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Amaranth, Wild

Botanical: Amaranthum blitum (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Amaranthaceae
—Synonym—Strawberry Blite.

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Amaranthum blitum (Linn.), the wild Amaranth admitted to the list of British plants, is an inconspicuous weed, often mistaken for an Orache or Goosefoot, sometimes found on rubbish-heaps near towns and probably a remnant of ancient cultivation as a pot-herb.
It is an annual, with trailing stems a foot or two in length and more or less oval leaves with long stalks. The numerous green flowers are clustered in the angles between leaf and stem and are unisexual, without petals, both male and female flowers occurring on the same plant.

The female flower develops into a juicy, crimson capsule containing a single seed. The clusters of these fruits have in some localities suggested the name of Strawberry Blite for the plant.

It flowers in August.

In France, its leaves are still eaten in the same way as spinach.

Culpepper, speaking of the garden Amaranths and especially of the Love-lies-bleeding, which he calls Flower Gentle, Flower Velure, Floramor and Velvet flower, says:
‘The flowers dried and beaten into powder stops the terms in women, and so do almost all other red things. And by the icon or image of every herb, the ancients at first found out their virtues. Modern writers laugh at them for it- but I wonder how the virtues of herbs came at first to be known, if not by their signatures, the moderns have them from the writings of the ancients; the ancients had no writings to have them from. -The flowers stop all fluxes of blood, whether in man or woman, bleeding either at the nose or wound.’
—Medicinal Uses—In modern herbal medicine, a fluid extract is employed, the dose being 1/2 to 1 drachm and also a decoction taken in wineglassful doses, which is used externally as an application in ulcerated conditions of the throat and mouth and as an injection in leucorrhoea, and as a wash for ulcers, sores, etc. For its astringency it is much recommended in diarrhoea, dysentery and haemorrhages from the bowels.

Epona

SUGGESTED MANTRA: ADVENTURE
Celtic goddess Epona and her white mare bring dreams to you. She
helps manifest the dreams if you allow her to accompany you on your
path.

SUGGESTED AFFIRMATIONS:
~ I see the path intended for me
~ My future is full of possibilities
~ I invite new choices into my life
~ My goals are becoming manifest
~ I deserve to have my dreams realised

Related essences: bayberry, cedar, pine, rose and rosemary

Related gemstones: cat’s-eye, ruby and moonstone

The maiden goddess Epona is usually portrayed as riding a white mare
side-saddle, sometimes with a foal, or standing surrounded by horses.
Her symbol is the Cornucopia (“horn of plenty”) which suggests that
she may have been honoured as a fertility goddess, although she is
most commonly known as a goddess of horses and travel. She fed her
beloved horses from her cornucopia filled with corn and apples,
symbolic of mother-love and abundance.

>From the iron age, the Celtic goddess’ faith spread across the whole
of ancient Europe, eventually being embraced by the Romans and to a
certain extent, Christianity. Epona had a shrine in almost every
stable of the Roman empire – in fact, she was the only Celtic goddess
to be honoured by the Romans with a temple in their capital city. Her
annual festival in Roman times was around the 18th December (in
Mantua/Italy), when her images in shrines and stables were draped in
rose garlands.

Epona and her white mare accompanies the soul on its final journey to
the other world, and in life she is associated with the white mare
that brings dreams. This week, allow yourself the time to dream, give
yourself the opportunity to let your ideas ride in your mind, think
of where you have been afraid to go and let the horses of Epona guide
your spirit there in safety. If you need a tool to facilitate a
meditative state, use a string of rose petal beads to help discover
new places within yourself.

To make rose petal beads: cook rose petals in a little water in an
iron pot until nearly black and pasty. Add a little orris powder and
rose-scented oil, and shape the beads to 2 times the size you want
them to be when dry. Pierce them with a needle and string them,
turning them regularly until they’re dry. On a full moon, invoke
Epona to bless the beads. Use the beads to energise your prayers by
holding them as you creatively visualise your journeys with Epona.

Dolphin Dreamtime Meditation

 

Arrange a space where you will be uninterrupted by friends or phone for the next 30 minutes. Lie or sit in a comfortable position. Make any last minute adjustments.

 

This is your time to relax and let go. This is your time to experience the world of the Dolphin Dreamtime. The Dreamtime is now open to all those who wish to enter.

