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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.

Blessed Father's Day Legionnaires!

 

~CELEBRATING DAD~

 

"A dad is someone who 
wants to catch you before you fall 
but instead picks you up, 
brushes you off, 
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who 
wants to keep you from making mistakes 
but instead lets you find your own way, 
even though his heart breaks in silence 
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who 
holds you when you cry, 
scolds you when you break the rules 
shines with pride when you succeed, 
and has faith in you even when you fail..."

While many Pagan paths identify themselves as “goddess traditions,” there are just as many which honor the sacred masculine alongside the divine feminine. Rather than being goddess-centric, a tradition honoring the sacred masculine will put the god on an equal playing field with the goddess rather than identifying him as simply the divine consort - and some Pagan traditions do honor just a god, and leave the goddess out completely.

As with the sacred feminine, the celebration of the sacred masculine often relies upon a system of archetypes. From an anthropological standpoint, there are several major male archetypes that seem to appear in a variety of cultures: the warrior/hero, the hunter, the priest/magician, the lover and the king.

The warrior appears in many forms and shapes. He is brave and honorable, and fights for that which he believes is right and just. While the warrior may not always make decisions which are popular, he typically tries to make the ones that are fair. The warrior can be seen in deities such as the Roman Mars, the Greek Ares, and the Norse god Thor. The hero is the youthful, more impulsive incarnation of the warrior. The warrior is someone who defends those he loves, and doesn’t raise his sword out of anger.

The hunter also appears, in modern society, as the provider. While men may no longer have to go out and spear a mastodon to feed their family, many men remain the primary breadwinners in the home, and find themselves under increasing pressure to continue to provide well. Some men find the very nature of this archetype confining. Dustin is a Pennsylvania Heathen who says, “My wife has a career and a job that’s as good as mine. We’re both equally capable and responsible. But I was raised by a mom who stayed home while my dad worked two jobs - it’s hard for me to put aside the idea that I have to be the sole breadwinner. On the other hand, by being an equal partner with my wife, that creates less financial stress for me as an individual.”

The priest, or magician, is the creative inventor or problem solver. He takes on intellectual challenges, asks lots of questions, and becomes analytical in his dealings with others. The magician or priest can also be a bit manipulative, because he’s smart - he’ll sometimes deliberately ask a question knowing the answer, as a sort of test.

Another well known aspect of the sacred masculine is the archetype of the fertile lover. He is sensual and passionate, embracing pleasure both for himself and his partner. In the spring, this aspect of the masculine is often embodied in Cernunnos, the forest god. The lover is in touch with his own intuition, and is compassionate and empathetic. If the warrior takes on life’s physical challenges, the lover takes on our emotional challenges.

Finally, the kingly archetype is that of the leader. A king is always in charge, because he is able to bring the qualities of all the other archetypes together into one handy package. He has the strength of the warrior, the wisdom of the priest, the compassion of the lover, and the nurturing aspects of the provider/hunter.

Some god-centric traditions have faced backlash from the Pagan community for not honoring the sacred feminine. Asher, a Pagan in Florida, belongs to a Roman Pagan group that pays tribute to the god Mars. They do not honor a goddess. “None of the other Roman groups seem to mind, but when we get to any sort of community event, a lot of the NeoWiccan groups get really upset. We’ve been accused of promoting patriarchy, discriminating against women, and trying to oppress the female members of our community. Nothing could be further from the truth. We’re trying to celebrate the masculine, but that doesn’t - and shouldn’t - take away from people who honor the feminine.”

If you have a son who's Pagan, honor him as well.

 

 

~RITUAL~

 

Prior to the ritual, make a headdress for each male that will be present. This can include horns, antlers, branches, feathers, and other symbols of fertility and masculinity. Headdresses are fairly simple to make - use a strip of heavy fabric or cardboard cut to size, and just glue items on it. If your boys are younger, this is a fun craft project. Assign one male to act out the part of the Horned God in the ritual.

Also, give each member of the group some sort of noisemaker -- drums, rattles, bells, etc.

This is a ritual best performed in a group, either as a family or coven. If you normally cast a circle or call the Quarters in a ceremony, do so at this time. Light a red or gold candle in the center of your altar to represent the Sun.

The High Priestess (HPs) or whoever is leading the ritual should face the sun, and say:

We are here as a family (or coven)
On this longest of days.
The power of the Sun is above us,
and its heat and strength reminds us
of the power of the God.

At this point, the group members should shake their rattles, bang their drums, ring their bells. Do so slowly, almost at the tempo of a heartbeat.

The HPs continues:

The God is strong and powerful,
he is virile and fertile.
He is the Lord of the Hunt,
the King of the Forest,
and with the Goddess, together they create Life.

At this point, speed up the beat of the drums and rattles just a bit.We honor the God today, and celebrate
the masculine within him.

