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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

In the Stars~Nov 25th, 2014

Blyssful Tiu's Day Stargazers~

Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, November 25th
New Moon
(waxing/24% of illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Tuesday 25th November 2014
Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn
Moon 12° Capricorn squares Uranus [in retrograde] 12° Aries

Tuesday's Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn and by Wednesday's Moon 23° Capricorn conjunct Mars 23° Capricorn which will be backed-up by the Mercury 26° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 26° Scorpio on Wednesday 26th November - a confirmed date with destiny for everyone.
When you realize these specific TWO facets of your life - with a new found clarity - you might not believe what you're feeling - because it will be unusually STRONG and very CLEAR. But as I've explained at the New Moon - you've been woken-up - hence you're now seeing life differently and much more clearly. Most importantly is that you're no longer blinded by "darkness" - the Sagittarian New Moon has defined NO MORE darkness - darkness must now go-away.

You might actually laugh at yourself - that you never realized the TRUTH until now - but now you do - accept it - work with it - destiny is giving you this clarity for a reason - in order for you to move your life forward by changing your attitudes. Until now - the timing wasn't right - Sun in Sagittarius & Moon in Capricorn - means time is now right.

Blyssful Tiu's Day Pagans

Greetings Pagans!

Well were a few days away from turkey day and everyone is busy including me, so here's a cap on what the Legion is up to.

*Today we celebrate Celtic Tree of the Month the Elder*

Sambucus canadensis

The Elder Mother; The Queen of Herbs

13th month of Celtic Tree calendar, November 25 - December 21

13th consonant  of the Ogham alphabet - Ruis

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Symbolism: Judgment, Transformation, Death & Regeneration, Fate, The Inevitable

Sacred numbers: 

Five: each elderflower has 5 petals, 5 yellow stamens, and 5 sepals which form a tiny green star.  

Thirteen: Elder is associated with all superstition surrounding the number 13. 

Stone: Olivine, Jet (Black Amber)

Flower: Dandelion

Birds: Pheasant, Raven, Rook

Color: Black, Dark Green, Blood Red

Deity: Hel, Hela, Holda, Venus, Hilde, The White Lady

Folk Names: Alhuren, Battree, Boure Tree, Eldrum, Elhorn, Hylder,  Lady Ellhorn, Old Gal, Old, Lady, Pipe Tree, Rob Elder, Sweet Elder, Tree of Doom

Medicinal properties: 

Traditionally all parts of Elder are useful medicinally. The berries and the leaves are both rich in vitamin C. The leaves can be made into ear drops to treat pain and inflammation. The flowers make a tea that is good for treating coughs and irritable throats, as well as being made into a skin cleanser and lotion. The bark of the new small twigs can be made into a laxative. The bark, roots, berries and leaves can all be used as a dye.  And the berries are good for making jam, wine, vinegar, and syrups.

 Magickal properties: 

Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing

The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits.

*OGHAM The Celtic Oracle*
The Elder is a veritable medicine chest with its bark, leaves, flowers and berries all being used in herbal medicine to treat many ailments including bruises, wounds, colds, hayfever, respiratory illness and fevers. Its berries are particularly potent and the Druids regarded any that remained on the tree in December as a gift from the Earth Goddess. These were gathered and made into a sacred wine which was drunk to aid clairvoyance. Its wood is said to protect against enchantment, negativity and lightining and whistles or flutes made from elder have a reputation for aiding fairy contact. In Ireland the witches' broom had a shaft made of elder as opposed to the more traditional ash.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar Elder marks the darkest time of year and so is associated with death and the Crone aspect of the triple Goddess. Indeed, funerary flints have been found in megalithic long barrows in the shape of elder leaves and in others an elder leaf shaped portal has been carved out between two slabs of stone showing that its association with death goes back beyond the Celts into pre-history. 

People's perceptions of you in this life will reflect how you are perceived in the Underworld or Afterlife...therefore "Don't speak ill of the dead" is still today a strong belief and practice. Elder reminded ancient peoples of the need for honor and dignity in life as well as death.  

 Elder meditation focuses on the review of your life. The "bad" points of your life seem to be most prominent now, only because it is time to overcome them and forgive yourself for what has already been done. You cannot go back and change the past, but you can learn from your mistakes and not repeat the errors, moving forward. Acknowledge, admit, and amend if necessary. This challenge is most rewarding for each of us. Now you can recognize the "good" things you have done.

The Elder Mother was believed to dwell in the elder tree. She worked a strong earth magick and punished those who used her tree selfishly. 

 Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. 

Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don't burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. "Elder is the Lady's Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be"

*Tree Magick*

Your life becomes charmed because 

the Elder tree, superstitiously nicknamed 

"Elder Queen" and "Good Mother" 

protects trees, fairies, and you from harm. 

You may draw strength from advice rooted 

in bonds with your mother or grandmother. 

Just as the pith when dipped in oil and burned can be lit and put to float in a glass of water, new light will be shed on a matter you are reflecting upon. As the Elder flowers of Spring depart as ripe, purple berries in the Gall, the significance of what you put in reveals what you might expect. A dream may bring a prediction, should you fall asleep under and Elder tree.

LESSON OF THE ELDER

 "The lesson of the elder is a difficult one. Not only are you asked to accept the inevitability of your own death, but you are also asked the far more personal and potentially embarrassing question - how might you be fated to be remembered, both for good and ill, were you to die today? In the dark days of winter, elder presents us with a mirror in which we must see ourselves truly reflected if we are to die with dignity and without regrets.

Folklore holds that it is unlucky to use Elder wood for a child's cradle, which should always be made our to Birch for a new start and inception. In the Ogham calendar, the Elder rules the thirteenth month. The Elder, with its distinctive, easily hollowed, pithy stems, is a tree of regeneration. It re-grows damaged branches readily and it will root and grow rapidly from any part.

 This Ogham card is linked to the eternal turnings of life and death, birth and rebirth. It represents the end in the beginning and the beginning in the end; life in death and death in life; the casting out of the devils of the old year and the renewal and creativity of the new; the timelessness of the cycle by which the fading of old age is always balanced by the new start of birth.

*The Celtic Tree Oracle*

 The circle will always turn afresh, change and creativity arising from the old and brining about the new. All is continuously linked as phases of life and experience repeat themselves in subtly different forms, leading always to renewal.

I honor the energy of Elder, which sees the end from the beginning.

Throughout many lifetimes I have been here.

I have the knowledge that I have changed myself again and again.

I will start from where I am now, and continue to persist in my path.

I will succeed.

So mote it be.

We are rapidly rolling into December' Winter Solstice and Yule Tidings with plenty of family, friends and blessings as we  celebrate this sabbat. We also are happy to offer some fun and exciting mini classes starting on December 1st to keep you active, educated, and connected during the Winter Solstice Season. Look for daily ads on the classes and how to sign up.

Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

 

~Your Daily Fortunes for November 24th~

~Your Daily Fortunes~

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Although you may decide to suppress your desires now, it’s only because you realize that sharing them could create more problems. You have a good sense of what is real and you are moved to talk your walk today. You might not be sure how to proceed, but this isn’t a valid reason for inaction. You must speak the truth that previously existed only within your imagination. People will be more likely to engage you honestly if you can push past your fears and express what’s in your heart.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You wish that all your relationship dreams could come true, but this may not be possible now. Fortunately, you can still be happy with your current lot in life since you prefer knowing the unvarnished truth than wandering around lost in a fantasy. But awareness works in both directions and it’s your responsibility to communicate honestly, even if your message is a difficult one. Although you might feel as if you’re engaged in an uphill battle, the climb is well worth the effort. A heart-to-heart talk with a close friend or lover sets the stage for future happiness.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You are preoccupied with your thoughts today, but it may be difficult to keep your mind on the sunny side of the street. Your key planet Mercury joins karmic Saturn, making you an intellectual force with which to be reckoned. Instead of falling back on your clever wit, use your considerable communication skills to dig into the mysteries hidden in the shadows. Although you might want to make light of a heavy situation, Saturn expects you to be serious when it comes to maintaining your integrity.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
If you find yourself stuck in an emotional funk today, you might believe there’s no easy way out. Your current situation could be bothering you enough now that it is apparent to everyone around you. There’s no need to pretend when it comes to your inner process. Those who love you don’t want you to hide; they want to know the real you. Taking a risk and sharing what’s in your heart may seem like a scary thing to do but it’s the only way to deepen a meaningful relationship.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
An intense wave of self-awareness washes over you today, but the results are uncharacteristically sobering. It’s not that you have lost your legendary confidence; it’s just that you’re not feeling very lighthearted now. Your natural tendency is to downplay negativity, but that could just make things worse. A more radical approach is in order. Invite someone special inside for a peek into your private world. Revealing your vulnerability is not the easiest path, but it could lead to the biggest transformation.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You might not know whether to stand on your soapbox and shout your truth or grit your teeth, swallow hard and keep quiet. Either way, you may wish you took a different route as your key planet Mercury bumps into Saturn’s finality. There is no magical solution but you have to decide whether you can run with your ideas now or should acquiesce to someone in control. The answer to this dilemma is not as straightforward as it seems. The wisest strategy is to simply live with this paradox for a while longer. In the meantime, count your blessings; try not to take life so seriously.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You’re not willing to bury your feelings today just to keep the peace. You Libras are known for your innate diplomatic skills and your natural propensity for putting the needs of others in front of your own. However, a close friend or family member might push you too far, prompting you to do some serious thinking as you reshuffle your priorities. You are at a tipping point; channel your emotional intensity into clarifying your position and then take a stand. Speak your truth and let the chips fall as they may.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
It’s all too easy to work yourself into a corner today as heavy Saturn leans on mental Mercury in your sign. Thankfully, you intuitively realize that you have the power to manifest the changes that are needed no matter how much effort it requires. Your self-criticism and self-judgment aren’t productive now — nor are they necessary. You are only restrained by the limitations of your own thoughts rather than by external circumstances. Give yourself new options by simply opening your mind.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may be secretly struggling against the lessons that taskmaster Saturn is teaching you now. The good news is the hardest work is probably already completed. The time for scheming is over; whatever you do today establishes the direction for your next journey. Although you might erroneously believe that you must show progress toward your goals, forward movement isn’t necessarily part of your current curriculum. Instead, accept the temporary restrictions being placed on your plans while sticking to your convictions.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might be resigned to tear down any walls that are currently standing between you and your goals. You know that you’re capable of reaching your destination, but you’re tired of being the one who bears the final responsibility. For once, you wish you could just let it all fall apart. Rest assured that common sense will come to your rescue while mental Mercury works in tandem with your key planet Saturn today. Proceed with determination instead of aggression for the best results.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your out-of-the box strategy for success may not be as effective as you think today. Instead of drawing attention to what makes you different, surprise everyone by demonstrating your ability to collaborate in a conventional manner. Although you might not get away with being eccentric now, you can break the mold of someone’s expectations by cheerfully adapting to the current situation. But don’t restrain your creativity any more than is necessary or you could lose your edge of brilliance.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If you are shouldering an emotional burden, you have a rare chance to finally release whatever is bothering you now. It’s just not worth holding on to all your imagined worries that are based upon painful failures or old hurts. Being unnecessarily fearful is not helpful and only prevents you from feeling the love that is waiting for you just on the other side of a wall. All you have to do is open the door and let it in. Don’t limit your future by clinging to your past.

Today's Tarot~The Chariot
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.

Witches Rune~The Blank Rune

Meaning:  This sigil is supposed to pictorially represent ‘dark’; it is the rune of difficulties. It tells of negative influences ruling for a while; things are lost and experienced, but they will ultimately lead to positivity. For all are learning stages, and unless one door closes how will another one open. Look at the nearest runes to shed further light regarding the brevity of the problem and how soon it will happen.

Viking Rune~Wunjo

Wunjo denotes joy and shared bliss. It may also represent a job well done and the satisfaction one feels from completing such a task. Wunjo brings good fortune and harmony.

wunjo : glory
Phonetic equivalent: w

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
success, recognition of achievements, reward, joy, bliss, achievement of goals, contentment
MAGICAL USES:
for success in any endeavor, to motivate, to complete a task.
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Baldr, Asgard
ANALYSIS:
Wunjo is the last rune of the first aett, and thus represents both the end of one cycle and preparation for the next. It is a very positive, stable rune, and is another place where people tend to get stalled along their journey. Christian poets related it to heaven, but in fact it more closely resembles the Pagan Valhalla, since this particular paradise is not a permanent one.Like the wealth of fehu, the glory of wunjo is only an illusion. We have achieved success on one level only, and there are many more lessons to be learned. It is, however, a welcome respite which allows us to rest, re-charge our batteries and prepare ourselves for the rest of the journey. It also gives us some perspective, allowing us to look back and reflect on the road thus far. Wunjo gives us a glimpse of what is possible, but if we try too soon to reach out and grab it, like the Grail it will disappear between our fingers.

Be Blessed )O(

~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars~Nov 24th, 2014

Blyssful Moon's Day Stargazers~

Monday 24th November 2014
Moon 22° Sagittarius trines Jupiter 22° Leo
Moon enters Capricorn 4:40pm UK - 5:40pm Europe - 10:10pm India
11:40am USA EST - [Tuesday 3:40am Sydney, Australia]
Moon 4° Capricorn sextiles Neptune 4° Pisces
 
New Moon
(waxing/16% of illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.


Journey from "Scorpio - Death" to "Sagittarian - Life"
You can't compare the energies of Scorpio with Sagittarius - the contrast is so great - that the mystery of why these two star signs are next to each other will become a puzzle - and yet the answer is simple - the contrast of positive to negative - from dark to light - from night to day - from sadness to happiness - from yin and to yang - is necessary in the cycle of life on Earth.
From the New Moon 22nd November and by the Gemini Full Moon of 6th December 2014 - you will experience the biggest shifts of negative to positive - from yin to yang - that you've had in a long time. Everything you gave-up on - everything you said "no" or "never" - everything you believed impossible will now become a possibility - because the optimistic strength of star sign of Sagittarius will ensure everything that's been "dark" becomes "light" - and your life will become full of the words "Yes - Please" - fantastic - unbelievable - "THANK YOU GOD" - and "thank you Sagittarius".
During the past few weeks - the deep profound Scorpio energies have made many feel "dead" inside - and therefore I need to say something for readers who aren't feeling anything yet - you're not dead - you're just being in SYNC with the astrological energies. And in the same way you've felt "dead" inside - soon - very soon you're going to feel ALIVE again after Saturday's Sagittarian New Moon.
 
During Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - you've been fired-up - and depending on your star sign - it could be a positive trigger or a positive trigger hidden in something negative - but it's just the trigger - so once it's awakened you - let-it-go if it's negative and disruptive. All you need to do is ACCEPT the "sign" - as a specific need to change something in your life - and thereafter allow yourself to be awakened and changed.
 
The best aspect will come as a BIG surprise to each and everyone of you - of WHAT and WHO - positively excites you - and yes - like I've said on Monthly Astrology - Sagittarius is superficial - so it might be anything - absolutely anything.
The journey of this Sagittarian New Moon to the Gemini Full Moon - will reach the powerful phase - between 1st => 6th December 2014 - when inexplicably - each and everyone will be powerfully energized by something you want and need so much. It will be something / someone that creates so much positive energy for you - that you realize you must have it - and provided it is achievable and not a delusional fantasy - you will be pushed to get it - all you have to do is WANT it. The specific WANT is because you sense the emotional truth within you because it gives you so much energy - it's the an inexplicable karmic energy that makes you want to live life - because you'll know it's so right for you.
 
