GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 11-17 Dec 2017

 

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

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Waning Moon, the period between the Full Moon and the New Moon. This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us.
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Candle: White
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious-especially while traveling.
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’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
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Eloquence
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]
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
Candle: Purple
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Thursday – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in
rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise and ruby. Wear 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
Candle: Green
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules
health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick
involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow
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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Independence Spell
Spell Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

With the moon currently in Virgo, the sun in Sagittarius, and winter settling in, you are likely to be a bit more aware today of your personal relationships and the impact they have on you. Perhaps what is most important today is that you see yourself as an independent person, and that you consider the aspects of your relationships that either support or hinder your independence.

Take a piece of black construction paper and draw a pentacle on it in white chalk. On the inside of the star, write your complete name, and then at each point, write one word that you feel describes an aspect of independence you wish to see enter your life. Take a few deep breaths, and with your pointer finger, trace the pentacle. As you pass through each point, say aloud the word that you wrote there. Do this nine times, increasing in speed and volume each time. When complete, place the paper in your Book of Shadows until you have obtained each aspect you summoned.
This post was written by Devin Hunter on December 10, 2017
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Altar Cleansing
Spell Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sometimes as a result of our busy lives, our altars become neglected and covered with dust or clutter. Take some time to remove all the items and clean them as well as the altar itself. Clean physically and magically. Remove dust and dirt first, and clean all your objects and tools. Then perform a cleansing ritual.

Create a cleansing “potion” by adding a few drops of lemon juice to a cup of warm water. Put the lemon water in a spray bottle and add a clear quartz crystal. Also add a grain of salt, if desired (saltwater can damage some surfaces).

Spray this mixture lightly on everything, then dry with a soft cloth. Visualize the space and objects being refreshed and renewed for their purposes. Chant as you clean:

“This space is clean, the objects too,
With the water, all renew.
Unwanted energy dispel,
With these words, all be well.”
This post was written by Ember Grant on December 09, 2017
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Elemental Protection
Spell Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

The darker, colder months can leave us feeling more vulnerable. This is a simple protection spell that calls on the elements for help. It can be used all year round whenever you feel like you need it.

Light a black or white candle and visualize a strong wall being formed around you from each element in turn.

“Power of air, protect me with the force of the winter gale and the summer breeze.”

Power of water, protect me with the might of ocean waves and rushing waterfall.

Power of fire, protect me with the glory of the roaring bonfire.

Power of earth, protect me with the steady strength of the ground below my feet.

I am protected. I am safe. I thank you.”
This post was written by Deborah Blake on December 08, 2017
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A Holiday Peace Spell
Spell Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

As you socialize and entertain this holiday season, some of the friends and family you’ll mingle with won’t share your spiritual beliefs. Many Pagans face this situation every December. Before you entertain, fill your home with positive vibrations by using this spell.

Dress a lavender-scented candle with olive oil. Light it and carry it throughout your home as you say:

“Peace and tolerance dwell here.
All are welcome here.
I welcome every guest.
All will be treated with respect.”

Hang mistletoe wherever you can. It’s not only seasonal, but also a great purifying herb. If you have a fireplace, burn some mistletoe with the wood to banish all negativity. To keep things calm, try to avoid using red candles, and instead go with green and gold. Those colors keep things grounded. If someone is irritating, think of this spell. Who knows, you may even be polite to your nosy Aunt Edith!
This post was written by James Kambos on December 07, 2017
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Teachers
Spell Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

As the year comes to a close, take a moment to reflect upon those who have been your teachers. A teacher does not always take the form of a human being. Teachers can be animals, plants, things, or spirits.

Teachers teach by example. They can teach us how to move forward successfully, or, by their negative examples, they can help us choose a better path. Either way, we learn something.

Non-humans are teachers too. We learn patience through working with plants in our garden. We learn how to trust in the cycle of death and rebirth through the change of seasons. We can learn the value of a simple oil change if we fail to care for our vehicle.

Take a moment to reflect on who and what have been your teachers this year. Bless the good ones with love and thank the ones who taught you through adversity.
This post was written by Najah Lightfoot on December 06, 2017
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Shh!
Spell Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Use this spell to stop gossip. Get two squares of cork no smaller than two inches square. Its soundproofing qualities will silence rumors. You will also need a pen, a yellow sheet of paper, and some string or tape.

