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Thursday, 12 March 2009
March 2009 Newsletter
Mood:  happy
Topic: #12 Newsletter Entry 3/09

 

March 2009 Newsletter

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Lunabar Moon Phases


 

First Quarter falls on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 at 2:45 AM

Full "Death" Moon falls on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 12:49 PM

New falls on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM

First Quarter falls on Thursday, April 02, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Full "Awakening" Moon falls on Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Last Quarter falls on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

New falls on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Holidays in March


 

March 8th: Daylight savings time

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day

March 20th:

Ostara


 

Vernal Equinox (Spring begins) at 6:44 morning.

Sun enters the sign of ^ Aries.

 

Horoscopes for March


 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Do not over expand if you have your own business. Sit tight. Feeling under the weather may be a result of overindulgence. Your confidence will stabilize your position. Try to satisfy both of your needs.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Sudden changes concerning coworkers may surprise you. Elders may get you going this month. You may meet that special person if you attend fundraising functions. You may not be able to help, but your support will be favorable.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
Opportunities to get together with friends will be enlightening and entertaining. Stretch the truth, and you may get blamed for something you didn't do. Lend an ear to children; it can make a difference. You will be looking for creative ways to make a little extra cash.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Your stubbornness coupled with your mate's jealousy don't make for a favorable time. Your obviously unique way of doing things has caught the eye of someone in a higher position. You will have to do a lot of running around, so be prepared to fall short of your expectations. Take things slowly, especially for the sake of those you love.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
Difficulties will result if you have to deal with controversial groups this month. You will benefit by taking care of other people's concerns. Balance is required if you want stability. Personal problems may be hanging over your head but don't confront the situation.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
You will be able to get along well with colleagues. Romantic opportunities will be plentiful if you go out with friends. Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if you have neglected your duties or your mate. Don't let coworkers interfere with your objectives.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Your unique contribution to the organization will enhance your reputation. This will be a very hectic day if you've made promises to too many people. You have to know what your boss wants if you expect to do your job correctly. Not everyone will be pleased with your plans.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
You will do your best work on your own. Opportunities to show your worth will enhance your reputation and bring possible advancement. Look into ways to better yourself through improving your dietary habits and daily routines. Try to put your money away for a rainy day.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Ask a close friend for advice. Your self esteem will come back if you take part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the lime light. You will be overly generous with children this month. You must consider yourself for a change.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Capricorn (Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Make alternate plans just in case you need to make a career shift. Don't upset elders in your family who don't under stand your present situation. Stay out of other people's affairs. Positive connections can be made if you get involved in environmental organizations.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
You will be able to get along well with colleagues. Problems with your boss could lead to unemployment. Home improvement projects will run smoothly. Try not to overspend on friends or family.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Look into some personal changes. Your ability to charm others will put you in the limelight at social functions. You'll find it easy to deal with government agencies or large institutions. Travel should be on your mind.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

 

Wicca Term of the Month

OSTARA

 

Spring Equinox falls around March 21st., also called Ostara, Eostre and Lady Day. It is a time when light & dark are in balance, but the light is conquring the darkness. Now the light has grown in strength & thus is the time to celebrate the balance in all things, male & female, light and dark, death and life, & also the balance withing ourselves. The Spring Equinox is the time when the Greek Goddess Persephone reamerges from the underworld and in doing so her Mother Demeter stops mourning her absence and starts the beginning of Spring.

Lore - A traditional Vernal Equinox pastime; go to a field and randomly collect wild flowers. Be sure you thank the flowers for their sacrifice before picking them. Then bring them home and divine their magickal meanings by the use of books, your intuition, a pendulum or whatever other means. The flowers you have chosen, reveal you inner thoughts and emotions.

It is important at this time of renewed life to plan a walk through gardens, a park, woodlands, forest or some other green place. This is not simply exercise, and you should be on no other mission. It isn't even justan appreciation of nature, but makes your walk a celebration or ritual of nature itself.

Other traditional activities include planting seeds, working on magickal gardens & practicing all forms of herb work, whether magickal, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary or artistic.

Colors -
Green, Yellow, Pink and all pastels.

Symbols -
Eggs, New Moon, Butterflies

Deities -
Youthful and Virgile God and Goddess

Stones
Aquamarine, Rose Quartz, Moonstone

Ritual Oils -
Lotus, Ginger & Magnolia

Food -
Foods in tune with this day include those made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds and pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate as are leafy green vegetables. Flower dishes such as stuffed naturtiums or carnation cupcakes also find their place here.

Craft of the Month


 

1. Older children can research to find out what creatures lay eggs. Have them make large paper eggs. Have them cut the top of the egg off and reattach with a metal brad. Then the can make a creature they have found and glue it to the paper egg so that it looks like it is coming out of the egg when they open the top. They can decorate the egg according to the creature they chose.

2.Older children can write a story about finding a mysterious egg. Younger children can tell you the story and you can write it down for them.

3. Plastic eggs can be used for all sorts of games. You can write math problems on the outside of the shell on a pieces of tape (so you can change the math problems.) Then write the answers on a piece of paper and put into the egg. The child can do the math problem and check the answers by "cracking" open the eggs. You can also write fortunes inside the eggs, hide them, and let the children find them. Or you can make a treasure hunt with the clues written inside the plastic eggs.

4.Make a flower pot bunny. Turn a small flower pot upside down. Let the child paint the pot like a bunny head. Then make bunny ears out of felt. Poke the "bunny ears" out through the drainage hole in the pot and glue or tape the ears on the inside of the pot. (acrylic paint works best with this project.)

5.Hard boil eggs. Color with crayons, and dip into egg dye.

 

Recipes of the Month

Bunny Biscuits

Make biscuits with your favorite recipe (even out of a can if you want.) Cut into circle shaped biscuits. Two biscuits make a bunny head. 1 makes the face. Cut the other one in half and flip each half over. Stick to top face on a cookie sheet and bake according to directions.

Homemade Ostara Egg Dye

1 Tablespoon Vinegar You need these ingredients for EACH color you want for your eggs.

1/4 teaspoon food coloring

3/4 cup hot water

1 Tablespoon hot water

Mix theses ingredient all together in a bowl for each color that you want. Leave the egg in until it reaches the desired shade. You can also add one of the following ingredients to water and a bit of vinegar in a saucepan and heat to make your own colors: Onion skins, Blueberries, beets.

For more ideas for kid crafts and recipes for Ostara!!!!!

http://members.tripod.com/paganparent-ivil/ostara.html

 

 

Blessed Be!

March means Spring is finally here! So Happy Ostara to everyone!!Seasons do change all year round. As do a lot of things. There comes a time when a person needs to take time. I will be taking time off for just a bit from making Newsletters. Right now from 2008 to 2009 has all the Months of the year. No worries I’m not giving up on my newsletters. I’m just taking this time to find my path, life, love, and inspiration! I will be better and new improved! Thank you for always reading each and every Newsletter!

 


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 9:33 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 12 March 2009 9:42 PM EDT
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
January 2009Newsletter
Mood:  happy
Topic: #4 Newsletter entry 1/09

January 2009 Newsletter h

 

Lunabar Moon Phases

 

First Quarter falls on Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Full "Wolf or Ice" Moon falls on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Last Quarter falls on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 9:47 PM

New falls on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:56 AM

First Quarter falls on Monday, February 02, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Full "Storm" Moon falls on Monday, February 09, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Last Quarter falls on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 4:39 PM

New falls on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 8:36 PM

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Holidays in January 2009

 

  • January 1, 2009: New Year's Day
    January 19, 2009: Martin Luther King Day
    January 20, 2009: Inauguration Day

Horoscopes for January 2009

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Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Minor accidents could cause trauma and major setbacks. You should be putting your cash into long-term investments like real estate. Plan some family outings. Travel opportunities look positive, but be cautious while driving.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Risky financial ventures will result in unrecoverable losses. Children may be difficult to deal with. Don't get involved in uncertain financial ventures. Someone you work with may be trying to make you look bad. Acceptance is the key.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
Your charm will be captivating. Sign up for tours or courses that will enlighten you. You will be able to get to the bottom of things this month. You may want to talk to your boss about your future goals.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
False information from someone trying to start problems is likely. You mustn't give too much to your children. Get involved in sports events that will benefit your physical appearance. You don't like confrontations at the best of times; however, you may find them difficult to avoid.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
Competitive games will be your forte. Your time, not your cash, will do a lot more for your relationship. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. If you can work at home, do so.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Short trips to visit others will do the whole family a world of good. Don't make large purchases unless you have discussed your choices with your mate. Be careful not to divulge secret information this month. You may be angry if someone tries to take credit for something you did.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
You will need to spend extra time sorting through your work. You'll be angry if those you live with aren't pulling their weight. You don't want to give anyone fuel for the fire. Watch your weight gain due to water retention.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
You can get others to do things for you but be sure not to overpay them or lend them money. Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. Your need to use emotional blackmail will only cause more conflict. Remember that no one can walk through your door if there's someone standing in the doorway.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Try to satisfy both of your needs. Keep on your toes when dealing with others. You may want to make changes that will not be to their liking. Put your energy into your work or moneymaking ventures rather than into your emotional life this month.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Don't overextend your self in order to add luxury items to your entertainment center. When the work is done, they may serve you for a change. Chronic health problems are likely to surface if you are keeping your problems locked up inside. You will be viewed as a sensitive, compassionate individual and others will ask you for advice.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
You should teach children some of your unique creative talents. Try to be a bit more understanding or you may end up spending the evening alone. Overindulgence may cause conflicts. Opportunities to pamper yourself may unfold.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Get promises in writing or you will be disappointed. Your ability to come up with original ideas will bring recognition from superiors. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with colleagues or employers this month. If you haven't planned a vacation, then at least try to get away for the weekend.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Wicca Term of the Month


CHAKRA -

 

A name given to one of the special psychic energy points of the human body. The seven major ones are Root (base of the spine), Sacral (genital region), Solar Plexus (tummy), Heart (chest), Throat (neck), Head (Brow) and Crown (top of head). Usually represented by differing coloured Lotus flowers, useful for visualization.

