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Kissing Ball

Items needed:

  • red velvet ribbon, 1/2 inch and 1 inch
  • 6 or 8 inch embrodery hoop
  • mistletoe
  • florist wire
  • hot glue

Directions:

  1. separate the two pieces of the embrodery hoops and fit them together, one inside the other, at a 90 degree angle. Secure in this position with florist wire or hot glue
  2. Secure a piece of the 1/2 ribbon to the bottom of the hoop. Wind the ribbon around the edges of the hoop, wrapping each “arm” in a spiral motion until the wood is covered completely.Secure with hot glue.
  3. Form two bows with the 1 inch ribbons, leaving the ends dangling. Secure one to the bottom of the joined hoops, the other to the top.
  4. Gather the mistletoe into a ball, secure the ends with florist wire.Insert inside the globe and twist the florirst wire to the top of the ball.
  5. Hang the ball somewhere you are sure to get kissed!

Morning Glory Muffins

 
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup rasins
4 large carrots, grated
1 apple, shredded
8 oz crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup pecans
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla  
Sift together the sugars, flours, cinnamon, baking soda and salt into a
large bowl. Add the fruit, carrots, nuts, and stir to combine. In a
separate bowl whisk the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into
the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to blend well. Spoon mixture
into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers. Fill to brim of each cup.
Bake in preheated 350 F degree oven for 35 minutes. Toothpick inserted
into the middle of muffin will come out clean when muffins are done.
Cool muffins in pan for 10 minutes then turn out on rack to cool.
 
Yield: 16 muffins  

**Cooking Tips
Muffins improve even more after 24 hours
Freezes well    
 

home made teeth whitening

Take a teaspoon of lemon juice and a tsp of salt. Lemon causes the teeth to lose calcium – one of the major reason for yellowish color. Make a paste and apply this juice on your yellow teeth. They will become white.

Another good remedy for teeth whitening is to take one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda mixed with a little water to form a paste. Rub this on your teeth.

Using Baking Soda as toothpaste also helps in making your teeth white.

Use the inner white part of an orange peel to rub teeth for a lovely white shine.

Dried and powdered Bay plant leaves combined with dried orange peel is an excellent teeth whitener. Rub it on teeth for quick results.

Chewing of raw spinach also helps in teeth whitening.

Visit your dentist in case you have a tooth decay problem.

Eat foods like carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, apples and strawberries in raw form.

Beltane

Beltane
*Southern Hemisphere Date: November 1st
*Northern Hemisphere Date: May 1st

*Origins: Pronounced Bell-tayn or Be-el-ten-ah, it falls opposite Samhain on the Wheel of the Year. Also known as Bealtaine, it is likely to come from the Irish word for balefire. It is of equal importance as Samhain on the Wicca calender.

The young God now matures into manhood. Union and love between the Goddess and God is marked by the Great Rite. Symbols of Beltane include the cauldron (Goddess) and May Pole (God).

Dreaming True Bath Oil

Dreaming True Bath Oil

1 part Lavender
1 part Rosemary
1 part Peppermint
1 part Thyme
Pinch of Poppy seed
1/2 oz. Carrier Oil

A Guided Meditation into the Tarot

A Guided Meditation into the Tarot

A guided meditation can help you discover new depth and meaning in a tarot card as well as help you connect to the archetypes and the energy of the tarot. The process is simple: Either have a friend slowly read the following meditation aloud or tape-record it for yourself.

* First, sit comfortably in a chair, with both feet firmly on the floor and your knees at the level of your hips.

* Choose any card you have strong feelings about – whether you like or dislike it – or choose a card you’d like to understand better.

* Breathe deeply, three times.

* Examine your card carefully for 60 seconds, Notice every detail: Start with the name and number of the card. Then look at the sky in the card, and let your gaze travel down to the landscape below. Notice the background of the card, and then shift your attention to the foreground. Pay attention to every detail. What colors are most prominent? What symbols and props do you see? Who is in the card? How are they standing or sitting? How are they dressed? What are they holding? What expression is on their face?

* Close your eyes. See the card in your mind’s eye. Reconstruct it, remembering every detail.

* Open your eyes. Was there anything you missed? For 30 seconds, study the card once mote.

* Close your eyes again, and settle back comfortably into your chair. Breathe deeply three times. Relax your arms and hands. Relax your legs and feet. Relax your stomach and relax your jaw.

* See the card again in your mind’s eye. This time, see it as large as like, filling the landscape in front of you. Let the borders of the card become a doorway into the card.

* Now envision a golden pathway that leads from your feet through that doorway, into the card. Follow that path and walk slowly and comfortably through the doorway and into the card.

* Look around. Notice the view in front of you, as well as to the right and to the left. You’ll be able to see a panoramic landscape – all that was not visible from outside the card.

