Saturday, January 10, 2009

blessings for baby/small child ***

A Triad of Heart, Female Energies & Male Energies. What a joy bringing a new life into this world Use this triad of candles to bless the new baby with abounding love, nurturing, guidance and strength.
BLESSING: I bless this baby to be filled with my unending love. From the center of my heart, I nurture, guide and teach this child and wish the best upon this new innocent soul.

kitchen blessing ***

Kitchen Blessing
Blessed be this kitchen
Of air, fire, water , and earth
Be warmed by the sacred light of the sun and moon.
May all that is created here
My means both magick and mundane
bring nourishment,healing, and sustenance
And cause harm to none..
With love ane peace and joy and magick
Be know and always filled.
The love is sealed.

happiness spell ***

Happiness Spell
What You'll Need:
Three orange candles
Marjoram and lavender
Instructions:Light the candles on your altar. Focus on the elements of your life that bring you stress, and visualize them fading away and leaving only peace and happiness in your heart. Repeat the words below several times while sprinkling the herbs around the candles.
Happiness and joy come into my life,Away with the stress, anger, and strife.I am happy, I am free,No more negativity
Say out loud all the things that make you happy, no matter how small or silly. Repeat the words below again. Let the candles burn out on their own, and leave the herbs on your altar for 1 week.
This spell can be done anytime, but during a full moon would make it more potent

bed-time prayers ***

Sleep Prayer (from Practical Celtic Magic)
Noble Brigit,Who didst by Danu's laws
Stand by the steads of those
Who sought thine aid in days of old,
Subtly stretch thine arms, oh Goddess Bright
Across this humble placeWherein I rest my head
That I may seek slumber
Knowing all full well
That they who wish me harm may not approachBeing warded by thy shield.

Child's Bedtime Prayer
Mother of all things, watch over me tonight,
Hold me in your arms, until the morning light.
Blessed be the mother , by all her many names.
May she bless my family and friends.
May she bless the animals of the world,
and all people everywhere.


Earth-Focused Prayers

The earth is big and fat and round,
I love the sky, the sea and the ground,
I love the birds and dogs and sheep,
and all the animals that fall asleep,
I love the flowers and rocks and trees,
I love the earth, and it loves me.

child's sleep protection spell ***

Sleep Protection Spell
Oh great Goddess,My Mother,My light,
please protect my childas he/she sleeps through the night...give him/her dreams that are good and so sweetand fill him/her with love from his/her head to his/her feet...Blessed Be!
seal the bedtime blessing with three kisses to the child's forehead;
one for the maiden, one for the mother, and one for the crone.

casting a circle

Just like anything else on the pagan path, casting a circle is very individualized. Some prefer an in depth ritual. I tend to visualize my self protected by a white light - from both inside and out - that is connected to the universe. In this way I feel that I am always protected by my circle.
Here is a very simple way to cast a circle, but again can be personalized. For instance the wording or "chant" can be completely written by you...some tend to use each element....air=breath, fire=spirit, water=blood, earth=body. This is basically calling on nature or goddes to protect you.

Close your eyes, and imagine a tiny light in the center of your heart chakra. The light is pure white and every time you exhale it grows larger and larger until it fills the space (above and below like a real sphere) of your designated circle. When you have finished filling your sphere, recite the following:
Yea, This Ground Of Mortal Clay Nigh Raise the Gates To Windows Fae

Use either your RIGHT index finger, a wand or the tip of an athame blade, to define the area around your circle and bind the energy within. This action also bars any unwanted entities from entering the circle while you are working. Always begin and end at the eastern most point of the circle (the direction of the rising sun) and also make sure to travel in a Deosil direction (clockwise).
Once your circle is securely in place, carry on with any additional ritual workings you have planned. When you have completed your ritual session, simply re-define the circle, once again beginning with the east, but this time move in a Widdershins (counter-clockwise) direction.
This closes the circle and allows the remaining un-used energy to disperse. Make sure to Ground and Center yourself after you have closed the circle.

A Spell to Protect Home and Possessions ***

A Spell to Protect Home and Possessions
You will need:

Perform this spell during a Waxing Moon.
Put some sage in your incense burner (censer). Walk around your home with the censer. Circle your home three times (always clockwise), then in each room of the house. Pay special attention to doors and windows and let the the smoke filter into the crevices and openings.
As you walk, recite a prayer you improvise, or write one ahead of time. Say or write what you feel. This has to come from deep inside you. It does not have to rhyme, nor be a great piece of literature.

An example would be
I invoke the Goddess of Protection,I invoke my ancestor's spirits. Three times around, three times about The world within, the world without.In home and possessions, may good spirits aboundEvil and problems will not stay around.

Ring the bell each time a circle is completed. When you are finished inside and out, place the incense in the doorway. Open all doors for a few minutes and let the smoke drift through your home, washing it clean.

a home prayer ***

A Prayer

Touch the lintel and touch the wall, Nothing but blessings here befall!
Bless the candle that stands by itself, Bless the book on the mantle shelf,
Bless the pillow for the tired head, Bless the hearth and the light shed.
Friends who tarry here, let them know A three fold blessing before they go.
Sleep for weariness - peace for sorrow
Faith in yesterday and tomorrow.
Friends who go from here, let them bear The blessing of hope, wherever they fare
Lintel and windows, sill and wall,
Nothing but good, this place befall.

happy home spell ***

If moon is travelling from new to full, you want to bring love into the home. If the moon is travelling from full to new, you want to push negativity out from the home. Take half an onion, close your eyes, saying:
"I empower you to collect all negativity In this house."
Imagine the onion turning into a giant vacuum cleaner, sucking up all the negative energy in your house. Place the onion on the window ledge of the room where most of the family usually gathers. Hold a clove of crushed garlic in your hand, close your eyes and say the above chant. Do the same visualization. If a particular person is causing trouble, take a clove and place it under the rug, under that person's bed or in a place where they often sit. If there is no one causing the problem, place cloves of crushed garlic all around the outside doorstep of your home. Take some carpet deodorizer (granules or spray) and sprinkle around the house (after first consecrating them!) say:
"I empower you to collect all negativity In this house."
Vacuum up the deodorizer. Write every loved one's name with a red marker on a heart cut out of white paper. Circle all the names with one big circle say:
"I encircle all I love with positive energy, Healing and peace. Let no evil enter our home."
Hold the paper in your hands, close your eyes and visualize your family sitting together and very happy. Say:
"With harm to none May all astrological correspondences be correct for this working, And may this spell not reverse Or place upon me any curse. So mote it be!"

Imbolc symbols

Symbolism of Imbolc: Purity, Growth and Re-Newal, The Re-Union of the Goddess and the God, Fertility, and dispensing of the old and making way for the new.

Symbols of Imbolc: Brideo'gas, Besoms, White Flowers, Candle Wheels, Brighid's Crosses, Priapic Wands (acorn-tipped), and Ploughs. Herbs of Imbolc: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.