The HPs goes on and says:

I call upon the Horned God!
Cernunnos, Herne, Apollo!
We ask you to honor us with your presence!

Now the drumming should speed up even more. The man or boy chosen to be the Horned God leads the male members of the group around the altar clockwise in a dance, keeping up with the rhythm of the drums and rattles. As the males circle the altar, they should move faster each time.

Allow the men and boys to dance around the altar as many times as they like. As the dance gets faster, the music will get faster too, until there is a palpable hum of energy. This sensation is often indicative of the presence of the Divine. Let the music run its course -- it will end when it's ready to end, and at that time, the dance should stop too.

Once the dancing and drumming has ceased, the HPs should call out:

Horned one, God of the Hunt,
Lord of the Forest!
We honor you tonight, on this longest day.
We celebrate the men in our lives,
those who raised us,
those who love us,
those that we are raising.
We honor them in Your name.

Each member of the group, both male and female, may make an offering at this time. If you have a fire burning, through your offerings into the flames. If you don't have a fire, place your offerings on the altar instead.

Take a few moments to reflect upon the balance of male and female in your life, and in the world. Think about the men you have known, and those you will know in the future. Recognize the qualities that make them honorable and worthy of your love.

When you are ready, dismiss the quarters or close the circle.

Tips:

Decorate your altar with the colors of midsummer -- golds and reds and yellows. You'll also want a candle in one of those colors.

If you don't have drums, rattles or bells, clap your hands or clack two sticks together!

~Elder Airwolf~

BLYSSFUL SATURN'S DAY PAGANS!

Blessed Day Pagans!

I hope all went well for your Friday 13 full moon, a very special day indeed. Now we are on our way for a Father's Day weekend.

Ritual To Celebrate Fathers

By Patti Wigington

In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, there is a great deal of focus on the Goddess. Sometimes, there's so much attention to the feminine that the masculine aspects get overlooked. By welcoming the God of your tradition, you can honor the men who have impacted your life -- whether they raised you, loved you, or are being brought up by you. This simple rite also offers your boys a chance to get out there and dance, and to celebrate the masculine within themselves.

Prior to the ritual, make a headdress for each male that will be present. This can include horns, antlers, branches, feathers, and other symbols of fertility and masculinity. Headdresses are fairly simple to make - use a strip of heavy fabric or cardboard cut to size, and just glue items on it. If your boys are younger, this is a fun craft project. Assign one male to act out the part of the Horned God in the ritual.

Also, give each member of the group some sort of noisemaker -- drums, rattles, bells, etc.

This is a ritual best performed in a group, either as a family or coven. If you normally cast a circle or call the Quarters in a ceremony, do so at this time. Light a red or gold candle in the center of your altar to represent the Sun.

The High Priestess (HPs) or whoever is leading the ritual should face the sun, and say:

We are here as a family (or coven)
On this longest of days.
The power of the Sun is above us,
and its heat and strength reminds us
of the power of the God.

At this point, the group members should shake their rattles, bang their drums, ring their bells. Do so slowly, almost at the tempo of a heartbeat.

The HPs continues:

The God is strong and powerful,
he is virile and fertile.
He is the Lord of the Hunt,
the King of the Forest,
and with the Goddess, together they create Life.

At this point, speed up the beat of the drums and rattles just a bit. We honor the God today, and celebrate
the masculine within him.

The HPs goes on and says:

I call upon the Horned God!
Cernunnos, Herne, Apollo!
We ask you to honor us with your presence!

Now the drumming should speed up even more. The man or boy chosen to be the Horned God leads the male members of the group around the altar clockwise in a dance, keeping up with the rhythm of the drums and rattles. As the males circle the altar, they should move faster each time.

Allow the men and boys to dance around the altar as many times as they like. As the dance gets faster, the music will get faster too, until there is a palpable hum of energy. This sensation is often indicative of the presence of the Divine. Let the music run its course -- it will end when it's ready to end, and at that time, the dance should stop too.

Once the dancing and drumming has ceased, the HPs should call out:

Horned one, God of the Hunt,
Lord of the Forest!
We honor you tonight, on this longest day.
We celebrate the men in our lives,
those who raised us,
those who love us,
those that we are raising.
We honor them in Your name.

Each member of the group, both male and female, may make an offering at this time. If you have a fire burning, through your offerings into the flames. If you don't have a fire, place your offerings on the altar instead.

Take a few moments to reflect upon the balance of male and female in your life, and in the world. Think about the men you have known, and those you will know in the future. Recognize the qualities that make them honorable and worthy of your love.

When you are ready, dismiss the quarters or close the circle.

Tips:

Decorate your altar with the colors of midsummer -- golds and reds and yellows. You'll also want a candle in one of those colors.
If you don't have drums, rattles or bells, clap your hands or clack two sticks together!

