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Welcome to the Black Grammalia

This Grimoire is a collection of traditions, spells, rituals, activities, recipes and more that we as a family have collected over the years. Our rituals focus on the Hearth and Home and tend to honor Hellenic deities. They may also be heavily flavored with ADF Druidry, as that’s the closest thing to organized religion we’ve had in a while and we find their liturgical calendar to be much more practical than most Hellenic options. Because we are the only Neo-Hellenic polytheist Kitchen Witch Druids we know, and because we enjoy practicing with our fellow Pagan friends and sometimes with our Christian friends, many of the rituals I have recorded here are somewhat generic in nature and should be easily adaptable. You will see shades of Wicca here because the Wiccan format is the most available and what most of our guests are comfortable with, but you won’t learn anything about Wicca here if that’s what you’re looking for. In fact and I’m sure you won’t find anything here that would be considered liturgically correct by… anybody.

Library
Poems and Prose
Rites of Passage

Wedding Chants

The following chants can be chanted around the circle before or after the wedding or handfasting rite begins or during a procession. In our time of joy and plenty We will celebrate together In our time of pain and fear We will comfort one another. The road you travel Has brought you to this place […]

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Holy Days
Ritual

Yule log Ritual

This rite is to be performed at Yuletide using either a Yule Log candle holder or a Yule Log cake with three candles in it. If you use a Yule log cake, it’s a nice way to end the Yuletide feast. It can also be performed on the night of the Long Night’s Moon. The […]

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Holy Days

Yuletide Traditions

The feast of midwinter takes place on the Winter Solstice. It is not the middle of winter here, but really only a couple weeks in. Our winter lasts from pretty close to the end of November to April, though snow in October and April are quite common and frost can be expected in both September […]

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Autumn Equinox Traditions

The Autumn Equinox has been called the Witches’ Thanksgiving. It is the second (middle) of the three harvest festivals, beginning with the First Harvest and ending with Samhain, or the Last Harvest. The first harvest marked the beginning of the grain and small fruit harvest as well as the cutting and replanting of cool weather […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner

Using Herbs for Magick

Herblore or Wortcunning is often closely associated with Witchcraft in the public imagination and indeed many witches are also experts in using plants for magical and healing purposes- but not all. So I just want to say before we begin, that if you’re not into plants, you can still practice magick without them and you […]

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Moon timing
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Doing it by the Moon

As Witches, we often time our magical activities according to the phases of the moon and the positions of the other heavenly bodies, but Witches aren’t the only ones. Generations of farmers have been timing their planting and livestock activities according to these considerations as well. Both your Witches Almanac and the Farmer’s Almanac provides […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner

Little Kitchen Rituals

Ritual is the difference between the ordinary and the special. Rituals surrounding objects, times and places signify their importance, their sacredness. While there are certainly other things involved with Kitchen Witchery, rituals surrounding the kitchen and the preparation of food is a defining feature. It reflects the sanctity of the space as well as the […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner

Infused Oils

Infused oils bring herbal goodness into a carrier oil base. The oil can later be used as a base for a salve or it can be used alone as a massage or moisturizing oil. Infused oils can also be used in cooking (see warnings) and in ritual as a dressing or anointing oil. All you need […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner

Simple Salves

Salves are soothing medicine for the skin in a convenient form. Nourishing oils thickened with waxes or butters and enhanced with the goodness of herbs and essential oils, salves can sooth irritated skin, bring healing to minor injuries and bring soothing warmth to aches and pains and congestion. All salves are based on the same […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner

First Harvest Reflections

The feast of the First Harvest is a feast of little bits. The garden is full of promise, but not full of ripe produce. We have some zucchini, an eggplant, maybe even a tomato, but hardly enough of anything to make a meal, but together, with a handful of herbs, couple eggs from the hens […]

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