To Induce You will need:
1/2 oz carrier oil 12 drops bergamot 3 drops lavender 3 drops cypress
Directions: In 1/2 oz of carrier oil (I used apricot kernel, sweet almond would also be good),
mix 12 drops of bergamot, 3 drops lavender and 3 drops cypress.
To increase the benefits of your sleep, apply a few drops behind your ears, spreading the excess out over
your jawline. Do this immediately before bed.
This is a good oil blend for people who have trouble falling asleep at night,
or for people who sleep restlessly.
DREAMING IN THE GARDEN SPELL
Dreams can be merely entertaining or intense and prophetic.
Many natural aids to dreaming can be found in the garden.
If you want peaceful dreams that are relaxing, place a vase of jasmine by your bed.
If you are having nightmares and wish them stopped, place morning glories in the vase instead.
If you need to learn something in a dream, place a bay leaf under your pillow and ask for the knowledge.
If you just want nice dreams, use a sachet of lavender.
If you want to send a psychic dream to a loved one, blow the seeds off the top of a dandelion in his or her
direction and project your wish, then go right to sleep.
If you want your dreams to come true, you can do one of two spells.
At midnight on a Friday, in silence, gather nine small non spiny holly leaves and wrap them in a cloth.
Place them under your pillow, make your wish, and go to sleep. Your dreams will come true.
Another ancient spell is to scatter marigold flowers under your bed, make your wish, and then say:
Wish I want and wish I may
Come to me through dream so fair
Come by night and come by day
Come, thou wish, and ride thee here
DREAM PROTECTION SPELL
You Need: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or another fruit juice) 1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil 1 light weight cauldron (a glass bowl works too)
1 piece of paper 1 black pen 2 black or red candles (1 of each works best)
Mix the lemon juice, sea salt, and oil into your cauldron.
Place the cauldron in front of you on the floor.
Sit comfortably and place the candles beside the cauldron (red on left, black on right.)
Rip the piece of paper in half then set it aside.
Light both candles, left one first. Now close your eyes and visualize a sphere.
In the middle of the sphere, visualize yourself stuck inside, trying to get out.
See the black and red candles burning around you. Watch as the candles spin around you,
getting faster each time they pass. Then see yourself magickally being released.
On one piece of paper, draw a picture of what you saw. On the other, write down your biggest fear.
Light both pieces of paper on fire, using the black for the written half, red for the drawing.
Then throw them into your cauldron.
Take the cauldron outside and pour it (paper and all) into a hole in the ground.
Cover the hole with dirt. The spell is done
You can create your own, albeit more modest but nevertheless magickal, world tree in your garden.
You can use any tree or a large bush as long as it has plenty of branches. Indoors, you can use a large ornamental tree or bush. Alternatively, use large, stripped-wood branches indoors or set them in soil. Wherever it is located, your magickal tree acts as a protective force to repel harm from your property.
You can start the tree with just one or two items. You will need some of the following:
- A witch ball or coloured-glass fishing float that reflects the garden and shines in sunlight. These are both protective and empowering. Witch balls resemble huge Christmas baubles and come from the American folk tradition. You can make one by painting a glass sphere with metallic paint or buy one from a New Age shop or website. You can also find them sold as disco ballls in gift stores.
- Fishing floats made of transparent glass are on sale in antique stores or garage sales, but increasingly in gift shops and houseware stores. Hang two or three of these from the tree. You can use rope with three fishing floats, each of a different coloured glass on a tree.
- Mirrors. These need only be small to reflect the flow of the life force round the garden and repel all harm. You can use ordinary round mirrors or Chinese lucky Bagua mirrors that display the old Chinese symbols for eight natural forces that together energize the universe and our lives. Convex ones that curve outwards are especially protective.
- Outdoors, nets of seeds and nuts or fat balls bring wild birds to the tree. This is especially important if the tree itself is not living.
- Symbols of fertility and prosperity. Fill small raffia baskets with long handles with coins, sparkling crystals like yellow citrine and clear crystal quartz or dried herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme that bring abundance to the garden and your herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme that bring abundance to the garden and your home. You can often buy ornamental baskets set with wooden or ceramic fruits and flowers.
- Small metal birds (you can sometimes buy them made of recycled metal). They will gleam in the light and encourage positive change and the free-flowing life.
- Feathers on cords to encourage positive change and the free-flowing life force.
- Seasonal flowers, again especially important if the tree itself is not living. These can be weaved into circles or used as garlands secured with twine. Keep these fresh and replace regularly.
- Sun catchers, crystals or polished glass stones on chains.
- Ribbons tied on the tree for different washes. Secure the ribbon with three knots on to the tree and make your wish. Use ribbons that are not synthetic.
In the Norse tradition, Yggdrassil, the world tree, supported the nine realms of existence. At the top was Asgard, the home of the Aesir, the principle deities, led by Odin and his consort Frigg. This level also contained Vanaheim, the kingdom of the wind, fertility and sea Gods, with whom the Aesir fashioned an uneasy peace, and Alfheim, home of the light elves. On the middle level was Midgard, the land of the humans. They shared this level with Jotunheim, the land of the frost giants and Nidavellir, the realmo of the dwarves, who guarded their treasure and made artefacts for the deities. The lowest realm was divided between Niflheim and Hel, realms of the dead and Svartalafheim, home of the dark elves.
