Friday, March 28, 2014

Essential oils for your Astrological sign.

Essential oils for your Astrological sign...
The change of a new day...
Fly yourself towards the Beauty...
A new direction...
In the Gray Mist

Spell to overcome procrastination

Spell to overcome procrastination
This spell is to banish procrastination from your habits.
You will need a black candle, pepper, rosemary and cloves.
You can use the oils of these or the real thing.
This spell is best performed when the moon is waning.
Anoint the candle with the oils or crush the herbs in your hands to release the oil and then lay them around the base of the candle. ~ be careful not to rub your eyes as the pepper will sting.
Light the candle and say:
“Release procrastination from mind, my slow state I leave behind. Empty now all negativity and leave only peace and clarity. I work with speed. This is my will so shall it be, harm to none, nor return on me.”
Repeat this three or nine times, blow out the candle and you will be filled with the energy and motivation to go and do what you need to do.
A companion to walk within...
A delight it could be
Share the silience,
The senses awakening from the scent of the mist
Would we share our dreams? Would they be the same?
Or perphaps conflict like the many pasts before
Maybe we shall never see...
In the Gray Mist

Thick fog by dSavin

Activities for the Waning Moon

Activities for the Waning Moon...
A time to review endeavors and correct mistakes.
Settle disputes and make amends.
A time to start taking things apart.
Addictions; Divorce; Stress; Unnecessary negativity; Bad or unwanted Habits; Decision making; Emotions; Protection; Unwanted influences; Unwanted situations;
Healing, banishing what shouldn’t be there;
Old ways of thinking and doing things.
Goals: Start work on removing obstacles.
Give thanks for what has been achieved.

Quartz & Candle spell

Have a candle of the color symbolic of your magickal need,
according to the list (or as your intuition tells you)

With the tip of a cleansed, terminated quartz crystal, scratch a symbol of your need onto the candle. This might be a heart for love, a dollar sign for money, a fist for strength.
Alternately, use an appropriate rune or write your need on the candle with the crystal.
As you scratch or draw,visualize your need with crystal clarity
as if it had already manifested.
Place the candle in a holder. Set the crystal near it and light the wick.
As the flame shines, again strongly visualize.
The crystal, candle and symbol will do their work.
Scott Cunningham
Just to walk away...
Into the freedom of the Night
Breathing in the Beauty of Ambiance
In the Gray Mist

Wish Spell

Confidence in Social Situations

Confidence in Social Situations
Make or buy a small draw-string bag about 1-2 inches deep.
Put in a pinch or two of each of the following:

- Nutmeg
- Pine needles
- Dried lavender
- Piece of mandrake root

Carve your initials and a pentagram on the mandrake root and tie the bag closed.
During the waxing phase of the moon, consecrate and charge the bag.
Wear it around your neck or keep it in your pocket.
You will feel a surge of energy whenever you are in a social situation.

Mirror spell of Protection for the Home

Mirror spell of Protection for the Home

Compose an altar - place a censer in the center before an image of the Goddess.
Have a twelve-inch (or so) round mirror there as well.
Ring the altar with nine white candles.
Burn a protective incense (such as sandalwood, frankincense, copal or rosemary) in the censer.
Beginning with the candle most directly before the Goddess image,
say these or similar words:

Lunar light protect me!
Repeat as you light each candle until all are glowing.
Now, holding the mirror, invoke the Goddess in Her lunar aspect
with these or similar words:

Great Goddess of the Lunar Light
and Mistress of the Seas;
Great Goddess of the Mystic Night
and of the Mysteries;
Within this place of candles bright
and with Your mirror nigh;
Protect me with Your awesome might
while ill vibrations fly!

Standing before the altar, hold the mirror facing the candles so
that it reflects their flames. Keeping the mirror toward the candles,
move slowly, clockwise, around the altar, watching the reflected
firelight bouncing off your surroundings.

Gradually increase your speed, mentally invoking the Goddess to
protect you. Move faster and faster; watch the light shattering the
air, cleansing it, burning away all negativity and all lines along
which the ill energies have traveled into your home.

