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16-17 April 2016

  High Priestess Training and Community

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Welcome to a journey of the shamanistic powers of the female, the Wisewomen. Wisewomen have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each woman is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

“Part of the ancient vision of the Goddess was as protector of cities and the sustaining fields around them. She was not, in this role, always a matronly and maternal goddess, but was frequently depicted as a lusty, loving, sensual woman. The power she wielded did not make her any less sexually vibrant. Indeed, her power was part of her erotic attraction.”

“The queens and goddesses of myth and legend show us an image of both strength and sensuousness. While today we often equate women’s sexuality with weakness and passivity, our forebears saw such goddesses as Ishtar as especially passionate and sexual because of their power. Ishtar and her sister goddesses are potent images of feminine possibility – a possibility that remains despite the 2,500 years that have passed since she was last worshipped.” (“The Goddess Companion”, Patricia Monaghan)

Shamanism refers to a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world. The feminine form of the word is not “shamaness” but “shamanka”, however, here we will use the word “Priestess”.

Healing,  gathering and growing herbs and food, keeping communities in balance, presiding over ceremonies and rites of passage, maintaining relations with the dead, teaching, ministering to those in need, communing with nature to learn her secrets ,preserving the wisdom traditions, divining the future, and drumming and dancing with Goddesses, these are feminine shamanic arts.  This what you will learn or remember in our classes here!

Sisters of The Burning Branch, is our part of the “shaman’s tree”, an image found in several cultures as a symbol for mediation.  The tree is seen as a being whose roots belong to the world underneath; its trunk belongs to the middle, human-inhabited world; and its top is related to the upper world.

The curriculum of Sisters of the Burning Branch, is eclectic, borrowed from the teachings of many paths, but rooted in Women’s Spirituality.

Priestess Training takes a year and day to complete, plus 3 months to earn the High Priestess cord. (four levels). We do ask for your commitment when joining. Please do not sign up if you are not committed or able to follow through. There is nothing worse for your self esteem!  We try to nurture here, this defeats that purpose.

At GoddessSchool we use song and chants to raise power, using drums, tambourines or just humming along works too! We celebrate the Mother – the Full Moon – Mother Earth – Mother Nature – she is in us all – we are in her – we are one! We will learn some songs, beat the drums, howl at the Moon! We are ever changing as does the Moon – Feel the Moon – let her fill you up! Join us!

The entire fee for each level is $120 (easy payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last. Tuition covers lessons,  assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for face to face Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood.

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Witchy Wednesday

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“WITCHY WEDNESDAY with GrannyMoon”

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Fun Fun Fun! Stone and Crystal Show and Tell!

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 We All Look At the Same Moon!

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 The Sabbats 2016

 Northern Hemisphere

Beltane – Apr. 30/May 1

Summer Solstice – June 20

Lammas – Aug.2

Autumnal Equinox/Mabon – Sept.22

Samhain – Oct. 31

Winter Solstice/Yule – Dec. 21

 Southern Hemisphere

 Imbolc – August 1st

Ostara – September 21st/22nd

Beltane – Oct 31st/Nov 1st

Lithia – Dec 21st/22nd

Lammas – Feb 1st/2nd

Mabon – March 21st

Samhain – April 30th/May 1st

Yule – June 21st

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 The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:

The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;

The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;

Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;

Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.

~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century

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 The Seasons, 2016

 Vernal Equinox (Spring begins) March 19th at 11:29 evening.

Sun on Equator, crosses the line North, enters the sign of Aries.

 Summer Solstice (Summer begins) June 20th at 5:34 evening.

Sun Runs High, at Northern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Crabba.

 Autumnal Equinox (Fall begins) September 22nd at 9:20 morning.

Sun on Equator, crosses the line South, enters the sign of Libra.

 Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 5:43 morning.

Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.