At your altar, burn cloves in a censer, or burn a stick of clove incense. Pass each ingredient (cork, paper, pen, string) through the smoke, saying each time:

“No unkind words may be spoken about me.
No untrue words may be spoken about me.
No rumor shall spread.
So mote it be!”

On the yellow paper, write rumors you’ve heard about yourself. If you aren’t sure, use phrases like “Have you heard about (your name)?” Fill one side of the page.

Fold each side of the paper into the center, then fold it over again. As you fold, concentrate on sealing away these words so they cannot be spoken.

Place the paper between the pieces of cork, then tie the bundle with string or seal it with tape.
Say:

“Silence blesses me! So mote it be!”

Hide this spell in a dark corner of a closet. You can leave it there indefinitely.
This post was written by Deborah Lipp on December 05, 2017
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Grains of Saint Barbara
Spell Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Some folks start wheat seeds growing on this day, in celebration of Saint Barbara. If the grain is growing well by Christmas, then the coming year’s crop will be a good one.

Try your own take on this custom by starting some heathly greens for your Yule table today. Broccoli, radishes, and beets are all good options for growing microgreens indoors. Or, if you have the equipment, try sprouting some slow-starting seeds instead. Whatever you decide to grow, ask it to bring you luck and prosperity in the coming year—your “good harvest.” Serve the microgreens or sprouts as part of your holiday meal.
This post was written by Laurel Reufner on December 04, 2017

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Heartwings Love Notes 805 Shopping for Christmas

Heartwings says, “Gifts for Christmas need not be bought at Christmas.”

“Where do you do your Christmas shopping,” asked my physical therapist as she and I worked on helping my hip get better. I shook my head and smiled. “We don’t,” I told her, “At least not in the usual sense. We collect Christmas gifts all year long from wherever we find them-yard sales, thrift shops, white elephant tables, or any other alternative shopping experience you can think of. It’s more fun that way.”

In one sense what that means is that Stephen and I think about Christmas and people we like to give to, all year long. It is such fun to think about and to give presents. Many of our dear friends live at a distance from us, so we end up spending as much money on postage as we do on the gifts. What we save by not shopping in stores will most likely get spent on the mailing of them. However, we’ve avoided much stress and discomfort.

Occasionally I buy a gift for Stephen from a catalogue–usually because he saw it and pointed it out to me. I seldom purchase from them for anyone else. I peruse one or two of my favorites but most go into the trash. While they are filed with lovely enticing pictures and descriptions, for the most part I prefer the physical experience of seeing and touching my purchases. It’s too easy to order and then be disappointed when the item is not what you thought it was.

I find Christmas shopping at retail stores to be daunting. There is too much to see and think about. They are filed with hopeful shoppers trying to cross people off their Christmas lists. The glittery items do not attract me. I prefer to give useful, practical gifts. That’s what I like to receive. Furthermore, most children have lots of toys and games as well as stuffed animals. Our friends and relations often receive books we have found at the Friends of the Library. By supporting alternative spending there and elsewhere, we recycle and reuse. This is really a gift to Mother Earth as well, and surely she deserves one too.

May you find joy in giving and ways to give that make you joyful.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Please do write and tell me any of you Christmas giving stories . I am always so glad to receive mail from my readers. Thank you for reading me. TashaHal@aol.com

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Stephen Halpert
Magee and the Haunted Mansion #11