 

For a moment, watch the breath. Use the breath to take you down into a deep state of relaxation. As you breath in, imagine that you are drawing golden energy, down through the crown shaft at the top of your head, down to the toes, drawing energy inhaling into the body. As you breath out, allow the breath to relax the body, letting go of any tension. Look around the body for any areas of tension that may be there. Breath golden light into this area. Relaxing, letting go, allowing the body to become heavy and relaxed.

 

Imagine now that you are standing at the entrance of a very large cave. Feel the warmth, comfort and safety of the cave. As you look into the cave, you notice that there are three flights of stairs gently leading down. Each staircase has 11 steps with a small landing between. These are the steps that will take you deep into relaxation, deep into the Dreamtime. Begin to walk down the steps, counting with me as you go. 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23. Now walk along the landing to the next flight of stairs. Start counting again with me as we go. 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12. As you walk down these steps you become more relaxed. Now to the next landing, and to the final flight, counting with me now. 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

 

Now you are standing on the floor of the cave. Look around you, see that there are many types of crystals suspended from the ceilings and the walls. Notice the clarity of the clear crystals. The deep richness of the smoky quartz. The violet of the amethyst. Enchanting green of the emerald. And the charming pink of the rose quartz. Watch as the lights play on there minerals, displaying their beautiful colours. Imagine that you can feel into the energies of these crystals. Gradually, you can feel their healing energies, transforming any fears and doubts that you may have in your life at present. Become one with the crystals. Become one with all of this wonderful mineral kingdom.

 

Slowly continue walking down the path now, towards the end of the cave. The way is lit with torches, and in a distance you see a light. As you walk down you see the light getting bigger and bigger. Until you come to an opening. Stepping through, you look into the most beautiful tropical garden you have ever seen. The garden is full of palms, tropical plants, beautiful birdlife, and many varieties of animals. Walking down the path through the garden, feel the wonders with plant and animal kingdoms. The healing and strength that can be transferred from plants and animals. Feel the restrictions drop away as you become one with the garden and animals.

 

At the end of the garden, you find yourself looking out onto a small bay. In the bay, you see the glistening bodies of playing dolphins. They become aware of your presence and call for you to join them. Step down into the calm warm water, down into the ocean to be with the dolphins. The dolphins swim closer and closer, until they are there with you. Allow yourself to swim in their way, allow yourself to become one with them. As you become one with them, you experience your heart’s expanding. Feel the expansion of this love energy, gently enfolding your whole body. Gently now, these feelings expand further to enfold the dolphins, the ocean, and all beings. This is the gift of the dolphins. The gift of love, the gift of joy, and the gift of freedom. As you relax and feel safe, they take you further, far beyond limitation, right back to the source of all life. Allow yourself to be with the dolphins and whales, and with all creation. Allow the dolphins to gently guide you to the deepest secrets, and knowledge that will help you in your life.

 

They are always there to share their joy, love and caring. These are the gentle guards of the oceans. Walk back into the garden again, feeling the strength and healing from the plant and animal kingdom. This energy you will take back into your everyday life. Back into the cave now, again tuning into the crystal energy. Take this energy also with you.

 

Now back up the stairs, counting with me as you go. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Along the landing, counting again as we go. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. Now along the last landing. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33.

 

As you return from the Dolphin Dreamtime, reflect on the gifts of the dolphins, plants and the animal kingdom.

 

When you are ready, take a deep breath, stretch, and open your eyes.

Healing Oils

3 drops Rosemary
1 drop Peppermint
2 drops Fennel
Optional: Roll in Frankincense.

Fresh Baked Bread

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. dry yeast or 1 envelope Fleischmann’s, Red Star, etc.
1 ¼ C. warm water
1 Tbsp. oil
¼ C. honey
1/3 tsp. salt
3 C. whole wheat flour
½ tsp. baking powder

1. Put yeast in the warm water and let sit for a few minutes until it dissolves.

2. Add the next three ingredients.

3. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Turn dough onto floured counter and knead until it forms a soft, firm ball.

5. Shape dough into desired shape, put on an oiled baking sheet or bread pan and set in oven on warm or pilot light for 10 minutes.