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3 X 3 Spell

To get rid of physical, emotional, or spiritual negativity, and to bring forth balance in your life, try the Three Times Three spell.  This spell is best performed outdoors during the 3rd quarter of the moon.

You will need one black candle, a small spool of cotton twine, a small amount of lamp oil, a deep dish to contain the candle, sand to fill the dish, and a sharp knife or Witch’s athame. Using the knife/athame, inscribe the name of the person, or word symbolizing the negative situation you are experiencing, near the bottom of the candle.

Place the candle between your palms and breathe on the candle three times. With each breath, imagine you are exhaling the negativity you have received onto the candle.

Take the cotton twine, and tie it around the base of the candle so that at least two feet of twine hangs from the knot. Begin tightly coiling the twine around the candle in a counter-clockwise direction. While doing so visualize a giant, protective, mirrored egg surrounding you and repeatedly chant:

“Three time three, as ye have sown

Is thine to reap, thy harvest grown.

For best, for worst, for praise or chide,

The Gods alone your fate decide!”

Continue wrapping the candle with the twine until you have spiraled to the top, covering every bit of candle. Loop the twine, trying it in a knot to one of the coils at the top near the wick.

Next, take the oil and liberally smear the twine and candle with it–cover every inch of the entwined candle.

Pour the sand into the dish and then wedge the candle into the sand so that it stands erect, then light it on fire.

Watch as the candle melts away, knowing that the magical attack has been deflected.

 

New Beginnings Spell

To create new beginnings for yourself, and to do away with negativity, set up two white candles on your altar. Dress in white and place a five-pointed star in the center of the altar between the candles. Place a drop of lotus oil on the forefinger of your power hand, and anoint each chakra in order while chanting:

All negative habits and influences are removed. I am now renewed in strength and spirit. Open my mind, give me balance, and show me the spiritual path I must follow. Unfold the lotus blossom now so that I may give and receive blessings.

By: Sheri Richerson

Rice Offering for Abundance

Rice is a staple grain in many areas of the world and represents blessings of prosperity and abundance.

In honor of this cultural day and to give thanks for your own abundance, leave an offering of uncooked rice on your household altar or dining room table. Try cooking a meal with rice as an ingredient and share it with loved ones, if possible. Before and/or during the meal, go around the dinner table one at a time, allowing all those in attendance to offer their own recitations of prayers and blessings of gratitude, luck, abundance, and protection. So mote it be!

This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair

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Witches

by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs and Flowers

History has been most unkind to these souls who try to help and heal. They flow with the energy of the earth and draw from it great energy and power. They have been called Pagan and Wiccan. To be a witch is to blend with nature and use that power and energy to benefit and heal those who seek their help. Often the power comes as a surprise to those who have the gift. Many feel that they are different and seek help. The energy is unusual and unless one is able to understand and balance it, often the individual can spiral out of control. The intent of the power is healing, and the spirit of the individual who has the power must be pure. If not … good cannot be accomplished and often there is created a knot in the universe that must be undone in a lifetime yet to come. Their power is of nature, they are able to tap into the primal energies of the universe and channel that energy. Because the energy flows through them it draws upon the intent and direction of the witch. Great good can be done by those who are pure of heart. On the other hand, those who are unschooled or not ready can create confusion and upset. It should be noted that the only permanent impact that witches have is upon their own lifetime.

Often their outward physical appearance is a direct reflection of the direction they are using their power. There are black and white witches but those are only labels put on them by humanity. All of them have good at the very core; all of them have been gifted because of service rendered in lifetimes past. It is the choice of this lifetime that determines how they use their power and energy. How they reflect the brightness of the light within. They can do no harm to others, they are only able to do good, but that is sometimes misinterpreted. Creative minds have made them more than they ever were, or ever could be. They came in as healers with the gift to tap into the earth and cosmic energy … to serve mankind and to help to heal to take place. When they have been misunderstood they often have lashed out but only in natural ways. They cannot harm, but they can cause discomfort when pushed. These are good souls who will usually stay on the fringes, in the shadows – for their soul memories remember that they have not been well received in lifetimes past. They do not usually draw attention to themselves but rather share with a very safe, select few for this lifetime. To be a witch is to be one with nature and to be able to use that energy for the benefit of those willing to trust nature and the power it carries.