Monday 24th November 2014 - Moon enters Capricorn
You Might Think You "know" what will happen .....
Saturday's New Moon in Sagittarius has defined a whole new freshness to "life" - full of aliveness - created by energy from WITHIN you - which is the ironic truth of life - that we all have everything we need WITHIN each of us - but we just don't use what we have - because it's rarely "unlocked" to be used.
Thankfully, the huge transcending astrological energies located in the star sign of Sagittarius - will ensure EVERYONE - unlocks all the locked energies - and maximizes their potential. The time for sleeping is over - now is the time to wake-up and do what you're destined to do.
 
If you attempt to "think" back to the depressing and negative way you have been thinking during the past month Sun in Scorpio - then you might think - your destiny is to do nothing and go to sleep - but Sun in Sagittarius - has different plans for EVERYONE and has a specific plan for every star sign - as the truth is each and everyone has potential.
It's just that is locked within you - and within your attitude to life in your mind - which controls your opinion of what you "think" you should be doing with your life - which recently has let some of you falsely believe that nothing good will ever happen for you. Yes - that was a necessary deception during Sun in Scorpio - to teach you important karmic lessons. But now - Sagittarius is OPENING and is UNLOCKING the real you - and the real plan for you is now about to emerge.
 
Destiny has a plan for living life to your true potential for you - and during Moon in Capricorn - you're going to sense TWO things - TWO specific facets of your life - that will become very strong and clear to you - that you will know - that's "it". These will be defined by Tuesday's Moon 11° Capricorn conjunct Pluto 11° Capricorn and by Wednesday's Moon 23° Capricorn conjunct Mars 23° Capricorn which will be backed-up by the Mercury 26° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 26° Scorpio on Wednesday 26th November - a confirmed date with destiny for everyone.
When you realize these specific TWO facets of your life - with a new found clarity - you might not believe what you're feeling - because it will be unusually STRONG and very CLEAR. But as I've explained at the New Moon - you've been woken-up - hence you're now seeing life differently and much more clearly. Most importantly is that you're no longer blinded by "darkness" - the Sagittarian New Moon has defined NO MORE darkness - darkness must now go-away.
 
You might actually laugh at yourself - that you never realized the TRUTH until now - but now you do - accept it - work with it - destiny is giving you this clarity for a reason - in order for you to move your life forward by changing your attitudes. Until now - the timing wasn't right - Sun in Sagittarius & Moon in Capricorn - means time is now right.
  

Herbal Tea for Colds

Yes tis the season for colds & flu! 

Warm and tasty - Coughs, colds and congestion. Use a tablespoon of honey to accent the flavor, and add to the antibacterial power of these ancient herbs.

Ingredients:
Elder * Anise * Angelica *
Additions: Raw honey, lemon, dash cinnamon
Recipe Instructions: 
Decoction : Bring to a boil over low heat and simmer at least 20 min.

Unlike infusions, decoctions are boiled. Woody roots, non-aromatic seeds and barks are suited to this method. If you simply infuse roots and barks in hot water, as you do leaves and flowers, you will not extract the full medicinal properties of the herb.

Tools: You will need a non-reactive, heavy saucepan. I use a Corningware 1 quart pan with a see through glass lid. It is the perfect size for me, as I normally make decoctions 3 cups/750 ml at a time.

Ratio: Amounts can vary, depending upon your taste and the potency of the herbs, however 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb mixture to each cup of water is a good starting point. Roots and barks are more concentrated than the lighter leaves and flowers used in infusions, so less is needed.

Heating: Start with cold water over a low heat and slowly bring herb mixture to a simmering boil. Keep the pot covered and simmer for ten to 20 minutes. Take off heat and leave covered while you brew cools to drinking temperature.
Straining: I often let the mixture set all day or overnight without straining, the heavy roots and barks settle to the bottom, and you can pour off the top.
Overnight Method: Use this method when the material you want to extract is a bitter, or mineral salt. The whole herb, roots or seeds, or the bark of a woody plant are soaked in cold water for several hours, then brought to a boil and simmered for 30 minutes.

Healthy Substitutes


Looking to save on fat, calories, or sodium in your favorite recipes? Use this list of popular healthy ingredient substitutes.

Bacon: turkey bacon, reduced-sodium and reduced-fat bacon, Canadian-style bacon
Reduced-sodium bacon reduces sodium by 40 percent, calories by half, and fat by about 60 percent.
Canadian bacon reduces calories by 60 percent, fat by about 80 percent, sodium by about 30 percent, and omits nearly all saturated fat.
Baking powder: See our substitute for baking powder.
Beef ribeye steak: See our substitute for ribeye steak.
Bread: whole wheat or whole grain instead of white; spinach, Swiss chard, napa cabbage instead of wraps; low-carb spinach or tomato tortillas
Whole wheat bread has about 40 percent more protein, less carbohydrates, and almost twice the amount of fiber than white bread.
Using spinach, Swiss chard, or napa cabbage omits added carbohydrates, lowers calories, and omits fat.
Bread crumbs, dry: See our substitute for bread crumbs.
Brown sugar: See our substitute for brown sugar.
Butter: See our substitute for butter.
Canned beans: dried beans, cooked; no-salt-added canned beans
The above options omit any added salt from processing. Salt-free products have less than 5 mg sodium per serving, very-low-sodium products have less than 35 mg sodium per serving, and low-sodium products have less than 140 mg sodium per serving.
Canned vegetables: no-salt-added, salt-free, or low-sodium canned vegetables; frozen or fresh vegetables
Using no-salt-added, salt-free, or low-sodium canned vegetables reduces or omits added salt during the canning process.
Cheese: See our substitute for cheese.
Chicken thighs: See our substitute for chicken thighs.
Chocolate: See our substitute for chocolate.
Cream cheese: See our substitute for cream cheese.
Eggs: See our substitute for eggs.
Flour: See our substitute for flour.
Flour tortillas: corn tortillas
When compared to a 6-inch flour tortilla, 6-inch corn tortillas have about half the calories, 75 percent less carbohydrates and fat, and 95 percent less sodium.
French-fried onions: whole wheat panko bread crumbs in casseroles
Whole wheat panko has double the carbs but almost 98 percent less fat and about 80 percent less sodium than french-fried onions. Per cup, whole wheat panko also has 12 grams protein and 8 grams fiber, whereas french-fried onions have none. 
Frosting: See our substitute for frosting.
Fruit canned in heavy syrup: fruit canned in its own juice or in water; fresh fruit
The above options reduce calories, carbohydrates, and added sugar.
Ground beef: See our substitute for ground beef.
Ground turkey: See our substitute for ground turkey.
Hamburger patty: See our substitute for hamburger patties.
Heavy cream: See our substitute for heavy cream.
Jam/jelly: mashed berries instead of jam in baked goods and on sandwiches
Using mashed berries reduces calories and carbohydrates, and omits added processed sugar and salt.
Lettuce, iceberg: arugula, chicory, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, watercress
The above options increase vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Dark leafy greens tend to be higher in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and folate.
Margarine: See our substitute for margarine.
Marinades, oil-based: wine, balsamic vinegar, fruit juice, fat-free broth
The above options reduce calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium. Wine adds alcohol, which may or may not be present in some marinades.
Mayonnaise: hummus, pesto, mashed avocado, mustard on sandwiches; plain Greek yogurt in dressings, casseroles, and salads
Hummus has about one-third the calories, six times the protein, and less fat and saturated fat than mayo. It also has about 10 grams fiber per cup.
Mashed avocado has less calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium than mayo. It has double the protein and 15 grams fiber per cup.
Yellow mustard has less calories and fat than mayo but has nearly double the amount of sodium. It has five times as much protein as mayo.
Plain Greek yogurt has less calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium than mayo. It also has 10 times the amount of protein.
Milk, whole: skim milk
Skim milk has less calories, cholesterol, fat, and saturated fat. However, using skim milk instead of whole milk can change the richness of sauces and dressings.
Oil: See our substitute for oil.
Oil-packed foods: water-packed foods like tuna and sun-dried tomatoes
Using water-packed foods will omit any added fat and reduce calories by about half.
Pasta: See our substitute for pasta. 
Rice, white: See our substitute for rice.
Salad dressing: fat-free or reduced-calorie dressing; flavored vinegars
Fat-free or reduced-calorie dressings reduce calories, fat, and saturated fat but tend to increase sodium and added sugars.
Flavored vinegars typically do not have any calories, fat, or sodium.
Salt, table: See our substitute for salt.
Seasoning salt: See our substitute for seasoning salt.
Soups, 10-3/4-ounce can condensed cream-based: See our substitute for cream-based soup.
Sour cream: See our substitute for sour cream.
Soy sauce: sweet-and-sour sauce, hot mustard sauce, low-sodium soy sauce
Sweet-and-sour sauce has 66 percent less calories and 95 percent less sodium than soy sauce. However, it has three times the amount of carbohydrates and double the added sugar.
Hot mustard sauce has 80 percent less calories and 90 percent less sodium than soy sauce. However, it has four times the amount of carbohydrates and added sugar.
Low-sodium soy sauce has about 40 percent less calories and half the sodium of regular soy sauce.
Spice blends: See our substitute for spice blends.
Sugar: See our substitute for sugar.
Yogurt, fruit-flavor: plain low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit slices

