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greenman doll

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This greenman doll is bendable! Your kids will love hanging one from a tree branch or from an Ôstara basket. Here’s how I made it:

greenman doll template

Print out the template above. (If you copy and paste onto a word document, it should fill up half the page in landscape mode. If it doesn’t, shrink or expand to get the right size.) This doll is actually sewn before it is cut out, so you’ll need to trace the pattern onto the wrong side of your fabric. I used an iron-on transfer pencil and traced over the outline, then ironed it onto back of the fabric. With the right sides of two pieces of fabric facing each other and pinned in place on the corners, sew (a very fine stitch) on the lines all the way around. Now cut closely around the outside of the lines you’ve sewn. To turn the doll right side out, cut a small slit in the middle of the doll’s chest. Use a skewer get the skinny parts all the way pushed out. (Sorry I don’t have pictures for these first few steps… this doll has actually been in my basket of unfinished projects for years- from when I still had a working sewing machine.)

becoming a greenman

When you’ve got it all turned out, take a couple of chenille stems and twist one in the middle to the size of the doll’s head, and twist the ends down to form loops for the hands. Tape sharp ends down. The other chenille stem is for the legs. Bend it in half and twist loops at the ends for the feet. Tape sharp ends down. Insert chenille stems into the doll casing through the slit cut in the chest. When they are in place, fill the doll with stuffing, putting in little bits at a time and pushing into place with a skewer. When the stuffing is even all over, sew the slit in the chest closed by hand.

greenman doll comes to life

Glue a silk leaf onto the doll’s chest wound. (Re-purpose the leaves from old silk flower arrangements found at a thrift store.) I hot glued three onto this one’s chest at different angles. For the face, I folded a leaf in half and cut leaf and horn shapes around the edges. I’ve made some before using several very small leaves arranged around the face. Paint on or draw on features with a marker and you’re done!

greenman doll - Ozark Pagan Mamma

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Hallow Magic for the High Days

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Most ADF rituals emphasize worship over magical workings, or so I’ve heard. It doesn’t have to be so… why not have it all? The Druid-style rituals I piece together tend to be short and sweet, so there’s plenty of room to add a little magic. Here are some ideas I’ve had for High Day themed magical workings that are aligned with the Triple Hallows. Most of these ideas are for outdoor rituals. For some of these, you may want to have a crafting session ahead of time, then have participants bring their finished work to the ritual, ready to give it that final “oomph” of energy before activating in the Hallow.

In the following workings, I use the word “intent” a lot. What I mean by this is the goal of your magic, and the act of thinking about it and letting the energy of it flow into what your are crafting or doing. Your intent can be for increase (like for prosperity, wisdom, love, for a few examples), or your intent could be something you want to release to the universe (like negativity, bad vibes… things that hold you back) for the Kindreds to transform it into something better or make use of somewhere else.

As a general guideline, do “releasing” work in the waning part of the year (Lughnasadh to Yule) or during a waning moon, and “increasing” work in the waxing part of the year (Imbolc to Midsummer) or waxing moon. Whatever your intent, you can often change it’s nature by perspective and wording, to flow with the season. For example; if you want to do prosperity magic, but it’s a waning season/moon phase, make it a “poverty banishing” working instead.

FIRE
These are items that are fashioned to be burned in the Fire Hallow.

  • PRAYER LEAF: Hand out big Sassafras leaves (or other big leaves) and markers for participants to inscribe their intent through words symbols or pictures. This one is ideal for any High Day. I like to use it for Samhain, and with bay leaves on Imbolc. (For indoor rituals, use slips of flash paper instead; to avoid having a room filled with smoke.)
  • SUN SYMBOLS: Hand out thin straight sticks or wheat stalks and sun-colored yarn/raffia for participants to make rustic “god‘s eyes”, weaving with the energy and intent of their goal. This one is ideal for Summer Solstice.
  • HARVEST FIGURES: Hand out string, sticks, corn husks, raffia, and/or other dried plant materials for participants to shape and tie into human or animal form, representing a goal or intention completed. This one is ideal for Harvest holidays. I like to use it for the Autumn Equinox.

