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Anise

Element: Air
Deities: Apollo, Mercury
Power Day: Wednesday
Astrological Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius
Folk Name: Anneys, Anniseseed, Yanisin, Sweet Cumin
Magical Uses: Banishing, Clairvoyance, Cleansing, Communication, Consecration, Divination, Dragon Magic, Dreams, Energy, Freedom, Hex-Breaking, Intelligence, Law, Lunar Magic, Meditation, Money, Prosperity, Protection, Psychic Powers, Purification, Spirituality Travel, Wisdom, Youth

Hotogov Mailgan

Themes: Sky, tradition & arts
Symbol: Pale light

About Hotogov Mailgan: In Siberia, Hotogov Mailgan illuminates the
night sky with her heavenly sparkle. She is the Queen of the Sky, a
creative force for personal empowerment and the manifester of the life
energies in and around us.

To Do Today: Between June 21st and June 29th the skies in Russia
always appear light grey at night because of the northern
location. The effect throughout St. Petersburg is very magickal,
casting unique shadows on the lavender, pink, and yellow pastel-coloured
buildings. To celebrate this beauty, the citizens enjoy traditional
Russian ballets, theatrical performances and music. So, get out the
theme music from Dr. Zhivago, rent a ballet featuring Barishnikov or
cook yourself up some Russian dumplings (varnekey) and invite this
goddess to join you.

If you perform any magick today, try putting up some pastel-coloured
curtains around the space to filter the outside light so it suits
Hotogove Mailgan. Or darken the room and use glow-in-the-dark stars to
mark the magickal circle so you’re literally surrounded by her power.

Try taking a bubble bath and dotting the surface of the water with
glitter to look like Hotogov Mailgan’s night sky. Then sit, relax and
meditate, absorbing the hopeful, dreamy energy that her stars inspire in
people everywhere.

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

Goddess Meditation

Luonatar made the mountains
from the footprints of her dancing.
Luonatar made sea caverns
as she dove and swan in pleasure.
Luonatar made the seashores
as she floated in the water.
Luonatar touched the seashores
and made spots for salmon netting.
~ Finnish Kalevala, Creation Myth

Creativity is a natural part of life. It is not available only to the
gifted people, but is something that is part of nature’s way for all of
us. As children, we all engaged our creative selves at every
opportunity. We danced, we painted, we sculpted, we sang, we made up
stories. Yet somewhere in our childhoods, we began to hear the critical
message that our creative efforts would be judged – and judged harshly.
So most of us limited ourselves. Perhaps we stayed creative in one
aspect of our lives, defining ourselves by what was most praised by
others. Meanwhile, within us, that child is still dancing and singing
and sculpting and painting. She doesn’t care whether anyone sees or
praises her work, she just wants to create. Let her out to play during
the summer days. She is a force of the Goddess, and she will enliven
your life with energy.

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

Healing Imagery

“The fact that the mind rules the body is, in spite of its neglect by biology

and medicine, the most fundamental fact which we know about the process of
life.”
Franz Alexander, M.D.

“Miracles are natural. When they do not occur, something has gone wrong.”
A Course In Miracles
When you cut your finger, what happens? You bleed for a while, and then the
bleeding stops. A scab forms, and in a few days the sides of the wound have
knit together and the wound looks smaller. Before too long the wound is all
gone and you have forgotten about it. Isn’t that amazing? When we are
wounded,
our body works to heal the wound. Sometimes, if the wound is great, medical
treatment is needed to aid the healing, but medicine works to aid the body’s

natural healing mechanism, not to replace it. Our bodies are constantly
repairing and renewing themselves. Most of the work is outside our
awareness, and
it is easy to take it for granted. It is safe to say that most people don’t
appreciate the incredible power of their immune systems to fight infection
and
repair damage. Most of us probably don’t do much to help it do the job
either. We can do the obvious things:

  1.  Eat nutritious food
2.  Get enough rest
3.  Exercise
4.  Reduce stress
In addition, it is possible to aid the body’s ability to heal itself though
healing imagery. The young science of psychoneuroimmunology studies how our
minds affect our ability to heal. It has found that imagery does aid
healing.
It can boost the immune system, help control pain, and alter internal
conditions, such as pulse and blood pressure. Visualization has been used
with
reports of success in treating diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other
diseases.
It is not a replacement for medical treatment, but evidence suggests that it

is beneficial.
Imagery is a personal matter. The type of imagery you use depends on you.
What is most likely to work for you is symbolism that resonates with your
imagination. Some people have used warlike images of white blood cells
fighting
cancer, while others find such images objectionable. Create images that you
are
comfortable with. Create images of your body healing itself, and images of
your body as you would like it to be. Your images of action inside your body

need not be anatomically sophisticated. Your mind works in symbols. Your
body
knows what to do with them.
What follows is a simple meditation to activate your healing resources. Use
it as a starting point.