Allspice: See our substitute for allspice.
Anise seed: See our subsitute for anise seed.
Apple pie spice: See our substitute for apple pie spice.
Baking powder: See our substitute for baking powder.
Basil: See our subsitute for basil.
Bay leaf: See our substitute for bay leaf.
Bread crumbs, fine dry: See our substitute for bread crumbs.
Broth, beef or chicken: See our substitute for broth.
Brown sugar: See our substitute for brown sugar.
Butter: See our substitute for butter.
Buttermilk: See our substitute for buttermilk.
Canola oil: See our substitute for canola oil.
Cardamom: See our substitute for cardamom.
Chervil: See our substitute for chervil.
Chili powder: See our substitute for chili powder.
Chives: See our substitute for chives.
Chocolate, semisweet: See our substitute for semisweet chocolate.
Chocolate, sweet baking, such as German's sweet chocolate: See our substitute for sweet baking chocolate.
Chocolate, unsweetened: See our substitute for unsweetened chocolate.
Cilantro: See our substitute for cilantro.
Cinnamon: See our substitute for cinnamon.
Cloves: See our substitute for cloves.
Cornstarch, for thickening: For 1 tablespoon cornstarch, substitute 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
Corn syrup: For 1 cup corn syrup, substitute 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water.
Cream cheese: See our substitute for cream cheese.
Cream-based soups: See our substitute for cream-based soups.
Cumin: See our substitute for cumin.
Curry powder: See our substitute for curry powder.
Dill, weed or seed: See our substitute for dill.
Egg: See our substitute for egg.
Espresso powder: For 1 teaspoon espresso powder, substitute 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder or granules, or replace a small portion of the liquid in the recipe with strong cold coffee.
Evaporated milk: For 1 cup evaporated milk, substitute 2-1/4 cups whole milk, simmered until reduced to 1 cup, or 1 cup whole milk.
Fennel: See our substitute for fennel.
Flour, cake: See our substitute for cake flour.
Flour, self-rising: See our stubstitute for self-rising flour.
Fruit liqueur: For 1 tablespoon fruit liqueur, substitute 1 tablespoon fruit juice.
Frosting: See our stubstitute for frosting.
Garlic: See our substitute for garlic.
Ginger: See our substitute for ginger.
Ground beef: See our substitute for ground beef.
Half-and-half or light cream: See our substitutes for half-and-half and light cream.
Heavy cream, whipped: See our substitute for whipped heavy cream.
Honey: For 1 cup, substitute 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water.
Italian seasoning: See our substitute for Italian seasoning.
Leeks: For 1 cup, substitute 1 cup chopped green onions, 1 cup chopped shallots, or 1 cup chopped sweet onions.
Lemon peel or zest: See our substitute for lemon peel or zest.
Lime peel or zest: See our substitute for lime peel or zest.
Mace: See our substitute for mace.
Margarine: See our substitute for maragarine.
Marjoram: See our substitute for marjoram.
Mascarpone cheese: See our substitute for mascarpone cheese.
Milk: See our substitute for milk.
Mint: See our substitute for mint.
Molasses: For 1 cup molasses, substitute 1 cup honey.
Nutmeg: See our substitute for nutmeg.
Onion, chopped: See our substitute for chopped onion.
Oregano: See our substitute for oregano.
Parsley: See our substitute for parsley.
Pasta: See our substitute for pasta.
Pepper, black: See our substitute for black pepper.
Pepper, white: See our substitute for white pepper.
Poblano pepper: For stuffed peppers, use Anaheim or sweet peppers. For heat, use canned fire-roasted chile peppers or serrano peppers.
Poultry seasoning: See our substitute for poultry seasoning.
Pumpkin: See our substitute for pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie spice: See our substitute for pumpkin pie spice.
Red pepper, crushed: See our substitute for crushed red pepper.
Rice: See our substitute for rice.
Rosemary: See our substitute for rosemary.
Saffron: See our substitute for saffron.
Sage: See our substitute for sage.
Salt: See our substitute for salt.
Savory: See our substitute for savory.
Sour cream: See our substitute for sour cream.
Soy sauce: For 1/2 cup soy sauce, substitute 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon water.
Sugar, granulated: See our substitute for granulated sugar.
Sun-dried tomato: For 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, substitute 1/4 cup raw tomato, chopped.
Tarragon: See our substitute for tarragon.
Thai seasoning: See our substitute for Thai seasoning.
Thyme: See our substitute for thyme.
Tomato juice: For 1 cup tomato juice, substitute 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water.
Tomato sauce: For 2 cups tomato sauce, substitute 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water.
Vanilla: See our substitute for vanilla.
Vanilla beans: See our substitute for vanilla beans.
Vegetable oil: See our substitute for vegetable oil.
Vinegar, balsamic: See our substitute for balsamic vinegar.
Vinegar, white: See our substitute for white vinegar.
Wine, red: See our substitute for red wine.
Wine, white: See our substitute for white wine.
Whipping cream: See our substitute for whipping cream.
Yeast: For 1.06-ounce compressed cake, substitute 1/4-ounce envelope active dry yeast.
Yogurt, fruit-flavor: For 1 cup fruit-flavor yogurt, substitute 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit.
 
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~Ghost Wolf~

~GHOST WOLF~

by

Elder Airwolf

 

 

 

I have always seen the ghost wolf and my native shaman grams said it was present at my birth. My mother wanted to abort but my grams saw a prophesy of my past, present, and future taking on the assurance I was born to carry on her and our peoples tradition of the shaman. I was born breach technically still birth with cord wrapped seven times around my neck strangling me in the womb. When I arrived, the witnesses of this blessed yet sad event was the midwife, my grams, ghost wolf, and Oh yeah my mother.

Through out my life the ghost wolf, in native known as Issa, was always near sharing knowledge and wisdom of things that have no come to pass. In native lore the ghost wolf represented many things as I will share a brief history.

