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Lavender and Milk Bath Sachet

1/4 cup dried Lavender flowers
4-6 drops essential oil of Lavender
1/4 cup instant powdered whole milk
1/4 cup oatmeal.

Add the Lavender eo to the milk and mix well. Place ingredients into a
muslin drawstring bag. Toss the bag into the bath water as it’s running.
You can also use the bag to rub your skin as you bathe. Enjoy!
*~CC~*

A Woman is many things;
Earth & Air
Fire & Water
Spirit & Heart
She is Unique and Worldly.

But mainly a Woman is Beauty.
Within is a Hidden Mystik and a Blessed Elegance.
For She is a Sister of all Womyn.
And the Daughter of the Goddess Herself.
© Karen Love 2004

Xtah

Rain Festivals ( Mexico/Central America )
Themes: Weather, harvest, fertility, & prayer
 
About Xtah: The Guatemalan Goddess of Rain and Water sprinkles Herself
into today’s celebration in answer to Her people’s fervent prayers. As
She does, Her rain also bears constructive, fulfilling energy to
maintain the gardens of our spirit with Spring’s growth-centered magick.
 
To Do Today: This is the time of the year when peoples in this region
begin praying to the sacred powers for rain. In Guatemala,
specifically, they pray and make offerings to the Goddess so the crops
will not fail from draught.
 
If your spiritual life has seemed a bit “dry” lately or lacking in real
substance, pray to Xtah with words like these:
 
“Xtah, as you pour forth from the heavens, see my need ( pour out a
glass of water
here–this is a type of sympathetic magick that encourages Xtah to
follow your example ).
Rain upon my life and heart with Your fruitful waters so I may grow with
clarity of spirit.
Thank You for Your bounty, for refilling my inner well with your
richness.
So be it.”
 
If it’s raining outside, dance in the rain as you pray so you can
literally touch Xtah’s presence. Alternatively, pray in the shower or
in the rains created by a lawn sprinkler.
 
Wear water-coloured clothing today ( blue, purple, dark green ) to
accent whichever of Xtah’s attributes you want to develop.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

Life, illness, love, and death — together they continue to be my great
Teachers.
Moon and Sun rule the sky above.
Here on Earth, the Goddess rules.
Here on Earth, the seven Goddesses.
O Goddess, pure and cherished one!
We sing sweet songs over and over,
inventing pleasing rhymes for her.
Oh, our songs are so sweet that She
forgives us anything to keep us singing.
~ Sri Lankan Song
 
We can find the Goddess everywhere, if only we know how to look. It is
easy to find Her on a sunny day in Spring, or in the happy look on a new
lover’s face. But She is there in the dark storm clouds as well, in the
late frosts that nip the budding flowers, in the ungainly and the
frightening. Anything that exists partakes of Her, participates in Her.
There is nothing that is not part of Her.
 
We must let go of judging this world if we are to truly understand the
Goddess’ truth. We cannot pick and choose, controlling life so that we
only see what is pleasant to our prejudices. We cannot have birth and
love but not death; we cannot have the flower and the honey without the
stinging bee. We need not claim to enjoy pain in order to accept it as
part of life. We need only feel it, accept it, and move on, knowing it
to be part of this life which the Goddess blesses us.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on he Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Kami’s Calming Garden Bath

2 cups lavender flowers
2 cups lemon verbena leaf
1 cup rosemary leaf and flower
1 cup California poppy leaf and flower
½ cup catnip leaf

Whale Goddess

 
Themes: Nature, meditation, rebirth, movement
Symbols: Water, whale
 
About Whale Goddess: In Arabic tradition, the Whale Goddess swallowed
Jonah, neatly giving him time to consider his life and actions seriously
before his figurative rebirth. Let’s hope she doesn’t have to go that
far to get our attention this month ( or anytime, for that matter ).
 
In some stories, the earth rests on this Goddess’s back, and earthquakes
result when she gets upset and shakes her tail. Symbolically, when your
life seems on shaky ground, consider what this goddess is trying to tell
you!
 