I missed Blackie. The last I had seen of her she was in the vet clinic, her right front paw and leg bandaged, her eyes closed. There were no thoughts coming from her to me. Something was very wrong.
“She’ll be fine Magee,” Sippi said as we left the hospital and drove back to her condo. “I’ll bring you to see her tomorrow.”
I went to my usual place in the living room. I found Ku sitting on the rocker. Nothing felt right. I had to be brave. I’m a cop. But I’m a dog too and like people, dogs cry when they’re sad. Be brave, I kept telling myself, I have to be brave. Ku tried to talk to me but I didn’t want to listen.
The next morning Sippi brought me to a meeting in Chief Mallory’s office. Leaning against his desk with his trademark cigar stub in his left hand, he spoke about mounting a manhunt to capture Randolph Croft and put an end to this whole business.
I was sprawled on the floor under Sippi’s chair. I had not heard, nor had I sensed anything from Blackie. The only comfort I had had was Ku saying: “Your dear Blackie will recover, be patient.” I didn’t feel like being patient.
Sippi, Raven, Sergeant Hacksaw of the State Police, and two agents from the Bureau of Prisons, were studying maps of the landscape and underground caverns surrounding the ruins.
There was a light knock on Chief Mallory’s office door and then it opened. Heidi Croft, the lady deputy from Twin Forks walked in. She nodded politely to everyone and took a seat near Chief Mallory’s desk.
She noticed me and raised a blond eyebrow. “Where’s the black spaniel?”
“At the vet clinic,” Sippi said. “Yesterday during the take down of the second convict she was wounded.”
“And the heroine of this whole manhunt,” Mallory added. “If it hadn’t been for Blackie and Magee more of us might have gotten shot.” He looked over at Sergeant Hacksaw for confirmation.
The sergeant cleared his throat and glanced at me, blinked and sighed like he couldn’t believe his eyes. Then he nodded.
Chief Mallory continued. “Croft is a madman. Who knows what he’ll do next.” He turned to Heidi. “You knew him?”
She nodded and looked thoughtful. Slowly she said, “Yes, well, he’s kin.”
If I hadn’t been feeling so sad I’d have gone over to sniff her shiny black boots. I could smell the polish from my spot under Sippi’s chair.
“Know what brought him back?” Mallory asked.
Heidi Croft chuckled. “Don’t you know Tom? I thought everyone around here knew about the Croft treasure. I think he saw this as his last opportunity for unearthing it.”
“So that’s why he and two others inmates escaped and came to Twin Forks,” said one of the men from the Bureau of Prisons.
“I’d heard that the authenticity of that treasure was dubious,” Raven interjected.
Heidi shook her head. “Oh it’s real enough to the Crofts. Every Christmas dinner, Easter Sunday, 4th of July and Labor Day cookout all we Croft kids ever heard about was unearthing Old Ezekiel Croft’s treasure and we’d all live out our days like kings and queens.”
“And it must be hidden in one of those caves or caverns,” Mallory said. “That’s where Croft has to be searching.”
Oh, oh, I smelled that bad smell again. Where was it coming from? Was it the ghosts? Were they here now listening to us? I wished Blackie were with me.
“It was his obsession as a boy,” Heidi said. “He’d spend all the time he could compulsively sifting through the area. He always called it his ticket to the stars.”
“I thought the Crofts were landed gentry,” Sippi said. . “Aristocrats dating back to the Mayflower.”
“Might be so,” Heidi grinned. “But today we’re just hard working folks. Two cousins own the printing plant, another the dry cleaners’.” She looked thoughtful again. “Even today at family gatherings practically all that’s ever spoken of is that treasure.
“Ever any talk of diamonds?” Mallory asked
“Not that I ever heard, but there were supposed to be jewels as well as gold and silver.”
The scent of what I thought of as the ghosts grew stronger. I wondered if they had anything to do with the treasure. Maybe they were looking for it too.
“We found the cabin he was using in the woods,” Hacksaw said. “Empty but there were signs the three convicts had been there.”
“The treasure is probably still in one of the caverns,” Heidi said. “I heard that when Ebenezer Croft returned with it, he built his mansion within close proximity.
“But apparently he never left a map or any telling info where it could be located,” Sippi looked at Heidi. “Doesn’t that strike you as strange?’
Heidi nodded. “I explored many of those caves and caverns myself. Never found much aside from some fossils.”
I whimpered. Sippi reached down and patted me gently.
“It’s cool Magee. In a few days she’ll be as good as new.”
But I was doubtful. Blackie and I had shared thoughts, thinking them back and forth. Now that wasn’t happening.
Mallory looked at the map. “There is a network of caves, eventually they all converge. We’ll divide into three groups. “Bopp, Sherlock, Heidi and I will go in from the entrance immediately adjacent to the burnt out ruins. Jones, and the officers from the Bureau of Prisons will proceed from the eastern slope. Sergeant Hacksaw and his men will enter from the west. Hopefully we’ll all arrive near the center and box him in.”
. “Be easier if you just burned him out,” Heidi said. Smoke can work better than bullets.”
“Poetic justice,” Raven said.
“Everyone wear your vests,” Mallory said. He paid no mind to Heidi’s suggestion.
Mallory looked at me. “Get ready Sherlock. You’ll sniff him out? Right?”
I barked and wagged my tail keeping, my sorrow to myself. I knew I couldn’t cry. Now I had to be a cop.
The awful ghostly scent still persisted. I hoped it didn’t mean more surprises.
(To be continued)

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Creating A Sacred Space

Making a sacred space of your own, whether it be an alter, meditation space, area for your crystal treasures or just room for you to breath, can be a fun and exciting choice.