Legendary Native American Figures: Esa (Issa, Ysa, Pia'isa)

Name: Esa
Also spelled: Isa, Issa, Ysa, Esha, Eesha, Isha
Tribal affiliation: Shoshone, Bannock, Northern Paiute
Pronunciation: ees-sah
Also known as: Pia'isa, Piaisan
Type: Creator, culture hero, transformer, wolf god
Related figures in other tribes: Silver-Fox (Northern California)

Esa, the Wolf, is the creator god and culture hero of the Shoshone, Bannock, and Northern Paiute tribes. Like other figures from the mythic age, Esa is usually represented as a man in Native American stories, but sometimes takes on the literal form of a wolf. Esa is sometimes helped in his work by his irresponsible brother, Coyote, who he often must rescue from his foolishness.

Wolf Tricks the Trickster

Wouldn't it be great if everybody could live forever? There would be no disease, no accidents. Life would just be sunny days and fun all the time. Native American mythology has lots of stories about a time when there was no death in the world. One community, the Shoshoni people, believe that this happy time was all because of one animal: the Wolf.

The Shoshoni people saw the Wolf as a creator god and they respected him greatly. Long ago, Wolf, and many other animals, walked and talked like man.. Coyote could talk, too, but the Shoshoni people kept far away from him because he was a Trickster, somebody who is always up to no good and out to double-cross you.

Coyote resented Wolf because he was respected by the Shoshoni. Being a devious Trickster, Coyote decided it was time to teach Wolf a lesson. He would make the Shoshoni people dislike Wolf, and he had the perfect plan. Or so he thought.

One day, Wolf and Coyote were discussing the people of the land. Wolf claimed that if somebody were to die, he could bring them back to life by shooting an arrow under them. Coyote had heard this boast before and decided to put his plan into action.

Wearing his most innocent smile he told Wolf that if he brought everyone back to life, there would soon be no room left on Earth. Once people die, said Coyote, they should remain dead. If Wolf takes my advice, thought Coyote, then the Shoshoni people would hate Wolf, once and for all.

Wolf was getting tired of Coyote constantly questioning his wisdom and knew he was up to no good, but he didn't say anything. He just nodded wisely and decided it was time to teach Coyote a lesson.

A few days after their conversation, Coyote came running to Wolf. Coyote's fur was ruffled and his eyes were wide with panic. Wolf already knew what was wrong: Coyote's son had been bitten by Rattlesnake and no animal can survive the snake's powerful venom. Coyote pleaded with Wolf to bring his son back to life by shooting an arrow under him, as he claimed he could do.

Wolf reminded Coyote of his own remark that people should remain dead. He was no longer going to bring people back to life, as Coyote had suggested. The Shoshoni people say that was the day Death came to the land and that, as a punishment for his mischievous ways, Coyote's son was the first to die.

No one else was ever raised from the dead by Wolf again, and the people came to know sadness when someone dies. Despite Coyote's efforts, however, the Shoshoni didn't hate Wolf. Instead, they admired his strength, wisdom and power, and they still do today.

Wolves figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, Wolf is considered a medicine being associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting. Like bears, wolves are considered closely related to humans by many North American tribes, and the origin stories of some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Quileute and the Kwakiutl, tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men. In Shoshone mythology, Wolf plays the role of the noble Creator god, while in Anishinabe mythology a wolf character is the brother and true best friend of the culture hero. Among the Pueblo tribes, wolves are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated with the east and the color white. The Zunis carve stone wolf fetishes for protection, ascribing to them both healing and hunting powers. 

Wolves are also one of the most common clan animals in Native American cultures. Tribes with Wolf Clans include the Creek (whose Wolf Clan is named Yahalgi or Yvhvlke), the Cherokee (whose Wolf Clan name is Aniwahya or Aniwaya,) the Chippewa (whose Wolf Clan and its totem are called Ma'iingan,) Algonquian tribes like the Lenape, Shawnee and Menominee, the Huron and Iroquois tribes, Plains tribes like the Caddo and Osage, Southern tribes like the Chickasaw, the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, and Northwest Coast tribes like the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Kwakiutl. Wolf was an important clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles. The wolf is also the special tribal symbol of several tribes and bands, such as the Munsee Delaware, the Mohegans, and the Skidi Pawnee. Some eastern tribes, like the Lenape and Shawnee, have a Wolf Dance among their tribal dance traditions.

Names of Native American Wolf Gods and Spirits

Chibiabos (Potawatomi)
Kweo Kachina (Hopi)
Malsum (Wabanaki)
Moqwaio (Menominee)
Pia'isa (Shoshone)
Rou-garou (Metis)
Tivaci (Chemehuevi)

Shamanistic Tradition

"Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you - you will remember." - Robert Ghost Wolf 

 

The wolf mysteries throughout Europe are very old. Their central theme would revolve around the symbolic death of the initiate and a subsequent rebirth. This re-birth took place after a shamanic journey to the Underworld to commune with its Master and Mistress.

The shamanic journey or 'wolf trance' involved molding and releasing the shaman's energy field or hamingia . This would allow for the etheric shield to form into a wolf. This would then carry the shaman's consciousness to the Underworld. In the Underworld a shaman would commune with the animal soul that lies hidden, deep within the levels of the subconscious.

Here again we have the association of wolf with death. But this is once more symbolic of a cleansing and transition in order to undergo a spiritual re-birth. Through this transformation knowledge and understanding comes.

At the heart of Celtic Shamanism, the main goal was to take on the shape of a particular animal in order to gain knowledge or instructions for a particular need, such as healing. Many animals were invoked and among them was of course the wolf. The wolf would often be called upon for guidance in another plain and also for protection as well as knowledge.

So with this being said, the ghost wolf has been visiting me several times a day as I catch her form in glancing, but for my dog Molly she has quite a different experience. Ever since Samhain when the ghost wolf first appeared here at our new house Molly has been skittish and for the last two or three weeks ghost wolf has been present appearing several time a day. It is know that the wolf and dog fear each other, but that is another story, Molly saw the ghost wolf in the pergo floor appearing as a “Fata Morgana.” She is so freaked out she will no walk on it unless I walk with her. It has stifled her to the point of a psychological psychosis in the realm of OCD and when she gets on the floor she does a complete “Bambi”. I really feel for her but ghost wolf is a bringer of messages from the underworld realm. I find my self drumming in signal trance often awaiting the messages.

 

"We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be.. the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer.. which is, in reality no more than a reflexed image of ourself." Farely Mowat

 

The wolf is regarded as one of the Celtic animal allies. Which basically means it is one of the common spirit guides. The wolf was regarded as cunning, intelligent and with the power to out-wit hunters. As such it can teach us how to avoid dangers that would harm us. The wolf is a great teacher and guide and shows us the mysteries of nature as well as the mystery of death and re-birth.

Within Pagan traditions and beliefs the wolf is a common power animal or guide. The colours black, white and red, associated with wolves, connect them to the Moon Goddess whose colours these are.

As a power animal the wolf teaches:

To learn from your own inner self.

How to develop your intuition, instincts and psychic abilities.

With proper development of the above, the wolf will guide you to - knowledge and understanding.

In order to gain this knowledge and understanding we have to journey to our own personal underworld. Here we learn our weaknesses and our inner darkness. From then we journey with our wolf as guide, guardian and companion into the light of knowledge and understanding. With this comes the development of our spirit.

In these days of great change, it seems very appropriate that a power animal such as the wolf should be the inner plane guide for many who seek a deeper meaning from life and who search for greater understanding. The wolf is after all:

The teacher,

The guide for life and spirit journeys

The transformer

The opener of the ways.

