Sending wishes for health, wealth and magick in 2019!
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
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
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 on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.
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
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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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
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
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
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: Purple, Indigo, Blue
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
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
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
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
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
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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,
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,
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
Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
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,
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
Llewellyn’s Spell a Day
Freeze Negativity in Its Tracks
Spell Date: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Color of the day: Amber
Incense of the day: Eucalyptus
To freeze negative external forces in their tracks, try this spell. While it won’t solve all your problems, this spell aims to help keep these forces from having a harmful influence.
Procure a tight-sealing sandwich bag or freezer bag, along with a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of any of these: salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. On a piece of paper, write terms or draw symbols that represent the negative external energy. This could include words such as “sad,” “aggression,” “hurtful vibes,” and anything else you can imagine. You may also draw symbols, mean faces, Xs, and anything else that embodies negative external energies. Whether or not you know the source(s) of these external energies, it’s important that your writing capture the feelings you experience as a result.
Place the components in the bag. Crumple the paper and toss it inside, concluding by forcefully spitting into the bag of ingredients. Fill the bag with water. As you seal the bag, say:
“Forces of harm from beyond, be
gone! By this spell, it shall be done!”
Put the bag in a far back corner of your freezer.
In the future, when you feel that the magick is concluded, peel the bag off the ice and place the ice in your toilet to melt.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on December 30, 2018
We Are One
Spell Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Color of the day: Gray
Incense of the day: Sandalwood
Psychologist Thomas Lewis talks about limbic resonance, the “symphony of mutual exchange and internal adaptation whereby two mammals become attuned to each other’s inner states.” Buddhists believe that we are all one consciousness, interconnected and interdependent. As a Pagan, my life is intricately tied to the cycles of the sun, moon, earth, and seasons. Today, practice interconnectedness with all beings. Pause and observe adults, children, and animals. Cultivate compassion. Look respectfully at them, inhale, and draw their energy toward you. Exhale and send acceptance back to them. Inhale and feel their pain, exhaustion, joy, and determination. Exhale and send your serenity, excitement, hope, and resolve. Inhale and exhale and know you are connected. If someone turns and meets your eyes, smile and acknowledge the connection. Think these words as you breathe in and out:
“Breathe in: We are
Breathe out: one.
We are one.”
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on December 29, 2018
Divination with Playing Cards
Spell Date: Friday, December 28, 2018
Color of the day: Pink
Incense of the day: Rose
Today is National Card Playing Day. For a magickal twist on this day, utilize a deck of ordinary playing cards and use them as a divinatory tool. Pull the aces from the deck and lay them out in front of you. Denote one ace to equal “yes,” one to equal “no,” one to equal “maybe,” and one to equal “further clarification needed.”
Hold your question in your mind as you begin to turn the cards over, working from left to right. When you get a suit match, that is the answer to your question. This method is great for getting quick answers to questions.
This post was written by Charlynn Walls on December 28, 2018
Merging with the Oak
Spell Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018
Color of the day: Purple
Incense of the day: Myrrh
Thursday’s energies resonate with the sacred oak tree. Oaks are celebrated as having the spiritual properties of healing, luck, and protection—a winning combination! Today is a good day to make friends with this plant spirit.
Head outdoors and find an oak tree that calls to you. Stand or sit with your back against the tree’s trunk. Visualize yourself connecting with the tree. Breathe deeply in and out. See yourself merging with the tree, inviting the tree’s spirit within you. See yourself becoming part of the tree. Your legs become roots, your arms become tree limbs, your body becomes covered not in skin but in beautifully textured protective bark. See yourself absorbing the qualities of the oak, healing from the inside out by the tree’s spirit, gaining its protection, and perhaps it will share a bit of its luck with you and allow you to take with you the lucky talisman of an acorn.
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on December 27, 2018
Spell Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Color of the day: Yellow
Incense of the day: Lilac
The principles of the modern African American festival of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. As named by Dr. Maulana Karenga, they represent traditional African values.
Because Pagans are not cultural pirates, unless we are part of the African American community, we should not create a Kwanzaa ritual. But we can ask to be invited to a Kwanzaa event or burn red, black, and green candles on our home altar today to support the African American community.
Go online and read about Kwanzaa. Talk to your African American friends about everyday life, especially the good things in life. If your friend is agreeable, take their hands and declare your renewed friendship and support. Say:
“I’m glad we’re friends! I bless your
path and my path. It’s good that we’re
together today in peace, honor, and joy.”
