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Bergamot

Botanical: Monarda didyma
Family: N.O. Rustaceae
Description
—Synonyms—Scarlet Monarda. Oswego Tea. Bee Balm.

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So far, Monarda punctata is considered the only plant indigenous to North America which can be looked upon as a fruitful source of Thymol, though another American swamp plant, closely allied to it, M. didyma, the Scarlet Monarda, is said to yield an oil of similar composition, though not to the same degree.
—Description—This species, on account of its aromatic odour, has become a favourite in our gardens. It has showy, scarlet flowers in large heads or whorls at the top of the stem, supported by leafy bracts, the leaflets of which are of a pale-green colour tinged with red. Its square, grooved and hard stems rise about 2 feet high, and the leaves which it bears in pairs are rather rough on both surfaces.

The whole plant is strongly impregnated with a delightful fragrance; even after the darkly-coloured leaves have died away, the surface rootlets give off the pleasant smell by which the plant has earned its common name ‘Bergamot,’ it being reminiscent of the aroma of the Bergamot Orange.

It is known in America as ‘Oswego Tea,’ because an infusion of its young leaves used to form a common beverage in many parts of the United States.

It is also sometimes called ‘Bee Balm,’ as bees are fond of its blossoms, which secrete much nectar.

It delights in a moist, light soil, and in a situation where the plants have only the morning sun, where they will continue in flower longer than those which are exposed to the full sun. It is a very ornamental plant and readily propagated by its creeping roots and by slips or cuttings, which, if planted in a shady corner in May, will take root in the same manner as the other Mints.

See MINTS

Minerva

Themes: Earth & home
Symbols: Owl & geranium

About Minerva: This Etruscan/Italic Goddess blended the odd attributes
of being a patroness of household tasks, including arts and crafts, and
also being the patroness of protection and of war. Today she joins in
pre-Spring festivities by helping people prepare their lands for sowing
and embracing the figurative lands of our hearts, homes, and spirits
with her positive energy.

To Do Today: In ancient times, this was a day to bless one’s lands and
borders. Gifts of corn, honey, and wine were given to the Earth and its
spirits to keep the property safe and fertile throughout the year. In
modern times, this equates to a Minerva-centered house blessing.

Begin by putting on some spiritually uplifting music. Burn
geranium-scented incense if possible; otherwise, any pantry spice will
do. Take this into every room of your home, always moving clockwise to
promote positive growing energy. As you get to each room, repeat this
incantation:

“Minerva, protect this sacred space and all who live within. By your
power and my will, the magick now begins!”

Wear a geranium today to commemorate Minerva and welcome her energy into
your life.

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

Goddess Meditation

There are three women, wisest in the world.
They live beneath a vast spreading ash-tree.
One is Urth, the second Verthandi, and the third
is called Skuld, the elf-queen. They are the future
and the past, they are the present with its potential
and its history. They are fate, they are fortune,
they are the laws of cause and consequence.
Our lives are bounded by these laws. Your fate,
my fate, the fate of nations ~ all are in their hands.

~ Scandanavian Poetic Edda

As Spring nears, our thoughts naturally look to the future. We wonder
what life will bring to us next. In agricultural societies, this is the
time where seed is selected to plant the new crop. Careful selection
will mean a better yield in the new harvest, and thus a less arduous
winter and greater resources for the following Spring.

Similarly, we must continually sift through our experiences, determining
which patterns we will find productive to continue and which should be
eliminated. At any point in time, we have the power to control the
future. Each action we make today sets in motion effects that can create
results in a week, a month, a year. Even the tiniest choices can have
significant effects. As we move through this day, let us be aware that
we are creating our own fate, our own future

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

Seamless Garment Meditation

By Saint Germain

 

“In the beginning, there was the Breath and so we ask that you breathe at this time. Breathe deeply and allow the cosmic breath to circulate within your body. Focus at first on the breath circulating up and down your spinal cord and then, increase its ellipse around the fullness and the breadth of your body. Ground this breath and ground yourself deeply within the planet and continue this breath until you have acquired within yourself a feeling of stability, a feeling of solidity, a feeling of safety.

