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Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 12

October, 2011

Warming Autumn Tonic

You will need a tablespoon of each of the following spices…

Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, and Corriander.

Take the spices and grind them to a fine powder in either a mortar and pestal or a coffee grinder.

Heat about ½ gallon of apple juice or cider, on low until it is warm, (if you have your own apples and can make your own juice or cider this would be even more wonderful, but store bought works).  Add the spices and stir until well mixed.  Enjoy!

Madame Mora’s herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.

Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 11

September, 2011

Relaxing Summer Tonic

You will need 1tsp. of each of the following herbs:

Lavender, Chamomile, and Jasmine

You will also need about 1 cup of lemon juice.

Bring approximately ¾ of a gallon of water to a boil and add the herbs.  Remove the pot from the heat and steep the herbs for a minimum of 5 minutes (longer if you want a stronger flavor).  Strain the mixture and place in a pitcher, add the lemon juice and ½ to 1 cup of sugar or other desired sweetener and stir.  Place in the refrigerator to cool.

Serve over ice and enjoy.

Madame Mora’s herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.

Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 10

August, 2011

“Love Potion No. 10”

This recipe is strictly for fun.  You will be using the “tea” you create to make a simple syrup, designed to put you, or, anyone who happens to swallow a teaspoon or 2, “in the mood.”

You will need 2 tablespoons for each of the following herbs: rose (preferably the petals), honeysuckle flowers, spearmint leaves, jasmine flowers, and lavender.

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and remove it from the water.  Add herbs and steep for approximately 10 minutes, to allow the aphrodisiac qualities to be completely released in the water.  Strain the tea back into the pot and add 2 cups of sugar.  Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and allow the syrup to cool. Store in the refrigerator to keep the syrup for about 2 weeks.

Administer 1-2 teaspoons of the syrup, when you feel the need for a boost, for yourself, or that someone special.

Madame Mora’s herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.

Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 11

July, 2011

Metaphors

Our lessons have been geared toward putting our thoughts into a poetry form. Most of the writing has been straight forward about the topic. This month will be more of a challenge; I would like for us to explore metaphors.

Quick review:
~Similies are comparisons of unlike concepts using like/as.
I was as hungry as a lion.
~Metaphors are comparisons of unlike concepts without using like/as.
I was a lion ripping through the kitchen hunting for something to eat.

Similes are ultimately easier than metaphors because the comparison is more direct; you are able to clearly state the two things you are comparing, and why you are comparing them, in the sentence and you use like/as to connect the two ideas. (I was as hungry as a lion).

Metaphors are more difficult because the comparison is indirect. You briefly state the main item and elaborate on the compared item. Why you are comparing the items is also vaguely stated. In my experience, it is easier to write a simile and change it into a metaphor than it is to just write a metaphor cold. However, once you have the basic comparison, you can extend your metaphor for pages and pages.

The full moon is like a white frisbee

Mother Earth hurls the disc in the sky,
Canis Major chases it down through the dark
With Canis Minor on his heels.
It soars higher and higher all night,
Passing The Hunter poised to strike.
The pups are later joined by Sirius
In their quest to catch their toy.
Soon the disc begins to descend,
Caught again by Mother Earth.
The pups have had their fun,
They now wait for night fall again to play.
The three cuddle together and doze away
With the dawn.

I would like you to try to write a metaphor for a spellcast. This will be in the style of free writing, in poetic stanzas or not.

Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 9

July, 2011

Relaxing Sugar Scrub

For this recipe you will need 20oz of granulated white sugar, 4oz oil (olive, mineral, etc…), and the essential (can substitute scented) oils of lavender, chamomile, and rose.

Take half the sugar and half the carrier oil and mix, once mixed add 8 drops each of the lavender, chamomile, and rose oils and mix again.  Then take the remaining half of the sugar and carrier oils and mix them with the already mixed portion and add an additional 8 drops each of the flower scents and mix another time.

At this point, smell the mixture and add more scent if desired.

Once complete use in the tub or shower on particularly rough patches of skin or all over to exfoliate.

