Creating Magickal Amulets

Creating Magickal Amulets

by Rev. Paul V. Beyerl

Rev. Paul V. Beyerl has published several books, including The Master Book of Herbalism, and heads The Hermit’s Grove and The Rowan Tree Church, located in Bellevue. This article is an excerpt from A Compendium of Herbal Magick, a work in progress covering the documented historical uses of herbs in folklore, ritual and religions.

The making of an amulet could easily take up the space of a small book, but I will attempt to distill a seven-hour workshop into a few paragraphs.

The words “amulet” and “talisman” are frequently used as if interchangeable. Many years ago, in order to distinguish between them, we adopted the following definitions: An amulet is a container that may be filled with herbs, stones or other things to promote magick. A talisman may be a disk, pendant or solid item, upon which may be depicted sigils or images. These definitions are used in this context only within The Hermit’s Grove and The Rowan Tree Church. It is not suggested that other uses of these words are either wrong or inappropriate.

An amulet is a tool created to help bring about changes within your life. It is a small container that, when completed, has energy or power and is quite magickal. We believe that amulets may be among the oldest forms of herbal magick, when the village wise one, sensing that a plant or stone had power within it, placed it in a pocket or container to carry about.

A “traditional” amulet (traditional outside my community) is one that has a purpose. All aspects of its design and creation are oriented toward the attainment of that goal. The amulet is assembled and constructed within the context of ritual, made very carefully and considered every bit as powerful and sacred as any of your ritual tools. An amulet is given a specific blessing or consecration toward that purpose, just as a novice may be initiated and ever after be considered a priest or priestess.

One of the mysteries of an amulet is that it is a microcosm of yourself, of the person for whom it is made, or of the situation that is the focus of the goal. It is like a small energy cell or battery, containing physical ingredients and focused energies providing a steady flow of energy. An amulet can be designed so that it will continually provide access to the infinite power of the universe throughout its existence. To understand a traditional amulet, give thought to the concept of the cauldron of Cerridwen, that infinite womb of creativity that is the core of the universe. From another perspective, an amulet is somewhat like a black hole, drawing energy from throughout the universe but holding it within, focused, directed solely toward the image that encompasses all aspects of your goal.

Our custom is to begin with a circle cut of leather. It should be at least six or eight inches in diameter. This flat circle is symbolic of a pentacle, that flat, round ritual tool that represents earth, or manifestation within the physical world.

To the practitioner, leather represents a gift of the creatures of the earth, representing elements of sacrifice, touching the mysteries of life and death, and is the material we can find that most closely corresponds to your physical body, which is the temple of your soul. The use of leather should never be taken lightly but is a very sacred and profound choice.

Around the perimeter of the leather circle, a series of holes should be pierced using either a leather punch or, as we have often done, a simple paper punch. A cord (chosen so that the length, color and type of thread enhance your magickal desires) is then threaded through the holes, creating a small drawstring bag.

Choose your herbs carefully. Any herb, including those too dangerous to ingest, can be included. You may also select small gemstones, add a personal piece of jewelry or lock of hair and even scribe sigils, images or words that will focus your will to bring your magick into manifestation. We recommend assembling your ingredients over a period of time. When my leather is complete, I set up a small altar. I lay the leather upon my copper pentacle or upon my altar stone and upon it I set a hand-carved, round wooden container with a flat lid. On days I consider important, I add one herb, replace the lid and set a votive candle upon the top. Sometimes I might cast a formal circle, and at other times I go about my activities, the light from the candle a constant reminder that there is magick brewing and an amulet in the works.

The final day should be one with natural power, whether a Full Moon or a birthday. Your amulet will be more powerful if all aspects of the work have power. Within an intricate ritual both formal and playful, the leather is cleansed and all ingredients placed within it. All movement and sound within the ritual is designed to draw upon the natural forces and connect the amulet with their power. And then, with ritual poetry and song, the leather circle is drawn closed and special candles are used to drip wax upon the opening so it is sealed.

