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Shielding Meditation for the Strongly Empathic

The psychic shield this meditation creates will allow you, when it is activated, to filter out strong emotions that can be disorienting or even draining. To start, sit or lie comfortably, and calm your breathing. Feel your body coming to rest. Now, take an extra-deep breath and begin building a mental shield around yourself. Feel layer upon layer building up, wrapping itself around you in a warm protective coating. Feel the shield becoming translucent, even porous. Let it become a part of you, and then visualize yourself reaching out a hand to touch the shield, seeing a static pulse appear under your fingers. Know that when any strong emotions come toward you they will be “vaporized” in a similar pulse. Let the shield damp itself down, remaining dormant until needed. To activate at any time, visualize the shield “powering up” around you like a forcefield brought back to life.

Shield Wall

This shield wall will help you block out impressions and help you to get your gift under your control. To start, sit or lie comfortably, and calm your breathing. Feel your body coming to rest. Now, take an extra-deep breath and begin building a wall in your mind. Make it like a room no windows just a door. See it being built layer by layer, brick by brick. Let it become a part of you. Let yourself feel the brick the texture the smoothness of the sides the roughness of the edges. Build it up in your mind wall by wall arching over and closing in at the top like a roof. Now place the door. Image a big wooden door with leather seals around the edges feel the wood the hinges and the handle and knob. Now when ever you want to embrace your gift just open the door and when you need to shead yourself of it for a while just close the door.

This should help.

Air Freshener

Ingredients:
4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle
that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as
hair spray).
30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend
keeping the safety data of the chosen essential oil(s) in mind
1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of high-proof alcohol
(vodka is suitable, rubbing alcohol is not) or 3 ounces of distilled
water.

Example blends of essential oils that may be used:
20 drops  lime
14 drops  bergamot
4 drops  ylang ylang
2 drops  rose
15 drops  clary sage
9 drops  lemon
6 drops  lavende
20 drops  rosemary
8 drops  grapefruit
4 drops  peppermint
2 drops  spearmint (optional)
15 drops  bergamot
15 drops  spearmint
Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to
use since an air freshener, by its nature, will come in contact with all
those in your household.
Directions: Fill the spray bottle with the choice of either 1.5 ounces
of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of alcohol or 3 ounces of distilled
water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz.
unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.) Then, add 30-40
drops of essential oil. Essential oils can very in strength. You may
want to try 20 drops at first especially if you live in a household with
someone who is sensitive to strong aromas. Shake the bottle prior to
each use, and let it sit for about a day before making a conclusion that
the aroma is too weak; the aroma can change after the air freshener has
had time to sit. Mist lightly in the room. Be especially careful not to
allow the air freshener mist fall onto furniture or into open beverages.
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Outback Bloomin’ Onion

Recipe By : Outback Steak House
Serving Size : 1
INGREDIENTS:
1/3 Cup Cornstarch — more if needed, 1 1/2 Cups Flour
 2 Teaspoons Garlic — mince, 2 Teaspoons Paprika, 1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper, 24 Oz Beer,
4 Vidalia Or Texas Sweet Onions — (4 to 6) =4 Inch Diameter
Seasoned Flour: — as needed, 2 Cups Flour, 4 Teaspoons Paprika
2 Teaspoons Garlic powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper,
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne, Chili Sauce: 1 Pt Mayonnaise, 1 Pt Sour cream, 1/2 Cup Tomato chili sauce, 1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne.
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Preparation Instructions:  Mix cornstarch, flour and seasonings until well blended. Add beer, mix well. Cut about 3/4″ off top of onion and peel. Cut into onion 12 to 16 vertical wedges but do not cut through bottom root end. Remove about 1″ of petals from center of onion. Dip onion in seasoned flour and remove excess by shaking. Separate petals to coat thoroughly with batter. Gently place in fryer basket and deep-fry at 375 to 400 for 1-1/2 minutes. Turn over and fry 1-1/2 minutes longer or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place onion upright in shallow bowl and remove center core with circular cutter or apple corer. Serve hot with Creamy Chili Sauce. SEASONED FLOUR- Combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne and mix well. CREAMY CHILI SAUCE-Combine mayo, sour cream, chili sauce and cayenne and mix well.

Cajuput

Botanical: Melaleuca leucadendron (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Myrtaceae
—Synonyms—Cajeput. White Tea Tree. Swamp Tea Tree. White Wood.
—Part Used—The oil.
—Habitat—East Indies, Tropical Australia. Imported from Macassar, Batavia, Singapore, Queensland and N.S. Wales.