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I am currently in the process of moving to a new home and have temporaraly closed the Legion's Clever Crones Cauldron of Antiquities Shoppe during this transition and will re-open in the new year with some discount coupons, so please be patient. In this new country home I will again have a studio to work in and make more specialized products for the shoppe.

Also my time within the website and facebook group houses will be limited for the next few weeks. My staff will be covering to the best of their abilities so please be kind and patient.

Have a blessed weekend,

~Elder Airwolf~

 

Blessed Full Moon Legionnaires


Well time to bid you all blessed full moon and sweet dreams~

Friday the 13th Dispel Negativity and Bad Luck Spell

Items Needed:

Black Cat shaped item if Possible (charm, totem, picture)
Patchouli Herb or Incense
Patchouli Oil or Cypress Oil
Censor
New Black Candle, (anointed) 

Place the Black Cat item on the Altar, to the Left of the Censor and Anoint it with, the Patchouli Oil. 

Place on the Right side of the Censor the New Black Candle.

Drop some Patchouli herb into the Censor.

Light the Candle.

Take the Cat item in your hands and as you concentrate it on your intent, pass it thought the smoke 9 (nine) times while saying this chant.

Negative energy be gone away,
From my life be gone to stay.
Troubles go and leave my life,
Never again to cause me strife.
So mote it be.

Place the Cat item next to the Black Cat candle until it burns away and then you can carry it, place it in your car or hang it in your home for protection for negative energy.

~Elder Airwolf~
 

Native American Monster Stories: Blood Clot Boy

Once there was an old man and woman whose three daughters married a young man. The old people lived in a lodge by themselves.

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The young man was supposed to hunt buffalo, and feed them all. Early in the morning the young man invited his father-in-law to go out with him to kill buffalo. The old man was then directed to drive the buffalo through a gap where the young man stationed himself to kill them as they went by. As soon as the buffalo were killed, the young man requested his father-in-law to go home.

He said, “You are old. You need not stay here. Your daughters can bring you some meat.” Now the young man lied to his father-in-law; for when the meat was brought to his lodge, he ordered his wives not to give meat to the old folks. Yet one of the daughters took pity on her parents, and stole meat for them. The way in which she did this was to take a piece of meat in her robe, and as she went for water drop it in front of her father’s lodge.

Now every morning the young man invited his father-in-law to hunt buffalo; and, as before, sent him away and refused to permit his daughters to furnish meat for the old people. On the fourth day, as the old man was returning, he saw a clot of blood in the trail, and said to himself, “Here at least is something from which we can make soup.”

In order that he might not be seen by his son-in-law, he stumbled, and spilt the arrows out of his quiver. Now, as he picked up the arrows, he put the clot of blood into the quiver. Just then the young man came up and demanded to know what it was he picked up. The old man explained that he had just stumbled, and was picking up his arrows.

So the old man took the clot of blood home and requested his wife to make blood-soup. When the pot began to boil, the old woman heard a child crying. She looked all around, but saw nothing. Then she heard it again. This time it seemed to be in the pot. She looked in quickly, and saw a boy baby: so she lifted the pot from the fire, took the baby out and wrapped it up.

Now the young man, sitting in his lodge, heard a baby crying, and said, “Well, the old woman must have a baby.” Then he sent his oldest wife over to see the old woman’s baby, saying, “If it is a boy, I will kill it.” The woman came into look at the baby, but the old woman told her it was a girl. When the young man heard this, he did not believe it.

So he sent each wife in turn; but they all came back with the same report. Now the young man was greatly pleased, because he could look forward to another wife. So he sent over some old bones, that soup might be made for the baby. Now, all this happened in the morning.

That night the baby spoke to the old man, saying, “You take me up and hold me against each lodge-pole in succession.” So the old man took up the baby, and, beginning at the door, went around in the direction of the sun, and each time that he touched a pole the baby became larger. When halfway around, the baby was so heavy that the old man could hold him no longer. So he put the baby down in the middle of the lodge, and, taking hold of his head, moved it toward each of the poles in succession, and, when the last pole was reached, the baby had become a very fine young man.

Then this young man went out, got some black flint [obsidian] and, when he got to the lodge, he said to the old man, “I am the Smoking-Star. I came down to help you. When I have done this, I shall return.”

Now, when morning came, Blood-Clot (the name his father gave him) arose and took his father out to hunt. They had not gone very far when they killed a scabby cow. Then Blood-Clot lay down behind the cow and requested his father to wait until the son-in-law came to join him. He also requested that he stand his ground and talk back to the son-in-law.

Now, at the usual time in the morning, the son-in-law called at the lodge of the old man, but was told that he had gone out to hunt. This made him very angry, and he struck at the old woman, saying, “I have a notion to kill you.” So the son-in-law went out.

