Friday, December 23, 2011

Season of Quiet Spell




Season of Quiet Spell

Winter is the season of introspection and wisdom. Its cold, quiet days give us a chance to rest after the spring and summer seasons of growth and expansion. Now we may meditate on chances taken, lessons learned, and other subtle changes. This is a perfect time for scrying. For this spell, you will need three candles—one each of black, white, and blue—a black bowl, and some snow or ice. Fill the bowl with snow or pieces of ice. Light the candles and set the bowl in front of them, saying:

Light and water,
Son and daughter,
Dancing in winter's glow;
Ice and fire,
Grant desire.
Show me what I would know.

Watch for images in the flicker of candlelight on the melting ice. Pay attention to the symbolism of the shapes you see. When the bowl's contents have melted completely, blow out the candles and pour the water outside.
~ Elizabeth Barrette

Yule Tidings



Yule
Yule - occurs on the date of the winter solstice. It is also known as Winter Rite, Midwinter, and Alban Arthan. Yule is celebrated on the longest night of the year, and it is seen by many as the time when the sun begins its journey back from the darkness to the fullest light, celebrated at the Summer Solstice. It is the festival of the Sun's rebirth, and a time to honor the winter aspects of the God and Goddess. The festival of Yule was originally celebrated in Norse and Germanic countries, and many Pagans choose to honor those aspects of the God and Goddess at this time of year.


Yule/Winter Solstice

Yule marks the longest night of the year -- the triumph of the dark half of the year. Night and darkness have reached their apex and the Wheel turns to restore balance. The dawn heralds the return of the sun, bringer of light, warmth, and growth. In the days following Yule, the sun's power grows steadily, encroaching upon the night, pushing back the darkness.

The darkness of this longest night holds many lessons. One of the most powerful is the awareness that hope and light spring forth from deepest darkness. Here, indeed, is the message "that the darkest hour comes just before the dawn". As we wait quietly in the darkness, we honor the stillness and the mystery of the night, and light candles or a Yule log to summon the sun's return. In the summoning of the sun, we work in partnership with Nature to preserve balance. Similarly, when faced with difficult challenges in our lives, we are partners with the Universe in manifesting hope out of despair.

The Yule tree (recognized in modern times as the "Christmas tree") is an ancient symbol of life, fertility and vitality. Even in the dead of Winter, the Yule tree is evergreen ... a reminder of the life-force of Nature. Trees are brought into the house and decked with lights to celebrate Life and the returning of light after the darkest night.

Yule is also a celebration of dawning potentiality. As darkness gives way to light, the Earth lies sleeping. To us, the Earth appears dead, dormant, but deep within her soil lies the slumbering seed awaiting the power of the newborn sun to activate its growth. At Yule, we look within ourselves for the sleeping seeds, and identify the situations, blessings, activities we would like to germinate and grow in the coming year. We honor the need for the regenerative stillness, the rest before the energetic growth of springtime. Yule is a time of transformation and rebirth. Rituals and personal healing work centered around rebirthing are customary at this time.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Holiday Scented Pinecones




Holiday Scented Pinecones

Pine or Fir pure essential oil or you can use cinnamon oil
Pine Cones
Lidded container, box or plastic bag
Facial tissue or cotton balls

Fill container, box or plastic bag with dry, clean pine cones.

Liberally sprinkle tissue with essential oil and add to bag or
container.

Seal the bag or container and allow oil to penetrate cones for
several days before removing (the longer the cones are contained, the
stronger the fragrance will be).

Monday, November 21, 2011

Clearing your aura

Clearing your aura

1. Rub your hands together several times. Feel the energy build between your hands: you will soon feel them becoming warm.
2. Rub your 3rd eye and as you do so, say~ "In the name of the Goddess Mother Earth, Father sky and the Divine".
3. Rub your hands above your head and down your arms, front, and back saying ~ "I cleanse my body, I cleanse my soul". Say this 3 times.Creating a protective shield around your body.

1. Visualise with closed eyes~ a shield of white light surrounding you. Nothing that comes to attack you can break it's shield.

2. When ready slowly wake up.

Source -YahooTarotGroup

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Autumn Pumpkin Votive Holders

Autumn Pumpkin Votive Holders


Cool idea - Autumn votive holders with mini pumpkins. All you need to do is
hollow the pumpkins out and let the pumpkins dry. Then place votive candles inside.
These would look awesome on the Thanksgiving table will cornucopias (horn of plenty) as a center piece.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Herbs For Every Zodiac Sign

HERBS FOR EVERY ZODIAC SIGN


Aries - Mars
Allspice, basil, cayenne, garlic, ginger, mustard,
onion, pepper. It's no secret that Aries is the
astrological equivalent of a bullet. It's a
red-hot burst of energy that's capable of
overcoming any obstacle by charging straight
for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the "red"
planet, the ancient god of war who was known
for his equally fiery temperament. No wonder,
then, the herbs that correspond with your sign
are also a bit "hot" to the taste. Use them in
cooking to raise your endorphins, the substance
Mars loves best.

Taurus - Venus
Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, heather,
hibiscus, raspberry, rose. Taurus is the sign
that's fondest of the pleasures that life inside
these bodies can provide. Whether it's a blazing
sunset, a symphony by Mozart, or a delicious meal,
you folks are experts at enjoying the physical
delights of the senses. It's no surprise that the
herbs you'll enjoy most are the sweet ones, since
your planet, Venus, is the purveyor of sweetness.
Use each of them to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Gemini - Mercury
Clover, eyebright, fennel, lemongrass, lemon
verbena, marjoram, parsley. Your quick-witted,
fleet-footed energy just loves variety - in fact,
the expression "variety is the spice of life"
was written with you in mind. Each of these herbs
provide a different type of taste, and most can
be combined in a light, aromatic tea you can sip
on the run. Use clove or slippery elm to protect
against gossip and to keep your thoughts and
actions grounded.

Cancer - Moon
Aloe, lemon balm, chamomile, mimosa, lavender,
lilac. Nurturing is your business, Cancer, and
you distribute your soothing touch to one and
all. There's nothing you like better than a home
that smells good, too, whether it's because
there's something wonderful simmering on the
stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining
room table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath
waiting for you upstairs. Each of the herbs
listed above are known for their ability to
calm, heal, or bring a wonderful aroma to the
environment. Use aloe to soothe burns and
scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime
tea.

Leo - Sun
Chicory, cinnamon, goldenseal, rosemary, St.
John's Wort, sandalwood. Your planet is the Sun,
Leo, the source of life and warmth that keeps
us all alive and provides us with the energy
we need to keep pursuing our life's quest. It
makes perfect sense, then, that the bright,
cheerful sunflower would be the perfect
representation of your equally bright and happy
sign. Herbs like goldenseal and St. John's Wort
are tailor-made for you, too, since their
ability to keep the body resistant to illness
and depression are well known. Mix a bit of
chicory with your morning coffee to help remove
any obstacles that come up.

Virgo - Mercury
Caraway, dill, eyebright, horehound, lily of
the valley, marjoram, savory. Your quick-thinking
meticulous sign likes nothing better than a mental
challenge, Virgo, whether it's organizing a pile
of papers at the office, solving a puzzle, or
learning a new skill. The herbs listed above are
all well known for their subtle abilities to
strengthen the mind, and many can be mixed
together in teas to give you a boost you often
need at the end of a long day. The lily of the
valley seems perfect for you, too, with its subtle,
"clean" scent and delicate flowers.