 

As the breath strengthens within you, you may grant permission to the Angels of the White Ray of Purity and Ascension and the Violet Ray of Transmutation, to work with you through this meditation. If you wish them to participate, simply say to yourselves: “In the Name of I AM that I AM, I give permission to the Angels of the White Ray of Purity and Ascension and the Angels of the Violet Ray of Transmutation to come forth and work with me during this meditation in accordance with the Purity and Perfection of the Divine Plan.”

 

And as this cosmic breath continues, feel the influx of the violet energies coming in through your crown center and circulating and joining with the cosmic breath within your body and going throughout your cells, throughout all of your tissues. The violet energies form a Violet Flame. Feel the warmth of this Violet Flame, feel its elegant vibration. See the Violet Flame entering your crown and joining with your breath and circulating throughout your body. Allow yourself to give up, to release and to let go of your past. Surrender your past to the Violet Flame. Let the Violet Flame stream forth to all concerns of your daily life. Let the Violet Flame come forth and transmute all your worries and cares. You are protected. You have no concerns. Feel the consuming transmuting power of the Violet Flame of Transmutation engulf you; burning brilliantly, burning brightly, burning clearly throughout your physical self.

 

Allow the Violet Flame to circulate throughout your being transmuting all that limits you and all that is not in perfect alignment with the Perfection of the Divine Plan. Allow this Violet Flame of energy to permeate the first energetic field of your body which holds the hologram of your physical body and your actions in this world. Release and surrender to the grace of the Violet Flame of Transmutation and Freedom, all experiences of the past which no longer serve your highest good. Release into this Mighty Flame, the pain and illusion of separation from Divinity. Release into this Violet Flame, the activities of your life which you have judged harshly. Release your activities of judgement itself. Release for transmutation, all outer activities which have not been in full alignment with your Divinity, your Godliness, your full _expression of Divine Love in Action. Surrender and release into this grace, all imbalances of your first energetic field. And may the consuming Violet Flame come forth and transmute, transmute, transmute all that is not in accord with your perfection as God Beings!!!

 

Breathe and circulate the cosmic breath within you. Let it soothe, balance and harmonize your physical being and the first layer of your field; gently permeating, gently cleansing, gently purifying, gently relaxing your being into a state of Universal Grace.

 

Now, perceive the Violet Flame expanding outward, infusing the second energetic field of your body, your emotional layer; all the while circulating your breath within your being. Allow its Violet hues to requalify all energetic densities and formations within your emotional bodies. Surrender fully to your God Self within the protection of the Violet Flame. Allow the Violet Flame to transmute all feelings, emotional discord, repressed and denied emotions from your past. Let it dissolve all feelings of guilt, shame and unworthiness. Feel the Violet Flame releasing past traumas and pain. Feel it transmuting old patterns of emotional reaction. Feel its forgiving properties transmute and release all sorrows, anger and disappointments and release those who have brought these lessons into your lives with gratitude for their service.

 

Release for transmutation, all emotional energies which have not been in full alignment with your Divinity, your Godliness, your full _expression of Divine Love in Action. Surrender and release into this grace all imbalance, dis-harmony and density of your second energetic field. And may the consuming Violet Flame come forth and transmute, transmute, transmute all that is not in accord with your perfection as God Beings!!!

 

Breathe and circulate the cosmic breath within you. Let is soothe, balance and harmonize your physical being and the first two layers of your energetic fields; gently permeating, gently cleansing, gently purifying, gently relaxing your being into a state of Universal Grace.

 

And then, let the Violet Flame expand outward into your third energetic field, the energetic layer of your thoughts, your mental body. Surrender fully to the perfected desire of the Violet Flame all mis-qualified thoughts of judgement, of doubt, of fear, of control, of mistrust, of limiting definition. Release to the transmuting power of the Violet Flame all thought patterns, conscious or unconscious which reflect the belief of separation from God, from Beloved Terra Prana and from your Brothers and Sisters of this earthly plane. Allow the Violet Flame to transmute, purify and re- qualify all thought forms held within this energetic layer which limit your realizations of Divinity.

 

Release for transmutation, all mental energies which have not been in full alignment with your divinity, your Godliness, your full _expression of Divine Love in Action. Surrender and release into this grace, all imbalances of your third energetic field. And may the consuming Violet Flame come forth and transmute, transmute, transmute all that is not in accord with your perfection as God Beings!!!

