Day 10 – Mini Release Program – March by Silver RavenWolf


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Today’s Challenge is creating a windowsill altar.  We will use either 3 or 9 objects — can you see all 9 objects in this picture?

A bright good day to you!

Patrick Donmoyer created one of my favorite books — “Powwowing in Pennsylvania – Braucherei and the Ritual of Everyday Life”.  This text is overflowing with information and excellent research.  Mr. Donmoyer opens the way for the understanding of the healing practices of the Pennsylvania Dutch (and others of the area) through their European folk beliefs brought to North America. 

donmoyerBraucherei is a “use what you have” system that embraces human ingenuity and the science of everyday life.  During this time of quarantine, what better study than this?

Today’s ChallengeRitual of the Windowsill — according to Mr. Donmoyer, “rituals of the windowsill utilize a liminal domestic as a convenient location for a specific type of traditional transaction that brings together the inner realm of the house and home and the outside world.”(1)  A liminal space is a time between the ‘what was’ and  ‘what follows. ‘ It is a place of transition, pregnancy, and unfoldment. It is believed by many that liminal space is where all transformation happens.  The windowsill, then, is considered a place between the worlds where energies, wishes, and thoughts can pass from the material world to the spiritual one and back again.

In Braucherei, on special days (such as New Year’s or other traditional days) the family would collect three objects that they felt represented needed energies that would help the family thrive in the coming year.  These three things are then placed on the outside windowsill of the home.  “The samples represented three substances that would be blessed so that the household would have an abundance of these three things, and would not run out of them over the course of the next year… In many rituals of blessing, a portion of something becomes emblematic of the whole, and capable of distributing the blessing throughout.” (2) The objects do not have to be literal — they can be a representation impregnated with your intent.  A red paper heart, for example, symbolizing love.

In today’s challenge, we are going to ask family members what they feel your family needs now and in the coming year.  Although this isn’t a “special” day like New Year’s or Yule, times are difficult for many with a plethora of uncertainties.  Gloom and doom slink, sail, and march throughout many homes — creating mental muck in their wake.  This is a perfect time to look toward a positive future with such an easy and fun project!

Ask your family members to find or make a representation of what they think the family needs that can be placed on the sill.  In our ritual, you can choose either three or nine things.  We are operating in a 1st Quarter Aries Moon — so beginnings of this type sit well with the stars.  I set up my windowsill display on the inside for two reasons:    (1)  It is pouring outside; (2) I don’t have an outside windowsill wide enough to accommodate the head of a pin.  If you feel outside right next to the house is best, place your objects on a tray on a porch step, cement stoop, or other areas that butt up against the house.

Clearly imprint each item with its association before placing it on the sill or tray.  For example:  “This acorn represents long life, strength, and good health for all family members.”  “I place this bread upon the tray.  May we never hunger.  May we never thirst.”  “These coins ensure we will always have enough money to meet our obligations and still live comfortably and happily.”  Once all the objects are placed, hold hands, close your eyes, and see the spirits of the things rise to the heavens.  Silver threads reach out into the cosmos to create a pathway so that those things needed will easily find your family.  Leave the objects on the windowsill for at least 24 hours.  If you use a candle or oil lamp, remember to take fire-safe precautions such as keeping curtains tied back, or removing straw mats from the doorway where the tray is to be placed.  Consider if you would like to use this technique for future magicks.  Perhaps the upcoming May Day holiday by imprinting ribbons as wishes?

Your Comments — Yesterday someone wrote about having difficulty in closing a wound from a recent surgery.  I use two easy magicks for quick and smooth healing.  I did answer her comment; but, I thought I would share the information here as well.

Wound Closure Using Cloth, Needle, and Thread — Gather two pieces of old clothing that have been worn over the wound that have not been washed.  If you can’t cut up the clothing, wear two pieces of cloth over the dressing for 24 hours.  Rub the pieces of cloth with your favorite healing herb.  For this example, I used the speedwell I wildcrafted the other day.

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Stitch the two pieces of cloth together.  You can use regular sewing stitches, or you can be more creative, stitching runes to create the closure.  As you stitch, recite the following chant: “Bind, knit, heal. Turn the Wheel. Turn the Wheel.”  The first three words are self-explanatory.  Turn the Wheel has more than one meaning:  That the healing will be done in 30 days; and, stands for the Wheel of Power — the Magick Mill.