Libra - Venus
Catnip, passion flower, persimmon, rose, sugar
cane, violet. There's no sign as fond of pleasing
others as yours, Libra, whether it's by saying
just the right thing to bring warring factions
together, or by using your polite charm to draw
the object of your desires closer. Of course,
catnip is famous for its effects on our feline
friends, but its also traditionally used in
conjunction with rose petals to bring loving
relationships that last forever. Since you're
ruled by Venus, you're capable of being every
bit as sweet as the sugar cane - but if you
need a bit of help to attract a beloved, use
this potent plant (sugar cane) that's long been
used to conjure love - sweetly.

Scorpio - Pluto/Mars
Ginseng, dill, patchouli, pomegranate, saffron,
vanilla. As fond as you are of intensity and
intimacy, Scorpio, it's no wonder the herbs
you'll love best are famous for their use in
stirring up passion. Drink ginseng tea (or
offer some to your beloved) to induce a
magnetic physical attraction. Wear patchouli
to arouse lust and silently conjure the magic
of the Beltane rituals. Present the object of
your desire with a pomegranate, the fruit
traditionally associated with seductive Pluto,
your ruling planet.

Sagittarius - Jupiter
Anise, clove, fig, hyssop, mugwort, myrtle,
nutmeg, rosemary, sage. There's no sign that
hangs on to youth with more fervency and
determination than yours Sagittarius. To
keep that youthful appearance and disposition
going as you travel the world in search of yet
another experience, drink a tea made of anise,
rosemary, and Vervain. To aid in making your
dreams more prophetic than they already are,
use mugwort. Burn clove incense to attract the
wealth you'll need to pay for your travels.

Capricorn - Saturn
Comfrey, horsetail, mint, poppy, sassafras,
woodruff. You've always been described as a
very "focused" sign, Capricorn, intent on
self-sufficiency and material success. The
influence of your planet, Saturn, gives you
the ambition and self-discipline to attain
those goals, and to ensure success and
prosperity in business matters, too. Each
of the herbs mentioned above are known for
their ability to attract that success, and
most can be mixed together in a tea.

Aquarius - Uranus/Saturn
Anise, bittersweet, citron, dandelion, lemon
verbena, rosemary, sage. Your sign is a
cerebral one, Aquarius, and your ability to
turn "odd" or eccentric ideas into strokes
of genius is well known. Since communication
(and mass communication in particular) is
your specialty, the herbs above are all
associated with the air principle, which
rules the intellectual side of life. To
increase your already powerful intuition,
use citron, clover, or rosemary. Above all
else, listen to that intuition. It will
seldom prove to be wrong.

Pisces - Neptune/Jupiter
Aloe, bay, cotton, eucalyptus, lavender,
Norfolk Island pine, rue. As the most
sensitive and psychic of all signs, Pisces,
yours is the one that requires help to ward
off the adverse thoughts and intentions of
others. Since you have no boundaries to keep
you separate from others, you also need
protection against negative influences. To
that end, use rue, a powerful herb known to
ward off ills of every kind. To stay
positive and healthy keep a lavender plant
growing either outside or inside your home.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

How to Make Simple Luminarias



How to Make Simple Luminarias

Ahh it's November the start of the holiday season, well Halloween/Samhain really is the start of the season. I always feel this time of year is so magical and there is a certain warmth amongst all of us. People seem a bit more giving and friendly.

The days are much shorter now, it gets dark really early and time to set the clocks back. One way to bring light into these dark times is by lighting candles of all kinds in your home and around your exterior for the holiday season. Here is a simple way to make luminarias for the approaching holidays.

Simple Luminarias

Set votive candles in sand inside white paper bags (flame retardant paper would be best). Line these paper luminarias along walk ways and driveways or place some near your foundation gardens with evergreens. These luminarias look awesome when added to your Christmas or Yule lighting, especially on Christmas eve. Be careful when setting these outside. It is said that it is best to use these when there is snow on the ground for obvious reasons.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blue Turquoise Magnesite Donut Necklace


Blue Turquoise Magnesite Donut Necklace by Vamp

Blue Turquoise Magnesite Donut Necklace - This beautiful handmade blue turquoise donut shape magnesite corded necklace is 28 inches long. The Magnesite donut is 40mm wide, roughly 1 & 3/4 wide

Strung on a silk black cord you can tie this turquoise necklace and wear it where ever you like, as a choker length or nice and long and mixed with other necklaces.

You will love the beautiful turquoise blue coloring on this gem donut.

Makes a nice gift for December birthdays or for the holidays. Affordable and fun to wear.

Available at my Vamp's Boutique on Ecrater

Banishing Nightmares Spell Using Hag Stone




Banishing Nightmares Spell

Take a naturally holed stone
and place over the bedroom
door/window or even the bed
itself. Such 'hag' stones
have been used for centuries
to ward of the night hag that
would ride horses at night
and cause troubled sleep
'night mares'.
As you hang the stone chant:

"Let waves of dreams bless
Let dreams not you stress,
Let the wings of night enfold
Let peaceful sleep you hold."

Adder Stone

Adder stone is a type of stone, usually glassy, with a naturally occurring hole through it[citation needed]. Such stones have been discovered by archaeologists in both Britain and Egypt.

In Britain they are also called hag stones, witch stones, serpent's eggs, snake's eggs, or glain neidyr in Wales, milpreve in Cornwall, adderstanes in the south of Scotland and Gloine nan Druidh ("Druids' glass" in Scottish Gaelic) in the north. In Egypt they are called aggry or aggri.

Adder stones were believed to have magical powers such as protection against eye diseases or evil charms, preventing nightmares, curing whooping cough, and of course recovery from snakebite. According to popular conception, a true adder stone will float in water.

Source WIKI

Friday, October 28, 2011

Glass Witch Balls



I got this article from my Almanac Companion newsletter in my inbox and wanted to share with you. I have witch balls that I bought long ago from Salem, MA and that was the first thing I ever bought that was in the magical realm and I still have them along with a set of old gypsy reading cards. Through the years I've collected lots of nice magical things to decorate my home and to use.

Bewitching Glass Creations
by Jim Therriault

For many of us (including me), Halloween is a favorite holiday.

Rich in history and folklore, Halloween has roots that trace back to the ancient Celts, who celebrated the new year on November 1. They believed that the souls of the dead returned to Earth the night before (Samhain). Later, Irish immigrants brought over customs and superstitions such as carved vegetables with a demon's face to frighten away the spirits. Among other long-held beliefs and symbols from the 1700s and 1800s is the witch ball.

Witch Ball Legend
A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or colored glass with glass inclusions (webs) inside the balls. Originating in 18th-century England, witch balls were believed to ward off evil spirits, witches' spells, or ill fortune. (Some historians disagree, saying that the witch's ball actually originated among cultures where witches were considered a blessing. These good witches would "enchant" the balls to enhance their potency against evil.)

History
When witch balls found their way across "the pond" to the American colonies, they were quickly adopted by superstitious folks who reasoned that evil spirits were attracted to the colored glass spheres. The spirits were drawn inside and captured in the glass web within the ball, preventing their escape and protecting the home from harm.

