1 cup/128 grams shortening or 1/2 cup/113 grams shortening and 1/2 cup/113 grams of butter
1/3 cup/43 grams sugar
2/3 cup/86 grams ground blanched almonds
1 2/3/ 214 grams flour
1/4 teaspoon salt/1.25 ml salt
1 cup/128 grams confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon/5 ml cinnamon
Mix together shortening, sugar, and almonds. Soft together flour, salt, and then stir into almond mixture until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Break off pieces of chilled dough and roll pencil thin. Cut rolled dough in 2 1/2/6.5 cm lengths and form each into a verdant shape with your fingers. Bake in an increased cookie sheet until set, but not brown, about 14-16 minutes. Mix together confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Cool cookies on pan, and while they are slightly warm dip each in cinnamon mixture. Makes approximately five dozen crescent Moons. For vegan guests, use a natural sugar substitute in place of refined sugar.
Copyright by Kirin Lee Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Page 49
Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead–Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.
Really loved this book and would recommend it anyone, from novice to long time established practitioners. Happy reading and blessings.
Just as the Winter Solstice is followed in the Old English calendar by the month of Late Yule, the Summer Solstice is followed by Late Litha. In the wake of Midsummer, Sunne begins to wane and the days become shorter. Flax can now be harvested and hay cut and stored for winter fodder.
Although most grains are harvested in the late summer and autumn, under ideal conditions winter wheat can be harvested as early as July. This early grain had to be dried, winnowed, threshed, and ground to become I’m as flour by Lammad (the “load mass”), which celebrated the bread baked from the early harvest. I’m the Christian era, the first loaves were brought to the church to be blessed. The blessed loaves were then sometimes used to work magic, protecting the rest of the harvest grain. I’m the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Mammas is called ” feast of the first fruits. ”
Baked bread and hold your on harvest celebration. Either make th bread from scratch or if you prefer, purchase ready to bake dough found in the freezer section at th supermarket. After your load has resin, invite your friends over so everyone can enjoy the beast aroma of the baking bread.
Copyright Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2017 Page 85 Written by Alaric Albertsson
Beltane is a season of fertility and fire, and we often find this reflected in the magic of the season. Let’s look at some of that spring magic, from ritual sex to fertility magic, along with the magic found in gardens and nature.
Ritual Sex and the Great Rite: Beltane is a time of passion and fertility, so for many people, it’s a time for ritual sex. Here’s what you need to know.
Fertility Magic and Customs: There’s a lot of folklore surrounding fertility. Let’s look at some beliefs from around the world.
Chocolate and Sex: Chocolate as an aphrodisiac? You bet! In fact, it’s scientifically proven.
Make Magic in Your Garden
Sacred Plants of the Beltane Season: Let’s look at some of the plants that are considered sacred to the Beltane season.
Plant a Magical Moon Garden: If you’re a night owl, consider planting a moon garden, full of fragrant plants that open and bloom at night.
Magical Spring Flowers
Spring Garden Folklore
Forsythia Magic and Legends
Lilac Magic & Folklore
The Magic of Dandelions: Dandelions are everywhere in the spring, so let’s look at some of the magic and folklore behind them.
Magical Herbal Correspondences
Magical Prosperity Soap
Horse Magic, Folkore and Legends
Butterfly Myth and Magic
Graveyard Dirt: Do you use graveyard dirt in magic? You can – here’s how
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CRAFTS AND CREATIONS
As Samhain approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death.
No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it.
At Samhain, celebrate with foods that celebrate the final harvest, and the death of the fields.
By Patti Wigington
This is one of my favorite drinks on a cold night watching the snow fall:
For the directions on how to make this delicious drink please click on this link: http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-mulled-wine-79958
One of many types of recipes for a Yule Log treat, this one comes from the Betty Crocker website:
- box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil’s food cake mix
- cup water
- cup vegetable oil
- tablespoon powdered sugar
Rich Chocolate Frosting
- cup whipping cream
- cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
- tablespoon corn syrup
- teaspoon vanilla
- container Betty Crocker™ Whipped vanilla frosting
For the directions on how to make it please click on this link: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/yule-log-cake/e28d9b7f-1fe1-46b9-94f2-b1045cbfa1a5
Here is another item on my To Do list today! The nice thing about Fire Cider is you can change it and add things that you feel drawn to do so. This is really good to have on hand as we go into the winter months. It takes a month…from full moon to full moon to make so you may want to get it started now…..
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The other day I made up a list of all the items I would like to make today during the Super Full Moon. Here is one I would like to share:
FULL MOON OIL
13 drops of sandalwood essential oil
9 drops of vanilla essential oil or extract
3 drops of jasmine essential oil
1 drop of rose essential oil
Mix prior to a full moon. Charge in a clear container or vial in the light of the full moon. Use to anoint candles or yourself for full moon rituals or just when you feel like you need the moons energy.
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The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to this recipe for making a Grounding Massage Oil. I may play around with it to make it with herbs instead of essential oils. A project for another day!
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