Foods of Imbolc: Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Poppyseed Cakes, muffins, scones, and breads, all dairy products, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Raisins, Spiced Wines and Herbal Teas.

Incense of Imbolc: Basil, Bay, Wisteria, Cinnamon, Violet, Vanilla, Myrrh.

Colors of Imbolc: White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown.

Stones of Imbolc: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise.

Activities of Imbolc: Candle Lighting, Stone Gatherings, Snow Hiking and Searching for Signs of Spring, Making of Brideo'gas and Bride's Beds, Making Priapic Wands, Decorating Ploughs, Feasting, and Bon Fires maybe lit.

house cleansing ritual (for imbolic)

House Cleansing Ritual

No one really likes to clean, but we all know we feel better when our physical space is tidy. It's one of life's necessary chores. Start your spring off with a good thorough cleaning, and then follow that up with a spiritual cleansing. This is a great ritual to perform at Imbolc -- remember that for many of our ancestors, washing came only a few times a year, so by February, a house was probably smelling pretty ripe. Pick a bright sunny day to do a clean sweep, and then invite friends and family to join you in a blessing of your home.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varied
Here's How:
First, do a complete physical cleaning of your house. Put on some music and thoroughly clean every room. Strip sheets off the beds, turn the mattresses, dust every surface, and vaccuum every floor. Sort through those piles of paper on your desk, and get rid of things you don't need to keep; file everything else. Gather up the kids' toys and put them in baskets for easy storage. If you need to get rid of things, do it now -- set aside a box for charity and put gently used items in it. Set aside another box for trash, and see if you can fill it up!
Once your house is clean -- and this assumes you did the kitchen as well -- it's time to have some fun. Call up some friends and invite them over for a potluck. Cook up some Imbolc-themed comfort foods, such as Braided Bread or Beer Battered Fish & Chips, and have a small potluck celebration. Ask each guest to bring a small token to bless your house -- pebbles, shells, interesting bits of wood, beads, etc.
You'll also need the following"
A bowl of water
Some sea salt
A smudging bundle of sage or sweetgrass
A blue candle
Some Blessing Oil
A bowl or bag

Begin at the front door -- it is, after all, where you welcome guests into your home -- and go through the house in a sunwise direction (clockwise). Ask your guests to help you by smudging the perimeter of each room with the salt, sage, candle flame and water. You may wish to say some sort of incantation as they do this, something like:
With the purifying power of water,with the clean breath of air,with the passionate heat of fire,with the grounding energy of earthwe cleanse this space.
As you pass from room to room, anoint each door and windowsill with the Blessing Oil by tracing the shape of a pentagram or other symbol of your tradition. This prevents anything negative from crossing into the home. If you like, you can offer a small incantation as you do this, something like:
May the goddess bless this home,making it sacred and pure,so that nothing but love and joyshall enter through this door.
Finally, once you've gone through the house, ask each of your guests to deposit their blessing token in your bowl or bag. Keep it in a place of honor in your home -- on the mantel or in your kitchen is a good idea. Gather around the dinner table, break out the goodies, and enjoy a feast with your friends and family!
* If you don't have Blessing Oil, you can use rosemary oil instead. Make your own by infusing fresh rosemary in grapeseed or flaxseed oil.
What You Need:
Some sea salt
Smudging material such as sage or sweetgrass
A blue candle, for purification
A bowl of water
An empty bowl or bag
Blessing Oil

Imbolc Ritual (solitary)

Solitary Ritual

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.
** Note: although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varied
Here's How:
First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind the themes of Imbolc. You'll also want to have on hand the following:
Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)
Something to light your candles with
A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron

Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking, meditate on the concept of purification. Once you're done, dress in your ritual attire, and begin the rite.
If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.
Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won't slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:
Although it is now dark, I come seeking light.In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.
Light the second candle, saying:
I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.
Light the third candle. Say:
This light is a boundary, between positive and negative.That which is outside, shall stay without.That which is inside, shall stay within.
Light the fourth candle. Say:
I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.
Light the fifth candle, saying:
Like fire, light and love will always grow.Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.
Light the sixth candle, and say:
I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.
Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.
Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun, cover me in your shining light.I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am made pure.
Take a few momemnts and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damanged.
When you are ready, end the ritual.
You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.
What You Need:
Seven candles, white and red, and something to light them with
A bowl or cauldron with sand in the bottom

house blessing to protect against invaders)

House Blessing (to protect against invaders)

To protect your home from human invaders, get up before sunrise and put a pinch of black pepper on the threshold of one exterior door and one sill ofa window. As you place the pepper recite the following charm:

"Pepper sting rogue, knave or thief,
who so breaks this bond find grief,
I mean it for this window and door
and all through this house ever more"

house blessing

House Blessing
May this house be founded
On the goodness of the earth
May the walls of this house be blessed
By the four winds of heaven.
May the roof of this house be guarded
By the heights and the stars above
So that all who live in this house
All who seek shelter in this house
All who strive, protected by this house
Find hope and strength to live
Find love and joy to give
Find faith and meaning in their destiny.

"God and Goddess in your presence,
We have gathered to work our Craft.

Within this Circle
We wish to,
Banish all evil and negativity.

Within this Circle
We wish to
Purify and cleanse.

Within this Circle,
We wish to
Bless this house in Your name.

God and Goddess,
Let your power work through our Craft,
To make this home ready for dwelling.
So mote it be."
Take up some salt and hold it towards the alter. Say;

"With this salt,
I shall remove and banish
All evil and negativity from this house,
As I sprinkle it in every room."

To complete a home blessing, you must step from the Circle. To accomplish this without having to create the Circle again, say;

"Lets its protection remain strong,
And extend over me,
As I move from its boundaries."

As you sprinkle the salt in the middle of each room, say;

"With this salt,
All evil and negativity be gone,
In the name of the God and Goddess."
Enter the Circle once you have sprinkled salt in each room. In the Circle extend water towards the alter and say;

"With this water,
I shall purify and cleanse
All evil and negativity from this house
As I sprinkle it in every room"

Step from the Circle again and sprinkle water in each room saying;

"With this water,
All evil and negativity be cleansed,
In the name of the God and Goddess."

Return to the circle and pick up your wand or Athame. Say while holding it up to the alter;

"With this Athame/Wand,
I shall bless this house
As I move through every room."
Leave the circle. Point the wand or Athame toward the middle of the room and say;

"With this Athame/Wand
all blessings of the God and Goddess,
Enter and surround this room.
To pass on and surround those that dwell here."
From within the Circle sit before the alter and say;

"May this banishing be true and remain steadfast,
May this purification be true and remain steadfast,
May this blessing be true and remain steadfast.
In the name of the God and Goddess,
So mote it be."

