VOTE! 2013 BELTANE/SAMHUINN RECIPES

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VOTE! 2013 BELTANE/SAMHUINN RECIPES

Poll ended at 01 May 2013, 08:40

Sciethe--Smudge Stick Recipe
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ShadowCat--Spring-Pills
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53%
 
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VOTE! 2013 BELTANE/SAMHUINN RECIPES

Postby Earthwoman » 12 Mar 2013, 20:00

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Re: 2013 BELTANE/SAMHUINN RECIPE ENTRIES

Postby Sciethe » 27 Mar 2013, 00:43

Smudge stick recipe

It may seem strange to be posting an autumn recipe now, but this one takes a bit of preparation.
The purpose is to create a natural smudge stick.
The bag
Make a leather or canvas bag. Adorn with air symbolism if you wish, and dedicate it to use in your work.
The thread
Through the summer find fine long fibres suitable for binding. They are not to touch the earth, and are placed straight into the bag to dry. Nettle fibres are good (a taste of fire), so are willow bark strippings (a taste of water) and so on. They are to be used like thread later on.
The leaves
When the leaves start to fall in the autumn, choose a tree that you love, and ask that you may use its fallen leaves for your ritual. (If the answer is no, find another tree)
The dance of Air
As the leaves fall, allow yourself to chase them like a child, catching them and putting them into the bag. Only leaves that don’t touch the ground are put into the bag. A powerful shamanic Air dance apparently random yet rhythmic can build as you work. When you judge that you have enough leaves, and calm descends, thank the tree, the place and the Element.
Making
Once the leaves seem to be dry enough, spread a cleansed and dedicated cloth or leather to work on. Roll the leaves into short cigar shapes, and bind them with the thread. Be sure to use several lengths so that when the stick is part burned it doesn’t fall apart.
You now have working smudge sticks that you can dedicate to use in your rituals, and which are special to you and your favourite trees and places. You will have thought about the meanings ascribed to each type of leaf and thread that you’ve used, and varied mixes can be used for different purposes.
Keep them in the bag and off the ground!
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Re: 2013 BELTANE/SAMHUINN RECIPE ENTRIES

Postby ShadowCat » 27 Mar 2013, 13:31

spring-pills

A bit of guerilla gardening

The seeds:
Start by buying seeds or saving seeds. I like to save seeds from the apples and pears I eat. You can also use seeds from native species of herbs, flowers, perenials, shrubs or trees. Think about fruitbearing trees or bushes, or flowers to feed our bees (which we need to make mead :grin: ). I do urge you do be very very cautious of using non native species.

This spring I will be using appleseeds, berry-seeds, rosehip seeds and a native wildflowermix bought at a local organic seedgrower. Sunflowers are fun too.

Do not mix the seeds!

The pills
Buy at a local pharmacist or online large empty gelatine capsules (normally used for dosing herbs or medicine). I use the 000size which it about 2,2 cm large.

The soil
Either take healty soil from your garden or buy a good, preferably organic, seeding soil. Sift if finely and put it in a shallow dish. Allow to dry out for a few days at roomtemperature, put it on a sunny windowsill if you can. If you are so inclined, put in a few chrystals to charge the soil and offer your prayers to it. When the soil is completely dry and dusty, proceed:

The filling
Open the capsules, fill the big halve with the dry soil and add seeds, two for apples or other larger plants/seeds. Close the capsules, shake them a bit and fill the rest.
If you use small seeds, like pansies or other wildflowers or herbs, premix them with a bit of soil before filling the capsules.

The use
Put them in your pocket when you go out and when you see an appropriate spot, drop the pills. It helps to make a small hole with a stick before poking them in the ground. Ladies can use their highheeled shoes for it. The gelatine will attrackt moisture and bind the seeds and soil, so they don't are washed or blown away too easily. Use a referenceguide on native species and best seeding time and habitat to get the most succes. Put the capsules in a nice jar or baggie and give them as a spring-gift to friends, or have a gathering with children, making these, dispersing them and celebrating the spring.
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the whisper of the wind through the leaves
the songs of one's heart
the callings of the universe

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Re: 2013 BELTANE/SAMHUINN RECIPE ENTRIES

Postby Earthwoman » 24 Apr 2013, 08:38

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