Monday, March 28th
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and Waning, Incense - Hyssop, Color - White
Sassafras trees are native to the eastern US. From the Atlantic coast. They are also native to areas of Asia. It is recognizable by its spicy fragrance and by the four distinctly different leaf shapes on one tree. For centuries, sassafras root was dried and used to make tea and refreshing beverages. Interestingly, it was also the original source of root beer flavoring. For magickal purposes, the root is the most commonly used part and is good for making prosperity charms.
Native Americans and early settlers considered sassafras to be a cure all for all sorts of ailments. The root bark was once believed to be a curative, capable of treating everything from headaches to malaria, fever, liver problems, stomachaches and colds. In addition, the wand was believed to increase hunger. The wood, which continues to be used in furniture, was often used in flooring and bedsteads because people believed the sassafras fragrance would drive away bedbugs and other pesky insects.
Magical properties: Early settlers also believed that beds made from sassafras would drive away evil spirits and give people restful sleep. Eases problems with the digestive system. Burying money near the roots of a Sassafras tree brings prosperity.
MAGICKAL USES OF SASSAFRAS
Folklore: Native Americans and early settlers considered sassafras to be a cure all for all sorts of ailments. The root bark was once believed to be a curative, capable of treating everything from headaches to malaria, fever, liver problems, stomachaches and colds. In addition, the wand was believed to increase hunger. The wood, which continues to be used in furniture, was often used in flooring and bedsteads because people believed the sassafras fragrance would drive away bedbugs and other pesky insects.
It is amazing how popularity of certain herbs has changed over time. Sassafras, an aromatic tree native to the Eastern United States and a member of the Laurel family, was at one time the most important export plant of the newly founded colony of Virginia. The demand in London exceeded that of tobacco and it was commonly available at any street corner as a breakfast drink, sweetened with milk and sugar. Today it is difficult to find the herb at all, although a compound beverage of
Sarsaparilla and Sassafras is still a popular blood cleansing tonic, particularly appreciated among the Caribbean community of South London. Its popularity may partly be attributed to the fact that Sassafras was hailed as a miracle cure for Syphilis. However, the beverage still remained popular even after it became apparent that it may not be as effective for this purpose as had been promised. In the United States it was, and still is, one of the most popular herb teas, especially in the southern States, where not only the root bark, but also the leaves, young sprouts and berries are used. The leaves are used as a spice to flavour ‘Gumbo’, the national soul food dish of the deep South.
Sassafras originally also provided the distinctive flavour of Root Beer (now derived from synthetic sources). All Native American tribes who live within the range of this tree have made ample use of it as food, medicine and for sacred purposes. Until recently an essential oil of Sassafras was commonly available on the market, until it was found to contain a very high concentration of safroles, which have been found to cause cancer in rats and mice and are said to be toxic to the liver. Another reason why it was banned is probably due to the fact that it could be used as a basis for making MDMA, popularly known as Ecstasy. However, normal amounts of Sassafras tea are neither toxic nor have any psychedelic effects.
Magical properties: Early settlers also believed that beds made from sassafras would drive away evil spirits and give people restful sleep. Eases problems with the digestive system. Burying money near the roots of a Sassafras tree brings prosperity. Sassafras is considered strongly protective and cleansing. It can be used as incense to ward off evil influences.
As a tea it makes a good ritual tonic. It is frequently added to love charms and potions. Its warming, stimulating and aphrodisiac qualities make it very suitable for sex magic and tantric rituals. Native Americans also used to smoke the root bark.
Furniture and wands of the wood were used to drive away evil spirits. Burying money near the roots of the tree brings prosperity. It is used often for court cases, because it turns the table in your favor.
It’s magical properties consist of healing, energy channeling, change, Goddess workings, and faerie magick. The essential oil is highly toxic, so care must be observed in its useage. The leaves of the sassafrass are dried and used as file, to thicken dishes in cajun cuisine such as Gumbo, and also used to ward of people you don’t want around.
It was the all around cureall and traditional spring tonic, and still is in the Appalachian culture. The wood of the sassafrass is a sacred wood to the witches used in fire ceremony, and totem workings for finding your totem in ceremonial trance working.
The sacred fire times of the sassafrass are Imbolc, for the young sapling. Beltane, for the tall berry laden tree. Samhain, for the dead and fallen wood of the sassafrass.
For those who observe the Goddess, the 3 lobed shape of the leaf is symbolic for the times of the Godesses phases of life, maiden, mother and crone.
I personally keep a gallon jar of the dried root and bark that has been shaved, for use in tea as an appalachian cureall and tonic. Although the USDA classifies the properties of the oils in the sassafrass(safrole) as cancer causing, this is in ridiculously large amounts, and beer is more cancer causing than this through much personal research. The study was done using synthetic safrole too, so anything snythesized changes to quite a degree.
