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Father Oak Ritual


A Mind Meditation

The purpose of this ritual is to connect with the Dryad contained 
within the Oak tree. The Oak tree is known as the tree of Wisdom. And 
within every tree on Mother Earth there is a spirit that connects 
with and protects the particular tree that they inhabit. We know 
these spirits as Dryads.

To begin, find a place of solitude next to an Oak tree. Seat yourself 
next to the Oak tree and place your hands on either side of the tree. 
Clear your mind of all thoughts and allow yourself to travel to that 
quiet place within your minds eye. That place we know as the Third 
Eye Chakra.

Visualize yourself as an acorn hanging from the limb of a towering 
Oak tree. This acorn represents your spirit prior to entering the 
physical realm. Feel the warmth in the breath of the Goddess as she 
breathes a gentle breeze through the leaves of the father Oak Tree. 
Feel the essence of your spirit as you prepare to enter the physical 
realm in order to begin your lessons of life.

Suddenly the acorn breaks free from the branch and spirals down 
towards Mother Earth. As you soar down to the awaiting ground, feel 
all of your energies gathering together within the acorn. These 
energies are the life force that will carry you through the physical 
realm. As you alight upon the ground, feel the love and tenderness of 
Mother Earth as she pulls you down into the safety her womb. You are 
about to make the transition from spirit to physical realm. Have 
confidence in Spirit for the experience that is about to unfold. Know 
that this is a necessary step for inner growth. Welcome this 
opportunity with a quiet sense of honor and respect.

Next visualize yourself as a young sapling breaking free of the womb.

This is your infant stage, your first awakening in the physical 
realm  of this life. Feel the warm rays of Father Sun as they shine 
down upon you, giving you the strength to grow. 

Feel the soft touch of Mother Moon as she caresses you with her soft, 
silvery rays.  Soak up the drops of crystal clear dew that give you 
sustenance. Know in your heart that you are now ready to begin your 
life lessons. Know that the God and Goddess are with you as you reach 
for the skies above. Prepare to venture forth into life, with an open 
heart and pureness of love. At this point there are no 
preconceptions, only an eagerness to learn.

Now visualize yourself as a young oak tree with your roots firmly 
planted in the reaches of Mother Earth. This is your youth stage.

Listen to the song of the birds as they flit about your limbs. For 
their songs will convey a hidden message to you. Watch the squirrels 
at play and learn the value of family and interaction with others.

Observe sister deer as she walks with gentle alertness through the 
woods. Smile at brother bear as he lumbers along with strength and 
purpose. Give heed to Hawk as he shrieks his joy of freedom and love 
of life. Give silent thanks for these lessons. 

At this point you are being given the first steps towards knowledge 
and wisdom. Proceed with an open mind and a willingness to make and 
learn from your mistakes. Stride forth with confidence and strength 
of your will.

Visualize yourself as a solid oak tree. This is your adult stage.

Your roots now run deep within the folds of Mother Earth. Your limbs 
stretch up to Father Sun. You now provide security and strength to 
those around you. You provide a secure roost for the birds of the 
sky. You have ventured forth through this realm and have gained 
knowledge from your life experiences. You are prepared to set a firm 
example for those that follow. The learning continues but you now 
have a foundation of wisdom to offer to others. You are a towering 
example of truth, honesty, and inner strength. As you continue to 
walk this realm you do so with a humble sense of purpose.

Finally visualize yourself as an old oak tree covered with moss. This 
is your elder stage. 

Look out upon your ancient limbs and see the acorns dangling from 
their stems. You are one with spirit. You have ventured through the 
stages of the physical realm. You have encountered mistakes as you 
walked this realm. And you have opened your heart and mind and 
learned the inherent lessons that these experiences offered. You have 
gained the knowledge and wisdom that will start you out on the next 
step of your spiritual growth. 

You give thanks to Spirit for the many trials and tribulations that 
have brought you to this stage. It has been a long path to follow, 
yet you realize that it is but one step on the road to becoming one 
with Akasha. You feel the blessings that have been offered and 
accepted.And then you look out upon your old and twisted limbs and 
watch as an acorn breaks free and spirals to the waiting womb of 
Mother Earth.