Madame Mora’s herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.

Astral Travel, Lesson 12

June, 2011

Space Ship

There are several different variations of this same traveling method. Most involve creating your own room/work space/ laboratory. I created this variation because it was easier for me to travel to and work with.

With your eye mask on, get into a meditative state using your preferred method. I think that this one will be easier if you lay down, but of course be in the position that works best for you. Once you are in your meditative state, and you are calm, quiet, and still, a bright light beams down upon you from above. This light is white with blue, red, orange hues. It is warm. You are glad to see this light.

The light covers your entire body and gently pulls you free of your body (practice this as a visualization exercise until it becomes an OBE). You slowly ascend up, up, up feeling safe, loved, and confident.

The light pulls you up through your room, then through your ceiling, up into the dark sky and all the while you know that you are safe and no matter what is going on in your life right now you are truly happy.

The light carries you up into a great spaceship. You immediately feel a sense of familiarity with this ship and you are happy to be there. A door in the floor closes behind you as you remain in the same position you started in. Now look around. The room you are in is very large. It is dark. There is at least one being with you, maybe more (this will change from time to time). They are here to help you. You understand this as soon as you see them. If, however, someone frightens you, simply tell them that you are scared and they will change themselves in a way that no longer frightens you. Sometimes you will be able to see their faces, sometimes you won’t.

For now the walls all appear to be metal. This may change from time to time or as you will it. For now, don’t put too much energy into changing the decorum. Stand up. The beings with you may speak with you, and you with them. Or not. Allow and accept whatever happens because in here you are always safe and happy.

Walk towards the large console. This is where all questions will be answered and all problems will be solved. A gigantic see-through screen is in front of the console. This screen is interactive: you can draw with it, build everything from structures to ideas to scenarios…anything you wish. Use this to problem solve, to use the Law of Attraction, to get answers to questions…the uses are endless. The beings around you will help whenever they can and when ever you ask them to.

Take your time. You can be in this ship for hours and hours. There is no time limit.

When you are finished, give thanks to the ship and to everyone who was there for you. Lay back down and you will be taken home.

Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 8

June, 2011

Relaxing Facial Steam

For this you will need the flower and or leaves of the following 4 herbs:

Chamomile

Lavender

Peppermint

Rosemary

Put 1/8 cup of each herb and approximately 4 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Remove from the stove and pour into a glass bowl.  Take a towel and place it over your head and place your head 6-8in. above the steam.  Allow your head to remain this distance above the steam for no more than 5 minutes.  Rinse your face with cool water and apply a skin moisturizer if you feel it necessary.

Caution: It is not recommended you do this more than 1-2 times a week and no longer than 5 minutes at a time.

Madame Mora’s herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.

Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 7

May, 2011

Lesson 7

Insect repellent

For the creation of this assignment we will be using 3 herbs to create a strong infusion.  For this you will need 2/3 of an ounce of each of the listed herbs.

Basil

Lemongrass

Mint

Place this herb mixture and place it in a pot containing 1 pint of water, bring the mixture to a slow boil and turn off the heat.  Cover the pot and let it steep anywhere from 10-15 minutes up to several hours.  The longer the mixture steeps the strong it will be.

Once you are satisfied with the strength of your insect repellent, strain the herbs out to the water and place the water in a dark colored bottle.  One with a pump for spraying would be convenient.

I would suggest storing the repellent in the fridge, if you are worried that you won’t use it all within 2 weeks.

Your assignment is to create this insect repellent and enjoy the coming summer bug bite free!

Madame Mora’s herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.

Astral Travel, Lesson 11

May, 2011

May Astral Travel Lesson

Read over this several times until you know the lesson by heart.

Do this when you are in bed, preparing for sleep. However, don’t do it on a night when you are overly tired or overly stressed. If you feel stressed every single night when in bed, then please meditate before sleeping for a few nights before doing this assignment.

