GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 3-10 March 2019

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Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed.
~GrannyMoon

The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

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Dark Moon — Time to Rest
New Moon — Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon — Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon — Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon — Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon — Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon — Time to Rest Again

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Light A Candle Today!
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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Goddess Month of Moura begins 2/20 – 3/19
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Celtic Tree Calendar: Nion (Ash) February 18 to March 17
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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: Banishing – Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying,
reversing circumstances.

Workings during this Moon are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, she attended LDS Seminary, Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity, since 1999. She is a current board member of the Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, charter member and former counsel and board member of The Order of the White Moon. A scholar of ancient mysteries, Doula, Reiki Master, Herbalist and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. Alternative Religions Educational Network. She has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of the Esoteric.

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Face to Face classes at Sticks and Stones – 11037 Lee Highway · Fairfax, VA

I teach classes on Saturdays 12-2, except the last Saturday of the month. On the last Saturday of the month I host the Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat – open to all – a group of solitaires who celebrate the wheel of the year. 7:15 – 9:00PM

GrannyMoon’s Herbal Witches Cauldron – Every last Saturday of the month. Explore a new herb or two and work on a hands-on project with us. 4-6PM

WitchCrafting – Saturday March 9 and 16, Noon – 2PM

Teach a witch a spell and she can do that spell. Teach a witch the craft and she can do magick!

GrannyMoon, Teaching the Craft for over 20 years!

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day Hail Luna! Hail Mani! Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon Magicks involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries,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
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha

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Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day Day of Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco,. Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression and protection, vitality, passion, ambition and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute.It is lucky to meet a left-handed person on any day except Tuesday – then it’s an ill omen. A superstition from areas of England that were ruled by the Danelaw, because the day is named for Norse God Týr who sacrificed his right hand to bind the Fenris Wolf. #FolkloreThursday

Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Be cautious-especially while traveling.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
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Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,Eloquence
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Indigo, Blue
Candle: Purple
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Hathor
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Energy: Male
Ruler: Jupiter
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters,
Use Growth, Expansion, Prosperity, Money, Business, Attracting More
Thors Day – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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Hail Freya! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Candle: Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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Hail Loki! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn and Loki’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Manifest Happiness at Work Spell
Spell Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Work is a necessity for many of us, but sometimes we work in an environment that can make the necessary unenjoyable. Cast this spell to bring happiness to your workplace and help lighten up the environment when in need.

Take a swatch of yellow fabric about the size of your open hand and into it place the following:

* 3 pinches chamomile herb
* 2 pinches hyssop
* 1 pinch frankincense
* 3 pinches eyebright
* A small piece of paper that has the astrological symbol for the sun drawn on it

Fold the edges of the fabric inward, creating a charm bag. Use gold thread to seal the bag, and chant:

“With the sun I light the way,
bringing about joy and play.
With these herbs I unlock the sun,
releasing camaraderie and fun!”

Keep this charm with you at work and recite the chant at the start of each work day.
This post was written by Devin Hunter on February 24, 2019
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A Wishing Tree Spell
Spell Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

With spring not far away, this is a good time to create your own wishing tree. To do this, first write a wish on a strip of fabric, using a pen or marker. To charge your wish, tuck it beneath your pillow for one night. Don’t be surprised if you receive a prophetic dream. The next day, find a tree or shrub in bud that appeals to you. Tie your wish on one of its branches. This will be your wishing tree. As its buds begin to swell, your wish will start working in the unseen realm. After your wish comes true, remove your wish from the tree and bury it near the tree as an offering to your wishing tree. This tree or shrub and you are now connected. Use it again for your wishes and magic.
This post was written by James Kambos on February 25, 2019
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Maple Syrup Love Spell
Spell Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The sweetness of maple syrup, and its association with warmth and growth, make it perfect for love spells. Maple syrup is basically the “blood” of the maple tree. The sun warms the tree in late winter and sap starts to flow through the tree’s veins. The sap is collected for making maple syrup, sugar, and candy. Charge a bottle of local maple syrup with love, and use it in the following ways:

* Add a small dab of syrup to your bathwater, along with some rose petals or lavender, for a refreshing, romance-attracting bath.