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Lemon Grass Herb of Psychic Ability

Article compiled by V Wheeler

Lemon Grass Cymbopogon ciatrus syn Andropogon schoenanthus Fam Gramineae Lemon Grass Fever Tea, Melissa Grass, and Sereh, is native to tropical Southeast Asia, and throughout Southern India, Sri Lanka, Central Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, the US and the West Indies. It is a tall tropical grass.

The fresh stalks and leaves have a clean lemon like odor because they contain an essential oil, which is also present in lemon peel.

Other Names (from theepicentre.com)

French: Citronnelle

German: Zitronengras

Italian: erba di limone

Spanish: hierba de limon

Indian: bhustrina, sera

Indonesian: sere, sereh

Lao: bai mak nao

Malay: serai

Sinhalese: sera

Thai: takrai

Spice Description: Lemon grass is a long thick grass with leaves at the top and a solid portion several inches long at the root end. The lower portion is sliced or pounded and used in cooking. As a spice, fresh lemon grass is preferred for its vibrant flavor, but is also sold in dried form. The dried spice is available in several forms: chopped in slices, cut and sifted, powdered, or as an oil can be extracted from the plant.The light lemon flavor of this grass blends well with garlic, chilies, and cilantro.   The herb is frequently used in curries as well as in seafood soups.Naturally caffeine-free.

Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus and Cymbopogon winterianus) is similar to the species above but grows to 2 m and has red base stems. These species are used for the production of citronella oil, which is used in soaps, as an insect repellent in insect sprays and candles, and also in aromatherapy, which is famous in Bintan Island, Indonesia. The principal chemical constituents of citronella, geraniol and citronellol, are antiseptics, hence their use in household disinfectants and soaps. Besides oil production, citronella grass is also used for culinary purposes, in tea and as a flavoring.

East-Indian Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), also called Cochin Grass or Malabar Grass (Malayalam: ഇഞ്ചിപ്പുല്ല്(inchippull), is native to Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma,and Thailand while the West-Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus), also known as serai in Malay, is assumed to have its origins in Malaysia. Indonesian people used to called it serai too or sereh. While both can be used interchangeably, C. citratus is more suited for cooking. In India C. citratus is used both as a medical herb and in perfumes. Cymbopogon citratus is consumed as a tea for anxiety in Brazilian folk medicine, but a study in humans found no effect.

The tea caused a recurrence of contact dermatitis in one case.

Lemon grass is also known as “Gavati Chaha (गवती चहा)” in the Marathi language (Gavat=grass; Chaha=tea), and is used as an addition to tea, and in preparations like ‘kadha’ which is a traditional herbal ‘soup’ used against coughs, colds, etc. It has medicinal properties and is used extensively in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicines. It is supposed to help with relieving cough and nasal congestion.

In 2006, a research team from the Ben Gurion University in Israel found that lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) caused apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Through in vitro studies, the researchers examined the effect of citral, a molecule found in lemon grass, on both normal and cancerous cells. Using concentrations of citral equivalent to the quantity in a cup of tea (one gram of lemon grass in hot water), the researchers observed that citral induces programmed cell death in the cancerous cells, while the normal cells were left unharmed

Bouquet: lemony Flavor: lemony with hints of ginger

Preparation and Storage: If using fresh lemon grass, use only the lower bulbous portion of the stem.. The leaves of Lemongrass are added to salads and used in Vietnamese and Thai curries.Lemon grass is available in ethnic markets such as Asian and Mexican. Select fresh looking stalks that don’t look dry or brittle. Store fresh lemon grass in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed plastic bag for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze it for about 6 months without any flavor loss.

