Read GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast! Blessed Ostara and Happy St. Paddy’s Day! 15-22 Mar 2020

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“Yeah, it’s St. Paddy’s Day. Everyone’s Irish tonight.” – Norman Reedus, The Boondock Saints

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time-a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” – Adrienne Cook

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

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
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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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Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of Month of Columbina begins 3/20 – 4/1
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18: Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) March 18 to April 14

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What’s Happening in March?

16th – On this day in 1915, absinthe (a liqueur made from the herb wormwood) was banned in France
17th – St. Patrick’s Day
19th – Ostara
19th – Spring Equinox
20th – Zodiac Period of Pisces ends
21st – Zodiac Period of Aries begins
24th – New Moon

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The Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

Magickal Attributes: Banishing Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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Biddy Tarot Card of the Week
by Brigit |<brigit@biddytarot.com>

The Tower Reversed

With the Tower showing up reversed this week, it’s a time of significant personal transformation.

You are instigating the change and calling into question your fundamental belief systems, values, purpose and meaning. You may go through a spiritual awakening as you discover a new spiritual path. You may change your beliefs and opinions about important topics, realizing that you can no longer support older models.

While this can be an unsettling time, trust in the process and know it is for the best. You are creating change and transformation so you can step into a new and evolved version of yourself.

Ask the Tarot: How can I be more open to this change?

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Spiritual Steel – Protection Techniques
Hosted by Frank Stormcatcher

Sunday, March 29, 2020
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Sticks & Stones
11037 Lee Hwy · Fairfax, VA

Living in a magical cosmology opens us to wonders we might otherwise never experience, both good and ill.

While it is easy to get caught up in the beauty and joy, we must remember that not everything or everyone out there will be friendly, and on occasion may even be outright hostile.

This class will introduce techniques to protect both yourself and the place you call home.

The first half will cover simple techniques that anyone can use, some using everyday items you can find just about anywhere.

The second half will cover more complex techniques meant for those familiar with ritual and magical workings.

Instructor: Frank Stormcatcher
Course Fee: $35

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Magical Ethics Workshop
Hosted by Frank Stormcatcher

Sunday, March 29, 2020
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Sticks & Stones
11037 Lee Hwy · Fairfax, VA

Details
“Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

While that classic quote might bring a smile to your face, it is still a legitimate question.

Where do we draw the line?

Where should we draw it?

In this class, we will discuss basic ethical principle and how we can apply them to our practices. We will also discuss various ethical modalities (e.g. Karma, The Threefold Law, etc.) from around the world and how applicable they are in the context of the society in which we currently live.

Instructor: Frank Stormcatcher
Fee: $35

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Ostara Traditions

Spring or the Vernal Equinox Arrives Between March 20 – 23
Also known as: Lady Day or Alban Eiler (Druidic)

Spring Equinox aka Vernal Equinox aka Ostara. Thursday, March 19, which is earlier than it’s been in over a century! Marks the beginning of Spring. Days and nights are exactly equal, the sun rises and sets in the exact east and west. This holiday represents the first creation, but also the annual creation (planting so crops grow each year) and most symbolic, the perpetual creation. Fertility symbols abound such as eggs and rabbits.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

Traditional Foods: Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers: Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone: Jasper

Special Activities: Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Renew Your Spirit Spell
March 15, 2020 by James Kambos

Spring is near. Though frost is still in the ground in many places, March is a good time to renew your spirit. Use this spell to ready yourself for spring or to rise to meet any challenge. You’ll need a small dish of garden or potting soil, one green candle, and one light blue candle.

Place the dish of soil in the center of your altar. Set a candle in a holder on each side of the dish, but don’t light them yet. Sit before the altar and say:

In the zodiac, the fishes and
the ram rule Father Sky.
Beneath the earth, the
Goddess begins to stir.
Father Sky and Mother Earth,
renew my spirit, let it fly.

Now light the candles. Visualize your spirit soaring as you accomplish your goals. End by sprinkling the soil around a tree. Extinguish the candles and use them for other nature magic spells.
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Pi Day
March 14, 2020 by Tess Whitehurst

It’s Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant that is (among other things) the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter. Since pi begins with 3.14 (hence the date), it is an irrational number that continues infinitely after the decimal. In addition to eluding accurate definition by being unending, pi is a transcendental number: it is impossible to express using rational numbers and impossible to construct geometrically with programs or tools. Pi was of vital importance to the mathematical and architectural studies of a number of ancient cultures around the world, including those of Greece and Egypt.

Today, bake or purchase a delicious pie. (In addition to being a pun on pi, a pie is a circle and therefore an actual representation of pi.) Light a candle and enjoy the pie with one or more friends as you quietly contemplate the transcendent and infinite nature of the cosmos and the entire physical world.
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Wish You Were Here
March 13, 2020 by Melissa Tipton

Use this spell if you want to travel to a particular place and your travel budget needs a little boost. First, buy or make a postcard of your desired destination. On the reverse, write a message from your future self (who is already at the destination) and share at least one reason why the trip is a wonderful experience. End with this:

I can’t wait to see you here!

Next, hold the postcard in both hands and imagine yourself at this destination, tapping into how you feel while you’re there. Then say:

All details of my trip to (name of
place) are unfolding in a manner that
is correct and for the highest good.

Stamp the card and mail it to yourself. When it arrives, once again tap into the feeling and excitement of being there, and place the postcard someplace where you’ll see it every day. Pay attention to any intuitive guidance pointing you toward choices and opportunities that support your spell’s unfolding.
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A Spell for Balance
March 12, 2020 by Charlie Rainbow Wolf

We’re coming down off the full m oon energy, and this spell will help you keep things in balance. It focuses on restoring harmony in all areas of your life, from finances to relationships—even your relationship with yourself. You’ll need an amethyst or other purple stone, a white candle on a heatproof surface, and something to light the candle with.

Light the candle and pick up the stone. Focus on the stone drawing out whatever is causing the imbalance in your life so the space can be filled with harmony and stability. When you feel yourself coming back to your center, carefully pass the stone through the candle flame and say:

I pass the crystal through the light,
For peace and calm and all that’s right.

Pinch out the flame and put the stone somewhere private but where you’ll see it often. This spell can be repeated at any time.
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Apple Divination
March 11, 2020 by Laura Tempest Zakroff

March 11 is Johnny Appleseed Day, which celebrates the life of a real person: John Chapman. Reputed to be a kind man, he was a leader in conservation and is responsible for introducing apple trees to many areas of the United States.

The apple has a long history of being used in Witchcraft. If you cut an apple in half horizontally (not through the stem), you will often find that the seeds form a pentagram.

If you wish to know how a ritual or spell will go, place an apple on your altar before you start. After you finish the working, slice the apple in half and study what you find. If it looks pleasing, eat one half and leave the other half as an offering outside. If the results are less than favorable, instead of consuming your half, bury it in the earth or compost.
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Zesty Purification Candle
March 10, 2020 by Michael Furie

This candle is an easy and effective means of clearing out any astral buildup or bad vibes in your environment.