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Chakra Seven: Sahasrara

Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge

This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

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Chakra Six: Ajna

Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection

This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture."

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Chakra Five: Vishuddha

Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression

This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.

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Chakra Four: Anahata

Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance

This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.

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Chakra Three: Manipura

Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition

This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.

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Chakra Two: Svadhisthana

Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification

The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.

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Chakra One: Muladhara

Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation

Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence

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A website to test your Chakra and how open it is.http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/chakratest.php

 

Craft of the Month

 

 

Wish Hanger for Kids

One plastic hanger, a roll of tinfoil, a cool bow, tree ornaments that are hollow inside, and ornament hooks (the thin wire ones). Small slips of paper and a pen. Incense. Cellophane tape.

Instructions:

Wrap the hanger with thin strips of tinfoil. Tape where necessary.

Place the cool bow near the neck of the hanger.

Have the kids write their wishes on the small pieces of paper. Roll slips of paper and place inside the ornaments.

Hang ornaments on the hanger with the thin wire hooks.

As you pass the incense over the decoration, say:

Wire, hanger, wishes, and bows

Ornaments by fireside glow

Bring these wishes right to me

As I will, so mote it be!

Hang your decoration in a prominent place.

 

Recipe of the month

 

Magical Molasses Cookies
2/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Mix together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the molasses and the egg and stir until creamy. Sift together flour, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice in a seperate bowl. Add to molasses mixture a little at a time while stirring. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the dough balls in some sugar on a plate. Bake 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool 1 minute, sprinkle more sugar on top. Then cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 doz. cookies.

Blessed be,

Welcome to the New Year! I hope this year brings you much joy. There is no Pagan Holiday this Month. So since it’s the first Month of the Year. I thought it would be a great time to get back in touch with yourself. Chakra is one of the ways to help in this. You can also use it in your meditation. Visualize a color you are having problems with while meditating, and the position of it in your body. It helps in the healing of that part of the body! You can also find other ways to help you with your body and soul! A new year is always a good time for a fresh start. If you didn’t back during samhain. It’s never to late to start anytime. :)

Thank You,

Phoenix Ravenmoon


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 7:00 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 9 January 2009 6:45 PM EST
Monday, 1 December 2008
December 2008 Newsletter
Mood:  silly
Topic: #3 Newsletter entry 12/08

 

 

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Lunabar Moon Phases

 

 

First Quarter falls on Friday, December 05, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Full "Long Night" Moon falls on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Last Quarter falls on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 5:30 AM

New falls on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 7:23 AM

 

First Quarter falls on Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Full "Cold,Ice or Wolf" Moon falls on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Last Quarter falls on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 9:47 PM

New falls on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:56 AM

 

 

Holidays in December


Yule/Winter Solstice: December 21st

Hanukkah: December 22nd

Christmas: December 25th

News Years Eve: December 31st

December Horoscopes

 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Disappointments regarding partners will be subject to the way you react to their personal comments. Build on friendship rather than starting out in an intimate encounter. Someone you work with may be trying to make you look bad. Regardless of your first reaction, the outcome will be favorable.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Friends may not understand your situation. Business conducted in your own office will proceed smoothly. Your mate, however, may not be too pleased with you. Get down to business. Take a close look at contracts and agreements that have been offered to you.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
You could be tempted to overspend on unnecessary items. Your passionate mood will be well received by your mate. Confusion at an emotional level will cause you to make wrong decisions concerning your personal life. Involvement in groups of interest will bring you in touch with important individuals.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Travel will initiate new friendships or love connections. Try to visit a country that excites you. Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind. Your desire for excitement and adventure may be expensive.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
You may not be able to help, but your support will be favorable. You can work in conjunction with those in the know in order to get to the bottom of any pending issue. You may be able to impart knowledge that's innovative to those searching for a new angle. Expect problems with settlements that you are trying to resolve.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Look after financial transactions this month. Do not blow situations out of proportion. Try to spend some time on your own. You need to concentrate on solving existing problems.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with friends who like to talk as much as you do. Chances are you could get stuck with a colleague's job unexpectedly. This is probably causing upset and confusion on the home front. Be sure to pay attention to your bank account.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Spend some quality time with your lover. Avoid joint ventures and steer clear of groups that want you to contribute financial assistance. Do things you enjoy instead of being a chameleon. Female members of your family may be difficult to deal with.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Don't let jealous friends put you down, making you insecure about your capabilities. Be willing to listen, but don't be fooled. Take your time; do not make any decisions in haste. Be careful while traveling.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)You will gain valuable insight and knowledge through the experiences you have along the way. Changes in your domestic situation will prove to be favorable in the long run. Make changes regarding your status in society. You may be emotionally unstable if you let someone you care about get away with verbal abuse.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
Children may be less than honest with you. Be diplomatic and honest, and that person will only be made to look bad. Do not lend money or belongings to friends. Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with clients or colleagues.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Maybe it's time to look into ways you can improve your health. Be careful disclosing information. Sudden changes could result in estrangement's. You will be uncertain of your feelings.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Wicca Term of the Month

YULE

(Dec 21st)

 

Yule is also called the Winter Solstice - Dec. 21st. Yule comes from the Norse Lul meaning wheel. Yule is the time when the Goddess gives birth to the Sun God. It also marks the birth of the Oak King, God of the waxing year. The Yule Log is an important rite on this night. A log bought into the house is kept burning all night. Afterwards, the ashes were scattered in the fields to ensure a good harvest for the next year. Keep a small pice of the left over Yule Log to use as kindling at the next Yule.

Lore - One traditional Yuletide practice is the creation of a Yule tree. This can be a living, potted tree which can later be planted in the ground or a cut one.
Appropriate Wiccan decorations are fun to make, from strings of dried rosebuds and cinnamon sticks for garlands, to bags of fragrant spices which are hung from the boughs. Quartz crystals can be wrapped with shiny wire and suspended from branches to resembl icicles. Apples, oranges, and lemons hanging from the boughs were customary in ancient times.
Many enjoy the custom of lighting the Yule Log. This represents the rebirth of the God within the sacred fire of the Mother Goddess. As the log burns, visualize the Sun shining within it and think of the coming warmer days.

Colors - Red, Green, White and Gold

Symbols - Evergreen trees, Yule Log, Holly, Eight-spoked Wheel, Wreaths, and spinning Wheels.

Deities - Newborn God, Tripple Goddess

Stones - Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet

Ritual Oils - Rosemary, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Saffron, Cedar/Pine, Wintergreen & Ginger.

Food - Nuts, Apples, Pears, Cakes of Carraways soaked in cider and pork are traditional fare. Wassail, Lambswook, Hibiscus or Ginger tea are great for the Simple Feast or Yule meals.

 

Craft of the Month

 

 

Yule Crafts for the kids and whole Family!

 

Dried citrus Fruit Ornaments:


Find fresh citrus fruit, such as oranges, limes, lemons, or grapefruits. Slice into thin circle slices. Put them carefully on a cooling rack. Put into a 200 degree oven for several hours, turning every hour until they are dry. Open the oven door slightly and leave in the oven overnight. String with fishing line, and hang on the tree. Cinnamon Stick Garland:
Thread some dental floss or embroider floss, or quilting thread onto a needle. String cinnamon sticks through the long hole in the middle of the stick onto the thread. You can add whatever else you want in between the cinnamon sticks (cranberries, popcorn, etc.)

Pine Cone Ornaments:


Have your child find beautiful pine cones. Bring them home. Paint them with glue. Sprinkle glitter on them. Let them dry. Tie a ribbon or pretty yarn to hang on the tree.

Modeling Dough Ornaments:


Mix together 2 cups of salt and 1 cup of cornstarch in a bowl. I a pot, boil 1 1/2 cups of water. Remove from heat and add the salt mixture. Stir. Then cook over low heat until it is thick. Cool. Knead. Shape into ornaments. Make a hole for the ribbon or ornament hook. Let dry. Paint.

Have the children make a paper chain loop to decorate the tree. Pop popcorn and have the older children string it with needle and thread to put on the tree. Cranberries are great for stringing too.

