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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Strawberry Bread

3 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
2 cup sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
4 eggs
2 (10 oz.) pkg. strawberries (thawed)
1 1/4 cup oil
1 1/4 chopped nuts

Mix together until moist.  Bake 1 hour in two loaf pans or a bundt pan,
greased and floured at 350 degrees.

Homemade Haircare

*Olive Oil Hair Mask:
Mix 5 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 eggs & apply thoroughly to hair. Wrap hair in clingfilm or a shower cap. Rinse after 15 minutes – RINSE WELL

*Honey & Olive Oil Hair Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and apply thoroughly to hair. Wrap hair in clingfilm or a shower cap. Rinse after 15 minutes – RINSE WELL

Imbolc

mbolc
*Southern Hemisphere Date: August 1st
*Northern Hemisphere Date: February 2nd

*Origins: Pronounced Imbolc, also called Candlemas or Imbolc, it originated in Ireland as a holy day for Brigid, the Great Mother Goddess, who was in the form of a bride for the returned Sun God.

After giving birth of the God, the Goddess awakens from her recovery by the lengthening days of light. The Earth begins to feel this warmth, marking a return to the months of Spring. Imbolg is also a festival of Fires, to symbolise the coming return of life and the replenished powers of the Sun. In Some Wicca covens, it is also a traditional time for initiations.

Blessing Oil

Blessing Oil

Use this oil to purify or bless your altar, candlesticks, incense burner etc.

Mix two parts of frankincense and one part of Benzoin gum.

Add two tablespoons of this mixture to two ounces of oil.

A Chakra Meditation

A Chakra Meditation

You can do this meditation either standing or lying down, however it is important to not cross your legs or arms since this will close your energy loop.

Center yourself. Hold your right hand a few inches above your Root Chakra. Focus on this spot and hold this focus for a moment. Picture energy coming down from the Universe and flowing through your hand, into the chakra.

Each time you inhale, feel more energy being drawn into the chakra. When you feel a comfy warmness in this area, move onto the next chakra and keep doing so until you have charged all of your chakras.

This exercise is very helpful for when you are feeling out of balance. It also helps during times of physical illness. YOU SHOULD STILL SEE A DOCTOR IF YOUR CONDITION IS SERIOUS. This is not a substitute for a doctor’s care, it is an aid to help strengthen the healing process.

If you wish, you can hold crystals/stones in your hands while doing this or place the appropriate stone on the appropriate chakra. The corresponding stones are:

Red Jasper–Root Chakra
Carnelian–Sexual Chakra
Tiger’s Eye–Solar Plexus Chakra
Aventurine–Heart Chakra
Sodalite–Throat Chakra
Lapis Lazuli–Third Eye Chakra
Amethyst–Crown Chakra

Acacias

Acacias
Family: N.O. Leguminosae

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Acacias (nat. order, Leguminosae) are composed of handsome trees and shrubby bushes scattered over the warmer regions of the globe. The flowers are arranged in rounded or elongated clusters, the leaves generally compoundly pinnate, i.e. divided into leaflets up to the mid-rib and each leaflet similarly cut into narrow segments.
In several of the Australian species the leaflets are suppressed and the leaf stalks, vertically flattened serve the purpose of leaves. Some species afford valuable timber: the black wood of Australia, which is used for furniture because it takes such a high polish, is the wood of the . melanoxylon. The bark of another Australian species, known as Wattles, is rich in tannin and forms a valuable article of export. The pods of other species are employed in Egypt and Nubia for their tannin. The pods of the A. Concuine are used by Indian women in the same way as the soapnut for washing the head; and the leaves of the same tree are employed in cookery for their acidity.

Certain tribes on the Amazon use the seeds of another species, the Acacia Niopo, for snuff combined with lime and cocculus. Various species of acacia yield gum; but the best gum arabic used in medicine is an exudation from the A. Senegal. This species grows abundantly in East and West tropical Africa, forming forests in Senegambia north of the River Senegal. Most of the gum acacia collected in Upper Egypt and the Sudan is produced by the A. verek, and is known locally as Hachah.

Amari De

Amari De

Themes: Arts, humor, relationships, love, fertility, wealth, health &
beauty.
Symbol: Light.

About Amari De: In Romania, Amari De is a Gypsy Goddess who is the great
mother of all things and the personification of nature. According to
lore, she bestows wealth, health, beauty, love, fertility and insight to
those who seek her.

Descriptions say that she was so holy that a divine light always shone
from her face.

To Do Today: A Transylvanian folk festival, this fete was originally a
marriage fair where young people came looking for partners. Over time
the custom faded and now it is simply a crafts, costume and musical
exhibition with lighthearted satire and nightlong bonfires that glow
with Amari De’s light. In keeping with this tradition, if you’re
planning a wedding or engagement, today would be a wonderful date to
consider for either, as it draws Amari De’s positive energy to that
relationship.

This is also a good time for single folks to get out and mingle,
carrying an Amari De love charm along for a little extra help. Find a
little piece of luminescent cloth ( like a fine silk that shines ) and
wrap it around a pack of matches. Bless the token, saying,

“Amari de, bring love my way!”

Ignite one of the matches before going into a social situation so Amari
de can light your way!

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

Blessing Seeds

Blessing Seeds

Seeds and bulbs have always been considered talismans or charms of
life. They are the core of green growing things and as such are the
very essence of magic. It is important to bond with your seeds and
so prepare them for their roles in your garden with love. All things
respond to love. To begin this relationship, it is traditional to
keep the seeds in or under one’s mattress or pillow for three days,
and only love and peace can occur in that bed during that time!
In short, treat your seeds like your children!

It is said one should wrap them in white cotton cloth to bless them.
It is traditional to greet the seeds in the morning and tell them
good night after your lights are turned off. During the three days
they are with you, talk to the seeds and encourage them to grow and
be happy and live up to their full potential. Tell them how happy
they make you and how you will bring them into your life…

When you plant them, it is an old practice to shed a tear or two into
the Earth where you plant. Just as children depart the home to grow
and prosper, so should you see your seeds as your little green
children.

from: The Magical Garden By Sophia

Salt Dough Bunnies

I use this dough to make a passal of bunnies to put around the house for Oestre. Of course, you can use this dough for just about anything, eggs,chicks, even make your own Willendorf Goddess statue <G>

 

Items needed:

  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup non-self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp powdered alum (look in the drugstore or grocery)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • food colouring

Directions:

  1. Mix salt, 1/2 cup flour, and alum in a saucepan.
  2. Add water slowly, stirring to break up lumps.
  3. place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is rubbery and difficult to stir. It should not be sticky when touched.
  4. Add vegetable oil. Stir until blended.
  5. Turn out onto a plate or aluminum foil. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
  6. If more than one color is desired, divide mixture into portions and to each portion add a different color. Knead until color is blended.
  7. Add up to 1/4 cup flour if clay is sticky.
  8. Makes 1 1/2 cups

How to Use: Model as with any clay. Press clay into molds or use it to make beads (pierce holes in beads before clay dries) This clay hardens in 1 or 2 days; do not bake. Store in an airtight container.

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