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Angelica Root

Folk Names: Garden Angelica, Masterwort, Archangel
Gender: Hot/Masculine Planet: Sun Element: fire
Associated Deities: Venus

Properties and Uses: Expectorant for colds and coughs. Aromatic, diuretic, helpful with vascular deficiency; Aids skin in elimination of toxins, promotes perspiration; Also treats kidney disorders a Digestive and circulatory tonic.

Part Used: Root and seeds.
Contraindications:
Pregnancy; Diabetes.

Magical Uses
Basic Powers: Protection, exorcism, Healing, visions
Uses: Grow in the garden for protection. Use in protection and exorcism incenses, burn during exorcism rituals, add to bath water to remove any spells cast against you, hexes or curses. If smoked, the leaves are said to promote visions.

Hera

Themes: Love, romance, forgiveness & humor
Symbols: Oak, myrrh & poppy

About Hera: Hera rules the Earth, its people, and the hearts of those
people. Using passion and creativity, Hera nudges star-crossed lovers
together, chaperones trysts, and helps struggling marriages with a case
of Spring twitterpation!

Legend tells us that Hera refused to return to Zeus’s bed because of a
quarrel. Zeus, however, had a plan. He humorously dressed up a wooden
figure to look like a bride and declared he was going to marry. When
Hera tore off the dummy’s clothes and discovered the ruse, she was so
amused and impressed by Zeus’s ingenuity that she forgave him.

To Do Today: Ancient Greeks honoured Hera and Zeus’s reconciliation
today, often in the company of old oak trees. Small pieces of fallen
wood are collected to symbolize the divinities, then burned on the
ritual fire to keep love warm. To mirror this custom, find a fallen
branch and burn a small part of it as an offering to Hera. Keep the rest
to use as a goddess image year-round, burning a few slivers whenever
love needs encouragement.

Present someone you love or admire with a poppy today to symbolically
bestow Hera’s blessings on your relationship. If you have a loved one
away from home, burn some myrrh incense in front of their picture so
Hera can watch over them and keep that connection strong.

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

Goddess Meditation
In fall Freya left us
traveling southward.
Now she returns again,
bringing soft words.
Out of her golden hair
Spring flowers fall
tumbling like melodies,
sounding the call.
Chaste through the Winter
women now pine,
wanting their lovers home
sharing the wine.
~ Scandinavian Song To The Goddess Of Spring

In northern lands, the Spring Goddess was embodied by the Sun. During
the Winter, she retreated southward, so that by midwinter she rose only
briefly each day, setting hastily and leaving the lands in cold and
dark. But as Spring approaches, she stays longer and longer each day,
shedding warmth on her people. As the equinox nears, bringing balance
between light and dark, the Sun brings back growth and seasonal change.

The ancient Scandinavians recognized that the human reaction to
increasing daylight was return of interest in connecting with others –
through lust as well as through love. They acknowledged, as did many
other people, the way the sap rises in our bodies as well as in the
trees and plants around us. Celebrating the fruitfulness of our womanly
bodies is a way to celebrate the Goddess. And at no time is her energy
stronger than in early Spring.

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

Full Moon Meditation and Ritual

Envision a sacred setting, a natural place, a perfect place for you,
a place that is your spiritual home. This place might be a spot that
you once visited, a spot with special meaning, perhaps a spot where
you once sensed the Goddess. Look around, let the essence of the
life in this place enter into you. This is your sanctuary, your
sacred place, a place of security and well being.
You can change this place to better reflect you, to add special
qualities – a mint plant, a waterfall, a significant tree… add
what brings this place closer to the spiritual within you. Let this
place become fixed in the mirror of your mind. Let this place become
your place.
Here, on this sacred ground, your sight is unconfined. This
sanctuary is your vision. Look around your space, at the colors you
see; brighten the colors. Now, make the colors fade gradually to the
tones of muted earth. Brighten the colors again. View your sanctuary
through the eyes you saw with at three years old. See again, through
your eyes as they will be at one hundred and ten. Use the sight of
the blind to know and understand what is around you. Change the
clarity of your vision to that of a hawk – sharp – acute – attuned
to the smallest movement. See and experience what you may have
missed before.
All places have a scent. There is an aroma permeating your sanctuary
that signifies home and security for you. Imprint that odor on your
memory – the smell of the plants, the smell of the season, the smell
of an animal that comes here often. That aroma is the scent of that
which you love.
Hear the sounds of your sacred place – a splashing waterfall, a fast
moving stream, the roar of the waves, the wind moving the leaves and
branches of the trees, the digging of claws burrowing in the Earth.
The breeze that filled the trees touches your body and ruffles your
hair. The soil and grass, the leaves and stones leave light
impressions on your skin – a tactile memory. Splash water on
yourself and feel the rivulets run down your body to rejoin the
Earth. The sun can warm you, a fog may cool you, the wind can tickle
you, moss can comfort you. Your place, your home, your sanctuary.
Whatever you want to feel or touch or sense can happen in this
magical place.
Knowing – truly knowing – is becoming; being both within and
without. Become the knowing of your sacred place; its grasses, its
water, its leaves, its soil, a rock, a bit of bark. All of this
place is a part of you and you are a part of this place.
Now, find a spot in your sanctuary, a very special spot that you
create for centering
As you settle into your meditation spot, begin a call of request for
the visual aspect of a totem being. Send your voice out through your
sanctuary, naming your need. Don’t censor; allow what wants to come
to appear within your sacred place. Respect these spiritual beings
who answer your call. Consider that the spiritual guides who visit
you are independent entities who have a spirit-time that may seem
strange or different to you. Rise, go to meet them as they come to
you. Greet them, talk to them, ask them if they are one who would
aid you in your quest for understanding and knowing. Let them see
and know who you are.
There is one spirit guide that is right for you at this time. You
will know when you meet. Now, is the time to ask a question or state
a problem. Your guide will probably take you in – into a cave, into
a tree, down a hole. Go with your guide. Watch what happens, listen
carefully, and follow the advice or directions that you receive.
Usually the advice is direct and to the point, though now and then
your understanding of the advice may not become clear until some
time in the future.
When you have received your answer, thank your guide and follow the
same path back to the meditation spot within your sanctuary. This
helps you remember everything that has happened. When you are ready
to “awake,” recall where you are. Move your body, open your eyes,
and write your account of your journey.