A lot more Ideas at http://members.tripod.com/paganparent-ivil/yule.html#driedcitrusfruitornaments

Recipe of the Month

 

Yule Log

PREP TIME 30 Min

COOK TIME 15 Min

READY IN 45 Min

INGREDIENTS

5 eggs, room temperature, separated

2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

FILLING:

2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

MOCHA BUTTER CREAM FROSTING:

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon strong coffee

confectioners' sugar

Chopped nuts

DIRECTIONS

 

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks at high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is thick and light-colored. Add flour and cocoa, beating on low speed. In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. mix until no streaks of white remaining. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan; line with waxed paper, and grease and flour paper. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly. Cover with waxed paper and cool completely on wire rack. Remove paper; invert cake onto an 18-in. long piece of waxed paper dusted with confectioners' sugar. Trim edges from all four sides of cake. For filling, combine flour and milk in a saucepan. Cook over low heat; stirring until thick. Cool. In a mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter and vanilla. Add flour mixture; bet until fluffy. Fold in walnuts if desired. Spread on cake; roll up, jelly-roll style, starting from one short end. For frosting, beat butter until fluffy in a small bowl. Beat in sugar, cocoa and coffee. Spread over cake, using a fork to create a bark-like effect. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and nuts if desired.

 

Blessed Be all! I devoted this whole Newsletter to our Winter Solstice Yule!

I hope you enjoy as I did make it. I put in a few helpful hints to make the best Holidays ever. Be safe and Happy this Holiday season! Have fun in the snow everyone! Happy Holidays!!

Phoenix Ravenmoon


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 12 March 2009 9:17 PM EDT
Sunday, 2 November 2008
November 2008 Newsletter!
Mood:  hug me
Topic: #2 Newsletter Entry 11/08

November 2008 Newsletter h

 

Lunabar Moon Phases

 

First Quarter falls on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Full "Tree, Morning, Snow" Moon falls

on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 4:33 PM

New falls on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM

First Quarter falls on Friday, December 05, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Full "Long Night" Moon falls on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Last Quarter falls on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 5:30 AM

New falls on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 7:23 AM

Holidays in November

  Day Light Saving Time: November 2nd

Veteran’s Day: November 11th

Thanksgiving Day: November 27th

 

Horoscope For November

 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Arguments with employers or colleagues will be to your detriment. New relationships will surface through work relate events. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. Partnerships with creative people could lead to financial gains.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Plan some family outings. Stabilize your own position by locking up your savings. You may find yourself changing crowds. Come to your own conclusions rather than taking the word of someone else.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
You are best to tuck your money away where no one will be able to touch it, including yourself. Be prepared to lose friends or alienate loved ones due to your stubborn nature lately. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. If you go shopping, only take what you can afford to part with.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Your involvement in sports or entertainment will lead to new romances. Get involved in sports groups or hobbies that attract you. Don't bother trying to make someone you live with see your point of view. You will do well with clients this month.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
You can spend a passionate evening with someone you cherish if you make your plans early. Don't get involved in other people's private doings. You can make changes to your living quarters, but not everyone will be pleased with your efforts. Offer love and affection instead of conflict and rejection.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Take care of the needs or responsibilities of elders. Let go of the past in order to progress. Your self esteem will benefit. Friends will be loyal and caring. Mingle with those who have similar interests, and you should be able to start something.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
If you put your mind to it, you could entertain or host a multitude of social events. You will drive your emotional partner crazy this month. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. Get involved in volunteer work that will bring you satisfaction, not an empty wallet.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Your personal life will be disrupted if you have been too busy with business. Travel will be in your best interest. Job changes are in order. Go for interviews or send out resumes. Financial limitations will not be as adverse as they appear.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Those who have been too demanding should be put in their place or out to pasture. You won't be well received by superiors or by your spouse. Take positive action. Beware of colleagues who don't have your best interests in mind.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Don't start any arguments unless you're prepared to accept irrevocable results. You're in the mood to party. Don't confide in any relatives whom you know have a tendency to meddle in other people's affairs. Residential moves will be hectic and may be unsatisfactory.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
Secret affairs could cause upset. You may have a problem keeping secrets. You should look into a healthier diet. You can increase the value of your dwelling. Look into residential moves that will give you more space.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Your emotional attitude with respect to your status and direction in society may be unrealistic. Plan to do things with your faithful pet or with youngsters who have interesting hobbies. You have been going through a period of change that no doubt caused problems with your loved ones. Don't let others know about your private affairs.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Wicca Term Of The Month

Magick

Magick is away to change energy and willpower around and within. The power of positive thinking in mind and spirit. To bring about change much further than just the physical acts to influence events and actions to create our own outcome. It is not to be done without deep thinking before doing Magick working and casting a Spell. You most consider the outcome and how it affects you and the world around you. A Spell is the truest time when Harm none do as you Willand Threefolds come into play. Without a clear heart and mind will only bring nothing or worse. Be careful when doing a Love and Money. In Love you dont want to trick a heart, and why do you want someone if they didnt truly love you in the first place. With a money Spell be careful you may get the money, but by someone close to you dying. Always keep in mind to never do Black Magick. Yes its against the Rede and the threefold thing. If you have that rage to because someone hurt you. Dont! Remember whatever ill thing they did comes back to them three times too. You can also do a enlightenment spell instead! Its just a way for the other person to realize or feel what your feeling. Then do a healing meditation or spell for yourself.

 

Enlightening Spell

On a Night of a Full Moon.

Write on a piece of paper your name and the other persons name.

Then ask the goddess to help

"Oh my Lady Goddess help the person see

what he/she (or say persons name) has done to me.

So mote it be."

Then under the full Moon light bury the paper with the names.

 

 

 

There is many ways to do Magick. A simple candle spell, healing, herbal medicine, alternative medicine, crystal, elemental, Visualization, banishing and many others. Most people without thinking has done a spell. A simple wish in a wish well or the first star I see tonight wish. Focusing on the red light to turn green. Mixing up lemon and honey for a cough or sore throat. Some point in time you can remember a little thing you did. I like to call Practical Magick. We all have it inside of us. We all have the willpower to change. Just keep in mind whatever happens you are responsible for your action! The same energy ball that you use to shield yourself. Is the same kind of energy used to cast a spell.

 

Craft of the Month


This Month is a Different kind of Craft!

 

Making your Own Spell or Ritual

In making your spells, it helps to write things out in an outline first, and then work your ritual out from there. Here is an outline you can use as a guidelines and even print out and fill in as you go along! Print as many copies as you need. You will probably only need to go through the entire outline for the first few spells. (The extra space is where you can write if you print this.)

 

1.Define the goal of the ritual:

 

2.Decide when and where you will work your magick, keeping in mind lunar phases and days of the week:

 

3.Find or create an appropriate chant for the spell (a simple rhyme will do):

 

4.If you will be invoking a god or goddess, decide on which one and write out any special prayers that you will use to call that diety. (For example, if you were calling Hecate, you could simply say "Hecate, Dark Goddess, I call thee!"):

 

5.Plan how you will visualize your goal in your mind. Describe it:

 

6.Decide on any correspondences, such as herbs, colors, elements, that you want in your ritual. Write these down and decide on how to include them in the ritual. Example: "Water would be appropriate for this ritual, so I will have a bowl of water on my altar". Your correspondences:

 

 

With all this written out, you are ready to decide how you will perform the ritual using the information you have gathered. Now, let's start the magick!

At the appropriate time gather together all the items you will need for your spell and go to the place where you will be performing the ritual.

 

Correpondances Of the Month


Theme of Protection

Color:

Red

Fire element, energy, passion, love, power, courage, protection, passion, enthusiasm

 

White:Goddess, Sometimes Spirit Element, Peace, purity, sincerity, protection, happiness, spirituality, strength, ritual, moon,

Stone:

 

Jade Light Green Color

Wisdom and protection are the two most prominent uses for this stone. It is said to enhance the wisdom of anyone who uses it, wears it, or places it in their home. The stone is also said to bring luck and wealth, but this is a direct result of the wisdom given by the jade stone.

This stone is highly protective and is used to counteract negative magic and ward off evil spirits. It is also said to ward off negative incidents in a person's life, such as accidents and mishaps.

 

Tiger’s Eye yellow gold transparent shimmer color

Protection and courage are the two main aspects of this stone. Worn by warriors, this stone is said to reduce fear and bring about a state of courage that will allow anyone to overcome their obstacles. It will also shield a person from harm to some degree, warding off negativity. Confidence is the key word of this stone.

Tiger Eye has also been used as a money-attracting stone, and for promoting luck

Herbal:

 

Cinnamon

Magickal: Psychic powers, protection, success, healing, clairvoyance, prosperity

Medical: good for respiratory irritation and coughing

 

Eucalyptus

Magickal: Healing, Protection

Medical: Throat, Flu, respiratory problem (clearing/breaking up) nasal congestion, asthma, cold sores, and burns

 

Lavender

Magickal: Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace

Medical: Headaches, depression, sunburns, sunstroke

 

Rosemary

Magickal: Protects from negativity, blessing, consecration, aids memory, protection

Medical: depression, hair tonic, nervous exhaustion, fatigue, headaches, colds, muscles/joint ache

 

Thyme

Magickal: Purification, protects from negativity, clairvoyance

Medical: chest infection, throat, lung problems, strained muscles, digestion

Time:

Saturday: Saturn

Psychic Ability, Communications, New Beginnings, Protection, Bindings

 

Full Moon

Fourteen Days after New Moon

Maximum Time

Change, decisions, children, competition, dreams, love, protection, money, self-improvement, healing.

