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Barley

Botanical: Hordeum distichon (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Graminaceae
—Synonyms—Pearl Barley. Perlatum.
—Part Used—Decorticated seeds.
—Habitat—Britain.

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—Description—Pearl Barley is the grain without its skin; rounded and polished; this is the official variety. Taste and odour farinaceous. The Scotch, milled, or pot barley isthe grain with husks only partly removed. Patent Barley is the ground decorticated grain.
—Constituents—Pearl Barley contains about 80 per cent of starch and about 6 per cent of proteins, cellulose, etc.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Pearl Barley is used for the preparation of a decoction which is a nutritive and demulcent drink in febrile conditions and in catarrhal affections of the respiratory and urinary organs: barley water is used to dilute cows’ milk for young infants, it prevents the formation of hard masses of curd in the stomach. Malt is produced from barley by a process of steeping and drying which develop a ferment ‘diatase’ needed for the production of alcoholic malt liquors, but in the form of Malt Extract it is largely used in medicine. Vinegar is an acid liquid produced by oxidation of fermented malt wort. Malt vinegar is the only vinegar that should be used medicinally.

—Dosage and Preparation—Barley water. Pearl Barley washed 10 parts, water to 100 parts, boil for 20 minutes, strain. Dose, 1 to 4 oz.

—Adulterants—Pearl Barley is sometimes treated with french chalk and starch to whiten it and increase the weight.

Lara

Themes: Peace, death & protection
Symbols: Rose, violet, wine & crossroads

About Lara: Lara, whose name means “mother of the dead,” was the
guardian of ancestral spirits in whose care is the home, the family, and
by extension, the community. According to tradition, crossroads are
sacred spots for Lara, being the meeting of two roads, symbolic of an
area where the temporal world and spirit world “cross” over one another.

To Do Today: In Rome, Parentalia was part of a week long observance
dedicated to one’s ancestors. So, pull out the scrapbooks, discuss your
family tree, and fondly remember those who have been a part of your
family history. If possible, light a white candle in one of your windows
to greet the ancestors and Lara. Or, leave an empty chair at your dinner
table tonight with some of the deceased’s favorite foods in the empty
place at the table to welcome them and Lara into your home.

This is also a time to visit grave sites, leaving roses, violets, wine,
and other gifts for the deceased. These actions propitiate the spirits
and ensure the family of ongoing harmony through the year.

Finally, Romans settled any arguments with family members or friends
today, so follow their example. If you can, arrange to meet the person
with whom you’ve argued at a crossroads, so that your two minds can
“meet in the middle.” Scatter rose or violet petals where you meet to
inspire Fornax’s warmth.

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

Goddess Meditation

Wisdom is calling us, Sophia is calling.
Raising her voice, she stands by the city gates,
at the crossroads, on the mountain top.
At every entrance she is standing, shouting
to us: “O people,” she calls, “Learn from me!
Listen to me, for I speak nothing but truth.
Know my ways, for they are richer than silver.
Know my secrets, and you do not need gold.
Listen to me, my words are more precious that rubies.
My words are riper than figs, sweeter than dates,
more nourishing than apples and olives.
Kings and princes and careful judges know me,
and so do those who simply love knowledge.
Follow me on the path of truth.
Follow me to the way of justice.”

~ Proverbs 7-9

In Hebrew scripture, one of the most powerful figures, Wisdom called
Hokkmah in the original language and Sophia in the Greek is feminine.
She is the most important aspect of human life, the quality without
which we would live like animals. She is more important than riches or
fame, than sensual pleasure or power.

Over-Did-It Meditation

   The holidays are over. You’ve made it through your first week back at work or school and it’s time to contemplate how much you “overdid it.”

    Take some time today to reflect on what you did this past month. Did you put on a few too many pounds? The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get them off and keep them off. Start now. Examine your diet and start eating healthy and exercising regularly.

    Did you overspend? You don’t want to wait for the bills to arrive, because by then it will be too late to plan for them. Review them and put that first payment away now.

    Think about pacing yourself a bit better this year. Give some consideration to a healthier New Year.

        By: Boudica

INCENSE TO WARD OFF GHOSTS

3 oz. Juniper Leaves
4 tbsp. Dried Rosemary
2 oz. Fennel Seeds
2 tsp. Basil
3 tsp. Linden Flowers
2 tsp. Angelica Pinch of Salt

Grilled Herbed Potatoes

3 pounds small red potatoes, skinned
1 cup green onions, sliced thinly
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS:
Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling salt water until
tender. Drain and cool. Preheat grill. Cut potatoes in
half and place in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of
olive oil and toss. Grill potatoes over a medium heat for
5 minutes, turning occasionally. Transfer to bowl. Add
remaining ingredients and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
YIELD: 6 servings
CATEGORIES: Grilling, Potatoes, Sides, Veggies

Tea Bag Bath

My favorite tea is called Chi Spice, a brand I found at my local grocery store for less than three dollars per twenty-bag package. One day while taking a bath I accidentally spilled my iced Chi Spice tea into my steaming bathwater, and the tub turned into a wonderfully-smelling sauna!

