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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 have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Personalized Custom Spells

As an Elder Druid Shaman I have been practicing the craft all my life and I work many forms of magick. I can write a personal spell for you within reason. The realm of magick is vast and many things are possible if you believe. With magick one need to understand the energies and environment within the realm to make thing possible.

Restrictions:

I do not do death spells or spells to make you into something your not nor do I do spells for you to take possession of another person.

Single person spells:

$50.00

Two person spells:

$75.00

Family Spells:

$200.00

Ritual Spells:

$100.00

All spells require personal information and or items  to develop the spell. I will have you email me with your request so we can determine if this spell can be done before payment is requested. Fee is required before delivery to be paid to:

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Remember all spells that are personal take time to develop and coordinate. Inquiries to a personal spell must be requested to;

legionofpagan12@gmail.com

Attention:

Personalized Spell Inquiry.

~Elder Airwolf~

 

Natural Cures for a Toothache

 

Sources of Pain

Tooth pain can be caused by a number of factors, according to Dr. Philip D. Corn, director of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry. Pain can be the result of a cracked tooth or gum infection. Decay can also result in pain. Sometimes a sinus infection can cause tooth pain.

Clove Oil

If you have clove oil, put it on your tooth. If you have a broken tooth and can actually get the clove oil down into the cavity of the tooth, this works even better.

Halls Cough Drops

Put three Halls cough drops into your mouth. Use the ones that taste more like medicine than candy. Let the cough drops melt in your mouth. Delay swallowing for as long as you can.

Sore Throat Spray and Pain Relievers

Take advantage of the numbing qualities of sore throat relief spray by spraying some onto a cotton ball and biting down on it. You can also take two Tylenol and four ibuprofen at the same time. (Ask your dentist if he recommends this.)

Whiskey and Extracts

Take a shot of whiskey. Hold the liquid in your mouth so that it covers the bad tooth. Relief is immediate, but it will only last for 10 to 20 minutes. Vanilla extract, almond extract and peppermint extract also will soothe the pain because of the alcohol content in these items.

Ice

Grandmashomeremedies.com recommends rubbing ice over the tooth. The coldness overcomes the pain impulses that travel along nerve pathways.

Onion

Place a tiny piece of onion against the gum or on the tooth. Onion possesses antibacterial properties which slay germs that are present in the mouth. This may ease your pain.

Salt and Pepper

Mix salt and pepper and apply this to the tooth. This will decrease the sensitivity of the tooth. Rinsing your mouth with saltwater also may help.

Baking Soda or Pepper Seeds

Put 1 tsp. baking soda into a cup of water and use this as a mouthwash. Wrap black pepper seeds in muslin or other material and hold this against your bad tooth, according to Grannymed.com.

Tea or Milk

You might find relief by chewing fresh guava leaves or date palm root. You can also blanch the date palm root in water and drink it.
Drinking tea with honey or milk  with honey also may help subdue the pain. Or, dip a cotton swab into marjoram oil and place the saturated swab against your tooth.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 04, 2011

Old Gypsy Cure For A Toothache

To cure toothache the Transylvanian gypsies wind a barley-straw round a stone, which is thrown into a running stream, while saying:

"Oh dukh ándre m're dándá,
Tu ná báres cingerá!
Ná ává kiyá mánge,
Mire muy ná hin kere!
Tut ñikáná me kámáv,
Ac tu mánge pál pácá;
Káná e pçus yárpakri
Avel tele páñori!"
Translation:

"Oh, pain in my teeth,
Trouble me not so greatly!
Do not come to me,
My mouth is not thy house.
I love thee not all,
Stay thou away from me;
When this straw is in the brook
Go away into the water!"

 

Blyssful Tiu's Day my Legionnaires~

Today starts the Celtic Tree Month of The Great Oak. Here is some lore for you from the goddesstree.com

Oak
Oak in the forest towers with might,
In the fire brings the Gods in sight.
 
Quercus
Seventh month of the Celtic Tree calendar, June 10th - July 7th
Seventh consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Duir
 
Planet: Jupiter and Mars
Element: Water
Symbolism: Sovereignty, rulership, power,
Strength & Endurance, Generosity & Protection, Justice & Nobility, Honesty & Bravery
Stone: Diamond, Aventuring
Metal: Gold
Birds: Oriole, Wren
Color: Gold
Deity: The Dagda, The Green Man, Janus, Diana, Cybele, Hecate, Pan
Sabbat: Summer Solstice (Litha)
Folk Names: Jove's Nuts, Juglans
 
Medicinal properties: The medicinal park of the Oak is its bark, because of the strong astringent properties. Internally as a tea it helps fight diarrhea and dysentery. Externally it can be used to treat hemorrhoids, inflamed gums, wounds, and eczema. The tannin found in oak can help reduce minor blistering by boiling a piece of the bark in a small amount of water until a strong solution is reached, and applying to the affected area.  To cure frostbite, American folk medicine called for collecting oak leaves that had remained on the tree all through the winter. These leaves were boiled to obtain a solution in which the frostbitten extremities would soak for an hour each day for a week. 
 
Magickal properties: Dreaming of resting under an oak tree means you will have a long life and wealth. Climbing the tree in your dream means a relative will have a hard time of it in the near future. Dreaming of a fallen oak means the loss of love. If you catch a falling oak leaf you shall have no colds all winter. If someone does get sick, warm the house with an oakwood fire to shoo away the illness. Carry an acorn against illnesses and pains, for immortality and youthfulness, and to increase fertility and sexual potency.
Carrying any piece of the oak draws good luck to you (remember to ask permission and show gratitude.)
 
King Arthur's round table was made from a single cross section of a large Oak.
It is tradition for the Litha fire to be oak wood representing the God, since this is the time of year when oak reaches its Zenith power.
The Oak trees essence helps boost energy levels and the ability to manifest our goals.
The tree's roots mirror its branches and stretch as far below ground as the branches do above..
Witches often danced beneath the Oak Tree for ritual. The druids would not meet for ritual if there was not an Oak tree present. Idols were made from Oak wood.
 
Spell For Male fertility: 
Hold an acorn in the palm of your dominant hand and direct your energy into it as you say your incantation. Afterwards, carry it with you for nine days and then bury it in the ground.
Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes
 
Oak twigs bound together with red thread into a solar cross or a pentagram will make a mighty protective talisman for the home, car, or in your desk or locker at work. 
 
"Oaken twigs and strings of red
Deflect all harm, gossip and dread."
 
Garden Witchery by Ellen Dugan

Oak Fairy
from the The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey
 
Oak is one of the most sacred trees, traditionally prized by the Celts and Druids. The oak fairy is very powerful, and imparts strength and endurance to any who stay within its aura.
 
Each oak tree is a very metropolis of fairies, and each acorn has its own sprite. Bringing one into the house is a way to enhance contact with the fairy realm. Oak beams are often used to make doors, but the tree itself is a great portal to the other realms.
 
The oak is associated with many gods all over the world, notably Zeus and Thor. In sacred groves of oak, the Goddess was believed to impart her wisdom through oracles. The oak has sheltered many a king and hero, in myth and real life. The oak spirit is distinct from fairies, and may become very angry if trees are felled or wildlife harmed.
 
The oak fairy brings courage and a stout heart, necessary to brave the challenges in this world and to journey in the Otherworld. Bearing strength from the heart of the earth, oak fairy can bring steadiness and a deep joy that endures through all.
 
Moon Mother of Oak
by Katherine Torres, Ph.D., 1998
 
The Oak tree is considered the most powerful and most sacred of the trees to the Celtic peoples. It holds the true alignment of balance, purpose and strength. In the cycle of the year, the Moon of Oak also poses the essence of power and balance. In truth, She is androgynous. Being integrated, this moon essence provides the greatest alignment for manifesting our goal.
 
Oak Mother's Celtic name is Duir. It means door and is derived from the word Druid or Druidess, the Celtic person who has mastered memory, intuition, healing, knowing and magic.
 
The Oak Mother provides the essence of assuredness, love, and care for her offspring. She is pro-nurturing and calls you to understand how you use this energy at the time when you have given birth to your potential. Like the mother who has just delivered her child to the world, you are called to watch the growth, care for the needs of your child, and love the child no matter what course s/he has to walk to develop, mature, and express in whole-ness. Let this be so as you nurture your goal in the world.

Look about you during this month. What creative aspects of yourself have you birthed? Are you nurturing them? And are you integrating your potential into all aspects of yourself: spiritually, mentally, physically, through your ego, by listening to the voice of your soul? Use a journal to express the answers to these questions. If you find that you are not doing anything, then ask yourself what you want to birth, how you will nurture your creativity and integrate it into all of your aspects? Be strong, wise and willing.