Now that you have experienced the stage of life that Father Oak has 
offered to you, once again clear your minds eye. Allow this space in 
your Third eye to become as silent as a silent pond. Send out a 
polite request to the Dryad inhabiting this oak tree to send you a 
message. Allow this message to form of its own free will upon your 
pond. If you have learned the lessons of the oak tree and you have 
been respectful to the protective Dryad, a gift of knowledge will be 
given to you. This may be in the form of pictures or silent words. 
Once you have received this gift, very slowly return to the physical 
realm from whence you have started your journey. Remove your hands 
from the oak tree and give your heartfelt thanks.

Look around you, is there an acorn lying near by? If so plant this 
acorn within the womb of Mother Nature. By doing so, you have given 
thanks for the gifts you have received. And you have started the next 
cycle of life in this realm.

Go in peace and share your gifts with those who are ready to 
acceptthem. Walk this path with a humble sense of responsibility. 
Continue your inner growth regardless of how difficult the life 
lesson may seem to be. And most of all, give thanks each day for the 
many blessings that you are given, though they may not always be in 
plain sight. The love that deity gives to us is never further than 
our hearts.

Peaceful Sleep Oil

7 parts Lavender
2 parts Sweet Majoram
1 part Clary Sage
It is from the book Aromatherapy: A lifetime Guide to Healing with
Essential Oils by Valerie Gennari Cooksley

Melon Pepper Salsa

(you’ll never go back to the jarred stuff)

INGREDIENTS:

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced medium

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced medium

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced medium

1 cup cantaloupe, diced medium

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely minced

1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely minced

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl place all of the ingredients and toss them together. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salsa for 1 hour before serving it.

Cabbage Tree

POISON!

Botanical: Andira inermis
Family: N.O. Leguminosae
—Synonyms—Vouacapoua inermis. Bastard Cabbage Tree. Worm Bark. Yellow Cabbage Tree. Jamaica Cabbage Tree.
—Part Used—Bark.
—Habitat—Jamaica and other West Indian Islands. Senegambi.

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—Description—A leguminous tree, growing very tall and branching towards the top called Cabbage Tree because it forms a head in growing; it has a smooth grey bark which, cut into long pieces, is the part utilized for medicine. It is thick, fibrous, scaly, and of an ashy brownish colour externally, covered with lichens – the inside bark is yellow and contains a bitter sweet mucilage, with an unpleasant smell. In Europe the bark of another species, Avouacouapa retusa, has been utilized. It grows in Surinam, is a more powerful vermifuge than Vouacapoua inermus and does not as a rule produce such injurious after-effects. In the dried state it is without odour, but has a very bitter taste; when powdered it has the colour of cinnamon.
—Constituents—Jamaicine-Andirin aglucoside, an inodorous, bitter, acrid resin.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Narcotic vermifuge. Cabbage Tree bark used in large doses may cause vomiting, fever and delirium, especially if cold water is drunk just before or after taking it. In the West Indies it is largely employed as a vermifuge to expel worm – ascaris lumbrecoides – but if used incautiously death has been known to occur. The powder purges like jalap.

—Dosages—Usually given in decoction, though the powder, syrup and extract are all used. Dose of powder, 20 to 30 grains. Fluid extract, 1/4 to 1 drachm.

—Antidote—Lime-juice or Castor oil.

—Other Species—Andira retusa, a Brazilian species, has purple flowers, the odour of oranges and a slight aroma. The fruit is said to smell like tonka beans.

Semele,

Semele
 
Themes: Fertility, grounding, joy, playfulness, pleasure & youthfulness
Symbols: Wine or grape juice & soil
 
About Semele: In Greek mythology, Semele is a young earth goddess who,
in mortal form, gave birth to the ever-exuberant party animal Dionysus (
the god of wine ). Today Semele flows into our lives bringing spring’s
zeal, joy, and playfulness carefully balanced with the exhortation to
keep one foot firmly on terra firma. Semele’s name translates as “land”
giving her additional associations with fertility and grounding.
 