When this ritual is done, you can do other spells to protect your home. You can also cast other spells as you would any other time. I have also added a bit on the end to say what I want this change of residence to bring and what I hope to accomplish during my stay. After the ritual, I usually hang my broom before the front door and burn incense or essential oils. This further increases my feelings of being at home. Do something similar that will make you feel comfortable. A home cooked meal can work wonders as well as can reading a favorite book.

magical herbs commonly found in your kitchen ***

The spices and herbs that are already present in your kitchen or pantry can be used in your magickal workings. Most of the spices and herbs you probably have floating around your cupboards have properties that can be used to help enhance your life, the following list includes some of the spices you may have now and what you can use them for.

Marjoram's Magickal Properties are Protection, Love, Happiness, Health, Money, and Healing.

Mustard Seed
Mustard Seed is most notably used in Voodoo Charms. Other Magickal Properties of Mustard Seed include Fertility, Protection, and Purification.

Nutmeg isn't just great for your Holiday cake and cookie baking, it also has some great Magickal uses. Properties of Nutmeg include luck, money, and health.

Parsley not only freshens your breath but it can also help in Love magick. Other Magickal Properties of Parsley include Love, Protection, and Purification.

Pepper (Black
)The Magickal Properties of Black Pepper include Protection and Strength. Black Pepper is also great to use in Warding. Just don't use too much or you might sneeze.

Peppermint's Magickal Properties include Purification, Love, and Healing. Use Peppermint to enhance your Psychic Powers & Awareness. Peppermint is also a great mental stimulant; you can even use some fresh Peppermint oil when you are getting sleepy at work or behind the wheel.

Poppy Seeds
The Magickal Properties of Poppy Seeds are Fertility, Love, Money, and Luck.

Rosemary can help with sleep and with healing. Other Magickal Properties of Rosemary are Protection, Love, and Purification.

When you are feeling "mellow" use yellow Saffron to bring happiness into your life. Other Magickal Properties of Saffron include Love and Healing. Saffron is also great for use in enhancing your Psychic Powers.

Sage helps in magick used for immortality and is excellent for use when working with your animal guides. Other Magickal Properties of Sage are Wisdom and Protection. Sesame SeedsThe Magickal Property of Sesame Seeds is its use in Money Magick

herbs for water (magical suggestions too)

Herbs to Get in Touch with the Element of Water
Aloe, Apple, Apricot, Birch, Blackberry, Chamomile, Cherry, Comfrey, Daffodil, Daisy, Elder, Foxglove, Heather, Hellebore, Iris, Irish Moss, Jasmine, Lemon, Lilac, Lily, Myrrh, Orris, Peach, Plum, Poppy, Raspberry, Rose, Sandalwood, Strawberry, Tansy, Thyme, Vanilla, Violet, Willow, and Yew.

Magickal suggestions to help get in touch with the element of water: TAKE A WALK IN THE RAIN. There is no better way to bond with the element of water than to take a walk in the rain or swim in the ocean. If you'd like to enhance this with the herbs, apply aloe to your skin to keep it from drying out afterwards, and eat any of the things mentioned above that seem to be fruits. It is a great way to get in touch.

-OR- Water is the element of wisdom, so try divination in a bowl of water. Food coloring will turn the water dark enough; do this in a dark room only by candlelight (don't let the candle be too close to the water or it will cast light onto the surface, and you don't want that). Grease the water with sandalwood oil if you have it, and gaze into the water to try to see images. You may or may not form questions in your mind. Your left hand is usually your receptive hand while the right is projective (in left-handed people it is usually the opposite but sometimes it's not); use intuition and your hands (or your tools if you are comfortable that way) to bring out and fix the images (generally left hand brings them out and right hand fixes them).

-OR- To the west of your dwelling, place a big bowl of water with rose petals floating in it. Open the windows and doors on that side and invite the spirit of the water to come to you and commune with you, facing west. You may want to do this on a rainy day, then take the aforementioned walk.

herbs in touch with fire (magical suggestions too)

Herbs to Get in Touch with the Element of Fire
Alfalfa, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Cotton, Cypress, Fern, Honeysuckle, Allspice, Ash, Bay, Carnation, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Dill, Dragon's Blood, Flax, Frankincense, Ginger, Holly, Juniper, Lovage, Mandrake, Marigold, Oak, Orange, Pepper, Rosemary, Sunflower, Tea, Thistle, and Walnut.

Magickal suggestions to get in touch with the element of Fire:
Bake gingerbread. If you need a good recipe for gingerbread men, see below. Eat the gingerbread with people you love.

Use any of these herbs, oil or dry form, to rub onto candles for meditation. You can even make candles with some of these herbs in them, and burn them by a centerpiece of any of the flowering plants listed as an inspiration.

Face to the south, outside if possible, and light a candle in a cauldron or other fireproof container. Take slips of paper and write about your passions, and feed them to the fire. (Tip: Light the paper on fire and then drop it into the cauldron, and don't use huge pieces of paper.) A variation would be lighting candles at the south entrances of your house for protection, inviting luck, or any other wishes, using dragon's blood oil as an anointment and color symbolism for your needs.

Herbs to get in touch with element air (magical suggestions too)

Herbs to Get in Touch with the Element of Air
Acacia, Almond, Aspen, Bittersweet, Bodhi, Brazil nut, Broom, Caraway, Clover, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Hazel, Hops, Lavender, Maple, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Mistletoe, Mulberry, Pecan, Pine, and Senna.

Magickal suggestions for getting in touch with the element of Air:
Take any one of these herbs that comes in a powder or flake form (Caraway, for instance) and sit outside on a windy day, preferably when the wind is blowing from the east. Hold the powdered herb in your hand and let the wind take it away as you whisper wishes, secrets, or anything else you'd like the wind to know. Try to listen to it and see if anything is revealed to you.

Hang mistletoe at any openings of your house that face the east. Open windows/doors if possible, and allow the wind in your house for part of a day while you sit inside, letting it coat your dwelling.

Acquire some windchimes. Temporarily hang almonds from the chimes with yellow thread if possible, and use it for divination while facing east.

