The Magick of Food 6

Garlic

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

28/12/2019

 

So let’s start this article with a little Poetic Medicine……

 

An Ode to Garlic

Oh Garlic, what homage

can we bring you

and your graced state

of bulbousness?

Packed tightly into

your little white dome

we want to break you open

and spread your cloves like

shining white pebbles onto

the shores of our meals.

Continue reading this beautiful poem by

By Lara Kirsten

 

‘Eat no onions nor garlic, for we are utter sweet breath, and I do not doubt but hear them say, it is a sweet comedy’

-William Shakespeare in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

A wonderfully pungent herb that has been known for its ability to ward off vampires and the like, is considered a staple in many people’s diets around the world. As a main feature in our culinary world, the humble garlic demands its presence in the medicinal home apothecary because of its numerous benefits. With all these wonderful components combined and its availability and accessibility garlic is renowned as a superfood and hailed for its healing properties since ancient times.

As a member of the Lily family, garlic is the cousin to onions, leeks and chives. It averages about 2 inches in height and consists of small separate cloves. There really is nothing like the taste of garlic. It stimulates the palate hitting it with a hot pungent and subtle sweetness. No wonder so many have written odes and poetry to this incredible plant.

A native to Central Asia garlic has been cultivated for over 5000 years. The ancient Egyptians considered it as sacred and was placed in the tombs of Pharos for the afterlife. It was not only the food of Kings and Gods but was also given to the slaves that build the Pyramids. Its known medicinal properties made garlic a valuable commodity in the world of labor. Healthy workers meant better productivity, better productivity meant advancements, better advancements made a strong, sustainable and superior civilization.

Grow

Propagate this wonderful hardy perennial or biennial by simply planting its coves in rich, moist soil that receives plenty of sunshine.

Eat

You can add garlic to pretty much anything that is savoury. Its addition will only benefit the dish.

Try

Garlic bread- by mashing a couple of cloves, add some chopped herbs to about 130g of butter. Make incisions in the bread roll or baguette, insert lavish wads of the buttery herbed garlic butter, wrap in foil, place in a hot oven and heat till butter melts approximately 15 min. Unwrap foil and allow bread to crisp in oven for a further 5 min and voila- done!

Heal

Garlic provides numerous health benefits including:

  • Heart health support
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Immune booster
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Stabilizes cholesterol
  • Antibacterial and antiviral benefits
  • Anti-cancer support

It can be taken as a supplement.

Medicine for colds and flu in the winter season

This may assist in relieving sore throats because of its antimicrobial action.

Combine 1 part Witches Brew (recipe below) and 1 part Honey

Magick

Often seen as an herb of protection, garlic has been used in cleansing rituals, in legend and modern times especially against vampires. In ancient Greece it was placed upon a pile of stones at a crossroads to invoke Hekate. As a powerful amulet garlic will ward off any negativity and evil energy. Now, for those who worship the Goddess Cybele, as the herb is sacred to her, it is recommended that this herb is avoided.

Magickal Recipe

WITCHES’ BREW aka FIRE CIDER

Let’s have a look at a delicious way to keep the vampires at bay.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Mason Jar

Organic, raw, apple cider vinegar

3 parts Garlic, peeled and chopped

2 parts Onion, peeled and chopped

1 part Ginger, fresh or dried, shredded

1 part brown and yellow mustard seed

½ part hot peppers of your liking (optional)

½ part black peppercorns

½ part horseradish root peeled and shredded

½ part combined optional herbs such as cinnamon, turmeric, and rosemary

 

Combine all the ingredients to loosely fill a mason jar. Pour the Apple Cider Vinegar over the contents to cover. Cap, label and shake daily for 3 – 6 weeks, storing in a cool, dark place. Strain through layers of cheesecloth or fine mesh fabric, filtering out all herb matter. Pour into amber bottles and label for storage.

 

Use as a salad dressing ingredient, combine with oil for a topping on rice and other grains, and take 1 teaspoon in a glass of water as an invigorating tonic. Shelf life is about 6 – 8 months.

 

It is recommended to check in with your local health practitioner for guidance if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any outstanding health concerns prior to introducing new supplements, foods or herbs to your routine.