Goddess,
As sands of time shall pass
ever round and round
Let my doubt flow ever away
down, down into the ground.

Sit in silence breating in the energy of this place.  Feel the
magick in the wind as it blows through you.  Feel it filling you
with power and strength of will.

Hold your hands an inch from each other palm to palm.  Imagine the
flow of energy into the right palm, through the chakra points the
pelvis, the naval, the base of the ribs, the top of the heart, the
base of the throat, between the eyes and the top of the head and
back down and out the left palm.
Focus on the flow of energy.  Now place each palm on the line of the
circle.  Add the circle to the circuit of your energy so that you
become part of the circle.  Envision the other members of the circle
being part of the circuit of the circles energy.  Envision that the
circle is part of the circuit of the Earth’s energy.  Feel the air,
feel the water, feel the warmth of fire, feel the Earth’s spirit and
substance.  Envision the earth being part of the Universe’s curcuit
of energy. Imagine the Universe’s energy being part of the circuit
of energy of this plane.  Imagine this plane being part of the
circuit of energy of the infinite planes.
Bring yourself back to the circle. Release hands from ground and
feel the connection to all remaining.  

As above so below.

In the cloak of the Chaste Moon hour
I ask the Spirit of (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit) to join our
circle.
I call upon your ancient power.
I ask that you attend our ceremonies this night.  Help us to perform
our rituals with clarity and strength.  Lend your power to our
workings so our energy can flow with balance.
When each corner is called at the element to the circle.
Earth- spread salt
Fire- Light candles
Water- sprinkle blessed water around the circle
Air- Move Incense around circle.

Call Deities.
I call upon Goddess who’s name to me is _________.
Goddess, I ask that you bring your motherly light
Lend us your presence this night.
Light Goddess Candle and place Goddess idol on alter.

I call upon God who’s name to me is _________.
God, I ask that you bring your fatherly love
Lend us your presence from high above.
Light God Candle and place God idol on alter.

Place personal items on Alter.

Perform Magickal workings.

Drinks and Food

Give offering

Thanks God and Goddess for their presence ask their blessing and bid
them well.

Thank the Spirits for their presence and bid them well.

Take personal items from alter

snuff candles

Take up the circle.

Oil Uses

Baths: Run hand-hot water and add 5- 10 drops of oil to suit your mood or
need. Close the door to keep vapors in then soak for 15 minutes. Wipe out
tub after.

Body and Facial: 1% blend to base oil for face. 3% blend to base oil for
body. Use Daily. (Refer to skin for blends)

Compress: Soak a clean cotton cloth in ¼ pint warm water with 5-10 drops of
oil. Squeeze out and lay across treating area. Cover and leave until cold.
For bruises, sprains, headaches and hot flashes.

Fragrance: Use diffuser or vaporizer by filling the top chins bowl with
water and add a few drops of oil on the surface. Use 3-6 drops. Light the
candle underneath.

Hand/Foot Bath: Soothe chapped hands by soaking in a bowl of warm water with
3-4 drops of patchouli or comfrey before manicure.

Refresh tired feet by adding 4-5 drops of peppermint, rosemary and thyme to
a large bowl of hot water. Soothe with lavender.

Handkerchief: Add 3-4 drops to a handkerchief and inhale. Useful for colds,
headaches or clearing your head at work.

Humidifiers: Add your favorite oil to water of humidifier or add drops to
boiling water on stove.

Inhalation: Add 6-12 drops to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place a towel
over your head and breathe deeply. Also deep-cleans the face. Treats
respiratory and colds. Don´t use if asthmatic.