Now Blood-Clot had directed his father to be eating a kidney when the son-in-law approached. When the son-in-law came up and saw all this, he was very angry. He said to the old man, “Now you shall die for all this.”

“Well,” said the old man, “you must die too, for all that you have done.”

Then the son-in-law began to shoot arrows at the old man, and the latter becoming frightened called on Blood-Clot for help. Then Blood-Clot sprang up and upbraided the son-in-law for his cruelty. “Oh,” said the son-in-law, “I was just fooling.” At this Blood-Clot shot the son-in-law through and through.

Then Blood-Clot said to his father, “We will leave this meat here: it is not good. Your son-in-law’s house is full of dried meat. Which one of your daughters helped you?”

The old man told him that it was the youngest.

Then Blood-Clot went to the lodge, killed the two older women, brought up the body of the son-in-law, and burned them together. Then he requested the younger daughter to take care of her old parents, to be kind to them, etc. “Now,” said Blood-Clot, “I shall go to visit the other Indians.”

So he started out, and finally came to a camp. He went into the lodge of some old women, who were very much surprised to see such a fine young man. They said, “Why do you come here among such old women as we? Why don’t you go where there are young people?”

“Well,” said Blood-Clot, “give me some dried meat.” Then the old women gave him some meat, but no fat. “Well,” said Blood-Clot, “you did not give me the fat to eat with my dried meat.”

“Hush!” said the old women. “You must not speak so loud. There are bears here that take all the fat and give us the lean, and they will kill you, if they hear you.”

“Well,” said Blood-Clot, “I will go out tomorrow, do some butchering, and get some fat.” Then he went out through the camp, telling all the people to make ready in the morning, for he intended to drive the buffalo over [the drive].

Now there were some bears who ruled over this camp. They lived in a bear-lodge [painted lodge], and were very cruel. When Blood-Clot had driven the buffalo over, he noticed among them a scabby cow. He said, “I shall save this for the old women.”

Then the people laughed, and said, “Do you mean to save that poor old beast? It is too poor to have fat.” However, when it was cut open it was found to be very fat. Now, when the bears heard the buffalo go over the drive, they as usual sent out two bears to cut off the best meat, especially all the fat; but Blood-Clot had already butchered the buffalo, putting the fat upon sticks. He hid it as the bears came up.

Also he had heated some stones in a fire. When they told him what they wanted, he ordered them to go back. Now the bears were very angry, and the chief bear and his wife came up to fight, but Blood-Clot killed them by throwing hot stones down their throats.

Then he went down to the lodge of the bears and killed all, except one female who was about to become a mother. She pleaded so pitifully for her life, that he spared her. If he had not done this, there would have been no more bears in the world.

The lodge of the bears was filled with dried meat and other property. Also all the young women of the camp were confined there. Blood-Clot gave all the property to the old women, and set free all the young women. The bears’ lodge he gave to the old women. It was a bear painted lodge.

“Now,” said Blood-Clot, “I must go on my travels.”

He came to a camp and entered the lodge of some old women. When these women saw what a fine young man he was, they said, “Why do you come here, among such old women? Why do you not go where there are younger people?”

“Well,” said he, “give me some meat.” The old women gave him some dried meat, but no fat.

Then he said, “Why do you not give me some fat with my meat?”

“Hush!” said the women, “you must not speak so loud. There is a snake-lodge [painted lodge] here, and the snakes take everything. They leave no fat for the people.”

“Well,” said Blood-Clot, “I will go over to the snake-lodge to eat.”

“No, you must not do that,” said the old women. “It is dangerous. They will surely kill you.”

“Well,” said he, “I must have some fat with my meat, even if they do kill me.”

Then he entered the snake-lodge. He had his white rock knife ready. Now the snake, who was the head man in this lodge, had one horn on his head. He was lying with his head in the lap of a beautiful woman. He was asleep. By the fire was a bowl of berry-soup ready for the snake when he should wake. Blood-Clot seized the bowl and drank the soup.

Then the women warned him in whispers, “You must go away: you must not stay here.” But he said, “I want to smoke.” So he took out his knife and cut off the head of the snake, saying as he did so, “Wake up! light a pipe! I want to smoke.”

Then with his knife he began to kill all the snakes. At last there was one snake who was about to become a mother, and she pleaded so pitifully for her life that she was allowed to go. From her descended all the snakes that are in the world.

Now the lodge of the snakes was filled up with dried meat of every kind, fat, etc. Blood-Clot turned all this over to the people, the lodge and everything it contained. Then he said, “I must go away and visit other people.”

So he started out. Some old women advised him to keep on the south side of the road, because it was dangerous the other way. But Blood-Clot paid no attention to their warning. As he was going along, a great windstorm struck him and at last carried him into the mouth of a great fish.