* Make some maple cookies in the shape of hearts and serve them to your loved ones.

* Pour some syrup in a pretty jar and add lavender and rose petals to it. Let it sit for a week, then give it as a gift. When the recipient eats it, they will ingest loving energy.

* Use maple syrup as a sugar February 27 replacement in hot beverages. Have some love with your morning coffee!

* Carefully dribble the syrup into the snow in the shape of a symbol or sigil that represents love, such as a heart or an X. Let the snow melt and carry your sweet wishes into the earth.
This post was written by Kate Freuler on February 26, 2019
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Ritual Honoring Air
Spell Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

This ritual celebrates the air element and helps you incorporate its characteristics into your life. Air represents the mind, intellect, creativity, beginnings, and communication. Choose one (or more) of these aspects on which to focus, or include all of them in your visualization.

Select an object to represent air, and place it on your altar. It can be a feather, for example, or a photo or drawing of the sky. Flutes and other wind instruments are also symbolic of air. Speak these words:

“I honor the element of air-
the wind, the movement of life,
and the changes it brings;
I move with ease in the breeze,
ride the air like untethered leaves,
without fear or worry
where it may lead, accepting
adventure and discovery.”
This post was written by Ember Grant on February 27, 2019
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Winter Slower Energy Meditation
Spell Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

The energy of the earth slows during the winter months, even in the places where it stays relatively warm, although it might be less obvious there. Our ancestors slowed down with the season, as the days grew shorter and there were no crops to tend. They had no electric lights or television, so they went to bed early or told stories by the fire. These days it is harder to slow down, so use this simple meditation to help you remember to go with the naturally slower flow of the winter. Start by lighting a white candle and taking deep, slow breaths as you say this to yourself, either silently or aloud:

“It is winter, and the world is quiet.
I will be quiet too
And slow my pace to match that of the earth.
Quiet and slow, slow and quiet,
Breathing in, breathing out,
Slowly.”
This post was written by Deborah Blake on February 28, 2019
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Doing Magic in Public
Spell Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Sometimes we need to do some small magic in public where people can see us. But we obviously cannot set up an altar while we’re sitting in a meeting at work. What to do? First, visualize. Second, use your forefinger as your wand. Start with small magic. You can do bigger work at home or with your circle or coven.

Visualize what you want to happen. Imagine that it can “hear” you. Using your projective hand (right, if you’re right-handed), draw little deosil (clockwise) circles with your forefinger to get your target’s attention.

When you’ve got its attention, use your receptive forefinger and draw deosil circles to stir up some action, like maybe to pull some money or other treasure in your direction. When you feel it coming, grab it with your forefinger and thumb. If you’re working in public, you’ll merely look like a very twitchy person. (Please note that this will not work with cats.)
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on March 01, 2019
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There and Back Again, Bilbo
Spell Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Are you longing to travel like Bilbo Baggins, there and back again? Then take a minute today to begin a journal in anticipation of your voyage. While adding ideas to your diary, focus your creative manifesting powers imaginatively. Collecting postcards and travel magazines will help you fill your mind with possibilities, hotel locations, or document details such as train times and bus schedules.

Fully calculate the cost of your adventure and find a way to achieve your travel goal with micro-saving methods. Working hard to research and discover another city or country before you travel is essential. A simple travel log can become an ironic memento of home and abroad, because the more we journal our adventures, the more we long for home. The road will rise to meet your magick, dear reader, especially if you’ve a pinch of intentional planning and the good luck charm of a journal and a pen in your right side pocket.
This post was written by Estha McNevin on March 02, 2019

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Heartwings Love Notes 869: Judge Not

Heartwings says, “There’s a fine line between observing and judging.”

As stated in Mathew 7, during the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” And he goes on to say (as I have paraphrased it) that before we do that we need to look to our own selves to see how innocent we may be of what we are criticizing. It’s been my experience that those things that annoy me most are often those things that I may be guilty of myself.

If I am paying attention, I can take the opportunity this gives me to look at my annoyance as a reminder of my own issues rather than feeling superior about someone else’s faults. Like most if not all of us I have been there and done that and perhaps even realized afterward that I too am guilty of the same. It is usually easier to see the faults of others than to turn the searchlight on our own.