Items needed:
* ½ cup safflower oil
* 1 bay leaf
* ½ teaspoon each lemon, lime and grapefruit zest
* 1 white candle

Combine the oil with the bay leaf and the citrus zests in a small pot and warm them over low heat on the stove. Once you can smell the oil in the air, remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Anoint the candle with the oil and place it in a sturdy holder. Then light it, carrying it from room to room so that its power is fully released.
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Full Moon Prosperity Spell
March 09, 2020 by Ari Mankey

Using a small mirror, reflect the light of the full moon into a small piece of aventurine (a type of green crystal) or a coin such as a nickel or a dime. This can be done either outside or near a window inside. As the moonlight is reflected into your stone or coin, imagine the object you are using absorbing the energy of the moon.

When you are done, keep your stone or coin on your person, either in a pocket or in your purse. It will attract money and prosperity to you. If its power starts to drain, simply add more to it on the next full moon night.

If you have a big piece of aventurine, you can charge it with the power of the moon using this technique and then transfer that energy to smaller items as needed. It’s like having a giant moon battery!

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Taking a Breath: Spiritual Care for Intense Times
from The Druid’s Garden

To say that this hasn’t been an easy week for anyone in North America, Europe or in many places around the globe is an understatement. Between what is happening in work life, school life, and political life, the situation is difficult to navigate. I’ve talked to many friends and family who are feeling overwhelmed, lost, panicked, and fearful about the near future. So today’s post is about taking a breath. Its times like these that I am thankful for my druid practice, thankful for the healing nature provides, and thankful for the lessons of spirit. Let’s take a breather today, now, in this space and time, and talk through a few spiritual self-care practices that can help in times of high stress, anxiety, and intensity. I have three kinds of suggestions that have helped me get through this week–embracing nature, embracing spiritual practices, and embracing the bardic arts.

Embrace Nature

Regardless of what is happening in the broader world, the nature that embraced you last week still is there for you today. While everything is going crazy in the social sphere, the natural world has not changed. Embracing nature, letting nature heal, calm the spirit and soothe the body is critical in this time. Nature is the great healer and nurturer of the human soul, a place that we can always return to as a refuge, to seek healing and strength. Here are three suggestions for this time:

Connecting with plants and trees

Visit a tree.

If at all possible, go to nature for your healing and strength. As this week’s situation was unfolding, particularly with my work and family, a tree in our yard–a beautiful Norway spruce friend that I can always see from my window and that I walk past every day– kept calling to me. Come closer, sit, stay awhile. Each day, 10 or 15 minutes of time with this tree. This was extremely beneficial. So spend some time in a natural area, sitting with your back to a tree, and just let nature calm you.

Sit with a plant.

Perhaps you are practicing self-isolation and social distancing and live in an urban environment where you can’t or don’t want to get out. A house plant is very much a friend in these times. Sit with the plant. Stay awhile. Simply quiet your mind and observe your plant–observe how the sunlight comes in and plays off of the leaves, how the leaves grow, how the plant smells. Be in this moment, here and now, and recognize that nature is a great healer.

Practice gratitude.

Connect with the energies of life.

In a pandemic situation, the fear is fear of sickness, ill health, and death. Counter that larger cultural narrative and personal fear by focusing on things that bring in the energies of life. Start some seeds (spring equinox is right around the corner) for your garden. Be with them each day as they grow. Start some sprouts on your counter. Sit in the sun, the vital bringer of life. Find ways of connecting with life and the energies of life each day, and especially in moments where you feel overwhelmed and panicked.

Embrace Spiritual Practices

Keeping in mind simple spiritual practices during this time can help calm the mind, body, and spirit. Part of this is bringing ourselves to a place of calm but also attending to not letting others’ fears/uncertainty cloud our judgment.

Daily meditation and breathwork.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths. Sit with a candle or simply with your eyes closed for a few minutes. Let the thoughts rise and fall, not hanging onto them, simply notice the thoughts, and let them pass. Keep breathing. If you can do this kind of work with your plant or in nature, all the better. A hot bath with candlelight also is a nice compliment for the simple breathing and mind quieting techniques.

Daily protection.

Part of what daily protective work does is help keep everything external to you away from you–and hence, during these times, daily protective work can be very beneficial. It helps you get less caught up in the fever that is happening right now. I highly recommend the AODA’s sphere of protection ritual for this, as it does multiple beneficial things: balances the elements around and within you, summons the positive qualities of the elements, banishes away the unbalanced qualities, and finally, protects you. You can learn more about this ritual here.

Attending to thoughts and feelings (e.g. the social media purge).

By its very definition, magic is the direction of the will. Magic can be intentional and conscious, and it can also be unintentional and subconscious. Right now, the entire world is essentially directing their will in a fearful and panicked manner. The fear just picked up this week here in the US, but this situation is unfolding everywhere. Yes, this is a serious situation, a situation, unlike anything many of us have ever experienced. Yes, it is dangerous for many. But panicking and allowing emotions to overtake us will cause even more anxiety and stress and essentially allow oneself to get swept up in the panic and fear wave. Recognizing that the creation of these emotions is literally a magical act can help you protect yourself from it. The more of this that you consume of this situation (via social media, news, etc) the more than your own physical and emotional selves will take on that which this collective is generating. Find ways to both limit your consumption and protect yourself from others’ emotions. I’ve limited myself to looking at social media only once a day, as its too easy to get caught up in the collective intensity and fear. What is being said now is no different than what is being said 30 minutes ago–and checking in more often than that can catch you up, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.

Embrace the Bardic Arts

Create your way into a place of peace, calm, and balance. If you are struggling to process this experience, create something that helps you do so. The bardic arts have many benefits, especially for healing. Also, while many of us are hunkered down, the bardic arts can be a place of discovery, creativity, and refuge.

Journaling.

Acknowledging your feelings, giving them space and voice, can help you move beyond them. Write about your feelings as a way of processing what is happening. After you’ve written, you might choose to keep it or, ritually burn what you have written.

Ugly art and healing art.

I’m a big advocate of ugly art–art that has a healing purpose. If you want the feelings and thoughts out of you, express them in some ugly way, a way that nobody else has to see or know. Scribble on a page, cry, laugh, throw paint around. Make ugly art till you no longer feel overwhelemd/panick/etc–the act of creating helps bring your feelings forth. Once you have finished your ugly art, I suggest finding a way to ritually discard it (e.g. burn it, tear it up, bury it). I don’t recommend keeping these pieces long term; they serve a purpose and that purpose is generally fulfilled at the completion of the work.

Sing, Dance, Create, and Make Merry.

Obviously, this situation is a major disruption to life–so why not make the problem into a positive thing? Perhaps it’s a good time to pick up a new bardic art, to learn to sing or dance, or otherwise do movement that can help you release tension. Learn something you always wanted to, make something you always wanted to make, or work on honing a skill.

One of the axioms of permaculture is “the problem is the solution”. We can see this same wisdom in the “hanged man” card from the Tarot, where it’s about looking at a problem from a different angle. I think there is tremendous power in reframing a problem into something that is good, is beneficial, and that helps us grow in some way. Yes, our lives are being radically disrupted and what is happening is happening. But how could we turn that disruption into a good thing? Does it give us more time to spend at home, with family, with ourselves? Does it give us a break from the “grind” of modern living and give us time to be in a new space? Does it help us connect with nature or ourselves in a new way? I hope it will, for many of us.

