Here is a handy-dandy moisturizer that you can make at home:
1 tablespoons herbal infusion (rose, lavender, marigold mint)
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine or 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
A few drops essential oil (any kind), optional
To an herbal infusion, add honey and vegetable glycerin or cocoa butter. You can add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. Choose a herb that appeals to your senses and that you find pleasing.
Use this infusion in toners and moisturizers.
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (rosemary, lavender, fennel) or roses.
1/2 cup boiled water
Steep herbs or roses in boiled water for 10 minutes, strain and apply with cotton balls.
Apply the following herbal mask and allow it to set for 10 minutes.
1 tablespoon comfrey leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chamomile, chopped
1/2 cup boiled water
3 tablespoons yogurt or powdered oatmeal (grind in a blender or coffee grinder).
Infuse comfrey leaves and chamomile in boiled water. Cover and steep 10 minutes before straining. Add to yogurt or oatmeal and apply liberally on your face and neck. Lie down and cover your eyes with a cotton ball dipped in the leftover infusion (put on relaxing, soft music as you wait for it to set). Rinse and apply an herbal toner.
This vinegar can either be used in spells or it can be given as a lovely hostess gift.
All you need is:
8 to 10 fresh herb sprigs
1 quart good quality white vinegar
1 quart-sized glass canning jar with lid
Gift jars or small bottles
Fill a one-quart Mason jar with the following:
2 slices orange
2 slices lemon
2 slices lime
Fresh mint from the garden
Fresh lemon balm from the garden
Fresh hyssop from the garden
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 fresh basil sprig
Pack jar with the herbs as full as you like. Boil spring water (enough to fill the jar). Pour into Mason jar (note: please use a canning jar or Pyrex brand glass container as these can withstand the boiling water). Make sure the jar is warm before pouring in the boiling water. Allow mixture to cool completely. Strain. Pour Liquid into a sterilized jar or bottle. Keep in refrigerator. Potent for three days.
1/2 gallon 90-proof alcohol
1 ounce lavender essential oil
1 dram lemon essential oil
1 dram citrus (such as tangerine or bergamot) essential oil
1 dram lime essential oil
1/2 dram clove essential oil
Your Rune For Today
Naudhiz may foretell needs unmet and friction in relationships. You may be in a time where you should be very careful in whatever endeavor you take on. Also it may be that you are about to learn some of life’s hard lessons and come out the other side of this period a stronger being.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
49: Revolutionary Change
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
General Meaning: According to Chinese symbolism, the juxtaposed elements of this hexagram are fire under water. Fire evaporates water, and water puts out fire. Change can cause conflict; conflict brings about change. This hexagram refers to that time in the cycle of human affairs when things need stirring up, and when the hint of dramatic change is in the air.
In order to succeed, revolutionary change must be in alignment with certain unchanging laws. The process must begin at the right moment, gather support from a broad base of people, be guided by sincere and capable leadership and — most important of all — must address a real need. The strength of the forces of change will always be in proportion to the urgency of the need being championed. This is true whether the revolution is in government, in business, in education or in one’s personal affairs.
Revolutionary change points to a time when chaos arises from order. It is important to realize that not all order is good, not all chaos bad. Chaos, in fact, is an integral part of the way of things — as any parent (and modern science) will confirm. Have the courage to radically change and renew the way you present yourself. In this way, you can summon chaos to your cause, and you will unleash a new power on your behalf. If engaging in a negotiation, change the rules; if composing a piece of music, add the unexpected; if courting a lover, dare to be unconventional.
In periods of drought, even wild storms are preferable to yet another sunny day.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Gendron
Traditionally, the card usually entitled the Chariot points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.
Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s willpower can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to anyone ambitious enough to seize the Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.