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Seven Directions Movement Meditation

by White Feather

Seven Directions Movement Meditation
by White Feather
author of SEVEN DIRECTION MOVEMENT MEDITATION
– sacred dance for spirit and body

It was a warm summer evening on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in western New York when Grandmother Twylah,( we called her “Twy” back then around 1985) asked me to join her for a talk she would be giving at a place called Lilly Dale. I was happy to be her driver as I would often do at that time.
She invited me to sit up front and before I knew it she was introducing me to the audience and explaining to them I was going to teach them the Seven Directions Movement Meditation.
A surprise to me since I had never taught the dance to a group before. I had been practicing it myself for awhile and would informally share with others what I had learned. I knew one cannot say no to your teacher so there I was being given “the nod” as we had come to know by the “Big T” and that was it.
I received a pleasant response that evening and when I returned home to the Catskills I shared that story with Susun Weed as well as the Seven Directions Movement Meditation.
Susun invited me to teach the Seven Directions Movement Meditation in the early mornings of the longer herbal workshops she offered. Susun found the women responded more readily to the spirit of the plants when they felt centered and balanced within, allowing the teachings of the plants to enter.
As a result women would come to me and ask to know more or want to write it down to remember so they could take it home and practice, hence, the booklet was born. With great perserverance by Justine Smythe and Jan Cohen, our illustrator, we would work into the wee hours on borrowed typewritter and hand pasting in the little cabin in the woods until to the best of our ability it came together in written form.
The women were pleased! and the men too.
We established the thought into action that the money generated would go to help children as this dance is dedicated to the seventh generation.
Now as we look back some years later seeds have blossomed and lives have been uplifted. We are grateful. It seems I taught the dance at the Wise Woman Center for about fifteen years.
There have been many beautiful memories for me of sharing the Seven Directions Movement Meditation with others on this blessed Motherearth. From a circle of one to a hundred women during the Harmonic Convergence at the Michigan Womens Music Festival in 1987. It has traveled into university nursing programs and to the far reaches of Lhasa, Tibet.
A gift of beauty, if by chance you have first come upon the Seven Directions Movement Meditation treat it as you would a friend you have not seen in a long time. Get to know it, spend time with it. Bring your personal attributes and connection to the directions as well, all within the circle is sacred, all outside the circle is sacred, all is sacred.
Grandmother Twylah has said we honor the traditions of the past and each generation adds something.
We trust the dance has embraced many in a positive way. As it continues to strengthen the Pathway of Peace, the Cycles of Truth brought forth by Grandmother Twylah and her mother Blue Flower, her father, Moses Shongo, all the way back to its origin the Peacemaker.
We keep the teachings of peace alive.
Da Na Ho!
Source:  Susun S. Weed ~ used with permission~

Autumn Harvest Potpourri

Your senses will be invoked by this warm, robust aroma of Apples,
Cinnamon and Cloves.

Items you will need:
2 to 4 Tbs Orrisroot chips
20 drops Cinnamon oil
10 drops Clove oil
5 drops Apple fragrance/synthetic oil
1 cup dried Lemon scented Geranium, Lemon-Verbena and/or Lemon leaves
1 cup dried Apple slices
2 to 3 cups dried berries, flowers and small pine cones in any ratio you
want 4 or 5 dried miniature Pomegranates
10 to 12 cinnamon sticks, about 3 inches long a glass jar with a tight
fitting lid
a large container with close-fitting lid
Put the Orrisroot and oils in a locking glass jar with lid. Tightly
cover the jar, shake well, and set it aside for two weeks to allow the
scents to blend. Combine the remaining ingredients in the large
container. Add the scented Orrisroot and oils and cover tightly and
shake well. Store the container for at least an additional week. Gently
turn the mixture every few days. When the mixture is full cured, pour it
into a decorative basket or bow and stir the potpourri.

Potato and Basil Gratin

Present on a bed of bitter greens and serve with a glass of white wine for a fine lunch.2 medium boiling potatoes
1 Tsp each salt, pepper, mace, and allspice
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 pound fontina or domestic provolone
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
cheese, grated
1 TBS ground coriander seed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cook the potatoes in a pot of salted boiling water for 10 minutes.  Drain and cool to room temperature.  Remove skins and cut into 1/4 inch slices.