This beautiful animal has a vital position on both the physical and spiritual planes. As they are the guides and caretakers of our spirit on the astral planes, then it is our duty to care for them on the physical plane. Many people are now moving towards a much better understanding of this extraordinary animal and the more we learn the more we appreciate its abilities.

The wolf stimulates all levels of consciousness. Stirs our spirit to begin the quest and awakens within us the call of the unknown - the call of the wild.

There can be few animals that evoke such intense emotions as that of the wolf. Much of the hate and fear comes from not only a misunderstanding of this beautiful, intelligent and shy animal, but a continuing belief in scare mongering stories. Such though was the belief in these wolf 'fairytales' that the animal - even into present times - is still feared. In the UK the wolf, along with other animals such as the bear, was hunted to extinction. Today the wolf is slowly being re-introduced into the UK through the use of wild life sanctuaries.

In a few belief systems and mythologies the wolf was seen as an omen of destruction, war and death and so was feared and perceived as evil. However, there were many other cultures such as the Celts, who, although retaining the associations of war, destruction and death, did not view these as evil forces. In particular, death was viewed as positive and necessary for change and rebirth to take place. In addition the wolf was also revered as a companion to the gods and goddesses.

The wolf also has other functions. Both in the shamanistic traditions and other pagan belief systems. The wolf is viewed as a powerful guide and teacher.

If you have found yourself lately since samhain uneasy and a general sense of something about to happened, I do advise to be on your guard, there is many folklore and prophesies from one spectrum to the other of a coming, a war, a need for balance, and those of us that are gifted such as witches have that heightened sense of this. Relax and just know your in a good place and never fear the darkness, doom or death for they are just another phase on the spiritual wheel of life...


 


 

~Elder Airwolf~

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for providing some resources for this article

Daily Fortune for Nov 22nd, 2014

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
No matter what you imagine now, the week ahead will likely unfold differently than you expect. The Sagittarius New Moon accentuates your 9th House of Future Vision, opening your mind to all the opportunities, but it’s not wise to choose any one path yet. Just be thankful for any progress you make considering all the exciting distractions, even if it seems as if you aren’t gaining on your goals. Ironically, you may look back happily on these days when you realize how much you actually accomplished.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You could make a simple error in judgment if you’re moving too fast today, so take your time when dealing with issues of substance. The philosophical Sagittarius New Moon energizes your 8th House of Deep Sharing, inspiring you to be radically honest in your relationships. However, you may become so fascinated with the big picture that you could leave out a critical detail. Taking a methodical approach when it comes to matters of the heart enables you to cover all your bases now just in case.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Your positive attitude has an immediate impact on your most intimate relationships today. But even a partnership that appears stable can be stressed by the independent Sagittarius New Moon emphasizing your 7th House of Others. Perspectives are shifting and your proactive attention helps to revitalize the interpersonal dynamics as long as you don’t try to control the situation. Rather than worrying about what might go wrong now, focus on the potential for success.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You may have ambitious expectations about finishing several projects today, but your high hopes might be dashed while the Sagittarius New Moon magnifies your 6th House of Work. Paring back your goals makes sense, since you could exhaust your resources if you take on too much. Breaking up a major project into bite-sized tasks allows you to rise above your current temptation to commit to more than you can deliver. Concentrate on quality not quantity for the best results.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your most innovative ideas carry you far beyond your normal limitations while the inspirational Sagittarius New Moon activates your 5th House of Play. Don’t be afraid to express your bold creativity now, since there’s no logical reason to keep it hidden. Whether you find satisfaction or not, accepting the consequences of your current actions empowers you to move on to the next big thing without restraint. When the world is your playground, anything can happen.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
It’s a brand new day and you can make a fresh start handling family issues while the Sagittarius New Moon rouses your 4th House of Foundations. However, your current direction must be consistent with your long-term goals or you won’t get very far. Honor your heart’s desires, even if they seem totally irrational to others. Trust your gut instincts because the answers you seek arise from your subconscious now and not from logical analysis. Sometimes the most important things cannot be seen.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your schedule may be spinning out of control today because your good intentions led you to make too many promises. The Sagittarius New Moon excites your 3rd House of Distractions, ensuring a hectic schedule even if you cancel an appointment or decline a social invitation. Nevertheless, this can also be an exhilarating time now. There’s no need to worry; the intensity will settle down soon enough. In the meantime, ride the energetic wave and make the most of the momentum while it lasts.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your core beliefs may be called into question as today’s Sagittarius New Moon falls in your 2nd House of Values. Although external events could raise a red flag that triggers your concern, there’s a good chance that others might actually be following your lead now. Remember, no one else can make you feel better about who you are; your self-worth must come from within. Don’t let anyone dim your light; shine, baby, shine.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your life path is continuing to change, and today’s empowering New Moon in your sign is your ticket to the next stage of your continuing personal growth. Opportunities that are presented to you now are really messages that originate in the heart of the cosmos. It may take time to understand the full significance of current events; in the meantime, gratefully receive the gifts that arrive on your doorstep with an open mind and a trusting heart.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A strange turn of events might throw you for a loop today, but you could miss the greater meaning of your experience if you stick to the basic facts. The profound Sagittarius New Moon gives prominence to your 12th House of Fantasy, indicating that your dreams also have something special to teach you now. Life could grow more confusing if you suppress whatever you can’t understand. However, once you accept that there are no straightforward solutions, you will grow in ways that make you wiser and stronger.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your inspiring thoughts are guiding you on an unexpected vision quest today. Thankfully, you possess great potential to see a variety of possibilities that were previously hidden, but a sincere commitment is necessary to make your dreams come true. The forward-thinking Sagittarius New Moon occurs in your 11th House of Long-Term Goals, leading you into the future by shining the light of awareness on your brightest hopes. Focus your attention on the road ahead rather than looking in the rear view mirror and reminiscing about the past.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your career objectives are evolving now as the Sagittarius New Moon stimulates your 10th House of Status, giving you a fresh opportunity to set a new professional path. Even if you’re eagerly anticipating the upcoming changes, don’t overreact to current events. Taking things slowly and steadily works to your advantage as you navigate this tricky bend in the road. Don’t become too attached to your present path, since you may need to modify your course as you go.

Tarot~The Hierophant
Traditionally known as the Hierophant, this card refers to a Master and the learning of practical lessons from the study of Natural Law. This energy of this card points to some agent or resource that can reveal the secrets of life, the cycles of the moon and tides, the links between human beings and the heavens. 

Because monasteries were the only places a person could learn to read and write in the middle ages, a Hierophant was one to whom a student would petition for entry. He was the one to set the curriculum for the neophyte's course of study. 

Often pictured with the right hand raised in blessing, the Hierophant is linked with the ancient lineage of Melchezidek, initiator of the Hebrew priestly tradition, the one who passes on the teachings. All shamans of any tradition draw upon this archetype.

Witches Rune~The Moon

Keywords: Change.

Meanings: The “x” marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women’s issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive.

Viking Rune~Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the hail Rune. It denotes chaos, destruction and disruption on a primal level. You may experience delays in moving toward your goals.

 hagalaz : hail
Phonetic equivalent: h

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
sudden loss, ordeal, destruction, disaster, clearance, testing, karmic lesson, drastic change.
MAGICAL USES:
removing unwanted influences, breaking destructive patterns
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Ragnarok, Loki, Frost Giants
ANALYSIS:
The idea of the destruction of the old being necessary to the growth of the new, as contained in the Norse myth of Ragnarok, is essential to our understanding of this rune. Interestingly enough, hagalaz lies between kenaz (fire) and isa (ice), reminding us of the Norse creation myth and the creative potential that lies between these two opposites, even though their meeting may seem at first to be destructive. Like the Tower in the Tarot, hagalaz is only a negative rune if we choose to view it in that way, and refuse to learn its lessons. Appearing as it does at the beginning of the second aett, it marks both a beginning and an end, and knocks us out of the safety and complacency of wunjo. It represents what a friend of mine used to refer to as the ‘flying ladle syndrome’ – that whenever things appear to be going too well, you can expect a good, healthy whack in the head from the Fates, just to make sure you’re paying attention.These sorts of ‘wake-up calls’ from the Gods will happen frequently throughout a person’s life, but are often misinterpreted as divine punishment for some imagined wrong when in fact they are merely a way of drawing your attention to a recurrent pattern in your life. Unfortunately, these types of events have a tendency to repeat themselves with greater and greater severity until the lesson is learned and the pattern is broken. For example, someone who needs to break their dependency on a certain type of person will find themselves in relationships with such people over and over again with more and more disastrous results until they recognize the pattern as emanating from themselves and break it willingly.