Doors of opportunity are here and now in your world. Duir, Moon Mother of Oak, provides you with the strength to open the doors and utilize the openings to step into the experiences that will bring fulfillment, purpose, and your creative pleasure. As you look at the doors before you, adjust any energy that would stop you from walking through those doors without your strength and purpose. This is your opportunity to use the Universal energies present in the world to bring you to the moment of balance and direction for manifesting your heart's desires.

The people you meet during this month will be supportive. But are they supporting your empowerment or are they supporting your old patterns? Notice how they assist you. Do you feel they help you in the way you need? If so, give gratitude. If not, tell the truth and let them know what you really require, for in that way they can give useful assistance. Oak Moon Mother provides you with the strength to tell the truth, live in your personal power, and share life with others through that strength of your genuine self.

    Through the essence of your genuine self, you will also assist others without the need to "make them" what they "should" be. You will simply be able to listen, communicate, and express your care and encouragement as they manifest their potential. It is important that you honor their position of creative expression. In that way, the true empowerment of appreciation occurs in all peoples, and the knowing that we all are here for the purpose to help each other can occur.

The gift of Oak Moon Mother is that of revealing the talents of each child of the Universe and having them share their talents so not a single person is burdened, not a single person is without.

    Oak Moon Mother provides great affluence as she reigns in our night sky. She provides abundance, strength, empowerment, nurturing, companionship and rewards. She presents the world with the essence of fertility, the power to manifest, and the capacity to create the world that one needs for success. She provides the essence of balance: work and play, action and rest, speaking and silence.

What do you need at this time? Let The Oak Moon Mother assist you in manifesting exactly what you need. The time for realizing your potential is now.
 
Tree Magick
by Gillian Kemp
 
Good Fortune, or something of great importance that you will treasure forever, gravitates towards you. You will have many good luck opportunities and may already have realized one great wish. There is no end to the fulfillment of many more dreams.
 
Your blessing cannot be prevented, because heaven and fate have preordained your great success. 
 
If you sit under an Oak tree, you may see an angel sent to give you a message. You may instead hear an answer whispered in the rustling of the Oak's leaves or its hollow trunk. 
 
Like the Oak, you are hardy and anchored by a network of roots. Those destined for you will come.
 
Many a genius has been slow of growth. 
Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
- George H. Lewis, 1817 - 1878 
 
LESSON OF THE Oak
from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
 
The oak represents courage and endurance and the protective power of faith. The tree's noble presence and nurturing habit reassured ancient peoples that, with the good will of their gods, their leader, and their warriors, they could prevail against all odds. As the Tree of the Dagda, the oak offers protection and hospitality without question, although its true rewards are only apparent to the honest and brave. The ancient Celts deplored lies and cowardice. To be judged mean spirited could result in exclusion from the clan, which was one of the most shameful and most feared of all possible punishments. Like the oak, we would do well to receive without prejudice all those who seek our help, sharing what we have without resentment or reservation. The oak reminds us all that the strength to prevail, come what may, lies in an open mind and a generous spirit. Inflexibility, however, is the oak's one weakness and the tree is prone to lose limbs in storms. The oak therefore carries the warning that stubborn strength that resists will not endure and may break under strain.
 
Every house has a front door.
If you wish to enter, the door must be approached and your presence made known. The door may then be opened. The very word "door" comes from the Gaelic and Sanskrit "duir" - a word for solidity, protection and the Oak tree. In the essential forest, the Oak is King. He stands mightily solid with great branches, matched only by still greater roots. He is often struck by lightning. The force of the strike and the heat bursts the sap and stem apart leaving the trunk gnarled and withered. Yet he still manages to survive, over the years, decades and centuries. His growth is slow but sure. His children grow into magnificent replicas of himself and he is a marker point, a cornerstone and a refuge in the forest.
THE CELTIC TREE ORACLE 
by Liz and Colin Murray
 
Celtic Moon sign - Oak Moon
The oak tree endures what others cannot. It remains strong through challenges, and is known for being almost immortal, as is often attested to by its long life and ability to survive fire, lightning strikes, and devastation. If you were born under this sign, you have the strength of character and purpose to endure, too - no matter what your challenges. Direct your energies wisely, make sure your your risks are well-calculated, and you'll overcome whatever seemingly "impossible" quests are sent to you.
Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2000
 
The Oak moon falls during a time when the trees are beginning to reach their full blooming stages. The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. The Celts called this month Duir, which some scholars believe to mean "door", the root word of "Druid". The Oak is connected with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune. Carry an acorn in your pocket when you go to an interview or business meeting; it will be bring you good luck. If you catch a falling Oak leaf before it hits the ground, you'll stay healthy the following year. 
Growth and fertility spells work best at this time of the year. Focus on building and consolidation your wisdom, endurance and security. 
 
I honor the energy of oak, the doorway to the mysteries.
I will call upon the strength of the Horned One when I feel in need of protection. So mote it be
 
~Elder Airwolf~ 

Animals & Native Americans

ANIMAL WORSHIP AND NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS

 

Since the beginning of mankind, people believed in the extraordinary powers of animals.  This belief originates in animism – the idea that animals possess souls and consciousness.  Early people around the world honored animals for having a spiritual life similar to their own and the spirit of the animal existed after death.

 

They recognized their dependency upon the animal and respected the animal's superior strength, speed, and other qualities.   Some cultures held the animal sacred because it was an important part of their lives. Various types of animals, especially snakes and birds, were held in great esteem by early peoples around the world and many cultures adopted prayers, rituals and built temples in which to worship them.  The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Buddhists, Aztecs and other cultures venerated and worshiped various animals, birds and reptiles. 

 

However, there is an important distinction between these cultures and North American Indians.   Most North American Indians were careful not to worship any part of creation, but held the whole of creation sacred. They constructed no idols or temples to worship animals, birds or reptiles but made fetishes, art and others works honoring their animal cousins.

The Farmhouse Witch~Excellent Read

"What is a witch: A witch is a loving being with a heart of gold, a thoughtful soul, and a magical outlook on the world. 
To be a witch is to grow into something better, stronger, and greater. As you change, so will your view on the world and your outlook on life. You may find yourself looking with new eyes to see things you never saw before. You may find you walk different and bad habits start to fade away, or you may find yourself with less temper and a brighter outlook, and others around you will see the changes as well. So grab your broom and pointy hats, and let the magic begin. In this book, you will find simple spells, recipes, charms, earth-made salves, and poems from my heart. 
Penny Parker" 

BLYSSFUL MOON'S DAY PAGANS!

Magick on Moon's Day:

Ruler: Moon
Colors: Silver and white
Power Hours: Moonrise.
Key Words: Magick, dreams, health, love, home and family

In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar.

On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked. Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like psychism, dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.
Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.

Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the "ruler" of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.
Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.
On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from
http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/moonphases.html
~Elder Airwolf~

Litha, Summer Solstice Incense and Oil Recipes

Here are some Incense Recipes to compliment your Mid Summer rituals:

Midsummer Incense #1
Recipe by Scott Cunningham

2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Mugwort
1 part Chamomile
1 part Gardenia Petals
a few drops Rose Oil
a few drops Lavender Oil
a few drops Yarrow Oil
Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st) or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.

Midsummer Incense #2
Recipe by Scott Cunningham

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Dragon's Blood
1 part Thyme
1 part Rosemary
1 pinch Vervain
a few drops Red Wine

Litha Incense 
4 parts myrrh
3 parts frankincense
3 parts oak bark
2 parts witch hazel

Litha Incense 
1/2 part mugwort
1/2 part vervain
1 part St. Johnswort
1/2 part frankincense
1/4 part mistletoe
1/4 part bay

Litha Incense
This incense is at its strongest when used for Midsummers spell work and rituals.

With your Mortar and Pestle grind these dried herbs together: wormwood, mugwort, St. Johns wort, yarrow until all are of a powdered consistency then add to charcoal disk for burning when ready to use.


Litha Oil 

4 drops lavender
3 drops rosemary 
1 drop pine
Use sunflower oil as base

BLYSSFUL SUN'S DAY PAGANS!

For the next few weeks till the end of the month I will not be here as often due to an upcoming move. Although it is not what I had hoped for but it is a beginning. Please be patient with me and my staff.

Intentions Spell

Intentions are Forced to come True

This spell is very different from all those other ones out there. However this one was created by my own psychic mind. Maybe a past Egypt life... what spirits lies on top of the pyramids of Egypt is still 88.8% unknown. Anyway start with four (4) candles (doesn't matter what color), and you need two cups of water.. Try to find an old maybe antic cup. Then you would need any kind of ash that will make a dark (black) circle around the cups. Then you need shells (it can be nut shells, sea shells or turkey bones) DO HIS AT TIME OF GOING TO BED. 

Follow this diagram:

*=Candle 
U=Cup 
`=Circle of ash and shells

It should be setup like this:

              ` ` ` ` ` ` ` 
             `   *     *   ` 
             `      *      ` 
             `             ` 
             `   U  *  U   ` 
             `             ` 
               ` ` ` ` ` `

If you study this 'chart' you will know the 7 star of the universe.

