Family: N.O. Bignoniacea
—Synonyms—Carob Tree. Carobinha. Bignonia Caroba. Jacaranda Caroba. Caaroba.
—Part Used—The leaves.
—Description—The genus Jacaranda includes several species which are used medicinally in South America, and especially in Brazil. The trees are small, and the leaves thick, tough, and lanceolate, about 2 1/2 inches long, odourless, and slightly bitter in taste.
—Constituents—There has been found in the leaves Caroba balsam, caroborelinic acid carobic acid, steocarobic acid, carobon, and crystalline substance, carobin.
—Medicinal Actions and Uses—The value of the Jacaranda active principles has been proved in syphilis and venereal diseases, being widely used by the aborigines of Brazil and other South American countries. The leaves have also been tried in epilepsy for their soothing influence.
—Dosage—From 15 to 60 grains.
CAROB-TREE, or Ceratonia siliqua, is a small tree of the Mediterranean coasts. (One species of Jacarande tree grows in Palermo, and the exquisite blue flowers when in bloom about the middle of June are an arresting sight, much more suggestive of ‘Love in the Mist’ than the plant which actually bears that name. – EDITOR.) Beyond its name it has no connexion with Caroba. It furnishes the St. John’s Bread which probably corresponds to the husks of the Prodigal Son parable, and the seed which is said to have been the original jewellers’ carat weight.
The Spaniards call it Algaroba, and the Arabs Kharoub, hence Carob or Caroub Pods, Beans, or Sugar-pods. It is also called Locust Pods. These pods are much used in the south of Europe for feeding domestic animals and, in times of scarcity, as human food. Being saccharine, they are more heatgiving than nourishing. The seeds or beans were used as fodder for British cavalry horses during the Spanish campaign of 1811-12.
South American varieties are Prosopis dulcis and P. siliquastrum of the Leguminosae family.
Themes: History, change, spirituality, fertility, birth, creativity.
Symbols: Reptiles, seawater.
About Tiamat: The personification of creative, fertile forces in
Assyro-Babylonian traditions, Tiamat gave birth to the world. She is the
inventive power of chaos, whose ever-changing energy hones the human
soul and creates unending possibilities for its enlightenment. In later
accounts, Tiamat took on the visage of a half-dinosaur or dragonlike
creature, symbolizing the higher and lower self, which must work
together for positive change and harmonious diversity.
To Do Today: Taking place at the Dinosaur National Monument, this
festival celebrates the ancient, mysterious dinosaurs that speak of the
Earth’s long-forgotten past – a past that Tiamat observed and nurtured.
One fun activity to consider for today is getting an archaeology
dinosaur kit at a local science shop and starting to “dig up” the past
for yourself! As you work, meditate on the meaning of Tiamat’s energy in
your life. The more bones you uncover, the more you’ll understand and
integrate her transformative energy.
Carry a fossil in your pocket today to help keep you connected to Tiamat
and her spiritual inventiveness. Or, wash your hands with a little
saltwater so that everything you touch is blesses with Tiamat’s
productive nature and cleansing.
from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide of the Magick and Inspiration of the
by Patricia Telesco
The Goddess Durga unleashed a shower of weapons, and demons by the
hundreds fell down dead. Others fell senseless, deafened by the
ringing of her bell. Some of them she bound with ropes and dragged along
the ground. Some of them she split in half, and some she
bashed with her mace. Some demons vomited blood; others looked like
porcupines, so many arrows filled their
flesh. Arms, legs, hands littered the battlefield. Dead and dying demons
covered the battlefield. Blood ran so thick
the ground was impassable. This was Durga: a forest fire, consuming all
in its path, that was how she dealt with the demon army.
~ Indian Devi Mahatmya
The Goddess is far from being always peaceful and sweet. She has a
fierce side, too, as this passage from Indian epic poetry shows. Durga
came into existence when the world was threatened with destruction from
a demon army. All the gods could not conquer them and it looked as
though the world would indeed be demolished. But the great Goddess
Parvati knit her brow in concern. All her anger consolidated itself
there and from the third eye in the center of her forehead, an armed
figure sprang. This was Durga, who proceeded to destroy the demon army
and to free the world from their pernicious influence.
The feminine principle is shown, in this great myth, as fierce and
unyielding. Like the Greek Athena, the Roman Minerva, the legendary
Amazon warriors and many other fighting Goddesses, Durga shows that
strength and power are not limited to the masculine.
from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan
I am better than my own prejudices
my heart is deeper than my own pettyness
my true spirit seeks the balance of harmony
my journey as a human can unite me with all
In our hearts, the eternal divine dwells
I call it by one name of my understanding
you call it by another name
and others call it by other names
the different names do not matter
divine is divine is divine and eternal
It has names beyond counting
each name is true and sacred
We are divided only by our own prejudices
threatened by our own fears of the unlimited
we see the indivisible power of spiritual eternity
and divide it into manageable bits of understanding
leaving the greater truths beyond our feeble grasp
clinging to a few facets of the unlimited divine
and defend our facets as the whole truth
the only truth we dare to see and accept
May my heart be open to understand more
open to celebrate the facets held sacred by others
knowing that their truth is as true as mine
each path and every path to the divine is sacred
and deserving of my deepest respect
call it God, Energy or something else
all names of the divine are true
sacred, eternal and magic
1 cup burdock root
1 cup elder flowers
1 cup yarrow flowers
1 cup Epsom salts
Adapted from Celebrating the Great Mother, by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw (Inner Traditions, 1995).
