The Binding Continues

I have to admit, I am proud to be part of the pagan community.

We have suffered our share of set backs, and heartaches. We’ve always stepped up, instead of stepping back into the shadows. When it matters most we come together. This is just additional proof of our unending penchant for fighting the good fight.

The call continues to go out to bind Trump. This time with more details. I’m posting the spell below, but please, visit the original site here. The site has a good picture of Trump you’ll need for the spell.

A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him (version 2.0)

To be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office. The first ritual takes place Friday evening, February 24th, at the stroke of midnight. This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system — the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST—DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants.

See below for the upcoming dates. Some lodges/covens are doing a variation of this as a group working, while a number of solitary practitioners are planning to connect and livestream via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

Components:

  • Unflattering photo of Trump (small); see below for one you can print
  • Tower tarot card (from any deck)
  • Tiny stub of an orange candle (cheap via Amazon)
  • Pin or small nail (to inscribe candle)
  • White candle (any size), representing the element of Fire
  • Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water
  • Small bowl of salt, representing elemental Earth
  • Feather (any), representing the element of Air
  • Matches or lighter
  • Ashtray or dish of sand

Optional:

  • Piece of pyrite (fool’s gold)
  • Sulfur
  • Black thread (for traditional binding variant)
  • Baby carrot (as substitute for orange candle stub)

Preparation:

  • Write “Donald J. Trump” on the orange candle stub with a pin or nail
  • Arrange other items in a pleasing circle in front of you
  • Lean the Tower card against something so that it’s standing up (vertically)
  • Say a prayer for protection and invoke blessing from your preferred spirit or deity. Reading the 23rd Psalm aloud is common in Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork traditions. Experienced magicians may perform an appropriate banishing ritual.

RITUAL

(v. 2.2)

(Light white candle)

Hear me, oh spirits
Of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air
Heavenly hosts
Demons of the infernal realms
And spirits of the ancestors

(Light inscribed orange candle stub)

I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
Animal
Rock
Stream
or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

I beseech thee, spirits, bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity

(Invert Tower tarot card)

I beseech thee in my name
(Say your full name)
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love
And Equality
And Peace

Bind them in chains
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness

(Light the small photo of Trump from the flame of the orange candle stub and hold carefully above the ashtray)

(Speak the following loudly and with increasing passion as the photo burns to ashes)

So mote it be!
So mote it be!
So mote it be!

(Blow out orange candle, visualizing Trump blowing apart into dust or ash*)

(Pinch or snuff out the white candle, ending the ritual)


Grounding and Disposal

Afterward, ground yourself by having a good, hearty laugh, jumping up and down, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and having a bite to eat. Grounding is very important—don’t neglect it. And remember—he hatespeople laughing at him.

Finally, bury the orange candle stub or discard it at a crossroads or in running water.

VARIANTS

Alternate Closing: After you’ve visualized Trump’s energy dissipating, gaze at the white candle flame for a few moments, close your eyes, and imagine a bright light emerging from the darkness and gradually being revealed as the flaming torch of the Statue of Liberty. The light from the torch then brightens intensely, expanding into infinity and burning away all darkness. After a few moments, open your eyes, ground yourself, and pinch or snuff out the white candle, closing the ritual. You can also leave it burning until it is fully extinguished.

Traditional Binding Variant: This variant was contributed by a rootworker, and incorporates a more traditional form of binding magic. In place of burning the photo, the magician ties the photo to the orange candle with black thread. As you are wrapping the thread around the photo and candle, say “I bind you” three times. You may also tie knots in the thread. Then the whole package is buried or, as the contributor suggested, “Leave it outside a Trump hotel.”

The Use-His-Pet-Phrase-Against-Him Variant: In place of “So mote it be,” instead say, “You’re fired!” with increasing vehemence. This should be particularly beautiful as the flames consume his image.

Baby Carrot Substitution: For those who can’t acquire an orange candle stub, Frater SHUF suggests using a baby carrot (and lighting the photo from the white candle).

Alternate Closing for Group Rituals: Many group rituals are done in a call-and-response style. The leader may end with:

“Our ritual has ended, brothers and sisters. May we go in peace, harming none, and continue our magical resistance under each waning crescent moon until Donald J. Trump is driven from office.”

