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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 will celebrate it's 22th 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

GrannyMoon*s Weekly Feast 25 Sept-1 Oct 2017 — GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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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.

 Please contact me at: grannymoonsmail@yahoo.com

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Witchy Wednesday

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“WITCHY WEDNESDAY with GrannyMoon”

Sticks and Stones, 11037 Lee Highway,Fairfax, VA

Fun Fun Fun! Stone and Crystal Show and Tell!

Hands on! Bring a notebook!

RSVP  by 4/20/16 – 4PM

Minimum of 2 students

 703 352-2343

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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

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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.

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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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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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The Goddess School Grimoire

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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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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

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    8. Practical Magick: Spell Casting for Every Day Use
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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

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WITCHY WEDNESDAY

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WITCHY WEDNESDAY
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“WITCHY WEDNESDAY with GrannyMoon”
Sticks and Stones, 11037 Lee Highway,Fairfax, VA
Event Description:
Herbs and Herb Magic Workshop
Knowing about herbs is a good first step in understanding how to make herb magick. Each herb has its own association with a magickal purpose,
and also to a certain element. Once you know what each herb can do, you can mix and match your own blends to tailor to your witchcraft spell needs
Hands on! Bring a notebook!
RSVP  by 4/12/16
5:30 – 7:00PM
Minimum of 2 students
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$10.00
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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”

Sticks and Stones, 11037 Lee Highway,Fairfax, VA

Event Description:

Herbs and Herb Magic Workshop

 Knowing about herbs is a good first step in understanding how to make herb magick. Each herb has its own association with a magickal purpose,

and also to a certain element. Once you know what each herb can do, you can mix and match your own blends to tailor to your witchcraft spell needs

Hands on! Bring a notebook!

RSVP  by 4/12/16 –  703 352-2343

Minimum of 2 students

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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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Plant a Tree Spell
Spell Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016

Now is a good time to plant a tree, and garden centers offer a big selection at this time of year. But why not put some magical effort into it? That will create a bond between you and the tree, and make it yours. After you select a planting site, think about the kind of tree you want. Do you want a large shade tree, a fruit tree, or a small ornamental? After you decide, say words of power that you’ll find the perfect tree for you. Once you get the tree home, water it well while still in the container or burlap; this shows the tree you care. After planting, press a penny into the soil as a sign of thanks. Then sprinkle a bit of your hair around the trunk as you say:

“With this coin and hair, we have a special bond that we’ll always share.”
This post was written by James Kambos on April 09, 2016

Apple Creativity Spell
Spell Date: Friday, April 8, 2016

For this spell, you’ll need a fresh apple, a cutting board, and a knife. Hold the apple in your palms and close your eyes. Think of a project you want to do that requires creativity. See yourself inspired and working on the project with creativity flowing freely. See the momentum of your creativity growing, as each new step you take fuels the step to come. See the project being completed joyfully and to great success. Feel the power of your vision flow through your palms and into the apple. Open your eyes.
Cut the apple in half across the middle so that you can see the seeds in their star pattern. Eat the apple slowly, thoroughly chewing and swallowing each bite before beginning the next. As you eat the apple, each bite strengthens your drive and creativity.
As you finish eating the apple, say:

“As this apple fuels my body, creativity fuels my mind.”

Repeat the spell whenever you need a creative boost.
This post was written by Emily Carlin on April 08, 2016

Black Mirrors
Spell Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

During the time of the new moon, many things remain hidden from our view. This is a great time to utilize scrying to see what normally cannot be seen. You will want to be in an area that is free from distractions. Your altar area would be ideal. Place a black mirror in the center of your altar, with candles and incense as far to the sides as possible to prevent their images from being reflected in the mirror. Now close your eyes and center your being. When you’re ready, open your eyes and gaze into the mirror.

Chant:

“What is hidden can now be seen.
Reveal to me what I may glean.”

Write down any images made clear to you during this time, as their importance may not be immediately clear.
This post was written by Charlynn Walls on April 07, 2016

Unicorn Altar
Spell Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It’s Tartan Day, a day to celebrate Scottish heritage. Here’s a little heritage to celebrate: Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn. Unicorns are associated with purity, protection, beauty, elegance, subtlety, magic, intuition, shapeshifting, and connection with the Otherworld.
Today, build a unicorn altar, with the intention to align with one or more of these qualities. Keep it simple or get elaborate. You might paint, draw, print out, or find a unicorn image, and then add symbols as desired. For example, you could choose a feather for subtlety and/or intuition, and a white quartz or lepidolite for protection and/or purity. Light a white candle and diffuse a light floral scent (via oil or incense) such as lavender or lilac. Envision a wise and beautiful unicorn as a wordless invocation, and inwardly align yourself with his or her vast power and wisdom.
This post was written by Tess Whitehurst on April 06, 2016
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Metaphysical Properties of Citrine, The Merchant Stone

Properties: Considered the merchant stone, citrine is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline. It reduces anxiety, fear and depression. Citrine is one of two crystals which never have to be cleansed of negative energy. An energizing and highly beneficial crystal, citrine absorbs, transmutes, grounds and dissolves negative energy, which makes it a very protective stone. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive. They can surround and fill anyone with its brilliant color, energizing every aspect of life. Increases motivation and Persons involved with education or business will especially benefit. Can guide you to harness and utilize your creative energy. Helps us analyze events and steer them in a positive direction. Develops inner calm and security, and makes us less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings and help us to accept the flow of events. This stone is great with help in achieving goals. Because of its matrix of iron and quartz, it is most effective on the Sacral/Sexual/Navel Chakra, the Solar plexus Chakra and Crown Chakra. The grounding abilities of citrine help to alleviate anxiety, as the more orange encourages creative flow and sexual arousal, where the more yellow citrine has a soothing affect on the digestive system. Citrine energizes every level of the aura, cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies as it aligns it with the physical body. Citrine is the stone of abundance. It teaches us the lessons of achieving wealth and prosperity. Not just on a monetary level, but in all aspects of our lives. Citrine is considered one of THE best stone when selling a home, property or business.

Folk Remedies: Eases digestion, stomach tension, food disorders, allergies. Detoxification: Spleen, kidneys, liver, urinary system, intestines. Citrine promotes physical activity, which in turn improves digestion and helps the cleansing organs. May also work as a detoxifier for the blood. Ancient cultures have used citrine for protection against evil spirits and in particular, against snake bites. Citrine has been used to reverse degenerative diseases and in treating chronic fatigue. It is considered the eliminator as it is used on the abdomen for eliminating constipation. It is also a wonderful stone used as an elixir for menstrual disorders, PMS and symptoms from menopause.

Feng Shui: This joyful stone is used specifically in the Southeast direction of your home for wealth/prosperity. It can also be used in the Center area for spiritual growth and guidance. In the West direction for creativity and North for personal journeys.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 8

History: Citrine (SiO2) gets its unique orange to yellow color from a matrix of ferric iron and quartz. Its color is usually a pale golden yellow, but can be found in darker shades as well, although some literature considers the darkest crystals to be Smoky Quartz. The Celtic people of Scotland call the dark Citrine crystals Morion and Cairngorm. Citrine was used in Rome as engraved figurines given as gifts. Citrine has been given other names in other cultures including the merchant stone or the golden stone of wealth. Dark citrine has been call ox blood. Natural citrine tends to be a very pale yellow. Much of the citrine on the market today is “created” by adding heat to a poor quality of amethyst, turning it orange. When citrine forms naturally with amethyst, it is called Ametrine.

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Five Ways to Communicate With Your Guides

by Martine Jeanne Craughley

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Sometimes it’s something you heard on the way to work, or sometimes it seems to arrive from nowhere. Ever wonder where it came from? It may just be your spirit guide (perhaps a grandparent or friend who has passed on) communicating with you.

They may want to alert you to something or get you to acknowledge something you may be ignoring. Many of us feel like the spirit world is far from us, rarely accessible in dreams and never accessible during waking life except through psychics. Yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone was born with a spirit guide to help them grow into their potential.
Ordinary life decisions like choosing a job that pays the bills rather than following your dreams, or marrying someone for convenience, money or childbearing rather than for love, choosing to stay in your safe hometown rather than follow your desires to live in a new city… any one of these can dampen the connection between your spiritual guides and conscious mind. Try the following steps to stay connected to your guides:

Be honest
How do you begin to open those channels? First, if you have taken steps in your life that have dulled you, simply acknowledge the truth of it. The spirit lives in truth, and by speaking the truth to yourself, you’ve opened the door to hearing your guide again.

Tune in
Another thing to recognize is that your guide may have encouraged you in the past to do things that you thought were risky – perhaps to follow your dreams into the unknown. This may have made you unwittingly tune that information out. Tune back in by accepting that you can hear your guide and still make your own decisions, even deciding to stay stuck, if that suits you. Again, it’s being honest with yourself that opens the conduit to deeper conscience and guidance.

No coincidences
As you begin to open those psychic doors, pay attention to “random” coincidences. Start looking for the underlying meaning behind the song stuck in your head, or in that vivid dream – spend time reflecting on what issue it might have brought to light. Sometimes the guidance is unmistakable if the song is, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” and sometimes it will be more subtle. Perhaps it’s a dream about a time when you faced a similar situation.

Messages from beyond
As you give your spirit guides more attention and they realize you’re listening, the messages will come more frequently – in different forms and with more clarity. Dreams, epiphanies, unusual thoughts, telepathy, electrical abnormalities such as lights flickering or a radio turning itself on may be ways they are communicating with you. Spirits can also communicate through animals. If you’re approached by an animal that has meaning for you, or if a butterfly alights on your shoulder or a rare bird perches on your windowsill, this may be a communication intended to encourage and reward your efforts to connect.

Write on
Start a notebook where you can jot down these occurrences. Add any insights or intuition that hits you get when you think about them. Keep a record of how you have applied what you’ve learned to your everyday life. You’ll be surprised when you look back at what you have learned! Also, if you are getting a psychic reading, ask your spirit guides to join you.
Don’t hesitate, the best guidance and the most profound wisdom is available to you through your own heart and the help of a spirit guide

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Crystal Cleansing Methods

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Cleansing is washing away physical impurities. This act removes unwanted energies from your stones and crystals, but not all cleansing methods should be used with all stones, for it might ruin them. For example, stones or crystals that have the tendency to crack or fade should never be cleansed in sunlight. I would suggest searching what type of stone you are trying to clean before choosing one of the methods below:

Elemental

This method uses all four elements of of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to cleanse the stone. You will need something that represents each of them: soil, burning incense, burning candle and water. Dip the stone in the water, then pass it through the fire, through the incense’s smoke and then place it in the soil. As you perform this method, imagine each element removing any unwanted energies from your stone.

Smudging

This method uses the smoke of incense or burning herbs to remove the negative energy and purify the stone. I love using white sage, but the type of incense used is entirely up to you. Simply pass the stone through the smoke or leave it anywhere it allows the smoke to drift over the stone for a long period of time.

Water

The best is to use water from a natural source, but in case you don’t have access to it, you can simply use tap water. Allow the stone to soak in water for a period of time in sunlight, moonlight or you can rinse it under running water. You can use salt water as long as your stone isn’t too soft. For example, if you are trying to cleanse an amethyst, opal or hematite, do NOT use this method.

Sunlight or Moonlight

Simply place the stone where it can receive sunlight or moonlight rays for a long period of time. As mentioned before, some stones are not meant to be cleansed in sunlight, so be careful.

Earth

Place your stone or crystals in earth, either directly or in a peace of cloth, for 24 hours. It is best if the soil is not covered with chemicals nor fertilizers. Please remember where you are going to place your crystals or stones, so you won’t lose them.

Music and Sounds

Sounds can be used for cleansing by ringing a bell or using a singing bowl. The Book of the Crystals Spells has a great chant for singing while using this method:

“As this sound reaches my ear,
I declare this stone is clear.”

Salt

Allow the stone to sit in sea salt overnight, through the day or over a 24 hours period.

Quartz Clusters or Other Stones

Allowing a stone to rest on a large cluster of clear quartz is also an extremely easy method of cleansing. Let the stone to remain on the clearing crystal for at least 24 hours.

Grant, E. (2013). The Book of Crystal Spells: Magical Uses for Stones, Crystals, Minerals and Even Sand (1st ed.). Llewellyn.

https://fairypath.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/crystal-cleansing-methods/

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Free of Gravity
Flying Home

by Madisyn Taylor

We take flight mentally when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights.

As earthbound beings, humans have always had a fascination with winged creatures of all kinds. The idea of being able to spontaneously lift off from the earth and fly is so compelling to us that we invented airplanes and helicopters and myriad other flying machines in order to provide ourselves with the many gifts of being airborne. Flying high in the sky, we look down on the earth that is our home and see things from an entirely different perspective. We can see more, and we can see farther than we can when we’re on the ground. As if all this weren’t enough, the out-of-this-world feeling of freedom that comes with groundlessness inspires us to want to take flight again and again.

Metaphorically, we take flight whenever we break free of the gravity that holds us to a particular way of thinking or feeling or being. We take flight mentally when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights. This is what it means to open our minds. Emotionally, we take flight when the strength of our passion exceeds the strength of our blockages; the floodgates open and we are free to feel fully. Spiritually we take flight when we locate that part of ourselves that is beyond the constraint of linear time and the world of form. It is in this place that we experience the essential boundlessness that defines the experience of flight.

Taking flight is always about freeing ourselves from form, if only temporarily. When we literally fly, in a plane or on a hang glider, we free ourselves from the strength of gravity’s pull. As we open our minds and our hearts, we free ourselves from habitual patterns of thought and emotional blockages. As we remember our true nature, we free ourselves from identification with the temporary state of our physical forms. The more we stretch our wings, the clearer it becomes that taking flight is a state of grace that simply reminds us of who we really are.

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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,
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All Students Welcome!
A 13 week course on-line course.
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Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

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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.

An exciting hands-on 10 week course for $50.00.
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The Magic of Crystals Course
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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! No books or supplies needed! $25.00
Purchase 4 courses at one time – get a fifth one free!
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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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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.
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The Healing Arts certificate four part series will earn a Priest or Priestess Certification from The Order of the Burning Branch
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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)
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3. Herbalism 202

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5. Earth Signs and Omens

6. The Priestess Entrepreneurship

7. Natural Witchcraft
8. Practical Magick: Spell Casting for Every Day Use

9. 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

18. Priestess Pathways Newsletter

19. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Daily Newsletter

20 Join The International Order of the Black Hat!
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Week-End Witchin*s!

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2-3 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.

Please contact me at: grannymoonsmail@yahoo.com

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Witchy Wednesday

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“WITCHY WEDNESDAY with GrannyMoon”

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When: 6 Apr 2016

CURES IN YOUR CUPBOARD: HERBAL REMEDIES FOR COMMON AILMENTS

Hands on! Bring a notebook!

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

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

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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Releasing Unhealthy Beliefs about Sex

Spell Date:  Sunday, April 3, 2016

Today, the moon is a slender waning crescent, almost a Crone’s sickle; and, as this is the month of Beltane, it’s a good time to cast off old, archaic beliefs about sex and sexuality. Take some time to meditate on your sexual questions, and then research the answers, using reliable resources such as books and articles on healthy sexuality, rather than relying solely on the Internet, if at all possible.

Take a purple candle—the physical(red) manifestation of emotions(blue)—and carve it with statements of beliefs that no longer apply to you. As you light the candle, say:

“As this candle burns down, as the moon wanes away, so let these old, outmoded beliefs wane and die a timely death. I am free from judgment and fear. So mote it be.”

This post was written by Thuri Calafia on April 03, 2016

Magickal Movie Night

Spell Date:  Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tally’s Electric Theatre, the first motion picture theater in Los Angeles, California, opened on this day in 1902. In honor of both movie magic and Craft magick, it’s time for a magickal movie night! Have a magickal friend or two over tonight, and have a viewing of your favorite movie with magickal themes and characters. Don’t forget the snacks and treats—ask each guest to bring their favorite. Afterward, have a discussion of the lessons to be learned from the movie’s story and how accurate or inaccurate it was to real-life Craft magick. Sometimes movies feature magick that is pleasantly realistic to that which we practice in real life—even if it does take artistic liberties and add a little cinematic sparkle around the edges. Other times the magick featured in movies is nothing like that of real-life Witches. Either way, what is most important tonight is to remember to have fun!

This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on April 02, 2016

Ever Changing

Spell Date:  Thursday, March 31, 2016

In ancient Rome, the annual Feast of Luna was held today, celebrating the goddess of the moon and lunar magic. At moonrise, sit quietly in a sacred (and safe) place to invoke Luna. Draw a clockwise circle around you with the index finger of your right hand, calling in the directions:

“I invoke Luna, the divine feminine, she who rules the measurement of time, fertility cycles, calendars, and crops. Bless me with the wisdom of the moon: magic, intuition, and the eternal cycle of dark, wax, full, wane, and void. With the knowledge of the cycles of the universe, I easily ebb, flow, and change. Luna, bless me throughout every stage.”

Breathe deeply. Connect to the moon, to Luna and her eternal, cyclical magic. Know that her cycle of change guides you. Close the circle with your left hand, circling counterclockwise, releasing the directions and closing sacred space.

This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on March 31, 2016

Blessing for Electronics

Spell Date:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets, electronics are a major part of life for just about everyone these days. Despite their position in our lives, we rarely think to include these vital devices in our magickal protections.

For this spell, you’ll need a no-scratch cleaning cloth (microfiber is best) and some protective incense(sage or dragon’s blood both work well).

First, thoroughly clean the device with the cloth. Wipe away any smudges on the screen, dust from vents, etc. As you do so, envision any negative energy clinging to the device being wiped away with the grime. Then waft the incense smoke over the device and say:

“Blessed be this [name of device]. May it be protected from bugs, viruses, and hackers; from water and power surges; from slips and spills; and from any ill intent. So mote it be.”

This post was written by Emily Carlin on March 30, 2016

 

A Syllabub Spell

Spell Date:  Friday, April 1, 2016

Word or treat, “syllabub” captures the carefree spirit of April Fools’. The world can be a stressful place, and we often forget the importance of play. Prepare a foolish dessert and infuse it (literally!) with a magical charm for fun.

Combine four parts whipped cream and one part crushed fruit(strawberries are good at this time of year). Fold the berries into the cream, being careful not to incorporate them completely. You might also want to include a ribbon of chocolate syrup. As you work, say this spell in limerick form—the most foolish kind of verse:

“Eating this Fool will ensure

A happiness that will endure

Past April the first

And cannot be reversed.

Of this I am certainly sure.”

Eat and share this Fools’ fool to balance stress with peace and work with play—and be merry! Laughter is the best medicine and the best magic.

This post was written by Natalie Zaman on April 01, 2016

 

The Care and Feeding of Your Magickal Broom

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As Witches, we need to be aware of the Ancient Broom Lore that has been passed down to us from those wonderful Crones of the past.

1- Never leave home for long periods of time without telling your broom.

2- Treat your broom as you would any other member of your family, with honor, reverence, and respect.

3- Magickal Brooms are not regular cleaning brooms and should not be used for such mundane tasks.

4- Never leave your Magickal Broom outside your cast circle.

5- Speak with your broom as you would speak to other members of your family or coven.

6- Never leave your Magickal Broom outside in the weather unless you ask the Broom.

7- Oil your broomstick with every turn of the wheel.

Brooms have long been known for their magickal ways, probably due to its shape, use in purification rites and kinship with magickal wands and staffs. The common household tool has been known to be so sacred that in many parts of the world there are Broom Deities.

Sao Ching Niang – The lady with the broom who lives in the Broom Star. When there is too much rain and the crops are threatened, it is not uncommon in China to see pictures of Brooms hanging on the front door or fences to bring clear and sunny weather to the field.

 

As this is invoking the Great Earth Goddess herself, the Broom Star is the fertile womb of our Great Goddess, and thus, she gives us life of the fields that are represented by the Corn Fields. Hence, the broom is brought into our homes from the womb of the Goddess.

In Mexico, the Witch Goddess Tlazoiteotl is depicted riding on a broom. This symbolizes the coming of the night, the dark part of ourselves, the growing darkness of the winter.

The priests in South America have been known to burn offerings of owls and snakes. These were offered at the dark moon. Through these offerings, the people were calling upon the Broom Witch to sweep away their transgressions.