Legend has it that fishermen on Cape Cod placed witch balls in their nets to avoid evil spirits on the high seas. It is also claimed that Christmas ornament balls descended from the witch ball. The ball was allegedly placed on the Christmas tree to dispel a visitor's envy at the presents beneath the tree.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Herbal Woman - David Harrison Video by Vamp

A video I created for a good friend of mine, the multi talented David Harrison. This song 'Herbal Woman' comes from his 'Hum' CD album, which I might add is an amazing record and is available on itunes.





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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Samhain or Halloween




Samhain or Halloween

Samhain: October 31. An ancient Celtic festival which celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death, and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Samhain means "end of summer." Samhain is a sabbat universally observed, which is included among the Greater sabbats observed by neo-Pagans. The Druids, in ancient Ireland, once sacrificed to their deities by burning victims in wickerwork gages. All other fires were to be extinguished and lighted again from the sacrificial fire. This custom still continues in Ireland and Scotland, all fires in homes are extinguished and lighted again from bonfires, but without sacrificial victims.

Samhain marks the third harvests and the storage of provisions for winter. The veil between the worlds of the living and dead is the thinnest during this time making communications easier. Souls of the dead can come into the land of the living.

Samhain is a time for eliminating weaknesses, when pagan once slaughtered weak animals that were thought not to be able to survive the winter. This custom resulted in the modern practice by some who wanted to get rid of their weaknesses of writing them on a piece of paper and dropping them into a fire. Some baked cakes to be offered for the souls of the dead.

Samhain was Christianized into All Hallow's Eve or Halloween. The modern custom or trick-and-treating may have originated from an old Irish peasant custom of going door-to-door to collect money, breadcake, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, apples and other foods in preparation for the festival of St. Columb Kill. Apples are included in many rites, especially as ingredients in brews. Dunking for apples may have been a divinatory practice.


Source: ADailyTarotYahoo




Samhain - by: Yvonne Aburrow


Samhain

As night draws its veil over the land,
And autumn draws on her cloak of leaves,
The other world draws nearer to our own,
And the dead gather in the place of shadows.

The dark mother stands revealed
In her terrible naked glory.
The heartstopping beauty of Autumn
Is like a spear roaring for blood.

Even as the Sun recedes from us
To journey over the dark dreaming river
Into the country of death -
So we seek within ourselves the seed of life.

The seed of life: Demeter's mystery,
Kernel within the dark husk,
The Child of Light turning within the womb,
Reflected in the burnished gold of autumn leaves.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Simmering Potpourris




Simmering Potpourris

Another way to infuse a little magick in your home is to simmer some potpourri.
Toss some herbs in a pot along with a few drops of fragrant oil and water and slowly simmer. As the properties
of the herbs and oils released throughout the house, the atmosphere changes. Always keep watch of your simmering pot to make sure you still have liquid in it.


Simmering Peace: vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon balm, apple
slices and/or apple oil or simply use apple juice or cider in place of
the water you would simmer the herbs in. Toss in a bit of clove or
cinnamon as a catalyst to kick the whole thing off.


Simmering Prosperity: chamomile flowers, lemon slices, basil, bay leaves, pine needles, ginger


Simmering Love: pink rose petals, rose oil, cardamom.


Simmering Romance: red rose petals, coriander seeds, patchouli, and red wine to simmer it in.


Simmering Creativity: yellow rose petals, star anise, orange slices, peel or oil, instant coffee.


Simmering Protection: 3 bay leaves, peppermint, rosemary, elder flowers, hyssop, lavender oil.

Herb Bundles for the Fireplace



Herb Bundles for the Fireplace

Now that the cooler weather is here you will have more fires going on in your fireplace or even your outdoor camp fire pit. This tip for using dried bundles of herb stems and such is a great idea. Not only does it fragrant your home, but it also adds a bit of magic to your space. I especially love Lavender.

Tip:
Through Summer and Autumn when you harvest & dry bunches of herbs from your garden – jar up the leaves but also save the stems! Lavender,Sage, Lemon Verbena, Bay, Oregano – the whole lot. Then tie them in bundles with raffia or ribbon and keep in a basket next to the fireplace. They make wonderful, fragrant fire starters.

Candied Honey Apples/Honey Caramel Corn



Here are some fun and yummy recipes that you can make this time of year with the children that are both fun and healthy for you. A great way to spend some quality time with your children, hubby or your boyfriend :)


Candied Honey Apples

Makes 6 servings
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1/2 cup butter or margarine
•1/2 cup honey
•1/4 cup heavy cream
•1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•6 small (4 to 6 oz. each) apples with sticks
•1/3 cup chopped nuts

Combine all ingredients except apples and nuts in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat to 265°F; stir constantly. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Holding apple by stick, roll in hot honey mixture to coat; roll bottom of apple in nuts if desired. Place on waxed paper squares to cool. Repeat with remaining apples. Makes 6 apples.

National Honey Board


Honey Caramel Corn

Makes 6 servings
•1/2 cup honey
•1/2 cup butter or margarine
•1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• salt
•1 teaspoon grated orange peel
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•3 quarts popped popcorn

Melt butter in large saucepan; stir in sugar, honey and salt. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; boil without stirring about three minutes to 265°F. Remove from heat; stir in orange peel and soda. Place popcorn in large oven-safe bowl; slowly pour syrup over popcorn while stirring. Turn onto greased 15-1/4x10-1/4x1/4-inch baking pan. Bake at 250°F for 45 minutes; stir every 15 minutes. Cool. Break into serving-sized pieces. Store in airtight container. Makes three quarts (six servings of two cups each).

National Honey Board

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Apple Season :) Recipes Apple Cinnamon Cake



I just love this early part of Fall, when the days are shorter and you can burn candles early in the evening. The air has an Autumn scent about it. Living near the ocean you get a lot of that rolling sea fog anytime of the day, spooky, haunting and so gothic :)

Another reason Fall is so much fun is apple season, apple picking and just baking things with apples. Here is a recipe I got from BettyCrocker.Com for an Apple Cinnamon Cake, just yummy and so easy to make!

Apple-Cinnamon Cake


1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® spice cake mix
1can (21 oz) apple pie filling
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Frozen whipped topping, thawed, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan.

In large bowl, beat dry cake mix, pie filling and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Spread half of the batter in pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half of the mixture over batter in pan. Spread remaining batter in pan; sprinkle with remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Serve with whipped topping. Store loosely covered.

BettyCrocker.Com

Here are a few more apple recipes from Yankee Magazine that might tempt you...those Apple Cider Donuts look so delicious!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Attract Love Spell




Attract Love Spell

For this spell you need a sachet bag containing sage, rosemary, and thyme which is kept in a drawer or under a pillow, or even worn against the skin. The bag must be moistened every seven days with seven drops of bergamot oil to be truly effective in enabling your heart's desire.

(Remember never to enchant any specific person, this spell is to bring love into your life, not a specific person.)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Multi Tasking

This is me multi tasking on the computer, sending emails, trying to blog, going to forums, tweeter, facebook and updating my website and selling venues :)




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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Halloween Party Ideas




Halloween Party Ideas

Are you getting all excited for Fall and Halloween? Days are already getting shorter, night falls earlier and earlier and you can feel that Fall is just around the corner! This time of year you start to get in that planning and nesting phase, getting ready for the upcoming holidays and winter.