To witch the participants reply (with emotion): “So mote it be!”

Waning Crescent Moon Ritual Dates:

February 24th (Midnight, Friday evening into Saturday morning); March 26th; April 24th; May 23rd; June 21st (especially important as it is the summer solstice); July 21st; August 19th; etc.

Pain Relief…Naturally

back-ache

They say back pain is the worst! I tend to agree with them.

I have been fighting back pain for the past month, month and a half. I say fighting it but, it is more like loudly grumbling with each movement. I have been miserable, grouchy, stubborn and unfriendly. Fighting tooth and nail to not go to the doctor.

Unfortunately, the pain which started in my lower back now radiates down my leg. Mornings are okay. Afternoons suck royally. Four letter words accompany evenings. I will be visiting my friendly, neighborhood Chiropractor later today.

Why do I bring this up? Well…

We all live with pain. It can be a back ache, tooth ache, headache, any kind of ache. It is miserable! Sucks all of the energy right out of you. When you go to the doctor they quickly hand out pills, and very large bills. Neither of which improves my mood.

So… I thought I’d share a couple of my ‘Go To’ solutions for aches and pains.

Pain Relief Ointment

  • 1 cup Beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp each of powdered Cayenne, Turmeric and Ginger
  • 3 cups Olive Oil
  • 4 oz of DMSO (optional – helps with absorption)

Combine the powdered Cayenne, Turmeric and Ginger. Put the 3 cups of Olive Oil in a pot, on low. Add the spices and heat on low for 20-30 minutes. Do not boil, or over heat. After 20-30 minutes, turn off the heat. Repeat, heating the spices 2-3 more times and let steep overnight. Strain spices out.

Heat beeswax in double boiler until melted. Add spice infused Olive Oil to melted beeswax. Remove from heat and add DMSO. Quickly pour into container. I use 4 oz metal tins, or 3 oz plastic ones. You’ll want a shallow container to make it easier to apply when needed.

*I’ve had some great results with this ointment. People with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and diabetic pain rave about how well it works for them. It is my go to for any nerve related pain.

I love using Cayenne with all of its benefits. You just have to make sure you really wash your hands after use. Getting it in your eyes, or an open wound, will make you do a little dance.

Cayenne Salve

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp Beeswax

Infuse the Olive Oil with Cayenne. Once the olive oil has been infused, straining the cayenne powder. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Once melted, add the cayenne infused olive oil. Immediately pour the mixture into jars, or tins.

I make a large batch of the above infused oils. That way I can quickly mix up a tin when needed. Saves time, and when you’re in pain…the less time it takes, the better!

Neither of these recipes really has a scent. It is one of the things I like about them. I also use a cayenne with a higher Scoville rating. You can also use African Bird Pepper but people with sensitive skin cannot always handle the heat; tread carefully.

If you suffer from pain in your hands. Apply the ointment and put on gloves. Let the ointment soak in for an hour, or even over night. It is wonderful, and leaves your hands incredibly soft!

Next time we’ll talk headaches but…for now I’m off to the Chiropractor. Natural remedies are always my first choice, but following up with a doctor is still recommended.

Blessed Be All!

A Call to Arms…sort of

when hope diesPolitics and religion.

Two topics best skirted in mixed company. At least, that is what I’ve always been taught. Being who I am though; I find them hard to avoid. In the world of this new president, Trump, I am the enemy: Female, bi-sexual, Witch, married to a woman. In Trump’s desire to “Make America Great,” again. My world views, life style, and belief system do not fit the mold.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
―Catherine of Siena

I am a pacifist by nature. I firmly believe each person deserves respect. That respect extends to their beliefs, lifestyle and world view. I can no more expect others to live up to my ‘picture’ of what they should be, then I can live up to theirs. This way of thinking is quickly verging on illegal with the new administration. There is an inherent sadness with this realization.

“We should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment and work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide.”
― Michio Kaku

In a diverse and wonderful world, fear should never be a motivator. It is fear which guides those in power now. It is with fear I now view the future. My trepidation growing daily.

It is for this reason I ask the following…

A call has went out among the community to do two things.

  1. Light a vigil candle, nightly, to help light the way to true change, peace, and understanding.
  2. In the course of your practices, perform a binding to prevent the current administration from doing harm.