Garden Chant

Garden Chant

"With limb and string I draw a circle
On consecrated ground.And a pentagram inscribe therein
This garden round.
I plant the seeds of charm and spell
In a waxing moon.
With love and tender care I toilto this witch's rune.
Earth to turn,Air to cool,
I quench the thirst with water pure.
Sun, bring forth my hardy plants
For amulet and cure." ek


The Magical Properties of Oils

Courage:Cedar, Musk, Rose Geranium

Fertility:Musk, Vervain

Friendships:Stephanotis, Sweetpea

Happiness:Apple Blossom, Sweetpea, Tuberose

Harmony:Basil, Gardenia, Lilac, Narcissus

Healing:Carnation, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Lotus, Myrrh, Narcissus, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Violet
Hex-Breaking:Bergamot, Myrrh, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rue, Vetivert

Love:Clove, Gardenia, Jasmine, Orris, Plumeria, Rose, Sweetpea

Luck:Cinnamon, Cypress, LotusLust:Cinnamon, Clove, Musk, Vanilla

Attract Men:Ambergris, Ginger, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lavender, Musk, Neroli, Tonka

Attract Women:Bay, Civet, Musk, Patchouly, Stephanotis, Vetivert, Violet

Meditation:Acacia, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Magnolia, Myrrh, Nutmeg

Mental Powers:Honeysuckle, Lilac, Rosemary

Money:Almond, Bayberry, Bergamot, Honeysuckle, Mint, Patchouly, Pine, Vervain

Peace:Benzoin, Cumin, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Magnolia, Rose, Tuberose

Power:Carnation, Rosemary, Vanilla

Protection:Cypress, Myrrh, Patchouly, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rue, Violet, Wisteria

Psychic Powers:Acacia, Anise, Cassia, Heliotrope, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mimosa, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Tuberose

Purification:Acacia, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Olive, Sandalwood

Sleep:Lavender, Narcissus

Spirituality:Heliotrope, Lotus, Magnolia, Sandalwood

ways to use herbs for magic

Burning: To infuse the air with magical intent, toss a bit of dried herb on hot charcoal. Other burning methods include adding herbs to incense or using them to coat anointed candles.

Carrying: Herbs make wonderful charms when carried on you or in your purse. You can even wear them in your hair or lapel if you like. Just a sprig or two appropriate to your purpose will do the trick.

Growing: There's noting quite like living, growing herbs when it comes to magical work. They provide a constant reminder to the Universe that your magical intent is an ongoing process.

Infusion: This is, perhaps, the most versatile way to use herbs. In fact, the infusion process has a magic all its own since it literally changes dry plant material into liquid form. (Unless otherwise directed, one tablespoon of herb steeped in one cup of boiling water generally makes a good infusion. Strain out plant material before use.) This opens many windows of opportunity. You can use them as washes to clean the house, rinse your hair with them, add some to the rinse cycle of your laundry, and even drink some of them as tea. (some herbs are poisonous! Before ingesting any herb, please check a reliable herbal and consult with your health - care practitioner to be sure it's safe for human consumption.) Used in oil form, we use infusions to anoint candles, ritual tools, and the most important magical instrument of all: ourselves.

Powdering: For ongoing magic, try powdered herbs in potpourris and sachets. Sprinkle them on carpets, under rugs, and on closet shelves. To make a great body powder, mix them with cornstarch or unscented talcum powder. (If you are prone to allergies or have sensitive skin, a patch is advisable. Just rub a bit of the herb you intend to use on a small area of skin, then wait twenty-four hours to see if there is a reaction.)

Seeding: When change is necessary, toss a few herb seeds on the winds while concentrating on the desired results. Transformation will come as the seeds begin to sprout

.taken from The Craft, A Witch's Book of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison.

problems: remidies

The Magical Uses Of Herbs, Plants, Flowers, And Trees
From the book, The Craft by Dorothy Morrison

Anger Management: Almond, Catnip, Chamomile, Elecampane, Rose, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Mint, Passion Flower, Vervain

Anxiety Management: Skullcap, Valerian

Apathy: Ginger, Peppermint

Beauty: Avocado, Catnip, Flax, Ginsent, Maidenhair Fern, Rose, Rosemary, Witch Hazel

Business Success: Basil, Hawthorn, Sandalwood, Squill Root

Courage: Borage, Cedar, Columbine, Masterwort, Mullein, Sweet Pea, Thyme, Tonka Bean, Yarrow

Depression Management: Catnip, Celandine, Diasy, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Hyacinth, Lemon Balm, Lily of the Valley, Marjoram, Morning Glory, Saffron, Sheperd's Purse

Divination: Camphor, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Ground Ivy, Henbane, Hazelnut, Hibiscus, Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Pomegranate

Employment: Bergamot, Bayberry, Bay Leaf, Pecan, Pine

Enemies: Patchouli, Slippery ElmFriendship: Lemon, Orange, Sunflowers, Sweet Pea, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Gambling: Buckeye, Chamomile, Pine

Gossip Management: Clove, Deerstongue, Nettle, Rue, Slippery Elm, Snapdragon

Health/Healings: Fennel, Flax, Garlic, Ginseng, Golden Seal, Heliotrope, Hops, Horehound, Ivy, Lemon Balm, Life Everlasting, Mint, Mugwort, Myrrh, Nasturtium, Nutmeg, Oak, Olive, Onion, Peppermint, Persimmon, Pine, Plantain, Rosemary, Rowan, Rue, Saffron, Sandlewood, Sheperd's Purse, Thistle, Thyme, Vervain, Violet, Willow, Wintergreen, Yerba Santa

Heartbreak Management: Apple, Bittersweet, Cyclamen, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lemon Balm, Magnolia, Peach, Strawberry, YarrowHunting: Acorn, Apple, Cypress, Juniper, Mesquite, Oak, Pine, Sage, Vanilla

Legal Matters: Buckthorn, Celandine, Chamomile, Galangal, Hickory, High John, Marigold

Liberation: Chicory, Cypress, Lavender, Lotus, Mistletoe, Moonflower

Love: Adam & Eve Root, Allspice, Apple, Apricot, Balm of Gilead, Basil, Bleeding Heart, Cardamon, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Columbine, Copal, Coriander, Crocus, Cubeb, Daffodil, daisy, Damiana, Dill, Elecampane, Elm, Endive, Fig, Gardinia, Geranium, Ginger, Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Indian Paintbrush, Jasmine, Juniper, Kava-Kava, Lady's mantle, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Linden, Lobelia, Lotus, Loveage, Maidenhair Fern, Mandrake, Maple, Marjoram, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Orchid, Pansy, Peach, Peppermint, Periwinkle, Poppy, Primrose, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, Saffron, Skullcap, Spearmint, Spiderwort, Strawberry, Thyme, Tonka Bean, Tulip, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet, Willow, Wood Betony,. Yarrow

Luck: Allspice, Anise, Bluebell, Calamus, China Berry, Daffodil, Hazel, Heather, Holly, Job's Tears, Linden, Lucky Hand, Nutmeg, Oak, Orange, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Poppy, rose, Snakeroot, Vertivert, Violet

Lust: Allspice, Caraway, Carrot, Cattail, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Clove, Damiana, Deerstongue, Dill, Foxglove, Galangal, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Mistletoe, Parsley, Rosemary, Sesame, Southernwood, Vanilla, Violet, Yohimbe

Menopause: Black Cohosh, Lavender, Peppermint, Sage

Mental Powers: All Heal, Bay Leaf, Caraway, Celery Seed, Forget-Me-Not, Hazel, Horehound, Lily of the Valley, Lotus, Pansy, Periwinkle, Rue, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Summer Savory, Spearmint