Be Blessed,
~Elder Airwolf~

In the Stars~Nov 22, 2014

Blyssful Dark Moon Day Stargazers~

New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees)
November 22, 2014 — The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Saturday 22nd November 2014 - Journey from "Death" to "Life"
You can't compare the energies of Scorpio with Sagittarius - the contrast is so great - that the mystery of why these two star signs are next to each other will become a puzzle - and yet the answer is simple - the contrast of positive to negative - from dark to light - from night to day - from sadness to happiness - from yin and to yang - is necessary in the cycle of life on Earth.
 
Today you will experience the biggest shifts of negative to positive - from yin to yang - that you've had in a long time. Everything you gave-up on - everything you said "no" or "never" - everything you believed impossible will now become a possibility - because the optimistic strength of star sign of Sagittarius will ensure everything that's been "dark" becomes "light" - and your life will become full of the words "Yes - Please" - fantastic - unbelievable - "THANK YOU GODDESS" - and "thank you Sagittarius".
 
During the past few weeks - the deep profound Scorpio energies have made many feel "dead" inside - and therefore I need to say something for readers who aren't feeling anything yet - you're not dead - you're just being in SYNC with the astrological energies. And in the same way you've felt "dead" inside - soon - very soon you're going to feel ALIVE again after Saturday's Sagittarian New Moon.
New Moon in Sagittarius
Unbelievable, unexpected and yet 100% destined to happen ...
You were born to live - You were born to enjoy life - You are supposed to be enjoying the gift of life!
 
Understanding "astrology" - understanding the New Moon - means understanding "nature" and living in sync with life. During the past few days - at the end of the lunar cycle was a great time to contemplate - meditate and listen in the peace, quiet and stillness of life. Now with Sun and New Moon in Sagittarius at the cusp of Sagittarius - means like a "spark" and "candle" - your life will become BRIGHT and ALIVE.
The sudden transition from death to life - will surprise you - even though it's destined to happen - so let it surprise you - let it do what it needs to do - in order to kick-start your life. Let yourself become excited by "life" - allow the energies change you - and see where it takes you. Due to the fact that there's NOTHING blocking anything - lots of things will be opening up and happening very quickly.
 
The only danger is that some people won't awaken as quickly as you - and you'll get frustrated with them - the truth is THEY are not going to be part of your future - because they're slow and incapable of being as quick and as sensitive as you. So instead of getting frustrated by lazy people who aren't in tune with the energies you're in tune with - means that you're all at the same train station - except your train is leaving before their train - and you're both going in different directions.
So if and when people don't want to move as quickly as you - or don't want to do what you want to do - don't get angry with them - simply accept - you've been fired-up and awakened because your journey has already begun.
 
The "almost" triple conjunction New Moon - defined by - Moon - Sun - Venus in Sagittarius - is important - because Venus in Sagittarius has been waiting for this New Moon for it to be unlocked into action. Therefore immediately after the New Moon - you can expect shocks, surprises and unexpected changes - whatever and whoever fires you into action - is your Sagittarian energy.
 
Saturday 22nd November 2014 - realizing the purpose of life on Earth
Sun enters Sagittarius 9:40am UK - 10:40am Europe - 3:10pm India
2:40am USA EST - 9:40pm Sydney, Australia
 
Moon enters Sagittarius 12:20pm UK - 1:20pm Europe - 5:50pm India
7:20am USA EST - 11:20pm Sydney, Australia
 
New Moon in Sagittarius 12:33pm UK - 1:33pm Europe - 6:03pm India
7:33am USA EST - 11:33pm Sydney, Australia
 
Moon 0° Sagittarius conjunct Sun 0° Sagittarius - New Moon
Moon 4° Sagittarius squares Neptune 4° Pisces
 
Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th November 2014
Moon in Sagittarius - You can't deceive yourself ....
Moon in Sagittarius means you're going to be fired-up by someone / something - you won't know who or what it is until you get the experience - it could be a positive exciting experience that makes you immensely happy OR it could be a sudden unexpected event that forces you to do something / change your plans - and even fires you up with anger - but whatever it is - is just the "starter-motor" - the ignition key - to get you moving forward. It is NOT the thing you're going to be stuck with.
If, however the positive facet - that ignites you and energizes you - is so strong - that it is the TRUTH that that is the facet - your destiny wants you to pursue - because the triple conjunction New Moon - is ensuring you see "it" clearly - the positive facet, person or thing that excites you so much is your destiny - and is now the focus of your life. Go - get it - because it's yours.
 
I'd like to say something - just in case some of you have been fired-up by something annoying - indeed, one of the reasons - we've seen how evil some humans can be is because of racism - intolerance and hate towards anyone who doesn't look like them - believe like them and act like them. The world was created full of different kinds of people - everyone is different - and in order for people to be wholesome and happy in this world - you need to ACCEPT everyone.
Even so, there are bad people who annoy each of us - we can't help it - "they" create anger and annoyance - because of what they say and do to us. What I'm saying is they too - are GOOD for us - because through their evil racist intolerance - they fire us up - to stand-up for the values we believe in - and ensure we never ever become like "them".
 
During Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - you're going to be fired-up - and depending on your star sign - it could be a positive trigger or a positive trigger hidden in something negative - but it's just the trigger - so once it's awakened you - let-it-go if it's negative and disruptive. All you need to do is ACCEPT the "sign" - as a specific need to change something in your life - and thereafter allow yourself to be awakened and changed.
 
The best aspect will come as a BIG surprise to each and everyone of you - of WHAT and WHO - positively excites you - and yes - like I've said on Monthly Astrology - Sagittarius is superficial - so it might be a new gadget - a new phone - new car - new home - new job - new lover - new clothes - or even something materialistic that excites you - but so what - let it excite you - let it stimulate you - to become enchanted by life - most importantly - let it fire you up - awaken - and make you feel alive - because what's the point of being alive - if you don't feel alive.
 
Therefore, even things that you accepted in the past few weeks during Sun in Scorpio - will suddenly become annoying to you - don't be surprised - let it annoy you - and let it be a "sign" that something needs changing. This could apply to the clothes you wear, the job you have or even the home you live in - as Sagittarius will be demanding positive changes. All the negative stuff has to go. This applies to everyone - hence you're going to see a lot of changes both in your life and in other people's lives in the next few weeks - as they eliminate things that are bad for them - they will then be free and wanting for "you".
 
So you can expect that everything and everyone "negative" in your life - will begin to annoy you - in order to get you to delete it - and conversely - everything and everyone "positive" in your life - will excite you so much that you will desire, want and need it in your life.
 
Additionally and due to the fact that Saturn is making it's final move out of Scorpio into Sagittarius too - it will ensure the BIG things that destiny needs to create in your life - will begin now at the Sagittarian New Moon in order to get you to make the positive destined changes it needs you to make by 21st December 2014.
 