1) Light all the candles while lighting keep your intention in your mind. 
2) Take some ash (that is around the cup and candles) and with your thumb, place a fingerprint of ash on your forehead. If you do not have ash... try burning some paper and keeping your intention to it while burning. 
3) Say a prayer right after you fingerprint your self. Wait a while and they lift both the cup in the air and lightly bang them together three (3) times and place them back into the exact spot. 
4) When you wake up in the morning blow out the candles and let the some rise in the morning air. Then quickly take all they candles and drip the wax into both cups of water. And leave the wax that spilled on your desk or table alone for it is a symbol that can carry a message or used for protection for the spell. 
5) Just before you leave to school, work, or where ever dip your thumb into the cup of water and again press your thumb against your forehead, leaving the wetness on your head... AND FEEL GREAT TO BE YOU!!! HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!!!!

~Elder Airwolf~

 

Foods to Celebrate Litha Summer Solstice

Litha, Summer Solstice Food Recipes   by Raven and Crone

Below are some Summer Solstice, Litha, Mid Summer or St. John's Day recipes for you to enjoy on your Pagan holiday. These are great Wiccan recipes to add to your summer sabbatt!

Foods: Fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate (barbecues represent the bonfires....) but especially chicken or pork.. Traditional drinks are ale, mead (since honey is now plentiful), and fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas. Pumpernickel bread is also appropriate. 

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

6 small boneless chicken breast halves

6 stalks asparagus

3 ounces Colby or Colby Jack cheese

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pignoli nuts -- finely chopped

3 eggs

salt and pepper -- to taste

6 ounces pesto sauce

1 Cup heavy cream

Directions:

Pound chicken breasts to a  1/4 inch thickness and set aside. Snap off tough bottoms of asparagus. Place in boiling water and cover for 1 minute. Drain, rinse with cold water; then pat dry. Cut asparagus from tip down stalk into 3 inch Iengths. Cut cheese into sticks 1/2 inch high x 1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long. Set aside. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan and pine nuts in a bowl. In another bowl beat eggs.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place a stick of cheese and an asparagus spear next to one long edge of each breast.

Roll breast around ingredients tucking in ends to form a neat package. Secure with a toothpick. Dip each piece in egg and then in breadcrumb mixture. Make a double coating by dipping again into egg then crumbs. Place packages in a baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400F degrees. While the chicken is baking combine pesto and cream in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce 2 minutes until Iightly thickened. Serve pesto cream sauce over chicken.

If you want you can make these ahead of time and freeze. These freeze very well. 

 

HERBAL LEMON COOKIES
(Author Unknown)


1 cup Butter or margarine
2 cups Sugar, divided
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Lemon Grass / Lemon Balm / Lemon Basil - chopped


Cream the butter and 1-3/4 cups sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs. Add to the creamed mixture and mix. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom. Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely browned. Cool slightly, then remove to a rack.

Lavender Cheesecake

Ingredient 
1½ cup Total graham cracker and or gingersnap crumbs 
½ cup Melted butter 
24 ounces Cream cheese; softened 
1½ cup Sugar 
6  Eggs 
2 cups Sour cream 
2 tablespoons Cornstarch 
8 ounces Sour cream 
1½ tablespoon Sugar 
¼ cup Sugar 
½ cup Chopped walnuts 
1 tablespoon Lemon juice 
1 tablespoon Crushed dried lavender flowers 
1½ teaspoon Vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon Whole dried lavender flowers 
¼ teaspoon Vanilla extract

CRUST FILLING TOPPING Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine crust ingredients and press firmly into the bottom and up 2" of the sides of a 9" springform pan; chill. With mixer on high speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. With mixer on low, add eggs, sour cream, cornstarch, lemon juice, lavender flowers and vanilla. Blend all ingredients on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour mixture into the chilled crust and bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cake in for 30 minutes longer. Remove and let cool in pan. Chill. Mix sour cream with the remaining three ingredients and spread over the top of the cheesecake. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, remove the rim of the pan, loosen the cheesecake from the bottom, and slide it onto a plate. From Tom Bergey of Newalla, OK in Kitchen Table: Where Herbs and Spices Make a Difference column in the August/September 1994 Herb Companion. Vol. 6, No. 6. Pg. 22. Posted by Cathy Harned. Submitted By CATHY HARNED On 10-02-94 


Honey-Lavender Biscotti

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Lightly grease three baking sheets (lining the baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup much easier). In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs to a light lemon color; stir in honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lavender blossoms. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in until the dough is just combines. To shape the dough into a log, lightly sprinkle flour on the work surface, on top of the dough, and on your hands. Use just enough flour to form the logs and to prevent sticking; you don't want the logs to be covered with flour. Divide dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, pat and shape each piece into a loaf approximately 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4-inch high. Place two rolls onto each prepared baking sheet with 3 to 4 inches of space between them. Bake 25 minutes or until dough pops back up when lightly pressed with a finger. (After dough has baked 10 minutes, reverse cookie sheets from front to back and move from the top rack to the bottom one. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes). You can't judge the cooking by the color. The biscotti shouldn't change color during the second baking, so poke them to tell if they're done. They should feel dry and offer some resistance. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 275 degrees F. Using a long serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn the slices over, onto their sides; return slices, on baking sheets, to oven. Bake another 15 minutes. NOTE:  Do not crowd the biscotti slices on the baking sheet for their second baking as they need the hot air to circulate to enable them to crisp up evenly. Remember biscotti will continue to crisp up, as they cool, so do not be tempted to over bake. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks. Store biscotti in an airtight container. They will keep well for a few weeks. Yields about 54 biscotti.

Summer Pudding
Recipe by Jan Brodie

1 lb. Mixed Red Soft Fruits
4 oz. Sugar
Enough White Bread to line a Pudding Basin
Whipped Cream for serving

Trim the crusts off the bread and line the pudding basin with it, cutting a circle for the base. Ensure that the basin is lined without any gaps. Cook the fruits and sugar, without adding extra water, for a few minutes until the juices run. Drain the fruits and retain the juices. Fill the lined bowl with fruit and place a circle of bread on top, enclosing the fruit. Then put a plate on top held down with a weight on top. Place in fridge overnight. When ready to serve, turn out onto a plate and pour the reserved juices over the top. Serve with whipped cream.
(The above recipe for "Summer Pudding" is from Jan Brodie's book "Earth Dance: A Year of Pagan Rituals", page 98-99, Capall Bann Publishing, 1995)

Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
1 cup Mango
1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
1 small jar Red Cherries
1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)

Take a 1/2 cup of Orange Juice and mix in 3 tbls. of pure maple syrup. Pour this over the fruit. This will keep the fruit from turning brown.

Midsummer Cookies
by Akasha Ap Emrys

3/4c softened butter
2c brown sugar
2 eggs
1T lemon juice
2T grated lemon rind
2c sifted flour
1c finely chopped pecans.

Cream butter in a large non-metallic  mixing bowl. Gradually add the brown sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, lemon  juice, and rind, then mix well until mixture is well blended. Cover the bowl with a white or yellow towel or cloth napkin, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, shape dough into 1" balls and place approx 3" apart on a greased  cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for abut 20 minutes. Cool on racks. Yields 36.

Faery Honeycakes

Recipe from Hearth and Home Witchery

1/2 cup sweet white wine
1 egg
2/3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of honey
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
Oil for frying

Beat the wine and egg in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a small bowl. Stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 30 minutes. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a small bowl. Heat 1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot but dont let it get so hot it smokes!! Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time and fry untill golder brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip into honey. Makes 1 1/2 dozen

Green Garden Goddess Dip Recipe from Hearth and Home Witchery 

1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
8 oz. spinach, triple washed, patted dry, and destemmed
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 cup loose parsley, washed well
1/4 cup chives, sliced
1 T. freshly chopped dill
1 T. lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. hot sauce, of choice
1 - 8 oz. container plain vegan soy yogurt

In a non-stick skillet, saute the green onion and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes to soften. Add the spinach and continue to saute until the spinach just wilts. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside to cool completely. Transfer the spinach mixture to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, except the vegan yogurt, and process for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Add the vegan yogurt and process well to combine. Taste and add additional salt, hot sauce, or lime juice, to taste. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve as an appetizer with raw vegetables, bread slices, crackers, or chips, or use as a condiment on sandwiches, cooked vegetables, or grains. Yield: 2 Cups

Sun's Up Cobbler  from Hearth & Home witchery

1-lb 14oz can (3 1/2 cups) halved peaches
3 slices slightly dry bread (toast on light)
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine 
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Drain peaches, reserving 1 cup syrup. In a pan, combine cornstarch and salt and slowly blend in reserved syrup. Over med-high heat, cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2minutes. Add lemon juice, butter or margarine and peaches. Heat JUST to bubbling. Pour into 10x6x11/2 inch baking dish.

