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Peace, Tranquility and Healing

Sitting comfortably or lying down with eyes closed, let’s begin by becoming aware of the breath……

Feel the breath as it enters with a cool feeling and then warming as it gently travels down into the lungs…..

Fill the lungs with a deep inhale, bringing in energy, vitality and prana, the life force…..

As you exhale, feel the body releasing toxins, stress and any negativity that has accumulated…..

Stay with this breath, focusing on the feeling of deep peace for ten deep inhalations and exhalations….

Feel the energy that is in the body….

Become aware of the warmth and tingling of every cell…..

Feel the energy that is in the extended environment, in every part of nature and in every living thing…..

Bring all those energies together and feel them as one…..

Visualize all of that energy shining brightly, as the sun…..

Bring the shining glow of bright energy over the crown of the head…..

Feel it starting to travel down into your body from the top of your head, slowly going down into your face and neck, traveling down into the shoulders, all the way down into the arms, down to the fingers…..

Feel the healing energy and light going down into your chest, all the way down to your hips…..

Feel it continue traveling down your legs all the way down to your toes…..

Your whole body is now filled with divine healing light and energy…..

Allow that healing energy to completely fill any physical area that needs healing energy…..

Feel it warming, healing and expanding through the area……

Allow the healing light to bring peace and healing to any emotional issues or traumas…..

Bring your awareness to any intentions or desires that you may have…..

Hold the thoughts of those intentions or desires as you allow the healing energy to bring your deepest desires to life and your intentions into reality…..

Feel your connection to divine energy and light, and know that all is ONE.

Stay with this deep, relaxing, peaceful feeling of bliss.

Faery Herbs Charms

* Bluebells *
Said to attract faeries to dance in your garden. On Beltane eve, make an ankle bracelet of “Bluebells” and “jingle” bells to attract helpful fae folk to you.
* Clover *
A sacred faery plant, clovers of all kinds will attract them. Lay seven grains of wheat on a four-leafed clover to see the Faery.
* Elderberry *
Used to make Faery wine, these berries can be burned on a fire to invite the Good Folk to a gathering. Make a homemade brew of Elderberry Wine and you are sure to have some thirsty visitors. It is said that if a human drinks the wine, she will be able to see the Faery. If a human should drink Elderberry wine from the same goblet as a Faery being, he will be able to see them forever after.
* Elecampagne *
Also known as Elfswort. This root can be scattered around the home to attract the Sidhe. It can be added to any magick or spell to invoke Faery blessing.
* Foxglove *
The source of the modern heart drug Digitalis, Foxglove can have seriously dangerous results if taken internally. DO NOT INGEST!! Instead, plant Foxglove near your front door to invite the Faery in. Put a dried sprig of Foxglove in a talisman to keep you surrounded in Faery light.
* Heather *
Heather is said to ignite faery passions and open portals between their world and our own. Make an offering of Heather on “Beltane” eve to attract good fae to your garden or house.
* Lilac *
The sweet scent is said to draw Fae spirits to your garden. Lilac and primroses for midsummer’s eve, will please the Fae.
* Mistletoe *
The most sacred herb of the Druids. Mistletoe is a magickal activator. In Faery spells, use a dash of Mistletoe taken on Summer Solstice to empower your workings with Faery magick.
* Milkweed *
Both Monarch butterflies and fairies like milkweed. If Milkweed is planted in a Witches garden, the fey will always be in the area. The silky tassels of the Milkweed pods can be added to a dream pillow to not only make it softer but also to make you dream of fairies. In the Autumn when the pods are bursting and the fluffy seeds are flying across the fields, a wish is granted for each seed that can be caught and then released again.
* Peony *
Peony seeds were once used to protect children from faeries. A garland of the seeds were placed around the child’s neck to keep them safe from kidnapping. In this day and age, with faery contact so drastically diminished, I doubt that anyone would want to don this faery banishing herb unless they were living smack dab in the middle of a circle of crazed Fae!!
* Poppies *
Said to invoke the faery into your dreams Make a dream pillow of fresh poppies to entice the fae to your dreams.
* Primrose *
When planted in a garden or hung dried on the front door, primroses will attract the company of Faeries. If you have them growing under your care, do not let them die! The Faery will be deeply offended by your carelessness. Primroses are great in container gardens. Tie a pink ribbon around your container of Primroses while chanting; “Sacred roses, hear my cry
for your protection, this I tie”
* Roses *
Roses attract the Faery to a garden. Their sweet scent will lure elemental spirits to take up residence close by. Roses can be used in Faery love spells. When performing the spell, sprinkle rose petals under your feet and dance softly upon them while asking the Faery for their blessing on your magick. Roses are loved by the fey so you can plant Roses in your garden to attract fairies. Wild Roses are best for this purpose and you need to say the following spell as you plant your baby Rose bush:
“I ask a fairy from the wild,
To come and tend this wee rose-child.
A babe of air she thrives today,
Root her soul in the Goddesses’ good clay.
Fairies make this twig your bower,
By your magic shall time see her flower!”
* Thyme *
Wearing thyme will increase your ability to see the Sidhe. Sprinkle it at the base of your door, and on window sills to invite the Faery to enter your home
(From: witchwoman )