I hope these suggestions will bring you some opportunity for peace during this challenging time. Dear readers, I would love to hear more about your own spiritual self care practices and what you are relying on during this time–please feel free to share in the comments!

https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/taking-a-breath-spiritual-care-for-intense-times/

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Heartwings Love Notes 922 Waste Not, Want Not

Heartwings says, “Leftovers can be used to make interesting meals.”

I am always happy to have some leftovers in my refrigerator. One reason is that they can help me to fix meals quickly, another is that they make it less work to do so. I love to cook, it’s true, and I also love to write poetry and do many other things. Cooking is fun, but not if I have to neglect the rest of my various duties and activities. I usually make enough food for a meal to create another or part of one from what is left over.

It is also true that by utilizing my leftovers, I save not only time but money. My mother, who grew up in war torn Germany, felt food was very precious. I was made aware of this very early on and it stuck. I often use small amounts of vegetables, for instance, or cheese, bread, rice or pasta and so on to incorporate into what I call a “Never Again,” because I will most likely never have just that combination of ingredients to use.

It is important to make sure to blend flavors appropriately. For instance, I’d never combine a curry with an Italian flavored dish. I would blend anything plain into something spicy or tangy. I don’t generally combine a cheese and pasta dish with something involving a strong fish, however you might. One of my favorite tricks is to add shrimp I’ve baked at 425 for 10 minutes to any leftover rice or pasta, then put in herbs to taste, some sautéed onions and any leftover vegetables I might have.

Try spreading leftover chicken or seafood salad on bread, cover it with cheese, and bake in a toaster or regular oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Add a salad to make a fast, tasty supper meal. There are several rules I follow in my thrifty ways with leftovers: I never combine pasta and rice leftovers; I usually incorporate some chopped, sautéed onions to freshen the flavor; I try to use most leftovers within a week. Have fun, Leftovers present great opportunities to be creative.

Do you have any cooking or leftover cooking tricks to share? I hope so! Your emails make my day. It is my joy to communicate with my readers, and I promise to answer every email even if it takes a while. You can reach me at Tashahal@gmail.com or my web site: heartwingslovenotes.com

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A Few Remedies from the Plague Years
Written by Pat Willard

We’ve won the lottery! We’re alive in the 21st century! We may be suffering through a possible coronavirus pandemic but at least it’s not the 13th century when the bubonic plague burned through the known world. The coronavirus is not as virulent as the plague where there was, on average, about a 9 in 10 chance of dying within a week. Our highly skilled infectious disease experts have a host of effective protocols and research to fight the virus, while medieval physicians could only rely on what was at hand, mainly strange concoctions, herbs, purging and superstitions.

Consider these old prescriptions as reassurance that medicine has come a long way.

From Elizabeth, Countess of Kent: An Excellent Receipt for the Plague

Take 1 pound of green walnuts, 1/2 ounce of saffron, 1/2 ounce London treacle. beast them together in a mortar and with a little cordial (wine) or some such water. Vapour it over the fire until it becomes electuary (syrup). Keep this in a pot and take as much as a walnut (probably referring to the dose size) and it is good to cure the plague.

Treacle is uncrystalize syrup from sugar, similar to molasses. Recipes like this usually called for it to be at least 10 years old which would’ve made it covered in beneficial mold and cultures.

Vinegar was a favorite remedy for countless ailments but, most especially, to lessen fevers and as a disinfection.

A Cure for Fever

Steep a clothe in good vinegar and place over wounds, making sure they are soaked through. Do this through the day and night.

To Cleanse the House

Places bowls filled with a quantity of vinegar throughout the house and several where the sick lay.

A long-standing procedure was to drain the puss-filled lymph nodes by slashing them with what was certainly an unsterilized blade and/or having leeches stuck all over your body.

A Meadow Tonic

Gather a good measure of milk thistle, yellow dock, thyme, burdock root, chicory root, nettle leaves, violet leaves and flowers, mint, mustard greens, chickweed. Cover with wine (apple cider) and let sit for three days. Vapour over a fire until boil, then press all together and strain through a fine clothe. Add your best honey.

A Course to Relieve Melancholy

Gather together elderflower, wormwood, mint, nettle and marigold and put in wine (apple cider). Let rest for two days then drink.

As for today, we should follow what our good doctors tell us and wash our hands all the time. Be vigilant, look after our elderly and use common sense. And be a little medieval–use vinegar as a cheap and readily available hand sanitizer.

Note about the header image: This is an illustration of what doctors wore when the plague returned during the 17th century. Similar to the protective covering worn today, the doctor was insulated from germs by a long washable waxed-cloth gown and face mask. The ingenious beak functioned sort of like a air filter to keep from breathing germs and the smell of rotting flesh. The stick was used to administer treatments without having to touch the body. The outfit was not very effective considering how many doctors’ died. I also imagine it wasn’t a very comforting sight, either.

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Finding the Place You Belong
By Madisyn Taylor

There will likely be times in your life when your soul evolves more quickly than your circumstances.

There will likely be times in your life when your soul evolves more quickly than your circumstances. Your subconscious mind may be ready to move forward long before you recognize that you are destined to embrace a new way of life. Your soul intuitively understands that changing habitats can be a vital part of the growth process and that there may be one part of you that is eager to move to another home, another state, or another plane of existence. But the ties that bind you to your current mode of being can make moving into this next stage of your life more challenging than it has to be. If you find it difficult to move on, consider that just as people in your life may come and go, your role in others’ lives may also be temporary. And many of the conditions that at first seemed favorable served you for a short time. When you are ready to match your situation to your soul, you will find that you feel a new sense of harmony and increasingly connected to the ebb and flow of the universe.

Moving on can be defined in numerous ways. Your forward momentum may take you from your current locale to a place you instinctively know will be more nurturing, comfortable, and spiritually enriching. Once you arrive, your misgivings will vanish, and you will know that you have found a sanctuary. Similarly, subtle changes in your values, goals, or emotional needs can motivate you to distance yourself from one group of people in order to reassociate yourself with individuals that are better able to support you. For example, this could mean moving away from your birth family in order to find your energetic or spiritual family. The route you need to travel may not always be clear; you may feel inspired to change yet be unsure as to why or how. Clarity may come in the form of a question if you are willing to seriously ask yourself where your soul is trying to take you.

In a way, moving from one point to another when you feel strongly driven to do so is a way of bringing your spiritual and earthly energies together. It is a two-step process that involves not only letting go but also reconnecting. You will know you have found your destination, physical or otherwise, when you feel in your heart that you have been reborn into a life that is just the right shape, size, and composition.

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A Powerful Stimulant For Body And Mind: Sage Oil
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Native to the southern European and Mediterranean regions, the Sage herb was highly valued in both the ancient Greek and Roman societies, which considered it to be sacred. For centuries, it has been believed that Sage had the ability to grant a longer life, and in China, it was traditionally used as a remedy for addressing infertility and symptoms of menopause. According to historical records, in some communities, the Sage herb also had culinary applications and was used as a preservative for foods such as meats. The oil of the Sage herb was also considered to be beneficial for both the mind and the body, hence it was used to quicken the senses by addressing negative emotions, such as sadness, and shifting them into positive moods, such as the sense of courage. It was believed that Sage Oil had a positive influence on the individual’s inner lifeforce, thus it was used in spiritual practices to not only encourage the onset of hypnotic conditions that would increase mystical mindfulness but to also cleanse the mind of negative self-talk that creates unhelpful behavior patterns.

