Herbal Amulets

Herbal Amulets

For Negative forces in the home

At the front and back door of your house, hand two
bunches of clover upside down. As you hang each bunch,
feel the negative energy around you and direct it to each
bunch. The cloves will then set out to fight the negativity
around your house.

Protection for the house

Get a fresh, whole coconut, drain it, then, cut it in half. In a
bowl mix fresh rosemary, basil, and half a cup of uncooked
rice. Blend these together, then cover both halves of the
coconut with the mixture. Fit the coconut together and wrap
a white ribbon around it to keep it shut. Go outside on a
Sunday night and bury it in the backyard. It will protect
your home and backyard.

Another Protection for the house

With a red ribbon tie a bunch of garlic to the corner of your
front door. It will protect you and your loved ones from
negative vibes that may enter your house. Never let
anyone use the garlic for anything else.

To improve the mind

In a little yellow drawstring bag carry vanilla beans, fresh
rosemary and petals of a lily of the valley and place it
around your neck. With each breath visualize your mind
becoming stronger, remembering dates you will not want
to forget.

For a Job Interview

Fill a jar with crushed pecans, add three drops of rose oil
and keep a luck hand (root of an orchid)inside with the lid
shut tight. After three nights, place your lucky hand and
seven pecans in a little red drawstring bag and take it with
you to job interviews. With this little bag, you will feel
confident while questions are being asked and will have a
good chance of getting the job you want. Don’t let anyone
else, see the red drawstring bag.

Fertility (Male)

If you want to enhance your fertility chances, eat lots of
carrots, carrot seeds and bananas in, groups of threes. It will
aid performance like never before with sperm count levels
way up.

Fertility (female)

Find some fresh mistletoe and leave it indoors to dry until it
becomes brittle. Place it inside a little orange drawstring bag.
It will strengthen the female reproductive system. Carry it
with you everywhere you go and at night place it under
your pillow.

For spiritual awareness and psychic strength

In a medium size jar half filled with almond oil, add a
teaspoon of dry yerba santa, damiana and spearmint leaves
with seven drops of lime essential oil. Mix together with a
plastic spoon and screw the lid on top. This is be used
before spiritual healings, or for divination purposes. Place
three drops on your hands before you start rub them gently
together and place on your forehead. Then take them to the
back of your neck, breathe deeply and start your work. You
may even like to use this blend in your bath.

For astral traveling

In a little purple drawstring bag, place two teaspoons each
of dry angelica and crushed peppermint leaves and add a
smoky quartz that has been cleansed with lavender essential
oil. As you do this visualize what you would like from the
astral realm and very night before you go to bed rub the
drawstring bag on the bottom of your feet. This will take
you where you want to go and protect you along the way.

Protection from evil

Make four little blue drawstring bags, each the same size.
Mix in a bowl dry angelica, Solomon’s seal and balm of
Gilead buds. As you do this visualize your house protected
from evil. Divide the mix into four equal amounts and fill
each bag with it. Hang them or hide them in the four,
corners of your house.

For sleeping problems

Make yourself a little purple drawstring bag and as you do
this think of a having a good night’s sleep. Inside add a
teaspoon of valerian and each night hold it in your hand
while you lay in bed. Before you know it you will be
soundly asleep and when you awake the little bag will be
somewhere in your bed.

For Courage

Sprinkle dry yarrow and thyme in your shoes. It will not
only give you courage but it will stop the fear so you can
accomplish what you have set out to do.

For money in your purse or wallet

If you find yourself without a cent, sprinkle dry sassafras in
your purse or wallet and you will always have enough for
the things you need to buy.

For Money

In a green bowl mix equal parts of ginger, Irish moss and
sesame seeds. Crush together to form a powder and as you
crush it visualize your money needs. Light a charcoal tablet
(cube) and on top add a quarter of a teaspoon of your
money powder. Concentrate, inhaling deeply. Do this for
ten minutes every night for seven nights, beginning on a
Thursday night just after the sun goes down.

For prosperity

Sprinkle fresh alfalfa sprouts in the front and back of your
house. As you do this visualize your most wanted needs and
recite the following: “May the ground take this offering I
give. May it bring me prosperity which is in great need” Do
this, seven times every Thursday and don’t be shy
sprinkling plenty of alfalfa sprouts.

