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KayB
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kay
Del City Oklahoma
USA
539 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  2:05:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Although I may have no idea what you're talkinga bout sometimes, I'm game. Let's get this party started.

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hattah
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Margaret
Maine
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  3:01:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OH! I think brooms are a great idea! :D

:D

"Never spend time with people who do not respect you."

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MissDana
True Blue Farmgirl

348 Posts

Dana
Marietta Georgia
USA
348 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  3:19:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A whisk broom wouldn't be too big. Hard to ride, of course! ;)

Dana

Proud Farmgirl Sister # 267
www.schultztroupe.wordpress.com
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lacisne88
True Blue Farmgirl

1181 Posts

Chelsey
Lake Stevens Washington
USA
1181 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  4:29:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lol! Count me in as well...this sounds great! I love the Sabbath swap idea. :)

Blessed Be

Chelsey
Farmgirl Sister #283

http://farmgirlpleasures.blogspot.com/

http://aminiatureworld.blogspot.com/
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hattah
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Margaret
Maine
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  06:28:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
whisk brooms would be neat 'sweeping clean' brooms.

easy on shipping too......

Tasha i am sooooooooooo glad you thought of this!

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julia hayes
True Blue Farmgirl

1132 Posts

julia
medical lake wa
USA
1132 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  07:35:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think brooms are a great idea! What about little dusting type brooms...hand made (not necessary made of broomy material either) but could be used for altar cleaning etc.....I'm so game! ~julia

being simple to simply be
Farmgirl #30
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NudeFoodFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

433 Posts

Heide
Benton City WA
433 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  07:40:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think we should do an exchange of hand/alter brooms (what an idea to actually use it to clean!) I was trying to brainstorm last night of what twigs would be cool to make one but I guess we could buy them and charm them ourselves. Should we come up with themes (like goddesses or pagan holidays) to guide us on how we adorn the brooms?
Whatta ya ladies think?

Nude Food Farm
~Grown so good,
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julia hayes
True Blue Farmgirl

1132 Posts

julia
medical lake wa
USA
1132 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  07:55:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heide! Fabulous! I was thinking about using fabric scraps, or wool, or hay or grass or twigs or just anything that is around....I was thinking about just letting your mind be taken by the broom of creativity to wherever! Sooooooo much fun..am going to start gathering some stuff right now!!

Beltane is coming up (April 30 or May 1) This is a big pagan celebration for fertility.

The next holiday is 'Litha" or Midsummer or the Summer Solstice (June 21st)

What do you all think about exchanging brooms for one of these? I'm open to either!

Blessings! ~julia

being simple to simply be
Farmgirl #30
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GaiasRose
True Blue Farmgirl

2552 Posts

Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
2552 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  08:04:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think for Litha is a good idea! That gives us a little more time, though Lunar Bealtaine is not until the 8th of May (I think....)

I still have snow here (presently snowing grrr) so getting out to look for things in nature to add to a besom might be a little tough to do...

I am soooo loving this idea! SO, Send me an email if you'd like to be in the swap and I can make partners and list them and you all can exchange addresses among partners.

This is sooo fun!

we can make it a besom AND Sabbat swap, so if you want to charm a made besom and make a little something, send a little something for the Sabbat we pick to swap for, that might be a fun thing.

p.s.-I have a client due on Midsommer.

~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Tasha-Rose
Farmgirl Sister #88

Blogs:
http://gaiarose.wordpress.com
Etsy:
http://ForestFaeries.etsy.com

"Joyful chaos, working in tune with the seasons, telling itme by the sun, variety, change and self-direction; all this wwas replaced with a brutal, standardized work culture, the effects of which we are still suffering from today." - Tom Hodgkinson in 'How To Be Idle'
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julia hayes
True Blue Farmgirl

1132 Posts

julia
medical lake wa
USA
1132 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  10:01:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Summer Solstice it is! BEAUTIFUL!! I'll email you..
Tasha, could I trouble you with a wee favor. You are so knowledgeable in this realm. Would you mind sharing with us the meaning of the solstice and perhaps you can share you rituals and practices around this holiday. I think it would be so welcoming for us and a wonderful invitation to share what we do as well...

blessings! ~julia

being simple to simply be
Farmgirl #30
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GaiasRose
True Blue Farmgirl

2552 Posts

Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
2552 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  10:43:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I most certainly can!! The baby is even asleep right now! (knock on wood lol!)