Go out to lunch or dinner with your friend.
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on December 26, 2018
Release Christmas-Related Negativity
Spell Date: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Color of the day: Red
Incense of the day: Ginger
Not everyone loves Christmas. In fact, many of us have quite a bit of emotional baggage attached to it. This spell will help you release old hurtful associations and to see today for the brand-new—and totally neutral— day it truly is. It’s great if you can do this at sunrise, but otherwise any time in the morning will do.
Face east and center yourself. Light a stick of cinnamon incense and safely smudge yourself, letting the smoke waft around your body. Hold the incense up to the morning sun. Say:
“A new day dawns today. It is not
like any day that has dawned before.
It is fresh, open, and filled with
light. I release old cultural and
family paradigms, expectations,
and emotional hurts. I release the
illusion that this day holds any
power over me, and I am free. I give
thanks for this beautiful day.”
This post was written by Tess Whitehurst on December 25, 2018
Heartwings Love Notes 860 No Resolutions This Year
Heartwings says, “Because the future may change and the past is done, our best choice for focus is the present moment.”
My columns are often drawn from personal incidences together with my perspective on them. Since some of that perspective is a reflection of my experiences both as a child and as an adult, these often illustrate and even inspire many of the columns I write. It’s fun for me to share bits and pieces of the memories I have of times before computers and cell phones, not to mention 24 hour television programming. Some of you may remember the test patterns on the small black and white TV we watched as children. They began when the evening programming ended.
Where do the New Year Resolutions fit into this picture? Quite simply I’m not making any this year. My resolutions do not seem to survive the first few months, and they usually have to do with projects not behaviors. If I could say that the projects I resolved to complete then were indeed successfully accomplished, or the behaviors changed, I might still make a resolution or two. Yet I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe making a resolution about something to accomplish or even work on for the new year may jinx the project. That worries me, so this year I have resolved not to resolve; I will instead welcome any surprises that the year may have to offer.
The way things have gone in my life, it seems that everything falls together the way that ultimately works best. So why should I meddle? I do know that there are things I once wished for that I am relieved I didn’t get. And things I never thought to wish for that to my delight have. I will leave the resolving and long term planning to the Powers that Be and focus on the present moment in the new year to come. Wait…does that sound like a resolution? Shh, no that’s not a resolution, just my focus for my life. Happy New Year to all, I wish you every joy in the year to come.
May you enjoy all that the new yea has to offer.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
PS Have you made any New Year resolutions? Please do share if you like. I so enjoy hearing from my readers.
Pagan Calendar – Superstition and Lore of New Years
Besides getting sloppy drunk and kissing everybody in the room at the stroke of midnight, celebrants throughout the ages have observed numerous lesser-known New Year’s customs and superstitions. Many of the superstitions associated with the event bear the common theme that activities engaged in on that day set the pattern for the year to come. Others have to do with warding off evil spirits or attracting luck.
Babies born on New Year’s Day will always have luck on their side
Because January 1 is the first day of the new year, we have drawn a connection between what we do on that day and our fate throughout the rest of the year. What follows are some of the ways we attempt to guarantee a good outcome through our acts on that portentous first day:
Some people say the weather pattern for the year is determined by the early hours of New Year’s Day. Others believe that the first 12 days in January determine the weather patterns for the rest of the year.
According to tradition the entire house should be cleaned before New Year’s Day and all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning material put away. Sweeping should not be done on New Year’s Day for fear that good fortune be swept away. But be careful, if you sweep dirt over the threshold, you’ll sweep one family member away.
To sweep the dust of your house by the front entrance is to sweep away good fortune.
The old people say that if you have a visitor who is reluctant to leave when it’s time for him to leave, then you turn a broom upside down and place it in a corner of the house. In that way the visitor will take his immediate exit.
On the stroke of midnight it’s traditional to leave doors and windows open to allow the Old Year to go out.
Kissing at midnight: We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.
There is another tradition that whatever you do on New Year’s Day, there will a continuity on that action throughout the year. For example: If you cry on New Year’s Day then you’ll cry for the rest of the year. If you drink rum, then know what to expect .
Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow. Red clothing is preferred during the festive season since red is considered a happy colour and is sure to attract for the wearer a brighter future.