The Magick of Food 5

Basil

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

24/12/2019

 

Basil is the king of herbs. Here we enter the land of royalty in herb law. The word origins come from the Greek word meaning king or emperor.

A member of the mint family, basil is native and spread throughout the tropical regions from Central Africa to South East Asia. Its texture is tender with a pungent intoxicating aroma that is used in cuisines worldwide.

The Many Beliefs of Basil

The many beliefs about the herb ranged and ranges from, the ancient Greeks placing it in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe passage to the underworld. In India it is dedicated to the Gods Vishnu and Krishna. In ancient Egypt they would embalm their dead. In Mexico it is carried around for prosperity and wealth. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it was a symbol of malice and lunacy. Pliny a Roman scholar believed that it was an aphrodisiac, it was not only given to animals for successful reproduction but also used as an herb to welcome love among couples. Basil is also gifted to new homeowners and new business owners as it attracts prosperity.

Grow

Very easy to grow basil can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill or outdoors in a sheltered sunny position.

Eat With

Tomatoes, goats cheese, Mozzarella cheese, lemon, eggs, mint, shellfish, lamb, chicken, raspberries, strawberries, figs.

Try

A few torn basil leaves over fresh raspberries is absolutely delicious. Add a handful of basil leaves when making strawberry ice-cream. Poach white peaches in sugar syrup and add a handful of basil leaves then serve with extra shredded basil. Make bruschetta- one of my absolute favorite as a snack with a beautiful glass of vino!

Try this recipe by clicking on the link below:

https://www.recipetineats.com/real-tomato-basil-bruschetta/

or

A beautiful basil Pesto Humus

https://food.ndtv.com/recipe-basil-pesto-hummus-846290

 

Heal

The volatile oils present in the herb has many healing properties. Used in a variety of culinary preparations some of the benefits of basil include:

  • Good for digestion– It fortifies the nervous and digestive system and can be good for headaches and insomnia. Assisting with the body’s acid balance it restores the bodies PH balance.
  • Anti-inflammatory- Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are the powerful essential oils that can help lower inflammation through their enzyme inhibiting properties. Consumption of basil could also soothe fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help lower risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Skin benefits– By applying as a facial mask
  • Mood disorders– Known as a hormone regulator
  • Liver support– assist with liver detoxification

Magick

As if the above is not magick enough. Here I will be briefly mentioning some of its metaphysical properties. According to Paul Beyerl, Basil is associated strongly with Dragon-like Basilisk and its contemporary association with the salamanders and dragons. It is used to invoke astral and mythological creatures. One can burn basil to invoke these creatures to assist in advice, inspiration and protection.

Basil has been planted upon graves and used as incense in the ritual of the dead. I suppose this goes back to the above mentioned ancient Greeks sending off their dead with basil in their hands.

One can use basil in a fertility spell work, to enhance psychic vision and used in a mojo bag for protection.

New Office Hours and Email Address for Lady Beltane, Open Chat, Esbat and Sabbat Changes

Lady Beltane’s new email address is WitchesCovenHearts@yahoo.com

No new students are being accepted into the Coven Life’s Witchcraft School until Wednesday, January 7, 2020. We are accepting requests to have the updated Student Handbook and Application to be emailed to anyone interested starting Tuesday, January 6th. Please put Potential Student in email subject line. Email your request to covenlifescoven@gmail.com We ask the you submit your application with a $10.00 USD fee. If accepted the $10.00 will go towards your novice course fee. If you are not accept you will get your money back.

Since I work 7 days a week and usually 5 to 7 hours almost every day, not including extra hours for Heart’s Spirit Online Coven gatherings, Open Chats and beginning of the month website maintenance and posts, extra weekly posts which has led to me being overly stressed causing other medical problems. I am no longer putting my health at risk and taking a chance of not seen my grandchildren grow up. So I am setting “Office” Hours for when I will be available for one on one talks, help with lessons, answering emails, doing regular posts, etc because it is that I either cut back on hours of availability and take a full day off every week or close down the school, coven, and both websites. Which I think many of you know all that I went through to keep Lady Abyss’ legacy and WOTC going so I really do not want to close any of it down.