There is another road I can take and that is observing without actually making a judgment. I must do this carefully, with a sense of detachment. For instance, if I see someone behaving in a way that seems to me to be rude, I can view the potential rudeness simply as this person’s actions, or I can see them in a critical light. If I did these things, I would consider them to be rude. However, perhaps the person in question simply doesn’t know any better.

Unwitting rudeness happens frequently with children. I remember one of my daughters at 3 looking at her grandmother and saying. “Why are you so fat?” The poor woman was quite taken aback. She sputtered a bit then smiled and changed the subject. Children can be tactless. Later they may learn that this kind of behavior is not viewed kindly. I know even as an adult I have been guilty of it. As a result, when I am with someone whose actions seem to be inappropriate I hope to see their behavior as a result of ignorance.

Learning as I go I hope to be as nonjudgmental as I can. Having grown up with prejudices inherited from my judgmental mother and father, in order to encounter these I observe myself in action as I am able and I do not judge myself. Life is a wonderful teacher. As I move through each day I find numerous opportunities to enhance my knowledge as well as refine my responses. It’s a kind of game I play. If I do not judge myself I will be less judgmental of others. Despite what they might have said or done, when I don’t judge them I can see them more clearly and with kinder eyes.

May you find yourself improving day by day.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Have you checked out my new book, Up to my Neck in Lemons on Amazon? It’s a collection of poetry, recipes and love notes to do with resolving some of life’s dilemmas in a positive way. Hope you do and maybe buy a copy. Tasha Halpert <tashahal@gmail.com>

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Waiting in Plain Sight
By Clio Ajana

A common saying has March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. After weeks of snowy weather, it is hard to wait any more for spring. The time of year, like the weather, performs a balancing act between blustery storms, accumulating snow, flooding, and days when the temperature cannot seem to make up its mind: are we finally stepping beyond the grip of winter or must we still bundle up? For those who are in the “grin and bear it” phase, these last bursts of winter test one’s patience. The end of road is waiting in plain sight.

Spring and its heralds come through weeks before we see the signs. What awaits us during this time are reminders of transition. Meterological spring is March 1, covering the months of March, April, and May in the northern hemisphere. Our embrace of all things spring comes later than the beginning of the month. When a few feet of snow are piled into mounds at the end of driveways or by alleyways with only a narrow path for vehicles, it is hard to visualize spring flowers blooming and the increase of sunlight.

Still, waiting in plain sight are joys and revelations. Walking between the large snow mounds and viewing a clear blue sky brings a reminder of the beauty of nature around us. How many ways can one make a village of snow people, complete with castles and snow forts? How many types of soup can be celebrated with friends at gatherings? How many unexpected snow days can be spent reading a cherished book, or chatting with a neighbor? What awaits us are experiences that might not otherwise be available if we were engaged in our regular routines.

Waiting is an engaging past-time on many levels. In pausing or delaying an action until a later point, we punctuate our expectations of what should happen with a subtle agreement to take a different path, at least momentarily. Weather delays are one example: we grumble at the change in our schedules, but with an acceptance that there is nothing that can really be done about it.

There are other examples, outside of the reality of winter weather: there are still places with a waiting period before getting a marriage license, and anyone who has seen or lived through a renovation deals with the pain of waiting for the finished product. The gift that hides within a renovation is time to see things from a different point of view and time to make changes if necessary.

There is another type of waiting, also done in plain sight: grief.

When we grieve, we are waiting. Perhaps we wait for a sign or words that remind us of the loved one. Grief does not hide; on the contrary, it presents itself with full view in the guise of waiting. While many speak of grief during its active phase, just after the loss, there are many types of grief. The loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, relative, friend, or neighbor brings forth certain types of grief.

One type of grief is no less important than another; each one is a loss. Sometimes, we forget how the involuntary change of a career, the diagnosis of an illness, the successful completion of weight loss surgery, or the act of becoming homeless – to name just some examples – are all losses. All involve waiting. All require a period of mourning what was; there is no re-framing reality in any of these situations. Something that was present is no longer.

