Saturday, January 14, 2012

Herb Butter

Herb Butter

Butters made with savory herbs can be spread onto bread, meats or
vegetables, and used in sauces and saut├ęs. Peppermint or other
sweet-herb butters can be served with pancakes, waffles, warm muffins
and other desserts.

• 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh herb leaves (e.g., basil, chives, dill, fennel, mint, parsley, tarragon, cilantro, thyme, sage)
• 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1. Chop herbs to release the leaf oils, then blend herbs into the butter with a fork.

2. Pack the butter into a roll of waxed paper and refrigerate for up to 24 hours to distribute flavors and firm up.

3. Slice the roll into disks or shave into curls to serve, or use the herb butter for cooking. Try adding additional seasonings such as paprika, cayenne, ground pepper, garlic or shallot.

To make honey butter soften the amount of butter you would like to use, like a whole stick of butter and blend with honey, with at least 2 teaspoons or more to taste, then follow procedure for rolling butter into waxed paper and refrigerate. You can also do this with margarine if you prefer.

Magical Associations of Trees

Magical Associations of Trees

Acacia: Symbolizes purity, air, and used in initiations,
psychic workings, and protection. Also viewed as a
Mother tree, the gum from it symbolizing menstrual
blood. Tree of the Egyptian goddess Neith, Osirus,
Astarte, Ishtar, and Diana.

Alder: Sacred to the god Bran. Represents
resurrection, rebirth, and fire.

Apple: Used in love Magick and also for peace,
happiness, prosperity, perpetual youth, and healing.
Represents water. Associated with Venus, Hercules,
Diana, Apollo, Hera, Athena, and Idunn.

Ash: Represents water, the Universal Mother, and
the source for unborn souls. Used in healing,
protection, and sea Magick. Traditional Yule log.
Associated with Poseidon, Neptune, Woden, Thor,
and Mars.

Aspen: Used for phyllomancy which is divination by
leaf rustling. Used for protection.

Birch: Sacred to Cerridwen and represents beginnings
and births. Used for purifications and blessings.

Cedar: Used for purification, prosperity, and
longevity. Represents earth, spirituality and

Cypress: Used for Maypoles, easing losses, healing,
past life workings, and protection. Represents

Elder: A witch tree and often used to make wands.
Used for healing, love, protection, and. Sacred
to the goddess Hel. Represents air. Associated
with Venus.

Elm: Represents primordial female powers. Used
for protection.

Fir: Symbolizes youth and vitality. Used in
prosperity magic.

Hawthorne: Called the May tree. Represents water
and the White Goddess Maia.
Used for female sexuality, cleansing, marriage,
love, and protection.

Hazel: Sacred to witches and the Celtic sea god
Manannan. Often used to make all-purpose wands
and used in fertility, divination, marriage,
protection, and reconciliation. Symbolizes female
wisdom and air. Associated with Artemis and Diana.

Holly: Represents fire. Used for protection.

Linden: Used for prophesies and protection.

Maple: Used for love and divination.

Oak: Used for healing, strength, protection,
masculinity and for fertility magic. Represents
fire. Associated with Dagda, Dianus, Jupiter,
Zeus, Cybele, Rhea, Janus, Cernunnos, and Herne.

Palm: Metaphor for Osiris's penis. Used for male
fertility, strength, and virility.

Pine: Symbolizes immortality and represents earth.
Pine cones represent fertility. Used for purification,
health, fortune, fertility, and prosperity. Associated
with Pan, Attis, Venus, and Cybele.

Rowan: Used for protection, healing, and strength.
Represents fire.

Willow: Represents water. Used in moon, wishing
magic, healing, protection, enchantments, and
easy delivery of babies. Associated with Artemis,
Persephone, Hecate, Ceres, Hera, and Circe.