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Herbal Gifts from the Kitchen

Herbal Gifts from the Kitchen

Little Cooking Wreaths – can go right into soup pot, or hang in the
kitchen to be plucked from and used

Twist chive stalks into a 4-5″ circle, forming a wreath base. Twist in sprigs of thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram and basil seed heads,
to fill out wreath. Add a short sprig of rosemary or sage. Let dry
thoroughly –wreath will shrink slightly. Thread 3 or 4 dried chiles
on sewing thread and tie around wreath top. If wreath is to hang,
cover thread by embellishing with a bow of kitchen twine or narrow
ribbon. Present your gift in a bow-tied plastic bag to preserve
flavor and minimize shattering.

Herb & Spice Blends – To present your gift, pack blends into small
labeled jars with lids, attached to an herbal cookbook.
For Beef: mix 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon
red pepper flakes, 2 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon
dried minced onion.

For Fish: mix 2 tablespoons dried dillweed, 2 tablespoons crumbled
bay leaves, 2 tablespoons freeze-dried chives.

For Fruit Pies, Spice Cakes & Cookies: mix 2 tablespoons, 1
tablespoon ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoons ground mace, 1 tablespoon
ground allspice, 2 teaspoons ground cloves, 2 teaspoons ground
cardamon.

For Vegetables: mix 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 2 tablespoons dried
basil.

For Poultry: mix 2 tablespoons curry powder, 2 tablespoons paprika, 2
tablespoons dried lemon rind.

For Tomato Sauce: mix 2 tablespoons crumbled basil, 2 tablespoons
dried minced onions, 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon
crumbled dried oregano.

For Lamb: mix 1 1/2 tablespoons dried marjoram, 1 tablespoon crumbled
dried rosemary, 1 tablespoon white pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic
powder.

Good Bread Herbs include your favorite white or wheat bread recipe
with this blend presented in a decorated muslin bag.

Blend together 2 tablespoons dried crumbled sage, 1 tablespoon dried
rosemary, 1 tablespoon dill seed, 4 teaspoons caraway seed. On gift
tag: Will flavor 2 average loaves.

 

Citrus Spice Simmering Potpourri

Layer following ingredients in a gallon jar and add oils to
corresponding ingredients. Shake well and age 1 day before using:
Directions for Use on gift tag: Add 1/2 cup mixture to a small
saucepan filled with 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Reduce heat,
simmer for 15-20 minutes. Mixture may be reused several times, after
adding water to it.

1 cup 1″ cinnamon sticks 1 cup whole allspice
1 cup star anise 1 cup coriander seed
2 cups dried orange peel 1/2 cup cloves
1/2 cup crushed nutmeg 10 drops cinnamon oil
10 drops allspice oil 20 drops sweet orange oil

Lemon-y Footsoak a great treat at day’s end or for pampering someone
special! Present gift with instructions for use on gift tag, tied
onto a pretty jar or a plastic bag tied with a simple bow…

Crush and place in a jar, or tie in a bouquet and place in plastic
bag, for presentation: 5 sprigs of fresh lemon balm or10 sprigs
dried lemon balm. (Rosemary may be substituted.)

Recommended Instruction Tag to read: Bring 8 cups water to boil,
combine with contents in large pan or bowl, and let steep until

water is warm and comfortable. Soak feet 10-20 minutes.

The Herbal Code

This list will include the following: What planet and element works best with the herb, the magickal use and the general use of the herbs. Of course, there are multiple uses for all of the herbs, to list them all would be impossible.

The Herbal Code

In old magickal recipes and spells, strange ingredients are often called for that cannot always be taken literally. In one ancient Greco-Egyptian spell, the recipe called for “the navel of a male crocodile”, which really meant pond weed; “the heart of a baboon” meant oil of lily. The “sacrifice” in folklore was usually an egg buried in the ground.

Here’s what those unusual nouns really meant!

Adder’s tongue; Plantain
Bat’s Wing: Holly Leaf
Bat’s wool: Moss
Blood: Elder sap
Bloody fingers: Foxglove
Bodily Fluids: Houseleek
Brains: Congealed gum from a cherry tree
Bull’s blood: Horehound
Corpse candles: Mullein
Crocodile dung: Black earth
Dead Man: Ash or Mandrake root carved in a crude human shape or poppet
Dragon’s scales: Bistort Leaves
Ear of an ass: Comfrey
Ear of a goat: St. John’s Wort
Eyes: Eyebright
Fingers: Cinquefoil
Hair: Maidenhair fern
Hand: The expanded frond from a male fern used to make the true hand of glory, which is nothing more than a candle made of wax mixed with fern
Heart: Walnut
Lion’s tooth: Dandelion
Skin of a man: Fern
Skull: Skullcap
Snake: Bistort
Snake’s blood: Hematite stone
Tongue of dog: Hound’s tongue
Tooth or Teeth: Pinecones
Unicorn horn: True unicorn root
Worms: Gnarled, thin roots of a local tree

Information from The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf

Herb Harvest

Through you
Oh Mother Goddess,
All abundance is known;
Your love cheers the heart
And sustains the soul.
 