Cut bread lengthwise into 1 inch strips. Dip into 1/4 cup melted butter, then into mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until toasty. Serve with cream (optional) Makes 6 servings.

Lunchtime Cranberry Sun Mold

from Hearth & Home Witchery

2 -3oz packages orange flavored gelatin 
2 7oz bottles ginger ale
1 1lb can whole cranberry sauce
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 83/4 oz crushed pineapple, undrained
1 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned

In saucepan, combine gelatin and cranberry sauce. Heat and stir until almost boiling. Stir in undrained crushed pineapple and ginger ale. Remove from heat and stir until fizzing has stopped. Pour into round mold. Chill until set. Unmold onto a serving dish with a layer of lettuce leaf bedding. Garnish with orange and grapefruit sections. Top with alternating orange and grapefruit sections in a "pinwheel" array. Serve as salad or dessert.


Midsummer Passion Punch from Hearth & Home Witchery

Leaves from 4 sprigs of mint 
1/4 cup sugar 
4 cups seltzer water 
6 cups passion fruit juice 
1 lime 
ice cubes 
6 passionflowers

Bruise the mint leaves with the sugar in a mortar and pestle. Transfer the mix to your punch bowl. Pour seltzer water and fruit juice over the leaves. Squeeze in the juice of the lime. Add ice cubes and garnish with passionflowers. 
Substitute club soda or sparkling water for seltzer water if desired.

One note for serving: You should NEVER get passionflowers that have been grown non-organically, because they will almost definitely have chemicals on them that you do NOT want near your food! If you have no way to acquire passionflowers (or even if you do and you just like this idea), I might suggest investing in some rose-shaped cake pans--they're usually in a set of four or six and make cupcake-size cakes--and filling them with water and freezing to make big pretty flowery ice cubes. You can even sprinkle some mint leaves in there to freeze into the cubes. It looks beautiful, but believe me, it won't last long under the hot sun!

Fairy Nectar

2 cups milk per serving 
1 tsp. honey 
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
cinnamon

Warm milk, be careful not to boil it. In each mug add your honey and vanilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon. 

Buttermilk Scones for Litha from Hearth & Home Witchery

3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter. Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs. Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind. Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gather the 
dough into a ball and press so it holds together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 12 times. Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.

Glaze: In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend. Brush the dough with the glaze. Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces. Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned. Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter (recipe follows).

Orange Honey Butter for the Buttermilk Scones!

2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Rind
3 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon honey

Combine the orange rind, powdered sugar, butter and honey in a small bowl and blend until well mixed. Chill slightly and serve with scones or biscuits.

Solstice Herb Bread

3 C. flour 
1 tbsp. sugar 
1 tsp. salt 
1 pkg. dry active yeast 
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives 
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary 
1 tsp. fresh thyme 
1 1/4 C. hot water 
2 tbsp. Crisco

Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add herbs, water, and Crisco. Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth. Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk. Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds. Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again 
doubles in bulk. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.


Bright Memories Litha Parfait

from Hearth & Home Witchery

1 (2 3/4 ounce) package vanilla custard powder (no bake) 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
2 cups milk 
1 (21 ounce) can pineapple pie filling 
2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

In sauce pan prepare custard according to the package directions using the milk. Remove from heat. Gradually stir cheese into hot mixture, mixing well. Stir in vanilla. Chill custard mixture and pie filling separately until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spoon alternate layers of mixture and pie filling into parfait or juice glasses. Top with some type of berries if desired.


Honey-Lavender Biscotti  from Hearth & Home Witchery
 
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Lightly grease three baking sheets (lining the baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup much easier). In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs to a light lemon color; stir in honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lavender blossoms. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in until the dough is just combines. To shape the dough into a log, lightly sprinkle flour on the work surface, on top of the dough, and on your hands. Use just enough flour to form the logs and to prevent sticking; you don't want the logs to be covered with flour. Divide dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, pat and shape each piece into a loaf approximately 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4-inch high. Place two rolls onto each prepared baking sheet with 3 to 4 inches of space between them. Bake 25 minutes or until dough pops back up when lightly pressed with a finger. (After dough has baked 10 minutes, reverse cookie sheets from front to back and move from the top rack to the bottom one. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes). You can't judge the cooking by the color. The biscotti shouldn't change color during the second baking, so poke them to tell if they're done. They should feel dry and offer some resistance. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 275 degrees F. Using a long serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn the slices over, onto their sides; return slices, on baking sheets, to oven. Bake another 15 minutes. NOTE:  Do not crowd the biscotti slices on the baking sheet for their second baking as they need the hot air to circulate to enable them to crisp up evenly. Remember biscotti will continue to crisp up, as they cool, so do not be tempted to over bake. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks. Store biscotti in an airtight container. They will keep well for a few weeks. Yields about 54 biscotti.

This is one of my favorite pies. Since blueberries and rhubarb are not is season at the same time one or the other fruit will have to be frozen. It's awesome with vanilla ice cream.

BlueBarb Pie

9 inch  double pie crust
¼ tsp. salt
1 c sugar
¼ c flour
2 c fresh rhubarb or frozen
2 c blueberries
1 TB butter

Mix salt, sugar and flour. Add fruit and stir well. Heat over to 450. Pour filling into bottom crust and dot with butter. Add top crust and seal, cut vent holes. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower temp to 400 and bake until crust is brown and filling bubbly; about 30 minutes.

Lemon Chess Pie  Edain McCoy

Pie shell, but don't bake it yet 
2 cups granulated sugar 
1 tablespoon flour 
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 
1 tablespoon cornmeal 
4 eggs 
1/4 cup milk 
1/4 cup softened butter 
1/2 cup lemon juice 
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
Optional:
Second pie shell for covering 
Orange slices for garnish at serving time

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Put the pie shell in a deep-dish pan. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add in the eggs, milk, butter, juice, and lemon peel. Beat until smooth. (You might need an electric mixer, but possibly not.) Pour into the pie shell and bake about 40 minutes until golden brown. Make sure that if you decide to use a 
second pie shell over the top, you seal it well around the edges (crimping the sides if desired!) and that you cut steam holes in the top layer so it doesn't explode! Top with orange slices for an added solar touch.

Sunny Soltice Peach Pie

You will need:
1 pie crust (unbaked)
4 cups slice peaches fresh
2 tsp. unbleached flour
1/4 cup peach preserves, with no added sugar in them.
1 tsp. freshly sqeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg
dash of sea salt

Preheat oven to 400. In the unbaked crust of your choice arrange the peach slices in overlapping circles. Sprinkle the peaches with the flour Combine the peace preserves, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dash of sea salt in saucepan and heat until hot while stirring. Pour this glaze over the peaches and bake for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to 375 and continue baking for an additional 30-35 minutes. May be served warm, at room temp or cold the decision is yours.

Summer Solstice Cobbler
1-1lb 14oz can (3 1/2 cups) halved peaches
3 slices slightly dry bread (toast on light)
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine 
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Drain peaches, reserving 1 cup syrup. In a pan, combine cornstarch and salt and slowly blend in reserved syrup. Over med-high heat, cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2minutes. Add lemon juice, butter or margarine and peaches. Heat JUST to bubbling. Pour into 10x6x11/2 inch baking dish.Cut bread lengthwise into 1 inch strips. Dip into 1/4 cup melted butter, then into mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until toasty. Serve with cream (optional) Makes 6 servings.

Viking Goddess Freya

According to the book The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch (ISBN 0-87542-224-1), Freya was the sister of Freyr. Especially in early times, she was very all-encompassing in her attributes, and seemed to have inherited many of them from various personifications of the Great Goddess who far preceded the Gods of Valhalla. Freya is famed for her great beauty, and indeed is often known as "The Fair One". In the earlier days she also rewarded good housewives, though in later times Frigga has become more the patron of the home. 

Freya is quite independent, being chief of the Valkyries, the demi-goddesses who select the noble and heroic dead and carry them to the Realm of the Gods. Some of the legends say that a quarter or even a half of the dead go to Freya. She is patroness of women who attain wisdom, status, and power, since the Valkyries had been ordinary women, then priestesses, and after being Valkyr became Norns, the Great Goddesses who weave the fates and histories of people and of nations. 

Freya is the Daughter of Time, as well as the patron and protectress of the human race. On her breast she wears "the jewel whose power cannot be resisted," Brisingamen.Brising meaning fire, specifically the fire of the enlightened mind and menmeaning jewel. In ancient times the winter constellation which we today know as Orion was at that time called "Freya's Gown" by the Norse and Teutons, and the sword belt in Orion was called "Freya's Girdle." 

She is as strong, beautiful and wise as any of the "Eldest Ones."
 

***According to Norse Mythology - The Myths and Legends of the Nordic Gods by Arthur Cotterell, Freyja is the daughter of the sea god Njord and sister of Freyr. She is an important fertility goddess and a member of the Vanir, one of the 2 branches into which the Germanic gods were divided. After a war the Vanir seem to have been supplanted by the younger Aesir, who were led by Odin. When peace was agreed between the two sides, Njord went with Freyr and Freyja to Asgard, where they lived with the Aesir as a token of friendship. 