6. Leaving bread in the oven, turn up heat to 400 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes. Test to see if it’s done by tapping with fingernail and listening for a hollow sound.
Yield: 8 servings

Beeswax-Almond Hand Cream

Beeswax-Almond Hand Cream
1/4 cup beeswax
1/2 cup almond oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup rosewater

Melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler. Add the remaining ingredients and heat until well mixed, several minutes. Pour into a container while still hot since it does harden as it cools. Makes about 1½ cups.

Knot Goddess Bracelet

Knot Goddess Bracelet

This is to represent the Goddess’s three aspects; Maiden, Mother,
Crone. Take three lengths of cord/string, preferably of hemp or
cotton, that will wrap around your wrist loosely twice.
Knot at one end to represent the maiden. Start to braid until you
reach the center and then make a knot for the Mother. Continue
braiding until you reach the end and then make a knot for the Crone.
Tie this around your wrist or ankle to complete the bracelet (the
cycle of life).

Goddess Prayer Beads

NEEDED:
13 white beads-for the Maiden
13 red beads-for the Mother
13 black beads-for the Crone
1 lg silver bead-for the full moon
52 smaller silver spacer beads-representing the moonlight
thread for stringing

DIRECTIONS:
1) The silver moon bead is separated from the white maiden beads by
4 silver spacer beads.
2) Each white maiden bead is followed by 1 silver spacer bead, but
the 13th bead is followed by 4 spacer beads.
3) Then come the red mother beads, each followed by 1 spacer bead,
but the 13th is again followed by 4 spacer beads.
4) Then come the black crone beads, each followed by 1 spacer bead,
but the 13th is followed by 4 spacer beads. Connect this end to
the large silver moon bead.

The 13 beads in each set signify the 13 months of the lunar year.
The silver spacers represent moonlight issuing from the full moon
bead throughout the life cycle of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Prayers
are said on each bead, while meditating on the mysteries of the
Triple Goddess, and the experience of the human life cycle. Men may
wish to make a devotion to the Horned God, and honor the life cycle
of Youth, Father, and Sage.

PRAYERS for your Goddess beads:
on the silver moon bead say:
Blessed Mother, come to me,
and cast your lovely silver light.
Uncloud your face that I may see
unveiled, its shining in the night.
Triple Goddess, Blessed Be,
and Merry Meet, my soul’s delight!
On the space bead say:
I bind unto myself today the Fertility of the Maiden

Meditate of the Presence of the Maiden, on each Maiden bead say:

Maiden daughter, sister, lover,
white-light, night-light, love’s embrace;
seeking love, we find each other
by the radiance of your face.
On the space say:
I bind unto myself today the Power of the Mother.

Meditate on the Presence of the Mother, on each Mother bead say:

Mother of all, radiant, beaming,
Full and heavy womb with expectation bright;
Be present here, full moon gleaming,
And bless your child with truth and light.
On the space say:
I bind unto myself today the Wisdom of the Crone.

Meditate on the Presence of the Crone, on each bead say:

Crone now stands in moonlight gleaming,
starlit night and silver hair;
peace and wisdom from you streaming,
Goddess, keeper of our care.
On the space say:
I bind unto myself today the Fertility, Power, and Wisdom of the
Goddess.

On the silver moon bead conclude:
Blessed Mother, stay by me,
and cast your lovely, silver light.
Uncloud your face that I may see
unveiled, its shining in the night.
Triple Goddess, Blessed Be,
and Merry Meet, my soul’s delight!
So mote it be!

You can make the beads from clay and paint them rather than buying
the beads.

*source unknown*

Hearth and Home Blessing

Take chalice, salt, water, spoon and feather and place them before you on your altar.
Pour a little water into the chalice. Add three spoonfuls of salt. Stir three times
deosil (clockwise!). Bless the salt water and then charge it with cleansing energy
holding your hands above it and visualizing a shining sphere of yellow light passing
into the chalice and driving out all negativity. Then visualize a shining sphere of
blue-white light streaming into the chalice bringing with it cleansing energy and say:

“Behold, I purify this water of all negativity and charge it to be an agent of
cleansing.”

Take the chalice and feather. Dip the feather in the cleansing water and holding the
feather high, asperge the place to be blessed with droplets of water until the whole
room has been cleansed and say:

“I cleanse this hearth and home of all negativity. Only good may enter and dwell here.
All negativity is banished.”

Replace the chalice and feather on the altar and visualize tying a knot around the
chalice to bind the spell and say:

“I bind this spell by power of the three,
May it harm none and bring good to me.”

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