To Do Today: Around this time of year in Northern California, people
examine the coastline with renewed interest and anticipation. They’re
watching the annual whale migration-a breathtaking sight. Since many of
us cannot experience this firsthand, consider the whale as a magical
symbol instead. The Gods ride whales to carry messages to the mortal
world. Witches ride them to bear their magic on the water. In both
instances the whale carries something-either to your heart or toward a
goal. Use this image in meditations for movement, and consider the
symbolism if whales show up in your dreams tonight.
 
If possible, visit an aquarium and watch whales there. Or send a
donation to an accredited facility to give something back to the Whale
Goddess and her children.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide on the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation
Great Spirit, teach me the power of the four directions
Before the earth, before the sky,
was there nothing?
No. There was something.
Something like a cloud
or a nebula, a mist with no source.
It was all silence and distance.
But it moved, like a great silent
wheel, in its great solitude.
This was the source of all,
the mother of creation.
If you were forced to name it,
I will call it The Great Tao,
the way itself, endless and eternal.
~ Chinese Tao Te Ching
 
During the slow days as winter relaxes its grip upon us, we feel the
stirrings of new life, new thoughts, new dreams. In many myths, new life
rises out of the void, a place such as that in which we find ourselves
in late winter. However dry and sterile it may seem, that void is the
source of all growth and change. In this paradox is the greatest wisdom.
 
It is difficult to love the void. Sometimes, it is even difficult to
accept it. But without periods of apparent sterility in our lives, we
would not grow into our finest selves. Study the void, even if you
cannot yet embrace it. Look upon its great emptiness without flinching.
There is nothing to fear. There is, in fact, sublime hope to be found in
the depths of emptiness, for from the void emerges the path.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Glow of Beauty Potion #2

Ingredients: 1 Green Candle
4 Strawberries (mashed)
1 Teaspoon of Sage
1/2 cup Peppermint or Spearmint Leaves
1 Tablespoon of Comfrey Leaf   This is a good potion to use if you are looking and feeling tired and
need to raise your energy and get in the mood to party (and look great
while you are doing it).   Make an herb decoction by mixing the strawberries, sage, comfrey and
mint and putting them in a clean muslin bag and tying it tightly. Boil
it for 15 minutes then taking care not to burn yourself(not the thing
to put you in a party mood, no). Then poor it into a warm bath. Dim the
lights and have some energizing music playing. Light the green candle.
As you bathe, meditate on the colour green and all it
represents-freshness, newness, rejuvenation, energy. By burning the
green candle you are in effect, giving yourself a dose of green,
absorbing its healing, rejuvenating qualities.   When you are ready, raise your arms in the air an incant:
I call upon you, Goddess, to recharge my energy.
Great Goddess, I call upon you give me some of your Divine beauty.
Beauty is within me, beauty is with me.
Now blow out the candle to release the power of the spell.

Cashew Nut

Botanical: Anacardium occidentale (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Anacardiaceae
—Synonym—Cassavium pomiferum.
—Part Used—Nut.
—Habitat—Jamaica, West Indies, and other parts of tropical America.

