Full Moon Healing

The Full Moon is undoubtedly a time of magic and heightened creative inspiration. All around the world we find traditional rituals, gatherings and celebrations surrounding the lunar energy.

Here’s a simple “exercise” you can do if you are wanting to make some changes in your life, let go of habits or self-sabotaging thoughts that no longer help in your personal growth, etc.

Full Moon Healing Ritual

Some believe that magic done under the powers of the Full Moon is intensified in a huge way, and so one of the many things people do during this time is practice healing.
Healing begins with cleansing. This simple cleansing ritual can be done before any other type of healing session, or just as a purging exercise.
If you find yourself feeling fear and insecurity then this is a good way to start letting go of it and prepare the mind for more positive and fulfilling feelings and thoughts.
When we clear and let go we make room for new and refreshed energy. Scientifically speaking, our blood contains iron, which information can be recorded into. When we focus on clearing out the unhealthy thoughts or feelings, this information is picked up and recorded into the iron in our blood which then goes into our cells and now our entire being is vibrating the instructions of clearing out, letting go and making room for new, positive, forgiving and expansive energy…
So, onto the ritual..

what you need:

– Fire proof cauldron or cooking pot to toss the burning paper inside
– Candle with matches or lighter
– Salt – in a small bowl or cup
– Water – in a small bowl or cup
– Sand (to put out the fire afterwards)
– Smudge sticks/incense for cleansing.
– Magickal Paper and pen

On the night of full moon, or any of the 3 nights, prepare yourself mentally and spiritually to have a moment with your Self.
Select a time where you wont be interrupted for at least 15 min.
Create a sacred space (indoor or outdoor), smudge incense and place water and salt where you feel they should go. Be creative, your sacred space can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be, as long as you stay focused on the goal of the exercise.
Light a candle and sit quietly for a moment, observing your breath. When you feel centered and connected invite angels, guides, healers and energies you feel comfortable with to join your healing circle…and allow.
At this point, begin to contemplate why you are offering this moment, think of your intentions of healing and release, make them very prominent in your awareness and when you are ready write down what habit, way of thinking, or whatever it is you want to let go.
If in a group, you may want to take turns reading your papers out loud and then burn them with the candle flame and casting them into the cauldron, one at a time. if anyone chooses to read to them selves its ok, just as long as everyone says out loud the words “be gone!” when casting the paper into the cauldron.
Give thanks, and celebrate your renewal.

In the Greatest Degree of Love,
Sat Nam & Blessings Be

Rev Adriana Hari Gobind Kaur


The Miracle of Apple Cider Vinegar

I was doing some research on apple cider vinegar and came across this wonderful article about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and its many simple and helpful uses. Thanks Yumi!


10 Green DIY Home, Health and Beauty Tips: The Miracle of Apple Cider Vinegar
by Yumi Sakugawa

Apple cider vinegar is my favorite new DIY household product. Just as how baking soda has a huge range of uses from personal self-care to household cleaning (see this fabulous post by Olivia here), apple cider vinegar can do pretty much anything–for your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets.applephoto.jpg

I learned about apple cider vinegar when I was researching ways to get rid of the fleas that had unfortunately begun cropping up in my apartment from my roommates’ two cats. Apple cider vinegar, apparently, when rubbed on the pet and added to the pet’s water, can greatly help repel the fleas from the animal.

Why should we all start using more apple cider vinegar? First of all, apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product: apple juice is fermented to hard apple cider, which is fermented a second time to apple cider vinegar. In integrating this natural product into our homes, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our daily lives.

Here are many other benefits of apple cider vinegar that can be applied to your lifestyle. Read the list below.


Hair: It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recyle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a table spoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.

Face: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH of your skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.

Hands and Feet: Are your hands and feet feeling tired and swollen after a long day? Treat yourself to a personal spa massage by rubbing apple cider vinegar onto them.

Sunburn: Suffering from a bad sunburn? Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Teeth: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help remove stains from teeth? Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar and rinse out.

Aftershave: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and shake to blend.


Weight-Loss: For daily weight and pH balance maintenance, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water. Sip this concoction throughout the day.

Detox: Add 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a 1 or 2 liter filtered water bottle. Drink this throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.


Cleaning: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can use this concoction to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. This mixture also works as a disinfectant.

Flea Reduction: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your pet’s skin. Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to their water. Spray apple cider vinegar, diluted 50% with water, onto your pets and onto your furniture to repel the presence of fleas.

