Burn white candles alongside the image of the Strength card drawn from the tarot deck of your choice. (Different decks, feature different interpretations of the image. choose one that resonates for you.) Contemplate the image while the candle burns, then place the card under your pillow where it should remain until the spell is no longer needed.
This spell is particularly effective when the candle is burned in the presence of the target. (No need to explain why the candle is being burned, just have it blazing.)
Should someone resist your advances, write their name on a piece of brown paper.
Anoint it will a drop of Do As I Say Oil.
Carve a purple candle or a figure candle that represents the target of the spell, and then dress it with Do As I Say Oil.
Place the candle atop the paper and burn.
Grind sweet flag (calamus), myrrh, cedar chips, and peppermint.
Place them in a bottle and cover with safflower, jojoba, and apricot kernel oil.
Add a few drops of essential oil of bergamot.
Sweet flag (calamus) is prized for its aphrodisiac properties as well as its powers of command. Both influences are at play in Do As I Say Oil, also known as As You Please or As I Please Oil. Although it may also be used in business relationships, many spells using Do As I Say Oil possess an erotic component, as it combines the effects of a Commanding Oil with that of a seduction oil. Do As I Say Oil is one of the milder commanding condition oils. Its intent is to make others wish to please you.
Anoint a piece of ginger root with a drop of Commanding Oil. Carry it in a conjure bag to maintain it dominant presence.
‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Bad feelings are burdens. When we get to the point of believing the whole world is sour because we don’t understand it, we have a lot of self-searching to do. Maybe we helped it to lose its sweetness. Maybe we’re the bad apple that soured the whole lot.
Our first thought should be to make amends. Sometimes we can’t, and when such is the case we need to get out of the way and let time and nature take its course.
Life is too beautiful to go on being a bitter pill that insists that everyone swallow it. As in the words of Caleb C. Colton, an English clergyman around the turn of the century, “the man who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the grief which he proposes to remove.”
We need to unburden ourselves by forgetting our problems and doing something that will put a smile on someone else’s face.
The quickest way to solve the problem of hurt feelings is to inquire if this situation is important to the whole of existence. Does this particular thing mean more than any of the other things of life? It is amazing how quickly trials fade into nothingness when faced with this question. It places before us the need to decide here and now the meaning of our whole existence.
There are not many things in our lives that we can truthfully say mean everything to us. The small things are important and very dear, but the really significant things we count on one hand – life, our loved ones, our good desires, our faith, and our nation.
One of the most magnified situations in this day is taking life too seriously. In the stress of too much mental confusion, we seem unable to laugh off so many little irritations. We let personality rule us into making each little problem the source of great anxiety and dramatically lay hold of it until it chokes us.
The worthwhile side of this life is too important to let ourselves become involved with things that mean little to us. Too much of the trouble in the world is caused from ego-building important that would never be missed in anyone’s existence.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 13
“When you remove love and try to replace it with monetary things, you’ve got nothing … Get him to understand that he has to love himself before he can love anything else.”
–John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
It is said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s the trouble, most of us do.
Great Spirit, You are love; You are spirit. Spirit and love are interconnected. I am spiritual. Let me realize what I am really made of.
January 13 – Daily Feast
If we are not happy, it is because no one has given us permission to be. The hardships and stresses of those who went before us make us wonder if we have a right to do better. Do we have permission to outlive, outdo, outwork all those who went before us? Have we given our children permission to be stronger, better, and more intelligent than we are? The Cherokees have a word for it, adahenhdi, meaning the gift. Or have we told them to adhere to their roots instead of respecting them? Have we made them caretakers, or have we set them free to be strong builders on firm foundations? Permission is hard to come by when we wait and wait for someone to tell us we have done well, that we have earned the right to be mature, respected adults. No, we give ourselves permission to grow, to live long and well, to prosper and be in good health.
~ I can tell my children that the way to get honor is to go to work and be good men and women. ~
CHIEF RUNNING BIRD
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Whichever steep method you use, the following recipes will provide a
delightful herbal vinegar for a variety of uses. We’ve selected base
vinegars which we have found work well with the herbs in each individual
recipe. But once again, let your palate be your guide. The recipes are all
for two cups of vinegar, and may be increased for larger batches. All of
the herbs must be fresh, not dried.
Bouquet Garni Herbal Vinegar–
Use this vinegar to deglaze a pan after sautéing meats, in a salad
dressing, or in a marinade for any type of meat.
¼ C. Rosemary
¼ C. Thyme
¼ C. Parsley
6-8 fresh Bay Leaves
2 C. White Wine Vinegar
Fines Herbes Herbal Vinegar–
This light vinegar gets its flavor from the four fine herbs of classic
French cooking. It gives a nice flavor to sautéed or steamed vegetables,
and makes a nice salad dressing.
¼ C. Parsley
¼ C. French Tarragon
¼ C. Chives
¼ C. Chervil
2 C. Champagne Vinegar
Lemon Herbal Vinegar–
Use this tart vinegar to give a zip to vegetables, in a refreshing salad
dressing, or in a chicken marinade.
¼ C. Lemon Thyme
¼ C. Lemon Grass
¼ C. Lemon Balm
¼ C. Lemon Verbena
1 T. Lemon Peel
2 C. White Wine Vinegar
The flavors of Herbes de Provence are excellent for marinating pork and
lamb, and a light touch pairs well with seafood.
¼ C. Thyme
¼ C. Basil
¼ C. Summer Savory
¼ C. Sage
2 T. Rosemary
2 T. Lavender Blooms
6 Fresh Bay Leaves
Salad Herbal Vinegar–
Use this tart vinegar alone as a light, fat-free salad dressing, or
combine it with some olive oil,salt and pepper to make a mellower
dressing. It also make a great red meat marinade.
¼ C. Thyme
¼ C. Greek Oregano
¼ C. Marjoram
¼ C. Chive Blossom (or Chives if not in bloom)
½ C. White Wine Vinegar
½ C. Red Wine Vinegar
Use your imagination to create your own herbal vinegars. And don’t be
afraid to add spices to the vinegars. We’ve added peppercorns, cardamom,
whole allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and crushed red pepper. You can
use dill, caraway and celery seeds. And blooms make delightful vinegars
and a beautiful presentation in the bottles. We’ve used sweet violet,
nasturtium, society garlic, dill, chive, and Spanish tarragon blooms. Keep
experimenting! Your personal creativity is where the fun begins in making
Additional combinations we’ve used:
For Pork: Sage, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Pepper Corns
For Fish: Dill, Tarragon, Lemon Thyme, Parsley, Lemon Peel
For a beautiful rose colored vinegar: Opal Basil, Chive Blooms
For a spicy vinegar: Cilantro, Savory, Marjoram, Thyme, Crushed Red
Classic Tarragon Vinegar: French tarragon in champagne vinegar.
From Lingles Herbs
Put 1 drop of Sweet Fennel essential oil in a brown paper bag. Hold it over your nose and mouth
and breathe deeply and slowly through your nose.
As Bridget would smoor.
The gods’ protection
Be upon the flame.
I will build this power
As I build the hearth
At the dawn of the red sun of day.
Beth Clare Johnson