Charge your home with the protective light of the Goddess. Race
around the candles until you've felt the atmosphere change, until you feel that your home has been cleansed and guarded by the Great Goddess.

When finished, stand once again before the image.
Thank the Goddess in any words you wish.
Pinch out the candles one by one, bind them together with white cord and store them in a safe place until (and if) you need to use them again for this same purpose.
-Scott Cunningham

To Attract True Love

To Attract True Love
You will need:
-pink candle
-jasmine incense

Light the jasmine incense.
As you do so imagine the kind of person that you want to spend the rest of your life with.
Note: this should not be a specific person but the things that you want in a person.
Say the qualities that you want in true love out loud as you light your pink candle.
Then say this as you sprinkle rosemary over the flame:
These are the things I want in you
A man/woman who's loving, loyal and true
I ask of the spirits of all those above
To send me my one and only true love

Say this as many times as needed and then extinguish the candle.
Deep in the dark of night
What will you find to give you a fright?
In the Gray Mist

Protection Spell

Protection Chants

Photo: Protection Chants <3

Altar Incense


Protection Spell

Protection Spell

white candle,
protection incense,
photo of your loved ones 

Light the incense. Place the candle on top of your photo(s) and light it.
Envision a protective white light surrounding your loved ones and say:
"O Goddess, protect my loved ones every day,
as they sleep and as they play.
Help them to always smile bright,
and keep them safe in Your loving light.
Protect them from harm and from all they fear.
For they are the ones that I hold dear.
I thank the Goddess for helping me. I trust in Her aid
So mote it be!"
Let the candle and incense burn down.

Full Moon Rite

Full Moon Rite – Scott Cunningham
Perform this at night, in the view of the Moon if possible.
It is appropriate for crescents, white flowers, silver and other lunar symbols to be present on the altar for this ritual. The quartzcrystal sphere can be placed on the altar as well. Or, if you prefer, use the cauldron (or a small white or silver bowl) filled with water.
Place a piece of silver into the water.
Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer
Stand before the altar and invoke the Goddess and God, with the Blessing Chant and/or any other invocations
Now gaze at the Moon, if possible. Feel its energies sinking into your body. Feel its cool Goddess energy wash you with power and love.
Now say these or similar words:
Wondrous Lady of the Moon
You who greets the dusk with silvered kisses;
Mistress of the night and of all magicks,
who rides the clouds in blackened skies
and spills light upon the cold Earth;
O Lunar Goddess,
Shadow maker and shadow breaker;
Revealer of mysteries past and present;
Puller of seas and ruler of women;
All-wise Lunar Mother,
I greet your celestial jewel
at the waxing of its powers
With a rite in Your honor.
I pray by the Moon,
I pray by the Moon,
I pray by the Moon.

Continue chanting "I pray by the Moon" for as long as you will.
Visualize the Goddess if you so desire, perhaps as a tall, robust
woman wearing silver jewelry and white, rippling, draped clothing. A crescent Moon may rest upon Her brow, or She may toss a glowing silvery white orb in Her hands. She treads the starfield of eternal night in an eternal round with Her lover, the Sun God, spreading moonrays wherever She goes. Her eyes laugh, Her skin is white and translucent. She glows.

Now is the time for magick of all types, for the full of the Moon
marks the height of its powers, and all positive spells cast then are

Full Moons are also excellent times for meditation, mirror magick
and psychic workings, for such are often more successful within the circle.
Crystal-scrying is particularly recommended; flood the
crystal with moonlight prior to the ritual. If you have no crystal
sphere, use the cauldron filled with water and the piece of silver.
Gaze at the water (or at the Moon glinting on the silver) to awaken
your psychic awareness.

A Spell for protection

A Spell for protection against any evil, or those who
wish to do you harm.
You Need:
Your Staff/wand
Silver or blue shiny glitter
A quiet place- best outdoors

You will need your staff (or wand) for this spell. It is best if the staff used is blue, white of silver- The easiest way to achieve this is to bind a ribbon, or ribbons, of the
color around it for the spell. This means you can remove them afterwards.