Semele became a Goddess after insisting on seeing Zeus ( Dionysus’
father ) in his full glory. This killed Semele, but Zeus rescued her
from Hades and made her a goddess.
 
To Do Today: A three-day celebration began in Athens around this time to
celebrate spring. The first day of the observance was called the
“opening of the casks!” So, if you have a favorite wine, today is
definitely the time to take it out and enjoy it with some friends. Toast
to Semele for giving the world a wine god who lives in every drop
poured!
 
To “grow” any of Semele’s virtues within yourself, find a small planter,
some rich soil, and a flowering seed. Name the seed after that
characteristic, and water it with a bit of wine or grape juice. If you
use diligent care and maintain a strong focus on your goal, when the
seed blossoms that energy should show signs of manifesting in your life.

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

Goddess Meditation
The law of the season becomes
the law of religion. According to that law,
the day born of this night is sacred.
for on this day offerings are made
that dedicate all ships to me.
As this day dawns, the storms of winter
lose their strength. The surging waves
grow calm. The sea is a highway once again.
Go through this day with a mind not clouded
by worry over the past or fear of futures
that have not yet come to be.
~ The Goddess Isis, speaking in Apuleius’ The Golden Ass
 
Although Isis was originally an Egyptian Goddess, her worship spread to
Rome during imperial times. There she was honoured as the Goddess of the
sea, Stella Maris, Each year at this time, all the boats that would ply
the waters during the summer were blessed in lavish festivals. The
Goddess was invoked to keep the sea-farers safe and to bring the goods
they sought safely back to port.
 
We too are sailors, navigating the oceans of our lives, often buffeted
by storms and gales. We leave the safe harbour of our homes each day to
travel in search of the goods we need to survive. Yet we have no
seasonal festivals that bless our voyages. Taking time to ask for the
kindness and protection of the Goddess as we move through the day is a
small ritual, but one that can sustain us as we travel.
 
from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

A Woman’s Prayer

 
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray for a man, who’s not a creep.

One who’s handsome, smart and strong,
One who’s “winkie” is thick and long.

One who thinks before he speaks,
When he promises to call, he won’t wait weeks.

I pray that he is gainfully employed,
And when I spend his cash he won’t be annoyed.

One who pulls out my chair & opens my door, massages my back & begs to do more.

Oh! Send me a man who will make love to my mind, knows just what to say when I ask, “How big is my behind?”

One who’ll make love till my body’s a twitchin,
In the hall, the shower, the garden and kitchen!

I pray that this man will love me to no end,
And never attempts to screw my best friend.

And as I kneel and I pray beside my bed,
I look at the Shit Head you sent me instead!!!

Jet-Lag Bath

3 drops Rosemary oil
2 drops Lemon oil
2 drops Frankincense oil

Mini Gazing Balls

Band Saw

Staircase spindle

Sandpaper

Drill with 1-inch bit

Newspapers

Acrylic paints in desired colors

Paintbrush

Tack cloth

Glass Christmas ball ornament

Thick white crafts glue

Alternative base for gazing balls in place of spindles:

Glue together wood parts such as round and square beads, candle cups and thread spools. If you choose to use this method you may not have to drill a hole in the top to place the ornament.

Instructions: Cut the desired length from the staircase spindle and smooth out any rough edges with the sandpaper.

Decide which end of the spindle will be the top and drill a 1-inch hole in the top to hold the ornament.

Cover work surface with newspapers and paint the spindle base with your desired color. Let it dry thoroughly.

Sand the edges of the spindle to achieve a worn effect. Remove any dust by wiping with a tack cloth.

Remove the hanger topper from the ball ornament and glue the top of the ornament into the hole in spindle and let glue dry.

You can personalize by writing a message, date, name on the spindle base. To give place it in a planter and fill with packages of flower or herb seed packets tied in a pretty ribbon.

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