Misty summer mornings are ideal times for harvesting herbs. To enhance the magical power of your herbs, it is best to make every step in the gathering of herbs a magical one. Rise early and rinse your hands in cool water. Wearing clean colothing, or nude if location permits, go out into the garden. Bring with you a small basket, a clean cloth, and a cutting tool. The tool you use to harvest herbs should be one specially designed for this purpose, and duly consecrated. Any sharp blade will do, but a lovely way of honoring the Moon Goddess who presides over the growth of green things is to use a small sickle-shaped knife. The shining surface of the blade and its shape both connect it to the power of the moon tides.

Consecrating Herb Tools

Any consecration rite for objects can be used to bless your cutting tool. A simple rite is to wash the tool in fresh water, ideally rain water or water from a stream. As you rinse the implement, visualize all past influences and impurities leaving it. If you prefer, do this rite at night where you can catch the moonbeams in the shining surface of the blade.

Say these words or similar:

Mighty Goddess of all that grows
Bless this blade as moonlight glows
With this blade of shining power
Let me cut both herb and flower
So mote it be.

Take your newly consecrated blade and wipe it dry with a clean, white cloth. Place it in your basket, along with the cloth.

Harvesting Herbs

Approach the herb you have decided to harvest. Praise its beauty and abundance. Explain that in exchange for the careful care you have given to it, you will now, with its permission, take a small portion of it in return. The following is a harvesting prayer based on one favored by Scott Cunningham, and should be said while touching the herb to be harvested with the point of the harvesting knife.
You have grown by favor of the Sun, the Moon, and the dew. I make this request, herb, I ask you to be of benefit to me and my art, for your virtues are unfailing. You are the dew of all the gods and goddesses, the eye of the Sun, the light of the Moon, the beauty and glory of the sky, the mystery of the earth. I purify you so that whatever is wrought by me with you may, in all its powers, have a good and speedy effect with good success. Be purified by my prayer and be powerful.

Cut some of the herb. Shake off any excess dew. Set the sprigs carefully on the cloth or into the basket. To retain maximum magical power, the herbs should not touch the ground. Do not harvest from plants that are not fully grown, and never take more than about a quarter of the plant. If you are harvesting roots or bulbs, always leave enough to ensure next year’s growth. After collecting the plant, you may want to leave an offering, particularly if you are gathering wild plants that you did not tend while they were growing. A silver coin, small crystal, bit of bread, or a few grains of a fertilizing compound are all appropriate offerings to the spirit of the plant.

 

Drying Herbs

Dry your herbs by tying them in bunches and hanging them up in a warm, dry area that is free of sunlight and dust. If you are harvesting the herbs for seed, tie brown paper bags loosely around each bunch of hanging herbs. The bag will catch the seeds, which fall away from the foliage as it dries. When the herbs are dry. Gently shake them before removing the bag to loosen any additional seeds.


If you need to hasten the drying process, place the herbs on a cookie sheet in a low-heat oven, checking them frequently to be sure that they do not turn brown. Store in clean, dry, airtight jars, preferably of amber or cobalt blue glass. Keep jars out of direct sunlight.

 

Some Magical Uses of Herbs

Love: Cardamom, chickweed, cinnamon, clove, lavendar, lemon balm, rose, rosemary, tansy, vanilla, violet, yarrow.

Good Luck: Allspice, heather, nutmeg.

Healing: Angelica, bufdock, cinnamon, eucalyptus, hyssop, lemon balm, peppermint.

Prosperity: Basil, benzoil, bergamot, cinnamon, cinquefoil, lemon balm, mint.

Protection: Alyssum, angelica, basil, bay, garlic, mullein, rue, sunflower, white sage.

Psychic Skills: Angelica, anise, bay, borage, cinnamon, fennel, mugwort.

Purification: Anise, bay, chamomile, clove, copal, fennel, lavender, white sage.

The Goddess Companion for February 25th

The Goddess Companion

 
Her face had the black-blue shine of coal.
Her one bony tooth was red like rust.
her hair was think and dense and gray
like brushwood in a dying forest.
In her head was one eye like a pool,
swifter than a star in the winter sky.
That one stone eye in the hag’s head
moved quicker than mackerel after a lure.

~Scottish Song

About The Hag Goddess

In North Africa, this day begins the Time of the Old Woman, a period of dangerous weather. In Scotland, too, this was the time old woman of winter was said to chase the new spring across the land. Inevitably, the Spring Goddess won, and the old one was turned into a huge boulder.