The world is in a state of flux. Minds which were once closed are now opening. The world view is changing. Guided more by love, inclusion, and peace. We cannot allow a few to derail all the good which has been accomplished.

We must believe one voice can make a difference. “We the People…,” need to speak louder. I started with the two steps above, and followed up by going to: https://impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org and signing.

I do not believe Trump means to harm. He is not evil, or bad, just archaic in his fundamental ideals. He is a small man, hungry with power and it is this hunger which must be tempered. For the good of all, harming none.

Blessed Be my friends!

And may the future hold more peace, and less fear.

Lamenting Lost Lammas

This week was Lammas, and I’ve been so embroiled in wedding planning I didn’t even light a candle.

I love Lammas! The smell of bread baking. The fruit trees bearing sweet, juicy fruit. The thought of Samhain around the corner. The crisp change in the air. Oh! And my favorite… ham and 15 bean soup with corn bread!

15 Bean Ham and Bean Soup

1 pkg Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®
8 cups water (use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor)
1 lb. smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan), ham hocks or diced ham. You can also use a leftover hambone with some meat on it.
1 lg. onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 can tomatoes (15 oz.)
Juice from 1 lemon
Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste

NO SOAK METHOD
Sort and rinse beans, check for any unwanted debris and discard.
Drain and place in a slow cooker with 8 cups of water, onions, meat or hambone, garlic and chili powder. (Not tomato or lemon juice yet!)
Set slow cooker on high and cook for 5 hours (or low for 7-8), or until beans are tender, but not falling apart.
After the beans are tender, remove the hambone (leave any ham in the pot), stir in the can of tomatoes, our Ham Flavor packet, and the lemon juice.
Cook for additional 30 minutes then keep warm until ready to serve.
We recommend to serve with a freshly baked slice of corn bread! You can also serve over rice as well.
Please keep in mind that every time the lid is opened, your cooking time will be longer.

For even more flavor, substitute beef, chicken or vegetable stock instead of water.
You can also try 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or 1 lb. beef roast, then shred meat before Step 5 above.
As with all dry bean recipes, it’s best to wait until AFTER the beans have become tender or fully cooked before adding any acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, vinegars, etc.
Remember that this is a NO SOAK recipe, but if you have already soaked the beans that’s not a problem, just use 1 cup of water/stock less.
Variations on the recipe will work for almost all of Hurst’s HamBeens items.
If you prefer a more “brothy” soup, add an extra cup of liquid when preparing

 

Corn Bread

2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
3 tbsp shortening melted
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Beat eggs, add buttermilk and melted shortening mix well
mix dry ingredients add to egg mixture
beat until smooth pour into greased pan\bake at 375 about 25 minutes serve hot

I found this recipe for Lammas Bread a while back. Swore I was going to try it this year.

Lammas Loaf 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening

Preheat oven to 220C.  Sift flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder in large bowl.  Blend in eggs, milk, and shortening.  Beat the combined mixture as you chant:

The Earth Mother grants us the grain,
The Horned God goes to dark domain.
By giving life into Her grain,
The God dies, then is born again.

Pour mixture into greased corn cob molds for cornbread sticks, or into greased or lined cupcake pan.  Mixture can also be baked in a square pan, then sliced when cooled.  Bake 20-35 minutes until top no longer indents when touched.

Someone made a nutty Lammas bread years ago. I wrote the recipe down, put it in a safe place. So I wouldn’t lose it…and… lost it. If anyone has a recipe for Lammas bread which contains sunflower seeds…you would save me from a multi-year craving!

All this talk of food is making me hungry! A blueberry cobbler would be perfect right now. Great for a Lammas celebration. And my Lavender Tea Loaf….baking could be in order this weekend!

Oh! Let’s not forget this Lammas Bread….

LAMMAS OATMEAL APPLE BREAD

1 C Wheat Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1 C Butter
1/2 C Nuts (if you are not a nut person these are optional)
3 Medium Apples (chopped)
1 C Raisins
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
1-1/2 C Rolled Oats
1 Egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla or orange extract

Mix above ingredients together, then place in a greased 9 inch cake pan.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes, until it begins to move away from the sides of the pan. This bread may be shaped for ritual as well, and the fruits and nuts may be changed for different seasons.