Both Odin and Freyja took an interest in the heroic dead, dividing the slain between them at the end of every battle. Odin's share went to live in Valhalla, while Freyja's lived in her hall, Sessrumnir. 

Freyja flew over the earth, sprinkling morning dew and summer sunlight behind her. She shook spring flowers from her golden hair and wept tears which turned to gold or to amber at sea. 

It is possible that Freyja's lost husband Odur, or Od, of whom nothing is known but his name, was in fact Odin. For she was the goddess of lust as well as love, a suitable partner for Odin who was the father of battles. 

Freyja was said to be a sorceress who could fly in a falcon's skin and some traditions state that on her arrival in Asgard she taught the gods the spells and charms of the Vanir (the group of Gods and Goddesses that is older than those of the Aesir). 

Freyja's greatest treasure was the Brisings' necklace. The Brisingamen neckalce was crafted by four dwarfs with such artistry that it glittered like a constellation of stars in the night sky. Around Freyja's lovely neck it became an emblem of the fruits of the heavens and earth. She in her turn, produced treasures for the earth whenever she cried and Freyja wept profusely, especially during her search for her husband, Odur. When her tears fell on rock, they turned to gold. When shed at sea they turned to amber. It is said that she obtained the necklace by sleeping with the 4 dwarfs. 


 

***According to another source: The Magical Pantheons (ISBN:1-56718-861-3) is says Freya, a triple goddess, had many attributes. She was considered a goddess of fertility and of wealth, but also a goddess who went to the land of the dead (or underworld), in the guise of a falcon. She would return from the underworld with prophecies. From a Kabbalistic perspective, the journey of Freya resembles the journey through Daath. Though she has some Venusian qualities, she also has some Jovian traits as well. She was the guardian of feminine magic who was always ready to unleash magical forces if it please her. Freya was a skilled warrior, as well as a goddess of love. This seems to correspond well with the name for Chesed-Gedulah (Greatness).




***Then there's the book titled The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe it has the following references to Freyja:

page 64 - "...while the divine Freyja is something between a lusty giantess and a fair maiden whose white arms light up the darkness of the underworld. Theyh are not sentimentalized and do not become amiable figures, although they may be gift-bearers and bring great benefits to mankind.." 

page 70 - "Valhalla was never the dwelling place of the universal dead, but intended for outstanding heroes to support Odin in the final battle against giants and monsters, giving him a powerful reason for summoning them to his hall and bringing their careers on earth to a close. Somewhere not far from Asgard was Jutenheim, where dwelt the frost giants who were the enemies of the gods, eager to rob them of their treasures, carry off the fair Freyja and the sun and moon, and destroy Asgard and the inhabited earth. It is less clear where the Vanir dwelt, since the chief gods, Freyr and Njord with a number of others, are represented along with the Aesir in Asgard, but it seems probable that it was in the underworld. There is certainly a link between the Vanir and the land spirits who dwelt in mounds and hills and in water, supernatural beings who befriended some of the earlier settlers in Iceland and probably also between the Vanir and the Elves, who lived on in folk tradition as lesser beings. Most of the goddesses who became the wives of the gods came from the underworld, and were said to be the daughters of giants. The greatest of the goddesses was Freyja, sister of Freyr and daughter of Njord; she is a goddess of many names, and may originally have been the same as Frigg, the wife of Odin, since elsewhere in Germanic tradition we har only of one goddess, Frija (Frigga), who was the wife of the sky god." 

page 85- 86 - "The goddesses were clearly important in northern religion, yet only Frigg and Freyja play any main part in the tales, while there are brief appearances of Skadi, daughter of Thjazi the giant, Gefion, who plughed the island of Sjaelland out of Sweden, and Idun who guarded the golden apples; it is possible that these last two are to be identified with Freyja under different names. 

page 107 - "Freyja kept up the sacrificing, for she alone lived on after the gods. (Ynglinga Saga 10)"

page 108 - "In Scandinavian tradition the main goddess appears to be Freyja, sister and perhaps als obride of Freyr; the names of these two Vanir deities are really titles, meaning "Lord" and "Lady", and Snorri tells us that Freyja had many other names. There is also the goddess Frigg, wife of Odin and therefore Queen of Heaven, who figures in the myths as the weeping mother, lamenting the fall of her son Balder and later that of Odin, her 'second woe' as Voluspa expresses it. It seems as if these two figures with similar names may indeed be two aspects of the same deity. Sometimes it is Freyja who is paired off with Odin in the tales and she too is represented as a weeping goddess, shedding tears of gold; her tears serve as a favorite poetic symbol for gold in the kennings. Why Freyja weeps is not altogether clear; she is said to be searchign for her husband, of whom we know nothing, but since he is called Od he may be a doublet of Odin." 

page 108 - "Addional names given by Snorri to Freyja are Mardoll, suggesting a link with the sea; Horn, thought to be related to horr, 'flax'; Gefn, which like Gefion is related to the verb 'to give'; and Syr, 'Sow'. All these names are relevant for the understanding of her cult, for she was connected with water and the sea, and flax was an important crop for which her blessing was sought; she was regarded as a giving goddess, bringing bounty to the fields, animals and mankind, while the sow was the female counterpart of Freyr's symbol, the golden boar. 

page 109 - "Again Freyja is associated with precious metals; her tears are of gold, and she is a giving goddess, bringing prosperity and riches like her brother Freyr and her father Njord." 
 


 

II. Rune Associations


 

The rune card is from Sylvia Gainsford with Howard Rodway's The Rune Vision Card deck (ISBN 1-84333-023-7). 

According to Gainsford and Rodway Runes are divided into three distinct groups called aetts. Numbers 1 - 8 belong to the Goddess Freya/Frejya (same goddess different spellings). Fehu is the 1st rune of the 1st aett. 

The goddess Freya is depicted with her falcon wings. The feathers grow from her arms, held forward to protect yet reveal her nude feminine form. Freya embodies the sensuality of the lover and mistress, whereas Frigg (card number 14) represents the good wife and mother. Decorating Freya's neck and breast is a gold necklace, an emblem of the stars and the fecundity of the earth. Freya hovers in flight in a sky of soft clouds in which a swallow flies high in the foreground. Beneath the goddess's wings is a spring and flower of the elder, Fehu's tree. Emerging from the clouds is the profile of a grey tabby's cat's head, white whiskers spread forward, its bright-yellow eye gazing ahead. Grey cats are always associated with Freya. At the top right hand corner of this scene is the rune Fehu which is shown in red, the correct colour for this symbol. 
 


 

According to The Rune Mysteries by Silver RavenWolf and Nigel Jackson (ISBN: 1-56718-553-3) 

Freyja (Frau Frie, Farujo) - is the Golden Bride of the Vanir, and is the Supreme Goddess of the Northern Mysteries, mistress of the inner seith-fire and the religion of Wikkerie (Witchcraft). She is quite similar to Odinn, as she follows the shamanistic ways, possesses psychic abilities, and can shapeshift. As the goddess of love, she governs sexual attraction and emotional interaction, and blesses them with herr Venusian energies. Freyja embodies the quality of Sacred Heat and the warmth of the love that unites all opposites in the world. She often appears in a wanton role in the myths. She is the Otherworld Goddess to whose abode souls travel to be renewed after death. In mediaval German tradition, she is Frau Fri, or Dame Venus, whose sacred mountain, the Venusberg, was the entrance to the Elven realms, and the geomantic Vulva of the Earth. 

She is associated with the lynx, the extinct Caspian Tiger, and the witches' cat. Freyja is said to wander at night accompanied by silver-gray hares. Hers is the sacred necklace of gold called the Brisingamen, the circle of sunfire whose round is the solar year. She also possesses a shamanic Feather-Skin for traveling in the form of a hawk. Freyja rules the constellations of the Lady's Wain (Ursa Minor) and Freyja's Girdle (Belt of Orion). This Goddess favors amber, and some say that the famed Brisingamen necklace consisted of both amber and gold.


 

Keeping with The Rune Mysteries card deck the card associated with her is Feoh: Cattle, Gold. 

Divinities (associated with this card):Freyja, Audhumla, Surt, Niord (Freya's Father), Frey (Freya's Brother). 
Stone: Carnelian, green tourmaline, amber. 
Element: Fire
Color: Golden red
Totems: Cow, linnet, boar, horse

Lore: This is the rune of fertility and wealth, cattle and gold, which are the riches of the land and the people. Feoh represents moveable weath, and sometimes, sexual energy. At one time, cattle provided a living for tribal members, and were considered a form of barter. For the peoples of the Northern Way, how many cattle one owned reflected that person's wealth and status within the community. As time progressed, cattle were replaced by inanimate material objects such as gold and silver. 