Nightmare Prevention: Mullein, Chamomile

PMS: Fever-few, Jasmine, Lavender, RoseProphetic Dreams: Anise, Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Cloves, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Mimosa, Mint, Mugwort, Rose, Rosemary, Valerian

Prosperity: Almond, Bay Leaf, Basil, Bergamot, Cedar, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Clover, Mandrake, Marjoram, May Apple, Myrtle, Oak, Orange Mint, Parsley, Pecan, Pine, Snapdragon, Sunflower, Sweet Woodruff, Tonka Bean, Tulip, Vanilla, Vervain, Wheat

Protection: African Violet, Agrimony, Aloe Vera, Alyssum, Angelica, Anise, Arrowroot, Asafoetida, Balm of Gilead, Basil, Bay Leaf, Birch, Bladderwrack, Boneset, Bromeliad, Broom, Burdock, Cactus, Calamus, Caraway, Carnation, Cedar, Chrysanthemum, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Clove, Clover, Cumin, Curry, Cyclamen, Cypress, Datura, Dill, Dogweed, Dragon's Blood, Elder, Elecampane, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Feverwort, Flax, Fleabane, Foxglove, Frankincense, Galangal, Garlic, Geranium, Ginseng, Heather, Holly, Honeysuckle, Horehound, Houseleek, Hyacinth, Hyssop, Ivy, Juniper, Lady's Slipper, Larkspur, Lavender, Lilac, Lily, Linden, Lotus, Lucky Hand, Mallow, Mandrake, Marigold, Mimosa, Mint, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mulberry, Mullein, Mustard, Myrrh, Nettle, Oak, Olive, Onion, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Raspberry, Rattlesnake Root, Rhubarb, Rose, Rowan, Rue, Sage, St. John's Wort, Sandalwood, Snapdragon, Southernwood, Spanish Moss, Sweet Woodruff, Thistle, Tulip, Valerian, Vervain, Violet, Willow, Wintergreen, Witch Hazel, Wolfbane, Wormwood, Wood Betony, Yucca

Psychic Ability: Celery, Cinnamon, Citronella, Elecampane, Eyebright, Flax, Galangal, Honeysuckle, Lemongrass, Mace, Marigold, Mugwort, Peppermint, Rose Rowan, Star Anise, Thyme, Uva Ursa, Wormwood, Yarrow

Sexual Harassment Management: Bergamot, Camphor, Salt Peter, Vervain, Witch Hazel

Sleep: Agrimony, Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Elder, Hops, Lavender, Linden, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sheperd's Purse, Thyme, Valerian, Vervain

Strength: Acorn, Bay Leaf, Carnation, Mugwort, Mulberry, Pennyroyal, Plantain, St. John's Wort, thistle

Stress Management: Calandula, Chamomile, Comfrey, Hops, Lavender, Nettle, Oats, St. John's Wort, Passion Flower, Skullcap

Success: Cinnamon, Clover, Ginger, High John, Lemon Balm, Orange, Rowan

Theft: Caraway, Elder, Garlic, Gentian, Juniper, Rosemary, Vertivert

Travel: Blatterwrack, lavender

Victory: Bay Leaf, High John, Olive

Wisdom: Hazel, Rowan, Sage, Spikenard

Wishes: Bay Leaf, Dandelion, Dogwood, Hazel, Job's Tears, Sage, Sunflower, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet, Walnut

herbs and their magical uses

Acacia : Protection, Psychic Powers, Money and Love Spells

African Violet : Spirituality, Protection

Alfalfa : Prosperity, Anti-Hunger, Money

Allspice : Money, Luck, Healing

Almond : Money, Prosperity, Wisdom

Aloe : Protection, Luck

Anise : Protection, Purification, Youth

Apple : Love, Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality

Apricot : Love

Avocado : Love, Lust, Beauty

Balm, Lemon : Love, Success, Healing

Basil : Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection

Bay -Psychic powers, strength, health

Bergamot, Orange : Money, Success

Bladderwrack : Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells,Money, Psychic PowersCamphor : Chastity, Health, Divination

Caper : Potency, Lust, Luck

Carawy : Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-Theft, Mental Powers

Cardamon : Lust, Love

Chamomile : Money, Sleep, Love, Purification

Chickweed : Fertility, Love

Chicory : Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, favors, Frigidity

Chili pepper : Fidelity, Hex Breaking, Love

Chives -Protection, breaking bad habits

Cinnamon : Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power,Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love

Clove : Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money

Clover : Protection, Money, Love, Fidelity, Exorcism, Success, Luck

Cohosh, Black : Love, Courage, Protection, Potency

Coltsfoot : Love, Visions

Columbine : Courage, Love

Comfrey : Safety During Travel, Money

Coriander : Love, Health, Healing

Cumin : Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism

Curry : ProtectionDandelion : Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits

Dill- Protecting children

Dragons Blood : Love, Protection, Exorcism, PotencyEchinacea : Strengthening Spells

Endive : Lust, LoveFennel : Protection, Healing, Purification

Fenugreek : Money

Fern : Rain Making, Protection, Luck, Riches,Eternal Youth, Health, Exorcism

Feverfew : Protection

Fig : Divination, Fertility, Love

Flax : Money, Protection, Beauty, Psychic Powers, Healing

Frankincense : Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality

Garlic : Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft

Ginger- Health, cleansing, vibrant energy, zeal

Ginseng : Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust

Gotu Kola : Meditation

Grape : Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers, Money

Grass : Psychic Powers, Protection

Ground Ivy : Divination

Henna : Healing

Hibiscus : Lust, Love, Divination

Hickory : Legal Matters

Holly : Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic, Balance

Honeysuckle : Money, Psychic Powers, Protection

Horehound : Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing

Horseradish : Purification, Exorcism

Kava-Kave : Visions, Protection, Luck

Lavender : Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity,Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace

Leek : Love, Protection, Exorcism

Lemon : Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship

Lemongrass : Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic Powers

Lemon Verbena : Purification, Love

Lettuce : Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep

Licorice : Love, Lust, Fidelity

Mace : Psychic Powers, Mental Powers

Mandrake : Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health

Maple : Love, Longevity, Money

Marigold : Protection, Prophetic Dreams,Business and Legal Matters, Psychic Powers

Marjoram : Protection, Love, Happiness, Health, Money, Healing

Mimosa : Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification

Mint : Money, Love, Luck, Healing, Exorcism, Travel, Protection

Mistletoe : Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism

Mustard- Faith, mental alertness

Myrrh : Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality

Nettle : Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust

Onion : Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Money,Prophetic Dreams, Lust

Parsley : Love, Protection, Purification

Passion Flower : Peace, Sleep, Friendship

Patchouly : Money, Fertility, LustP

epper : Protection, Exorcism

Peppermint : Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers

Ragweed : Courage

Rose : Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection

Rosemary : Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers,Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth

Saffron : Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising,Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers.

