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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.

Weekly Astrology for Aquarius Week from Sunday 15th May = > Sunday 22nd May 2016

* Sun 24° Taurus => Sun enters Gemini on Friday => 1° Gemini

* Full Moon on 21st May 2016 conjunct Mars at 1° Sagittarius 
* Mercury 16° => 14° Taurus - retrograde

* Venus 18° => 27° Taurus

* Mars 4°17' => 1°57' Sagittarius - retrograde

* Jupiter 13°18' => 13°29' Virgo

* Saturn 14°30' => 14°01' Sagittarius - retrograde

* Uranus 22°23' => 22°43' Aries

* Neptune 11°48' => 11°54' Pisces

* Pluto 17°19' => 17°13' Capricorn - retrograde

Weekly Astrology for Aquarius

For everyone with Sun in Aquarius - it's all on "your own Astrological Chart"

 

This week's important astrological aspects are :-

Sun entering Gemini | Full Moon in Sagittarius | Mercury in Taurus | Venus in Taurus | Mars in Sagittarius

Jupiter in Virgo | Saturn in Sagittarius | Uranus in Aries | Neptune in Pisces | Pluto in Capricorn

 

This week Sunday 15th => 22nd May 2016 - with Sun entering Gemini , the Sagittarian Full Moon AND - with Jupiter going direct in Virgo - means - this week will be a changeable week for you and for everyone. It will create the unexpected and unpredictability - when suddenly things change and suddenly people change their minds and suddenly - your life changes.

 

"It" is all unavoidable and inevitable - "It" is going to be clear that the purpose is to get your life moving forwards and give you something to look forward to. You see when life is "stagnant" - you loose hope - but when the most unexpected things happen - you awaken to realize that "destiny" really is changing your life. This week is when you'll begin to smile again - especially if the past month you haven't be able to !

 

Hence for you - an Aquarian - this week you will be SHOCKED and SURPRISED - as Sun in Gemini - turns the SWITCH ON - to positive energies - which means that THINGS WILL BE CHANGING. Accept and go-with-the-flow. When Sun enters in Gemini from 20th May => 20th June 2016 - the excitement and vibrancy comes back and steps up to become even stronger as Sun in Gemini will energize all the planets in [Fire Signs] and that's exactly what you need in your life - the vibrancy of Saturn in Sagittarius, Mars in Sagittarius & Uranus in Aries - all of which will be making your life happier and even happier than you can imagine.

 

Prior to Sun entering Gemini - this week life will HELP you eliminate anything WRONG - anyone who is inappropriate and disloyal to you - it will surprise you most when you realize who is LOYAL to you - and feel the energy of loyal reliable trustworthy relationships in your life to ensure you move towards creating a much more stable future.

 

Depending on the "Jupiter turnaround effect" and depending on your age - as an Aquarian - you should expect the unexpected destined changes between 12th May => 30th June 2016. The events will CHANGE your routine - because of something "destined" that isn't in your current daily routine and something you can't yet see coming in your life. You see "change of routine" is a sign of being awakened to change. To either get your life moving forward, get you to meet your destiny and to ensure you GROW to be the person you're destined to be.

 

As an Aquarian - the BIG change coming this week - will be BIG - because both Sun entering Gemini on Friday 20th May - followed by a positive Sagittarian Full Moon on Saturday 21st May 2016 - totally unexpected events that will change your life will be something that you won't see coming until it happens.

 

You see as an Aquarian - you attract good events when there's the "right" energy and attract bad events when the energy-flow is blocked - Sun in Gemini will be perfect for you as it will create one of the best months - full of coincidences, good events and dates-with-destiny - because your aura will be so OPEN with aliveness to connect with the right people - the right destined people you need in your life who make you feel "alive" - and - who make you feel the best version of yourself.

This Year 2016 for Aquarius

"Arriving Home" - being the real "You"

The key to success in 2016 is you be you - don't lie or pretend to be someone you're not - be the real "you"

Listen to what you know to be right for you - concentrate on what you want in your future ...

Or more to the point - don't get distracted by anyone who isn't good for you - and who is irrelevant to your future

 

You shouldn't even need to read this - because you should already know everything that I'm going to explain here by yourself from within yourself - defined by the way you're feeling and been thinking about since at least January 2012 - the ONLY reason you should be reading this is to CONFIRM what you've been thinking and to finally give you the push forwards.

 

"2016" is telling you - you can't wait another year - you can't waste any more time with the gift of life - 2016 is your destined time to do something with your life. Lucky for you - you will do it - it might need you to concentrate more than you have been and it might mean you can't let yourself get distracted for the next 12 months - but use your mind and determination and you will create the changes you need.

 

You see Aquarius is a star sign that can be hesitant and lazy - until it either becomes an emergency to do something or until you realize you must make a change - or until life gives you such an opportunity that you feel you must do it - because you know you can't continue the way you are.

 

When you look back at all the best moments of your life and the best decisions you've made - have always been because it "comes" to you SUDDENLY that this is what you must do - and you did "it". The same applies now in 2016 and 2017 too.

 

You're going to have LOTS OF SUDDEN GOOD LUCK - it will come 2 stages defined by Saturn direct in Sagittarius between 10th January => 25th March 2016 and by Uranus direct in Aries between 10th January => 31st July 2016 - both overlap - both sort out TWO major areas of your life - both just happen by coincidence. BUT - and this is the important BUT - all you need to be is YOU. The real YOU.

 

The truth is you "know" when you feel lucky - because "lucky" energies are invisible and yet create a BUZZ of vibrancy in your aura. Aquarians have a natural instinct to know what to do - because you will choose to do nothing rather than do anything that's going to fail. That's why since November 2015 - your aura has shifted - you've changed from within - you're feeling completely different about life - you're much happier and alive - that's because "you" are coming back to yourself. The real "you" is awakened.

 

Hence, whilst you can forget your lazy period of doing nothing in 2013 / 2014 / 2015 - now is your time for doing what you know you need to do. You don't need me to tell you what "It" is - because Saturn in Sagittarius is sextiles your Aquarian nature on one side - andUranus in Aries is sextile your Aquarian nature on the other side - BOTH creating a trine of stability - hence - you too are seeing "it" so clearly - that you now know - what "it" is you need to do.

 

I should say ONE important facet of Aquarius and that is when you feel LUCKY and when you are determined - you always get what you want. That's exactly why you've been awakened - because life wants you to want what it wants you to want and is giving you the fired-up determination to get it.

 

You see - when you're given the FOCUS and DETERMINATION by destiny - you actually ignore everyone and everything else - hence that's why irrespective of your age and current circumstances - you will simply SUCCEED to do whatever it is destiny wants you to do.

 

All you need to do is FOCUS and CONCENTRATE. Forget and ignore everything else in your life - at least until Saturn goes retrograde on 25th March 2016 - but by then you will have succeeded and entered the new stable phase of your life - that you will know - you've done "it". You see as an Aquarian - you know - all you need is a BIG BURST of energy - to accomplish whatever it is - and then it runs itself. That's the story of your whole life - lots of BURSTS of energy - and then a new routine is sorted. During 2015 - some of the frustration you experienced made you realize you need CHANGE - and - now it's your destined time - concentrate and it will happen.

 

Now - I must say - that Saturn in Sagittarius in 2016 and 2017 - which defines all the destined relationships in your life. Relationships that give you stability and make you feel alive. Irrespective if you're in a relationship or not - there are important people in all our lives that destiny needs us to be connected to - whether it be love relationships, family, teachers or friends - even at work - you work with other people because destiny defines you need to co-create with others - indeed everyone needs people to define life.

 

During Saturn in Sagittarius - it is about REAL relationships in REAL life - it is no longer good enough for you to have a long-distance relationship or fantasy email relationships either - it's no longer acceptable to be in a relationship that does nothing for you - as you need to vibrancy that the "right" people do for you.

 

In 2016 - life wants you to live and be amongst REAL people. That's why you've recently found a newfound warmth in people in REAL life. You see - when you speak to people on the phone it is NOT the same as meeting them face-to-face in real life - Saturn wants you to feel the warmth from real people.

 

Hence if some of you have moved-away from "home" - during the past few years when you've called your parents, family and friends on the phone that was enough - but that's not enough anymore because Saturn in Sagittarius is demanding you have stability and foundations in the place where you truly belong - that's why 2016 means "moving" for some of you. Moving to be with REAL people who give you REAL life warmth and energy.

 

Some of you will be surprised that destiny will create coincidences to put you where you will be - and will then make you realize that you're there because it is exactly where you belong to meet and be amongst the "right" people for you. 2016 will make you realize where you "home" really is - defined by the warmth of people in your life.

 

I just want to add one point about Neptune in Pisces - and hopefully it shouldn't apply to you - and that is Neptune in Pisces defines "internet, addictions, illusions, liars, lies and distractions" - you see - everyone absorbs information via what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears. There's no indication whether it's the truth or not - and when you've made mistakes in the past - it was because you were LIED to and your eyes and ears DECEIVED you too.

 

As an Aquarian - you're normally 100% perfect at sensing a liar and recognizing that something is an illusion - you're also good at always keeping away from negativity by switching-off - so I doubt any of you have any addiction problem - and you certainly always detach yourself quickly from anyone deceitful - because you sense their unstable energies and dump them quick before they have a chance to do any damage.

 

Even so - if you have been DECEIVED by illusions and liars - then between January => March 2016 - you're going to dump all the nonsense out of your life. Especially for readers born 1972 => 1985 due to Saturn in Sagittarius conjunct your Neptune in Sagittarius - will find some of your illusions of life shattered into pieces - as you face a reality that you can't have something that you dreamt of. That's a good thing - facing and accepting the truth will indeed be good for you.

The Outer Planets of Generational Changes

Jupiter in Virgo | Saturn in Sagittarius | Uranus in Aries | Neptune in Pisces | Pluto in Capricorn

 

Jupiter in Virgo - from 11th August 2015 => 9th September 2016 - Jupiter entering Virgo - means a time of generational maturity Are you ready to grow-up? This means letting-go of the "old" you and becoming a "new" you. During 2016 - you're going to become stable, confident and happy with life - because Jupiter in Virgo will talk directly and honestly to you - with clarity and knowing what's yours and what isn't yours - automatically you'll stop being distracted by anything or anyone that's got nothing to do with your destiny.

Jupiter in Virgo - will oppose - Neptune in Pisces - numerous times in the next 12 months - to ensure success and clarity by shattering illusions - because truths which will be revealed. Jupiter in Virgo will ensure no-more confusion - and you'll know what's right and wrong for you. It's up to you - whether you grow-up and listen to the truth or not.

 

Saturn in Sagittarius - from 17th September 2015 => 20th December 2017 - a new vibrant phase of life begins - Saturn understands that everything GOOD and DESTINED happens slowly - from now onwards you'll see the reasons for everything you've been through in the past 3 years - especially as you'll sense Saturn making everything become "light", good and showing you that everything is going to be alright.

 

Uranus in Aries - from 11th March 2011 and until 15th May 2018

Neptune in Pisces - from February 2012 and until 2025

Pluto in Capricorn - from November 2008 and until 2024

 

Uranus - Neptune - Pluto - each define a stage of growing-up - collectively and generationally for everyone in the whole world - each planet defines a border that you can't go-back to the "old" you - you can't go back in time - and you either move-forward with everyone else, adapt and change or you'll find yourself being left-behind. Depending on your age - each of these planets - create generational changes for everyone between the ages of 30 and 55 - which I explain in private readings.

 

As a Aquarius - you're not good at commitment and taking life seriously - but since 2008 Pluto in Capricorn - has been forcing you to grow-up and take life seriously - which isn't easy for you. During the past 12 months with Jupiter in Leo - you did what you do best - and detached yourself - liberated yourself from the stress - and found yourself.

 

Now Jupiter in Virgo - with Saturn in Sagittarius from September 2015 - will begin a commitment phase - when you give-up and let-go of the "past" - and then firmly ACCEPT the new future. The truth is even though you don't like to admit it - you do get stressed - the secret to life is to find the source of the stress and DELETE it - change your way of thinking - and then the stress goes away. From September 2015 - you will DELETE all the negativity - and begin an enjoyable phase of stability.

 

Remember - it's nonsense from the "past" that's stressing you out in your head. Life is showing you a TRUTH clearly, grow-up and stop being fooled by deceptions. Then you can create NEW stability in your life - as you eliminate all the nonsense and grow-up.

 

Believe it or not - Pluto in Capricorn is your best karmic friend - as it guarantees that you get your destiny - all you have to make sure is that you're not thinking of, distracted, not wanting nor desiring anything that's not yours - and you concentrate your efforts of getting what is yours - and letting go of everything that's not yours to have.

Jupiter in Virgo from 11th August 2015 until September 2016 will ensure you concentrate to get it - all you have to do is learn from the past and don't make any stupid mistakes. Stay within what you know is RIGHT for you - and you'll have the best 12 months you've had in a long time.