I found a great site for your Halloween partys, filled with all kinds of ideas from costumes, decorations, food, drinks, games, music & more! Halloween Party Ideas here

Throwing a party around a theme is always a great idea. At my boutique Mystic Rock we have these very easy to use Tarot Cards that would be a hit at your next party! Tarot Deck Tarot Cards click to buy

Set up a little corner or a room where you can have readings. What makes these tarot cards easy to use is that you don't even have to be an expert at readings because the meanings are written right on the cards themselves. Dress up in a gypsy tarot reader outfit and have fun entertaining your guest. Another little fun idea is using a pendulum to answer questions, have guest ask a question and see what the pendulum has to say. Pendulums are also available at Mystic Rock.

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

Now that Autumn will soon be here, it's time to get baking again. This nice Pumpkin muffin is killer in the morning with a nice cup of tea or coffee. Makes a healthy snack for the children at school or hubby to take to work. I've also added raisins with this recipe for extra goodness :)

Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
•1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
•1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
•3/4 cup honey
•1 egg
•1 cup solid pack pumpkin
•1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light; beat in honey, egg and pumpkin. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just blended; stir in walnuts. Spoon into 12 greased or paper-lined 2-1/2 inch muffin cups. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


National Honey Board

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Correspondences For Days of The Week




Correspondences for the Days of the week

Monday:
Ruled by the Moon. Spells involving emotions, domestic
issues, the subconscious, and feminine issues. A good day
for psychic pursuits and dream work.

Tuesday:
Ruled by Mars. Spells for self-assertion, more energy,
and courage. Victory and passion are also indicated,
as well as masculine goals in general.

Wednesday:
Ruled by Mercury. Spells involving mental issues,
communication, education and self-expression.
Also as day for consulting oracles (tarot, runes),
planning magickal work, and writing.

Thursday:
Ruled by Jupiter. Spells for prosperity and money,
luck and business. Also a day for political power,
influencing people in high places, law and courts.

Friday:
Ruled by Venus. Spells for love, friendship, beauty,
sensuality, healing, peace and harmony. Also, a good
day for spells for artistic ability and creativity
generally.

Saturday:
Ruled by Saturn. Spells to overcome obstacles,
neutralizing harmful energy, binding and banishing.
A day for protecting by blocking or pushing away
negative forces.

Sunday:
Ruled by the Sun. Spells of many kinds may be done on
Sunday, the Sun giving energy to them all, but best for
healing and success. Spells for physical strength,
obtaining goals, illumination, and initiating any
magickal activity.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Transformation of Freemasonry - David Harrison


The Transformation of Freemasonry - David Harrison


The Transformation of Freemasonry - David Harrison

Author historian David Harrison always hits the mark with his books. The Transformation of Freemasonry is his follow up book to The Genesis of Freemasonry, both books are highly informative and well written. Not only are they well written they're a refreshing read for any one interested in Freemasonry and the history of this brotherhood.

Harrison gives you an inside look at Freemasonry in England, Wales, Liverpool & cross the Atlantic. He takes you through the Unlawful Societies Act of 1799, the rise of the middle class within Freemasonry, the Slave Trade, Trans-Atlantic Networking, The Liverpool Masonic Rebellion, The Royal Arch, Fashion in Freemasonry. You'll see how Freemasonry appealed to Victorian Occultist & how it transformed itself in the Victorian era flourishing & expanding during the 1850 thru 1930's. It mentions Freemason and writer Arthur Edward Waite, who co-created the influential Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot card deck, which displays lots of Masonic elements & symbolism in the artwork.

This book is rich with history and has cool photos of Masonic Halls, buildings, gravestones, monuments, clippings of period advertisments for the coronation of William IV.

Harrison's book appealed to me because he covers the victorian era, & I'm a designer of gothic victorian rock jewelry. Reading about that time period was very interesting to me & to see how Freemasonry kept evolving. In my opinion most people will find this book a wonderful addition to their library & a great follow up to his first book The Genesis of Freemasonry.

To get your copy of The Transformation of Freemasonry by David Harrison or give as a gift please click here

To buy his highly successful first book The Genesis of Freemasonry click here

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Four Elements Banishment



Four Elements Banishment


Take four small pieces of paper and write the name of the person you want out of your life on each of them. (Or describe the thing or problem you want to get rid of).

One piece gets burned (fire), one gets flushed down the toilet (water), one gets buried (earth), one gets torn into tiny, tiny pieces and tossed into the wind (air).

As you get rid of each one, say the following: "Through the power of fire (earth, etc.), I banish you from my life. Your influence is burned (washed away, buried, blown away) and you no longer affect me."

You can add any extra bells and whistles you like. About the burial part - if you use a small piece of paper it will biodegrade relatively quickly, taking this person's influence with it.

ADAILYTAROT-YAHOO

Monday, July 25, 2011

How To Make A Witch's Ladder



Witch's Ladder

The first recorded Witch’s Ladder was found in a house in Wellington, Somerset, UK in 1887. This tool was used for ritual or craft work.

Traditionally, the witch's ladder is made with red, white and black yarn, and then nine different colored feathers woven in. But you can use yarn colors that have a significance to you or any kind of ribbon or cording you'd like. You don't have to use feathers, you can use instead beads, buttons, bits of wood, shells, or other items you might have.

To make your basic witch's ladder - cut 3 pieces of yarn, each approximately a yard long. Take all 3 pieces of yarn and tie a knot so they are all together and begin braiding your yarn and as you go add and tie your bead, feather, shell or other item. Secure each bead and continue braiding until you have done all nine beads/items and have completed the string.

As you tie the beads to the yarn/cord you might want to chant the following incantation as you tie your nine objects to the yarn. Focus your intent & goal into the knots, beads and yarn as you tie the knots, your energy will be stored into each of the knots and beads.

By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

When you get to the end of your Witch's ladder tie all 3 yarns again like you did in the beginning or you can tie the two ends together to create a circle if you wish. That's it your Witch ladder is ready to be hung and used in your workings.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

HERBS FOR EVERY SIGN

HERBS FOR EVERY SIGN

Herbs can be mixed and combined to produce a
"recipe" that's just right for each of us.
Since the Sun sign you were born under has
such an amazing influence on your health and
well-being, using the herbs that correspond
with that sign alone can be a tremendous help
in times of stress or illness. Here's a short
list of herbs that seem to be tailor-made for
each of the signs, due to their associations
with both the planetary ruler and the positive
qualities of that sign.

Aries - Mars
Allspice, basil, cayenne, garlic, ginger, mustard,
onion, pepper. It's no secret that Aries is the
astrological equivalent of a bullet. It's a
red-hot burst of energy that's capable of
overcoming any obstacle by charging straight
for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the "red"
planet, the ancient god of war who was known
for his equally fiery temperament. No wonder,
then, the herbs that correspond with your sign
are also a bit "hot" to the taste. Use them in
cooking to raise your endorphins, the substance
Mars loves best.

Taurus - Venus
Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, heather,
hibiscus, raspberry, rose. Taurus is the sign
that's fondest of the pleasures that life inside
these bodies can provide. Whether it's a blazing
sunset, a symphony by Mozart, or a delicious meal,
you folks are experts at enjoying the physical
delights of the senses. It's no surprise that the
herbs you'll enjoy most are the sweet ones, since
your planet, Venus, is the purveyor of sweetness.
Use each of them to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Gemini - Mercury
Clover, eyebright, fennel, lemongrass, lemon
verbena, marjoram, parsley. Your quick-witted,
fleet-footed energy just loves variety - in fact,
the expression "variety is the spice of life"
was written with you in mind. Each of these herbs
provide a different type of taste, and most can
be combined in a light, aromatic tea you can sip
on the run. Use clove or slippery elm to protect
against gossip and to keep your thoughts and
actions grounded.