 

Breathe and circulate the cosmic breath within you. Let it soothe, balance and harmonize your physical being and the first three layers of your energetic fields; gently permeating, gently cleansing, gently purifying, gently relaxing your being into a state of Universal Grace.

 

And now, expand, expand, and expand the Violet Flame outward into the next energetic layer containing your belief systems and memories of karma. Let its transmuting power dissolve and release all that is not in alignment with your highest good at this time. Allow the Violet Flame to transmute and dispel the structures of your beliefs which only serve to limit your full realizations of your God-Being. You are Human. God-men. Allow this Divine gift of the Violet Flame to transmute and free you from all beliefs which do not support this realization, this primal understanding. Through the consuming Violet Fire, release and transmute the old paradigms of belief structures freeing you to create anew. Through the Violet Flame allow yourself to be freed!

 

Release for transmutation, all belief structures and memory of karma, energies which have not been in full alignment with your Divinity, your Godliness, your full _expression of Divine Love in Action. Surrender and release into this grace, all imbalances and limiting structures of your fourth energetic field. And may the consuming Violet Flame come forth and transmute, transmute, transmute all that is not in accord with your perfection as God Beings!!!

 

Release all that is not in alignment with the Perfection of the Divine Plan. Release all this is not in alignment with your Heart’s Desire. Release all that is not in alignment with your highest good.

 

We are at the threshold of a new paradigm. Gently let the radiations of the Violet Flame carry forth the frequencies of the fullness of the attributes of the Violet Ray. Transmutation. Alchemy. Forgiveness. Diplomacy. Freedom. Through the radiations of the Violet Flame, allow the Violet Ray to carry the frequencies of these attributes and to permeate the first three layers of your energetic fields. Let it swirl about you with gentle grace, cleansing, transmuting, loving and transforming the very fabric of your being. Al the Violet Ray cleanses your fields, infuses them with Freedom, allow it to expand outward and outward to encompass all of your energetic fields. Gently, the frequency of the Violet Ray encompasses the entire being that you are.

 

Visualize this Violet Ray as a gentle violet mist permeating all parts of your being, each etheric body. Your physical body gently allows this energy to come forth through you. With each breath, allow its Divine nature to go forth into your fields. As the Violet Ray crests in magnitude in your outermost fields, take a deep breath and inhale the Violet Ray to its fullest maximum amount. And then exhale and let the Violet Ray be released from your being and carry with it, all energetic patterns that are not of the perfect moment that we are in right now. The Violet Ray, as a mist, dissipates in your being and in its place is left pure golden energy. With each inhale, this golden energy increases, energizes and activates your fields. Bathe in this Golden Light. Let your Being shine with it.

 

I present to you at this time, your Seamless Garment, the robe of your perfection and mastery. Allow me to place this robe on you, the robe that embodies the first three layers of your fields. This robe is of pure, white light. Its mantle is engraved with golden threads and patterns of your Soul Ray essence. With this robe, you are perfection manifest. With this robe, you are a Master of thoughts,

 

feelings and actions. Experience the perfection of this state of being. In this magnificent state, open your mind’s eye to gaze forth on the perfection of this world, on its beauty, on the grace of God which envelops it, on the purity of perfection. Gaze upon heaven manifest upon this earth.

 

Project the focus of Love from your Heart upon this perfect vision. Let the joy envelop you and the world. The day has come for much rejoicing. The new dawn is here. The eternal day is manifest. Know that with the perfection of your Seamless Garment and the devotion of Love, this world is made manifest in the purity of perfection through the grace of God. This is your truth. This is your beauty. This is your Love creating all of God’s gifts before you. Each time you project Love on the perfect vision embodied in your Seamless Garment, you are truly the Creators of Heaven on Earth.

 

Now take this glorious energy, take this glorious feeling that you are experiencing and project it into the core of this sweet planet. Hold out the vision and yet connect tit to this sweet planet, Terra Plana. Project it as if the essence of this vision were a beam of light and send it forth from your base chakra, from the soles of your feet, down into the earth. Feel the gratitude of the sweet Mother Earth for this gift. Feel the gratitude of the sweet heavens for your service. All is encompassed in Love. You may hold the vision and project it into the earth for as long as you desire.