~*~ In the Stars for May 15th, 2016~*~



Sunday 15th & Monday 16th May 2016 - Moon in Virgo
Truths revealed - in sync with and in harmony with all the "right" facets ....
Moon in Virgo - conjunct - Jupiter in Virgo - means this weekend is a BIG weekend for everyone ....
I've often said that "some" people appear to look like humans but they're not acting like humans. They can't help it that's who they are. Likewise, there are people in our lives that are simply nothing to do with us - because they're on a totally different wavelength. They might appear to be living in the same world as you - but the truth is they're not.
Now, I understand that the internet creates the illusion for "some" people - that they are near to you - but they're not - and for those of you who've attempted those catastrophic dating websites - and - met them in real life - you've realized that appearances on the internet are totally deceptive.
Likewise, in a person's mind - your illusion of life - might be clouded by people around you - or - by your current circumstances. But when you think clearly and thanks to Jupiter direct in Virgo - which is opposing Neptune in Pisces - you have woken-up and are now thinking truthfully and clearly. You're realizing that when you're seeing your life clearly - life is completely different to when you see it in state of "illusion".
That's why I always recommend readers to stop drinking alcohol for at least 7 days [or stop any addictions for 7 days] - to get a reality check - to come down-to-earth and face the truth. Because when you face the truth - then you can start to fix your life.
Moon in Virgo - will ensure - each of us - comes down-to-earth - sees a truth and defined by Moon 13° Virgo conjunct Jupiter 13° Virgo on Sunday - will be able to fix it - by showing you everything with clarity especially as "things" will be happening. In fact - life will ensure you see, sense and realize - exactly what you should be doing with your life. 100% clear.
The dilemma of Moon squares Mars, Moon squares Saturn and Moon opposition Neptune will be facing the TRUTH - letting go of the illusion and lies of the past and moving on forwards. The reality seen and revealed during Moon in Virgo will be abrupt - like finding out the person you're married to is in love with someone else and having an affair. A brutal truth that can't be swept-under-the-carpet - for a truth is a truth. Whereas a lie is merely a truth that's been covered up. But when the truth is revealed then living the lie can't be put back.
Saturday 14th May 2016
Moon enters Virgo 7am UK - 8am Europe - 2am USA EST
11:30am India - 1pm Sydney, Australia
Moon 4° Virgo squares Mars [retrograde] 4° Sagittarius
Sunday 15th May 2016
Moon 11° Virgo opposes / opposes Neptune 11° Pisces
Moon 13° Virgo conjunct Jupiter 13° Virgo
Moon 14° Virgo squares Saturn [retrograde] 14° Sagittarius
Moon 15° Virgo trines Mercury [retrograde] 15° Taurus
Moon 17° Virgo trines Pluto [retrograde] 17° Capricorn
Moon 19° Virgo trines Venus 19° Taurus
Monday 16th May 2016
Moon 26° Virgo trines Sun 26° Taurus
Moon enters Libra 7pm UK - 8pm Europe - 1pm USA EST
11:30pm India - [Tuesday 4am Sydney, Australia]
Moon in Virgo - will be 100% clear - truthful - and ensure you can't go-back to the "living-a-lie". Moon in Virgo - will show 100% clarity exactly what life needs to show you - and - thereafter - ensure you do what life needs you to do.
There's a fact that I explained on Sun in Taurus Months Astrology and that's loyalty, respect and trust in relationships. You see the more you truly trust and respect people in your life - the more you can be honest with them. The more they can trust you and the more stable your life is because when you know everything about someone and ACCEPT them for whoever they are - as they ACCEPT you for whoever you are - that defines the right relationships for you.
You see - when people HATE others, ARGUE or refuse to accept others - they are saying - their aura is refusing to accept them into their lives. It's not their fault - it is merely a "sign" to ensure - there's no connection to be made - and - any bas connections are broken.
Whereas, when you instinctively like others, when you trust others, when you feel good wherever you're living - defines your aura is ACCEPTING that you are exactly where you should be. If you HATE wherever you are - your aura is defining either something is wrong with you - or something is wrong with where you are.
Moon in Virgo - will be 100% clear exactly what "it" is that is RIGHT for you and what "it" is that needs fixing in your life. When you ACCEPT the truth - that's when things will change. And even if you don't accept the truth - things will be changing anyway between Saturday 14th May and Tuesday 24th May 2016.
Depending on your nature - either when you wake-up on Sunday morning or when you wake-up on Monday morning - you will feel exactly what Jupiter going direct in Virgo is defining - that's because Moon - conjunct - Jupiter - will be feeling like the Moon - defined by your clear feelings - have interpreted what "Jupiter" wants you to do. Hence Jupiter has spoken to the Moon - and - the Moon has spoken to you. Now you're ready. That's why I predicted "movement" for everyone from Monday 16th May 2016.
The clarity for "some" of you - might make you realize you've got no feelings towards "some" things anymore - no feelings means no energy. And your feelings will be wanting to feel something - so you'll be searching for exactly what Jupiter wants you to have feelings towards. It's all about being connected to the RIGHT and LUCKY things for you.
The most fascinating fact of astrology is currently Sun in negative star sign of Taurus is going to be moving into positive star sign of Gemini on Friday - which means whatever you FOCUS your attention on will be converted from something negative into something positive by the Full Moon of 21st May 2016. And even if you don't focus - the mere fact that Sun is about to enter positive star sign of Gemini - whatever "it" is that's negative in your life today - will either vanish or become positive by the Full Moon.
Be Blessed today Pagans!
 

Basil Lemonade


Basil Lemonade
 

Author: The Peach Kitchen
Ingredients

5 cups water
4 tbsp sugar
fresh basil leaves
lots of ice
juice of 3 lemons

Directions

For the Basil leaves, you can use as little or as much as you want. It depends on how much of the Basil flavor you’d want your lemonade to have. I used the Basil leaves from my li'l garden
In a pitcher, combine sugar and Basil leaves, set aside some for garnish.
With a plastic or a wooden spoon,crush the leaves with sugar until bruised.
Pour in water and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. You can let it stand for a few hours to infuse lemonade with the flavor of Basil or you can serve it immediately.
Pour through a strainer to strain all bruised leaves.
Add lots of ice.
Garnish with the Basil leaves you set aside before serving.

The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

The Kinship of Mushrooms and Man

 

We are more closely related to Fungi than to any other Kingdom

 –Paul Stamets, Mycomedicinals

 

 

What is most fascinating in the exploration of the healing benefits of medicinal mushrooms is that they are in fact closely related to human beings. When human beings consume these mushrooms, they are ingesting highly absorbable medicinal constituents that are recognized by the human body. Human use of medicinal mushrooms has a long history, and the valuable medicines of mushrooms are a vital element in protecting our health. Fungi have developed incredible properties to ward off bacteria and mold that would compete with them. When humans consume these fungi, most of all they are bestowed with a strong immunity. This will be an important theme throughout the discussion, and of vital importance in our day and age. These benefits and many more can be yours when you embrace the mushroom medicine! Here we shall be delving deep into the medicinal qualities of these substances.

 

Reishi: Treasured Mushroom of Immortality

To begin, let us explore what is perhaps the most famous of all medicinal mushrooms: Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum). The history of the use of Reishi goes back many thousands of years in the orient, and Chinese herbal medicine has valued Reishi above all other herbal medicines! They called it the “Mushroom of Immortality”, “The Great Protector” and “The Herb of Good Fortune”2.

Modern Science is now validating these curious names given to what is truly an extraordinary substance. Reishi is one of the most researched herbal substances on the planet. Terry Willard’s book “Reishi: Mushroom of Spiritual Potency and Medical Marvel” sums up for us what numerous Modern Scientific Studies have revealed about Reishi3:

Reishi has an Immune Enhancing Response (this is due to its high content of Polysaccharides, complex sugars, essential food for the immune system, that have been shown to increase RNA and DNA in Bone Marrow where Immune Cells are Born). (Reishi in fact has a “double-direction” effect on the immune system, regulating anti-body production in the body.)
Is Beneficial in the Treatment of Cancer
Disrupts Viral Disease
Inhibits Bacteria
Reishi provides Liver Protection and Regeneration, Improving Liver Function
Reishi reduces Blood Fat Levels
Reishi Lowers High Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Reishi Inhibits Platelet Aggregation
Reishi Oxygenates the Blood and Increases Absorption of Oxygen
Reishi helps Alleviate Allergies, Inhibiting Histamine Release
Reishi works as an Anti-Oxidant
Reishi is Anti-Arthritic
Reishi has an Adaptogenic (Stress Relieving) Effect
Reishi relieves Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome
Reishi Contributes to Pain Relief
Reishi has Anti-Inflammatory effects
Reishi relieves Insomnia, Stress Induced Tension and has a Calming Effect

 

The Mushroom of Immortality indeed! And what is neat is how the Ancient people knew so much of this long ago. As Terry Willard found out to be the case for Traditional Chinese Herbalism practices: “Traditionally Reishi was prescribed to patients with “a tight or “knotted chest”, it was said to positively affect the heart Qi, mend the chest, cure forgetfulness and strengthen the intellect.”4 This correlates precisely with what modern science is “discovering” about Reishi’s benefits to the cardiovascular system!

Most important of all its qualities, and perhaps the cause of all the rest of its illustrious qualities, is Reishi’s ability to help us cope with stress! Stress is without a doubt is at the root cause of most illness and disease. Ron Teeguarden, Master Herbalist and founder of Dragon Herbs, a man with a most intimate relationship with Reishi and its lore and legends also reports a correspondence with ancient beliefs and modern science: that the “Taoists continuously claimed that Reishi promotes calmness, centeredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. They have used it to improve meditative practices and to protect the Body, Mind and Spirit so the adept could attain both a long and healthy life and Spiritual Immortality…”5 By protecting the whole human being from stress is how Reishi is able to grant longevity.

By examining Traditional Chinese Herbalism, we learn of a very important aspect of the medicine of Reishi, especially in our modern lives. As Teeguarden continues; “Reishi was believed to help calm the mind, ease tension, strengthen the nerves, strengthen memory, sharpen concentration, improve focus, build will power and as a result, help build wisdom. That is why it is called the “Mushroom of Spiritual Potency.”6 Acting as a “Wisdom” or “Spirit Medicine” is a notion that is, I believe, far advanced compared to our science. Soon, through methods such as these, we shall realize how the quality of the Spirit does indeed effect our physical body!

 

Local Relatives of Reishi: Noble Tree Polypores

Reishi does grow in North-America, as well as many other fungi known as the Polypores. They are actually easy to find, identify and use as medicine with many of the same characteristics of Reishi.

 

Local Noble Tree Polypores of Note:

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma Applanatum)
West Coast Reishi ( Ganoderma Tsugae and Oregonenses)
Tinder Conk, or Amadou, (Fomes Fomentarius)
Red Belted polypore (Fomitopsis Pinicola)
Birch Polypore (Piptoporus Betulinus)
Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor, Coriolus Versicolor)

 

These fungi are noted to have similar benefits as Reishi, and more. For Identification of these species, as well as detailed information on their benefits, the best book hands down for our area is Robert Roger’s The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America.

The above mentioned Polypores are known to be:

Immune-Enhancing
Anti-Cancer
Anti-Viral
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Oxidant
Anti-Inflammatory
“Claimed to Reduce Fatigue and Soothe the Mind” 7

 

Evidence of consumption of these Medicinal Mushrooms by our ancestors is shown in the amazing discovery of a frozen “ice-man” in the Alps not long ago. This man, 5, 300 years old, was carrying the Tinder Conk and the Birch Polypore in his medicine bag! 8These polypores are used by indigenous peoples across the globe as tinder for starting fires, dried and powdered and applied as a poultice to stop bleeding and prevent infection and for ritual smoke, “smudge” for purification and ceremonies. Good Medicine!

 

Medicinal Mushrooms and Vitamin D

Now we must attend to a very important matter of discussion! This is the recent research that has come to light about the effectiveness of Medicinal Mushrooms as Vitamin D supplements! Vitamin D is still quite a mystery to modern science, but we are finding it also as essential to immune-health and happiness. The recommended dose varies from as low as 400iu a day to doses as large as 4,000-10,000ui Daily for severe immune system illnesses. Now, Paul Stamets, through his own research efforts, has uncovered amazing amounts of Vitamin D in mushrooms.

The essential trick is to expose the Mushrooms to sunlight and they have the potential to generate amazing amounts of Vitamin D.

Paul took 100g of Shiitake Mushrooms, and exposed them to Sunshine for a two-day period. Vitamin D content soared from next to nothing, to 46,000iu in 100g! The Vitamin D content started declining on the third day of sun-exposure, due to UV damage. He was amazed to find, that not only did the Vitamin D levels remain high after long periods of storage, but mushrooms that had been already dried for a long time exponentially increased in Vitamin D content when exposed to Two Days of Sunshine.

Mr. Stamets recommends consuming 10g of these Solar Infused Mushrooms a day, a dose equivalent to 4,600iu of Vitamin D.9 All polypores and mushrooms can be enhanced in this way! Consuming them is equivalent to taking Vitamin D supplements in terms of Blood Serum level of Vitamin D, and superior when you realize all the other benefits to consuming these fungi!

 

Chaga: (Inonotus Obliquus)

This brings our discussion to another of the noble tree fungi, Chaga! Prized as a medicine by all peoples of the Northern regions, Chaga grows for the most part on Birch trees, feeding on their sap and concentrating incredible amounts of medicinal qualities in its body.

Chaga is known to be, according to David Wolfe’s Book “Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms”;

Adaptogenic (Combats Stress)
A Blood Purifier,
The most potent Anti-Oxidant source ever discovered on the Face of the Planet, with a remarkable potential for scavenging free-radicals.
One of the most Alkalizing Substances known to Man 10.
It is shown to be Immune Enhancing and Balancing, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Viral & Anti-Inflammatory! These are thanks once again to Polysaccharides. These essential nutrients for the immune-system enhance the body’s ability to produce NK (Natural Killer) cells and activates White Blood Cell (Macrophage) Activity.
Rich source of the Anti-Oxidant pigment Melanin, which is needed throughout the body. It is known to be geno-protective, protecting our DNA from damage due to oxidative-stress.
Rich Source of the yellow polyphenol pigments, which give Chaga its deep orange colour inside. These are known to be anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet aggregation, anti-diabetic and anti-dementia!
Rich source of Selenium, Iron, Zinc, Chromium, Manganese, Copper and Magnesium. (Zinc being essential to the production of the body’s own anti-oxidant, Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) as well as required for cell growth, differentiation and survival, not to mention male reproductive health!)