Sage Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Salvia officinalis herb, also referred to as Common Sage, True Sage, Garden Sage, and Dalmatian Sage. The latter nickname is due to the fact that most of the world’s Sage grows wild in the region of Dalmatia. The name Sage is derived from the Latin “salvere,” meaning “to save,” as its benefits have historically been known to “save” the user’s general health – both emotional and physical. Its beneficial uses included applications for fungal ailments and respiratory conditions. In the Middle Ages, Sage earned the nickname “Sage the Savior” for its countless valuable properties, while the community of Lakota Indians nicknamed it “master herb” for its cleansing and nerve tonic properties.

Sage Essential Oil is commonly mistaken for Clary Sage Essential Oil, which is derived from the Salvia sclarea herb; however, despite belonging to the same family of evergreen shrubs, these two herbs and their resultant oils differ from each other. Although both oils smell herbaceous, the scent of sage is robust and piquant, while the scent of Clary Sage has a softer, sweeter profile, exuding floral, earthy, and nutty tones with a fruity nuance.

Though Sage Oil has historically been used largely to address complaints related to digestion, it continues to be used in a vast array of versatile applications including skincare, haircare, overall health care, and in the making of cosmetics and fragrant soaps.

SAGE OIL BENEFITS

The main chemical constituents of Sage Oil are Camphor, a-Thujone, ß-Thujone, 1,8-Cineole, and a-Pinene.

CAMPHOR is known to exhibit the following activity:

Decongestant
Absorbent
Cooling
Warming
Anesthetic
Anti-microbial
Anti-inflammatory
Cough suppressant
Febrifuge

1,8-CINEOLE is known to exhibit the following activity:

Analgesic
Anti-bacterial
Anti-fungal
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-spasmodic
Anti-viral
Increased blood flow
Reduced tension headaches
Cough suppressant

a-Pinene is known to exhibit the following activity:

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-septic
Expectorant
Bronchodilator

Used in aromatherapy applications, the scent of Sage Oil is known to cerebrally, emotionally, and spiritually stimulate and clarify the mind while exhibiting a balancing, uplifting, soothing, and strengthening effect on the senses to ease negative moods such as fatigue.

When diffused, Sage Essential Oil is known to help soothe the discomforts of the digestive, respiratory, and female reproductive systems.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Sage Essential Oil makes an ideal ingredient in skincare products intended to slow and inhibit the appearance of signs of aging, as its antioxidant property addresses wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and muscles, and the disintegration of tissues. With cicatrizant qualities, Sage Oil works to diminish the appearance of blemishes, spots, and scars, making it ideal for addressing stretch marks, sores, and swelling as well as for diminishing the appearance of enlarged pores. Used in hair, Sage Oil’s moisturizing and conditioning properties help soothe irritation and prevent dandruff while cleansing the scalp to remove the look and feel of greasiness caused by excessive oil.

Used medicinally, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to ease muscular and joint pain associated with inflammation, tenderness, stiffness, and other symptoms of arthritis, strains, and sprains. With anti-inflammatory properties, Sage Oil is known to soothe the redness, soreness, and itching that is characteristic of skin conditions such as dermatitis. Sage Oil’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties are reputed to eliminate toxins, thereby providing relief to minor skin abrasions and injuries such as bruises, cuts, burns, and irritation while protecting them from developing infections.

With antiseptic properties, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to prevent toxic substances from entering the body while it reduces the effects of toxins that have already entered, including intoxicants, excess salt, or ingested spice. It boosts circulation, helps diminish the appearance of cellulite, and makes an effective solution for cleansing wounds and other minor topical injuries including insect bites.

Furthermore, Sage Oil’s anti-spasmodic property effectively addresses spasms, such as those associated with coughs, chest and stomach pain, and cramps. Its depurative property promotes the body’s elimination of toxins by promoting perspiration and its laxative property boosts excretory functions, thereby addressing discomforts such as constipation. Its carminative property promotes relief for digestive complaints, while its anti-fungal properties are reputed to address infections both internally through diffusion and externally through topical application. Accordingly, Sage Oil is known to calm dysentery as well as skin afflicted with conditions such as dermatitis and Athlete’s Foot.

When diffused, Sage Oil’s anti-bacterial property is believed to address infections of the nose and throat, thus reducing the symptoms of asthma and coughs, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, congestion, and the buildup of phlegm. By encouraging the release of digestive secretions, Sage Oil enhances and facilitates the function of the entire digestive system. As an emmenagogue, Sage Oil is known to regulate and stabilize menstrual cycles while also calming related symptoms, such as mood swings, fatigue, nausea, weakness, and headache.

Sage Essential Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

COSMETIC: Stimulating, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Astringent, Tonic.

ODOROUS: Stimulating, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Tonic, Stomachic, Hypertensive.

MEDICINAL: Stimulating, Laxative, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Emmenagogue, Disinfectant, Digestive, Depurative, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-septic, Cicatrizant, Astringent, Diuretic, Tonic, Laxative, Stomachic, Hypertensive.

SAGE OIL USES

Used in aromatherapy applications, Sage Oil is known to balance the mind by diminishing anxiety and promoting the reestablishment of tranquility and relaxation, thereby promoting sleep. For a therapeutic bedtime blend, combine 2 drops of Sage Essential Oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, and 20 drops of Neroli Essential Oil, then add it to a diffuser of personal preference. Diffusing Sage Oil is known to not only uplift the mood but to also provide relief from headaches and congestion while supporting the health and function of the respiratory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems, among others. Sage Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Vetiver essential oils.

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Sage Oil is believed to promote hair health. To help decrease the chances of hair loss, combine 3-4 drops each of Sage Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil, then dilute the mixture in 1 Tbsp. Olive Carrier Oil. Massage this blend into the scalp twice a day to encourage strong, healthy hair growth.

For a massage blend that addresses day and night sweats experienced during the time of menopause, combine 10 drops Sage Essential Oil, 10 drops Lime Essential Oil, 5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 5 drops Thyme Essential Oil, then dilute the mixture in 30 ml (1 oz.) of carrier oil of personal preference. Massage the required amount of this blend to the affected area. Alternatively, 1 Tbsp. of this blend can be added to a warm bath for a daily soak that diminishes fluid retention and the appearance of cellulite.

For a more complex massage blend that also energizes while exhibiting a simultaneously calming effect, in a 60 ml (2 oz.) amber glass bottle combine 60 ml (2 oz.) Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, 14 drops Sage Essential Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, and 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and shake it gently to thoroughly combine all the oils. Massage 1-2 tsp. of this oil blend into sore muscles, and skin as well as the temples to soothe a headache.

For a body oil that is known to have detoxifying effects, combine 15 drops Sage Essential Oil, 15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil in a 60 ml (2 oz.) bottle and gently swirl the contents to thoroughly combine them. Next, add 60 ml (2 oz.) Grapeseed Carrier Oil to the blend. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to ensure all the oils are combined. Massage a small amount of this oil all over the body. The application can be repeated several times a day to soften the skin and to facilitate the elimination of fat and toxins.