1. It is best to go outside for this spell, as the air
movement will help disperse the glitter, and the magick.
2. Cast a circle, or create a sacred space.
3. Go to each quarter in turn (start with the West, then
North, East and south), and pound or tap the ground with
your staff/wand chanting:
“I call thee, you who guard the watchtowers of the
(direction) to guide me through the darkness, and ensure
my safety”. Do this for all 4 quarters.
4. Stand in the center and say,
“In the shadows, evils hide,
Ready to draw me from love’s side,
But with your help I shall be strong
And banish all that do me wrong
Send them away, send them astray
Never again to pass my way,
So mote it be”
As you say the last 3 lines, scatter the glitter in a circle around you.
5. Close the circle, and have something to eat to restore your energies!


Dust of the mind

Standing in the Fog

Standing in the Fog

Standing in the fog

For nothing?
For something.

The swirling mist,
the white of fog.



Alone in the fog.

by The-Authoress124
If you're not proud... why should I be?
Why should I continue trying... if it doesn't matter
So that's why I give up... leave things undone

I need encouragement, acknowledgement
I thought I did good... but if you don't care
Why should I??

Digital art - Her ghost in the Fog by LadyDarkRaven

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dandelion Recipes

Spring is coming SOON!!! And I have been reading how good dandelions are for two years now... this is the year I'm going to try & utilize little pretties!! 
All of the following recipes are from
This is a wonderful website on wild edibles


Cream of Dandelion Soup

4 cups chopped dandelion leaves
2 cups dandelion flower petals
2 cups dandelion buds
1 Tbsp butter or olive oil
1 cup chopped wild leeks (or onions)
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
2 cups half-n-half or heavy cream
2 tsp salt

1. Gently boil dandelion leaves in 6 cups water. Pour off bitter water. Boil gently a second time, pour off bitter water.
2. In a heavy-bottom soup pot, sauté wild leeks and garlic in butter or olive oil until tender.
3. Add 4 cups water.
4. Add dandelion leaves, flower petals, buds, and salt.
5. Simmer gently 45 minutes or so.
6. Add cream and simmer a few minutes more.
Garnish with flower petals.

Pumpkin-Dandelion Soup

Prepare in advance:
1 large handful Dandelion greens:
Chop leaves into bite-sized pieces. Cook in boiling water until tender. Pour off water and taste. If they seem too bitter for your taste, boil again and strain.

1 small pumpkin:
Bake whole pumpkin on baking sheet at 350° for 1 hour or until completely soft, so that you can put a fork or knife easily through it. Let cool. Cut in half and discard seeds. Rind will peel easily.

1 medium to large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
6 cups water
4 cups mashed pumpkin, prepared as above
1 cup heavy cream
½ tsp nutmeg
1½ tsp salt

1. Sauté onion and garlic in oil or butter in a heavy-bottomed soup pot.
2. Add 6 cups water
3. Add dandelion greens and pureed pumpkin to soup. Stir well.
4. Add salt. Cook at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Just before serving add 1 cup heavy cream and ½ tsp nutmeg.

Dandelion Egg Salad

4 hard-boiled eggs
2/3 cup dandelion greens, chopped and cooked
1 tsp horseradish
1 Tbsp fresh chives
½ cup mayonnaise

1. Chop eggs coarsely.
2. Add Dandelion greens, chives, and horseradish. Mix gently.
3. Add mayonnaise and mix just enough to coat ingredients.