Cancer - Moon
Aloe, lemon balm, chamomile, mimosa, lavender,
lilac. Nurturing is your business, Cancer, and
you distribute your soothing touch to one and
all. There's nothing you like better than a home
that smells good, too, whether it's because
there's something wonderful simmering on the
stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining
room table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath
waiting for you upstairs. Each of the herbs
listed above are known for their ability to
calm, heal, or bring a wonderful aroma to the
environment. Use aloe to soothe burns and
scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime
tea.

Leo - Sun
Chicory, cinnamon, goldenseal, rosemary, St.
John's Wort, sandalwood. Your planet is the Sun,
Leo, the source of life and warmth that keeps
us all alive and provides us with the energy
we need to keep pursuing our life's quest. It
makes perfect sense, then, that the bright,
cheerful sunflower would be the perfect
representation of your equally bright and happy
sign. Herbs like goldenseal and St. John's Wort
are tailor-made for you, too, since their
ability to keep the body resistant to illness
and depression are well known. Mix a bit of
chicory with your morning coffee to help remove
any obstacles that come up.

Virgo - Mercury
Caraway, dill, eyebright, horehound, lily of
the valley, marjoram, savory. Your quick-thinking
meticulous sign likes nothing better than a mental
challenge, Virgo, whether it's organizing a pile
of papers at the office, solving a puzzle, or
learning a new skill. The herbs listed above are
all well known for their subtle abilities to
strengthen the mind, and many can be mixed
together in teas to give you a boost you often
need at the end of a long day. The lily of the
valley seems perfect for you, too, with its subtle,
"clean" scent and delicate flowers.

Libra - Venus
Catnip, passion flower, persimmon, rose, sugar
cane, violet. There's no sign as fond of pleasing
others as yours, Libra, whether it's by saying
just the right thing to bring warring factions
together, or by using your polite charm to draw
the object of your desires closer. Of course,
catnip is famous for its effects on our feline
friends, but its also traditionally used in
conjunction with rose petals to bring loving
relationships that last forever. Since you're
ruled by Venus, you're capable of being every
bit as sweet as the sugar cane - but if you
need a bit of help to attract a beloved, use
this potent plant (sugar cane) that's long been
used to conjure love - sweetly.

Scorpio - Pluto/Mars
Ginseng, dill, patchouli, pomegranate, saffron,
vanilla. As fond as you are of intensity and
intimacy, Scorpio, it's no wonder the herbs
you'll love best are famous for their use in
stirring up passion. Drink ginseng tea (or
offer some to your beloved) to induce a
magnetic physical attraction. Wear patchouli
to arouse lust and silently conjure the magic
of the Beltane rituals. Present the object of
your desire with a pomegranate, the fruit
traditionally associated with seductive Pluto,
your ruling planet.

Sagittarius - Jupiter
Anise, clove, fig, hyssop, mugwort, myrtle,
nutmeg, rosemary, sage. There's no sign that
hangs on to youth with more fervency and
determination than yours Sagittarius. To
keep that youthful appearance and disposition
going as you travel the world in search of yet
another experience, drink a tea made of anise,
rosemary, and Vervain. To aid in making your
dreams more prophetic than they already are,
use mugwort. Burn clove incense to attract the
wealth you'll need to pay for your travels.

Capricorn - Saturn
Comfrey, horsetail, mint, poppy, sassafras,
woodruff. You've always been described as a
very "focused" sign, Capricorn, intent on
self-sufficiency and material success. The
influence of your planet, Saturn, gives you
the ambition and self-discipline to attain
those goals, and to ensure success and
prosperity in business matters, too. Each
of the herbs mentioned above are known for
their ability to attract that success, and
most can be mixed together in a tea.

Aquarius - Uranus/Saturn
Anise, bittersweet, citron, dandelion, lemon
verbena, rosemary, sage. Your sign is a
cerebral one, Aquarius, and your ability to
turn "odd" or eccentric ideas into strokes
of genius is well known. Since communication
(and mass communication in particular) is
your specialty, the herbs above are all
associated with the air principle, which
rules the intellectual side of life. To
increase your already powerful intuition,
use citron, clover, or rosemary. Above all
else, listen to that intuition. It will
seldom prove to be wrong.

Pisces - Neptune/Jupiter
Aloe, bay, cotton, eucalyptus, lavender,
Norfolk Island pine, rue. As the most
sensitive and psychic of all signs, Pisces,
yours is the one that requires help to ward
off the adverse thoughts and intentions of
others. Since you have no boundaries to keep
you separate from others, you also need
protection against negative influences. To
that end, use rue, a powerful herb known to
ward off ills of every kind. To stay
positive and healthy keep a lavender plant
growing either outside or inside your home.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Layered Salads

Shelly's Mexican Layered Salad

(from top down) Avocado, sliced
Green Onions, diced
Lime Cumin Yogurt Crema "Dressing"
Tomato, chopped
Lettuce, shredded
Black Olives, chopped
Chicken, grilled, chilled & chopped
Cotija Cheese, grated
Refried Beans

Shelly's Lime Cumin Yogurt Crema "Dressing"

3 1/2 oz Fage Greek Yogurt (1/2 a small container)
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
dash of Kosher Salt

Mix till well blended.
Link to see Shellys Layered Salad: theworldaccordingtoeggface: Hot Day, Cool Eats:



Shelly's layered salad sounds fab. Here is my version of a layered summer salad, great for when it's absolutely too hot to cook! Just add dinner rolls & it's a light meal.

Summer Layered Salad

7 cups torn romaine lettuce (from 1 head)
2 packages (9 oz each) frozen fully cooked chicken breast strips (not breaded), thawed (4 cups) or left over grilled chicken breast
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 onion chopped
1 cup peas (frozen do not cook, thaw) or canned
1 quart fresh cherry tomatoes, quartered (3 cups)
crumbled bacon if desires


Dressing

1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Black pepper to taste


1 In deep 3-quart salad bowl, place half of the lettuce. Layer with chicken, cheese, peas, onions, remaining lettuce and tomatoes & bacon bits.

2 In small bowl or glass measuring cup, mix dressing ingredients with wire whisk until well blended. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad.

Hint - you can easily change this salad by substituting ingredients such as use tunafish instead of chicken or add hard boiled eggs or cooked chunks of potatoes, use shredded carrots instead of peas, celery, cucumber, add avocadoes etc. You can even add to the dressing a little bit of mayonaise to make it creamy.

Lobster Egg Rolls Recipe



I found this perfect summer time appetizer or even light meal. It's a lobster egg roll, but you could adjust it by putting any kind of shredded meat filling as well. This is the basic recipe. Enjoy!

Lobster Egg Rolls: A Visual, Step-by-Step Guide
By Kim Knox Beckius

Lobster Egg Rolls are easy to make and a perfect recipe for leftover lobster meat. Make egg rolls with New England flair with this step-by-step, visual guide to how to cook Lobster Egg Rolls with Maple Honey Soy Dipping Sauce.
First, you'll want to prepare the vegetables. We had a colossal cabbage, grown by the local farm that delivers vegetables to our door via their CSA program, so we only shredded half a head. Adjust the quantity of cabbage based on the number of Lobster Egg Rolls you'd like to prepare. We wound up with enough filling for 15 egg rolls.
Get step by step recipe here

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Magical Moon Garden

I love this idea for a garden, I have a magic garden that is sort of along these lines, but would like to have a magic garden that is both yin and yang in nature, dark & light flowers.