Practice:

Sit or lie in a comfortable, relaxed position. Let your eyes close and
begin to relax. Take several slow, deep breaths into your abdomen. Let the
air
out of your lungs with a big sigh, and just let the inhalation happen by
itself. Notice if your chest rises or if your belly rises when you breathe
in. See
if you can let the air move your abdomen more than your chest. Relax your
chest muscles and relax the muscles in the area of your stomach. Let your
breath
flow in and out like ocean waves. With each wave of breath, let your body
become more relaxed. Let waves of relaxation sweep over you. Let the
relaxation
flow into every muscle and tendon from the top of your head to the tips of
your finger and toes.
Imagine that you are surrounded by white light. This is a light of purity
and protection. Inside the area of this light there can be no negativity. It
is
a light of love.  Allow this light to shine all around you and through you.
Now change the light to one of shimmering gold. The golden light is flecked
with sparkling healing green light. Shine this gold and green light into
every cell of your body.
Notice any areas in your body that remain dark. Perhaps this is an area that

needs special attention. Draw your consciousness to that area and invite the

light to cleanse it of any impurity or dysfunction. Release any tension in
that area. Release any negative emotions. Replace it with the light of love.

If this is an area of disease, try to see the disease. What does it look
like in your imagination? This is your own personal image. It need not be
scientific. It can be symbolic.
Imagine that healing is taking place. The disease is not part of you, it is
but a temporary obstacle to full health and functioning. In your mind’s eye,

see the dysfunction being removed. Create a picture in your mind of the
healer. It might be a person, or group of people or animals,  or machines,
or
forces of nature working on your illness. What are they doing to help you?
Get  a
clear picture. Take as much time as you want to let the process continue.
Remember the images you have created so that you can return to them and
continue the inner healing later on. Regular practice is more likely to
bring the
results you seek than sporadic longer sessions. The time just before you go
to
sleep and right after you awaken are excellent times to practice.
Remember the light, so that you can shine it any time you want. Make it a
habit to clear your mind and heart with a loving white light. Surround
yourself
with it to ward off negativity. Use the gold and green shimmering light to
focus your healing power. Fill yourself with light to lighten your inner
world. Use it to wash away obstacles and blocked energy.
Visualize your body as whole and healthy. See yourself as your perfect self.

© 1999-2004 Tom Barrett

Recipes for Essential Oils

Athlete’s Foot: 3 d. lavender oil * 2 d. tea tree oil: in 4 oz. of hot water. Soak foot in water for at least 15 minutes. Eucalyptus oil may be substituted for tea tree oil.

Bronchitis Bath: 6 d. eucalyptus oil * 2 d. hyssop oil * 2 d. sandalwood oil.

Bruises: 2 d. lavender oil * 2 d. fennel oil: in cold water. Wring out a cloth in the water and apply as a cold compress to affected area

.Cellulite: 5 d. fennel oil * 4 d. rosemary oil * 2 d. juniper oil * 4 d. lavender oil: in 2 Tbs.of carrier oil. Massage into affected area.

Constipation Massage: 6 d. rosemary oil * 6 d. thyme oil: in 1 oz. olive or almond oil. Massage on abdomen in a clockwise circular motion.

Cough and Cold Treatment Bath: 3 d. tea tree oil * 2 d. lemon oil * 2 d. pine oil. Soak for at least 15 minutes in bathtub to relieve tightness and congestion.

Cramps Bath: 5 d. marjoram oil * 5 d. basil oil.

Cystitis Bath: 3 d. lavender oil * 3 d. sandalwood oil * 2 d. cedarwood oil.

Dermatitis Bath: 4 d. geranium oil * 2 d. juniper oil * 2 d. lavender oil.

Diarrhea Massage: 5 d. lavender oil * 5 d. patchouli oil * 5 d. cypress oil: in 2 Tbs. of carrier oil. Massage onto abdomen in a clockwise motion

.Eczema Massage: 3 d. bergamot oil * 3 d. geranium oil * 6 d. juniper oil * 3 d. lavender oil: in 2 Tbs. massage oil.

