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In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
Monday – Day of Emotions ( Day of the Moon )
Monday Magick Power Hours:
Moonrise. Key Words: Magick, dreams, health, love, home and family In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked.
Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like psychism, dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.
Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.
Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.
Monday is the Best Day For: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence. Planetary Association: Moon Norse Deity Associated With the Day: Frigga Origin of Name: “Monday” is short for “Moon Day” in honor of the day’s alignment with that planetary body.
Deities: Thoth, Selene: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret [Hathor]Monday is the day of moon goddesses Selene, Luna and Mani. Meaning “day of the moon” the name reflects the ancient observance of feast days dedicated to the Moon Goddess or to the planet. Focus on lunar energies, psychic development, dream or astral work, intuition, family, or spirituality.
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil Aromas: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Metal: Silver Herbs
Plants: Wintergreen and other mints, catnip, comfrey, sage, chamomile
Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression, artists, poets, and writers.
Marriage, emotional love, family, childbirth, prophecy.
Spells involving emotions, the subconscious,domestic issues and feminine issues. Also, a good day for psychic pursuits and dream work.Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Metal: Silver Gemstones: Pearl, opal, moonstone Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Best Colors for today are Silver, white, light blue, Pearls, Creams, Grays, Pale Pinks, Pale Violets, and Pale Blues.
Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.
On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.
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Lunabar Moon Almanack for Monday, 20 July, 2015
Waxing, Crescent Moon Age: days.
Ascending Node is at 4° Libra.
Moon in 14th degree of the Sign Virgo, the Virgin;
also in 27th deg. of the Constellation Leo, the Lion.
Moonrise: 10:16 morn. Souths: 4:40 eve. Moonset: 11:01 eve.
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Waxing Crescent Moon
Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth,
Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)
Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.
Spells and rituals involving the Earth Element should be performed when the Moon is in an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Aspects of Virgo ~ Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Earthy, Mutable, Barren, Horary Southern, Summery, Boreal, Commanding, Double, Double-Bodied, Dual, Bicorporeal, Human, Dry, Vocal, Cold
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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
It is sure to be a dry moon if it lies on its back,
so that you can hang your hat on its horns.
~ Welsh Border Saying.
Queen and Huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair
State in wonted manner keep
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.
~ Ben Jonson, “Hymn to Diana.”
Moon changing in the morning indicates warm weather;
in the evening, cold weather.
~ Collected in R. Inwards, “Weather Lore”.
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Lunabar Sun Almanack for Monday, 20 July, 2015
Sunrise: 5:58 morn. Sunset: 8:29 eve.
Length of Day: 14h. 31m.
Dawn: 5:27 morn. Dusk: 9:00 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 31m.
Sun in 27th degree of the Sign Crabba, the Crab fish;
also in 0th degree of the Constellation Crabba, the Crab;
In summer time, when the sun at rising is obscured by a
mist which disperses about three hours afterwards, expect
hot and calm weather for two or three days.
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Aspects of Crabba: Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Watery, Cardinal, Fruitful, Horary Northern, Summery, Boreal, Commanding, Solstitial, Tropical, Moist, Dumb, Mute, Cold, Psychic, Sensitive.
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Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays
And Some Not So Ancient!
Today Is …
Lithuanian Lovers Festival. In Lithuania, the ancient goddesses of love are invoked during an annual lover’s festival called The Binding of the Wreaths, which takes place on this day.
On this date in the year 1980, famous Dutch clairvoyant Gerard Croiset passed away. He was renowned as both a psychic healer and psychic criminologist.
Slavic Pagan: Perun’s Day. On this day a human sacrifice was chosen by ballot. There is record of a viking’s son being chosen and the viking refusing to give him up. Both father and son were killed as a result. This day was considered a “Terrible” holiday. The sacrifice was seen as necessary to placate the God and keep him from destroying the crops with late summer storms. A bull was also sacrificed and eaten as a communal meal.
Feast of the Redeemer – On the third Sunday in July, Venetians celebrate their escape from a plague. After Mass in the Church of San Redentore, people picnic on the water and watch fireworks in the evening. Some folks stay up all night to watch the sun rise the next morning. This holiday seems to be a dim reflection of summer solstice customs.
Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
St Margaret – Famous in the medieval ages as a saint for women (she was one of the voices speaking to Joan of Arc), she has faded off the church calendar, probably because of lack of evidence for her existence. She is called Marina in the East. There’s also a Saint Pelagia, whose nickname is Maragarito.
Both Marina and Pelagia mean sea. The name Margaret itself derives from the Greek word, maragarites, meaning pearl. These names link Margaret to the great Sea-Mother known under many names including Mary, Marina and Miriam. Pelagia is one of the names of Aphrodite in her aspect as the Goddess of the Sea. And July is the month of a Greek festival celebrating the wedding of Adonis and Aphrodite.
Margaret’s story is similar to that of many virgin martyrs. She’s said to be the daughter of a pagan priest at Antioch who rejected the advances of a prefect who then denounced her as a Christian. She suffered many ordeals, including being swallowed by Satan in the form of a dragon, but she caused his belly to burst and stepped forth unharmed. She was invoked by pregnant women for protection from the dangers of childbirth and for those who were dying for escape from the Devil.
Margaret is often represented standing over a dragon, like other saints, including Martha (whose feast day falls on the nearby July 28th). The Dragon Project researchers believe the image of slaying the dragon, which is always accomplished with an iron pole, has something to do with earthing energy which is floating about loose and might hurt the crops or the animals.
The Chinese say that the dragon is thunder (and this is the time of thunderstorms), a creature of the waters who rests in pools in the winter and rises up as the rain in the spring. The dragon is a symbol of the force operating beneath the surface of the earth which emerges at the proper time. Given the association of Margaret with water and the time of the year at which she is honored (the height of summer), it is possible that the dragon is really a sea-serpent. Perhaps when Margaret strikes the ground with her iron staff, she brings forth a life-giving spring or calls forth the flood waters of the Nile.
The wheatfield poppy supposedly sprang from the blood of the dragon she slew. Long before, it was dedicated to Diana and Demeter as the source of healing sleep and death. St Margaret’s flower is the Virginian dragon’s head.
Her feast day was sometimes seen as the start of the dog days, as in this mnemonic: Margaret is the dog’s mouth, Laurence (Aug 10) brings his tail.
St Wilgefortis or St Uncumber – Like St Distaff, whose feast day follows the Twelve Days of Christmas, she is a fictitious saint. Legend says that Wilgefortis was a daughter of the King of Portugal who did not wish to marry. When her father tried to press marriage upon her she prayed for help and sprouted a copious beard, which drove all prospective suitors away. Her name Wilgefortis may be derived from Virgo Fortis (Mighty Maiden). She is also known as Liberata, Livrade, Kummeris and Uncumber (in England) and invoked by women who wish to rid themselves of troublesome husbands or importunate suitors. Rago says you can achieve the same thing by picking parsley at dawn and wishing aloud for release.
Her story and feast day may derive from the stories of the Corinthian Aphrodite who grew a beard and impregnated women.
Rago, Linda Ours, The Herbal Almanack, Washington DC: Starweed Publishing 1992
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
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GoddessMonth of Kerea begins 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Calendar: Tinne (Holly) – July 8 to August 4
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July Moon Phases
First Quarter falls on Friday, 24 July, 2015 at 12:05 AM
Full “Blue” Moon falls on Friday, 31 July, 2015 at 6:45 AM
August Moon Phases
Last Quarter falls on Thursday, 06 August, 2015 at 10:05 PM
New Moon falls on Friday, 14 August, 2015 at 10:54 AM
First Quarter falls on Saturday, 22 August, 2015 at 3:32 PM
Full “Sturgeon” Moon falls on Saturday, 29 August, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
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Tasha’s Day by Day Planner for July 2015
Mon. 7/20 Particular Virgo Moon helps scrub up the surroundings.
Tue. 7/21 Justice loving Libra Moon leads us to the right choices. Sun/Saturn enhances long term planning.
Wed. 7/22 Artistic Libra Moon suggests rearranging for harmony. Sun into Leo expands our hearts.
Thu. 7/23 Arbitrating Libra Moon brings out fair mindedness. Mercury enters Leo enhancing romantic communication. Sun/Mercury speeds our words.
Fri. 7/24 Passionate Scorpio Moon heightens feelings today.