“We are a gift the earth is giving to herself.” –Joanna Macy
Harvest is traditionally the time to take stock, when longer nights and colder weather send out a strong call to turn inward, to identify the accomplishments and qualities of character that will see us through the long dark months ahead.
Find out how to make this easy, simple wreath that celebrates our own autumn harvests. Your finished wreath will make a beautiful and unique door decoration, or a centerpiece for your harvest table. This Autumn activity is perfect for the whole family, a heartwarming way to honor each person’s uniqueness that is their gift to the world.
1. Give some real time and thought to your own harvests over the past year. What did you learn? What did you do? How have you grown, deepened, or changed? What were the major events or accomplishments you would like to honor?
2. Find small ways to represent these inner harvests. For example, if you just bought your first home, a tiny house carved out of wood or shaped from clay would make a perfect addition to the wreath. If your child just learned how to ride a two-wheeler, she or he could draw a small bike on a piece of cardboard to glue on. I might include one of my new Care2 business cards, folded and tied with a gold ribbon. My son could make a small copy of the letter telling him he won a contest for young artists and roll it up like a scroll. My sweetheart just became a yoga instructor, so he might make a tiny yoga mat. You could cut discs of wood from a fallen branch and paint them with personal harvest symbols. Take some time as a family to think and talk about your achievements.
3. You may want to harvest some wild grapevine and twist it into a circle-shape or you could buy a premade grapevine wreath to be the base for your creation.
3. Using non-toxic wood glue or green wreath wire, glue or attach your symbols to the wreath base. Add any decoration that strikes your fancy: autumn leaves, nuts or seed pods, dried flower-heads, corn necklaces (see the September ’03 issue of Care2 Lifestyle for a How-To), feathers, crystals, apples cut in thin slices through the center and dried–all would make pretty additions to your wreath.
The time of the Suns return approaches and the Moon awaits her lover. Make wreaths of Holly, Pine, Oak, Cedar or Ivy. On the full Oak Moon burn them as an offering to the Sun and Moon. Create a sacred Moon ornament to hang on the boughs of your yule tree
Today was a okay we started our day with michad. Which are home-style hash browns fried in bacon grease with onions and garlic. When the potatoes are finished, push them all to the side crack open five eggs and place in empty pocket. Next, wait until they are starting to cook and mix thoroughly within in the potatoes. Once the eggs appear to be cooked through turn heat off dump 1 cup of Colby jack shredded cheese on top and mix. We also cooked a pound of bacon. My family likes bacon.
For dinner we had chicken fried rice and terrikki chicken.
I cubed two chicken breasts coated in a whisked egg and dumped four mixed with garlic powder, red pepper, and seasoned salt. I let that sit for 10 minutes. I fried them with Italian dressing tell both sides were white when cut open. I paced the done chicken on a serving plate.
I then added another tablespoon of Italian dressing and fried half of cup each of white and red onion and two tablespoons garlic. When the onions became translucent, I dumped those on top the chicken.
Next, I added to tablespoons honey, ½-cup pineapple juice, cornstarch water mixture, garlic powder, white pepper, ground mustard, and soy sauce. Once the sauce started to thicken dumped the onions and chicken and the canned pineapple chunks all back into the pan. Till everything was warm and gooey.
I loved it. SO didn’t even try eating a bite, the oldest boy ate three pieces of chicken and the baby ate none.
I made the banana whole-wheat pancakes following the 100 days of real food recipe. Here. I added more vanilla and cinnamon and made my hot pineapple sauce and they tasted great. My oldest had two the baby had about 10 he kept eating them I thought he was going to be sic, SO had none he doesn’t like pineapple or bananas.
For dinner we were on a date so a greasy hamburger a salad with vinaigrette, and fries.. Naughty but yummy.
Hold your hands an inch from each other palm to palm. Imagine the
flow of energy into the right palm, through the chakra points the
pelvis, the naval, the base of the ribs, the top of the heart, the
base of the throat, between the eyes and the top of the head and
back down and out the left palm.
Meditation for Grounding
Focus on the flow of energy. Now place each palm on the line of
your circle (drawn or imaginary). Add the circle to the circuit of
your energy so that you become part of the circle. Envision that
the circle is part of the circuit of the Earth’s energy. Feel the
air, feel the water, feel the warmth of fire, feel the Earth’s
spirit and substance. Envision the earth being part of the
Universe’s curcuit of energy. Imagine the Universe’s energy being
part of the circuit of energy of this plane. Imagine this plane
being part of the circuit of energy of the infinite planes.
Bring yourself back to the circle. Release hands from ground and
feel the connection to all remaining.