 

All of the above mentioned qualities make Chaga a veritable powerhouse of healing. It is one of the foremost medicines available to us to benefit health and longevity. In our times of such prevalent environmental pollution it has the potential to protect us by to building a deep immunity. The beauty of our situation is that Chaga grows plentifully in the local environs! Head into the Boreal Forest, where Birch grows plentifully, and you are sure to find some of your own medicine!

 

Medicinal Mushroom Preparations

 

Decoction

The simplest method of consuming these polypores is as a strong tea, or decoction. Hot water extraction being necessary to break down the tough, woody material of these tree mushrooms and make the medicinal constituents absorbable to human beings. Use approximately two handfuls of mushroom in one liter of water. Bring to a boil, turn it low and simmer this concoction for at least 20-30 minutes, up to several hours. The mushrooms can be rebrewed up to 2-3 times! Large quantities can be made and stored in the fridge to be used as needed. Feel free to combine other herbs, ginger is a favorite one to simmer with your Reishi!

 

Soup Broth

Native peoples on the west coast would simmer Reishi to obtain a healing and nutritious broth for soups. You can use any medicinal mushroom in this way. This medicinal mushroom broth provides an incredible immune system boost!

 

Tincture

Alcohol tinctures of these mushrooms are also highly effective at extracting the medicinal principles out of the tough mushrooms and making them bio-available to humans. The basic recipe is as follows:

Fill a suitable Jar 2/3rds of the way full of Mushroom Material
Fill it to the top with an alcohol (40% at least)
Let this stand for two weeks, shaking occasionally. (The best time to begin this is at the New Moon. The power of the waxing moon will draw the medicine out of the herbs more effectively. The tincture is ready at the time of the Full-Moon!)
Strain the Mushrooms out of the Alcohol and Decoct them as per the above directions. Combine 1 part of this tea with 1 part of the alcohol to have a minimum 20% alcohol content. Bottle them up and Voila! Taste them on their own or mix in any recipe!

 

Extract Powder

Modern technology of mushroom cultivation is making it possible to consume high-quality extracts of medicinal mushrooms that are of the highest quality and purity. This is making it possible for more and more people to consume medicines that were once quite rare. Add them to smoothies, to chocolate, to savoury dishes, you name it! Convenient and highly-effective.

Speaking of finding ways to incorporate these into your diet, here is a favorite recipe that delivers medicine to you in the form of Chocolate!

 

Medicinal Mushroom Chocolate!

2 parts Cacao Paste
1 part Cacao Butter
1 part Maple Syrup or sweetener of your choice (to your taste)
1-3 Tablespoons of Mushroom Extract per serving!
1 Tablespoon of Ginger Powder (synergistic flavor that increases circulation, thereby enhancing the delivery of the medicines throughout the body)
Anything your heart desires!

Gently Melt the Cacao, preferably using a double-boiler, until it has liquefied, then incorporate all the other ingredients. Pour this mixture as thick or as thin as you would like in a shallow glass dish. Place in your freezer for 20-30 minutes, until the chocolate has set! Break into pieces and store in the fridge. Enjoy!

 

 

Medicinal Properties of Edible Mushrooms

Delicious edible mushrooms also provide healing benefits. A large amount of the world’s population live on a mostly vegetarian diet. Especially in Asia, they consume Mushrooms as a staple food. This could well be the secret to their success, as well as a hope for feeding the future of mankind! Cultivation of Edible Mushrooms, such as these, as well as the medicinal mushrooms, are quite simple to attempt yourself!

Mushroom spawn can also be inoculated into your garden, causing seasonal fruiting bodies to appear but also generating a rich mycelia network in the soil of your garden, benefiting to the health of the soil and the quality and quantity of garden produce obtained! Paul Stamets’ books Mycelium Running, as well as Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture, contain more detailed information on this process.

Edible Mushroom are an inexpensive and mouth-watering way to take advantage of Mushroom Medicine. Here are some of their properties above and beyond their taste:

Shiitake (Lentinula Edodes) & Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) 

Immuno-modulating: increases activity of white blood cells
Anti-viral, anti bacterial, anti-cancer
Liver fortifying
Cholesterol reducing: lowers blood pressure
Anti-diabetic- regulates blood sugar levels
Anti-oxidant
Improvement in elimination

 

Medicinal Mushroom Miso Soup!

Here is a traditional Japanese recipe for you to enjoy your mushrooms!

Soak 1 handful of dried Shiitake and 1 handful of Maiitake and one handful of Seaweed (Kombu, Wakame, Dulse etc) in one Litre of water, 6-8 hours for best results. Slice and remove stems of shiitake before cooking.
Bring all the contents to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes- 1 hour, until the mushrooms and seaweed are tender
At this point add any and all veggies you desire, traditionally they would use Daikon Radish, Turnip Greens, fresh Burdock Root, cabbage and onions
At the last moment, add 1 tablespoon of Miso for each cup of soup. (The Miso is sensitive to heat*)
Enjoy! Feel free to add 1-3 tablespoons of any Medicinal Mushroom Extract Powders!

 

Other Medicinal Mushrooms of Special Interest:

 

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Nerve-tonic: Induces synthesis of Nerve growth factors, essential for the development and maintenance of sensory neurons. Shown to be useful in amelioration of alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and other chronic brain related diseases.
This mushroom was prized by the Shaolin for enhancing their Mind-Power, showing correlation with the modern science. According to their belief, the stronger your mind power, the greater your ability to direct the flow of your Qi energy throughout the body. And thus they are able to perform feats of great physical strength and endurance!
As well as providing an enhanced immune system, inhibitory effect on cancers, and anti-fungal, anti-microbial properties! 12

 

Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis)

This one is truly bizarre! Cordyceps is a fungus that grows on a caterpillar high in the plateaus of the Himalayan Mountains. Exposed to drastic changes in temperature and climate, this high-elevation medicine is one of the greatest of all of them for adaptation to stress! It is much sought after by athletic individuals for this reason, but it translates from physical stress also to mental and emotional. As Paul Stamets explains: “Cordyceps relaxes bronchial passages, enhancing respiration, increasing blood-flow which then benefits muscles pushed to their maximum and greatly add to their endurance.”13 Teeguarden shares that Cordyceps is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine to “strengthen the primal kidney functions, sexual functions, brain power, structural integrity (bones, joints and connective tissues) and healing ability”14

Modern Medicine has so far discovered that Cordyceps:

Increases production of red blood cells
Stimulates peripheral blood flow
Increases sperm production dramatically (quantity and quality)
Increased respiration
Relieves fatigue and calms the nervous system “restores the deep energy depleted by excessive stress”
Adrenal Restorative
Anti-oxidant
Immune stimulant: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-tumor
Anti-inflammatory
Reduces blood cholesterol15

 

 

In Conclusion , as we have seen, mushrooms have a magnificent potential for healing the ills of modern man. The most healing benefits I personally have experienced came from actually collecting these mushrooms myself. For me it is an experience of communion with nature, being nourished by the land and truly feeling like a part of it. The greatest medicine for me when I have my mushroom tea is to remember the magnificent days spent in the calm and peace of the wild forest. Magnificent! Another important aspect to consider is that these noble medicines in fact love wild ancient old-growth forests. We must do all we can to preserve these environments, for our health and for our future generations!

I would like to leave you with a story that Dr. Terry Willard has shared with me: “One fine day while in the Amazon studying the herbal medicines of the People there, Terry Willard found a Reishi! Knowing very well what it was good for, he asked the healer he was with what this herb was good for! The Healer responded; “That is not a plant at all, that is a being older and wiser than the entire Jungle. That is only a part of it which you see, but it lives below the whole jungle and knows every plant within it. We use it as medicine when we are in the city feeling lost and lonely for our jungle. Then we chew upon it and it fills us with the spirit of the whole jungle!”

 

 

 

 

References

David Wolfe, Chaga, King of the Medicinal Mushrooms, North Atlantic Books, 2012

Paul Stamets, Mushrooms, the Hwarang & the Martial Arts, 2001 http://www.fungi.com/blog/items/mushrooms-the-hwarang-the-martial-arts.html

Paul Stamets, Mycomedicinals: An informational Treatise on Mushrooms, Mycomedia, 1999

Paul Stamets, Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get Your Vitamin D, 2012 http://www.fungi.com/blog/items/place-mushrooms-in-sunlight-to-get-your-vitamin-d.html

Robert Rogers, The Fungal Pharmacy The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America, North Atlantic Books, 2011

Ron Teeguarden, Siberian Chaga – A Truly Superior Protective Herb, 2012 http://www.ronsblogworld.com/?p=1850

Ron Teeguarden, Duanwood Reishi : http://www.dragonherbs.com/prodinfo.asp?number=005

Ron Teeguarden, Wild Bhutanese Cordyceps Drops: http://www.dragonherbs.com/prodinfo.asp?number=034

Terry Willard, Reishi: Mushroom of Spiritual Potency and Medical Marvel, Sylvan Press, 1990

 

1 Paul Stamets: MycoMedicinals, Mycomedia 1999,

2 Ron Teeguarden, Duanwood Reishi, www.dragonherbs.com

3 Terry Willard, Reishi: Mushroom of Spiritual Potency and Medical Marvel, p17

4 Idib.

5 Ron Teeguarden, Duanwood Reishi, www.dragonherbs.com

6 Ron Teeguarden, Duanwood Reishi, www.dragonherbs.com

7 Robert Rogers: The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America

8 Paul Stamets, Mushrooms, the Hwarang & the Martial Arts, 2001, www.fungi.com

9 Paul Stamets, Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get Your Vitamin D, 2012 www.fungi.com

10 David Wolfe: Chaga King of the Medicinal Mushrooms

11 Robert Rogers, The Fungal Pharmacy

12 Robert Rogers, The Fungal Pharmacy

13 Paul Stamets, Mushrooms, the Hwarang & the Martial Arts, 2001, www.fungi.com

14 Ron Teeguarden, Wild Bhutanese Cordyceps Drops: http://www.dragonherbs.com/prodinfo.asp?number=034

15 Robert Rogers, The Fungal Pharmacy

Stone of the Day~Amazonite

The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties,
Legendary Uses and Meaning
of
Amazonite

Amazonite Healing Therapies - Overview

(Please note: Information on this web site is no substitute for consulting a health care professional. All information contained on this web site, including information relating to medical and health conditions, products and treatments, is for informational purposes only. Please see your doctor or health care professional before starting any alternative treatments, diets, supplements or exercise programs.)

Amazonite has healing powers to help with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and chakra balancing. Amazonite crystal therapies are primarily associated with filtering out stresses, healing traumas, and soothing energies in the home and workplace. Its spiritual power is personal truth and communicating that truth to others.

[healing power of crystals] Amazonite Physical Healing Energy

Amazonite is known for maintaining good health in general. It aids in cell regeneration and healing after illnesses, trauma or injury, and relieves muscle spasms. It may be used in treating disorders of the nervous system and blockages in the flow of neural impulses, as well as issues with the throat and thyroid gland. [Eason, 286][Ahsian, 23][Melody, 107][Hall, 50]

Amazonite is helpful in balancing the metabolic processes related to calcium assimilation. An elixir of Amazonite taken three times a day is believed to rectify a calcium deficiency, and may be useful in resisting tooth decay and osteoporosis, and for diminishing calcium deposits.[Melody, 107][Hall, 50] Amazonite may also be used to prevent hair loss, and in repairing brittle hair and nails. [Ahsian, 23]

Rubbing an affected area with a polished Amazonite is thought to prevent infection, soothe rashes and heal blisters. It is also beneficial in clearing up acne, and may relieve the pain of rheumatism, gout and osteoarthritis. [Megemont, 20]

Amazonite is useful in treating sexual disorders, such as lack of desire, impotence, vaginitis, sexual obsession, and priapism. [Megemont, 20] It is also believed to aid in childbirth. [Gienger, 12]

[physical healing crystal uses] Amazonite Emotional Healing Energy

Amazonite is a wonderful healer for the emotional body. It soothes trauma and calms the mind, alleviates worry and fear, and directs anger and irritability into a more positive action. It regulates the aggressive aspects of one’s personality and urges the mind to seek emotional balance. [Megemont, 20][Gienger, 12][Melody, 106][Hall, 50]

Amazonite increases self-esteem, especially in women, and reduces tendencies to self-neglect. It enhances the ability to communicate more effectively by identifying how one’s words have created the current reality, and how to change one’s vocabulary to reflect a higher, more aligned reality. It also empowers one to set appropriate boundaries, inwardly in self-discipline, and with others in establishing healthy relationships. [Eason, 286][Ahsian, 22]

 

[chakra balancing with crystals] Amazonite Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy

Amazonite is deeply stimulating to both the Heart and Throat Chakras. The Heart Chakra, located near the center of the breastbone, regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. When the Heart Chakra is out of balance we may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship, and become critical of the little foibles of others. We may find ourselves having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli. Green crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the Heart Chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly.  We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.

The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body. It is, in essence, a pressure valve that allows energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked, or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When the Throat Chakra is in balance and open, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions, bringing our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release. Blue crystal energy will unblock and balance the Throat Chakra. Darker shades of blue encourage the power of truth, while lighter shades carry the power of flexibility, relaxation, and balance.