Lay on your back. Lights are out. Put your mask, or whatever you are using as a mask, over your eyes if you prefer. Breathe deep for a count of 20: in and out through your nose, if you can. Eyes closed. Visualize (or imagine) that you (not your body, not your astral body, just YOU) gently floats up to your ceiling, leaving your physical body on the bed. Don’t put any effort into actually astral projecting right now, we’ll get to that later. Just imagine these movements with a great sense of casualness.

You float up up up, and stop before you touch the ceiling. You are suspended in midair, feeling safe and warm, feeling relaxed and light. This is fun, this is easy, and this is something you deserve and are good at!

In your dark room, you are floating high in your bedroom. You are perfectly safe and enjoying the sensations. Your back is to the ceiling, you can see yourself and your bed, though because it is so dark you can’t make out any details. You just know that your body is slumbering safely. Your astral body is in there too, carefully untying itself from the physical body, getting ready because tonight is going to be a fun night.

If you find yourself giggling, then you are doing something right. Don’t stop. Giggle. Laugh if you need to. Nothing about this restricts your fun, your sense of adventure. Every moment is joy.

And you deserve that joy, because no matter what is going on during the physical day, right now you are in your truest and purest form. In this form you accept that all the hardships and stresses, uncertainties and instabilities are mere lessons, there for your benefit. All of that stuff is left to the physical day, you cannot –perfectly incapable—bring any of that with you now.

So, you’re floating high in the air. Legs together and hands across your chest– all muscles are loose and relaxed. Now your left shoulder begins to tingle in a pleasant fashion. That left shoulder pulls gently towards the bed, then to the wall, now the ceiling, now the opposite wall and you are once again facing your bed, back in the original position with your back to the ceiling. Spinning like that was fun! You go as fast or as slow as you want to. Get the hang of it– do it just once, or twice, or maybe three times.

Now stop, returning to the original position, looking down at your bed. You see the bed and it does not change. The floor beneath the bed however starts to glow ever so slightly. This makes you smile because the anticipation of a fun adventure gives you butterflies. Now the floor falls way. Completely away. Your bed remains where it has always been and doesn’t change. Where the floor once was is now the black sky, sprinkled with stars.

Smile, because you are about to enter that incredible vastness. There is no place you cannot go! Stars, planets, comets, solar systems– it is all RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU! And you know the way to get there. You always have!

Now spin again. Get the momentum going! Your left shoulder is pointing towards the bed, the wall, the ceiling, the other wall: bed, wall, ceiling, wall, bed, wall, ceiling, wall. Bedwallceilingwallbed faster and faster and faster. Will yourself to spin faster and faster. You instinctively know when you get to the right speed and those same instincts make it so that you don’t have to slow down to see when the time is right.

You shoot down with incredible speed into your body, arms reach out and hug your astral body, and ZOOM through the bed and into the black. Your astral body molds into you– you are one being now and because of this you feel a little more powerful, a little more solid.

You feel comfortably warm and safe. You breath easily. Don’t try to control where you go, just surrender to the journey. You may float for a while. Notice what you see. You may find yourself being steered towards a planet, or a star, or whatever. You may see words or numbers, you may hear beings talking. There is no concept of wrong during this experience. You will see, feel, and hear only things that are meant specifically for you.

If you feel that there is too much happening at once, simply say or think “it’s too much, slow it down” and the universe will comply.

Take your time and do this exercise as many times as you like. If you get tired of traveling, just say “home” or think returning to your body and you will go back right away.

Well done!

Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 10

May, 2011

Haiku

The Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of writing poetry. It consists of three lines. The lines do not have to rhyme, but the should (some would say must) follow a strict meter for 5-7-5. The haiku that is use to typically used to teach haiku is as follows:

I am first with five

Then seven in the middle

Five again to end.

I/am/first/with/five

Then/se/ven/in/the/mid/dle

Five/a/gain/to/end

Haikus tend to be nature driven, making two observations followed by a comment.

Full/maj/est/y/shines

deep/est/of/nights/em/brac/es

Dark/and/light/co/lide

Your assignment: Construct one haiku, using 5-7-5 meter.

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