In addition to fresh, lemon grass may be purchased dried or powdered. The dried product has to be soaked in hot water and reconstituted before use. The powdered variety is useful in teas and curries but it’s not a good substitute for the fresh product. For best results in recipes use the fresh herb.

Lemongrass is used in herbal teas and other nonalcoholic beverages. The oil of Lemongrass is used in candy and baked goods, and also used as a topical treatment for athlete’s foot, ringworm, and muscle soreness. Oil from lemongrass is also widely used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics, such as soaps and creams.

It can be pounded and used whole or cut in slices. When using the ground powder use one teaspoon as an equal to one stalk of fresh. It is advisable to soak dried sliced lemon grass for two hours before using. When wrapped in a paper bag, lemon grass stems can last 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. The stems can also be frozen for several months. Always wrap and store separately, as lemon grass will impart its flavor to other foods.

Culinary Uses: Lemon grass features in Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Indian cooking and is widely used in savory dishes and meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable curries. It harmonizes well with coconut milk, especially with chicken or seafood, and there are countless Thai and Sri Lankan recipes exploiting this combination. The stems are also used in teas or used in pickles and in flavoring marinades.

Attributed Medicinal Properties: Caution: Should not be used daily. Lemongrass is used to relieve skin problems, sore throats and respiratory problems. Research also shows that lemon grass oil has anti-fungal properties. A concoction, called as, ‘kadha’ is given to the patient to help him get rid of the common cold. Also, if you add a dash of pepper to lemongrass tea, it will help you ease all menstrual problems like cramps and nausea. Studies have shown drinking lemongrass tea on a regular basis, prevents the skin from developing any acne or pimples. This is true, as acne is a result of bacteria, and the anti-bacterial nature of the tea, helps the skin to look good and feel good.

In traditional medicine, Lemongrass is used to combat anxiety, insomnia, stomach problems, hypertension, and fever. The grass is considered a diuretic, tonic and stimulant. It promotes good digestion, and a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. In Ayurvedic medicine a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea.

Internally, Lemongrass is considered a carminative and insect repellent. Lemongrass is believed to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties and it acts as a central nervous system depressant. Lemongrass is a specific remedy against nematodes and the oil shows activity against some bacteria. It also contains five constituents that inhibit blood coagulation. It induces perspiration, to cool the body and reduce a fever. It is well known a mild insect repellent (citronella) and the essential oil is used in perfumery.

Magickal Correspondences and Uses:

Mercury spells: Lemongrass (as herb or essential oil) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Mercury matters (overcoming addiction, breaking bad habits, communication, divination, eloquence, intelligence, mental powers, psychic powers, self-improvement, study, travel, and wisdom). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin.

These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. 

 Substitutes for Lemongrass are other Mercury Herbs

Using essential oils: Essential oils are just too concentrated and too expensve to use without dilution. You will want to place just a drop or two into a neutral carrier vegetable oil or jojoba. This conservation is typical of the use of essential oils in spells and other magick.

It is wise to test a bit of any essential oil on your inner wrist before use. If any irritation occurs, do not use the essential oil.

Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets and away from heat and light.

Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

Magickal Powers: Lust, Psychic Powers, Repels Snakes.

Lemongrass is bound to Mercury and air.

Gender  Masculine

Element Air

It is said to repel dragons and serpents, and is burned, bathed in, or carried on the person for lust, fidelity, honesty, growth, strength, psychic powers, and purification.

Plant Lemongrass around the home to repel serpent energy.

Drink tea to aid in psychic abilities and divination.

Used in some lust potions.

Carry it in a sachet or charm to attract the object of your desire and to bring honesty to your relationships.

Burn as an incense for strength and purification.

Put a handful of leaves in a mesh bag and place under the tap water for a purification bath, and to attract and keep a lover.

Some herbs may be poisonous under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.

Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own Goddess garden (or window boxes).

