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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.

Family
Ritual

Storytelling In The Hallows

What is The Hallows? It is that big collection of sacred days that happen at the end of October/ beginning of November. Also known as Samhain, Halloween, The Feast of the Dead. This is a liminal period. Just a few days ago the leaves started to turn and in just a few more the trees […]

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Holy Days
Ritual

Feast of Sacrifice

The Feast of Sacrifice celebrates the sacrifice that other living things- plant and animal- make so that we may live. An effigy is made out of materials on hand and stuffed with good things to eat. It is then “sacrificed” and the food is taken from it and made part of a ritual feast. There […]

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Holy Days

The February Fast

Tomorrow is our February Eve celebration. It’s easy enough to call it Imbolc if you like because it’s similar. But a little different. Now I have heard that Samhain is the Witches New Year, but this is not true for our family. We celebrate the Feast of the Dead then but February Eve is our […]

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Handfasting and Pagan Wedding Etiquette

So you’ve been invited to a Pagan or Wiccan wedding or Handfasting. You may never have attended such an event and may not know what to expect. You may feel nervous because you this sort of thing is way outside your comfort zone or maybe you’re excited for the new experience. Maybe it’s not that […]

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Ritual

Colors for Your Wedding

In choosing a color scheme for your wedding, you may simply wish to choose colors that appeal to the both of you or maybe that look good together. Or perhaps you have an article of clothing that has been passed down the generations that you wish to wear and you’ll build your color scheme around […]

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Ritual

Pagan Weddings And Handfasting

Long ago, the contract of marriage consisted of a clasping of hands and a public agreement by the couple to live together as husband and wife. This was followed, of course, by much feasting and merrymaking. It is this clasping of hands that has given name to the term ‘hand fasting’. This act could be […]

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Holy Days
Ritual

Cross Burning Rite

Although I am a Neo-Hellenic Pagan, I still perform this rite every Imbolc because it holds a special place in my heart. It was featured at the first public Pagan event I ever attended, one hosted by Celtic Druids. It is just so meaningful and I really do love it. For me it isn’t so […]

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Holy Days
Ritual

Spring Equinox with the Kids

This is a ritual in that you do it every year to mark the change of season. It’s basically an Easter egg hunt with a bit of spirituality thrown in. It is not a ceremony. I have found that kids don’t stand much on ceremony. This is an at-home activity you can do with your […]

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Devotional Rite Outline

This ritual outline is designed for private practice but it can easily be adapted for family or group practice. It is specifically for honoring the Gods on their feast days or Sabbat days, but can be adapted for any special occasion. Although I generally keep my magic and my worship separate, you can put perform […]

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Poems and Prose
Ritual

Wedding Chants

The following chants can be chanted or sung 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 […]

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