For the New Year it is important for one to refrain from using foul language and speaking in negative terms. Ghost stories are taboo and conversations on death should be avoided.
It is important to choose the most auspicious time to visit others on New Year’s Day. The first person one meets and the first words heard are significant as to what the fortunes could be for the rest of the year.
It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom, even the sick should get dressed and made to sit in the living room.
The new year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the home to guarantee prosperity.
The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives. Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year’s Day. To do so is to guarantee you’ll be paying out all year.
Make sure to do – and be successful at – something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don’t go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky.
Avoid breaking items on New Year’s Day since “wreckage” might follow you.
Making loud noises, as is customary in this country, at midnight is not only a celebration; it’s a means of scaring away evil spirits. This is because it is a widespread belief that evil spirits and the Devil himself hate loud noise, so make as much noise as possible at midnight. You’re not just celebrating; you’re scaring away evil spirits, so do a darned good job of it!
Nothing – absolutely nothing, not even garbage – is to leave the house on the first day of the year. If you’ve presents to deliver on New Year’s Day, leave them in the car overnight. Don’t so much as shake out a rug or take the empties to the recycle bin.
Some people soften this rule by saying it’s okay to remove things from the home on New Year’s Day provided something else has been brought in first. The idea being that the year must begin with something being added to the home before anything subtracts from it.
One who lives alone might place a lucky item or two in a basket that has a string tied to it, then set the basket just outside the front door before midnight. After midnight, the lone celebrant hauls in his catch, being careful to bring the item across the door jamb by pulling the string rather than by reaching out to retrieve it and thus breaking the plane of the threshold.
Letting the Old Year Out: At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.
Foods to eat and not to eat on New Years:
A tradition common to the southern states of the USA dictates that the eating of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will attract both general good luck and financial good fortune in particular to the one doing the dining. Some choose to add other Southern fare (such as ham hocks, collard greens, or cabbage) to this tradition, but the black-eyed peas are key.
Other “lucky” foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins), pork (because poultry scratches backwards, a cow stands still, but a pig roots forward, ergo those who dine upon pork will be moving forward in the new year), and sauerkraut (probably because it goes so well with pork).
Another oft-repeated belief holds that one must not eat chicken or turkey on the first day of the year lest, like the birds in question, diners fate themselves to scratch in the dirt all year for their dinner (that is, bring poverty upon themselves)
Examine the weather in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead.
If it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather.
The wind blowing from the east brings famine and disaster.
If the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish but will also see the death of a very important person.
If there’s no wind at all, a joyful and prosperous year may be expected by all.
Precious Metals: The Shine of Silver
Properties: This metal is excellent for mental, emotional, and physical releasing and cleansing. Works on mind/emotions to see life’s overview, our emotional balance, and need for patience. Like the moon’s energy, silver has a gentle, cool, soothing effect. Therefore, it reduces inflammation, fever, nervous system stress. Best with the gentler, cooler-colored gems. Works with pituitary and upper energy centers, therefore, works well on the psychic mind, unconditional love and healing. Generally, it has a cooling Yin energy. Wear this metal when you feel attracted to it. Silver works best as a communicator. It assists in verbal and representational communication. It should be worn only when it feels right. Mental activity is clarified. An increase in your ability to approach intellectual problems. Also known to lessen anxiety over problem-solving. Silver is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Since it increases the power of most stones, it is suggested to use in conjunction with agate, coral, jet, moonstone, and turquoise.
Silver Settings: Silver is ruled by the Moon a feminine planet, and therefore imparts a softened less assertive emotional energy to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it..
Folk Remedies: Silver benefits the circulation and detoxifies the blood. Used in the prevention of festering of wounds. Helps the body recognize imbalances or high levels of hormone and chemicals more readily, enabling them to be naturally corrected. Helps the lungs and throat and reduces irritation by pollutants and other impurities in the air. Improves the transmission of nerve impulses. Assists those with degenerative brain disease, poor memory, irrational fears, and emotional imbalance. Like blue lace agate, silver helps balance the functions of both sides of the brain. It can be worn as a belt (buckle) to improve fertility. Can help resolve sexual problems that result from dysfunction or impotence. In our ancient past, silver was used to purify water. Paracelsus (1493-1541), physician who established the role of chemistry in medicine, wrote of the healing properties of silver. Karl Wilhelm von NÃ¤geli (1817â€”1891), a botanist who discovered chromosomes, found the antimicrobial effects of silver are primarily due to the silver ion.