My grandmother was a Broom Witch. Here are some of the old backward things that can be done with a broom. On a hot summers day, I would watch her go out on the front porch and swing the broom over her head. Grandma would just tell me to be quiet, the rain was coming. And if fact she was right. A few hours later we always had rain. So Granny would call the rain with her broom by swinging it clockwise over her head.

In turn, if it was raining too much, she would go out and talk with her broom for a while on the front porch. She would sing “Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day”. Then she would raise her broom and swing it over her head counter-clockwise to stop the rain, and again, a few hours later the rain would stop.

With some practice, I know have mastered this little broom lore spell. I find it handy to tell the broom what I want it to do before I do it, then I say my incantation and swing the broom.

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A MAGICKAL BROOM

When you first get your broom, always greet it by rubbing your hand over the entire staff of the broom. Learn the body of your broom, inspect it’s divets and curves. Use anointing oil to open and activate your broom. A good oil is made from rosemary, thyme, myrrh and lavender in the base oil. Make this oil by the full moon and then open your broom on the first day of the new moon. When getting a new broom, it’s always good to talk with it awhile. I usually carry mine along with me in my car, and I sleep with it by my bed. Talk with your broom, it’s amazing how much these magickal tools have to say to us and how lonely they become when cast to the side. After your broom has been chosen and spoken to, then start using it to call in your circle. I point the broom in the direction that I’m casting and use this to focalize the energy. Once the circle is cast, then I lay the broom to the east to guard the entrance until my magickal work is done. I also sprinkle salt in the east over the broom to strengthen the seal, especially if I find myself doing some intense spell casting. Once I’m done with casting my magickal work, I thank my broom and lift it from east and dismiss the quarters. A broom can also be used to cast a circle in a hurry, much the same way a staff can be used. If I know I need immediate protection, I point my broom to east and cast a circle with my broom pointed to the earth, moving in a clockwise direction. This really works if you are in a hurry and need to have some sacred space like NOW. I also oil my broom handle with my anointing oil 4 times a year during each turn of the wheel. This helps recharge the broom and helps you reconnect with it. It likes to be stroked and caressed. Your broom is a sensuous creature and likes to be part of the Divine Feminine.

BROOM SPELLS

The “Come to Me” Broom Spell

On a warm night (or turn the heater up), put on some Goddess clothing (loose and feminine), put on some soothing music that makes you want to dance. Now take your broom as if it were your beloved and dance with the broom until you are flying into the arms of your beloved. Whisper this four times to yourself….

By night’s light we shine bright By sunlight we are right By days end we are together by sacred rite.

Now cast your circle by laying your broom in each quarter. Lay the broom to the east and jump clockwise over it. Lay the broom in the south and jump clockwise over it. Lay the broom in the west and jump clockwise over it. Then lay it in the north and jump over it. Once you have completed your circle, your beloved will come to you within 24 hours. Use this spell to mend fights, or if you don’t have a mate, use this to call a mate to you.

 

SWEEPING SPELLS AND LORE

If you feel your life is in chaos, take a look around at your front porch and front walkway. If the front walks is cluttered with leaves and dirt, then sweep your walkway and front porch clean with your magickal broom and envision that your life is in order and that all that comes to your will be clean and cleared.

When you move from one house to another, it’s always good to change your workaday broom. Either burn your old one, or make sure that it is buried with honor. Always bring a new broom into the new house, but sweep some dirt from the outside in before you sweep the dirt from the inside out. This is to bring in good luck from the beginning and not push your luck out the door.

Always hang a broom by the front door for protection. Brooms will keep the bad things out and the good things in. I have a broom at every the door of my home. I keep it in the corner. Always stand a broom on end with the brush facing up. This helps the wear and tear on the brush and it’s also said to bring love from the earth through the broomstick and given up to the heavens through the brush.

If your broom falls from your hand while you are sweeping or doing other work, make a wish before you pick it up. It’s also said that if a broom falls from it’s kept place, company is coming and it’s not good news. When you pick up your broom after something like this happens, sweep the energy out the door and bid it adue not to return again.

If you or your kin are having recurrent nightmares or night hauntings, sweep the room clockwise while stating that all that lies between here and the other world be gone and back whence you came. Hither, hither, hither gone. Hither, hither, hither gone Hither, hither, thither gone So Mote It Be.

Now stand the broom outside the bedroom door and place a piece of garlic under the bed.

HANDFASTING AND MARRIAGE BROOM LORE

As a Priestess and Wiccan Minister, I perform several Handfasting Rites per year. One of the main things I encourage Wiccan engaged couples to do is to find a broom together. This is the symbol of hearth and home. Once the broom has been found, then it is anointed as I stated above, then some of the broom brush is pulled from the stem. That brush is then woven together and placed upon the wedding altar. The broom is present during our counseling sessions and then the wife-to-be is usually the keeper of the broom until the wedding. This represents that she is the keeper of the home and keeps peace and harmony while the man goes out to work. It also means that she is the keeper of the Magickal power of the home. As it seems in these modern times that this is wrong to have such sexed roles, this is Celtic lore from more than 600 years ago.

 

The night before the wedding, the couple will dress the broom by weaving 3 a strand of colored ribbon around the handle. What this represents is the inter-twining of their lives and they themselves are no longer individuals but are part of each other. The broom is then placed either standing by the altar or placed lying under the altar during the ceremony as the vows are said, the promises made, that hands fasted. They are pronounced husband and wife and the broom is then put before them as the final test of love. The couple either steps, or in the old tradition, jumps, over the broom. This is the final end of the ceremony. Then it is recommended that the couple takes the broom home and makes love with the broom under the bed. This seals the marriage.

Your broom can be your best friend and your magickal ally. Treat your broom with honor, reverence and respect and you will have a life-long companion and ritual tool.

And then there is this…….

The Broomstick

The traditional companion of the witches was the enchanted broomstick, used for their wild and unholy flights through the night and probably to some distant Witches’ Sabbat. This is one of the first images you get to see as a child and this was doubtlessly believed by the prominent rulers of Europe. The number of actual confessions of witches doing so is remarkably small. Usually confessions state that they went to the Sabbat on foot or on horseback.

Legends of witches flying on brooms go back as far as the beginning of the Common Era. The earliest known confession of a Witch flying on a broom was in 1453, when Guillaume Edelin of St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, stated that he had done so. In 1563, Martin Tulouff of Guernsey said to have seen his aged mother straddle a broomstick and whisk up the chimney and out of the house on it, saying “Go in the name of the Devil and Lucifer over rocks and thorns”. In 1598 Claudine Boban and her mother, witches of the province of Franche-Comte, in eastern France, also spoke of flying up the chimney of a stick. The belief of flying off through the chimney became firmly embedded in popular tradition, although only a few people ever mentioned doing so. It has been suggested that this idea was connected with the old custom of pushing a broom up the chimney to indicate the absence of the housewife. The Germanic Goddess Holda or Holle is also connected with the chimney.

Other indications that lead to the popular belief that witches actually flew on broomsticks can be found in an old custom of dancing with a broom between the legs, leaping high in the air. In Reginald Scot’s book, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, published in 1584, we find a similar description:

“At these magical assemblies, the witches never failed to dance; and in their dance they sing these words, ‘Har, har, dive dive, dance here dance here, play here play here, Sabbath, Sabbath’. And whiles they sing and dance, ever one hath a broom in her hand, and holdeth it up aloft.” Scot quoted these descriptions of Witch rites from a French demonologist, Jean Bodin, who made observations of a kind of jumping dance, riding on staffs. These customs might have contributed to the popular picture of broomstick-riding witches through the air.

In 1665, from the confession of Julian Cox, one of the Somerset coven, mentioned “that one evening she walks out about a Mile from her own House and there came riding towards her three persons upon three Broom-staves, born up about a years and a half from the ground. Two of them she formerly knew, which was a Witch and a Wizard”.

History

Some authors claim that the oldest known source of witches flying on broomsticks is a manuscript called Le Champion des Dames by Martin Lefranc, 1440. This might be one of the oldest images representing a hag on a broomstick, but it is certainly not the first. A wall painting from the 12th century in Schleswig Cathedral (Germany) shows the Norse deity Frigg riding her staff.

If we really dig a bit deeper into history, we’ll find that from the Roman world there are reports that mention witches flying on broomsticks as well as having used ointments, as early as the first century. They were called Straight (Barn owl) and the Lamiae from Greek culture had similar characteristics. Later in Roman history, the goddess Diana was the leader of the Wild Hunt:

“It is also not to be omitted that some wicked women, perverted by the Devil, seduced by illusions and phantasm of demons, believe and profess themselves in the hours of the night to ride upon certain beasts with Diana, the goddess of pagans, and an innumerable multitude of women, and in the silence of the dead of the night to traverse great spaces of earth, and to obey her commands as of their mistress, and to be summoned to her service on certain nights”. (See: Canon Episcopi).

Similar beliefs existed in many parts of Europe. From Norse mythology, we know that the army of women, lead by Odin (Wodan), called the Valkyries, was said to ride through the skies on horses, collecting the souls of the dead. In continental Germanic areas, the goddess Holda or Holle was also said to lead the Wild Hunt and is connected to chimneys and witchcraft. Berchta or Perchta, another Germanic goddess, which can be identified with Holda, has similar characteristics.

Again in Celtic Traditions, the Horned God Cernunnos, and/or Herne the Hunter was leader of the Wild Hunt and the Scottish Witch Goddess Nicneven was also said to fly through the night with her followers. Eastern Europe sources also have a wealth of folklore about witches flying through the air. So flying through the air, evidently, was a deeply rooted mythological theme, associated with the free roaming of the spirit, the separation of soul and body.

Symbolism

The broomstick is a female and male symbol, “the rod which penetrated the bush”. Its symbolism and interpretation is therefore purely sexual.

RITUAL USE

There are hints of its use as an artificial penis or dildo. In a curious old book, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant, by Albert BarrSre and Charles Godfrey Leland (1897-1899), we are told that the slang term in those days for a dildo or artificial penis was “a broom-handle”, and the female genitals were known vulgarly as “the broom”. To “have a brush” was to have sexual intercourse. Noteworthy is the evidence from Witch trials mentioning the “cold hard member of the Devil himself”. In 1662, Isabel Gowdie, accused of witchcraft, made a confession which could suggest that some sort of artificial phallus of horn or leather may have been used:

“His members are exceeding great and long; no man’s members are so long and big as they are….(he is) a meikle, black, rough man, very cold, and I found his nature as cold within me as spring-well water…He is abler for us that way than any man can be, only he is heavy like a malt-sack, a huge nature, very cold, as ice.

Besom Chant

Besom, besom long and lithe

made from ash and willow withe

Tied with thongs of willow bark

in running stream at moonset dark.

With a pentagram insight

as the ritual fire is lighted

Sweep ye circle, deosil,

Sweep out evil, sweep out ill,

Make the round of the ground

Where we do the Lady’s will.

Besom, besom, Lady’s broom

Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom

Rid ye Lady’s hallowed ground

Of demons, imps and Hell’s red hound;

Then set ye down on Her green earth

By running stream or Mistress’ hearth,

‘Till called once more on Sabbath night

To cleans once more the dancing site.

 

The Broomstick Or Besom

The broomstick has come to be the traditional companion to the witch, and the enchanted steed for her wild and unholy night-flights through the air. Even Walt Disney paid tribute to its legendary magical character, in his film “Fantasia”, when he drew Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, with a bewitched broomstick that did its work only too well.

However, the broomstick was only one of the means witches were supposed to use for the purpose of flight. Its frequent occurrence in folklore points to the fact that it possessed some special significance.

This significance is in fact a phallic one. In Yorkshire folk-belief, it was unlucky for an unmarried girl to step over a broomstick, because it meant that she would be a mother before she was a wife. Is Sussex, the May-Pole, which was itself a phallic symbol, used to be topped with a large birch broom. A ‘besom’ is a dialect term for a shameless, immoral female.

‘To marry over the broomstick’. ‘jump the besom’, was an old-time form of irregular marriage, in which both parties jumped over a broomstick, to signify that they were joined in common-law union. At gypsy wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom jump backwards and forwards over a broomstick; further evidence of the broom’s connection with sex and fertility.

In a curious and interesting old book, “A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon, and Chant”, by Albert Barrere and Charles Godfrey Leland (London, 1899 and 1897, also Gale Research, Detroit, 1889), we are told that a slang term in those days for a ‘dildo’ or artificial penis was ‘a broom handle’; and the female genitals were known vulgarly as ‘the broom’. To ‘have a brush’ was to have sexual intercourse. This throws considerable light on the real significance of the broomstick in witch rituals, and in old folk-dances, in which it often plays a part.

The original household broom was a bunch of the actual broom plant,”Planta genista”, tied round a stick. “Broom! Green broom!” was old street cry, used by vendors of broom-bunches for this purpose. The “Planta genista” was the badge of the “Plantagenet” family, who derived their name from it. They were rumored to favor the Old Religion.

At one time of the year, the broom plant was unlucky. The old saying goes: “If you sweep he house with blossomed broom in May, you will sweep the head of the house away.” This could perhaps have some connection with old sacrificial rites at the commencement of summer.

Sometimes the broomstick was regarded as having power to repel witches; perhaps with the idea of turning their own magic against them. At any rate, a broomstick placed across the threshold of a house was supposed to keep witches out.

A broomstick could also be a luck symbol. When alterations were being made to an old house at Blandford in Dorset in 1930, a broomstick was found walled up in the structure. It was recognized as having been put there for luck, and it was allowed to remain in its hiding-place.

These additional meanings of the broomstick are in accord with its phallic significance. Things which are sex symbols are life symbols, and hence luck bringers and protectors against the Evil Eye.

In Reginald Scot’s “Discovery of Witchcraft” (London, 1584, and edited by Hugh Ross Williamson, Centaur, Southern Illinois University Press, 1964), he says of the witches’ Sabbats:” At these magical assemblies, the witches never faile to dance; and in their danse they sing these words, Har, har, dive divell, danse here dance here, plaoe here plaie here, Sabbath, sabbath. And whiles they sing and danse, everie one hath a broom in hir hand, and holdeth it up aloft.” He was quoting from the descriptions of witch rites given by a French demonologist, Jean Bodin. It appears from the other old description that witches also performed a kind of jumping dance, riding on staffs; and if broomsticks were used for this purpose, too, it is easy to see how this dance, combined with the witches’ experience of wild visions and dreams of flying while in a stage of magical trance, gave rise to the popular picture of broomstick-rising witches in flight through the air.

When broomsticks or besoms began to be made of more durable materials than the broom plant, the usual combination of woods for them was birch twigs for the brush, and ashen stake for the handle, and osier willow for the binding. However, in the Wyre Forest area of Worcestershire, the traditional woods are oak twigs for the sprays, which is the makers’ term for the broom part; hazel for the staff; and birch for the binding. All of these trees are full of magical meanings of their own, and feature in the old Druidic tree alphabets of Ancient Britain. The ash is a sacred and magical tree; the oak is the king of the woods; the hazel is the tree of wisdom; the willow is a tree of moon-magic; and the birch is a symbol of purification.

More Broom Lore

There are many beliefs based on the Broom as it made its genesis from medicine staff to symbol of Rebirth. The wedding broom represents a joining of souls working together as they jump over the Broom into their new life together. When a bride and groom moved into a new house, a new broom was be used to sweep a little dust into the door. Then this swept dust was placed onto the hearthstone to retain blessings.

 

Here is some of the folklore surrounding the Broom:

1) Never step over a broom laying on the floor, if you do & are unmarried you will stay that way.

2) When moving into a new home, a loaf of bread & a new broom should be sent in first for good luck.

3) It is bad luck to take a broom across the water.

4) Never lean a broom against a bed.

5) To keep a ghost out, lean a broom against the door jam.

6) To drop a broom means the company is coming.

7) To give away a used broom is bad luck.

8) A broom should never be used to sweep dust out of the front door because it sweeps the luck out with it.

9) Never sweep a house at night. It is an insult to the faeries & the spirits of the dead.

10) A broom standing outside the front door says that the lady of the house is away & the men of the house are at liberty to entertain guests.

Even MORE Broom Lore……

BROOM LORE:

A broom dropping in front of the door means company before the day is over.

Always pick up, for luck, a broom that is lying on the floor or ground.

Always sweep dirt out the back door or you will sweep away your best friend.

Bad luck will befall you all year, if you sweep on New Year’s Day.

Burn up the rubbish when you sweep on New Year’s Day and you will have money throughout the new year.

Carry a broom under your arm for luck.

Carrying a broom over your shoulder will give you bad luck.

Do not sweep immediately after the departure of a guest or you will sweep him bad luck.

Dropping a broom while sweeping is the sign of a new carpet.

Hitting someone with a broom means that he will go to jail before a week has passed.

If a broom falls as you are passing it, you will have bad luck.

If a broom falls in front of you and you step on it before picking it up, you will have a “bed of sickness.”

If dirt is swept out a door before sunrise, you may expect bad luck.

If dirt is swept out of the house on Friday, the house will burn.

If someone comes in to see you and you pick up a broom and go to sweeping in front of them, that is the sign they are not wanted and you want them to go home.

If you go to someone’s house and have to step over a broom, it shows that the mistress of that household is an untidy housekeeper.

If you hand a broom through a window to someone, you may expect bad luck.

If you hit a person with a broom just before he starts “uptown,” he will have trouble before returning.

If you let a broom fall and do not step back over it immediately, someone dirtier than you will come.

If you must borrow a broom, take it without the owner’s knowledge, and you will not have bad luck.

If you must sweep on New Year’s Day, you can avert bad luck by not taking up the dirt and leaving it in a pile on the floor.

If you must sweep your kitchen after sunset, you can avert bad luck by burning the dirt.

If you step over a broom you will be arrested.

If you sweep after dark/ You will bring sorrow to your heart.

If you sweep after dark, you will sweep out the money made that day.

If you sweep in front of someone, you are sweeping them off the earth.

If you sweep under someone while he is sitting on a chair, you are giving him bad luck.

It causes bad luck to sweep a porch after dark.

It is a sign of good luck to have a broom drop in front of you.

It is a sign of misfortune, to lay a broom on the bed.

It is unlucky to borrow a broom.

It is unlucky to sweep dirt out a door at any time. Pick up the dirt and carry it outdoors for luck.

It is unlucky to sweep on Monday.

It means bad luck when a broom falls across the derail

It signifies bad luck, if you sweep under a bed on which someone is lying.

It signifies bad luck, to carry a broom through the house from the front door to the back door.

Keep the corners of your broom square or even for luck.

Lean a broom against a bed and you will be unlucky.

Lending a broom will cause you bad luck.

Let the broom rest with the straws up and you will be lucky.

Letting the sweeping edge of a broom wear off at the two corners will bring you bad luck.

Never burn up a broom; it will bring you bad luck.

Never sweep dirt out the front door; it will bring you bad luck.

Never sweep the kitchen after supper, whether daylight or dark, or you will sweep out all your money.

Never sweep your kitchen early in the morning before sunrise, or you will be unlucky.

Stand a broom on its handle and you will always be poor.

Step over a broom and you will break your mother’s back.

Stepping over a broom is a sign of slovenliness.

Stepping over a broom will bring sorrow to your heart.

Stumbling over a brook handle will bring you good luck.

Sweep after dark and you will never be rich.

Sweep dirt out of the house on Friday and it will cause you bad luck.

Sweep on the third day after Easter and you will have bugs in the house.

Sweep the top of a bed and you will have bad luck.

Sweep under a person’s feet while he is sitting in a chair and he will not grow any more.

Sweeping after dark means you will lose a friend.

Sweeping dirt over a doorstep after six o’clock in the evening will bring bad luck.

Sweeping on New Year’s Day means that you will sweep out the money made during the coming year.

Sweeping under chair upon which someone is sitting will make you unlucky.

The child who steps over a broom will get a whipping.

The one who is hit by a broom will soon be arrested.

The person under whose feet you sweep will always be poor.

The person who is hit on the top of the head with a broom will be arrested.

To avert bad luck after you have walked over a fallen broom, step backward across the broom.

To brush your boot with the broom while your are sweeping will give you bad luck for a week.

To have good luck, place the broom on its handle in a corner.

To set a broom in the corner with the brush up shows that you are an untidy housekeeper.

To step over a broom will start a quarrel in the house.

To sweep after dark will bring trouble to the house.

To sweep dirt out the door is a sign of a slovenly housekeeper.