Growing Lemon Grass Indoors

First, SOIL. Please don’t ever use garden dirt. Use good quality potting soil with organic fertilizer mixed in. If the soil is very fine, add up to 30 percent more perlite.

Second, POTTING. Don’t do anything to the roots of the plant and be very careful not to damage the stem. A perennial has to be really old to need its roots pruned and, even then it is, in most cases, better to just repot and leave the roots alone. Forget about the rocks on the bottom of the pot. This is a myth and it just takes valuable growing space away from the plant’s roots. Only put one kind of plant in a pot. If you feel you must combine plants, don’t leave oreganos, mints, lemon balm or bee balm with other plants for very long. They will overgrow everything. If you pot separately, each plant can be given air space around it and if one plant has a problem it is easy to remove it.

Third, LIGHT. Just like outside, plants need at least six hours of sun a day. If your sunny window doesn’t fill that requirement, then you may want to purchase some regular fluorescent lights. These shop lights need to hang no more than three inches above the plants and stay on for 14 hours a day. If you are trying to grow seedlings, put the lights an inch or less away from the new plants. And like outdoors if your window is too hot in the summer, lower the shades in the afternoon to prevent scorching. If your window freezes in the winter, keep the foliage of the plant away from the glass.

Fourth, WATER. Water thoroughly when the plant is dry. Err on the side of dryness without letting the plant wilt. An inexpensive water meter is invaluable if you have doubts about when to water. Make sure the water is not too frigid or too hot. Fill your watering can and let it sit for a while to become room temperature.

Fifth, TEMPERATURE. The hardest of all indoor requirements to moderate. Ideally it would be 70 or 75 during the day and 55 or 60 at night. Do your best to keep the temperature close to this for maximum survival and growth. Lastly, FERTILIZER. If you put some in when you re-potted, your plant should be happy until spring. When it starts to grow vigorously, add a little organic liquid fertilizer to the water.

And, plan ahead. If you think you want to grow herbs indoors in the winter, don’t wait until winter to get started. Start the plants going in their containers in fall and prepare them for the months ahead by letting them settle in during pleasant conditions. It produces an attractive purplish seedhead in most areas. Lemongrass is adapted to hot wet summers and dry warm winters, is drought tolerant and will grow on a wide range of soils but prefers rich, moist loams. It dislikes wet feet. If it is damaged by frost in cooler areas, the tops should not be cut until all danger of frost has passed. This helps to protect the centre of the plant from further cold damage. Suitable for warm temperate to tropical areas.

Mulch: it can be cut continuously for mulch during the warmer months. As an added advantage it will have some pest repellent properties.

Erosion control: it can be planted on the contour on steep banks to control erosion.

Edging: useful also as a barrier to running grasses around vegetable gardens.

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Recommended Planting Time:  Plant spring in cooler areas; in tropical areas plant during the wet season.

 Plant spacing: Plant rhizomes at a spacing of 1 m, with .5 m between rows.

 Details: It rarely flowers and is usually propagated by division in spring. Harvesting for oil distillation begins when the clumps are 4-8 months old, it is subsequently harvested every 3-4 months, and this continues for about 4 years. The fresh grass yields 0.2-0.4% oil, giving 40-112 kg of oil/ha/yr.

Available from Green Harvest: July to September 2010

How to Make Lemongrass Tea

Ingredients

Clumps of lemongrass

Water, 1 cup

Milk, if desired

Sugar or honey, as per taste

Strainer

Method 

Peel the outer layer of the leaves and discard them. The outer layers, will give your tea a bitter taste.

Boil the water and add the clumps of peeled leaves to it.

Let the water boil on a slow heat for around twenty minutes. This extracts all the essence of the leaves.

Add the sweetener and boil it for another 5 minutes. If you want, you can add some milk at this point.

Remove from the stove, strain it in a cup and drink it hot.