Magical Moon Garden

What could be more -enchanted- than to cultivate
your own Moon Garden. Honoring the -Silver- Goddess
in all her glory with a fragrant & luminous evening
garden. A wonderful offering which you will benefit
from as well.

Many night-blooming flowers are white and rely on
strong fragrance, rather than bright colors, to
attract insects.

Plant night-bloomers near a bedroom window, where
the breeze can carry the fragrance indoors right
into your dreams.

Plant some in a circle to mimic the Moon, they look
terrific alongside silver-foliaged Lambs ears and
Artemisia.
Illuminated only by moonlight, pale flowers and
foliage add a dreamy, ethereal feeling. You don't
need to have a big space, potted plants work too,
just remember to add a trellis or place where
plants can grow onto, as, unless they feel secure
they will not bloom.

You can save and dry flowers to use in Amulets,
Talismans or -dress- a Moon candle. Add fresh
flowers to a -special- oil you have fashioned on
the Full Moon or to water for magical workings.

Press flowers and leaves into a -Book of Shadows-
or make magical bookmarks for special journals.
Following a Moon planting calendar will add a
magical touch and keep you in the flow of her
cycles.

You can place Moonstones and or Crystals in the
dirt of these -pale- beauties to energize them
for meditations and spells.

Don't forget when you take from a plant, to ask
it's permission and give thanks, an offering of
water of food (plant) is a perfect -Thank you-.

Try these night-bloomers in your Moon Garden:

Angels trumpet (Datura innoxia)-
This annual has giant, trumpet-shaped, white
flowers. You may need to discipline this
rambunctious plant to keep it in line.

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)-
Related to morning glory, this annual may climb
to 10 feet. Tightly closed by day, its white
flowers unfurl at dusk to release a lemony aroma.

Four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa) -
In late afternoon, this annual's flowers pop
open in often-speckled shades of red, yellow,
white or rose. It grows bush-like to 3 feet.

Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) -
Flowers of this spiky perennial are open all
day, but at night the droopy blossoms lift and
release a soapy smell. Hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa 'Pink Petticoats')-
This fast spreading perennial is hardy in zones
5 to 9, and its pale flowers release a sweet
scent in the evening.

A BUSINESS SUCCESS SPELL

A BUSINESS SUCCESS SPELL

This spell requires a small stone.
The spell works best with a Bloodstone, Malachite, or Green Tourmaline, but any stone can work.

• Hold your selected stone in your left hand during a full moon.
• In your mind's eye, visualize money flowing into your business using whatever images work best for you e.g. Customers handing you large amounts of money, your mailbox filling up with orders, or your next bank statement showing a huge increase.
• The image should take the incoming flow to the extreme, don't hold back on this part of the spell.
• While you are picturing this rush of cash, speak the following words aloud::

""Money comes and Money grows,
Quickly in the money flows,
Fill my coffers to the top, ever higher, never stop.""

Place the stone in your pocket or purse and carry it with you at all times.


Source ADailyTarotYahoo

Friday, July 01, 2011

Honey Glazed Barbecued Spare Ribs




Honey Glazed Barbecued Spare Ribs

makes 4-6 servings)

4 lbs. lean pork spareribs
• Water
• Salt and pepper
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
• 2 teaspoons ginger root, grated
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon rosemary, crushed
• 1/2 teaspoon red chilies, crushed
• 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
Completely cover spareribs with water in a large pot or deep skillet. Bring to boil, uncovered, over medium heat. Simmer 4 minutes. Drain liquid, reserving it for stock for later use, if desired. Season both sides of spareribs with salt and pepper. Place spareribs on rack in roasting pan. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake at 450° F. 15 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Brush spareribs with honey mixture. Bake 1 hour longer or until fully cooked, brushing with honey mixture every 15 minutes. For Barbecue: Boil spareribs as described above, over medium heat. Simmer 4 minutes and drain liquid. Season both sides of spareribs with salt and pepper. Place spareribs on barbecue grill over hot coals. Cook approximately 30 minutes per side. Brush meat side generously with honey mixture twice during last 15 minutes of cooking time.

http://www.honey.com/

Honey Corn Cakes

Honey Corn Cakes
Makes 12-14 corn cakes)

• 1/4 cup honey
• 2 cans (15.25 oz. each) corn kernels, drained
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup flour
• 1/2 cup Milk
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Combine all ingredients. Heat skillet lightly coated with olive oil to medium temperature. Pour 1/3-cup portions of corn cake mix into skillet and cook for about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spell to Find a Lost Cat



Spell to Find a Lost Cat

For this spell to find a lost cat or other small pet, you'll need the assistance of a tree, rock, or other outdoor entity—preferably one in your yard or very near your home. Take one of your cat's favorite toys and some cat food to the tree. Tell the tree about your pet and that you are concerned because of how long he or she has been missing. Ask the tree if it will help you by providing a beacon for your cat to follow to get home. Leave the cat food near the tree. If a small rock gets your attention, bring it and the cat toy into the house. Keep them near the door. Every time you pass the toy, thank the tree for its help in providing a beacon for your pet.

Source-YahooGroup-ADailyTarot

Pamper Your Feet Massage Oils



Pamper Your Feet Massage Oils

Pamper Your Feet this Summer or anytime. I found these massage oil recipes that would be great to give yourself a nice treat, better yet have your guy massage your feet sometime.

Regular foot massage benefits the whole body. Here are some ideas for blends to help refresh those tired and sometimes
swollen feet.

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Chamomile
10 ml or 1/3 oz carrier oil

or
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Peppermint
10 ml carrier oil

If you stand on your feet all day here is
a treatment to help with swelling and circulation.
1 drop Cypress
1 drop Lavender

Add to a bowl of warm water to which about 12 smooth
round pebbles have been added.

Roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebbles
for a few minutes, then dry your feet

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cleansing Crystals With Sunlight & Moonlight

This is a technique I use often to cleanse my crystals and gemstones of any negative energy. I would like to add to this that if using moonlight to cleanse your crystals or gemstones it would be even better if you can time it so that the full moon's rays cleanse the stones.


Cleansing Crystals with Sunlight and Moonlight

The easiest of the cleansing techniques involves using your stone in a windowsill where the direct sunlight or moonlight will hit it. The number of days or nights you'll have it will depend on how much negative energy has collected in the stone. Set the stone on a mirror to enhance the effect. Be careful not to handle that mirror so that is flashed the reflection of the light into the eyes, as it can damage eyesight,. Make sure that the reflection doesn't focus on a flammable surface for an extended time, either.

Monday, June 20, 2011

NutterButter and Chocolate Overload Cupcakes



NutterButter and Chocolate Overload Cupcakes
By Debbie wright


Cook time: 25 Min
Serves: 24


Ingredients:

- 1 bx cake mix, devils food..mix as directed

- 1 pkg regular sized nutterbutter cookies

- 1 pkg mini nutterbutter cookies

- 1 can(s) chocolate frosting


PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

- 1 c creamy peanut butter

- 8 Tbsp butter room temperature

- 2 c powdered sugar

- 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream..you can use milk also..until

frosting is thinned a little

- 2 tsp pure vanilla


Directions

1. Take 12 NutterButter cookies and cut them in half.Line cupcake tins with cupcake papers and drop a half a cookie in the bottom of each.