Once an amulet is sealed, it should never again be opened. It is not medicine pouch. When your goal has been accomplished or the patterns of time have reached completion, the amulet must be returned to the universe. My preference is to bury it as a gift to the Mother, but there have been times when one has been placed into a flaming cauldron until reduced to ash, the ash then strewn upon sacred soil. Amulets are a wonderful way to develop your magickal skill, but they should be made rarely. The more lightly you treat this magickal use of herbs, the less likely they are to assist you with their magick. I have an amulet hanging in my truck. We have a household amulet, and I can’t imagine magickal life without a few of these sources of change.

  

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for 1/31

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:

56: The Wanderer

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Hexagram 56

 General Meaning: A seasoned traveler knows that a special kind of decorum is called for when one ventures far from home. He or she must develop a yielding nature outwardly, so that the ‘local contact’ or host can open doors and prevent unseemly errors. But inwardly, the wanderer knows that it is sometimes impossible to discern the true intentions of strangers — are they hostile, friendly or merely opportunistic?

The twin houses of mystery and discovery rule any journey. Each new day is launched on a fresh landscape, one that reaches out to grab our full attention. Though new adventures are a great teacher — and often a great equalizer — there is an art to living lightly in a strange land. Mindfulness and discernment become the keys not only to success, but also to survival.

If you are entering a new environment of any sort attempt to be sincere, flexible and undemanding, rather than obstinate. Let go of old attitudes and habits that could encumber you, or make you overly conspicuous. The onset of a great journey is not a favorable time to enter into binding agreements, or to start new enterprises.

Today’s Tarot Card for 1/31

Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:

Wheel of Fortune

This Tarot Deck: Moon Garden

General Meaning: The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.

Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

Daily Horoscopes for 1/31

 

General Daily Horoscope

 

Today’s conservative Capricorn Moon adds conviction to our career strategies as we become more determined to reach our goals. But, while several earthy Capricorn planets stabilize our lives, the Sun and Mars in avant-garde Aquarius pull us into the future. We’re dancing between the cautious restraints of Saturn and the erratic expressions of Uranus. Even if we run into problems now, an impulsive Mars-Uranus aspect tempts us toward risky behavior.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You aren’t eager to slow down, but you wisely understand that expending all your energy to make small gains today might not be such a good idea. You are being challenged to accomplish everything that you set out to do now. However, it’s smarter to take it easy, rather than frantically fighting an uphill battle all day and still ending up discouraged because you didn’t reach your destination. Instead of attempting to finish what you begin, just lay a solid foundation for what’s to follow.

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You might be upset today when you realize how much you have sacrificed to get what you want. However, your decision has already been made and there’s no going back now. Although you may wish that you did things differently, you have another important choice to make in the present moment. Don’t let desperation trick you into making a bad decision; if you’re going to take a risk, make sure you first calculate your chances for success.

 

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Now that the workweek has started, you may not be able to socialize with your friends, but you’ll want to have some fun anyhow. Instead of trying to do everything, you’ll benefit the most from being very methodical today. Set priorities early in the day and then stick to your plan. If you get a lot done by quitting time, you can shift gears and squeeze in some playtime later in the evening.

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

If you recently acquiesced to an authority figure, now it’s time to pull in the reins and reassert control of your life. Finally, it’s your turn to play the role of the fearless leader; your failure to step up to the plate and claim your power will leave room for someone less qualified to take charge. Fortunately, you can act with compassion, so there’s no need to be critical of anyone. It’s crucial to seize the moment, stand up for yourself and state your beliefs. If you don’t do it, no one else will.

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may feel anxious today, and your uneasiness can get the best of you if you have been working hard to put a relationship in order. Even if you made inroads recently, there still may be something that’s not exactly right. Although you could be overwhelmed with all the stress, don’t throw in the towel yet. You have already come through the hardest part, but it will take more time to see how much progress has already occurred.

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You would be wise to get closure on a creative project now, even if you don’t want it to be finished. Taking stock of the recent changes you made at home or at work makes practical sense now. But before you initiate action, think about adjustments you can make that would improve the quality of your life right away. Don’t try to handle the bigger issues now; just concentrate on cherishing the little things that bring you joy.

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You might have a bad taste in your mouth concerning a recent emotional entanglement you had with a family member or an intimate partner. Everything seemed to be patched up and on the mend, but now you are realizing that your needs have been left out of the equation. Unfortunately, this scenario may have a familiar ring to it. Nevertheless, the conversation isn’t quite over. And it’s surely not too late to make a stand for something that’s important to you.