“At this time we shall infuse our ______ with the energies of our intentions.
When you are ready, you may come to the Fire and burn them.”
After all have done this, say:
“Our intentions have been released to the Sky, to the Kindreds,
and to the passing of the seasons. It is done.” ALL: “So be it!”

WELL
These are items that are fashioned to be placed in the Well Hallow. Consider using a flowing stream for your Well Hallow.

  • PRAYER BOATS: Hand out paper and markers/crayons for participants to make origami boats and inscribe their intent on them through words, symbols and/or pictures. I like this one for Lughnasadh/Freyfaxi.
  • FLOWERS: Let participants choose from a basket of flowers, the one that represents their intent, or make paper flowers. This one is ideal for Beltane.
  • PRAYER SLIPS: Hand out pens and strips of water soluble paper for participants to inscribe their intent. This is another good one for Imbolc.

“At this time we shall infuse our _____ with the energies of our intentions.
When you are ready, you may come to the Well and set them afloat.”
After all have done this, say:
“Our intentions have been released to the Waters, to the Kindreds,
and to the passing of the seasons. It is done.” ALL: “So be it!”

TREE
These are items that are fashioned to be hung from the branches of the Tree Hallow.

  • CLOOTIES (prayer flags): Pass around a basket of various colors of thin natural fabric cut in strips (or participants may bring their own; the magic is especially powerful when it is cloth torn from one’s own clothing). Participants choose color and pattern of cloth based on their intent and infuse them with the energy of their intent with touch and prayer. Each dip their cloth in the Well and tie to the tree. Ideal for any warm weather High Day.
  • TREE ORNAMENTS: Hand out toast, peanut butter, birdseed, string, and cookie cutters. Participants cut shapes from the toast, spread on peanut butter, and sprinkle on birdseed (all with intent!) then poke a string through for hanging. This one is a good one for Winter Solstice.
  • WISHING EGGS/SPHERES: Hand out papier-mâché eggs (with 2 holes poked in one end), paints, markers, and string. Participants use paint and markers to inscribe their intent through words, symbols and/or pictures on the eggs, then hang them on a tree or shrub with string.  Do this one for the Spring Equinox.

“At this time we shall infuse our ______ with the energies of our intentions.
When you are ready, you may come to the Tree and tie them.”
After all are tied, say:
“Our intentions have been released to the Land, to the Kindreds,
and to the passing of the seasons. It is done.” ALL: “So be it!”

figurine makeover

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Recently while thrift shopping, I came across a figurine of an angel holding a rabbit. “Oh neat”, I thought- “that can be a depiction of Ôstara for my Spring Equinox altar!” I didn’t much like the colors though; it never seems to look right to me how small figurines have the details painted in. Then I remembered what I did for altar statues before I started sculpting; I made them look “rustic” with layers of acrylic paint. So now I’ll share that method with you…

You’ll need:
paintbrush
sponge
white acrylic craft paint (or acrylic gesso)
dark acrylic craft paint
light beige or off-white acrylic craft paint

1. First, clean all the dust and grime off your thrift shop treasure.

2. Next, paint a layer of thick white acrylic paint or acrylic gesso. This will make the subsequent layers of paint look even. Let dry thoroughly.

3. Now give the figure a rough layer of dark acrylic paint, concentrating on getting paint into the creases. I used a shade of green called “thicket” for the figurine shown here. Let dry thoroughly.

4. For this next step, use a sponge instead of a paintbrush. Dip the sponge in a light shade of acrylic paint like “parchment”. Lightly blot the sponge and dab over the figure; mostly getting the raised parts. Don’t try to get paint down in the crevices. Let dry.

