Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Circle of Grace and Gratitude

I feel blessed by the people I have in my life, and, every once in a while, I make a point of showing my appreciation. Here is a surefire way to let your friends know they are loved. You will receive the blessing tenfold in return.

You will need: chairs, scarves or ribbons, fluffy towels, a big bowl, almond oil, hot water, scented soap, and scented body lotion.

Invite your friends over. The group need not be large; remember, smaller is more intimate. Begin by catching up, and after half an hour, form a circle with your chairs.

Designate one chair as the place of honor, draped with garlands of gold, blue, and red ribbons. (You can use a beautiful scarf or fabric in lieu of ribbons.) Fill a bowl with hot soapy water and set it beside the chair of honor.

Stand in the center of the circle and say:

For this my heart sings:
for the ocean blue, for the sky so wide,
for the stars at night,
for the earth so green,
and for the people in my life.
Blessings to all and blessed be.

Seat each guest, one by one, in the chair of honor and wash his or her feet, replacing the water after each cleansing. Then massage the feet with scented lotion and anoint each person’s pulse points with an oil. While you are performing the ablutions, say what it is you love and value about each friend. After you have shown your gratitude to each friend, thank them all for coming and for being in your life.
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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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