This was a sucker-fish and the wind was its sucking. When he got into the stomach of the fish, he saw a great many people. Many of them were dead, but some were still alive. He said to the people, “Ah, there must be a heart somewhere here. We will have a dance.”

So he painted his face white, his eyes and mouth with black circles, and tied a white rock knife on his head, so that the point stuck up. Some rattles made of hoofs were also brought. Then the people started in to dance. For a while Blood-Clot sat making wing-motions with his hands, and singing songs. Then he stood up and danced, jumping up and down until the knife on his head struck the heart. Then he cut the heart down. Next he cut through between the ribs of the fish, and let all the people out.

Again Blood-Clot said he must go on his travels. Before starting, the people warned him, saying that after a while he would see a woman who was always challenging people to wrestle with her, but that he must not speak to her. He gave no heed to what they said, and, after he had gone a little way, he saw a woman who called him to come over. “No,” said Blood-Clot. “I am in a hurry.”

However, at the fourth time the woman asked him to come over, he said, “Yes, but you must wait a little while, for I am tired. I wish to rest. When I have rested, I will come over and wrestle with you.”

Now, while he was resting, he saw many large knives sticking up from the ground almost hidden by straw. Then he knew that the woman killed the people she wrestled with by throwing them down on the knives. When he was rested, he went over.

The woman asked him to stand up in the place where he had seen the knives; but he said, “No, I am not quite ready. Let us play a little, before we begin.” So he began to play with the woman, but quickly caught hold of her, threw her upon the knives, and cut her in two.

Blood-Clot took up his travels again, and after a while came to a camp where there were some old women. The old women told him that a little farther on he would come to a woman with a swing, but on no account must he ride with her.

After a time he came to a place where he saw a swing on the bank of a swift stream. There was a woman swinging on it. He watched her a while, and saw that she killed people by swinging them out and dropping them into the water. When he found this out, he came up to the woman. “You have a swing here; let me see you swing,” he said.

“No,” said the woman, “I want to see you swing.”

“Well,” said Blood-Clot, “but you must swing first”

“Well,”‘ said the woman, “Now I shall swing. Watch me. Then I shall see you do it.” So the woman swung out over the stream. As she did this, he saw how it worked. Then he said to the woman, “You swing again while I am getting ready”; but as the woman swung out this time, he cut the vine and let her drop into the water.

This happened on Cut Bank Creek.

“Now,” said Blood-Clot, “I have rid the world of all the monsters, I will go back to my old father and mother.” So he climbed a high ridge, and returned to the lodge of the old couple.

One day he said to them, “I shall go back to the place from whence I came. If you find that I have been killed, you must not be sorry, for then I shall go up into the sky and become the Smoking-Star.”

Then he went on and on, until he was killed by some Crow Indians on the war-path. His body was never found; but the moment he was killed, the Smoking-Star appeared in the sky, where we see it now.

Source: firstpeople

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Herb for Friday the 13th: Patchouli Plant:

A little Patchouli history

Many can’t stand the smell of Patchouli while others are in absolute love with it. I for one am not a huge fan but do not mind Patchouli when it is blended with other oils such as lavender, sandalwood, and frankincense. Patchouli actually has many health benefits, and is great for the skin as well.

Patchouli was first recognized for its primary use as an insecticide during ancient times to keep insects away from garments. During the 18th and 19th centuries silk traders used Patchouli leaves to protect their silks from moths laying their eggs on them as they traveled from village to village.

Patchouli also known as (Pogostemon cablin) comes from the mint family and originates from Southeast Asia. This perennial will grow as high as 3 ft tall with a strong stem and hairy leaves, bearing a pink white flower.

The essential oil Patchouli is extracted from this plant through steam distillation, and can be harvested two to three times a year. Unlike other oils Patchouli oil is better with age, and blends well with other oils, which has made it very popular in the perfumery industry as a fixative. Patchouli slows down evaporation of the more volatile oils so that their aroma is released over a longer period of time.

A Few Medicinal Properties of Patchouli

Anti Depressant: Patchouli is known to help treat depression, reduce stress, uplift moods and relax tension.

Anti Phlogistic or Anti- inflammatory: Counters inflammation and fevers.

Anti Septic: Protects wounds from infections, and in some Asian countries Patchouli is used for treating venomous snake bites.

Astringent: The astringency in Patchouli is believed to help stop hemorrhage by contracting the blood vessels. Astringent properties induce contractions in muscles, nerves and skin. This can also help in preventing hair loss, sagging of skin and loosening of muscles.

Cicatrisant: Patchouli oil is known to have a cicatrisant property which means it has the ability to help heal cuts and wound and speed up the fading of their scars as well. Other scars that this has been proven to be effective on are marks left from boils, acne, pox, and measles.