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[spiritual crystals] Amazonite Spiritual Energy

Amazonite carries a spiritual energy of personal truth. It enkindles a harmonious interaction between the intellect and intuition, allowing one to find what it right and true within oneself and to lovingly communicate those values and beliefs to others. Amazonite can provide clarity for those who are out of touch with their truth, or who are unsure of what they have to offer the world, by gently guiding them toward their gifts and knowledge. [Gienger, 12][Ahsian, 22-23]

Amazonite also empowers us to manifest our dreams and desires by magnifying our intentions. Because it works through the Throat Chakra, these intentions must be spoken aloud. By holding an Amazonite and forcefully affirming aloud what one wishes to create it can powerfully enhance one’s ability to bring it into being. [Simmons, 22]

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[crystal color power] Amazonite Color Energy

Amazonite reflects the Turquoise ray of influence, the color of the world at the vernal equinox, as the blues of winter melt into the greens of spring. It is a fresh, welcome energy that moves us to serenity as new growth and life emerges. It brings hope, discovery and balance. Turquoise color energy tempers excess, restores calm after a storm, relieves stress, and neutralizes extremes. It helps us moderate aggressiveness and deal with rage. It brings us back to center. In lighter shades, Amazonite crystals promote inner harmony and peace through spiritual understanding. Darker, richer stones bring considerable power - and flexibility. They counter intolerance and let us adapt to new ideas and environments.

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[Meditation Crystals] Meditation with Amazonite

Meditating with Amazonite brings a keen awareness of everything to the consciousness. It inspires one to listen to and integrate all aspects of the self, and because it is a stone of truth, one can trust the visions, dreams and intuitions that surface while working with Amazonite. [Simmons, 22]

Amazonite also allows one to simultaneously attune to both the spiritual dimension and the world of chaos in order to traverse all boundaries. It assists in finding a harmonious balance and bringing one back to center in order to live within the duality. It enables one to both manifest and retain the pure energy of universal love. [Melody, 107]

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[divination uses of crystals] Amazonite Divination

Dreams of Amazonite bring peace and calmness to the day.

 

 

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[angel crystals] Amazonite and the Angelic Realm

If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Amazonite of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.

Date Crystal Color Name of Guardian Angel
March 21 - March 25 Light Turquoise Vehuiah (Vehujah)
July 12 - July 16 Turquoise Melahel
August 23 - August 28 Turquoise Lecabel
February 20 - February 24 Dark Turquoise Eiael

 

There are other Angels that are partial to Amazonite. The table below gives you the information about them.

Purpose Crystal Color Name of Angel
Guardian of the Twelfth Mansion of the Moon and is associated with Leo. Dark Turquoise Abdizuel
Guardian of the Seventeenth Mansion of the Moon which is Scorpio. Dark Turquoise Adriel
Ruler of Earth/Hail. Dark Turquoise Baradiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates February 20-24; Pisces. Dark Turquoise Eiael
Master of the 7th Tarot Card "The Chariot". and is associated with the sun sign, Cancer. Dark Turquoise Muriel
Master of the 7th Tarot Card "The Chariot" Dark Turquoise Pakhiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates June 11-15; Gemini. Light Turquoise Luaviah
Master of the 4th Tarot Card "The Emperor". Light Turquoise Malkhidael
Master of the 17th Tarot Card "The Star". Light Turquoise Tzakmaqiel
Protector and Ruler of the dates March 21- 25; Aries. Light Turquoise Vehuiah
Master of the 14th Tarot Card "Temperance". And is associated with Sagittarius. Turquoise Adnachiel
Guardian of the Sixteenth Mansion of the Moon; Scorpio. Turquoise Azeruel
Guardian of the Sixth Mansion of the Moon; Gemini. Turquoise Dira
Protector and Ruler of the dates August 23-28; Virgo. Turquoise Lecabel
Protector and Ruler of the dates July 12-16; Cancer. Turquoise Melahel
Sandalphon is the Kingdom Angel; Tree of Life, the Master of the 20th Tarot Card "Judgment". He also Heals Aggressive Tendencies and is known as the Angel of Glory. Turquoise Sandalphon

 

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[Goddess Crystals for Amethyst] Amazonite Goddess Crystals

Amazonite honors the goddess Tiamat, the Sumero-Babylonian Mother and Chaos Goddess. She is the elemental powerful force of chaos that was split in two to form the heavens and earth, often depicted as either as a serpent or a dragon. Tiamat is the personification of the primordial waters from which all life was formed.

Amazonite can be used in honoring Estsanatlehi, the Navajo Fertility Goddess and Whope, the Lakota Sioux Goddess.

 

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Birthstones

[birthstones]

 

There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.

In this section you will find information on all three approaches.

 

[traditional birthstone] Amazonite Traditional Birthstone

Amazonite is not a traditional birthstone.

 

 

[Natural Birthstone] Amazonite Natural Birthstone.


Amazonite which is turquoise in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born as spring begins (20 March to 19 April). Turquoise crystals bring you discovery and balance. Their vibrations help you find yourself and return to equilibrium.

 

[zodiac uses] Amazonite - Zodiac Stone

Though there is no zodiac stone assigned to Amazonite, those born under the signs of Aries and Leo have a natural affinity for this crystal. It may also be used to treat depression in Scorpios. [Megemont, 20]

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[talisman uses] Amazonite Talismans and Amulets

Amazonite, green Feldspar known as uat, was frequently used in amulets in ancient Egypt. The Assyrians associated it with the god Belus. [Simmons, 22][Kunz, 292]

As an amulet of protection, Amazonite is a powerful Barrier Filter. Barrier crystals have incredible abilities to help us focus and amplify our efforts to keep undesirable elements out of our lives. Its crystalline structure gives it strength in all directions, allowing it to provide barriers to attack from all directions simultaneously.

Crystals with the earth power of a Filter, absorb positive energy flow but work to keep negative energy away from us. They help us view the world in a “glass half full” outlook, to see the best in others, the beauty in life, and the good in humanity. They keep us focused on the positive in situations and to not be overwhelmed by the negative. In our technological world, Filters also work to keep harmful electromagnetic transmissions from sapping our energy and health.

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[Feng Shui uses] Amazonite Feng Shui

Amazonite's elemental energy is Water. Water energy lies in its stillness, quiet strength, and purification. It embodies potentialities unrealized. It is yielding, formless, yet powerful. The water element brings the power of regeneration and rebirth. It is the energy of the circle of life. 
Water energy is traditionally associated with the North area of a home or room. It is associated with the Career and Life Path area. Its flowing energy will assure a balance of energy as your life unfolds and flows. To keep your life moving forward towards your goals use the water elements energy.

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[Lore_and _legend of crystals] Amazonite in Ancient Lore and Legend

Amazonite is revered as a stone of courage, said to have adorned the shields of the Amazonians, a formidable tribe of female soldiers. Though reputed to be mythological, some evidence suggests they were a matriarchal society of the Bronze Age. Legends claim some of these warriors had one breast removed to be more effective in their archery skills, and rubbed their wounds with a polished Amazonite to avoid infection. It was also used to heal lesions and illnesses of all kinds. [Eason, 286][www.bernardine.com][Megemont, 20]

A Brazilian legend claims the Amazon women gave green stones, thought to be Amazonite, to the men who visited them. [www.gemselect.com]

To the Egyptians, Amazonite symbolized good luck and fertility. It was carved into small amulets for strengthening the reproductive capabilities of its wearer. [www.crystal-cure.com]

In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Chapter Seven, “The Judgment of Osiris,” was carved on tablets of Amazonite. [Simmons, 22][Altman, 18]

Many objects of Amazonite were found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, including jewelry, beads and a scarab ring set in silver. It is also thought to be one of the stones on his famous gold mask. [Simmons, 22][www.powertreasuresonline.com]

Amazonite, rather than Emerald, is believed to be more likely the smaragdus, or green stone, used as the Bereketh, the third stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, Aaron. It was engraved with the tribal name of Levi. [Kunz, 292]

One legend regards Amazonite as a “Hope Stone,” whether for its strong potassium content that strengthens physical stamina, or its soothing color of the spring sky that inspires hope and faith. [Mella, 71-72]

Footnote References

 

The symbols [  ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:

[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).

[Altman, pp.] Jennifer Altman, Gem and Stone: Jewelry of Earth, Sea, and Sky. (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2012)

[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).

[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).

[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).

[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).

[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).

[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).

[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).

[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).

[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).

[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)

[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).

 

Herb of the Day!

Valerian

 

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century. It is used medicinally as a tea for restful sleep and as a calming agent for those with high anxiety. Sprinkle Valerian at the front door to deter unwanted visitors, or hang the leaves around the home to promote harmony amongst loved ones.

Sunday, May 15th
Moon Phase: Second Quarter and Waxing, Incense - Heliotrope, Color - Amber

The Symbolic Meaning of Feathers

Perspectives:

In addition to representing the actual feathers from angels’ wings, the spiritual symbolic meaning of feathers can be seen in many different cultures, each referring to spiritual communication, and ascension to the higher realms.

The Egyptians believed feathers to be a symbol of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, justice, and order. Native American Chiefs wore feathers in their head-dresses to represent their communication with the spirit world, and believed finding feathers was a sign of new beginnings and rebirth from spirit. Celtic Druids wore ornately feathered robes to transcend the physical plane and gain celestial knowledge from the realms of spirit. In the Bible, feathers metaphorically represent loving care and protection and as a common dream symbol, feathers signify the ability to freely move throughout life. Feathers can also represent a fresh start in a spiritual sense, as well as truth, speed, love, lightness, and flight.

Feathers clearly have a strong connection to the spiritual realms.

There is quite a bit of information out there about white feathers, but really angels will use feathers of all shapes, colors and sizes to get your attention. The cool thing about finding feathers, is the angels will align them on your path at just the right time to offer validation, comfort, or clue to in as to the answer of a question you’ve asked, or encourage you that you’re on the right path.

For me, feathers are a beautiful reminder to pay attention. When you find a feather and increase your awareness, it’s usually pretty easy to tune into the knowing of what it means. You may find it right when you’re thinking about making a change, worrying about something, or you may simply associate the feather with something when you find it.

Feathers can also be a simple reminder that your angels are near, and they want you to know it, and ask for their help. Angels are always near, but as I mentioned earlier, they’re easy to overlook, and they deeply honor your free will and will not interfere unless asked. So ask for help when you need it! There is no request too big or too small, and you can’t ask for help too often. As long as your request is in alignment with Divine will, and for the highest and greatest good of all involved, the angels will work behind the scenes to help.

Next time you find a feather, use it as a reminder that your angels are with you. If you’re not finding feathers, don’t worry your angels may prefer another sign… Just pay attention. Want to find feathers?

Just think or say: “Angels I’d love a sign of your presence. Would you help me to find a feather?”

 

 

Have you wondered about what it might mean when you find a feather? Feathers are ways that Spirit (of different forms) sends us signs. 

For a start, feathers (and other items such as coins, and creatures such as birds, butterflies) and dragonflies), can be signs from the angels, guides, or loved ones in that they are near - that they hear you, guide you and are supporting you.  It can be an acknowledgement of you or your thoughts or it is their way of saying hello.

Finding a feather is often a magical moment. I have had many beautiful feather experiences and have watched one fall down from the sky onto my daughter's lap while we had a picnic in our backyard! In my children are often sign-bearers, delivering me feathers from their playtime travels.

Feathers represent flight and freedom, soaring above, looking from a higher perspective, and moving beyond boundaries and limitations. Different colours and colour combinations can also add extra meaning. (see further below about various colour meanings).

 

Interpreting the Meaning of the Feather Sign

 Whenever you observe a sign, take note of what you were thinking just before it happened, or what is going on in your life at that moment. 

​What could the sign be telling you? Don't stress yourself about finding a meaning. Even if you do not understand the meaning of the sign at the time, it could become clearer later, or you may be absorbing it in at a sub-conscious level. Just trust that it is a sign and let go of any doubts. Enjoy the way that Spirit works, and embrace the fact you are intermingling with it and paying attention.

 

Asking for Feather (& other) Signs

 You can ask for feather (or other) signs to come to you. And you can be specific.
​ I once asked for confirmation that I had a male guide watching over me (which is what I was feeling and just wanted the magical validation). I asked that if it were true I be shown in the form of a blue feather. I picked blue because it was rarer and unusual, and I saw it as an obviously male colour. 

​Exactly one week later I went to work and as I approached some steps outside there were bright blue feathers everywhere! They were fake ones but it didn't matter. It was another of those magical moments.

 

It is just a matter of believing, letting go, and staying aware. Signs often remind us to be at peace and relax into the nature and flow of life. The meanings can at times be profound, and at other times quite simple. The best advice when signs happen is to not put any pressure on yourself to understand it. Take it as an opportunity to connect, take notice of and thank the ever-present Spirit. If your sign is an item such as a feather, you can keep it in a special place whether that be by your bedside, on your dresser, or added to your sacred space / spiritual altar. Or you can gently release it back to nature or where you found it.

 

How do you know for sure your feather is a sign?

It is especially a sign if it comes in a magical way or you find it in an odd place. Feather signs often appear on your path in front of you, or at your doorstep. Once a feather appeared in my bag, and on my bedroom floor.

This article by Natalia Kuna was published in the magazine "Alive, So Make it Count!"

 

 

So, what does it truly mean when:

You see a feather falling from the sky?

You are being asked to stop and take notice of your surroundings and what kind of energy and people you are surrounding yourself with.

Many times in our lives we look towards the heavens to ask for guidance and help and the symbolism of a feather falling towards you is a strong

reminder that you have no control over a situation OTHER than being true to yourself and the greater good of all involved.