It has been used for centuries, and the three parts of the tree used are the young leaves, tender inner bark and young twigs, and roots.
The berries are very toxic.
Anyone in my area please feel free to follow the meetup address at the bottom of this post!
Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:34 PM
Subject: [Blanchard-Pagans-Witches-Meetup] Beltane Event Sunday May 1st, 2016~Need Help!
Greeting Coven Members!
Many have asked me already about not setting up esbate events for April, well during the month of April I will be planning and coordinating our Beltane Event, and it takes a lot of time, energy, planning, and yes money. As many of you know that have attended any of my coven events they are well planned and well provided for my members in time, energy, refreshments, and gifts from the goddess. So I am putting my meager means and all my energy into this family event. Please no pets! So with that being said, here is what I am planning and a list of events and assistance for volunteers. I have a list below and open spaces to volunteer.
ALL ATTENDING MUST RSVP THROUGH THIS MEETUP!
PLEASE ANYONE THAT RSVP, please have the courtesy to officially cancel 3 day prior. This event is spendy and time consuming so event donations are required. I will set up for online pymt, or AT THE DOOR!
May Pole~ (I provide)
Face & Body painting~ ( T. J.)
Tarot Reading~( need experienced volunteer)
Spirit Animal Reading~ (Elder Airwolf)
Kids Bubbles & Balloons ( Need volunteer to make them~I provide bubbles and balloons)
Kids & Adults egg toss ( Need Eggs!)
Adult pole toss~ ( we have the pole)
Fire pit ritual~ ( We have it)
Non-toxic body paint.
2-18 count eggs
Extra tables & chairs
Free standing tarp canopy in case of rain. Otherwise we're all in the garage.
Plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups~(Elder Airwolf)
bottled water, soda, beer, wine. individual juice for kids. I will provide some ritual wine and soda. If you have a personal preference...bring it. the more the better.
Hambugers, Hot,dogs, buns & condiments~ (Elder Airwolf)
Chips & dips~ ( need volunteers)
Veggies & fruits~ (need volunteers)
OK anybody have talent? If you play an instrument bring it otherwise we are listening to recorded music.
Any other suggestions are welcome to make this event awesome, so keep emailing me with your ideas as we pull this event together. So put on all your pagan garb and let's celebrate.
I plan on Beltane ritual to commence at dark dusk.
Event starts at 3:00 pm
I will officially schedule this even in a few days after I see the responses. This is a lot to pull together so it will be only as good as you make it. The more help the better it will be.
Meetup, POB 4668 #37895 NY NY USA 10163 | firstname.lastname@example.org
21 Day Fix Southwestern Seasoning
[Clean eating taco seasoning, 21 day fix seasonings]
21 Day Fix Southwestern Seasoning
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt
Mix all the ingredients together. I made a large batch so that I didn't need to make it each time. Taco Tuesday is something that happens each week for us!!
21 Day Fix All-Purpose Seasoning
4 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp. mustard powder
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt
Mix together and use on meats or grains!
21 Day Fix Mediterranean Seasoning
4 Tbsp dried parsley, crushed
4 tsp dried onion flakes
2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Moon's Negative Aspects!
What happens when the full moon is doing a pull and leaving negative aspects instead of positive radiation? I have noticed over the past three weeks differences in people and animals. Many experiencing lack of energy, unable to sleep, short tempered or irritiable.
The reason I was asking this question is because this particular moon cycle was a negative force and not a positive energy as most full moons are. We had 3 particle lunar eclipses this month and the the planetary pull in reverse, thus negative pull instead of a positive radiation of planetary aspects. Below is aspects showing why and how this happens.
A FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE occurs on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 8:01 AM EDT.
Means Invisible Negative Emotions.
Here are the most common NEGATIVE aspects of the Moon's transits:-
Moon in Aries - fire sign - makes you THINK too much - anxiousness, nervous, panic, selfish in nature, arrogant and argumentative
Moon in Taurus - earth sign - make you want to do what you want to do - even if it offends or upsets others - even if it disrupts other people's lives - you ignore anyone in your way as if they don't even exist.
Moon in Gemini - air sign - open communication means you'll even believe lies - and be convinced of what you hear - to create fears that don't even exist. Communication becomes one-way and you never get to say what you want - only end up hearing what others want.
Moon in Cancer - water sign - Moon is at "Home" in Cancer - and you'll sense the truth with accuracy - but if you've been lied to - or if you're avoiding dealing with the TRUTH - then you'll become moody, annoyed and disturbed. That's because until 2024 - every time Moon tranists Cancer - it will OPPOSE Pluto in Capricorn - creating karmic discomfort.
