Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Colonial Days


 


Ever since I was little I was always fascinated with Colonial Times. It's likely the New England Girl coming out in me. Everything about it just relaxes me instantly. One of the biggest things that always gets me is the unique smells from this time period.  I've found a couple of Colonial type restaurants in New England but they are hard to come by. One of my favorites is the Ye Olde Oyster House in Boston. While expensive, if you ever get the opportunity to visit it, it's incredible.

So today our town was doing an open house in one of the historical homes. They open it about once a year. The last time I was there was when I was in the fourth grade so I was really excited to go back in today. It was raining outside and honestly I felt at home the minute I got there.

The hearth above is from the Kitchen in the home. What I found striking is how much of my practice parallels what I work with today in Wicca. The apples strung on the mantle and the herbs hanging on the walls. I would adore having a kitchen like this. I would just like running water and a bathroom to go with it! lol

The tour was amazing and the volunteers there did an amazing job teaching my little ones and me about how life was for this family in the house that we were touring. It's incredible really how much of the house they were able to keep in it's original form as it was built in around 1735. If you get the opportunity to tour the homes in your town and find out more about your local history I always encourage it. For those of you who have researched Colonial history and toured Colonial homes do you find any parallels in your practice? I'm curious if it's just because I'm a New England witch that I identify so closely with a lot of the Colonial practices.

So one of the things that I got to sample was this amazing spice bread that they made. I'm normally not a big fan of cloves but I believe they flipped my opinion today. I adored them in this spice breads and I'm going to throw some in a homemade tea after dinner. We loved this bread so much that Earl currently is making it in our kitchen. The house smells amazing!  For a healthier option you can substitute the 1/2 cup of butter for 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. We substitute veggie oil a lot in our cooking over here. :))) I hope you enjoy it!

Colonial Clove Cake

Stir together:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- grated nutmeg

Mix together
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1/2 cup softened butter (or 1/4 cup veggie oil)
- 1 egg and 1 egg yolk

Add: 1 cup buttermilk
(instead of using one cup buttermilk and baking soda you can use one cup buttermilk and one teaspoon of baking powder)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Butter (or veggie oil spray) and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan

Mix the flour mixture into brown sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Have a magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Your Power Hand In Magick

**image source Cruenta**

How many of you have read a spell and noticed that it asked you to use your power hand?

How many of you know which hand is your power hand?

How many of you know what a power hand is?

Ok before I start explaining, quick exercise. Fold your hands and put them in your lap while you read the rest of this article.

No, Don't think about why. Ok ready? Let's keep going.

Your power hand is typically the same hand that we consider your "main hand" in day to day life. So for example if you write with your right hand, your power hand is typically your right hand.

Now what in the world do we use it for and why? Well, being that we use that hand the most, that hand will also be the one that we are most affluent in doing energy work with. It is usually also the hand you will be most sensitive to energy with. In my case it works like a divining rod since I got my Reiki training. Some of you probably remember me telling you stories about being in bookstores, or out and about and my hand will start tingling to help lead me to something? Crazy huh? But betcha can't guess which hand it is... That's right my power hand.

Usually your power hand is also your projective hand, or the hand you send energy through, whereas the other hand is your receptive hand or the hand you receive energy with. So for instance since I am right-handed, I send energy with my right, and receive with my left.

Pretty easy right? So now when you are practicing the craft you can easily identify your power hand, and even your projective and receptive. Now back to those hands in your lap.


Look at your hands. Which hand has the thumb on top? Is it your dominant hand or your power hand I betcha your power hand is the one with the thumb on top. Pretty neat huh?  That's a quick way to check. If you are ambidextrous that can help you to sort out which hand is your power hand.

Have a magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Monday, June 26, 2017

Waking Up Dragons




Waking Up Dragons


Merry Meet :)))) How many of you have been seeing lots of Dragons lately?  I am getting a flood of questions about Dragons, Owls, and Ravens. :)))) They seem to be the current totem animals working with many of us right now.