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your unflappable determination sees you through some sticky situations. Once you’ve made up your mind, it’s easy for you to do what must be done. Nevertheless, something could happen in your immediate environment today that tests you in a way you weren’t expecting. However, if you truly believe in yourself and are willing to put in the extra effort, you can rise to the occasion. Don’t back down; you are closer to an important victory than you think.

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The Moon’s challenging square to austere Saturn may put you in direct conflict with an authority figure at work. Your boss might not acknowledge your needs so you’ll have to overcome his or her narrow thinking. Your smartest strategy is to consciously lessen your own intensity to give everyone the time and space to recover any lost equilibrium. For now, less is actually better than more when asking for what you want.

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Suppressed anger stands between you and your happiness today, but unconsciously expressing negativity might also bring you down. However, you can begin to transmute your awkward feelings into positive actions by simply shifting your perspective. Your confidence will return once you see that there are more options available. But don’t fall victim to taking an unnecessary risk; cautious optimism offers the best chance for success.

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You feel as if you’re in the final stages of preparation, but you might not yet know what you’re getting ready for. It’s probably too late to reconsider your plans for the week, so just follow through on what you already decided. But you have more power at your disposal than you realize. Don’t talk yourself out of a victory; instead, pick a cause, set your priorities and stir up a bit of trouble. Others will recognize you as a force to be reckoned with and will treat you with the respect you deserve.

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You might consider making a quick escape today because interactions with others seem too stressful. However, working alone or playing solo is not the best use of the Moon’s current visit to your 11th House of Teamwork. Your participation in a social group could be quite liberating now. You can derive benefits from setting your needs aside and merging with a group, rather than retreating into your own world.

Waiting for Spring: How One Pagan Greets the Earth at Imbolc

Waiting for Spring: How One Pagan Greets the Earth at Imbolc

 

by Catherine Harper

Spring comes to Puget Sound early and slowly. First, there is the false spring in January, the few warm bright days that arrive along with the seed catalogs so soon after the Winter Solstice and tempt the gardener outside. I always seem to plant a few seeds for New Year’s, no matter how well I know that winter is not over, a few broccoli and hardy lettuces, or a row of radishes. By the middle of the month, the ground has frozen again. Yet the first stirrings of a lasting spring aren’t far behind.

As the days lengthen, even if the skies are leaden, the air full of rain and the thermometer nailed at 40, plants again begin to grow. It’s an odd time of year for eating. What’s in season is what has lasted from the year before — root vegetables, squash and suchlike — and what can be kept in the garden, such as cabbages and leeks that hold well there even if they don’t grow. And then there are the first shoots of new growth. The corn salad that went to seed in my garden last summer and sprouted in the fall has resumed its growth, giving me half a bed of 4-inch leaves for salads. In my herb garden, the salad burnet is producing new green leaves like serrated coins, tasting of cucumber. And throughout the yard are the tender young rosettes of wild sorrel, dandelion and pepper grass.

It isn’t much of a season for foraging; your time and effort will grant you only damp knees, cold fingers and a scant handful of leaves. But I find these few young shoots and last year’s gleanings irresistible, the first new tastes in the kitchen since the end of last year’s harvest. My salads are tiny handfuls, sometimes, masses of little leaves more strongly flavored than lettuce. I dress them simply with a sprinkling of oil and a few drops of good wine vinegar from our vinegar barrel — unlike the tough imported commercial greens of this season, their taste is worth savoring. Dandelion, picked young, is tender and only pleasantly bitter, rather like the taste of a cultivated chicory. Sorrel is a sharp green lemon, pepper grass a spicy cress, corn salad mild and crisp. And soon, within weeks, perhaps even only days, the first sprouts of chives will appear above the surface, marking another start of the year.

When writing for a pagan audience, it’s sometimes tempting for me to discuss these forays in terms of ritual practice: a recognition and greeting of earliest spring, or an opening to a discussion of holidays and symbolic significance. There’s something a little naked about saying “I went out today and saw a beautiful tree, and it made me tremble at my very roots,” and sometime I find it comforting to hide behind history, behind symbolic reference, behind, essentially, my own intellectual understanding of magic.