1. First, find a space to use on a regular basis for “your” space. Doing this,conditions your mind to become familiar and therefore feel relaxed once you are in the space, as it allows you to ascend. In time, just sitting in your space will immediately relax you.

Your space can be a small area in your home where you can sit with your eyes closed for at least a few minutes each day. Choose a clean, quiet place away from all distractions where you can sit on a chair or on the floor. If you use a chair, choose one that allows you to keep your back as straight as possible. If you sit on the floor, you may want to lean your back against something so that you can keep it straight.

2. Whatever area you choose to use, you first want to cleanse/clear that space.

Space clearing can be done on a physical level by decluttering your surroundings. It can also be done on a metaphysical level with such tools as herbs, salts, crystals, incense, oils and yes, intention.

The power of (halite crystal) sea salt is a safe and effective way to clear and cleanse any space of negative energy. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater. Energy in itself, is the vital source, which radiates from everything and everyone around us. When we are ill, emotionally upset, angered or imbalanced, our moods and of course, our energy is altered. Coming in contact with energy that is negative can often be sensed, even felt. The result is often a feeling of uneasiness, confusion or an opposed feeling to our current state of mind. Cleansing with sea salt or rock salt is preferred over iodized, processed table salt.

Cleansing a room with salt can be done by placing salt in small bowls and placing them in the 4 corners for 24 hours. Take two teaspoons of sea salt and dissolve it into some warm water. Pour it into a mister or spray bottle and spray it wherever you need cleansing.

Adding herbs or essential oils to sea salt can give an added bonus to cleansing. Herbs such as lavender, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, and rosemary are all good compliments. When using herbs, place them in the salt and shake the salt in a closed container. This bruises the herbs and allows its essential oils to incorporate into the salt matrix. When using essential oils, add a few drops to salt and then stir or shake the salt in order to mix them well. Misting yourself for an overall clearing can do cleansing of negative vibes. Draw a bath. As the hot water is filling the tube, add two or more tablespoons of sea salt to the running water and stir it so it dissolves in the tube. Relax in your bath for 15-20 minutes.

3. For a few days just sit quietly in your space for five to ten minutes. This will help establish your energy.

4. Before you sit, consider using the following “tools” to help increase your intention for the space.

a.) You may light a candle or some incense, if you like. Eventually, lighting the candle or incense will signal your brain that it’s time for “sacred time”.

b.) Place in your space only items you absolutely love unconditionally. Do not place it there just because you think it belongs there. These “tools” should be items that empower you, give you strength, energy and allow you to feel good.

c.) Add your most special crystals into your space. You can create a border with them or design an area or “cluster” just for them.

d.) Remember, this is a living breathing space, so any items that served you this day, may not serve you tomorrow. So feel free to bring into your space different items (or crystals) that work for your that day.

e.) Now, sprinkle with intention. Intention is a tool that can be used to bring about change. With clear intent, we formulate a greater deliberateness in order to achieve the end result.

The Map of Intention

When you break down the process of what true intention really is, you will find a process that unfolds before you. By applying this process, you create your intention. Here is how you map out your intentions:

1. Have purpose : Your reason behind your intention is purpose. Having a purpose infers a more determined path.

2. Design your intent : This suggests a more careful, laid out and calculated plan of action. What, when, why where, how.

3. Improve your aim : By improving your aim, you add to your implications or target effort directed toward attaining your intention.

4. Gain your objective : Create a clear objective by aiming for something tangible and immediately attainable.

5. Reach your goal : The goal is the result of your intention, put into action and attaining it by thought out effort and un-waiving focus.

You have now created your sacred space. Bring to it what you want. Use it for what it is and allow it to remain sacred.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Noticing Synchronicity
By Madisyn Taylor

Things happen in our lives for a reason, even if that reason is not clear to you right away.
When events appear to fit together perfectly in our lives it may seem at first that they are random occurrences, things that are the result of coincidence. These synchronous happenings, though, are much more than that, for, if we look at them more closely they can show us that the universe is listening to us and gently communicating with us. Learning to pay attention to and link the things that occur on a daily basis can be a way for us to become more attuned to the fact that most everything happens in our lives for a reason – even when that reason is not clear right away.