Source: Intent.com / Yumi’s Blog

Oct 27, 2009



May is perhaps one of the most exciting monts of the year, as the bright and joyful birthing energy of spring blossoms into vigorous excitement this month. The newness of life bursts into eager exuberance. The world is growing, stretching, and reaching out to find the wild and extravagant love and erotic sensation. It is the perfection of being in the moment, a time of happiness and fervor.
The month of May brings the Roman festival of Maia, goddess of growth and abundance for whom this month is named; Flora, goddess of springtime and flowers, and Rosalia, the Festival of Roses. The Irish celebrate the Veneration of the Sacred Thorn, and the Norse, the Feast of Frigg. There’s Garland Day in England, Lei Day in Hawaii, and of course, the Celtic celebration of Beltane–a festival already in full swing when the month arrives.

beltaneThe rythm of our bodies and hearts instinctively feel the tempo of the wild universe, which opens its arms and embraces us as we flow in with laughter and joy. The perfect, unalloyed pleasure of being is the Beltane state of mind. We flow into this state of mind when we dance in harmony with the ecstatic universe. We let go of our petty selves and step into that flow of harmonious union to become ecstatic ourselves. We embrace our wildness.
Often, it’s difficult for us to emerge as ecstatic, wild, nature beings. One avenue to emergence is to celebrate a deity. Flora, the Roman goddess of springtime and flowering vegetation, is a good choice for the Beltane state of mind. She is the patroness of everything that grows and flourishes: flowers, plants, trees and vines. Her festival, Floralia, was celebrated from April 28 to May 3, and in a rose festival on May 23, though much of the orgiastic celebrations were eventually outlawed. Nevertheless, we can find her ecstatic magic in our bodies and in the blooming flowers.
Each event is a fertility festival in which plants and flowers play a very important role. It is a real pity that their role as magical tools is frequently overlooked. Because they are capable of something wonderful. Flowers are capable of speaking real words that soar straight into the universe in a very special but secretive language called Floriography — the language of flowers.


(April 30th – May 1st)


Also known as Roodmas, Beltaine has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. Beltane is also commonly known as May Day, “may” coming from “maiden”, representing the Goddess in Her Maiden aspect. The name Beltane is sometimes incorrectly assigned to Litha, the holiday of Mid-Summer, by some modern traditions of Wicca, even though Beltane is the Gaelic word for May.
Halfway around the year from Samhain, when we honor our beloved dead, Beltane is the festival that celebrates all of the living world: plants, animals, and human beings. On both occasions, the veil between the worlds is said to be thin, and is no more unusual to see the fairies near Beltane, than it is to see the spirits of the dead at Samhain. Beltane is also the great spring holiday of the Goddess. It is a time of Faerie Magic and the Queen of faeries is represented by the Queen of the May. Along with her consort, she rules over the festivities and serves as representative of the Goddess.
In most temperate climates, flowers are now in bloom, trees are in blossom or in full leaf, and gardens are beginning to grow. All of the hibernating animals are fully awake. The birds have nested and settled down to raise their brood.
Beltane is the Holiday of fertility. For Pagans, one of the great gifts of the Goddess is the power of the earth to grow wonderful flowers and fruits and all the things we eat. We are thankful for the fertility of the earth, and our job is to keep the land and the soil healthy, to protect the animals and plants and trees so that fertility can continue. The earth is a living being, and all of her creatures are part of her body. Each has a place, a purpose, a special part in the great dance of life.
As summer begins, just as the weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. At Beltaine we celebrate the joys of being alive. We give thanks for all the different kinds of pleasure our bodies give us, for without our bodies we couldn’t see, hear, touch, taste, smell, run, dance, jump or do any of the things we do. Children celebrate by doing all the things they can do which they couldn’t do before — run, jump, play games, climb trees, dance, turn somersaults and cartwheels or anything that makes them glad they have a body. Adults celebrate sexual pleasure. For Pagans, the good, loving feelings that people can give each other with their bodies are special gifts of the Goddess. When we give each other love and pleasure, the whole earth is pleased. We give thanks for the power women and men have to make babies and bringing new people into the world.
In old Celtic traditions Beltane was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.beltane maypole
On this day all the different kinds of human fertility and creativity are celebrated and thanked for. Not only pro-creation, but we create in many other ways as well. When we paint, draw or sculpt, when we write poems, songs or stories, when we garden, cook or bake, we take part in the fertility of the Goddess.

