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    Merry May!!!

    A wonderful and safe holiday to you all.  I hope you had good travels around your maypoles!!! In this issue we have: A review of Kami McBride’s The herbal kitchen This month’s herb is the wonderful Dandelion which is in abundance this time of year! Plus all of your favorite columns, advice, correspondences, and recipes. We hope you enjoy this issue!! GlitteryBlessingsandLove

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    Wiccan Basics

    Smudging Smudging is the burning of certain herbs to create a cleansing smoke, which is used to purify people, ceremonial and ritual space, and ceremonial tools and objects. There are different ceremonies and rituals that can be done. The burning of herbs or incense is a practice held sacred by many indigenous cultures. It is a ritual for cleansing, purifying and protecting the physical and spiritual bodies. The effect of the smoke is to banish negative energies. Many differing cultures and peoples have their own methods and herbal mixtures for this purpose. Smudging, done correctly, can bring physical, spiritual and emotional balance. The term Smudging originated in the Native American…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    The Kitchen Altar The kitchen in most houses is the centre of the home, a place of power. Having an altar in your kitchen gives you a focal point to connect with, it is a reminder that your kitchen is a sacred and powerful place.  It says that you have an ability to nourish yourself, your family and also connects you to the divine. And I never need an excuse to create a new altar in my house! Each and every altar will be different and will be tailored to your own personality and the space and money you have available.  It doesn’t need to be large, costly or grand. …

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    An Oak’s Dream

    when walking in the park i stooped to pick an acorn from the grass and knew that, there, within my hand i held the souls of every oak which ever lived.

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    Enchanting Eats

    Beltane, or May Day, is the time to release your inner Pan. Cut loose! Revel in your innocent gaiety. Take pleasure in the senses. Fertility and the Great Rite are the focus here. The God and Goddess join together, as well as many of our animal brothers and sisters. We can honor this union through foods that resemble the phallus and vulva. Try items such as bread and pretzel sticks, bagels, doughnuts, rigatoni, tortellini, etc. Cookies, breads, and crackers can be shaped into representations as realistic as you deem appropriate, although simple ovals and rectangles will suffice. Nature also provides symbols through bananas, peaches, asparagus, oysters, walnut halves, zucchini, and…

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    Aramid’s Cauldron

    While everyone is busy working to use more holistic recipes into their family’s diets, a lot of times we forget about our four legged friends. Here is just one of the recipes I personally feed my dogs, and their vet says it has really done wonders for them. Turkey Special Recipe Ingredients •1 lb. ground turkey •6 c. water •2 c. brown rice •1/2 c. of frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflowers. •1 t. dried rosemary Place the water, ground turkey, rice, and rosemary into a large saucepan. Stir until the turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce…

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    Stones Corner

    Bronze An alloy of copper and tin which has its own identity.  A deep impact on the bones, blood and cell level is felt as imbalance  reduced.  Its graceful shine promotes the inner rhythms necessary for healing and alignment.  Works on all the chakras.  Calcite Lime green: tranquility, soothes spiritual heart; helps us learn from lessons in each situation and new options.  Clarifies visions, imagery. Astral travel and recall.  Helps us replace fears, old ways with healthier ones.  Cleans toxins and fumes from body.  Needs cleansing if sticky.  Yellow: Spine , bones. Detoxification of kidneys, pancreas spleen.  Decalcifying joints,.  Clear: Clearer vision and communication, wellness, general cleaning.  Blue eases pain…

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    Me,Myself and I, Notes from a Solitary Practitioner

    When things are going well in life it seems somehow easier to forget the practice’s we follow.  For the past few year’s I have tried to be thankful on a daily basis and have used a ritual from The Craft Companion by Dorothy Morrison: Light a white candle and incense and say the following: I give you thanks for all you do For obstacles and smooth roads too For challenges that make me grow And all the pleasant things that show That you are looking aftr me I thank you Ancients Blessed Be! Then a few months ago I decided to write and implement my own Thanksgiving ritual also: Wise…

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    WitchCrafts

    At this time of year with Earth Day having just passed, and Beltane being here our thoughts turn to our gardens and the Earth Mother.  In that spirit I would like to share this with all of you. The Great Sunflower project is an organization that I first heard about and began following 3 years ago.  Due to the colony collapse of the honey bee, and the resulting damage to crops from the loss of pollinators, this is a project that’s not only fun it serves an awesome purpose. For 2011 they have started the “Add a yard to your yard” campaign.  The way it works is you set aside…

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    Interweavings

    Mother’s Day for the Great Mother May is full of flowers and the promise of  growth and abundance. How fitting that we honor mothers during this month. No matter your relationship with your earthly mother, it is a time to honor and celebrate the Divine Mother. The energy and movement of spring cleaning is the perfect start to the growth cycle we are moving toward. Goodness knows the domestic queens in print and on television are on us to sweep the winter out of our homes. And it is exactly that visualization we on the eclectic path can use. As we use our tools of choice, be they handmade brooms…