Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 7

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 7

“I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit. All things- and I mean ALL things-have their own will and their own way and their own purpose; this is what is to be respected.”

–Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

Everything on earth has a purpose and is designed special. No two things are created identical. Sometimes in our minds we have a picture of how things should be, and often what we see is different from what they really are. When this happens we often want to control how things are, making them act or behave according to our picture. We need to leave things alone. God is running all things. How do we do this? In out minds we tell ourselves to love all things and respect all things just as they are. Accept what we cannot change.

Great Spirit, teach me the value of respect and help me to accept people, places and things just as they are.

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February 7 – Daily Feast

February 7 – Daily Feast

Always remember that certain circumstances are not ours to alter. We make the most of them and go on. We can only be examples, never controllers of other people’s lives, other peoples children, other people’s circumstances. Some would have us believe we contribute to harsh events by doing nothing. But some of the best work, some of the deepest caring and doing is not physically evident in the beginning. Help of any kind must be wanted and recognized before it can do any good. Too much help where it is not appreciated can make even a good person helpless. We have to be wise in our giving, and particularly wise in what we withhold, because it may be what we withhold helps the most.

~ We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit made them. ~

CHIEF JOSEPH, 1873

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Daily OM for 2/8 – Co-Creating with Nature

 

Co-Creating with Nature
Conscious Gardening

Think about gardening in a new way; work with your garden on a co-creative way, asking permission and listening to her.

Gardens offer us a perfect opportunity to reconnect to our true selves and remember our place in the natural world. Rather than approach our gardens as mere investments of energy, we can look at the entire process of gardening, from planting seeds to harvesting food, as a way of deepening our conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe. If we are willing to shift our intention from dominating, or at least directing nature, to co-creating with nature instead, we may discover a deep peace and renewed sense of wonder.

To co-create we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect. As you create your garden in partnership with nature, you can respect the earth, water, insects and animals by using organic seeds, soil and fertilizers. You can also communicate with the plants, insects and elements involved in your garden, and create a regular practice of stillness to listen for any messages they may have for you. When it comes time for harvesting fresh vegetables or picking beautiful blooms, you might even ask permission first. If you ask with an open heart, you will always receive an answer.

Imagine what it would be like to surrender certain aspects of your human world to the precision and surety of the natural environment. You might decide, for example, to forego your calendar and plant in rhythm with the cycles of the moon. Or, you might choose to ignore clock time and water your garden when the sun hits a certain position in the sky. By opening your garden experience to more of nature’s input, you can become available to witness a whole universe of miracles, while engendering a greater sense of honor between the two worlds.

When we recognize ourselves as allies, co-creators, with the earth and the natural world, our relationship to our environment begins to change. We no longer feel the need to control the circumstances around us and can relish in the perfection of all that is.

“The Goddess Companion”

“The Goddess Companion”  
  
My lover’s skin glows like the finest marble,
and I burn to touch it. I burn with the teasing
dance of her glances, I am on fire, I am aflame,
I cannot think of anything but love.
  
Venus has abandoned her island shrine at Cypress
to live with my heart. The goddess will hear nothing
but songs of love now, she will endure no music to stir
the blood toward war, adventure, or anything but love.
 
Friends, build a green altar right here, and lay me down
upon it. Place sacred branches all around my body,
and bowls of wine, and wand of incense. I am already
a victim of love, a sacrifice to Venus. Now let her hear
my plea!   ~Horace
 
In our times, love is no longer the great ruler of the cosmos but merely a servant of commerce. Sex is used to sell everything from automobiles to zoom lenses. Women’s bodies are no longer temples of the goddess, but products used to sell other products. Venus is no longer ruler in her own temple, much less in our hearts; Moneta, goddess of money, rules instead.
 
Love poems like that of the great poet Horace can seem, in this context, overblown and overstated. To make oneself a sacrifice for love? isn’t that a bit much? Isn’t that making love more important than it should be?
 
But our foremothers knew what is often hidden from us: that love is the glue thatholds the universe together. Not simply sexual love, although thatpowerful force binds people at a deep level. The love of parents for children, teachers for students, friends for each other – these relationships are not just human connections. They participate in and reflect the great network of connectedness that is our magnificent universe. By placing the goddess of love once again on the throne of our hearts, we can connect with the great force that sweeps through us and binds us to each other and the cosmos. To sacrifice ourselves for love means, in this context, to finally become whole.

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By Patricia Monaghan

The Inscription of Talismans

The Inscription of Talismans

(From:The Crone’s book of Charms and Spells by Valerie Worth.)
 
