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Engraved Oil Lamp

Items needed:

  • electric engraver
  • safety glasses
  • wine bottle
  • oil lamp adapter
  • gold paste
  • fast food napkins

Directions:

  1. Determine the design you wish to engrave; practice using the engraver on spare bottles. Be sure to wear your saftey glasses!
  2. Freehand engrave the design onto the bottle – don’t worry if it’s not perfect – it’s not supposed to be – and the imperfections give it character!
  3. wash the bottle, rinsing off the dust
  4. using the gold paste and the napkin, rub the paste into the engraving, removing any excess with the napkin or by scraping off with a utility knife
  5. Fill with oil lamp fuel and insert adapter

Rosemary Bread

  —  http://www.superbherbs.net/recipies2.htm#top

1 1/4 oz fast acting yeast
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
2 TBS butter
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup warm water
Coarse salt to decorate
1 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TBS sesame seed
1 TBS dried chopped onion
1 TBS fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup cubed cheddar cheese

Mix fast-acting yeast with flours. Melt butter. Stir in warm water, milk, sugar, butter, salt, sesame seed, onion, and rosemary. Knead thoroughly until smooth. Flatten the dough, then add cheese cubes. Quickly knead until they are well combined. Place dough in a clean bowl greased with butter, turning it so it becomes greased on all sides. Cover with a clean, dry cloth and put in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours until the dough is double in size. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 30 minutes. During the last 10 minutes, cover the loaf with foil to prevent it from getting too dark. Remove from pan and cool.

Decorate with rosemary and coarse salt.

No-Talc Baby Powder

Ingredients:

– 1 ounce powdered chamomile
– 1 ounce powdered marigold flowers
– 1 ounce oat or oatmeal powder
– 1/2 ounce comfrey root powder
– 1/2 ounce powdered eggshells
– 1/2 ounce cornstarch (optional)

Directions:
Sift through a very fine sifter, then bottle. If heat rash is a
problem, add cornstarch.

Crossing Oil

Crossing Oil

Use On candles or charms used in rituals designed to curse another.

Mix equal amounts of wormwood and pepperwort. Of this mixture put two tablespoons in two ounces of oil.

OPTIONAL: add a small piece of ground ivy root to each bottle of oil.

A MEDITATION ON THE MAGICKAL GODDESS ISIS

A MEDITATION ON THE MAGICKAL GODDESS ISIS

This is a simple meditation on the Goddess Isis, queen of heaven and patron
of the magickal arts. Allow an hour for this excercise. You will need a quiet,
softly lit room, where you can be alone. Remember to switch off your telephone
so you are not disturbed while you are in the middle of your meditation.

Find a clean cloth to cover your altar. A white one is most appropriate, but
another color that you find pleasing will work just as well. Cleanliness was
extremely important to the Ancient Egyptians and cleanliness as a preparation
for spiritual work even more so. There should be an image of the goddess Isis
on your altar.

You will need a blue candle to symbolize the divinty of the queen of heaven
and an oil burner or some incense. If there are difficult to obtain, then you
could use a blue perfumed clandle. You could use rose in your oil burner or
burn church incense, a mixture of myrrh and benzoin, or Isis incense from a new
age store. Beautiful smells have always been used in meditation and ritual to
stimulate the psyche and to open up spiritual vison. You will also need a small
ornate bowl or dish in which to place some milk as an offering to the goddess
Isis. The milk symbolizes the life-giving and sustaining properties of the
divine mother.

PREPARATIONS

Create a simple altar by covering a small table, shelf, or windowsill with
the white cloth. Place your image of Isis on the altar, together with the blue
candle, perfume oil, or incense, and a small bowl of fresh milk. You might like
to play soft music in the background as you meditate; the sounds of the
seashore can be particularly relaxing. The goddess Isis is the goddess of mariners
and her divine presence can be felt within the depths of the sea. To prepare
for your meditation, start the music and light the candle. Take a sip of the
milk and invoke her name three times. Isis is the Greek form of her name, but in
Ancient Egyptian, she was Aset (pronounced “Ah Set”). Intone, “Isis, Isis,
Isis” or, if you would prefer the Egyptian, “Aset, Aset, Aset.”