Best Full Moons for protection: March, May, September-December

 

Disseminating Moon

Spans from the third day after the Full Moon until the seventh

Beginning to Decline in the time

Addictions, health, divorce, stress, protection.

 

Recipe Of the Month

 

 

Frosty Pumpkin Pie

INGREDIENTS

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened

DIRECTIONS

Combine pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, and spices with a rotary beater. Blend in ice cream. Pour into pie shell. Freeze until firm. Serve frozen, garnished with whipped cream and walnut halves.

More Details: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Frosty-Pumpkin-Pie/Detail.aspx

 

 

Blessed Be!

It’s me Phoenix Ravenmoon again. I’m so happy to know that you my Brother and sisters love my Newsletter so much! I really Enjoy making them for you. I hope to continue for a very long time. This Month since there is no Wicca Holidays. Only if you celebrate Samhain in the first week of November. Happy New Year to you guys! I decided to make a special Month for Spell casting. I haven’t done that yet. Also from September on is a great time to do any protection spells. Good luck and Happy Crafting!

 

Much Love!

Phoenix Ravenmoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 8:39 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 2 November 2008 8:45 PM EDT
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
October 2008 Newsletter
Mood:  silly
Topic: #1 Newsletter Entry 10/08

October 2008 Newsletter h

 

Lunabar Moon Phases

First Quarter falls on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 5:05 AM

Full "Blood" Moon falls on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Last Quarter falls on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:56 AM

New falls on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:14 PM

First Quarter falls on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Full "Snow" Moon falls on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 4:33 PM

New falls on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Holiday For October

Columbus Day: October 13th

Samhain/Halloween: October 31th

Horoscope For October


Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Your partner may be somewhat irritable this month. Be careful when dealing with loved ones. Catch up on overdue phone calls and correspondence. You've been hurt before and could be again if you don't play hard to get.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Your stubbornness coupled with your mate's jealousy don't make for a favorable time. Be prepared to step into the limelight if you wish to promote your ambitions. Try to channel your energy into physical work. You will reap the benefits if you put money into upgrading your residence.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
Don't let your partner put you down. Disappointments regarding partners will be subject to the way you react to their personal comments. You can find solutions if you are willing to communicate. Throw yourself into your

work.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Take a close look at documents be fore signing on the dotted line. Travel will be favorable. Resist overspending on luxury items. Be sure to take care of the needs of your immediate loved ones first. Be cautious handling tools, machinery, or dangerous objects.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
Your outgoing charm and obvious talent will be admired. You will have to check your cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that may be beyond your budget. Speak of your future goals, intentions, and commitments. Invest wisely. Your personal life could have you tied up in knots.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Younger relatives may seek your advice. You can gain distinction; however, it may be for the wrong reasons. Insurance pay outs, tax rebates, or just plain luck. You can make new connections through friends or relatives.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Enjoy the company of relatives this month. You may find travel to be most rewarding. Don't get involved in idle chatter that will hurt your position. Promotions will be yours if you have acted professionally in times of crisis.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
You can become obsessed with detail and must be sure to divide your time appropriately. Don't let others bait you into arguments. Question your mate if you must. Brunch, a long walk, or a quiet dinner will secure your position in the relationship.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Don't hesitate to go ahead with any plans for entertainment. You can anger others quickly this month. Avoid overspending on items for your home. Maybe it's time to look into ways you can improve your health. Be tactful if you see flaws in someone else's work.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Strong willpower will come to your rescue. The danger of minor accidents will increase with the turmoil. Don't let those close to you get under your skin. Try to be considerate in your personal obligations.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)Do your job and then spend some time with family; you'll be glad you did. Keep on your toes when dealing with others. You don't need to pay out in order to have fun. Concentrate on home improvement. Small de tails will make a difference.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Relatives may not be telling you the whole truth about a family situation. Consider a conservative investment that will stay solid when everything else goes sour. Organize social events or family gatherings. You won't have much time for your mate this month.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Wicca Term of the Month

Samhain

(Oct. 31st)

Samhain, pronounced "Sow-in" or "Soween" usually celebrated on October 31. It is the Celtic new year and a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual world are thin. It is a time to commune with ancestors and loved ones that have passed over. We never summon or call back the dead, we just let them know that if they wish to speak to us we are more than willing to listen. Samhain opens the dark half of the year, it is the first day of winter. A time for the Goddess Morrigan and her consort the God The Dagda. It is also a time for honoring the crone Goddess Hekate. Honey is good to offer to Her, we offer her honey along with our cresent cakes that we make at almost every Sabbat. In some regions Herne the Hunter begins his Wild Hunt on Samhain. The "dumb supper" is held on this night, the dumb supper is a dinner set out for the spirits. During which no one is to speak so as to give respect and honor to those who have passed on.This practice is still followed in parts of the Celtic world.

Lore -
It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate of food outside the home for the souls of the dead. This is the night when the veil between both worlds is at its thinnest. A candle place in the window guides them to the lands of eternal summer and burying apples in the hard-packed Earth, "feeds" the passed ones on their journey.

Wisdom of the Crone, Death of God, Reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year. Honor the dead, end of summer, the New Year, and celebrating reincarnation.

Colors -
Black, Orange and Red.

Symbols-Jack-O-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron and Waning Moon.

Deities -
All Crone Goddesses, The Dying/Dead God

Stones -
Obsidian, Onyx & Carnelian

Ritual Oils -
Frankincense, Basil, Yarrow, Lilac, Ylang-Ylang, Camphor & Clove.

Food -
Beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines, and pumpkin dishes.

Craft of The Month

 

 

5 Different Craft to do with your Kids for Samhain!

1.Make ghosts out of tissues. Have the children ball one up, then wrap another tissue over top the balled-up one. To form the head and the ghost body, either tie a string at the "neck" or put clear tape around it. Have the children use markers to make a face.

2.Have the children draw a Jack-O-Lantern on orange construction paper. Cut out eyes, nose, and mouth. Tape yellow plastic wrap to the back of the Jack-O-Lantern.

3.Make a brown paper bag Jack-O-Lantern. Fill a brown paper lunch bag with newspaper. Twist shut, and tape to form the stem. Paint orange. Glue on construction paper or paint on facial features.

4.Sponge print jack-o-lanterns, cats, cauldrons, bats...or any other Samhain shape by cutting a cheap sponge in that shape and having the children dip them in the paint and print them on paper.

5.Make toilet paper roll bats. Paint a toilet paper roll black, or cover with black construction paper. Staple one end shut. Glue on bat wings. Glue on two googly eyes.

Recipe of the Month


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Wash pumpkin seeds in a colander under running water. Wipe off excess fibers. On a cookie sheet, combine pumpkin seeds with remaining ingredients. Bake approximately 2 hours, stirring occassionally, until seeds are dry and golden.

Applesauce
2 apples for each person
a little water ( about 1/2 cup for every 8 apples)
a little cinnamon ( about 1 teaspoon for every 8 apples)
sugar (1/2 to 1 cup for every 8 apples)

Wash, peel, core, and cut up apples. Boil until soft. Let cool for 10 minutes. Blend into sauce.

Pumpkin and Maple Sugar Pie
1 cup sugar
16 oz. pumpkin, canned
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
one 9 inch pie crust, unbaked
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
whipped cream (optional)
1 Tablespoon butter

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the last two. Pour into the pie shell. Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees, and continue baking for about 45 minutes more, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature, refrigerate. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.

 

Blessed Be! Finally, It’s one of my favorite times of year! The leaves are changing colors, and falling to the ground. The air smells of apples and maple leaves. As you walk the street the sound of crunching under your feet. Yup! It that time once again to get ready for Samhain/Halloween. A time to spook and trick or treat. To enjoy the new year and remember the dead. The whole Newsletter will aid in whatever your heart’s desire.

In Love and Light,

Phoenix Ravenmoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 8:00 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 12 March 2009 9:15 PM EDT
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
September Newsletter
Mood:  happy
Topic: #10 Newsletter Entry 9/08

September 2008 Newsletterh

Lunabar Moon Phases


First Quarter falls on Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Full "Harvest" Moon falls on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 5:15 AM

Last Quarter falls on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 1:06 AM

New falls on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 4:13 AM

First Quarter falls on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 5:05 AM

Full "Blood" Moon falls on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Last Quarter falls on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:56 AM

New falls on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Holidays For September

 

Mabon/ Autumnal Equinox (Fall begins): September 22nd at 10:47 morning. Sun enters the sign of d Libra.