Are you truly being the best person you can be right now? Is there a situation you are involving yourself in that you have been asking for guidance with?

Go through this guide to find the Colours of Feathers, to find the one that you have noticed.

Then ask yourself these questions:

Am I ready to accept guidance and divine intervention for a question I have wanted answers too?

Am I allowing myself to feel pure love from the Universe that I can then give to myself?

Am I ready to accept healing, guidance and financial abundance from the Universe by truly believing in the sign-posts and messages I am receiving?

Find a Feather lands on you?

Heaven is literally reaching out and touching you. A guidance and answer to your prayers is happening. A loved one that has passed is right beside you. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Allow any feelings and thoughts to come to you right at that moment.

Are you being guided to rest?

Are you being guided to forgive others, as well as to forgive yourself?

Is there a word, phrase, name that continues to be present in your mind?

What colour is the feather? Your loved one is healing you, raising your vibration to one of health, not fear. Raising your energy to one of happiness not loss and loneliness.

Be still and know that you are loved.

Find a Feather in your house?

A spiritual visitation has taken place.

Be aware of the colour of the feather that has presented itself (see Colours of Feathers etc,. for the meaning), and on what side (left, or right) of the room it was found in.

If the feather was:

Just inside the front door: A new cleansing has taken place. Happiness, joy and laughter are surrounding all those that reside in the house. Using a smudge stick/incense of your choice (I prefer Nag Champa) cleanse your front door by using the Tune in and Tune out guide.

In the lounge room: Comfort and peace-filled energy are coming to you. Communication will flow more fluidly; heated arguments will dissipate. A calm, loving space is being created.

In the kitchen: A body detox/cleanse is taking place. Take notice of what you are nurturing and feeding your body. You may go through a healing/health clearing within the next 7 days. Drink warm water with a squeeze of lemon throughout the day to help your body eliminate toxins. A letting go of old, chipped glassware and containers is needed.

Clean your kitchen out to clean your body. Archangel Raphael is near.

In the bedroom: Take notice and be aware of your dreams. You are being visited while you sleep, and given the answers to questions you can’t bring yourself to speak out loud. Ask for Archangel Michael to cut the ties of insomnia and worry, stress and mistrust. A loved one is visiting. Is there a recent anniversary of someone’s passing coming? This visitation is filled with pure love, pure bliss. Know that you are loved. Know that you are guided.

Just outside the back door: A visitation has occurred, a clearing of the past has happened. Have you moved furniture lately? Resolved issues? This visitation symbolizes a renewal of healthy, happy energy. A letting go of the past. An old grudge let go of.

Take notice of the colour and become aware of which area of your body and life this is a direct symbol for. Take a broom, and with the energy of the colour and visitation, ‘sweep’ away any residual energy that may be lurking.

 

 

What Different Feather Colours Mean

 


The Native American people had a great spiritual understanding about feathers, their colours and their meaning. They would take the utmost care of any feathers that came their way as they saw it as a sacred gift, or a powerful talisman in battle.

When considering feather colours, firstly I always recommend seeking the answer within yourself first. Do you have any particular personal association with the colour? What does the colour make you think of or feel? What are the universal meanings of that colour to your knowledge? Does the feather you found act as an answer to a question or some kind of acknowledgement. Always go with your gut and the first impressions you get, and trust. I recommend noting it down and keeping a journal of signs and synchronicities. You might see more in connection to this sign, so stay alert and enjoy the mystery of the process. 

Below is a brief rundown of the possible colour meanings of feathers (though trust your own heart and use this as a general guide - you can experiment with this!):

WHITE - purification, spirituality, hope, trust, faith, protection, peace, Heaven, angels, and also act as blessings and wisdom connected with moon.

RED - the root chakra (money, possessions, security, career), physical vitality/energy/life force/action, good fortune, passion, emotions, courage.

BLUE - throat chakra (communication, acceptance, speaking your truth) peace, inspiration, mental abilities/knowledge, connection with spirits, spiritual protection and psychic awareness.

YELLOW - solar plexus chakra (gut intuition, happiness), blessings and wisdom connected with powerful sun energy, intelligence, playfulness, joy, cheerfulness, mental alertness, vision.

GREEN - (heart chakra - love, emotions, relationships, forgiveness), health, healing, nature, environment, nature spirits, plant spirits, animal spirits, growth, fertility, harmony, unity, money, prosperity, success.

ORANGE (sacral chakra - sex/physical relationships, love, appetitive, attraction), energy, change, optimism, and ambition, success, new ideas, will power, creativity, physical love, new ideas, will power, independence.

PINK - unconditional love,  romance, feelings, friendship, caring, compassion, harmony, service, empathy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, honour, inspiration. 

GREY - peace and neutrality (as it is in the middle of black and white), authenticness, flexibility.

PURPLE - (crown chakra - universal consciousness, spiritual connection), heightened spiritual growth and experiences, higher thought.

BROWN - earth, stability, grounding, endurance, home, friendship, respect. 

BLACK - protection, warning, repelling or warning of negative energy, death (as in a closed chapter), mystical wisdom - a sign that you are undergoing a spiritual initiation, growth or increased wisdom. When the feathers are iridescent, or represents high mystical insight (especially if there is a shiny iridescence).

COLOUR COMBINATIONS:

Black and white mixed feathers can represent protection, or the sense of union.

Black mixed with purple represents a very deep spirituality. i would take it as a feely mystical sign.

Black, white, and blue mixed feathers denote change on the horizon.

Brown and black striped pattern (like a pheasant/s feather) - balance between the physical and the spiritual.

Brown and white - happiness, and you will go under the radar from psychic or other harm.

Feathers with red and green in them or together would denote that you are being assisted financially. I would take it as a very lucky sign.

Grey and white symbolize hope. 

 

 

FROM A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

Meaning of Feathers
The Meaning of Feathers plays an important role in the belief system of Native American Indians. Their beliefs are based on Animism which embodies the spiritual idea that all natural things within the universe, including birds, have souls or spirits.  Animists believe that souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in birds, their feathers and in animals, plants, rocks and natural phenomena. The doctrine of animism is that everything is alive, and possesses an inherent virtue, power and wisdom.

The Meaning of Feathers
The generalized meaning of feathers signified honor & connected the owner with the Creator and the bird the feathers came from. Native Indian warriors were awarded a feather when they took coup or were particularly brave in battle. When a feather falls to earth, the Native Americans believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to a living being. Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose.

[Smudge Feather]

Meaning of Feathers and Birds
Birds were revered as bringers of messages and symbols of change and often symbolized light-hearted freedom and their feathers have many spiritual, ceremonial & ritual uses. Decorated feathers were sometimes attached to sacred pipes or prayer sticks. In the ancient culture and traditions of Native Americans the meaning of feathers is inextricably tied to the belief that birds, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.

The Meaning of Headdress Feathers
The image of the Feather Headdress and War Bonnet are instantly associated with the culture of Native Indians. The different types of headdress feathers worn by Native American Indians all had specific meanings and symbolism. The way a feather was cut or colored had great significance and represented the history and deeds of a warrior. For additional facts refer to the Meaning of Headdress Feathers.

Native American Meaning of Feathers Chart
The meaning of birds and their feathers are of great significance as they are believed to possess supernatural powers that can embody, attach and influence a person empowering them with the powerful traits, attributes and characteristics of the bird. The following chart describes the meanings of feathers providing information of the significance of each bird together with its meaning, attributes, characteristics and symbolism.

Meaning of Feathers Chart


Names of Birds


Meaning of Feathers
 


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Bluebird
 

A feather from a bluebird symbolizes happiness and fulfilment


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Crow
 

A feather from a crow symbolizes balance, release from
past beliefs, skill and cunning


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Dove
 

A feather from a dove symbolizes love, gentleness and kindness


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Eagle
 

A feather from an eagle symbolizes great strength, courage leadership and prestige. The bald eagle and the golden eagle were considered sacred birds


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Falcon
 

A feather from a falcon symbolizes soul healing, speed and movement


Names of Feathers


Meaning of Feathers
 

 

Native American Meaning of Feathers Chart
The following chart describes the meanings of Feathers providing information of the significance of each of the birds together with its meaning, attributes, characteristics and symbolism.

Meaning of Feathers Chart


Names of Birds


Meaning of Feathers
 


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Hawk
 

A feather from a hawk symbolizes guardianship, strength
and far-sightedness


Meaning of the Feather of the:
Heron
 

A feather from a heron symbolizes patience, grace and confidence


Meaning of the Feather of the:
Hummingbird
 

A feather from the hummingbird symbolizes love, beauty, intelligence - A Spirit Messenger and Stopper of Time


Meaning of the Feather of the:
Kingfisher
 

A feather from a kingfisher symbolizes luck, patience, speed and agility


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Owl
 

A feather from an owl symbolizes wisdom, the ability to see things normally, a creature of the night - silent and swift,


Meaning of the Feather of the:
Raven
 

A feather from a raven symbolizes creation & knowledge - the Bringer of the Light


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Swallow
 

A feather from a Swallow symbolizes peace and love


Meaning of the Feather of the:
Turkey
 

A feather from a turkey symbolizes abundance, pride
and fertility


Meaning of the Feather of the:
Woodpecker
 

A feather from a Woodpecker symbolizes self-discovery


Meaning of Feathers of the:
Wren
 

A feather from a Wren symbolizes protection

~ElderAirwolf~

Beltane Fire Pit Ritual

Bonfire for Beltane!

Although bonfires tend to be popular in all ancient pagan practices, Beltane is the time of year when it seems the most fitting!  There are many ways to incorporate a Bonfire into your ritual – and it doesn’t even have to be large.  Sure, if you have the space and a nice fire pit, a big Beltane fire is idea – but if not, there are other ways to still bring the feel of a Bonfire into your celebration!

Portable Bonfires

These can be great if you have no permanent fire pit in your backyard or if you want to be able to travel with your fire pit.  They can range in price from under $20 all the way up to over $300 – so there is an option to fit any budget.  You can purchase these at any home improvement store or even make your own! This blog tells you step by step how to make one out of a flower pot!: Create a Fire pit out of Flower Pot!

Please remember that no matter what you decide to do, be safe! Here are some fire tips from a former firefighter to help you have a fun and safe experience: Fire pit safety tips

Indoor Cauldron Fire

If your only option is to be indoors, you can still have the fire experience with an indoor cauldron fire!  You will need the following items

Cast-Iron Cauldron – mine is quite small, about 4″ in diameter
Epsom Salts – easy to find at the supermarket or pharmacy
Rubbing Alcohol – 70% isopropyl (safer) or 90% isopropyl (hotter)
Fire-Proof surface, preferably not heat conductive
Long Wooden Matches

It is best to use a cast-iron cauldron, since one won’t be too hard to get and it can withstand the heat. Don’t use aluminum, since it sometimes melts or can even catch on fire. Never make an indoor fire in a cauldron that is painted, since burning or even very hot paint will produce dangerous fumes.

Use half (by volume, not weight) alcohol and epsom salts.  Always put the cauldron on a fireproof surface (such as a hearth, other tile surface, metal, etc.) and make sure that the only nearby objects are reasonably heat-resistant. Taper candles, if placed too close, will bend or even melt. Votives in glass holders work better.

Always keep a bucket of water nearby in case things somehow get out of hand. A big box of baking soda also works well. Let the cauldron burn out by itself (how long this takes depends on the size of the cauldron and how much fuel you have put into it), wait till it is cool, and then soak the inside in water to loosen the grayish mass of salts that’s been fused together by the fire. After letting it soak overnight it’s not too hard to clean.

If it’s necessary to put the cauldron out suddenly, covering it with a fireproof lid is the easiest and least-messy method, but be careful not to burn yourself while putting the lid on. One of those big leather work gloves might be good to keep around.

Now that you have a fire, what can you do?

Once you have your fire pit – there are many different ways to incorporate this into your ritual!

– Use herbs – you can burn any herbs in your fire pit.  If you are using an indoor fire pit be sure to only burn a very small amount at a time so that you don’t have an out of control fire.
– Burn small pieces of Parchment: You can write messages or spells on parchment and burn those as part of your ritual.
– Fires can symbolize messages moving up to the universe to to deity – they can also symbolize the cleansing or banishing of bad things and bad energies.
– Fires can make the start a new phase in life – can be used at the start of a project, symbolizing burning down the old to pave the way for the new.

 

What are the Nine Sacred Woods?

The nine sacred woods – or nine sacred woods of the bonfire are part of a traditional Celtic ceremony.  They represented the first nine tress in the Celtic calendar and are generally listed in the long version of the Wiccan Rede by Doreen Valiente.  Over the years, this has been changed to a Nine Sacred Herbs incense, which you can make yourself or purchase from us here: Nine Sacred Woods Incense.  This blend is a nice way to add a Celtic touch to any bonfire celebration!

Preparation & Set Up

This Ritual shall be performed at whatever time of day or night you prefer. The corresponding time would be midmorning, as dawn represents Springtime, and noon does Summertime. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with a white or dark green altar cloth. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with seasonal flowers of any color of the rainbow spectrum (silk are acceptable), along with whatever else feels right. In addition to your usual tools and props, upon the altar should be:

White or Dark Green Altar Cloth
Symbol or Statue to represent your Household Guardian
Small Cauldron with a Dark Green Candle inside
A Bell
Wood Chips from Birch, Oak, Rowan (Ash), Willow, Hawthorne, Hazel, Apple, Vine and Fir (to burn in the cauldron)
(Note: it is not absolutely necessary to get all of these different woods, but do the best you can.)
Athame (for Great Rite Ceremony)
Chalice (for Great Rite Ceremony)
Incense - Any of the following either alone or mixed together:
Lilac, Jasmine, Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sage, Strawberry, Orange Peel, and Rose Petals
(and charcoal if using powdered or granulated incense)

When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your Ritual Robe or other Ritual attire. Be sure to wear your Magickal jewelry, if you have any. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while - to ground and center. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the Ritual.