2. Mix cake mix according to directions on the box.

3. Chop approx 12 cookies coarsely and mix them in the cake mix.

4. Fill the cupcake tins and bake aprrox 15-18 min.

5. Prepare Frosting Cream togather peanut butter and butter. Add vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar. Add cream or milk to thin the frosting as desirsed.

6. Frost cupcake ..leave a well in the center the place a dab of choclate frosting and place a mini NutterButter on top.

http://www.justapinch.com/

Monday, June 13, 2011

Candles & Tarot in Love Spells

WAY OF USING CANDLES AND TAROT IN LOVE SPELLS

Depending on your intentions choose your cards
and candle color.

Red - for new (romance beginnings) or extra
will power

Blue - emotional encounters

Green - physical encounters

Purple - wisdom and sensuality

White - intellectual encounters, also an all
purpose color especially if trying to change
an unpleasant or stressful situation

Black - for strength and protection

Select Major Arcana

The cards can represent a person with the
qualities or the qualities themselves within
a situation

The Fool - unconventional, a new way of life,
freedom from inhibitions

The Magician - Confidence, virility, creative
energy

The Priestess - Spiritual wisdom, celibacy,
inner guidance

The Empress - Fertility, maternal love emotional
stability and fulfillment

The Emperor - Responsibility, authority,
conventional thought and behavior and discipline

The Lovers - for the purpose of a Tarot charm
this card can represent a close loving relationship
or marriage if the right way up or reversed,
temptation or difficult choices

The Star - Broadening horizons, new experiences

The Moon - Awkward situation which needs to be
resolved by yourself, listen to intuitions and
dreams

The Sun - Contentment, optimism, light heartedness
and joy

The World - Successful outcome of your endeavors

The Court Cards (whos who?)

These can be chosen by either the characteristics
they represent or by their astrological or elemental
associations, your choice

Wands- Aries Leo Sagittarius, Fire

Cups - Cancer Scorpio Pisces, Water

Swords - Gemini Libra Aquarius, Air

Pentacles - Taurus Virgo Capricorn, Earth

Source YahooGroup ADailyTarot

Friday, June 10, 2011

Key Lime Pie Poke Cake Recipe




Okay so this is not Key Lime Pie, but a cake version with that Key Lime refreshing taste which is awesome for summer time. This recipe is from BettCrocker.Com


Key Lime Pie Poke Cake

Cake

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix

1 1/4 cups water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 eggs


Key Lime Filling

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

3/4 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup Key lime juice or regular lime juice

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

4 drops yellow food color

1 drop green food color


Frosting

1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped vanilla frosting

2 teaspoons grated lime peel


Garnish, If Desired

Fresh strawberries
Key lime slices
Lemon leaves



1. Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal or glass pan (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.

2. In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.

3. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. With handle of wooden spoon (1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter), poke holes almost to bottom of cake every 1/2 inch, wiping spoon handle occasionally to reduce sticking.

4. In medium bowl, stir together filling ingredients (mixture will thicken). Pour over cake; spread evenly over surface, working back and forth to fill holes. (Some filling should remain on top of cake.) Refrigerate 1 hour.

5. Spread frosting over cake; sprinkle with lime peel. Garnish with strawberries, lime slices and lemon leaves. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.


Makes 15 servings

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Vintage Victorian Steampunk Inspired Necklaces Jewelry By Vamp

Vintage Victorian Steampunk Charm Necklaces - Jewelry by Vamp

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Vintage Victorian Steampunk Charm Necklaces - Jewelry by Vamp
Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 06-01-2011

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Berry Lemonade Slush

Now that the temp is getting hotter this cool drink will refresh in no time. Best of all it's so easy to make :) Enjoy!


Berry Lemonade Slush

Country Time Lemonade Drink Mix or any brand
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
3 cups ice cubes

Measure drink mix into cap to 1-qt. line (1/2 cup)
Blend water, drink mix and berries in blender until smooth. Add ice, blend on high speed until thickened and smooth
Serve immediately

Makes 4 servings 3/4 cups each

Monday, May 30, 2011

Romantic Elegance Curated Collection

Romantic Elegance

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-30-2011

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Good Luck Penny Day




Good Luck Penny Day

Today is 'Lucky Penny Day'...Since most people don't turn in pennies all that much, all of us have jars and cans full of pennies. If we take them to the bank we can see just how much money we have just laying around, but remember save a few pennies for good luck :)


Let's take a look at some of the legends and mythology surrounding the penny. First comes the advice that you should always carry a penny with you for luck. Some say that tossing a penny overboard will guarantee safe sea passage while others believe that keeping a jar of pennies in the kitchen (the room of abundance, according to Feng Shui) will not only bring good luck but big money into the home. If you're giving a gift of a wallet or purse you should always put a penny inside of it for extra luck. It's long been believed that placing a penny in a baby's crib or carriage will cause the baby to grow up to be healthy, wealthy and wise. Coins with holes in them are considered especially lucky. Throwing one cent over your left shoulder into a wishing well or a body of water while making a wish will make that wish come true. Putting the first penny you receive each day into your pocket will attract an increase in cash, while finding a heads up penny means more money will soon come your way. If you find a tails up penny, throw it over your shoulder and never look back. And then make a wish. Giving it to someone else will bring you both good luck! For my money, if you place 49 pennies along with nine one dollar bills on a red background with a red frame in your Wealth area, you should begin to see many more pennies and dollars in your bank account before long.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Furture in Mirror Divination



Magic Mirror Divination

To see the future for good or ill, take a mirror
outside. Let the light of the Moon fall on its surface
and gaze into it. Any face appearing will be connected
to your future.

Incantation:

Magick mirror in the night show me what I need to know by moon's light
By the power of the cosmos, The Goddess & the pentagram I wear, magick mirror show me what I need to be aware. So mote it be.


Alternatively you can do this divination spell indoors with a crystal ball. Light a candle, burn incense (sage is good), sit still, quietly let your eyes gaze into the crystal ball and chant the incantation. You might not see anything, but you might hear or just sense something, be alert to anything while meditating with your crystal ball.

Sea Salt Protection Spell




A couple of nights ago I was by the ocean - the moon a crescent shape, misty clouds in the sky with some stars shining. The air was cool, I could hear the roar of the ocean and gazed upon it in the darkness. You see the white foam rolling licking the seashore. I felt a sense of one with the universe at that moment looking at the ocean, then up at the starry sky.

I feel it is very good for the soul to go out in nature, quietly just get intune to nature, especially the sea, it's very cleansing indeed just being near it.


I found this spell where you use sea salt in a bath & thought I'd share it.


Sea Salt Protection Spell

People over the world agree that salt has cleansing, restorative, and curative powers. In order to rid yourself of negativity, you can't go wrong using sea salt. Sea salt holds many of the essential healing properties of nature. To increase strength, luck, and fortitude, go to your grocer or health-food store and buy sea salt. Spread the salt on the areas you wish cleansed. Lightly sprinkle sea salt into your bath, saying:

Salt of ocean,
Salt of earth,
From ocean I sprang, upon my birth.
With Venus I rose above sea and shell,
The power of salt makes everything well.

So mote it be.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake For Mom

A nice treat for Mom on Mother's Day... just add some whipped cream & you're good to go!