Feoh is the primeval golden fire of creation, and represents the all- pervading fertile force of the goddess Freyja. This is the world fire, energizing and initiating the creative process, but which, if blocked or constricted, can become destructive. 

Depicted on the rune card of Feoh are the flames of Muspal-fire streaming down from the sky of the southern Fire World. These are the primal fires that bring about creation and new beginnings, that gave birth to the genesis of the worlds. Golden and amber droplets also descend upon the earth, representing the precious tears shed by the fertile goddess Freyja. The amber tears are the essence of all abundant wealth.Amber also represents the wealth of magickal spirituality in the world of the adept magickal individual. 

Freyja wears a magickal necklace of amber, called Brisingamen. In the Witan- Witch Tradition (an many other Witchcraft traditions as well) amber is worn by the High Priestess or 3rd degree initiate to signify her capabilities as a magickal practitioner and leader. 

Keywords for this rune: Physical - money, wealth, sexual passion. Mental - sense of self-worth, ego. Spiritual - karma.


 

The Rune Mysteries also list Cen (aka Ken or Torch) as under Freyja's dominion. 

Color: Orange, amber
Totems: Lynx, falcon
Divinity: Freyja
Stones:Flint, smoky-quartz, fire-agate, amber

Lore: Cen is the rune of the brightly burning torch that lights up the hall in the evening, whose flames represent the safe, tempered fire of the hearth. Cen depicts the magickal-sexual heat of the goddess Freyja, which slumbers within ourselves, waiting to be kindled. This feminine power is termed Seid-fire or Seith-Fyr, and is the creative force of the Lady.... the word Shaman (once written as Flaman), means "keeper of the burning fires," or "keeper of the flame." The Cen rune is a magickal heat, begetting and shaping new creations, underlying all acts of art, craft, and magick. 

In the design of the card, the Goddess Freyja is shown with her sacred cats, the classic familiars of traditional witches. She wears the falcon feather cloak that enables her to fly in falcon shape. Encircling her neck is the fire necklace, Brisingamen, forged by four dwarves show at work in their smithy, deep in the caverns. To gain this treasure, Freyja entered into a short marriage with each dwarf. The necklace embodies the circle of sacred fire, created as the sun passes through the four seasonal quarter. 

Keywords: Physical - documents, letters, books or other recorded information, sexual power. Mental - Insight, success, creativity. Spiritual - Enlightenment. On a spiritual level, Cen represents the spiritual opening. In old Pagan religions, it was a symbol of royalty, aristocracy, and mystery, indicating that the spirits guided believers along their chosen path. Therefore, it was the emblem of the Witch Queen and Wizard King.


 

Valkyries in Norse Mythology

Valkyries in Norse Mythology

The Valkyries: Chooser of the Slain

The Valkyries are female warlike virgins, who mounts upon horses and arms themselves with helmets and spears. They decides who will die in a battle. They will hover over the battlefield, like birds over their prey. There will be six, nine, or thirteen Valkyries at a time. They will select among half of those who dies in battle. And then bring them to Valhalla.

The other half will go to the goddess Freya’s afterlife field Folkvangr. Freya always has the first pick, of the fallen Vikings. Odin allows some of the maidens to take the form of beautiful white swans, but if a Valkyrie is seen by a human without her swanlike disguise, she will become an ordinary mortal and can never again return to Valhalla.

List of Valkyrie names in Norse Mythology

Valkyries The meaning of their name

Brynhildr, she was also called Brünnhilde or Brynhild. She was a shieldmaiden and Brynhildr was the daugther of Budli.

Bright Battle

Eir, she was a goddess and or a Valkyrie, she was associated with medical skill.

Peace, Clemency, Help, or Mercy

Geiravör

Spear Vör/Goddess

Geirdriful

Spear Finger

Geirönul

The one charging forth with the spear

Geirskögul, it was two separate or an individual Valkyrie.

Spear Skögul and Skögul: Shaker or High Towering

Göll

Tumult, or Noise Battle

Göndul

Wand Wielder

Gunnr

War or Battle

Herfjötur

Host Fetter or Fetter of the Army

Herja

Devastate

Hlaðguðr svanhvít, she was the sister of the Valkyrie Hervör alvitr.

Swan White

Hildr, she had the power to revive the dead on the battlefields, and used it to maintain the everlasting battle between Hedin and Högni.

Battle

Hjalmprimul

Helmey Clatterer, or Female Warrior

Hervör alvitr, she was the sister of the Valkyrie Hlaðguðr svanhvít.

All Wise, or Strange Creature

Hjörprimul

The Sword Warrioress

Hlökk

Noise, Battle

Hrist

Shake, Quake, The Quaking one

Hrund

Pricker

Kara

The Wild, or Stormy One

Mist

Cloud or Mist

Ölrun

Ale Rune

Randgrior or Randgrid

Shield Truce, or Shield Destroyer

Ráðgríðr

Council Truce, The Bossy

Reginleif

Power Trace, or Daughter of the Gods

Rota

Sleet and Storm

Sanngrior, she has been the mentor of the Norse hero Sigurd.

Very Violent, Very Cruel

Sigrun

Victory Rune

Skalmöid

Sword Time

Skeggöld

Axe Age

Skuld

Dept or Future

Sveid

Vibration or Noise

Svipul

Changeable

Tögn

Silence

Trima

Fight

Thrud, she may or may not have been a Valkyrie, but there was a Valkyrie with the name Thrud. Thrud was the daughter of Thor and Sif. She is the half sister to Magni and Modi.

Strength or Power

What is Ragnarok?


What is Ragnarok?

The Vikings belived that the world oneday would end as we know it, they called this day for Ragnarok, also spelled Ragnarök in old Norse.

Ragnarok is the doom of the gods and the humans. It will be the final battle between the Aesir and Jotuns. The battle will take place on the plains called Vigrid.
 

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Surt the fire giant, setting the world on fire.

During Ragnarok the walls of Asgard, the homes of the Aesir, and the huge bridge Bifrost, will be set on fire by Surt the fire giant. The mighty Midgard serpent will be emerging from the turbulent sea and engulf the Vigrid plains, while it splashes its tail and sprays poison in all directions, causing huge waves crashing towards the land. The Fenrir wolf will break free of his chains and spread death and destruction. The sun and the moon will be swallowed by the wolfs Sköll and Hati. Even the world tree Yggdrasil, will shake the ground.

Odin will be killed by the Fenrir wolf and Thor and the Midgard Serpent will kill each other. Loki will turn on the Aesir, and fight Heimdall, and they will kill each other. Tyr and the watchdog “Garm” from Hel, will also kill each other. Freyr will be killed by the fire giant named Surt. Finally Surt will set all the nine worlds, in a flaming inferno and they will sink into the boiling sea. There is nothing the gods can do to prevent Ragnarok. Odins only comfort is that, he can predict that Ragnarok, will not be the end of the world.

The signs of Ragnarok

There will be some signs if Ragnarok "the end of the world" is coming. The murder of the god Balder, the son of Odin and Frigg.

We will have a long and cold winter that, will last for three years with no summer in between. The name of these uninterrupted winters are called "Fimbulwinter" During these three years, the world will be plagued by wars, and brothers will kill brothers.

A beautiful red rooster "Fjalar" which name means the "All knowner", will warn all the giants that the beginning of Ragnarok has begun. At the same time in Niflheim, will a red rooster warn all the dead, that the war was started. And also in Asgard, will a red rooster “Gullinkambi” warn all the gods.

Heimdall will blow his horn as loud as he can and that will be the warning for all the einherjar in Valhalla that the war has started.

This will be the battle to end all battles, and this will be the day that all the Vikings “Einherjar” from Valhalla who had died honourable in battle, to pick up their swords and armor to fight side by the side with the Aesir against the Jotuns.

The gods, Balder and Hod will be returned from the dead, to fight one last time with their brothers and sisters.

Odin will with his eagle helmet equipped and his spear Gungnir in his hand, while riding on his horse sleipnir, lead the enormous army of Asgard with all the gods and brave einherjar to the battleground at Vigrid.

The Jotuns will together with Hel, and all her dishonorable dead, sail in the ship Naglfar, which is made from the fingernails of all the dead, sail to the plains of Vigrid.

The dragon Nidhug will come flying over the battlefield, and gather as many corpses for his never ending hunger.


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A new begining after Ragnarok.

When most of the gods had perished in the mutually destruction with the Jotuns, it is predetermined that a new world will rise up from the water, beautiful and green. Before the battle at Ragnarok, two people, Lif “a woman” and Liftraser “a man”, will find sheltering in the sacred tree Yggdrasil. And when the battle is over, they will come out and populate the earth again. Several of the gods will survive, among them Odin's sons Vidar and Vali and his brother Honir. Thor's sons Modi and Magni they will inherit their father's hammer Mjölnir.