The Ritual

Cast the Circle... begin the Beltane Sabbat Ceremony by sitting quietly for a few moments, then say these words aloud:
"Blessed be this day of Beltane, Wedding day of the Goddess and the God. Holy day of Sacred Marriage, Holy night of Sacred Union. The fertile Goddess of Summer walks through the land With the Great Horned God of the Forest, And the dark time of Winter is behind me.

Ring the bell seven times, then continue, saying:
"The animals breed and the plants pollinate, As the May Queen and Green Man bestow Their blessings upon the Earth and Earth's creatures. I, (magickal name) who am Their child, rejoice with Them and ask that Their happy union become the example for all humanity to live in love and harmony."

Light the candle in the cauldron and say:
"The dark days are cleared away so that the May Day can now begin!"

As you drop the wood chips one by one into the flame in the cauldron, state the properties of each, as follows... (be careful, and use a small cauldron that can be covered with a snuffer or lid in case things get out of hand --- you don't need to use a lot of chips, just a little for the symbology). Say:
"I burn thee Birch to honor the Goddess; and now add thee Oak to honor the God. Thou Rowan I add for a magickal life; and add thee Willow to celebrate death. Thou Hawthorne I burn for fairies near me; thou Hazel I burn for wisdom you bring. I add thee good Apple to bring me love; and thou Vine whose fruit is the symbol of joy. Fir you are added as the symbol of rebirth; your sweet scent reminds me of my immortality. My blessings I give to all of thee, and thy blessings I call from thee upon me. So as I will, So Mote It Be!"

At this point, you will perform the Great Rite (symbolically). Some Wiccan Traditions insist that a Pagan working solitary cannot properly perform this act. Since the act is a symbolic one, there is no reason you cannot make it a part of your ceremony alone. Take your athame in your right hand, and your chalice in your left, and hold them in front of you. See them as the Earthly vessels of deity. Now say these words:
"I greet the time of unions and give honor to the Lord and the Lady for Their fruitfulness! Tonight (today) I witness the marriage of my Goddess and God. May Their union be fertile and productive!"

Slowly lower the athame blade into the chalice and feel the union of the deities. Say:
"As They are one, They become one. As They become one, They are one. And I am also one with Them."

Raise the athame and chalice, still united, to your forehead to honor this union of the three of you. Place them back upon the altar. Now dance or at least march around the altar, beginning in the North, and moving deosil. Pause to greet each Elemetal quarter with outstretched arms. Move back in front of the altar when you are finished. Now pick up the symbol of your house Guardian, concentrate on these words, as you say aloud:
"Lovely Lady and Great Horned Lord, I present to You the Guardian of this house which is my home. I have invited this Special Spirit into my home as my protector and helper in all things. I honor this Spirit in this symbol of its being. Great Ones, bless this Guardian of this Home. And to Your blessings, I add my thanks. Blessed be!"

You should now lightly anoint the Guardian symbol or statue with some appropriate oil. If the symbol is such that it cannot be oiled, at least swing the smoking incense burner around it.

When you have finished and you are ready, the time is now here to perform any works of magick or spells, follow then by the Cakes & Ale Ceremony, and finally, Releasing the Circle.

Blessed Beltan!

ElderAirwolf

Hecate

 

The Worship of Hekate.
Those of us who are dedicated to the service of the Great Goddess Hekate, are actively involved in Her worship. To help facilitate this we create alters in honer of our Goddess. An alter is an expression of spiritual devotion that is influenced by those who create the alter. The pentagram is the holy symbol of the Wiccan religion, and as such it is often placed at the center of the alter. This symbol is also sacred to Hekate, and as such the pentagram may also be placed at the center of an alter to honer Hekate. Some may choose to use the Wheel of Hekate as the center piece of the alter.
– Alter of Hekate
The alter cloth is the first tool that is placed upon the alter. Here is a way to add color to the alter.Many choose to use a white, red, or black alter cloth as these are the classic colors of Hekate. Many see the colors black and white as good colors as they can be used within any spell or ritual. The color that you choose can be a way to align the alter to the spell or ritual that you are preforming. Symbols can be embroidered into and/or painted onto the alter cloth. These can include the Triple Moon sign, the Horns Up Crescent Moon, the Pentagram, the Triangle, an equal arm Cross or a Y can be added to represent the crossroads, an Ankh – the Key of Life, and the Wheel of Hekate.
Next the symbols of the five sacred Elements are added to the alter, for these five forces are the foundation of our magick. For the Element of Earth place a dish of salt, an alter pentagram, and some common Earth stones from your local area. For the Element of Air place incense with a heat safe censer, the athame, and a freely shed feather or a folding fan. For the Element of Fire place a red candle with a steady holder, the wand, and a box of wooden matches. For the Element of Water place a Chalice of Water and sea shells. For the Element of Spirit place a white candle with a steady holder and a large clear quartz crystal. Other tools that can be place on or near the alter include : the staff, the broom / besom, and the cauldron. The Book of Shadows is placed at the front of the alter as it is used in all parts of our rituals.
To attune the alter to the worship of Hekate you should add tools that are sacred to Her. Some of the images of Hekate show Her in triple form, while others show Her in singular form. Each of us must choose the image that resonates most strongly with us. Next you should place an old fashion skeleton key, in honer of the key that Hekate carries. Cords, that honer our connection to the Great Goddess Hekate are placed upon the alter. One can either use three cords ( White / Red / Black ) and/or a single cord of Her three sacred colors. Some images of Hekate show Her with a scourge, and thus this tool can be included if you choose to include it. A crystal ball to symbolize the various spheres of Hekate’s influence. A black candle to symbolize the torch of Hekate. In this way there are three candles upon the alter that are Hekate’s sacred colors. A small bowl or jar of soil from a crossroads. An offering bowl that will serve as a vessel to hold the food offerings and libations that are given to Hekate.

Aspects of Hekate 2
Triple Goddess (continued)
While we all can benefit from working with Hekate as She who is Maiden, Mother, and Crone within one Great and Eternal Goddess, at times we should also work with each of these aspects. Regardless of what stage of life that we may find ourselves at, we all can learn sacred lessons from the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone.
– The Maiden
Here is S
he who brings the power of renewal, as She reminds us that every stop is but a place to start anew, and every end is but a place of new beginnings. Here is She who guides souls through the Gates of Rebirth, thusly the Maiden is the manifestation of the sacred Promise of Rebirth. We see the Maiden within the waxing moon and the season of spring. Here is She who inspires us to walk the path/road that is right for us. Here is She who teaches us the importance of standing on our own two feet and meeting our own needs/desires, for the Maiden is the embodiment of independence.
We can invoke Hekate in Her Maiden aspect as…
– Hekate Parthenia, She who is the sacred Maiden
– Hekate Nemorenis, She who is the Maiden of the Greenwood
– Hekate Britomartes, She who is the sweet Maiden
– Hekate Atalos, She who is the tender one
– Hekate Skiala, She who is the Warrioress/Amazon
– Hekate Renovatio, She who brings renewal and rebirth
– Hekate Angelos, She who is the sacred messenger

As we transition between the Maiden and the Mother, we can encounter the Great Goddess Hekate as the sacred Lover. In this aspect we can invoke Hekate as…
– Hekate Kourtrophos, She who is the Giver of Love / She who draws the affections of love and sexual passions
– Hekate Nymphe, She who is the sacred lover (bride)
– Hekate Phoinikopeza, She who is the Ruddy Footed Goddess (this is a reference to the practice of painting the feet with henna as a sign of beauty)

– The Mother
Here is She who is the Giver of Life and the Great Mother of all of Creation. Here is she who manifests fertility, without which none would be. Here is the strength that helps us to move through any challenge. Here is She who inspires us to create that which we need and desire. We see the Mother within the round full moon and during the season of summer as well as the early part of fall.
We can invoke Hekate in Her Mother aspect as…
– Hekate Prothyraia, She who is Goddess of Hearth and Home
– Hekate Abundatia, She who is Goddess of Plenty and Abundance
– Hekate Galenaia, She who calms and brings peace
– Hekate Genetrix, She who brings fertility / She who protects the sacred union (hanfasting)
– Hekate Phyrne, She who is Giver of Fertility
– Hekate Chloaia, She who is the flowering Green Goddess
– Hekate Evolusia, She who is Goddess of the Harvest
– Hekate Kalliste, She who is the Most Lovely One
– Hekate Atimite, She who is Goddess of the Forest/Wild

As we transition between the Mother and the Crone, we can encounter the Great Goddess Hekate as the wise Teacher. In this aspect we can invoke Hekate as…
– Hekate Dea Mystica, She who is Goddess of sacred mystery that calls all who walk the paths of wisdom
– Hekate Sophia,She who is Goddess of Wisdom

-The Crone
Here is She who is elderly and yet at the same time ageless. Here is She who is the Keeper of all Wisdom, as all things have passed before Her eyes. Here is the lorekeeper who teaches us that which we need as well as desire to know. Here is She who shows us that we can face our fears, and become stronger for the experience. Where the Maiden guides souls through the Gates of Rebirth, the Crone guides souls through the Gates of Death.
We can invoke Hekate in Her Crone aspect as…
– Hekate Kourtrophos, She who is the deliverer of the soul /the Sacred Midwife
– Hekate Nekuia, She who is the guardian of the grave
– Hekate Melaina, She who grieves and understands loss
– Hekate Evolusia, She who is Goddess of the Soul
– Hekate Vendicti, She who avenges those who have been wronged
– Hekate Anassa Eneioi, She who is Queen of those below (the dead)
– Hekate Thesmophoras, She who is Keeper of Sacred Law and Giver of Justice
– Hekate Pytania, She who is Queen of Ghosts and Spirits

By these names can we honer, celebrate, and worship the Great Goddess Hekate. May all who are called to Her service find that which they seek.

Witchy Foods~mile-high meatless lasagna pie

This layered beauty is stacked with fresh vegetables, baby greens, aromatic herbs, three kinds of Italian cheeses, and a rich, hearty tomato-basil sauce. It's ideal for a special-occasion dinner.

Ingredients16Count
Nutrition260Calories
Total Time105Minutes

 

Ingredients

14 dried lasagna noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped carrots (3 medium)
2 cups finely chopped zucchini (1 medium)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (8 ounces)
2 6-ounce package prewashed baby spinach
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 26-ounce jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce (2-1/2 cups)
2 cups shredded Italian Fontina or mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
Rosemary sprigs (optional)

 

directions

1. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles; rinse with cold water. Drain again; set aside.

2. 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, zucchini, and half of the garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Transfer vegetable mixture to a bowl. Add the remaining oil to the same skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer spinach-mushroom mixture from skillet to a bowl. Stir basil into spinach-mushroom mixture; set aside.

3. 

In a small bowl, stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

4. 

To assemble pie, in the bottom of a 9x3-inch spring form pan, spread 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce. Arrange three to four of the cooked noodles over the sauce, trimming and overlapping as necessary to cover sauce with one layer. Top with half of the spinach-mushroom mixture. Spoon half of the ricotta cheese mixture over spinach mixture. Top with another layer of noodles. Spread with half of the remaining pasta sauce. Top with all of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with half the Fontina cheese. Top with another layer of noodles. Layer with remaining spinach-mushroom mixture and remaining ricotta cheese mixture. Top with another layer of noodles (may have extra noodles) and remaining sauce. Gently press down pie with the back of a spatula.

5. 

Place springform pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Fontina cheese; bake about 15 minutes more or until heated through. Cover and let stand on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving. Carefully remove side of pan. To serve, cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with rosemary sprigs. Makes 10 servings.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 450, Fat, total (g) 23, chol. (mg) 82, sat. fat (g) 12, carb. (g) 37, fiber (g) 6, pro. (g) 26, sodium (mg) 966, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

 

Composting Your Organics

 

All you need to know about how to make a compost pile.

 

So you're ready to take the plunge and start composting. You've made the space, and put aside time to figure it out: this is the year. Two deep breaths. Now, how do you do it? Don't worry! We've got you covered.

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Here’s What You Need

1. Carbon-rich “brown” materials, such as fall leaves, straw, dead flowers from your garden, and shredded newspaper. Blood meal and bone meal helps to start the decomposition.

2. Nitrogen-rich “green” materials, such as grass clippings, plant-based kitchen waste (vegetable peelings and fruit rinds, but no meat scraps), or barnyard animal manure (even though its color is usually brown, manure is full of nitrogen like the other “green” stuff). Do not use manure from carnivores, such as cats or dogs.

3. A shovelful or two of garden soil.

4. A site that’s at least 3 feet long by 3 feet wide.

Related: Compost Wisdom Only An Organic Farmer Knows

Here’s What to Do

1. Start by spreading a layer that is several inches thick of coarse, dry brown stuff, like straw or cornstalks or leaves, where you want to build the pile.

2. Top that with several inches of green stuff.

3. Add a thin layer of soil.

4. Add a layer of brown stuff.

5. Moisten the three layers.

Related: Understanding Earthworms

Continue layering green stuff and brown stuff with a little soil mixed in until the pile is 3 feet high. Try to add stuff in a ratio of three parts brown to one part green. (If it takes a while before you have enough material to build the pile that high, don't worry. Just keep adding to the pile until it gets to at least 3 feet high.)