When we realize that things often go more smoothly than we can ever imagine, it allows us to take the time to reflect on the patterns in our lives. Even events that might not at first seem to be related to each other are indicators that the universe is working with, not against, us. This idea of synchronicity, then, means that we have to trust there is more to our lives than what we experience on a physical level. We need to be willing to look more closely at the bigger picture, accepting and having confidence in the fact that there is more to our experiences than immediately meets the eye. Being open to synchronicity also means that we have to understand that our lives are filled with both positive and negative events. Once we can recognize that one event is neither more desirable nor better than the other – they all have an overall purpose in our lives — then we are truly ready to listen to the messages the universe gives us.

While we may not be able to see everything in our lives as being synchronous, we can certainly use hindsight to be more aware of how the universe guides us. This sense of wonder at the mysteries of the universe and the interconnectedness present in our lives will help us see our overall ways of being and will in turn make it easier to work more consciously towards our spiritual evolution.

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Cranberry & Peppermint Honey Cake: Hail To The Mothers!
by Danielle Prohom Olson

It’s no secret that baking confections, cookies and fruit cakes have long been part of feminine customs surrounding the winter holidays. But one beautiful baking tradition is now almost entirely forgotten, and it served as the inspiration for this fruity, dense Mother’s Night Honey Cake. And while it may be a bit rustic, I tried to recreate what I imagined might have been a typical cake served on this ancient holiday, with the foods, nuts and herbs available at the time.

While we know it today as Christmas Eve, Mother’s Night was once dedicated to a group of feminine divinities. Their shrines, votive stones and altars have been found as far as Scotland, Spain and Portugal, Germania, Gaul, and Northern Italy – although in Scandinavia it was called Dísablót, festival of the disir, the tribal soul-mothers. And across Anglo-Saxon countries, from the 1st to 6th century, Mother’s Night was celebrated with much feasting, drinking – and eating of fruit and honey cakes!

Altars and shrines of the Mothers or Matrones are often located near rivers, mountains, sacred springs and trees. Often depicted in a group of three, holding babies, baskets of fruit and grain, they were associated with the fertility of nature. In his account of the pagan calendar in 725 AD, the monk Bede, tells us that on Christmas Eve ” the very night that is sacrosanct to us, these people call Modranect, that is, the mothers’ night, a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies which they performed while watching this night through.”

Bede leaves few details about what actually took place during these ceremonies, but modern pagan references (and here) indicate Mother’s Night traditionally kicked off the pagan celebrations of Yule – which from Germany to Scandinavia was celebrated with an enormous banquet featuring boar, goose and fish, nettle soup, mushroom dumplings, cheese pies, eggnog, mead – and plenty of honey cakes!

That cakes should be baked in honour of the Mothers is no surprise. Honey cakes are one of our oldest ceremonial foods, baked in honour of female divinities and fertility goddesses on festivals and sacred holidays (holy days) around the world. Early Christian women baked honey cakes in honour of Mary, and from Judah, Egypt, Greece and Rome, women baked honey in cakes in tribute to Asherah, Ishtar, Artemis and Demeter, and many others, such as the Norse Goddess Freya and the Celtic Goddess Brighid. These cakes were regarded as magical, bringing blessings of fertility, abundance and good tidings for the new year.

Today their many descendants are still with us. Jewish honey cake is eaten on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, in hopes of ensuring a sweet New Year, the Yule log cake served traditionally in France brings good fortune, in Italy the Panettone was given as presents to friends – and it was meant to be kept in the house to ensure good luck until the following Christmas!

The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake. These were also given for good fortune and today cookies such as the Pfeffernüsse, Lebkuchen and Springerle are still given as good luck tokens and are fashioned in the shapes of evergreen trees, stars, sun, and animals (symbols sacred to the fertility goddesses of old). German cookies made in the shape of horns or a crescent (also an ancient symbol of the Goddess) are heaped on plates for the Christmas Eve supper to ensure a bounteous new year.

So inspired by all these magical baking traditions. I decided to try my hand at what might have been a typical cake served by foremothers on “Mother’s Night”. Before the middle ages methods were likely very simple: flour and honey were mixed together and then the mixture would sit until naturally-produced yeasts caused it to rise. Also the eastern spices like ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg we’ve come to associate with the fruit and spice cakes of Christmas were not commonly available before the middle ages either. So mostly likely these Mother Night cakes were likely made with honey, local dried fruit, nuts, forest roots and herbs.

And while a thousand flavour permutations were possible, I narrowed down a selection of ingredients that would have been readily available to my European ancestors at the time, such as stoneground rye flour, dark clover honey, hazelnuts, dried apples, cranberries and mint. I made two versions one with rye flour and one with spelt, one with less flour and one with more. The one below is made with dried mint, and 3 cups of spelt flour.