Waiting is a part of the grieving process: waiting for grief to start, waiting for it to end, or for it to seem like it will end. Grief can involve waiting for others to acknowledge the public pain that the mourner has for the loss. There is waiting for the self to acknowledge when the time comes to re-enter the ordinary flow of time. Grief inhabits the land of waiting.

We hold grief in our hearts in some form as we watch our children grow up, or as we bid farewell to friends who no longer form our social circle. We wait for new friends, fresh adventures, and exciting prospects bring us joy on our chosen paths. Each time we change jobs, or finish training to start a career, we have a waiting period. This pause can allow us to reflect upon what we are choosing to leave behind and what we welcome into our lives with enthusiasm.

Waiting is not for the weak: it requires a patience that we might not see or feel in ourselves at the time. It may be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other on a chosen path, yet we find that taking those initial steps fills us with hesitation and trepidation at what lies ahead. Waiting asks us to consider the eddies simultaneously of what might have been, what may be, and what currently is. Choices may be in plain sight in front of us, yet we might not see them unless we engage in the act of waiting.

“Dark night of soul” is a term commonly used to refer to a period of great turmoil and chaos in our personal lives. Despite its origins with Christian mysticism, the term is often used within the Pagan community as a descriptive term for a time of crisis and awakening on one’s spiritual or religious path. In my home tradition, the time period of second degree study is commonly one when the dark night of the soul experience occurs; however, it is not limited to only those entering the second degree. Sometimes what is called “burnout” for higher-level clergy and long-time practitioners in any tradition can be an extended dark night of the soul experience. The timing may vary, but the sense of the long wait, the drudging through mud, and the lack of a quick exit are common.

During my time in my home tradition, I have experienced the dark night of the soul a few times, most recently combined with actual grief. It has taken about 18 months to appreciate the joy of waiting and wading through times of grief. Both coming out of a time of being in the dark night of the soul and coming out of a time of grief and mourning appear as warmth at the end of a long winter. Spring is coming. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The reward for waiting becomes evident with each passing day.

Waiting in plain sight are the gifts that we might not appreciate if we did not have to hunt to find them. The arrival of Daylight Savings Time brings a welcome change for those who want to enjoy evening comforts with a bit more daylight. The tradeoff in loss of sleep heralds the impending start of spring as many understand it: a time of warmer temperatures, rains to nourish flowers yet to bloom, and a transition to a more active cycle. We have to seek what will help us to resume our normal sleep patterns.

As we continue our wait, we can see what looks like daylight just beyond the edge of our everyday problems and concerns. The biggest gift that waiting gives us is the chance to re-frame what we see and what we choose to do with our lives and with the time we have before us. It is easy to see solutions during warmer weather.

We only have some much time allotted to us, and we can’t always plan for a crisis – when the flood happens, when we lose a job, when a relative falls ill and it is our responsibility to care for them. Often, we are so busy dealing with the crisis that it is hard to see the small spaces where waiting allows us just a bit more room to see and to understand. As winter takes its last gasp of storms and we deal with their aftermath, we can see what is waiting in plain sight – the end of the road that is before us.

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A Checklist to Discern Your Empathic Abilities
This article was written by Raven Digitalis

If you’re reading this…odds are you either currently consider yourself an empath or are wondering if such a term applies to you on an individual level. I encourage you to reflect on the following brief list to see if the term empath accurately describes your unique personality.

Those with a high level of empathic ability tend to have certain experiential commonalities, including the items on this list. Grab a pencil and check off (or mentally note) the qualities that fit you personally. Keep in mind that there are no strict rules for “being” an empath, but there are still plenty of similarities between individuals of high empathetic capacity. Not every item on this list will be personally relevant, but if you’ve circled at least twenty of these points, you, my friend, could be considered a strong empath.