Dr. Carl Crede (1884) discovered that silver had the ability to cure a disease that had been responsible for causing blindness in thousands of babies. William S. Halstead, M.D. (1852-1922), surgical educator and a founder of Johns Hopkins Medical School, advocated the use of silver in dressings for wounds. Robert Becker, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, noted biomedical researcher and twice nominee for the Nobel Prize, proved the accelerated healing properties of electrically generated silver ions.
Feng Shui: Silver can be used in any area where metal is needed such as the Children and Helping People areas. Use in the center area for spirituality and to find balance.
Crystal Cleansing: Start with plain soap and water. The first thing to do is to wash your silverware or silver jewelry with soap and water to remove any dust or oils from the surface. You’ll be removing the tarnish by way of a mild chemical reaction, and want to wash away anything that might block the tarnish from reacting. If you have larger items, line a pan with aluminum foil and add enough water to completely cover the piece of silver you want to clean. Stir 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the water in the pan and stir to dissolve. Bring the water to a slow boil and remove from heat. Add your silver pieces. Submerge the silver in the hot water. Make sure the silver is in direct contact with the aluminum foil. The whole process can take several minutes, but it shouldnt be long before you start to see tiny yellow or black flakes in the water, or notice that the aluminum foil is turning black. Whats happening is that the hot solution of baking soda and water is separating the sulfur from the silver and transferring it to the aluminum. This easy homemade tarnish remover takes advantage of the fact that sulfur is more chemically attracted to aluminum than silver. Remove silver with tongs and rinse in lukewarm water, then place on a towel to dry. Once dry, you can rub it with a cloth before storing
History: This mystical metal, Silver (Ag), atomic number 47, has been utilized throughout history for its, chemical, electrical, healing and metaphysical properties. Purification rites practiced by the Egyptians called for special basins made of Silver. These practices even found their way into contemporary rituals. With Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran religions, their chalices for mass must be constructed of Gold, Silver or Vermeil. Persian king, Cyrus the Great took an unusual approach to his subjects’ physical health. During his reign, between 550-529 BC, he set up one of the first boards of health and established a medical dispensary. As well, drinking water was drawn from a special stream, boiled and then stored in massive Silver containers. The area of Anatolia (modern Turkey) is considered the first major source of mined silver, having provided the resource to craftsmen throughout Asia Minor. The Anatolian region served as the major source of silver for the Western cultures flourishing in the Near East, Crete, and Greece. From 1500 through 1800, Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico accounted for over 85 percent of world production and trade.
The remaining production in the period was derived largely from Germany, Hungary, and Russia, with lesser amounts from other European countries, Chile, and Japan. In 1792, silver assumed a key role in the United States monetary system when Congress based the currency on the silver dollar and its fixed relationship to gold. Silver was used for the nation’s coinage until its use was discontinued in 1965. The dawn of the 20th century marked an important economic function for silver, that of an industrial raw material. The explosion of technology that enabled steam-assisted drilling, mining, mine dewatering, and improved haulage was a major breakthrough. Further improvements in mining techniques enhanced the ability to handle ore and allowed the exploitation of larger volumes of ore that contained silver. Silver has attracted man’s fascination for many thousands of years. Ancient civilizations found silver deposits plentiful on or near the earth’s surface. Relics of these civilizations include jewelry, religious artifacts, and food vessels formed from the durable, malleable metal. This metal took on near mystical qualities in marking important historical milestones throughout the ages and served as a medium of exchange. The Mesopotamian merchants were doing just that as early as 700 BC. Today, silver is sought as a valuable and practical industrial commodity, as well as an appealing investment precious metal.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Precious Metals: The Glow of Gold
An excellent all-purpose, high-level gem amplifier and electrical conductor, especially on Solar plexus and Heart Chakra. Strengthens meridians, nerve system, digestion. Positively charged with warming sun energy. Often worn by teachers/healers, especially after much self-healing (addictions, childhood…) Attracts prosperity, stores, amplifies thoughts/emotions/energy (Greed too). Yang. Pink = Gold + copper. Lovingness, warmth, spirituality. Amplifies gem effects. White: Combines sun and moon’s energy, thus higher conductor and amplifier. A regenerator, helping one renew oneself. Works on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes. It benefits the nervous system and improves the ability of the nerves to transmit information in the most efficient manner. Helps digestion and helps the body in the proper assimilation of food. Benefits of the circulatory system and blood. Helps control hormonal and chemical imbalances. Can be of great importance to individuals with degenerative diseases, such as heart disease or arthritis. Helps the brain work more efficiently. It works well with all crystals and gemstones. Can be used in conjunction with Copper and Silver, which aid in boosting its abilities in specific instances. Gold settings: Gold is ruled by the Sun a masculine planet, and therefore imparts a more assertive energy to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it.
