Know Your Healthy Berries
Acai, Maqui And Many Other Popular Berries That Will Change Your Life And Health. Berries have been demonstrated to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Each month or so it seems fresh research is being brought out and new berries are being exposed and analyzed for their health giving attributes.
Spells do not need to be complicated or conducted within circle to be effective. Even the simplest of charms can be tremendously useful. Fill a sachet with protection incense (see Chapter 7 and use juniper berries). Add a piece of tiger's eye and charge with intent Bag of berries, root and stone
Wild animals and the women, children and weakly men gather nuts and berries and this decided advance towards a sophisticated culture is made evident by some other facts -that they had a society based on a tightly-knit and elaborately classified family unit (they even had words for 'wife's brother' and 'wife's brother-in-law'), and that they worshipped a god whose character is such that he can belong only to a relatively sophisticated stage of human culture.
To determine what sort of winter weather lies ahead, according to an old and popular method of divination from New England, examine the number of berries growing on a holly tree. If there are many, this is a sign that inclement weather is in the offing. But if there are few or none, this indicates that the weather will be mild.
The Magician will collect some branches and berries from the Juniper tree, which he will place within a container or pot with water to boil. He will drink a glass of that beverage when the ritual of angelic invocation begins. He will also place a censer over the altar of his sanctuary, in which he will put branches and berries of the Juniper tree. He can also add branches of Yarrow (Achillea millefolium L.) for the decoction that he has to drink, as well as for the smoke offering in the temple. Yet, if he does not find the Yarrow branches, only the Juniper tree will be enough for the rite. The branches and berries of the Juniper tree also have the power of cleaning our astral body from any type of larvae.
Holda berries, leaves, and flowers (elderberry or Sambucus nigra) Rue (Ruta graveolens - edible but bitter Bitter aloes Sourgrass (sorrel) - Rumex acetosa (edible but sour) Hawthorn blossoms (Crataegus oxyacanthus) Periwinkle blossoms (Vinca major or minor) Pulverized juniper wood and berries (Juniperus Communis) Pulverized yew wood and berries (Taxus baccata)
Finally, there is the True Love Philter. This has been with us a long, long time, and is no less effective than the former potion, when properly used, but is rather less employed owing to the scarcity of one of its ingredients, namely mistletoe berries, rare at most times save Christmas. You will generally find magical practitioners avidly buying up mistletoe when it appears in the shops around December, and not putting most of it to decorative uses, either. Dried seeds or flowers of elecampane Dried vervain leaves Dried mistletoe berries
Lugnassad, or Lammas, celebrates the coming of the harvest-tide, the decorations of corn sheaves, berries, and fruits, while the autumnal equinox, or Michaelmas, marks its zenith with the eating of the customary goose. Samhain, or Hallows, ends the tide of reaping and the witches' year. The winter presided over by the Lord of Misrule begins. The festival is celebrated with the customary sword dances, the sword here being associated with the chthonic spade and ploughshare, symbols of the God of Death.
Belladonna was a poisonous plant prized by sorcerers of centuries past, who used it to induce psychic visions and astral projections. Known by many as deadly nightshade, belladonna was also a popular ingredient in magickal poisons used by some sorcerers to inflict death or madness upon their enemies and rivals. According to The Warlock's Book by Peter Haining, fourteen of its berries will produce death. Half that number will cause wild excitement and delirium.
'On the sabbats, we and our friends celebrate with seasonal games, activities, myths and feasts, and the children in our lives are always eager and excited to join in. Skye is still a bit young for much of it, but even a two-year-old can dance around a maypole, pick berries, plant seeds and help bake bread or biscuits. It's exciting to think that the Wheel of the Year will have deep significance to her that Samhain and Beltain will hold the same excitement that Christmas held for me as a child.