? The tendency to absorb and “become” the emotions of others around you
? The ability to relate to a wide variety of people and perspectives
? Difficulty in distinguishing your own emotions from those of others
? Having an emotional depth that seems unusual or unconventional
? A natural inclination toward all things mystical, spiritual, and multicultural
? A personality that is generally kind, easygoing, and gentle in nature
? The ability to communicate with anyone “on their level”
? Frequently mirroring other people’s mannerisms, expressions, and accents unconsciously
? Friends (and even strangers) feel that they can tell you anything or trust you with their life
? Experiencing anxiety, fatigue, or headaches in large public situations
? Perceiving emotional exchanges better than intellectual or conversational exchanges
? A frequent need for solitude or small breaks from society
? Increased sensitivity toward sensory input such as sounds, lights, scents, textures, and tastes
? The ability to step into the emotional energy of a person, place, or situation
? A desire to avoid anger, aggression, or confrontations of any kind
? A desire to alleviate suffering and help others in need, including perfect strangers
? Feeling alien or foreign to the world at large
? The ability to see beyond people’s façades and social posturing
? Seeing beauty, art, or love in things where others may not
? An inherent disposition toward anxiety, depression, and introspection
? The ability to see everyone and everything as valid and valuable, particularly children and animals
? The innate sense that everyone and everything is interconnected or “one
? A deep connection with “innocence,” such as what is often found in children, animals, and nature
? A tendency to take things too seriously and not always get sarcastic humor
? Contemplating how things work or come into being; wanting to see behind the scenes
? Difficulty in understanding other people’s boundaries or reading social cues
? A desire to cause as little harm or conflict as humanly possible
? Having a touchy-feely personality and a generally warm demeanor
? A tendency to be extremely generous, thoughtful, and forgiving
? Having a sensitive nervous system and a body that is highly sensitive to physical pain
? The ability to fully and deeply engage in a focused activity or project, such as artistic expression, problem-solving, and various creative outlets

Excerpted from Esoteric Empathy, by Raven Digitalis

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Crystals for Creativity
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Peacefulmind.com

The power behind Earth’s minerals can be felt the minute you put a crystal in your hands or near your physical body. Crystals are the treasures of the earth. These stones are filled with energy to be used. Some of the best crystals for creativity include Amazonite, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Chrysocolla, Quartz and Turquoise. They can be used for creative awareness, communication, better understanding, insight, and transitions.

Amazonite: Assists in courage of personal expression, giving us the power to say the words we’re afraid to speak. Creativity may be a process of co-creation with others. Green stones are instrumental in distilling the raw information used for personal expression. Good for anyone involved in the arts. Utilize Amazonite in order to encourage the pursuit of your unique path in life.

Aquamarine: Helps us to access our souls’ wisdom, and on the deepest level to the wisdom of universal consciousness. Tranquilizing, uplifting, openness, innocence, lightheartedness, creativity, communication, self-awareness, confidence, purpose. Filters out unnecessary information to the brain. Has an affinity with sensitive and mystical people. Increases creativity and sharpens intuition

Blue Lace Agate: When we need to be clear and yet peaceful in our verbal expression, this is a helpful stone. Agates are grounding stones. They help obtain a better physical and emotional balance. They work to raise consciousness. Builds self-confidence. Blue Lace Agate helps to focus on the inner source of love within you that transforms and heals all wounds. Contains the qualities of flight, air, movement, and grace. Highly inspirational when working with the inner self. Works well with manifested growth.

Blue Chalcedony: Benefits the Throat Chakra, therefore it is a wonderful stone for improving communications and listening skills. It improves mental and verbal flexibility, dexterity, learning and memory. It helps one accept new situations, assimilate new ideas and stimulates creativity.

Chrysocolla: Calms us so that our thoughts flow freely. This is a good stone for those who find their thinking processes to be intellectually sound, but lacking emotional quality. Allows, flexibility, self-forgiveness, peace of heart, patience. Keeps one in light, love, and healing daily. On Throat, expressing feelings, verbal and artistic creativity. Helps one feel more comfortable speaking the truth. Helps develop personal confidence.

Quartz: “Rock Crystal” is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”! Easy to cleanse, store information/energy in, program or amplify energy and is used as a healing instrument. The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency.

Turquoise: This is valuable for clarifying our desires and expressing them to others who can help us manifest them. Speech enhancer for communication. It opens the Throat Chakra, for open communication, creativity, serenity, spiritual bonding, and uplifting. Opens the Heart Chakra for giving/receiving. Strengthens and aligns all meridians, chakras, and energy fields. Can also help you get more in tune with others. A popular stone with creative problem solvers. Meant for those who wish to communicate.

