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Autumn Meditation

 

For this meditation, which takes advantage of autumn’s inward-turning energy to help you contemplate life and afterlife.
You need an image of the goddess
White Tara, plus a suitable incense like nag champa or patchouli.
 
Begin with this invocation:
 
“Tara, star goddess, eternally burning one—fuel our hunger for knowledge, prepare us for release from the merely physical, and ferry us across from the world of delusion to the world of truth. White Tara, bright
Tara, we beseech you: Open your three eyes to the deeds of our lives and teach us to see beyond death to freedom.”
 
Spend at least ten minutes meditating on the meaning of life and the infinite possibilities of the afterlife. You may find it helpful to gaze at the goddess image or the
Smoke, or you may prefer to close your eyes. Afterwards, thank White Tara for her help and let the incense burn out.

Antidepressant Fragrance & Smelling Salts

   
Antidepressant Fragrance
4 ounces Sweet Almond oil
10 drops Bergamot essential oil
10 drops Petitgrain essential oil
3 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
1 drop Neroli essential oil ( optional since this essential oil is
expensive )
Combine ingredients. For children, replace Petitgrain with Grapefruit or
Tangerine.

To make a bath oil using this recipe, follow the same formula but use
two
ounces of Almond essential oil instead of four.

Antidepressant Smelling Salts
6 drops Antidepressant fragrance ( above ) without the almond oil
1 heaping teaspoon rock salt
Drop the essential oil onto the salt. The salt will quickly absorb the
oil. Carry the smelling salts in a small container with a tight lid

from Herbs for Health and Healing
by Kathi Keville

Picnic Scalloped Potatoes

  —  Almanac.com

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

9 medium-size potatoes, slice fairly thin

14 slices ham (1 inch square, 1/8 inch thick) or equivalent (preferably leftover bone-in baked ham)

14 slices cheddar or Swiss cheese (1 inch square 1/8 inch thick)

10 slices onion (1/8-inch-thick)

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons butter

1-1/2 cups milk

salt and pepper to taste

 

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel potatoes and divide in 3 portions.

2. Liberally grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13x2-inch casserole.

3. Place one-third of sliced potatoes in bottom of casserole and dot with half the butter. Spread 7 slices of ham, 5 slices of cheese, and half the onions on top of potatoes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Repeat layering with second portion of potatoes.

5. For last layer, add third portion of potatoes and remaining cheese slices over top. Salt to taste.

6. Pour milk over layers (it should show when casserole is tipped slightly to one side).

7. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Precise timing is not important (another 20 minutes won’t hurt). Bake uncovered or cover loosely with foil for the first 40 minutes.

8. Tie up tightly and place in a basket.

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Note: To keep the potatoes warm, the Yankee Kitchen highly recommends the newspaper trick. Cover the casserole with foil, wrap it up, and put it in something that will provide another layer of insulation.

Calamint

Botanical: Calamintha officinalis (MOENCH)
Family: N.O. Labiatae
—Synonyms—Mill Mountain. Mountain Balm. Basil Thyme. Mountain Mint.
—Part Used—Herb.

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—Description—Calamint belongs to a genus closely related to both the Thymes and to Catnep and Ground Ivy.
It is an erect, bushy plant with square stems, rarely more than a foot high, bearing pairs of opposite leaves, which, like the stems, are downy with soft hairs. The flowers bloom in July and August, and are somewhat inconspicuous, drooping gracefully before expansion: the corollas are of a light purple colour.

The plant grows by waysides and in hedges, and is not uncommon, especially in dry places. It may be cultivated as a hardy perennial, propagated by seeds sown outdoors in April, by cuttings of side shoots in cold frames in spring, or by division of roots in October and April.

—Constituents—It contains a camphoraceous, volatile, stimulating oil in commonwith the other mints. This is distilled by water, but its virtues are better extracted by rectified spirit.

—Medicinal Actions and Uses—Diaphoretic, expectorant, aromatic. The whole herb has a sweet, aromatic odour and an infusion of the dried leaves, collected about July, when in their best condition and dried in the same way as Catmint tops, makes a pleasant cordial tea, which was formerly much taken for weaknesses of the stomach and flatulent colic. It is useful in hysterical complaints, and a conserve made of the young fresh tops has been used, for this purpose.

Culpepper says that it ‘is very efficacious in all afflictions of the brain,’ that it ‘relieves convulsions and cramps, shortness of breath or choleric pains in the stomach or bowels,’ and that ‘it cures the yellow jaundice.’ He also recommends it, taken with salt and honey, for killing worms:
‘It relieves those who have the leprosy, taken inwardly, drinking whey after it, or the green herb outwardly applied, and that it taketh away black and blue marks in the face, and maketh black scars become well coloured, if the green herb (not the dry) be boiled in wine and laid to the place or the place washed therewith.’
He also considers it ‘helpful to them that have a tertian ague,’ and beneficial in all disorders of the gall and spleen.
Gerard says, ‘the seede cureth the infirmities of the hart, taketh away sorrowfulnesse which commeth of melancholie, and maketh a man merrie and glad.’

The LESSER CALAMINT (Calamintha nepeta) is a variety of the herb possessing almost superior virtues, with a stronger odour, resembling that of Pennyroyal, and a moderately pungent taste somewhat like Spearmint, but warmer. It is scarcely distinct from C. officinalis, and by some botanists is considered a sub-species. The leaves are more strongly toothed, and it bears its flowers on longer stalks. Both this and the Common Calamint seem to have been used indifferently in the old practice of medicine under the name of Calamint.

