Cowslips are wild peonies and are said to be Freya’s favorite flowers, as well as those of the fairies. Reputedly they magickally transmit the beauty secrets of these powerful spirits.
Create an infusion, although you may also substitute a hydrosol.
Boil water and pur it over the blossoms.
When the water cools, strain out the blossoms.
Apply the potion to your face with a cotton ball.
Use the remainder in the bath or elsewhere on the body
You may also refrigerate the remainder for 24 hours.
A Turkish harem formula:
Pour boiling water over fenugreek seeds to make an infusion.
When it cools, strain out the seeds
Use the liquid to bathe the breast to increase bust size.
Goats are among Aphrodite’s sacred creatures. Soak violets in goat’s milk and wash your face with this for beauty.
This is a more discreet version of the other Acorn Spell. Charge three acorns under the New Moon. Wrap them together using stands of your hair and carry them in a charm bag.
Three acorns especially if they’re found attached to one another, preserve youth and enhance beauty. A gold or silver charm depicting thee acorns will work, too. Charge the three acorns under the New Moon and wear them in your hair.
The rune today is Ehwaz of Tyr’s Aett pronounced “ay-wawz” or Ehwo “ay-woh” (E: A horse, 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 www.sunnyway.com/runes/ and used here with her gracious permission**
In the Light…
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
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Daily Goddess Devotion
Spring. Morning dawns as the sun glistens on the frost covered limbs sparkling like diamonds in the sun. Beneath the warming soil there is a quickening as seed and bulb shutter to break the earth of new life. I give blessing unto the Goddess as my spirit is renewed and I am again awakened unto all the possibilities before me.
Blessed Ostara Everyone
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
A rectangular table promotes in-depth conversations. It also confers leadership and subordinate roles.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
34: Great Vigor
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
When a leader finally comes into power, his or her personal strength usually has peaked. Great strength is required in climbing to the mountaintop, but once at the summit, the support of others is needed to maintain that lofty position. A shift in attitude becomes necessary. Raw strength must be tempered by wisdom; to maintain power, a strong leader must learn to give it away, to share it with others. Only then will his or her position be secure, for she will not only be the possessor of power, but the source of it as well.
If you find yourself in a high or strong position, it is especially important to act responsibly and react with care. Your personal power must not be allowed to degenerate into raw force that rides roughshod over everything in its path. A strong sense of responsibility to the collective good of all is the key to the successful exercise of strength. By following what we intuitively know to be for the greater good, we avoid reckless abuses of power that in the end undermine the source of our strength. Arrogance always contains the seeds of its own undoing.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Universal Waite
The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters the Ocean of Being. What transpires next is between a soul and its Maker.
Full Moon in Virgo
Saturday, March 19, 11:10 am PDT, 2:10 pm EDT
The high emotional tides of this Full Moon are intensified by excitable Uranus’ conjunction with the Sun and opposition to the Moon. Normally, this lunation in orderly Virgo contrasts pragmatism with the Sun in Pisces’ penchant for fantasy as we seek to rebalance this relationship. Uranus’ presence, though, shatters the atmosphere with sudden emotional shifts and unexpected events. Flexibility is a must when dealing with these inner and outer surprises because rigidity only increases the tension. Open minds reveal short cuts and help liberate us from boring routines and outmoded dreams.
Although you may have a lot of work on your plate today, boredom sets in quickly. However, it’s not time yet to leave your current routine behind, even if your fantasies of escape are quite vivid. Don’t let go of your dreams; just put them on the back burner for now. After your commitments are fulfilled you can explore ways to break free.
You may play the role of the serious romantic today and could benefit from stirring up interest within an existing relationship or looking for a new one. But your somber approach could prevent you from reaching your goals. Fortunately, a sudden breakthrough can change everything in an instant. If you are struck by the light of truth now, don’t fight it.
Normally, you make promises with the intent of keeping them, but this isn’t such a normal day. Something unexpected could occur, causing you to go back on your word and giving you a bit of explaining to do. But looking for reasons may be futile now. Instead of trying to figure out what happened, concentrate on improving the current situation. Focus your attention on being practical and save the philosophical inquiry for another day.
Your goals may shift today, leaving you floundering with uncertainty as you approach the weekend. Changing your schedule might not be worth the stress; just follow through with your previous commitments, exactly as promised. Nobody has to know what you are thinking now, even if your heart isn’t being fed by your current actions. Nevertheless, don’t keep your thoughts inside because you’ll feel a lot freer after they are out in the open.
You may be very hard on yourself today, even if you feel the emotional support of others through their words and praise. Still, you are tempted to ignore a friend’s optimistic perspective or might even question his loyalty. Your non-conformist point of view could precipitate a crisis if you begin to doubt your own judgment. Simply employ the healthiest strategy possible based upon what you already know.
Today’s Virgo Full Moon in your 1st House of Physicality is likely creating stress in your body. How you are able to move with this intense energy flow could be a mystery, yet your happiness depends upon finding a sensible solution. Don’t try to force the issue. When others see that you can be graceful under pressure, they will continue to accept you as their leader, whether or not you asked for the part.
You may be feeling a bit discouraged today and it could be particularly difficult to shake off the negative energy. You might attempt to share a previously hidden story, yet the more you talk, the less you’ll be able to remember about your problem. The more you attempt to reconstruct your buried feelings, the more elusive they become. Just relax and don’t try to change anything. Your happiness may be waiting around the very next corner.
Today’s Full Moon floods your 11th House of Long-Term Goals and activates your dreams. Although your spirit feels revitalized, the Full Moon’s opposition to unorthodox Uranus urges you to take a risky shortcut. However, hard work is the best way to get what you want. Meanwhile, the looming Sun-Uranus conjunction continues to tempt you to experiment. Instead, stick to the tried and true method over a radical new course of action.
The Virgo Full Moon illuminates your 10th House of Status today, giving you the impetus to dig in your heels and make a political statement. Although you may see yourself as a radical troublemaker, you might not be as disruptive as you think you are now. Thankfully, you won’t need to turn everything upside down in order to make the progress you seek.
The pragmatic Virgo Full Moon should help you to keep your mind on your work. However, she is rattling your 9th House of Adventure, encouraging your secret dreams about going on a spiritual journey. For now, it’s smarter to set aside impractical ideas of traveling around the world. Rather than flying off to a foreign land, try studying its culture or learning its language, instead. You may end up discovering there are many ways to feed your wanderlust.
Your heated interactions with others today could be motivated by fear, whether you know it or not. You’re afraid that a powerful person may be trying to control you, yet you don’t really understand the reason. Fortunately, your current concerns will probably fade quickly, but you’re still better off investigating further to quell any uncertainty. Be cautious in negotiations; a lack of finality now won’t necessarily slow you down in the long run.
Today’s Full Moon in your 7th House of Others is a reflection of the Great Paradox for you thin-skinned Fish. You must exist as part of a greater whole, since the school is more important than any one fish. However, you are also required to stand up for yourself by expressing your individuality. You may feel as if you’re walking a fine line between being overly flexible and stubbornly rigid. The key to your current happiness now is practicing moderation in everything you do.