Touching anyone with a broom while you are sweeping causes bad luck.

Walking over a fallen broom will cause you bad luck.

When a broom falls across the door, it indicates that you will walk on the strange ground.

When a small child takes a broom and begins to sweep, the company is coming.

When someone is hit with a broom, he should spit on the broom and take ten steps backwards so he will neither have bad luck or be arrested.

When you sweep after dark, you sweep away your friends and let enemies in.

You sweep away your best friend by sweeping after dark.

You will be unlucky if you do not pick up a fallen broom at once.

Your luck will be swept away, if you sweep your kitchen after sunset.

 

Stimulating Mental Capacity and Pyrite

Properties: One of the most grounding stones in use today, pyrite is a conducting, energizing stone that sparks when hit against metal or another stone. It has been used for centuries to increase wealth. It is effective in attracting money to its owner. Used for focus, practicality, logic, memory, clearing fuzzy thinking and scattered thoughts. This grounding stone is associated with the Root, the Spleen/Sacral and the Solar Plexus Chakras. It is useful in helping one to understand (and see) illusions/lack of clarity about situations/people. Great for grounding the Third Eye after meditation/psychic readings/astral travel. The most important gift of Pyrite, though, is its ability to assist in mental capacity. The stimulation of the mind can be enhanced by using Pyrite in conjunction with Fluorite and Calcite. Helps to balance creative and intuitive impulses with scientific and practical ones. Opens communication skills. Strongly suggested for people who tackle large conceptual ideas in business, the arts, or education. Pyrite relieves frustration and anxiety by boosting self worth, confidence and trust. It is a stone of recognition. Helping us to realize just who we are by encouraging self worth. This stone represents the sun’s golden energy, therefore, bringing positive energy. This extremely positive stone ignites our potential, improves our inertia and feelings of inferiority.

Folk Remedies: Beneficial to the respiratory and circulatory systems. Connected to the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. Helps the skin protect itself from the elements, and also aids the digestive tract, lessening irritation by ingested toxins. Stomach, intestines, ulcers; sulfur and mineral assimilation, circulation, body acidity imbalances, depression.

Feng Shui: This stone can be used in the Southeast for resources and prosperity, in the Center for health and balance and any room that needs earth or fire elements.

Crystal Cleansing: No water near this stone. Cleanse this stone in dry sea salt and charge with method 8

History: Pyrite, also called iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide (FeS2). This mineral’s metallic luster and pale brass yellow color give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool’s gold. This glittering stone was notoriously mistaken by naive prospectors as real gold. Found in most of North America as well as in Chile and Peru. The color has also led to the nicknames brass, brazzle, and Brazil, primarily used to refer to pyrite found in coal. Pyrite remains in commercial use for the production of sulfur dioxide, for use in such applications as the paper industry, and in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. A commercial use for pyrite is seen in the cathode material in Energizer brand non-rechargeable lithium batteries. Pyrite usually forms cuboid crystals, but, under certain circumstances, it can form T shaped crystals. Pyrite can also form dodecahedral crystals. It also forms flat, radial disks called “sun disks” or “sun dollars”. It is distinguishable from native gold by its hardness, brittleness and crystal form. Natural gold tends to be irregularly shaped, whereas pyrite comes as either cubes or multifaceted.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

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mind, body, spirit

 

Monthly Horoscope For: April 2016

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If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from both houses of those signs.

 

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible details of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac.

 

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Aries: March 21 — April 19

Personal theme: I am!!

 

Epigram: The Aries New Moon, on 7 April, alters your perspective on existing arrangements and introduces new ideas and offers. While you`re superb at dealing with last minute events, take it slowly. Make it clear what interests you but with yet more intriguing ideas appearing all month, sidestep commitments. As important, de-clutter your diary and life of once-worthwhile goals which you realise are increasingly outdated. This soon makes it clear who and what means most and, equally, what it`s time to say farewell to.

 

Outline: Trying to have any original thoughts is challenging on the 1st and 2nd since all you want to do is play follow the leader. The more often you`re able to come to your own conclusions, though, the better. You feel like you have a true purpose on the 7th and 8th, and your only job is to follow your destiny, wherever it takes you. Everywhere you look there are signs pointing you in the right direction; you just have to pay attention to them. Important females cross your path on the 13th and 14th, and if you need any advice about family or close relationships, sisters, moms, grandmas, and trusted women friends are the best people to go to. You`re very sure of yourself and your abilities on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, which makes these perfect dates to ask for a raise, start a new project, or just brag in general about your accomplishments. The 25th and 26th are great days to start new traditions, especially if you`ve been looking to make a fresh start. It takes a while to form a new habit, so don`t be too hard on yourself if you can`t change an unwanted behaviour right away. Keep the long-term in focus.

 

An opportunity to get an advanced degree, travel overseas or publish some written work could arrive in early April. Your charisma will be at an all time high, making it easy to attract romance. A jealous authority figure may try to block your path to success. Resist the temptation to get drawn into a power struggle on the 7th, when the New Moon ignites your rebellious side. You`ll be able to strike out on your own towards mid-month. Launching your own business or taking a freelance assignment is a strong possibility. Don`t hesitate to negotiate a higher salary than you are offered. Your ability to wheel and deal will be very strong during the second half of the month. Resist the urge to overindulge or you could become tired and listless. It`s important to look your best at work. The Full Moon on the 22nd marks an exciting turning point in an intimate relationship.

 

As of April 6, Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus and doesn`t leave that sign until mid-June. The Taurus area of your solar chart describes attitudes to finance and talent. Given that through April, Venus is travelling through your own sign, it seems reasonable to suggest that you will be focused on the things you positively love doing and which you feel should be valued more. Crunch time is likely a few days ahead of the Full Moon on April 22. With both Mars, your ruling planet, and Pluto apparently changing direction, and just as the Moon arrives at significant phases in two cycles, it seems probable that a review of your financial situation will result in you standing your ground and determining how best to both earn and spend money. Though it could be a couple of weeks after your birthday before others realise just how much you mean business it`s entirely possible that in the last week of April, and having negotiated difficult discussions, that you will begin the process of rebalancing and improving your financial base.

 

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Taurus: April 20 — May 20

Personal theme: I have!!

 

Epigram: While eclipses in March shook up elements of your life, and were unsettling at the time, looking back you`re grateful they took place. They triggered changes in everything from relations with friends, family and loved ones to certain ongoing duties or obligations. The short-term disarray forced you to rethink, if not eliminate, burdensome arrangements. Savour the resulting freedom but don`t be in a rush to replace what`s gone. There`s lots exciting waiting for to be discovered, mostly during the months of May and June.

 

Outline: Your eccentricity is on display on the 3rd and 4th, and although most of your friends know you as the conventional (or conservative) one, their eyes will get wide and they`ll scratch their heads when they see some of the cool stuff you come up with! You`re able to focus your energy on getting all the things you really want on the 9th and 10th, but make sure you leave room for spontaneity. Those improvised moments can`t be replaced. Your ego is a big reason for personal clashes on the 15th and 16th, and the worst words you can mutter midmonth are `I don`t care.` Replace self-indulgent behaviour with selflessness and humanitarianism whenever and wherever possible. You get the love and support you need from unexpected sources on the 17th, 18th, and 19th, but few people will do you any favours without expecting something in return. Keep track of acts of kindness that others do for you and others so that you can pay them back in the future. You can try to ignore the bumps in the road on the 25th and 26th, but chances are that you can`t just drive over them. `Where there`s a will, there`s a way` should be your personal motto.

 

An intense relationship will make you excited about the future. You may decide to make a serious commitment in the early days of April. Keep this union a secret for the first half of the month. This will allow you and your amour to get used to the new arrangement. The New Moon on the 7th could cause some pangs of anxiety. It will be harder than you expect to relinquish your independence. Going on a solitary holiday may ease your fears. Don`t be afraid to have a heart to heart talk about finances with your partner in April. You may decide to have three bank accounts: Yours, Mine and Ours. On the 22nd, the Full Moon will help you and your partner form a united front. If you`re single, you could meet your soul mate in a club, a nightclub, an environmental group or even an antique shop. Splash out on some new clothes or a makeover as May approaches.

 

The little planet Mercury is associated with commerce. This year, it enters Taurus on Wednesday, April 6 and doesn`t leave until June 12. During that time there is a retrograde period. Through those weeks between April 29th and May 23rd, there may well be more funds flowing out than flowing in. Of course, it`s entirely possible that you will be investing for your long-term future. Note though that prices may well rise midmonth. This could be a tricky period as both Mars and Pluto appear to change direction. Coming just a couple of days ahead of the Full Moon in your opposite sign, it may be that a close financial partner raises questions as to how money is being spent. One possibility is that you both agree an item should be sold. This could be achieved before Mercury turns retrograde at the end of the month and would surely provide some extra and useful funding. One thing seems sure, that money spent this month will be earmarked for quality essential items.

 

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Gemini: May 21 — June 20

Personal theme: I think!!

 

Epigram: This year, 2016, is a year of change, for you, others and the world. Remember this and, while some of what arises will be unsettling, you`ll recognise that most events will lead exciting, if not unimagined, opportunities. Should others seek advice, be vague. Similarly, if anybody insists you commit to plans, for the present or future, express interest but make no promises. It`s the same with emotional alliances. The more open-hearted your attitude, about existing or future relationships, the happier you`ll be.

 

Outline: Hmm, is there a good reason you`re being so stubborn on the 1st and 2nd? Your way might be the best way or it might not be; at least give other people`s opinions and suggestions a chance. Your dreams have special meaning on the 5th and 6th, and if you`re interested in lucid dreaming, these are perfect days to try it out or work on perfecting your method. You know those interesting designs, concepts, or procedures that have been swirling around in your head? The 11th and 12th are perfect to see if they have any real value. Talk to a friend or professional who has experience in the same field as your idea. You take a lot of pleasure in learning on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and your favourite pastimes on these days are probably reading, doing online research, or taking a class. Memorization is the key to studying and retaining new info. You can be kind of condescending when a friend comes to you with a dilemma on the 24th and 26th, but the truth is you could be in their very same position if you`d made just one or two different decisions. Try to be helpful instead of throwing stones.

 

Your best friend, romantic partner or a colleague will be extremely supportive. Accept their help while pursuing a cherished dream. You could reach heights you never dreamed possible in early April. Jealous friends could fall by the wayside near the 7th, when the New Moon puts strain on weak relationships. You`re about to learn an important lesson about loyalty. During the second half of the year, you could receive an inheritance, tax refund or legal settlement that will put you in a more secure financial footing. Take this opportunity to launch your own business or change careers. Pursuing work in a creative field will be exciting, but you`ll have to be frugal in the early stages. Don`t hesitate to accept an entry level position around the 22nd, when the Full Moon will send some intriguing work your way. You might be serving as an assistant to an important artist, producer or gallery owner.

 

As of Wednesday 6th, Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus for an extended stay. The Taurus area of your solar chart, is the one that is studied closely for long-term investments and pension arrangements. Meanwhile, on April 18th, Mars, which is now moving through your opposite sign, appears to stand still. It may be that what you learn midmonth and through a close financial partner warrants close review of those long-term arrangements. It may be that investments will not pay out as had been hoped. It might even be necessary to go into battle to ensure you receive what is rightfully yours. Even so, it might not be possible to avoid the chill financial winds that could be experienced in the last three days of the month. For these reasons, it would be wise to be as careful and prudent as possible much earlier in the month. The temptation to be wildly extravagant could be great on Friday 8th when the Moon passes through your sign just as key aspects form. It is of course possible that you will be offered a unique opportunity. Before jumping into this however, it would be as well to go back and review those long-term investments and certainly not count on these producing the revenue you might have hoped for.

 

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Cancer: June 21 — July 22

Personal theme: I feel!!

 

Epigram: Ordinarily, you try to minimize potentially unsettling changes; but you`re eager break free of tedious or restrictive arrangements at home, in your daily routine or at work. Between shakeups in March and the powerful New Moon on 7 April, you`re already seeing the huge promise in potential changes. True, there`ll be moments when you must think and perhaps commit swiftly. Waste no time debating facts. Your intuition will tell you everything. Trust it, even if it mean making a leap of faith.

 

Outline: You feel safely tucked away in your comfortable shell on the 1st and 2nd, and there`s very little you want to step outside of it for. There are days you don`t mind taking a walk on the wild side, but these aren`t them! You do your best to stay calm on the 7th and 8th, but when people say things that seem like they`re designed to upset you, it`s really hard to keep your cool. If it`s impossible to hold your tongue at the moment, be sure you apologize afterward. You`re tempted to do something totally out of character on the 15th and 16th, but at the same time you don`t want to blow a chance at something you`ve been working toward for a while now. Is it worth it? Maybe. You`re really proud of the way you maintain the long-term relationships in your life, but on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd something threatens to break up one of those important bonds. If you aren`t ready for it to be over, there`s only one thing you can do: fight. You don`t feel like yourself on the 25th and 26th, but the end of the month is a good time to embrace change instead of running from it. Investing in a new personal style does wonders for your self-esteem.

 

You can make good progress on the fitness front in the opening days of the month. Take this opportunity to launch an exercise regime. Eating well and sleeping more are also strongly advised. The New Moon on the 7th will tempt you to accept a job offer, but beware. It may be advisable to wait for a better situation. You don`t want to work for an oppressive tyrant. Launching your own business is definitely worth considering in April. A relative or neighbour who believes in you might be prepared to offer you some start up capital. A creative project will come to fruition on the 22nd, courtesy of the Full Moon. This impressive performance will pave the way for more lucrative opportunities. Getting paid for your artwork will be the answer to a prayer. You might decide to get involved with an artists` collective as a means to showcase your work. As May approaches, there will be power in numbers.

 

It might be as well to be prepared for a financial switchback ride this month. Both Mars and Pluto change direction in the week beginning Monday 18th. That week also contains a Full Moon in another of the Water signs. Until then, and especially around Friday 8th, financial excitement could come through possible career developments that put you very much in the driving seat. It may be that something which up until now has been a hobby, provides a useful extra revenue stream. Another possibility is being asked to help someone setting up a venture and again experiencing a short financial lift as a result. You might need to apply the brakes very quickly from Monday 18th. It`s then that a series of financial hurdles could be placed before you. Though true, echoes of those past and quick gains may be heard, it seems likely that there will be a need to slam on the financial breaks or at least to behave as prudently as is possible. Working on a much tighter budget may well be necessary. Note that Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th and doesn`t turn direct until May 23. Through this period, paying great attention to daily expenses will surely be necessary.

 

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Leo: July 23 — August 22

Personal theme: I will!!

 

Epigram: You`ve good reason to battle those who`re being ridiculous or certain unfair demands. Instead, state your opinion, then busy yourself elsewhere. By midmonth these and several other unworkable arrangements will have changed, and without you wasting time on them. April is a month of transition, in the world around you but even more in your own priorities. For this reason, be firm about letting go of the past. This is clearing the way for exciting, and often completely unexpected, events yet to come.

 

Outline: You`re hot about the latest fad on the 1st and 2nd, and you want everyone else to jump on the same bandwagon. Problem is, your friends and family might be just a little tired of hearing about all of the latest and greatest from you. So find some new recruits to join you in your latest passion. You bend without breaking on the 7th and 8th, and your pals are mighty glad to see you so flexible. Is it possible that you`ll change your mind about something you`ve been super-adamant about recently? Only time will tell but it`s looking good from here! You get to rub elbows with the beautiful people on the 15th and 16th, and it really comes as no surprise how well you fit in to the jet set crowd. You knew all along that all you needed was that one big break so you could show the world what you`re capable of. You go against character when you play shy and coy on the 23rd and 24th, but someone new has you so captivated you really just don`t know what to say. Mark this one down in the books as a first!

 

You`ll have a chance to do some business related to the arts in early April. If you`re looking for work, you could land a steady job in a creative field. Serving as an apprentice or an assistant to a prominent figure in the painting, publishing or design world is a distinct possibility. You might have to ask for additional training near the 9th, when the New Moon reveals some gaps in your knowledge. Don`t be afraid to admit your lack of experience; it`s the fastest way to acquire marketable skills. Adopting a humble attitude isn`t easy for you, but it is very likely to lead to career success in April. The Full Moon on the 22nd will mark an improvement to your home life. You could move to a nicer place or add a relative or roommate to your household. This base of operations will make it easier to improve your job prospects during the closing days of the month.

 

Between April 6 and early June, expenses are likely to be either career or property related. There are usually a few weeks in any year when these require attention. 2016 is different in that Mercury spends an exceptionally long time crossing the apex of your solar chart. This could bring with it many benefits. Between 8th and 14th financial buoyancy could be at a high. Tempting as it might be to commit to a large expenditure midmonth, be careful as Mars, traveling through another of the Fire signs, then turns retrograde. The potential for making an expensive mistake could increase. Of course, it`s possible that by being coy, and negotiating as though you weren`t at all interested, that you could then make excellent financial progress around the Full Moon on April 22. If you are making a purchase then, it might be as well to try and take delivery before Mercury turns retrograde on Thursday 28th. (Though it might also be as well to double check guarantees and insurance). At a different level entirely, the last few days of the month could find you evaluating the cost of continuing to own something that is well past its sell by date.

 

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Virgo: August 23 — September 22

Personal theme: I analyze!!

 

Epigram: Even the simplest of plans are unlikely to last long. Recognise that and you`ll stop worrying about details being perfect. Instead, organise things loosely, then focus on venturing into unfamiliar territory. Risky as this seems, ongoing changes enable you to dip into ideas, pursuits and encounters you`d otherwise avoid for fear of wasting time. On the contrary, what doesn`t work will prove as informative as what does. Knowing that, take chances; and the necessary long term decisions? You`ll make them in late May.

 

Outline: You always strive for quality over quantity, but on the 1st and 2nd it`s possible to have it all. Just don`t neglect the people who made it all possible for you to be where you are right now. Get out and explore your own town or city on the 8th and 9th, because no matter how long you`ve lived there, there are still a lot of places you`ve never been. If you don`t go, you might miss something. You`re really feeling yourself on the 13th and 14th, and why not?! Your talents are obvious, so why not show them off? You deserve all of the applause that the audience gives you. Do you have your crown handy on the 17th, 18th, and 19th? Because you are the king or queen of your very own kingdom. It feels so good to be triumphant after so many recent defeats. The rest of the world seems like it`s in fast-forward on the 25th and 26th, but you`re content to stay in the slow lane and move at your own pace. How much do you care that other people are passing you by? Not at all. You`ve got this.

 

A legal settlement, dividend or inheritance will arrive in the early days of the month, relieving some of your financial problems. Resist the urge to splash out on some luxuries with this windfall. It`s better to conserve your resources. The New Moon on the 7th will require you to pay a big bill or satisfy an old debt. The longer you put off this obligation, the more expensive it will become. A temporary job assignment could become available at a religious, cultural or educational organisation at mid-April. You might have to postpone a home improvement project until you build up your savings. Good news about a loved one`s job will arrive on the 22nd. Go out and celebrate this marvellous turn of events. Try not to be resentful of their success. Their progress is the result of a team effort. Taking pleasure in their happiness will make you more attractive to positive energy.

 

On Wednesday 6th, both Mercury and Venus change signs. This suggests significant change in commercial direction that will surely affect all signs. It`s possible that someone who wanted to do a deal with you, will come back with new terms but ask if this can all be completed before midmonth. That might well be wise. Mars turns retrograde on Monday 18th and at the very base of your solar chart. Negotiations that are prolonged post this date, could yet prove expensive. It may be that the costs of communicating, of legal fees and of insurance are greater than you imagined. Note that both Mercury and Mars are retrograde through until the Sun moves into Gemini next month (May 21st). One of the benefits of this is being able to reappraise and double check the fine print of any agreement. In short, though there may be some constructive and excellent deals to be had in the first half of April, it would be wise to keep receipts just in case things go wrong later. Deals which are of the moment and not intended to be quality, long-lasting purchases, could work out very well however.

 

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Libra: September 23 — October 22

Personal theme: I balance!!

 

Epigram: As April begins, you`ll still be wrestling with the changes triggered by the Libra eclipsed Full Moon on 23 March. Tempting as it is to seek a quick solution, you`d regret it. Actually, initially, you should focus on what must go. Only once you`ve de-cluttered your mind and life, by mid-April, will potential decisions be clear. Don`t worry about changes being unsettling for others. They, too, are rethinking their lives, activities and priorities. Discussing even disruptive plans together will bring you closer.