Yet in some ways, whatever lofty words I use will be but an abstraction of the simple physical reality. Outside, right now, there are green shoots. The waxing of the year might not be very far along, but it has started, because these shoots are growing more quickly now after almost stopping altogether only a few weeks ago. If you check on them regularly, you can see this. And if you go out into your yard, or someone else’s yard, a park or an overgrown lot, you can find them growing among the grass, plantain and pineapple weed. If you are hungry, you can pick them and eat them. There is still in me a great love of ritual, and yet at times all the ritual seems to pale before taste of these greens on my tongue.

In the kitchen, it’s a vexing, restless season, the time I am most tempted by imported peppers and avocados. With so little new choose from, it’s hard not to reach for some faint echo of summer. But it’s a time for patience, too, a time to acknowledge the cold and dark that is so much larger than our little pools of light, instead of trying to ignore them. At this time of year, I fire my brick oven frequently and bake bread, and then while the oven is hot I make dinners in clay pots — mousaka or lasagna, roast game hens, braised leeks. Late in the evening, using the recipe of a Finnish friend I put a pot of oats in the warm oven (a brick oven, once fired, holds heat for at least 20 hours) with water, cream and perhaps a little cinnamon, honey or molasses. In the morning I open the heavy iron door and pull out hot porridge, slow-cooked over the night.

It’s a good time of year to see what can be made with what you already have. Risotto with chanterelles saved from last autumn, or stored butternut squash and prosciutto. Dried black-eyed peas cooked with ham hock, dried tomatoes and peppers. Muffins with a handful of last year’s frozen blueberries. Potatoes sliced and baked with leeks and a little cheese.

And, of course, it’s the season of soup. I love soup. Noodle soups built on the last of the frozen broth from the Thanksgiving turkey carcass. Eight-fungus hot and sour soup. Red lentil tomato soup (which has the virtue of neither looking nor tasting like mud, a challenge that faces all lentil soups). Thin soups with ginger and pepper to drink when you have a cold. Thick soups for dinner with crusty bread. Winter minestrone to simmer on the back of the stove and feed whatever hordes might descend on your kitchen. Borscht to teach you a proper respect for those stout winter vegetables. On that note…

Winter Minestrone

This almost falls in the category of reaching for summer…. but the tomatoes are canned, oregano is growing in my garden, and even in the darkest months I can usually come up with a handful or two of greens fit for the pot. Broccoli greens are a favorite for this, though kale, chard, cabbage or even spinach will work just as well.

  • Dried beans
  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • Canned tomatoes (at least two 14-ounce cans, but amounts are approximate)
  • 1 chunk parmesan rind
  • At least a double handful of noodles (shells are my favorite)
  • A couple of handfuls pot greens, coarsely chopped
  • 1 glug red wine
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, or a teaspoon or two dried

Cover the bottom of a soup pot with dried beans, though the layer should be no more than two beans thick, and one is plenty. Soak the beans for at least three hours in warm water; overnight is better. Drain off the water, replace with some inches of fresh water and simmer gently over low heat until the beans begin to be tender. Add onions, garlic, tomatoes and parmesan. Simmer for another half-hour or so. Add noodles. Around the time the noodles just start to get tender, add greens, wine and oregano (you can also add a similar amount of dried basil, or of fresh basil should you be so lucky as to have any). Salt and pepper to taste, and serve when the greens are tender with crusty bread.

Borscht

I cannot claim any lineage of note for this borscht. The base recipe came from a cookbook some years ago, and I have adapted it (some might say taken liberties with it) to suit my tastes. Somehow borscht — even without either bacon or sour cream — manages to be more warming and filling than can be expected from a bowl of vegetables.

  • 2-3 pieces farmer’s bacon (optional)
  • 1 large leek (or two smaller ones)
  • 3-5 medium beets
  • 3-4 large carrots
  • 1 small or 1/2 large head cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 glugs wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Sour cream

Cut the bacon into small pieces, and fry them in the bottom of a large thick-bottomed pot. Chop up the leek, and fry it in bacon grease (or omit the bacon and use some decent oil). When you can no longer prevent everything from sticking to the bottom of the pot, add a bit of water. Finely dice beets and carrots, add them to the pot and add enough water to cover. Chop cabbage (reasonably fine) and add it to the pot — add water if necessary, but remember that the cabbage will go limp soon and release its fluids. It doesn’t really need to be covered all the way. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Add paprika, vinegar and salt. Cover and cook a few more minutes, and correct seasonings. Serve big steaming bowls, each with a dollop of sour cream.