Arrange 1/3 of slices in a thin layer on bottom of a round 10” baking dish rubbed lightly with olive oil.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the basil over the potatoes.  Cover with 1/2 of the remaining potatoes and the remaining basil.   Top with the rest of the potatoes.

Combine the cream and spices in a bowl.  Slowly drizzle the mix over the potatoes.  Bake for 1½ hours or until cream is thick and the potatoes are very tender.  Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven, and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Calotropis

POISON!

Botanical: Calotropis procera (R. BR.) and gigantea
Family: N.O. Asclepiadaceae
—Synonyms—Mudar Yercum.
—Parts Used—Bark, root-bark.
—Habitat—Native of Hindustan, but widely naturalized in the East and West Indies and Ceylon.

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—Description—The dried root freed from its outer cork layer and called Mudar. It occurs in commerce in short quilled pieces about 1/5 to 1/10 of an inch thick and not over 1 1/2 inch wide. Deeply furrowed and reticulated, colour greyish buff, easily separated from periderm. Fracture short and mealy, taste bitter, nauseous, acrid; it has a peculiar smell and is mucilaginous; official in India and the Colonial addendum for the preparation of a tincture.
—Constituents—A yellow bitter resin; a black acid resin; Madaralbum, a crystalline colourless substance; Madarfluavil, an ambercoloured viscid substance; and caoutchouc, and a peculiar principle which gelatinizes on being heated, called Mudarine. Lewin found a neutral principle, Calatropin, a very active poison of the digitalis type. In India the author’s husband experimented with it for paper-making, the inner bark yielding a fibre stronger than Russian hemp. The acrid juice hardens into a substance like gutta-percha. It has long been used in India for abortive and suicidal purposes. Mudar root-bark is very largely used there as a treatment for elephantiasis and leprosy, and is efficacious in cases of chronic eczema, also for diarrhoea and dysentery.

—Preparations—Tincture of Calatropis, 1/2 to 1 fluid drachm. Powder, 3 to 12 grains.

—Antidotes—As an antidote to poisoning atropine may be administered. In severe cases the stomach pump may be used and chloral or chloroform administered. Amyl nitrite may also be useful.

Tara

With her third eye, and eyes in each hand and foot, Tara sees beyond
the mortal veil into eternity, gently reminding us that all things
pass, and each moment is perfect. Open your eyes to the Now, says
Tara, and be at peace.

SUGGESTED AFFIRMATIONS:
~ I radiate love
~ I live in love
~ I am worthy of love
~ My peace is shared peace
~ I am weightless and free of burden
~ I am tolerant of everyone around me
~ I have great joy, and therefore great energy

Goddess-ence oil blend: Kwan Yin and/or Isis

Related gemstones: Rose quartz, pink tourmaline, emerald (pink or
green stones)

The goddess Tara has many different traditions – she is a Hindu
symbol of eternal light and love, a Buddhist goddess of compassion
teaching the wisdom of non-attachment, and a Tibetan goddess of
love. Born from her mother’s single tear-drop of compassion for
humanity’s suffering, Tara’s essential energy is that of answering
human pleas for assistance.

The different aspects of Tara promise health and long life
engendering growth and prosperity. Other fiercer guises foster
healing and courage through adversity and suffering. Yet Tara’s core
attribute is that of compassion – she will not turn anyone away but
will reach for them, embrace them, and instil them with a sense of
profound love and peace.

Hold an often-worn gemstone in your hand, it could be a precious gem
that you have in a ring, or a stone you wear around your neck.
Notice how it sparkles or shines when you move it around in the
light. Lose focus while you imagine this light increasing to the
absorb you, reaching out to the corners of the room you are in,
extending even further to encompass the whole house, then reaching
up, up, up far into the sky and far out wide around your
neighbourhood. In your mind’s eye visualise all those to whom you
send this light, easily accepting it and allowing their own hearts
to be whole and healed.

Understand that this light represents Tara’s love, and that you have
the power to unleash it from within you. Every time you look at this
gemstone in the future, remember Tara’s love and compassion, and
radiate it to others.

The Lady’s Prayer

Our Mother who art all things,
Our Lady who art the moon, sun, and heavens,
Hallowed be thy name
By thy sovereignty of the sacred land,
Thy divine will be done
On Earth as it is in all realms
Give us this day our daily bread
Bless and guide us, Great Goddess
And protect us from all harm and evil
For thine is the power, beauty, and love
Forever, and a day. Ayea!