There you go! From cheesy to rustic in four simple steps.

figurine makeover

A Solitary ADF Ēostre Ritual

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Although I am involved with more than one Pagan group these days, sometimes plans for a High Day ritual falls through, or never comes together at all for one reason or another. After a couple of cancellations last year, I decided to always have a solitary ritual written up just in case, not only in the event that a group observance doesn’t come together, but also, to make sure I make that personal connection to my own deities and enact the traditions that are important to me as an individual (in case the ritual I attend doesn’t happen to include those things). Also, I’m keeping record of my High Day records as part of the ADF Dedicant Program. This Ēostre ritual is from my just-in-case collection of (short but meaningful) solitary ADF rituals.
As usual, I have left out many items that are not considered “musts” according to the Core Order of Ritual. I have kept with simple wording and a basic brief format. I have a not offered to any outsiders (since the COoR doesn’t say I have to) but instead considered the hallowing part of the ritual sufficient for driving away unwanted spirits. The Saining I speak of below is a simple Scottish-inspired purification with water and juniper smoke. For the Hallowing, I carry fire around the area reciting the Anglo-Saxon Hallowing Charm. I’ve used some of my favorite ADF liturgy from their website, and some Asatru liturgy as well. You’ll notice some Ēostre ritual themes from previous years as well.

Purification: Saining & Hallowing

Ring bell to mark the beginning of ritual.

Opening Prayer: “Eartha, Earth Mother, from your dark womb springs all green and living things,
You who are the bearer of all life, I honor you this day and pray you bless and uphold
this rite of First Day of Spring. Mother of all, receive my offering!” (Give offering.)

Two Powers Meditation

Sacred Center & Opening the Gates: Make offerings to the triple hallows and say:
“By Land, Sky, and Sea, by Fire, Well, and Tree…” Make offering to the Gatekeeper.
“Hama, Let the Gates be opened!” (Envision the Gates opening.)

Calling to the Three Kindreds & Patrons of Occasion (while offering to each):
“To the Ancestors, I give offering and welcome. To the Nature Spirits, I give offering and welcome.
Hail Sunne! Herald of Spring: She who brings the warmth & the light.
Hail Eartha! Mother of Spring: She whose body is crops’ delight.
Hail Ing Fréa! Lord of Spring: He who blesses the land; its king.
Hail Fréo! Lady of Spring: She who permeates all living things.
Hail Ēostre! Flower Maiden: The embodiment of Spring.
Hail Thunor! Bringer of Rain: He who is the friend of farmers, & makes grow the grain.
Make fruitful our labors, & also our crops, that we may live & prosper!
Kindreds Three, join with me as I honor the turning of the seasons at the time of Ēostre.
May you bless and uphold this rite.”

Seed Blessing: “Now is the dark half of the year passing. Now the days grow light
and the Earth grows warm. The spirit of these seeds is summoned by the sunlight
after they have long slept in darkness. May the Shining Ones bless these seeds that are here.”
(Hold seeds up.) “Behold, they will awaken, stir and swell. Soon they will be planted in the earth,
to grow and bring forth new fruit.”

Omen: “What have the Kindreds to teach me today?”
Divine, then say: “I hear what the Kindreds have said, and am made wise by it.”

Blessing Cup: “Ancient Ones, a Child of the Earth calls out for your blessing.
Hallow these waters, O Holy Powers. Grant me the blessing I seek.
May the Wisdom, Love, and Power of the Deities, Ancestors and Nature Spirits flow into this cup of blessing.”
Hold cup out with both hands and feel the energy flow into the cup.
“This cup now holds the waters of life. I drink this in the name of the Kindred.” (Drink deeply.)
“May these waters I have received flow through my body and through my spirit,
and may they pour out into the rest of my life.”

Thanking Kindreds: “I offer my thanks to the Mother of All.
I offer our thanks to the Gods, Dead and Spirits. May the Three Sacred Kins
Bring joy to all beings, and renew the ancient wisdom. To the Fire, Well and Tree, I offer my thanks.
May Wisdom, Love and Power kindle in all beings, and renew the ancient wisdom.
To the Earth, Sea, and Sky; I offer my thanks. May the ancient wisdom be renewed,
and may all beings know peace, joy and happiness in all the worlds.”