For Loss of Weight.
Upon one face, the full moon
flanked by crescent moons.
Upon the reverse,these words:
 
Wax thou moon
That 
I 
may wane
what 
I
lose
Then shoult thou gain.
 
For rebirth of the spirit.
Upon one face,a seed of the sun-flower,
contained within curved stem,leaves
and blossom of this plant.
Upon the reverse,these words:
 
Old seed,new flower
I bear thy power.
 
For relief from pain
Upon one face, an eye rayed
with flames as the sun.Upon the reverse these words:
 
Who meets my eye
His pain must fly.
 
For good health
Upon one face, a hand from
whose fingertops spring flames,
as from candles.Upon the reverse
these words:
 
Who holds my hand
May health command.
 
To overcome the season of winter
Upon one face,the sun rayed with alternate
flames and leaves
upon the reverse these words:
 
Poor sun forlorn in winter’s grave
Arise and burn that all may live.
Courtesy of Miss Daney – Folklore,Magic and Superstitions 
 
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The Herban Corner – Jasmine

The Herban Corner  – Jasmine
 
Awaken your senses by surrounding yourself with a bouquet of floral
accents. Freshen the air with jasmine perfume, sip a blend of
floral-flavored tea and enjoy the scent of a jasmine topiary.

Are you having ‘spring guests’? Delight them, or yourself, with a basket
of fluffy towels scented with a linen spray. Be aware of Nature’s beauty
and indulge yourself with fragrant flowers…Her most precious perfumes.
 
To make visitors, and yourself, feel very special, leave a basket
brimming with plush towels in the bathroom. Enclose a bottle of jasmine
linen spray to freshen and scent the towels. To make the spray, simply
add 6 drops jasmine essential oil to four ounces distilled water. Pour
the mixture into a spray bottle and tuck into the basket of towels. Add
a sprig of fresh jasmine, if available. The spray also makes a
wonderful, effective room freshener.

Jasmine in a Jar:
To one cup boiling water, add four packages unflavored gelatin and two
tablespoons salt. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 15 drops
jasmine oil and one drop food coloring. Pour into a jar and cover with
plastic wrap; let set overnight. Remove plastic, place a doily over jar
and set on table to use as an air freshener. The scent will last for
about two weeks.

Jasmine Eau De Toilette:
For a beautifully scented toilette water, pour the following ingredients
into a glass bottle and shake well; Three fourths cup citrus-flavored
vodka, one fourth cup orange blossom water and six drops jasmine
essential oil. Allow to steep for one week before use. This eau de
toilette is deliciously fragrant and pleasant to use. 
 

White Stars Topiary:
Entwined in an imaginative shape, a jasmine vine creates a perfect
topiary. Place the jasmine plant in a terra-cotta pot and insert the
round wire topiary form….gently wrap vine around the wire until it’s
covered completely. Water well and trim occasionally, shaping as you go.

Jasmine Tea:
Enjoy a delicious tea blend made with one cup black tea leaves and two
cups fresh jasmine flowers. Scoop a one inch layer of tea leaves into a
jar; place a one inch layer of jasmine flowers on top. Alternate layers
until all ingredients are used. Secure lid on jar; let jasmine permeate
tea leaves for a few days, then remove flowers from loose tea by hand.
To use, add one teaspoon tea to one cup hot water; let steep a few
minutes.

Jasmine essential oil has an exotic fragrance, making it a popular
choice for perfumes and colognes. Because of its softening effect, the
oil is often found in skin-care products. Jasmine oil is used to relieve
depression, tension, fear and listlessness.

About the author:
Karen is a master gardener specializing in herbs and a crafter. She and
her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus ‘Fairy Gardens’ where
the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story
about the Garden Fairies and Flowers.

http://www.OldFashionedLiving.com

Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Aromatherapy Massage

Daily Aromatherapy Tip  – Aromatherapy Massage

An aromatherapy massage is probably the most effective method
of relieving stress, anxiety, tension and insomnia. Some oils to
choose from are Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Neroli and
Chamomile. Use up to a total of 15 drops of selected essential oils
to 1 oz. carrier oil. Try Sweet Almond or Fractionated Coconut oil
which won’t stain sheets or clothing. You can do this at home easily.
For self treatment massage hands, feet ( especially important)
arms and legs ( use long strokes and work towards the heart ).

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Aphrodite Self-Love Ritual

Aphrodite Self-Love Ritual
Incense of the day: Daffodil
 
Today is the sacred day of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty. Celebrate your own beauty with self-love and with the freedom and energy of a sacred dance. For tens of thousands of years and across many cultures, dance has been a way to energize, to heal, and to commune with the spirits. Try a dance such as a sensual belly dance that honors your feminine essence. Play music that makes you feel sexy and primal. Dance barefoot. Express your sensuality in any way you wish, through your own unique movement. Don’t worry about technique; just let your body express its mood. Feel your worries subside Let yourself feel energized as goddess energy pumps through your veins.
 