* Keep breathing deeply, and become aware of your surroundings.

* What do you see? Hear? Smell? What do you feel with your sense of touch?

* What is the weather like? What time of day is it?

* Approach the character in the card. Notice what that person is wearing. Notice the body language, and notice the expression.

* That character is expecting you, and that character has something to say to you. Ask what it is, and listen carefully to the answer. If you need to ask a follow-up question, you may.

* That character also has a gift for you. What is it?

* Offer your thanks and say a formal goodbye.

* Turn around. See the doorway that you used to enter the card, the doorway back to your everyday life.

* Walk towards the door, back into your life, knowing that you can bring back the sensations and awareness of this card, and that you can return to the card at any time.

* Step through the doorway, and close the door.

* Come back to your seat and open your eyes,

* Consider the following questions and record the answers in your tarot journal:

1. Of all the sensations you experienced, which was the strongest?
2. What was the message you received?
3. What was the gift you received?
4. How do the message and gift relate to your life?

Agar-Agar

Agar-Agar
Botanical: Gelidium amansii (KUTZ)
Family: N.O. Algae
—Synonyms— Japanese Isinglass.
—Part Used—The mucilage dried, after boiling the seaweed.
—Habitat—Japan, best variety; Ceylon and Macassar.

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—Description—-A seaweed gathered on the East Indian coast and sent to China, it is derived from the various species of Sphaerococcus Euchema and Gelidium. It is brownish-white in colour with thorny projections on its branches; the best variety, known as Japanese Isinglass, contains large quantities of mucilage. The seaweed after collection is spread out on the shore until bleached, and then dried; it is afterwards boiled in water and the mucilaginous solution strained, the filtrate being allowed to harden, and then it is dried in the sun. The time for collection of the Algae is summer and autumn when the bleaching and drying can take place, but the final preparation of Agar-Agar is carried out in winter from November to February. The Japanese variety is derived from several kinds of Algae and comes into European commerce in two forms: (1) In transparent pieces 2 feet long, the thickness of a straw, prepared in Singapore by treating it in hot water. (2) In yellowish white masses about 1 inch wide and 1 foot long. The latter is the form considered the more suitable for the culture of bacteria.
—Constituents—Agar-Agar contains glose, which is a powerful gelatinizing agent. It is precipitated from solution by alcohol. Glose is a carbohydrate. Acetic, hydrochloric and oxalic acids prevent gelatinization of Agar-Agar.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Agar-Agar is widely used as a treatment for constipation, but is usually employed with Cascara when atony of the intestinal muscles is present. It does not increase peristaltic action. Its therapeutic value depends on the ability of the dry Agar to absorb and retain moisture. Its action is mechanical and analogous to that of the cellulose of vegetable foods, aiding the regularity of the bowel movements. It is sometimes used as an adulterant of jams and jellies.

—Dosage and Preparations—It is usually administered in small shreds mixed with fruit, milk or any convenient vehicle. It is not wise to give it in powder, as this gives rise to irritation in some cases. 1/2 to 1 ounce may be taken at a time. 1 ounce to a pint of boiling water makes a suitable jelly for invalids and may be flavoured with lemon.

—Other Species—Ceylon Agar-Agar, or Agal Agal, which is the native name of Gracillaria lichenoides, is largely used in the East for making soups and jellies. Gigartina speciosa, a variety found on the Swan River, was erroneously supposed to have formed the edible swallow’s nest, but it has been ascertained that this delicacy comes from a peculiar secretion in the birds themselves. Macassar Agar-Agar comes from the straits between Borneo and Celebes and consists of impure Euchema Spinolum incrusted with salt.

Arianrhod – Goddess of the Silver Wheel

Arianrhod – Goddess of the Silver Wheel
Welsh Star and Moon Goddess

Arianrhod (ah-ree-AHN-rhohd), Arian meaning ‘silver’, and Rhod meaning ‘wheel’ or ‘disc’. Celtic Moon-Mother Goddess. Called the Silver Wheel that Descends into the Sea. Daughter of the Mother Goddess Don and her consort Beli. She is ruler of Caer Sidi, a magical realm in the north. She was worshiped as priestess of the moon. The benevolent silver sky-lady came down from her pale white chariot in the heavens to watch more closely over the tides she ruled. Her Festival is on 2nd December, she is also honoured at the Full Moon.

In addition to native variations by locality or over time, there are often several possible transliterations into the Roman alphabet used for English, Arianrhod Aranrhod – Arianrod.

A star and moon Goddess, Arianrhod was also called the Silver Wheel because the dead were carried on her Oar Wheel to Emania (the Moon-land or land of death), which belonged to her as a deity of reincarnation and karma. Her consort Nwyvre ‘Sky, Space, Firmament’ has survived in name only. Caer Arianrhod is the circumpolar stars, to which souls withdraw between incarnations, thus she is identified as a Goddess of reincarnation. The Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess in Wales, her palace was Caer Arianrhod (Aurora Borealis), or the secret center of each initiate’s spiritual being.

