Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 1
“The beginning is purification, that’s the first step. And purification means purification of body and mind. You don’t purify the body without cleansing the mind; that’s the way it works.”
— Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
If we have bad thoughts or poison in our minds, they will eventually show up in our bodies in the form of headaches, pains, and stomach problems. It works this way because we are interconnected. Our minds and our bodies are one system. So when we start to grow, or commit to the Red Road, we need to start cleaning up our thoughts and start showing respect for our bodies. We start purifying our minds by prayer and meditation, and we start cleansing our bodies by getting the right amount of sleep and developing good eating habits. Today, I’m going to observe my thoughts. Will my thoughts be clean today?
Being Present At Work
Bringing your presence into your work activities can fill the entire experience of working with new energy and life.
Being present at work begins before we even go to our place of employment. It starts with our intention to bring consciousness into everything we do, including those activities we do for money. Whether you are a secretary who files papers all day, a janitor who cleans the local high school, or a nurse caring for children, there is much to be gained by fully engaging in the tasks at hand. When you decide to bring your presence into your work activities, you may find that the entire experience of working is filled with new energy and life.
Sometimes we believe that when we step through the doors of our workplace, we cease being ourselves and start being someone elseâ€™s employee. Though our employer may depend on us to perform certain tasks, the truth is that we never stop being ourselves. The commitment to being a conscious, empowered person of integrity doesnâ€™t stop and start with a time clock. Our decision to be present for our own lives is what weaves together all of our experiences from the moment we wake up, throughout our entire workday, and to the moment we turn off the lights at night.
Before leaving for work today, you can clear your energy and choose to step out with your best foot forward. Setting an intention in the morning can even help you stay present as your day unfolds. You might decide to find joy in every activity, complete all of your projects on time, or be truly helpful to your coworkers. By being fully present, you will begin to radiate and people may begin to notice; they may even want to follow your lead. Whether you run a company or hold a sign outside a deli, do it with pride and be the best you can be.
Today we have Perthro of Heimdall’s Aett pronounced “perth-row” (P: Lot cup or vagina) Uncertain meaning, a secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities. Initiation, knowledge of one’s destiny, knowledge of future matters, determining the future or your path. Pertaining to things feminine, feminine mysteries including female fertility, and vagina. Good lot, fellowship and joy. Evolutionary change.
Ripples on the water show the deep place. The appearance of something hidden. Look for the roots of events. You may be surprised at the way some of the events in your life are shaping up, especially if someone is paying you special attention, or you have recently benefited financially. This rune reminds us that not all of our life is self-evident and on the surface. There is a deep, hidden process taking place which shows itself only indirectly, in odd little ways. You will overlook something important now if you are not attentive to small details and the subtle ways in which things can be revealed. So try to guess what is going on beneath surface appearances. For example, if someone gives you a present, or on the other hand, is rude and offensive, perhaps they are secretly in love with you. However, at the same time, be cautious now with your own hidden motives because others may catch on to them without you realizing it.
Perthro Reversed or Merkstave: Addiction, stagnation, loneliness, malaise. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)
As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.
**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission**
In the Light…
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…
February 2011 Newsletter
Here in Virginia we have seen the first signs that Spring is just around the corner, with a couple of warmer spring-like days of weather, bulbs sprouting from gardens and a hint of green appearing on trees. It is always good to see the change of energy associated with the seasons! Crystals such as Topaz, Apatite and Calcite will help breathe new life into old, stagnant energy.
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For this monthâ€™s newsletter article, we offer some information on Crystals for Cancer support. I pray that you will never have need to use your Crystals for this purpose, but want to offer the information in the hope that Crystals may offer support for your journey through such a difficult time as Cancer treatment and recovery.
Now, on to our newsletter …
Crystals for Cancer Support
It probably goes without saying that no crystal should be used in lieu of the sound, professional advice of a physician. That said, there are any number of crystals that can be used to alleviate some of the side effects, pain or illness that can accompany cancer symptoms. There are even those crystals that can reduce that sense of unimaginable fear that almost always seems to take over at the first utterance of that word, â€œcancerâ€. Also, bear in mind that there is no right or wrong way to use these stones. If you don’t feel comfortable using them on the chakras, perhaps you’d rather wear them or carry them in a pocket or purse. Simply putting a crystal on a part of the body that is in pain can make a wealth of difference.