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What Essential Oils are Good for Headaches?

Here’s a quick list of 5 ways that some essential oils are good for headaches:

1. Relieve pain
2. Release tension
3. Encourage relaxation (in mind, heart, and body)
4. Support deep breathing
5. Calm and center the mind

You can probably imagine that the first two ways help a lot-soothing inflammation (which causes pain) and helping the muscles in and around your head release tension can create some quick and amazing results!

The other three ways are important, too.

When we can relax, breathe deeply, and maintain a calm mind, we’re less likely to carry stress and tension that can translate to a headache.

My Headache is Gone! Roll-On Oil
” 10 ml Trauma Oil
” 2 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)
” 2 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
” 2 drops Spike Lavender essential oil (Lavandula latifolia)

You’ll need a 10 ml roller-top bottle to make this recipe.
Combine the Trauma Oil and essential oils in your 10 ml bottle, then snap the roller-top into place.

When you have a headache (or don’t want to get one!), roll this blend on the back of your neck.
It helps to relax your muscles, and the relief radiates up through your head and scalp.
Have you ever used Trauma Oil before?

It is a fantastic carrier for natural pain relief blends!
Trauma Oil is actually a carrier oil (such as olive oil) that’s been infused with three inflammation-calming herbs: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula. (The St. John’s wort gives it a gorgeous, deep reddish brown color!)

While the essential oils are good for headaches, Trauma Oil alone can create a deep experience of natural pain relief.
But let’s add in the essential oils! (We are not going “half way” on this recipe!)

Peppermint is a classic essential oil for headaches. Its cooling touch seems to “dissolve” head pain so quickly!
Frankincense is usually considered first for things like relaxation, stress relief, and emotional balance. But take it from me . . . this is an incredible essential oil for headache relief! It is gentle and effective at calming inflammation.
Spike Lavender is different than “true” Lavender. It has some camphor in it, as well as a natural component called 1,8 cineole (which we also find in Eucalyptus essential oil). Spike Lavender is so good at releasing tension that I often use it in muscle massage blends for cramps or tight muscles after a workout. This translates to easing headaches very effectively.

All three of these essential oils are good for headaches because they also support deep, clear breathing. This helps the body relax through and through, releasing any tension that could try to creep back up into your shoulders, neck, and scalp.
Enjoy!

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Our Insecurities
By Madisyn Taylor

We all have glorious imperfections making us utterly human.

At some point in our life there may come a time when we feel insecure about ourselves. We might judge our ability to do something or feel self-conscious about the way we look. It does not matter how this feeling manifests in our life, but it is important to be aware of our thoughts and how they impact our view of ourselves. Once we remember that insecurities are a normal part of life for everyone–even those who appear to be extremely self-assured–we may find it easier to step back from the uncertainty that lies within and take a more realistic look at ourselves.

The desire to improve or better ourselves is a natural response that arises when we begin to compare our lives to those of other people. It might seem, for example, that we do not have nearly as much going for us as our neighbor, best friend, or coworker. In truth, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice. They may be putting on a mask, trying to make things in their lives seem better than they are. If we were to look at their lives a little more closely, we would also realize that they are human, full of glorious imperfections that make them who they are. Recognizing this may take some time at first. Should we, however, feel our uncertainties begin to surface, taking deep breaths while at the same time acknowledging each one of our gifts will help us become more centered. Doing this allows us to see the wonders that lie within and lets our inner beauty shine forth into the world all the more brightly.

When we hold up such a detailed mirror to our lives and weigh ourselves against others, we are not able to see the things that make us truly unique. Giving ourselves permission to appreciate all the universe has given us, however, will make us feel more secure about ourselves and more able to use our gifts to their fullest.

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Spring Herbal Medicine Chest
by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Peacefulmind.com

With the change of seasons from Winter to Spring, we need to change our supplies in our medicine cabinet:

Astragalus : restoring both resilience and immunity and efficiency of metabolism. Restores energy to the body very quickly.