Sage : Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes

Sagebrush : Purification, Exorcism

St.Johns Wort : Health, Power, Protection, Strength,Love, Divination, Happiness

Sandalwood : Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality

Sarsaparilla : Love, Money

Sassafras : Health, Money

Star, Anise : Psychic Powers, Luck

Tea : Riches, Courage, Strength

Thistle : Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing

Thistle, Holy : Purification, Hex Breaking

Thistle, Milk : Snake Enraging

Thyme : Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers,Love, Purification, Courage

Turmeric : Purification

Urva Ursa : Psychic Workings

Valerian : Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection

Vanilla : Love, Lust, Mental Powers

Vervain : Love, Protection, Purification, Peace,Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing

Vetch, Giant : Fidelity

Vetivert : Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft

Violet : Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing

Wintergreen : Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking

Witch Hazel : Protection, Chastity

Yarrow : Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism

Yerba Mate : Fidelity, Love, Lust

Yucca : Transmutation, Protection, Purification

This is not an all inclusive list.

Banishment stirring spell ***

Banishment Stirring Spell
by: Cerridwen Iris Shea

If you need to banish something from your life, prepare a pot of soup.

Draw a banishing pentagram in the soup, then stir nine times counterclockwise, saying:

“Blessed Lord, gracious Lady, hear my plea.
Remove (insert what needs removal) from me.
For the good of all, with harm to none;
once this is eaten, the spell is done!”

Eat the soup.

If it is an interpersonal conflict and you have the other person’s permission, share the soup.

The banishing pentagram is the star shape starting at the lower left point moving up to the top point. Always end on the same number you started on.

a spell for restful sleep

Three Leaves Spell
A spell for restful sleep

This spell is wonderful for keeping nightmares and night terrors at bay. This spell can be performed at any time of the year, day or night.

You will need:
- three green leaves
- chrysanthemum oil
- an empty nut shell (of any variety)
- a small, smooth stone
- a beeswax candle
- a small, white fabric pouch (or a square of white fabric and a length of twine)

Begin by gathering 3 leaves from any plant, bush or tree. Lay the leaves on a flat surface to form a triangle. In the center of the triangle of leaves, place a lighted candle. On one leaf, place a few drops of chrysanthemum oil, on another, the stone and on the last leaf, place the nutshell.

Speak aloud the following words three times:

Green leaves, gift from earth,
Birth to death and death to birth,
Keep all evil far away,
Day to night and night to day,
Peace and power hand in hand,
In the night shall make their stand.

When you have spoken the words three times, extinguish the candle and wrap the leaves, stone and nutshell in a white cloth bound with the twine or place them in a white pouch. Place the packet under your mattress or near your bed within three feet of your head for protection against nightmares and invasions of evil.

bath spell to wash away negativity ***

Protection and Purification Bath Spell

Put a teaspoon of fresh basil (dried can be substituted) in a tea ball.
Put in a cup of boiling water and steep for 5 minutes.
Add the brew to your bath water to cleanse and purify. This is very helpful when you have been brushed with negativity.
While slipping into bath say:

As basil into bath doth flow,all negativity and stress will go.X 3
Relax. Enjoy.

Kitchen witch purification spell ***

Kitchen Witch Purification Spell

No time to cast a circle and perform a long purification ritual? No problem!

Into a large enamel saucepan, add:
two minced large onions,
five minced cloves of garlic,
two tablespoons dried rosemary,
two sliced lemons,
and two tablespoons of crushed black peppercorns.

Cover with three quarts of water and bring to a rolling boil. Let the steam permeate the house, carry the pan carefully through the house into each room so that the steam can filter into every nook and cranny. When this is finished, open the windows and let the wind blow through to take away the last remnants of day-to-day tension and stress.

counter chant ***

Counter Chant

'Goddess this counter I now clean
Will look the best its ever been.
For like the altar it will be
A sacred place for you to see'.

cupboard blessing ***

Cupboard Blessing

'Beloved Brighid, Goddess of Home, Hearth, and Healing,
Earth Mother, Goddess of Creativity.
Bless my cupboards on the wallsBless the cupboards upon my floors
Bless them now one and all
Bless them now and forever moreBlessed Be'.

You will want to replace your Goddess for Brighid if she is different

vegggies and magical uses ***

Asparagus ~ male sex magick, celebrating the mysteries of Demeter/Ceres

Avocado ~ beauty spells, love spells, sex magick

Beans ~ reconciliation, protection, exorcism, resurrection and celebrating the mysteries. symbolizes the spiral dance of immortality. red beans for good luck and throw black beans at ghosts to drive them away. beans that bloom with white flowers are sacred to the white Goddess

Beets ~ love spells. Red beets for the planet Saturn and white beets for the planet Jupiter

Cabbage ~ fertility, profit, good luck, money spells, lunar magick. planet is the moon

Caper ~ good luck and male sex magick. planet Mars

Carrot ~ lust, fertility. planet is Mercury

Celery ~ psychic power, male potency and fertility. with chamomile and rosemary for mental steadiness in psychic work. planet is Mercury

Corn ~ protection, divination, good luck

Cucumber ~ fertility, healing, lunar magick. planet is the moon.

Endive ~ love spells, sex magick

Fennel ~ victory, eloquence, clear vision, healing, purification and protection.

Garden Cress ~ sex magick, encourage desire, stability, power

Leek ~ protection, love spells, strengthen love

Lettuce ~ divination, fertility, sleep, protection, lunar magick, love spells, male sex magick

Olives ~ peace, fertility, healing, protection, sex magick

Onions ~ protection, exocism, healing, prophetic dreams, attracts and absorbs negative energy

Parsnip ~ male sex magick

Peas ~ money and love spells

Hot Peppers and Peppers ~ fidelity, breaking hexes, heating up sex life, charms against spells

Potato ~ healing, image magick, making poppets, benevolence

Pumpkin ~ lunar magick, fertility, growth, protection, birth, life

Turnip ~ protection, end a relationship

Flour ~ fertility, invocations

Honey ~ solar magick, attraction, love and beauty spells

Horseradish ~ exocism, purification, spice up love life ot current relationship

Maple Syrup ~ long life, love and money spells

Mustard ~ protection, mental powers, accepting something that is hard to take

Nuts ~ wisdom, seed of life, breaking spells

Oatmeal ~ clarity, binding, harvest

tips for a kitchen witch ***

Tips For The Kitchen Witch
1. A quartz crystal placed on or near the stove when cooking makes food taste better.

2. A pot of basil herb grown in your kitchen keeps the area safe from evil forces and negative spirits.

3. Candles keep their shape better and longer when chilled thoroughly in the refrigerator.

4. A witch's kitchen should never be without a lunar calender or chart showing the phases of the moon and its movement through the wheel of the zodiac.

5. A full moon increases extrasensory perception and is the ideal time to prepare and use potions that increase the psychic abilities.

6. Love phiters and aphrodisiacs should always be prepared during the waxing of the moon.

7. The best time to plant an herb or vegetable gardens when the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, Libra or Pisces.