Cytophylactic: Helps regenerate new skin cells, keeping the skin looking young and vibrant

Deodorant: Effectively keeps body odor away with its strong aroma. Recommended to be used in dilution.

Diuretic: Increases the frequency and quantity of urine. This helps remove toxins from the body as well as lose weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and increase appetite.

Fungicide: Inhibits fungal growth and infections. Patchouli is known for effectively treating athlete’s foot.

Patchouli- Love it or hate it.

Patchouli is one of those scents that you either love or hate. This scent was once a very popular scent in the 60’s and 70’s and is still referred to today as the hippie scent having a pungent, musty, earthy smell to it. Though Patchouli really took its claim to fame during the hippie era, it has a very long track record of being used for cosmetics and medicinal purposes.

The Chinese have been using Patchouli for medicinal purposes since AD 420-589 which is the time span believed that this plant was first introduced to China. Patchouli was used internally as well as externally to treat colds, nausea, diarrhea, dermatitis, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, headaches, and to stimulate appetite.

Patchouli skin benefits

Patchouli has gained much recognition in the perfumery industry as well as aromatherapy, but has also gained popularity in the skincare industry. You can find Patchouli in many soaps, lotions, shampoos, wrinkle creams, and message oils to name a few, which offer therapeutic value to the skin.

Patchouli has cytophyactic properties which means it has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells keeping the skin looking young and vibrant. Patchouli is also recognized for treating inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and is also said to effectively treat dandruff, acne, vanish scares and reduce varicose veins.

Patchouli has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in which gives Patchouli many of its amazing healing abilities.

The smell of Patchouli may bring back memories of the past that are either good or bad. Some have fallen in love with this scent while others despise it. Whether you love or hate the smell of Patchouli there is no denying of its many wonderful healthy benefits which would explain its very long history of use.

Remember to always consult with a clinical herbalist or qualified healthcare practitioner before treating yourself with natural and herbal remedies. All information mentioned in this hub is for general information and should not be considered as medical advice or consultation. Always contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if medical care is needed.

Plant Lore

Brambles
We may not think of blackberry brambles as a medicinal herb, but they did in medieval times. One of the stranger beliefs was that being drawn backwards through an arch of brambles would cure blackheads, acne and whooping cough.

Medieval herbals said that the root of bramble boiled in wine would cure sore throats and mouth ulcers. Eating the fresh leaf tips was considered very good for you as it fixed loose teeth - there is probably some truth in that, in that it may well have prevented scurvy. Piles could be relieved by both eating the fruit and applying them externally to the piles.

And if you are thinking of weaving your own clothes, brambles are a very valuable source of dyes. The fruit dyes sheep's wool grey and dyes silk slate blue; the green shoots produce a black dye.

Christmas Rose
Helleborus niger or black hellebore, so named because though its face blazes with innocence, its root is black. The ground-up root was often mixed with food to kill household vermin.

A Medieval mystery play tells of a poor girl who wept when visiting the baby Jesus because she had no gift. An angel took pity on her, touched the earth and a rose instantly blossomed for her to offer to the baby.

The Christmas Rose was a powerful charm against evil. A piece of root was put inside the ear of an animal which had been 'witched' to cure it, and all new animals were blessed with it to ward off the evil eye. Houses too were purified with it to drive away the hungry ghosts and Christmas roses were planted near doors to prevent evil spirits entering cottages and stables.

Henbane
Known as ‘The seed that breedeth madness’ has been used since at least 1,000 AD. The most poisonous parts of the leaves can cause giddiness, hallucinations and if you eat them – death! But in the Middle Ages this poisonous plant was an important garden herb, because when the seeds were thrown onto heated charcoal, the fumes worked as a very effective painkiller for ailments such a terrible toothache. The fumes were a crude but effective anaesthetic allowing surgical operations to be performed without pain to the patient. The trouble was it was very risky – if the patient breathed in too little they might wake up half way through having their leg sawn off, but if they breathed in too much and they would never wake up again.

Holly
From the Old English holen or holegn; always a symbol of good luck. A holly tree growing near the house was thought to protect it from lightning, and a sprig of Christmas Holly should be kept in the house for the rest of the year to protect against lightning.?In the Middle Ages holly was hung in homes to welcome in the good fairies and spirits. Holly must be hung before mistletoe or ill-fortune will be drawn into the house through the chimney on Christmas Eve.

To discover your future spouse, you had to gather nine holly leaves from the female tree at midnight on Friday, tie them with nine knots in a three-cornered cloth and place them under your pillow, then you would dream of your future partner, but only if you kept silence from gathering the leaves to dawn.

Primroses
Legend has it that no primroses will ever grow in Cockfield, Suffolk because, along with villagers, in the Middle Ages the primroses caught the Plague and died. And there’s the medieval belief that you should never bring fewer than 13 primrose flowers into a house, because your hens would only hatch as many chicks as there were yellow flowers.