 

Outline: Feeling a little disheartened on the 1st and 2nd? Disappointed that things aren`t working out the way you planned? It`s hard to get over an unfulfilled wish, but don`t lose hope just yet. A new flirtation takes your mind off the heavy stuff on the 3rd and 4th, and wow – this new person is really amazing! Sometimes the very best things in life happen when you aren`t expecting them. There`s a lot going on underneath the surface on the 9th and 10th, but you`re skimming along the top of the water just fine. So what you need to figure out is whether or not you need to stop and take a closer look, or are you cool with not knowing the teeny tiny details? There are lots of people willing to help you out with a great idea on the 15th and 16th, but you might not want to mix business with close relationships. Trying to find a loan via a crowd funding site is probably a better solution than asking parents or friends for cash. You rationalize things easily on the 30th, but the heart still wants what it wants. Very few people can have their cake and it eat too. How full is your plate?

 

Travelling on business could put you on the path to love in early April. If you already have a romantic partner, this would be a good time to sign a long term contract with a vendor or investor. Turn a deaf ear to a manipulative relative who is always criticising your best friend. On the 7th, the New Moon will force you to make a choice between friends and family. Take this opportunity to draw healthier boundaries with your kin. Don`t allow them to dictate the terms of your romantic and social lives. An intense flirtation will fill you with excitement during the second half of the month. It`s fun to banter with someone who is as witty and intelligent as you. The Full Moon on the 22nd will draw some extra money into your bank account. Take this opportunity to splash out on clothes, jewellery and toiletries. Luxury products are as essential as food and water to you.

 

It`s important that you pay attention to financial matters particularly around Wednesday 6th when the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Uranus are all in Fire signs. Tempting as it may be to make purchases, you could get carried away. Indeed, before Sunday 10th, monies could flow out at speed. Over the weekend of April 17th, and as both Mars and Pluto reach stations, the need to put on breaks becomes important. It may be that you hit a financial rut in the road at precisely this point. There`s every likelihood, that in the last fortnight of April you will need to dig deep into reserves. Costs are likely to rise and, between 17th and 22nd, seriously destabilise your scales. A major rethink may be necessary around Thursday, April 28. Though much can probably be retrieved next month, before the end of April it would be wholly understandable if you needed to rein in expenses hugely, and, perhaps, discuss with your financial adviser how best to re-support your financial foundations.

 

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Scorpio: October 23 — November 21

Personal theme: I desire!!

 

Epigram: While you can`t plan ahead for the unexpected, you can ensure that what you organise is flexible enough that you`re able to respond easily to surprise developments. True, you`ll already have faced the sudden changes triggered by March`s two eclipses. However, these influence everybody and, equally, mean rethinking several longstanding arrangements, personal and professional. More important, they`re preparing you for the pivotal events triggered by the emotionally intense Scorpio Full Moon on 22 April. What come your way will free you for new adventures.

 

Outline: Something`s not feeling quite right on the 3rd and 4th, but nothing is specifically wrong. Try not to take your frustrations out on oblivious friends and bystanders; you`ll get through this rough time and maybe even come out stronger on the other side. You have a problem with motivation on the 11th and 12th, but once you find something that drives you, you move full speed ahead. You`re good at coming to other people`s rescue on the 13th and 14th — there are few signs better in a pinch than true and loyal Scorpio — but that doesn`t mean you should let your own needs fall totally by the wayside. If you don`t have someone in your life who pampers and spoils you, you should. You are always a fabulous secret-keeper, but you`ll probably feel an even stronger urge to keep other people`s confessions locked inside your vault on the 17th, 18th, and 19th. You put a whole new spin on the phrase `your secret`s safe with me!` There are hazards in the road ahead on the 25th and 26th but you`re ready to throw caution to the wind when it comes to pursuing your dreams. What are you waiting for? Do it now.

 

A steady job with plenty of growth opportunity will arrive in early April. Be sure to accept this offer, even if it means starting at the bottom of an impressive organisation. You`ll quickly rise up the ladder to success. Resist the urge to get into a war of words with a pushy colleague on the 7th. That`s when the New Moon will implore you to establish yourself as a team player. Your love life will show signs excitement during the second half of the month. This is a great time to embark on a romance, plan to get engaged or think about exchanging wedding vows. The Full Moon on the 22nd invites you to spoil yourself. Splash out on some luxuries and give yourself a treat or two. Propose an idea for a new product or service as May approaches. Originality will set you apart from the crowd. Buy your best friend or romantic partner a beautiful token of your appreciation.

 

With Mars transiting one of the financial sectors of your solar chart and Mercury in your opposite sign from April 6 through to early June, discussions about joint financial matters are likely to increase in number. A possibility, is that a certain person may feel you can afford more than is actually the case. Appraising them of your real circumstances and convincing them of what you can and cannot pay will surely take much energy. Indeed, it`s possible that a final arrangement won`t be reached for some months yet. Whilst it may be important to you to feel that your needs and circumstances are being given maximum attention especially in the last days of the month, you might also need to accept that someone whom you feel could give support has responsibilities that need to come first. April then could prove a challenging month financially and could, quite possibly, have a difficult end.

 

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Sagittarius: November 22 — December 21

Personal theme: I see!!

 

Epigram: Exciting ideas and offers are thrilled but, obviously, you want to decide how to respond. Yet, during April, in many situations, things won`t be up to you. While this will be annoying, if not upsetting, it`s for the best. Those making decisions or, perhaps, destiny itself will take you into new, unfamiliar but ultimately worthwhile territory, in everything from your own life to close alliances or career. Out of character as going with the flow is, it`s the best option, as you`ll soon realise.

 

Outline: Listening to other people talk about `the good old days` puts you in a sentimental mood on the 5th and 6th. Do you really miss the way things used to be, or are you just unhappy with the way things are now? Revisiting the past could be exactly the catalyst you need to make some positive life changes. You talk a great game on the 11th and 12th, but you might as well admit (to yourself if no one else) that you aren`t actually ready to make your move. Yet. Talk over all of your different options until you find the one that`s going to work the best, and then proceed with caution. People may come to you for advice on what you consider some pretty absurd or silly problems on the 20th and 21st, but resist the urge to smirk or make fun. Take them seriously just in case they aren`t joking! The conventional way looks like your best choice on the 27th, 28th, and 29th, but that doesn`t mean you can`t still be yourself. Find a way to add your own unique twist while still colouring within the lines. If anyone can do it, you can.

 

The opportunity to travel for business will arrive in the opening days of April. This is a great time to sign some new business or extend an existing contract. If you`re unfamiliar with certain customs, ask to be enlightened. It`s better to admit your ignorance than pretend to possess expert knowledge on the 7th. That`s when the New Moon invites you to adopt a humble attitude for the sake of acquiring new information. Your health will undergo a dramatic improvement in the second half of April, thanks to a new fitness regime. Resist the urge to adopt a rigorous exercise routine. Slow and steady wins the race. On the 22nd, the Full Moon will prompt you to get some rest and relaxation. Even a social butterfly like you needs to recharge your batteries from time to time. Finding a steady job is a strong possibility in the closing days of April.

 

Though Mars is now moving through your sign, mid April it appears to standstill before turning retrograde. It will leave your sign again at the end of May but make re-entry in August. All this suggests a topsy-turvy time. The first half of April could find you feeling positive about developments and, between 7th and 9th likely pleased with developments. It might be as well to prepare for a few difficulties to surface from midmonth and particularly after the Sun moves into Taurus on Wednesday 20th. It`s then that awareness of practicalities and the various hurdles that will have to be conquered in order to see a project realised will surely surface. You might even wonder, by the time Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th, if you`ve made a horrendous financial mistake. That`s unlikely to be the case especially if you`re working in partnership with someone born under one of the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Those of this group, could come up with sound suggestions as to how obstacles can be negotiated. Indeed, by the very last day of the month, the advantages of working in such a cooperative manner could be clear and not just in the financial sense.

 

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Capricorn: December 22 — January 19

Personal theme: I use!!

 

Epigram: Being an organiser, you tend to shoulder the responsibility for personal decisions, those that influence the lives and careers of others, and to everybody`s profit; but during March, April and May, with forthright Mars in the most strategic portion of your chart, you must back off. While uncomfortable, this introduces you to new people and unfamiliar ideas, all of which broaden your perspective and options. While often the benefits will obvious, some will require patience. Still, the results will be worth waiting for.

 

Outline: You love it when a good plan comes to fruition, like one does on the 1st and 2nd. Now that all of your strategies are in place and your ideas are holding their own, you`re on your way to ruling the world! You dabble in the arts quite successfully on the 5th and 6th, and the people who know you best might be surprised to see what you`re able to create. You might even go as far as to say that music and art are the best part of your world on these days (gasp)! You hear about some really cool ideas, concepts and theories through the grapevine on the 13th and 14th, but without being able to verify them from their source, it`s best not to act on any of them. If you can track down their roots, however, take the ball and run with it `cuz you`ll get a lot of the credit without having to do a lot of the work! When you get the outcome you`ve been hoping for on the 27th, 28th and 29th, people will finally see how valuable you are. How does it feel to accomplish something this fantastic?!

 

Home life will be very satisfying in the opening days of April. This is a great time to scale back your social life for the sake of some down time. The New Moon on the 7th warns against making radical changes to your surroundings. It`s better to maintain the status quo right now. Around the middle of April you`ll have a chance to study or travel. Expanding your horizons could put you on the path to love. If you`re already in a relationship, take a relaxing holiday with your amour. Resist the urge to push a relative into making a hasty decision during the second half of the month. A strategic retreat will yield better results with this family member. On the 22nd, you should attend a party. Your magnetism will turn heads and attract admirers. Prepare to make some powerful friends. You will find someone with a foreign accent particularly charming. The two of you will make a great team.

 

It would be wholly understandable if you felt you`d hit a financial brick wall at the end of April. As Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th, financial turbulence is likely to hit all signs but perhaps yours more than most. It may be that lending criteria is changed or interest rates moved and not to your advantage. All this should be borne in mind in the first fortnight of April even when things appear to be going exceptionally well. Indeed, developments between the 4th and 14th look most encouraging. It may be that a valuation is better than you had imagined. Even so, be aware that around the 17th, when both Mars and Pluto arrive at stations, you could hit the first bout of financial turbulence. From then until the end of the month, containing costs could prove challenging. True, between 22nd and 24th, there may be an opportunity to make gain through a surprising source. Even this though might not be enough to smooth passage in the last days of April. Better news awaits in May but, before then, you may be faced with hard choices.

 

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Aquarius: January 20 — February 18

Personal theme: I know!!

 

Epigram: Once you understand that no matter how carefully you think plans through, they`re unlikely to proceed as you intend, you`ll stop worrying about sudden changes. The primary cause will be dramatic developments in the world around you but, as you learn more, you`ll focus on what`s new and begin saying farewell to the past, even certain longstanding arrangements. Although life might be in considerable disarray now, have faith. Before the end of April, the picture will be clearer, and it will all make sense.

 

Outline: You aren`t really one to follow guidelines or rules, but you seem to know which boundaries are and aren`t okay to cross on the 3rd and 4th. Call it a sixth sense or whatever, but when you have a choice between two things, you tend to choose correctly. Wacky inventions and far-out theories are part of your charm on the 9th and 10th, and not only will they possibly connect you with a new love interest, they could also land you your dream job. Good thing you`ve been keeping your options open when it comes to employment and romance, because you definitely don`t want to be tied down when `the one` crosses your path. Negotiations and compromise are just part of the deal on the 15th and 16th, and although you happen to love a good bargaining session, you aren`t really in the mood to give up too much of what you consider to be yours. So just don`t sign on the dotted line until you feel the deal is 100 percent fair. You`re overtaken with the profoundness of the moment when something miraculous happens on the 23rd and 24th, but when you look around to see if anyone else saw what you saw, there`s no one there. Don`t second-guess yourself. Yes, it really happened.

 

You`ll meet some influential people in the opening days of the month. This would be a great time to attend parties and professional conferences. Try to listen more than you speak at these gatherings. The New Moon on the 7th warns against blurting out embarrassing remarks. You should also double check the address field on e-mails before clicking the `send` button. The middle of April brings you a chance to improve your living situation. This will be a great time to move to a nicer place, buy a piece of land or make some home improvements. An exciting career opportunity will arrive on the 22nd. Working for a focused executive will be a welcome change of pace. You`re tired of taking orders from disorganised people who lack vision. You`ll have a chance to buy some beautiful furniture and artwork as April turns to May. Don`t hesitate to splash out on quality items.

 

As of April 6 and through to early June, Mercury, the planet associated with commercial activity, transits the base of your solar chart. This may prompt you to focus on home improvement and general nesting. Before the Full Moon on April 22, you could find bargains and do much to improve your surroundings. You might also choose this period to invest in those companies specialising in craftsmanship. Note however that over the weekend of April 18-19 both Mars and Pluto station. From this date and through to the end of the month repairs and general maintenance might require you dip into savings. You won`t of course be the only sign to experience financial difficulties in the latter days of April. As Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th, there could be difficult global financial news to absorb. Though this might not affect you immediately, (and maybe more closely related to long-term financial planning), it could still be deeply unsettling. Tempting as it may be to make some frivolous purchases earlier in the month, it might also be as well to bear in mind that preservation of reserves is important – particularly around the Last Quarter Moon in your sign on April 30.

 

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Pisces: February 19 — March 20

Personal theme: I believe!!

 

Epigram: Because the Pisces eclipsed Full Moon, in early March, will have triggered shakeups in your personal and relationship life, as April begins, you`ll still be exploring your options. While, obviously, being unsure what`s next is unsettling, this also gives you time to explore both ideas and ventures that are intriguing but would take you into unfamiliar territory. Ignore pressure to settle on plans. Put yourself first and do things at your own pace. Investing time in what you`re learning now will pay off handsomely later.

 

Outline: There are so many people around you offering up their opinions on the 3rd and 4th that it`s really hard to know which direction to turn. Do you run the risk of offending someone when you don`t take their advice, or listen to your own intuition? Step out of your comfort zone long enough to entertain out-of-the-box ideas and suggestions. You`re awestruck if you get to meet a personal hero or celebrity on the 9th or 10th, but once you get past the amazement, you`ll realize that they really are just like you. With more fame. Oh, and more money; but other than that, you could probably become BFFs! The 20th, 21st, and 22nd are great days to embrace something new, and while totally changing your routine can be frightening, eating at a new restaurant or seeing a movie of a different genre than normal is well within your comfort zone. Your relationships are front and centre on the 23rd and 24th, and you`ll do just about anything for your best friend or close family member. Feeling taken advantage of might be a side effect, but that possibility doesn`t change your helpful actions.

 

A career opportunity will arrive in early April. This is the best time of the entire year to land a terrific job. Don`t hesitate to ask former employers, teachers and coaches to write some referrals for you. Steer clear of discussing money matters on the 7th, when the New Moon will undermine your earning power. Your job description could change around the middle of April. Stay calm. These adjustments could ultimately work in your favour. If you can`t get the salary you want, you`ll be able to negotiate some good fringe benefits near the 22nd. That`s when the Full Moon can attract impressive perks. When given a choice between taking a flat salary and earning a commission, choose the latter. You`ll easily outperform the competition. Advertising and social media will be key components to your success. A captivating blend of words and images will drive new business to your door. Be relentless about getting the word out.

 

With Mars now transiting the apex of your solar chart a transit that starts now, stops for a few weeks at the end of next month and begins again in August and lasts through to the end of September, the coming months should find you focused on your profile. Indeed, many expenses may be related to its improvement. From updating your wardrobe, to creating business cards or travelling to meet those who could assist you in developing your career, related expenses are likely to be high. Indeed, by the end of April when the books don`t balance quite as they should, you may need to take steps to improve your financial well-being by focusing on an essential safety net. Yet even so each of these investments might well be deemed wise. Particularly between April 4 and 10th, and with the assistance of a friend, you could navigate financial waters in such a way as to improve their general flow. It might even be that in the days leading into the Full Moon on 22nd, that a rare partnership opportunity opens up. This looks as though it`s a new business proposal entirely. It could be the very vehicle to assist you in moving into an improved financial position.

 

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.

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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,

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All Students Welcome!

A 13 week course on-line course.

$100.00

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Haunted Occoquan Tours

 

 

Haunted Occoquan (Virginia) Tours offer family-friendly walking tours.  Visit our Tour Reservation page for information on when you can make a reservation and fees.

 

Check Kay out online in Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story”, Episode 67 concerning the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, VA, and her new blog about things paranormal and Haunted Occoquan.

 

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Campbell’s Rambles:

How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life

Nonfiction by Patty L. Fletcher

 

The book is now for sale in print and e-book format from Amazon, Barnes and Noble,

the Apple bookstore, Smashwords, and other online sellers.

 

For details, please see:  www.dvorkin.com/pattyfletcher

 

Attention All Readers of – The Neighborhood News!

 

We are until the first of the year running a holiday special on advertising. From now until January 1st, 2016 you can purchase one year’s advertising for a onetime fee of $20.00 for 200 word limit or $25.00 with a photo.

 

Even if you are already placing Ads with us, you may still take advantage of this limited opportunity.

 

To place your Ad, please send your information including contact info such as email address, phone or website. (One link per Ad)

 

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To: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com and make your payment to me at PayPal.com using the same email address.

 

Thanks and we look forward to doing business with you in the near future.

 

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Author, Motivational Speaker and Nonprofit Consultant

 

Update:

Wanted to let you guys know my book Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life is now free for the next week on Smashwords. I’d love it if you’d read and review it on Smashwords. I’d also love it if you’d read my author interview, and send me any questions you can think of that I did not get asked or answer and that you think should be added. Thanks I value your input.

 

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Every Wed 8:30-9PM EST call 1 347 237 5416

 

 

What the Animals Tell Me with Flash Silvermoon

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ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES  You can call in this phone number to listen LIVE on our live show

Call 1-6055623140 Enter Access code: 244850#  If you call in stay muted til the end and we can HAVE SOME Q&A or

 

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Flash Silvermoon shares her story ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES now because we are all going through so many EARTH CHANGES and there are so many animals in crisis or crossing around the world putting all of us including our beloved animals at high risk. Also we are coming on to the 10 year Anniversary of Katrina and this story shares my experiences of working with the Rescue team for the Katrina Hounds locally. Hopefully this story although written some years ago will inspire and educate you in ways to help yourselves. If you call in tonight and mute the phone til the end we can have some QnA if you like.

 

This story and many others will be included in her book Lifetime Companions Love Never Dies which offers many tales about how she began working on her own animals and how that evolved to treating all kinds of other animals over the last 35 years.

The animals are my teachers and I have been blessed by many excellent teachers in my home and in my practice.I am sure that you will find that this information awakens your own skills as an Animal Communicator too.Reach Flash Silvermoon at    http://www.flashsilvermoon.com

 

Nationally known Animal Communicator Flash Silvermoon shares her 35+ years of experiences doing healing work with the animals to enlighten you about their psyches.and how to truly deepen your relationship with your animal companions and all animals  Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

 

Flash always shares more about Holistic methods to heal your animal companions. Of course the first thing is Animal Communication which  is the best aid in knowing and understanding what your animal companions want and need as well as how their past and even past lives can influence their healing.

Flash also creates her own Gem Elixirs and uses Green Hope Farms Flower Essences as well as homeopathy, essential oils and healing touch to round out her practice. See her website for further info on ordering or having her work on your animals .

 

Flash presents this wonderful show devoted to bringing people and animals into greater harmony. She shares her amazing experiences as an Animal Communicator and offers everything that you might want to know about the world of animals from care, healing, feeding and most importantly understanding. She often shares the mike with special guests who are managers of Sanctuaries, non traditional Vets, and all manner of people that work on the front line to love and help animals.

 

 

Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

 

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I just finished a complete redesign of my website with the hopes of making it easier to find what you are looking for! Please take the time to check it out.

 

I have also continued creating the Solfeggio Mandalas for the Divine Frequency Series and have completed 864Hz, Spiritual Embrace very recently. Each frequency, each mandala is a mudra frozen in time gifting the meridian system a way to reconnect with our divine blue print.

 

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The Earthly, Angelic, Universal and now the Natural Solfeggio Frequencies in combination with Mandala’s are a unique and powerful tool to connect and transform your connection with your true self.

