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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Grassy Basket

Don’t buy that fake grass for your basket! Ick! Make this instead – it’s easy and fun!

Items needed:

  • a basket
  • winter rye seed
  • aluminum foil
  • plastic wrap
  • potting soil
  • dried flowers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Two weeks before you need the basket, line the basket with the aluminum foil
  2. Fill with potting soil
  3. Sprinkle the top with the rye seed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, and moisten.
  4. Cover the basket with the plastic wrap to help keep it moist; place in a warm area (on top of the refrigerator is good, if you don’t forget to check it!
  5. After the rye grass has sprouted, remove the plastic wrap and keep a close eye on it. Water if begins to dry.
  6. After a few weeks, you’ll have a basket full of grass! Weave dried flowers around the edge if you like, and place your eggs inside.

Strawberry Pancake

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in each of two 9 inch pie plates in oven. Beat eggs with milk, flour, sugar and vanilla.Remove pie plates and pour half of batter into each plate; scatter with berries. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Makes 4 servings.

Bath Cookies recipe

2 cups finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons light oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (squeezed from capsules)
2 eggs
5 or 6 drops essential oil of your choice
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together all ingredients. Take a teaspoon of the dough and roll it gently into a 1-inch diameter ball. Continue doing this with all the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can decorate the cookies with clove buds, anise seeds or dried citrus peel if you wish. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned (do not overbake ). Allow the cookies to cool completely. Store in a decorative tin marked Bath Cookies.
Yields 24 cookies – enough for 12 baths.

BEND-OVER OIL

BEND-OVER OIL

rose
frankincense
honeysuckle
vetivert
(No specific quantities given)

This oil is intended to bend another to the will of
the magickal practitioner, this oil is well suited
for anointing candles or fith faths (voodoo dolls)

from “The Magick of Aromatherapy” by Gwydion O’Hara
© 1999 Gwydion O’Hara

A Centering Meditation

A Centering Meditation

Sit any way that you feel comfy, so long as your spine is straight.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take very long and very deep breaths through your nose.

Each time you breathe in, hold it for 2 or 3 seconds and then slowly exhale. Continue this breathing until you feel very calm and peaceful. This usually takes 3-5 minutes
( but that is just me).

Take as long as you need. It is different for everyone. Just go at your own pace.

You can also use sound to center yourself. Just sit quietly and ring a small bell or chimes. Focus on the soft sound and breathe deeply. Keep making the noise until you feel centered.

Acacia Bark

Acacia Bark
Botanical: Acacia decurrens, Acacia arabica
Family: N.O. Leguminosae
—Synonym—Wattle Bark
Acacia Bark, known as Wattle Bark, is obtained from the chief of the Australian Wattles, A. decurrens (Willd.), the Black Wattle, and, more recently, A. arabica has been similarly used in East Africa for its astringency.

The bark is collected from wild or cultivated trees, seven years old or more, and must be allowed to mature for a year before being used medicinally.

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—Description— The bark of A. decurrens is usually in curved pieces, externally greyish brown, darkening with age, often with irregular longitudinal ridges and sometimes transverse cracks. Inner surface longitudinally striated, fracture irregular and coarsely fibrous. It has a slight tan-like odour and astringent taste.
The bark of A. arabica is hard and woody, rusty brown and tending to divide into several layers. The outer surface of older pieces is covered with thick blackish periderm, rugged and fissured. The inner surface is red, longitudinally striated and fibrous. Taste, astringent and mucilaginous.

—Constituents—Acacia Bark contains from 24 to 42 per cent. of tannin and also gallic acid.

Its powerful astringency causes it to be extensively employed in tanning.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Medicinally it is employed as a substitute for Oak Bark. It has special use in diarrhoea, mainly in the form of a decoction, the British Pharmacopoeia preparation being 6 parts in 100 administered in doses of 1/2 to 2 fluid ounces. The decoction also is used as an astringent gargle, lotion, or injection.

A liquid extract is prepared from the bark of A. arabica, administered in India for its astringent properties in doses of 1/2 to 1 fluid drachm, but the use of both gum and bark for industrial purposes is much larger than their use in medicine. The bark, under the name of Babul, is used in Scinde for tanning, and also for dyeing various shades of brown.

Al-lat

Al-lat

Themes: Religious devotion, meditation, purity, home, justice, children.
Symbols: Moon, silver, white, stones.

About Al-Lat: A Persian and Arabian Moon Goddess, AL-Lat is a feminine
form of Allah. Post Islamic writings banished
Her name from holy books but Her presence remained behind as a domestic
Goddess, the giver of children and protectress of all good and just
deeds.

To Do Today: Around this time of year, Muslims begin a time of
abstinence to purify themselves and honour their sacred
book, the Qu’ran. During this fast, people are instructed to look within
and rededicate their hearts to the tenets of their faith. To do this and
also honour Al-Lat, fast for this day if physically feasible. Or, just
abstain from one well loved food or beverage for the day, and study your
own sacred text(s). Pray to Al-Lat for insight into a deeper meaning of
the words. Write down any observances in a journal, so Al-Lat’s presence
will inspire good deeds and positive action for many years to come.

To attract Al-Lat’s positive energies into your home, grasp four white
item items ( white coral and moonstone are excellent
choices ), saying:

“Within these ____of white,
Al-Lat, place your protective light.
Where’re these _____are placed around,
your safety and presence shall abound.”

Put these as close as possible to the four directional points of the
area that needs guardian power.

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

Bedtime Blessing

Bedtime Blessing
From Everyday Magic by Dorothy Morrison

As I lay snuggled in my bed,
Pillow tucked beneath my head,
Maiden, bring me joyful dreams.
Mother, bring me peace, serene.
Wisest Crone, watch over me,
Until the light of dawn I see.

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