Crone’s Corner – Be My Valentine

 

Crone’s Corner – Be My Valentine

An old  custom of drawing the name of one’s Valentine. Supposedly young women put their names on slips of paper
and placed those slips in a box. Each young man drew a slip and the two became valentines, often for as much as a year.
Sometimes, of course, such arrangements ended in a betrothal. Unless the drawing was “rigged,” however, not everyone would have been anxious to submit to “chance.” Nevertheless, the custom was apparently widespread even as late as the 17th century. A related custom held that the first unmarried person encountered on Valentine’s Day became one’s Valentine.
Valentine gifts
It has long been the tradition of giving gifts or love tokens on Valentine’s Day. Originally, the man and woman exchanged
presents, but by the later 17th century, it was much more common for the man alone to give the gift. For a while in history at
least, one’s Valentine was not necessarily one’s sweetheart (or one’s spouse) and even married men and women could have Valentines. In societies where names were drawn or where Valentines were chosen or challenged (any man or woman could claim an unspoken-for person as his or her Valentine), the celebration, and gift-giving that accompanied it, sometimes proved troublesome and often expensive.
 
Although some Valentine presents were quite costly, others were more moderate. Gloves were a common gift for a young woman as were, curiously enough, garters. In an age when reticence or modesty were mixed with suggestiveness, one writer sent along the following verse:
“Blush not, my fair, at what I send,
‘Tis a fond present from a friend.
These garters, made of silken twine,
Were fancied by your Valentine.
Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine—
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”
If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor . If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
If you found a glove on the road on Valentine’s Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.
Christian customs combined to form some of the enduring traditions. One was that the first person you saw on Valentine’s Day would be your Valentine. We know the custom was well established in Shakespeare’s time, for Ophelia wanted to be “betime” at Hamlet’s window. She sang:
“Good morrow! `tis St. Valentine’s Day 
All in the morning betime.
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine!”
Crayons” or pencils (lipsticks not invented until the 20th century) were made …by grinding down alabaster calcinate or plaster of Paris into a powder, coloured appropriately, mixed into a paste, rolled into shape and dried in the sun. Face powder could be obtained from ground alabaster, but starch, prepared with perfume would do very well……..
(“Powder and Paint a history of the Englishwoman’s Toilet – Neville Williams)
English folklore suggests that you may obtain another’s affection if you take an orange, prick it all over with a needle and then sleep with it in your left armpit. Give it to the object of your affections to eat and he or she will become enamored of you.
Superstitions abound regarding the first bird seen on St Valentine’s Day by a girl, for it was said to indicate what sort of man her husband would be. For instance, a blackbird meant a clergyman or priest, a goldfinch (or any yellow bird for that matter) a rich man, a crossbill was an argumentative, mean man and doves  and bluebirds were good and happy men respectively. However, should she see or hear a woodpecker on Valentine’s Day she would never marry.
 
 St. Valentine’s Day with all of its colorful love was taken to the New World by the English settlers and lost none of it romantic appeal through the journey. The deeply rooted superstitions continued, in fact, flowered, in the new environment. An extract from a young lady’s diary written in 1754 describes some of the practices:
Last Friday was Valentine’s Day and the night before I got five bay – leaves, and pinned four of them to the four corners of my pillow, and the fifth to the middle; and then if I dreamt of my sweetheart, we should be married before the year is out. But to make it sure, I boiled an egg hard and took out the yolk, and filled it with salt; and when I went to bed ate it, shell and all, without speaking or drinking after it. We also wrote our lovers names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in day, and put them into water; and the first that rose up was to be our valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on slips of paper, roll them in clay balls and drop them in a bowl of water. The first to rise to the surface will be your valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on pieces of paper, put them into a container, then draw one out and say: “Thou art my love and I am thine, I draw ______ for my Valentine.” The lover you chose will be yours by the following year.

 
 Valentine cards first appeared in England at about the time of Queen Victoria. The first cards were called “Penny Dreadfuls” because they were insulting. As time passed the holiday became one of giving gifts, flowers, candy and cards to loved ones and sweethearts. 

 A Valentine sentiment from a woman to a possible beau, author unknown
Plenty of Love
Plenty of Love,
Tons of kisses,
Hope some day
To be your Mrs.
Love Knots
A  love knot is a series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of endless love. people made love knots from ribbons or drew them on paper. Often a message was written on the love knot. The message had no beginning or end. It could be repeated endlessly.
 
A  love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in S-shape. In this way, a couple couples sit together-but not too closely!  

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Courtesy of Miss Daney at Folklore,Magic and Superstitions
 

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Greek Style Wrap with Tzaziki Sauce

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Greek Style Wrap with Tzaziki Sauce
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Recipe Courtesy of Curtis Aikens
Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 25 Minutes Lavash ( a damp middle eastern style bread )
red pepper, julienned
cucumber, julienned
Medium size eggplant sliced into 1-inch wide slices, roasted until
lightly browned
Layer red pepper, cucumber and eggplant in lavash. Top with tzatziki
sauce.
Tzaziki Sauce:
1 1/2 cups yogurt cheese, with liquid reserved
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped dill
salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl combine yogurt cheese, garlic, lemon juice and dill. Add salt
and pepper to taste. Depending on desired consistency, add reserved
yogurt liquid.

Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 cups sauce

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Spell – A- Day – Blessings of Air Spell

Spell – A- Day – Blessings of Air Spell

Both Sun and Moon are in air signs today. To gain the blessings of inspiration and clarity, go outside and breathe deeply
of the air. Focus on your breath, and simply observe it for a moment. Deepen your breath, so that it comes from your
diaphragm, then breathe deeply into any areas

of tension in your body. Feel them relax. Count as you breathe, and try to exhale for twice as long as you inhale—
but only if this feels easy for you. Otherwise, just be with your breath as it flows naturally. As your breath deepens,
ask the air to carry away your stress and bring you the inspiration you need. Release this prayer with your breath.

 
By: Kristin Madden, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess

Lady,

You fly to me upon the
morning’s breath, a Muse
of inspiriation triple-formed.
Rainbow colors dazzle eyes too long
accustomed to the dark,
and as the colors run You reveal
Yourself in Bauture’s guise.
You envelope me in laughter and
Your lightness settles ’round me
like an insubstantial veil of
luminescent spider silk.
Your magic fills me with Your hope,
and knowledger of a better place to be.
 
Meditations
The new promise of another day. It is a beginning,
without a past or a future. What will you do with it?

 

 Blessed Be!

The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess

By Galen Gillotte

Seasons of the Witch

Seasons of the Witch 

Borrowed Days begin (Scottish Highlands)
Burgsonndeg (Luxembourg)
Burma Union Day
Choes Day (Day of the Cups; Ancient Greece)
Feast of Diana/Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt)
Festival of Pitooyage (God of gaming & chance; Oaxaca, Mexico)
Georgia Day
Great American Chocolate Festival begins (@)
National Plum Pudding Day
Oglethorpe Day (Georgia)
Runic half-month of Sigel (sun) begins
St. Julian the Hospitaler (patron of travelers, innkeepers, boatmen, circus performers)
St. Meletius’ Day
World Marriage Day

 

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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred

Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore

The south-wind strengthens to a gale,
Across the moon the clouds fly fast,
The house is smitten as with a flail,
The chimney shudders to the blast.
– Robert Bridges, “Low Barometer.”

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
  Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
  Become the touches of sweet harmony.
  – Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice,” V, i.

Today Is: Sun Day

Today Is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler:  The Sun – Rules health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power, leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands

  •  Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna, Izanami, Ochumare

  • Today’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity

  • Incense: Mastic, Palaginia

  • Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk, Myrrh

  • Color of The Day:   Orange, Gold

  • Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White

  • Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo

  • Candle: Yellow .

    Sunday is YANG or male energy ruled by the SUN, its colors are Oranges, yellows, golds, white and this day has the energies of health, leadership, healing, prosperity, self-knowledge, happiness, ego, hope, joy, strength, individuality, authority figures, fathers, husbands, protection, power and spirituality, promotions, power and fortune. The tree is the BIRCH

     From Illuminations by Carol

    Daily Crystal: Andalusite

    THE MINERAL ANDALUSITE

    • Chemistry: Al2 SiO5, Aluminum Silicate
    • Class: Silicates
    • Subclass: Nesosilicates
    • Uses: in the manufacture of spark plugs etc, as a gemstone and as mineral specimens.
    • Specimens

    Andalusite is named for its type locality of Andalusia, Spain. It is a polymorph with two other minerals: kyanite and sillimanite. A polymorph is a mineral that shares the same chemistry but a different crystal structure with other minerals.

    A unique variety of andalusite is called “chiastolite”. It contains black or brown clay and/or carbonaceous material (often graphite) inclusions in the crystal. These inclusions are arranged in regular symmetrical shapes – especially prized when they are in the form of a cross or X.

    PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

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    • Color is white, red, brown, orange and green.
    • Luster is vitreous.
    • Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent.
    • Crystal System is Orthorhombic; 2/m2/m2/m
    • Crystal Habits include prismatic crystals with a square cross section terminated by a pinacoid. also massive and granular.
    • Cleavage is good in two directions.
    • Fracture is splintery to subconchoidal.
    • Hardness is 7.5
    • Specific Gravity is approximately 3.15+ (above average)
    • Streak is white.
    • Associated Minerals are cordierite, biotite, feldspars, quartz, kyanite and sillimanite.
    • Other Characteristics: dark inclusions produce cruciform shapes in the variety chiastolite. Index of refraction is 1.632-1.638.
    • Notable Occurrences include Andalusia, Spain; Austria; California, USA and China.
    • Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, color, inclusions (if present) and hardness.