Labor day: September 1st

Horoscope for September

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Keep busy and let them fume while you're not around. Investments are best left alone this month. You have to believe in yourself and your talents. You will have splendid suggestions for fund raising events.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
You may be frazzled this month. Be careful not to lead someone on if you truly have no interest. You'll be dropping friends for no apparent reason. You need to take a good look at all sides of an issue before making a

decision.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
You must make sure that all your personal documents are in order. Family get-togethers will be interesting. Your relationship is undergoing some changes. Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or

communication.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Get help setting up a reasonable budget. Look into ways of making extra cash. Dinner, theater, or a comedy club may be just the place. You are likely to be left alone if you aren't willing to bend just a little. Rest and relaxation will be more favorable than you think.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
Hobbies will be good for your emotional well being. Don't give them the use of your credit card. Don't exhaust yourself or minor health problems will set in. Don't let relatives get the better of you.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Investments concerning your residence will be profitable. Your boss may be pushy. Be careful not to overexert yourself. Finish up any correspondence by early afternoon.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Try to join groups of interest such as ballroom dance classes or perhaps an internet organization. Put your time and energy into home improvement. You can't make things better if you don't know what to fix. Try to accommodate them without infringing on your own responsibilities.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Travel will be most enticing. Consider a cruise. Small business ventures can earn you extra cash. Make plans that will take you to exotic destinations. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Partnerships may be plentiful. Restrictions may be difficult for you to live with, but try to do things by the book. Spend time getting into physical activities with your lover. Don't give in too quickly.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Your competitive nature will enable you to win any contest you enter. Don't push your mate away. Don't lament to a friend about any grievance regarding your mate, or it may be hard to rectify your relationship. Family members may want you at home, when your heart is telling you to spend time with someone you recently met.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
Your home environment appears to be a little shaky. Don't be too quick to judge others. You can help a close friend find solutions to personal problems. Move into a leadership position if you are determined to do so.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Your need to put great detail into everything you do may cause you to miss the overall picture. Your partner may blame you for everything. Don't be too quick to spend money. Be wary of those who have overly strong

convictions.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

 

Wicca Term of the Month

 

 

Mabon

(Sept.21st) This year on the 22nd!!

Mabon is the name of the Welsh God who represents fertility in Welsh lore. Mabon is a time when both day and night are equal, not only is day and night equal but everything is in balance at this time. Mabon is also the time Oak & Holly King. Throughout the year they have challenged each other and then mate with the Goddess. At Mabon, the Holly King challenges the Oak King and wins, the Holly King rules until the Spring Equinox where the opposite occurs.

Lore -
A traditional practice is to walk in wild places and forests. Gather seed pods, and dried plants. These can be used to decorate the home and other saved for future herbal magick.

Celebrating the second harvest, balance, honoring the aging deities, honoring the spirit world, darness overtaking light & celebration of wine.

Colors -
Brown, Orange, Violet, Maroon, Russet, Deep Gold

Symbols -
Grapes, Wine, Vines, Garland, Gourds, Burial Cairns, Rattles, Horn of Plenty, Indian Corn & Sun Wheels.

Deities -
Wine Deities and Aging Deities

Stones -
Amethyst & Yellow Topaz

Ritual Oils -
Apple Blossom, Hay/straw, Black Pepper and Patchouly.

Food -
The foods of Mabon include grains, fruits and vegetables, especially corn. Cornbread is the traditional food as are beans and baked squash.

 

Craft of the Month

 

How to Dry Herbs

 

Growing herbs is just half of the fun. Cooking with them and tasting the fruits

of your labor is the best part! Here are some simple ways to preserve your homegrown herbs.

 

Drying Long-Stemmed Leafy Herbs

Step1: Harvest herbs in the early morning hours just after the dew has dried off the leaves.

Step2: Remove dirt by gently rinsing cut stems in cool water.

Step3: Shake off excess water.

Step4: Gently pick off and remove dead or discolored leaves with your fingers.

Step5:Gather stems into small bunches and tie cut ends together with string or rubber bands.

Step6: Hang bunches upside down in a warm, dark, dust-free, well-ventilated area such as an attic or over the water heater.

Step7:Take down bunches in two to three weeks - when herbs are dry and brittle.

Step8:Strip leaves from stems.

Step9:Store dried leaves in small jars, plastic bags or clean film containers.

 

Drying Short-Stemmed Herbs and Flower Petals

Step1:Choose an area that has good air circulation and does not receive direct sunlight.

Step2:Place a clean window screen on top of bricks or blocks.

Step3:Strip fresh leaves from stems and lay them on screen in one layer. For smaller leaves, place intact stems and leaves directly onto the screen.

Step4:Turn leaves periodically to ensure that the entire surface of the leaf is exposed to the air and dries completely.

Step5:Remove in 7 to 10 days - when leaves are dry.

Step6:Store for later use in plastic bags, small jars or clean plastic film containers.

 

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Recipe of The Month

 

 

Apple Muffins

 

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg 1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

3/4 tsp grated lemon peel

1 cup sugar 2 cups grated apple (about 2 apples) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin cups or put in muffin papers. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl. Combine sugar, oil, egg, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon peel in a large bowl, whisk to blend. Mix in dry ingredients, then stir in the apples. Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Turn muffins out onto a rack and cool slightly. Serve warm.

Also more great ideas at same website for Mabon Holiday to do with your kids!! Enjoy!!!!

http://members.tripod.com/paganparent-ivil/mabon.html

 

Hello and Blessed be! Yes Newsletter was much later than normal! Busy Month, I must say! I hope everyone had a great first day of school!! Once again this newsletter was centered around a holiday, but this time the 2nd harest!! I hope you enjoyed it and got many great ideas. Happy Mabon and have a nice fall! See ya for Samhian!

Merry Meet,

Phoenix Ravenmoon

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 10:46 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 12 March 2009 9:14 PM EDT
Monday, 11 August 2008
August Newsletter 2008
Topic: #9 Newsletter Entry 8/08

August 2008 Newsletter h

 

 

Lunabar Moon Phases

New falls on Friday, August 01, 2008 at 6:13 AM

First Quarter falls on Friday, August 08, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Full "Lightning" and "Corn" Moon falls on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Last Quarter falls on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 7:51 PM

New falls on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 3:59 PM

 

Holidays for August 2008


Happy Lammas/Lughnasadh: August 1st

 

Horoscopes for August


 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Sudden trips may take you by surprise; try to include your mate, mixing business with pleasure. Catch up on any correspondence you've neglected. Try to spend time with those having similar interests. Try not to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
You may have personal problems, but professional duties might be pressing. Look for something entertaining to do. You've got that competitive edge. Follow through on some of the good ideas that come up, and you could have a real winner of a deal. Don't put all your cash in one place.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
Don't forget to let your mate know how much you care. Work quietly on your own. Any renovation or decorating to your home should include the whole family. Draw up contracts regarding your personal situation.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Sudden disruptions will cause upset and a change of routine in your home environment. Lend an ear to children; it can make a difference. Difficulties at an emotional level may be likely. Property investments, insurance, taxes, or inheritance should bring you financial gains.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
They will not be in the right frame of mind to put up with tactless comments. Travel opportunities should be your first choice. Do not get involved in joint financial ventures. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your abilities.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

 

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they aren't already committed to someone else. You need to concentrate on the areas where you can make a difference. Be prepared to step into the limelight if you wish to promote your ambitions. Visit friends you don't get to see that often.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Dig deep to find out how costly a new venture will be before you sign on the dotted line. Your mate may want to pick a fight but if you're persistent with your affections their anger should dissipate. Opportunities to meet new lovers will I come through pleasure trips or social events. You can make successful moves.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Organize all the responsibilities that have to be attended to and make sure everyone knows what to do. You will enjoy getting together with friends. Your competitive nature will enable you to win any contest you enter. Your creative ideas will be put to good use if you dig in and do things around the house that will make your family happy.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Travel will lead you in new directions. Draw up contracts regarding your personal situation. Your ability to get the job done will result in added responsibility and possible promotion. Channel your energy into passionate interludes with your lover.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Don't forget family obligations. A little rest will do wonders. A romantic dinner, followed by a quiet evening with the one who is enticing you, should be most satisfying. If you act with anger you may blow the relationship.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
Remain calm and you'll shine. Passion should be your goal. Involvement in financial schemes will be followed by losses. You need to do more things that you enjoy. You'll be pleased with the results if you take the time to decorate your home.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Coworkers may not be on your side. There's lots to be done and if you meet your deadline you'll be in your boss's good books. Travel will be fun and entertaining. Unexpected visitors will be a welcome surprise.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

 

 

Wicca Term of the Month

August 1st was the first harvest holiday Lammas/Lughnasadh. It was also a new moon which was pretty kool :).

 

Lammas/Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh, pronounced "Loo-nus-oo" is the Celtic festival of Lugh. Lughnasadh means the commemoration of Lugh who is a fire and light God. He is also a God that undergoes death and rebirth in a sacrificial mating theme with the Goddess. During this time, the Hlly King is the God that undergoes the death and rebirth. During this time, again make the corn dollies to represent the "dying" God and keep it until the following year when you burn it and make a new doll. Lughnasadh is the first harvest, Autumnal Equinox is the second and Samhain the final and third harvest. Grain and corn are predominate at this time because they symbolize the fertility and abundance of the Earth. The God is beginning to wane during this time and the Goddess is changing into Her crone aspect.

Lore -
This is the time to plant seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If they sprout, grown the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection with the God and Goddess.