The moon is the archetypal female symbol, representing the Mother Goddess connecting womb, death, rebirth, creation. (Albion, the old name of Britain, meant ‘White Moon’). The Celts “know well the way of seas and stars”, and counted time not by days, but by nights, and made their calendars, such as the famous Coligny Calendar, not by the sun, but by the moon. Ancient astrologers took their observations from the position of the moon and its progress in relation to the stars – the starry wheel of Arianrhod.

In Celtic Myth the Goddess has three major aspects: the maiden, the mother and the crone. These three represent the three stages in life of a woman. Blodeuwedd is the flower maiden, Arianrhod represents the mother and The Morrigu at last is the crone. These three aspects of the Celtic goddess may have different names in different regions and regional legends. For example, Morrigan also takes the mother role at times.

Arianrhod is said to be able to shapeshift into a large Owl, and through the great Owl-eyes, sees even into the darkness of the human subconscious and soul. The Owl symbolizes death and renewal, wisdom, moon magick, and initiations. She is said to move with strength and purpose through the night, her wings of comfort and healing spread to give solace to those who seek her.

Hymn to Arianrhod

Arianrhod of the Silver Wheel
By all the names men give thee –
We, thy hidden children, humbly kneel
Thy truth to hear, thy countenance to see.
Here in the circle cast upon the Earth
Yet open to the stars – unseen, yet real –
Within our hearts give understanding birth,
Our wounds of loss and loneliness to heal.
Isis unveiled and Isis veiled, thou art;
The Earth below our feet, the Moon on high.
In thee these two shall never be apart –
The magick of the Earth and Sky.

The only remaining source is a story in the Mabinogion:

It is the story of Math ap Mathonwy (MAHTH ap mah-THOHN-wee), who is king, teacher, and wizard, brother of Don; uncle of Arianrhod, Gwydion, Amaethon, and Gofannon.

She was the daughter of the Welsh Goddess Danu. Her uncle, King Math, was compelled by a taboo to keep his feet in the lap of a virgin whenever he was not actively engaged in battle. After his first ‘footholder’, Goewin, was deflowered, Math asked Arianrhod to take her place. She had to step across a magic rod to prove her virginity, but when she did so, twin boys dropped from between her legs. Math named the first of the boys Dylan.

The second of these was taken away by Arianrhod’s brother Gwydion and raised in a magic forest. Arianrhod incensed by what she had suffered, laid three curses on the boy, Lleu. He shall have no name except one she gives him. He shall bear no arms except ones she gives him. He shall have no wife of the race that is now on the earth. Through elaborate magic and trickery, Gwydion deceived Arianrhod into breaking the first two curses herself. To break the third, Math and Gwydion created Blodeuwedd, a woman made of flowers, to be Lleu’s bride. Blodeuwedd (flower face), who appears to the embodiment of a fertility Goddess, betrayed her lover, Lleu, to his death, but his spirit hung on a tree was resurrected on the following day.

Humiliated by King Math, thwarted by her son, forsaken by her brother, Arianrhod retreated to her castle Caer Arianrhod. Here she later drowned when the sea reclaimed the land.

Arianrhod

Goddess of the stars, her palace is in the heavens and it is there that souls are thought to go between lives. It is this palace that we see in the sky as the Aurora Borealis. She rides through the sky on a white chariot to watch over the tides under her control.

She is the daughter of the Mother Goddess, Don. Her own two sons are Dylan, and Lleu. Dylan disappeared into the sea at birth, and Lleu was taken and raised by Arianrhod’s brother, Gwydion.

Arianrhod was honoured every year on December 2nd, as well as during every full moon. She is seen as the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess, with Blodeuwedd as the Maiden and the Morrigan as the Crone.

Associated With:
Cycle of life and death
Reincarnation

Symbols:
Stars and moon
Silver wheel Owl

Book Of Shadows Blessing

Book Of Shadows Blessing

Hearken as the Witch’s word
Calls the Lady and the Lord
Moon above and earth below
Sky’s cool blue and sun’s hot glow,
In this right and ready hour,
Fill these pages with thy power.
May no unprepared eye to see
The secrets which entrusted be.
To I who walk the hidden road
To find the hearthstone’s calm abode.
Guardians from the four directions,
Hear me and lend Thy protection:
May these truths of Earth and Skies
Shielded be from prying eyes.
But to the witches whose map this be
May the way be plain to see;
And through all the coming ages,
May we find home in these pages.
So mote it be!

**Borrowed from Silver RavenWolf**

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