The few gods who survive will go to Idavoll, which has remained untouched. And here they will build new houses, the greatest of the houses will be Gimli, and will have a roof of gold. There is also a new place called Brimir, on the place called Okolnir “Never cold”. It is in the mountains of Nidafjoll. But there is also a terrible place, a great hall on Nastrond, the shore of corpses. All its doors faces north to greet the screaming winds. The walls will be made of writhing snakes that pour their venom into a river that flowes through the hall. This will be the new underground, full of thieves and murderers, and when they dies the great dragon Nidhug, is there to feed upon their corpses.

 

Powers of Scent & How Smells Affect us

APPLE: Peace of mind, relaxation, love, wisdom.

BAYBERRY: Luck to the home, money to the pocket.

BERGAMOT: Protection from harm.

CEDAR: Instills confidence, protection from misery and misfortune.

CINNAMON: raise and enhance spiritual vibrations, stimulate clairvoyance, aids focus and concentration, good for personal protection.

CITRONELLA: Attracts friends and customers, protection from insects.

CLOVE: Strengthens memory, protects from hostile negative forces.

EUCALYPTUS: Promotes healing of any hurt, depression or illness. Especially good for colds or flu.

FRANKENCENSE: Frees ones of obsessions and destructive habits, brings spiritual blessings, protects, exorcises, purifies.

HELIOTROPE: Increases clairvoyance, assists meditation, protects from physical harm.

HONEYSUCKLE: Aids in understanding non-physical realities, sharpens intuition, brings prosperity.

JASMINE: Psychic protection, cleanses the aura, stimulates creativity and originality, attracts spiritual love.

LAVENDER: Frees from emotional stress, brings inner calm and peace, gives increased awareness, brings stability and permanence, good for headaches.

LEMON: Evokes protective spirits.

LILAC: Helps recall past lives, draws good spirits, helps decision making, improves memory.

MUSK: Instills self assurance, confidence and strength, heightens passions.

MYRRH: Guards against evil, brings peace, assists in understanding personal sorrow.

ORANGE: Brings harmony, raises power.

PINE: Cleanses, ends useless recriminations.

ROSE: Unconditional love, peace, harmony, tranquility.

SAGE: Powerful clearing and cleansing, removes negative energy.

SANDALWOOD: Stimulates clairvoyance, aids in seeing past lives, healing, clearing, protection, calms the mind.

SWEETGRASS: Invokes spiritual blessings, aids transformation.

VANILLA: Vitalizes energy, brings happy occasions to the premises, draws good fortune.

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Cedarwood – Cleansing, Outdoorsy

Juniper – Cleansing, Outdoorsy

Chamomile – Calming

Clove – Contemplative

Cinnamon – Contemplative

Eucalyptus – Balance, Well – being

Frankincense – Meditative, Musty, Animal Attraction

Myrrh – Meditative, Musty, Animal Attraction

Ginger - Energizing, Spicy

Grapefruit – Energizing, Fresh

Jasmine – Calming, Anti – depressant

Lavender – Relaxing

Lemon – Stimulating

Lime – Refreshing, Summery

Rose – Aphrodisiac, Hypnotic

Rosemary – Stimulating, Raises spirits

Spearmint – Uplifting

Tea – tree – Disinfecting

Vanilla - Relaxing, male aphrodisiac, Sensual

Basil – Clarifying

Bayberry – Exciting

Bergamot – Happy

Borage – Calming

Geranium – Restful

Lemongrass – Fresh, Energizing

Lemon Verbena – Stimulating, Alertness

Lilac – Hypnotic, Relaxing

Lily of the Valley – Hypnotic, Relaxing

Orange – Relaxing, adds clarity

Peppermint – Stimulating, meditative mood

Sandalwood – Uplifting

Ylang-Ylang - Creates Balance

The Green Witch & Wortcunning

Herbal magick is a combination of you and the herb. Plants have vibrations and energies which, when combined with your own, can create powerful magick.

GREEN WITCH: A nickname for a female or male Witch who is skilled in the art of wortcunning. The herb magick practiced by a Green Witch is called “the Green Arts” or “Green Magick”; the use of medicinal herbs is known as “Green Healing.”

WORTCUNNING: The knowledge and use of the secret healing and magickal properties of herbs; a word used by folk healers, Witches, and Wiccans of all traditions to mean the practice of herbalism. Wortcunning has been associated with the Old Religion since ancient times.

A List of Basic Tools

Boline for Collecting Herbs (Don’t forget say Thank you as you collect)
Mortar and Pestle
Glass Pot (or any non-metallic/ heat resistant pot)-not be used for other purposes
Source of Flame
Candles
Censer & Incense (if performing rituals)
Spring Water (or bottled water)
Eye Dropper (for blending oils)
Needles and Supplies (including threads, yarn and natural fabric for sachets, amulets, etc)
And of course your herbs.

Drying Your Herbs

Remove all insect eaten and/or brown leaves prior to drying.Rinse with pure water to remove any mud or dirt and pat dryLay out on paper, out of sunlight on baking sheets, turn every dayMake sure the room is well ventilated. When leaves are crumbly, strip them off and store

To dry seed and seed heads: Place in brown paper bag and tie open end shut around the stem. These seem to dry out quick. Shake bag or roll to loosen seeds. Open bag and discard stems.

Storing Herbs

Dark glassed bottles make for the best storage. Get several different sizes. You want to make sure they have an air-tight lid or cork. Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly before using.

Make sure you label each bottle with the name of herb and the date it was harvested or purchased

Rosemary: Used for protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Purification and Healing. It is known for it powerful cleansing when burned and is considered one of the oldest incenses. It also said that growing Rosemary in your garden can attract Elves.

ANGELICA: The powers associated with Angelica are healing, protection and visions. Sprinkled around the corners of your home, it will help to ward off evil. Use it in incense and mixtures to aid in healing. To remove curses and/or hexes add it to your bath. Tying the first perfect bloom you see in the spring in a red cloth will guard against disease when carried. It is said visions can be caused when the leaves are smoked (this is for imformation purposes only-Smoking this herb is done at your own risk !)

BAY OR BAY LAUREL: Place under a pillow to help induce prophetic dreams or burn to cause visions for psychic powers is one of the powers of bay. bay mixed with sandlewood and burn to help remove curses because the other powers of bay are protection, healing, strength and purification. Scatter on floor during purification ceremonies.

CELADINE: The powers of this herb are protection, happiness and help in legal matters. Worn to court it will help to win the favor of the judge or jury. Helps to cure depression and will bring good spirits and joy when worn. Other names for Celadine are Devil’s Milk, Tetterwort and Swallow-Wort.

COLTSFOOT: Add this to love sachets as the powers connected with coltsfoot are love and visions. Use in peace and tranquility spells to streghten them. It is said visions can be caused when the leaves are smoked (this is for imformation purposes only-Smoking this herb is done at your own risk !) Coltsfoot is also called Ass’s, Foal’s or Bull’s Foot, Butterbur, British Tobacco or Coughwort.

HEATHER: Since heather carries the powers of luck, protection and rain making, burn with fern to attract rain or carry to ward off violent crimes and/or to bring good luck (white heather is best used for luck)..It is said that it has long been used to conjure ghosts

IRIS: Place fresh flowers in areas you wish to be cleansed as it has been used for the purpose of purification since the Roman Times. Iris can be used to induce faith, wisdom and valour as this is what the 3 petals symbolize.

TANSY: Carry to lengthen life span or place in shoes to help cure persistent fevers. The tansy’s powers are health and longevity. Just a note…ants seem to hate it ! It is also known as “buttons”.

VIOLETS: Some of the power influences of the voilet are protection, luck, love, lust, wishes, peace and healing. Carry the flowers to bring luck and fortune or gather the first violets in the spring to bring your greatest wish come true. Mixed with lavender to make a powerful love sachet…It has been mentioned that the Ancient Greeks wore it to calm tempers and induce sleep. Placed on the head it can help to cures headaches and dizziness. Wearing the leaves in a green sachet may help to heal wounds.

Divination ~Throwing the Bones

Tools of the Trade 
 

Divination Bones: 
 

When you first get bones, you have to rub then to attune them to yourself, and only to yourself.  If you look at them, you will see the different bones, and how well made they are - the ones from Theren aren't that good.

Once you attune then, you keep on rubbing them...  as you rub them, you will see the runes change ... these correspond to the six skill sets you can target, plus one for random predictions: Sword, Shield, Codex, Hand, Stick Figure, Staff and Even Line.

Sword is offense. 
Shield is defense. 
Codex is lore. 
Hand is handskills. 
Stick figure is bodyskills. 
Staff is magic. 
Even line is random.

The balance of the different bones is important - it goes to how well made they are.  They start out balanced. They only get worse with time.  Periodically, they take damage ... and when they take enough, they disintegrate.  They really take damage if you roll them standing up.

Occasionally you will feel them tingle ... here are several theories on what the tingling means...  I believe that they increase the chance for positive prediction... I seem to much better luck when I wait for a tingle.  The tingles may contribute to the strengthening of your bond with the bones, too.