About Imbolc

About Imbolc

a guide to the Sabbat’s symbolism

by Arwynn MacFeylynnd

Date: February 1 or 2.

Alternative names: Imbolg, Candlemas, Oimelc, Brighid’s Day, Lupercus, the Feast of Lights, Groundhog’s Day

Primary meanings: The name “Imbolc” derives from the word “oimelc,” meaning sheep’s milk. It is considered a time of purification, preparation and celebration for new life stirring, anticipating spring. The holiday is also known as Candlemas; the custom of blessing candles at this time signifies awakening of life and honors the Celtic goddess Brighid, to whom fire is sacred. This Sabbat also celebrates banishing winter.

Symbols: Candle wheels, grain dollies and Sun wheels, a besom (witch’s broom), a sprig of evergreen, a bowl of snow and small Goddess statues representing her in the maiden aspect.

Colors: White, yellow, pink, light blue, light green; also, red and brown.

Gemstones: Amethyst, aquamarine, turquoise, garnet and onyx.

Herbs: Angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, clover, dill, evergreens, heather, myrrh, rosemary, willows and all yellow flowers.

Gods and goddesses: Brighid, the Celtic goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft; all virgin and maiden goddesses; all fire and flame gods, connected with the newborn Sun.

Customs and myths: In Irish legends of the Tuatha De Danaan, Brighid is the name of three daughters of Dagda who over time were combined into one goddess. She was venerated in Scotland, Wales, on the Isle of Man and in the Hebrides. When celebrating Candlemas or Imbolc, spellwork for fertility, inspiration and protection are appropriate, defining and focusing on spiritual and physical desires for the future. Imbolc is a good time to get your life in order — physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Make plans, organize, clean out drawers and closets to bring in the new and clearing out the old. Make and bless candles; light one in each room in honor of the Sun’s rebirth. Carry out rites of self-purification. Burn mistletoe, holly and ivy decorations from Yule to signify the end of harsh weather and old ways.

Happy Monday, dear friends!

I couldn’t resist him, he is so cute. I have been emailing my children this morning that is why I am running late. They both work their butts off and it much easier to email them instead of calling them. Both of them will answer their phone no matter what. My daughter is a nurse that works in ICU, she would answer it if she was coding somebody. My son is a foreman and also works with heavy equipment. He would be working the boom truck and look down to see who is calling and knock someone in the river. So it is much safer for all involved to just email them.  We have our phone, cable and DSL through our local Co-Op. When our phone rings, I can turn around and see the caller ID on the TV, which is pretty cool. I like that feature and that’s about it. I had DSL installed where I use to work and it was super fast. So we were trying to save money on it. Cable was absolutely pathetic. Every month, we had a $280.00 bill and that started to hurt. So I called the Co-Op and I figured their DSL would be fast like what I had at work. HA,  HA! HA! I should never figure at  all. All I do is get myself in trouble. Hubby has done nothing but bitch the whole time.  I told him the more computers we hook up to it, the slower it would get. Well he believed that and I do too! Well I have talked to much again. Time to go to work. Have a great Monday!

A Celtic Blessing for Protection Throughout the Day and Throughout Life

Though the Celts were a fierce people, they valued their home life and cherished their kinfolk. It was an absolute rule that those welcomed, under one’s roof would be protected from harm. Likewise, visitors were under a charge not to do harm by word or deed to their home and their host’s family. This blessing to equally effective for family members who no longer live at home. It can also be directed towards special friends. The blessing is quite long, so at first you will need to read the words, but in time you will find they come naturally. Once you know the blessing you can focus on the image of family members as you recite the words.

You will need:

Photographs of yourself and family members and friends you wish to protect – a group portrait is excellent.

Timing:

On a Sunday, or any other day when you have time to focus on the individual family members in morning light.