In the old Celtic times, Bel-fires were lit on hilltops to celebrate the return of life and fertility to the world. Jumping over the fire could ensure safe delivery of a pregnant woman, spring spouses to young people, grant traveling a safe journey, ensure health, and bring about conception for a barren woman. Young people would spend the entire night in the woods “A-Maying,” and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.
Some may say that the Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole — as is the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as ‘Roodmas’. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or ‘Walpurgisnacht’. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both ‘Lady Day’ and ‘Ostara’ are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca). Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women, traditionally mother and daughter, would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you!

Beltane is the holiday that draws all Witches outside to celebrate the returning power of the Sun and the fecundity of the land.
Wear red robes for ritual and dress your altar with reds for passion. If you have identified a nearby rowan tree, you can make a wreath for your hair using rowan sprigs. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms. Decorate your house with freshly cut greens, herbs and flowers. Arrange for music or drumming to lighten the steps of the dancers of the maypole or spiral dance. Lose yourself in the dance.
Fire is an honored element at this ritual, so have circle members jump over a cauldron – or bonfire if you have the space and its safe – for purification and protection. Water is another honored element: be certain to visit your local sacred spring or riverbank. Leave a drop or two of milk and other food offerings for the nature spirits.
Wake before dawn on this day and watch the Sun rise over a river or beach. Gather a pitcherful where the Sun has gilded the water. When you return home walk the bounds of your land sprinkling water in you garden beds to ensure plentiful rainfall during the growing season.
Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate… An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone.

Beltane Lore

The Altar: a simple arrangement of flowers will decorate your altar and fill the room with a delicious natural scent. May Baskets can be made of small branches or paper strips, or you can use a pre-made basket to decorate it with flowers and greens. Branches of Rowan, Hawthorn or Oak can form a green background. You can also use pictures of the Fair Folk. And be sure to set out a bowl of milk or cream for them at night. .. And if you spot your cat or dog drinking the milk, don’t worry .. its probably a Faery in disguise 😉

The Colors of Beltane: Reds for passion. Bright colors like the beautiful flowers this time of year. Some especially connect the colors of gold, purple and green with this holiday — the golden shine of the Sun, the deep plum of grape wine and the peridot and hunter greens of the forest.

Incense, Herbs and Wood: Incenses used for Beltane should be strong, intoxicating, heady, and erotic. Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Peach, Musk, and Vanilla are all appropriate.
If you want to use herbs to make an incense or spell powder to throw on the fire, Woodruff, Fern, Rose, Chamomile, Wormwood, and Galangal are good choices.
Often you will read about the nine sacred woods used in kindling the balefire. Obviously, the trees should all have strong connections to magick, but substitutions can be made depending on where you live.
Oak would be the first choice, the backbone of the fire, so to speak. To that add eight other types of wood. Any and all of these are acceptable: Rowan (mountain Ash), Hawthorn, Birch, Apple, Elder, Ash, Thorn (or Blackthorn), Grape Vine, Holly, Willow, Cedar,Yew and Hemlock.

Food for Beltane: Anything seasonal, harvested. Oatmeal. Nuts. Grains. Berries. Grapes.

Activities for Beltane:
MAYPOLE — Nothing symbolizes Beltane so much as the Maypole, the origins of which lie in fertility and sex.
The maypole represents the phallus of the God. The wreath around the top represents the vagina of the Goddess. As the Maypole is danced, the ribbons wind around the pole and the wreath flowers, symbolizing the Divine Marriage, the sexual union of God and Goddess.
The men should cut down the tree and de-limb it. Always ask permission and always leave something in return when you do this. You are taking a life, the tree feels pain and suffers even as it falls. So leave an offering of flowers, food and wine for the spirit of the tree and for the Goddess who nurtured it to life. While the men prepare the Maypole, the women dig the hole, focusing on the womb of the Goddess, the passion that throbs under the soil. The men lift the Maypole into the hole and everyone cheers as the women fill in the dirt and pack it down. The women should have already prepared the flower wreath that will sit atop the ribbons.
When it is time for the dance and the ribbons are outstretched and the dancers are ready, one person will scurry up a tall ladder and place the wreath over the pole to rest on the taut ribbons. The opening of the wreath should not be more than 12 inches wider than the tree, so that it rides the ribbons down as the dance progresses. The ribbons wrap the pole.
The dance stops when the weaving stops because everyone is flat against the pole. Tie off the ribbons and let the wreath finish dropping to the ground. Celebrate!