Here are one of the keys to bones ....  the more you use them, the better you get.  The reason is that, periodically, you will sense your bond with them strengthen.  The more times this happens, the better you get.

Like visions, you have to make observations to use them.  You target the bones just like visions.  Observe the right moons and constellations, and you can target the desired skill sets.  For example, observe wolf and rub the bones until you see the staff.  Keep rubbing until you feel a tingle with the staff, too.  Then you throw the bones at yourself or the vict..., er target.

The bones seem to offer a more accurate picture of the skill affected, carry less risk of having Tezirah chomp you, and seem to be more effective.. 
  
 


Using divination bones - by Scholar Nevus Ylfpart, Student of the predicting arts, and Descendent of the Monks of the Crystal Hand

  
I Introduction

The divination bones, along with the "visions" method, provide the Moon Mage with a way to convert information from the heavens into predictions. Which method to use is a matter of personal taste. I prefer the bones for most uses, for a variety of reasons. The predictions from bones appear to be a bit longer/stronger (mine have lasted from 15 minutes to 4 hours, I find them more enjoyable for role-playing purposes, I have a better chance of getting the desired prediction)

The user also earns a small bit of mech lore experience from using the bones, but not enough to make it a practical alternative for learning that 
skill. On the negative side, the bones require more skill to use, cost money, and can get damaged or even shatter completely. (You might want to wait until you have the skills of a level 20 or so mage before using them, but this is just an estimate. Possibly involved are your mech lore skill and your agility statistic).

The basic steps to making a prediction with the divination bones are as follow:

1) Make a successful observation on a heavenly body 
2) Rub your bones until the appropriate rune is showing 
3) Roll your bones at the person to be predicted upon 
4) Interpret the prediction

II Overview of observation

This topic, as well as the use of the "visions" method of prediction, is covered in detail in Toku's fine treatise, so the reader is referred to that volume. As a very brief summary, the MoonMage observes a heavenly body s/he has been trained in by the guild leader, until finding out that "you have learned something useful from this observation." For example, OBS XIBAR. Each of the heavenly bodies (sun, moons, constellations) will give information that can give a prediction in one or several specific skill sets. For example, Xibar always gives me information that will lead to 1 lore skill prediction. Some constellations will give predictions in multiple skill sets from one observation; one particular constellation, that is among the last constellations learned, always gives me 5 valid predictions from one observation. It may be the 
case that obtaining multiple predictions from an observation is dependent upon the Mage's skill. I have two addtional comments to make. First, it should be noted that several constellations can be observed, even though you cannot see them when you observe the sky, and even though some of them should not be present at that time.  Second, it is occasionally possible to learn something useful about the future when observing a moon that is hidden from view, but whose energies are still quite strong.

III The divination bones

Unless you are fortunate to have a set of Festival bones, at present the only option for obtaining bones is by purchasing them from the hermit Krrish. His shack is located in the SE corner of Theren (you may have to make your way past baby rats to see him), and he wants 6 gold lir (but you may be able to buy for less, depending on your skill). Examining the bones (EXAM BONE), you will see a rune (which designates the skill set to be predicted upon), the Krr-tich bone, the Sek-rith bone, the MoonSphere, the Sun Disk bone, how old the bones are, and to whom the bones belong (bones are a very personal thing!). The bones can be of different states of balance, quality, attunement, and age,  which will change with use.

IV Using the bones

When ready to predict, it is my superstition to remove my gloves and helmet, to kneel or sit, and to first cast ClearVision (10 mana). Be 
healthy, for injuries may contribute to damaging the bones. Continuing the Xibar example, you would change the bones until they 
showed the rune for lore. To do this, you RUB BONE. For the runes, sword is offense, shield is defense, codex is lore, staff is magic, 
hand is handskill, stick figure is bodyskill, and even line is generic. As you rub the bones, you sometimes sense them tingling. 
Having the bones tingle right before you roll them is not essential for getting a valid prediction, for strengthening your bond with the 
bones, or for throwing them correctly. However, I currently believe that tingling is a positive thing, and I generally continue rubbing 
them until I sense tingling at least once, then rub them to depict the correct rune (other times, I intentionally get them tingling a 
lot).

Finally, you are ready to obtain a prediction. As a superstition, I SHAKE BONE, then ROLL (or THROW) BONE AT <person>. The individual bones will roll, bounce, skitter, thud, teeter, fall flat, and do other things. A number of results can occur, as seen in the last 
line or lines.

You learn nothing from this roll - exactly what it says.
You threw the bones incorrectly - you get a valid prediction, but something is suboptimal.
You get no message - You get a valid prediction.
You sense a strengthening of your bond with the bones - This will better the attunement of one or more bones, but you may not notice upon observing the bones. It often takes multiple strengthenings to detect visible changes.
You sense a weakening of your bonds with the bones - The opposite of #4,  it happens sometimes.
One of your bones is damaged - Ack! This will hurt the balance or quality of the bone involved, but you may not notice it upon observing the bones.
The bones shatter - Shudder! - this will be the end of that set of bones. This has not yet happened to me (fortunately). My "good" set of bones is now quite ancient, so the day may come..
Your bond with your bones makes a teetering Sun Disk land on the white (positive) side. Huzzah! Preen a little!
I suppose it is possible a bad bond (such as using someone else's bones?) could promote a negative prediction, but this has not happened to me.
Your knowledge of the moons makes this a positive prediction (This also occurs when predicting by the visions method). The result is similar to #8.


IV Interpreting the roll

To interpret a valid prediction, first look at the Sun Disk. A white disk is a positive prediction, a black disk a negative prediction. 
Predictions increase (or decrease) your ability in the specific skill set predicted upon, as if your skill rank was increased (or decreased). To my knowledge, the prediction will not change your ability to learn that skill per se. However, a positive prediction might allow you to do something that was previously too difficult, therefore giving you good experience you otherwise could not get. Alternatively, a bad prediction could totally disable a skill, making it impossible to learn that skill until the prediction has worn off.

Next, look at the MoonSphere. It may depict nothing, or it could depict a specific image. If present, the MoonSphere image tells you the specific skill involved in the prediction. If the MoonSphere depicts nothing, then the predictee would have to use trial-and-error to identify the skill affected. To continue the Xibar example, you might see an open book, which indicates scholarship skill. Almost all skills have a corresponding, specific MoonSphere image, with the possible exceptions of one of the magic skills, and any skills newly implemented (such as the Empath skill transference). I leave matching these images to the related skills, as well as correlating the heavenly body observed to skill set(s) involved, up to the reader.

There are several theories about how to accurately gauge the precise strength and length of the prediction, and it is most likely to be very obvious once one knows the secret. However, I have been unable to conclusively determine the method, in spite of quantitating the results of over 100 individual rolls. My best guess is that the Krr-tich and Sek-rith bones indicate a basic level of strength and length, with the important information possibly including either /both of the direction the bones point (they can point toward you, to one side, or away from you), and the way the bones land (thudding, bouncing, etc.) I believe this basal level could additionally be altered by one or more variables, possibly including the amount of tingling, the quality/balance of the bone, whether the bones were thrown incorrectly, random variables, and who knows what else. It is also possible that there is a range of strengths or lengths for any given combination of relevant factors, thereby muddling matters even worse. In any event, a good prediction ends when the predictee learns the world is more ominous, and a bad prediction ends when the world seems a bit brighter. In contrast, predictions made by the "visions" method end when the world seems a bit more or less foreboding. To anyone wishing to pursue this matter, I particularly recommend using appraisal predictions. Your skill can be altered such that upon appraising a favorite item, you can (in increasing order) learn nothing of its value, can think of its value in one currency, in two currencies, in three currencies, or can be certain of its value in three currencies. Hence, you can reliably determine the strength and duration of a prediction made on yourself. Also, get a second set of "practice" bones, and compare the results from them with your older set.

As your bond with your bones strengthens, the individual bones will become more attuned. They each start out attuned normally. The Krr-tich, Sek-rith, and MoonSphere can become fairly well attuned, well attuned, very well attuned, and almost perfectly attuned (that is as far as I have gotten with my ancient set of bones), and the Sun Disk can become barely attuned to the white side, then slightly attuned to the white side (that is the current state of my bone).  Attunement of the Sun Disk to the white side results in an increased frequency of positive predictions. Attunement of the MoonSphere appears to increase the likelihood of seeing the image of a skill depicted (My MoonSphere always reveals the specific skill to me).

V Conclusions

Predicting and trying to figure out the mysteries of the bones has been one of the things I have enjoyed most in the realms, along with interacting/roleplaying with other adventurers, and hunting/trying to optimize my hunting strategies and abilities. There are still features of the bones that remain a mystery to me. It is my hope that this overview gives the interested reader the basics s/he needs to begin using the divination bones, and that the reader will be stimulated to make more predictions and to carry out his/her own lines of research. Happy predicting!