Burdock Root: helps to purify blood and restores the liver by reducing build up of toxins in the skin and helps gallbladder function and immunity.

Dandelion Root: is an excellent tonic for the liver and blood purifier. High in vitamins and minerals, its best for a variety of liver and gallbladder problems.

Echinacea :is used in the treatment of infectious wounds and burns or eruptive skin complaints. Helpful in retiring bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Garlic is an antibiotic that can actually kill infecting bacteria and at the same time protect the body from the poisons that are causing the infection.

Marshmallow Root : stimulates the immune system and the production of white blood cells. It soothes inflammation, slows production of mucus, reducing blood sugar levels.

Milk Thistle: is the best in cleaning our blood and liver. It helps to prevent a host of problems our bodies can acquire from internal and external toxic overload.

Nettle: Nettles are invaluable as a food, rich in vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent remedy for anemia, their vitamin C content ensures that the iron they contain is properly absorbed. Nettles increase the quality of the blood helping to give a healthy glow to the skin.

Yellow Dock: is useful for relieving a congested liver, as well as for scrofulous skin diseases. It can be freely used as a blood tonic and mild laxative.

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GrannyMoon’s Witches Kitchen
Cold Weather Recipes

DIY Starbucks Chai Latte
Serves: 1
Source: hip2save.com

Ingredients:
2 chai tea bags
8 oz. boiling water
4 oz. milk (use desired type of milk)
*optional – favorite sweetener, I used a tiny bit of honey
dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg for top

Instructions:
Steep two tea bags with boiling water for about 5-10 minutes.

Warm milk in the microwave or on the stove, and froth until fluffy. Pour on top of tea, and mix in any desired sweetener.

Top with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy!

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 2 (using 1% milk and stevia for sweetener)

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90-Second Keto Bread in a Mug
Recipe by: Fioa

“Try this quick and easy keto and paleo bread made with only 5 ingredients in the microwave in just 90 seconds! So tasty and just perfect for sandwiches and toast.”

1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup blanched almond flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
Add all ingredients to list

Directions
Prep
5 m

Cook
2 m

Ready In
9 m

Place butter in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave until melted, about 15 seconds. Swirl mug until fully coated.

Combine almond flour, egg, baking powder, and salt in the mug; whisk until smooth.
Microwave at maximum power until set, about 90 seconds. Let cool for 2 minutes before slicing.