I have to stop writing and go find food….or bake….or both!

Blessed Be My Friends!

Honoring Lives Entwined

“Love and Friendship, Kin and Kind.
Ever in Our Hearts and Minds.
Magic made and Lives Entwined,
Thus we honor, Ties that Bind.”

I’ve learned to expect death between November and January. It puts a damper on the ‘Happy’ Holiday season. It tends to come in threes. Family, friend, and acquaintance. Some years, it skips family which leaves me thankful. Still, death darkening your doorstep leaves you contemplating your demise.

I’ve experienced death. I’m not afraid of its looming arrival. I won’t actively seek it out, and hope its arrival is far in the future. I also don’t mourn the loss of those who pass. We will meet again. I’m a firm believer a life should be celebrated.

We had the pleasure of knowing these wonderful people. Their lives touched our in ways we’ll never fully comprehend. We are better because of their contribution to who we are; should that be mourned? Yes, their passing will leave a hole within our lives. Yes, that phone call will go unanswered. The birthday card unsent. The laughter unheard, and conversation unspoken. It is these things we must honor.

Call the high school friend you’ve been missing. Celebrate birthdays of co-workers, friends, family and those who have no one who celebrates them. Laugh more, and speak more kindness. Light the candles in memory. Include the ancestors and all who have passed in all you do. Have those conversation. They hear you, and still care.

We learn from the loss. Even as our hearts break, our souls grow. We evaluate who we have become, and what we will leave behind. We write our wills and purchase burial plots. We accomplish what we’d otherwise leave to chance. It is the motivation and awakening of realization we need.

So cry the tears, mend the hearts, but do not let the darkness consume you. Look instead to the miracle of those who passed. Their wonder and greatness is our treasure. Let them always be part of your life.

I celebrate those who have recently passed. May the candle burn bright in your memory. You will continue to be a great treasure.

Blessed Be to All!

I do, but I must be Crazy!

FB_IMG_1439993087923So…. I have been planning a wedding.

Let me tell you how this adventure has gone so far. Being who I am. I, of course, came up with the brilliant idea of having a medieval wedding. That doesn’t sound complicated. Most people would say it sounds rather fun.

Now, I had visions of beautiful dresses. Men in fancy jackets with gorgeous boots. Swords dangling from their sides. Maidens all in a row. The officiant in monk robes. Flowers as far as the eyes can see. Flickering candles marching down the aisle. Notice… I said HAD.

We have had to contact other countries for clothing! A large portion of garments will be coming from the UK. A local search for fitting clothes yielded absolutely nothing! We have one seamstress in this town, and she only does alterations. The one wedding shop we do have caters to the strapless mindset. I am far too old to rock the strapless look.

Once upon a time I would have naively believed wedding planning would be fun. I’m still trying to decide whether there will be centerpieces, or if people will get to stare vacantly at each other across the table. The vacant option is winning! Simply because I won’t have to look at any more flowers. Death by Flowers – the new message for my tombstone.

Don’t get me started on wedding invitations. There are invitations to be sent to the bridesmaids and grooms men. Asking them to be bridesmaids and grooms men. There are save the date invitations. So people are forewarned a year in advance. There are invitations to the wedding ceremony, and invitations to the reception. There are RSVP cards to place in the invitations.

Ah…and the guest list. Let me tell you the joys of the guest list. First you write down everyone you’d like to invite. Then, you review the list because 1500 people is far too many to invite. Especially when you’re attempting to keep the budget in check. You slowly remove people from the list. Who will show, who won’t show, who will embarrass you, who you’ll let embarrass you, who will drink too much, who won’t drink enough. All the pros and cons and…ugh!

You finally dwindle the list down to a manageable number of people. Then you realize you forgot Aunt June and Uncle March. You can’t forget the fireman who saved your cat 50 times. There are co-workers and friends. Family you like and family you don’t. I just want to throw all the names in a hat and pick 50 people. Someone is always going to be upset because you didn’t invite them. Then there are those who get upset because you did.

Oh, and finding a venue! That has been an adventure all its own. The place you really want, of course, is already booked. The place you really do not want is available from now until forever. Probably because no one really wants it. Then there are the places where you can hold the ceremony but not the reception, or vice versa.