You can also serve iced lemongrass tea. Go along with the suggested lemongrass tea recipe, let it cool and serve it with ice. If you are making it iced lemongrass tea, refrain from adding milk.

Lemongrass Tea Side Effects

Avoid drinking lemongrass tea in excess and make sure that it’s a real herb and not some hoax. Say, if you have been drinking lemongrass tea for 10 days, skip 5 days. If you are suffering from any ailment, make sure you consult a doctor, before you start consuming this herbal tea. In case, you feel any side effect after drinking this tea, immediately stop taking it. Also, lemongrass tea during pregnancy isn’t a good idea, so avoid completely.

There is a plethora of lemongrass tea uses. This folk medicine has to have some truth, since it’s been used for so many years. To make a start, combat the cold, with a cuppa lemongrass tea.

Lemon Grass Beef w/chili Bo Xao Xa Ot by Doug

Ingredients

2-3 pounds beef (or chicken)

4 cloves garlic

1 large yellow or white onion

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons minced lemon grass

1 teaspoon ground chilies (to taste)

4 tablespoon fish sauce (Nuoc Mam)

2-3 spring (green) onion stalks

2-3 tablespoons coarsely ground peanuts

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoons honey

Directions

Cut beef into small pieces (either “nuggets” or small strips).

Peel garlic and slice finely.

Cut onion into 1/2 inch strips.

Peel off the hard outer layers of lemon grass stalk and discard.

Peel off the medium layers of lemon grass stalk for stewing purposes

Mince the soft inner layers of the stalk.

Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat.

Add salt, garlic and onion.

Fry over medium heat until onion is opaque.

Add lemon grass and chili.

Fry 1 – 2 minutes until fragrant.

Add beef and cook until lightly browned.

Mix in fish sauce, sugar and honey.

Cook until beef is the way you like it.

Stir occasionally and add water if necessary.

Remove the medium layers of lemon grass stalk before serving

Serving Instructions

Serve over white rice.  Garnish with peanuts and thin slices of spring onion stalk.   I like mine with a Vietnamese chili-garlic sauce (Tuong Ot Toi Viet Nam: it’s the best hot sauce EVER- I sometimes use it in the recipe instead of the garlic and pepper).

Health Notice: Attempting to be an amateur doctor is potentially dangerous to your health. This web page is not professional medical advice. Nothing on this page should be considered as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice. Persons should seek the advice of qualified health providers.

Self-medication should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care. Please confirm all self-medication with your doctor or health care professional.

Scott Cunningham, Encyclopedia of Magical herbs,

Herbal Gold by Madonna Compton

Complete Book of Natural Magick by Cassandra Eason; http://www.teenwitch.com/herbs/lemongrass.html

http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Exotic-Herbs-Spices-and-Salts-639/lemon-grass.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbopogon

http://www.santarosagardens.com/Growing-Lemon-Grass-Indoors-s/191.ht

 

Finding Inspiration Series: Renewing That Relationship

My ‘Finding Inspiration’ series was written out of a need that comes up in my practice, most often in Spring and Fall. I feel we all need a bit of encouragement and enlightenment now and then to help us move forward.

Finding motivation through inspiration can be the spark which sets you on your  way!

Renewing That Relationship

I was looking around my house the other day and realized that I have so many wonderful crystals that I have collected over the years that blissfully sit in their place and do such a wonderful job every day giving off their great energy, unattended, unnoticed and often  unappreciated.

Each one was so special at the time I purchased it or when it was given as a gift but as I looked around the room, I realized just how much that memory has waned! So I gathered up ALL my stones and cleansed them. Then, one at a time (and it took me about a week) I took the crystal in my hands, admired it’s beauty, showed my appreciation and  re-manifested it’s love and purpose for being with me!