Sat. 7/25 Intense Scorpio Moon suggests a tight rein on feelings especially with Venus turning retrograde and a strong Mars/Uranus aspect. Watch out!
Sun. 7/26 Adventuresome Sagittarius Moon is enhanced by Uranus turning retrograde. Almost anything could happen.
Mon. 7/27 Philosophical Sagittarius Moon helps us cope.
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Today’s Goddess: Hina
Moon Day (United States)
Themes:Moon; Communication; Cycles; Mediation
Symbols: Lunar (silver/white items or any corresponding plants/stones); Coconut
About Hina: This Tahitian Goddess is the Lady in the Moon who shines on us with her changing faces. As the dark moon, she presides over death. As the waxing moon, she is the creatrix who made people from clay and the moon, her home. As the full moon, she embodies a mature woman’s warrior spirit. As the waning moon, she is the aging crone full of wisdom and insight.
According to tradition, coconuts were created from the body of Hina’s lover, an eel god, after he was killed by superstitious locals. She also governs matters of honest communication, and when properly propitiated, Hina sometimes acts as an intermediary between humans and the Gods.
To Do Today: On July 20 in 1969, American astronauts visited Hina in person, landing on the moon’s surface and exploring it. In spiritual terms this means taking time to explore the magical nature of the moon today. If the moon is dark, it represents the need to rest from your labors. If it is waxing, start a new magic project and stick with it so the energy grows like the moon. If Hina’s lunar sphere is full, turn a coin in your pocket three times, saying “prosperity” each time so your pocket remains full. If the moon is waning, start taking positive action to rid yourself of a nagging problem. Eat some coconut to help this along by internalizing Hina’s transformative powers.
By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies – Trouble Counting Sheep?
Insomnia is a relatively common sleep disorder, affecting about one-third of the adult population worldwide. Insomnia can cause severe sleeplessness and is more common in women, but the quality of sleep decreases equally in both women and men as we age.
Typical symptoms of insomnia include problems falling asleep, waking up frequently in the night with difficulty falling back to sleep, waking too early in the morning, and feeling unrefreshed when waking in the morning.
The causes of insomnia are varied. Noise, temperature changes, medication side effects, jet lag, and a change in surroundings can all cause insomnia, as can PMS, menopause, menstruation, or pregnancy.
If you suffer from insomnia, try to stick to a routine at bedtime, and go to bed at the same time every day. Avoid caffeine and nicotine before bedtime, and get plenty of exercise during the day. A dark room free of noise may also help-consider buying a “white noise” device if your bedroom is noisy. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try relaxation techniques like breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga.
From GrannyMoon’s Feast Archives
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Heartwings Love Notes 681 My Outdoor Garden
Heartwings says, “Gardens are everywhere when you look for them.”
Stephen and I were out for a walk recently when I spotted them: the little orange and yellow wildflowers I’ve known from my childhood as Butter and Eggs. Joyfully I gathered a small bunch to take home and put into a small yellow vase with a long narrow neck, the perfect size to display these little beauties. Then just for fun I looked them up both on the Internet and in my own reference books: their Latin name is Linaria vulgaris. They were originally brought over from Europe many centuries ago.
Another name for this flower is Toadflax. I read through a number of sources and discovered something interesting. At one time it was thought these flowers would attract toads to the garden. Gardening and herbal lore tell us that what resembles a thing might be connected with it in some way. In the light of this information, it made sense when I read that the flower was called Toadflax because the blossoms resembled tiny toads.
Toads are excellent for the garden’s health. In addition to eating many kinds of harmful insects they delight in dining on slugs. Not only are they far cheaper than noxious chemicals, they are much better for the garden as well as for the gardener than any poisonous insecticides. I also discovered that the flowers and other parts of this plant were in days gone by used as an herbal insecticide. Taken together with the insect killing properties of toads the name Toadflax seems even more appropriate.
Although I have been a gardener for most of my adult life I am currently without a garden. People often ask if I miss it. To some extent I do, however, the many hours I once spent weeding and pruning can now be used for my writing and my rather large email correspondence. I can also console myself with this thought: The wildflowers that grow by the side of the road are available to the eye as well as for picking. Whether I gather them or just leave them there to grow I am glad, because all they require of me is my admiration.