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—Description—A medium-sized tree, beautiful, and not unlike in appearance the walnut tree, with oval blunt alternate leaves and scented rose-coloured panicles of bloom – the tree produces a fleshy receptacle, commonly called an apple, at the end of which the kidney-shaped nut is borne; the end of it which is attached to the apple, is much bigger than the other. The outer shell is ashy colour, very smooth, the kernel is covered with an inner shell, and between the two shells is found a thick inflammable caustic oil, which will raise blisters on the skin and be dangerously painful if the nuts are cracked with the teeth.
—Constituents—Two peculiar principles have been found: Anacardic Acid and a yellow oleaginous liquid Cardol.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—The oil must be used with great caution, but has been successfully applied to corns, warts, ringworms, cancerous ulcers and even elephantiasis, and has been used in beauty culture to remove the skin of the face in order to grow a new one. The nuts are eaten either fresh or roasted, and contain a milky juice which is used in puddings. The older nuts are roasted and salted and the dried and broken kernels are sometimes imported to mix with old Madeira as they greatly improve its flavour. In roasting great care must be taken not to let the fumes cover the face or hands etc., as they cause acute inflammation an external poisoning. Ground and mixed with cocoa the nuts make a good chocolate. The fruit is a reddy yellow and has a pleasant sub-acid stringent taste, the expressed juice of the fruit makes a good wine, and if distilled, a spirit much better than arrack or rum. The fruit itself is edible, and its juice has been found of service in uterine complaints and dropsy. It is a powerful diuretic. The black juice of the nut and the milky juice from the tree after incision are made into an indelible marking-ink- the stems of the flowers also give a milky juice which when dried is hard and black and is used as a varnish. A gum is also found in the plant having the same qualities as gumarabic; it is imported from South America under the name of Cadjii gum, and used by South American bookbinders, who wash their books with it to keep away moths and ants. The caustic oil found in the layers of the fruit is sometimes rubbed into the floors of houses in India to keep white ants away.

—Other Species—
The Oriental Anacardium or Cashew Nut (Semecarpus anacardium), a native of India, has similar qualities to the West Indian Cashew, and is said to contain an alkaloid called Chuchunine.

Ammonium anarcadate. This is the Ammonium compound of beta and delta resinous acids of A. occidentale (Cashew Nut), and is used as a hair-dye, but cannot be used with acids, acid salts, or acetate of lead.

White Shell Woman

 
Themes: Magick, overcoming, spirituality, freedom, hope, success,
protection, joy & dreams
Symbols: Eagle, rattle & white
 
About White Shell Woman: In Native American tradition, White Shell Woman
came to Earth bearing elemental blankets and the sunshine of protection,
dreams, and renewed hope. When she arrived a rainbow appeared, banishing
sadness with the promise of eventually reuniting humankind with the
gods. Today she renews this promise to us, whispering Her message on
March’s winds and bearing it on the wings of an eagle.
 
To Do Today: Sometime in Spring, the Pueblos of New Mexico hold an Eagle
Dance to bring rain and ensure the tribe’s success in difficult
situations. The mimelike movements of the dance unite the dancers with
the Eagle spirit, connecting them with the sacred powers. To adapt this
in your own life, grab a feather duster and dance a little of White
Shell Woman’s hope into your heart while you clean up the house!
 
If you have young children in your life, work with them on a Shell Woman
anti-nightmare blanket or happiness charm. Take four strips of cloth in
elemental colours, or seven in the colours of the rainbow. Sew them
together to form a blanket or portable swatch. Bless the charm, saying,
 
“Love and joy within each seam brings me only happy dreams;
Shell Woman, shine through the night; keep me safe till down’s first
light.”

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation  
On Hildar Hill the goddess sat.
Poets someday will say that
light itself paled beside Her,
casting shadows on the wall.
On Hildar Hill the goddess sat,
radiance streaming from Her.
Poets someday will say that
looking at Her was like staring at fire.
On Hildar Hill the goddess sat,
combing out Her fine hair.
Poets someday will say that
it was as fine-spun silk
and shone like gold.
~ Song from the Faroe Islands
 
As the Sun grows in strength at this time of year, we become more and
more aware of the world around us. Winter is a time of retreat. Even
though our electric lights open possibilities never dreamed of by
earlier people, we still find ourselves slowly withdrawing in Winter. We
may become less active; we may see people less frequently; we may engage
in quieter pastimes. But then, as light returns, we wake up to the world
around us.
 