Spicy Party Mix

5 cups  crispix cereal squares

1 cup  roasted mixed nuts — salted

1 cup  pretzels — stick

1 cup  cashews — salted

1 teaspoon  garlic powder

1 teaspoon  tabasco sauce

Combine cereal, nuts, and pretzels in a 9x13x2 pan, set aside stir together remaining ingredients. Pour over cereal mixture and stir or toss gently to coat. Bake @ 250 degrees for 15 minutes, stir. Repeat for a total of 45 minutes.  Or microwave for 2 minutes, stir, and microwave 2 minutes more. Cool on paper towels store in an airtight container.

Caroba

Botanical: Jacaranda procera (SPRENG.)
Family: N.O. Bignoniacea
—Synonyms—Carob Tree. Carobinha. Bignonia Caroba. Jacaranda Caroba. Caaroba.
—Part Used—The leaves.
—Habitat—South America.

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—Description—The genus Jacaranda includes several species which are used medicinally in South America, and especially in Brazil. The trees are small, and the leaves thick, tough, and lanceolate, about 2 1/2 inches long, odourless, and slightly bitter in taste.
—Constituents—There has been found in the leaves Caroba balsam, caroborelinic acid carobic acid, steocarobic acid, carobon, and crystalline substance, carobin.

—Medicinal Actions and Uses—The value of the Jacaranda active principles has been proved in syphilis and venereal diseases, being widely used by the aborigines of Brazil and other South American countries. The leaves have also been tried in epilepsy for their soothing influence.

—Dosage—From 15 to 60 grains.

—Other Species—
CAROB-TREE, or Ceratonia siliqua, is a small tree of the Mediterranean coasts. (One species of Jacarande tree grows in Palermo, and the exquisite blue flowers when in bloom about the middle of June are an arresting sight, much more suggestive of ‘Love in the Mist’ than the plant which actually bears that name. – EDITOR.) Beyond its name it has no connexion with Caroba. It furnishes the St. John’s Bread which probably corresponds to the husks of the Prodigal Son parable, and the seed which is said to have been the original jewellers’ carat weight.

The Spaniards call it Algaroba, and the Arabs Kharoub, hence Carob or Caroub Pods, Beans, or Sugar-pods. It is also called Locust Pods. These pods are much used in the south of Europe for feeding domestic animals and, in times of scarcity, as human food. Being saccharine, they are more heatgiving than nourishing. The seeds or beans were used as fodder for British cavalry horses during the Spanish campaign of 1811-12.

South American varieties are Prosopis dulcis and P. siliquastrum of the Leguminosae family.

Tiamat

 
Themes: History, change, spirituality, fertility, birth, creativity.
Symbols: Reptiles, seawater.
 
About Tiamat: The personification of creative, fertile forces in
Assyro-Babylonian traditions, Tiamat gave birth to the world. She is the
inventive power of chaos, whose ever-changing energy hones the human
soul and creates unending possibilities for its enlightenment. In later
accounts, Tiamat took on the visage of a half-dinosaur or dragonlike
creature, symbolizing the higher and lower self, which must work
together for positive change and harmonious diversity.
 
To Do Today: Taking place at the Dinosaur National Monument, this
festival celebrates the ancient, mysterious dinosaurs that speak of the
Earth’s long-forgotten past – a past that Tiamat observed and nurtured.
One fun activity to consider for today is getting an archaeology
dinosaur kit at a local science shop and starting to “dig up” the past
for yourself! As you work, meditate on the meaning of Tiamat’s energy in
your life. The more bones you uncover, the more you’ll understand and
integrate her transformative energy.
 
Carry a fossil in your pocket today to help keep you connected to Tiamat
and her spiritual inventiveness. Or, wash your hands with a little
saltwater so that everything you touch is blesses with Tiamat’s
productive nature and cleansing.