May you enjoy the bounty of nature whether in your garden or elsewhere.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies – Household Shield Spell
Today is the traditional day in Bulgaria for setting up household shields to protect the home from storms and lightning. To provide some protection from storms for your house gather four pennies. Hold the pennies in your hands and envision a blue light connecting the pennies together. Continue envisioning the blue light while you plant one penny in each of the cardinal directions around the outside of the house. When the final penny is in the ground, envision the blue lights that connect the pennies spreading above and below the house, becoming a blue web that protects the house. If you want to follow the Bulgarian tradition, finish the spell by leaving a cup of wine in an open window as a thank you to St. Elijah, the protector.
By Therese Francis
From GrannyMoon’s Feast Archives
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Honey Facial Cleanser From Scent By Spirit
2 tbl. liquid Castile soap
¼ c. honey
¼ c. Rosewater
Mix ingredients and pour into bottle for use. Gently massage onto face and
rinse with tepid water. Can be used for all skin types. Refrigerate, store
for up to one week.
2 tbl. oatmeal
2 tbl. cornmeal
2 tbl. wheatgerm or wheat bran
Mix together and store in airtight container. To use, mix 1 tsp. with 1 tsp.
water. Massage onto skin and rinse with tepid water. To be used twice weekly.
¼ c. apple juice
2 tbl. vodka
2 tbl. witch hazel
Mix together and apply to skin with cotton ball, rinse with cool water.
From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
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As a boy Filbert Bean was fascinated by crime. He reveled in the lurid exploits of John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde and the crimes of Al Capone and Murder Incorporated.
Now in his forties with a wife, two young daughters he was an out of work editor and felt desperate. He’d used up his unemployment benefits writing two mystery novels and had had no success in his efforts to sell them. When he saw the classified ad seeking an editor for a monthly magazine Modern Cooking he immediately applied for the job. That evening he wrote a glowing letter that skirted specifics but presenting himself sufficient to be contacted for an interview.
However, when he told his wife, instead of being happy for him, she shook her head.
“But you know nothing about cooking,“ Gloria said. “Don’t you think that position would be better suited for someone with experience in nutrition and food preparation?”
“Fiddlefump,“ Filbert said. “It’s only a trade journal. “I knew nothing about motors but I hung on at Car News until it folded.”
“But you drive a car,“ she said. “I’ve never seen you cook anything let alone even shop for groceries.”
“Fiddlefump,“ he persisted. “After college when I went to Paris I ate in some pretty impressive French restaurants. That should count for something.”
She knew better than to argue with him and went back to her dinner preparations.
He was pleased when he got a call from the magazine inviting him to come in for an interview.
The office of Modern Cooking was a cramped hodgepodge of little desks piled high with old issues and cook books covering the latest in gourmet food fare.
Emily Spindin the founder and retiring editor greeted him warmly.
“What brings you to cooking, Mr. Bean?“
He smiled. “My grandmother cooked. I remember sitting by her side in her kitchen while she made borscht.”
Mrs. Spindin was immediately impressed. “Not many men seek a career in cooking.”
“It would be a far more peaceful world if men spent more time in the kitchen.“
She smiled and he felt as though he was making a good impression.
She leaned forward and picked up a copy of the magazine. “Of course as our new editor you may have ideas of how to spruce up our publication. Would you like to share them?”
He wasn’t expecting that. Trying not to step on any toes he hedged. “Perhaps eventually a new logo, possibly update the layout; bigger type, more color photography, maybe launch a website.”
“Oh we’re ahead of you on that one,“ she said. “Missy Shroud joined us last year as our IT person.” She nodded and smiled again, “Must keep up with the times,” she said. “But what I wondered was if you had any editorial directions you wished to pursue.”
He nodded and smiled confidently.
“I think its fine just the way it is. After fifty years of success you’re obviously doing lots of things right.“
Ms Spindin looked very pleased and concluded the interview, telling him that she’d be in touch.
He went home feeling confident. “Fifty fifty,” he told his wife.
“Really,“ she said. “But you know nothing about cooking. You’ve never even fired up the grill my parents gave us three years ago.”
“Fiddlefump,“ he assured her. ‘Editors hardly have to know much of anything these days. A good editor is invisible leaving the research and direction to the writers. But I do know when I’m feeling hungry and that in itself is a good thing.”