An October wedding adds a challenge. It tends to snow here in October, and always around Halloween. So an outdoor wedding, while preferable, is out of the question. Although I would do it, just to see the false teeth chattering. An indoor wedding means decorating. Lots and lots of decorating. Some venues you can have a couple of days to decorate. Others, you can decorate the night before but all decorations have to be removed by midnight the day of the wedding. I’d hire a decorating firm if such a thing existed in this town.

And then the honeymoon. I love the idea of a honeymoon. Escaping the rat race which lead up to the wedding. Running from relatives and well-wishers. Going someplace where someone else cleans up the mess. Such joy, such bliss, such bull s***. The only thing we’re going to want to do after the wedding is sleep for a week. By the time out of town family leaves, the whole wedding paraphilia gets put away/given away and a sense of normalcy returns. You better just give me comfy clothes, a couch and a remote.

Let’s not forget about registering for gifts. We’ve lived together for so long we have everything…plus lots of extra. Any gifts we’d receive would be additional clutter. Thankfully we did find a solution. There is a registry where cash donations can be made. We’ve decided any money we receive will be donated to a couple of charities we support. One of them being the Black Cat Rescue.

We’re not inviting people for them to give us gifts, or money. We’re inviting them because hey, this is a big deal! We want them there to celebrate with us. We want them to have fun! Maybe see us act a little goofy; step out of our usual comfort zone. Sing, dance, sword fight. THIS is what we invite them for…the rest is just noise.

I understand now why people elope. It is quick and simple and cost effective. You tick everyone off all at once. They can’t get mad because they perceive you playing favorites. No decorations. No invitations. No fancy garb and uncomfortable shoes. Just “I do’s” and it is done.

But….with all of the complaints and frustrations. All of the work and the plotting. There is a moment, when you think about the actual day, and you realize…people who get married have to be crazy! Still… you know you’re going to do it anyway. Simply because it is going to be the best day ever!

Blessed By My Friends!

Seriously Sucky Sinuses!

Apothecary

Sinus infections suck!

I’ve said that, loudly, over the past couple of weeks. The fires burning in various parts of our country send smoke wafting into our small valley. It is inescapable! Compound it with the corn tasseling, and allergens. You have the makings for the perfect sinus storm.

When these sinus storms wreak havoc with their pressure, pain, and unending headaches. I start brewing sinus remedies.

Over the years I’ve tried many. I even recently tried a new one. It was slated as a sinus reliever. I found it…un-relieving. It smelled fantastic! I loved that it was made with coconut oil. As relief though, it failed to live up to its name. That doesn’t mean you won’t have better luck. So, if you’d like to try it…. Here it is:

Mix together:

2 drops Frankincense EO
2 drops Peppermint EO
2 drops Lavender EO
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Massage mixture into your forehead and sinus area. Repeat as necessary.

Again, this one smelled fantastic, but didn’t have the results I would have liked. My usual guinea pigs didn’t find it helpful either. One did find it pleasing enough to use it for a car freshener. I may toss this combination into bath salts, a soap or a lotion/foot rub. Everything can be useful!

My tried and true sinus remedy works fabulously! It has one drawback – it tastes horrible! I’ve grown accustomed to the taste, but I’m a bit stubborn. I use this recipe when I feel a sinus infection coming on. If I don’t have a batch mixed up when a sinus infection hits. I will spend a day or two fighting a combination sinus infection/migraine. It is miserable!

Since this remedy doesn’t taste the best. I’ve started reducing it down. That way it only takes a quick teaspoon, or shot glass half full. The relief is almost instantaneous. I warn people to be close to a box of Kleenex when they take it.

If you’re brave enough to try it, here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS
 
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 wedge lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug.
  3. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon.
  4. Take a deep breath of the mixture, and start drinking.

It isn’t the best smelling either, but the steam helps moisten the sinuses.

I am still on the search for a good sinus ointment. Eucalyptus in the shower is still my go to remedy for a beginning sinus headache. It is quick and easy, and smells great.

If you have a remedy you use often, or try one of the above, I’d love to hear about them! As for me, I’m off for a shot of the terrible tasting stuff.

Blessed Be My Friends!