Fever Compress: 3 d. tea tree oil * 2 d. bergamot oil: in 4 oz of iced water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has warmed to body temperature.

Hangover Bath: 3 d. rosemary oil * 3 d. rosewood oil.

Hangover Compress: 1 d. peppermint oil * 1 d. rosewood oil * 1 d. lavender oil: on a cool, wet rag. Apply to temples for ten minutes

.Headache Inhalant: 1 d. rose oil * 1 d. basil oil * 1 d. orange oil * 1 d. rosemary oil.

Hemhorroids Bath: 5 d. cypress oil * 3 d. juniper oil * 3 d. frankincense oil.

Hives Massage: 4 d. chamomile oil * 4 d. melissa oil: in 2 Tbs. ofcarrier oil.

Hot All-Purpose Poultice: 5 d. cypress oil: in 4 oz. of hot water. Wring out a peice of fabric in the water. Apply to stomach for stomachache or period cramps.

Indigestion Massage: 4 d. peppermint oil * 4 d. marjoram oil * 4 d. coriander oil * 4 d. fennel oil * 4 d. basil oil: in 1 oz olive oil. Massage gently into stomach.

Inflammation-Reducing Compress: 3 d. clary sage oil * 2 d. geranium oil: in 4 oz. iced water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has warmed to body temperature.

Insect Bites: 1 tbsp. Aloe Vera * 5 d. chamomile oil. Apply to affected area until skin no longer itches.

Muscle Pain Poultice I: 3 d. ginger oil * 3 d. eucalyptus oil: in 2-1/2 cups hot water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has cooled to body temperature.

Muscle Pain Poultice II: 3 d. petitgrain oil * 2 d. eucalyptus oil: in 2-1/2 cups hot water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has cooled to body temperature. Good for period cramps.

Nausea Inhalant:1 d. lavender oil * 1 d. peppermint oil.

Puffy Eyes: 1 d. chamomile oil: on a cool, damp ball of cotton wool. Apply to closed eyes for ten minutes.

Period Cramp Poultice: 3 d. juniper oil * 2 d. clary sage oil: in 2-1/2 cups of hot water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has cooled to body temperature.

Pre-Menstrual Stress Massage Oil: 10 d. rose oil * 8 d. ylang ylang oil * 7 d. bergamot oil * 5 d. geranium oil: in 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Rub gently onto abdomen, using more massage oil if needed (do not increase essential oil amounts).

Skin Rash Compress: 3 d. cedarwood oil * 2 d. lavender oil: in 2-1/2 cups iced water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has warmed to body temperature.

Sore Eyes: 1 d. fennel oil: on a cool, damp ball of cotton wool. Apply to closed eyes for ten minutes.

Sprained Ankle Massage: 5 d. chamomile oil * 5 d. peppermint oil * 5 d. cypress oil: in 3 tablespoons of carrier oil.

Sunburn Bath: 6 d. peppermint oil * 4 d. lavender oil.

Tired Eyes: 1 d. chamomile oil: on a cool, damp ball of cotton wool. Apply to closed eyes for ten minutes.

Urinary Tract Infection Bath: 10 d. eucalyptus oil * 10 d. sandalwood oil. Add to a lukewarm bath.

Varicose Vein Bath: 5 d. cypress oil * 5 d. geranium oil.

Cold Tortellini Toss

INGREDIENTS:
8 ounces refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini
3 cups broccoli or cauliflower florets
8 ounces pineapple chunks
2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon oil
4 ounces fresh link turkey sausage cooked, drained and sliced
1 bell pepper cut into 1-inch pieces
DIRECTIONS:
Prepare tortellini according to package directions, adding
broccoli during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pineapple;
reserve 1/4 cup juice. In large bowl, combine reserved juice,
vinegar and oil. Drain tortellini and vegetables. Add tortellini,
vegetables, sausage, bell pepper and pineapple to dressing;
toss well to coat evenly. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Toss before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.
Yield: 6 Servings

New Years Baby Bath

1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup whole dry buttermilk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 drop orange oil ( optional )
Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a clean container or
resealable plastic bag.
To Use: Pour 1/4 cup of the bath powder into a full tub or 1 tablespoon
into a small baby bathtub.
YIELD: 4, ounces enough for 2 baths
This gentle bath will leave baby’s skin soft and silky. Milk is rich in
fat and lactic acid, and both help soften and hydrate skin.