Inevitably, too, our lives change. We too have our seasons: youth, midlife, age. And within those seasons, we have weather: good times and bad ones, and times when we just hang on. We have storms and calm periods, tempests and balmy warmth. We have sunny days when nothing seems like it can possibly go wrong, and then a rain of tears when life takes from us what we’ve cherished.

During sunny times, enjoy and be thankful. During bad weather, endure and remember that however chill the winter, spring always follows.

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By Patricia Monaghan & GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Daily Aromatherapy Tip for February 25th — Old Scars

Daily Aromatherapy Tip — Old Scars

A combination of Everlasting (Helichrysum) and Sage. Will help old scars and slow healing wounds.
Apply 3-6 months for old scars or 2x/day for 10 days on recent wounds.

Everlasting 1 ml
Sage 1 ml
Rose Hip seed oil 15 ml (1/2 oz.)
Hazelnut il 15 ml (1/2 oz.)

Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com

Today’s Goddess: ASHERAH

Today’s Goddess: ASHERAH

Ta’Anith Esther (Israel)

Themes: Kindness; Love; Divination; Foresight

Symbols: Lion; Lilies; a Tree or Pole

About Asherah: Asherah, a Canaanite Goddess of moral strength, offers to lend support and insight when we are faced with inequality or overwhelming odds. In art, she is often depicted simply as an upright post supporting the temple. This is a fitting representation, since her name means “straight.” Traditionally, Asherah is a mother figure often invoked at planting time, embodying a kind of benevolent, fertile energy that can reinforce just efforts and good intentions. Beyond this she is also an oracular goddess, specifically for predicting the future.

To Do Today: In Israel, this festival commemorates Esther’s strength and compassion in pleading with King Ahasuerus to save her people held captive in Persia. It is a time of prayer when one looks to the divine to instill similar positive attributes within us. For help in this quest, we turn to Asherah with this simple prayer:

Lady, make me an instrument of kindness and mercy; let my words be gentle and true, my actions motivated by insight and fairness. Where there is prejudice, let me be the bearer of tolerance. Where there is uncertainty, let me share your vision. Where there is disharmony, let me sow love. Amen.

Plant a tree today to remember Asherah, and tend it often. As you do, you tend her attributes in your heart.

By Patricia Telesco

Laugh Of The Day – You Know Someone Is New To Paganism If….

YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS NEW TO PAGANISM IF THEY THINK THAT…

CHRYSTAL CLEANSING is done with windex.

LAY LINES happen at the airports in Hawaii

A DOLMAN is a new brand of banana

APHRODITE is a type of pre-historic bird

CASTING is done with a fishing line or on a set in Hollywood

WHEEL OF FORTUNE is a game show with Vanna White

CYCLES have to do with your washing maching and when to add fabric softner

A BOOK OF SHADOWS contains shilouettes of friends and family members

ARCHETYPES are a type of building structure

A QUARTER is $.25 and buys a cop of coffee (and obviousily, these people have
not been out in awhile)

PAN is something to fry food in

The BLESSED BE is the God of Insects

The only way to get into a CIRCLE is to have the right of way

HANDFASTING is eating without utensils

A BRAZIER is support wear for women

CHARGING is done with a credit card or a battery

SKYCLAD is a shade of blue clothing

DEMETER is a place to park your car downtown

A TRAD is a type of geometric figure

Daily Feng Shui Tip for Feb. 25th: Pistol Patent Day

I know this month I’ve been offering a lot of tips for single women to meet ‘the one’, so on today’s ‘Pistol Patent Day’ I’d like to offer a Feng Shui way for a man to find the perfect partner. This philosophy says that any man who has an image or an actual cherry blossom branch positioned over his bed will soon meet someone special who will share that same space with him.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Charm for February 25th is The Crescent and Hand

Your Charm for Today

The Crescent and Hand

Today’s Meaning:

Guests and visitors will come calling. Their visit brings happiness and joy. This aspect will reflect these emotions for weeks after the visit.

General Description:

Crescents were worn by the ancients to safeguard them against witchcraft and danger. From the very early Eastern symbol, horseshoes came to be regarded by the Greeks and Romans as charms against sickness and the plague. In the middle ages horseshoes were used as amulets for witchcraft and even today are looked upon as lucky. When the representation of the hand of strength was worn with the crescent it signified hospitality and generosity. Hands of Might are painted on houses in Italy, Syria, Turkey and in the East to protect the buildings from misfortune and the inmates from death. The blue beads were worn to avert the evil eyes.