I got to work with the Dragon really closely in 2012. Wow! I can't believe it was that long ago!  That was the year I dubbed the year of the Dragon for myself for they truly were everywhere.  It was a few months after I took that giant leap to Wiccan Moonsong full time and really started a quest to find my voice and reach out and help others find theirs. :))))  It was really the year that my life had a complete overhaul. :))

Dragons bring us strength and courage. :)) As many of you are embarking on your new paths, it's not hard to see why they would be coming up everywhere for you. :)))) They stand behind you protective giving you the confidence to forge on and breath that fire of life called inspiration into us.  :))))

They also are amazing at balancing, a keyword many of you who have been working with me through tarot readings lately have been seeing come up. :)))))) Part of why I love doing tarot is seeing the patterns that are emerging for everyone and how they line up with things astrologically.  Part of the balance that they bring us though is to keep us thinking logical in our mundane day to day lives, but still giving us that touch of magick we need to keep hope and optimism alive and encourage us to take an active role in our destiny. :))))

For those of you who are seeing dragons around you lately pay particular note to the color of them. :)))) This is another reason why I love Dragons. :))))) Not only do they have amazing strengths to give you overall, but depending on their color, they can bring you other animal medicine as well. :)))))  The Dragon is a master of the elements. :))))

Fire Dragons tend to be red in color and correspond to the element of fire.  These dragons bring courage and strength.  They help us to overcome obstacles in our paths.  Call upon him for extra protection.

Air Dragons tend to be blue in color or other light pastel colors like pinks, and correspond to the element of air.   These dragons are dragons of intuition.  They will help you to trust that inner voice.  Call upon them when you need to see an issue clearly as they can bring clarity.  They also are very calming.  I will call upon a blue dragon to assist me in meditations.

Earth Dragons tend to be earthy colors, greens and browns and they correspond to the earth element.  He is wonderful to help you with grounding.  He will help you plant your feet into the mother earth and feel her energies surround you.  Call upon him to also help you find yourself and your potential.

Water Dragons tend to be various shades of blue and blue-greens, the colors of water, and they correspond to the water element.  This dragon will help you work through your memories and help you to heal.  Just as the water is naturally healing and calming so is this dragon.  He will help you to face your fears based upon issues in your past and heal them, as well as work with you on your wishes and hopes for the future.

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

**original artwork by Blooming Rose Xeniia**

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tonight's New Moon






New Moon Blessings! I'm sitting outside writing this to you underneath a sunshade with the quail chicks happily picking through the grass next to me and enjoying their first days outside. We are building their coop and they will start making the transition to being outside full time next week. :)))


The kids will be out of school here next week and I will soon start bringing them to their summer camps filling their days with fun in the sun with their friends and splash parks. I'm lucky that both are actually participating in free programs put on by the town and my daughter's school. It's a wonderful resource for the children in our town. :)))


The sounds and smells of Summer are definitely here as I spend as much time as I can outdoors. Even my office gets relocated outside during the Summer as much as possible. There's nothing like doing tarot readings while having a nice cool breeze across your face when you can wiggle your toes in the grass. :))) I am surrounded by herbs :)) I have my huge herb garden that is doing amazing right now but I also have herbs in a lot of places in the yard. If you see that big patch of leaves sticking up next to the little bridge in front of the field, that is all apple mint. :))))

Tonight our New Moon is in Cancer. I just love New Moon's as it's an opportunity to reset everything going on and then set your intentions for the lunar cycle. While not a complicated night to work with, it is an important night to work with. I have a lot of you that tell me that you don't have time to practice as much as you would like. Even if you stop for a few minutes and take some time to breathe, reflect upon where you've been and where you wish to go and then set your intentions, you will find it makes a difference.

With the Moon in Cancer tonight we want to focus on our homes and our relationships. It's a night of personal growth and you may find that you are visited from some memories from your past both to commend you for how far you have come but also to help you understand where you need to go moving forward and what you may need to work on.