Moon in Leo - fire sign - it will ignite the desires and passions of jealousy and anger - if you're not LOVING anyone or anything - need for LOVE is and emotional urgency for Moon in Leo - otherwise it turns into energies of HATE.
Moon in Virgo - earth sign - far too focused on one thing - which leads to ignoring everything else - it ignores the importance of people and other people's opinions - because it refuses to communicate and listen to others.
Moon in Libra - air sign - even if everything is stable - Moon in Libra - creates instability to test to see how stable things are. Disruptive when it doesn't need to be disruptive. Creates unnecessary arguments.
Moon in Scorpio - water sign - creates sense of untrustworthiness, suspicions of deceit and lies - because it is hiding secrets - leading to arguments so that the truth is revealed.
Moon in Sagittarius - fire sign - superficial and dishonest relationships - annoyance if you're alone and lonely
Moon in Capricorn - earth sign - creates a dull and boring time - inflexible and sense of no-choice
Moon in Aquarius - air sign - without boundaries - means mistakes are always made - especially when you believe liars
Moon in Pisces - water sign - too boring and uneventful - nothing new ever happens - things get blocked and becomes frustrating
Moon Squares, Oppositions, Trines & Sextiles
Where-ever you are in the world - a traffic jam is frustrating - just like Moon squares
Until you learn the need to accept them and wait for the Moon square to pass-by
On Wednesday morning, a Full Moon occurs when the Sun in Aries opposes the Moon in Libra. The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time - a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships. This Full Moon is especially potent, as it is a Lunar Eclipse. Lunar eclipses are relationship-oriented. The "crisis" that these eclipses tend to elicit is a crisis of lack - a time when we suddenly recognize a great need or want. The impact of the crisis can act to sever a relationship - it's possible. But it can also bring two people together with a sudden awareness of a great need for each other. Although Lunar eclipses are more relationship-oriented than Solar eclipses, they are not always about relationships between two people. They can trigger awareness of need in other areas of our lives, such as our relationship to work, to our health and bodies, and so forth. This is a time when matters come to light -things that have been brewing under the surface.
The Aries-Libra polarity is a relationship axis, where Aries represents "self" and Libra represents "other". Where Aries is about self-assertion, Libra is about compromise. The energy of the Libra Moon is the awareness of the need for relationships and all that comes with maintaining them -- compromising, negotiating, graciousness, and balancing. The Aries Sun, on the other hand, is self-assertive, leading, and personally courageous. This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between meeting our personal needs and tending to the needs of a significant other, and between independence or autonomy and dependence or companionability.
The Libra Moon is diplomatic, equality-minded, and fair-minded. The Aries Sun, however, values authenticity over tact, and is energized by independent efforts. The Full Moon illuminates this conflict.
Eclipses are tied to changing circumstances. However, we are usually the ones to precipitate or to attract changes because our "inner guides" know that we need it. Human beings are progressive by nature, and although we might stay in situations that are making us miserable for longer than we should, deep down inside we know that change is necessary for growth.
With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic "illumination" occurs in our own lives. However, these new feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as emotions burst forth into our consciousness. It's time to express ourselves, and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is new and not particularly rational as yet. Full Moons are about exposing or illuminating issues that are already there, but that have not yet been dealt with.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 3 degrees and 17 minutes of Libra forming an opposition with the Sun at 3 degrees and 17 minutes of Aries, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 0 to 6 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) most significantly.
Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Mar 8, 2016 8:54 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Mar 15, 2016 1:03 PM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Mar 23, 2016 8:01 AM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Mar 31, 2016 11:17 AM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Apr 7, 2016 7:24 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern)
The Sun is in Pisces until March 20th, when it enters Aries; Mercury is in Pisces until March 21st, when it enters Aries; Venus is in Pisces; Mars is in Sagittarius.
The Sun is in Pisces from February 19-March 20. With the Sun in Pisces, we are guided by altruistic feelings. We are less motivated to do than we are to feel, imagine, and dream. A "what will be, will be" attitude reigns, and we are guided by a sense of universal correlations. Pisces rules empathy, selfless love, devotion, and wisdom. Its shadow side rules self-pity, a feeling of being victimized by life, passivity, and elusiveness.
The Sun is in Aries from March 20-April 19. In Aries, the Sun is enthusiastic and spontaneous. We are motivated by the desire to conquer. We are more impulsive, and have the urge to initiate. Aries is a sign that bounces back quickly--there is little shame with Aries. It is brave and pioneering, and somewhat innocent. We are direct and rather uncomplicated in our needs, but we can also be short-sighted and lack the desire to plan ahead.