 

The combination of both Solfeggio’s and Mandala’s are a powerful tool to awaken our consciousness, activate DNA and prepare the body for reawakening of the heart connection. Activate the cells with geometric patterning that heightens your interconnectivity to carry more information, light and energy. Every cell becomes a portal. As this happens, corrections and adjustments in the electrical fields and meridians that have been out of attunement occur, and the whole body benefits as it aligns with the new paradigm.

 

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Earth Signs and Omens

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.

 

An exciting hands-on 10 week course for $50.00.

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All lessons are on line, you will receive weekly personal response to each lesson

 

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The Magic of Crystals Course

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!

No books or supplies needed!  $25.00

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

 

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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!

 

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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   The GoddessSchool

 

 

  1. High Priestess Certification and Ancient Mystery Teachings
  2. Herbalism 101
  3. Herbalism 202
  4. Herbalism 303
  5. Earth Signs and Omens
  6. The Priestess Entrepreneurship
  7. Natural Witchcraft
    8. Practical Magick: Spell Casting for Every Day Use
  8. 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

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

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GrannyMoon
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5-6 Mar 2016 Week-End Witchin*s

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High Priestess Training and Community

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 worshiped.” (“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.

Please contact me at: grannymoonsmail@yahoo.com
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The Sabbats 2016

Northern Hemisphere

Candlemas/Imbolc – Feb. 2
Ostara – Mar. 21/22
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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Astroflash Monthly Horoscope and Newsletter for March 2016

By Flash Silvermoon

Transformation Time at Moonhaven is showing itself in so many ways.Sitting out in the morning sunlight today surrounded by the verdant green everywhere.Amazing that the unique jungle like Eco system here withstood a particularly mild winter so well, not even one really hard freeze. In some ways that can be both the good and bad news but this morning it feels like nothing but good and joyful. As I approach the month of March which heralds my next Solar Return, I reflect on all the passings and losses that I sustained in 2015 and hope that the dross and heaviness of those losses will be lifted from my shoulders as I embrace the sunshine and fresh air.

I ask the Spirits of the land for a sign to guide my passage into the next year when a red headed woodpecker calls out to me reminding me that I am carrying a new rhythm, and to enjoy that evolution as it shifts and changes my demeanor.A good message from one red head to another! By the time that I take that in at least a ½ dozen hawks begin to banter amongst them selves or perhaps to me making me aware of forthcoming important communications. Moonhaven is elegantly draped in magenta azalea blossoms and peach colored Angel Trumpets. Volunteer tangerine trees still offer more fruit too. Good to have had a relatively gentle winter after such a harsh year. I must say that I wholeheartedly welcome 2016 which can’t help but be better.

As I sit here writing this all down, communicating  as I am told to do. a squirrel jumps down from the roof and into my field of vision with a resounding thud. I have heard this sound before and now I know who makes it. Oh yes Ms Squirrel I am still gathering up my essentials even this late in the season and I bet your hunting and gathering  patterns are way off now, with such out of sync seasons or perhaps you perceive a more divine order instinctively. Either way the Shift is here and we are all being affected. I can feel and hear it in the bird songs at Moonhaven.

Writing once more and waiting for Saturn to stop squaring itself to dive all the way in to Astroflash, I hear a too brave armadillo bathing on my back porch. I swear even daylight and my dog will not discourage their invasive behavior. I always welcome their presence though because they represent Protection which is always good with me when I begin to write this column.As I have shared before, writing Astroflash requires me to experience the whole month ahead energetically so I gladly accept Armadillo’s support today.

My reverie is broken as results of Super Tuesday Politrix stream in on the News.Astrologically, this race has looked like it would be the strangest one we have ever seen and as far as I can see, which is pretty far actually,No one will ever forget the 2016 presidential race.Politrix it is on all fronts and with as much Neptunian energy floating around as there is right now, we are not going to get a really clear picture for some time if at all. GOOD NEWS We Kept the Frackers out of Florida may they be routed everywhere else…….YES!

March begins with a flood of planets in Pisces, hence the Neptune effect on everything. I was talking to a good friend earlier about the general emotional climate and told her that it felt like trudging through molasses.The many planets and asteroids in Pisces are Sun, Neptune,Ceres Chiron and the South Node are all creating the fluidity we are experiencing. On the opposite side of the wheel we have a cluster in Virgo including Jupiter and the North Node.

Generally speaking where we see opposition we can also experience a merging and blending of qualities in this case the elements water and earth are blending  giving us mud on the down side hence a slowing of the flow or the molasses trudge early in the month compounded by a Moon Saturn conjunction on March 2. The Up side of the opposition with Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo/ across from all the Piscean planets is that it offers a pathway for those energies to blend and improve each other. When we look at the positive qualities of Virgo we see  great attention to detail, the microcosm whereas Pisces strength lies in the big picture,the universal, the macrocosm.Jupiter which is in Virgo is the old ruler of Pisces while Mercury, the ruler of Virgo is in the sign of Pisces. This is called mutual reception in astro-talk which means there is a likeness and flow of energies in the beginning of the month which can bring the best ut of both Pisces and Virgo, Water and Earth and both Mutable signs which also suggests flexibility.

Whenever there is this much Piscean planets in one space we need to be on the alert for some kind of toxic event particularly with our water. As we have seen as well is that just because one of these events has occurred doesn’t mean that it will be reported immediately. May the whistle blowers have the courage to stand up with the support of the people and let the administration meet these problems with determination and needed monies.

Flexibility is exactly the pathway to managing the energetic shifts of this time. If you want to get the most out of the sometimes aggravating comings and goings of events try not getting too attached to outcomes and plans. It almost feels like what we have come to expect from a retrograde Mercury which doesn’t occur until April 29 so take a deep breadth on that front. Fact is Mercurial energies are being affected by the pull of this opposition so even though thee is a kind of flow, it is taking longer for the energy to manifest and it does so with modification. Wow even trying to explain this principle is taking me on a journey.

Mars is stationing on its 29th degree of Scorpio til it moves into feisty Sagittarius on the 5th. The 29th degree of any sign is considered to be a “critical” degree so between now and the 5th we may well see some very mean spirited and underhanded behaviors manifesting including violence and perhaps more earthquakes. A very potent one was reported yesterday in Indonesia so we should keep an awareness for activity on the Ring of Fire and the Pacific Rim and also possibly California. Let us all send cooling prayers in that area. The birds in Moonhaven have been having quite the time communicating with me as I write this piece. A very persistent hawk is calling to me and circling my home as I offer these words. I have learned to take the punctuating calls of the hawk to make me take those words more seriously. I think that the birds also are just over joyed at the coming of Spring and the joy in their voices is uplifting.

Mars in Sagittarius is likely to be more enjoyable than Mars in Scorpio over all however for the first few day it will be squaring Mercury which will continue to bring out its more argumentative nature. Given the insanity of the often hateful verbiage from all sides of the political spectrum I can certainly expect this to continue. Here’s a thought, why not model the kind of world that we want to create with more kindness in our posts? I don’t mean whitewash the truth about Flint or the abuse of people of color, women and children and animals and the land but maybe we can all practice taking a breadth before we post or speak those harsh words. I am being tested on that today and am trying to listen to my highest self.

We continue to go through a time of culling which is a very Virgo activity. It is so important now to cleave to that which is truly yours and congruent with what resonates with your soul’s path.Yes we do want to be expansive like Jupiter yet we want that expansion to reflect our true self which has come through the sacred fires of  transformation brought on by the Uranus/Pluto square that has almost completed its revolution and evolution.

One of the aspects of so much Neptunian/Piscean energy is the concept of Initiation. Think about it, how many of you feel like 2015 was one big Initiation and that these feelings and experiences have been coming even deeper the last few months.Initiation is like a simulation of birth/rebirth. We are in the womb or desire to find ourselves in the healing womb waters after which we come out into the world of form from that cosmic pool of formlessness. This is the magic of Creation.

On March 8 we will experience the first of several Eclipses this one being a total Solar Eclipse with the New Moon in Pisces.I feel that this aspect of Initiation will surely peak at this time. Even though the eclipse will only be visible over Indonesia it would be wise to keep your ears to the ground in that vicinity and for the Pacific in general as there has already been an extremely potent earthquake in Indonesia this month. I would also think that tsunamis could accompany these seismic activities, again the theme of big water and earth.

This New Moon offers us the opportunity to flush out the dirty water from our systems on all levels from the very material to the emotional and let it flow down the drain particularly those people places and things that are literally draining.We need space for the new to come in and blossom after all it is Spring. At least here in Florida the signs of Spring are abundant however I am really getting how even the seasons are not exactly regular these days.

Solar Eclipses herald both important endings and beginnings so Happy Rebirth Day one and all. It is a good idea to see just where this eclipse falls in your chart to understand where these changes are likely to occur. This eclipse will fall exactly on my Mercury so it will be interesting to see just how this event will affect my career. One of the beautiful things that the planet Neptune reminds us is that we are all in this together. Time to open the Heart Chakra wide and the Third Eye wider. Your dreams and imagination can be more revealing now than your intellect however blending the two at this time can also be useful as long as you let the intuition lead the way.

The mainstream teaches us to ignore our intuition, to let the patriarchal paradigm of linear thinking run the world and of course this way of being has run the world into the ground. Fortunately the great SHIFT that has been occurring is liberating many from this limited way of perceiving the life.

Lovely Venus enters the sign of Pisces on March 12 joining Neptune, Mercury,Ceres,Chiron, the South Node and the Sun.. This will be a most watery day with loads of creative impulses floating around. Also on this day we will have a Grand Trine in Earth signs and Venus will be squared by Mars which will ruffle her feathers or with Venus in Pisces, stir up her calm waters. Grand Trines always encourage flow between all the planets that are involved and in this case the planets included are the Moon,Jupiter and Pluto.

Typically we think of trines as being positive when in reality trines simply allow the energy to move from place to place more easily so if the planetary set up is potentially volatile, it can mean that the Grand Trine makes it easier for this volatility to spread. Because these are Earth signs and Pluto is included in this group I would be concerned for more volcanic eruptions.Whenever I make such predictions my hope is always that I am wrong.

Jupiter’s exact opposition to the asteroid Ceres who represents the Earth Goddess could suggest major pulls on the tectonic plates and electromagnetic fields. Finding ways to ground our energies would be most useful too. I love working with the stones and crystals of course and these can be incredible tools for grounding and elevation at the same time depending on your choice of stones. For grounding I recommend smokey quartz and in particular celestial smokey quartz as it also helps you focus on what is essential. agate,carnelian and all the earthy looking stones will do the same as will hematite and black tourmaline which like smokey quartz is very protective. I do carry all of these stones at my shop in Moonhaven.I have very little Earth in my chart so I find it interesting that I have chosen to live with more crystals and stones than are in a museum. Balance!

From March 10 til March 27 Chiron the planet representing the Wounded Healer is exactly conjoining the South Node which symbolizes the path of least resistance, the ways that we have dealt with issues in the most knee jerk and automatic ways even for many lives.On March 11 the Sun joins in to light up the aspect and give more clarity followed by Mercury on the next day.This conjunction suggests a time for us to face the old wounds that we have chosen to avoid or deny so this can be a very constructive time to make major life shifts which will enable us to jump forward and live into the work of the North Node which is our mission plan.

March 20th is the Spring Equinox and this should really be a very interesting day with some very contradictory energies. At first glance i saw the sweet conjunction between Venus and Neptune which should  create a most celestial,magical and loving day. On the other hand the Sun will trine Mars turning up the heat and potentially aggressive vibes with another trine from Jupiter to Pluto and a weak trine from Jupiter to Uranus which can bring out a most potent energy. Jupiter is incredibly busy now and will also be squaring Saturn which can add some contradictory feelings about expansion and contraction. This square is not likely too good for our economy but whatever difficulties occur it would be short lived. So if Saturn causes some hesitation regarding a good group activity feel out which would bring you the most joy.The effect of the outer planets moving through Jupiter and Venus will make it a very fine day to celebrate and do some good spiritual work for the Planet.

I decided to combine my March 18 birthday with the Equinox to celebrate both here at Moonhaven and make it a year of giving back to the Planet.

We will gather for The Spring Equinox and my Birthday on Sunday March 20th at 2pm til at Moonhaven in Melrose. More info below in the Newsletter section and call 352 4752432 for more info and directions RSVP

The Full Moon in Libra on the 23rd is a penumbral eclipse which by its nature will be less intense than a total eclipse.We are dealing here with the opposition between Aries and Libra, self and other. In one way it is a time to really define yourself truthfully with the Aries Sun which is also trined by Mars in Sagittarius and with the Moon in Libra we must simultaneously address our need for others,partners or companions. The Martian energy is in some ways stronger which can show up globally as some very warlike behavior as the Lunar Eclipses are very potent times and this is also one of the Super Moons where the earth is more affected than usual. By the 24th,the still Full Moon will be opposing Uranus with a weakening square to Pluto so again there is that danger of some wild card,wild person setting off some unexpected situation and right now it looks like all the cards are wild and not just the Joker  

Thank goodness that Venus is still close to Neptune in Pisces as this can provide a softer more spiritual energy. In all seriousness, I do believe that those of us who gather in spiritual groups or have a spiritual practice of their own should make as much time as possible during this month to use the mystical and visionary aspect of Neptune and all the Piscean planets to create planetary safety and healing and  to offer some stability as well as Justice.

The month ends with Venus conjoining Chiron reminding us of the healing power of LOVE. This doesn’t mean that it will be easy but it does mean that LOVE is a really good way to begin the healing on all levels.

BLESSINGS FOR A GREAT SPRING FORWARD FLASH SILVERMOON  and Now for the Individual signs

Let’s Get Personal

ARIES – This is one crazy time and for once I don’t feel like my world is the shakiest. It’s all kind of crazy out there and the inmates are running the institution.Something kind of heart warming feeling like we are viewing the last gasps of a dying Patriarchy and it can’t happen fast enough for me.

TAURUS – The only thing that really helps me move through this energetic quagmire is singing. It’s not so much that I do it well but the movement of the chi through me Sopens everything else up. Its hard to feel too bad when you hum some silly  ditty or when you really throw your whole self into a jam. Like Sly said,“Sing a simple song.”

GEMINI – Seems like we are moving through a mutable dilemma with so much in Pisces and Virgo and I for one am totally used to feeling multiple impulses.I actually like to explore all sides of things and even my head has been spinning. I do know how to be flexible as long as I know how to keep a clear perspective,that is the trick!

CANCER – Water water everywhere and why is it all in Pisces? Why is the water more like a whirlpool than a placid lake and why the hell do some people not even have any clean water to drink? Why do you need to live in luxury to keep your children from getting lead poisoning? Why is home where the hell is for too many families? I can barely hear the News it just hurts too much.

LEO – I am going to make sure that my line continues to roam freely over the African Veldt. My heart will not settle for anything less.My pride is my life and I carry that energy with me as I move through life cat like and aware. You know who I am no secret there a big cat with great big hair.

VIRGO – Geez have I been busy lately with Jupiter in my sign just getting into everything. It’s all good but you know me, everything has to be just so and I will not settle for imperfection. I am getting everyone to cull through their stuff and now its my turn.

LIBRA -This Lunar Eclipse will be something else to handle I can feel it already. So many of us trying to make things fair and balanced that we can destabilize anything.I really prefer life around me to be loving and serene with some artistic beauty thrown in for good measure and that is so not the way things appear.

SCORPIO – This is my time to rest and be more internal so that I can come blazing out as Spring flowers burst upon the scene.Heavy responsibilities consuming what could be free time leaving me a bit frustrated but my sense is it will all be worth it in time.Now that Saturn has gotten off my back time really does feel more on my side and Mars did have me fired up and the road is calling me just not quite yet.

SAGITTARIUS – Where does one buy a reasonable ticket to Kathmandu.I am so hungry for adventure that I can almost taste the curry. Mars and Uranus are giving me the fire power to get the Dodge out of Hell so it’s just a manner of managing my finances. Calling my magic carpet right now.

CAPRICORN – Since 2012 my brother from another Planet, Uranus has been shaking my tree to bring the corporate world to its knees and I do believe that we are seeing the foundations rocking now.How else could these political parties, which are surely no party,  be having such reckonings? Hold on to your hats I think we are in for a bumpy ride.

AQUARIUS – Still some planets in my sign stirring the pot and getting many communities active. Some people haven’t been on the streets since Vietnam and Black Lives Do Matter and we all need to stand up for each other’s rights. No need to figure who has it the worst because we are all enduring life in a system that is not working towards our survival.Get Up Stand Up Stand Up for your Rights.

PISCES –  The time is now there is no other time The time is now there is no other time
To get down to your soul and let it make you whole Take these broken wings and let them learn to fly
let em take you high   Like a bird with freedom in her eyes til you can kiss the sky let your dreams unwind

FROM THE SONG RIGHT NOW BY  Flash Silvermoon

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Good Riddance Spell
Spell Date:  Saturday, March 5, 2016

Okay, you’ve just been dumped. Don’t waste time getting even with the person (that creates bad karma). Instead, get over your ex with this spell. Gather these ingredients:

A piece of black or purple fabric
A pinch each of lavender, sage, and black tea
Black thread

On the fabric, blend together the herbs and tea. Stir them in a counterclockwise direction. Draw the corners of the fabric up and tie with the thread. Next turn the water on full force in the bathroom sink or bathtub. Hold the pouch to your heart and say:

“Water, cleanse away my hurt and pain. He/She will never hurt me again.”

Untie your pouch and toss your herbs/tea into the running water. Turn off the water and let the mixture swirl down the drain—taking your hurt with it.
This post was written by James Kambos on March 05, 2016

Inspiration for Accomplishment
Spell Date:  Friday, March 4, 2016

On this day in 1933, as part of the start of the Roosevelt administration, Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in the U.S. cabinet. Perkins’s accomplishment reminds us that we all possess the potential to achieve great things in life.
Think of a large goal you desire to achieve, and gather an orange or gold candle (colors associated with success) and a safe holder. Carve a symbol, a few words, or a phrase representing your goal into the candle. Hold the candle between your hands and up to your third-eye chakra, and visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. Then light the candle and supervise it until it safely burns out on its own, snuffing and relighting as necessary until it has burned all the way down. As the candle burns, know that your intentions are being sent into the universe. So mote it be!
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on March 04, 2016

Blessing a Cellphone for Protection
Spell Date:  Thursday, March 3, 2016

To a lot of people, myself included, our cellphones are practically a part of us. The idea of losing our phone is unthinkable! Aside from having insurance and keeping careful track of our phone, we also have magical options at our disposal to keep it safe from theft or our own forgetfulness. The very notion takes the term “charging your cellphone” to a new place.
Hold the phone in your hands and envision a glowing orb of white light. See this light condensing to form a shell around the phone. To focus the intent, say this spell:

“Window to the world, contact link,
Protected from theft and loss;
I charge you now to be free from harm,
Damage rejected and pilfering blocked.”

Keep the phone on your person for the rest of the day.
This post was written by Michael Furie on March 03, 2016

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Unify
women.unify.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p41rBnxb7Jc

This video really touched my heart; combined with its intention which is to express that on International Women’s Day there’s such a huge calling for women to gather in circle. Would it be alright to post this video and ask others if they were so inclined to join me in the ethers at a certain time?

Blessed Be,
Isidora MoonDancer
High Priestess, Sisters of the Burning Branch

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Ostara Egg Bread

Ingredients:

½ cup  sugar
2 packages  (¼ ounce each) active dry yeast
1 to 2  teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
6 to 6 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups  whole milk
6 tablespoons  butter, cubed
4  large eggs
3 to 6  hard-cooked large eggs, unpeeled
assorted food coloring
canola oil
2 tablespoons water

Directions

In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, cardamom, salt and 2 cups flour. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add 3 eggs; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, dye hard-cooked eggs with food coloring following package directions. Let stand until completely dry. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 24-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Bring ends together to form a ring. Pinch ends to seal. Lightly coat dyed eggs with oil; arrange on braid, tucking them carefully between ropes. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl, whisk remaining egg and water; gently brush over dough, avoiding eggs. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Originally published as Easter Egg Bread in Taste of Home April/May 2003, p41

Nutritional Facts 1 slice equals 281 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.

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Perfection

I am not a perfect being. I have flaws I can hardly believe. I make decisions and can’t stick to them. I make mistakes I really don’t mean to make. I am a seriously malfunctioning creature. I know this. It’s just a fact of my existence.