Since then I have perfected the recipe and pass it along to everyone here!

Some hours before you plan to take a bath, brew two Chi Spice tea bags in a quart of water. Once the water has boiled, add the tea bags and allow them to steep for at least an hour. Run your bath with water just slightly hotter than you like it, then add the cooled tea (remove the tea bags first!). The steamy water should re-release the wonderful spicy scent of the tea. It turns any bath into an exotic soak!

How To Make A Scrabble Tile Pendant

To begin making your own Scrabble Tile Pendant you will need the following supplies:

– Scrabble Tile (from an old game or eBay)

– Silver Plated Bail (called aanraku bail)

– Decorative Paper (scrapbooking paper)

– Diamond Glaze (craft store)

– E6000 Jewelry Adhesive (craft store)

– Scissors

– Pen or Pencil

– Paint Brush (optional)

 

Step 1: Select the paper you would like to use for your pendant. You could use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even a greeting card. Simply trace around one of the Scrabble tiles and cut out, making sure to cut the paper just slightly larger than the tile.

Step 2: Next spread a small drop of Diamond Glaze adhesive onto the blank side of a Scrabble tile. You can use a paint brush or just spread the glaze around with the tip of the bottle. Then place your cut out paper onto the tile. (Make sure the letter on the back isn’t upside down.) Let it dry for 10 to 20 minutes.

 

Step 3: Once the adhesive is dry, hold the Scrabble tile so the letter faces you and the paper is on the other side. Use scissors to carefully trim the excess paper off so that the paper fits the tile exactly.

Step 4: Next, apply a generous coat of Diamond Glaze to seal the paper and give your pendant a glossy glass like shine. It’s best not to use a paint brush for this step but to just spread the glaze with the tip of the bottle. If any bubbles form just pop them with the back of your paint brush or slide them off of the tile. Now let it dry for at least 4 hours.

Step 5: Apply a few drops of E6000 Jewelry Adhesive to the silver bail and attach it to the back (letter side) of your Scrabble tile. Make sure that the bail is exactly centered.

Let the bail dry for a couple of hours and you are ready to enjoy your handmade Scrabble Tile Pendant!

Shamanic Self Blessing

      

Materials needed:
1 small White votive candle
Incense ( Sage, Thyme or Sandalwood )
1 small container of water ( spring water )
1 small container of salt ( sea salt )

This ritual is for connecting to the deepest levels of healing, as well as the four Elements and their energies.

The Candle represents the element of Fire
The Incense represents the element of Air
The Spring water represents the element of Water
The Sea salt represents the element of Earth

The element of Fire is for: relationships, protection, ideas, and achievements
The element of Air is for: creativity, spirituality, inspiration, and philosophies
The element of Water is for: emotions, intuition, dream states, psychic gifts, and healing balance
The element of Earth is for: practicality, knowledge, sacred wisdom, and growth

Find a quiet time and place
Light the incense and concentrate on the gifts that Air reflects in you
Light the Candle and concentrate on the gifts that Fire brings out in you
Hold the dish of Water and concentrate on the gifts Water reflects in you
Hold the dish of Salt and concentrate on the gifts that Earth offers to you
Slowly pour the water into the salt

Stir the mixture with your fingers, while considering the blending of elements that create life itself

Consider the balance of these elements and their effects in your life

After a few moments, face the candle, and dip your finger into the saltwater mixture and then touch your finger to your third-eye chakra.

Say: ” Bless me Goddess, for I am your child “

Dip your finger again and carefully touch the areas around your eyes
Say: ” Bless my eyes that I may see you “

Dip your finger again and touch your nose
Say: ” Bless my nose that I may breathe your essence “

Dip again and touch your ears
Say: ” Bless my ears that I may hear your wisdom “

Dip again and touch your mouth
Say: ” Bless my mouth that I may speak your name “

Dip again and touch your heart
Say: ” Bless my heart that I may feel your love “

Dip again and touch your lower abdomen
Say: ” Bless my cauldron center that I may create harmony “

Dip again and touch your feet
Say: ” Bless my feet that I may walk in balance “

Dip again and rub your hands together
Say: ” Bless my hands that I may feel healing in my work “

Concentrate on the elements before you. When ready shift your focus to the candle and visualize healing white light flowing in and around you, completely enveloping you.

Feel the waves of strength flowing out from deep within your Self.

Breathe in deeply and revel in this moment of power.

Connect yourself with these feelings of Strength and Healing. Become one with these waves of personal power.

You are as one.

When finished, extinguish the candles.

Allow the incense to burn completely down.

The Incense serves as the carrier of the message of Healing and Strength.
Air serves as the communicating element.
Smoke serves as the transformation to Spirit.

Either return the Saltwater to the Earth or use its energies to cleanse your crystals.

The ceremony is complete.

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