This is actually our second Super Moon in a row that falls on the New Moon and that is going to bring you some transformational energy that will bring about some changes in your life and new beginnings so get ready to go with the flow! :)))))


I asked my guides for some advice for this lunar cycle and they gave me the Chariot card. Their advice for this lunar cycle is to work hard. You may find that there are obstacles and challenges that come your way this month but you need to remember that victory comes through mastery and there are definite incentives on our path this cycle, so let's go get them! :))))

Have a wonderful New Moon!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Litha Blessings!

original artwork by Margie79


Litha


Merry Meet :))) I absolutely loveeee Litha :)))) It means summer is finally here, and tons of outdoor time coming up for me where I live in New England. My office is officially moved outside to the gazebo. :))))))

Today is Litha, also known as Summer Solstice. It is the longest day of the yea and the day that light and life on our Mother Earth are in abundance. The Sun God has now reached the moment of his greatest strength, he is the lord of the forests. While you may see the date fluctuate from the 20th to the 23rd depending on what coven you are a part of, I celebrate Litha on the Summer Solstice which takes place today. Occasionally you will also see the date June 25th used by some covens, this was the old Litha date.

Just like the crops beginning to grow, the seeds of our wishes that we planted early in the springtime are now coming to fruition as well. You should be starting to see results of your magickal work that we set in place in the spring and at the beginning of the lunar cycle. This is a very powerful time of the year. I always feel strongest this time of year. With the energy of the sun recharging me every day, and being able to walk barefoot on the earth to gain positive energy and keep myself grounded, this is a very important time of year for me.

How many of you love the fae? We have a fairy garden here, and we love looking for them during the summer. Tonight is also Midsummer's Night Eve which is important for those of us who believe in the Fae :))) It is believed that tonight at twilight, a portal will open from our realm to the fairy realm. Twilight is my favorite part of day, hands down. It always seems more amazingly beautiful during the summer months as well. That luminescent blue that occurs right after sunset before the stars and midnight colors take over the night always has me mesmerized.

Celebrate Litha by reaffirming your vows to the Lord and Lady or your dedication to following the traditions of our craft. This is a great day to go and build daisy chains, collect flowers, watch the sunrise and the sunset, make offerings to the fae, work in your garden, take a barefoot walk, basically anything to celebrate the sun god and our beautiful Mother Earth.

When working magick tonight you might find the following correspondances helpful. :))))

Deities of Litha: Amaterasu, Aten, Apollo, Hestia, Horus, Juno, Lugh,

Trational Foods of Litha: garden fruits and veggies

Traditional Herbs of Litha: Mugward, vervain, chamomile, rose, honeysuckle, ily, oak, lavender, ivy, yarrow, fern, elder, wild thyme.

Traditional Flowers of Litha: daisy, and carnation

Traditional Incense: Lemon, myrrh, pine, rose, wisteria

Wood Associated with Litha: Oak

Gemstone Associated with LItha: Emerald

Have a wonderfully magickal Litha!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Moon Fairy Dance Reading






Merry Meet :))) I was asked to design a reading that would capture the magick of the Fae for the New Moon since this New Moon falls so close to the Solstice. This reading is the result of that request. At the suggestion of the person that I created this reading for I am making it public for all of you in case any one else is interested in this custom reading. It's the traditional New Moon reading with a twist of magick from the Fae. This reading uses a combination of traditional tarot, the oracles, and psychic and energy healing work. I hope you enjoy it!

Have a magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Solstice/Litha Readings Available Now!



Merry Meet :))))) What a magickal time of year!

The Summer Solstice Tarot reading will take you on a magickal journey of self involving the elements and the Fae. This reading harnesses the special energy that the Summer Solstice is bringing your way. :))) 



This spread is based on the seven sacred directions and is a powerful opportunity for reflection during the excitement of midsummer’s magic, manifestation, and abundance.

East (Air) What do you know?

South (Fire) What is your potential?

West (Water) What do you understand?

North (Earth) What should you nurture?

Above: What divine wisdom is yours?

Below: What do you inherit?

Within: How do you connect with what’s inside of you?

Personal Power: What gives you power and how can you maximize this?

Blessings from the Fae: What blessings are being bestowed upon you this Litha.

Message from the Fairy Oracle: What message do the Fae Have For You?

Flower Oracle: What flower should you work with right now and what message does it have for you?

Recommended Aromatherapy and Gemstone - What essential oil and gemstone would benefit you the most right now?


Litha Blessings!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

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