Manifesting Your Crystals

Very simply, manifesting is a method of ‘programming’ your crystal to help your subconscious mind create something tangible in your life that you may need. Notice that I use the word need, not want. There is a very big difference! Before you proceed with any form of manifesting it is extremely important that you examine your conscience and decide exactly what it is you wish to achieve. Decide, in as much precise detail as possible, whatever it is you need to acquire. In order to avoid dissipating the crystalline energies, it is most essential that you only use your chosen crystal for manifesting purposes only!

Let me repeat once again. Need, not want, should be your main criteria!

First, hold your crystal in front of you, with both hands.

Stare at it intently and visualize yourself and your intention together. You may now close your eyes.

Bring into your mind a complete and exact image of whatever it is you wish to manifest. Visualize as much detail as possible; concentrate as hard as you possibly can and imagine that you actually possess whatever it is you are manifesting. You are extremely happy and relaxed, secure in the knowledge that your need has been met.

Take your time; 5, 10 or even 15 minutes, it doesn’t matter. Then,when you have finished, take a large deep breath, relax your body and when you feel comfortable, open your eyes. Do your manifesting whenever possible (morning and evening).

Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac.

http://www.peacefulmind.com/tumblestones.htm

Therapies for healing

mind, body, spirit

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Join Pagan Pride Detroit and Come Celebrate Our Community Earth Day Festival

April 23, 2016

12:00 – 4:00 PM

A FREE festival about sustainable living, homesteading, farming, and all things Green.

This year, we will be at the Madison Heights Senior Center located at 29448 John R.Madison Heights, MI 48071

Vendors, table spaces are only $25 each!

Community Resources, Information, Classes, and fellowship shall be bigger, better, and always surprising.

Be the seed we sow together for our communities.

Door Prizes, Swag Bags, and many more surprises await you this year!

G.L.W.C. of Michigan will be performing a free Seed Blessing and giveaway. A Crop Blessing will also be done at this event, with an item available for taking home to plant in the garden/farm. Those with their own seeds are welcome to bring them to have them blessed as well. This will be an inclusive nondenominational interfaith friendly blessing.

A children’s area will be there to give little faces friendly places, and tasty healthy snacks will be available for purchase at our Earth Day Cafe kitchen at modest pricing.

We are also reaching out and sending an invitation to plant exchanges, community farming collectives, and other groups that focus on natural living to come out if they are interested in sharing their knowledge.

Vendors and artisans who sell naturally crafted, hand made, and locally sourced products will be there to offer wares in the spirit of the event are encouraged to come out and be a part of this community festival. We also welcome any community CSAs who may wish to secure a space to feel welcome.

These are great days at Pagan Pride Detroit, Inc.!

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Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

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Goals of a Natural Witch/Magician

  • To walk in harmony with nature, never taking without giving.
  • To understand that magick is an alliance between humans and the Earth for the betterment of all.
  • To use magick as an instrument of loving change, not hateful destruction.
  • To see the spiritual in the physical and to understand that neither is higher nor more perfect than the other.
  • To wisely use natural energies only when in genuine need, not for greed.
  • To know that nothing is impossible if we will work beyond personal limitations.
  • To work magick for others only with their permission.
  • To celebrate magick as a union with the energies that gave us our physical forms.
  • To improve ourselves, our friends, and our world for the greater good of all.

You don’t need expensive accouterments or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course does require purchase of one text book! You may buy this new, used or you may already have it!

All Students Welcome!

A 13 week course on-line course.

 Beltane Special Half Price $50.00  $100.00

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Payment Options Available

 Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

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 Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies Enroll Now! 

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Earth Signs and Omens

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Uncover the Hidden Mysteries of Nature

 In Nature, we can find guidance about all life’s mysteries and all issues in our individual life circumstances.

We will learn the signs, omens and messages in nature and understand when and how they communicate with us.

One of the easiest and most rewarding of the divinatory arts, you will learn why things are happening to you and help to solve problems.

The course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.

Beltane Special Half Price $25.00  An exciting hands-on 10 week course for $50.00.