Wheat weaving (make corn dollies and etc), is an appropriate activity for Lughnasadh. Visit the fields, orchards, lakes and well.

Honor the Parient deities, Honor the Sun Gods, Celebrating first harvest.

Colors -
Red, Gold, Yellow, Green, Orange & Citrine.

Symbols -
Corn, All Grains, Bread, Full Moon, Wheat.

Deities -
Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses.

Stones -
Yellow Diamond, Peridot & Citrine.

Ritual Oils -
Eucalyptus, Corn and Safflower.

Food -
The foods of Lughnasadh include bread, blackberries and all berries. Acorns, crabapples, all grains and locally ripeproduce. A cake is sometimes baked and cider is used in place of wine.

 

Craft of the Month

Learn how to make a corn husk doll

Corn husk dolls were first made by Native American children. Learn how to make a corn husk doll.

Corn husk
dolls have been around for centuries. Early arrivals to the United States admired the beautiful, simplistic dolls that Native American children made from corn and fashioned to resemble members of their tribe. Some of the first Americans were taught how to construct these tiny, colorful playmates at the first ever Thanksgiving dinner. Since then, thousands use corn husk dolls for decoration and play. They're a perfect craft and activity for children of all ages, and make for unique and lively decorations.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

9-12 pieces of green corn husk

 

String or twine

Decorative pieces

Scissors

Bowl of water

Glue

A WORD ABOUT CORN HUSK The corn husk you use to construct your doll should be green and not dried. Green corn husk can be purchased from any craft store. You can also use green corn husk you peel from a corn cob yourself. If you must use dried husks, before beginning the construction phase, soak all corn husks in a large bowl of warm water to make them more pliable. Corn husks which are purchased or fresh can be treated in this manner also, though it isn't usually necessary. INSTRUCTIONS

1. Take a small handful of husks and bunch them together so that they are of equal length. Once this is done, use twine or string to hold them together. Approximately 1/2 inch from the top of your husks, wrap two layers of twine and knot tightly. This will serve as the body for your doll. Once you've completed this step, set aside.

2. Take 1 or 2 small pieces of husks and roll them together to form a ball. (If husks are too dry or stiff, soak them for about 30-minutes in a large bowl of warm water.) This "ball" will serve as your doll's head, so you can play with its size until you are satisfied you've created the look you want.

3. Once you have the right size for your head, take a single piece of husk and drape it over your head, gathering the two loose ends at the base of the head. Pull the single piece of husk tightly around your ball (so that you can draw or design a face on it later), and twist the loose ends once and tie tightly with a single piece of twine. Set aside.

4. It's time to make arms. Grab your first group of husks (which you've already tied together on one end in step 1). From the loose end, gather one husk and pull upward (as if peeling a
banana). Cut two small pieces of twine. Use one piece of twine to tie the arm off near the center stalk of husks. (This will help to keep it separated from the body of your doll.) Use the other piece of twine or string to tie the loose end of the husk, forming a wrist for your doll. Repeat on the other side so that you have two distinct arms on your doll. If the arms appear too long or disproportionate, cut the husk to the proper size or find a husk more to your liking.

5. Take your dolls head and position it on top of the body so that your two loose pieces of twine drape themselves over the neck of the doll. Using a small piece of string or twine, attach the head to the body. (If the head does not seem to want to stay in place, you may dribble a small amount of glue on the underside of the head before securing it with twine to the body or add a pipe cleaner to it. Allow glue to dry completely before proceeding.)

6. Take a small piece of twine and tie a waist on your doll. It will be located near the center of your stalk of husks. Tightly knot the string or twine.

7. To make the legs for your doll, split the husks which have not yet been tied off, in half. (Right below the waistline you've just made.) Use several small pieces of twine to tie off the legs on each side. Make one knot just below where the legs separate and a second knot near the foot of your doll. Repeat on the other side until you have formed two distinct legs.

DECORATING AND DRESSING

Your new corn husk doll can be decorated to your liking. Small children will be able to decorate with colored
construction paper, crayons and markers. You can attach paper clothing, jewelry, facial features and other items with a small dot of household glue. Older children and adults can make clothing from fabric, additional pieces of corn husk or many other items. Facial features, such as eyes, ears, noses, and mouths can be drawn on with permanent markers or crayons. Craft eyes, yarn mouths, and more can also be attached to your doll with glue.

TIPS, TRICKS, AND HINTS

MAKE A SKIRT for your corn husk doll out of a fresh piece of husk. Simply wrap around the waistline and tie off with a piece of twine or colored yarn. You can decorate your skirt beforehand with markers or
crayons.

COLORED yarn can be bent in the shape of a smile or ears and glued into place for instant facial features.

CORN HUSKS can be soaked in food coloring to make colored clothing or skin. Soak husks for 30-minutes in a large bowl containing warm water and several drops of your desired color. To make vibrant browns, soak husks in a large bowl of coffee or tea. DIP the feet of your doll into a small bowl of

acrylic paint to make brown or black shoes. Allow to air dry and repeat, if necessary.

USE small doll clothes to decorate your corn husk doll. SEQUINS, buttons, glitter and other

craft supplies can be glued to your corn husk doll to make jewelry, eyes, colored clothing and more.

INSERT a pipe cleaner into the back of your doll to put them on display, help them bend into a variety of positions, or hang them.

MAKE instant hair for your doll with corn silk, yarn, or twine. Attach with glue.

WATERCOLOR paints will soak into corn husks, and give a deep, rich color to your doll.

USE a plastic bottle cap for a doll hat.

YOU can make a perfectly round head for your doll by placing a few cotton balls inside a piece of husk, instead of rolling husks. Decorate first, and then attach to the body using the above instructions.

Taken from http://www.essortment.com/all/learnhowtomak_rkhq.htm

 

Receipt Of the Month


Corny Corn Bread

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cornmeal

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups milk

1 cup vegetable oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir in the eggs, milk, oil and onion just until blended. Fold in the corn. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

 

Blessed Be! This whole month's Newsletter was centered around our first harvest! Soon will be the Fall again. There is also two New moons this Month. Use them well! Hope to see you next month!


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 10:34 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 11 August 2008 10:40 PM EDT
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
July Newsletter 2008
Mood:  happy
Topic: #8 Newletter Entry 7/08

 

July 2008 Newsletter h


Lunabar Moon Phases


New falls on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 at 10:20 PM

First Quarter falls on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 12:34 AM

Full "Rose" Moon falls on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Last Quarter falls on Friday, July 25, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Holidays For July 2008

Independence Day: July 4th

Horoscopes for July 2008

 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
You need adventure and excitement in your life. Be sure to use your charm and diplomacy when dealing with potential new clients. Your childlike quality may get you into big trouble this month if you neglect your responsibilities. Don't rely on others to do your work.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Someone may try to damage your reputation. You will need to take a look at the renovations that are necessary and try to find the cheapest way to get things done. Be careful not to let friends or peers make you look bad. Difficulties with females you live with could cause emotional stress.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
You will have to be careful not to let infatuations with colleagues get out of hand. Real estate investments will payoff. Instant romance could be yours if you go out with friends. You need to get involved in groups that offer physical activities.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Your charm will be captivating. Be careful signing important contracts this month. Pushy people must be kept at arm's length. Get involved in groups that are creative in nature.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
It's time to reevaluate your own motives and make changes to yourself first. Your lover probably won't put up with your behavior. You are best not to discuss your personal life with others. You will be too quick to point your finger at your mate.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
The danger of minor accidents will increase with the turmoil. Make sure to arrange in advance to spend quality time together. Your intellectual wit will bring greater popularity with your peers. Your lover may cost you financially.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
You can make favorable real estate offers this month. Arguments with employers or colleagues will be to your detriment. You will want to take off and have some recreation. Real estate investments will payoff.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
You may find travel to be most rewarding. Travel could turn out to be more exciting than you imagined. Try and avoid getting involved in idle chatter or gossip that might get you in trouble. You will gain valuable insight and knowledge through the experiences you have along the way.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
You can't make things better if you don't know what to fix. Don't try to get even without having all the facts. Try to get others to stand behind your good judgment. You will be appreciated for the competence you exhibit and for taking on responsibilities.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Check your project over carefully if you were not the only one contributing to the end result. You must steer clear of overindulgent individuals. Be careful that you aren't saddled with the responsibilities of others. Deception in your home is evident. Don't beat around the bush.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
Deception is likely. You can't lock your partner up and if you keep restricting their freedom you may be left out in the cold. You may be tempted to spend too much on entertainment or luxury items. If you haven't already, consider starting your own business.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Avoid getting trapped in internal disputes. You will gain knowledge through your adventure. You'll get to your destination just as quickly. Don't lament to a friend about any grievance regarding your mate, or it may be hard to rectify your relationship.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Wicca Term of the Month

 

Smudging

 

Using a smudging tool is part of many

Native American traditions

. The burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is also common practice among many religious, healing, and spiritual groups. The ritual of smudging can be defined as "spiritual house cleaning." In theory, the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as the smoke clears it takes the negative energy with it, releasing it into another space where it will be regenerated into positive energy. Can also be used to cleanse your tool and even your own body to rid most object of negative energies.

