Grove Guide June 4, 2004

Sinus Headache Pillows: Author unknown to me

Cut two pieces of material 10"x4" and sew together. Making a bag, leaving one end open stuff your bag with the ingredients given after mixing well in a bowl. You may even want to make an outside cover that can be removed to wash.

1/2 of flax seeds
1 part crushed spearmint leaf
1 part crushed peppermint leaf
1 part lavender buds whole
1 part eucalyptus leaf
1 part rosemary leaf

Stuff your bag with the mixture and then sew up the end. These make great gifts and great craft show items and retail for $14.00-$18.00 dollars

Title: Lavender Ointment
Categories: Healing

4 T Olive Oil
3 T Beeswax
3 T Cocoa Butter
2 t Lanolin
10 Drops Vitamin E Oil
15 Drops EO Of Lavender

[Note: http://www.Sunriseherbfarm.Com/recipes/lavenderdishes.html]

Lucky Amulet

You will need:

a penny that was found heads up
orange rind
a candle wick that has been burnt

Gather a personally lucky number of these things together and bless them by saying:

"Luck be agile, luck be quick, luck burn bright like this candle wick. Each component here I bind, that good fortune will be mine"

Wrap these securely in rainbow colored cloth or paper so you can carry it in your purse or wallet.

Grampa's Dandelion Wine by Hartson Dowd

    3 quarts dandelion blossoms yellow, fully open and dry)
    4 quarts boiling water
    3 pounds sugar
    2 lemons
    1 cake yeast (or 1 envelope of traditional dry active)

  1. ..Collect the dandelions as early in the day as possible.
  2. ..Pour boiling water over the blossoms.
  3. ..Let the mixture stand for 3 hours; do not stir.
  4. ..Strain the mixture into a big cooking pot and add the sugar, orange and lemon rinds.
  5. ..Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  6. ..Cut up the oranges and lemons and place them in a 2 gallon crock or plastic pail.
  7. ..Pour the cooked mixture on top of the fruit
  8. ..When the mixture cools to 100 degrees (a little warmer than body temperature), add the yeast, which has been dissolved in 1 cup of the warm mixture.
  9. ..Let stand 12 hours and strain once again.
  10. ..Return the mixture to the crock, cover and let stand 2 months.
  11. ..Strain into bottles, and sample it in 6 months.

Beltane All Year Long: Keeping the Wheel Turning
By LH White

So, it's now mid-May. We are in the throes of spring with the promise of longer and hotter days in our future. Flora and fauna making themselves known, exhibiting their finest beauty. Where does that leave us? The sabbat is newly over, it would seem to be a period of "rest" before Litha.

Or is it?

In the past, I have been accused of simplistic thought, but really, why is simple bad? Take this editorial for what it is, another "simple" thought of mine that rang true in my soul.

Beltane is, for a great deal of individuals, a time of expression, fertility, and creation. Sexual applications aside, I believe that joy and fertility not only go hand-in-hand, but should be experienced through out the turning of the wheel. Some may be nodding their heads, others giving me the incredulous look, but we have a tendency gear up for these feelings this time of the year, while painfully ignoring them once the "spring-fever" is gone. If we aren't compartmentalizing our life cycles, then why is there such an emphasis on "sprucing up" the external of our being this time of the year?

We've all done it: the crash diet, the lament while shopping for warm-climate clothing. The tight rope walking to maintain any weight loss that has occurred. We try to obtain a more "healthy" color - which for those of us with fair skin means more freckles to play connect-the-dots with. We tend to go through great lengths to make sure we are acceptable for those few months of exposure.

I am not against leading a healthy life-style or looking good; I do believe that there is a balance that is achieved when we work from the inside out in a constant flow of work and change. From within, let the fountain pour; the stream that flows forth will sparkle in a way you never thought possible. It is not a new thought - but sometimes I find that I have to actually stop myself and take that quiet moment to relax before stress manifests itself physically. This is an ongoing study in bringing fertility and joy to your life that really can be done all year long.

What I have found working for myself is focus on a symbol of the season. With that, I incorporate an affirmation geared towards re-enforcing the type of change I am making. You can further draw your consciousness towards your goal by researching a corresponding deity, or connecting to an element. Even the type of food you eat or plant you have in your home can further put you in touch with the season's bounty. I have listed some correspondences below that you can use to bring fertility to each facet of your being.

Area of concentration - fertility of the physical
Element - Earth
God - Adonis
Goddess - Demeter
Color - green, black
Plant/Food - root vegetables
Symbol - acorn, stones
Quote - "I'm not interested in age. People who tell their age are silly. You're only as old as you feel." - Elizabeth Arden

Area of concentration - fertility of the mind
Element - Air
God - Zephyrus
Goddess - Aradia
Color - pale blue or bright yellow
Plant/food - violet
Symbol - feathers or bubbles
Quote - We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order. - Susan L. Taylor

Area of concentration - fertility of the soul
Element - Fire
God - Belenus
Goddess - Brighid
Color - red, orange
Plant/food - onion, hot pepper
Symbol - candle, flame
Quote - I believe that play is the beginning of creativity. I believe that laughter is the only cure for grief and fear. I believe that humor is the bond that can unite us all. - Ellie Marek

Area of concentration - fertility of the heart
Element - Water
God - Llyr
Goddess - Cerridwen
Color - green, pink
Plant/food - willow
Symbol - pitcher (or anything that is a receptacle for water)
Quote - You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about--the more you have left when anything happens. - Ethel Barrymore

Please understand, the correspondences I have listed here are suggestions; you may use whatever is available to you or rings 'true' to you. I know that I have mixed pantheons as well - for me that is typical, as I am more eclectic than not. Your preference might be to pick one and stick to it. The point being made here is to find a positive (read: fertile) thought and emotional pattern that will really put you in touch with each portion of your being.