The Solstice at Midsommer is the opposite of it's counterpart, the Solstice at Yuletide. whereas Yuletide is the longest night, Midsommer, the sun shines the longest. This is the best day for herb harvesting, as they have the strongest magickal properties at this point in the year. This is one of the times in the year that the veil between our world and the otherworld, the world of the Fae, is thin enough to frollick with the wee folk. This is the day to bless the Sun, and is an incredibly masculine centered holiday. Think of the other conventional masculine holiday around this time: Father's Day.

Here on the farm we construct a wicker man. The wicker man is a representation of the Sun God Lugh. Into the wicker man we place things-written or physical-that we want the wicker man to take with him to the underworld to leave there, thereby ridding us of those things. Lugh gets placed into our Midsommer fire and waits to return to us at Yuletide. At this ritual we also honor the fathers in our lives, blessing them as the warriors, the hunters, the protectors, etc. everything that fathers are to our lives. Our altar is probably one of the more elaborate of the year and is generally outdoors if the weather is kind (and it usually is!)

Here is a video of our last Midsommer and some photos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d7fACPWrr0









~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Tasha-Rose
Farmgirl Sister #88

Blogs:
http://gaiarose.wordpress.com
Etsy:
http://ForestFaeries.etsy.com

"Joyful chaos, working in tune with the seasons, telling itme by the sun, variety, change and self-direction; all this wwas replaced with a brutal, standardized work culture, the effects of which we are still suffering from today." - Tom Hodgkinson in 'How To Be Idle'
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julia hayes
True Blue Farmgirl

1132 Posts

julia
medical lake wa
USA
1132 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  11:15:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are just DIVINE! ~julia

being simple to simply be
Farmgirl #30
www.julia42.etsy.com
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MissDana
True Blue Farmgirl

348 Posts

Dana
Marietta Georgia
USA
348 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  11:43:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tasha! I love your altar and the video brought back so many memories of our family around the solstice fire when the kids were young! We always had the kids involved including writing blessings and toasts. Such energy and wonder! Now I'll wait for the next generation!

Did I email you my address?
Can't wait to work on a broom!

Dana

Proud Farmgirl Sister # 267
www.schultztroupe.wordpress.com
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GaiasRose
True Blue Farmgirl

2552 Posts

Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
2552 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:02:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dont need your address, just that you are joining the swap. you and your assigned partner will swap addresses!!

~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Tasha-Rose
Farmgirl Sister #88

Blogs:
http://gaiarose.wordpress.com
Etsy:
http://ForestFaeries.etsy.com

"Joyful chaos, working in tune with the seasons, telling itme by the sun, variety, change and self-direction; all this wwas replaced with a brutal, standardized work culture, the effects of which we are still suffering from today." - Tom Hodgkinson in 'How To Be Idle'
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NudeFoodFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

433 Posts

Heide
Benton City WA
433 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:11:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
so do I have to email you to be in on the broom swap?
I wonder if the idea for the Burning Man festival was derived from a similiar story as your twig father time. . .
Great alters. Are those freakin Blueberries bigger than your cherries? Wow, I need a start from those. . .
Should we share how we are going to celebrate Beltane?
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Nude Food Farm
~Grown so good,
Dressing is Optional.
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idsweetie72
True Blue Farmgirl

129 Posts

Sandra
New Meadows idaho
USA
129 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:11:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll join the swap as well!

Mazy Day Farm
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GaiasRose
True Blue Farmgirl

2552 Posts

Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
2552 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:17:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yep! everyone send me an email to be in the swap. Im keeping a running list. get on it by Monday and then I'll draw partner names.

~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Tasha-Rose
Farmgirl Sister #88

Blogs:
http://gaiarose.wordpress.com
Etsy:
http://ForestFaeries.etsy.com

"Joyful chaos, working in tune with the seasons, telling itme by the sun, variety, change and self-direction; all this wwas replaced with a brutal, standardized work culture, the effects of which we are still suffering from today." - Tom Hodgkinson in 'How To Be Idle'
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hattah
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Margaret
Maine
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:24:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
altar brooms sound great! and i agree on a summer solstice swap. it will be that long before i can get into the woods here.

blessings bright



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KayB
True Blue Farmgirl

539 Posts

Kay
Del City Oklahoma
USA
539 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:25:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would love to join the swap. Just tell me what I need to do. Like I said, I am so new at all of this that some of it's over my head. Got any good references I can use?