Craft of the Month


Make and use your own Smudging stick

 

Smudge sticks come in all sorts of different herbs and combinations of herbs. The most commonly used herb in smudging in Sage, or White Sage. There are also combinations of sage with other herbs, like lavender, juniper, sweetgrass, cedar and pine, just to name a few.

All a smudge stick really is, is a tightly bound group of dried herbs that can be lit, then blown out so it glows and smokes. Then the smoke can be feathered or guided over whatever area, item or person needs to be smudged or cleansed.

To make your own, simply grow your own, or buy fresh herbs from the grocery or nursery. If you grow your own, or pick them from a growing plant, do not take so much that it kills the plant. Take leaves from the ends of the plant, asking the plants permission before. Be sure to thank the plant for it's offering of herb, and if you like, you can leave an offering in return. The indians used to leave tobacco in respect of the plant. But I find shiny copper pennies do well also. Then hang them in bundles in a cool dry place for them to dry naturally. Then when they are good and dried, group them in large bundles, sometimes called "wands" and wrap them with cotton thread to keep them together. That's it! You have a smudge stick. Your sticks may look crude at first, but with more practice and stickmaking, you will grow to make fine smudgesticks for your own smudging needs.

To smudge a space for cleansing or clearing, fallow these steps:

1. Ground and center yourself. Take a few deep cleansing breaths and thank The Devine Power for it's blessings.

2. Hold your smudge stick in your reciving hand (usually left) and light the end. Allow it to burn slightly and blow it out so that it's glowing and smoking.

3. Next take a feather, or fan, or even your hand and begin to direct the smoke in the direction of the area you want to smudge. If your smudging a whole house for a moving in ceremony, then take small circles starting in the center of each room and slowly begin to move into bigger circles and don't forget the corners. Stagnant energy loves to collect in corners.

4. If this smudging is indeed for a moving in ceremony, then remember to open cupboards and closets as they collect energy as well.

5. When you feel your space is sufficiently smudged, stamp out your smudge stick, or sprinkle water on it to put out the glowing embers. Then be sure to place it in a heat safe place, like the kitchen sink. Herbs can still be a fire hazard even if it looks like it's all been stamped out.

6. Thank The Divine energy in this space for it's cleansing and visualise white light surrounding your space, sealing in the fresh, clean energy. You might even want to place a cleansed clear quartz crystal in the center spot in your home to retain the intentions of the clearning.


Herbs
Smudging with different herbs can bring different results. Here are a few suggestions on herb combinations and what they are used for.

Sage-- Cleansing, Strength, wisdom, mental clarity. Good for clearing negative energy from a space.

Cedar-- Draws positive energy to a space and aids in healing.

Sage & Lavender--Peace, wisdom & cleansing. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and peacefulness.
Sage, Juniper & Sweetgrass--Cleansing, purification & bringing in sweetness to an area.

Sage & Pine--Cleansing and purification.

Try wrapping your different combinations of herb sticks in differnt colored thread so you can tell which is which.

Happy smudging!

Adopted from http://www.geocities.com/psychicadvise/smudging.html website

 

Recipes of the Month


Foods of the Esbats!!

 

 

CRESCENT COOKIES

1 cup butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup nuts
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Cream butter and add flour, nuts, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Shape dough into crescents. Bake in 250 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 1 hour. Roll in powdered sugar while still hot.
Makes 2 dozen

 

 

 

 


TIESSENNAU MEL (Welsh Honey Cakes)

 

4 oz Honey
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
4 oz Brown sugar
Egg1/2 LB Flour
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
4 oz Butter or margarine
Caster sugar
A little milk

Sieve together flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda. Cream butter and sugar. Separate the egg yolk from the white. Beat the yolk into sugar and butter, then add the honey, gradually. Stir in the flour with a little milk as required and mix all together lightly.
Whisk the egg white into a stiff froth and fold into mixture. Half fill small patty tins with the mixture; dredge the top of each with caster sugar. Bake in a hot oven (425 degrees)

 

 

 

 


MEADE

 

3 pounds honey
2 egg whites
1 ounce of yeast
1 lemon
1 gallon of cold water

Put honey and grated rind from the lemon in a large saucepan or preserving pan with the gallon of cold water. Beat the two egg whites until frothy and add to the other ingredients in the pan. Place the pan over heat and stir as mixture comes to boil. Simmer gently for one hour. Pour liquid into large bowl and leave until lukewarm, then stir in the yeast. Cover bowl and leave in a warm place for three days. Stir daily. Then strain through muslin and bottle. Cork loosely. Push corks down gradually as fermentation ceases. Store bottles in a cool, dark place. The mead will be ready to drink in one year.

 

 

 

 


OATCAKES

 

1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups shortening
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups bran flakes

Add soda to boiling water and let stand until cool. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, bran flakes, rolled oats and sugar. Cut in shortening; add water and soda. Roll out thin on a floured board. Bake in hot oven until golden brown.

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed Be to all my readers! July’s Full moon is anything Positive. I hope that rings true for all of you! No Wiccan Holidays this Month. Stay out of the heat, and make the best of the reat of your Summer!! We’ll see ya next Month!

Much Love,

Phoenix Ravenmoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 1:46 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 July 2008 3:16 PM EDT
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
June 2008 Newsletter
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: #7 Newsletter Entry 6/08

June 2008 Newsletter h

 

Lunabar Moon Phases

 

New falls on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 3:23 PM

First Quarter falls on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Full "Planting" Moon falls on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Last Quarter falls on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Holidays For June 2008

 

 

Flag day- June 14th

 

Father’s day- June 15th

 

Litha/Summer Solstice- June 20th

 

 

June’s Horoscopes

 

 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Protect your interests legally if necessary. Look into real estate. You will find that social activities will be enjoyable and will promote new connections. Compromising could be on the agenda this month.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Don't use the interstate as a racetrack. Your depressed mood has been hard to shake. Bring work home if it will help you get caught up. Balance is required if you want stability.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
I Don't let siblings put pressure on you. Digestive disorders will be a result of family squabbles. Do things because you want to, not because someone else thinks you should. Your uncanny insight will help you make the right choices.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. You will find that you are able to clear up a number of small but important details. Hidden matters are likely to surface. Take care of matters involving institutions or government agencies.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities that exist. Pleasure trips will induce exciting and passion ate encounters with those of foreign extraction. Don't jump the gun; you may find yourself getting angry at the wrong person. Any financial limitations will probably have to be dealt with on your own.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
You may have a problem at work with a female coworker. You'll find it easy to upgrade your environment by redecorating or changing your residence. Your emotional attitude with respect to your status and direction in society may be unrealistic. You must take care of health problems that have been lingering.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Entertain in your home and make aesthetic enhancements that will please those who reside with you. Don't let your lover put demands on you. Do not ruffle feathers if possible. Family members may want you at home, when your heart is telling you to spend time with someone you recently met.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Talk to others about your plans. Be honest with yourself before getting involved with someone who is likely to lead you on. Take the day to relax and pamper yourself. Look into attending seminars that can expand your perception.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
You can ask for favors and get sound advice from close friends or relatives. Dazzle them with your intellectual conversation. Confronting a situation will only result in indignation and misunderstandings. Spend some quality time with the one you love. Your talents will shine at work.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Unique forms of entertainment could capture your attention and bring about a romantic interest. You may find your self in a romantic situation. You could find yourself left with someone's dirty laundry. Exaggeration or deception coupled with overindulgence might be a problem.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)
Try to put your money away for a rainy day. Hassles with in-laws could put a damper on your day. Don't let your partner goad you into wearing your heart on your sleeve. Family get-togethers will be interesting.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
Don't let domestic problems interfere with your objectives. Look closely at motives and honesty in your personal encounters. Keep your thoughts to yourself for the time being. Do something that will be stimulating and creative.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Wicca Term Of the Month

 

 

Litha

(Around June 21st)

Midsummer or Litha is celebrated on or around June 21st, it is the Summer Solstice and the longest day and the shortest night of the year. It is a day to honor the sun as it is in its height of power. From now on, the light will begin to wane and the darkness will predominate. This is also the time of the Oak & Holly Kings. On Midsummer, the Holly King defeats his twin brother the Oak King and begins His annual reign. On Yule, the Oak King will defeat the Holly King and reign until Midsummer.

Lore -
Litha is practically the classic time two perform magick of all kinds. Healings, love magick and protections are especially suitable. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you are celebrating outdoors. Lep the fire for purification and renewed energy.

This time is the honoring of the Sun/God at his power. Also saying farwell to the waxing year and preparation for harvest. Honoring the pregnant Goddess and the beginning of the waning year.

Colors -
Blue, Green, Gold and Tan

Symbols -
Fire, the Sun, Blades, Mistletoe, Oak Trees, Balefire, Sun Wheels, Faeries

Deities -
Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Deities and Sun Gods.

Stones -
Emerald, Jade, Tiger's Eye, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond

Ritual Oils -
Heliotrope, Cinnamin, Sandlewood, Lavendar, Orange, All Mint Oils, Lemon and Saffron.