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—Description—The tree has a long flexible trunk with irregular ascending branches, covered with a pale thick, lamellated bark it is soft and spongy and from time to time throws off its outer layer in flakes; leaves entire, linear, lanceolate, ash colour, alternate on short foot-stalks; flowers sessile, white, on a long spike. The leaves have a very aromatic odour and the oil is distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs, and is volatile and stimulating with an aroma like camphor, rosemary, or cardamom seeds; taste bitter, aromatic and camphoraceous. Traces of copper have been found in it, hence the greenish tint; it should be stored in dark or amber-coloured bottles in a cool place. Cajuput oil is obtained from Melaleuca leucadendron, Roxburgh, and the minor Smith, but several other species of Melaleuca leucadendron are utilized such as M. hypericifolia, M. veridifolia, M. lalifolia, and others. The Australian species M. Decussata and M. Erucifolia are also used. The oil is fluid, clear, inflammable, burns without residue, highly volatile. The trace of copper found may be due to the vessels in which the oil is prepared, but it is doubtless sometimes added in commerce to produce the normal green tinge when other species have been used which do not impart it naturally.
—Constituents—The principal constituent of oil is cineol, which should average 45 to 55 per cent. Solid terpineol is also present and several aldehydes such as valeric, butyric and benzoic.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, stimulant, antiseptic, anthelmintic. Highly stimulant, producing a sensation of warmth when taken internally, increasing the fullness and rapidity of the pulse and sometimes producing profuse perspiration. Used as a stimulating expectorant in chronic laryngitis and bronchitis, as an antiseptic in cystisis and as an anthelmintic for round worms, also used in chronic rheumatism. Applied externally, it is stimulant and mildly counter-irritant and is usually applied diluted with 2 parts of olive oil or turpentine ointment. Used externally for psoriasis and other skin affections.

—Adulterants—The oils of Rosemary and Turpentine, impregnated with Camphor and coloured, are said to be used. Spirit of Cajeput, B.P., 5 to 20 minims. Oil U S P., 3 to 10 minims. Oil, B.P., 1/2 to 3 minims.

Tailtiu

 
Themes: The first harvest, excelling in a craft or sport.
Symbol: Bread.
 
About Tailtiu: The Irish Goddess Tailtiu reconnects us with the Earth’s
cycles and the spirit of excellence. Tailtiu was the foster mother to
the god of light, Lugh, whom this date venerates. Lugh held Her in such
high regard that he created the Tailtean games, which took place during
Lammas ( rather like the Olympics ). This honour may have also had
something to do with Tailtiu’s association as an Earth Goddess.
 
To Do Today: In Wiccan tradition and in many others, today is a day for
preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time
for baking bread in honor of the harvest. Combining the two, make an
applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or
sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant:
 
“Flour from grain, the spell begins, let the power rise within; Apples
from trees, now impart, Tailtiu, bring _______ to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want
to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to
internalize the energy.
 
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced
apples to it, having toast with apple butter or just enjoying a piece of
bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally.
Then bite with conviction!

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

My name is Macha, She said.
I am the daughter of Sainrith mac Inbraith.
And my name, and places of my children,
will be given to this place.
She said this, and then She set off
to race a horse-drawn chariot.
She was huge with child,
but She kept pace with the horses.
When She reached the end of the field,
still alongside the chariot, She lay down
and gave birth. A daughter was born to Her, and a son: twins of Macha,
Emain Macha, after which the famous hill is named.
~ Irish epic Tain bo Cuailnge

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

Bedtime Prayers for Pagan Children

Mother Earth and Father Sky,
Cradle me here where I lie.
Keep me safe the whole night long,
As I rest in your arms so strong.
Mother Earth and Father Sky,
Keep me safe here where I lie.
 
 
As I lay snuggled in my bed
Pillow tucked beneath my head
Maiden bring me joyful dreams
Mother bring me peace serene
Wisest Crone watch over me
And let me wake up safe and sound
Each day to this Earth I’m bound.
 
 
Conjure circle around the bed,
Where I lay my weary head.
That in it’s gold and silver light,
I will spend a peaceful night.
 
 
Goddess bless thee thru the night
And wake thee in the morning light
Lord and Lady as thee sleep
Surround thee in thine protective sheet
Safetly wake thee refreshed and reborn
Protected and loved white light adorned
Goddess bless thee thru the night
And wake thee in the morning light
 
 
Now I lay me down to sleep,
In the twilight dark so deep,
Lord and Lady in thy light,
Keep my safe and well this night.
Blessed Be
 
 
Oh Gracious Goddess, Mother Earth,
I call to Thee with love and mirth,
Oh Horn-Ed Hunter of the night,
I pray to Thee; show me thy light,
As my heart grows strong,
Teach me right from wrong,
So I will be
One with Thee
As my will
So mote it be!
 
Day is done, it’s time for bed
Goddess bless my sleepy head
Earth & Water, Air & Fire
Bring gentle dreams as I retire
When the morning sun does rise
The God will bless my open eyes

Insomnia Milk Bath

1 tbsp Almond oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Marjoram essential oil
2 drops Benzoin essential oil
1 cup of powdered milk
Pour oils into a small bowl, mix thoroughly. Stir in 1 cup of powdered
milk. Add mixture to bath water.