For a hot oil hair treatment that is reputed to strengthen the hair while balancing oil production in the scalp, combine 60 ml (2 oz.) Coconut Carrier Oil and 30 ml (1 oz.) Jojoba Carrier Oil in a glass bowl, then place this bowl in a pan containing boiling water until the oils are gently heated. The glass bowl can be removed from the heat once the oils inside reach a temperature at which they can still be applied tolerably to the scalp without causing burns. At this point, 30 drops Sage Essential Oil and 10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil can be blended into the carrier oil mixture. To use this hair oil, massage it into the scalp and smooth it down over the strands until the ends are also coated. Cover the head with a shower cap and allow the oils to soak into the scalp and hair for 30 minutes before washing it out with a regular shampoo.

For a Sage Oil shampoo that not only cleanses but also clarifies the scalp of accumulated environmental pollutants and product residue, simply combines all of the following oils in a dark bottle: 120 ml (4 oz.) Liquid Castile Soap, 60 ml (2 oz.) Water, 40 drops Sage Essential Oil, and 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil. Cap and shake the bottle to ensure that all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Massage the shampoo into the scalp, then rinse it out with warm water and follow it with a conditioner.

Used in medicinal applications, Sage Oil is reputed to soothe and relax muscles by increasing circulation. For a massage blend that also eases stress and promotes better digestion, dilute 10 drops of Sage Essential Oil in 2 tsp. of carrier oil of personal preference. Alternatively, a hot compress can be made with Sage Oil by adding 4 drops to a bowl of warm water then dipping a small folded towel into the solution and applying the compress directly to the affected area.

For a bath blend that is known to calm symptoms of menopause while enhancing immunity and promoting the health and function of the circulatory system, dilute 5 drops of Sage Essential Oil in 1 Tbsp. of carrier oil of personal preference then adding this to warm bathwater. Alternatively, Sage Oil can be added to 1 Tbsp. of Castile Soap before being added to a bath. This blend is known to effectively diminish the appearance of enlarged pores, soothe sores and wounds, and calm skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. Furthermore, it is believed to have a steadying effect on involuntary trembling, such as hand tremors, and to enhance the health and function of the lymphatic system.

A GUIDE TO SAGE OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

SAGE DALMATIAN ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from leaves

Country of Origin: Hungary

Believed to:

Be clear and pale yellow to greenish-yellow in color

Exude a top note with a medium aroma that can be described as herbaceous with strongly musty nuances

Stimulate the nerves while promoting their equilibrium

Reduce feelings of sadness and fatigue

Enhance the ability to recall and retain information

Soothe muscle aches and joint pain, thus benefitting those suffering from arthritis or the consequences of over-exercising

Offer relief from symptoms of colds and coughs, such as shortness of breath, accumulation of phlegm, fatigue, fever, chills, and infections

Alleviate and regulate symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats and hot flashes

Soothe pain associated with menstruation

SAGE ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from leaves

Country of Origin: Spain

Believed to:

Be clear and pale yellow to greenish-yellow in color

Exude a top note with a medium aroma that can be described as herbaceous with strongly musty nuances

Be ideal for disinfecting and soothing cuts, lesions, scrapes, and pustules

Lessen the effects of exposure to toxins and sedatives

Diminish the harmful effects of a diet high in salt and spices

Support the health of the skin, stomach, and excretory tract by calming inflammation

Enhance metabolism by promoting the health and function of the digestive system

Control and normalize menstrual cycles

Prompt action in several body systems, such as the brain, circulatory, nervous, and excretory systems

Be an ideal ingredient for natural products that require the use of organic components

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR SAGE OIL

Sage Essential Oil is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Sage Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with (or with a history of) the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, hormone-related ailments, epilepsy, high blood, and hysteria. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. Sage Oil should not be applied to open wounds or broken skin, as this may facilitate the oil’s penetration into the body in concentrations that may be toxic.

Prior to using Sage Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the Essential Oil in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Sage Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Sage Oil include irritation or sensitization to the skin, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, inflammation, seizures, wheezing, rapid heartbeat, tremors, and kidney problems.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

SAGE OIL ESSENCE…

Sage Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Salvia officinalis herb, also referred to as Common Sage, True Sage, Garden Sage, and Dalmatian Sage.

In the Middle Ages, Sage earned the nickname “Sage the Savior” for its various treasured properties. For its cleansing and nerve tonic properties, the Lakota Indians nicknamed it “master herb.”

Sage Essential Oil is commonly mistaken for Clary Sage Essential Oil; however, despite belonging to the same family of evergreen shrubs, these two herbs and their resultant oils differ from each other.

Used in aromatherapy applications, Sage Essential Oil is known to stimulate and clarify the mind while exhibiting a balancing, uplifting, soothing, and strengthening effect on the senses to ease negative moods. It is known to promote a sense of attentiveness, enhance memory, and soothe the discomforts of the digestive, respiratory, and female reproductive systems.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to eliminate toxins, provide relief to minor skin abrasions, diminish the appearance of blemishes, and address stretch marks, sores, and swelling. Its moisturizing and conditioning properties help soothe dryness and irritation.

Used medicinally, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to ease the muscular and joint pain, address bacterial infections and spasms, eliminate toxins, promote relief for digestive complaints, and calm skin conditions such as dermatitis and Athlete’s Foot. Sage Oil is also known to regulate and stabilize menstrual cycles and related symptoms.

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Sharing with Your Neighbors
By Madisyn Taylor

If you are craving community, look to your own neighbors to forge new relationships and build something new together.

Many of our relationships can be fleeting or do not deepen past a superficial level, yet these connections, as trivial as they can seem, often have the potential to grow into something much more essential. When we crave community, we should focus our attention on these casual acquaintances. To forge a bond with neighbors, we need to work together with them so that we have a context from which to begin a more mature relationship. Sharing tasks that are part of living can be a wonderful way to become a part of a larger community, make new friends, and lighten the workloads of everyone involved.

Creating a network of neighbors who agree to pool certain resources and share daily duties can be as easy as taking the initiative. If you are willing to take the first step by reaching out to the individuals and families who share your building or your street, you will likely find that others are receptive to the notion. Starting small, with just a few people, can help you orchestrate a smoothly running system. Together, you will need to decide what chores you want to do communally and what resources can be shared. Ideas for community sharing are child care, errands, housework, keeping a joint garden, cooking for the group, and carpooling. For instance, if you cook large meals for four neighbors once a week, you take off four nights after that. As you grow to trust one another, you can begin adding new members to your evolving network or introducing new tasks to your shared roster of duties.

Actions speak louder than words, so working closely with neighbors to ensure the well-being of the group can be a wonderful way to build a sense of community in your locale. Not everyone you approach will be open to the idea of becoming a part of a network of sharing. As you connect with those who do appreciate the merits of such a system, you will discover that others are just as eager as you are to create interpersonal connections that are defined by substance.