Every couple of weeks, use a garden fork or shovel to turn the pile, moving the stuff at the center of the pile to the outside and working the stuff on the outside to the center of the pile. Keep the pile moist, but not soggy. When you first turn the pile, you may see steam rising from it. This is a sign that the pile is heating up as a result of the materials in it decomposing. If you turn the pile every couple of weeks and keep it moist, you will begin to see earthworms throughout the pile and the center of the pile will turn into black, crumbly, sweet-smelling “black gold.” When you have enough finished compost in the pile to use in your garden, shovel out the finished compost and start your next pile with any material that hadn’t fully decomposed in the previous one.

Related: 7 Solutions To Common Compost Problems

You don’t need a compost bin to make compost. You simply need a pile that is at least 3 by 3 by 3 feet. A pile this size will have enough mass to decompose without a bin. Many gardeners buy or build compost bins, however, because they keep the pile neat. Some are designed to make turning the compost easier or protect it from soaking rains.

 

What Is Trench Composting:

Composting [1] converts organic material, such as yard waste and kitchen scraps [2], into nutrient-rich material that improves the soil and fertilizes plants. Although you can use an expensive, high-tech composting system, a simple pit or trench is highly effective.

What is Trench Composting?

Trench composting is nothing new. In fact, the Pilgrims learned how to put the theory into action in a very practical way when Native Americans taught them to bury fish heads and scraps in the soil before planting corn. To this day, trench composting methods may be slightly more sophisticated, but the basic idea remains unchanged.

Creating a compost pit at home not only benefits the garden; it also reduces the amount of material that usually goes to waste in municipal landfills, thus reducing the expense involved in waste collecting, handling and transportation.

How to Compost in a Pit or Trench

Creating a compost pit at home requires burying kitchen or soft yard waste, such as chopped leaves or grass clippings, in a simple pit or trench. After a few weeks, earthworms [3] and microorganisms in the soil [4] convert the organic matter into usable compost.

Some gardeners use an organized trench composting system in which the trench and the planting area are alternated every other year, providing a full year for the material to break down. Others implement an even more involved, three-part system that includes a trench, a walking path, and a planting area with bark mulch spread on the path to prevent muddiness. The three-year cycle allows even more time for decomposition of organic matter.

Although organized systems are effective, you can simply use a shovel or post hole digger to dig a hole with a depth of at least 8 to 12 inches. Place the pits strategically according to your garden plan or create small compost pockets in random areas of your yard or garden. Fill the hole about half full with kitchen scraps and yard waste.

To speed the process of decomposition, sprinkle a handful of blood meal [5] over the top of the waste before filling the hole with soil, then water deeply. Wait at least six weeks for the scraps to decompose, and then plant an ornamental plant or a vegetable plant, such as a tomato [6], directly above the compost. For a large trench, till the compost evenly into the pit.

f you live in a place where digging holes in the ground is no big deal, you can make a pit compost. The following info helps you add anaerobic composting to your repertoire. Good choices for your pit compost include areas where you want to add a future garden bed or between rows of existing garden beds. Avoid marshy areas or low spots with wet soil or poor drainage.

Stay away from existing root systems when digging composting holes. Tree and shrub roots easily expand to twice the diameter of their aboveground canopy! Slicing through roots with a shovel creates easy wounds for pests and diseases to enter, ultimately weakening and possibly killing your plant. If you're unsure how far roots may have spread, stick to digging compost trenches in garden beds.

Depending upon what you want to achieve, you can employ several different methods of pit or trench composting, such as digging random holes, filling trench rows in garden beds, or rotating trenches over a three-year period to improve an expanded planting area. Use the basic anaerobic trench compost recipe that follows for whichever method you choose.

How deep and wide to dig depends on how much organic matter you have to compost, what kind of material it is (landscape waste versus kitchen waste), how easy it is to dig, and whether digging pests might be an issue.

Follow these steps to create a pit compost.

Dig the hole or trench, reserving the soil that you remove.
Start with browns on the bottom, alternate layers of brown and green materials, moistening as you build.

Spread a 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) layer of your reserved soil between layers of browns and greens.

Cover with 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of soil. If you plan to retrieve the compost later, mark the area with a stone or other reminder.

If you grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables in straight rows with plenty of space between them, dig and fill composting trenches between the rows. As the organic matter in the trenches decomposes, nutrients become available for nearby plants. Dig trenches early in the planting season before vigorous roots expand into the area. Alternatively, dig trenches at the end of your growing season, so material is decomposed by the next planting season.

Certain plants really thrive on soil that's rich in organic matter and water-holding material, particularly sweet peas, runner beans, zucchini, pumpkins, and squash.

Six to eight months before planting, dig a trench or pit where you plan to grow these crops, 18 inches (45 centimeters) deep. Fill with kitchen waste, newspaper, manure, and other retentive materials, then top with a 6-inch (15-centimeter) layer of soil, heaping it up to form a mound. By the time your planting season rolls around, the site will have settled and will be ready for seeds or transplants

So why let others profit from your organics you paid and cared for?  Recycle the organic matter into perfect fertilizer and grow again from its nutrients!

ElderAirwolf

~*~In the Stars for April 19th, 2016~*~

The next few days until the Scorpio Full Moon Friday 22nd April 2016

There's going to be a lot of sudden changes to everyone's lives

 

I will tell you the truth that sometimes when I predict "change" and predict events happening - I become panicky when things don't happen - because I see the planets defining specific things about to change in all your lives and when nothing happens - I become puzzled.

 

The problem is not the planets - the problem is often defined by DELAYED reactions and people blocking the flow of energies. However, there are times when the astrological charts that define destined changes are so strong that NO-ONE can block anything. The next few days - leading to the Full Moon define - nothing or no-one can block or delay anything - as these are going to be STRONG days ahead.

 

If you're a psychic, gipsy or astrologer - then it's going to be your BEST week - all you have to say to people who ask you anything - is by Saturday 23rd April 2016 - you can guarantee with 100% assurance that EVERYONE's lives will be changing. There's something STRONG and DESTINED for everyone.

 

And for many people - especially negative people who like to block things for others, grumpy or lazy people who do nothing for others and whom nothing normally happens in their boring lives - then this week - it will be changing for them in a BIG week. That's because as soon as Sun enters Taurus on Tuesday - it will UNLOCK movement - leading to the Scorpio Full Moon will make the most stubborn blockages vanish.

 

You see - Sun in Aries [Fire Sign] working with Venus in Aries [Fire Sign] Mars in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] Saturn in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] and Uranus in Aries [Fire Sign] - BUT on Tuesday as soon as Sun enters Taurus [Earth Sign] - the SWITCH OVER immediately comes to everything that's been neglected in the past 3 months - as Sun enters Taurus [Earth Sign] energizes Mercury in Taurus [Earth Sign] Jupiter in Virgo [Earth Sign] Neptune in Pisces [Water Sign] Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign].

 

The remarkable facet is that Jupiter in Virgo [Earth Sign] and Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign] are both in RETROGRADE - which means - everything that should have already been - everything that's been blocked and delayed as far back as September 2015 - will now happen. It will be a BIG SHOCK for some people - because of how much will suddenly happen - so quickly. And due to Jupiter going direct on 9th May in Virgo [Earth Sign] - means that NOW - this is the beginning of the turnaround - you've been waiting for.

 

The Full Moon problem for all of us - will be realizing a truthful clarity and then being forced or enticed to doing whatever it is that destiny wants you to do. The heading of "your dreams coming true" - for me - is easy to write - because I can guarantee change for everyone. The only problem will be realizing the difference between your realistic dreams and your illusions.

 

You see realization of the TRUTH is a best healing facet of Sun in Taurus - because that's when you'll stop wasting time on nonsense or anything that's got no future to it - and then you will focus on the TRUTH - the destined truth that gives you - your own life. Yes - that's right - the Scorpio Full Moon will finally END an END to an ENDING - which will simultaneously set-you-free to your destined truthful future.

 

The question you should have in your head for the next few days is whatever "it" is you are doing, attached to or want in your life - is it your destiny - OR - is it not your destiny. The unexpected surprises will be due to Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Pluto in Capricorn - all 4 planets of which are in RETROGRADE - which will define - all your answers are in your "past". Things you should have done and people you already know.

 

Indeed as I explain on Week's astrology with 4 planets - Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto in retrograde - means the PRESSURE that's been forcing changes will be off - that doesn't mean there won't be any changes - to the contrary people will be feeling FREED and LIBERATED as RETROGRADES - means the PRESSURE is off.

 

You see some people can't function properly or make good decisions when they're under PRESSURE - and hence as you will soon see -Sun entering Taurus on Tuesday - leading immediately to a Full Moon on Friday 22nd April 2016 means - MOVEMENT and CHANGES for everyone.

 

Tuesday 19th April 2016 - Sun enters Taurus & Moon enters Libra

Movement and changes - even if you don't want to change or move ...

 

Sun enters Taurus & Moon in Libra on Tuesday 19th April 2016 will make it a BIG day of cusps - everything will be both unlocked and magnified - both good and bad - 100% clarity for every star sign - and this day of cusps will be stronger than normal because the Moon almost on Full strength.

 

You see - Sun on the cusp - of Aries / Taurus - unlocks it all for all star signs - so if nothing has happened in your life for the past 30 days - then today unlocks it to happen. And it's not just for people who've had nothing happening - as Sun in Taurus UNLOCKS the energies of Jupiter in Virgo.

 

You see - we all need a Jupiter in our lives - but during Sun in Aries - Jupiter wasn't making any strong aspects - so whilst it was there but weak. From the moment Moon entered Virgo on Sunday 17th April you've begun to feel more optimistic about the future - but it will be Sun in Taurus that you will feel it's presence in your life - manifesting something REAL in REAL LIFE - and I should add - something STRONG and REAL in REAL LIFE.

 

For many of you - you will not have felt Jupiter since January 2016 when Sun was in Capricorn - that's because Jupiter in Virgo needs the right combination to work and to do defined something. Sun in Taurus & Jupiter in Virgo as earth star signs defines movement and changes in REAL life.

 

And - and this is an important AND - the Moon enters Libra. You see the Moon is the only planet in communicative Air star sign - and this is the reason why some of you haven't had the energy to communicate. Moon in Libra - with a Moon on almost Full power - and being illuminated by Sun on the cusp of Aries/Taurus means it will unlock the power of communication.

 

Now I should add that emailing and internet communication is NOT astrological communication - talking and speaking with your voice is the communication Moon in Libra is referring to. You communicate because your emotions will make you talk.

 

The astrological combination of Sun in Taurus & Moon in Libra is neither positive or negative - it merely communicates the TRUTH - the destined TRUTH which needs to be communicated - however, the emotional power of Moon in Libra - means you'll have a lot more power in asking for your destiny and getting it in a positive way. But you'll see many people using Moon in Libra to be argumentative to get what they want by being "loud" - unfortunately for them if they're shouting and screaming to get something that's not their destiny then no-one will listen to them as Sun in Taurus has the power to IGNORE nonsense, lies and anything that's not right.

 

Tuesday 19th April 2016 - Sun enters Taurus - life's on-the-move - "day of cusps"

Moon enters Libra - 12:30noon UK - 1:30pm Europe - 7:30am USA EST

5pm India - 10:30pm Sydney, Australia

 

Sun enters Taurus - 4:30pm UK - 5:30pm Europe - 11:30am USA EST

9pm India - [Wednesday 2:30am Sydney, Australia]

 

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Moon 8° Libra sextiles Mars [retrograde] 8° Sagittarius

Moon 15° Libra sextiles Saturn [retrograde] 15° Sagittarius

Moon 17° Libra squares Pluto [retrograde] 17° Capricorn

Moon 18° Libra opposes Venus 18° Aries

 

Thursday 21st April 2016

Moon 21° Libra opposes Uranus 21° Aries

 

Friday 22nd April 2016 - "suddenly very sharp and life-changing for everyone"

Moon enters Scorpio - 1am UK - 2am Europe - 5:30am India

[Thursday 8pm USA EST] - 10am Sydney, Australia

 

Full Moon 2° Scorpio at 6:25am UK - 7:25am Europe - 1:25am USA EST

10:55am India - 4:25pm Sydney, Australia

 

All the planets that have created stress and problems are overruled at the Full Moon

Hence all the worries created by Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus will be solved by the Full Moon

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I explained on Months Astrology that Sun in Taurus [Earth Sign] - the BIG SWITCH OVER - A BIG SWITCH ON - COMES IMMEDIATELY to everything that's been neglected in the past 3 months - as Sun in Taurus [Earth Sign] energizes Jupiter in Virgo [Earth Sign] - and Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn & Neptune in Pisces too - most importantly it awakens everything that's been a PROBLEM, blocked and making you worried in the past 30 days - Sun in Taurus will either make it vanish, get it solved and move it forward.

 

You see - depending on your personality - are you someone who resonates to your emotions more than you resonate to logic - hence you've either loved or hated the past 30 days of Sun in Aries. So if you've hated Sun in Aries - you're going to love Sun in Taurus as now Sun in Taurus will begins your astrological zodiac year as Sun in Aries did nothing for you. And if you've loved Sun in Aries because you're zodiac year has already begun - you're now going to be ready to move-on forward to the 2nd stage.

 

Sun in Taurus & Moon in Libra will be unusually STRONG - and that's because - the current lunar cycle began as New Moon in Arieswhich expects to end it's journey as Full Moon in Libra - but due to the fact Sun entered Taurus - the opposition, the challenge and the stress will vanish - and hence any problems you've had and been worried about will now be solved during Moon in Libra - and will be solved by destiny.