Jacuzzi: Relax by adding 10-15 drops of sandalwood, geranium or ylang-ylang.
Stimulate with pine, rosemary and neroli.

Perfumes: Flower oils, favorite oil, or blends can be used over whole body
in a 3% solution. You can also make a concentrate blend of 25% to dab behind
ears, knees, on wrists, temples and neck.

Pillow talk: 2-3 drops of oil on your pillow. Relaxing for unwinding or for
insomnia. Try an aphrodisiac like ylang-ylang, rose or jasmine for a “mood.”

Pomanders: Hand porous bottles in a wardrobe. Try Melissa, bergamot, or
Cedarwood (helps keep moths away).

Potpourri: Add a few drops of flowery or spicy oil to potpourri or just mix
your own herbs.

Ring Burners: Add a few drops and turn on light bulb.

Room Sprays: 10 drops of oil in 7 Tablespoons of water. 1 tablespoon of
vodka or pure alcohol will preserve it, but it´s optional. Shake well before
filling sprayer.

Sauna: Add 2 drops of eucalyptus or pine per half-pint of water and throw
over coals to evaporate (cleans and detoxifies).

Scented Candles: Add a few drops to oil lamp or candle-making wax.

Shoe Rack: Freshen cupboard with lemongrass. Deodorize shoe with 2 drops of
pine or parsley oil.

Shower: Rinse well after soaping and dip a wet sponge in oil mix and squeeze
and rub over body while under warm spray.

Therapeutic Massage: Use 1-3% solution.

Wood Fires: Sprinkle drops of cypress, Cedarwood, pine or sandalwood over
logs and hour before lighting the fire.

Hearty Italian Medley

Prep: 10 min – Cook: 20 min

1 pound hot Italian sausage casing removed, cut in bite-size pieces
1 onion, chopped
3 zucchini, cut in 1-inch slices
1 eggplant, coarsely chopped
1 DOLE® Green Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup water
2 cups prepared marinara sauce
3 cups chunks DOLE Fresh Pineapple
4 cups hot cooked noodles

Cook sausage and onion in large skillet or Dutch oven until
sausage is browned. Add zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and
water. Cover, reduce heat to low, cook 10 minutes or until
vegetables are tender.

Stir marinara sauce and pineapple into skillet. Cook 5 minutes
or until heated through. Serve over hot cooked noodles.

Makes 8 servings

Nutritional Info:
341 calories, 14g fat (4g sat.), 33mg cholesterol,
784mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate, 14g protein

Disappearing Bath Oil

1 cup light oil (I like to use almond oil, light sesame, or canola .
All of which can be purchased at your grocery store.)
1/2 cup glycerin can be at your local pharmacy
1/2 cup liquid soap any kind
add a few drops of your favorite scented oil ( optional )
you will also need a 16-oz bottle with lid or stopper
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean bottle with a lid or
stopper.
To use: Shake gently and pour 1/4 cup into bath under running water.
Yield: 16 ounces, enough for 8 baths

Citrus Herb Wreath

Citrus Herb Wreath

This wreath can be made for any time of the year ! The citrus fruits…oranges, lemons, limes and

grapefruit become almost transparent when dried….rather like mottled
stained glass.

Nature’s Materials

Green Spanish Moss, sheet moss, approximately 12 branches of lemon leaves, 9
dried orange slices 1/4 inch thick, 9 dried lime slices 1/4 inch thick, 9
dried miniature pomegranates, approximately 2 inches in diameter, 12 dried
apple slices, 12 dried rosebuds, 12 dries sprigs of thyme blossoms.

Supplies and tools

12 inch diameter wire boxed wreath form, floral wire, floral tape, wire
cutters, pruning shears or scissors, low temp. glue gun and glue stick.

Directions;

Fill in the concave surface of the wreath form with Spanish moss. Wrap with
wire to secure.
Soak the sheet moss in water to make it flexible. Wrap the wet moss around
the entire form and secure it with wire. Let dry thoroughly.
From the branches of lemon leaves, cut sprigs with about three to four
leaves per sprig…wrap three to four sprigs together with floral tape.
Attach the bunches of leaves to the wreath form with the glue gun.
Alternate bunches of leaves with clusters of fruit. Arrange the dried
citrus slices into 3 circular clusters of 6 overlapping slices. Add three
clusters of three pomegranates. With the glue gun, fill in around the
citrus and pomegranate clusters with apple slices, bits of Spanish Moss ,
rosebuds and thyme leaves. Fill in any empty spaces with lemon leaves.

BOS Blessing

You can say this blessing over your Book of Shadows:

” 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 passion 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 mine, it harbours no fears,
The knowledge obtained through blood, sweat& tears,
My magick’s my passion, the spirits my guide.
The book may she bless it with spiritual light.
And let only her children read of its rite.
For those of the Wicca truly can see,
That this is my will,
So mote it be!”

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