Dandelion Pasta Salad

3 cups cooked pasta
1½ cups diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup dandelion greens, pre-cooked
2 wild leeks, minced, greens and all or 2 Tbsp minced onions
8 olives, sliced
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt

Split Pea-Dandelion Bud Soup

1 cup split peas
1 tsp salt
6 cups water

1. Simmer split peas for 1½ to 2 hours until done.
2. Sauté in 2 Tbsp butter:
½ cup onions, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup celery, sliced thin
2 cups dandelion buds
½ tsp basil
½ tsp sage
½ tsp savory
3. Add the sauté to split pea broth.
4. Simmer slowly ½ hour or so.
5. Just before serving add:
1 cup milk
1-2 cups cubed cheese
Garnish with dandelion blossom petals and this hearty soup is fit for the finest table!

Dandelion Blossom Syrup

This is a traditional recipe passed down from the old world Europeans. I use it as a substitute for honey in any recipe that I’m trying to make wild.

1 quart dandelion flowers
1 quart (4 cups) water
4 cups sugar
½ lemon or orange (organic if possible) chopped, peel and all

Note: The citrus is optional, it will give the syrup an orangey or lemony flavor. If you want the pure dandelion flavor, you can skip the citrus. I make it both ways each year.

1. Put blossoms and water in a pot.
2. Bring just to a boil, turn off heat, cover, and let sit overnight.
3. The next day, strain and press liquid out of spent flowers.
4. Add sugar and sliced citrus and heat slowly, stirring now and again, for several hours or until reduced to a thick, honey-like syrup.
5. Can in half-pint or 1 pint jars.

This recipe makes a little more than 1 pint. I usually triple or quadruple this, and I make more than one batch when the blossoms are in season to have enough for the year. The syrup makes great Christmas presents, so make plenty!

Dandelion Baklava

This recipe involves using fillo leaves, which are extremely thin sheets of pastry dough, usually sold frozen in long thin boxes. Fillo can be fussy to work with but the results are so worth it! It's actually a lot more forgiving than it seems, so don't be afraid to try it!

1/2 box fillo leaves
1 stick butter
2 cups finely chopped hickory nuts (try walnuts or pecans)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup Dandelion Blossom syrup

1. Combine nuts with sugar and spices
2. Melt butter
3. Layer 8 sheets fillo into a buttered 9x13 pan, brushing every other sheet with butter using a pastry brush.
4. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 of the nut mixture.
5. Layer 8 more sheets. Sprinkle the rest of the nut mixture.
6. Layer the rest of the fillo sheets, brush the top layer generously with butter.
7. Cut carefully into 30 squares (6x5) with a sharp knife before baking.
8. Bake at 375 for about one-half hour. when slightly browned, remove from oven.
9. Pour room temperature Dandelion Blossom syrup over the hot baklava, while it is still piping hot.

Note: Fillo leaves used to come with two packages per box, sized for 9x13 pans. Lately it's been all in one package and sized much bigger, so it is necessary to cut the stack of leaves in half before beginning. Half-sheets fit the 9x13 pans nicely.

Dandelion Blossom Cake

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup Dandelion Blossom Syrup
1½ cups oil
4 eggs
2 cups Dandelion blossom petals
1 can crushed pineapple
½ cup walnuts
½ cup coconut

1. Sift together dry ingredients.
2. In separate bowl, beat sugar, dandelion syrup, oil and eggs together until creamy.
3. Add pineapple, walnuts, and coconut, and mix well.
4. Stir dry ingredients into the mixture until well blended.
5. Pour batter into a greased, 9x13 cake pan and bake at 350° for about 40 minutes.

1 8-oz package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 or 2 Tbsp milk

Dandelion Blossom Pancakes

1 cup white flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
¼ cup oil
½ cup Dandelion Blossom syrup or honey
2 cups milk
1 cup Dandelion blossom petals

1. Mix dry ingredients first.
2. Add wet ingredients and mix together thoroughly (Note: the secret of keeping pancake batter from getting lumpy is to be sure to add all the wet ingredients before mixing.)
3. Adjust consistency by adding a little more milk or a little more flour if it’s too thick or thin. Pancake batter should be thin enough to pour, but not runny.
4. Cook on oiled grill.
5. Top with butter and Dandelion Blossom syrup.