Food -
Fresh fruits are standard for this Sabbat. Summer squash, lemons and oranges, just to name a few.

 

Crafts of the Month

 

Perfect Little Crafts for Litha/Midsummer

 

 

Make butterflies. Have your children fold a piece of paper in half. Have them paint on one side of it. Have them fold it back again, and press down. Unfold. Let dry. Cut into a butterfly shape and glue on a butterfly body.

Let the children make their own wands just for fun. Have them either find a suitable branch or twig, or buy a dowel. Let them sand their wand. Then have them paint it any way they want.

Have the children make their own "Green Man" mask. Cut eye-holes in a paper plate. Let them glue on real or construction paper leaves.

 

Recipts for June and Midsummer/Litha

 

Berry Cobbler

1/2 cup butter

4 cups blackberries or other fresh berries or fruit

1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup sugar (if using blackberries)

1 cup flour

Wash the berries. If they are blackberries, sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar. In a seperate bowl, mix together the butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and flour. Crumble the mixture on top of the berries or fruit in a baking dish. Bake in 350 degree oven until warm and golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.

Lemonade

1 cup sugar

1 cup lemon juice (six lemons)

1 cup water

2 1/2 quarts water

grated rind of one lemon

Boil one cup of water and one cup of sugar for five minutes. Add lemon juice, grated rind, and 2 1/2 quarts of water. Mix well. Oranges can be substituted for the lemons.

 

Blessed Be! Thanks for the long wait this Month for the Newsletter! Crazy Busy Month! But I made sure it was out just in Time for the Full Moon and the Summer Solstice!! I hope You have a Great Midsummer/Litha!! See you Next Month and Merry Meet to you and all you love!!

Phoenix Ravenmoon

 

 

 

 


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 4:30 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 18 June 2008 4:52 PM EDT
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
May 2008 Newsletter
Mood:  special
Topic: #6 Newsletter Entry 5/08

 

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Lunabar Moon Phases

 

 

New falls on Monday, May 05, 2008 at 8:19 AM

First Quarter falls on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:47 PM

Full "Grass" or "Flower" Moon falls on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Last Quarter falls on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 10:58 PM

 

 

Holidays For May 2008

 

 

May Day- May 1st

Mother’s Day- May 11th

Memorial Day- May 26th

 

 

May Horoscopes

 

 

Aries
(Mar. 21- April 20)
Don't be afraid to lay your cards on the table. Be cautious while traveling to foreign countries. Ferret out information that will hold them responsible. Use your charm to get your own way.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Taurus
(Apr. 21- may 21)
Be prepared to lose friends or alienate other people if you insist on being stub born. Be professional, and you will advance much more quickly. Someone you care about may not be too well. You will get upset over trivial matters.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Gemini
(May 22-June 21)
Try and avoid getting involved in idle chatter or gossip that might get you in trouble. Don't overreact to someone's advances. Your home may be in an uproar and you are best to stay out of the line of fire if at all possible. It is best not to upset the apple cart if you learn information that may damage a colleague's reputation.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Cancer
(June 22-July 22)
Financial limitations are likely if you take risks. Get involved in the activities of children. They will teach you far more than you expect. Don't gossip. You can complete any projects efficiently, especially if you put the effort in yourself.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

Leo
(July 23-Aug 22)
The stamina you possess will be apparent in your approach to your hobbies and creative projects. Don't be too critical. You may want to make changes in your home environment. Mishaps due to preoccupation will be upsetting.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday

Virgo
(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Concentrate on spending quality time with children. Keep your eyes and ears alert for any evasive or deceptive statements. You can get ahead if you work diligently behind the scenes. You will be subject to pushy individuals if you get involved in uncertain organizations.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Libra
(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Travel will be most enticing. Consider a cruise. Interaction with colleagues will only be upsetting. Don't hesitate to voice your opinions at a group meeting; however, keep your thoughts to yourself at home. Remember; talk to them, not at them.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Scorpio
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)
Reevaluate your motives. You may have difficulties while traveling or problems dealing with close friends or relatives. You might find group functions tiring. Don't overreact if your partner has a poor attitude.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Put your efforts into your work or money making ventures rather than your emotional life. Travel for business or pleasure will be enlightening. New love connections can be made through group associations. If they're really interested, they'll wait.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Capricorn
(Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
You will have some wonderful ideas that should bring you extra money. Don't hesitate to voice your opinions at a group meeting; however, keep your thoughts to yourself at home. You may have major blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Acceptance is the key.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Aquarius
(Jan. 21.- Feb. 19)Sudden romantic encounters are quite likely, but discretion will be a must. Express your interest if you want the relationship to progress. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with colleagues or employers this month. You could do extremely well in competitive sports events.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Pisces
(Feb. 20-Mar. 20)
You're best to channel your energy into work. You can handle situations that require contact with institutions or large corporations. You are likely to reveal information unintentionally. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur.

Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Wicca Term of the Month

 

 

SABBATS

-- Wiccan festivals that are a time of rejoicing and celebration (no work should be done except in emergencies). There are 8 holy celebrations of Wicca all called Sabbats. They celebrate the astronomical occurrences of the Sun (God) and related daylight hours. [opposite of Esbat - Moon (Goddess) celebrations].

THE FOUR GREATER SABBATS

Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain.

THE FOUR LESSER SABBATS

Mabon, Litha (Midsummer), Ostara, and Yule.

 

Craft of the Month

 

 

  

Plant  a  Butterfly  Garden  

 

Attracting  beautiful  butterflies  to  your  play  environment  will  not  only  provide  a  home  to  delicate  species,  but  children  (and  adults!)  love  to  watch  butterflies.  

 

How  does  this  project  enhance  the  play space?  

 

Creating  a  play space  often  involves  incorporating  educational  or  learning  opportunities  for  a  child  in  the  area.  A  butterfly  garden  is  a  fantastic  way  of  encouraging  exploration,  offering  new  sensory  experiences  and  can  even  be  a  science  lesson  in  waiting.

Materials:  

Flowers  and  plants  (choose  carefully!)   

Hand  trowels  

Rocks   

Water  dish  

 

Instructions:  

 

1. First,  evaluate  the  potential  of  the  play  environment.  Is  there  a  garden  which  you  can  use?  Do  you  have  the  resources  to  plant  a  garden,  or  should  you  aim  to  plant  a  few  well-chosen  plants?  Butterflies  need  lots  of  sunlight  - so  make  sure  you  can  plant  in  a  sunny  area.  Adding  a  rock  or  bricks  will  encourage  butterflies  to  sun  themselves!  

 

2. Butterflies  also  need  water,  so  plan  to  provide  a  water  source,  if  one  is  unavailable.  A  small  water  dish  will  suffice,  or  you  can  choose  to  create  a  depression  in  sand  or  gravel  to  retain  water.  

 

3. Butterflies  are  so  delicate  that  they  can  be  torn  apart  by  wind,  so  look  for  an  area  that  provides  a  break  from  wind.  A  fence,  wall,  or  hedge  will  serve  as  adequate  wind  protection.  

 

4. Choose  the  right  plants!  Research  has  shown  that  butterflies  seem  to  prefer  yellow,  purple,  white,  and  light  pink  flowers.  Also,  try  to  choose  plants  with  broad,  flat  blooms  that  make  it  easier  for  butterflies  to  land  and  feed.  

 

5. Ask  your  Home  Depot  Garden  department  associates  if  they  have  any  plants  that  they  recommend  for  butterflies  in  your  area.  In  general,  good  choices  include  aster,  beard  tongue,  heliotrope,  daylily,  iris,  lavender,  milkweed,  petunia,  phlox,  red  clover,  thyme  and  zinnia.  

 

6. Caterpillars  should  be  included  in  your  plans,  to  encourage  butterflies  throughout  their  life  cycle.  Leafy  plants  that  provide  shelter  and  can  nourish  a  caterpillar  are  ideal.  Some  options  are:  aster,  beard  tongue,  and  heliotrope.  Warning:  caterpillars  will  feed  off  of  these  plants,  so  expect  to  see  chewed  up  leaves!

Flowers for Your Butterfly Garden

Perennials

Butterfly bush

Butterfly milkweed

Purple coneflower

Goldenrods

Blazing star

Wild bergamot

Violets

Sedums

Asters

Coreopsis

 

Annuals

Marigolds

Zinnias

Cosmos

Ageratum

Verbena

Alyssum

 

 

Recipe For May

 

 

Play Dough Recipe


I used to make a batch of this play-dough once a month in the classroom. Changing the colors for the season. Although 20 little hands stayed busy shaping and molding, the play dough never dried out!
You'll need:
Flour 3cups
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2TB.Cream of tartar 1TB.
Food coloring few drops or unsweetened "Kool-Aid" 1pkg.

Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away
from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.
Store in an air tight container.

Blessed Be,Thank You for Reading! Can you believe it’s been 6 months since the first Newsletter was posted! Hope for many more! May the God and Goddess be with you. Spend some time outside! Enjoy Mother Earth and all her Glory! It’s time to plant some flowers!

Merry Meet, Phoenix Ravenmoon


Posted by wiccalearningtemple at 9:36 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 May 2008 10:06 AM EDT

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