The name of the genus, Calamintha, is derived from the Greek Kalos (excellent because of the ancient belief in its power to drive away serpents and the dreaded basilisk – the fabled king of the serpents, whose very glance was fatal.

Tamra

 
Themes: Air, Earth, nature, health, longevity, devotion, wishes &
relationships
Symbols: Feathers & birdseed
 
About Tamra:  In Hindu tradition, this Goddess was the ancestor of all
birds.  As such, She can teach us their special language, which often
bears communications from the Divine. As the consort of the Turtle
God, Kashyapa, She also represents a potent union between Earth and air
elements.
 
To Do: People in Nebraska spend six weeks watching the cranes who rest
and feed here during the migratory season.  This region of the United
States boasts the largest group of sandhill cranes, about 50,000
birds. Magickally speaking, these creatures represent health,
longevity, and devotion. Visualize a crane residing in your heart
chakra anytime you feel your eyes straying from the one you love, or
whenever you need improved well-being.
 
Birds offer numerous magickal applications. For warmth in a
relationship, scatter feathers to the winds with your wish. The birds
will use the feathers in their nests, symbolically keeping your nest
intact and affectionate. Or, disperse birdseed while thinking of a
question. As the birds fly away, watch their movement.  Flight to the
right indicates a positive response; to the left is negative. If the
birds scatter, things are “iffy.” If they fly straight up overhead, a
heartfelt wish is being taken to Tamra.

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

Goddess Meditation

O Spring, beautiful Season!
O Goddess, beautiful Goddess!
Come with joy to us now,
with goodness and plenty.
Come with tall flax that
roots deeply in the field.
Come with corn, lots
of corn, lots and lots of corn!
Look, we have sent girls to You
bearing gifts to make You happy:
look, we have sent them to You
bearing cakes made with fried eggs.
~ Russian Folksong
 
The Earth will bear for a long time with no return. She will keep giving
and giving, providing us with food and water and air. But even the
Goddess cannot go on without getting. If we only take from the Earth,
and never give back, we will eventually deplete even her vast energy.
 
Agricultural people across the world have recognized the need to offer
food to the Earth – to put back into the earth nutrients we have taken
from it. Today we send our garbage out to sea; we turn our back on the
mountains of discards that stand as sentinels to all our cities. To
truly honour the Goddess is to seek to rectify that imbalance, to give
back to the Earth so that She can continue to give to us, Her children.

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

HECATE PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE

Hecate, give me clarity
help me with what’s best for me,
Your magick and serenity
enfolding and protecting me.

Glorious Goddess of the Night
Embrace me with your light,
With your energies
Both dark and bright.

Be my guide in all I do
Help me learn to follow you
through the troubles
and the joys of Life.

With your key, unlock
The knowledge that I seek
For my Soul’s destiny,
and the path
that’s meant for me.

Hot Summer’s Day Bath

3 drops Juniper oil
3 drops Patchouli oil
Best effective to be used in a cool bath.

Inspiration Jar

The purpose is to bring on inspiration. For creativity.
Items you will need:
1 mason jar
1 small crystal
dried orange peels ( 2/3 )
dried mint ( 1/3 )
2 drops Orange oil
1 drop Mint oil
a square piece of black cotton fabric
a rubber band
orange fabric paint or orange acrylic paint
orange ribbon

*Note: The colour orange is the colour of creative energies. The shading
of how dark or how light the orange is that you use will denote the
level of creative energies you wish to channel. A dark orange will take
you deep into the creative energies while a light orange is less
intense.

Moon cycle: No moon cycle is selected for this spell because all phases
of the Moon hold different levels of creative energies, including the
Dark Moon. If you follow Moon phases, choose the cycle that fits your
purpose best. Gather all items. With a clean and dry jar before you
place the mint first and then the orange peels inside, filling it up
about two thirds of the way. Add two drops of Orange oil and one drop
Mint oil. More if you are using a large mason jar. Stir ingredients
together. Take the small crystal in your hand and saying these words:
“Creativity
Come to me
In whispers and dreams
And visions that gleam.
So Mote It Be!”

Now, place the crystal inside the jar with the potpourri. For the lid,
cover the opening of the jar with black fabric so that the side of the
fabric hang down over the edges about 2 inches. With a pencil, mark the
center top of the fabric. Take the fabric off the jar, lie it flat on a
hard surface. Using orange paint, acrylic or fabric paint, paint on a
spiral. While the paint is drying, cover the jar temporarily with a lid
so that it does not get spilled.

*Spiral: The spiral is a symbol of the dance of life. It shows the
continuous cycle of ourselves going inward within ourselves and then
going outward expressing ourselves.

*Black: The black fabric in this spell is used as an absorption colour.
Black absorbs all colours and all energies. By placing the orange spiral
on this we are signifying just what those energies are that the black is
absorbing, all creative energies.

Once the paint is dry, place the fabric on the jar once again. The
spiral should now be on the centered top of the jar’s mouth. Holding the
fabric in place, wrap the rubber band around the sides to hold it in
place. Next, tie the orange ribbon overtop of the rubber band. Keep this
inspiration jar in your work area, where you do your writing, painting,
drawing, or keep it by your bed to bring on inspiring dreams.

~ source unknown

Storm Moon

At this Moon begin your spring cleaning. Think about what needs to be released and let go of in your life and in your home. Burn white candles and purifying incense, sweep out the cobwebs and prepare for the new growth of spring.

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