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The Treasure Hunt #11
by Stephen Halpert

“That treasure is now safely ensconced in a Featherstone told the family and friends assembled in Evelyn’s office. He patted the breast pocket of his jacket. “That way everything will be on the up and up and that treasure chest will be safe.” He winked at Evelyn, “and at no expense to the Historical Society’s budget.”
Evelyn smiled. She liked seeing him in his blue and white seersucker suit with that droopy bow tie she thought had to be an antique. She was taken by his full head of hair. How much younger he seems, she thought. She smiled and admitted to herself that she was beginning to like him more and more.
“I do await the day,” she said “when we can exhibit Hemingway’s treasure. I should think that day would be absolutely grand.”
Judge Featherstone nodded. “I agree, I see having the treasure to exhibit to tourists as a great boon for Key West.”
The Mayor walked in, her high heels clacking. “We have the Coast Guard ready to help us on this mission: professional divers, tanks, all state of the art. We will meet a Coast Guard cruiser with sufficient diving personnel at two pm at the town pier.” She turned to Jack. “I hope you have good coordinates for this.”
“Oh yes,” he nodded. He looked at David and smiled. David patted his knapsack.
David and Lisa were sitting together off to the side of Evelyn’s office. “How much more treasure do you think is down there?” Lisa asked David.
David leaned toward her and lowered his voice. “Uncle Jack said he saw a big cabin full of heavy wooden cases with big fancy metal locks.”
“This is fun,” Lisa said. “I can’t wait to text my friends and tell them you found the treasure.”
“It wasn’t just me. Daddy and Uncle Jack were there too.”
“But you made the wand work,” Lisa said. “Last night I read all about magic on Wikipedia. It said you have to be a pure being, which you are. And to stay that way you’ll have to meditate and pray and fast and chant.”
David shook his head and made a face. “I don’t want to do any of that stuff,” he said. “I want to travel the world like Uncle Jack and help people and find more treasure. That would be more fun than any other job I could think of.”
“You mean you don’t want a real job? Daddy says everyone has to have a job otherwise they’re called a bum.”
David shrugged, “Treasure hunting is a kind of job and anyway nobody calls Uncle Jack a bum.”
At two pm, parked a discreet distance from the harbor, Smith lowered his binoculars and turned to Jones. “Coast Guard ship waiting. Crew looks like Navy Seals. Lots of underwater gear, tanks, snorkels.”
Jones clapped his hands. “Drugs! “It has to be that! This is Florida. What else are boats like that used for than to ferry drugs. Obviously, the Coast Guard has been bribed. I’ll bet this Judge is the brains of the operation.”
Smith nodded. “Must be big money involved. Enough to buy a statehouse to keep a deal like this in place.”
“So, we’ve stumbled upon a conspiracy,” Jones said. “And just us to put out the fire and make sure this entire smuggling operation doesn’t happen.”
On the cruiser, as they set out, the afternoon sun demanded attention. Todd wore his old baseball cap. The Mayor looked like she was on an expedition in the tropics, Judge Featherstone wore a straw boater. Julia, Becky, Evelyn and Lisa protected themselves with broad brimmed hats. Jack, Todd and David stood by themselves.
Todd nodded to David who took the wand from his knapsack and waved it gently. “Oh wand,” he said. Take us to the rest of the treasure.”
The boat swerved. “Hey,” yelled the Captain, “stop that.” But it had changed course on its own and picked up speed. Closer to the rocky coast it stopped completely.
“Here?” The Mayor looked at the Judge. “Are you sure? Have you any idea how thick the sea vegetation growing here is. Those cameras won’t get much.”
Jack said. “Maybe that’s what’s hidden in plain sight means. Surely that vegetation wasn’t there when the galleon sunk. It’s been hundreds of years.”
Moments later an undersea eruption exploded sending shoots of water, seaweed and silt into the sky.
“It must have been the wand doing that,” David said quietly. Lisa looked at her brother proudly.
“Hey,” a Navy Seal peering down into the water shouted, “Looks like part of a ship down there.”
The Divers checked their gear and went over the side and down.
When they reached the wreckage, they pulled aside planks until they saw wooden cases. They pulled one out, set it on a platform, signaled and it rose upward.
One of the crew members pried up a side. The Mayor looked stunned. “This treasure could well be of Biblical proportions.”
Judge Featherstone nodded. “Town might have to lawyer up.”
A voice came from beside the cruiser. “Dozens more cases,” the diver reported. “I’d guess close to twenty or thirty.”
Evelyn’s eyes widened. “”We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The Judge nodded. “Biblical you say.” He laughed. “I think we’re seeing a lifetime of litigation, parties laying claim to what did Evelyn call it–the gifts of Neptune.”
On the shore Smith and Jones lowered their binoculars. “This drug heist is bigger than we thought,” Jones said.
Smith nodded. “The boss will be pleased. Maybe even give us promotions.” He pulled out his device, called into headquarters, reported and awaited instructions.
(to be continued)

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St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow (Leprechaun Chow)
By Grace Elkus March 2018

Hands-On Time
15 minutes

Total Time
45 minutes

Yield
About 10 cups

This St. Patrick’s Day, strike gold with this spirited puppy chow. We swapped the
traditional Chex cereal for Lucky Charms, so that every bite of these festive St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies is filled with hearts and stars and rainbows. It’s just the treat any lucky leprechaun is looking for.

We added Sno-Caps for their sparkle and mint M&M’s for their festive green hue, but feel free to get creative with the mix-ins.

Ingredients

1 12 oz. bag (2 cups)
white chocolate chips, divided
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 cups Lucky Charms cereal
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 3.1 oz. boxes Sno-Caps Semi-Sweet Chocolate Nonpareils (about 1 cup)
1 9.6 oz. bag M&M’S Mint Dark Chocolate Candy (about 1 ½ cups)
Rainbow nonpareils sprinkles

How to Make It

Step 1
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine peanut butter, butter, and 1 1½ cups of the chocolate chips in a very large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth, about 1½ minutes. Add the Lucky Charms to the bowl and toss until coated.

Step 2
Transfer the cereal mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread to the edges. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Step 3
Dust with the powdered sugar and toss until well-coated. Add the Sno Caps and M&M’s and toss to combine. Melt remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and drizzle overtop. Top with sprinkles.

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Damiana & Rosewater Chocolate Truffles

Makes 15-20 truffles

Ingredients:

8 oz of Fair Trade Certified™ bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk
1 small capful of rosewater
1 pinch of cardamom
3/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
1 pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of dried damiana

Instructions:

Simmer the coconut milk in your pot, then add the damiana. Turn off the burner and cover the pot. Let it stand and infuse for 10 minutes.
Strain out the herb, and then measure the remaining coconut milk. (You should be left with just under a 1/2 cup.)
Reheat the coconut milk, bring to a simmer, and then turn off the stove.
Place the 8 oz of chocolate in a mixing bowl, and then quickly pour in the hot, damiana-infused coconut milk.
Quickly mix together until all chocolate has been melted; then add in the salt, cardamom, and rosewater.
Cover the bowl and put in the fridge overnight to allow the mixture to achieve a more solid, paste-like consistency.
Use a small cookie scoop to measure out each truffle from the bowl. Roll the contents of each scoop into a ball with your hands, and (if you’d like) roll each ball in cocoa powder or coconut flakes to coat.
Plate with dry or fresh rose petals and enjoy!

For more herbal recipes and inspiration, check out our DIY section of our Plant Power Journal. Posted in DIY on December 2, 2019

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 15 March 2020

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.
Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Aries are superb at dealing with last minute development, from challenges to thrilling invitations. However, what`s arisen means relinquishing control in a way you`d ordinarily battle. This once, say yes first, next get involved, and ask questions later. The experiences you have, that is, the enthusiasm events trigger and those you meet help you exchange those concerns for thrills about each day`s exciting ideas and encounters.