How to Make a Grapevine Wreath

by Monica Resinger

Is your grapevine beginning to look like a mini jungle? If so, take out your
clippers and make grapevine wreaths!  If you don’t have a grapevine, but
would still like to make grapevine wreaths, maybe you have a friend or
neighbor that has one that needs trimming.

How to make it:
First, take a long, fresh vine and form a circle in the diameter you want the
wreath to be. Most likely, you will have excess vine; wind this excess vine
around the vine circle you just formed. When the vine is to the end, tuck
that end firmly inside a space between two wound vines; on the first round,
there might not be two wound vines to tuck the end into, so just hold the end
of the vine until it is wrapped in with the second vine. Now take another
vine, insert the beginning end between two wound vines and begin the winding
and ending process all over again. Keep doing this until you have a wreath in
the thickness you desire. Keep in mind that the wreath will shrink quite a
bit as it dries, so you will want to make it  thicker than your desired
thickness.

When you have finished assembling your wreath, you can lay it in the sun to
dry for a couple weeks, or bring it in the house and hang it to dry.  If you
hang it to dry, you may want to change its position every couple of days so
the shape will remain circular.

These wreaths make great gifts to give to friends and family as-is or fixed
up with dried flowers, herbs and ribbons. To attach anything to your wreath,
hot-glueing is the easiest method, but wiring things on with florist wire is
another method.  They are also great to hang on the front door or on your
walls as decorations.

Day 2—21 Days of Yule

Day 2 of our families 21 days of Yule. Sunday is cleaning day at our house and the kitchen floor was looking extra dirty with the layer of dirt brought in by the dogs form their run. I decided deck scrubbing would be a great idea I dumped buckets of warm soapy water on the floor and got my scrub brush with a long handle out and scrubbed the floor. Then I grabbed my squeegee with another long handle and squegeed the floor pulling all the dirty water to the landing and out the door. There was bathroom cleaning and sweeping and mopping the rest of the house.  After that I figured I didn’t want a paint mess to clean up too. So I decided it was time to put the tree up. (I thought it would be the easiest and cleanest craft to do!) Which was a comedy show of epic proportions.. First I drug the tree box from the garage to the house.. I made it to the stairs and front door when the old bottom of the box opened up and the entire tree and a ton of decorations fell to the stairs.. It was many trips with branches in my arms  inside. Then I struggled to remember where I put the 32 gallon plastic tote that contained the bulbs.. I finally found them stashed in the rafters of the garage. So down to the basement for a rickety metal ladder and back to the garage. But I still wasn’t tall/strong enough to get the tote down so I said “oh well” pulled it down and let it drop to the ground.. Yep I may have broken a few bulbs.

We put up the tree in no branch order what’s so ever. Which may be why the left side gets really big in the middle and the right side gradually gets smaller from the base. We put all the ornaments on and before I could tie the tree to the wall.. BOOM down it went and 2 bulbs broken.

But we got to dig through boxes of old ornaments you forget what you have. I noticed we only had two baby’s ornaments when we were suppose to buy them every year which means I’m quite a few behind. I found ornaments that represent friends that were no longer friends with. Children that were a part of my life that no longer is. (They still go up.. those people are apart of our story.) And then we get to the stockings.. Kind of sobering how much a life can change in one year.. Every year I make a donation to Goodwill of stockings that are no longer able to be hung up at our house.. ex-boyfriends..pets that passed or found new homes.

 

On a good note I found a set of stockings that were made for us by a close friend Angie over at Customistic. [SITE] [FB]

I have my large collection of snowmen out and about and our wreath on the door.. This house is ready for the holidays..

Check back on our total number of bulbs broken this year!

Number Of Bulbs Broken So Far!

Day 1—21 Days of Yule

Day 1 of our families 21 days of Yule. Today’s a little jumbled because I worked last night till 2am and have to be back at the bar by 5. So my oldest son is at his Great-Grandma’s house, and its just me and my youngest. So we’re doing crafts at separate houses. I searched on pinterest for craft for toddles and this cutie popped up. So i figured something simple a cute hand print Yule tree using printed scrapbooking paper and stamp pads instead of paint. Rhyme Time

This is how we started on my bed with the blanket spread out and a baby in a diaper.. Look he’s happy pre-toture/holiday cheer.

Already enjoying trying to mess with the ink pads.

A green hand! He enjoyed being inked up but putting his hand flat on the paper not so much fun.

Baby and me!

Semi finished product.. I made an executive decision when Sayer was bawling and kept whipping his face and belly with green ink.. I think i’m just going to cut this paper in a shape of a tree.. Cant wait to see what my oldest did. Check back for the updated craft.

 

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