These Hours Go Into Effect Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Emails can be sent anytime and will be answered during the following hours. These hours do not necessarily reflect the time I put in doing research and/or posting to both websites.

Sunday 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM CT

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT

Saturday unless there is an open chat or gathering I will not be available at all. It is time for me to set aside special time for my family.

Then only exception to get in touch with me outside of my “Office” hours is an emergency of some kind. All my electronic devices are shut of every night between 7 and 8 PM CT. So it might not be until the next day that I get back to you.

The Open Chats will be at a new time starting at 1:00 PM CT ending at 3:00 PM CT on the 2nd Sunday of every month only, remember if you are a student you are required to attend except if you or a family member has an emergency.

Except for January the Open Chat will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Esbat gatherings time and day are also changing they will be held on the Sunday closest to the new or full Moon date starting with a social hour at 1:00 PM CT. The circle will be cast at 2:00 PM CT.

I ask you all to please respect my cutting back on the hours I spend doing website, school, coven, and 1 on 1 time with people so I can get myself distressed allowing my other medical conditions to get under control again also. Thank you in advance for your understanding, consideration of my requests, and as always your support.

Count Down to Litha – 2 Playlists of Pagan Music for Litha

This is a play list of 50 videos that include songs in different languages with English subtitles and some different ways of celebrating Litha found on youtube.com

50 Pagan Songs for Litha

This is a playlist of 63 pagan songs for celebrating Litha also found on youtube.com

63 Pagan Songs to Celebrate Litha

This is one of my favorite songs to listen to outside to drum and dance to

Dance, My Children Dance

 

Count Down to Yule – 2 Playlists of Pagan Yule Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 50 songs by S J Tucker and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com

Play List of 50 Yule Pagan Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 112 songs by Enya and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com. This play list includes instrumentals that could be played during your Yule ritual and/or celebration. Some of the songs include prayers and other things that could enhance your Yule.

Play List of 112 Pagan Yule Songs

 

S. H. Count Down to Litha

Get in your bare feet bring along something to drum on, just clapping you hands will do,  then get ready to dance

The Mother’s Heart

N. H. Count Down to Yule – A Time to Sing

A song for the whole family

Jingle Bells, Cast Your Spells

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.

WHEN:

Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering

Thursday December 12, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Candle Holder
Matches
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar

1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring

For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar

Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer

Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual

Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.

We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.

We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle

We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.

I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.  Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle.  I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of  Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.

We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.

Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live –  your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please

Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –

Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
We pray
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon

Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:

Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn:  We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.

We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North.  We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.

Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,

We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want

Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must  or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came.  I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.

Snack, drink, relax

N. H. Yule/Winter Solstice and S. H. Litha/Summer Solstice Sabbat Celebrations on N. H. December 21, 2019

Both rituals were written by Heart’s Spirit Coven Elder Priestess Hypatia. Both hemisphere rituals will be led by High Priestess Lady Beltane.

WHEN:

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Social Hour 4:00 to 4:59  PM CST

Circle cast at 5:00 PM CST

WHERE:

Heart Spirit’s Coven Chatroom

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

  • 2 White candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the God- any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

Please feel free to bring a yule log if you are able to get one, the choice is yours.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

  • 2 white candles- any length- place at either end of your alter
  • Red candle to represent the Sun God-any length
  • Green candle to represent the Goddess- any length
  • Your wish ready to write on a piece of paper- small note size
  • Paper and pen to write the wish on
  • Incense of your choice
  • A cauldron, plate or safe container for burning the small paper

 

 

RITUAL:

This will be a time to set our wishes for the coming of this New Year!

Yule- Northern Hemisphere- Winter Solstice

This is a celebration of rebirth and renewing of the old. The start of a longer, lighter days as the Lord of the Sun rises from sojourn with the Goddess. This is a time to welcome back the Sun. A time to celebrate knowing that the warmer days of spring are ahead, and the dormant hearth will come back to life.

 

Below is a picture of the Solar Cross that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

SOLAR CROSS EXAMPLE

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Litha- Southern Hemisphere- Summer Solstice

Midsummer night eve of importance to many people. This is the longest day of the year, a day on which both light and life are plentiful. This is the time that the Sun God is at his strongest and his day is celebrated by burning his sun wheel. This was to ensure fertility and prosperity for the coming year.