Anything connected to liaisons and love will go well as the week begins. If you are in a committed relationship, you are both full of youthful energy, you`re having a whale of a time together and romance is as good as it gets. Talks in the family connected with joint finances, future plans or home improvements will turn out to be highly productive. Decisions will be made, new arrangements agreed and before you know it, new plans begun.

It`s not just because Friday starts your birthday month but that a cosmic gear change is on the horizon. Saturn moves into Aquarius next weekend; indicating a new phase and fresh accents for all signs. Whereas for the last couple of years the accent for Aries has been on your professional identity, attention now turns to networking and improving career prospects through teamwork. Contacts made in the days leading into the Equinox should prove super valuable in a few months` time. In particular, an introduction to a new group or association midweek has the potential to make significant impact in your working life.

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

You`ve faced twists and turns as unsettling as they`ve been worthwhile. Still, you`re ready for a break. This week`s slower pace will do the trick. However, others have been wrestling with similar changes, and want to discuss their experiences. Not only is this wise, what you learn when comparing notes will prepare you for the next round of changes, as March comes to a close.

You face the future with optimism and confidence. Help from a talented friend has enabled you to overcome a hurdle that has been standing in your way. Creative activities give you a chance to air some deep emotions and your dreams too, are a source of artistic inspiration. A highlight of the week will take the form of home entertainment in the shape of a cocktail party or other similar celebration. You know how to make visitors feel welcome in your home.

You might remember that Venus is moving through your sign; a time of year when generally you display all your best qualities. This week your style should get you noticed. Indeed, if you`re preparing for interview this could be a hugely exciting few day. On 22nd Saturn arrives at the apex of your solar chart bringing clarity to your aims and objectives and yes, likely the need to review your career path. For a variety of reasons, you might consider reviewing your CV and online profile. You may be encouraged to do so midweek by someone who has considerable experience in this area and is clear that, as yet, your talents are not fully recognised.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Most Geminis thrive on new ideas and the unexpected; but even you could be overwhelmed by the exciting yet unsettling developments reshaping existing arrangements and, potentially, taking you in new directions. For now, explore absolutely everything, including what seems unappealing, while also showing interest in what suits you. Others are also wrestling with changes. Since nobody`s in a hurry, lasting decisions can, and will, wait.

You will get the chance to return to a dream you once had that was never achieved. Don`t let the fact that you failed in the past stop you from giving this another go. You are more experienced now and less likely to give up so easily. A well-connected friend will do you a favour that will help you up the ladder to success. Don`t forget to thank them and why not let their kindness rub off on you by offering to help someone else.

It`s probable that you are now picking up many loose ends and following through on conversations first held at the beginning of February. Having had ample opportunity to review these and acknowledging that yes, you perhaps do need to improve your skills in certain areas, you might now be looking around for courses and other ways to improve your expertise and then gain recognition. The first half of this week is excellent for doing that type of research, but from midweek you can make greater headway by spending time with those who`ve been on similar career journeys. In fact, networking should bring valuable information. You could also consider how you sign of documents given that another big theme this week is all about your signature and what it says about you.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Being an intuitive water sign, you`re taking a timely break from the recent round of often exciting, and mostly welcome, events; and, even more, you`re finding a new equilibrium. If others are pushy about taking action, politely brush them off. Not only will you benefit from deep inner reflection, the resulting clarity will prepare you for the next round of changes, in two weeks` time.

A group project will hit a snag but this won`t stop you from persevering. You are determined to find a way around this problem. People who are constantly complaining aren`t being helpful at all. You`d much rather they kept their mouth shut if they have nothing useful to say. In money and business, don`t hesitate to take the initiative and don`t let a rival discourage you. If anyone is pulling the strings, make sure it`s you.

It`s probable that you are tying up loose ends. Work that was originally prepared in early February likely needs edit or review. This may be something that you`ve had planned and that all that is needed now is a simple polish ready for a key meeting. Fact is that you may now be preparing to branch out presumably requiring a strategy. This may be something that is much discussed ahead of Friday`s important Equinox. With Saturn moving out of your opposite sign next weekend there`s high probability of either joining forces or finding exactly the right business partner. Before Friday, having all the documents in place; rereading, checking and being clear about presentation will surely be demanding. It`s probable that you already have support and that this, together with growing confidence will ensure that before the solar eclipse in your sign on June 21, that career-wise you will move forward.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Since late February, your ruler the Sun has been accenting the matters as crucial as they`ve been dull. However, in the process of dealing with these, you`ve learnt a lot. You`ll use the resulting insights to deal with events as exciting as they are unexpected. With the swift pace, view what you organise as an experiment, knowing you can refine plans as you learn more.

You could be thinking yourself healthier than you actually are. This is because you hate to admit you are struggling and need help. Try to postpone complicated tasks until later in the month when you will feel brighter. If there are problems between you and a partner, talking will make a difference. Are you single? Someone will stand out from the crowd at a big social gathering and you will find an excuse to get talking to them.

From Monday, not only will the Sun had moved into another of the Fire signs, but Saturn will have arrived in your opposite sign. This week then in a way is a last gasp at the past. It should be a super week if you need to clear things out or tidy up. If that doesn`t sound appealing, then think about this as `item management`. Fact is that soon, priority will need to be given to long-term commitment – particularly with regard to business relationships. It would be understandable if you were thinking of changing job – perhaps looking for a larger platform or working with those from an international company. As is likely to be the case for most signs, developing fresh strategy will likely be necessary. In your case, you could learn much from Cancers or Capricorns who, faced with similar but not identical issues, offer alternative perspectives which have merit.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

While your ruler Mercury`s retrograde cycle ended last Tuesday, you`re still dealing with the fallout from the bizarre range of errors it triggered. What`s more, you`re only now spotting others. Ironically, each is highlighting flaws in existing plans that need attention. Urgent as these seem, give each your complete attention and you`ll deal with it once, learn from it, then move on to whatever`s next.

You`re so busy these days you may not realise how lonely your partner is. If you aren`t being very affectionate, you can`t blame your loved ones for feeling as if they`re doing all the giving and getting little back in return. Are you willing to reduce your commitments to give more time to people who really matter to you? Private plans are going well so long as you continue to keep your intentions to yourself. There is one person in particular who will try to take over if they manage to get involved.

A week containing the Equinox or solstice is sure to be important. This week could be unusually so as Saturn is about to move into Aquarius; most likely bringing an increased workload. This could of course be something you`ve planned for. What may be important is to practice the art of delegating. It might also be necessary to coach someone entering a new role. The administrative challenges of the coming weeks will likely be considerable and keeping on top of this require better time management. Though you surely won`t be the only sign adopting a fresh strategy, in your case, the outlining and organising of this should bring pleasure. Midweek too, renewed contact with those for whom for one reason or another you`ve drifted apart, should also be exciting and lead to arrangements being made for meetings next week.

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you`ve had to tiptoe around certain tricky, if not temperamental, individuals. While you`re adept at doing exactly that, you`ll be relieved when events force these issues out in the open and, better yet, lead to a constructive exchange of ideas about potential solutions. Tempting as it is to downplay the struggles you`ve faced, be frank. While challenging initially, looking back, you won`t regret it.

A new work scheme is causing arguments. You can see the possible benefits but it`s not easy to get others to agree. A senior colleague`s comments will upset you as it will feel they are deliberately criticising your efforts and you are determined to show them how wrong they are. Do your best to be patient with an overly emotional relative. They feel misunderstood and what might seem like a selfish outburst could be their way of venting their frustration at everyone else`s lack of consideration.

