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Bael

Botanical: Aegle Marmelos (CORREA)
Family: N.O. Rutaceae
—Synonyms—Belae Fructus. Bel. Indian Bael.
—Part Used—Unripe fruit.
—Habitat—India.

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—Description—Fruit 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches in diameter, globular or ovoid in shape, colour greyish brown, outside surface hard and nearly smooth. Rind about 1/8 inch thick and adherent to a light red pulp, in which are ten to fifteen cells, each containing several woolly seeds. It has a faint aromatic odour and mucilagenous taste.
—Constituents—The chief constituents appear to be mucilage and pectin contained in the pulp of the unripe fruit; the ripe fruit differs in yielding a tannin reaction and possessing a distinct aroma.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Fresh half-ripe Bael fruit is mildly astringent and is used in India for dysentery and diarrhoea; the pulp may be eaten or the decoction administered. The dried fruit does not contain the constituents requisite for the preparation of the decoction. It is said to cure without creating any tendency to constipation.

—Dosages and Preparations—Decoction Belae, B.P.C., 1 in 2 1/2: dose, 1/2 to 2 OZ. Fluid extract, 1/2 to 2 drachms.

—Other Species—Mangosteen Fruit (Garania Mangostana) is sometimes substituted for it, also another species of the order Rutacece, Wood Apple or Elephant Apple (Feronia Elephantum), but neither are as effective as the fruit of the Bael Tree.

Kali

Themes: Rebirth, cycles, joy, courage, hope, cleansing & change
Symbols: Flowers, dance, iron, sword, peacock feathers & honey

About Kali: Kali, a Hindu Goddess whose name means “time” is the
genetrix of natural forces that either build or destroy. Even in
destruction, however, she reminds us that good really can come of bad
situations. If you find your hopes and dreams have been crushed, Kali
can change the cycle and produce life out of nothingness. Where there is
sorrow, she dances to bring joy. Where there is fear, she dances in
courage.

To Do Today: Hindus gather today at Shiva’s temples to honour his
celestial dance; of creation, and Kali dances with them in spirit.
Beforehand, they fast and bathe in holy waters for purification. Doing
similarly ( in your tub or shower ) will purge your body and soul of
negative influences. Add some flower petals or sweet perfume to the bath
to invoke Kali’s cleansing power.

To invoke Kali’s assistance in bringing new life to stagnant projects or
ruined goals, leave her an offering of honey or flowers, and make this
Kali amulet: Take any black cloth and wrap it around a flower dabbed
with a drop of honey, saying:

“Kali, turn, dance, and change.
Fate rearrange.
End the devastation and strife;
what was dead return to life.”

Carry this with you until the situation changes, then bury it with
thankfulness.

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

Goddess Meditation

Don’t worry so much about tomorrow;
consider this day a gift from fortune,
this day that you are granted to be young
and dancing while the sap rises
and death stays away. Now is the time
to discover new purposes for playing fields or
public square: to discover them as places
for lingering whispers when soft night
covers secret meetings, a place for hide-and-seek
and telltale giggles from a girl hiding in a corner
from whose arm or finger the prize is snatched
and who ~ almost ~ resists.

~ Horace

The sap of spring is beginning to rise in the trees. Growth is like
that: invisible at first, then seeming to arrive in a sudden crescendo
of green. But the secret of growth resists in invisible times such as
these. The world is still gray with winter, but spring has secretly
begun.

Within ourselves, too, we must learn to labor through the silent nights
and winters of our lives, times when nothing seems to come form
fruition, when we encounter only disappointment and disdain. For the
inner work we do during these times is what creates the environment for
growth on which others later remark. Keep faith during the wintry times,
and spring will surely follow.

Magic of Darkness Meditation

November 19th, 2006

    Color of the day: Orange
    Incense of the day: Clove

    There is magic in the darkness if only we can allay our fears of it. It is only the unknown we fear and once we understand that mystery is revealed in the dark, we can relax and find the enchantment of the place. To do this, after sunset today find a place that will be in darkness when the lights are off. Light some patchouli incense to promote deep awareness. Tone a single note to yourself, and settle down into a meditative state. Turn out the lights and close your eyes. Continue to intone softly and breathe deeply. Open your eyes in the darkness. Do not strain to see. Extend the awareness of your psychic senses outward and feel the texture of the night. Breathe deeply and rest in the darkness. Let the messages come to you as you rest in the deepest dark. When you are finished, go back to a ordinary state of consciousness and to your normal activities.

        By: Gail Wood

Cooling Anger Incense

An incense to use in rituals designed to calm down those who are angry and quarrelsome, heal unhappy marriages, etc.

Can be burned periodically in the home to keep family members cooperating with each other.

You Will Need:

1: 1 Oz Of Powdered Passion Flower
2: 1 Oz Of Powdered Orris Root
3: ½ Oz Of Powdered Rose Petals
4: ½ Oz Of Dark Brown Sugar
5: ¼ Teaspoon Of Saltpeter
6: 1 Dram Of Honey
7: 2 Drams Of Tincture Of Benzoin

Whipped Honey Butter

 (2 cups)

1 cup (12 ounces) whipped or cremed honey, softened
if necessary 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
In a medium bowl, mix together honey and butter. Spoon
into jars with tight-fitting lids. Store in refrigerator.