Mercury is in Pisces from March 5-21. When Mercury is in Pisces, our thinking processes are more visual, intuitive, and imaginative. We are especially attuned to the world of emotion, which colors both our thoughts and our communication style. We guess well, express ourselves with imagery, and make decisions intuitively. We are more attracted to consciousness-raising information.
Mercury is in Aries from March 21-April 5. When Mercury is in Aries, we are less concerned with objective viewpoints and explanations, and more concerned with reaching a decision...quickly! Our thoughts and ideas are pioneering, and we tend to speak more spontaneously and directly with the planet of communication in bold and assertive Aries.
Venus is in Pisces from March 12-April 5. Pisces never sees the world in black-and-white terms. Rather, Pisces sees all the colors of the rainbow. With the goddess of love in Pisces, our love is all-embracing, we are able to forgive and understand, we are seducible and seductive, and we show compassion to our partners. Venus in Pisces is tender and affectionate, although hard to reach nevertheless, as there is a longing for something that is hard to define and hard to satisfy. Borders and boundaries blur under Venus in Pisces. The shadow side of this position is allowing ourselves to be victimized or deluded, as well as evasiveness.
Mars in Sagittarius from March 5-May 27. With a Sagittarius Mars, our actions are motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest--this is the position of wanderlust. We start projects or challenges with gusto, although we may tend to abandon them rather quickly. This may be because we set our sights too high!
Saturn transits Sagittarius from December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, and then from September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017. Read about
Jupiter entered Virgo on August 11th, and will transit Virgo until September 9, 2016. Read about
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.
Mar 20, 2016 05:39 PM
Moon enters Virgo
Mar 23, 2016 05:23 AM
Moon enters Libra
Mar 25, 2016 06:09 PM
Moon enters Scorpio
Mar 28, 2016 06:46 AM
Moon enters Sagittarius
Mar 30, 2016 05:44 PM
Moon enters Capricorn
Apr 2, 2016 01:37 AM
Moon enters Aquarius
Apr 4, 2016 05:45 AM
Moon enters Pisces
Apr 6, 2016 06:46 AM
Moon enters Aries
Apr 8, 2016 06:10 AM
Moon enters Taurus
Apr 10, 2016 05:58 AM
Moon enters Gemini
Apr 12, 2016 08:06 AM
Moon enters Cancer
Apr 14, 2016 01:53 PM
Moon enters Leo
Apr 16, 2016 11:22 PM
Moon enters Virgo
Apr 19, 2016 11:24 AM
Moon enters Libra
Apr 22, 2016 12:17 AM
Moon enters Scorpio
Apr 24, 2016 12:46 PM
Moon enters Sagittarius
Apr 26, 2016 11:54 PM
Moon enters Capricorn
Apr 29, 2016 08:47 AM
Moon enters Aquarius
Understanding Transits of the Moon
The Moon enters (ingresses) into the next zodiac sign approximately every two to three days. It is not uncommon for the Moon to ingress all twelve signs within the month. Some months the moon will ingress into the zodiac signs fourteen times, however, the norm is thirteen ingresses per month.
he Different Kinds of Lunar Eclipse
A lunar eclipse can take three different forms:
A penumbral eclipse is when the moon passes through the Earth's penumbral shadow, but this is very difficult to see.
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when a portion of the moon passes through the Earth's umbral shadow. This is easy to see and can be viewed by the naked eye without any danger of damage to the eye whatsoever.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the whole moon disappears as it passes through the Earth's umbral shadow. This is when the moon emits very different vibrant colors which are breathtakingly beautiful.
Watching Beauty In Action
Seeing a lunar eclipse depends on your location. When it is very visible in one part of the world, it can't be see in other parts. Only where it is night can you see the wonderful display of the eclipse. Such a phenomenon is very safe to watch. It is not even necessary to use a telescope and when you watch what a treat you are in for! The colors range from deep browns, very dark grays, various shades of brilliant reds and many shades of bright oranges. As the moon passes, these colors vary depending on the amount of dust in the Earth's atmosphere. If you are lucky enough to witness this spectacular show of beauty, the chances of seeing the same thing twice is pretty remote.
A lunar eclipse is a rare event because it doesn't happen on a monthly basis. It only happens when the moon is in direct alignment with the Earth and the Sun. The sun and the moon are actually on opposite sides of the Earth. Most of the time the moon is tilted in respect to the Earth's orbit and passes either above or below the line where all three celestial bodies are in a straight line. It is only about every six months that conditions may be right for a lunar eclipse.
So many are starting for regain balance, but do not worry this too will pass. Remember although there are many sceptics about the power of the lunar cycles, aspects, and influences, we pagan witches seem to tap into all of them. Say we're over sensitive, but we are truly blessed to be so inclined.
Many Moon Blessings,