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Stephen Halpert
Magee 9

While Sippi and I were at police headquarters with Snowflake, as Raven Jones later told us, he was finishing up paper work at his desk at Boston’s FBI headquarters. To his surprise his boss called him into his office. Sitting with him was a man with a familiar face. He’d seen him being interviewed numerous times on Fox TV news.”
“This is Stephen Mills from Washington,” his boss said.
The man was tall and gaunt with a sallow complexion and a receding hairline. Mills critical attitude towards the FBI and its former directors was an annoyance to the Bureau.
Mills looked up at Raven and frowned. “So you’re Raven Jones, former all-star NBA hotshot.”
Raven nodded and glanced over at his boss, hopeful for some sort of indication as to what was going on, but he remained quiet and pokerfaced.
“All-star yes but I wouldn’t call myself a hotshot.”
Mills stuck out his chin. “Until that injury you sustained ended your undistinguished career, you always struck me as terribly overrated.”
Raven felt the sting but refused to take the bait. “Guess you weren’t a Lakers fan.” He turned to his boss. “Something you needed to see me about?”
“I’ve got plenty to ask you about, Jones,” the man from the Executive branch in Washington said loudly. “I want to know exactly what’s going on with the Spike investigation and why Chief Thomas Mallory and his bumbling amateurs disregard direct orders and stick their noses into Federal business.”
Raven maintained his own poker face. “I didn’t know that was the case,”
Mills glared. “You know perfectly well that that’s the case.” The veins bulged in his forehead. “You and that loudmouth girlfriend of yours.”
Raven raised his eyebrows. “I have any number of loudmouth girlfriends. I like them that way.”
“Don’t play games with me Jones. You know perfectly well I’m talking about Sippi Bopp.”
“If you know who she is why don’t you ask her yourself?”
The man’s face tightened and his lips trembled. “Listen Jones,” he clenched his fist and shook it at Raven. “All it would take would be one phone call from my boss in the West Wing and you’d be transferred to the Alaska office. How’s that hit you? You have no idea how powerful the Executive branch can be.”
Raven focused on his breathand calmed himself. “I guess in that case I’d resign. Alaska’s too cold for me. I’m not much into snowballs.”
The tall string bean of a man jumped to his feet, clenched his jaw and turned to Raven. “Do you have any idea who you’re messing with you insubordinate …”
Raven was sure he heard him mouth the “n” word.
“That’s enough,” his boss said. He looked hard at Mills. “Be specific or leave. Do I make myself clear?”
Raven took a deep breath and held his tongue. His mind raced. Why was Washington so sensitive about the Spikes murders. What was the connection between Horace Spikes, his concrete business and the highest echelons of Washington?
“What’s a two bit police chief doing sticking his nose in the Spikes case?” Mills reiterated.
Raven looked pensive. “I’d say trying to solve the murder of four citizens within his jurisdiction.”
“Even when a gag order was put into effect? He’s been warned by the District Attorney.”
“In which case you’ll have to talk to Chief Mallory about that,” Raven said.
“Do you have any idea how powerful my boss is?” Mills shouted.
“Enough,” his boss said. “Stop threatening my agent.” He turned to Raven. “There’s more to this case than one might comprehend.” He raised an eyebrow. “More implications than meet the eye.”
Raven nodded. Now he was even more curious about what was going on behind the Spike murders. He could certainly see Horace Spike as a mob target. But why his wife, his son, even an innocent bystander? This whole business didn’t make any sense. He wondered if Spikes’ organization in the Bronx had anything to do with it.
His boss nodded back. “Thank you, Jones. We’ll certainly appreciate your observations. I assume whatever you discover will be in your reports. I know you have plenty to do; you can get back to work now.”
His head filled with questions, Raven left his boss’s office and finished up for the day.
Meanwhile at police headquarters Sippi, Aunt Bea, and me were in a consulting room with Chief Mallory and a detonation expert from the bomb squad. They were watching a veterinarian examine a sedated Snowflake.
“Interesting,” the man from the bomb squad said. He studied the dials on a small electronic device buried in her neck. “That metal case your police dog dug up on the Spikes’ property and now this collar sewn into this poodle’s neck both contain similar explosives. They had to be furnished by the same person and they’re foreign in origin.”
“Can you save Snowflake?” Aunt Bea dabbed a tear from her eye.
“We’ll try,” he said. “Somehow we need to come up with a way to neutralize those explosives. I believe they’re Eastern European. It’s an explosive we’re not all that familiar with. That much we know.” He turned to the vet. “How are her vitals?”
“Strong, at least for now. We’ll have to keep her under until we can figure this out. She’ll be fine,” he added hastily as Aunt Bea burst into tears.
With that, Sippi and I left and went back to her condo, dropping a weeping Aunt Bea off at hers.
The next morning Raven’s boss called him back into his office. “I’m assigning you to the Spikes’ case,” he told him.
Raven raised his eyebrows. “You serious?”
“Not just me, orders from above.” His boss smiled. “Looks like something has changed.”
“Any special directions?”
His boss nodded. “Here’s the deal,” he began. Raven whipped out his notebook and began writing.
As soon as his boss finished, Raven phoned Sippi with the news. “I’ll be down there soon,” he said.
She sighed. “Hope you’re not getting set up.”
“Oh I’ll be ok,” he said. Figured I’d bring you with me. That way you can take care of the man you love.”
“Expense account?”
“Absolutely. Those orders came from the Director.”
“She smiled. “Book two rooms at the Plaza.”
“Sippi!”
She smiled. But they can be adjoining rooms.”
“One room with a big kings size bed,” he lowered his voice, “Like we had hat weekend at the beach in San Diego.”
“Oh Raven,” she said. “Something that special must wait until my wedding night.”
He half shouted. “Then marry me!”
She laughed. I’ll bring Magee.”
(to be continued)

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