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The Gift From The Goddess Meditation

by Lavendarwindstar
 
Light a candle preferably a lavender or violet one, if not a white one, and
light  
your favorite incense.
 
Breathe in 1-2-3-4 …. nice deep slow breathes
Breathe out 1-2-3-4 ….
 
Do this several times until you feel yourself starting to relax,and let the
days pressures and worries leave you through your finger tips…  
Visualize or imagine a light blue line leaving out through your fingertips
and as you watch this line, you will begin to feel very relaxed and at peace.
 
As you feel completely relaxed and at peace you will begin the meditation.  
 
  Now I want you to picture or sense yourself walking along a river bank.
Imagine the serene blue in the sky, the deep blue of the river, see the rocks
and the varying shades of brown… just enjoy the smell of the earth, smell
the fresh water and the green of the trees, listen as the birds sing to you
they tell of the love of the Goddess.
 
Smell the freshness of the wind as it blows ever so gently, this Divine
breath of the Goddess and feel the cool air gently blowing about your face.
 
Lift your face to the sun and feel the warmth of the Sun as it sends its rays
to kiss your skin. Feel your connection to Mother Earth, feel Her vibrations
through the rocks, through the trees, through the very air you breathe.
 
The very ground you are walking on is humming her tune. Feel the rhythm
thrumming through your essence, in harmony with all that Is….
 
Feel Her pulse beat under your feet, feel the oneness of you and Her.
 
Feel the harnonious rhythm of nature as She sings to you.
As She reveals Herself to you.
 
As you are walking you notice a path, follow this path.
Soon you will come to a bridge, A stone bridge… cross this bridge, and on
the other side there is another path to follow. Start walking down this path
and you will soon see an item in the pathway.
 
Pick this item up. This item is a Gift for you.
It could be anything from a feather, to a rock, to a key, to a candle.
 
Look closely and you will see there may be an animal that goes with this
gift.
Do not be afraid, it can not hurt you in any way; this is your spirit helper.
Be open and loving and receptive. If you meet your animal, ask it it’s name.
It may tell you, or it may just look at you…. when you have spoken with
this animal ask it if it has for a message for you.
 
Some messages you will not want to repeat, but some can be repeated.
You will understand.  
Remember this message, as it too is a Gift.
 
When you feel it has revealed its message to you, let the animal go it’s own
way with thanks and love or you can bring it back with you….
 
Turn back the way you came, and go back down the path to the bridge then
cross back over the bridge, when you see the bridge, cross it, and go back
towards the path way you came down. Feel the beat of the Great Mother as she
leads you back.
Now you see your chair .
 
When you are ready, sit in the chair and slowly breate in 1-2-3-4 and out
1-2-3-4.
 
Do this several times and when you are ready to open your eyes and smile and
stretch…  
 
*** Make sure and write down your experiences…. what is the Gift in the
path that you received? Did you meet your spirit animal? If you did, describe
this experience in detail. Describe your feelings during the meditation and
how you felt afterwards…

Smudging And How To Make A Smudge Stick

The Native American’s have been smudging
for thousands of years.
Calling on the Spirits of the smoke
to cleanse themselves, areas, homes.
To drive away negative energies,
and to restore positive energy.
Our prayers are carry in the sacred smoke,
as the smoke rises up,
are prayers are carried to the creator above.
After the smudge is burnt the ashes are saved,
and offered back the Earth Mother.
This ceremony is used by many cultures, and faiths.

The ideal way would be to grow your own herbs for smudging, panting the
seeds and carrying for them as they grow, then offering tobacco and
giving thanks when we harvest them. We would then create smudge bundles,
or sticks from the dried herbs.

You can also purchase already dried herbs. Be sure and know the grower,
to ensure no chemicals are used in the growing or drying process.

The most common herbs for smudging are white sage, sweat grass, and red
cedar, but other herbs can be added as well. The are also many
different ways to smudge depending on your personal choice. Some burn
smudge sticks, lighting the stick and letting the smoke rise to cleanse
the area, much like burning incense. Others use a smudge bowl and
usually a feather to wave the smoke over areas, and self to cleanse.

Turtle shell, clay, abalone shells make good smudge bowls. Make sure
they can stand the heat and are made from a Earth based materials.