The list of crystals commonly associated with cancer support is by no means exhaustive. Different types of cancer may be helped by crystals associated with the part of the body affected with that type of cancer. For example, bone cancers may benefit from crystals such as Calcite (yellow) or Azurite, while Leukemia (affecting the blood) can be helped with the aide of Indian Bloodstone or Hematite. So, do some research and add other crystals that help those specific areas of the body.
The crystals being discussed for this article are Rose Quartz, Sugilite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Purple Fluorite and Rhodocrosite.
Rose Quartz, a lovely pale pink crystal, is associated with the element of Earth and, since it a stone of love, the planet Venus. It can be used to â€œopen upâ€ the heart chakra, thus bringing a sense of peace and calm. Rose Quartz can be held when emotional stress becomes too overwhelming. Place a piece under the pillow to improve sleep. Recharging this crystal is as simple as running it under water.
Sugilite is a deep purple or violet stone that instills a sense of optimism. Acting somewhat like an electrical conductor, Sugilite directs energy to parts of the body that are blocked and removes those energy blockages. Continued illness or stress can benefit from this stone as it realigns the system. Sugilite is ruled by the Air element and the planet Jupiter. It is used on the crown chakra and can be helpful for cleansing the pituitary, adrenal and pineal glands. Recharge Sugilite by placing it in a soft cloth along with a piece of Amethyst.
Watermelon Tourmaline is an amazing dual-colored crystal consisting of an outer band of deep green surrounding a pink center, much like the fruit for which it was named. Like other tourmalines, watermelon tourmaline is piezoelectric, which means that when it is squeezed, each end becomes electrically charged. And, because it has dual energies (projective-outward-male, and receptive-inward-female), it is often worn or carried to balance these energies throughout the body. This variety of tourmaline is ruled by the elements of Water and Fire and the planets Venus and Mars. Place a piece of Watermelon Tourmaline on the heart chakra to balance out its energy. It is often used to calm fear and anxiety and increase relaxation. Recharge this crystal by placing it on a windowsill at twilight.
Purple Fluorite is a lovely translucent purple crystal that is governed by the element of Water and the planet Neptune. It rules the brow or crown chakras, thus easing headaches, bringing a more restful sleep, and clarifying thought patterns. It is often used to heal the sinuses, throat and ears. Purple Fluorite restores the body’s resistance to illness and can be especially helpful when used in conjunction with Jade (Nephrite) to bring healing support for chronic, long-term illnesses. Simply run it under water to recharge.
Rhodocrosite is another dual-colored crystal, which is a deep, rosy pink with white or paler pink banding. Ruled by Fire and the planet Mars, it is a powerful healing crystal that detoxifies the blood and liver. Rhodocrosite also brings about an air of self-confidence when you are faced with new or difficult situations. When placed over the Heart or Solar Plexus chakras, it will rebalance the nervous system. Pass the crystal through rose-scented incense to recharge and cleanse.
When dealing with cancer and the multitude of debilitating aspects, both emotional and physical, there is no right or wrong concerning which crystals to choose. Personally, I say the more the merrier. If you are overwhelmed by the choices and really have no clear direction, take pause, sit quietly and ask the Universe to guide you. Often, the stones will seek you out, either as a gift from someone or by making themselves â€œknownâ€ to you in a shop, etc. A piece of clear Quartz crystal will also help if that is all you have. I truly hope that this article brings some peace and a sense of relief to those who sought information. Blessings.
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Leach, Maria. (1984). Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. Harper & Row: New York.
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Folk Names: Banewort, Black Cherry (not the edible kind), Deadly Nightshade, Deathâ€™s Herb, Devilâ€™s Cherries, Divale, Dwale, Dwaleberry, Dwayberry, Fair Lady, Great Morel, Naughty Manâ€™s Cherries, Sorcererâ€™s Berry, Witchâ€™s Berry
Deities: Hecate, Bellona, Circe
Ritual Uses: The priests of Bellona, according to tradition, drank an infusion of belladonna prior to worshipping Her and invoking Her aid. Bellona is the Roman Goddess of war.
Magickal Uses: Today belladonna is little used in herb magick due to its high toxicity. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous and there are still reports of death resulting from accidental ingestion.