Even as late as 1852, a Norfolk mother accused a neighbour of witchcraft, because she’d given a single primrose to her little daughter to bring home. This not only caused the woman’s chickens to lay just one egg, but brought death into the house.

Saint John's Wort
Nowadays we often use it in tablet form, but it is a pretty little flowering garden herb which looks lovely in tubs. In the Medieval times they believed the sap turned red as blood on St. John's day (June 24th) and indeed if the weather is hot and dry, I discovered the sap actually does become red.

It was a powerful herb of the Middle Ages, hung over doorways and windows to keep the evil spirits from the house. The herb itself was prescribed in medieval times as cure for hysteria and forms of madness. The seeds eaten for exactly forty days were thought to ease sciatic, epilepsy and palsy and the leaves when boiled in wine would cure snake bites. But the Medieval physicians also discovered that if the leaves were boiled up and applied to bedsores, inflamed wounds and ulcers, it would sooth and reduce inflammation, and people still use it for that today.

Yellow Skeggs
A common English name for the Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus), otherwise known as fleur-de-lis. Skeggs is Anglo-Saxon in origin from segg meaning a small sword, in reference to the leaf shape. In the sixth century St Clovis I of France was able to escape the Goths when he noticed a patch of yellow iris growing in the middle of the River Rhine indicating shallow water. In gratitude he took the fleur-de-lis as his emblem. In the twelfth century Louis VII of France adopted it as his emblem during the Crusades. The English called the French soldiers 'flowers' a derogatory nickname which seems to be a reference to the French emblem, the Fleur-de-lis.



Blessed Friday the 13th Full oak Moon Pagans!

Friday the Thirteenth is Lucky for Witches

 

I’ve written about Friday the 13th several times but today (since it is the day already) I wanted to talk about the LUCK of the number 13 as it relates to witches but also offer some 13 lore too. If you want some REAL luck check out my Lucky 13 Spell!

 

A coven has 12 members and the 13th member is the High Priestess (or Priest).

The number thirteen is sacred to witches because we honor the Moon, and the Moon cycles around 13 times in one year.

The menstrual cycle, following the Moon, also comes around 13 times a year. Because we worship life and the Great Mother, this creative cycle of women is sacred.

The number 13 also shows Christian’s ancient matriarchal roots. Why 12 apostles? There’s nothing inherently sacred about the number 12. But with Jesus, the number is complete, at 13. (cool, huh?)

the number 13 is reflected on the U.S. $1 bill — 13 levels in the pyramid, 13 stars, 13 arrows, 13 stripes, 13 leaves, and 13 olives. There were also the original 13 colonies, too.

Thirteen was also once associated with the Epiphany by mainstream Christians, the Christ child having received the Magi on his thirteenth day of life.

13 is one past 12, the dozen, almost universally regarded as a perfect number, signifying harmony and all good things. Thirteen, by contrast, is a number of transgression, taking matters one step too far, turning harmony into discord. It is also considered in the Bible to be the number of rebellion.

13 is a number that signifies women and the Goddess. Friday is associated with Venus, the female Goddess and Goddess of Love making Friday the 13th a very powerful day for all women.

In Tarot decks, the 13th card of the Major Arcana is Death. While Death is rarely interpreted literally, it is possible that this furthered the perception of 13 as an unlucky number. Death is actually only a symbol for CHANGE.

13 was a number central to certain traditions of sacred geometry, because it reflected a pattern which could be seen to exist in man, nature, and the heavens. For instance, there are 13 major joints in your body.

The 13th rune – called “Eiwaz” –  represents the balance point between light and dark, the creative force and the destructive force, or the heavens and the Underworld. It too is Alpha and Omega at the same time. It signifies death, but it also signifies eternal life.

The sacred cord of Druids has thirteen segments. The Sumerians used a zodiac including 13 constellations and 26 main stars. The thirteen gates of the Human body of the woman: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus, the urethra and the vagina. The card deck includes 13 hearts, 13 spades, 13 squares, 13 clubs. The Jewish sage Moses Maimonides established 13 principles of the Jewish faith. The Chinese abacus consists of 13 columns of beads.

 The ancient Chinese regarded the number 13 as lucky. The ancient Egyptians also thought 13 brought good luck.

Friday The 13th Spell


 

ou will need the following items for this spell: 

10 Red Candles 

10 Black Candles 

10 White Candles 

Horus Amulet 

Jade Necklace 

2 Papers (White and Red) 

Paint (Red) 

I KNOW, ITS COMPLICATED


 

Casting Instructions for 'Friday The 13th Spell'

Draw a pentagram with your paint and draw the symbols of the 4 elements of nature.
After you draw the elements, be sure to draw the symbol of unity/balance.