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

1/4 cup butter or margarine

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

9 slices pineapple in juice (from 14-oz can), drained

9 maraschino cherries without stems, if desired

1 1/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup shortening

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

1 egg


1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch square pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.
2. In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.


Makes 9 servings

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

May Pole Candles

May Pole Candles

You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass "Craft Bells"
Candle holder (stand)

Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels)
Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting
at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don't tie bows, you need lots of length
on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least
1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 - 8 inches, so the
ribbons can "drape" Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on
Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a "safe" eye on candle & ribbons. ~ Barbara Morris

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Walpurgisnacht May Day Eve & May Day Baskets




Walpurgisnacht May Day Eve & May Day Baskets

Tonight is called Walpurgisnacht, a European spring celebration associated with bonfires and dancing. But, as much as its energies celebrate spring, I'm going to use today to share something about tomorrow. Each spring I share the same timely tip about using the first light of May Day to put yourself in a much more beautiful one. But readers often wish I had shared this information with them a day earlier. So, on this May Day Eve, I want to tell a tale that purports to make you look fresh as the morning dew. Some olden traditions tell that the first thing that you should do on May Day is to go outside and wash your face with the morning dew. Traditionally, young British girls would hurry outdoors in order to gather dew on their hands and then rub it from the top of their heads to the bottom of their necks. This action guaranteed beautiful and glowing skin for the rest of their lives. If all it takes to stay forever young is getting up before the sun, I'm all in!


May Day Baskets


May Day (May 1st) time to celebrate flowers, spring & the coming summer. Tradition has it that by Mother's Day in the U.S. you are safe to plant any kind of seeds and take indoor plants outside for the growing season.

Make a cheery May Day basket made of paper in a cone shape or a tin can one. Fill it with flowers and hang on your door knob. Nice project for the kids.

Link to a tin can version May Day Basket

How are you celebrating May Day?

The Seeds of Blessings Spell




The Seeds of Blessings Spell

On a bright, sunny day, take a handful of fruit-bearing seeds to an area with rich soil. Hold the seeds tightly near your heart, repeating twice, "As these seeds multiply and grow, so too blessings will be sown. For _____________ (insert name of person), I release them to the wind, so the magic can begin!" At the final word of the second repetition, release your seeds, scattering them as you turn clockwise. If possible, take a rake to sow them properly into the soil so the magic germinates.

An alternative version that can be done to this spell is by sowing the seeds (they don't have to be a fruit seed, they can be flowers, vegetables, even herbs) in a fresh pot of potting soil, but before planting them cup them tightly in your hands and after you do your incantation (omit the part about releasing them to the wind.) blow gently on your cupped hands and then plant them in the potting mix. Water & nurture your new seeds.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Real Blogger Status: Post Editor, Stats, Template Designer, And Interne...

My computer asked me if I wanted to download Internet Explorer 9 today, so I figured well why not, eventually you will need to use the latest browser. So I did and everything so far has check out okay until now...

Wanted to post on my blog and lo and behold can't post when I hit the publish post button. So being the detective I am ha ha ha, started to explore about. Went to the blogger forum to see if others were having problems similar to mine & of course I am not alone.

To make a long story short if you are now using Explorer 9 you will have to use that little button at the top of your browser where it says "compatibility view" hit that and then your post will post once you click on publish post.

Blogger says they will work on getting their system to eventually work with the new Explorer 9 browser but until then they suggest either to use Firefox or install Internet Explorer 8 again.

Hmmm I don't feel like installing Internet Explorer 8 again unless I run into more problems using this new browser.

The Real Blogger Status: Post Editor, Stats, Template Designer, And Interne...: "Some time ago, Microsoft deployed the latest version of their browser, Internet Explorer Version 9. Blogger blog owners and readers alike a..."

Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Here's a good cupcake recipe for apple lovers, don't you just love apples in almost anything :)


Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/2 cup apple cider or juice

2 tablespoons butter or shortening, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 1/4 cups chopped peeled apple (about 1 medium)


Salted Caramel Frosting

3/4 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy Vanilla frosting (from 1 lb-container)

1/4 cup caramel topping

1/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt



Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups.
2. In large bowl, beat all cupcake ingredients except apple with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fold in apple. Fill muffin cups about three-fourths full.
3. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove cupcakes from pan to cooling rack; cool completely.
4. In small bowl, mix frosting and caramel topping until smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with kosher salt.


Makes 12 cupcakes
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beltane Blessing (Beannachadh Bealtain)

Beltane Blessing (Beannachadh Bealtain) by CelestialElf

This nice video was sent to me by Celestial Elf and I thought others might like to see it so posted it on here for viewing. Thanks again Celestial Elf.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fans on Facebook

Fans on Facebook

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Refer a friend & have them post on my wall, make sure to tell your friends to write on my fanpage wall who referred them, the person that has the most referrals will win a FREE pair of earrings by end of April.

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Symbols of Beltane




Symbols of Beltane

It's getting closer to that time of the year when everything is vibrant and full of energy. Beltane - flowers, love, sunshine, warmth, fertility. Time to celebrate and make merry the comming of the summer and growth....blessed be.


Symbols of Beltane -

Traditional symbols used to represent Beltane are the May Pole (the traditional full-size one is about 10 feet tall), May baskets, crossroads, eggs, butterchurns and chalices. Symbolically, many Pagans choose to represent Beltane with fresh flowers all around the ritual area as well as their homes and the cauldron is often totally filled with gorgeous Springtime flowers. Roses, bluebells, marigolds, daisies, primroses, violets and lilac are associated with Beltane.

Beltane Altar -

Altars are generally adorned with seasonal flowers. Other appropriate altar decorations for the season include mirrors, a small May pole, phallic-shaped candles to represent fertility, and daisy chains.

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane -

Appropriate Deities for Beltane include all Virgin-Mother Goddesses, all Young Father Gods, all Gods and Goddesses of the Hunt, of Love, and of Fertility. Some Beltane Goddesses to mention by name here include Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Artemis, Astarte, Venus, Diana, Ariel, Var, Skadi, Shiela-na-gig, Cybele, Xochiquetzal, Freya, and Rhiannon. Beltane Gods include Apollo, Bacchus, Bel/Belanos, Cernunnos, Pan, Herne, Faunus, Cupid/Eros, Odin, Orion, Frey, Robin Goodfellow, Puck, and The Great Horned God.

Colors of Beltane -

The most common colors associated with Beltane are white and dark green, and red... but also appropriate are all the colors of the rainbow spectrum itself. Stones to use during the Beltane celebration include sapphires, bloodstones, emeralds, orange carnelians, and rose quartz.

Plants and Animals of Beltane -

Plants and herbs associated with Beltane are primrose, yellow cowslip, hawthorn, roses, birch trees, rosemary, and lilac. Also included are almond, angelica, ash trees, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisies, frankincense, ivy, marigolds, satyrion root, and woodruff.

Animals associated with Beltane are goats, rabbits, and honey bees. Mythical beasts associated with Beltane include faeries, pegesus, satyrs, and giants.

Incense -

Use lilac, passion flower, rose or vanilla. These can be used alone or blended as you like.

Foods -

Dairy foods and eggs are in tune with this season. Sweets of all kinds, honey, and oats are all fine foods for Beltane. Simple dishes such as vanilla ice cream and egg custard are quite traditional fare on this day.