8. Homemade magickal incenses, sachets and potpourris become more fragrant if aged several months before used.

9. Homemade incense always should be stored in tightly capped or corked jars.

10. Unlucky influences should be kept away from the when cooking or preparing magickal recipes, and this is accomplished by stirring in a clockwise direction.

11. An aloe vera plant should be kept on the kitchen, as its juices are an instant cure for minor kitchen burns.

12. Herbal preparations should never be boiled in aluminum vessels, but in only copper, earthenware or pyrex to avoid contamination of the medicines.

13. Before casting spells or preparing potions, always keep in mind the Wiccan Rede: "Do what ye will an' harm none."

Friday, January 9, 2009

averting harmful gossip

averting harmful gossip

Each year in February the Romans celebrated the Day of Tacita (February 20), the silent Goddess who averted harmful gossip. Since malicious, negative gossip can destroy careers, marriages, and lives, one should consider petitioning Tacita for protection from such harm and ask her to help you avoid causing such harm to others.

You will need:
three candles (a black, a magenta, and a green) and holders for your altar.

a knife or pin

success incense, or wisteria or heliotrope.

patchouli, mint, and rose oils.

If you are dealing with a specific gossiping person, carve his or her name in the black candle with a knife. If you don't know a name, carve "all gossip."
Anoint the black candle from the end to the wick with patchouli oil. While anointing it, concentrate on the removal of all damaging gossip from your life. Don't specify how this is to be done, but place your trust in the Goddess and God for the correct solution. Place the black candle in the holder in the centre of your altar.

Anoint the magenta and green candles from the wick to the end with mint and/or rose oil. If you like, you could use rose on the magenta candle and mint on the green one. While anointing them, concentrate on positive energies coming into your life.

Place these candles on your altar, the magenta to the left of the black candle, the green to the right.

Spend a few moments breathing in white light and expelling darkness with each breath. Hold the palms of your hands toward the candles and chant:

Gossip does not harm or bind me. Evil words come not near me. I am light. I am truth. I am love.

Repeat these words nine times. Feel their positive meaning sink into your subconscious mind. Know that you are building a shield of protection around you, a shield built out of positive energy so strong that negatives can't get through.

Leave the candles in a safe place to burn out. Dispose of the wax.

stop wagging tongue

1 piece of cloth (use any cloth as long as the color is solid. Go with a color that is soothing to you)
2 strands of embroidery floss one gold, one purple
1 tablespoon slippery elm
small box
-cut out a small poppet
-use the gold thread to sew the edges of the poppet
-cut a small slit where the mouth would be
-put the slippery elm into the mouth (do not worry if the slippery elm falls down into the poppet)
-use the purple thread to stitch the mouth closed
-as you stitch recite the following:
Your mouth is closed to speaking ill
No gossip, slander, or havoc to trill
Your mouth stays shut but only 'till
You speak of friendship and goodwill
This is sent to you from me
As I will so mote it be
-Place the poppet into the box with the mouth facing the corner, stuff the box with the paper so that the poppet stays in the corner.
The significance of the corner is that it will deter the offender from the urge to gossip. The spell is a white spell (the only I will use) so there's no karmic repercussions. You're asking for the urge to gossip to be dispelled and for the offender to speak only good.

even more recipes for Imbolc

Ewe-L" Love This Potato Soup

  • 2 oz butter/margarine
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium onions, peeled
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1 sprig thyme, bay leaf, and bunch parsley
  • 2 pints milk
  • Chopped chives to garnish

Melt butter in a large pan and add thinly sliced potatoes and onions. Toss well in the butter. Put a lid on the pan and allow the vegetables to simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Don't let the vegetables turn brown. Add the milk and all other ingredients, except for the chives, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove thyme, bay leaf, and parsley. Pour soup into food processor or blender (on chop) for about 1 minute. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with chives. Makes 6 servings.

Winter's Light Creamed Cabbage

  • 1 lb. pre-cooked ham, 1" cubed or shredded
  • 1 heaping tsp. flour
  • 1 firm white cabbage
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt & pepper
  • 1 cup cream
  • grated nutmeg

Cut cabbage in half, then into four (small head) or six (large head) pieces. Plunge into a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold tap water. Drain again. Slice across the grain in 1/4 inch strips. Melt a little butter/margarine in a sauce pan and add shredded cabbage. Toss well, and keep stirring all the time. Add salt, pepper, and a dash of grated nutmeg. Next add the heaping teaspoon of flour, mix well. Add cream, still stirring, and let it come to a boil. Add the cubed or shredded ham, and lower the heat. Cover the sauce pan and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 6-8 servings.

Imbolc Feast Lamb Stew

  • 2- 1/2 lb. lamb neck chops
  • 1 tbs. lamb fat
  • 4 medium onions
  • 1 tbs. butter/margarine
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 tbs. parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp. each salt & pepper
  • 1 tbs. chives, chopped

Don't let the butcher trim the fat off of the lamb chops. Shred some of the excess fat and cook it down in a large pot or Dutch-oven. Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Cut the onions and carrots into quarters, and put all the vegetables aside. Cut the meat into8 pieces, and trim away the rest of the excess fat. The bones need not be removed. Place the meat in the hot fat and brown. Repeat with the onions and carrots. Add water, salt, and pepper carefully. Put whole potatoes on top. Cover pot and simmer gently until meat is cooked, approx. 2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour off the cooking liquid into a separate sauce pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, skim off grease, and reheat. Add butter, chives, and parsley to the reheated liquid in the sauce pan. Pour heated liquid back over the stew. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.

Blessed Bride's Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup walnut meats, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together until they are wet. Do not over mix. Pour into a greased and floured 9"x9"x2" square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving.Imbolc Ritual Cake13/4 cups all-purpose flour3/4 cup water3/4 cup sugar1/4 cup vegetable oil2 tbs. poppyseeds1 tbs. grated lemon peel1 tsp. baking soda2 tbs. lemon juice1/2 tsp. saltpowdered sugarThis is all done in one pan, so clean up is a breeze! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, poppyseeds, baking soda, and salt with a fork in an ungreased 9"x9"x2" baking pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the powdered sugar. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 8 servings.

more recipes for Imbolc

Sunflower Crepes, Honey Cake, Small Mead: Honey Drink for Imbolc

Sunflower CrepesIngredients:

  • 1 Package Frozen Chopped Broccoli
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
  • Dough for 6 Crepes (Uncooked)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon White Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 6 Eggs

Directions:Separate and place crepe dough in extra large muffin tins and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix milk, eggs and mayonnaise. Add broccoli, pepper, and cheese to the mixture and pour into crepes. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover the crepes with foil. Bake another 10 to 15.