BOWERS OF LOVE & LUST — In ancient times, on Beltane night, it was traditional for young men and women to celebrate fertility by slipping away into the woods to have sex. Any children conceived at this time were known as merry-begets, and were considered children of the Gods.
For outdoor Beltane celebrations it’s a lot of fun to create bowers. If you have a large outdoor private area, take small tents or tarps and discreetly place them in the woods. Decorate with flowers and ribbons, add vases of flowers, wreaths and the like. Mark the bowers and put a sign to indicate when they’re being used. Be creative! It’s a good idea (and one can be remembered as a thoughtful host) to place a bowl of condoms in the tents, as well as trash cans.


Llewellyn’s Witches Almanac

**post originally published may 2006


Yerba Mate – The miracle tonic beverage

It grows in South America and is made from a species of the holly plant. For centuries, a group of indigenous tribes partaked in this amazing beverage. These days, it’s the drink of choice for many South Americans and has been migrating to other parts of the world as well, like America!

In many different studies over the years, it’s been determined that Yerba Mate is comprised of over a 100 different compounds that make it the healthy drink that it is. Plus, it has an array of amazing qualities that can help us through the many ups and downs of life.

Believe it or not, here are some of the benefits: enhances intellectual work by stimulating mental energy (but without the jolt or jitteriness of coffee), lessens fatigue, provides clarity and alertness, increases concentration, has a calming effect (seems like a paradox but it’s true!), increases metabolism if you’re interested in losing weight, lessens digestive acidity because of its alkaline-nature, helps with feelings of depression, and reduces stress.

Yerba Mate does contain caffeine but only about a third of what coffee has and less than green tea. But what’s interesting about the fact that it does contain caffeine is that many people find that they have no problem going to sleep after drinking it and will often have a cup before bed! It has something to do with how all the compounds work together.

Numerous studies over the years and specifically a 1964 study of the leaves by the “Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society” found that this herb contains a tremendous amount of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and 15 amino acids (the building blocks of protein). And since the nutrients are in liquid form they are more easily absorbed by the body. Another study by researchers at the University of Illinois in 2005 found that the herb inhibits cancer-cell proliferation, pretty amazing!

The reason researchers believe that it helps with feelings of depression is that it contains naturally-occurring monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) which, in the synthetic version, are the primary chemicals used in anti-depressants and are also sometimes prescribed to help people quit smoking. Another compound in Yerba Mate is theobromine, which is the “bliss” chemical found in chocolate.

It’s usually sold in tea bags or in loose form and is prepared like regular tea. To give it a richer flavor than just making it with water, it can also be made with soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk or cow’s milk. However, if you would like the healthiest drink possible for yourself, it’s best to make it with either almond or hemp milk. Soy milk is slightly acidic, genetically modified and dairy milk is so unbelievably acidic along with a variety of other reasons to not drink it, too many to go into now. Between the two, though, soy is definitely the better choice, AND if you’re still not there yet in not drinking dairy, that’s perfectly fine, at least you’re off-setting it with Yerba Mate!

If you really get into it and want to drink it the traditional way as many South Americans do, you may want to purchase a gourd (a hollowed-out seed from a fruit that is about the same size, if not a little larger, as a cup) and sip from it with a bombilla, which is a metal straw.

Well, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and may you be healthier and happier from it!

Here are some good companies who sell it either by mail order or health food stores. PLEASE NOTE: Neither zLighthouse or LoveDriven, get absolutely no “kick-backs” from mentioning any companies on this site.

Yerba Mate Taragui

Yerba Mate Nobleza Gaucha

Eco Teas


Source: (Written by zLighthouse on 9/24/07)

Some Guaraní words related to mate:

* Barbacuá: from mbarambacuá = ma (pile) + ra (euphonic) + mbacuá (toasted or roasted thing)
* Caä: yerba mate ; Caá-guará: mate drinker ; Caá-i-guá: mate gourd (literally: container of the water of yerba mate) ; Caá-u-ei: thirst of mate
* Mboroviré: yerba mate slightly “canchada” (dessicated and broken)
* Sapeca, sambeca or sapeá: pocá, peá or mbecá (to open) + za or sá (eye) = to open the globules or vesicles of the yerba mate by the heating process
* Ticuá cá ay: “cebar el mate” (literally: to throw water in the hole)

* This article was originally published on Oct. 11, 2007