– Sirona Knight
Pagan, New Age
source: “Goddess Bless” © 2002 Sirona Knight. Reprinted with permission of Red Wheel/Weiser.

Herbal Healing Bath Mixture

 

To speed the healing process,

take 2 parts Lavender

2 parts Rose

1 part peppermint

1 part cinnamon

to help with colds and flu

add 2 parts Eucalyptus to the mix

If you are sensitive to any of the above ingredients, try

4 cups ground coffee per bath, this works well for people recovering from illness

Rowan

 

Cerannah added:

Be really careful with the cinnamon!!! It can really easily irritate skin!

Even if you don’t have “sensitive” skin you have a good chance reacting

with irritation to the cinnamon. At least I know I react to it…And mint

can make certain sensitive “areas” tingle…and not necessarily a good

tingle either!

 

Hint – to keep the herbs from sticking to your skin and clogging your tub,

make a pouch with a old washcloth and tie it shut with string or a rubber

band. Then add very hot water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Then add the

rest of your bath water.

A Basic Spell Box

Crafting with a Witch

Project One

source: http://www.wiccanguide.com/craft1.html

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A Basic Spell Box

Please read through completely before starting.

Tools Required:

1 small box, wooden, with a snug fitting lid

Most craft stores carry these small boxes with lids that latch or
fit snugly. Just pick one out that feels good to you. Of course, if
you have a small box at home all the better, or if you are great
with wood go ahead and make yourself one, remember the more of your
energy put into a project the better.

Acrylic Paint

Small brush

Water

Spray Sealer (optional)

Colors are entirely up to you, but keep in mind what you want to put
onto the box, and try to use colors representing special meanings to
you. Example: I use a lot of blue and blue greens in any of my work
because I am a water sign. So get out the paints and let yourself
go, do not concern yourself that you are not an artist extrodinare,
if you choose to paint only one small sign, or maybe just your
initials, that is ok. Always remember that its what makes you feel
good. When you are finished, you may then use a sealer over the
entire box if you so choose, I personally feel it is not needed as
its a chemical compound that seems to seal in the natural vibrations
of the wood, but this is only my opinion, you decide what is good
for you. Remember, while working concentrate on the intent, the why
are you making this box….place your energy into it through your
thoughts.

One piece of white material (big enough to cover box)

Fabric Paint (optional)

When you are finished with your box, set aside and take the white
material and lay out on your table, this cloth will cover your box
and protect it when it is not in use, so concentrate now on it
protecting your box.

Now if you want, you can take fabric paint and decorate your cloth
anyway it seems fitting to you, when finished leave until throughly
dry usually overnight.

NOTE: Now above we have used paint, both on the box and cloth but it
is important to understand that everything we do is entirely up to
you on how to proceed. Some of you may wood burn and not like to
paint at all, this is acceptable, others may want to embroider their
cloth or tye dye it, again this is quite all right. I am only giving
you a sample of what you can do. The end result is a spell box, a
box for magikal intent so however you choose to decorate it or not
is up to you.

Addt’l Info For the Spell Box! BB, *Starra* )O(
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Crafting with A Witch

Empowering

Now we are ready to empower our spell box, on the night of a full
moon, open the lid of your box and:

Raise it to the Northern Quarter and ask:

Element of Earth, I ask that you place your gift of healing within
this box.

Turn to the Eastern Quarter:

Element of Air, I ask that you place your gift of communication into
this box.

Turn to the Southern Quarter.

Element of Fire, I ask that you place your gift of passion within
this box.

Turn to the Western Quarter.

Element of Water, I ask that you place your gift of cleansing into
this box.

Return to the Northern Quarter and say:

I ask that this box now be empowered as a tool of magic. That only
positive intent will be sent from its heart as I ask it to forever
assist me in my magical life. So Mote It Be.

The box is now ready for use in spells of all types, when not in use
please wrap it in its white cloth and store out of site. It can only
be used for one purpose at a time. Specific spells for the box are
in our spell book section of this site .

Hare Moon

Now is the time to celebrate life and love. Renew and affirm your sensuality, kindle the fire of romance . Dance and make love by the light of a bon fire, the glow of red candles, or just the full moons radiance. Free your wild nature…

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