And again, we see its beauty. Even before the plants begin their annual
cycle of budding and blooming, we see the sky opening up to the
sunlight. White clouds scud across the blue, or wispy ones decorate the
sky’s dome. Light dazzles us with its golden radiance. Absorbed in the
world’s beauty, we move together toward the dawning springtime.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

AURA OF ENCHANTMENT INCENSE

1/4 oz. Bayberry herb
1/2 oz. powdered Sandalwood
1 oz. Frankincense
1/4 oz. Anise seed
1/4 oz. powdered Myrrh
1/4 tsp. Saltpeter
1 dram Gardenia oil
2 drams tincture of Benzoin

Cassia (Cinnamon)

Botanical: Cinnamomum cassia (BLUME)
Family: N.O. Lauraceae
—Synonyms—Bastard Cinnamon. Chinese Cinnamon. Cassia lignea. Cassia Bark. Cassia aromaticum. Canton Cassia.
—Part Used—The dried bark.
—Habitat—Indigenous to China. Cochin-China and Annam. Also cultivated in Sumatra, Ceylon, Japan, Java, Mexico and South America.

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—Description—As its name of Bastard Cinnamon implies, the product of this tree is usually regarded as a substitute for that of the Cinnarmomum zeylanicum of Ceylon, which it closely resembles. The cultivated trees are kept as coppices, and numerous shoots, which are not allowed to rise higher than 10 feet, spring from the roots. Their appearance when the flame-coloured leaves and delicate blossoms first appear is very beautiful. The fruit is about the size of a small olive. The leaves are evergreen, ovaloblong blades from 5 to 9 inches long. The trees are at their greatest perfection at the age of ten to twelve years, but they continue to spread and send up new shoots. The bark may be easily distinguished from that of cinnamon, as it is thicker, coarser, darker, and duller, the flavour being more pungent, less sweet and delicate, and slightly bitter. The stronger flavour causes it to be preferred to cinnamon by German and Roman chocolate makers. The fracture is short, and the quills are single, while pieces of the corky layer are often left adhering. The best and most pungent bark is cut from the young shoots when the leaves are red, or from trees which grow in rocky situations. The bark should separate easily from the wood, and be covered inside with a mucilaginous juice though the flavour of the spice is spoiled if this is not carefully removed. The wood without the bark is odourless and is used as fuel. When clean, the bark is a little thicker than parchment, and curls up while drying in the sun. It is imported in bundles of about 12 inches long, tied together with strips of bamboo and weighing about a pound. It is the kind almost universally kept in American shops.
The dried, unripe fruits, or Chinese Cassia Buds, have the odour and taste of the bark, and are rather like small cloves in appearance. They have been known in Europe as a spice since the Middle Ages, being then probably used in preparing a spiced wine called Hippocras. Now they are employed in confectionery and in making Pot-Pourri. The importation of the buds into the U.S.A. in 1916 was 197,156 lb., and of Cassia and Cassia leaves 7,487,156 lb.

—Constituents—Cassia bark yields from 1 to 2 per cent of volatile oil, somewhat resembling that of cinnamon. It should be kept from the light in well-stoppered, ambercoloured bottles. It is cheaper and more abundant than the Ceylon variety, and is the only official oil of Cinnamon in the United States Pharmacopoeia and German Pharmacopoeia. It is imported from Canton and Singapore. Its value depends on the percentage of cinnamic aldehyde which it contains. It is heavier, less liquid, and congeals more quickly than the Ceylon oil.

There are also found in it cinnamyl acetate, cinnamic acid, phenylpropyl acetate and orthocumaric aldehyde, tannic acid and starch.

Ceylon cinnamon, if tested with one or two drops of tincture of iodine to a fluid ounce of a decoction of the powder, is but little affected, while with Cassia a deep blueblack colour is produced. The cheaper kinds of Cassia can be distinguished by the greater quantity of mucilage, which can be extracted by cold water.

Eighty pounds of the freshly-prepared bark yield about 2.5 oz. of the lighter of the two oils produced, and 5 5 of the heavier.

An oil was formerly obtained by distilling the leaves after maceration in sea water, and this was imported into Great Britain.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Stomachic, carminative, mildly astringent, said to be emmenagogue and capable of decreasing the secretion of milk. The tincture is useful in uterine haemorrhage and menorrhagia, the doses of 1 drachm being given every 5, 10 or 20 minutes as required. It is chiefly used to assist and flavour other drugs, being helpful in diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and to relieve flatulence.