Dandelion Cornbread

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup white flour
2 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
½ cup Dandelion Blossom syrup (or honey)
¼ cup oil or butter
1 cup milk (buttermilk is best!)
1 cup Dandelion blossom petals

1. Mix dry ingredients together.
2. Add all the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
3. Pour batter into a 9x9 pan, or 10-inch cast iron frying pan.
4. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes.
5. Serve hot with butter and Dandelion Blossom syrup.

Dandelion Mustard

Homemade mustard is incredibly easy to make and endless in variations and possibilities. Making them "wild" involves preparing an herbal vinegarahead of time, and in the case of Dandelion Mustard, I also use Dandelion Blossom Syrup and fresh greens.

1 cup yellow mustard seeds (whole)
1 1/4 cups Dandelion vinegar
1/2 cup Dandelion Blossom syrup
1 cup pureed fresh Dandelion greens
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp salt

1. Soak the mustard seeds in the Dandelion vinegar for several hours or overnight.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
3. Let it all sit together in a covered container for several days to mellow.
4. Put in small jars (1/4 pints work nicely).
Note: Mustard keeps well in the fridge for many months or you can can it in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes to seal.

Dandelion Vinaigrette

This recipe involves having some pre-made Dandelion products but it is delicious beyond belief and is guaranteed to convict any skeptic about the culinary virtues of Dandelion.
1 1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup Dandelion vinegar
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Dandelion Mustard (or Dijon)
3 Tbsp Dandelion Blossom syrup
2 cups fresh, chopped Dandelion greens

Whiz everything together in a blender or food processor.

Dandelion Chai

Chai is a Middle Eastern word that means “tea” but here in America we’ve adapted the term to mean a very spicy tea made with milk and sweetener.

1 cup roasted Dandelion root
6 Tbsp Fennel or Anise seed
36 green Cardamom pods
72 Cloves
6 Cinnamon sticks
2 Tbsp dried Ginger root
1½ tsp black peppercorns
12 Bay leaves

1. Add 1 Tbsp tea mixture for each cup of water.
2. Simmer 5 minutes, then let steep for 10 minutes.
3. Add 1 Tbsp honey or brown sugar (or dandelion syrup) per cup.
4. Add 2 Tbsp milk or cream per cup.
5. Gently reheat and serve.

Dandelion Chai 2

This chai is not as spicy as the first recipe but actually has a more ‘chocolatey’ flavor, kind of like an herbal hot chocolate.

2 cups roasted Dandelion root
½ cup Cinnamon bark
½ cup Ginger root
½ cup Cardamom seeds
½ cup Star Anise

1. Use 3 Tbsp per 2 cups water. Simmer gently 10 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup milk and 1 Tbsp honey and heat through but don’t boil.
Serve hot or iced.

Warm Winter Spice Tea

1 cup roasted Dandelion root
½ cup dried Orange Peel
½ cup Cinnamon bark
¼ cup dried Ginger root
Use 1 Tbsp per cup water. Simmer gently 10-15 minutes. Sweeten with honey, if desired.

Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee Ice Cream

Here’s a recipe for the really adventurous from the Herbfarm :
2 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ cups half-and-half
1 ¼ cups sugar
5 egg yolks

1. Grind Roasted Dandelion Roots roasted Dandelion roots into a powder using a coffee mill and sifter.
2. Place cream, half-and-half and sugar in a medium pot (double boiler might be best, or perhaps a crock pot). Bring it just barely to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
3. Add Roasted Dandelion Root powder. Maintain heat at a bare simmer, be sure not to boil.
4. Let the roots steep this way for 45 minutes.
5. Strain out and discard root material.
6. Whisk up egg yolks in another pot. Gradually add the warm Dandelion Root cream.
7. Heat gently and stir until sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
8. Strain one more time and chill.
9. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to directions.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Well hello Blogger...
I haven't seen you in a long time... How have you been?
I've been .. well ... D) All of the above
I don't mean to neglect you, you're so kind to me
You're always there when I need you & remember everything I ask you to.
I will try and pay more attention to you