By: Emily Flak, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

THE GROVE IN THE FOREST

 

THE GROVE IN THE FOREST
  
I lie nude on a blanket deep in the forest,
Waiting for my lover to join me.
It is getting darker and darker,
And still he does not come.
 
We were to celebrate rites here
In the forest, dancing to the goddess
Of the moon.
There is a dark cloud near the moon
 
And the winds pick up and moan,
Swaying the treetops.
I wrap filmy draperies around me
And grab my cymbals
 
And the wreath of flowers I’d woven
Earlier, while waiting for my love.
It is time to dance!
My lover may join me as he will.
 
Lord, Lady, I honor you!
Guide my feet in the movements
Of the dance; as I sway to the music
Of the wind, and connect
To the beauty Of Gaia, the earth.
 
My feet dance the movements of praise,
My hands weave magic patterns.
I yearn for a oneness with my Divine
Parents, and they lead me to an
Ecstatic frenzy to music
 
As Pan plays a flute far away.
I feel my lover join me, as we jump
And twirl together, moving our steps
To the cymbals and the flute…
 
Then winding our bodies in praise
To the Moon Goddess and the Lord
Of the Hunt.  They send us the blessing
Of a light rain, and we wrap ourselves
 
In the blanket, laughing and mingling
Our bodies and souls
In the ancient dance of love,
Celebrating here in the sacred grove.
 

© Copyright 1/29/06
Beth Johnson   (Mystic Amazon)

Light A Candle Today!

Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express.
It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places.
You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness.
One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention. 

Seasons of the Witch

Seasons of the Witch 
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1971 — Swiss women get the vote
Ballet Day
Charles Dickens Birthday
Daniel Boone Escape Day
Festival Of Hidden Palindromes
Girls and Women in Sports Day
Greet Your Neighbors Day
Grenada Independence Day
Human Day
Ice Worm Squirm (@)
Li Chum
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
National Hangover Awareness Day
National Run-For-Your-Life Day
No Talk Day
St. Moses’ Day (patron of Saracens)
Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day
   

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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!

Today Is: Tiu’s Day

 

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
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Candle: Red

Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore    

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If the moon shows like a silver shield,
 Be not afraid to reap your field ;
But if she rise a haloed round,
 Soon we’ll tread on deluged ground.
– T.F. Thiselton Dyer, “English Folk-Lore”

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The world turns softly
Not to spill its lakes & rivers,
The water is held in its arms
& the sky is held in the water.
What is water,
That pours silver
& can hold the sky.

~Hilda Conkling, “Water”

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Greatly shining,
The Autumn moon floats in the thin sky;
And the fish-ponds shake their backs
And show their dragon scales
As she passes over them.

~ Amy Lowell, “Wind and Silver

Herb of the Day: Adder’s Tongue (Erythronium americanum)

Herb of the Day: Adder’s Tongue (Erythronium americanum)
Folk Names: American Adder’s Tongue, Serpent’s Tongue, Adder’s Mouth
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Moon (Cancer)
Element: Water
Powers: Healing

Erythronium (also known as Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, or Dog’s-tooth Violet), a genus of lilies. The erythronium americanum is the herb most often referred to by herbalists as fawn lily or fawn lily, trout lily, dog’s-tooth violet and adder’s-tongue.

Cooking: The bulb is edible as a root vegetable, cooked or dried, and can be ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked as a leaf vegetable and the green seed pods have the flavor of string beans and are tasty raw or cooked. In Japan, Erythronium japonicum is called katakuri, and the bulb is processed to produce starch, which is used in the preparation of tempura, mochi and other dishes. True katakuriko is now quite costly and is rarely available in stores.

Medicinal Uses: Adder’s tongue was a popular treatment of scrofula, a form of tuberculosis that affects the lymph nodes in the neck, and is still used for skin ailments. Use one teaspoon of fresh leaves or two teaspoons of root to one cup of boiling water. A poultice can be made using crushed leaves, or pieces of root simmered in milk until it reaches the desired consistency.

Magickal Uses: This is a feminine plant governed by the moon and the element of water. It has healing powers and is used to treat wounds and bruising. Soak some adder’s tongue in cold water, wrap it in a cloth, and apply it to the wound or bruise it until the herb grows warm. Bury the wet herb in a muddy place. The wound will be cured.
Posted By Lady Becky

‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
 
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