To create a smudge stick, once you have the herbs either home grown, or
purchased in bulk, smudge sticks can be made from fresh or dry herbs.
Gather the herbs in small amounts, use 100% cotton string or thread,
colored embroidery thread works great. Start at one end and wrap string
around until you reach the end, then wrap around going down the other
way, until the entire stick is wrapped, if you are using fresh herbs
hang the sticks in dry cool area to dry for several weeks. When burning
smudge sticks usually the whole stick is not needed or burnt at one
time, so you will need to save the ashes in a small bowl and return
them to the Earth.

Smudge bundles are simply herbs that have been hung to dry, remove the
leaves from the stem of plant and save in small loose bundles
preferable leather pouches, or wrapped in small pieces of buckskin
usually keep in a sacred box made of cedar. When one uses smudge
bundles, take a small amount , small pinch of herbs and place in a bowl,
light the smudge, and fan smoke to cover areas for cleansing. Be sure
and save the ashes and return to the Mother Earth.

We as Native Americans use this as one of our sacred ceremonies, we do
this before using any of our sacred items, such as the pipe, or drum.
Our self as well as the item used and the area will be smudged before a
ceremony begins. This is our way of cleansing the area, and giving
thanks to all things.

Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Yields – 6
2 medium (about 2 pounds total) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch
chunks
3/4 cup CARNATION Evaporated Milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil.
Cook over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender;
drain.

RETURN potatoes to saucepan; add evaporated milk and butter. Beat
with hand-held mixer until smooth. Stir in cheese. Season with salt
and ground black pepper.

NOTE: Chopped green onions, chopped parsley or cooked, crumbled bacon
may be added to mashed potatoes.

Bitter Root

Botanical: Apocynum androsaemifolium (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Apocynacae
—Synonyms—Milkweed. Dogsbane. Fly-Trap.
—Parts Used—The dried rhizome, roots.
—Habitat—North America.

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—Description—The genus Apocynum contains only four species, two of which Apocynum androsaemifolium and A. cannabinum, or Black Indian Hemp, resemble each other very closely, the roots being distinguished by the thick-walled stone cells, which in the former are found in an interrupted circle near the middle of the bark, and in the latter are absent.
A. androsaemifolium is a perennial herb, 5 or 6 feet in height, branching, and, in common with the other three members of the genus, yielding on incision a milky juice resembling indiarubber when dry.

The leaves are dark green above, paler and downy beneath, ovate, and from 2 to 3 inches long. The flowers are white, tinged with red, having five scales in the throat of the corolla which secrete a sweet liquid, attractive to flies. These scales are very sensitive, and when touched bend inward, imprisoning the insects.

The tough, fibrous bark of all four species is used by the Indians of California as a substitute for hemp, in making twine, bags, fishing-nets and lines, and linen.

The milky root is found in commerce in cylindrical, branched pieces, about a quarter of an inch thick, reddish or greyish brown outside, longitudinally wrinkled, and having a short fracture and small pith. There is scarcely any odour, and the taste is starchy, afterwards bitter and acrid.

—Constituents—The nature of the active principle is uncertain. A glucoside, Apocynamarin, was separated, but the activity is thought to be due not to the glucoside, but to an intensely bitter principle, Cymarin.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—One of the digitalis group of cardiac tonics, apocynum, is the most powerful in slowing the pulse, and its action on the vaso-motor system is also very strong. Being rather irritant to mucous membranes, it may cause nausea and catharsis, so that some cannot tolerate it. It is a powerful hydragogue, helpful in dropsies due to heart-failure, and in the ascites of hepatic cirrhosts has been called the ‘vegetable trocar.’

It is used as an alterative in rheumatism, syphilis and scrofula.

—Dosage—5 to 15 grains.

—Poisons and Antidotes—The absorption in the gastro-intestinal tract being very irregular, the dosage and patient must be carefully watched and guarded.

—Other Species—
A. cannabinum, or Black Indian Hemp, Canadian Hemp, American Hemp, Amyroot, Bowman’s Root, Indian Physic Bitter Root, Rheumatism Weed, Milkweed, Wild Cotton, Choctaw Root, is diuretic, expectorant, diaphoretic, emetic, and cathartic. It should not be substituted for A. androsaemifolium or vice versa.

It is not the Indian Hemp (Cannabis Indica) which yields ‘hashish.’