Don’t try to buck me up or make me think I can do anything I want. I really can’t. And I’m a very gifted human. There are people more gifted and less gifted than I am, but as far as I have been able to determine we all fall into the same category: error prone.

Maybe there’s a species out there that thinks things through, comes up with sensible solutions, puts them into action, doesn’t have to learn by trial and error, explosions in the basement and all that. I think they’d be extraordinarily kind. They wouldn’t have any mistakes to hide.

But the extraordinary thing for me is my ability to forgive myself my humanity, my imperfection. I can love myself and others in spite of the endless series of disasters we create.

It would be great to be perfect. It couldn’t hurt anything, could it? But wanting to be perfect, pretending to be perfect can do a lot of damage.

Perfectionism might, conceivably, be a good thing for some other species. But not for me.

My character defects and my humanity have become old friends, teaching me humility and courtesy on the path.

Copyright 7/12/99, John MacEnulty, St. Louis MO
Emanations Thought for the Day, Emanationsfuture@gmail.com

Emanations Concert Tuesday Evening, 7:30 pm, Garden of Life Church
9525 Eddy and Park Rd, Crestwood, MO. Free admission. John MacEnulty,
Native American Flute.

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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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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,
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Transcendence Wellness Center

Jessica and Susie
Transcendence Wellness Center
At our new location
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Merriam KS 6203

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Haunted Occoquan Tours

Haunted Occoquan (Virginia) Tours offer family-friendly walking tours.  Visit our Tour Reservation page for information on when you can make a reservation and fees.

Check Kay out online in Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story”, Episode 67 concerning the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, VA, and her new blog about things paranormal and Haunted Occoquan.

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Campbell’s Rambles:
How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life

Nonfiction by Patty L. Fletcher

The book is now for sale in print and e-book format from Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
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Flash Silvermoon shares her story ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES now because we are all going through so many EARTH CHANGES and there are so many animals in crisis or crossing around the world putting all of us including our beloved animals at high risk. Also we are coming on to the 10 year Anniversary of Katrina and this story shares my experiences of working with the Rescue team for the Katrina Hounds locally. Hopefully this story although written some years ago will inspire and educate you in ways to help yourselves. If you call in tonight and mute the phone til the end we can have some QnA if you like.

This story and many others will be included in her book Lifetime Companions Love Never Dies which offers many tales about how she began working on her own animals and how that evolved to treating all kinds of other animals over the last 35 years.
The animals are my teachers and I have been blessed by many excellent teachers in my home and in my practice.I am sure that you will find that this information awakens your own skills as an Animal Communicator too.Reach Flash Silvermoon at    http://www.flashsilvermoon.com

Nationally known Animal Communicator Flash Silvermoon shares her 35+ years of experiences doing healing work with the animals to enlighten you about their psyches.and how to truly deepen your relationship with your animal companions and all animals  Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

Flash always shares more about Holistic methods to heal your animal companions. Of course the first thing is Animal Communication which  is the best aid in knowing and understanding what your animal companions want and need as well as how their past and even past lives can influence their healing.
Flash also creates her own Gem Elixirs and uses Green Hope Farms Flower Essences as well as homeopathy, essential oils and healing touch to round out her practice. See her website for further info on ordering or having her work on your animals .

Flash presents this wonderful show devoted to bringing people and animals into greater harmony. She shares her amazing experiences as an Animal Communicator and offers everything that you might want to know about the world of animals from care, healing, feeding and most importantly understanding. She often shares the mike with special guests who are managers of Sanctuaries, non traditional Vets, and all manner of people that work on the front line to love and help animals.

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I have also continued creating the Solfeggio Mandalas for the Divine Frequency Series and have completed 864Hz, Spiritual Embrace very recently. Each frequency, each mandala is a mudra frozen in time gifting the meridian system a way to reconnect with our divine blue print.

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Earth Signs and Omens

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.

An exciting hands-on 10 week course for $50.00.
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The Magic of Crystals Course
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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!
No books or supplies needed!  $25.00
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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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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.
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No text books required unless otherwise noted.
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We All Look At the Same Moon!

February Moon Phases

First Quarter falls on Monday, 15 February, 2016 at 2:47 AM
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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Full Snow Moon
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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The Sabbats 2016

Northern Hemisphere

Candlemas/Imbolc – Feb. 2
Ostara – Mar. 21/22
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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Heartwings Love Notes 710 The Last Jar of Honey

Heartwings says, “Even if they have passed away, friends live on in our hearts.”

I don’t remember exactly when we met; it was between fifteen and twenty years ago. What I do remember is her smile. She never failed to greet me with it–that and a wonderful warm hug. Her name was Santina Crawford. I called her the Honey Lady because that was what I bought from her, delicious local honey from the bees her husband Howard tended so well that he won prizes. I brought her all my glass containers and never failed to leave without a variety of different jars of honey both for me and to give away.  

She and her husband also sold apples. Their farm with the apple orchard and the hives is in a densely commercial area just off highway 495 in Franklin. They were well along in years, and I used to worry that they’d retire and the farm would get gobbled up by a developer.  Once rural, the land around it now teems with businesses. Heavy traffic zooms past on 146 at a steady rate. Several years ago her grandson, a Cornel graduate, came to help and eventually, now that both she and her husband have passed on, take over.

During my many visits, she shared much of her background with me. Part of a large family, she grew up on the farm where she eventually lived with her husband. While she was growing up, she and her siblings worked in people’s homes and on the farm. Every year I brought home quantities of their apples, some of them heirloom varieties, all of them special. I also brought many of my friends to meet my honey lady and to purchase jars for themselves.

When I called this fall to see the best day to get some honey from my honey lady I was told she had passed on in August. I was shocked and saddened. If only I had gone to see her sooner! Sadly, I have only one large jar left from what I didn’t know was my last visit. It is nearly finished. I hoard the special crystals of sweetness that remain. One day the last of them will be gone. Still I will enjoy thinking of her, our conversations and her tender hugs. And although the last of the honey will eventually be gone my heart will always hold the memory of her warm and radiant smile.

May you have memories of special people to cherish in your heart.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
TashaHal@aol.com

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Victorian Valentine

In the language of St. Valentine’s Day, a red heart symbolizes a holiday of love and romance.  

Lacy valentines of the Victorian era reached their peak in the years 1840-1860. On delicate lace paper handpainted motifs such as; cupids, birds, flowers, hearts, and darts may be enhanced with chiffon, silk, satin, tule, or lace. Novelty valentines might feature a tiny mirror, an envelope, a puzzle purse, or a slot to hold a lock of hair. There were valentine checks drawn against the Bank of Love, and valentines printed to look like paper money. One of these looked too much like a real five-pound note and was quickly recalled.
Some valentines were decorated in watercolor or in delicate pen and ink. Often the handwriting was a thing of beauty as fine penmanship was considered a form of art.

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Remembrance at Parentalia
Spell Date:  Saturday, February 13, 2016

Parentalia was an ancient Roman festival that began on February 13. It was a time to celebrate honored ancestors. You can honor your beloved family members on this day by bringing flowers and wine to their graves in true Parentalia tradition. If you don’t have a grave to visit, create a small altar space on a shelf, desk, or tabletop. Add photographs or some other bits of memorabilia such as collectibles, jewelry, books, or whatever makes you think of the ancestors you want to honor. Whether at the grave or the altar, offer fresh flowers and wine while thinking about all the gifts that your ancestor passed on to you, and feel their spirit flowing through your blood, living in your DNA. As you focus on these gifts, give thanks:

“Here I am, you live within me.
I honor you and your legacy.
I feel your blessings within my bones.
I thank you deeply across the unknown.”
This post was written by Mickie Mueller on February 13, 2016

Blessing of Beauty
Spell Date:  Friday, February 12, 2016

The world around us is full of beauty, from the majesty of the natural world to the grace of a friend’s laughter.
Sadly, it can sometimes be very difficult to see that beauty. When you’re in need of a boost in your ability to
appreciate the beauty around you, speak the following blessing:

“May the blessing of beauty be upon me this day.
Bright radiance, help me to release pessimism and cynicism.
Comforting love, lift the weight of lead from my soul.
Majestic nature, help me to appreciate the good that surrounds me.
Gentle beauty, help me to see as you see.”
This post was written by Emily Carlin on February 12, 2016

Blessing Your Books
Spell Date:  Thursday, February 11, 2016

A lot of Witches and Pagans are book lovers. I know I have lots of books that hold strong sentimental value and useful information that I would never want to lose. For our own books of shadows, a book blessing is often used, and one of the functions of this blessing is to act as a protection. We can also use this concept to protect all our other important books.
To work this spell, you can either hold a single book in your hands or stand in front of a bookshelf with your palms facing it. Visualize white light streaming from your hands into the book(s), forming a web of energy around it/them. To seal the spell, say:

“Tome(s) of knowledge, wisdom’s form,
I shield you from theft and harm.
Blessing and protection,
forever encased,
Protecting my book(s) from dangers faced.”
This post was written by Michael Furie on February 11, 2016

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Leap Day: February 29, 2016

A Leap Day, February 29, is added to the calendar during leap years. This extra day makes the year 366 days long – not 365 days, like a common year.

On February 29th, women can ask a man to marry her.

Role reversal on leap day.

When Is the Next Leap Day?
2016 is a leap year, so the next leap day is February 29, 2016.

The last Leap Day was on February 29, 2012.

Why Add a Leap Day?
Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun.
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year.

Without an extra – or intercalary – day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days in relation to fixed seasonal days days like the vernal equinox or winter solstice.

Caesar Introduced Leap Years
Roman general Julius Caesar implemented the first leap day in his Julian Calendar, which he introduced in 45 BCE (Before Common Era). A leap day was added every four years. At the time, leap day was February 24, and February was the last month of the year.

Too Many Leap Years
However, adding a leap day every four years was too often and eventually, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar. This calendar, which we still use today, has a more precise formula for calculating of leap years, also known as bissextile years.

Traditions & Folklore
Leap day as a concept has existed for more than 2000 years, and is still associated with age-old customs, folklore and superstition. One of the most well-known traditions is that women propose to their boyfriends, instead of the other way around.

Leap Months

The ancient Roman Calendar added an extra month every few years to maintain the correct seasonal changes, similar to the Chinese leap month.

Source:
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Stephen’s Story: Fit for Life
Domestic Tranquility: Fit for Life    

    In my mind I was playing shortstop for the Red Sox. The batter hit a hard ground ball toward second.  I leapt to my left, did a double side step, gloved the ball and threw the runner out at first by a step. Then I whapped my left ankle against the coffee table and winced aloud.

    “Are you ok?” Tasha asked from the other side of the room. She was doing knee lifts to the exercise video, which fortunately was nearing completion. Moments later we finished the mile of the intense aerobic walking we do most mornings.

    “I’m fine,” I said, my imagination still at Fenway, the rest of my mind at home struggling through our morning ritual trying to remain fit for life and if possible add longevity to the equation. “I’m just starved and when I’m this hungry my mind wanders.”

    “This exercise is so good for us, especially before breakfast.” She put the DVD into its case.  

    “Sure,” I said noncommittally. “I do this for you. Otherwise you’d be more and more insistent and it’s just easier this way.”

    “I want you to last,” she smiled. “I want us both to be fit for life.”

    “Oh I will be,” I assured her. I staggered into the kitchen. Our morning exercise and what only could be called a sensible healthy diet seemed more discipline than I especially wanted.

         To stay fit some men go to health clubs, work out on monstrous equipment, eat tasteless protein bars and drink chalky, foamy concoctions that look like grout. I’m not one of them. I prefer to stay home, read and watch DVDs. I accept that I could easily be called sedentary or worse a couch potato. I’ve also noticed that once they hit advanced years those types don’t seem to last all that long.

    “Thank you for doing the walking with me,” she said as we sipped our breakfast tea. “Did you drink your two glasses of water?” She was eating cereal that resembled barnyard gruel.

    I was enjoying my gluten free burrito smothered in garlic, soy cheese and hot peppers on a bed of salad greens. There is a method to this madness. The peppers created an instant need for water. Soy cheese is healthier and less fatty than dairy. Garlic is delicious raw or cooked and works to lower blood pressure. The burrito is my one distant indulgence to my boyhood memory of the world of fast food.

    I sighed. “There’s a part of me I have to be constantly aware of that wants to bag our morning exercises and go drown myself in a gooey three cheese pizza.”

    “But why?” she asked raising her eyes. “The exercise is so good for us, especially early in the day.”

    “Because its tedious and boring.” I replied. “Anytime I do the same thing over and over and over again it gets boring. I’m constantly at war against boredom. Besides anything that can be done at eight in the morning can be done at three in the afternoon. I’m sure the Great God Fitness could care less.”

    “Would you rather we joined a health club?”

     You know the answer to that without my having to say anything.“ I looked at the sports page and wondered if now that they had a legit ace in their starting rotation the Red Sox would catch fire this season and make it out of last place all the way into the playoffs.

    “There’s always hiring a personal trainer.” She got up from the table and took her gluten free toast from the toaster. “Want some?”

    “No thanks!” I said, mentally struggling with my deep inner craving for pizza.

    “Is there anything I could do to help make our morning exercise more interesting for you,” she asked pleasantly.

    “Sure,” I smiled. “Wear a bikini.”

    “It’s not yet even spring. Mornings are far too chilly.”

    “You asked. Besides it shouldn’t matter. The heat generated from the intensity of exercise would keep you warm whatever time of year and then I’d get an eyeful.”

         “Thanks,“ she smiled. “I’m sure most husbands would appreciate seeing their wives in less.”

         “I’m sure,“ I agreed. “There is another solution to overcoming the sedentary dilemma. But it’s terribly radical and more expensive than we might even want to consider these days.”

         That caught her attention. “What’s that? One of those new exercise  machines that moves in many different ways at once?”

         “Perish the thought. What I had in mind was a nude cruise. Ten days on the high seas: Yoga, swimming in a heated pool, exercising, enjoying the pure solemnity of nature.“

         “You’d do that? Work out, swim, practice Yoga?”

         “No but you would and I’d enjoy watching. Besides if we signed up for one in the future, our human nature would guide us to get our bodies back in shape so we’d fit in with passengers that were more the age of our grandkids than ours.“

         “That sounds a bit extreme,” she smiled. “Beside knowing you, you’d spend the cruise in a deck chair, lost in a book.”

         “I tried.“ I smiled, stood up and kissed her. “I guess the next big question is something else to seriously consider?”

         “What’s that,“ she asked.

         “What’s for lunch.”

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The ARK Method: Grounding
(excerpt from The Crystalline Angel Therapy Certification Course)

Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation, (being grounded) represents the element of earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts and to our sense of centered connection to our bodies and the physical plane. You are grounded in every energetic frequency you choose to be aligned with.

Balancing the Root Chakra

Muladhara: 1st Chakra (Base or Root Chakra): 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.

The color for the root chakra is red or black and it is grounded with your power. When this chakra is open, you feel in good health and connected with your physical body. It is used to ground your essence into your physical body. This chakra gives you determination, grounds you and aids in survival in the physical realms.

When this chakra is balanced, the masculine and feminine energy work together to make you strong and vital, when it is not balanced, the feminine aspects disappear and you can become overbearing and have difficulty with the ego. Physically, it governs the kidneys and the spinal column. To help activate this chakra, use red candles, clothes or lights. Use red sparingly as it can also strengthen anger if it is present. The symbol of this chakra is the Square.

Named as one of the rulers of the Virtues, a sphere or level of angelic influence, Uriel is named as one of the seven archangels in the Book of Enoch, who stand before God. His name represents the “fire or light of God”. He is the transmitter of God’s light and therefore, considered the illuminator. Uriel helps those who have lost their way or feel abandon, fearful or suicidal.

Maintaining a healthy foundation is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen and build your light body. In this meditation, Archangel Uriel guides you through a cleansing, healing and strengthening process to help you remain grounded and energized.

The Red Rainbow Ray for Grounding

Red or black crystals can be used to benefit the grounding process. Also crystals related to the earth such as petrified wood, Himalayan Sea Salt, picture jasper, jet, and pyrite or shiva linghams. Additional black stones include black tourmaline, black obsidian, onyx, obsidian and zebra stone. Additional red stones include red ruby, red tiger’s eye, garnet, red obsidian, red coral and red aventurine.

Line the stones beneath the feet in an arch.  Discover the metaphysical qualities of the crystals you use.

Grounding Meditation with Archangel Uriel

Take some peaceful breaths of cleansing, renewing air. Feel the breath as it enters the body. Each breath should be deeper than the next, as you inhale you bring the breath all the way down into the Root Chakra. Breathe deeper and feel the breath draw not just from the air around you but also from the earth below. Let the earth energy surround you and flow into you. Feel it surrounding you altogether as you slowly begin to relax and let go.

As you sink deeper into this relaxation, feel yourself moving gently deeper into your body. Allow your body to melt into the floor beneath you. Know that the floor is supported by the secure structure of the building, the building by the secure foundation and the foundation is supported by secure mother Earth and the security of Archangel Uriel.

The sense of security you allow is compared to that of being rocked back and forth…. back and forth by your Archangel, Uriel.  Sense the flutter of the wings gently beneath you. The heaviness of your body supported by the angelic embrace. Let go of the tension in your neck and shoulders. Let your arms release and your rib cage expand and open with each breath. Your hips are supported and your legs are shaken free of the binds that keep you from moving forward.
As your feet, ankles and toes tingle and wiggle, you feel the energy flow through the base of each foot.

When you choose to come back… sense the support from you crystals and slowly raise the energy back up to behind your eyes. When you are ready, slowly open your eyes and bring yourself back.

Hang on to the wonderful support you have just created until you are ready to revisit your angel.

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This story and many others will be included in her book Lifetime Companions Love Never Dies which offers many tales about how she began working on her own animals and how that evolved to treating all kinds of other animals over the last 35 years.
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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.

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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 (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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We All Look At the Same Moon!

February Moon Phases
New Moon falls on Monday, 08 February, 2016 at 9:40 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 15 February, 2016 at 2:47 AM
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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Full Snow Moon
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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The Sabbats 2016

Northern Hemisphere

Candlemas/Imbolc – Feb. 2
Ostara – Mar. 21/22
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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The New Moon on Monday February 8th

by Monica Tyler

This new moon on Monday February 8th is going void of course at 9:39 am MT and it will remain there until 1:32 pm MT on Tuesday. With this happening I wouldn’t recommend using the evening of Monday to set intentions but maybe take the time to meditate and go within to really figure out what your intentions are for the lunar cycle and see what things may be keeping you from being able to achieve them. Then with a clear mind and a clear path you are ready to set your intentions on Tuesday evening. Another thing to keep in mind is that the new moon will enter Pisces at 2:31 am MT on Tuesday which lends itself to do works that are related to dream-work, clairvoyance, telepathy, music and the creative arts. If you are looking to do some healing work this time is great to work on feet and the lymph glands.

On Monday night I would do a sacred bath ritual for clarity so that while I am soaking I can see very clearly my intentions for the upcoming lunar cycle. First, I would smudge the bathroom with some sage or my favorite, Palo Santo. Then I would burn a citrus smelling candle or just a white candle anointed towards me to bring me clarity and truth. I will draw my water, give it a blessing, then add the bath salts that I have created.

Clarity Bath Recipe

½ cup Epsom Salt – it helps to clear and ground you.
½ cup Sea Salt – it helps to purify and cleanse your aura.
¼ cup of baking soda – helps disperse the essential oils and it is good for the skin.
¼ cup of Coconut Milk (added directly to the bath) or use Coconut Milk powder and add it to the mix. It is associated with the feminine, the moon and water it brings purification, and protection. Coconut Milk powder is very fragrant and it is great for the skin.
20 drops of Lemon Sweet EO – it brings clarity, cleansing and uplifting.
1 tsp of Solomon’s Seal herbs – helps you with decision making.
After the bath I am in a good energetic and spiritual position to do a shamanic journey to visit with one of my spiritual allies. I can discuss with him/her my intentions and together we can discovering if there are any hidden energies that may work against me in bringing my intentions into manifestation.

On Tuesday the energy is favorable for setting those intentions. Since the energies of the evening are conducive for creative work I will probably create a sigil for said intentions and place it somewhere in my healing room or office. This evening also provide energies that will support dream-work so this is a good time to do so. This is the perfect time to do some crafting, like making a Dream-Work Oil and/or a Dream-Work medicine bag. If you like working with crystals this is a great opportunity to create a crystal grid to support you this evening in your dream-work.