In West European magick, this crone herb has been used for astral projection and is allegedly an ingredient in flying ointments; even now it is considered a witchcraft essential. It was once used medicinally in minute doses, but reaction to it was too variable for safety.
Toxicity: Our disconnection from nature and our refusal to take responsibility for knowing the natural world mean that we often have very distorted reaction to things like deadly plants. Some people seem to discredit all warnings about poisonous herbs, and others act as if a poisonous plant is as dangerous as plutonium. Neither is a helpful response. This herb is dangerous to life, but that does not mean it cannot be used in ritual at all, only that it must be used with caution. Don’t allow it to rest against your skin. If including it in a charm bag, make sure the fabric is tightly woven so that plant dust cannot get through. Wear gloves when handling it and do not touch your eyes or mouth without washing them first. If censing with this baneful herb, burn it in a well ventilated area. “Baneful” means that this is a deadly poison. People have died from ingesting it, so please don’t do anything stupid with it. If you suspect belladonna poisoning, go to the emergency room.
Posted By: Lady Becky
Crone’s Corner – Recipe for Good Health
After a long winter, March is a good time to work a spell that will renew your health. As folk wisdom says:
Eat leeks in March and garlic in May;
And all the year after physicians may play.
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes. Decorate the table in colors of green and white and a bouquet of daffodils.
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes. Liquefy in a blender. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly.
And all the year after physicians may play.
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
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Pagan Studies – Cure an Illness Spell
The epic poem, Kalevala, is celebrated by the Finns this day with parades and readings from the poem. The Kalevala recounts a battle of wits between three wizard brothers and the witch goddess, Louhi. It is a treasure trove of ancient shamanistic practices including the following healing spell. For this ritual, stand in the east and call in the element of air. Ask in all humility for assistance. Light a blue candle and a stick of sandalwood incense as an offering to the element. Now say:
Vanish into the sky!
Pain, fly up into the air.
Rise up into the air!
So that the wind may take thee away.
So that the storm may chase thee to far places.
Where neither Sun nor Moon gives light.
Where no hot wind burns the flesh.
Thank the element of air, and let the candle burn down. As with all magic, in addition to this spell, it is essential that you have done everything possible in the physical realm to aid the healing.
By: Lily Gardner-Butts
Today’s Goddess: BONA DEA
Themes: Femininity; Blessing; Fertility; Divination; Abundance
Symbols: Vines; Wine
About Bona Dea: Bona Dea’s name literally means “good goddess.” Her energies come into our lives at the outset of this month, offering all good things, especially fertility and a greater appreciation of the goddess within each of us.
Traditionally, Bona Dea is a women’s Goddess who received offerings of wine in exchange for prophetic insights during her observances.
To Do Today: On March 1, February was escorted out of Rome with a flourish of adaptable activities. Exchange sweet gifts as the Romans did to ensure yourself of a sweeter future. Greet a friend with Bona Dea’s name to invoke her blessings on them. Put up a grapevine wreath fashioned like a heart (or other symbol of something you need), and leave a glass of wine on your altar to honor Bona Dea’s presence in your home and your life.
In Rome, female slaves would get this day off, and the head of the house would wait on them. In modern times this equates to switching roles for a day at home. Whoever normally gets up and fixes breakfast gets to sleep in, whoever normally does chores gets to go out and socialize, and so forth. Bona Dea appreciates the considerate gesture as much as you do and will rain her goodness upon your home.
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Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)
Rome: Feriae Marti, festival honoring Mars as God of Spring.
Rome: The sacred fire of the Temple of Vesta was rekindled by the Vestal Virgins on this day, which in ancient Roman days marked the beginning of the new year.
Greece and Rome: Matronalia was celebrated each year on or around this date in honor of Hera and Juno Lucina, protectors of women, children and the family. Statues of the Goddess were decorated with flowers, and special fires were lit. Girls made offerings to Juno Lucina at this time of year for happy and prosperous marriages.
Wales: David, Patron Saint of Wales, is honored. His emblematic plants, the leek and daffodil, represent the vigorous growth of springtime and recall the royal colors, green and white, of ancient Britain.
Hindu: Maha Shivaratri, a post-harvest festival celebrating the Lord Shiva. Devotees fast on this day, making recitations of the rudri or mahimanstrota. A big fair is held at Bhavnath in Junagadh, and farmer folk indulge themselves in its celebration zealouly.