Place 10 Red Candles on the inner part of the pentagram.
Place 10 White Candles on the End Lines of the circle of the pentagram.
Place 10 Black Candles on the outer part of the pentagram.

After that Hold your Horus Amulet and wear your jade necklace.

Write things that you want to banish and things that you want to keep.

Write things that you want to banish on the Red Paper.
Write things that you want to keep on the White Paper.

After That, chant this spell:

"Excitate Vos E Somno Liberi Mei Cunae Sunt Non
Liberi Fatali Somnos Est Non
Surgite Inventite Veni Hortum Veritatis
Horti Verna Veritatis
Viebus Fatalibus"



Lucky Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on a Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of bad luck. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday.

There are alot of people that are superstitious about Friday the 13th. However not many have a full understanding of the significance of this day. It has been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.

The actual origin of the superstition, though, appears also to be a tale in Norse mythology. Friday is named for Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labeled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil — a gathering of thirteen — and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week. 

For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as "Witches' Sabbath." with Friday the 13th having an even deeper more sinister significance.

In fact Friday the 13th can be a very lucky day. Friday is also associated with Venus, the Roman Goddess of love, beauty and fertility and Friday is viewed by many pagans as the best day to perform any magick relating to Venus' areas of expertise: love, fertility and beauty. 

The number 13 has been a magical number since the the Ancient Egyptians first depicted the Ladder to Eternal Life. They believed that there were twelve steps on the ladder to eternal life and knowledge and to take the thirteenth step meant going through death into everlasting life. Thirteen, for the Egyptians, was associated with immortality. 

The number 13 in the Coperos religion (small culture in brazil) is like a God number. All coperos must know that this number can save the humankind. In Sikhism, the number 13 is considered a special number since 13 is tera in Punjabi, which also means "yours" (as in, "I am yours, O Lord").

There are other significances of the number 13; There are thirteen Moon cycles in a year, the ancient Lunar calendar had 13 months, a traditional coven has 13 members, Romans require 13 guests be present at weddings, in the Hebrew faith age 13 is considered to be an adult, there are 13 players on a rubgy team and there are 13 cards of each suit in a deck of cards. 

 

Full Moon Blessing in the Light Ritual

 

 

 

To be done on Full Moon

 

Trace circle with branch on ground - circle should be large enough to walk around in.

 

Look up at the moon and point to it with your right hand, while with left hand point to circle on the ground and say

Circle of Light , Above in full glow

I join thee now in the circle below

 

Immediately walk around the inside of the circle with palms facing downward and trace over the circle 3 times - Recite as you walk


 

Moon above and moon below

mirror shining mystic glow

 

Next walk around the circle and sprinkle the herbal mix of rue, St.John's wort & Vervain along the edge. As you do so say:


 

Mark I this place with rue, wort, and vervain,

Setting a circle that for evil is bane

 

Repeat the words 3 times as you move around the circle.  Now it is time to prepare the tools.

 

 

Mortar

 

Anoint the mortar with blessed water by wetting index finger with water and

Trace the lip of the mortar 3 times; re-wet finger

Dab it 3 times in center of mortar

While anointing say:


 

I call to mother womb and ancient tomb

be blessed by the water of the moon

 

Pestle

 

To bless it, wrap a leaf that is wet with blessed water around the tip of the pestle. 

Slide the wet leaf down the shaft of pestle and back up 3 times. While anointing say


 

I call to father horn and ancient snake,

blessing of the moon's water to now awake

 

Athame

 

To consecrate, 

Anoint the end of the handle and the tip of the blade with blessed water
Then wet your finger and trace around the hilt 3 times

While anointing speak the words of blessing


 

I call to metal and fire's ancient forge,

in moon water blessings flows now the surge

 

Wand

 

To consecrate,

Wet finger with blessed water and anoint the bottom of the wand.

Then draw your finger up to the top of the wand

Repeat three times, saying


 

I call to sacred center, bridge of ancient light,

moon water's blessing of black sacred night

 

Platter

 

To consecrate,

Wet finger with blessed water and mark an "X" in center of the plate

Then wet the finger again and trace along the edge of the platter, circling 3 times - saying


 

I call to light's mirror, keeper of the dream,

blessing of the moon's water here and in-between

 

Broom

 

To consecrate,

Set it on the ground with sweep end upward

Wet finger with blessed water and anoint the end of the handle

 

, then the binding, and finally the tip. While doing speak the words of blessing:


 

I call to ancient hearth-keeper, stewart of the light,

blessings of the moon's water to traverser of the night.

 

Stang

 

When anointing the feminine stang with the blessed water, speak the words of blessing:

 

I call to she of the White Round

blessings of the moon's water to abound

~Elder Airwolf~

 

 

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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