Honey CakeIngredients:

  • 1 Orange (Juice and Rind)
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Lemon (Juice and Rind)
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Black Coffee
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Soda
  • 5 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 4 Eggs

Directions:Boil coffee, honey, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and then allow to cool. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and lemon juice & rind. In a third container, combine dry ingredients. Add coffee mixture to egg mixture first and then dry ingredient mixture until all are well blended. Pour mixture into a greased/floured 9" x 12" pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F about an hour and 10 minutes.

Small Mead: Honey Drink Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Peeled, Sliced Fresh Ginger
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Orange Zest (Yellow Only)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Yeast
  • 11 Pints Water
  • 1 Pint Honey

Directions:Dissolve the honey in the water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Let it boil for about 2 1/2 hours and then add ginger, and orange zest. Allow mixture to boil with the new ingredients for about 2 minutes and remove from heat. Allow to cool to just above room temperature and add yeast. Cover and let sit 24-36 hours. Use 2 Liter Plastic Soda Bottles to bottle mead. Do not use glass in case bottle bursts. Injury could result. Refrigerate after 4 days. Do not drink until mead has fermented at least a week. A month is best.

Maiden Wakes Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored, grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2tsp.vanilla

Soak raisins in hot water, in a covered bowl, for 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl, mix flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in carrots, raisins, apple, and almonds. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, and vanilla until well blended. Stir egg mixture in to the flour mixture until just wet. Grease muffin pan with a little butter or use cupcake/muffin cups. Divide the batter into the cups and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 8 servings.

Returning Sun Spice Bread

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup poppyseeds
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup raisins, plain or golden
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter/margarine
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup Karo golden corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tbs. milk1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. mixed spices****Equal parts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Sift the flour, soda, and baking powder into a non-metal bowl. Add the mixed spice and ginger. Next add the brown sugar and raisins. Mix. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and the syrup over a low heat, then pour liquid into the well in the middle of the flour mixture. Add the beaten egg and the milk, and mix very well. Pour into a well greased 2-lb loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 40-50 minutes. This bread can be made the night before as it improves with age. Makes 8-10 servings.

Bride's Brunch

  • 2 [9-inch] pie shells
  • 3 tbs. green onions/chives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound Canadian style bacon/ thin sliced ham
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbs. milk

Line a quiche dish with 1 pie shell. Arrange 1/2 of bacon or ham in bottom of shell. Break 7 eggs into the dish. Pierce the egg yolks with a fork, but do not mix the egg yolks with the egg whites. Add the green onions/chives, salt, and pepper. Arrange the remaining bacon or ham on top. Cover with remaining pie shell. Mix the remaining egg with the milk and lightly brush the top crust with the mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Makes 6 servings.

recipes for Imbolc

Recipes for a White Goddess

On the eve of February second we celebrate the promise of Candlemas, or Imbolc,the moment of the year when the days are getting noticeably longer and the newlambs are born. Snow drops push through the crust of snow and we eagerly awaitthe return of the sun's warmth in spring. The Celtic Goddess Brigid comes to us asThe Bride, awaiting the return of her lover the sun. Adorned in her winter whiteshe sparkles in her innocence and expectation. It is time to begin seeds indoors, andclear out closets. Light a yellow candle in the center of a shallow bowl filled withsnow to symbolize the warmth of the sun melting away the winter chill. Feed ourfeathered friends, the winged ones with seed and grain.

White Bean Hummus with Capers and Dill
Serve this delightful white bean hummus as an appetizing dip for crisp veggiecrudités or toasted French bread slices (crostini.)

  • 1 1 lb. can white northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup sesame tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dill
  • dash sea salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 Tbs. capers, rinsed
  • Place about 3/4 of the white beans into a blender and add minced garlic, tahini,lemon juice, cumin, dill, sea salt and pepper, cover and puree until smooth.Combine the puree with the remaining whole white beans and capers, and mixwell. Chill, covered, for 1 hour or more. Serve this creamy dip/spread slightly coolor at room temperature, garnished with a sprig of fresh dill and a few capers.Perfect with crudités, bagel chips or crostini.
    Serves 6

    Potato and Carrot Soup
    A lovely potato soup to celebrate Brigid's emergence. Laced with sweet carrotsand onion, this Celtic country soup warms the heart with the first promise of spring.

    2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 head white cabbage, cored, thinly shredded
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel
  • sea salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups vegetable broth or light chicken broth
  • 6 Yukon Gold (or yellow) potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 1/2 cup milk, or almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbs. light cream, or soy creamfresh
  • chives, chopped, for garnish
In a heavy soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat, and sauté theonion until softened. Add the carrots, cabbage and spices, sea salt andwhite pepper, stir and cook for ten minutes. Add in the vegetable broth andpotatoes, bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and simmer untilvegetables are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. When the vegetables aredone, carefully ladle the soup mixture into a blender, reserving about a cupof the whole vegetable pieces in the soup pot. Cover the blender and pureethe soup mixture until it is smooth, then pour the pureed soup back into thesoup pot, stirring it together with the reserved vegetable pieces. Stir in 1/2cup milk, and gently heat it through, being careful not to bring the soup to a boil.
Add in cream, if desired.
Ladle this creamy soup into colorful bowls and garnish with fresh chopped chives.
Serves 4-6

Rosemary Cheese Biscuits
Old fashioned biscuits are a treat at any season. According to Goddess lore,sprinkling rosemary into the dough helps us to attract love and longevity.

  • 2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 stick unsalted butter or margarine, chilled
  • 1/2 cup milk (or more if needed)
  • 2-3 Tbs. dry sherry
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the flour, cheese, baking powder, salt, rosemary and cayenne.Cut the chilled butter into pieces and mix into the flour mixture, crumbling the dough.Add the milk and sherry and quickly mix the dough just until the ingredients are moistened.Lightly knead the dough inside the bowl a few times to form a ball, and placeon a floured surface. Roll out the dough with floured fingers ( or a floured rolling pin ), to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter or jelly glass and place them on a baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes, until they are golden brown. Serve warm in a festive basket.
Makes about 15 to 18 biscuits.

Hazelnut Ice Cream
Creamy, and cold as winter snow, with the inviting crunch of hazelnuts, from the hazeltree of the Goddess Artemis. You may make this confection with or without dairy…both ways are delicious.

  • 1/2 cup Half and Half, or non-dairy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, or almond milk
  • 1 cup sugar, or 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pasteurized egg substitute * see note below
  • 1 tsp. good vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. hazelnut extract (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (found at health food stores) (optional, it helps to thicken rice or almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Combine the Half and Half, milk, sugar, egg substitute, flavor extracts, and xanthangum in a blender, cover and puree for 3 minutes, until frothy and creamy. Pour intothe freezer of your ice cream maker, and stir in the hazelnuts. Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Serves 4-5

I use a pasteurized egg substitute such as Egg Beaters in my frozen dessert recipes, notonly because they are fat and cholesterol free, but safer as well. Raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria. I do not ever recommend including unpasteurized raw eggs in icecream recipes.

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