    Runecast for Sunday February 13

    For today we have Dagaz of Tyr’s Aett Dagaz pronounced “thaw-gauze” (D: Day or dawn) Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet

    Clouds are dispersing and the Sun shines brightly. Light and clarity. Leave your darkness behind. Changes shown by this rune are so significant, they can absolutely change your life. Something important has happened which may not be obvious to you yet. This rune signifies that growth and improvement are already happening and the only thing needed now is a positive attitude to everything happening around you. Recognize the favorable moment and catch it, and don’t miss it because you are blinded and can only see obstacles and annoyances. The day has already come and if you’re still asleep, by just opening your eyes you can be free of the bad dreams of the past.

    Dagaz Merkstave (Dagaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): A completion, ending, limit, coming full circle. Blindness, hopelessness. (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…

    Tom

    SoulDiscoveryThruReiki
    “Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
    — Kevin Burke
    Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…

    The Journey toward Soulmate Reunion

    The Journey toward Soulmate Reunion by DL Zeta

    There are many in the world who live alone inside their hearts, longing for “the other” they believe will end their loneliness and transform their world to a place of love and fulfillment. This is the search for the soulmate. Much is written about this search for the beloved, but much of what is said about soulmates is in reverse.

    To seek one’s soulmate in the outer world is to misunderstand this urge for communion that flickers inside every heart. Each being is the sum of two halves, the first being the conscious, physical manifestation, and the second, the unseen, spiritual aspect. When these two halves unite within consciousness, they constitute a whole being. “As above, so below” is a basic truth that helps decode many situations. It is true as well with soulmates. The conscious and subconscious minds are the true soulmates. When a person unites these, they are united in physical reality with one who is a reflection of their inner soulmate.

    The Un-unified Consciousness

    The person who has not yet united these two aspects of their own consciousness will draw into their lives others who have not yet unified their own consciousness. Instead of sharing a sense of wholeness, these two beings will have in common a sense of lack and longing that no one can ever fill. Such relationships are created at the soul level as a learning experience. Often this experience inspires them to search for answers. If you are in relationship and you feel lonely, this is an indication you have not yet come into a clear understanding of soulmates. A relationship with another is merely a reflection of the inner soulmate reunion; it is not the soulmate reunion itself.

    This outer quest for the soulmate will continue until one learns to transform their outer quest to an inner quest. The inner quest will in time unite the physical and spiritual aspects of their being. It’s when we reach a state of inner unification we cease longing for another to transform our life.

    This is paradoxically when a person appears as a reflection of one’s unified self. In this way, everyone in your life is reflecting to you some aspect of your self.

    Harmonizing the Conscious and Subconscious

    So how, you may ask, does one go about harmonizing these two aspects of their being? This is done by setting one’s intention to do so, and asking one’s intuitive guidance to bring awareness to the many opportunities for direct communion each day. One of the ways your subconscious speaks to you is in your dreams. Remember, write down and work with your dreams to begin receiving these important transmissions. Spend time each day meditating in silent communion with your spiritual self. Spend time in nature listening to the still, small voice within, for this is the voice of your spiritual self. A busy mind over-invested in the physical world will never find time to unite with its spiritual self.

    Once the intention to unify your “selves” is in place, you begin to create an energetic field that grows and expands with every step you take towards inner harmony. When you unite with your spirit, you begin to harmonize with all your selves across time. Since all-time exists simultaneously, your selves are manifested in different timeframe dimensions at once.

    As you harmonize with these other “selves,” you also harmonize with the souls who have played the role of your soulmate throughout time. The “other” who comes into your life to reflect the union of your physical and spiritual selves can be one of a number of souls along an energetic spectrum.

    Excerpt from Manifesting Your Inner Soulmate in Physical Reality By DL Zeta
    http://www.celestialvision.org/manifesting-your-inner-soulmat/
    & Meeting a Soulmate in Consciousness: a Guided Meditation
    http://www.celestialvision.org/-celestial-vision-audio-series/
    For more information, visit http://www.celestialvision.com/

    Today’s I Ching Hexagram for 2/13

    Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:

    48: The Well

    Sunday, February 13th, 2011

    Hexagram 48
    General Meaning: Throughout various cultures and political systems of the world, the well has served as a universal symbol for that which sustains life and provides a constant, inexhaustible source of life-giving nourishment for mankind.

    Like the well, human nature is the same around the world. The passage of time does not change its essential dimensions, nor take anything away. Still, just as a well can be deepened to produce clearer, cleaner water, so can we enrich our lives by delving deeply within — into our natural selves, or souls.

    Beware of shallow thinking. Like a little learning, it can be dangerous. The image of the well suggests that along with depth comes clarity. Be patient, and penetrate both your problems and your own nature to the core. If you do not lower your bucket to the depths, you’re very likely to come up empty. When greater depth is desired, a lessening of speed is often required.

    Today’s Tarot Card for 2/13

    Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:

    The Empress

    This Tarot Deck: Tarot of the Spirit

    General Meaning: Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.

    In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.

    This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”