Folk Remedies: In medieval times, gold was often seen as beneficial for the health, in the belief that something so rare and beautiful could not be anything but healthy. Even some modern esotericists and forms of alternative medicine assign metallic gold a healing power. Some gold salts do have anti-inflammatory properties and are used as pharmaceuticals in the treatment of arthritis and other similar conditions. Gold based injections have been explored as a means to help to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis and tuberculosis. However, only salts and radioisotopes of gold are of pharmacological value, as elemental (metallic) gold is inert to all chemicals it encounters inside the body. Gold alloys are used in restorative dentistry, Colloidal gold preparations (suspensions of gold nanoparticles) in water are intensely red-colored, and can be made with tightly controlled particle sizes up to a few tens of nanometers across by reduction of gold chloride with citrate or ascorbate ions. Colloidal gold is used in research applications in medicine, biology and materials science.
Feng Shui: Use this metal works well in the Center area for balance and Southeast for prosperity.
Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 3 and method 5 – 8
History: Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au from the Latin: aurum “gold”) and an atomic number of 79. Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal. Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. Gold often occurs in free elemental (native) form, as nuggets or grains in rocks, in veins and in alluvial deposits. Gold has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry, and other arts since long before the beginning of recorded history. Besides its widespread monetary and symbolic functions, gold has many practical uses in dentistry, electronics, and other fields. It’s high malleability, ductility, resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, and conductivity of electricity led to many uses of gold, including electric wiring, colored-glass production and even gold leaf.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Precious Metals: The Energy of Copper
This mineral is an excellent energy conductor! Sends and amplifies thoughts, healing energy, and gem electrical energy into wearer’s energy field. Because of this, it encourages the physical/emotional bodies to find alignment. The result is clearer thinking, less aggressive behavior, a more calming persona and a boost to self-esteem. This is a warming stone. Copper helps to release the “excess charge” of resentment and anger. It’s mineral make up encourages the balance between warm sun energy and cool lunar energy. An excellent assistant for increasing your ability to express and accept your true feelings. Copper will balance your personal energy reserve and confidence. Copper is often known as the “love metal” as it helps us open up to love energies and physically helps with sexual imbalances. The healing properties of this stone are particularly enhanced when used in conjunction with other stones such as hematite and tourmaline..
Folk Remedies: Copper is the third most abundant trace mineral found in the human body. Copper is transported through our body by protein in our bloodstream. The human brain and liver contain the largest amounts of copper, with lesser amounts of copper in other organs. We need approximately 3 mg copper per day in our diet. Copper is an essential component of the natural pigment, melanin that gives color to our skin, hair, and eyes. Copper keeps our hair from turning grey and helps keep our hair thick. Required in our body to make enzymes that stop our arteries from hardening, copper is required to support the enzyme lysyl oxidase. Lysyl Oxidase is used in the synthesis and maintenance of bone and connective tissue. Copper is also essential to the activation of lysyl oxidase and supports both elastin and collagen productions. Copper can be used anywhere on or around the body. It is very effective when used at the Solar Plexus Chakra for an issue pertaining to the stomach and intestines. Next to skin, this mineral detoxes and soothes arthritis, rheumatism, other inflammation problems. Copper works for exhaustion recovery and improving circulation due to the fact that it influences the flow of blood. Whenever there is better blood flow, there is better circulation and less pain.. This mineral is, therefore, important for metabolism, as it stabilizes the metabolism and heightens the immune response. Copper has also been found to be beneficial for a disorder called “streetlight phenomenon”, when passing under a streetlight the negative energy charge in the body can turn off or shut down the light. Those with this energy charge are called “sliders” and the energy can be referred to as the “slider phenomena”. It is common among those with a strong aura. Often people think it is their aura that causes this but it is the negative energy you carry, that reflects this. Your auric light is an expression of your mental, physical and emotional expression. Since energy is so sensitive, it is expressed outwardly sometimes before any symptoms are observed. Copper (along with hematite or magnetic hematite) help this situation. Copper is also beneficial for the lungs, as it improves the exchange of oxygen and helps in filtering out pollutants. Soft tissue and mucous membranes retain more moisture and become less susceptible to irritation when there is enough copper in the body.