 

 

Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st April 2016 - Sun in Taurus & Moon in Libra

Whatever you're worried about is solved ... sorted out and cleared

Moon in Libra on Wednesday and Thursday will be creating UNEXPECTED SURPRISES for EVERYONE.

 

Many of you will wake-up on Wednesday morning and feel positively liberated from anything that's been disturbing or worrying you. Sun in Taurus with Moon in Libra will calm your aura - and ensure that YOU are YOU - without being connected to anything or anyone that isn't the real you.

 

Indeed, I always say that the Moon has powerful healing qualities - as it cleanses our aura's from anything that is BAD for us. It does this by creating CLARITY and TRUTH - a clarity and truth that is specific to you. So it talks to you and defines everything that destiny wants you to be attached to - simultaneously it detaches you from anything that destiny wants you to be detached from. It does this by giving you GOOD vibes and BAD vibes. All you have to do is listen to your feelings - follow the GOOD vibes and dump the BAD vibes.

 

Due to the power of the astrological charts and even though there are 4 outer planets in retrograde - you will see life is going to be moving everyone forwards, you're being moved-away from anything bad and moved-towards something good for you. And most importantly whatever you've become stressed-out about or worried about is solved during Moon in Libra - so that you will be liberated and smiling at the Full Moon on 22nd April 2016.

 

The reason Moon in Libra on Wednesday and Thursday will be creating UNEXPECTED SURPRISES for EVERYONE is that - the opposition that was expected if Sun would have been in Aries vanishes because Sun is now in Taurus - hence it's 100% predictable to say - these will be 2 days of totally unexpected surprises. WORLDWIDE and for EVERYONE. Creating destined events that you never thought possible - proving that when destiny decides changes need to happen - then changes happen.

Herb of the Day~Lavender

Oh my Goddess do I ever love lavender. I use to live near a huge organic lavender farm a few years back and could roll around in the fields late at night. I was there to during the processing season for essential oils extracting process and gather fresh lavender. Beltane reminds me so much of love and lavender and the rich taste and aromas of baking it, bathing in it, or using it for rituals. Here I have put together some facts and uses for lavender.

Common Names
Lavender
Botanical Name
Lavandula spp
Syn. Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis
Family
LAMIACEAE

Medicinal Uses: * Acne * Anxiety * Aromatherapy * Beauty * Burns * Candida/yeast * Children * Colds * Culinary/Kitchen * Cuts & Wounds * Depression * Ear * Facial Care * Fibromyalgia * Headache/Migraine * Herbal Steam * Hypertension * IBS * Insect Repellent * Insect/flea Bites * Lice * Lupus* Nausea * Pet * Pregnancy/Childbirth * Skin Care * Sleep/Insomnia 
Properties: * Analgesic * AntiCancer * Antidepressant * Antifungal * Antioxidant * Antirheumatic * AntiViral * Aromatic * Cholagogue * Cicatrisant * Cordial * Diaphoretic/sudorific * Diuretic * Emmenagogue * Hypotensive * Insect repellents * Muscle Relaxant * Nervine * Parturient * Sedative * Splenic * Vulnerary
Parts Used: Flowers, leaves and stems
Constituents: volatile oil (up to 1.5%, containing linabol, linalyl acetate, lavendulyl acetate, terpinenol, cineole, camphor, borneol, pinene, limonene), tannins, coumarins (coumarin, umbelliferone, hemiarin), flavonoids, triterpenoids, rosmarinic acid

In the evening lavender comes into its own, the relaxing and sedative aroma of lavender has an almost immediate effect as soon as it hits the sensitive membranes inside your nose. (Duke, 138-139 ) Soaking in a lavender scented bath relaxes away mild depressionand anxiety and may even lower high blood pressure and improve circulation.Lavender is approved for use by the German Commission E for use internally for insomnia, restlessness and nervous stomach irritations and for external use in baths for the treatment of functional circulatory disorders. Commission E Oil of lavender is sometimes effective in bringing back circulation to feet that have lost feeling. Regular lavender baths are can be enjoyed throughout a woman's pregnancy. ( Gladstar,36) Lavender is a wonderful sleep aid. Combine with valerian, or chamomile for a relaxing tea, diffuse in an aroma lamp for restful sleep, use it in your evening bath, sprinkle a few drops of lavender on sheets and pillowcases, and add dried lavender flowers to sleep pillow mixtures.

Lavender for Pain: Quite a number of clinical trials confirm the conventional wisdom that lavender relaxes the body in the presence of pain, most likely by reducing anxiety levels. A calm mental state makes pain more bearable, lessening it's impact by reducing the perception of pain. pubmedHowever you don't need to depend on lab studies to gauge the effects; Lavender is so easy and safe to use, it is quite easy to judge the effects yourself as they are immediate and quite apparent. For headaches apply a few drops of lavender oil neat to the temples. Massage with lavender oil at tender trigger points reduces the pain and tension of fibromyalgia in long term sufferers.(Weed,51) Lavender combines well with the analgesic power of rosemary to relieve all types of pain: arthritis, sore muscles, and nerve pain. Lavender can also be used in a massage oil to relieve the pain and arthritic stiffness older dogs, (but not cats). (Worwood, 173 )

Lavender for Skin Care: Lavender is well regarded for it's skin healing properties as well. It's effectiveness in treating burns was first discovered by French biochemist René Gattefossé when he cooled his hand in a handy vat of lavender after burning it in a lab accident. This storied burn healed so quickly, and without scarring, that it is often cited as a seminal event in the birth a modern aromatherapy. (Balch, 89) To make a all purpose remedy for scalds, burns, and sunburns: apply a cloth wet with witch hazel, then apply a few drops of lavender essential oil directly to the burn. To treat skin abrasions first clean the affected area with warm water with 5 drops of lavender diluted in a bowl. Apply one neat drop of lavender and leave to heal. Acne responds to gentle herbal oil treatments that are much lighter and less harsh than over-the-counter chemicals. Lavender skin care products are ideal for oily and combination skin. Dot essential oils of lavender, tea treeand lemon on blemishes to kill bacteria. You can also blend these essential oils with light, astringent facial oils like almond and grapeseed, or make a facial wash with lavender herbal tea. Lavender oil is an effective antiseptic. A lavender massage on the chest and lymph nodes is relaxing and helps kill germs. Lavender flower water, or a few drops of lavender essential oil make a good balancing and sweet smelling perfume.

Use lavender sachet bags to protect clothes against moths. Also flies and mosquitoes dislike the fragrance, use the oil in insect sprays, or add the cut flowers to flower vases. Lavender is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. A tea made from the fresh or dried flowers can be applied as a skin wash for both pets and people to relieve itching due to flea bites and rashes, or the essential oil can be used.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Lavender tea can be made from the fresh or dried flowers. Lavender essential oil should only be used externally, and can be used in massage oils, baths and aroma lamps.

Lavender Remedies

 

Lavender : Essential Oil Profile

Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant. It is clear or pale yellow in color and has a distinct floral and herbaceous aroma that is sweet and clean. Lavender essential oil is amazing in its extensive positive benefits on mind, spirit, and body. Lavender is the first oil in any collection for aromatherapy and is one of the few essential oils that is gentle enough to apply directly on the skin.

In the Kitchen: Lavender adds a unique flavor to foods, and lavender sugar can be used to decorate baked goods, but use a light hand, too much lavender can overwhelm a dish. It plays better as part of a choir of tastes, combining nicely with citrus, mint, berries, ginger, figs and vanilla, or other strong Mediterranean herbs such as marjoram, oregano and fennel.

Lavender Side Effects: The volatile oils in lavender can be very hard on the liver and kidneys of cats and dogs so no internal use of the herb is suggested for our animal friends.

Lavender is a small shrub that grows 2 to 3 feet high with evergreen leaves and lovely violet-blue spiking flowers. It is a perennial favorite in my garden. Lavender leaves and flowers are very aromatic and can be used in herbal baths, potpourris, sleep pillows and sachet bags to protect clothes against moths. Fresh lavender makes a wonderful, aromatic bouquet, and discourages insects from invading your home. Lavender flowers can be dried, and infused in oil, and made into lavender flower water.

Regional Traditions :European *

How to Grow Lavender

The lavender genus contains 21 aromatic, evergreen perennials that are a diverse mix of habit, variants, foliage and flower color. Lavender has been under cultivation for so long that garden lavenders have become hard to identify mix of cultivars and hybrids. (Brown, pp148-149)

Related Species Spike lavender, L. latifolia , contains an oil rich in cineole and camphor and is used as an insect and moth repellent. 
Lavandula angustifolia - English lavender

History and Traditions & Folklore

It is plentiful in Spain and Portugal and it is used as a rule for strewing the floors of churches and houses on festive occasions, or to make bonfires on St. Johns Day, when evil spirits are supposed to be abroad. (Grieve) Growing lavender in your garden is said to bring good luck and has long believed to be a fairy favorite due to it's incredible scent. Traditionally fragrant bundles of lavender were placed in the hands of women during childbirth to bring courage and strength. (Gladstar) .

Lavender is by far one of my favorite herbs. Not only is it beautiful, but it has hundreds of uses. It is a fragrant aromatic, a relaxing herb, and it can be used in baking, lotion making, gourmet cooking, tea making, tinctures and much more.

Benefits of Lavender

According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

“It has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German Commission E commended lavender for treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists it as a treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many modern herbal practitioners use the herb to treat migraines in menopause. In Spain, it is added to teas to treat diabetes and insulin resistance.”

Lavender is known for it’s scent but also for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant, stree-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties.

Lavender has a long history of use in natural remedies and as a natural scent and perfume. It’s calming scent makes it soothing to the respiratory system and it is often suggested to be diffused to calm coughs and colds. It’s natural antibacterial properties may also make it useful in protecting against airborne viruses and bacteria when diffused.

 

Many massage and beauty products use lavender for its scent and its supposed ability to promote relaxation and stress relief, though this has not been well studied. In alternative medicine, use of lavender essential oil or lavender salves is sometimes recommended for muscle pain or aches or to promote restful sleep.

Uses for Lavender

I use it often in many different forms:

As a dried herb to make a relaxing herbal tea (I often add Chamomile too) by steeping in hot (not boiling water) for a few minutes and adding honey
In a tincture to help promote relaxation and sleep
Adding the dried herb to homemade buckwheat pillows or sleep masks to help promote relaxing sleep
To sooth sunburns or other burns, I add a few drops of the essential oil to a bottle of cool water and spray on burns to offer relief. The dried herb can also be brewed in to a strong tea and sprayed on instead.
A strong tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rinse to remedy dandruff
Adding a few drops of the essential oil or a cup of strong brewed tea and a cup of epsom salts to a bath helps relax sore muscles.
I sew the dried flowers into small satchels and use them in place of dryer sheets in the dryer
For headaches, smelling lavender and peppermint oils or rubbing into into the temples often helps
I often infuse the dried flowers into vinegars for use in cooking or as a skin toner (diluted)
The essential oil or lavender infused oil in homemade lotion bars, lotions, whipped body butter and more
The essential oil can be used topically to help with acne or skin irritations
Simmering dried lavender herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener

Precautions:

I personally do not use Lavender Essential Oil (or any other essential oil) internally (here’s why). There is some evidence that long term regular use of concentrated lavender can cause hormone imbalance in males, so I generally avoid it in things I am making for my husband or sons. Due to its relaxing properties, I would not use in conjunction with any medication that also causes relaxation or sleepiness. I don’t use even the dried or fresh herb internally when pregnant.

Goddess & God of the Day

 

Aphrodite
Goddess of Love and Beauty

Aphrodite ("foam-arisen"), goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the Venus. She was said to have been born when Cronus severed Uranus' genitals and threw them into the sea. Her festival, Aphrodisia, was celebrated across Greece.

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Pantheon: Greek
Abode: Mount Olympus
Animals: Dolphin, Dove, Sparrow, Swan, Goose, Partridge
Colours: Yellow, Gold, Pink, Red, Copper, Sea Green
Consort: Hephaestus, Dionysus, Ares, Adonis
Crystal: Copper, Rose Quartz, Aventurine
Day: Friday
Element: Water
Offerings: Apples, Pomegranates, Frankincense, Myrrh, Perfume, Chocolates, Roses, Myrtle, Honey, Wine
Planet: Venus, The Sun
Plant/Tree: Rose, Myrtle, Apples, Lime Tree
Symbols: Scallop Shell, Girdle, Mirror, 6
Tarot Card: The Lovers
Time: Summer Solstice.

Veles
God of cattle, commerce, music, divination and the underworld

Veles (Volos) is a God of the earth, waters and the underworld, associated with dragons, cattle, magic, musicians, wealth and trickery. He is said to punish oath-breakers with diseases. He is the opponent of the thunder god, Perun, from whom he steals Perun's son, wife or, usually, cattle. Veles was seen as a huge serpent coiling around the roots of the world tree where he ruled the world of dead.

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Pantheon: Slavic
Abode: World Tree
Animals: Serpent, Cattle, Bear, Wolf, Dragons
Colours: Green, Black, Blue, Red
Consort: Luna Diana
Crystal: Obsidian, Jet, Onyx, Jasper, Garnet, Bloodstone
Day: Sunday
Direction: North, West
Element: Earth, Water
Incense: Cedar, Wormwood, Clove, Ginger
Offerings: Wine, Wheat
Planet: Mercury
Plant/Tree: Cedar, Oak, Pine, Hawthorn, Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe
Symbols: Wool, Serpents, Cattle, Horns
Tarot Card: Cups, Pentacles
Time: Veija Noc, Ostara, Veles Feast Day - 12th February