Two days later an effusive Emily Spindin called inviting him to come in for a final interview and to meet the staff. “Of course that’s a mere formality, I’m sure you’ll make a fine impression.”
Over tea in the conference room Filbert Bean met Missy Shroud and Blanche Trent who divided her time between writing feature articles and helping out as managing editor.
Missy Shroud was a thin woman with tight gray curls. Her large thick lenses obscured most of her face. She smiled shyly. “How do you do?”
Her hair gray hair gathered into an untidy bun, Blanche Trent, a large imposing woman eyed him much the way a large tabby would size up a mouse. “I have written several cookbooks on the subject of puddings,” she said. “The one on fruit puddings alone runs to five hundred pages.” Her long beringed fingers whisked the air for emphasis. “What’s your specialty, or do you cook at all, Mr. Bean? Perhaps you just bake?”
“Not as well as you do, I’m sure.“
“Blanche has been awarded gold medals for her puddings.” Emily said softly.
“And what is your specialty?“ Blanche said.
He smiled. “Scrambled eggs with garlic and blue cheese.”
Missy wrinkled her nose but said nothing.
Blanche however persevered. “Our readers are primarily food professionals.”
“So they know their onions,“ Filbert said.
Emily smiled. “So how would you expand our tried and true readership.”
“I think a special monthly feature would be in order. Something like the last meal hardened criminals would have before their execution. Or perhaps even an exposé on preparing and cooking dog in China.“
Missy’s face reddened. She coughed.
Blanche said nothing but looked rather horrified.”
“But of course I’d certainly look to the staff for guidance. Also we might declare war on wheat and suggest gluten free alternatives.“
“Think of our advertisers,” said Emily. “Our back cover is bought by Wheat Growers of America.”
Filbert backpedaled, “Well, of course…”
“Controversial subjects like,“ Blanche made a face, “Eating canines must be avoided.”
“Yes, yes,“ Filbert said. He rubbed the back of his neck and thought some more. “Famous recipes by criminals,” he said hastily. “Capone in the kitchen perhaps. Reviews of mystery novels based on food and poisons,” he soldiered on.
Missy was cringing in her chair. Blanche’s face was red. Emily rose and extended a polite hand. “Mr. Bean, it was good of you to come in and we will certainly be in touch.”
He gulped. “Perhaps a feature on poisoned puddings?” he said looking at Blanche.
“Really!“ she said.
Emily took his arm and ushered him to the door. “Thank you so much for applying. I am sure that another magazine would be happy to have your unique and special ideas.”
He was still putting on his coat when the door behind him drifted open. “Well, Blanche,“ Emily said,” looks like you’ll be our new editor after all.“
From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Helichrysum
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) blended with Rose Geranium (pelargonium roseumis) said to be healing for burns.
Sourced from a plant in the sunflower family, helichrysum essential oil is said to offer a variety of health benefits.
Helichrysum essential oil is sometimes referred to as “immortelle.” According to aromatherapists, helichrysum essential oil blends
well with a number of other essential oils (including bergamot, chamomile, lavender, rose, and tea tree oils).
Please note that helichrysum essential oil should not be taken internally.
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“The Goddess Companion”
What the Fates foretell will come about.
The very order of the universe obeys
their commands, and so we pray to them:
Goddesses, may you add good destinies
to all you have in store for us.
May our fields be fertile, our herds vast,
and may your sister Ceres wear
great garlands of wheat this harvest time.
~Horace, Hymn for the Centennial
The Fates: they were three spinning sisters, the Greeks and Romans said, who created the thread of life, one who measured out its length, and one who cut it. Our fate was not entirely in our hands, for their powers were beyond us. Our forebears did not believe that individuals could control their own destiny; they would not comprehend our superstition that the time of our death is determined by the amount of exercise we engage in or the number of antioxidants we consume (or do not consume). No, they were aware that only some aspects of life are under our control. And the hour and year of our death is not one of those.
Living with awareness that we do not choose nor control every aspect of our lives is not, however, a morbid or depressing attitude. Rather, it frees us to concentrate on what we can, in fact, control. We can decide where and how to give our affections; we can determine what activities are worthy of our time; we can decide what values to make our priorities. If we cannot control the time of our life’s ending, we can certainly control how its precious moments are spent.
By Patricia Monaghan
From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
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