RELAXATION

Before you begin, make sure the room is warm enough for you to sit in
comfort, but not too hot or you might become drowsy. Sit in front of your altar on a
straight-backed chair, or you could sit or kneel on the floor. Try to keep
your spine straight if you can. However, choose a posture that you can maintain
without fidgeting. Relax and begin to focus on your breathing. Become aware of
your inward and outward breaths as you inhale and exhale the breath of life,
the divine gift to use from the gods. If your own time, allow your breathing to
slow down, until you reach a gentle and relaxed rhythm. Now you are relaxed,
you can prepare to begin the visualization exercise. The exercise is designed
to take you into a meditative state. If you have been to relaxation classes or
to yoga, this state of relaxed awareness where the psyche is open will be
familiar to you. Once you achieve a meditative state, your mind will become
relaxed enough to enter into a trancelike mode where the image and archetype of the
all-mother, all-healing, all-protecting, all-powerful goddess Isis can become
manifested through you.

MEDITATIVE EXERCISE

Close your eyes to begin with. You are going to visualize, one by one, tbe
colors of the spectrum, from red, which symbolizes our raw animalistic energy,
to violet, the color of spiritual traquility and peace. Take time to visualize
each color fully-do not rush. Picture in your mind’s eye the number 7 and the
color red, the color of the rising sun. Allow red light to fill your psyche
while you visualize the number 7. Stay with the red light for a few moments.
Next, visualize the number 6 and the color orange, the color of warm desert and
touched by the rays of the morning sun. Fill your mind with orange light, until
it becomes bright and vivid. Follow on with the number 5 and the color
yellow, the color of the noonday sun. Remember to breathe slowly and evenly. With
each number an d color, feel yourself sinking down into a deeper state of
blissful relaxation. Continue with the number 4 and the color green, the green of
the vegetation growing by the Nile. Visualize the number 3 and Isis’ own color
of the summer sky. Next, focus upon the number 2 and the color indigo, the
color of a deep night sky that symbolizes the goddess, veiled and hidden. Lastly,
focus upon the number 1 and the color violet. Now we are beginning to pass out
of the realm of earthly things. Allow violet light to fill your mind with
gentle harmony and peace.

AFFIRMATION

Breathe slowly and gently. You are in control and aware, while feeling
relaxed and empowered. Affirm to yourself: “I am now in meditative awareness, where
all I see is correct and balanced in accordance with the doctrine of the
goddess Maat, goddess of the scales of harmony and justice, and of the goddess
Isis-she upon whose breast I can rest my weary head and find peace and
all-embracing love.” Remain in the meditative state and allow your mind to open itself
to
the free flow of images and feelings that reveal themselves to you. It may
take several attempts before you begin to feel totally relaxed, but the
resulting energy and the elimination of the harmful effects of stress will be your
reward. When you are ready to return to the everyday world, do not forget you are
always in control. You can return in your own time, and whenever you wish.
Simply count to yourself from 1 to 7, visualizing each color from violet back to
red. When you are back with red, the color of physical energy, put yourself
back in touch with your body. Flex the muscles around your neck and shoulders,
strectch out your arms, and take a deep breath. Exhale and open your eyes to
gaze upon the image of the goddess Isis upon the altar. Thank the goddess for
her love and protection and then extinguish your candle and any incense. Drink
some of the milk you have offered if you wish, keeping the rest to libate to
the goddess. Repeat this excerise whenever you want to relax and feel at one
with the goddess Isis and her powers.

A LIBATION TO ISIS

To libate is to return something to the earth. Wo do this to thank the
goddess for what she has given us. You can libate milk in your own back yard, a city
park, or anywhere where you can touch the earth. If this is difficult, keep a
pot of earth to use for libations. From time to time, take this outside and
empty it out, refilling the pot again with fresh earth. This may seem a lot of
effort simply to dispose of some excess milk, but it is important; when we
have set something aside for a spiritual purpose we must treat it with respect.

Adrue

Adrue
Botanical: Cyperus articulatus (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Cyperaceae
—Part Used—The drug Adrue is the tuberous rhizome of the Guinea Rush (Cyperus articulatus Linn.), a tall sedge, common in Jamaica, and on the banks of the Nile.