This is also celebrated for the Goddess, as she is now with Child and reflecting the abundance of nature’s growth. This is a time of purification.

 

Below is a picture of a Sun Wheel that will be drawn on your paper with your wish.

SUN WHEEL EXAMPLE

 

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So let’s begin our Yule/ Litha ritual begin

Casting the circle-

To the Guardians of the East:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the South:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the West:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

To the Guardians of the North:

I call you into our Watchtowers to protect us.

 

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Great Mother and the Great God.

I call Upon the Guardians of spirit to protect us from above and below. As is above so is below, as is below so is above. May the power of The Great God and The great Goddess join us within this circle now, to protect us and to work with us and allow us to see beyond the veil.

 

Protect us Great Mother and Great God for all gathered here and those afar who are unable to be with us. Allow no negative energy to touch us, to harm us and that nothing we call upon will harm us and others. We come together in perfect love and perfect trust.

 

Greeting:

Merry meet brothers and sisters and honoured guests.

 

Everyone – Respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from.

 

Please ALL light your white candles

INVOCATIONS

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

I light this fire in your honour Great Mother Goddess, you who have created life from death and warmth form cold. Once the time of the Sun lives. We invite you great mother to our circle, bring us brand new light, that of your glorious Son.

Now we look to the Great Earth Mother, and the Sky God, as guardians of the sky, the sea and of all Gods and powers. Victory is in their name. You are the source of peoples and all Gods. Without you nothing can neither be born nor made perfect.

I pray to you Great Mother and Father, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All hail!

Please light the God candle (Red) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Ancient God of forest and sky. I welcome you as you return form the shadows. Ow Great Lord the wheel has turned, I welcome you back to warm us. Great Lord I welcome your return and may you shine brightly upon this Great Mother Earth.

I pray to you Great God of the Sky and that of the Forest, be present here with your virtues, grant me my wish, give me what I need and only that.

All Hail!

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

Mother Nature, Lady of the firmament, bless thy fruitful womb which I honour.

 

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the 2 white candles

All please say-

God of fertility and fruitfulness. Blessed Lord of the blazing Sun, seed and nurturer of life. May you be blessed.

 

MAIN WORKING

Yule- Northern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

Please type done when finished…

 

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 1 minutes on the wish.

After the 1 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

Litha- Southern Hemisphere

Using your pen and paper please draw your symbol allocated to your Hemisphere.

On top of the symbol please write your wish.

Please type done when finished……

All please say-

Lord of the Sun that rides the westerly wild wind. As the seeds flourish and the fall into the waiting earth. I know this to be a time of equals allowing natures scales to come into balance. As the dark winter shadows reveal the wheel-a-turning it unveils life’s glory through a deathly silence.

O Great Goddess, watcher of sacred magic and long gone myths, show me the way to great wisdom. Show me the way Great Goddess!

When you are done please have your container safe and ready to burn the piece of paper with the wish and the symbol. During this time, please meditate for a full 1 minutes on the wish.

After the 1 minute meditation please say-

Let my mind and my hands be dedicated to the service of the God and the Goddess.

 

FAREWELLS

Please all say-

Mother Goddess, Lady of the Waters, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell Great Selene.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honour between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.

Thank you bright Lord for the light you have brought to us this night, may we carry it with us throughout the year that is coming.

Great Lady who is ever so gracious with her nurturing caring ways and infinite wisdom. Live within us throughout the coming year.

So mote it be!

 

CLOSING

 

Dismiss the circle:

  • To the Guardians of the East:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the South:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the West:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

  • To the Guardians of the North:

I dismiss and thank you from our Watchtowers and give Gratitude for protect us.

 

 

As you leave here tonight may the Lady and Lord bless you with all that you need and want.

 

I bid you Blessings and great Joy Brothers and sisters of the Craft

 

 

 

 

 

Counting Dawn to Celebrating Litha

Each day I will bring you a new song an/or video and/or a back flash from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook (these will range from 1999[1st year published] until 2019) for our upcoming Litha/Summer Solstice celebrations.

Today I picked a beautiful instrumental with amazing pictures and words that touched my spirit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Witches Sabbat – Litha