Jun 26, 2011

Serenity Sunday

Gratitude Spell

What You Will Need:
~ Green Candle
~ Patchouli Oil

During the waxing moon, annoint your green candle with patchouli oil. Light the candle and say the following several times to Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and beauty: "OM Mala Lakshmi, Lakshmi, Lakshmi, Namah." This chant thanks Lakshmi and opens the door for abundance to come into your life. Let candles burn themselves out safely, or repeat for consecutive days until larger candle is gone.

My List:

1.) My kids

2.) My pets

3.) Ibuprofen

4.) Herbal tea

5.) Turkey sandwiches

6.) Puffs tissue

7.) Fresh baked bread

8.) Great friends

9.) Classical music

10.) Laughter is the best medicine

Jun 19, 2011

Serenity Sunday

Just as “Milk does a body good,” Epsom Salt may be one of the most perfect nutrients for flowers and plants. And mid-to-late spring is the ideal time to nourish the soils and roots of your favorite foliage and flowers with this inexpensive and easy-to-use compound. According to the Epsom Salt Council, research indicates Epsom Salt can help seeds germinate; make plants grow bushier; produce more flowers; increase chlorophyll production; improve phosphorus and nitrogen uptake; and deter pests, including slugs and moles.

I have a small rose garden in front of my house and each year I treat them to 1/2 cup of epsom salts in mid spring, along with the rose food I feed them regularly. I learned of this little trick years ago when I worked at a local nursery and later as a master gardener in my area. At first I scoffed and was very skeptical but one year I figured that I would be open minded and try it, lo and behold my roses started pushing new canes from their graft and were generally hardier and more full. I promised myself that I'd be open minded from then on because sometimes...you just never know when a great tip might turn up!

My List:

1.) My children

2.) My friends

3.) My cats

4.) Learning from past mistakes

5.) My willingness to let go and let the Universe handle it

6.) Time for myself

7.) The scent of the air after a rainstorm

8.) Finding the positive in a negative situation

9.) Knowing hope is always present

10.) Seeing joy on another's face

Jun 12, 2011

Serenity Sunday

Gratitude Spell

Gratitude will get you everything. To make use of this kind of magic, set your altar with a suitable incense such as frankincense or myrrh, as well as a safe incense burner and a lighter. Light the incense and smell the sweet smoke, then say:

Lord and Lady, I give thanks
For Sun that warms and wind that sings.
You have given me so much,
Now I give thanks for all these things.

Spend as much time as it takes to count your blessings, and speak what you appreciate about each blessing. Thank your divine patrons as you would thank a family member for a perfect birthday gift. Ask for nothing.

My List:

1.) My kids

2.) My pets

3.) Great friends

4.) Good times

5.) Sunshine

6.) Tarot

7.) Red licorice

8.) Calculators

9.) Packages in the mail

10.) Fishing

Jun 6, 2011

Deck Review- The Connolly Tarot

The Connolly Tarot, created by mom Eileen Connolly and illustrated by son Peter Paul Connolly is a wonderful visually pleasing deck, reminiscent of medieval stained glass often associated with majestic cathedrals found all over Europe. 

Peter Connolly has created stunning imagery using colored pencils and rich colors, making this a truly stunning deck. The images follow the Rider Waite symbolism and are easy to follow, making it a great deck for beginners and intermediate readers and  has a great positive feel to it. The cards are laminated lightly and the design on the backs make it able to be read upright or reversed.

Although following the Rider Waite symbolism, the Major Arcana does have a few minor differences like card number 13 titled Death in most decks has been softened and renamed Transition reflecting transformation and the change of life's path and card 15 normally titled the Devil, renamed Materialism which reflects that perhaps the tools of life have been abused.

The Minor Arcana are just as beautiful and detailed as the Majors and each have Roman numerals at the top of each card. There are a lot of chubby little cherubs in this deck and adds a sense of charm and spirituality that runs through both Major and Minor Arcana. I just love the colors, they are striking and the symbolism is gentle and easy to interpret. This would be a great deck for any collection.

Publisher: US Games Systems
Creators: Eileen Connolly and Peter Paul Connolly
ISBN: 0-88079-437-2

Images used with permission from US Games

Jun 5, 2011

Serenity Sunday

Friends For Life

We are Friends
I got your back
You got mine,
I'll help you out
To see you hurt
To see you cry
Makes me weep
And wanna die
And if you agree
To never fight
It wouldn't matter
Who’s wrong or right
If a broken heart
Needs a mend
I'll be right there
Till the end
If your cheeks are wet
From drops of tears
Don't worry
Let go of your fears
Hand in hand
Love is sent,
We'll be friends
Till the end!!!!

Angelica N. Brissett

My List:

1.) My kids

2.) My pets

3.) Best friends

4.) Sunny days

5.) Hope

6.) A shoulder to cry on

7.) An ear to listen

8.) Tarot

9.) BBQ's

10.) Text messaging