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—Description—The blackish-red, somewhat top-shaped tubers are 3/4 to 1 inch long, 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, sometimes in a series of two or three, connected by an underground stem 1/8 inch in diameter and 1 to 2 inches long. Internally, the tubers are pale in colour, a transverse section showing a central column with darker points indicating vascular bundles. The dried tubers often bear the bristly remains of former leaves on their upper ends. The drug has a bitterish, aromatic taste, recalling that of Lavender. The odour of the fresh tubers has been likened to that of the Sweet Sedge, Calamus aromaticus.
—Medicinal Action and Uses—Carminative, sedative, very useful in vomiting of pregnancy.

The aromatic properties of the drug cause a feeling of warmth to be diffused throughout the whole system and it acts as a sedative in dyspeptic disorders.

—Preparations—A fluid extract is made from the tubers. Dose, 10 to 30 minims.

Anahita

Anahita

Themes: Honour, love, fertility, pleasure, cleansing.
Symbols: Water, lunar objects and colours, green branches.

About Anahita: Anahita is the Zoroastrian Moon Goddess who shines upon
the darkness in our lives, replacing loneliness with true love. bareness
with fertility and impotence with pleasurable unions.
She is the Lady of Heaven, the flowing force of the cosmos, whose name
means “pure.” A traditional offering for Anahita is green branches,
which represent Her life-giving power.

To Do Today: Today marks the birthday of Zoroaster, the founder of a
religious sect that influenced the Maji of the Bible. Amidst Zoroaster’s
pantheon we find this goddess, radiating with the beautiful things in
life, but only after a good “house cleaning.” Honour Her by washing your
floors with pine-scented cleaner
( i.e., green branches ) so Her energies can purify the sacred space of
home. Afterward, light a white candle to represent Anahita’s presence
therein. Add a simple invocation like this one:

“Lady of Purity, Lady of Light,
be welcome in my home and my heart.”

Purify yourself, too, so that Anahita’s passion can flow unhindered.
Take a ritual bath, adding any woodsy aromatic to the water. As you wash
up say:

“Anahita, carry the darkness away, so my body and spirit may revel in
your pleasures,
giving and receiving them equally.”

Then spend time with your loved one, letting nature take its course.

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

Goddess Meditation

This is the day when torches
glitter on the lake’s water.
Diana crowns Herself and
Her hunting dogs with flowers,
puts away Her arrows,
leaving animals untouched
and throughout the land
people celebrate the Goddess
at their hearthsides.
~ Roman Poet Statius, Silvae

Another one of the great ancient feasts of this season was celebrated by
the Romans on this day. Called the Nemoralia, it was a festival of the
wildwood Goddess Diana ( Artemis to the Greeks ). Women bearing torches
roved through the forests, emulating the Goddess hunting with Her
hounds. But the Goddess Herself was imagined to be resting on this day,
the animals She might have hunted left to run free for a time.

This midsummer feast of the divine feminine remains in the calendar, now
dedicated to the Virgin Mary. On this day, the Catholic Church
commemorates Mary’s assumption into heaven, for She is believed to have
been taken up, body and soul, from this Earth. Perhaps it is the great
abundance of our mother, nature, at this time of year that has drawn so
many important Goddess feasts to this day.

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

Book Blessing

Book Blessing

This is a great way to begin a BOS or Grimoire. Protection of the material within the book are extrememly important, especially if you live in a household where the path you follow is unknown.

Simply chant;
In the realm of magick this book shall reside
No one but the chosen shall see what’s inside
If breath be to air as passiomn to fire
Let harm come to none, this is my desire
If life be to earth as water to emotions
This book be filled with magickal potions
May the gods protect it, keep it from harm
And upon it bestow power, magick and charm
No one without wisdom shall peer at it’s pages
Or the knowledge inside handed down through the ages
This book be it mind, it harbors no fears
The knowledge obtained through blood sweat and tears
My magick’s my passion, the spirit’s my guide
The love for the goddess I hold deep inside
The book may she bless it with spiritual light
And let only her childeren read of its rite
For those of wiccan truly can see
This is my will, so mote it be.

found in ‘The compete idiots guide to Wicca and Witchcraft’

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