The Spell:

Set the photographs so that the morning light shows on them. Touch each of the pictures in turn and then recite:

May the blessing of light be with you = light
outside and within.
May the sunlight shine upon you and warm
your heart till it glows like a great peat fire, so
that the stranger may come and warm himself
by it.
May a blessed light shine out of your two eyes
like a candle set in two windows of a house
bidding the wanderer to come in out of the
storm.
May you ever give a kindly greeting to those
whom you pass as you go along the roads.
May the blessing of rain – the sweet, soft rain
 – fall upon you so that little flowers may
 spring up to shed their sweetness in the air.
May the blessings of the earth – the good, rich
earth – be with you.
May the earth be soft under you when you
rest upon it, tired at the end of the day.

I must apologize……

I don’t know if you know it or not, but the posts I put in here I type up. I don’t type up the Horoscopes and all the Dailys, if there is an  extra article or two I try to type it up also. I thought I needed to tell you in cast you were wondering what was taking me so long. Also I am still getting use to WordPress. I tried to put the Dragon spell in the Protection Section of the Blog and it wouldn’t go. I don’t know why, maybe there was too many words. Who knows? But that’s what took so long getting it posted. Hopefully sometime in this lifetime, I will learn how this place works, lol! Well I am off again. I will try to speed it up for you!

Blessed Sunday to you, dear friends!

Well I have good news and I have bad news. The good news, I didn’t do my hubby in (at least not yet, lol!). It just dawned on me that some of you might take me serious about harming my husband. Let me be very clear, I would not harm a hair on his little bald head. We have been married for 20 some odd years and he is the love of my life. I joke a lot, so when I say something like that, I am joking. Something just crossed my little pea brain and I have got to tell you, then the bad news…………..

When I had my last back surgery, it was out-of-town. Also I had taken my Explorer up to our garage. It needed a tune-up and some other stuff and I sure wasn’t going to be driving, so now was perfect time to get all that done. The SUV was gone, no one was at the house, the kids would run by and check on the animals and feed them, besides that no one knew nothing. I was in the hospital for 4 days. I could have stayed longer but I wanted to come home. My daughter’s boyfriend brought his mother’s car over where I could ride home (all of us had 4×4’s, trucks, SUVs, you get the idea). So apparently they must have sneaked me in because none of the neighbors saw me that’s for sure. I stayed in the house for about a week. I had therapists coming and a’going, then some guy fitted me for a magnetic belt. I swear I believe they were trying to pull the damn screw OUT! Finally I told them to leave, I would get plenty of exercise cleaning the house. My son went and got my truck. I was planning on going to Sonic and get me one of those creamed slushies, I love those things. So after my son left, I got to thinking, I didn’t know if I could get up and down the steps. So I waddled outside with my cane. I took a long, hard look at those steps. Oh, gee, what’s the worse that could happen? Fall and have to have another surgery! So I made it down the steps and it was a pretty day so I decided to walk around the yard some. I walked to the mailbox and one of my nosey neighbors pulled up. He wanted to know where I had been. I told him it really wasn’t any of his business. Well he told me, “that’s ok because the whole neighborhood knew I left Frank and we must have made up because I was back.” That liked to have floored me. I told him that was totally untrue and I was tired and was going in the house. Well by the time I got up the driveway to the cars there is another nosey neighbor. She wanted to know how everything was over here. I told her fine and then she informed me that they knew I had left Frank. I said, “What!” I sort of went off on her. People gossiping and telling lies about something they know nothing about. Well when hubby got home from work, I told him what the gossip was around the neighborhood. We got to laughing about it. He said he ought to have when out in the backyard at night and started digging a hole. They would have called the Law and had him arrested for killing me and getting ready to bury the evidence. But the bunch around here, never eases to amaze me. I was raised if you couldn’t tell the truth then keep your mouth shut! But we still get a tickle out of this one.

Ok for the bad news……..I came down with an ear infection, sore throat and a fever. I have some stuff I have been taking for it. I have to admit it is helping but I realized that I took the nighttime formula in the middle of the day, Oops! So if you see xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx across the screen don’t think anything about it, I just passed out on the keyboard, lol!

One more thing then I will leave you alone for the day………..I am going to stray from the regular horoscopes and stuff. Instead I have some old spells that I want to put on the blog today. I know the Practitioners don’t care but the others might. Let me apologize for this, the horoscopes will be back tomorrow, I promise, if I’m not on the keyboard, lol. Y’all have a great one………….

Lady A

SLEEP OIL

SLEEP OIL

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

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