Feng Shui: Copper is used in the Center/Health position to encourage good health and create balance and calm. Use copper for dispersing negative energy in any room. Use it in any room to also attract change into your space.
Crystal Cleansing: Negative energy “charge” is absorbed by this mineral. It tends to become dull when used for treating negative energy. 1) Make a solution out of warm water, a few drops of lemon or lime juice, and a teaspoon of salt. Mix it thoroughly. 2) Dip the tarnished copper jewelry into this solution. Leave it there for a couple of minutes. 3) Remove the jewelry and rinse thoroughly. Repeat if some tarnish still shows. 4) Use ketchup and a soft toothbrush to remove tarnish on a piece that contains soft or delicate gemstones. The ketchup is not safe on the stones, but using ketchup and a toothbrush will give you more control over the cleaning process. Only clean the copper and avoid touching the gemstones with the ketchup.
Other Methods: Use method 1 -3 and method 5 – 8
History: Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu. it is a plentiful metal ore that ranges in color from a soft red-brown to a deep brick red. Copper occupies the same family of the periodic table as silver and gold since they each have one s-orbital electron on top of a filled electron shell which forms metallic bonds. The similarity in electron structure makes copper, silver, and gold similar in many ways: All three have high thermal and electrical conductivities, and all three are malleable. Among pure metals at room temperature, copper has the second highest electrical and thermal conductivity, after silver.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
By Madisyn Taylor
A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being, in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures.
Like pieces of a puzzle, the many different aspects of your being come together to form the person that you are. You work and play, rest and expend energy, commune with your body and soul, exalt in joy, and feel sorrow. Balance is the state that you achieve when all of the aspects of your life and self are in harmony. Your life force flows in a state of equilibrium because nothing feels out of sync. While balance is necessary to have a satisfying, energetic, and joyful life, only you can determine what balance means to you.
Achieving balance requires that you assess what is important to you. The many demands of modern life can push us to make choices that can put us off balance and have a detrimental effect on our habits, relationships, health, and career. In creating a balanced lifestyle, you must ascertain how much time and energy you are willing to devote to the different areas of your life. To do so, imagine that your life is a house made up of many rooms. Draw this house, give each part of your life its own room, and size each room according to the amount of importance you assign to that aspect of your life. You can include family, solitude, activities that benefit others, healthy eating, indulgences, exercise and working on self. You may discover that certain elements of your life take up an inordinate amount of time, energy, or effort and leave you with few resources to nurture the other aspects of your life. You may want to spend less time on these activities and more on the ones that fulfill you.
A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures, as well as time to live well and in a gratifying way. With its many nuances, balance can be a difficult concept to integrate into your life. Living a balanced existence, however, can help you attain a greater sense of happiness, health, and fulfillment.
Good Luck Hoppin’ John
Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s Day dish. It is said that eating this black-eyed peas dish on January 1st will bring luck all year long! Wondering why it is called Hoppin’ John?
What is Hoppin’ John?
Hoppin’ John is made with black-eyed peas (aka cow peas), rice, and meat (usually pork as bacon or ham) on New Year’s Day dates from the early 1800s. The meal can also include collard greens and corn bread.
Hoppin’ John is also known as “Happy Jack,” “Happy John,” and “Hop-in-John.”
What is the history of Hoppin’ John?
Hoppin’ John is considered Southern cuisine, mainly associated with North and South Carolina, but especially the Sea Islands, off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Historians believe that the recipe was created by African slaves, who introduced black-eyed peas to America and grew them in small gardens on rice plantations. Some sources suggest that cattle grazed on black-eyed peas in the Carolinas in the early 1700s. The peas helped to suppress weeds and added nutrition to the soil, and therefore the livestock.
The first appearance of the recipe for Hoppin’ John occurred in 1847 in a book titled “The Carolina Housewife.”