The journey of this Sagittarian New Moon to the Gemini Full Moon - will reach and powerful phase - between 1st => 6th December 2014 - when inexplicably - each and everyone will be powerfully energized by something you want and need so much. It will be something / someone that creates so much positive energy for you - that you realize you must have it - and provided it is achievable and not a delusional fantasy - you will be pushed to get it - all you have to do is WANT it. The specific WANT is because you sense the emotional truth within you because it gives you so much energy - it's the an inexplicable karmic energy that makes you want to live life - because you'll know it's so right for you.
 

THE ALCHEMIST NEW MOON MANIFEST YOUR GOALS RITUAL

Every new moon that comes around I use as a checkpoint for my life. The new moon is about starting with an empty clean slate, it is the conception of an idea to become birthed into life with the coming full moon. I do this just like thousands of others have for literally hundreds of thousands of years to move, ebb and flow with the energy that is within all of the universe including us.

For example farmers knew this, so they started to plan their harvests and seeding around the moon cycles. These farmers noticed through time passing that the seeds that took the best were seeded during the new moon. The new moon is also a time of seeding ideas and intentions. Theses seeded ideas will then sprout with the coming full moon just as the seed ly waiting in darkness to break forth into the light to bring fruit, so should you allow the gestation and creation of such idea to bring about physical results.

This is a time I set my target for my deepest heartfelt desires and I am going to tell you how you can do this too.

Moon Manifestation for Birthing Your Desires

I always begin by setting aside some time most of the time it is by myself at night but you can also do this in a group.  Keep in mind that our words and thoughts are vibrations so any intentions stated or written down carry power, so take care to really manifest exactly what you would like by feeling that vibration. The saying “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” rings true here. The moon has her phases and so do we, that is why it is always good to think it through to become clear about what you want but on a lighter note you always have next months to release and set new intentions should these ones not ring true the way you would like.

Supplies you May Need:

Check a moon phase calendar for the next upcoming new moon.

Supply suggestions:

notebooks

pen and colored markers

scissors

scotch tape

candle

matches

incense

smudge sticks

meditation music

Prepare yourself a sacred space where you will perform the ceremony when the new moon arrives.

Setting your New Moon Intentions in Motion

Cleanse your sacred area with an opening prayer, a sage smudging, and/or by burning some incense.

Light one or more candles, maybe create a crystal grid and/or alter with objects you find sacred or embody physically the goals you would like to achieve.

Center your being and calm yourself in whatever way is appropriate for you. Take some deep cleansing breaths, turn on your meditation music to listen to, and/or leisurely sip on a cup of relaxing herbal tea.

Open your notebook, and date the first page. Begin writing down your desires. Your list may consist of a single item or you may have several pages listing multiple items. Try not to limit yourself. If having many things in your life helps to fulfill you then don’t deny yourself wanting these things.

Now close your eyes and try to imagine what it would feel like to attain your desires and goals. Make sure to not come from the place of feeling the “wanting” part but really feel as if you have already achieved those moments and goals, picture what that feels like.

In this notebook you can also use it as a manifestation scrapbook where you can paste in pictures or catalog clippings of items that you are wanting to manifest. Creating manifesting scrapbooks or vision boards is a fun project to undertake, enjoy yourself! You will soon be amazed how these things begin to find their way into your life once you start this process.

Through out the rest of the month feel free to do the following as extra to help you seeded thoughts grow to fruition!

You can flip through your notebook and repeat the visualization process of receiving your goal.

During the month when an item on your new moon list comes to you, feel free to cross it off!

Side Notes to the Manifestation Process

I have found it helpful to add smaller goals on your manifestation list as well, things that you think will manifest quickly. You may think the “smaller” goals are trivial but the items that manifest with less effort tend to set into motion the largest goals. These smaller manifestations create movement, allowing for the snowball of feel good vibration that will start to physically show up in your life to give you the know how and faith to embody your larger goals to make them visibly attainable to your minds eye. So if you are just starting out make sure to start with what feels good to you the easiest, the rest will come by virtue of attraction to that vibration.

Be Blessed,

~Elder Airwolf~

Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Makes: 8 servings Serving Size: 
1 potato Yields: 8 potatoes 
Prep: 30 mins 
Bake: 55 mins to 1 hr 375° 
Broil: 2 mins to 3 mins

Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Ingredients
8 medium russet potatoes (6 to 8 ounces each)
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Fill a large bowl with water. Place potatoes in water bowl. Gather two 1/2-inch-thick chopsticks or two 1/2-inch-thick wooden spoons; set aside.
For potatoes, slice a thin slice, lengthwise from the bottom of each potato, so they can stand without rolling on the cutting board. Arrange chopsticks or wooden spoons lengthwise on opposite sides of one potato on the cutting board. Slice potato crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices, stopping the knife when it reaches the chopsticks or the wooden spoons to prevent slicing all the way through. Return sliced potato to water bowl. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil. Drain potatoes well and pat dry. Arrange potatoes in the prepared baking pan. Brush evenly with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until tender. Remove from oven. Turn oven to broil.
Preheat broiler. In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs, cheese, chives, thyme, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with crumb mixture. Slowly and carefully spoon on remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter, being sure to cover all of the crumb mixture.
Broil potatoes 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until topping is golden. Serve immediately.
From the Test Kitchen

To Make Ahead:
Prepare potatoes as directed through Step 2. Cover bowl and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Drain potatoes well.
Nutrition Facts (Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs)
Per serving: 178 kcal cal., 8 g fat (5 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 20 mg chol., 418 mg sodium, 24 g carb., 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Santa Bread for Yule!

Golden Delicious Santa Bread!

Ingredients:
4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 eggs
2 raisins
2 egg yolks
2 to 3 drops red food coloring

**Quick Tip: Instead of stirring up homemade dough, start with 2 loaves of purchased frozen bread dough and turn them onto a lightly floured surface. Take a small portion of one loaf and add it to the other loaf, making it slightly larger. Then begin shaping the Santa with the dough following the previous instructions.**

Instructions:
You will need a large bowl. 

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. 
Heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130° in a small saucepan. 
Add to dry ingredients. You need to beat just until moistened. 
Beat in the eggs until smooth. 
Stir the remaining flour in to form a stiff dough.
Turn onto a floured surface. 
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. 
Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. 
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface. 
Divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other.
Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa’s head and hat.
Divide the smaller portion in two halves. 
Shape and flatten one half into a beard. 
Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top. 
Position on Santa’s face. Now twist and curl strips if desired.
Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache. 
Flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors. 
Place above beard. 
Place a small ball above mustache for nose. 
Fold the tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom. 
Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position it under the hat.
With a scissors, cut two slits for the eyes and after that insert raisins into the slits. 
In separate small bowls, beat each egg yolk. 
Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over the hat, the nose and the cheeks. 
Brush the plain yolk over the remaining dough.
Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. 
Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Witches Affirmation

A witch is…

One who has power over her/his own life
One who makes his/her own rules, but can abide by the rules of Nature
One who refuses to submit to self-denial
One who recognizes no authority with greater esteem than her/his own, who is loyal to self
One who is untamed and tamed
One who transforms energy for the good of all
One who can be passionate about her/his ideals and values as they are changing
One who is explosive, whose intensity is like volcanoes, floods, winds, and fire
One who is disorderly and orderly
One who is ecstatic
One who alters reality
One who says, “I am a witch” aloud three times

“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”

Blessing for a Witches Gathering


Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and God
To dedicate themselves to each other
And to the old ways that led them here.
 
 
Bless this gathering of Witches
That we may work together in harmony
Learning and growing together
As we follow the wheel of the year
And bask in the light of the full moon
 
 
May the earth grant us strength
May the air grant us wisdom
May the fire grant us passion
May the water grant us flexibility
So we might work together for the good of all
 
 
Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and the God
To dedicate ourselves to each other and
The Ways of Old.
 

So Mote It Be