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 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

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


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
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

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.



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.

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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