Author Archives: Literata

About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.

Brigid and the Apple Trees

I walked in Tir na nOg with Brigid, and I asked her, “Lady, show me the wonders of the apple trees of the Land of Youth.” She plucked a blossom from an apple tree, and hammered it on her anvil, … Continue reading

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Ritual for understanding inheritance using the Ten of Pentacles

The Ten of Pentacles represents inheritance; in this ritual we work with acknowledging what we have received from those gone before – ideas, blessings, and gifts as well as possessions – and choosing how we want to shape the world for those who will come after us. Continue reading

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Expanded Chakra System

I wrote previously about the seven chakra system, but there are several variations possible. I currently work with an expanded system of nine chakras which includes additional chakras above and below the original seven. Ultimately, whether you want to characterize these connections above and below as additional specific chakras or not, they are natural extensions of the seven chakra system which can help us pay attention to our grounding and centering, to our connection with the divine, and other parts of our metaphysical makeup. Continue reading

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Invocation for spouse’s retirement

This is the invocation that I delivered at my dear husband’s retirement ceremony last week. As we work through the many Halfway Out of the Dark holidays at this time of year, I hope you and yours have wonderful celebrations … Continue reading

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Yule – Sustaining Rebirth

I am continuing to republish a series of essays originally written in 2011. Six months ago, I told a story of Litha being destruction averted, because although it is easy to associate warmth with the very energy of life, it … Continue reading

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Donations in memory of Jean

In keeping with my mother’s wishes that people donate to libraries, I invite anyone who is interested to donate to the New Alexandrian Library in her memory. Please consider this as part of your holiday or end-of-year giving! Donations earmarked … Continue reading

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Ritual for committing to daily practice using the Eight of Pentacles

The 8 of Pentacles is an image of an apprentice practicing a craft. The message of this card emphasizes that progress and rewards come from repeated, enduring practice. In this ritual you will commit to practicing a single action every … Continue reading

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