KayB

Life's a dance you learn as you go
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hattah
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Margaret
Maine
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:30:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tasha where did you get your fire ring? i love it!

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GaiasRose
True Blue Farmgirl

2552 Posts

Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
2552 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  12:36:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
send me an email, I'll add you to the list. Then do your research about besoms, and charming them and things related to the Sabbat Litha/Midsommer and create something wonderful for your partner. There's really nothing to it!

Your besom is your flying tool (figurative of course!) and it is your cleaning tool, obviously. It sweeps back the negative when you are casting a circle, and it is sometimes used (some people do this and others do not) when taking the circle down. I use mine daily to get anything yucky from the day swept out of the door. This is not the same as your kitchen broom! This broom sweeps out the unseen yuck. Your kitchen broom takes care of the visible dirt.

Charm it how you like. I have a besom made for me last Summer by a Shaman friend of mine named Skywolf. He charmed it usin elements from the place we were at. It was made during the festival that I am on the Council of. It is held in a magical majestic grove of Ancient Oaks. he took an acorn and a few other thins from the ground and put them into the inside of the broom corn. That besom hangs in my diningroom:



It's about 6 feet long and it's fantastic! A treasured besom yet to be used in ritual.

Most of all, have fun in making this besom. the fun is part of the charm!

~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Tasha-Rose
Farmgirl Sister #88

Blogs:
http://gaiarose.wordpress.com
Etsy:
http://ForestFaeries.etsy.com

"Joyful chaos, working in tune with the seasons, telling itme by the sun, variety, change and self-direction; all this wwas replaced with a brutal, standardized work culture, the effects of which we are still suffering from today." - Tom Hodgkinson in 'How To Be Idle'
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lacisne88
True Blue Farmgirl

1181 Posts

Chelsey
Lake Stevens Washington
USA
1181 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  2:54:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tasha, Thank you so much for sharing the photos! The video is really great as well! I am so excited to have this group get together and chat. I'm all giddy!

Chelsey
Farmgirl Sister #283

http://farmgirlpleasures.blogspot.com/

http://aminiatureworld.blogspot.com/
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NudeFoodFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

433 Posts

Heide
Benton City WA
433 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2009 :  3:00:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fantastic Besom! It will take til summer solstice to make one as magnificent. What a thing to look forward to. Thanks Tasha for sharing.

Nude Food Farm
~Grown so good,
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NudeFoodFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

433 Posts

Heide
Benton City WA
433 Posts

Posted - Apr 01 2009 :  09:02:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi. I was thinking of the comment of wanting a good book about witch/pagan/goddesses. I have been buying a yearly calender called "We moon" for the last decade. It is useful and so informative. It is a collabration started almost 30 years ago from "we moon" from all over the world. Every year they accept submissions for the next years calender. Full of beautiful writings, pictures, artwork all by women.

"We’Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn is more than an appointment book, it’s a way of life! We’Moon is a lunar calendar, a handbook in natural rhythm, and born of international womyn’s culture. Art and writing by we’moon from many lands give a glimpse of the great diversity and uniqueness of a world we create in our own image. We’Moon is about womyn’s spirituality (spirit’ reality). We share how we live our truth, what inspires us, how we envision our reality in connection with the whole earth and all our relations."

http://wemoon.ws/contact.html
Write:
We'Moon South
181 Brimstone Road
Wolf Creek, OR 97497

Check them out, all farm girls are welcome and encouraged to enjoy!


Nude Food Farm
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GaiasRose
True Blue Farmgirl

2552 Posts

Tasha-Rose
St. Paul Minnesota
2552 Posts

Posted - Apr 01 2009 :  09:05:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I LOVE we'moon!! I get it every single year for my personal calendar and the wall because the wall is a visible lunar calendar for everyone to see.

If it gets to December and I haven't ordered my wemoon, I start to get antsy.

~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Tasha-Rose
Farmgirl Sister #88

Blogs:
http://gaiarose.wordpress.com
Etsy:
http://ForestFaeries.etsy.com

"Joyful chaos, working in tune with the seasons, telling itme by the sun, variety, change and self-direction; all this wwas replaced with a brutal, standardized work culture, the effects of which we are still suffering from today." - Tom Hodgkinson in 'How To Be Idle'
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