Before going to bed this evening you can drink some Brigid Divination Tea and set your intention to do dream-work. Place your dream-work medicine bag under your pillow , mattress or on your night table and anoint yourself with some of the Dream-work Oil and go off to an adventure in dreamland. Don’t forget to write down all of your dreams and information you get the next morning. I hope you enjoy some of the ideas provided. If you do craft any of the suggested items feel free to comment on how it worked for you.

Dream-Work Oil

5 ml of Grapeseed carrier oil  – it is known to have moon energies and increase mental power.
2 drops Cassia Bark – it helps to support astral projection
2 drops of Jasmine – it helps to induce prophetic dreams
4 drops of Lavender – it helps to induce prophetic dreams and
1 drop of Rosemary – to drive away nightmares and protection
1 drop of Wormwood – for protection, to increase psychic powers and to call forth spirits.
pinch of Angelica (herb) – for protection and to support dream prophecy
pinch of Mugwort (herb) – for protection, to increase psychic powers, support astral projection and induce prophetic dream
Dream-Work Medicine Bag

Purple cloth – or one that you feel that goes with the theme of dream work (stars, moons, clouds)
Blue Lace Agate – for protection and support of good dreams
Amethyst – for protection, supports Dream- work, it dispels nightmares
Blue Obsidian – for protection, increases psychic abilities, supports astral travel, promotes having good dreams and supports shamanic journeys
A star of Anise – for protection from evil spirits, supports meditation and calls forth spirits
Angelica (herb) – for protection and to support dream prophecy
Mugwort (herb) – for protection, to increase psychic powers, support astral
Vervain (herb) – for protection, peace and support sleep
Anoint the bag with some Dream-Work Oil
Like always use the ingredients that you have at home and do your own personal research to ensure you do not have any adverse reaction when working with any of the ingredients listed in the recipes. The recipes are of my creation and are suggestions, feel free to personalize them to best suit your needs. There are many different crystals, oils, herbs that have similar attributes and energies feel free to exchange them. Many blessings to you and enjoy your New Moon!

Resources:

Cosmic Daily Weather by Kaye Berjot

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♥ Valentine Gifts for Day of the Dead Lovers ♥

Mexicans are “muy festijeros” and enjoy celebrating Valentines Day.

Valentines Day in Mexico is called Dia de Amistad or day of love & friendship, which these days is celebrated pretty similar to that in the United States with friends & lovers exchanging cards, candies, balloons & flowers.

Mexicans have an ancient tradition of love going back to pre-Aztec history. The Borges Codex describes the god called Macuilxochitl – god of beauty, love, song, corn & flowers.
His wife was Xochiquetzal – Goddess of Nature, Love, Beauty, Sex & Fertility.

Tell your Valentine you love them in your best tequila Spanish:
Te amo (I love you)
Te adoro (I adore you) or
Te quiero (I wish for you)

A big flaming heart milagro is a passionate symbol in Mexican iconography originating in 18c Church artwork. Now, the flaming heart is part of the cultural symbols of Mexico and is seen in kitsch and pop artwork too.

While skeleton folk art is not exchanged in Mexico for Valentines Day, a gift of a hand made skull is always enjoyed here in the U.S.

Day of the Dead reminds us that life is short, the cycle of life marches on, our loving relationships will last a lifetime and the spirits of the dead are always with us.
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Body Blessings
Spell Date:  Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rastafarians believe that the body is a temple. In honor of Bob Marley, musician and Rasta born this day in 1945, invoke a piece of Rastafarian wisdom by consecrating your body as a sacred space.

Bathe and dress yourself in clean, comfortable clothing, then stand in front of a mirror. Gaze into your own eyes, visualizing them as windows in the temple that houses your soul. Using an unprocessed, natural oil such as olive, coconut, sunflower, or hemp, anoint your forehead, heart, the palm of each hand, and your belly and feet, then chant a mantra inspired by Marley’s song:

“I love myself. I love my life.”

For as long as you can afterward, consume unprocessed, natural foods, drink water, and get enough rest—in other words, clean and refresh your temple. Repeat frequently to love yourself and your life. This post was written by Natalie Zaman on February 06, 2016

Forgive Your Heart
Spell Date:  Friday, February 5, 2016

We’ve all had a bad relationship, whether with a lover, friend, family member, or coworker. These relationships leave us with negative feelings, like anger, resentment, and guilt. We might not be able to heal the relationship, but we can heal ourselves. Forgiving ourselves for these negative feelings is necessary for us to move on.
Write down on a piece of paper all of the negative feelings you have regarding a particular relationship. Don’t be afraid to admit them to yourself. This can sometimes be the hardest aspect of moving on—admitting what you are capable of.

Roll up the piece of paper and tie it closed with a black ribbon. Place it into a fireproof container and set it on fire.
As the paper burns, say:

“These feelings have taken over,
Making my heart heavy and sad.
Burn them away,
Remove them,
And cleanse my heart and soul.
Allow my heart to forgive and heal.
This is my wish,
So mote it be.”

Repeat this chant for as long as you feel is necessary. This post was written by Kerri Connor on February 05, 2016

A Lemon Cleansing Spell
Spell Date:  Thursday, February 4, 2016

At this time of year, negative energy can build up in our homes. To clear away any bad vibrations, try this simple spell.
You’ll need a lemon and some black pepper. Slice the lemon in half and dip each cut side in some pepper.
Place the lemon halves in opposite corners of a room or in opposite corners of your home. As you set each lemon half in a corner, say:

“Lemon cleanse, pepper sting.
Surround this home with a protective ring.”

Leave the lemon halves in place for twenty-four hours, then discard. If the lemon turns dark in that short amount of time, you may want to do this spell again, because you might have some really negative energy hanging around. If your space is very large, use more than one lemon. This post was written by James Kambos on February 04, 2016

Home Cleansing
Spell Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday is a good day of the week for change, and what better time for a change, as we are starting a new year!

Take a little time today to change your environment. The winter months find us storing things that we really have no use for, so get rid of them. Make space for things that fulfill you. Once you get your physical space cleared, cleanse your home. Create a spray with a little sage and spearmint oil mixed with water. As you walk about your home spritzing the rooms, say:

“I cleanse this home of the negative so I can welcome change.”

The sage will cleanse the space of any negativity, and the spearmint will help with prosperity and protection. This post was written by Charlynn Walls on February 03, 2016

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Soul Connecting with Crystals
(excerpt from Andrew course: Crystal Medicine: A Clinical Approach to Healing Mind, Body, Spirit)

Shock or trauma can have a profound and deep effect on the emotional body. Shock is often immediate, while trauma can be immediate or from long term or past experiences. Doctors and therapists often miss effects of shock or trauma. Such things as surgery, falls, car accidents, burns and physical, emotional or sexual abuse may well traumatize people. Such trauma happens when the shock mechanisms of the nervous system do not return to normal homoeostatic control.

The feeling of being numb or disconnected usually arises from stressful experiences. It can even be during our earliest development, including prenatal development and birth. Shock obscures access to full consciousness, including the deepest and most instinctual aspects of the Self. This can result in difficulties with intimacy, spirituality and self-esteem. Shock is held in the body and reactivated by events in daily life until it is resolved.

Crystals for Reconnecting to the Soul:

Aquamarine gives freedom and removes that victim mentality.

Amber is used in the Crystal herb section under Chinese Materia Medica

Carnelian releases trauma, anoints the aura and can be used in the grid below on the Sacral Spleen Chakra

Clear Quartz is a master healer and is useful for seeing a clear and finite picture.

Danburite is used as a curative for any condition. It also clears karmic debris

Fluorite is used in the Crystal herb section under Chinese Materia Medica

Green Jade brings serenity, peace of mind and calms nervous stress.

Green Tourmaline resonates with the heart and traumatic situations that may be lasting with the body creating physical symptoms. Works well at the Heart Chakra. Pass this stone over the entire body to locate where emotional trauma my be blocking free energy flow.

Kyanite is useful for recent shock or trauma. Keep it with you during the healing process. The crystal helps with your recuperation by revitalizing your energy.

Morganite clears both conscious and unconscious negative programming.

Rhodonite placed over the Heart Chakra and helps to heal emotional wounds.

Rose Quartz: is a fantastic heart soother and can also address the issue of shock or trauma in a crystal grid on the Sacral/Spleen Chakra. (see below).

Rutilated Quartz reorganizes the energy integrity of the aura as well as the Chakra centers. It helps to repair the damage done by trauma and rejuvenates the natural flow of Qi or vital energy.

Sodalite helps bring emotional balance. Great as a gem essence or as an elixir oil massaged into the Throat Chakra..

Turquoise is a multi-purpose healing stone that soothes the Throat Chakra, works to heal missing energy or “holes” in the aura and gathers safe blue energy to lay within a grid.

Support this treatment by making a gem essence of any of the above stones (except Kyanite). Spraying these essence around the aura is very effective. Taking 8-10 drops under the tongue is also recommended. Massage crystal elixir oils into the Heart and Throat Chakra.

Grids for soul connecting should include Chakra balancing and Aura cleansing. Use the grid below to address the Heart and Root Chakra as well as the Aura.

Soul Connector Net: use five quartz points, one heart stone and one root stone. Lay the points facing inward in a circle and then lay the 2 additional stone on the chakra.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
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Therapies for healing
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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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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.
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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.
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Haunted Occoquan (Virginia) Tours offer family-friendly walking tours.  Visit our Tour Reservation page for information on when you can make a reservation and fees.

Check Kay out online in Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story”, Episode 67 concerning the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, VA, and her new blog about things paranormal and Haunted Occoquan.

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Campbell’s Rambles:
How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life

Nonfiction by Patty L. Fletcher

The book is now for sale in print and e-book format from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the Apple bookstore, Smashwords, and other online sellers.

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What the Animals Tell Me with Flash Silvermoon every Wed 8:30-9 pm est

ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES  You can call in this phone number to listen LIVE on our live show
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Flash Silvermoon shares her story ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES now because we are all going through so many EARTH CHANGES and there are so many animals in crisis or crossing around the world putting all of us including our beloved animals at high risk. Also we are coming on to the 10 year Anniversary of Katrina and this story shares my experiences of working with the Rescue team for the Katrina Hounds locally. Hopefully this story although written some years ago will inspire and educate you in ways to help yourselves. If you call in tonight and mute the phone til the end we can have some QnA if you like.

This story and many others will be included in her book Lifetime Companions Love Never Dies which offers many tales about how she began working on her own animals and how that evolved to treating all kinds of other animals over the last 35 years.
The animals are my teachers and I have been blessed by many excellent teachers in my home and in my practice.I am sure that you will find that this information awakens your own skills as an Animal Communicator too.Reach Flash Silvermoon at    http://www.flashsilvermoon.com

Nationally known Animal Communicator Flash Silvermoon shares her 35+ years of experiences doing healing work with the animals to enlighten you about their psyches.and how to truly deepen your relationship with your animal companions and all animals  Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

Flash always shares more about Holistic methods to heal your animal companions. Of course the first thing is Animal Communication which  is the best aid in knowing and understanding what your animal companions want and need as well as how their past and even past lives can influence their healing.
Flash also creates her own Gem Elixirs and uses Green Hope Farms Flower Essences as well as homeopathy, essential oils and healing touch to round out her practice. See her website for further info on ordering or having her work on your animals .

Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

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The combination of both Solfeggio’s and Mandala’s are a powerful tool to awaken our consciousness, activate DNA and prepare the body for reawakening of the heart connection. Activate the cells with geometric patterning that heightens your interconnectivity to carry more information, light and energy. Every cell becomes a portal. As this happens, corrections and adjustments in the electrical fields and meridians that have been out of attunement occur, and the whole body benefits as it aligns with the new paradigm.

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Earth Signs and Omens

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.

An exciting hands-on 10 week course for $50.00.
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The Magic of Crystals Course
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!
No books or supplies needed!  $25.00
Purchase 4 courses at one time – get a fifth one free!

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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!

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
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High Priestess Training and Community

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 (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.

Please contact me at: grannymoonsmail@yahoo.com
For an application and more information!
Visit me at http://GoddessSchool.com  

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The GoddessSchool

1. High Priestess Certification and Ancient Mystery Teachings

2. Herbalism 101

3. Herbalism 202

4. Herbalism 303  

5. Earth Signs and Omens

6. The Priestess Entrepreneurship

7. Natural Witchcraft
8. Practical Magick: Spell Casting for Every Day Use

9. 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

18. Priestess Pathways Newsletter

19. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Daily Newsletter

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

22. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Café Press Gear

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We All Look At the Same Moon!

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January Moon Phases

Last Quarter falls on Sunday, 31 January, 2016 at 10:29 PM

February Moon Phases
New Moon falls on Monday, 08 February, 2016 at 9:40 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 15 February, 2016 at 2:47 AM
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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Full Snow Moon
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 1:20 PM

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The Sabbats 2016

Northern Hemisphere

Candlemas/Imbolc – Feb. 2
Ostara – Mar. 21/22
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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Imbolc/Candlemas Spell

The fires of Brigid were tended by nineteen priestesses at Kildare, Ireland. Today these same sacred fires are tended by nineteen nuns.

In the spirit of Brigid’s fire, light white, red, or yellow candles to celebrate the return of the light at this time of year. Sing this  verse while you light the candles:

Mighty Brigid, Goddess of the forge, flying sparks and light,

Mistress who commands the strength

of fire and healing sight.

Patroness of poets, healers, and smiths,

Bring thy blessings and gifts.

Holder who balances the delicate forces of fire’s birth and death.

Transformation  come,

inspiration flow,

Brigid bless all you know.

Element of fire, may you with Brigid’s sacred light always warmly glow.

Priestess of fire and light, open up the forge and let creativity flow.

Visions of magic, muse to bards,

Let the winds of  imagination blow.

Brigid dance in my life and dreams,

The ancient truths reveal.

Share your fires of healing and vibrant  health,

And keep my spirit well.

Protectress of mothers and children be,

Always watch over me.

May your fires burn bright in my  heart,

And bless each project that I start.

Deep in the  earth your wells of inspiration

flow abundant and free.

Come share your  overflowing bounty with others and with me.

Mighty Brigid, this I know.

Where your magic is,

So do the wise  go.

May I be among your blessed,

Fill my heart and spirit with all that is best.

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Tasha’s Astrology Planner for February 2016

February, the shortest month of the year is often one of the most interesting. It is powered by erratic Uranus, meaning anything can happen–but wait, Saturn planet of stability and structure was and still is it’s ruler as well. This is the wonderful paradox of Aquarius and of Aquarians: Sometimes this period as well as its natives, appears to be just plain off the wall and then when you least expect it, suddenly turn conservative. Abraham Lincoln is an example.

The New Moon in Aquarius falls on the 8th, suggesting that over the next two weeks leading up to the Full Moon we build on our old friendships and work to make new ones. We can also increase our inventive creativity as well as our altruistic activity. The Full Moon on the 21st in Virgo suggests we use the next two weeks to release ill health, stodginess, and/or disorganized behavior, and learn ways to take better care of ourselves, our belongings, and others.

This month, besides the Sun which always changes signs monthly, there are only two planets changing signs and none changing direction. Mercury starts the month in organized Capricorn and moves to eccentric Aquarius on the 13th. Venus goes from practical Capricorn at the start of the month to quirky Aquarius on the 16th. Jupiter, the only retrograde planet, stays that way throughout the entire month. This can indicate delays in benefits or a return to a former one. You might review any entitlements or even investments. This would apply to all but especially to Virgos, somewhat to Capricorns and Tauruses.

This is a rather quiet month astrologically. There are no big guns looming on the horizon or stressful planetary conflicts in store for us. To me what this means is that it is up to us to use the energies available to us to the best advantage that we can. For instance, the cycles of the Moon and the signs that she moves through can be very helpful in planning our activities. In the weeks from New to Full we need to plan activities around increase. On the Full to New cycle, it’s time to pare down, eliminating what is used up, outmoded or useless.

The first weekend in February is powerful with much opportunity to be explored. The 5th holds a potential for positive change fueled by a good choice in the right direction But be mindful of impulsive choices on the 6th that could turn out badly; the 6th and the 7th also hold a potential for accidents involving carelessness or haste. However, the 6th also holds a potential benefit from some form of good communications or possibly an opportunity to learn something helpful or useful.  A friendly, cheerful aspect enhances the 9th and 10th. On the 28th: be mindful of focus, investigate what may seem too good to be true.

Checking in with the signs the Moon is in will be your best bet to enhance your opportunities and plan your activities this month.

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A Bedtime Spell for Renewal
Spell Date:  Saturday, January 30, 2016

It was Edgar Allan Poe who penned the words, “Sleep, those little slices of death…” It is interesting to think that a part of our consciousness dies(alongside many physical cells) during the process of sleep. For those of us who function with one foot in each world, as the witchy saying goes, it’s of utmost importance to get proper and healthy sleep.
When you prepare for a night’s sleep, see that a bowl of lavender sits next to you. Place a special amethyst stone in the center. Place another lavender/amethyst bowl in the westernmost quadrant of your room. Take three slow sniffs of the lavender next to you before setting the bowl down. Then lie down, cover up, close your eyes, and cross your arms across your chest (in the traditional Corpse Pose).
Say aloud three times:

“As I lay me down to rest, I ask for renewal through the Gates of the West.”

Visualize yourself surrounded in a lavender hue, and note how you feel when you awaken.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on January 30, 2016

Mirror Protection Spell
Spell Date:  Friday, January 29, 2016

Recite the following incantation to reflect negative energy back to the sender. This spell can be recited with eyes closed or in front of a black mirror.

“By the powers of the moon and sun,
I conjure.
Let the power of the elements come to me.
Encircle me.
Unicorn of the north, come to me.
I charge thee, lend me thy power
to ground.
Griffin of the east, come to me.
I charge thee, lend me thy power of knowledge.
Dragon of the south, come to me.
I charge thee, lend me thy power of protection.
Serpent of the west, come to me.
I charge thee, lend me thy power of emotion.
Thy powers encircle.
Thy powers wind, thrice round.
Let negative energy sent to me
Be sent back where it came times three.
Never let this charm reverse
Or upon me place a curse.
By nature’s will and harm to none,
Let this, my charm, not be undone.”

This post was written by Emily Carlin on January 29, 2016

Abundance Attitude Adjustment
Spell Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2016

To balance out and recalibrate your relationship with money, make four lists. First, list positive new habits you can adopt surrounding money, including every way to comfortably save money that you can think of: borrow books from the library, host clothing swaps, etc. Second, list things that you might responsibly spend money on that you have been neglecting, such as a new dish towel, car maintenance, or even something that seems like more of a luxury, such as bath salts or a color of lipstick that you like. Third, list your limiting beliefs about money, such as “rich people are unhappy” or “money is always a problem.” Now make a fourth list by rewriting every limiting belief, transforming it into a positive one. Commit to making changes according to lists one, two, and four. Throw the third list onto a fire or burn it safely in a cauldron or pot.
This post was written by Tess Whitehurst on January 28, 2016

Car Protection Cord
Spell Date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lots of people have items hanging from the rearview mirror of their car: good-luck charms, religious medals, or just sentimental trinkets. We can use this practice to weave a subtle yet powerful bit of protection magic for our vehicle and ourselves.

To make this cord, you will need to charge a key or key-shaped charm by holding and visualizing it filled with protective white light, and have three lengths of black cord(about twelve inches each). Knot the cords at one end, and hold this knot between your teeth. Visualize your car and see it as having a clear but strong force field surrounding it. Transfer this picture into the cord as you braid the strands together. Tie seven more knots in the cord, about an inch and a half apart, to hold the power. Once you reach the end, add the key, tying one last knot to join both ends of the cord together. Hang on the rearview mirror.
This post was written by Michael Furie on January 27, 2016
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Lepidolite and Rebirth

Properties: This is the stone of rebirth. Useful for transitions in life. Helpful in times of stress and coping with stress therefore, creating calm and relaxation. Lepidolite is used to help ease the transition from addiction. Gently eases intensity of our emotional feelings, mood swings, depression, manic-depression, worry, and anxiety. Brings hope, relief, gentleness, self-love, patience, self-forgiveness, unworried sleep, mental/emotional balance, and well-being. This stone is particularly good for students as it is helpful for studying, learning, manifesting, change and awareness. This stone is used for self-criticism, when we become down on ourselves, lepidolite allows us to see for ourselves who we really are and the potential that lies within us. To enjoy the benefits from this stone, meditate with it in your hands on a daily basis. Lepidolite balances Brow Chakra with new spiritual love. It speeds up decision making, stimulating the intellect and encouraging independence and free and clear thinking. Scanning this stone around the Aura will allow you to locate discomfort and dis-ease anywhere in the energy field.