 

When it is time,. gently turn your focus back into your Heart Center keeping with it, the memory, the reality, the present knowingness of God’s creation made manifest in your Heart. Focus upon the Three Fold Flame of Divinity within your Heart center comprised of the Yellow Flame of Infinite Wisdom, the Pink Flame of Divine Love and Blue Flame of Creative Power. Gently breathe as you bring your attention inward and anchor your vision of Heaven on Earth into your Hearth.

 

Now, gently, ever so gently, become aware of your physical body. Gently remind yourself of your third dimensional existence within this body. Feel the blood moving within your body as you feel the breath. Gently surface in your consciousness back to this third dimensional plane and open your eyes. Carry with you the vision of this new reality of the new world, this new paradigm in all that you perceive. Gently surface. Know that you hold the vision within you. Know that you are the Seamless Garment of Divine Love, Infinite Wisdom and Creative Power. Know that you carry the reality. Project it before you with each step that you take into the New Age of Spiritual Freedom!

 

 

 

I AM Saint Germain, with the full power of the Violet Ray, I graciously impart my Blessings!”

 

 (Excerpt from “Integrating New Planetary Energies – A Guide Book of Meditations Into the Divine Heart of Love” by Mary Jo Gilsdorf. Distributed by The Human Beaming, P.O. Box 1311, Media, PA 19063-8311 – Tel: 610/892-9222.)

 

Copyright © 1996. The Light Party.

 

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Fire Incense

Fire is a masculine element, one usually associated with the south in
the Northern Hemisphere.
Its energies govern the areas of protection, employment, sex magic,
the law, exorcism, strength
and courage, and profound transformations or change. A basic fire
incense recipe contains:
4 parts frankincense 3 parts cinnamon 1 part dried orange peels 1/4
part thyme
Other fire-related herbs and plants include allspice, basil, bay,
black pepper, clove, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, onions, and
thistle.

Easy Layered Pesto Spread

INGREDIENTS:

1 8-ounce package plain cream cheese, softened

8 ounces of store bought basil pesto sauce in oil (or homemade if you’re feeling ambitious)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes, diced (plum tomatoes are best for this)

DIRECTIONS:
Spread softened cream cheese over entire bottom of a shallow serving platter or pie plate. Evenly spread pesto sauce over the cream cheese. Sprinkle garlic over pesto and top with the chopped tomato. Place a spreader or small spoon in the dish for topping on toasted French bread.

Serving Suggestions: This is great spread over toasted French bread slices, your favorite crackers, toasted bagels or pita chips cut into wedges, or that packaged cocktail rye bread.
Categories: Appetizers, Dips & Spreads

A Balm for Abundance



To make a useful balm, blend a small jar of cold cream together with
The following: 2 drops of green food coloring, 2 teaspoons rose
Water, 1 teaspoon almond extract, 1/4 teaspoon powdered clove, 1
Teaspoon mint extract, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Beat the
Ingredients until well incorporated, always stirring clockwise for
Growing, positive energy. Chant while you stir, “I leave my life no
More to chance, I evoke the power of abundance!” Visualize your needs
Being met. Make a label for the preparation that states its
Purpose‹”Bounteous Balm,” for example. Use this cream on pulse points
Or areas of dry skin to bring revitalization physically, spiritually,
And financially. If you can’t find rose water, substitute dried,
Powdered rose petals or scented oil.

General Uses –
Improving finances. Increasing ideas or creativity. Spiritual growth.
Flourishing magical gardens.

Timing –
Generally during the waxing to full moon. During moon signs of
Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, or Pisces. Spring (specifically April and
May).

Child’s Protection Bracelet

A special kind of bracelet was used to protect children in ancient Egypt. It

utilized the number seven, which the Egyptians considered to be a magic

number. To make your own bracelet, string seven agate and seven gold-colored

beads on a thin cord in an alternating pattern. While doing this,

concentrate on your purpose and visualize the bracelet protecting your

child. Knot each end to keep the beads in place. You may put knots between

the beads if you wish. Leave enough cord on each end for tying the bracelet

around the child’s wrist. If it’s too large, wrap it around the wrist more

than once before tying.

by: Kirin Lee

Mealtime Blessing

Thanks for sharing your blessings! Here is one that I use.

“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”

~Author unknown to me~

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