You can chant the entire time you are stitching, or 3 times when you start, 3 times when you are halfway through, or 3 times when you have finished.  Wear the cloth over the medical dressing, or as close to it as possible.  If the Binding Cloth is for you, repeat the chant 9 times three times a day while holding your hand over the cloth.  If the cloth gets dirty, it is okay to wash it for medical reasons.

Knitted Binding Cloths — Homemade dishrags/washcloths were often used in Braucherei and Folk Magick for a variety of purposes from taking negativity off an individual to bindings for healing and romantic purposes.  Write on a slip of paper what the knitting is for, and keep the paper on the work until completed.

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This washcloth, when finished, can be imprinted in ritual, then given to the patient along with a bar of spiritual cleansing soap.  Every time they wash with the cloth, healing energy from the making is released.  If the cloth were for romantic reasons, gift with patchouli, rose, or other love-associated soap.

Summary – 41 Stars

Give or Throw one thing away today.  Earn 1 Star.
Create a windowsill altar.  Earn 25 stars!
Did you remember to do your rattle bath today?
Do 3 three-minute dashes – Earn 15 stars!

Big hugs!

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within!

Silver

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(1)  Donmoyer, Patrick J. – “Powwowing in Pennsylvania – Braucherei and the Ritual of Everyday Life” pages 264 and 265  www.kutztown.edu/pgchc for more information

(2) Ibid

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14 thoughts on “Day 10 – Mini Release Program – March by Silver RavenWolf”

  1. Thank You for this sharing Silver RavenWolf ! I write these healing spells in my BOS …when you adviced me to break the stick “fever” in the previous release program I got a vision, I was walking with you in a forest…just like the forest near your home …and yet…it was here where I live…by the river, tall and thin trees and the ground covered with dry brown leaves from last autumn, you were wearing a brown woolen wide mantle, in this vision you are my teacher and you walked with me. Then I saw my own feet…I was looking for a stick and found it, named it “fever”and crashed it. The vision ended and I DID feel much better after it. Here where I was born there is a very old belief that wool is a highly protective material, woolen clothes keep from all evil. And also,bread…bread is sacred and a perfect gift to offer in rituals. reading your articles at the end of each day now is …a healing to my soul…Thank You Spirit Sister! Blessed Be!

  2. Hello All, I cleaned a half of a windowsill in my kitchen, due to it was evening. So I set up a little altar. Whenever I go to the kitchen it makes me happy. Thank you so much, for sharing with us.

  3. Silver, just curios, I’ve been researching recipes for Four Thieves Vinegar and there seems to be many versions. I have many of your books and I see that you recommend it often, but I can’t find a recipe? Do you have your own recipe that you would share? Thank you!

  4. My dad used to put acorns and chestnuts on the outside windowsill of our dining room window. That was always done in the beginning of autumn. I used to put rocks, from the town creek, on the windowsill in the summer. My dad would say “Dammit, girl! Rocks belong in the dirt, not on the windowsill!” Lmao! I can’t do that anymore because the cats try to smack at them through the screen, and they’ll bust the bottom of the screen out. Yes, we had to replace the screen b/c of Isis doing that. Lol! Same reason why a windowsill altar of any kind isn’t an option in my house. Lol! Manson already broke my favorite amber that was placed on my bedroom windowsill. Grrrrr!

  5. I forgot to post the description of my wee windowsill altar! I found a scallop shell in my collection about the size of my palm. It has pretty pink and lavender stripes on the inside surface. I cleared a 4 inch square space on my East facing kitchen windowsill above my sink. I related to Silver’s items and wanted to use the same, or similar items. I placed 2 Canadian coins (1 Toonie & 1 Loonie – no kidding!) that equal $3 inside the top of the shell. In the center are an acorn and a tiny conch shell that has an unusual ridge/division down the center of it’s back. I put it there to represent a smooth transition into continued life and health after the pandemic, because one side flows smoothly into the other. Since this is Florida, and we battle bugs continuously due to our warm, moist climate, I couldn’t leave bread out, so I put 3 dried corn kernels in the shell to represent the bread instead. I added a small empty jar candle that I can burn tea lights in and I have been lighting one everyday.

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