Making your own herbal paper

Materials

You will need several sheets of typing paper, a bowl, hot water, a
fork, two kitchen towels, a metal screen, a wooden frame, a stapler,
a rolling pin, and two tablespoons of ground herbs of your choice.

Procedure

1. Tear several sheets of paper into pieces the size of a penny or
smaller.

2. Place the pieces in a bowl and cover with hot water.

3. Stir to make sure all of the paper is wet.

4. Let stand overnight.

5. The next day, tear the paper into pieces as small as possible and
then stir with a fork for several minutes. (You now have made pulp.)
This can also be done in a food processor if you don’t mind adding
the mechanical energies, but like any magical tool, you are better
off doing it by hand. As you stir, add in the ground herbs. They need
to be ground or finely chopped so that they don’t create flaws in the
paper. Experiment with various herbs, keeping in mind thier magical
qualities. The pulp should remain a thick mush in texture. If this is
part of a spell working, chant or focus on your purpose as you do
this.

6. Prepare a metal screen (like those used in windows or screen
doors) by stapling screen to a wood picture frame. You can use a
small window screen if you like. The dimensions can vary, but it
should be larger than you want the finished paper.

7. Smooth out an even layer of pulp (approx. 1/8 inch thick) onto the
screen by hand.

8. Let the water drain for a couple of minutes.

9. Flip your screen over so that your paper pops out onto a clean
kitchen towel.

10. Cover the paper with another kitchen towel so that you have
a “sandwich” of paper between the two towels.

11. Use the rolling pin to press out more water and flatten the paper.

12. Carefully peel off the top towel. Turn the wet paper over onto
either a smooth counter top or on a piece of glass (you can use a
window for this) paper side down, and then carefully peel off the
remaining towel.

13. Let the paper dry overnight or longer.

14. If you want to smooth the paper for writing on, spray the dried
paper with a fine mist of water. Place a clean smooth rag over the
damp paper and iron it with a slightly warm iron until the paper is
dry.

You can use your paper for gifts, for spell work, for stationery or
just for plain fun! Enjoy!

by Breid Foxsong

Suggestions:

It’s often better to use a vinyl screen than a metal one. The pulp
seems to not stick to it when you are couching (papermaking talk for
flipping) it off the screen and it also won’t rust.

Also, when you couch the pulp, You can do it onto pages torn out of
old magazines instead of a towel. It comes off cleaner and doesn’t
leave the texture of the towel.

Blessing Tools for Rituals

 

Incense (east)
White candle (south)
Small bowl of water (west)
Small bowl of salt or earth (north)

Cast the circle (If you do not know how to cast a circle see ‘Casting a Circle’ by Laura Whyte.)
Say-
Before these spirits, I bring this tool to be dedicated to the service of the lady and the lord.

Pass the tool three times through the smoke of the incense, saying-
By the power of air, be purified. Be dedicated to purity, that all goals you help achieve may harm none and be for good of all.

Pass the tool three times the flame of the candle while saying-
By the power of fire, be purified. Be dedicated to desire, that all goals you help achieve may harm none and be good for all.

Sprinkle a few drops of water on the instrument, saying-
By the power of water, be purified. Be dedicated to emotion, that you be used in a spirit of harmony, harming none and good for all.

Touch the instrument to the earth or salt saying- By the power of earth, be purified. Be dedicated to steadfastness, that my will be achieved without wavering, with harm to none and for good of all.

Presentation to the Lord and Lady
If this is a chalice present it first to the lady, then to the lord. If it is an athame, reverse the order. All other instruments use own preference, but it is a courtesy to present to her first.

Presentation of the Chalice
Lady, bless this chalice, let it be a vessel of productivity that may be worthly to reside in a circle with you. Let it be so bound that no harm may come of it to any being. To thy service, I dedicated this vessel, that it and I may be long of service thee.

Lord bless this chalice and keep watch over it. Guard the works which come forth from it, that they harm none and be ever in the service of thee and thy lady. To thee I vow that I shall use it for her sacred purposes and none other. So mote it be!

Presentation of Athame
Great Lord, bless this athame. Let it be pure for thy service and bind it so that no harm may come to it of any being. Let this athame guide me in the harmony of the seasons. Lord, bless this athame, that it be used always in the worship and honour of the gods.

Lady, bless this athame that it may bring forth joy and purity, and shall cause no harm to any being. I dedicate this athame to thy service, great one. So mote it be!

Then close the circle.

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