Closing: “Now by the keeper of the gates and by my magic I end what I began.
Let the fire be flame. Let the well be water. Let all be as it was before.
Let the gates be closed! I go now, a child of the Earth, in peace and blessings. The ritual is at a close.”

Countdown to Ēostre – Holiday Planner

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February 23rd – 28th

  • Decorate home for the holiday / make crafts to decorate home.
  • Take seasonal (outdoor) pictures with family/friends.
  • Bring home foliage from above outing for crafts/decoration.

March 1st – 8th

  • Firm up ritual plans, if you haven’t already. Will you be attending a festival, local event, a family event, or doing something on your own? If you are planning the ritual, decide on location and script/liturgy.
  • Shop for basket fillers and Ēostre clothes (if needed).

March 9th – 15th

  • Prepare garden for planting or check on/seek out places to wild craft (forage).
  • Make menu plans and grocery list.

March 16th – the Equinox

  • Shop for menu items.
  • Prepare menu items.
  • Celebrate!

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Ôstara Blót

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This is a simple little ritual I pieced together. The words for the fire lighting is classic Ceisiwr Serith used in ADF liturgy. I use fire to ward and hallow instead of the Hammer Rite. A lot of the wording I’ve gotten for my Norse rites is from The Hammerstead Kindred Blot Book.
On the altar have a goddess figure, to represent Ôstarâ, that has little holes or perforations all in it for placing flowers; it could be just a basic form made of chicken wire or a papier-mâché figure with little holes punched in it with an ice pick. Decorate the altar with colored papier-mâché eggs and an Osterhase (Ôstarâ Hare). Everyone brings flowers and greenery to place on the goddess figure, and any other offerings they want to bring.

Warding: Hallowing Charm

(A musical signal marks the beginning of ritual.)

Introduction & Fire Lighting
“We gather now as our ancestors did, to worship the Old Ones and commemorate the turning seasons of the year at the time of Ôstara. As our ancestors did before us, let us pray with a good fire. I kindle the sacred fire in wisdom, love, and power.” (light fire)
“Sacred fire, burn within us.”

The Call: “Hail Sunna! Herald of Spring: She who brings the warmth & the light.
Hail Nerthus! Mother of Spring: She whose body is crops’ delight.
Hail Frey! Lord of Spring: He who blesses the land; its king.
Hail Freya! Lady of Spring: She who permeates all living things.
Hail Ôstarâ! Flower Maiden: The embodiment of Spring.
Hail Thor!  Bringer of Rain: He who is the friend of farmers, & makes grow the grain.
Make fruitful our labors, & also our crops, that we may live & prosper!”

The Hallowing & Blessing: the mead is passed over the fire. The participants and the altar are sprinkled with the hallowed drink. leader/gothi says: “May the blessings of the Holy Ones be upon us.”

The Sharing: the drink is shared and hails made. When the last of the drink is poured into the blótbolli (blessing bowl), leader/gothi says: “Holy Ones, accept our gifts! Hail the gods and goddesses of life! Hail to the holy, all-giving earth!”

Symbolism: Everyone walks in procession around the circle to the altar to place flowers or other tokens of Spring into the perforations of the goddess figure, while singing “O’ She Will Bring“.

Offering & Closing: the mead in the blótbolli is poured onto the ground at the base of a tree (or over a hörgr).
“From the Gods to the earth, to us. From us, to the earth, to the Gods.
The cycle continues. The rite is ended”

A children’s song for Ôstarâ / Ēostre

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“Here Comes Ôstarâ”  (tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Ôstarâ has brought the Spring again, Spring again, Spring again.
Ôstarâ has brought the Spring again, and Winter’s gone away.
Here she comes on the rainbow bridge, rainbow bridge, rainbow bridge.
Here she comes on the rainbow bridge, and flowers spring up behind her.