In Eastern Europe as well as in Asia the mythological world tree was considered the axis of the world with the pole star at the top. Shamans, the magickal priests or healers of indigenous peoples worldwide, climb this tree in a trance to reach other realms. Look up through the branches of a very tall tree on a starry night and you will see how this belief came into being.
The tree appears in numerous creation myths. In one Maori legend, the tree was the first thing to appear at creation and on it grew countless buds that contained all created life. A number of Native North American creation myths tell how the first humans climbed pine or fir trees from the underworld and broke through on to the Earth. In Viking myth the first man was fashioned by Odin and his brothers from an ash (Aesc) and the first woman from an elm tree (Embla). The gods found the trees while walking on the seashore.
Sacred and magickal trees are found in the religious and mythology of almost every culture. Trees form the link between earth and sky, because they have their roots in soil and their branches in the air and were originally regarded as a creative form of the Earth Mother.
In early forms of religion, people believed that trees were themselves deities, a belief that gradually gave way to the idea that the spirits of deities or nature essences lived within the tree. In Japan, temples have been built around sacred trees for more than two thousand years. Here it is believed that mononoke, the magickal life force, is concentrated in trees and rocks. The Japanese Cryptomeria and the evergreen sakaki trees are especially rich in this force and are often used for building sacred shrines. The tree itself is incorporated into the central pillar so the indwelling power of the nature deity night bless the site.
In parts of Sweden until quite recently, a guardian tree, often elm, ash or lime, was planted close to farms or small settlements and it was forbidden to tak even a leaf from this tree. Pregnant women used to embrace the tree to ensure an easy delivery.
Trees have also been associated from Africa to Eastern Europe with the spirits of fertility, who regulated rain, sunshine and good harvests. In Germany and France, in some agricultural areas, a large leafy branch or even a whole tree, decorated with corn ears or the last corn sheaf, adorns the last wagon of the harvest. It was traditionally set on the roof of the farmhouse or barn for a year to ensure future good harvest.
In India, sacred trees are still visited in order to ask for blessings, especially for fertility, from the indwelling spirit or deity; food and flowers are left at the tree shrine and offering ribbons are tied to the tree.
The Celtic Druids worshipped not in temples, but in groves of trees. These natural sites may have predated the Celts by thousands of years; and still in Wales, Brittany and Cornwall the trees are hung with ribbons, trinkets and petitions for healing and blessings.
Daily Goddess Devotion
When I awaken from my sleep,
Fear holds deep within my heart;
I know not if it was a dream,
Or if these things will someday start.
Men dressed in armor I can see,
As souls cry out from all around;
Lost as if they no know why,
As blood rises from the ground.
Visions fade from within my eyes,
Seeking to know: is it future or is it past;
For how can I know what lies within;
Is it a dream or time unmasked.
I ask the Goddess protect our way,
Cover us in Her love and to hold us near,
For in Her light we are truly blessed;
We shall stand as one and show no fear.
Let the world see us for who we are,
For we have not lost our way;
Goddess Mother guide us on,
Show us how to stand and stay.
Heal the hearts of mortal man,
By Earth, Fire, Rain and Wind;
And unto the world our light weâ€™ll give,
The Energy of peace together send.
Copyright Â© 11292011
This morning it’s Ehwaz of Tyr’s Aett pronounced “ay-wawz” or Ehwo “ay-woh” (E: Horse or two horses) Transportation. May represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle. Movement and change for the better. Gradual development and steady progress are indicated. Harmony, teamwork, trust, loyalty. An ideal marriage or partnership. Confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes around it.
The Horse slowly moves her load. She doesn’t hurry, the road is long. Movement. Gradual but steady change. Your new life-style may look like a long road. It may be connected with real travel or with a change of job or house. Success won’t come quickly, so don’t hurry. It will arise naturally as a result of steady progress. The horse can carry a load and this means taking on board a duty or burden involving service to others, but this will bring you personal success.
Ehwaz Reversed or Merkstave: This is not really a negative rune. A change is perhaps craved. Feeling restless or confined in a situation. Reckless haste, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal. (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**
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— Kevin Burke
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Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
53: A Steady Pace
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
General Meaning: Like an ancient old-growth forest — where the subtle play of light, texture and shadows is the product of a process measured in centuries and inches — most things of lasting value develop gradually, at their own pace. The ability to learn from experience — one of humanity’s greatest capacities — implies constant yet gradual progress. The combination of stillness within and determination without are the essence of this dynamic. Good things sometimes sprout quickly; the truly delightful take much longer.
The principle of gradual development applies also to human relationships. For love and marriage or any important partnership to endure, progress must be slow but steady: slow enough to allow for the bonds to knit properly; steady enough to keep moving in the right direction.
You can’t expect to have everything all at once. Development must be allowed to take its proper course and allotted time; events must neither be rushed nor manipulated, but allowed to unfold naturally. In this way, you will come to enjoy long-lasting relationships and achieve success.