Folk Remedies: Since lepidolite is a lithium-mica stone it is useful mood swing, bi-polar disorders, treating the master gland and immune system, skin, DNA. This stone is good for creating calm sleep, relieving exhaustion and soothes the body through detoxification. This is the stone to assist in better digestion. Because of its mineral make-up, lepidolite has been used over the centuries for menopause, Alzheimer’s, sick building syndrome, allergies and epilepsy. As a generator of negative ions, this stone can clean up negativity. Place this stone on or near a computer to clear electromagnetic pollution and computer stress. This stone assists in astral travel, shamanic work and spiritual journeys. Farmers and gardeners have used lepidolite for producing more abundant crops. Lepidolite will cleanse the atmosphere after quarrels between two people.

Feng Shui: Lepidolite is used in the Center area for harmony and balance, in the North area for personal journeys and in the Northeast area for self worth, cultivation, knowledge and wisdom.

Crystal Cleansing: This stone should not be cleansed in salt water due to its fragile nature. Place this stone on a quartz cluster or in a bowl of quartz tumblestone for cleansing and clearing. You can energize this stone in the sun for several hours. Crystals react and energize by the light of the moon. The fuller the moon the more energized your crystal becomes. I would recommend your cleansing to be on or near the full moon so that the light can absorb into your crystal.

History: Lepidolite (KLi2Al(Al,Si)3O10(F,OH)2 is a lithium-mica. It is high in lithium and was originally mined for the mineral. Solid lavender to soft pink and sparkly, this stone is a member of the monoclinic group, measuring 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This stone was originally called “lilalite” when first discovered in the eighteenth century due to its lilac color. It is one of the major sources of the rare alkali metals rubidium and caesium.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/stones.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Greetings Friends, Fans and Colleagues,

Let me invite you to the FREE audio book series Roy and I have created from my published paperback book, Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy.  It’s free. Feel free to share it around. We have 13 episodes “in the can” and will be releasing them every 3 weeks or so on email and Facebook as a service to the community. You can catch them either on You Tube or recorded on my radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine.

SEPARATING TRUTH FROM MYTH
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DREAMING AND INSPIRATION
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RESOLUTIONS AND RETURN OF THE LIGHT
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And if you liked this, you might also want to peruse my other YouTube Channel where I have other interesting talks and video presentations. I hope you’ll leave a comment if you see something you like!  CLICK HERE – www.youtube.com/user/isisisis13

A search of You Tube along with my name will also pull up a lot of interviews I’ve done in the last year or so related to how ideals of the Sacred Feminine actually offer us a template for a more sustainable and nourishing future. You can also find interviews with me on the Media Page of my website listed below in my signature line.

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Understanding All Sides
Owning Your Tendencies  

by Madisyn Taylor

Looking at only one side of our life can make us blind to the many other ways of looking at our situation.

Whenever we examine our lives, we examine them from a particular side or angle. Most of us tend to favor one side over the others. For example, we may tend to look at things from an emotional perspective rather than a financial perspective, or we may prefer to think in terms of details rather than the big picture, or vice versa. To a certain degree, this is not a problem, and these tendencies add color to our individual personalities. However, they can also make us one-sided, blind to the many other ways of looking at our situation. Even if we have decided that we are most happy when we focus on one particular side of things, it is always worth exploring the other sides. When we do, we become well rounded, more understanding of other viewpoints, and even more solid in our own.

Perhaps you are a person who tends to see your life in terms of your spiritual well-being. As a result, other concerns such as financial comfort or social standing may not be prominent in your mind as you make decisions. However, taking just a moment to consider those angles will help you in several ways. One, it will enable you to see more clearly what your priorities are and how they influence your life situation. Two, it will enhance your sense of confidence, because you will see your situation from all sides, even as you choose one. And three, it will help you communicate with others about who you are and what you are doing, because you will come from a place of understanding that your own biases and tendencies are unique as are theirs.

Most of us instinctively come at things from a particular angle, and in many cases this is the right way for us. Still, understanding the other angles only strengthens us. When we look at our lives from all sides, we shed light on the big picture, giving ourselves access to many points of view and highlighting more clearly the one we have chosen to take.  

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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.
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To improve ourselves, our friends, and our world for the greater good of all.
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Dr. Marga’s workshops and consultations at Transcendence Wellness Center: Jan 5 – Feb 2, 2016

During the months of January and February Dr. Marga Birmingham will be offering workshops, Energy and Spiritual Healing Sessions, and Spiritual Counseling sessions for human beings and animals at Transcendence Wellness Center. Here’s her events calendar for Jan 5-Feb 2/16.

Jan 5, Tues – 6Heal Your Pet and Other Animals! – Investment: $15
Dr. Marga’s Animal Healing System: During this seminar Dr. Marga will introduce her Animal Healing System, which blends principles and approaches of Animal Energy Medicine & Spiritual Healing: Animal Communication, Positive Affirmations, Visualizations, Flower Remedies, Energy Balancing, Chakra Healing, Spiritual Healing, Cosmic Rays, Music Therapy, and Pet Phobia Desensitization.

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Jan 5, Tues – 7- Investment: $40
Aligning YOURSELF for the New Year: A Journey on Energy Cleansing, Alignment and Protection, Self-Healing, and LIFE Goals Definition for the New Year – During this program you will explore ways to cleanse your energy field, align your seven-fold bodies, your chakra system, and protect yourself energetically. We will discuss the importance of setting and/or reviewing LIFE Goals, as you prepare yourself for this new chapter in your life.

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Jan 12, Tues – 6 Investment: $15

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO HEAL YOUR PET AND OTHER ANIMALS- A Breakthrough Process to Transform Animals Health and Behavior – Based on the author’s book POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO HEAL YOUR PET AND OTHER ANIMALS. During this program will learn how to improve your pet’s or any other animal’s state of mind, and even physical or emotional condition using positive affirmations. You can use them on a daily basis, during and after rescue operations, trauma episodes, surgeries, health challenges, behavioral issues and such.  

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Jan 12, Tues – 7-   Investment: $40
Breaking the CHAINS: Letting go of the UNWANTED – A Journey of Self Liberation, freeing yourself from relationships that don’t serve a high purpose in your life any more. We will examine the reasons why people put themselves in destructive and/or magnetic relationships. We will support you seek the courage to let go of the UNWANTED, opening the doorways to a life of self-love, self-respect and meaning.
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Jan 26, Tues – 6-7 Investment: $15

VISUALIZATIONS TO HEAL YOUR PET AND OTHER ANIMALS- During this program you will learn how to use visualizations to maximize the effect of positive affirmations, this way creating a new health reality and well being  to your pet or any other animal you want to help. You will learn how to project a healing thought form, that is, imagery, into the animal’s mind. You’ll gradually start seeing signs of change or even “miracles”!    

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Jan 26, Tues – 7- 9:Investment: $40
Say Yes to the New You:  A Journey of Courage, Transmutation and Transformation.  What kind of BEING do you want to be? Someone constantly fearful, irritable, critical, judgmental, unforgiving, and unsatisfied? Or someone others want to be around because you radiate confidence, patience, acceptance, understanding and compassion? During this program you will “vacuum” energetically the shadowed soul attributes from your BEING, transmuting them into empowering, liberating, and enlightened divine attributes, giving birth to the NEW YOU!

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Feb 2, Tues – 6- 7p Investment: $15

Soul Retrieval: A Shamanic Healing Approach to Heal Animal Trauma- During this seminar you will learn about Soul Retrieval, a Shamanic technique that reintegrates one or more portions of an animal soul, or essence, lost during trauma, shock, abuse, intense fear, panic, grief, major life changes, losses, surgery, illness, intense stress, etc.

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Feb 2, Tues – 7- 9:3 Investment: $40

The Power of Forgiveness: A Journey To Your Heart In Search For Healing, Peace, Health, And Inner Freedom. FREE YOURSELF FROM THE CHAINS OF THE PAST. Explore your deepest capability to forgive, love unconditionally, and be compassionate for yourself and others. Create PEACE in your life and in the life of others. Step onto the road that leads to your real SELF, re-empowerment, peace, wholeness, and improved health.

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Dr. Marga’s Spiritual Counseling and Healing Session – 1h – 1.5 h or 2 h one-to-one sessions. – Fridays – 5-9pm.
Jan  8,15, 22, 29 and Feb 5.  

During the session Dr. Marga works from her cosmology of: Spiritual Healing, Shamanism (Soul Retrieval), Past Lives Therapy, Multidimensional Healing, Positive Affirmations and Visualizations, Archetypes, Consciousness Expansion, Energy Cleansing, Protection and Alignment, Chakra Balancing and Alignment, Cosmic Rays Therapy, Belief System Review, Life Purpose Assessment, Divine Self Reconnection, Sacred Contract Assessment, and Inner Alchemy and Transmutation.

Utilizing dialogue and intuitive insight, individual needs are assessed and addressed through her deeply loving spiritual presence and transformational energy.

Contact Susie at Transcendence or Dr. Marga directly to book your session.
Inquire Transcendence about other schedule possibilities.

Investment:
1 h = $ 95
1 ½ h = $135
2 h = $180

By prepaid appointment only.  Cancellations policy:
100 % refund on cancellations up to 48 hours prior to session
50% refund on cancellations up to 24 hours prior to session
No refund on cancellations on the same day as session

Transcendence Wellness Center
5053 Merriam Drive
Merriam, KS 66203

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Mother Earth Gemstones

Greetings:
We are the proprietors of Mother Earth Gemstones, a Mom and Pop rock shop.
We offer rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils, gemstones, and more at great prices.
Our shop has been serving the community since January, 2010.

Between us we have over 50 years of involvement in the pagan community, and we love our rocks.

We invite you to visit our shop at: http://www.MotherEarthGemstones.com

Also we recently added a large jewelry section to our shop. We have partnered with a renown jewelry craftsman and
can now offer you an excellent collection of jewelry. Our jewelry is crafted with .925 Sterling Silver unless otherwise noted.

We are Crick & Tracy, a Traditional witch and a Druid.

Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mother-Earth-Gemstones/221829417843733

We also have a Security Products shop called Stand Fast Self Protection which can be found at http://Standfastselfprotection.com

Welcome to our shops, friend

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Haunted Occoquan (Virginia) Tours offer family-friendly walking tours.  Visit our Tour Reservation page for information on when you can make a reservation and fees.

Check Kay out online in Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story”, Episode 67 concerning the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, VA, and her new blog about things paranormal and Haunted Occoquan.

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The Goddess Way through the 12 Steps

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The Goddess Way through the 12 Steps: 12 Rituals of Light and Love
by Amethyst Star (Author), Shahla Coyote (Contributor), Baba Mecka (Contributor)

Some background:

We began our rituals in January, 2012 for Step One.  Each month we did a ritual for the corresponding step. The rituals were equally written by each of us.  We created each ritual so it was an action of love coming from all of us. Here is a quick introduction for our book.  

Peace and harmony are the cornerstones of our 12-Step rituals. Amethyst Star and I (Shahla Coyote) have been friends for many years.  They met Baba Mecka a few years ago. We each realized that something was missing, something that could make the steps more viable in our lives. We all follow the Goddess path and wanted to write rituals for each step. It has been a labor of love and has allowed us to get closer to the Spirit Goddess.  The three of us came together to go through each of the steps to cement with action and ritual our growth in sobriety. Our higher power includes goddesses, so it seemed natural to use ritual and different goddesses to express creatively each step in recovery.

We used the Open Steps and these rituals are not set in stone.  If you feel that a different stone or god/goddess expresses more clearly your intention, by all means change the ritual to be a clear expression of yourself. Honor your sobriety by being true to what feels right to you.  These rituals express an inward pull to grow in love and spirituality.

We began brainstorming the possibility of creating rituals for each of the 12 Steps. Each one of these rituals has been a beautiful way to express our commitment to that step.  They have healed us in ways we can’t even begin to describe in our journey in recovery.  Making the Goddess path part of our recovery has been profound.  This book has truly been a labor of light and love. We hope you enjoy it and the wonderful things that may materialize as a result of these rituals.  

Amethyst Star,  Baba Mecka, Shahla Coyote
Product Details:
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: The Goddess Way Through The 12 Steps; 1 edition (April 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781628901
ISBN-13: 978-9781628900
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Campbell’s Rambles:
How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life

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Nonfiction by Patty L. Fletcher

The book is now for sale in print and e-book format from Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
the Apple bookstore, Smashwords, and other online sellers.

For details, please see:  www.dvorkin.com/pattyfletcher

Attention All Readers of – The Neighborhood News!

We are until the first of the year running a holiday special on advertising. From now until January 1st, 2016 you can purchase one year’s advertising for a onetime fee of $20.00 for 200 word limit or $25.00 with a photo.

Even if you are already placing Ads with us, you may still take advantage of this limited opportunity.

To place your Ad, please send your information including contact info such as email address, phone or website. (One link per Ad)

Font & Size:-   Times New Roman, size 12

To: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com and make your payment to me at PayPal.com using the same email address.

Thanks and we look forward to doing business with you in the near future.

Patty L Fletcher
Author, Motivational Speaker and Nonprofit Consultant

Update:
Wanted to let you guys know my book Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life is now free for the next week on Smashwords. I’d love it if you’d read and review it on Smashwords. I’d also love it if you’d read my author interview, and send me any questions you can think of that I did not get asked or answer and that you think should be added. Thanks I value your input.

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Every Wed 8:30-9 pm EST http://67.20.67.108/

Reaching out through email as FB wants my name to be Deborah Kotler so please, friend me under that name thanks

WOMANSPIRIT RISING On Air Rituals and Celebrations w/Flash Silvermoon http://67.20.67.108/
What the Animals Tell Me with Flash Silvermoon every Wed 8:30-9 pm est

ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES  You can call in this phone number to listen LIVE on our live show
Call 1-6055623140 Enter Access code: 244850#  If you call in stay muted til the end and we can HAVE SOME Q&A or

ARCHIVE – /http://67.20.67.108/flash-silvermoon-2/     Listen anytime  after the show to This Show and Others
Flash Silvermoon shares her story ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR THE ANIMALS IN THE SHADOW OF EARTH CHANGES now because we are all going through so many EARTH CHANGES and there are so many animals in crisis or crossing around the world putting all of us including our beloved animals at high risk. Also we are coming on to the 10 year Anniversary of Katrina and this story shares my experiences of working with the Rescue team for the Katrina Hounds locally. Hopefully this story although written some years ago will inspire and educate you in ways to help yourselves. If you call in tonight and mute the phone til the end we can have some QnA if you like.

This story and many others will be included in her book Lifetime Companions Love Never Dies which offers many tales about how she began working on her own animals and how that evolved to treating all kinds of other animals over the last 35 years.
The animals are my teachers and I have been blessed by many excellent teachers in my home and in my practice.I am sure that you will find that this information awakens your own skills as an Animal Communicator too.Reach Flash Silvermoon at    http://www.flashsilvermoon.com

Nationally known Animal Communicator Flash Silvermoon shares her 35+ years of experiences doing healing work with the animals to enlighten you about their psyches.and how to truly deepen your relationship with your animal companions and all animals  Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

Flash always shares more about Holistic methods to heal your animal companions. Of course the first thing is Animal Communication which  is the best aid in knowing and understanding what your animal companions want and need as well as how their past and even past lives can influence their healing.
Flash also creates her own Gem Elixirs and uses Green Hope Farms Flower Essences as well as homeopathy, essential oils and healing touch to round out her practice. See her website for further info on ordering or having her work on your animals .

Flash presents this wonderful show devoted to bringing people and animals into greater harmony. She shares her amazing experiences as an Animal Communicator and offers everything that you might want to know about the world of animals from care, healing, feeding and most importantly understanding. She often shares the mike with special guests who are managers of Sanctuaries, non traditional Vets, and all manner of people that work on the front line to love and help animals.

Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer

* The Wise Woman’s Tarot – http://flashsilvermoon.com *
* What The Animals Tell Me Radio Show

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Cat’s Treasure Trove

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“Add a little magic to your day”  

We specialize in unique handcrafted jewelry & gifts!

Please surf in and check us out at: http://catstreasuretrove.weebly.com

You can also LIKE us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/CatsTreasureTrove

Please surf in and check us out!

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Daughter’s of Isis

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Greetings!

Another holiday season is here!  The world wags with continuous changes larger than ever as we celebrate our seasonal shifts.  This year we have focused on uplifting new blends to refresh you (The Sea) or help keep you in the moment (ReAwaken).  Please give a look at our new collection; the SuperNaturals.  They have been created to assist with balance and banish.   The season brings our holiday blends back onto the shelf with some brand new considerations: the Lady’s of Winter!  Right beside the Holly King and Oak King.  

There are many links for you to explore.  Browse through all the Goddess goodies and beauties from MotherHouse of the Goddess Shop.  Go over to Kimberly’s site and explore the Mystery School.

Please listen in … we have provided links to 3 radio shows that inform, explore and ask you to participate.  Nicole’s Spirit Therapy will bring you some healing meditations to address issues of Self or to heal in your community.   Goddess Alive Radio provides a guest list of Goddess devoted authors, ceremonialist’s and healers. Every Saturday Nicole and Gwen explore our New Age.  

Thank you for giving us a moment!  Take the loving energy of the season and heal yourself!  We have so many aromatic tools for you to enjoy and use.
Gwen, the blender.
Link to Daughters of Isis.com
646.202.1889
866.364.6457
Click on the logo to go there!
http://daughtersofisis.com/

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I am really excited about the upcoming Artist Receptions at both Blue Lotus in Lawrence and The Wellness Wheel in North Kansas City this month and looking forward to seeing all of you.

I have also continued creating the Solfeggio Mandalas for the Divine Frequency and have completed 753Hz very recently. (shown above)

Original Archangel drawings available for purchase,these are selling fast so get your favorite angel before it is gone.

Get Your Adult Coloring Books & join the fun!
The Earthly, Angelic, Universal and now the Natural Solfeggio Frequencies in combination with Mandala’s are a unique and powerful tool to connect and transform your connection with your true self.

The combination of both Solfeggio’s and Mandala’s are a powerful tool to awaken our consciousness, activate DNA and prepare the body for reawakening of the heart connection. Activate the cells with geometric patterning that heightens your interconnectivity to carry more information, light and energy. Every cell becomes a portal. As this happens, corrections and adjustments in the electrical fields and meridians that have been out of attunement occur, and the whole body benefits as it aligns with the new paradigm.

Susan Prout
816.377.3507
SusanProutArt.com
susan@susanproutart.com

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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.

An exciting hands-on 10 week course for $50.00.
http://goddessschool.com/donations.html

All lessons are on line, you will receive weekly personal response to each lesson

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The Magic of Crystals Course
with GrannyMoon

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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!
No books or supplies needed!  $25.00
Purchase 4 courses at one time – get a fifth one free!

http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/minicourses.html#The_Magic_of_Crystals_

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

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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http://www.lulu.com/shop/sotbb-Goddess-school/the-Goddess-school-grimoire/hardcover/product-762380.html
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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Buy Your Morning Feast Cafe Press Gear!

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http://www.cafepress.com/morningfeast
T-shirts, jackets, mugs, bags and other cool gear!!!

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Yule Half Price Sale (all December)
Become a Certified Practitioner of The Healing Arts!

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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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 (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.

Please contact me at: grannymoonsmail@yahoo.com
For an application and more information!
Visit me at http://GoddessSchool.com  

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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

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1. High Priestess Certification and Ancient Mystery Teachings

2. Herbalism 101

3. Herbalism 202

4. Herbalism 303  

5. Earth Signs and Omens

6. The Priestess Entrepreneurship

7. Natural Witchcraft
8. Practical Magick: Spell Casting for Every Day Use

9. 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

18. Priestess Pathways Newsletter

19. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Daily Newsletter

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

22. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Café Press Gear

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

24. Donations Welcome!


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They come from a wide variety of sources and submissions.

Goddess Blessings!
GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com