Where does the name Hoppin’ John come from?
One source suggests that Hoppin’ John was a handicapped man who cooked and sold the dish in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1841.
One tradition has children hopping around the dinner table as the dish was brought in from the kitchen.
A dubious explanation suggests that in South Carolina it was customary to invite a guest to dinner by saying, “Hop in, John.”
What makes Hoppin’ John special?
The ingredients in Hoppin’ John have symbolic importance, and eating this dish on New Year’s Day portends good fortune:
black-eyed peas represent coins collard greens represent green backs (dollars), or cash corn bread represents gold pork—especially ham hocks—recall the cheap cuts of meat tomatoes, if included, represent health Sometimes, the cook slips a dime into the dish before serving. It is said that wealth awaits the diner who gets the dime (and hopefully not a chipped tooth).
Some say that good luck visits those who count the black-eyed peas on their plate for a hint at the amount of luck or wealth that will ensue.
The custom of eating all but three of the black-eyed peas on your plate promises a trio of benefits—luck, wealth, and romance.
Legend has it that Sephardic Jews served black-eyed peas during Rosh Hashanah in the hope of fertility and good fortune.
Does Hoppin’ John really bring good luck?
If history is any measure, it does: History suggests that during the Union Army’s siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, many Southern families survived on black-eyed peas.
When do you eat Hoppin’ John?
For some, the tradition of eating Hoppin’ John begins at midnight (New Year’s Eve), when the dish is served with a Champagne toast.
New Year’s Day is the traditional day to eat Hoppin’ John. Any leftover can be enjoyed on later days, but be aware that the name of the dish changes to Skippin’ Jenny. Stretching the dish into leftovers demonstrates your sense of frugality and promises even greater prosperity in the new year!
Recipe for Good Luck Hoppin’ John
4 strips bacon, diced
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cups cooked black-eyed peas or 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen black-eyed peas
1/2 cup white rice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a Dutch oven, cook bacon add onions until bacon is crisp and onions are soft. Add black-eyed peas, rice, 1 cup of water, and red pepper flakes. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice is cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes. Toss with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.
Slow Cooker Peppermint Mochas
Makes 5 cups
4 cups milk
4 shots of espresso -or- 4 rounded teaspoons instant espresso powder plus 1 1/2 cups water -or- 2 cups very strong brewed coffee
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peppermint syrup
Whipping cream and shaved chocolate bar for garnish
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Make the peppermint syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved (about a minute). Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Make your peppermint mochas: In a 3-quart or larger slow cooker/Crock Pot, stir together the milk, espresso/coffee, chocolate chips, and peppermint syrup.
Cook covered on low for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally to help distribute the melting chocolate, until steaming. You can also cook it on high for about an hour and fifteen minutes (depending on your slow cooker), stirring often – just watch it a little more carefully when the slow cooker is on high. Reduce heat to warm and keep covered once the mocha has heated to steaming.
Serve in festive mugs, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.
By Madisyn Taylor
When we feel stuck, it can be helpful to let go of our resistance to the change that wants to come forth.
When we feel stuck in our lives it’s important to take stock of what is going on and find out if there is something we are doing or not doing that is keeping us stuck. Sometimes the situation is out of our control, and we need to look within to find the patience required to wait with equanimity until things move forward again. Many times, though, we can find the source of our stagnation in our own hearts and minds. Sometimes we are clinging to old ideas about reality and we need to make adjustments that will bring us back in tune with life, so we can flow again. Sometimes we find that fear of change is what’s keeping us stuck, and we can resolve to find ways of facing that fear.
If introspection does not provide the answers we need, it can sometimes be helpful to ask those around you if they notice anything obvious that you might not be able to see. Remember to ask someone whom you can trust to be kind and sensitive as well as honest. Try to let go of your resistance because whenever there is something we can’t see ourselves, it’s because we don’t want to see it. Try to listen with an open mind, and remember that you are always the final judge of what you need. Anything offered to us from an outside source will need to be processed within before its wisdom can take hold.
In all this, be kind to yourself and remember that we all get stuck sometimes. Think of it as a part of your process, a necessary step on your journey, rather than as a problem that shouldn’t be happening. This can help to keep your frustration at bay and give you the space you need to take a deep breath and really figure out what’s going on.
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