Drink this tea an hour before undertaking any form of divination. If you wish, you can continue sipping it through the divination process.
3 tsp rose petals
1 tsp jasmine flowers
2 crushed bay leaves
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon
Reading tea leaves is one of the older forms of divination. You do not need to use this recipe to perform a reading any tea will do.
Have a glass of this tea an hour before undertaking ritual or any Magickal work. It helps in the preparation of both mind and body
2 tsp. rosemary leaves
1 tsp lavender flowers
grated peel of 1 orange
‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
It has been said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But it is even truer that there is no hell more furious than those humans beings who feel scorn within themselves for themselves. It is natural but painful for those who do not know the meaning of love to find fault and grief within their own existence. Unable to accept the blame for their actions, there is a continual search for the cause in other people.
How can we tell what point in life others may have reached in their development? We can only see and sense the pain that some carry while they learn the way. If it is impossible to get along with them, we should get along without them, but condemning them will never turn the tide.
Understanding of others and of ourselves has been a great human need for all time. The fact that we do not look with a critical eye, pecking away in constant irritation at another’s faults, but give some sign of friendliness, some patience for rebellious spirits, may serve as the turning point for that spirit. And to try for such understanding does no harm for the one who makes the effort.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 18
“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.”
–Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX
Be still and know. All new learning’s, all ideas about new things, creativity, daydreaming and mental effectiveness come to those who learn about silence. All warriors know about the power of silence. All Elders know about stillness. Be still and know God. Meditation is about the place of silence. This is the place to hear God’s voice. We can find tremendous amounts of knowledge in the place of silence. This is the sacred place of God.
Great Spirit, teach me the power of silence.
January 18 – Daily Feast
A certain amount of protection from the wind makes it pleasant to walk in the deep woods, even in January – Uno lv ta na. It is quieter and without the activity of other seasons, but the deer come daily to feed on acorns that litter the moss covered earth. Timing is important, even though the Cherokee has been said to have a time of his own – arriving and leaving as he see fit. But even nature gets ahead of herself or lags behind at times. Here in the dead of winter, a shaft of sunlight brings out tiny moth-like insects that dance straight up and down, going nowhere. Doing the right thing at the right time is all-important. We tend to get overanxious and want to push ahead when it is not the time nor the right thing to do. We are not programmed by nature but by Spirit, and from that comes the wisdom to stay or act.
~ I beseech you…..by everything you hold sacred and dear, abandon this wild visionary and desperate undertaking and return to your village. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
The Herban Corner – Celtic Tree Magic
Willows are magical trees with slender pale silver-green leaves. The weeping willow originated in China, where it graced cemeteries as a symbol of immortality, and the tree had spread to the Near East by Biblical times. As Old Testament reference to the exiled Jews hanging their harps upon the willows as they wept beside the rivers of Babylon led to the weeping willow’s classification by Linnaeus as Silax babylonica. In ancient Greece, the goddess Hera was born under a willow on the island of Samos, where a magnificent temple was built to honor her. In the underworld kingdom of Pluto and Persephone, Orpheus touched a willow branch and received the gift of supernatural eloquence. Willow groves are sacred to Hecate, dark goddess of witchcraft.
During the Middle Ages, the willow became a traditional motif adorning tombs. Early 19th-century gravestones throughout New England were decorated with the willow emblem. An old spell uses willow to dismiss love and transform passion into friendship.
At Full Moon snip a foot-long tendril from a weeping willow tree and braid it with equal lengths of bright red and cool green yarn. Tie three knots in the braid and hang the charm in an airy room until the Moon is in its last quarter. On three successive nights untie the knots one by one in privacy and silence while concentrating on your desire. Before the New Moon rises, burn the red strand to ashes and throw to the winds. Coil the willow and green wool together and place in an envelope for safekeeping.
The willow of the Druids was not the weeping willow, but the tree or shrub we know as the pussy willow. The Irish called the pussy willow one of the “seven noble trees of the land.”
The pussy willow is used in love charms as a guard against evil and its wands are often employed in divination. Reflecting the ancient status of the pussy willow, it is the wood to “knock on” and avert bad luck.
Medieval herbalists placed all willows under the rulership of the moon.
Excerpted From Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd.
GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course
Change You Spell
Incense of the day: Poplar
The first thing any spell changes is you. Words have power, and as you weave a spell, you must be aware of what you are saying. “I will do something” is a very different statement from “I will try to
do something.” A friend once told me his tribe teaches never to say “try”; instead, always say “I trust I can do this.” This advice is in fact very invaluable in spellworking. If there is an area in your life you’d like to improve, try this simple affirmation. First, gaze into your mirror. Light a pink votive candle, and turn off the lights in the room. Say this affirmation three times: “I trust that I am an honorable person. I trust my deities to be with me in all things. I trust I can change those things that are harmful to me. I trust that I can achieve my goals.” Do this as often as you like.
Goddess Of The Day: GUNNLOED
Wassail Day (England)
Themes: Creativity; Wisdom; Health; Protection; Fertility
Symbols: Mead; Poetry; Cauldron or Cup; Apples
About Gunnloed: This Teutonic Goddess guards the mead (a honey wine often made with apples) of sagacity and the muse- a refreshment most welcome at the outset of a new year. In art, Gunnloed is depicted as a giantess; according to stories about her, she stood vigilantly by the magic cauldron of Odherie until Odin wooed her and stole much of the elixir away.
To Do Today: For inspiration and insight, pick out a cup that’s special to you and fill it with apple tea and a teaspoon of honey (a mock mead). Stir it clockwise, saying,
Gunnloed, come to me, put ingenuity in this tea! Drink the tea to internalize the magic. If possible, sip it quietly while enjoying a good book of heartening poetry.
Alternatively, sip some mead, quaff some apple juice, or eat an apple today for health, and give a little of the leftover liquid to nearby trees. In Anglo-Saxon tradition, this festival marked a time to enjoy wassail, a spiced apple cider or mead with herbs. Farmers shared this beverage with the apple groves to keep them fertile. Wassail literally means “be well” or “be whole.” Drink of the wassail cup to ensure yourself of Gunnloed’s gifts of well-being, creativity, and happiness all year .
Today Is: Tiu’s Day
The day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars, whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good to be cautious—especially while traveling. Tuesday is the proper day of the week to perform rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, surgery, and the breaking of negative spells.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries and Scorpio
Today it’s Raidho of Freyja’s Aett pronounced “rye-though” (R: Wagon or chariot) Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life.
Birds fly south, but return in the spring to their native places. Travel far and you can bring together many threads in your life. The situation most important for you now is probably to do with traveling – either a journey you are already making or one which you wish to make. Another important concern is your desire to connect and communicate with people who are far away. Often, the goal of this kind of travel is an event or an achievement which you attain at the end of the journey. For example, this may be some kind of knowledge which you wish to attain. This rune reminds you that the final purpose of all traveling is to integrate new experience with past experience and get a better sense of your life, so that you see yourself in a wider perspective. If you forget this purpose, you may easily lose yourself in new impressions and become ambiguous and confused. You may feel a need to divide your efforts into several areas in order to succeed with a number of different concerns. The main thing is not to separate but to unify different parts of your life by taking into account new possibilities and understanding.
Raidho Reversed or Merkstave: Crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality. Disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a death. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)
As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.
**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission**
In the Light…
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…