A. hypericifolium bears some resemblance to the above.

A. venetum contains an alkaloid, Apocynteine, said to be a cardiac sedative.

BITTER ROOT is also a common name of Gentiana lutea, or Yellow Gentian, the wellknown bitter, and of Lewisia rediviva or Spathulum, with a starchy, edible root.

MILKWEED is also a common name of Asclepias.

DOG’S BANE is also a common name of Aconitum Cynoctonum

Nuit

Suggested Mantra: Connection
Nuit’s esoteric attributes are those of oneness, bliss and universal
love. She helps us bond with our planetary family, while her cosmic
energy acts as our bridge to the realm of cosmic consciousness, thereby
removing barriers of segregation.

Suggested Affirmations:
*I am an indivisable whole
*I am charged with cosmic energy
*I am in control of my destiny
*I am one with humanity
*I am connected with the cosmic source
*Every person carries a piece of the puzzle

Related Essences: Clover, Carnation, Cinnamon, Peppermint & Violets.

Related Gemstones: Amethyst, Moss agate & Chalcedony.

Nuit is an Egyptian goddess, typically depicted as a gateway between
heaven and Earth. Her body arches over the Earth into the skies, while
her hands and feet connect to the Earth, thus forming the gateway.

She is related to our crown chakra – our connection with cosmic light.
When this chakra is in balance, we have a feeling of oneness with ALL.
To communicate with Nuit takes deep relaxation in order to open our
crown chakra to send and receive the cosmic impulses that let us enjoy
empowered lives with absolute confidence.

For some women, when the crown chakra is open, they may experience a
contact with a guide, whether by voice, automatic writing, or other
stimulus. To achieve this, a deep meditative state is necessary, as well
as an openness, will and intent to meet your life guide. It may take
more than one session to conquer traditional barriers to opening oneself
to the universe’s pulse.

As Nuit is associated with the colour purple, it may help to surround
yourself in violet, purple and amethyst influences. If blockages
continue, work on your chakras so that all are in balance and you are
truly ready to soar.

Cosmic Mother

Oh Goddess Mother
You are the mystery of Night
Your radiant shine is the Day
Infinite realms cascade within You

Abundance is Your essence of Being
Blessings flow from You Limitlessly
Your Universe is harmony and tension in Balance

Within each of us, You are Alive

~ Abby Willowroot © 1998

Basic Cream

1 1/2 Ounce Solidifier and/or solid fat such as 1 Ounce Lanolin and 1/2 Ounce Beeswax.
3-4 Ounces Skin Oil such as : 2 Ounces Almond Oil and 2 Ounces Soy Oil
1 Ounce Herb Water
5 Drops Essential Oil
Melt the solidifier and/or solid fat together in the top of an enamel double boiler. Add the oils a bit at a time. Stir continuously. Turn off the heat and slowly add the herbed water, stir continuously until cool. Add the essential oil and stir in completely. Spoon or pour into a 6 ounce jar. The jar should be opaque.

The Wishing Tree – A Craft for All Sabbats

(For all Sabbats)
Make a tree out of craft materials–craft wire, floral tape, fake
flowers, et cetera. As the seasons change, make the tree match the
outside world. Hang paper wishes on five branches and every season
when the tree is changed, coat the branches with catalystic oil (for
waxing year) or blessing oil (for waning year) and meditate on how
wishes are shaping up or have been granted. Suggestions for seasonal
tree changes:

Yule: Wrap floral wire around a nut and “plant” it in a floral
planter, setting it in a pot on top of last year’s wish ashes. Let
floral wire poke up through floral planter to resemble a sprouted
plant.

Imbolc: Create branches for the tree and wrap in brown floral tape.
Conceive wishes, write them on paper, and hang them from the
branches.

Ostara: Add leaves to each branch.

Beltane: Add flower buds to each branch.

Litha: Take down flower buds. Add bloomed flowers to each branch.

Lughnasadh/Lammas: Take down bloomed flowers. Add closing or
withering flowers to each branch.

Mabon: Take down withered flowers and place them around the tree’s
base.

Samhain: Take down leaves. Place around base of tree as fallen
leaves. Burn wishes and save the ashes for “soil” of next year’s
tree. Disassemble tree if necessary while creating new Yule tree.

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