Sea Salt Body Scrub Formula

2 LBS. Medium Sea Salt
2 LBS. Xtra-Fine Sea Salt
1 tsp. Essential oil of choice
1 TBSP. Glycerin
2 oz. Almond Oil
2 oz. Jojoba Oil
Mix well and place in airtight container for storage.

Classic winter wreath

Classic winter wreath
Wreaths are as much a part of the holidays as family time and gift-giving. Making a wreath is also a great family activity (for some a Holiday tradition), and something that doesn’t require a lot of time or skill. In an afternoon, you can easily clip and wire pine onto a frame and produce a wreath that’s ready to hang. Your kids will love working with the fragrant greens and being able to make wreaths even prettier than store-bought ones. So clear a large space on your dining room table,and get ready to create a beautiful wreath.
Tips
Adorning the Wreath
After the hard work of tying on greens, it’s time to decorate your wreath. You and your kids can wire on all sorts of adornments: pinecones ,green apples, acorns, small bells,and a Gardening shovel. You can also use ribbon to tie on decorations–such as cookie cutters–or wrap the wreath with a special garland.In my wreath I used a bloomed scallion for a focal piece,instead of a traditional bow. Consider the wreath your palette and decorate it in whatever style suits your family. I let my kids decide for themselves, and every year the final products are different.

To hang the wreath, slip thin white ribbon around the top of the wreath frame (a bit of green wire is less conspicuous), and hang it from a screw, nail or hook.
Prep Time: About 2 to 3 hours
What you need:
1 to 2 large bundles of hemlock, spruce, Douglas fir or a combination
1 bundle of white fern
1 wreath frame (metal or Styrofoam)
Garden clippers
Wire clippers
Spool of fine green wire
2 yards of wide white ribbon
gardening shovel
Seasons: Winter
Materials: wire
Instructions:
1.    Preparing the greens. Take the large boughs and cut the limbs into many 6- to 8-inch pieces (kids old enough to handle clippers can help). Don’t worry about trimming irregularly shaped pieces–you want a natural look and can use nearly everything except the thick central branch. You may want to cut the holly, too, but keep it in a separate pile. It’s expensive, so use it sparingly. Also, cut about twenty 15-inch pieces of wire and put them nearby (I suggest a parent do this job). Watch out–they’re easily lost as the clutter spreads.
2.    Begin to make bunches of evergreens. Use the sturdy pieces from the base of the branches for the back of my bunch; they provide support but are fairly well hidden. You’ll see that the tips of the branches are symmetrical and prettier because they haven’t been cut. As you gather, say, four or five pieces for your bunch, place these sections near the front where they will be the most visible. Better yet, offer them to your kids because they look so nice and work with the less desirable pieces yourself.
3.    Wiring the wreath. When you have formed a nice, thick bunch of greens, hold them down against the frame with one hand and take a piece of wire in the other. Place the greens in position and lay the wire across the bundle, about two-thirds of the way from the top. Now, holding the bunch in place with the wire (one end in each hand), carefully turn over the frame and tighten and twist the wire. That is the tricky part for kids–it can result in moans of frustration, so be ready to help. If you are using a metal frame, clip off any excess wire. With a Styrofoam frame, you can simply press it into the Styrofoam.
4.    Adding the white fern. Attach the second bunch of greens in the same way, except add a sprig of white fern in the front where it can easily be seen. You can create your own patterns with fern–adding it to every bunch or every two or three. (I don’t recommend forming bundles entirely from fern; it’s delicate to handle, costly, and the result will probably not be as full as your bunches of evergreen.) Place the bundle in the same direction as the first one; the second overlaps the first so that only about a third of the underlying bunch is visible. If kids put the bundles farther apart in their haste to cover the frame quickly, they’ll end up with a thin wreath that has an uneven circumference.
5.    Closing the circle. Repeat steps 1 to 3 as many times as needed to work my way around the wreath. A frame 16 inches in diameter will require about 12 bunches. Where my last bunch meets up with my first, there is often a spot that is less full than the rest of the wreath. It’s an ideal place to tie a ribbon.
6.    Folding the bow. I like a bow with many loops because it shows up well and hangs naturally. (Pre-tied bows are also available in craft stores.) Take 2 yards of white  ribbon, about one to two inches wide, and loop it back and forth, pinching it between thumb and forefinger at the middle to retain the loops.Attach the garden shovel before securing the bow.
7.    Wiring on the bow. Take a piece of wire, run it once around the bow and wrap the two ends around the wreath, twisting it in the back. Older kids can try this step but may need some help. You can reuse the same ribbon year after year–just remove the wire, iron the ribbon and start again.

Before Meal Blessing

“Oh mother Earth, we thank you so,
For the food and beverage you bestow.
For your protection and your love,
And everything you do for us.
We offer you thanks, love and mirth,
As we eat your bounty, Mother Earth”
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