone can be excited with you and help support your new endeavors.

It is also known in Northeastern Canada as the Beaver Moon, which obviously is about industriousness, but is also about preparing for the winter to come and building protections against the cold and other interfering energies.

Knit socks, mitts, hats, scarves. Prepare a warm quilt. Donate thinks like this to shelters and to the homeless.

My daughter and I will make a polar fleece cloak for her, as well as polar fleece scarves for all her preschool friends. Her cloak will have protections embroidered into it... I hope. Perhaps things that will be added over time.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

How to Make a Besom

There are several ways to make a traditional besom. Below is an article that explains one say. Farther below is a video that shows you another way. Enjoy! Have a wonderful harvest and Happy Halloween/Samhain.

From the Good Witch's Homestead:
I thought that this would be a good time to share with you all how to craft your own Witch’s Broom, known as a Besom.

Technically speaking, a broom is the flat ended sort of object that we generally use for physical cleaning; while a Besom is a round shaped bunch of straw (or other plant material) bundled around the center handle, and is used to cleanse an area of negative energy, usually in the preparation of ritual or magickal work.

While you can buy a besom, and there are many lovely ones to choose from -it’s also pretty easy to make one of your own. The bonus of making it yourself is the addition of your own energy tied to its creation. Although the items that follow are for the more traditional style of besom, you can use nearly any types of branches and plant materials available to you. Even a wooden dowel from the Hardware Store can be used.

click the link for the rest of the article

https://goodwitcheshomestead.com/2017/02/21/how-to-make-a-besom-plan-1/



Video by Michael Stibane:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Rituals

Here are some rituals to consider for September. This is the month of harvests!

Full Ivy Moon Ritual
Friday, September 13th, 6-8pm
@ Argo Bookshop (1915 St-Catherine West, Montreal)
What have we harvested? What do we still want to harvest in the coming months?
Bring a cup for tea and a journal.
Cost is $10 (prepay by September 12th via https://www.paypal.me/scarletcougar/10 )

The full moon actually falls on Saturday, September 14th.

Public Mabon Ritual
Thursday, September 19th, 6:45pm
@ Angrignon Metro Station
Details yet to come, keep watch on the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/355977095100393/
Cost: $5

The Mabon (Fall/Autumn Equinox) actually falls on Monday, September 23rd.

Dark Moon Ritual
Saturday, September 28th, after the sun has set
@ your home or work place
Take a moment to hold silence and offer thanks to the land for supporting you.
Cost: your time and energy

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Register Now!

Registration is open and people have already started to register for the coming session. Registration ends at the Open House on Labor Day weekend.

Level 1: Sundays 11am - 2pm
$150 × 3 payments every 6 weeks
Starting September 8th
Max 8 students

Level 1 exemption exam $50

Level 2: Sundays 3-6pm
$150 approximately x 4 payments every 6 weeks
Starting September 8th

Monday, June 24, 2019

Long Weekends

St-Jean and Canada Day are long weekends here in Quebec. These are magical moments because they allow us to take time off work and spend that time with family.

Make the most of the the long weekends.

Do some fun and creative activities with your family.

Happy St-Jean !
Happy Canada Day!






What is CMS doing? Well... on the Friday before, a pile of toddlers (the coordinators' daughter's friends) will get together to share maple tea from Thesaurus Tea and make ribbon sticks to run around and have fun with!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

INTRO TO WARRIOR'S PATH

Sunday, June 9th, 3-5pm
@ Argo Bookshop
Cost: $40
PREPAY BY JUNE 5th
https://www.paypal.me/scarletcougar/40

https://www.facebook.com/events/1167872593336406/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1167872593336406/
 
Walking the path of a warrior requires understanding the self and understanding the meaning behind being a warrior. What is a warrior? Common codes followed by warriors today include: Norse Nine Noble Virtues, Bushido Virtues, even the Jedi Code. Know thyself and to thine own self be true. This is the first step to being a warrior, the next is internalizing this way of life as if it were your own spiritual calling. How, then, can you serve as a warrior? Join us in this introductory workshop to explore the virtues and codes, the ethics of being a warrior and how to live the Way of the Warrior for yourself and others.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Spring is FINALLY here!

It may not always feel like it, but the days are very significantly longer and we are starting to have days with temperatures above 10 decrees Celsius. Don't get over-zealous and start planting now. The ground is still frozen and we could still get some frost. Start your gardens indoors, and plan out the layout of your garden spaces.

What is in CMS' garden?
Parsley
lavender
oregano
chives
tomatoes
peppers
pumpkins/gourds/squash (the seeds got mixed up so... it will be a surprise!)
edible clover
echinacea
yarrow

Don't forget to do your spring cleaning and change the old winter air in your homes. CMS teachers do spring cleaning and House Blessings at this time. You can contact us if you need a blessing ritual done for your home or business.

House Blessing Ritual: $25/room
Business Blessing Ritual: starts at $100 (includes a small rite for prosperity)

Contact us for details and scheduling. Must be in the Montreal area.

Last note for you all reading this...
There are three events coming up:
House Blessing How-to (for those who want to learn to do their own)
Full Pink Moon ritual
Beltain Spring Fair

Blessed April everyone!