There is presumably much for you to clear up. Fact is that on Friday, the Equinox, promises to bring a very distinct shift in energy. Two days later Saturn moves into another of the Air signs, Aquarius. From then, the need to put greater focus into both hobbies and the research and development area of your life will likely increase. Before Friday should be viewed as a preparation time; but yes, it will likely be necessary to clear the decks. Think of this as an office health check. The more space you can create, leaves room for you to enjoy the things that bring out the best in you. With the high probability of doing more work from home, it may be necessary to call a family meeting; making clear to others that you need to set new boundaries.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

During the past couple of months, you`ve often sidestepped tricky issues with certain individuals. Your objective? Avoiding the usual reaction, which is a drama or resulting sullen behaviour. Now, however, events are forcing you to speak your mind. Do exactly that, ideally along with others. The resulting discussions will be a relief for everybody and, better yet, begin a new chapter in those tricky relationships.

A partner will upset you by splashing out on a luxury item when you had both agreed to stick to a joint budget. Don`t let this put you off. Keep on trying if you long to be financially comfortable. Paying off debts will put you on solid ground. You will hear two very different views about a workplace scandal. The same facts are being interpreted in different ways and depending on where you stand, it will be up to you which ones to believe.

By a week on Monday(23rd), both the Sun and Saturn will have changed signs. Saturn doesn`t do this annually. More importantly, it only crosses the base of your solar chart approximately every three decades. You are then at the cusp of an entirely fresh cycle. This maybe driven by health or family responsibilities, but, as easily, an altered working schedule. Saturn has a reputation as the `cosmic headmaster`. See that as a positive sign: that someone cares deeply and wants to get the best out of you. This week it`s as though you`re handing in home work for the cosmic headmaster to review, the results will determine which learning stream you should move into next. It`s probable that paperwork and all that you stand for and indeed, where you are talents are will attract significant attention – leading to exciting opportunities before long.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

You`re often the first to spot new ideas, explore them then, and if they seem worthwhile, get others involved. Now, however, it`s the reverse. While you`re busily shedding once-promising ideas and plans, certain knowledgeable individuals are pointing out ways you undermine those plans, often unthinkingly. This isn`t just helpful, it`s preparing you for the stunning events due to appear, and before the end of March.

Friction in the workplace will have something to do with inaccurate information. You aren`t the only one who is annoyed by this and you will get the support you need to win this argument. A team effort is going nowhere due to lack of leadership and motivation. It might be time to get everyone concerned together to make some firm plans. You need to know where you`re heading rather than allow people to keep you wondering.

Get ready for a complete change of gear. Actually, you`ve probably known that this has been coming for some time. Following on from Friday`s Equinox, Saturn will move into Aquarius. This is a significant for all signs. Before all that happens and next Saturday, Mars, and your ruling planet, Jupiter, begin their next cycle. You won`t be the only sign of the zodiac determining which strategy to employ from the weekend, but where you may differ from others is in your approach at the start of this week. Your determination that certain tasks will be completed by Friday`s Equinox, your enthusiasm and the energy you put in will surely affect those around you. It wouldn`t be surprising if, before Friday, others were beating a path to your door and asking for your assistance in a project due to be launched next week. This might even be a significant step in your career ladder.

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, your painstaking nature is an asset. However, the sudden and often bizarre events, encounters and changes you`ve faced recently have left you little time to gather information or consult experts. All that remains is your intuition, which turned out to be far more reliable than you`ve anticipated. Enough that, as similar events arise over the coming weeks, you`ll rely on those instincts once again.

Health is good, you have some great ideas and you`re confident in your ability to bring these about. You`re also keen to see progress in both new and long-standing projects. Anyone working with you will be happy to step back and let you take the lead. You had every intention of keeping to arrangements made some time ago but someone will pull out at the last minute which will be annoying. They clearly do not value your time.

In many ways, this coming week has a `last-gasp` quality about it. This is normal as one season getaway to another. What`s significant about Friday`s Equinox is that within a couple of days, Saturn, your ruling planet moves out of your sign and on into Aquarius. This is a significant change of cosmic gear for everyone obviously. What is perhaps a little different for Capricorn, is that you might identify an opportunity that others will almost certainly miss. The fact that colleagues are so preoccupied with tidying up loose ends and in a sense, clearing up the past, could make them oblivious to opportunities now on the horizon. Not only are you likely to identify these, you will surely be ahead of the game in determining who you want to work with as of next Monday. Pricing and valuations will require consideration. Here again though you could excel in having facts and figures ready.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

If you sense change is in the air, you`re right. While practical Saturn and Mars, planet of courage, don`t actually move into Aquarius until the last ten days of March, you`re probably already sensing the shift in circumstances but, even more, in your thinking and priorities their presence will trigger.. For now, consider what you`d happily say farewell to, because soon that may be possible.

Your partner and close friends can`t do enough to please you. Partnerships and contests are a winning combination. Team up with successful, talented people and you will easily beat the competition. If you are single and looking for love there will be no denying the strong attraction between you and someone you work with. The increasing closeness in a friendship will take you by surprise. It`s a week when you should be sure to follow your heart.

Saturn enters your sign next weekend. This isn`t something that happens every year. Obviously much depends on your age as to whether you you`ve experienced this before. What is for sure is that Saturn brings with its responsibilities. Before Saturn gets to Aquarius, there is an Equinox on Friday and on Saturday, Mars and Jupiter begin another cycle. In other words, it`s all systems go as of the weekend. These next few days seem to be all about tidying up loose ends. In your case, you will surely need to give thought to what extra burdens could be headed your way. Of course, these could be promotional and yes, you could take another step up the career ladder (though of course, much depends on your actual birthday). You might though find it interesting and indeed intriguing, to listen to other people`s plans midweek – though you should perhaps take care that you don`t get caught up in a political argument that backfires.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

True, you wouldn`t describe yourself as stubborn. Yet when faced with changes in cherished plans or certain longstanding alliances, personal or otherwise, your immediate reaction is to dismiss the idea. Don`t. Times are changing but despite your efforts, certain situations of this nature haven`t. Letting go may seem a failure, but it`s clearing the way for far better options about to appear from out of the blue.

A forceful relative or colleague is trying to get you to change your plans or your point of view. Don`t be fooled by their winning ways. Once you work out what is motivating them and you will realise that they are trying their best to manipulate you and you will also know how to get your own back. Take advantage of any time you get to yourself to catch up on odds and ends. You will feel pleased with yourself once you get on top of current responsibilities.

You`ve likely known for weeks if not months, that a major clearing up and tidying up process is necessary. With the promise of Spring it might suit you to get started on that on Monday. You won`t though, be the only sign of the Zodiac with this exercise in mind. Others may be quick to either involve you in their clearing-up or to ask if you will take care of items, they no longer have use for. In the workplace, you need to take care that tasks aren`t thrown at you that are not your responsibility. What you don`t want to do – given that Saturn changes signs at the weekend, – is end up being a dogsbody for the next couple of years. That said, it does appear that you will have increased involvement with a large organisation (possibly charity linked) and that this will feel to be a fulfilling part of your life purpose.

Posted by: arif uk <pepper.buoy@yahoo.co.uk>

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