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

Goddess Meditation

The Goddess Durga unleashed a shower of weapons, and demons by the
hundreds fell down dead. Others fell senseless, deafened by the
ringing of her bell. Some of them she bound with ropes and dragged along
the ground. Some of them she split in half, and some she
bashed with her mace. Some demons vomited blood; others looked like
porcupines, so many arrows filled their
flesh. Arms, legs, hands littered the battlefield. Dead and dying demons
covered the battlefield. Blood ran so thick
the ground was impassable. This was Durga: a forest fire, consuming all
in its path, that was how she dealt with the demon army.
~ Indian Devi Mahatmya
 
The Goddess is far from being always peaceful and sweet. She has a
fierce side, too, as this passage from Indian epic poetry shows. Durga
came into existence when the world was threatened with destruction from
a demon army. All the gods could not conquer them and it looked as
though the world would indeed be demolished. But the great Goddess
Parvati knit her brow in concern. All her anger consolidated itself
there and from the third eye in the center of her forehead, an armed
figure sprang. This was Durga, who proceeded to destroy the demon army
and to free the world from their pernicious influence.
 
The feminine principle is shown, in this great myth, as fierce and
unyielding. Like the Greek Athena, the Roman Minerva, the legendary
Amazon warriors and many other fighting Goddesses, Durga shows that
strength and power are not limited to the masculine.
 
from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Universal Divine

 ~ Abby Willowroot © 2008
I am better than my own prejudices
my heart is deeper than my own pettyness
my true spirit seeks the balance of harmony
my journey as a human can unite me with all

In our hearts, the eternal divine dwells
I call it by one name of my understanding
you call it by another name
and others call it by other names
the different names do not matter
divine is divine is divine and eternal
It has names beyond counting
each name is true and sacred

We are divided only by our own prejudices
threatened by our own fears of the unlimited
we see the indivisible power of spiritual eternity
and divide it into manageable bits of understanding
leaving the greater truths beyond our feeble grasp
clinging to a few facets of the unlimited divine
and defend our facets as the whole truth
the only truth we dare to see and accept

May my heart be open to understand more
open to celebrate the facets held sacred by others
knowing that their truth is as true as mine
each path and every  path  to the divine is sacred
and deserving of my deepest respect
call it God, Energy or something else
all names of the divine are true
sacred, eternal and magic
 

De-tox Bath

4 gallons water
1 cup burdock root
1 cup elder flowers
1 cup yarrow flowers
1 cup Epsom salts

Make an Inner Harvest Wreath

Adapted from Celebrating the Great Mother, by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw (Inner Traditions, 1995).
Simple Solution
“We are a gift the earth is giving to herself.” –Joanna Macy

Harvest is traditionally the time to take stock, when longer nights and colder weather send out a strong call to turn inward, to identify the accomplishments and qualities of character that will see us through the long dark months ahead.

Find out how to make this easy, simple wreath that celebrates our own autumn harvests. Your finished wreath will make a beautiful and unique door decoration, or a centerpiece for your harvest table. This Autumn activity is perfect for the whole family, a heartwarming way to honor each person’s uniqueness that is their gift to the world.

1. Give some real time and thought to your own harvests over the past year. What did you learn? What did you do? How have you grown, deepened, or changed? What were the major events or accomplishments you would like to honor?

2. Find small ways to represent these inner harvests. For example, if you just bought your first home, a tiny house carved out of wood or shaped from clay would make a perfect addition to the wreath. If your child just learned how to ride a two-wheeler, she or he could draw a small bike on a piece of cardboard to glue on. I might include one of my new Care2 business cards, folded and tied with a gold ribbon. My son could make a small copy of the letter telling him he won a contest for young artists and roll it up like a scroll. My sweetheart just became a yoga instructor, so he might make a tiny yoga mat. You could cut discs of wood from a fallen branch and paint them with personal harvest symbols. Take some time as a family to think and talk about your achievements.

3. You may want to harvest some wild grapevine and twist it into a circle-shape or you could buy a premade grapevine wreath to be the base for your creation.

3. Using non-toxic wood glue or green wreath wire, glue or attach your symbols to the wreath base. Add any decoration that strikes your fancy: autumn leaves, nuts or seed pods, dried flower-heads, corn necklaces (see the September ’03 issue of Care2 Lifestyle for a How-To), feathers, crystals, apples cut in thin slices through the center and dried–all would make pretty additions to your wreath.

Oak Moon

The time of the Suns return approaches and the Moon awaits her lover. Make wreaths of Holly, Pine, Oak, Cedar or Ivy. On the full Oak Moon burn them as an offering to the Sun and Moon. Create a sacred Moon ornament to hang on the boughs of your yule tree

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