The oil is a powerful germicide, but being very irritant is rarely used in medicine for this purpose. It is a strong local stimulant, sometimes prescribed in gastro-dynia, flatulent colic, and gastric debility.

—Dosages—Of oil, 1 to 3 minims. Of powder, 10 to 20 grains.

—Poisons and Antidotes—It was found that 6 drachms of the oil would kill a moderately sized dog in five hours, and 2 drachms in forty hours, inflammation of the gastro-intestinal mucous membrane being observed.

—Other Species, Substitutes and Adulterations—The powder cinnamon is often adulterated with sugar, ground walnut shells, galanga rhizome, etc.

The oil sometimes contains resin, petroleum, or oil of Cloves. Saigon cinnamon was recognized by the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1890. It comes from French Cochin-China, its botanical origin being uncertain. It is also known as Annam Cinnamon, China Cinnamon, and God’s Cinnamon.

C. inners gives the Wild Cinnamon of Japan. It is also found in Southern India, where the buds are more mature, and are employed medicinally by the Indians in dysentery, diarrhcea and coughs. The bark is used as a condiment.

C. lignea includes several inferior varieties from the Malabar Coast.

C. Sintok comes from Java and Sumatra.

C. obtusifolium, from East Bengal, Assam, Burmah, etc., is perhaps not distinct from C. Zeylanicum.

C. Culilawan and C. rubrum come from the Moluccas, Amboyna, and have a flavour of cloves.

C. Loureirii grows in Cochin-China and Japan.

C. pauciflorum is found from Silhet and Khasya.

C. Burmanni is said to yield Massoi Bark, which is also a product of Massora aromatica.

The bark of C. Tamala as well as the above species gives the inferior Cassia Vera.

C. inserta is slightly known.

C. nitidum has aromatic leaves, which, when dried, are said to have been the ‘folia Malabathri.’

Martinique and Cayenne contribute three varieties, from trees introduced from Ceylon and Sumatra. Other kinds are known as Black Cinnamon, Isle of France Cinnamon, and Santa Fé Cinnamon.

Oil of Cassia is now recognized in the United States Pharmacopceia under the name of oil of Cinnamon.

Voluspa

 
Theme: Foresight, history, perspective, divination, time.
Symbols: Stories or storybooks.
 
About Voluspa: An old festival in Iceland known as the Isledingadagurinn
preserves Voluspa’s energy by recounting local heritage and custom in
public forum including theater, singing, writing and costumes.

For our adaptation, I suggest taking out or working on a family tree or
perhaps a personal journal. Read over the chronicles of people from your
ethnic background and honour their lives in some appropriate manner (
perhaps by lighting a candle ). Voluspa lives in these moments and at
any time that we give ourselves to
commemorating the past.
 
Alternatively, get out some good storybooks and read! Turn off the TV
for a while and enrich your imagination with the words of the bards who
keep Voluspa’s power alive in the world. Especially read to children, so
they can learn of this Goddess of Wonders.
 
from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

The summer clouds are beautiful,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The summer clouds are like flowers,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The clouds blossom in the sky,
yes they do. Yes, they do.
The blossoming clouds are coming here,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
~  Zuni “Song of the Blue Corn Dance”
 
Summer is, indeed, a beautiful season. Yet it is also a busy one.
Vacations, social engagements, outdoor concerts, and the usual press of
work and laundry and errands and …
 
Summer whirls by. It is July already, when May seems to have been
yesterday. How can we enjoy our lives when they are led at such a pace?
What will you remember of this summer? If you are too tired to watch a
firefly on a sultry night, too busy to notice that a favorite flower has
bloomed, too much in transit to enjoy conversation with a friend what
will you have to hold, to treasure, in winters to come?

For we cannot savor what we rush through. Let some things slide this
summer. Don’t worry about them.
You will never remember if you did the laundry and you will never forget
the fragrance of new roses.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

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