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The Magic of Crystals Course

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with GrannyMoon

Quartz crystals are a gift from the earth. They have the ability to amplify or strengthen the things in you that are positive.

Quartz can strengthen your ability to be a loving person, and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life.

Quartz can reduce stress, help with centering, strengthen, have wonderful healing properties and surround you with protection!

If you love crystals like I do, join me in this 4 Week Mini – Course for a fun and interesting time!

Beltane Special Half Price $15.00  No books or supplies needed!  $25.00

Purchase 4 courses at one time – get a fifth one free!

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Other Available Mini-Courses http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/minicourses.html

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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Hardcover: $39.45

Softback: $26.95

eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (www.Goddessschool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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 Become a Certified Practitioner of The Healing Arts!

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Welcome to a journey to learn about the hidden powers of herbs and our Mother Earth. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person  is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the Earth, to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and start our Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next two levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

Herbalism 202 – We focus on herbs and terminology having to do with health and health care, making herbal medicines, classifying herbs, the Doctrine of Signatures, and much much more!

Herbalism 303 – This last series of classes teaches about the entire body, one system at a time. You’ll learn about how the body functions and what health problems are related to which body system. You’ll also learn about natural health remedies for many health problems.

Free with Reiki Masters certification an attunement with purchase of Herbalism 1,2,and 3. I am attuned to Usui Ryoho, but I also ask that my students read the Diane Stein book, Essential Reiki. We cover the three Reiki levels and you will receive a Master’s attunement and certificate.

Each course (3 in all) is ten weeks in length.

Each course is 50.00 taken separately and earns a certificate in Healing Arts.

Earn a Priest or Priestess certification in Healing Arts by taking these four courses.

Buy three at once, get Reiki Master certification free.

The Healing Arts certificate four part series will earn a Priest or Priestess Certification from The Order of the Burning Branch

No text books required unless otherwise noted.

Herbalism 101 (The Universe of Herbs, begin your own Materia Medica)

Herbalism 202  (My Herbalism 101 course is required)

Herbalism 303  (My Herbalism 101 and 202 courses are required)

Reiki I, II, and III

http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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 So Mote It Be!

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Have a Magickal Week!!!

Goddess Blessings!

GrannyMoon

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    The GoddessSchool

 E=mail me at: GrannyMoonsMail@uahoo.com

 High Priestess Certification and Ancient Mystery Teachings

  1. Herbalism 101
  2. Herbalism 202
  3. Herbalism 303
  4. Earth Signs and Omens
  5. The Priestess Entrepreneurship
  6. Natural Witchcraft
    8. Practical Magick: Spell Casting for Every Day Use
  7. The Magic of Crystals

10.Introduction to Energy Healing

11.Introduction to Paganism

12.Introduction to Meditation

13.Introduction to The Goddess Tradition and The Feminine Divine

14.Kuan Yins Gentle Embrace Reiki Certification

15.A Year and a Day of Contemplation with Kuan Yin

16.The GoddessSchool Bookstore

17.Tarot, Numerology, Natal Charts and Dream Readings

  1. Priestess Pathways Newsletter
  2. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Daily Newsletter

20 Join The International Order of the Black Hat!
21. Week-End Witchin’s Newsletter

  1. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Café Press Gear

23.Personalized 5 Question for $5.00 Donation Pendulum Reading!

  1. Donations Welcome!

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DISCLAIMER: Submitted In The Spirit of Fair Use! I do not claim to have made any of the graphics or written the articles that I send to this list.

They come from a wide variety of sources and submissions.

Goddess Blessings!
GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com

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About GrannyMoon

GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine, which celebrated it's 16th year this Lammas! Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, LDS Seminary and is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity. Doula, Reiki Master and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. Former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. (Alternative Religions Educational Network.) We offer an on-line and off-line community for women, including workshops and retreats. Offering High Priestess Training and Community, Healing Arts and Pagan Studies to all seekers. http://Goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html

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