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My first batch of lavender wine made my lips go numb after a single sip. I shared it with other heathens and they found it quite strong also. So of course the next time I had a crop of lavender from my garden, I made lavender vodka.  

In the summer and fall of 2016, I drew on Sigyn’s patience almost every day to get me through a particularly difficult time in caring for my mom. Often, when I went outside for some reason, even just to take out the garbage, I would see one of Sigyn’s butterflies, and I would relax. In the evening, in gratitude to her, I raised a toast with tonic water flavored with my lavender vodka.

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Given to Sigyn

This is how I was given to Sigyn earlier this year. It was my first time using my lavender extract that I made from the lavender I grew in my garden. At the time, I didn't know that I was about to need my connection to Sigyn to be very strong, because I was about to take on increased responsibilities as a family caregiver. 

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A toast to the Minoans!

It can be hard to figure out what kinds of rituals and traditions people of the past had, especially if we don't have any written records of them. But sometimes art can help. The image at the top of this post is part of the Camp Stool fresco from Knossos, the largest of the ancient Minoan cities. It shows a banqueting scene that includes ritual toasting, a common activity in many societies from that time. Here's a reconstruction of the whole fresco, with two rows of people participating in toasts and possibly libations (poured offerings) as well:

Camp Stool fresco from Knossos

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À votre santé. Salud. Sláinte. Na zdrowie. Zum Wohl.

In many languages, one drinks to health. On the face of it, one might think that English, the sacred language of the witches, lacks such a toast.

But one would be wrong.

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  • Marc Clements
    Marc Clements says #
    Stand ! Stand! To your cups a steady! T'is the only thing left to prize... One cup for the dead already, Hurrah ! For the next who
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I'll gladly dance that dance, Mark; what's more interesting than words? Every one's a story. Icelandic heilsa comes from the same
  • Mark Digatono
    Mark Digatono says #
    In modern Iceland they say "Heilsa" meaning "to your health" is there a connection to wassail and the Old Norse or Icelandic toast

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