Made with 3 cups spelt flour

The result was more cake-like, less dense and dark than the first (pictured below). Made with two cups of rye flour, this version was darker and much moister. And while it was more like a fig roll than a cake, it was very delicious!

And yes, both cakes are a bit primitive, but I don’t mind. I wouldn’t serve it to wow guests and family as the perfect holiday fruitcake – but it is my way of remembering the many women who passed the traditions of sacred baking from generation to generation so that they still grace our holiday tables. To them I give thanks.

I realize it may have no actual similarity to the actual cakes of Mother’s Night, but I nonetheless offer it up to all the forgotten mothers and nature goddesses of old. May their blessings shine upon all of us this season and throughout the coming new year.

Hail to the Mothers!

Mother’s Night Cranberry Peppermint Honey Cake

Ingredients

2 cups (or 3 depending on your taste) of rye flour (or spelt or wholewheat)
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking power
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of honey (little extra for drizzling)
1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts (roughly chopped)
1/4 cup dried apples (chopped)
1 cup cranberries
1/4 cup of melted butter
5-6 sprigs of chopped mint or spearmint ( you can also used dried – approx. 2 crumbled ounces)

Directions

Combine flour and honey in large bowl, mix well. Let sit overnight.
The next day add the rest of your ingredients into the batter and stir briskly, making sure it is well-blended.
Pour dough into dusted and greased baking pan ( a round tin or bundt pan is nice.)
Bake in preheated oven at 325 for for approximately 40 min.
Let cool.

Serve with drizzle of warmed honey!

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Candy Cane Martini
Kim Haasarud December 2009
Recipe By Coastal Living

Yield
Makes 1 cocktail

We dare you– look at this cocktail and try not to fall in love. Raise a glass and toast friends and family this holiday season.

Ingredients

1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka 1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps Garnish: peppermint candy

How to Make It
Combine vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with peppermint candy.

Reprinted with permission from 101 Martinis (Wiley & Sons, 2006) by Kim Haasarud

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Finding Peace Within
By Madisyn Taylor

If we are to have true peace in the world, we must first find it within ourselves.
Most people agree that a more peaceful world would be an ideal situation for all living creatures. However, we often seem stumped as to how to bring this ideal situation into being. If we are to have true peace in this world, each one of us must find it in ourselves first. If we don’t like ourselves, for example, we probably won’t like those around us. If we are in a constant state of inner conflict, then we will probably manifest conflict in the world. If we have fighting within our families, there can be no peace in the world. We must shine the light of inquiry on our internal struggles, because this is the only place we can really create change.

When we initiate the process of looking inside ourselves for the meaning of peace, we will begin to understand why it has always been so difficult to come by. This in itself will enable us to be compassionate toward the many people in the world who find themselves caught up in conflicts both personal and universal. We may have an experience of peace that we can call up in ourselves to remind us of what we want to create, but if we are human we will also feel the pull in the opposite direction–the desire to defend ourselves, to keep what we feel belongs to us, to protect our loved ones and our cherished ideals, and the anger we feel when threatened. This awareness is important because we cannot truly know peace until we understand the many tendencies and passions that threaten our ability to find it. Peace necessarily includes, even as it transcends, all of our primal energy, much of which has been expressed in ways that contradict peace.

Being at peace with ourselves is not about denying or rejecting any part of ourselves. On the contrary, in order to be at peace we must be willing and able to hold ourselves, in all our complexity, in a full embrace that excludes nothing. This is perhaps the most difficult part for many of us, because we want so much to disown the negative aspects of our humanity. Ironically, though, true peace begins with a willingness to take responsibility for our humanity so that we might ultimately transform it in the light of our love.

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O Yuletide Tree
from Spiral Wound
a collection of chants, songs, readings and more helpful for UU and Pagan worship

(Author Unknown. Tune: “O, Tannenbaum (O, Christmas Tree)” by Author Unknown)

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
How lovely are thy branches
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
How lovely are thy branches
Bring joyful tidings of great cheer
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
To us you are so lovely.

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Evergreen and fragrant
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Evergreen and fragrant
We bring you in our home to be
A sign of life’s eternity
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Forever green and lovely

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Thank you for your blessings
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Thank you for your blessings
with golden stars and twinkling light
You cheer us on this holy night
O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide Tree
Thou art most fair and lovely

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